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Gazans join in widespread violence sweeping Israel – William Booth/The Washington Post

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Palestinians in Gaza joined in angry protests sweeping across Israel and the West Bank, rushing Israel’s perimeter fence and throwing stones at soldiers, who shot and killed six Gaza residents and wounded 60, many of whom were in serious condition, according to the health ministry.

The clash at the Gaza fence marks the highest death toll in the coastal enclave since last year’s war between Hamas and Israel.

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The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved – Tony Cartalucci/Global Research

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The US Treasury has recently opened an inquiry about the so-called “Islamic State’s” (ISIS/ISIL) use of large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks. The issue has arisen in the wake of Russia’s air operations over Syria and growing global suspicion that the US itself has played a key role in arming, funding, and intentionally perpetuating the terrorist army across Syria and Iraq.

ABC News in their article, “US Officials Ask How ISIS Got So Many Toyota Trucks,” reports:

U.S. counter-terror officials have asked Toyota, the world’s second largest auto maker, to help them determine how ISIS has managed to acquire the large number of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs seen prominently in the terror group’s propaganda videos in Iraq, Syria and Libya, ABC News has learned. 

Toyota says it does not know how ISIS obtained the vehicles and is “supporting” the inquiry led by the Terror Financing unit of the Treasury Department — part of a broad U.S. effort to prevent Western-made goods from ending up in the hands of the terror group.

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WikiLeaks Reveals How the US Aggressively Pursued Regime Change in Syria, Igniting a Bloodbath – Robert Naiman/TruthOut.org

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In 2010, WikiLeaks became a household name by releasing 251,287 classified State Department cables. Now, a new book collects in-depth analyses of what these cables tell us about the foreign policy of the United States, from authors including Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail and our regular contributors Gareth Porter, Robert Naiman, Phyllis Bennis and Stephen Zunes. “The essays that make up The WikiLeaks Files shed critical light on a once secret history,” says Edward Snowden.

The following is Chapter 10 of The WikiLeaks Files:

On August 31, 2013, US president Barack Obama announced that he intended to launch a military attack on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack in that country that the US blamed on the Syrian government. Obama assured the US public that this would be a limited action solely intended to punish the Assad government for using chemical weapons; the goal of US military action would not be to overthrow the Assad government, nor to change the balance of forces in Syria’s sectarian civil war.

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‘Exporting Revolution’: Zbigniew Brzezinski On Trial At The UN – Caleb T. Maupin/MintPress

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UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s remarks to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 28 defensively addressed critics of U.S. foreign policy:

“It is not a conspiracy of U.S.-backed NGOs that expose corruption and raise the expectations of people around the globe; it’s technology, social media, and the irreducible desire of people everywhere to make their own choices about how they are governed.”

Yet it is no secret that the CIA and the National Endowment for Democracy have been funding dissidents and violent protest movements around the world for the past five decades, hoping to create instability and regime change. And although Zbigniew Brzezinski was not mentioned by name at the recent U.N. General Assembly, the shadow of the 87-year-old global strategist was cast over the body’s proceedings. As the U.S. and its allies attempted to defend or gloss over the existence of the policies that have become Brzezinski’s legacy, rising opponents of the United States around the world loudly castigated them.

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Israeli Officials Struggle to Contain Spate of Violent Attacks – Jodi Rudoren/The New York Times

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — The bulletins erupted in staccato bursts Friday morning on Israel Radio and on a WhatsApp group the Israeli police set up for reporters: A man in the southern city of Dimona stabbed a municipal worker. Then three others. With a knife and a screwdriver. And was arrested.

But this time, the accused assailant was Jewish, the victims a Bedouin citizen of Israel and three Palestinians from the occupied West Bank. After a spate of similar stabbings by Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and civilians, it was quickly counted as a revenge attack amid the spiraling unrest.

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Shake, Rattle and Intifada

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Against their leaders and against their occupier.  Against the Grim Reaper and a grimmer, dimmer future.  Against deception, oppression, injustice and submission.  Against everyone and everything that humiliates them, Palestinian youth en mass have taken to the streets of the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza for five days in a row today – a passion for freedom and an anger at the poverty of their life exploding in their bony chests.  Masked youth, stone in hand, stones stuffed in denim pockets, they duck behind walls and corners and cars, taking turn to leap balletic: throwing rocks with all their might at what can only be described as platoons of armed Israeli robots.

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Violence Flares in the Holy Land

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ISIL kills top Iranian commander in Syria – Al Jazeera English

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Iranian military says Brigadier General Hossein Hamadani was killed by the rebels near Aleppo overnight.

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards general has been killed near Aleppo, where he was advising the Syrian army on their battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, the guards said in a statement.

The Guards on Friday said General Hossein Hamadani was killed on Thursday night and that he had “played an important role … reinforcing the front of Islamic resistance against the terrorists”.

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Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize – Mark Lewis and Karl Ritter/AP

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OSLO, Norway — A Tunisian coalition of workers, employers, human rights activists and lawyers won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for pulling the country that sparked the Arab Spring back onto a path toward democracy and preventing it from descending into civil war.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy” in the North African country following its 2011 revolution.

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What Are the Syrian Options? – Graham E. Fuller/Consortiumnews

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Official Washington is in a blind rage over Russia’s military intervention in Syria in support of the Assad regime, but the changed dynamic may offer useful options if U.S. policymakers can just look clearly at the crisis, as ex-CIA official Graham E. Fuller explains.

With the arrival of Russian forces on the scene the Syrian situation has now grown unbearably complicated. Among the totality of players on the scene, Washington hates them all.

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ISIL a Tool of Wall Street Plutocrats Aimed at Destabilizing Middle East – Caleb Maupin/SputnikNews

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ISIL and its supporters from the US-aligned Middle Eastern regimes are just another tool in Wall Street’s toolbox: the Islamic State fighters may falsely believe that they are Muslims, but those who fund and direct them worship no other God than money, New York-based political analyst Caleb Maupin notes.

Incredible as it may seem, an anti-ISIL coalition has brought together Russian patriots, Syrian socialists, Arab Christians, Islamic revolutionaries and Kurdish nationalists, New York-based journalist and political analyst Caleb Maupin remarks, posing the question: what do all these groups have in common?

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Cameron’s Conservatives Battle BDS – Jonathan Neumann/CommentaryMagzine

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In the run-up to the general election this past spring, British Prime Minister David Cameron promised the Jewish community that his party is deeply concerned about Anglo-Jewry’s security and welfare. This past week, he showed he was serious.

As part of the Conservative Party’s annual conference, the government announced its intention to ban local councils (municipal bodies that run local services) from engaging in boycotts of foreign states or the UK defense industry that are not in line with central government policy. This was intended and interpreted as a prohibition on local councils from endorsing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
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Stop Talking About A Third Intifada—Israel’s Occupation Must End – Dr. Saeb Erekat /Newsweek

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Caption:  The Intifada continues

Over the past few days, many have wondered whether this is the beginning of a third Intifada. For the Palestinian people, this question is no longer relevant. There has not been a single day, in almost half a century, that we haven’t suffered from the Israeli occupation; the main source of violence in our region. Occupation means control, which is precisely what Israel has been doing with our lives, with a daily oppression and humiliation in our own homeland by a belligerent occupying power.

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Young Palestinians launch hashtag intifada – Hossam Ezzedine/ AFP

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Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) – Videos spread on social media showing Palestinians stabbing Israelis and throwing stones at soldiers are mustering online youth activists to the frontline after days of violence.
A Facebook page set up as clashes and stabbings continue to rock Israel and the occupied West Bank declares in Arabic that “the intifada (uprising) has been launched”.

The page has its own logo of a masked youth throwing stones bordered by a halo by the black, red and green of the Palestinian flag.

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