A World War Has Begun: Break the Silence

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by John Pilger, reposted from teleSUR

I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, “Where is that?” If I offer a clue by referring to “Bikini”, they say, “You mean the swimsuit. Few seem aware that the bikini swimsuit was named to celebrate the nuclear explosions that destroyed Bikini island. Sixty-six nuclear devices were exploded by the United States in the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958 — the equivalent of 1.6 Hiroshima bombs every day for twelve years.

Bikini is silent today, mutated and contaminated. Palm trees grow in a strange grid formation. Nothing moves. There are no birds. The headstones in the old cemetery are alive with radiation. My shoes registered “unsafe” on a Geiger counter.

Standing on the beach, I watched the emerald green of…

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Savchenko’s case: crime and punishment

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Original: Ria Novosti
Translated by Alexander Fedotov

Lawyer Ilya Remeslo summarises the process in the case of Nadezhda Savchenko and considers options for further developments.

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Ilya Remeslo, a lawyer for Rossiya Segodnya [Russia Today –trans.]

In the Donetsk City Court is coming to an end the criminal trial of Ukrainian servicemen Nadezhda Savchenko accused of complicity to murder of correspondents VGTRK [The All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company –trans.] Anton Voloshin and Igor Korneliuk. The prosecution has asked for Savchenko penalty of 23 years imprisonment. March 9 court will hear the last word of the defendant, and then retire for sentencing.

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Hybrid Wars 1: The Law of Hybrid Warfare

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by Andrew Korybko (USA), Oriental Review

The grand objective behind every Hybrid War is to disrupt multipolar transnational connective projects through externally provoked identity conflicts (ethnic, religious, regional, political, etc.) within a targeted transit state.

Russia’s Eurasian integration objectives and China’s Silk Road projects are the targets of the USA’s global Hybrid War strategy, and this accordingly opens up a wide range of geographic battlefields.  Andrew examines the Greater Heartland, the Balkans, ASEAN, transoceanic Africa, and Latin America in identifying the vulnerabilities that each of the relevant transit states has to this revolutionary type of asymmetrical warfare.

His unique methodology incorporates the variables of ethnicity, religion, history, administrative boundaries, physical geography, and socio-economic disparity in crafting comprehensive analyses that demonstrate each country’s Hybrid War weaknesses. The objective of the work is to illustrate the means that the US could predictably employ in destabilizing these targeted states, thereby giving decision makers…

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Syria Dispatch: Most Syrians Support Assad, Reject Phony Foreign ‘Revolution’

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A boy greets a Syrian Army soldier in Aleppo.

Eva Bartlett writes in Sott.net:

In April 2014 I first visited Syria, going to Homs and Latakia, in addition to Damascus. On each of my three subsequent trips to Syria, speaking moderate colloquial Arabic, I have been able to interact one-on-one with Syrians there, whether in markets, taxis, on the streets or in areas I visited.

In Latakia, many of the the over 1 million Internally Displaced Persons from Idlib, Aleppo and surrounding areas who are being housed and supported by the Syrian government spoke of the same heinous kidnappings, beheadings, and other crimes that most media currently only associate with Da’esh (ISIS), but which were perpetrated (with Turkish support) by the so-called FSA and other terrorist factions.

A man from Harem, near the Turkish border, spoke of being kidnapped by FSA terrorists, and of the decapitations of Harem…

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VIDEO: Robert Stuart’s presentation on BBC’s “Saving Syria’s Children”

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In his presentation for Frome Stop War, Robert Stuart provides an overview of all the many pieces of evidence he has collected that point to the BBC falsifying reports of an attack on school by Assad’s forces. These reports were used as propaganda to engage public support for the government’s push for war with Syria, in the Summer of 2013.

For more details, please visit his excellent blog.


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Reports: Anti-ISIS revolt in Raqqa, terrorists deserting their Syrian capital

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Raqqa's Residents in Syria Rebel against ISIS Terrorists, Flown Syria's Flags

Alleged photo of a Syrian flag being flown in ISIS-help Raqqa on Sunday.

Bas News reports:

RAQQA — Residents of Raqqa, the heart of the Islamic State (IS), are reportedly uprising against the jihadist group as a result of their hostile treatments and brutalities.

Arab media reported that there have been heavy confrontations in Raqqa between IS militants and the residents of the city due to IS’s ill treatment towards the people.

Abu Ali Tunsi, a prominent IS leader and a number of his men were reportedly killed in those confrontations, according to the information obtained from the area.

A group of 200 militants have abjured IS in the last two days in Raqqa, and the IS jihadists have tightened the security measures and increased the number of checkpoints in the city, fearing the attacks by the residents and the abjured group, according to sources from Raqqa.

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