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In U.S., 65% Dissatisfied With How Gov't System Works

Sixty-five percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the nation's system of government and how well it works, the highest percentage in Gallup's trend since 2001. Dissatisfaction is up five points since last year, and has edged above the previous high from 2012 (64%).
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Was ISIS Capture of Mosul Dam a ‘Virtual’ Event?

Early today we reported, on the basis of reports from other media outlets and a confirmation by Nineveh Governor Atheel Nujaifi, that the Mosul Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in Iraq, was seized by ISIS from Kurdish forces. The following image appears to have been the basis of the story.
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Ukraine may block all transit from Russia in sanctions row -PM

Ukraine ready to impose sanctions against any transit via its territory, including air flights and gas supplies to Europe, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Friday. Ukraine’s parliament will vote on the final measure on Tuesday, and will take into consideration the country’s Security Service, Valeria Hontareva, president of Ukraine’s Central Bank, said.
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First BRICS Bank, Now BRICS Food Bank

Despite President Obama's dictating that Russia is increasingly "isolated," it appears they have found a whole new set of friends to play with in the global trade sandpit. In retaliation to Western sanctions, Putin yesterday unveiled a total food import ban from all sanctioning nations, and, just as the BRICS created their own 'IMF-lite' away from Washington's prying eyes,
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Intelligence Source: Turkish Fighter Jets Launched Bombing Strikes on ISIS

A former high ranking CIA official in Baghdad tells Newsweek that Turkish jets carried out airstrikes on Islamic State (I.S.) militants threatening Kurdish refugees–an assertion that Ankara denies. The White House, meanwhile, said it had launched humanitarian air drops to the beleaguered Kurds trapped by advancing I.S. forces in the northern part of Iraq and was considering air strikes to fend off an expected assault.
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Implausible Deniability - West's ISIS Terror Hordes in Iraq

The US has pledged assistance for victims of and even possible "airstrikes" against terrorists who have surrounded and threaten to eradicate thousands of religious minorities in Iraq. However, the terrorists themselves are a product of US foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and instrumental in achieving Western objectives across the region. Punitive strikes and aid to the victims of what is essentially a Western mercenary army is part of maintaining plausible deniability.
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Obama Wines and Dines Some of the World’s Most Brutal Dictators at the First Ever U.S.-Africa Summit

The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’ of any homosexuals in the country and for Cameroon’s Paul Biya, who has the dubious honor of ranking 19th on author David Wallechinsky’s 2006 list of the world’s 20 worst living dictators.
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The Toronto Police Videotaped Strip-Search Chambers During the G20

As revealed by a new, independent documentary called What World Do You Live In?—and as first reported by sometime-VICE Canada contributor Rachel Browne for Maclean’s in late July—surveillance footage of the temporary detention centre erected by the Toronto Police to house the G20 detainees “confirms security cameras were filming the rooms where people were strip-searched.”
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Meanwhile, Kiev Is Burning Again

While we assume NATO’s Rasmussen’s appearance in Kiev is not responsible, Kiev is burning once again. As RT reports, activists and police have clashed in the Ukrainian capital’s center after communal workers tried to dismantle an activist camp, following a months-old conflict over the camp with the city administration.
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U.S. Sanctions Erode Its Foreign Influence

A few days ago the Leveretts looked at the effects of U.S. financial sanctions and the other ways the U.S. pisses off major countries. They find that the current path of U.S. foreign policy will erode the U.S. dollar hegemony and lead to a destruction of the "extraordinary privilege" (de Gaulle) the U.S. has had with the ability to print the world's reserve currency.
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Boycott Israeli Products App Gets 350,000 Supporters

An app that allows users to search for a product linked to targeted companies or countries in order to boycott them has seen a significant surge in users signing up to anti-Israel campaigns. Buycott catalogues brands and their affiliations and lets users set up campaigns to either help or avoid funding certain causes. By scanning a product's barcode with their smartphone camera, consumers are able to determine which brands are associated with which campaigns.
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DARPA's smartphone app implemted at the 2014 Boston Marathon

Everyone from the FBI to the Boston Fire Department needed to know what everyone else is doing, and the same types of apps that keep soldiers organized in the battlefield worked perfectly there. You can see from a screenshot of the app they were using, where the specific units and checkpoints are located and how an officer in the field could search and sort for more granular information.
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The US Military and the Ebola Outbreak

The epicentre of the current Ebola epidemic is the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. BeforeItIsNews claims the hospital houses a US a biosecurity level 2 bioweapons research lab. That claim is unconfirmed, however, this we do know.
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Israeli billionaire finds 3-bln-barrel oil reserve in Congo

An oil company owned by Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler said on Thursday it had discovered reserves of around 3 billion barrels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Oil of DRCongo said in a statement that an analysis of seismic survey data "indicates around three billion barrels of oil in place".
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'Help Israel avoid war crimes charges,' Netanyahu urges US lawmakers

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appealed to American legislators to help Israel stave off what is likely to be a concerted global push to haul the country’s military and political leaders to international courts for alleged war crimes committed in Gaza, The New York Post reported on Thursday.
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Why Aren't ISIS and Al-Qaeda Attacking Israel?

With the recent slaughter of Palestinians taking place on television screens across the world, only the grossly misinformed would believe that Israel’s Palestinian extermination program is actually “self-defense.”
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Invoking emergency health powers, U.S. to use Pentagon Ebola test overseas

U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the use of an Ebola diagnostic test developed by the Pentagon to help contain the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus. The move was one of a number of steps taken by the U.S. government this week to address the highly contagious disease that has killed more than 930 people in Africa and sickened hundreds more, including two Americans being treated in Atlanta.
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Billionaire Paid $100 Million for a Get Out of Jail Free Card

Bernie Ecclestone is an exceptionally wealthy man who until recently will have been familiar to Formula 1 racing fans and quite unimportant to the rest of the world. Only what he did today should make him a figure of global notoriety: Ecclestone paid $100 million to have a German court dismiss corruption charges raised against him that could have resulted in a 10-year prison sentence. No wonder he’s laughing.
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Obama's War Against Russia Backfires

U.S. President Barack Obama's war against Russia isn't only causing Russia to cooperate more strongly with the other BRIC countries to break the U.S. dollar's reign as the global reserve currency, but it's also causing Vladimir Putin's job-approval rating in Russia to soar, and the confidence that the Russian people have in their own Government to soar likewise.
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Big Pharma Given Control Of New .pharmacy Domain; Only Available To 'Legitimate' Online Pharmacies

Big pharma is clearly as keen as the copyright industries to "educate" consumers about what they ought to be doing. The danger here is that such "education" will include not trusting perfectly safe pharmacies outside the US (in Canada, for example), and not using much cheaper generics. Since NABP now controls this entire domain it will have a free hand to block any outfit that does not subscribe to those views, and thus to attempt to delegitimize them in the eyes of the consumer.
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Tens of thousands of Iraqis are dying on a mountain, stranded without water

Tens of thousands of Iraqis who are members of a persecuted religious minority known as Yazidi are currently trapped on a mountain, besieged by Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. The ISIS militants have forced the Yazidi up the mountain, where they have no water, forced to choose between descending to near-certain death or waiting for thirst to claim them.
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Britain’s Israel Lobby, The Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) Pressures HM’s Goverment: Is David Cameron Complicit in War Crimes?

Is David Cameron’s refusal to condemn what is apparently a prima facie war crime by the IDF, in Gaza, worrying evidence that the CFI, Conservative Friends of Israel, (AKA the British branch of the Israel lobby) has infiltrated government to the extent that it now influences UK foreign policy in the same way that AIPAC in America determines the US foreign policy agenda?
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Egypt launches digging of second Suez canal

Egypt’s president has launched the digging of a new canal in the country which will will run in parallel to the Suez Canal. The military-run project is seen as a major step by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stimulate his country’s struggling economy.
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The NSA Is Being Sued for Keeping Keith Alexander’s Financial Records Secret

Former NSA Director Keith Alexander’s lucrative entrance into the private sector has raised a heap of ethical questions about the spy chief’s intentions. Now the NSA has yet another dilemma on its hands: Investigative journalist Jason Leopold is suing the agency for denying him the release of financial disclosure statements attributable to its former director.
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Congressmen Push US To Begin Arming, Aiding Iraqi Kurds

The loss of important parts of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Province to ISIS have a number of Congressional hawks pushing again for aggressive US action, starting with arms and aid to the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who are facing down ISIS in the region.
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FRANCE TO SPEED UP ARMS FOR LEBANON

France says that it is to speed up the delivery of weapons to the Lebanese army, as violence from Syria’s conflict threatens to spill over. The army has been fighting and Islamist militants from Syria for days around the eastern border town of Arsal.
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Reminder: economic solutions ready for full employment, optimal infrastructure, no poverty, zero public debt

In addition to these economic areas of value among ~100 areas of game-changing importance, we can end horrific deaths of one million children a month from preventable poverty. The investment cost is less than 1% of the developed nations’ income, a total 10-year investment of just $1 trillion (that’s equal to a 5% tax on the trillionaires hiding 20-30 times that amount in offshore taxhavens).
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Singapore's Precarious Surveillance State The Envy Of US Intelligence Agencies

If you want to build a surveillance state with a minimum of backlash, you'll need a very controllable environment. Shane Harris at Foreign Policy has a detailed report on Singapore's relatively peaceful coexistence with Big Brother that includes the United States' involvement in its creation, as well as the many reasons pervasive surveillance and an out-sized government presence have been accepted, rather than rebelled against.
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Meet OIRA – The Secretive White House Office with Disturbing Regulatory Powers

But in practice, OIRA operates largely in secret, exempt from most requests under the Freedom of Information Act. It routinely declines to release the changes it has proposed, the evidence it has relied upon to make them, or the identities and affiliations of White House advisers and other agencies’ staff it has consulted. OIRA doesn’t even disclose the names and credentials of its employees other than its two most senior officials.
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Israeli operation kills more than 400 Gaza children

Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip has killed 408 children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. The death toll exceeded that of the sad 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead that killed 350 children.
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Ebola outbreak: British Airways suspends flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia over virus

British Airways cancelled its flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia, cutting off the only direct flights between Britain and the Ebola-infected area of west Africa. The carrier, which operates a direct flight four times a week from London to Sierra Leone and onto Liberia, announced on Tuesday it was suspending flights "due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries".
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American General Killed in Shooting at Afghan Military Academy

An American general was killed today and 15 other soldiers wounded in an attack at a military academy in Afghanistantoday. The incident happened at Camp Qargha where Afghan military officers were being trained when a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon against Americans and other Afghans, ABC News has learned.
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Electronics Giant Panasonic Farms Vegetables in Singapore

The company's goal is “to grow more than 30 crop varieties by March 2017 and account for around 5 percent of local vegetable production.” Panasonic is not the only corporation in Japan to be interested in farming. For example, Fujitsu Ltd is growing lettuce at its Fukushima province plant, and Sharp Corp is testing growing strawberries indoors in Dubai
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Activists Complain to IPCC Over Police Efforts to Recruit Them as Informers

Four campaigners have lodged a complaint with an official watchdog, alleging that they felt intimidated by covert police officers who were trying to persuade them to spy on their political colleagues. They say that coercive and at times repeated police approaches caused them to abandon their political campaigning, or left them stressed and paranoid.
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The United States' Farm-Grown Terrorism

Let's talk about America's farm-grown terrorism epidemic. Back on September 11th, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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Presidential executive order details detention of suspected sick people

The powers currently claimed by the federal government conceivably allow for situations where any communicable disease — even influenza — can become the basis for a large-scale military-enforced federal quarantine in which civil rights are suspended, civilian movement is restricted, and citizens are involuntarily detained — perhaps indefinitely.
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Google-X Moves To Map Perfect Human Health

Google recently unveiled its most ambitious — and some say its most troubling — endeavor to date: the “Baseline Study,” which would collect genetic and body chemistry information in order to create a picture of the ideal healthy human.
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Private corporations have become the fourth branch of our govt.

Increasingly, post-9/11, under the rubric of “privatization,” though it should more accurately have been called “corporatization,” the Pentagon took a series of crony companies off to war with it. In the process, it gave “capitalist war” a more literal meaning, thanks to its wholesale financial support of, and the shrugging off of previously military tasks onto, a series of warrior corporations.
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Interest in MH17 Fades as Sanctions & War Edge Closer

It is abundantly clear that a truthful resolution to the tragedy of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was never the goal of Washington, London, and Brussels. Citing baseless accusations surrounding the tragedy, the West has leveled a series of incrementally expansive sanctions against Russia while using the tragedy to justify increased military support for Kiev's military forces even as they wage total war against their own population including the use of ballistic missiles, airstrikes, artillery barrages, and tanks.
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The Logic of Occupation: NYPD Arrests The Man Who Recorded The Police Murder of Eric Garner

In a development as predictable as the next sunrise, police in New York City have arrested 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, who used his cell phone to document the police killing of Eric Garner. Orta’s mother says that the NYPD has been shadowing her son since the video of the July 17 incident went public, sending officers to stake out the family’s home and shine spotlights at their windows.
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Sovereign citizens seen as top terrorist threat by US law enforcement

Islamist extremists and militia/patriot groups round out the top three threats to communities in the United States considered most serious by 364 officers of 175 state, local, and tribal law enforcement entities, according to a survey conducted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).
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Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack

The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza.
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Local people preserve the environment better than governments

A report from the World Resources Institute and the Rights and Resources Initiative, both in Washington DC, reviews over 130 earlier studies in 14 countries. Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change concludes that most communities are better forest custodians than governments.
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The Slide to Collapse Is Greased with Self-Interest

One enduring if rarely stated principle of Neoliberal Democracy is that the single-minded pursuit of self-interest magically produces an equilibrium which serves everyone's interests well enough to avoid the destabilization of rebellion or systemic collapse.
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ISIS Terrorists Credit the Iraq War for Their Success

We’ve noted for months that the ISIS terrorists wouldn’t have been able to take over Iraq if we hadn’t launched the idiotic Iraq war and “regime changed” the country. But don’t take our word for it … the ISIS barbarians just agreed.
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