1.PROBLEM 2.REACTION 3.SOLUTION.

The Elite Jews create the illness, then sell the Cure. They create Chaos & Terrorism, then sell the solution.

Zionism is just another label that the Jews have invented to hide behind and blame their atrocities on. The Gentiles under Christianity have become servants of the Jews. Acting as physical and spiritual cattle for the Jews to harvest in building their Global Satanic Kingdom.

Wake up and Unite!... two things that we have been kept from doing.. by deception. When we Unite, we become unstoppable against Humanities greatest enemy the Jew.

If I converted to Buddhism, does that make me Chinese? If I converted to Hinduism, does that make me Indian? When Khazarians (Turks) converted to Judaism in 740 BC and stole the true Negro Hebrew identity, and turned them into slaves... did that make the counterfeit Jews Hebrew? Well, the Jew World Order seems to think so. They crucified Jesus Christ for exposing them.

The invention of the Muslim Terrorist by our Jewish Governments... to keep us in fear, and to justify raping the World, and slaughtering billions of innocent families in every country for power and control...for their 2 horned God Moloch.

Khazarian-Babylonian Mafia known as the JEW

Every Religion and Church has been infiltrated by the Jews. How do you know? ... if your Church has not discussed the below phrases by Christ... then it has been compromised.

Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears






Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears


February 24th, 2018

Via: Reuters:

When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users’ iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud.

That’s because of a change to how the company handles the cryptographic keys needed to unlock an iCloud account. Until now, such keys have always been stored in the United States, meaning that any government or law enforcement authority seeking access to a Chinese iCloud account needed to go through the U.S. legal system.

Now, according to Apple, for the first time the company will store the keys for Chinese iCloud accounts in China itself. That means Chinese authorities will no longer have to use the U.S. courts to seek information on iCloud users and can instead use their own legal system to ask Apple to hand over iCloud data for Chinese users, legal experts said.















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Daimler’s Truck Boss Thinks Tesla Semi Specs Defy Laws of Physics, Musk Thinks Production Tesla Semi Will Exceed Specs for Same Price






Daimler’s Truck Boss Thinks Tesla Semi Specs Defy Laws of Physics, Musk Thinks Production Tesla Semi Will Exceed Specs for Same Price


February 24th, 2018

Via: Electrek:

As we reported last week and discussed on the Electrek podcast yesterday, many people still have a difficult time wrapping their head around the Tesla Semi specs that the company announced last year.

But now CEO Elon Musk says that he is ‘optimistic’ they can beat those specs with the production version of the electric truck.

Earlier this week, Daimler’s head of trucks suggested that the Tesla Semi specs defy the laws of physics and is passing them by if they are true.

The German automaker added itself to a long list of industry people with doubts about Tesla’s ability to deliver on those specs.

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Thanks to “Consent” Buried Deep in Sales Agreements, Car Manufacturers Are Tracking Tens of Millions of U.S. Cars






Thanks to “Consent” Buried Deep in Sales Agreements, Car Manufacturers Are Tracking Tens of Millions of U.S. Cars


February 24th, 2018

Via: BoingBoing:

Millions of new cars sold in the US and Europe are “connected,” having some mechanism for exchanging data with their manufacturers after the cars are sold; these cars stream or batch-upload location data and other telemetry to their manufacturers, who argue that they are allowed to do virtually anything they want with this data, thanks to the “explicit consent” of the car owners — who signed a lengthy contract at purchase time that contained a vague and misleading clause deep in its fine-print.

Car manufacturers are mostly warehousing this data (leaving it vulnerable to leaks and breaches, search-warrants, government hacking and unethical employee snooping), and can’t articulate why they’re saving it or how they use it.















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SpaceX Begins Starlink Satellite Broadband Trial






SpaceX Begins Starlink Satellite Broadband Trial


February 24th, 2018

Via: cnet:

A pair of small satellites named for an adventurous Belgian cartoon character could serve as proof of concept for an ambitious global broadband service envisioned by Elon Musk.

After days of delays, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the two small satellites, newly dubbed Tintin A and B by Musk (but known more formally as Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b), lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force base in California on Thursday morning.















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BSO Cops Stood Down During the Stoneman Douglas Shooting…But Why?

It was previously reported that a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School failed to stop Nikolas Cruz’s rampage.

Recently, a reporter based in Miami, Jim DeFede, discovered that three additional BSO deputies waited in the parking lot during the shooting. To make things worse, when officers from Coral Springs arrived, they were told by the BSO deputies to wait.

Thankfully, the Coral Springs officers ignored them and entered the school to stop Cruz.

So this means that:

  • The FBI was warned that Nikolas Cruz was a threat to life but did nothing.
  • The Broward Sheriff’s Office knew that Nikolas Cruz was murdering students but did nothing.
  • Shortly after the shooting, students with elite connections – including to Congressmen and the FBI – became celebrities and created an anti-gun movement.

It’s all so strange, isn’t it? In light of such strangeness, one can’t help but wonder why both the police and the FBI allowed this shooting to occur. 

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Mixed-Race Girl to Play Joan of Arc in Upcoming City Celebration

Another European Historical Figure Replaced in Dramatization

The State Prosecutor in the French city of Orléans is investigating possible incitement to racial hatred, following Twitter attacks on a mixed-race girl chosen to play Joan of Arc in upcoming city celebrations.

17-year-old Mathilde Edey Gamassou had been chosen to play the Medieval heroine of French history in Orléans’ annual Johannique festival. A local schoolgirl of African (Bénin) and Polish descent, she will ride on horseback through the city center dressed in armor during the celebrations, commemorating Joan of Arc’s breaking of the siege of the city by the English in 1429.

The Maiden of Orléans remains a politically sensitive figure in France. Joan of Arc was considered a loose cannon in her day: a teenage girl leading an army and a Catholic mystic who had visions telling her to throw the English out of France during the Hundred Years’ War. Since the 1970s, the National Front has appropriated her image as a defender of the motherland, organizing annual demonstrations in Paris on May 1.

Local newspaper La République du Centre reported that the State Prosecutor is focusing on two Tweets in particular. One, posted by Joachim Murat on Tuesday, claims that “the biggest problem is that she is ugly enough to die, we are getting close to a baboon’s head.” The other was a response posting pictures of bananas.

However, alongside Tweets defending her, messages insulting Mathilde’s looks have continued to appear. One user asserted that “she’s as ugly as a headlouse (and) she can’t represent Joan of Arc as a mixed-race person.”

Other Tweets questioned the appropriateness of using a non-white girl to represent France’s Medieval heroine. For instance, another user argued that “a mixed-race #JoanofArc is like having a blond Chinese mandala (sic) or Lincoln as a Beninois. You can’t transfigure historical figures for the sake of mixing and open-mindedness.”

Bénédicte Baranger, president of Orléans-Jeanne d’Arc, the selection committee, shared her dismay at the insults on RMC, one of the country’s leading radio stations: “This personal attack, I find that disgusting. We had a variety of candidates, as every other year, and Mathilde seemed to us to be the obvious choice. Not because of the feeling we had to fulfil a pseudo-obligation of openness, that isn’t my problem. She was chosen for her qualities.” 

Selection criteria include being a practicing Catholic schoolgirl, a resident of Orléans for over 10 years, and giving of her time for others.

During the same interview Mathilde’s father, Patrice Rey Gamassou, argued that the original Joan of Arc had faced similar attacks in her time: “She was called a foreigner by her opponents, she wasn’t French. We are reliving the same things.” Nevertheless, drawing inspiration from the Maiden of Orléans’ Catholic faith, he explained his preferred response would be to pray: “My God, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.”

France’s Secretary of State for Equality between Men and Women, Marlène Schiappa, tweeted her support to Mathilde, promising her support for legal action and insisting that “Joan of Arc does not belong to the group claiming to defend national identity. Neither does French history.”

Orléans’s Johannique festival was instituted right after the rescue of the city in 1429. Since then, it has taken place annually from the end of April to May 8. Combining a historical street pageant, a Catholic mass in the Cathedral, and a military parade, it is a source of enormous pride for the city.

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South Africa Nearing the Point of No Return

Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, 20 February 2018

For those ostensibly interested in building a multiracial democracy, the recent history of Zimbabwe should be a warning, not a model. However, South Africa appears poised to follow its northern neighbor’s disastrous policies of land confiscation and white scapegoating, accelerating the former First World nation’s decline. International observers are cheered by the departure of the “Rainbow Nation’s” famously corrupt president Jacob Zuma, but the new South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, faces the all but impossible task of repairing the country’s crumbling economy while appeasing a black electorate that wants to seize white farmland.

President Ramaphosa, leader of South Africa’s dominant African National Congress (ANC), is taking office with sky-high expectations from both South Africans and the international community. However, there has been so much economic damage from Mr. Zuma’s administration that both S&P Global and Fitch have downgraded South Africa’s long term debt to “junk,” and Moody’s has put the country on review. If Moody’s follows S&P and Fitch, South Africa’s government will have to spend more on debt payments, and investment capital would flee the country, making it even more difficult to fund social programs. South Africa’s finance minister (who is seen as a Zuma loyalist and whose job is in doubt) says repairing South Africa’s credit rating will be a top priority for the new government.

The markets are responding positively to Mr. Ramaphosa’s inauguration; the rand increased in value and stocks soared after Mr. Zuma was forced out. Optimistic press reports claim South Africa is ready to “explode” economically. Also, racial tensions are said to be exaggerated, since Mr. Zuma failed in his attempt to cling to power by blaming white people. South Africa’s legal process functioned as it should, and Mr. Zuma was forced out peacefully, despite fears he was going to use militant tactics to stay in power. Since Mr. Ramaphosa’s main priorities are economic, he hardly sounds like a radical.

Nevertheless, Mr. Ramaphosa’s margin for maneuver is far narrower than enthusiastic coverage would suggest. While trying to calm international markets, he has also called for confronting “inequality,” a question that in South Africa carries major racial overtones. He will find it hard to do both.

First, more than anything else, Mr. Ramaphosa has to tackle the problems of corruption and mismanagement in state-owned companies, problems that got worse under Mr. Zuma. Mr. Zuma built his power on a network of patronage and political obligations, and rooting out his loyalists will take time. It is also likely to be divisive for the already fragmented ANC, since Mr. Zuma still has supporters, especially in his stronghold of KwaZulu-Natal. Mr. Zuma is reported to have had corrupt partnerships with the Guptas—an Indian immigrant family with a huge holdings in South Africa’s resources—and his upcoming trial will only heighten tensions within the ANC.

The very trait that makes Mr. Ramaphosa attractive to foreign investors—his perceived friendliness to the free market—also opens up a line of attack for his opponents inside and outside the ANC. Mr. Ramaphosa is, by South African standards, soft on the question of race and redistribution of wealth. The main division is around the term “white monopoly capital.” Mr. Zuma and his allies wanted the term, with its explicit racial identification, designated in party propaganda as an enemy to be fought. Mr. Ramaphosa argued that the term, which once formed part of the ANC’s revolutionary lexicon, should be left in the past. Others still use such language. For example, Jacob Zuma’s son Edward, even while calling for party unity behind Mr. Ramaphosa, declared his father’s fall a victory for “white monopoly capital and the Western agents who are hell-bent on destroying our country.”

Julius Malema of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has vowed to give Mr. Ramaphosa even more trouble than he gave Mr. Zuma. He recirculated reports of Mr. Ramaphosa’s involvement in a massacre of striking mine workers in 2012 and reportedly said that he “wanted to show white capitalists that Ramaphosa will not save them.” Since Mr. Malema is already blasting Mr. Ramaphosa for having “no plan,” the new president will be under pressure to act quickly. While the EFF has a small political following compared to that of the ANC, the fact Mr. Malema is a former head of the ANC Youth League shows the potential for the ANC to splinter on questions of economic redistribution and race.

Mr. Malema is already finding something to cheer about, since Mr. Ramaphosa has declared his support for a program of taking land without compensation. This would seem to conflict with his promise to increase economic growth and attract foreign investment. Foreign capital shies away from countries where it can be seized without recompense, but Mr. Ramaphosa probably felt he had to offer the Left something. However, he suggests farmland should be taken only in a way that “increases agricultural production, improves food security.” It is not clear how this can be done.

Read the entire article at American Renaissance.

 

 

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Terrorists should be wiped off Syria: Iranian General

IRNA – The Syrian territory, within next months, should be cleansed of terrorists, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran said on Sunday.

‘The entire Syrian territory should be cleansed of the terrorists within the next months,’ Major General Mohammad Baqeri told reporters at a local meeting, answering a question on the proposal for establoshing a 30-day ceasefire in the war-torn country.

‘This time again, there are parties who are not after establishment of peace and security in the country and faced with the Syrian army’s new campaign to cleanse the regions surrounding Damascus of terrorists, they have called for a ceasefire,’ General Baqeri said.

‘They want to reinforce terrorists under the proposed ceasefire plan,’ he added.

He said that the terrorists have used regions surrounding the Syrian capital to shell the city.

‘The terrorists have fired 1200 shrapnel into Damascus causing a large number of civilian injuries and death,’ General Baqeri said.

Despite the insistence by the Western countries and their terrorist proxies to establish ceasefire in Syria, Damascus and its supporters, including Iran and Russia, embarked on a joint venture to modify the ceasefire resolution, the Iranian General said.

‘The fight against notorious terrorist groups like the al Nusra Front will continue, while security zones will be established in the areas surrounding Damascus for the people to continue their lives,’ he added.

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A look at Iranian newspaper front pages on February 25

The top story in today’s papers was the remarks made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about the post-ISIS era and the continuation of the Takfiri ideology in the region. Several papers also covered his comments about the conditions set by the US for the Iran nuclear deal as well as those about Saudi Arabia’s dependence on the West in terms of security.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks in rejection of attempts to Islamize sciences also received great coverage.

Also a top story was the recent arrest of environmentalists on charge of espionage and the prosecution of criminals affiliated with Dervishes involved in the recent violence in Tehran.

The above issues, as well as many more, are highlighted in the following headlines and top stories:

 

19 Dey:

1- Zarif: ISIS Not Over Yet

2- Iran MP Rejects Conditions Set by Trump for JCPOA Revision


 

Abrar:

1- US Official: We Don’t Want to Engage in Fight against Iran-Backed Forces in Iraq, Syria

2- Iraqi Kurdistan MP Urges Iran, Russia to Make Turkey Stop Afrin Operation


 

Abrar-e Eqtesadi:

1- ATR Plane Crash Case Discussed in Parliament: Ministries of Roads, Welfare Guilty


 

Afkar:

1- Zarif: Our Neighbours Have Based Regional Security on Making Anti-Iran Coalitions


 

Aftab-e Yazd:

1- Negative Signals from Land of Ice

  • Russian People Not Interested in Tehran-Moscow Cooperation

2- Baghdad’s Unkindness to Tehran: Iraq Continues to Impose Restrictions on Iranian Traders

3- Iran’s Points in Fight against Corruption Improved


 

Arman-e Emrooz:

1- Ahmadinejad Might Be Arrested: Conservative Figure


 

Donya-ye Eqtesad:

1- Zarif: Regional Security Cannot Be Bought from Outside Anymore


 

Ebtekar:

1- Crisis Circulates from Afrin to Ghouta


 

Etemad:

1- US Planning for Permanent Presence in Iraq, Syria

  • Is a War Coming?


 

Ettela’at:

1- No Country Will Progress in Isolation: Iranian Cultural Official

2- Zarif: World Moving towards Post-Western Era

3- Gov’t Spokesman: Iran Not to Negotiate Over Its Nat. Security, Defence Capacity


 

Iran:

1- School Built in Underdeveloped Sistan and Baluchestan in Memory of Mirzakhani

2- Culture Minister: Visual Arts Language of Iran’s Dialogue with World


 

Javan:

1- Tehran Prosecutor: Criminals Affiliated with Deviant Cult to Be Prosecuted Soon


 

Jomhouri Eslami:

1- Rouhani Expresses Opposition to Unnecessary Restrictions in Scientific Places

2- US Decision on Embassy Relocation Widely Condemned


 

Ka’enat:

1- Addressing Conference on Post-ISIS Era, Zarif Explains Post-Western World, ISIS Ideology


 

Kayhan:

1- Professors Are Respected; Prevent Spies from Moving Around Freely

  • Rouhani: We Shouldn’t Be Suspicious of Our Professors, Researchers

2- FATF Says Iran Must Criminalize Funding Resistance Groups!

3- Ansarullah’s Missile Hits Saudi Command Base in Ma’rib, Defeats Patriot System


 

Payam-e Zaman:

1- Zarif: Iran Most Powerful, Safest Country in Region


 

Resalat:

1- Zarif: US Cannot Set Conditions for Iran Nuclear Deal

2- Rouhani: Industry Has Stolen Our Fresh Air

3- US Preventing Improved Ties between Two Koreas

  • Washington to Impose Harshest Sanctions on Pyongyang


 

Rooyesh-e Mellat:

1- Zarif: ISIS Fruit of US Invasion of Iraq


 

Roozan:

1- Middle East on Verge of War on Jerusalem al-Quds


 

Sepid:

1- Beginning of New Chapter in Iran-Japan Health Ties


 

Shahrvand:

1- Mobile Gas Station: New Form of Delivering Gas to Citizens

2- Advisor to Iran’s Science Minister: Iran’s Education System Must Be Transformed


 

Shargh:

1- Rouhani: Science Cannot Be Linked to Ideology


 

Sobh-e Now:

1- ICT Minister Says Two Operators to Be Tried for Disclosing Clients’ Information

2- Nasrallah Declares Time for Picking Fruit of Resistance

 

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No need to meet IAEA requirements for N-propulsion

“Considering the maritime potentials of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the international arena and the fact that Iran is one of countries with high water traffic in the world, it is necessary to use the nuclear propulsion technology,” said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the Chairman of Iran’s Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, on Sunday.

The Iranian legislator made the remarks touching upon the start of nuclear propulsion projects and activities in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He described the measure as a move toward tapping the potentials in exploring the oceans and providing fuel for submarines.

“Nuclear propulsion is not an issue that the International Atomic Energy Agency is unaware of,” said the lawmaker.

“The Mr. President’s decree of starting the nuclear propulsion project has been issued and the supports have been provided for constructing the buildings and so far no international entity has protested against it,” recounted Mr. Boroujerdi.

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Iran, Iraq heads of mission meet in Sulaymaniyah

Iranian Consul General in Iraq’s Erbil Morteza Ebadi said, “an expert-level meeting of Iranian heads of delegation was held in Iranian Consulate General in Sulaymaniyah of Iraq on Saturday in the presence of Iraj Masjedi Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Iraq and a number of officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Iranian heads of mission in Iraq periodically hold expert-level meetings at country’s representative offices in order to study various issues and assess the degree of progress in the assigned activities, he maintained.

With regard to the content of these expert-level sessions, he reiterated, “political, economic, scientific and educational issues especially bilateral relationship between Iran and Iraq were analyzed expertly and strategies of strengthening it were taken into consideration scientifically.”

Making effort to identify thoroughfares and Iranian border marketplaces with northern Iraq was also considered as the other main topics of the discussion, the ambassador concluded.

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Weekly report: Iranian, Russian FMs discuss regional issues

February 25, The Iran Project – Valdai conference 2018 opens in Moscow; Rescue teams find wreckage of crashed Iranian plane; Supporter of Sufi leader kills 3 police in Iran; Iran, Russia FMs discuss regional issues; Spanish and Dutch FMs trip to Iran and meeting with senior officials; Iranians commemorate victims of ATR-72 passenger plane; Iran President Rouhani attends Kharazmi Int’l Award ceremony; ‘Patterns of Regional Order in Post-ISIS Era’ conference held in Tehran and Maritime search, rescue exercise in Persian Gulf are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (February 19–February 25).

 

Politics

All 66 on board killed after plane crashes in central Iran

A passenger plane has crashed in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj, killing all 66 people on board, authorities said on Sunday.

Valdai conference 2018 opens in Moscow

The international Valdai Discussion Club’s conference 2018 began Monday in Moscow with Iran’s Foreign Minister as one of its participatants.

Iran has no military bases in Syria – FM Zarif

Iran has no military bases or military presence in Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday.

Turkish, Iranian presidents discuss Syria on phone

The Turkish and Iranian presidents exchanged views over the phone late Monday on the latest developments in Syria, particularly Afrin and Idlib, according to presidential sources.

Bodies of 30 plane crash victims found in Iran’s southwestern mountains

Iranian rescue workers have spotted the bodies of 30 passengers of an Aseman Airliner that crashed with 66 people on board in the country’s mountainous southwest on Sunday.

Azeri president, Iranian defense minister discuss issues of interest

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, currently visiting Baku, Azerbaijan, conferred with President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday.

President Rouhani slams recent riots in northern Tehran

President Hassan Rouhani strongly condemned violent acts committed by any group, saying that his government won’t tolerate this kind of behavior and insulting the police which protect security and order in society in any way.

Tehran welcomes cementing ties with EU, including Netherlands

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran expressed satisfaction over the amicable ties and cooperation with the Netherlands and stated: “Tehran welcomes further deepening of ties with the European Union member states, including the Netherlands and seeks to promote these relations to serve the interests of both nations”.

Iran committed to security of its neighbors: Defense minister

Iran remains committed to the security of its neighboring countries and will help them maintain it, says the Iranian defense minister, who is on a two-day trip to Azerbaijan.

Iran, Spain sign two MoUs

Two memorandums of understanding on politic and railway transportation were signed by the Iranian and Spanish foreign ministers on Wednesday.

IAEA once again verifies Iran’s compliance with nuclear deal

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed that Iran is living up to its commitments under the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement.

Iran bans flights of French-Italian built ATR-72 jets

Iran banned flights of all its ATR-72 aircraft following the crash of an ATR passenger plane which claimed the lives of 66 people on board this week.

Iran, Syria working closely to de-escalate situation in Ghouta: Araqchi

Iran is working closely with Syria in order to bring calm back to parts of the Arab country that have witnessed renewed violence as a result of increased terrorist activities over the past days, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says.

Iran FM Zarif: Daesh not over yet

The idea that Daesh is over should not come to anybody, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here on Saturday.

Iran, Syria to remain committed to 30-day ceasefire: Top general

Iran’s highest-ranking military commander says both Tehran and Damascus will adhere to the ceasefire resolution, but parts of the suburbs of Damascus controlled by the terrorists are not subject to the ceasefire.

Islamic countries legal mdicine organizations chiefs in Tehran

Heads of 15 Islamic countries legal medicine organizations started a three-day regional meeting in Tehran Alzahra University on Sunday.

 

Regional Affairs

Iran prepared to mend ties between Baghdad, ErbilA top aide to the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution says Tehran will never withhold any effort to enhance Iraq’s national unity, and is prepared to enhance ties between Iraq’s central government and Kurdistan Regional Government.

US plans to open embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds in May: Official

The United States is reportedly planning to open its embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds in May, a US official says.

Hezbollah chief warns Lebanese nation against voting for pro-US candidates

The secretary general of the Hezbollah resistance movement has warned the Lebanese nation against voting for pro-US candidates in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, saying such contenders will simply hand over the Arab country to Americans.

UN Security Council unanimously adopts resolution on Syria ceasefire

After several days of tense behind-the-scenes negotiations, the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution proposing a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire in Syria.

Iraq rejects Riyadh’s request to extradite over 400 Saudi ‘terrorists’

Iraq has rejected a request from Riyadh to hand over more than 400 Saudi Arabians, whom it has imprisoned on terrorism charges.

 

Economy

Trump set to oppose Boeing deal with Iran Air: Report

Officials at the Trump administration are using a case against an Iranian airliner to thwart a multibillion-dollar deal between Boeing and flag carrier Iran Air for the sale of new passenger planes, US reports say.

Iran Parliament approves next year budget bill

Iranian lawmakers on Thursday approved the next year budget bill in terms of resources and consumption.

Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies not recognized in Iran: Central Bank

The Central Bank of Iran says it has never recognized bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as official currency within the boundaries of the Islamic Republic and conducts no transactions in them.

US curbs bid to take Iran off FATF financial blacklist

The world’s financial watchdog has extended a waiver for punitive measures against Iran for another six months but refused to remove the country from its blacklist.

Iran to launch saffron stock exchange for 1st time

Iran will be introducing its saffron to the stock exchange for the very first time next Sunday, CEO of Central Organization for Rural Cooperatives announced today.

 

Society

Fajr international film festival unveils poster of Cinema Salvation

The 36th edition of the Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) has unveiled the poster of Cinema Salvation competition section, designed by Hamidreza Beydaghi.

Nemati nominated for Intl. Women’s Day Award

Iranian female archer Zahra Nemati has been nominated for the 2018 International Women’s Day Award following wining 2017 world archery athlete recently.

31st Khwarizmi Intl. Award kicks off in Tehran

The 31st Khwarizmi International Award (KIA) has gone underway at IRIB International Conference Center in Tehran in the presence of President Rouhani and a number of Iranian and foreign researchers.

Laureates of 31st Khwarizmi Intl. Award honored

Laureates for the 31st Khwarizmi International Award (KIA) have been honored on Sat. for their remarkable achievements in science and technology during a ceremony attended by President Rouhani.  

Iran’s ICT ministry launches donation campaign for quake-hit people

Iran’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has launched a campaign to help the survivors of the recent earthquake in the western province of Kermanshah ahead of the Persian New Year.

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Russian journalist walks off "ideological" Al Jazeera panel: "Putin has a very high percentage of support. And it’s not because people are stupid"

Journalist and TV host Vladimir Pozner.

    

Vladimir Pozner, one of Russia’s most-respected journalists, walked out of an Al Jazeera panel on the upcoming Russian election after it became clear that it would only be “an ideological debate” void of real analysis.

The Friday installment of Mehdi Hasan’s UpFront program on Al Jazeera English was devoted to Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election and the upcoming election in Russia, which incumbent President Vladimir Putin is predicted to win, according to polls.

The second part featured a 15-minute panel of experts, including Pozner, fellow journalist Evgenia Albats, and political activist Vladimir Kara-Murza. Albats and Kara-Murza, both outspoken opposition figures in Russia, took turns dismissing the upcoming vote as “not a real election,” after which came Pozner’s turn to speak, which he used to graciously bow out.

“When I was asked to participate in this program, I said I was not interested in getting into a debate. I am not a debater, I am a journalist. I am not opposition… I am not a big fan of Putin’s, but I like to try to be objective,” he said.


Comment: A rarity in mainstream journalism and politics these days: WikiLeaks: Al Jazeera now controlled by US Government

“People do go to the poll and they do vote. And for whatever reasons, Putin has a very high percentage of support. And it’s not because people are stupid. I say again, I am not a Putin supporter, but either you have to see things the way they are or you describe them the way you want them to be or want people to believe them to be,” Pozner said.

“What I am going to do is to let the two people talk and agree with each other on all the negative things they are going to say and I will do some other stuff that is much more interesting for me,” he added, explaining that he did not care to participate in “an ideological debate.”

As Pozner was leaving, Kara-Murza implied that he was a secret Putin supporter who was running away from honest debate, while Albats remarked that Russia’s Channel One, which she called part of a state propaganda machine, has an interview program hosted by Pozner. The discussion then drifted on to the perils of being an opposition figure in Russia and whether or not Putin will step down after his next term ends.

Explaining the move later on his webpage, Pozner said he was misled into thinking the program would be an honest attempt to show foreign viewers the complex situation with elections in Russia. He said the program was initially supposed to give airtime to other experts in addition to Pozner, and that he expressed concerns about the format after learning about the substitutions.

“I stressed that I would not take part in political debates, first, because I do not seek to argue with either Evgenia Albats or Vladimir Kara-Murza, and second, because the [Al Jazeera] audience knows absolutely nothing about Russia and will not understand anything, ultimately deciding that whoever speaks ‘smoother’ must be right. I was assured there would be no debate,” he said.

The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18. The term of office is six years and no president can have more than two terms in a row, which means that if Putin wins, he will not be able to seek re-election in 2024.

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USGS reports Kilauea volcano wall collapse in Hawaii

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Volcanic activity on Kilauea volcano’s East Rift Zone continues, and scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are documenting it.

On February 10 at 8:21 in the morning, a large portion of the northeastern rim of the west pit in Pu’u O’o collapsed. Prior to and during the rim collapse, the adjacent ground also subsided.

There have been several active breakouts and lava channels on the Pulama pali over the past few days.

No lava is flowing into the ocean, and the ongoing flows do not poses any threat to nearby communities at this time.

USGS also produced a new map of the flow field:

his map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow

    

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Ebeko Volcano on Kurils, Russia sends two-kilometer ash plume into air

Explosive event at Ebeko volcano on 23 May, 2017

    

Volcano Ebeko is a natural sight featuring quite often in news reports, as it frequently stages spectacular “ash” shows for those living on Russia’s Sakhalin island as well as guests to the picturesque Far Eastern region.

On Saturday, the volcano, which lies on Paramushir island on the Northern Kurils sent up into the air an ash plume of about 2 kilometers above the sea level. “The ash cloud has moved east of the volcano,” a report by a local volcano eruption response unit [KVERT] of Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the Russian Academy of Sciences, reads.

The current activity of the volcano may impact low flights and operations of Severo-Kurilsk airport, KVERT group has noted.

Wind gusts have also reportedly brought volcano ash to the small town of Severo-Kurilsk, Russian media wrote.

Sporadic ash emissions were reported all through the year of 2017, with dense ash plumes rising several hundred meters, which was easilyobserved from Severo-Kurilsk. The activity reportedly continued with a moderate emission of steam and gas, triggered by ground waters, which get heated by an underlying magma. The latter doesn’t usually reach the surface, though.

The Kuril islands in Russia’s breathtakingly beautiful Sakhalin region, are a volcanic archipelago that occupies a vast land of roughly 1,300 kilometers northeast of Japan’s Hokkaido to Russia’s Kamchatka, drawing a line between the Sea of Okhotsk and the north Pacific Ocean.

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Record snowfall for Vancouver, British Columbia – double previous record

Motorists sit in traffic as snow falls in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday February 23, 2018. Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver with 10 to 20 centimetres of snow expected.

    

Almost double the previous record, but “not one single media organization put the term ‘record’ in the title of their news,” says reader David Taylor. Didn’t mention the word “record” until 10 paragraphs down.

23 Feb 2018 – “Between eight and 10 centimetres of snow had accumulated in Vancouver by Friday afternoon, Environment Canada said, breaking the Feb. 23 snowfall record of 4.8 centimetres set back in 1940.

“As much as 11 centimetres of snow fell on parts of Richmond during the same time, and the North Shore saw as much as 13 centimetres in some areas.

“Vancouver’s director of streets, Taryn Scollard, said even the city’s own snowplows and salt trucks are getting stuck.”

Thanks to David Taylor for this link.

“Not one single media organization put the term ‘record’ in the title of their news,” says David.

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Helix structure discovered in tail of human sperm (PHOTO)

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How have we never seen this?

The sperm’s tail is perhaps one of the most iconic structures among all of the cells in the human body, so it’s odd to think there are still some things we don’t know about it.

It turns out there is a weird kind of helix right at the very tip of the tail nobody has noticed before. The researchers responsible for the discovery are yet to work out what it does, but figuring it out could help us understand why some sperm are better swimmers than others.

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and the University of Colorado used an imaging trick that combines electron microscopy with the ‘slice-by-slice’ action of CT scans.

Called cryogenic electron tomography, the process produces high detail snapshots of objects down to the nanometre scale that can be recombined into a 3D image.

“Since the cells are depicted frozen in ice – without the addition of chemicals which can obscure the smallest cell structures – even individual proteins inside the cell can be observed,” says molecular biologist Johanna Höög from the University of Gothenburg.

Höög and her team used the Nobel prize winning method to get a close-up look at the protein structures inside the tail, or flagellum, of the humble human spermatozoon.

Most of what we know currently about the whip-like extrusions that serve cellular motors come from studies on microscopic organisms such as protists.

Flagella such as those that drive sperm cells consist of three sections – the mid piece, which contains the mitochondrion, the principal ‘propeller’ section, and a small terminus at the tip.

The propeller consists of a complex of rod-like microtubules called dMTs interlinked with moving proteins.

The interactions between the proteins and the microtubules make the flagellum flick in a controlled fashion, wiggling the sperm through its environment.

“The movement of thousands of motorproteins has to be coordinated in the minutest of detail in order for the sperm to be able to swim,” says Höög.

In scanning its structure, the researchers turned their attention to the end of the tail containing the terminus.

Extending about a tenth of the way down the flagellum, inside the hollows of each of the microtubules, was a cellular structure nobody had described seeing previously – a helix that wound in a left-handed spiral.

Because scientists can’t help themselves, they came up with the perfect acronym for this novel helix: a Tail Axoneme Intra-Lumenal Spiral.

Or … wait for it … TAILS.

What the TAILS does inside the flagellum’s microtubules is anybody’s guess. The researchers do have their suspicions, however.

“We believe that this spiral may act as a cork inside the microtubules, preventing them from growing and shrinking as they would normally do, and instead allowing the sperm’s energy to be fully focussed on swimming quickly towards the egg,” says lead author of the study Davide Zabeo from the University of Gothenburg.

The researchers also speculate in their study that the structure could also help steer the sperm in the right direction or enable them to swim rapidly.

No doubt more research will help clear up its role in sperm motility.

Knowing all we can about what makes a sperm healthy could show us why some of these DNA delivery systems just aren’t making the grade.

While there are numerous causes of infertility among men, abnormal tails – or ciliopathy as it’s known – is known to be a contributing factor in many cases.

Staring down the barrel of a potential global male fertility crisis, every little bit could help us diagnose and treat those with slow sperm.

It also makes you wonder just how many other hidden structures there are inside our bodies waiting to be discovered.

This research was published in Scientific Reports.

The left-handed helix on the tip of the sperm tail.

    

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James Tracy: Ten Reasons Parkland Narrative Stinks

by James F. Tracy

(abridged by henrymakow.com) 

Below is a brief discussion of the most glaring inconsistencies and overall problems evident in information and coverage of the Parkland incident that necessitate further consideration of the overall event.

1. Missing Surveillance Video. Ensconced in a locale boasting a $600,000 media property value. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is among the most modern and well-funded in Florida. Like other schools throughout the state, the campus was equipped with a comprehensive video monitoring system of buildings’ interior passages and exterior walkways. The Broward County School District is withholding video taken during the February 14, 2018 mass shooting at the school that could reveal exactly how the event transpired. It appears that some video may have been obtained by the Miami Herald, which posted it with the headline, “Video Shows Blood-Smeared Floor, Body Inside Douglas Classroom.” The article has since been removed from the newspaper’s website.


2. Scripted Lines? A Stoneman Douglas high school junior and ROTC member, Colton Haab, who sought to participate in a CNN TownHall broadcast on February 21, claimed the cable network provided him with a list of “scripted questions.” “I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinions on my questions,” Haab explained to local ABC affiliate, WPLG-TV. “CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted.” 

Shortly thereafter Haab stated on FoxNews that based on his experience he believed all of the questions asked by Stoneman Douglas students and community members at the CNN TownHall were scripted.

3. Manufactured Dissent? Stoneman Douglas High students impacted by the event were rapidly mobilized by Democratic political leaders to advocate for the Party’s foremost rallying cries-strengthened gun control laws. News media including CNN and state and federal Democratic Party operatives, including Florida Representative and former Democratic Party National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, advised key Stoneman students in organizing the #NeverAgain movement and arranging protests, including a lobbying trip to Tallahassee to meet with Florida legislators. Parkland, however, is represented by Democratic Representative Ted Deutch, another staunch gun control advocate.

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According to the New Yorker, Wasserman Schultz and her aides touched base with Stoneman junior and NeverAgain leader-in-training Jaclyn Corin on February 15-one day after the shooting. “Conversations with state representatives followed, and preliminary arrangements were made to bus a hundred Douglas students and fifteen chaperones to Tallahassee to address the state legislature. Yesterday, I asked Corin if she had been politically active before the shooting. ‘Not even a little bit,’ she said.”

Corin appears especially astute having absolutely no previous experience in issue-oriented politics. “The action has been so quick,” the 17-year-old told the Naples Daily News. “And that’s necessary because this is a fresh and open wound and we can’t let it close up. We need to do something about it before it just disappears like it always has.”

4. Experts Speak Out. Those with military and school administrative experience have begun to step forward and question various troubling elements of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. For example, John Bouchell, a militarily trained weapons expert, security expert and school administrator based in Florida tweeted at length about how Parkland differed greatly from his own experiences defending his school during an active shooter event. 

5. Reports of Multiple Shooters. In numerous interviews, Stoneman Douglas students asserted there was more than one shooter in Building 12 as the event proceeded. Parkland student Jalen Martin claims the United States Secret Service visited the high school’s campus weeks before the incident, altering the active shooter response protocol. Is this why Douglas school resource officer and Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson remained outside the classroom building as the carnage ensued? Another student claimed she saw and spoke to alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz in Building 12 during the event [and heard shots emanating from elsewhere.] A Stoneman Douglas teacher told MSNBC faculty were informed there would be an active shooter drill sometime during the spring semester, but were left in the dark as to the actual date or time of the exercise.

6. Crime Scene Demolition. Less than two days after the tragic shooting Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie proposed demolishing Building 12–the crime scene itself. The Florida State Legislature almost immediately agreed to help fund the teardown. One must ask why, just hours after the brutal deaths of 17 youths, plans for evidence destruction and a new memorial are even being pondered. “Just looking at that building and talking about it now, I have goosebumps out to my head [sic],” Runcie said. “I don’t know how teachers, students could get back in that building. I don’t even know how we’re going to open the whole campus, period.” Stoneman Douglas will join a long line of mass casualty event scenes, including Columbine, Aurora, and Sandy Hook, that have been destroyed. 

7. Abandoned Law Enforcement Protocols. On the afternoon of February 14, Stoneman Douglas school resource officer and Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson heard gunshots in Building 12 and rushed there but waited outside for four minutes as the massacre ensued. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, who could not explain Peterson’s behavior, acknowledged Peterson’s inaction was captured in campus surveillance video and suspended the deputy without pay. 

Israel thereafter told the press, “We’re not going to disclose the video at this time and we may never disclose the video.” Two additional deputies under Israel’s command Edward Eason and Guntis Treijs, were placed on administrative duties pending further investigation. Both deputies participated in 23 calls for service to Cruz’s home and may not have followed protocol….”I‘m completely disgusted,” said Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine, a former mayor of Parkland whose daughter attends Stoneman Douglas. “There is nobody in authority talking to each other and every organization that had a chance to stop this completely failed our children from top to bottom.”

8. Fight to Establish Official Narrative. There is a very well-defined struggle to establish and defend the official government/law enforcement narrative of the Stoneman Douglas mass shooting and prevent any questioning of this storyline. This campaign is being led in part by cable news giant and Time Warner subsidiary CNN. Alternative media have been banished from YouTube for sharing differing views and analyses of the Parkland shooting and earlier mass casualty events. A recent “Community Guidelines” policy change provides for the Google subsidiary to eliminate any videos it perceives as “targeting the victims of tragedies,” thus de facto censoring many important critical analyses of such events.

On February 23 CNN directly petitioned YouTube to shut down a channel run by libertarian commentator Alex Jones, claiming that its alternative reportage and commentary on the Parkland shooting runs afoul of YouTube’s policies….Such advocacy toward eliminating a media competitor and defending an official government narrative of such a controversial and still-unfolding event is especially concerning.

In another instance, Isaac Green, a thoughtful and popular commentator running the Anti-School YouTube channel who proffered an array of unconventional perspectives on Stoneman Douglas and political controversies, had all of his videos removed by YouTube. Shortly thereafter Google locked Green out of his account entirely.

9. FBI Involvement. Ongoing internal investigations on law enforcement responses to the threats Cruz posed already reveal how the FBI alongside local law enforcement repeatedly failed to follow up on reports of the supposed assailant’s unusual behavior, weapons ownership, and disturbing online media posts. The FBI’s failure in this regard was condemned by Florida Governor Rick Scott and the US Justice Department. The bureau admitted an individual close to Cruz phoned the FBI’s Public Access Line on January 5 to report information concerning Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, unpredictable behavior and ominous social media posts. The party also stated that Cruz could likely carry out a mass shooting. The information was never forwarded to the FBI’s Miami office and investigated further.

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Or was it? According to investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson, throughout the so-called “War on Terror” the FBI has been directly involved in cultivating terrorists through its network of informants, and often encouraging their activities. “Our nation’s top law enforcement agency, traditionally focused on investigating crimes after they occur,” writes Aaronson, “now operates more as an intelligence organization that tries to preempt crimes before they occur. But how many of these would-be terrorists would have acted were it not for an FBI agent provocateur helping them?” Was Cruz manipulated to take up arms against his Stoneman Douglas peers? Or, was he somehow maneuvered to the scene, as the observations of one eyewitness suggests, while other more capable gunmen carried out the slaughter?

10. Antipsychotic Drugs. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, Nikolas Cruz was receiving mental health services from Henderson Behavioral Health and accordingly “taking medication” for alleged psychiatric ailments. In 2016 Cruz’s adoptive mother Lynda Cruz stated that her son suffered from depression, ADHD, and autism, suggesting how Cruz was regularly consuming a cocktail of potent drugs that may have impacted his behavior and judgment prior to the shooting. The psychoactive drugs used to treat depression and ADHD have profoundly complex and potentially debilitating side effects when taken separately that are only compounded if administered in unison. These include agitation, hyperactivity, psychosis, and are further linked to suicidal and homicidal actions. 

Given the mass media’s heavy dependence on drug company advertising, the role that psychiatric drugs may play in mass shootings is almost always downplayed in reportage on such events. “The drugs aren’t the only causative factor,” journalist and author Jon Rappoport observes, “but they produce what I call the Johnny Appleseed effect throughout society. Sprinkle enough of the drugs among enough people and you get otherwise unexplainable violence popping up–in schools, in workplaces. The psychiatric plague eats out the country from the inside.”

Related – Makow- The Ghastly Truth Behind Terror 

“Victims” have no social media presence 

Two victims attended their own funeral

Another False Flag in Florida? 

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Toxic Water Seeps From Norwegian Mining Site in Brazil’s Amazon


SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After almost a week of denials by both Hydro Alunorte and Para state officials, experts from Brazil’s Health Ministry confirmed that basins carrying residue deposits from a Norwegian mining operation overflowed last weekend, dumping toxic waste into waterways and soil around the metropolitan area of Para’s capital, Belem, located in the Amazon region.

According to residents the heavy rains registered over the weekend, caused basins around Belem to overflow, including the ones within Hydro Alunorte’s compound. Now locals are worried the leakage may turn out to be another environmental disaster like the 2015 dam bust in Mariana, Minas Gerais, which killed 19 persons and contaminated thousands of acres of land and waterways.

“It was a lot of rain; there was water from coming from there [pointing to the mining company],” Raimundo Cunha who owns a family farm just outside of Belem told news media G1.

“It was red, black and muddy water, it filled everything here. It was dirty mud. We were afraid the children would catch something (disease),” added the farmer.

The document issued on Thursday by the Ministry’s Evandro Chagas Institute notes that the population of at least three communities in this region of the Amazon are at risk and recommends that potable water be provided to the population of those communities, who in their majority use shallow artesian wells as their water supply.

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Coal tycoon’s defamation lawsuit against John Oliver dismissed by judge


A judge has dismissed a coal mogul’s defamation lawsuit against comedian John Oliver and American TV network HBO.

Jeffrey Cramer, a West Virginia Judge, conceded to HBO’s argument that Bob Murray ceased to demonstrate the late night talk show host legally defamed him.

Bob Murray, a coal tycoon who is the CEO of coal mining giant Murray Energy Corp, asserted that Oliver portrayed his companies unfairly in a commentary about Donald Trump’s treatment of the coal industry.

Murray Energy Corp told The Independent the company would be appealing the judge’s decision.

Oliver, who hosts US show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, devoted a 24-minute segment last June to remarking on the decline of the coal industry and Mr Trump’s pledges to resuscitate it.

The comedian denounced the 78-year-old mining magnate, who is one of the largest independent operators of coal mines in the US, and drew attention to Mr Murray’s discussion of Barack Obama’s “evil agenda”.

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American Airlines subsidiary workers say they must take food stamps, sell blood to get by

The workers, some of whom are paid as little as $9.48 an hour, rallied last week at airports in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Orlando, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C.

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Syria war: UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire


The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

However, some of the biggest jihadist rebel groups, and their associates, are not covered by the truce, raising questions about its real impact.

The Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave near Damascus has been bombarded by government forces for the past week.

After the vote in New York, activists said air strikes were continuing.

The vote had been delayed several times since Thursday as members struggled to come to an agreement.

Russia, an ally of Syria’s government, wanted changes, while Western diplomats accused Moscow of stalling for time.

Some 500 people are said to have been killed by government forces in the enclave since last Sunday while rebels fire on Damascus has reportedly killed at least 16 civilians.

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Potentially toxic chemicals were found in e-cigarette vaper


A new warning about vaping published in Environmental Health Perspectives says there may be toxic levels of metals, including lead, that could be leaking from the heating coils of e-cigarettes.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health found metal traces in the aerosols inhaled by users, known as vapers.

The team tested liquids in the refilling dispensers from 56 Baltimore area vapers and found potentially unsafe levels of arsenic, chromium, manganese, nickel and lead.

Test results also showed that aerosol metal concentrations were highest for e-cigarettes with more frequently changed coils. Study authors pointed out that chronic inhalation of these metals has been linked to lung, liver, immune, cardiovascular and brain damage, and even cancers.

“It’s important for the FDA, the e-cigarette companies and vaper [users] themselves to know that these heating coils, as currently made, seem to be leaking toxic metals — which then get into the aerosols that vapers inhale,” said study senior author Ana María Rule, assistant scientist in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering.

The Food and Drug Administration has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, but has not issued any rulings on the matter so far.

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Egypt moves $15 billion closer to Israel

Abdulfattah al-Sisi’s Egypt is becoming increasingly dependent on Israel. (Egyptian President’s Office)

Slowly, surely and increasingly openly, Abdulfattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president, is moving his country closer to Israel.

This week, it was a $15 billion gas deal that will see Delek, an Israeli company, supply Egypt with natural gas over a 10-year period.

A “joyous day,” Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, proclaimed when the news broke.

“We have scored a key goal,” echoed al-Sisi a few days later as he tried to distance his government from the deal by emphasizing, in what the egypt today website characterized as an “important speech,” that this was purely a private sector deal.

The news comes not long after revelations in the US press that Israel’s military is helping its Egyptian counterpart fight an insurgency in the Sinai, including by flying bombing sorties over the impoverished area.

Relations don’t grow much more intimate than when one party invites the other to violate its sovereignty, and this does not promise to be an equal relationship. Rather, Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country with traditionally its most powerful military, is growing ever more reliant on Israel in two crucial areas: defense and energy.

This dependence bodes ill for Egyptians, who will find their politics circumscribed by Israel’s, and Palestinians, for whom any normalization of Israel’s role and position in the region and the world is a normalization of occupation and oppression that shows no sign of ending.

Anxious autocrats

Palestinians are increasingly finding their struggle obstructed not only by Israel but by autocratic Arab regimes whose legitimacies have been thoroughly shaken by the events of the so-called Arab Spring and who now fear the shadows where those Shia/ Muslim Brothers/ progressive democrats (all three of them)/ Jihadis/ Bahai/ Kurds or that fellow down the street with the shifty gaze all lurk.

Anxious autocrats are low hanging fruit for Israel, who can offer the assurance of a highly primed military that sees regular action in neighboring countries and over occupied Palestinian and Syrian territory while enjoying the seemingly unending and unbending support of the US. The cost, of course, is acquiescence with Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians, silence in the face of continued settlement expansion and acceptance of the annexation of Jerusalem and whatever other territory Israel might set its heart on.

Egypt’s autocrat has more reason for concern than most. Al-Sisi came to power in a military coup that ousted Egypt’s first and so far only democratically elected president. He has held on to power by force and by outlawing the main opposition Muslim Brotherhood. So tenuous does he feel his grip on power to be that he has even had to threaten and cajole potential rivals from within Egypt’s ruling class to drop any thoughts of candidacy in an upcoming presidential poll that may still shatter his own 96.91 percent record win in 2014.

In addition to the Sinai in the north, Egyptian national security interests are threatened in all directions: there is trouble with Sudan to Egypt’s south, an ongoing civil war in Libya to Egypt’s west, while Ethiopia’s plans for a Nile dam has also angered Cairo.

With friends like these

Egypt is vulnerable for the reasons all autocracies are. Rulers have no popular legitimacy, systems are unwieldy and elites are beholden to foreign interests and the military. The weaker a ruler, the more unwieldy the system and the more beholden the elites. Popular support for Palestinians has little impact as a result, perhaps especially in Egypt, protest weary and embittered as people there may understandably be.

Al-Sisi may still feel the need to distance his government from a lucrative gas deal with Israel, but that is probably because he wants to be loved rather than because he fears any serious public backlash.

Warming Egyptian-Israeli relations are part of a new reality forming in the region under which Palestinians are very much seen as pawns in a bigger game. What the bigger game is depends on where your vantage point is. It looks different from Riyadh than from Cairo, Doha, Ankara or Tehran.

And with red lines crossed every day in Syria and Yemen, it is little surprise that the days when Arab leaders might feel some shame at abandoning even the pretense of support for the Palestinian struggle are long gone.

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I thought that most Arabs and the world know it that most Arab leaders are appointed and conferred support by Tel Aviv

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You are not alone… Everyone does, but the devil is in the arrangements, with who on who’s land, resources, who taking the water, and this is not even touching the no go zones of religion, confessions and tribe.. Tell us how we need to arrange the details so that we will have peace, not that you want it.. What does your vision of peace look like?

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Israeli terrorism reduced to “nationalist” crime by New York Times

Israel’s visible gun culture has been downplayed by The New York Times.


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Israelis, according to The New York Times, carry out “nationalist” attacks against Palestinian civilians; Palestinians commit “terrorism” against Israeli civilians.

So indicates correspondent Isabel Kershner this week in the “newspaper of record.”

In a “Fact Check” piece, Kershner references Baruch Goldstein’s attack on Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. She writes, “There have also been occasional nationalist attacks against Palestinians by armed Israelis, such as the massacre perpetrated by Baruch Goldstein in Hebron in 1994 with an army-issued automatic rifle.”

The words “nationalist” and “massacre” are appropriate, but can Israeli settlers not commit “terrorism”? The absence of the word speaks to the fact that The New York Times regards some forms of violence as more acceptable than others, particularly the violence of a colonizing occupying force and its accompanying settlers against an occupied population.

The violence and intimidation brought to bear by that settler-colonial force is consistently described in less menacing terms than the response from those subjugated. This article is a clear example of such thinking.

Kershner reinforces this message throughout. “Palestinian gunmen carried out deadly terrorist attacks on a school in Maalot, near the border with Lebanon, in 1974 and at a rabbinical seminary in 2008,” she writes.

Kershner does not explain why this Palestinian violence is terrorism, but the Israeli violence is not. Readers are forced to conclude that terrorism is something Palestinians do, but Israelis simply act out of “nationalist” belief. These beliefs, evidently, shelter Israel from charges of terrorism.

Routine Israeli military gun violence against Palestinian civilians is not mentioned. Nor is there a mention of the impunity for Israeli soldiers responsible for the deaths of Palestinian school children in even the most egregious cases such as that of Iman al-Hams, which was reported by The New York Times at the time. She posed no threat, was repeatedly shot at close range and yet the Israeli officer who killed her was cleared.

Similar impunity for police officers and “stand your ground” vigilantes in the US is not cited, though racial bias pervades the legal systems of both countries.

Misleading

Elsewhere in the article, Kershner writes: “Guns are not seen as a hobby, but as a tool for self-defense, and if necessary, to help protect others from terrorism. And while Israel has sophisticated policing and intelligence aimed at stopping terrorism, it has little experience with the kinds of civilian mass shootings that have become the source of anguished debate in the United States.”

But this is grossly misleading. Israel does have abundant experience with “civilian mass shootings.” It is just that it is Palestinian civilians doing the dying – whether meted out by Israeli settlers as in the case of Goldstein or by Israeli soldiers.

Strikingly, Kershner reinforces the double standard when she recalls a Palestinian truck attack against Israeli soldiers. She notes, “Last year, a tour guide was among those who opened fire at a Palestinian driver who plowed his truck into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem.”

Kershner referred in that story to the incident constituting “terrorism.” She wrote of the January 2017 attack: “Israel buried its latest terrorism victims on Monday, the day after they were run down by a Palestinian man in a truck, enveloping them in the country’s familiar outpouring of love for its service members.”

The Electronic Intifada highlighted the flawed reporting guidelines at the newspaper at the time and quoted Jodi Rudoren, a former Jerusalem bureau chief and at the time deputy international editor, as commenting, “A truck ramming into a crowd felt like terrorism.”

An Israeli plane dropping bombs on Palestinian civilians, however, is not described as terrorism.

Perspective

Where one sits makes an enormous difference in what one regards as terrorism. The newspaper has yet to figure this out – or has ceded the language to right-wing organizations that insist one form of violence is terrorism and the other self-defense.

Anybody who has been in the occupied West Bank and confronted by an Israeli settler with a drawn weapon is apt to have a very different perspective on what constitutes legitimate resort to “self-defense.” From that perspective it looks less like self-defense than intimidation and the sensation felt is apt to be one of terror.

The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah last month pointed out how the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has similarly resorted to the “nationalistic” motives euphemism.

And Ahmad Tibi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament, this week used an opinion piece for Haaretz to admonish European leaders for failing to denounce Israeli attacks on Palestinians while consistently criticizing Palestinian attacks.

Tibi noted this tweet from the Norwegian ambassador to Israel and similar messages from the European Union, Austrian and Cypriot ambassadors.

In the piece for Haaretz, Tibi added, “I am not opposed to expressions of empathy. But why the willful blindness to empathize on both sides?”

Tibi also criticized US ambassador to Israel David Friedman for similar behavior.

Earlier this month, Tibi made a related point regarding European double standards when he pushed back against a tweet from Charlotte Slente, Denmark’s ambassador to Israel, in which she praised Israel’s “vibrant democracy.”

Tibi pointed her toward work by Adalah, a group campaigning for Palestinian citizens of Israel, highlighting “over 50 discriminatory laws against non-Jews.”

There is no other issue where quite so many people – from The New York Times to European leaders – are inclined to indulge in double standards and discriminatory practices.

Sadly, Kershner has brought forward her own double standards in an article that Second Amendment enthusiasts may cite in their ongoing battle to keep the US armed to the teeth no matter the cost to school children.

Yes, she claims that Israel has stricter gun laws, but that’s certainly not the experience of Palestinians confronted by Israeli soldiers and armed settlers in the occupied West Bank.

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‘Only the beginning’: 2,000yo mummies discovered at major Egyptian tombs (VIDEO)

The large necropolis (or cemetery) was uncovered south of Cairo, near the Tuna al-Gabal archaeological site that’s home to a range of tombs. It’s believed to be from the late Pharaonic to the early Ptolemaic period.

“It’s only the beginning of new discovery,” Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said on Saturday. “I think we will need at least five years to work on the necropolis.”

Archaeologists began excavating the area last year. They have since found tombs of the priests of Thoth, the god of moon and wisdom.

“It is a new human cemetery. We found at least forty sarcophagi [stone coffins],” El-Enany said. “We found many pottery, jewellery, canopic jars, more than one ushabti statue.”

“Eight shafts, eight tombs, coffins and at least forty stone coffins made out of limestone,” Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said. “And I believe that this is going to be a very promising area.”

One of the tombs has over 1,000 statues and alabaster canopic jars which are inscribed with hieroglyphics. These are designed to hold the mummified organs of a high priest of Thoth. The priest’s mummy was also discovered. It was decorated with beads and bronze sheets.

The sarcophagi are believed to belong to the priest’s family members. The coffins had hieroglyphics of the family names on them. Another newly discovered tomb contained statues of ancient priests, several coffins and other artifacts.

“It’s only the beginning,” said Enany. “We are very soon going to add a new archaeological attraction to Middle Egypt.” Egypt hopes the latest discovery will boost the tourism sector, which, although improving, has never recovered to levels seen before the Arab Spring in 2011.

However, the archaeologists aren’t the first to discover the tombs. “Unfortunately the thieves reached the tombs before us,” antiquities inspector Mohamed Ragab said. “We have only found rubble, all the mummies we have found are near-destroyed.”

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‘I’m no Putin fan, but one must accept facts’: Veteran journo walks out of Al-Jazeera panel (VIDEO)

The Friday installment of Mehdi Hasan’s UpFront program on Al Jazeera English was devoted to Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election and the upcoming election in Russia, which incumbent President Vladimir Putin is predicted to win, according to polls.

The second part featured a 15-minute panel of experts, including Pozner, fellow journalist Evgenia Albats, and political activist Vladimir Kara-Murza. Albats and Kara-Murza, both outspoken opposition figures in Russia, took turns dismissing the upcoming vote as “not a real election,” after which came Pozner’s turn to speak, which he used to graciously bow out.

“When I was asked to participate in this program, I said I was not interested in getting into a debate. I am not a debater, I am a journalist. I am not opposition… I am not a big fan of Putin’s, but I like to try to be objective,” he said.

“People do go to the poll and they do vote. And for whatever reasons, Putin has a very high percentage of support. And it’s not because people are stupid. I say again, I am not a Putin supporter, but either you have to see things the way they are or you describe them the way you want them to be or want people to believe them to be,” Pozner said.

“What I am going to do is to let the two people talk and agree with each other on all the negative things they are going to say and I will do some other stuff that is much more interesting for me,” he added, explaining that he did not care to participate in “an ideological debate.”

As Pozner was leaving, Kara-Murza implied that he was a secret Putin supporter who was running away from honest debate, while Albats remarked that Russia’s Channel One, which she called part of a state propaganda machine, has an interview program hosted by Pozner. The discussion then drifted on to the perils of being an opposition figure in Russia and whether or not Putin will step down after his next term ends.

Explaining the move later on his webpage, Pozner said he was misled into thinking the program would be an honest attempt to show foreign viewers the complex situation with elections in Russia. He said the program was initially supposed to give airtime to other experts in addition to Pozner, and that he expressed concerns about the format after learning about the substitutions.

“I stressed that I would not take part in political debates, first, because I do not seek to argue with either Evgenia Albats or Vladimir Kara-Murza, and second, because the [Al Jazeera] audience knows absolutely nothing about Russia and will not understand anything, ultimately deciding that whoever speaks ‘smoother’ must be right. I was assured there would be no debate,” he said.

The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18. The term of office is six years and no president can have more than two terms in a row, which means that if Putin wins, he will not be able to seek re-election in 2024.

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95yo Russian WWII veteran flies in air tube after parachute jump & scuba diving (VIDEO)

Maria Koltakova, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, flew in an air tube for the first time in her life. A Ruptly video shows the incredible woman courageously stepping into the tube, accompanied by two instructors.

“It feels very good, a top-of-the-world feeling. It was not scary,” Koltakova said. “And I liked it very much. I have even asked [to fly] for the second time and to fly even higher. It was amazing.”

Two years ago, Koltakova set a string of incredible records, such as a first-time parachute jump at the age of 93, becoming Russia’s oldest skydiver. “Last time I jumped on September 13, 2017 in Crimea, on the Klemetiev Mountain. It is 4,200 meters high,” the fearless woman told journalists.

Apart from parachute jumps, the veteran’s track record includes hang gliding, flying in a hot air balloon, and scuba diving. Koltakova participated in some key moments of World War II, including the 1943 Battle of Kursk and the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945. She was given 46 awards for her valor.

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‘Bibi go home!’ Israelis demand Netanyahu resignation over looming corruption charges (VIDEO)

The “Bibi Netanyahu go home” slogan once again united the Israeli crowd holding their weekly anti-government corruption protest in Tel Aviv. Waving signs that read “Bibi, you are not above the law,”“Love Israel, separate from Netanyahu,” they chanted, “A mafia country and a corrupt Prime Minister.”

Earlier this month Israeli police recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted over allegations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Despite the pressure and daily calls to resign, Netanyahu maintains his innocence, further exacerbating the public anger.

“In the past, whenever there was an indictment recommendation with the police, politicians used to resign,” one protester told RT’s Ruptly video agency. “It’s very difficult to see Bibi resigning. He’s not the kind of [person] who resigns.”

“I came here to protest and to defend the democracy in Israel because it’s important that people will fight corruption wherever it is because the government here forgot that they need to serve us and not we need to serve them,” noted another activist present at the rally.

Police earlier announced that they gathered sufficient evidence to start legal proceedings against the premier in two separate probes – Case 1000 and Case 2000. Although the recommendations were submitted to the attorney general, it may take months before the decision is made.

Case 1000 alleges that Netanyahu, along with his wife Sara, received lavish gifts worth thousands of dollars from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer, in exchange for favors. The other probe revolves around suspicions of Netanyahu conspiring with the owner of the top-selling Israeli newspaper, Arnon Mozes, to get a more positive coverage of himself. The Prime Minister has repeatedly denied the allegations as “baseless.”

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Flintstone’s children’s vitamins, owned by biotech giant Bayer, are full of questionable ingredients, including GMOs, aspartame, hydrogenated oils


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Parents who give their children vitamins normally do so out of concern for their health, which is why a closer look at the ingredients found in one of the most popular vitamins for children in the country is so shocking.

Dubbed “Pediatricians’ #1 Choice,” Bayer’s Flintstones Vitamins are one of the most successful brands on the market. Unfortunately, well-meaning parents who give these vitamins to their children are exposing them to a host of questionable ingredients. Here is a closer look at some of the dangerous things you’ll find in these vitamins.

Cupric Oxide

Each serving of the chewable variety of Flintstone’s Complete contains 2 milligrams of cupric oxide as a source of copper. However, the European Union’s Dangerous Substance Directive has classified cupric oxide as harmful and dangerous for the environment. It is used as a chemical for producing dry cell batteries and rayon fabric – hardly the sort of thing you want your children to eat on a daily basis!

Aspartame

Most children can’t swallow pills, so these vitamins are sweetened with aspartame to make them more palatable to young taste buds. Unfortunately, this synthetic mix of l-phenylalanine and aspartic acid turns into toxic formaldehyde and methanol in the body. Aspartame has been connected to dozens of negative health effects in studies, with carcinogenicity and neurotoxicity among the top concerns.

Coal Tar Artificial Coloring

This product contains the agents FD&C Blue #2, Yellow #6, and Red #40. Synthetic dyes like coal tar have been linked to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and some studies have shown that the neurotoxicity of artificial food coloring is heightened when it is combined with another of the vitamin’s ingredients, aspartame.

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

Hydrogenated oil is a semi-synthetic fatty acid that is known to incorporate into the body’s tissues and has been linked to a long list of health problems, including cancer, fatty liver disease, coronary artery disease, and even violent behavior.

Ferrous Fumarate

As you might suspect, ferrous fumarate is included as a source of iron. However, because this is in an industrial mineral not found in food in nature, it is possible to die from consuming too much of it. The inclusion of this ingredient warranted a warning on the label because accidental overdose of products that contain it is one of the top causes of fatal poisoning in children younger than six.

GMO Cornstarch

To be fair, this product isn’t loaded with GMO cornstarch, but it does contain it, which is something parents who go out of their way to avoid GMOs need to be aware of. It’s also likely that the ascorbic acid that provides the product’s vitamin C comes from GMO corn considering the fact that Bayer CropScience spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to defeat California’s Prop 37 GMO labeling bill.

Get vitamins and minerals from natural sources for optimum health

As you can see, this product might not be the health solution that the manufacturers want you to think it is. Parents who want to help their children boost their nutrition would do well to ensure they are eating a healthy and balanced diet. Getting nutrition from foods in their natural form is what nature intended for us and it’s how our bodies process vitamins and minerals best, so preparing healthy meals with organic food is the ideal route to take in your quest for good health. A vitamin cannot make up for a poor diet – especially not one that contains dangerous ingredients. Whole food supplements are another good alternative, but nothing compares to eating a well-rounded diet.

Sources for this article include:

GreenMedInfo.com

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