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Putin’s Blitz Leaves Washington Rankled and Confused – Mike Whitne/CounterPunch

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On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a blistering critique of US foreign policy to the UN General Assembly.

On Tuesday, Barack Obama shoved a knife in Putin’s back. This is from Reuters:

“France will discuss with its partners in the coming days a proposal by Turkey and members of the Syrian opposition for a no-fly zone in northern Syria, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius “in the coming days will look at what the demarcation would be, how this zone could be secured and what our partners think,” Hollande told reporters on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly…
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Israel is a threat to the entire region – Asa Winstanley/Middle East Monitor

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The Zionist project represented by Israel is a fundamental threat to the entire Middle East. Despite the attempts by Arab dictators to demonise Palestinians and downplay the threat from Israel, many remain unconvinced.

In 2013, Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal told former Israeli prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg in an interview that “the threat is from Persia, not from Israel”. The increasingly open nature of the Israeli alliance with the Gulf dictatorships is helpful in the sense that it clarifies things that many have long suspected.

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Syria, Obama and Putin – Thomas L. Friedman/The New York Times

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Your Honor, I rise again in defense of President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria.

Obama has been right in his ambivalence about getting deeply involved in Syria. But he’s never had the courage of his own ambivalence to spell out his reasoning to the American people. He keeps letting himself get pummeled into doing and saying things that his gut tells him won’t work, so he gets the worst of all worlds: His rhetoric exceeds the policy, and the policy doesn’t work.

Meanwhile, Obama’s Republican critics totally lack the wisdom of our own experience. They blithely advocate “fire, ready, aim” in Syria without any reason to believe their approach will work there any better than it did for us in Iraq or Libya. People who don’t know how to fix inner-city Baltimore think they know how to rescue downtown Aleppo — from the air!

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Conspiracy Theories Fly In Iran Over Deadly Hajj Incident – Golnaz Esfandiari/Payvand Iran News

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Tehran has said that negligence and mismanagement by Saudi organizers caused last week’s hajj stampede that left at least 464 Iranians dead.

The Iranian losses were the largest incurred by any nationality in the deadly crush that took place in the Mina neighborhood of Mecca on September 24, the deadliest tragedy to befall the annual Muslim pilgrimage in 25 years.

And according to the head of Iran’s paramilitary Basij force, there is one main culprit — the United States. “The Americans are behind the Mina disaster. From their propaganda, we can understand that they’re aiming at turning away people from the principle of hajj,” Basij commander Mohammad Reza Naghdi was quoted as saying by Iranian media on September 29.

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Refugee Crisis in Europe Prompts Western Engagement in Syria – Somini Sengupta/The New York Times

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UNITED NATIONS — Over the last four years, as four million Syrian refugees poured into neighboring countries and slipped inexorably into poverty, António Guterres, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, said he had pleaded in vain with world leaders to take their plight more seriously.

But suddenly, at the United Nations General Assembly this week, leaders of the world’s most powerful countries want to meet with him, all of them deeply worried about the refugee crisis.

So what has changed? Well, nothing, Mr. Guterres said, “except refugees came to rich countries,” expanding the crisis from nations like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan to those in Europe.

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Let’s unite against the project by Al-Qaïda and Daesh – Thierry Meyssan/Voltairenet.org

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The conflict which has plunged Syria into mourning is not a war opposing different communities, but a war between two projects for society.

On one side, a modern, secular Syria, in other words, a society which is respectful of ethnic, religious, and political diversity ; on the other, the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, who, since their creation in 1928, have been seeking to re-establish the Ottoman caliphate by means of jihad.

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Exclusive: Obama brushed off Reid’s plea on Palestinian state – John Bresnahan and Edward-Isaac Dovere/POLITICO

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The Senate leader wanted the president to side with Israel by disavowing a U.N. resolution calling for a Palestinian state. It didn’t happen.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on two different occasions this year went to White House chief of staff Denis McDonough seeking a public commitment from President Barack Obama that he would veto any U.N. resolution calling for an independent Palestinian state.

Both times, Obama did nothing.

The requests from Reid came as he was trying to line up Democratic support for the Iran nuclear agreement. If Obama explicitly sided with Israel against the possible U.N. resolution, Reid’s thinking went, it would give nervous Democrats cover to back the Iran deal, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vocally protested.

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Why are non-Jewish American celebs buying real estate in Israel? – Ronen Shnidman/Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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After Kanye West performed in Israel on Wednesday night, he presumably had to sleep in a bed that he didn’t own. The declared presidential candidate may not have to suffer that indignity on his next trip to the Holy Land.

The Kardashian family, into which he is married, is among a number of non-Jewish American celebrities reportedly shopping for real estate in the Holy Land. Others include Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and Mariah Carey.

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UK helped Saudi Arabia get UN human rights role through ‘secret deal’ to exchange votes, leaked documents suggest – Samuel Osborne/The Independent

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The ministry might find it an opportunity to exchange support with the United Kingdom’, leaked cable reportedly reads

Britain allegedly helped Saudi Arabia’s controversial election to the UN human rights council (UNHRC) through a secret vote-trading deal, leaked diplomatic cables have reportedly shown.

Saudi foreign ministry files, among 61,000 documents released by Wikileaks, reportedly refer to talks with British diplomats ahead of a November 2013 vote in New York and have been translated by Geneva-based human rights organisation UN Watch.

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Propaganda Never Sleeps

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Russia is in Syria to stay until the job of ISIS-cleansing from Syria and Iraq is finished with.

The ‘West’ in practice has surrendered to this reality, but they’re such bastard sore losers that they won’t switch off their propaganda machines and paid minions for even a second.  Of late, the media has had a stream of continuous misinformation articles against the Russia-Iraq-Iran-Syria security plan that they (the West) have actually already publicly agreed is the correct direction for Russia to take in resolving the ISIS crisis in the Levant.  Talk about talking from both sides of mouth!

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The History of Nuclear Weapons Design 1945 to 2015 – Ian Greenhalgh/ Veterans Today

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Trinity_Test_Fireball_16msAn early stage in the “Trinity” fireball, the first nuclear explosion, 1945

The state of the art in nuclear weapons design allows a myriad of ‘mini’ and ‘micro’ types. We explore how we got from ‘Fatman’ to the latest micronukes.

In the last year we have covered a number of incidents where nuclear weapons have been used; from exposing the truth about the nuclear nature of the destruction of the WTC on 9-11 to being the only media outlet to cover the nuclear explosions in China.

In the minds of most people, a nuclear weapon is a large device carried on the tip of an ICBM or carried in the belly of a huge bomber aircraft that when deployed produces a colossal explosion and spectacular mushroom cloud just like all those terrifying 1950s newsreels .

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The cyborg revolution is here. Is it good for the Jews? – Simona Weinglass/The Times of Israel

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(Photo: Cyborg holding human skull image via Shutterstock)

Genetic engineering, nanotechnology and brain-computer interfaces will soon transform us into a species of human-machine hybrids, says Yuval Harari. What do Jewish and moral traditions have to say about this post-human future?

n the 1991 film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a cyborg, a combination of robot and human who is sent back in time to protect a young boy. The cyborg has human skin and blood, with robot parts underneath and a computer chip for a brain. Bullets and crashes barely dent him, while his superhuman strength and encyclopedic brain make it almost impossible for humans to defeat him. But the cyborg is lacking in other ways. He does not understand what’s wrong with killing people and seems to lack emotions and empathy.

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“Looks like I’m being attacked as being a Zionist” – Stephen Zunes/Facebook

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News Feed/Stephen Zunes/9 hrs ·

Looks like I’m being attacked as being a “Zionist” and doing the bidding of the “Zionist Lobby” because I am publicly supporting the decision by Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Occupation to disassociate themselves with an anti-Israel American activist who has defended and worked closely with anti-Semites and has refused to challenge (and at times even agreed) with anti-Semitic statements.

47 Likes/32 Comments (Tim Hawks-Malczynski, Steven Essig, Louis Frankenthaler and 44 others like this).

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The Wicked War on Syria: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words – Rick Sterling/CounterPunch

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Key leaders from around the world are present at the United Nations this week to discuss critical issues; one of the most pressing is Syria. How did we get to this point with half the Syrian population (almost 12 million) displaced and under-populated but huge areas of Syria now controlled by ISIS, Al Qaeda (Nusra) and other fanatical fundamentalist groups?

Hillary Clinton’s 2014 book Hard Choices reveals important information about the first years of the Syrian conflict and how we got where we are today. Clinton’s account conveys the perception, priorities and bias at the top level of the Obama Administration. It describes policy differences within the administration and the common assumptions and goals which have led to the current disastrous situation.
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Free speech for all on campus! Unless you’re criticizing Israel, that is – David Palumbo-Liu/Salon.com

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Speech critical of Israel is increasingly being suppressed, voices silenced — along with charges of anti-Semitism

On Sept. 18 I had coffee with Omar Barghouti, one of the two founders of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, the nonviolent movement leading the struggle for Palestinian rights under international law.  As we were to meet on the University of California, Berkeley, campus, I felt it was fitting that we rendezvous at the Free Speech Café, which memorialized another great movement — the Free Speech Movement led by Mario Savio.

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