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Assange Case: U.S. Espionage Act Is Illegal, says John Kiriakou  View ?

Assange Case: U.S. Espionage Act Is Illegal, says John Kiriakou While Ecuador is expected to extradite Assange to the US, John Kiriakou, a "reluctant whistleblower" considered the first US intelligence officer to reveal information about the American intelligence community's use of torture techniques, comments the WikiLeaks' founder case in the following talk to Edu Montesanti. U.S. establishment, at a declared war against humanity. Edu Montesanti (*)

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(12/12/2018 @ 08:38)
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman spotlights solutions to end gender violence  View ?

Bringing 16 Days of Activism campaign to a close, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman, survivors and activists spotlight solutions to end violence against women Fundraising event for the life-changing work of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women held in Los Angeles, with #HearMeToo voices taking centre-stage   (Los Angeles) - Commemorating Human Rights Day and the global advocacy campaign "16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence", the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) today held a fundraising luncheon in Santa Monica, California. In the hometown of the #MeToo movement, the event brought together a power-house of survivors, dignitaries, UN officials, gender experts and Hollywood celebrities. Hosted by UN Women's Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman, the event celebrated the ground-breaking initiatives supported by the UN Trust Fund across the world over the past 22 years and highlighted the work that remains to end this human rights violation, which impacts one in three women worldwide.  The UN Trust Fund is the only global grant-making mechanism dedicated to eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls and is managed by UN Women, on behalf of the UN system.  Today's event brought to a close the global mobilization of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. This year's UN  theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and the 16 Days of Activism was "Orange the World: #HearMeToo", amplifying  the voices of women and girls around the world who have survived violence or who strive to defend women's rights-many of them very far away from the limelight or media headlines. A relentless champion to end the global pandemic of violence against women and girls, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman highlighted why she personally raises her voice on this issue, and why it must be of utmost priority for all: "When I became UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador some time ago, I met with women and girls who had survived violence and who were supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. I saw first-hand the real difference it makes in the lives of women and girls. I'm here today to continue this work and amplify the voices of women survivors through the media and help raise significant funds for programs that address this issue." "We are witnessing the power of a global sisterhood to end the normalization of violence against women and girls that is telling perpetrators "time is up". We must continue to amplify the voices of all survivors and activists, especially those who are typically marginalized or whose voices have been muted, and come together in global solidarity for change," said Under- Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka underlining the force of the mobilization that has taken hold globally, and the need to propel it further. Mesmerizing the event guests, actor and activist Gabriella Wright narrated the powerful story of Alice Mathe, a young woman survivor of violence from Zimbabwe, who is deaf. Unlike many others in her situation, Alice managed to access justice by taking her attacker to court, with the support of an UN Trust Fund initiative providing specialist services to girls and women with disabilities, and he is now in jail. An honoree at the event, the United States former Vice President Joe Biden received the Orange Heart award. Other notable speakers included Aldijana Sisic, Chief of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, and Clea Guerra Romero representing UN Trust Fund grantee Flora Tristan Women's Centre in Peru. Sherwin Bryce-Pease, UN Bureau Chief of South African Broadcasting Corporation as emcee and musical performances by David Hernandez, added their unique flavor to the powerful event. The luncheon highlighted the continued dearth of resources for global interventions to end violence against women and girls and called upon those in attendance to contribute to support interventions funded by the UN Trust Fund, which has supported 460 organizations in the last 22 years, reaching over 6 million people last year alone. Aldijana Sisic, Chief of the UN Trust Fund, highlighted the significance of investing in ending the human rights violation of violence against women and girls: "The long-term test for all of us is not whether we bring down a few powerful men, but whether we ensure we do not let down and leave behind millions of women and girls around the world. We now have an opportunity to build on the courage of survivors in the wake of the #MeToo movement, born in this very city, and demonstrate the systemic nature of violence against women and girls." Since 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women) this year, the 16 Days of Activism have brought together governments, communities, survivors, activists and the public to raise awareness on the urgent need to end violence against women and girls. Over 600 campaign activities have been held in over 90 countries around the world, with iconic buildings and monuments being lit in orange to call for a violence-free future, such as the Angel of Independence in Mexico City, the majestic Giza pyramids in Egypt or the Yangon City Hall in Myanmar. In powerful public events in dozens of countries around the world, including public concerts in Chile, Colombia and Bangladesh, using murals in Afghanistan and in public transportation hubs in El Salvador, Vanuatu, and The Philippines, global citizens have stood in solidarity with survivors and advocates.

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(12/12/2018 @ 05:32)
Israel’s War on Palestinian Schoolchildren  View ?

Israel’s War on Palestinian Schoolchildren  by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman)  Israel is a flagrant human rights abuser, Palestinians treated like enemies of the state, children as viciously mistreated as adults.  They’re terrorized by Israel ruthlessly. Though some are too young to know why, they learn soon enough what they’re up against - what oppressive apartheid rule is all about.  Israel ratified the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It doesn’t matter, the Jewish state brazenly violating its provisions.  Article 37 states in part:  “No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”  “No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily.”  “The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.”  “Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age.”  “Every child deprived of his or her liberty shall have the right to prompt access to legal and other appropriate assistance, as well as the right to challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court or other competent, independent and impartial authority, and to a prompt decision on any such action.”  Principle 1 of the 1959 UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child states:  “Every child, without exception whatsoever, shall be entitled to (fundamental human and civil) rights, without distinction or discrimination on account of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, whether of himself or of his family.”  They’re entitled to special protections and opportunities to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually, and socially under conditions of freedom and dignity.  Not in Occupied Palestine. They’re terrorized for not being Jewish - at home, at play, and at school, including by tear gas fired into schoolyards and classrooms.  Last week, the IDF lied, denying that soldiers fired a tear gas canister at a Hebron school. They were caught red-handed on video, the incident happening in mid-November.  A Big Lie followed, the IDF claiming it was in response to children throwing stones. In class at the time, they were unaware of what was about to happen until aggressively attacked by tear gas.  It wasn’t an isolated incident. It happens repeatedly throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  An IDF spokesman turned truth on its head, saying “(r)iots (sic) take place on a weekly basis in the vicinity of schools, where rocks are thrown at forces and civilians,” adding:   “As a rule, no tear gas is used against schools. However, the changes in weather must be taken into account and some of the tear gas smoke might disperse with the wind in different directions.”  Video evidence outside Hebron’s Al Khalil Schools for Boys showed an unprovoked soldier, firing a tear gas canister into the school’s yard. Its teachers explained that the same thing happens repeatedly.  According to Breaking the Silence research director Ron Zaidel, “while thousands of Palestinian students are suffocating from tear gas, the IDF spokesperson is trying to put up a smoke screen to hide the reality on the ground from the public,” adding:   “(T)housands of testimonies that we have collected over the years clearly show that violence against children is an unavoidable part of the military dictatorship ruling a civilian population.”   “When the facts are clear and known, each and every one of us must ask ourselves a simple question: Is this reality acceptable to us, or is it not?”  According to Palestinian officials, in 2017 alone, Israeli soldiers attacked 95 West Bank schools - terrorizing and traumatizing young children.  In its annual report, the Palestinian education ministry documented evidence of over 80,000 children and nearly 5,000 teachers and staff attacked by soldiers or settlers.  Last year, nine students were killed, around 600 children and teachers injured, hundreds arrested for the crime of teaching and learning.  What’s going on is related to Israeli land theft for exclusive Jewish development and use - including settlement construction, commercial projects, closed military zones, parks, open spaces, and the Separation Wall.  Palestinian schools are being demolished to make way for the above developments, young children and teachers terrorized to force them out.  Under the pretext of building classrooms without virtually impossible to get permits, Israeli authorities demolished EU-funded schools.  Military checkpoints and other obstructions greatly delay or prevent thousands of students and hundreds of teachers from reaching existing classrooms.  According to Masafer Yatta village council member Nidal Younis, “(c)an anyone else in the world imagine themselves as a child, or imagine their children, trying to get a proper education under these conditions?”  Can anyone imagine the obstacles teachers and schoolchildren face under conditions hostile to teaching and learning?  Israel wants control over all valued parts of Judea and Samaria - systematic ethnic cleansing its way of achieving its goal at the expense of millions of Palestinians denied their fundamental rights.  Young children in their formative years are harmed most.  VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: (Home - Stephen Lendman). Contact at   My newest book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."   Photo: By Carolmooredc - Own work, Public Domain,

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(12/11/2018 @ 16:28)
Toughness the Only Language US Understands  View ?

Toughness the Only Language US Understands  The US is addicted to endless wars of aggression against one nation after another - enemies invented to attack because real ones don't exist. by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman)
(12/11/2018 @ 16:22)
Macron Regime at War on Social Justice  View ?

Macron Regime at War on Social Justice by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman) Hubris, arrogance, and contempt for ordinary people define him. Macron represents virtually everything just societies abhor. 
(12/10/2018 @ 06:30)
Fascist Ukraine Backed by US-Led NATO Might  View ?

Fascist Ukraine Backed by US-Led NATO Might by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman) Syria and Ukraine are the world's top hot spots. Flashpoint conditions in both countries risk greater conflicts than ongoing ones in the Middle East and Central Europe, including near Russia's border.

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(12/10/2018 @ 06:25)
We, the People of Britain, do not want Brexit  View ?

We, the People of Britain, do not want Brexit The British public made a mistake two years ago, easily led by a campaign of false promises and lies. Today REMAIN would win 60%-40% at the very least. The United Kingdom is not a democracy nor is it run on democratic principles. We like to think so, we like to preach so but in fact our political system of first-past-the-post means that in England political parties outside the main two (Labour and Conservative)  as a rule do not get represented in Parliament (with the exception of a few Liberals and the Green Party), meaning that you can get twenty per cent of the vote and have nobody in Parliament to represent you.

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(12/09/2018 @ 14:24)
Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Ukraine and Britain  View ?

Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Ukraine and Britain by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman) Years of diplomatic conflict resolution efforts in Syria produced no breakthroughs. Washington and its imperial partners want endless war and regime change, not peace.
(12/08/2018 @ 13:19)
How I became a revolutionary and internationalist: André Vltchek  View ?

How I became a revolutionary and internationalist: André Vltchek My mother was a baby when the WW II erupted. Half of my family died during the siege of Leningrad, starved and bombed by German Nazis. Binu Mathew, Editor of interviews Andre Vltchek
(12/06/2018 @ 07:32)
Syria Thwarts Israeli Air Attacks?  View ?

Syria Thwarts Israeli Air Attacks? Overnight, Israel launched aerial attacks on Syrian targets, what it's done scores of previous times in the last two years alone.  by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman)
(12/06/2018 @ 04:39)
Endless US Wars  View ?

Endless US Wars America's military, industrial, security, media complex (including Wall Street) supports waging them endlessly. That's why they don't end. by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman)
(12/06/2018 @ 04:23)
Pompeo Lied About Iran's Legitimate Ballistic Missile Program  View ?

Pompeo Lied About Iran's Legitimate Ballistic Missile Program by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman) US strategy against sovereign independent governments it wants toppled involves inventing reasons to vilify them, Big Lies supported by major media acting as imperial press agents, imposing illegal sanctions, using destabilizing tactics, waging propaganda war, and if all else fails, launching naked aggression to smash them.

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(12/05/2018 @ 09:06)
Thank you Colin Kaepernick  View ?

Thanks in part to the overt racism and sexism of Donald Trump, there have been numerous discussions about these issues and their prevalence in American culture.  On an almost weekly basis, websites are flooded with stories about people who espouse racist or sexist views in public, on social media, and at the ballot box. Whenever such incidents occur, Internet news sites are usually quick to condemn offenders, who sometimes suffer such consequences as loss of employment, eviction, and even criminal charges. But there is an unspoken adage in America, and indeed in any capitalist country:  Wrap evils in enough money, and they cease to be viewed as evils.

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(12/05/2018 @ 06:44)
Brexit: The UK's insult to democracy  View ?

Brexit: The UK's insult to democracy The government of the United Kingdom is hell-bent on leading its lemmings off the cliff, taking a leap into the unknown, ingorant of the disaster Brexit will be The British have brought us many quirky delights and many wonderful moments of entertainment. Good examples of these are the wonderful English breakfast, which is a bowl of cereals and milk, fried bacon and eggs and sausages, baked beans and mushrooms, toast, orange juice and coffee, a blast of calories which sends you way over your needs before you hit the bathroom for a shower and a shave.

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(12/04/2018 @ 06:32)
The Bush Family Dynasty  View ?

The Bush Family Dynasty by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman) World headlines announced the passing of GHW Bush at age-94, eulogizing him, ignoring the disturbing Bush family legacy.
(12/03/2018 @ 12:15)
Lots to Protest About at the G20 Summit  View ?

Lots to Protest About at the G20 Summit by Stephen Lendman ( - Home - Stephen Lendman) Protests marked earlier G20 summits, including the just concluded one in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
(12/03/2018 @ 06:44)
Philippine Rights group remembers two activists murdered by death squads  View ?

Philippine Rights group remembers two activists murdered by death squads Aldwin Quitasol BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - While the president of the country is announcing his plans to create his Duterte Death Squad (DDS) that he claims to go against the partisan units or "sparrow units" of the New Peoples Army (NPA) and kill them in cold blood, the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) remembers two human rights defenders who were extra judicially killed after they were politically vilified as "enemies of the State".

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(12/03/2018 @ 06:12)
L'Antidiplomatico Interview: Andre Vltchek interviewed by Alessandro Bianchi  View ?

L'Antidiplomatico Interview: Andre Vltchek interviewed by Alessandro Bianchi    AB: Let's start from today's crisis in the Sea of Azov. The European Union and NATO have given full support to Ukraine after the violation of Russian sovereignty by two Ukrainian vessels. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gave his full support to Poroshenko, who declared martial law. What does a country like Italy risk in continuing its accession to NATO?

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(12/02/2018 @ 14:42)
MED 2018: Italy's Double Standards Towards NATO and Russia  View ?

MED 2018: Italy's Double Standards Towards NATO and Russia Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360° on NOVEMBER 25, 2018 Marinella Correggia Internationalist 360°
(12/01/2018 @ 14:09)
Homosexuality and the Decline in American Values  View ?

This paper presents an opinion which is not likely to be accepted by most modern Americans, especially those who are millennials and the homosexual community.       It is not meant to be considered homophobic, but an opinion based upon facts.       While being considered for Pravda, more than likely it would not be presented favorably by mainstream media in America, which tends to support this type of lifestyle. Furthermore, nothing has really changed that much through history, since President Lincoln, the "savior" of American, a Marxist and anti-Jeffersonian was an alleged bi-sexual (Brookhiser, 2005). Surely, numerous citations throughout history could be presented, but it is beyond the scope of an opinion to do so.

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(11/30/2018 @ 13:00)

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