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Confusion reigns in Chicago community over whether teen killed himself while running from police

Confusion reigns in Chicago community over whether teen killed himself while running from police

A Chicago community is in disbelief after a 16-year-old African-American teen reportedly shot himself while running from officers after they tried to question him about being in possession of a weapon. The incident unfolded just before 7pm local time on Friday, when police spotted Steven Rosenthal with a gun and tried to talk to him, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The teen ran away from the officers, into his grandmother's apartment building, and then "tragically used the weapon on himself," CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.

Man gets his finger bitten off during fight at golf course

Man gets his finger bitten off during fight at golf course

A fight between two golfers in Massachusetts got out of hand after one man was arrested by cops and charged with mayhem. An apparent argument between golfers at the Southern Marsh Golf Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts ended up with one man reportedly getting his thumb bitten off to the knuckle.

We owe Sinead O'Connor an apology - she spoke the truth about child abuse in the church

We owe Sinead O'Connor an apology - she spoke the truth about child abuse in the church

Following the shocking revelations of 70 years of abuse of children by Pennsylvania priests, we owe Sinead O'Connor an apology. Her declaration back in 1992 that the Catholic Church was rotten to its core and pedophile priests and their enablers were the real enemy was true.

Put up or shut up about collusion: US Senate Intel Chairman tells Former CIA Chief Brennan

Put up or shut up about collusion: US Senate Intel Chairman tells Former CIA Chief Brennan

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) had some choice words for security credential-deprived former CIA Director John Brennan. In a statement on Thursday, Burr essentially told Brennan to put up or shut up on the topic of Trump-Russia collusion. "Russian denials are, in a word, hogwash," Brennan wrote on Thursday in the New York Times' opinion section. "Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash." The former top brass at the CIA had his security clearance revoked by President Trump on Wednesday over what the White House called "risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior."

'Never again': US aims to overthrow Tehran's govt will fail - Iranian FM

'Never again': US aims to overthrow Tehran's govt will fail - Iranian FM

With the 'Iran Action Group', the US "dreams" of reenacting the 1953 coup "through pressure, misinformation and demagoguery," Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Sunday. "Never again." The new Iran Action Group was created by the US exactly 65 years after the CIA successfully toppled a democratically elected government in Tehran, but this regime change won't happen, Iran's foreign minister says. The minister's tweet was accompanied with two black-and-white photos of the turbulent events that unfolded on the street of Tehran more than six decades ago, as the democratically-elected populist prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh, was overthrown as a result of a covert CIA-MI6 operation. The anniversary of the coup coincided with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing the formation of the Iran Action Group on Friday. The group aims to "address" Iran's "hostile activity and support the Iranian people," Pompeo said.

"We see the games they play": Erdogan says Turkey won't bow to US

"We see the games they play": Erdogan says Turkey won't bow to US

Ankara won't bow before those who set up their "own order by exploiting the world" and make Turkey their "strategic target," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, referring to the US amid a deepening diplomatic rift. "They were not able to make us collapse and they will never be. If they have their dollars, we have our God," the Turkish president told thousands of supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) who gathered for the Grand Congress in Ankara on Saturday. Though he didn't name the US directly, his jab was clearly in reference to Washington, which has recently imposed economic sanctions on Turkey. He said that Ankara won't surrender "to those who apparently seemed like a strategic partner" while trying to make Turkey "a strategic target with all of their concrete steps." Erdogan said that despite "some people" threatening Turkey with economic restrictions or foreign currency exchange rates, "we are telling them that we see the games they play and we challenge them." Turkey won't bow before those "who set up their own order by exploiting the world," he added.

All US sanctions against Russia are based on lies

All US sanctions against Russia are based on lies

All of the sanctions (economic, diplomatic, and otherwise) against Russia are based on clearly demonstrable intentional falsehoods; and the sanctions which were announced on August 8th are just the latest example of this consistent tragic fact - a fact which will be proven here, with links to the evidence, so that anyone who reads here can easily see that all of these sanctions are founded on lies against Russia. The latest of these sanctions were announced on Wednesday August 8th. Reuters headlined "US imposes sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in UK" and reported that, "Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain." This was supposedly because "Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to his home's front door. European countries and the United States expelled 100 Russian diplomats after the attack, in the strongest action by President Donald Trump against Russia since he came to office." However, despite intense political pressure that the UK Government and 'news' media had placed upon the UK's Porton Down intelligence laboratory to assert that the poison had been made in Russia (labs in several countries including the UK have also manufactured it), the Porton Down lab refused to say this. Though the US Government is acting as if Porton Down's statement "determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent," the actual fact is that Porton Down still refuses to say any such thing, at all - this allegation is merely a fabrication by the US Government, including its allies, UK's Government and other Governments and their respective propaganda-media. It's a bald lie.

Trump: 'We won't let' the discrimination of conservatives on social media happen

Trump: 'We won't let' the discrimination of conservatives on social media happen

US President Donald Trump has spoken out about censorship against conservatives on social media, saying it is a "very dangerous thing" and calling for everyone to be allowed to participate in the online conversation. "Social media is totally discriminating against Republican/conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump administration, we won't let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others," Trump wrote. He went on to call censorship a "very dangerous thing," while taking the opportunity to slam "fake news." "There is nothing so fake as CNN & MSNBC, and yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed..." Trump also questioned "who is making the choices" regarding who gets removed from social media, adding that "mistakes are being made." "Let everybody participate, good and bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!" he wrote.

WH preps more security clearance cancellations

WH preps more security clearance cancellations

The White House has drafted documents revoking the security clearances of current and former US senior officials whom US President Donald Trump has accused of criticizing him and his policy, The Washington Post reported Friday. A Senior White House official, familiar with the matter, told The Washington Post that Trump wants to revoke "most, if not all" of them. Moreover, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House deputy chief of staff Bill Shine have reportedly discussed when would be the best time to revoke additional clearances. US media outlet reported that Sanders and Shine are discussing the matter in an attempt to have Trump's revocations serve as a distraction during 'unfavorable news cycles'. Earlier this week, Trump revoked the security clearance of a former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of the president, which drew the ire of opponents and free speech advocates. The US-based media outlets suggested earlier that Trump Administration was also reviewing the security clearances of Obama-era US officials including former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

NYT: White House counsel cooperates with 'Russiagate' probe, Trump says he allowed it

NYT: White House counsel cooperates with 'Russiagate' probe, Trump says he allowed it

White House counsel Don McGahn has cooperated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' investigation into US President Donald Trump, the New York Times reports. Trump says he allowed it for transparency. Citing "a dozen current and former White House officials and others," the NYT reports that Donald F. McGahn II has been talking to Mueller about the part of the special counsel probe that deals with Trump's alleged obstruction of justice. Over the past nine months, McGahn has had at least three interviews totaling 30 hours with Mueller, allegedly spilling the beans on some of Trump's actions that would not be known otherwise. One of those was Trump's supposed attempt to fire Mueller in December 2017, which had also been reported by the NYT and also sourced from anonymous people "familiar with the episode." McGahn chief reason for approaching Mueller is self-preservation. His and his lawyer's reported plan is to cooperate with the special counsel as much as possible in order to be exempt from suspicion of wrongdoing. While the NYT seems to portray McGahn's move as a significant development in that it's unusual for a lawyer to share so much with an investigator looking into his client (although McGahn is technically the official presidential lawyer, not Trump's personal one), Trump and the White House say there's really nothing to see here.

Examining the real John McCain

Examining the real John McCain

As soon as John McCain had been diagnosed with brain cancer, Democrats and Republicans in Washington and the press spared no opportunity to lavish praise upon this lifelong government employee. The truth, though, is that in exchange for the billions and billions of dollars that McCain has confiscated from them for well over three decades, taxpayers have received an ever-burgeoning administrative state, relentless illegal immigration from the Third World, and, of course, war - and all while McCain has pretended to be a "conservative." Thanks to his labors, hundreds of thousands of human beings, both foreign and American alike, are now dead. And hundreds of thousands more are traumatized, orphaned, homeless, maimed, and continually besieged by those murderous terrorist organizations, like ISIS, that have taken over their countries after McCain's policies prevailed. McCain is not alone in having their blood on his hands. Yet in a Regime, a Government-Media-Complex, comprised of warmongers, McCain enjoys the dubious distinction of being the warmonger par excellence.

Judicial Watch: Reopen the Hillary email investigation; more classified information has surfaced

Judicial Watch: Reopen the Hillary email investigation; more classified information has surfaced

Judicial Watching is calling for a re-opening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails after finding more classified information on the former Secretary of State's non-"state.gov" email system. On Thursday, the watchdog revealed that it had received two batches, 184 pages and 45 pages, of newly uncovered emails belonging to Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Department of State sent and received over her unsecured server. The emails were uncovered by a FOIA lawsuit filed on May 6, 2015, after the State Department failed to respond to a March 4, 2015 FOIA request seeking all emails sent or received by Clinton in her official capacity as Secretary of State, as well as all emails by other State Department employees to Clinton regarding her non-"state.gov" email address. Judicial Watch broke down what they found:

Biden: Trump underestimates Brennan if he thinks he can gag ex-CIA chief John Brennan

Biden: Trump underestimates Brennan if he thinks he can gag ex-CIA chief John Brennan

President Donald Trump is mistaken if he believes that former CIA Director John Brennan will be silenced by having his security clearance revoked, former Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement. "If you think it will silence John, then you just don't know the man," Biden said via Twitter on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a statement that Trump has revoked Brennan's security clearance and is considering doing the same with the security clearances of other former officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Trump said in the statement that Brennan has been unprofessional and used his status to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations as well as wild outbursts on internet and television about the Trump administration. Biden characterized Trump's move as an act unbecoming a president and emphasized that Brennan has never been afraid of openly expressing his opinion. Brennan responded to Trump by saying that his principles are worth far more than security clearances and pledged he would not relent.

Trump: 'Syria stabilization fund ridiculous, let other countries pay'

Trump: 'Syria stabilization fund ridiculous, let other countries pay'

US President Donald Trump has praised Washington's cancellation of $230mn in funding for stabilization in war-torn Syria. Let "other rich countries" pay it, Trump says, while the US spends its money on its military and allies. The US officially ended support for stabilization projects in Syria on Friday. The $230mn worth of funding had been frozen for months before that however, after House forbid any funding for government-controlled territories in Syria. Now Trump says the idea of paying for the stabilization of Syria is "ridiculous," at least for the US. America should spend its money on its military and "countries that help us." As for Syria, let "other rich countries in the Middle East" chip in now.

US Democrats to propose constitutional amendment to block Trump from revoking clearances

US Democrats to propose constitutional amendment to block Trump from revoking clearances

A new US constitutional amendment will be proposed in Congress next week that if passed would prevent President Donald Trump from revoking security clearances at his own discretion, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said in a statement. "I will be introducing an amendment next week to block the President from punishing and intimidating his critics by arbitrarily revoking security clearances. Stay tuned," Warner said in a Twitter post on Friday. Earlier this week Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of the president, which drew the ire of opponents and free speech advocates. The White House is also reviewing the security clearances of other Obama administration officials including former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Brennan in a recent New York Times piece accused Trump of colluding with Russia vis-a-vis the 2016 election - a charge the president and the Kremlin have repeatedly denied. On Friday, Senator Rand Paul in an interview said Brennan deserved to have his clearance revoked for leaking classified intelligence information.

SC Mueller suggests zero to 6 months jail time for former Trump aide, George Papadopoulos

SC Mueller suggests zero to 6 months jail time for former Trump aide, George Papadopoulos

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation, recommended zero to six months in prison for George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Donald Trump campaign. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in October. Papadopoulos claims to have had contact with a foreign professor whom he believed to have "substantial connections" to Russian government officials and informed him that the Russians possessed "dirt" on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He said he was told of the dirt in April 2016, before the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta were hacked. The professor, identified as Joseph Misfud of the London Academy of Diplomacy, disputed Papadopoulos' account of the meeting and denies that he has connections to the Russian government. President Trump has characterized Popadopoulos as a 'proven liar.' Papadopoulos has been revealed to have embellished the credentials listed on his LinkedIn page. The adviser only met with Trump once in March 2016 along with other aides. Previously, Papadopoulos worked as a foreign policy adviser to Trump primary opponent Ben Carson.

Hungary bans 'gender studies': Attack on academic freedom or stand against pseudoscience?

Hungary bans 'gender studies': Attack on academic freedom or stand against pseudoscience?

Viktor Orban's Hungary risks becoming a European pariah after declaring it will no longer certify gender studies courses. Even if they're right about their academic worthlessness, should officials tell universities what to teach? "Astonishment" was the word Budapest's Central European University (CEU) used in response to the government's measures - "without any justification or antecedent" - first proposed last year and outlined in detail earlier this month. The 44 students enrolled in the master's program at the George Soros-backed university would be allowed to complete their courses, alongside the 10-person intake at the state-funded ELTE, the only other Hungarian university to teach the discipline. But from next year onwards, the ministry of education will not spend public funds on gender studies, nor award diplomas for completing a degree (though CEU students can continue to study for the English-language US-certified degree). The decision places Hungary radically at odds with the rest of the Western world. From Croatia to Ireland, every other EU state has at least one functioning gender studies program, and in the US, the number has risen threefold in the last three decades, with courses offered at over 350 higher learning institutions.

India is yet another country to be struck by economic instability - Oil bill expected to increase by $26 billion

India is yet another country to be struck by economic instability - Oil bill expected to increase by $26 billion

A cheaper rupee could increase India's crude oil bill by as much as US$26 billion in FY 2018/19, according to Indian government officials. The currency hit a low of 70.32 to the U.S. dollar today, which will also push up fuel prices at the pump and prices of cooking gas. At the same time, Indian crude oil imports are set to rise: last financial year, the country imported 220.43 million tons of crude, with the bill coming in at US$87.7 billion This financial year, imports are estimated to reach 227 million tons while international oil benchmarks and the U.S. dollar rise higher and the rupee falls. The FY 2018/19 oil import bill was at the start of the year estimated at US$108 billion on the basis of an average benchmark oil price of US$65 and an exchange rate of 65 rupees per dollar. However, oil has been trending higher than this for much of the year so far and supply concerns resulting from the U.S. sanctions against Iran and worry about spare production capacity among OPEC members are likely to keep it higher than US$65 until the end of the year at least.

Exposing the propaganda: The New Yorker's fake Browder story

Exposing the propaganda: The New Yorker's fake Browder story

How do you get credibility for a story that is mostly lies? You throw in a few negatives about the person you are going to white-wash. Then you repeat all his unproved assertions as if they were fact. And you don't bother to provide evidence. And you ignore the major story you ought to be telling: how conman William Browder got western governments and media to block the Russians from collecting some $70 million he owes on taxes and illicit stock buys. And how that helped provoke ColdWar 2.0. Joshua Yaffa's article about William Browder in the current New Yorker is a classic. Whatever happened to the New Yorker's famed fact-checkers? First, the agenda is in the subhead "why the West should confront Putin." Yaffa is a fellow at the neocon New America think tank. So, the purpose of the article is not to shed light on Browder's story, it is to build hostility to Russia. Let's go through his article.

Modicare: India to introduce free health care for 500 million people

Modicare: India to introduce free health care for 500 million people

The Indian government will pay for health care for around 500 million of its poorest citizens, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring that the country can reach its potential only with a healthy population. During a speech to mark the country's independence day on Wednesday, Modi said, "It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they cannot afford health care," The Times of India reported. The National Health Protection Mission-also known as "Modicare"-will give impoverished families health insurance coverage of up to $7,100 every year. This may not seem a lot by American standards, but in a country where the annual per capita income is just over $1,900, it will make a massive difference to those who cannot afford private treatment. Public hospitals in India offer free, but less sophisticated, care. The system is strained to the point of collapse, with hospitals struggling to secure enough beds and staff to care for the sick. The lack of access for rural communities-where 66 percent of Indians live-forces people to travel many hours to reach urban facilities if they want treatment. This means the private medical sector cares for the majority of India's patients and charges them accordingly.

The Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians: Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the 'wandering stars' of the sky

The Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians: Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the 'wandering stars' of the sky

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died. The five planets we can see by naked eye were known to the ancient Greeks as "asteres planetai", meaning "wandering stars", due to their wandering journey across the sky relative to the fixed stars. This is where we get the word "planet". But knowledge of the planets and their movements goes back much further, being prominent in the traditions of the oldest continuing cultures in the world. Recent research reveals a wealth of information about the planets and their complex motions in the Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians.

Man fatally hit by lightning on Long Island, New York

Man fatally hit by lightning on Long Island, New York

A 32-year-old man has died after being struck by lightning Saturday on Long Island. The New York State parks department said the man was struck around 6:50 p.m. in Field No. 3 at Sunken Meadow State Park. The victim, of South Richmond Hill, Queens, was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital in Smithtown, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released. Earlier this month, three other men were struck by lightning in Queens - two at Flushing-Meadows Corona Park and one in South Jamaica.

Yet MORE earthquakes hit Lombok, Indonesia - 6.9 and 6.3 magnitude quakes cause landslides

Yet MORE earthquakes hit Lombok, Indonesia - 6.9 and 6.3 magnitude quakes cause landslides

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has hit to the northeast of the Indonesian island of Lombok. The US Geological Survey had originally measured the quake at magnitude 7.2 but has revised that figure and says it hit near to the island at a depth of 20 kilometres. It comes just hours after a 6.3 earthquake caused landslides and damage to houses on the popular holiday island. Video shot by the Indonesian Red Cross showed huge clouds of dust billowing from the mountain's slopes after the earlier tremors struck.

Iran mulls over 'solutions' to sell oil bypassing US sanctions

Iran mulls over 'solutions' to sell oil bypassing US sanctions

The EU previously pledged to resist US sanctions on Tehran by implementing legislation allowing European businesses not to comply with restrictive US measures against the Islamic Republic, introduced after Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Iran's Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has expressed hope that "European countries can meet their commitments" under the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

NY governor Andrew Cuomo's back-peddle: 'America has always been great'

NY governor Andrew Cuomo's back-peddle: 'America has always been great'

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo walked back his claim that the United States "was never that great" in a Friday conference call, describing the comments as "inartful" and asserting that he believes the opposite of what he said. The embattled New York state Governor has faced mass public backlash after deriding President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" message. "We're not going to make America great again," he said during a speech in New York City. "It was never that great." "The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear," Cuomo told press on Friday's call. "Of course America is great, and of course America has always been great."

NSA broke encryption on numerous 'high potential' VPN's, including Al Jazeera, Iraqi military and airlines

NSA broke encryption on numerous 'high potential' VPN's, including Al Jazeera, Iraqi military and airlines

The National Security Agency successfully broke the encryption on a number of "high potential" virtual private networks, including those of media organization Al Jazeera, the Iraqi military and internet service organizations, and a number of airline reservation systems, according to a March 2006 NSA document. A virtual private network, or VPN, uses an encrypted connection to enable users to go over the internet and connect to a private network, such as a corporate intranet. This allows an organization's staff to access internal services like file-sharing servers or private wikis without having to physically be in the office. The NSA's ability to crack into sensitive VPNs belonging to large organizations, all the way back in 2006, raises broader questions about the security of such networks. Many consumers pay for access to VPNs in order to mask the origin of their internet traffic from the sites they visit, hide their surfing habits from their internet service providers, and to protect against eavesdroppers on public Wi-Fi networks.

U.S. media's application of its collective voice reveals a tragic truth about the US

U.S. media's application of its collective voice reveals a tragic truth about the US

August 16, 2018 will be remembered as the day there was a collective awakening by America's media that there was something intrinsically and morally and constitutionally wrong with not just the functioning of the President of the United States - but with America itself. In response to an August 10 appeal from the Boston Globe to newspaper editorial boards around the country to write and publish their thoughts on Trump's "dirty war against the free press," more than 300 newspapers responded yesterday. The Globe's own editorial yesterday contained one of the most poignant phrases, stating that the President tosses out lies about the media "much like an old-time charlatan threw out 'magic' dust or water on a hopeful crowd." You can read the coast-to-coast outpouring of editorials on what a free press means to democracy here.

Top ten holes in the UK govt's official Salisbury narrative: #1 - The motive

Top ten holes in the UK govt's official Salisbury narrative: #1 - The motive

When I began writing about the Skripal case, I was moved to do so by three main considerations. Firstly, I really am passionate for the truth, and whatever the truth happens to be in this case, I strongly desire it to be made manifest. It was clear to me fairly early on that this was not happening. Secondly, I am also very passionate about concepts such as the rule of law, innocent until proven guilty, and the apparently quaint notion that investigations should precede verdicts, rather than the other way around. And so when I saw accusations being made before the investigation had hardly begun, verdicts being reached before the facts were established, I was appalled - appalled that this was happening in what we British pride ourselves is the Mother of Parliaments, and equally appalled that this meant the investigation was inevitably prejudiced and - pardon the expression - poisoned from the off. Thirdly, the incident happened to have taken place pretty much on my doorstep, which made it of even more interest to me. Nothing I have seen in the intervening time has persuaded me that my initial impressions were wrong. In fact, the whiff of rodent I first detected has only become stronger as time has gone on and the case has become - frankly - farcical. Not only that, but the reaction to the case has been simply incredible. For instance, the United States expelled 60 diplomats back in March, and more recently they have effectively declared economic war on the Russian Federation - all in response to unproven and inconsistent assertions of a botched assassination attempt against an old spy in a quiet Wiltshire City. Such a response ought to raise the suspicions of any sentient being that all is not what it appears.

Afghan President Ghani proposes three-month ceasefire with Taliban

Afghan President Ghani proposes three-month ceasefire with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called a "conditional" cease-fire with the Taliban to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday. The cease-fire will commence on August 20 and run for three months, Ghani said during an Afghan Independence Day ceremony on August 19. "We announce a ceasefire that would take effect from tomorrow, the day of Arafa, until the day of the birth of the prophet [November 19], provided that the Taliban reciprocate," Ghani said. He did not say whether Taliban authorities had agreed to the cease-fire.

Germany is planning to return some migrants to Greece

Germany is planning to return some migrants to Greece

Germany will soon send back migrants to Greece if they had already applied for asylum there. The two countries made the deal at the behest of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose coalition government is on shaky ground due to increased opposition to her immigration policies. "EU law states that refugees should apply for asylum in the first EU country they reach, but Germany has typically allowed newcomers with open applications elsewhere to reside in the country as it examines their claim," reported the Wall Street Journal. "In practice, very few ever leave Germany, even if they fail to obtain asylum there." Germany's policy contradicts claims that the migrants are "war refugees," because if that were the case, they'd seek asylum at the nearest, non-wartorn country. In fact, many of the migrants travel across multiple European countries, including Greece, to seek asylum in Germany, which under Merkel has offered comprehensive welfare to migrants.

Facebook censors conservative education site, then claims it was a 'mistake' when confronted

Facebook censors conservative education site, then claims it was a 'mistake' when confronted

Facebook says it had mistakenly deleted videos and limited the reach of US conservative educational organization PragerU. The content has now been restored, but PragerU supporters don't think it was an accident. PragerU (short for Prager University, after its founder Dennis Prager) says nine of its posts reached none of its three million-odd followers, and at least two videos were deleted for "hate speech," in what many conservatives see as part of Facebook's ongoing censorship campaign. Facebook has now apologized and restored the content, but has offered no explanation beyond "we're looking into it."

Right, left-wing groups face off in fiery public confrontations in Boston and Seattle

Right, left-wing groups face off in fiery public confrontations in Boston and Seattle

The right and the left have faced off in Boston and Seattle, the latest of vitriolic protests between the opposing groups. The showdown comes a week after thousands rallied in the US capital to oppose a white supremacist protest. Seattle Hundreds of opposing demonstrators gathered in Seattle's downtown area with police separating the raging crowds with metal barriers. The right-wing groups Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer rallied against the US government's push to launch a gun-control initiative that would see the age in Washington state raised for those purchasing semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21 and expand the background checks for those buying semi-automatic rifles.

Trump blasts ex-CIA chief Brennan as 'political hack who cannot be trusted'

Trump blasts ex-CIA chief Brennan as 'political hack who cannot be trusted'

US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to speak about former CIA Director John Brennan three days after he revoked the latter's security clearance. "Has anyone looked at the mistakes that John Brennan made while serving as CIA Director? He will go down as easily the WORST in history & since getting out, he has become nothing less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!" Trump stated on his Twitter account. Trump bashed John Brennan days after the latter's security clearance was revoked. Speaking about the move, Brennan called it a politically motivated decision, taken by Trump in order to silence others as the president becomes more desperate to protect himself.

SOTT FOCUS: NewsReal: Social Media Censorship and the Clash of Civilizations - Manufactured, Packaged, Sold

SOTT FOCUS: NewsReal: Social Media Censorship and the Clash of Civilizations - Manufactured, Packaged, Sold

Post-9/11, the 'Global War on Terror' and the US-led wars in the Middle East produced foreseeable consequences, chief among which was the displacement of millions of people, many of whom relocated as far away as western Europe and north America. While this was going on, political movements sprang up in reaction to the terrorism and the mass immigration, with the target of that reaction being Islam and Muslims. The result, in just a short period of time, has been a 'perfect storm' of social chaos, so perfect that it's as if events 'conspired' to bring it about. But if events conspired, then surely conspirators facilitated that? Speaking of conspiracies... was the recent bout of censorship of social media pundits, mostly on the 'right' but also one or two on the 'left', a result of simple breaching of terms of service, or is something else afoot? Join Joe & Niall on this week's NewsReal for a discussion on the who, how and why of this manufactured 'clash of civilizations'. Running Time: 01:20:29 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!

Ancient Christian village in occupied West Bank struggles to survive as Israelis prepare for another land grab

Ancient Christian village in occupied West Bank struggles to survive as Israelis prepare for another land grab

Nestled in the hilltops of the central occupied West Bank, an ancient Palestinian Christian village is gearing up for a fight against the Israeli occupation that it has all too much experience with. In late July, the village of Aboud, whose existence dates back two millennia, was handed an order by Israeli authorities confiscating some 324 dunums (80 acres) of land shared by Aboud and its neighboring village al-Lubban al-Gharbiya. Israeli authorities confiscated the land under the pretext that it would be used to build an Israeli-only road between the two illegal settlements of Beit Arye and Ofarim - both of which are built on the lands of Aboud. The villagers however, insist that this time, it is not an ordinary tale of land confiscation - something they have been subject to for decades. "There is already a road that exists between the settlements, so they are lying to us when they say they are taking the land for this purpose," 70-year-old Abdullah Sharqawi, a resident of Aboud, told Mondoweiss.

Italy arrests three men accused of fighting for Donbass against Ukrainian aggression

Italy arrests three men accused of fighting for Donbass against Ukrainian aggression

For years they traveled with ease from Italy to take part in the Russia-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Many boasted of their martial exploits on social media and in videos, often decked out in camouflage fatigues and brandishing weapons. Comment: Good for them. The more help the Donbass gets the better. They're the ones fighting actual Nazis, after all. And for years, authorities in Italy largely turned a blind eye, failing to stop these mercenaries despite protests and complaints from officials and others in Kyiv. Comment: And yet authorities around the Western world still turn a blind eye to every other fact of the Ukraine civil war: that it was a U.S.-backed coup, that it was and is supported by actual Banderite Nazis, that Ukraine isn't implementing any of its requirements under the Minsk agreements, that Ukraine has tortured and murdered civilians, and that foreign mercenaries fight for Kiev, too. Sound fair? Until now. On August 1, Italian police announced they had arrested three men accused of recruiting mercenaries to fight in eastern Ukraine. Three others are still being sought after prosecutors in the northern Italian city of Genoa accused the six of fighting in eastern Ukraine and recruiting others to the cause. It was the first time that Italian authorities have charged anyone with fighting in eastern Ukraine, where more than 10,300 people have died since the conflict erupted in April 2014.

E-cig vapor disables key immune cells in the lung and increases inflammation

E-cig vapor disables key immune cells in the lung and increases inflammation

E-cigarette vapour boosts the production of inflammatory chemicals and disables key protective cells in the lung that keep the air spaces clear of potentially harmful particles, reveals a small experimental study, published online in the journal Thorax. The vapour impairs the activity of alveolar macrophages, which engulf and remove dust particles, bacteria, and allergens that have evaded the other mechanical defences of the respiratory tract. The findings prompt the researchers to suggest that while further research is needed to better understand the long term health impact of vaping on people, e-cigarettes may be more harmful than we think, as some of the effects were similar to those seen in regular smokers and people with chronic lung disease. Vaping is increasing in popularity, but most of the current body of research has focused on the chemical composition of e-cigarette liquid before it is vaped.

179 dead seals recorded along southern Maine coast since July 1

179 dead seals recorded along southern Maine coast since July 1

Scientists say it could take at least a week to get answers about what's causing dead seals to wash up on Southern Maine beaches. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, 179 were reported since July 1, 114 of those in August alone. That's three times the average for the entire month of August. "These numbers are obviously very concerning," said Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Goebel. Goebel said 73 other seals have been stranded on shore alive. "We're seeing these seals come in with poor body condition and they're having signs of lethargy and coughing and sneezing, so we're thinking of the possibilty is that it could be either avian influenza or the phocine distemper virus," Goebel said.

Political hostage: Accused 'foreign agent' Butina moved to another jail, now in 'borderline torture' conditions

Political hostage: Accused 'foreign agent' Butina moved to another jail, now in 'borderline torture' conditions

Maria Butina, the Russian gun activist jailed in the US on charges of being an unregistered "foreign agent," has been moved to a different prison without warning. The Russian embassy says her new conditions border on torture. The Russian embassy in the US, which has been closely following Butina's case, says she was transferred from her Washington jail handcuffed, without warning or explanation for the move. Before the move, Butina was subjected to a "degrading full strip search," and all her things were taken away, including books, shoes, towels and other hygiene items. Butina was moved to a prison in Alexandria, Virginia, and spent the next 12 hours in a quarantine cell with no food and all the lights on, unable to sleep. She will now be kept in "administrative segregation,"which means locked up in solitary confinement - conditions bordering on torture, the embassy says.

Text of Trump letter delivered by Rand Paul to Putin leaked

Text of Trump letter delivered by Rand Paul to Putin leaked

The Gateway Pundit has obtained a copy of the letter that President Donald Trump gave Senator Rand Paul to give to Vladimir Putin. Senator Rand Paul delivered the letter to the Kremlin last week during his trip to Moscow. The letter, penned on August 1, begins with "Dear President Putin," but has "President Putin" crossed out with thick black marker and "Vladimir" written over it by President Trump to make it more personal. It states that he enjoyed the meeting and looks forward to the next one in DC after the New Year. "It remains my view that it is vital for us to engage and to aim at improving relations between our countries," the letter states. The official letter continues on to introduce Senator Paul, noting that he is a member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a voice for expanding dialogue with the Russian Federation. The President explained that he was going to be in Moscow from August 5th to August 8th. The president wrote that Senator Paul would like the opportunity to meet with Putin so that they could discuss several topics that the senator is interested in such as "legislative exchanges, parliamentary dialogue, cultural and educational exchange programs, increased counter-terrorism co-operation, building on recent successes like the disruption of the St. Petersburg plot and resolution of the military conflicts in Syria and Ukraine." The letter is signed, "Best Wishes, Donald."

Dead whale found on coast of Greenspond, Newfoundland

Dead whale found on coast of Greenspond, Newfoundland

A dead whale has washed up on the rocks near in Greenspond, close to the small island's causeway. Josephine Kelly-Janes, who has a summer home on the island in Bonavista Bay, said she heard about the whale on Saturday morning and drove down to have a look. "We put the windows down and the smell was so rancid, we had to put them back up," she said. The body of the marine animal seems to be stuck on the rocks, she said. "The only way he will move from there is if the wind changes, and it's a mighty that would have to take [it]."

Iran deal, Syrian crisis and Nord Stream 2: Putin, Merkel find common ground on tough intl issues

Iran deal, Syrian crisis and Nord Stream 2: Putin, Merkel find common ground on tough intl issues

The Iran nuclear deal, which was recently ditched by the US, humanitarian efforts in war-ravaged Syria, and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project... Putin and Merkel hold three-hour talks and are mostly on the same page. The surprise visit announced earlier this week between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place in Meseberg Palace, 65km north of Berlin, on Saturday afternoon. Putin arrived in the 18th-century palace shortly after attending the wedding of Austrian FM Karin Kneissl. Both Russia and Germany have been affected by US tariffs, while Moscow has also been hit by sanctions. As rifts with Washington grow, the two leaders found some common ground in their detailed three-hour talks.

South African winemaker concerned land seizures could be 'disastrous' for industry & economy

South African winemaker concerned land seizures could be 'disastrous' for industry & economy

Land expropriation in South Africa is touching almost all spheres of business in the country, and wine making is no exception. RT has talked to a South African wine producer concerned about the land seizures. At the moment, South African wineries are not a subject to land redistribution, where a white minority reportedly still owns almost three quarters of the land - almost a quarter century after the end of apartheid. "There is no historic 'land ownership' that was taken away in the winelands area. But if the constitution is amended, it might as well happen. It can go both ways. For now we believe in the law as is, and continue investing," Josef Dreyer, winemaker at RAKA wines told RT. However, there is uncertainty looming over the vineyards, and it hardly adds to confidence in this business, said Dreyer. If land expropriation hits winemakers, the effect would be 'disastrous' for the industry, he warns.

Man mauled to death by pack of 4 dogs in Jamaica

Man mauled to death by pack of 4 dogs in Jamaica

On July 21 Latoya Cole and her family members were to celebrate a special occasion, but tragedy struck in the wee hours of the morning, casting a dark shadow on a day that would have otherwise been filled with congratulatory smiles and well wishes. As Cole's older sister Marsha prepared to walk down the aisle, news came that their 66-year-old father, Whittington, had been rushed to Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine. He had been ripped apart by at least four pit bulls and Rottweilers and was bleeding profusely. Hours later, he died. Cole, who spoke with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, said Whittington often walked when he was unable to sleep. He was doing this when the dogs attacked him. "At 12:45 am he was walking in the community of Hampton Green. I can only assume that he was walking back home or walking out of the scheme when dogs attacked him. The doctors told me he said four dogs attacked him," Cole said. The attack, she said, occurred at the intersection of Grant's Crescent and Locksley Avenue.

VIDEO shows Putin dancing with Austrian FM, delivering toast in German honoring the newlyweds

VIDEO shows Putin dancing with Austrian FM, delivering toast in German honoring the newlyweds

Vladimir Putin was filmed showing off his language skills and dancing at the Austrian FM's wedding. The happy couple and their guests also enjoyed a performance of the Kuban Cossack Choir, which the Russian leader brought along. The video shows Russian President Vladimir Putin arriving with a big bouquet and then dancing to a cheerful piano tune with Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl. The two smile and enjoy themselves as guests take photos and film them on their phones. Kneissl and Putin certainly didn't forget about etiquette. The foreign minister, dressed for the occasion in a beige dirndl - a traditional alpine dress - ended the dance with a curtsy, while Putin responded with a bow. Kneissl, 53, tied the knot with businessman Wolfgang Meilinger, 54, on Saturday in a vineyard in the picturesque town of Gamlitz.

Berlin is interested in implementing Russia's refugee initiative

Berlin is interested in implementing Russia's refugee initiative

The expert said that the German chancellor showed interest in the Russian initiative concerning the return of Syrian refugees and the two leaders thoroughly discussed it Berlin is interested in Moscow's initiative concerning the return of Syrian refugees to their home country, it was a focus of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vice President of the Center for Political Technologies Alexey Makarkin told TASS on Sunday. "The German chancellor, who recently had difficulties in overcoming a domestic political crisis over the migrant issue, showed interest in the Russian initiative concerning the return of Syrian refugees and I think that the two leaders thoroughly discussed it," he said. However, in Makarkin's view, all refugees, particularly those who have already settled down in Europe, are unlikely to be willing to return to Syria. "But I think that this initiative will help members of the Syrian middle class return home, as they fled from the country for fear that Bashar al-Assad's government may fall," the analyst added.

Monsanto woes stack up as Bayer stock keeps falling

Monsanto woes stack up as Bayer stock keeps falling

Bayer stock continues to slide in the wake of last week's bombshell verdict on the carcinogenic nature of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller. Bayer bought Monsanto earlier this year for $63 billion. Roundup's active ingredient is a herbicide called glyphosate, which a jury last week decided was responsible for the cancer of former groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson-a verdict that quickly lopped 10% off Bayer's share price. Glyphosate's responsibility for causing cancer is a deeply contentious issue. The World Health Organization thinks the substance is dangerous. However, the European Union decided in 2015 that it is not carcinogenic, the Environmental Protection Agency said last year that it probably doesn't cause cancer, and Bayer continues to argue that its newly acquired product is safe-it's appealing the Johnson ruling.

Rashida Tlaib repudiates key positions of Liberal Zionist organization, J Street

Rashida Tlaib repudiates key positions of Liberal Zionist organization, J Street

This comes after days of controversy and questions about the political commitments required to secure the support of the liberal Zionist organization. Rashida Tlaib has repudiated key positions of the Israel lobby group J Street, which endorsed her during her winning Democratic primary campaign for Michigan's 13th congressional district. This comes after days of controversy and questions about the political commitments required to secure the support of the liberal Zionist organization. In an interview with In These Times on Tuesday, Tlaib was asked about questions this writer raised concerning the Palestinian American politician's alignment with J Street.

Phytoplankton bloom: Lava that destroys on land spurs new life at sea

Phytoplankton bloom: Lava that destroys on land spurs new life at sea

The Big Island's lava-spewing volcano has torched neighborhoods, choked vegetation and desiccated a lake. But in the open ocean, scientists are finding surprising new evidence that Kilauea's apocalyptic ooze is breathing new life into the sea. Phytoplankton blooming off the coast of Puna has grown so dense since the onset of the Lower East Rift Zone eruption that it can be seen from outer space. Discovered by satellite, this floating algae plume is born of the swift rivers of mineral-rich lava draining into the ocean since May.

Foods with healing cannabinoids

Foods with healing cannabinoids

You can still benefit from the same cannabinoids that give the cannabis plant its medicinal properties, without consuming cannabis. There are several foods rich in cannabinoids that benefit the body's endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for helping the body maintain internal balance, also called homeostasis. Foods that support the function of the endocannabinoid system are pivotal to overall health and well-being. Here are five foods that contain healing cannabinoids and offer therapeutic benefits similar to cannabis.