Oct 22

Understanding the current struggle in the Middle East

While going through numerous articles and analytical commentaries by Russian, Arabic and Western political experts on the success of ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), one may start to believe that something inexplicable or even inconceivable is happening, and that the entire world is looking helplessly on at the events in the Middle East. For some reason it has only crossed the minds of a few that any phenomenon can be explained not only by facts but also by elementary logic. There’s no secret as to why ISIS has gained a firmer foothold in the region and is gradually expanding the borders of its influence and control. In order to better understand these, we need to go back in time to trace the moment when this group was formed in order to remind ourselves who stands to gain from it’s unbelievably rapid rise to power.
Originally ISIS was created to fight the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and at this stage it was not by any means the most powerful military group of the anti-Syrian opposition. The formation of this terrorist unit was largely facilitated by the USA and Saudi Arabia. Riyadh provided financial assistance while Washington trained ISIS fighters in camps in Jordan and Turkey. There are reports that a number of the training camps was built in Saudi territory. In these camps, in addition to purely military training, the militants under the supervision of instructors from the CIA and the Pentagon as well as Saudi special forces, were brainwashed in accordance with the ideology of the Salafi movement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, along with a number of private Islamic sponsors in Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE, provided the money for the recruitment of Islamists and terrorists from failing radical movements into the ranks of ISIS. Among those enlisted were Algerians, Moroccans, Libyans, Egyptians, Yemenis, Afghans, Chechens, Dagestanis and EU citizens of different origins. It’s a well known fact that ISIS is mainly composed of Iraqis and Syrians, although these are generally used as cannon fodder.

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Oct 22

Obama admin withholding 2,100 US military torture photos

The Obama administration has blocked the public release of disturbing torture photos out of concern they would endanger US troops. Now, a federal judge is giving the government until December to justify its actions.
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Oct 22

Official Michael Brown Autopsy Shows Ferguson Teen Shot At Close Range In Hand

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Michael Brown, the 19-year-old Ferguson, Missouri teen who was unarmed when Officer Darren Wilson gunned him down on August 9, was shot in the hand at close range, according to the official autopsy prepared by the St. Louis County medical examiner’s officer and obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

RELATED: Preliminary Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Shot at Least 6 Times

Brown’s skin was also found on the outside driver’s door of Wilson’s patrol car.

“Someone got an injury that tore off skin and left it on the car,” said St. Louis medical examiner, Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation. “That fits with everything else that came out. There’s blood in the car, now skin on the car, that shows something happened right there.”

It has been previously acknowledged that an altercation of some kind occurred near or in Officer Wilson’s vehicle, but the details have always been in dispute. Wilson said Brown reached inside the vehicle for his weapon; Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, said Wilson grabbed Brown by the neck and the teen struggled to get away before being shot.

This autopsy does very little to shed further light on the incident that led to Brown’s killing, though two experts opine that the location of the wound could possibly support Wilson’s claim that the slain teen reached for the officer’s weapon.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

Graham said the examination indicated a shot traveled from the tip of Brown’s right thumb toward his wrist. The official report notes an absence of stippling, powder burns around a wound that indicate a shot fired at relatively short range.

But Graham said, “Sometimes when it’s really close, such as within an inch or so, there is no stipple, just smoke.”

The report on a supplemental microscopic exam of tissue from the thumb wound showed foreign matter “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm.”

Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” She added, “If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.”

Sources also claim that Brown’s blood was found on Wilson’s gun.

Though “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” has become the rallying cry for protesters demanding justice for Brown, Melinek claims that the autopsy does not support that Brown was in a position of surrender when he was shot, despite various, unrelated witnesses stating to the contrary.

[Melinek] said Brown was facing Wilson when Brown took a shot to the forehead, two shots to the chest and a shot to the upper right arm. The wound to the top of Brown’s head would indicate he was falling forward or in a lunging position toward the shooter; the shot was instantly fatal.

A sixth shot that hit the forearm traveled from the back of the arm to the inner arm, which means Brown’s palms could not have been facing Wilson, as some witnesses have said, Melinek said. That trajectory shows Brown probably was not taking a standard surrender position with arms above the shoulders and palms out when he was hit, she said.

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The official autopsy seems to veer substantially away from the preliminary autopsy.

As previously reported by NewsOne, in a diagram of the entry wounds, Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, noted that the six shots produced numerous wounds with some of the bullets entering and exiting several times, including one that left at least five different wounds.

According to Baden, who conducted the autopsy in August, Brown was shot four times in the right arm, with all bullets fired into his front.

Read more on the official autopsy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Oct 22

Hispanic Teen Butchered with Machete but No Public Outcry or Protest

Where is the outrage and protest over the death of 14 year old Jose Meraz?

His young body was found in a heavily wooded area near the Addicks Reservoir in the northwest section of Houston. Meraz had been stabbed and hacked with a machete.

Why was this teenager so brutally murdered? According to his family, Jose refused to join the MS-13 gang, so they hacked him to pieces. Sgt. C. Sturdivant with the Houston Police Department’s homicide unit stated:

“Jose Meraz was a member of this organization for a short amount of time and he did not want to be a member in the future. He wanted out and that was one of the motivating factors that led to his death.”

So far, three arrests have been made in the case with more arrests possible. Charged with murder are 22 year old Jose Granados-Guevara, 17 year old William Alexander Valladares and an unnamed 14 year old who had been turned over to the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department.

Jose Meraz was not black, he wasn’t killed by a white cop and his death is just as tragic, but there has been no public outrage or protests over it. Instead, Houston’s mayor is too busy trying to promote her lesbian agenda and attack Christian pastors. Perhaps Mayor Parker needs to work on curbing gang violence and other more important issues than allowing men to use women’s bathrooms, showers and dressing rooms.

This should tell the people of Houston exactly what Parker’s priorities are and why they need to take immediate action to get her out of office and put in someone who will tackle the important issues facing Houston like gang violence. Posters need to displayed all over Houston demanding the recall of Parker for Jose Meraz’s sake!

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Oct 22

White Family Beaten After Black Bus Driver Arranges Attack

We’ve heard so much about the shooting of black teens by white cops in Ferguson, Dayton and St. Louis, but have you heard anything about the black city bus driver who helped organize a black mob attack of white family? Didn’t think you had.

Karen Murphy is black and was a bus driver in Baltimore. A white family of three got on her bus and she told them to move to the back of the bus. They told her that the back was already full. That’s when, according to the mother of the family:

“[The bus driver] got out of her seat belt, stood up screaming [in] both of our faces, ‘Don’t tell me how to do my job. If you have a problem, come across this line and I’ll knock you the F out.’”

Spurred by the outburst of the black bus driver, other blacks on the bus began harassing the three members of the white family. They yelled for the bus driver to kick them off the bus. Several stops later a bunch of students got on the bus. That’s when the mom heard the bus driver tell them:

“I don’t care where they get off. You handle that (beep) and I’ll take care of you. I’ll wait for you.”

When the two white adults along with their 9 year old got off the bus, a group of the students also got off the bus. Colin Flaherty, author of White Girl Bleed A Lot’: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It, explained what happened next:

“They beat and pepper-sprayed all three members of the family, choking and banging their heads on the ground – all while the bus driver waited and watched.”

“After the teens were finished with the beating, they got back on the bus, and the bus drove away, offering the victims no assistance.”

Flaherty also said that many of the black passengers still on the bus watched the vicious attack and ‘hooted and hollered in encouragement.’

Murphy and eight of the students have been arrested. The racist bus driver is facing charges of assault and conspiracy for arranging the mob attack on the white family.

Where are all the black racial activists now? Why aren’t they condemning this obviously black racist act of violence? Why hasn’t Murphy and the students been charged with racial hate crimes? If roles were reversed you can be assured that racial hate crime charges would have been filed immediately.

Why is racism only a one-way street in today’s America? They scream and holler for equality and fair treatment, but they don’t want fair treatment, they want preferential treatment. It’s only racist when whites do things to blacks, but not when blacks do things to white. Then they wonder why the racial divide in America has been widening ever since Obama took office. Their actions are the most hateful and bigoted of all, but it’s made them blind to their own actions. In reality, they are the cause of the very problem they are trying to fix.

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Oct 22

A reminder of Washington’s war crimes: What shelling of civilians looks like

Frequent reports in the media of civilian shelling can be desensitizing. After the 20th headline, one just isn’t shocked the way one was the first time one hears of it.

The mind involuntarily, callously murmurs, “so what else is new?”

Well here is a video to remind one what this shelling actually entails.

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Oct 22

What could lure three teen girls from Denver to join ISIS?

DENVER — Three teenage girls are back in Colorado Tuesday after officials say they tried to fly to Syria to join the extremist group ISIS.

The girls made it to Germany before being stopped.

Two of the three girls, who are between 15 and 17 years old, are sisters. A family member refused to say anything on camera but adamantly denied the allegations against the two teens inside.

A man who answered the door where the third girl supposedly lives threatened to call police.

His neighbors say they can’t believe the allegations against the kids.

The three girls arrived back in Denver Sunday night after their parents reported them missing Friday along with passports and $2,000 cash.

The parents alerted the FBI which made sure the teens were stopped when they arrived at the Frankfurt, Germany airport Friday.

Federal investigators suspect the girls may have been radicalized and had intentions of going to Syria through Turkey in order to join ISIS. They did not face any charges Tuesday.

Another Colorado teen stopped

Last month the attorney for another Colorado teen told a federal judge his client, Shannon Connelly, regretted trying to join ISIS last April.

Connelly, a Muslim convert who calls herself Halima, planned to move to Syria to join a man she met online. But she was arrested at Denver International Airport while trying to board a plane.

“Halima is fully aware that the fact she was arrested may have saved her,” the attorney said.

How are teens lured to ISIS?

We’ve been told teens were manipulated by the slick social media campaign ISIS runs.

It features high-quality productions that look like trailers for Hollywood action movies.

It puts out tweets that include links to videos showing ISIS fighters handing out candy to children.

Many of the productions feature people speaking English with what sounds like American accents.

The FBI director, talking about it during a recent visit to Denver, says ISIS is purposely trying to recruit American kids. “In their basement, in their pajamas, they can get all the inspiration they need all the training they need to emerge and commit some terrible act of jihad against the United States,” James Comey said.

The FBI director says tracking this public relations campaign and the people it impacts is one of the agency’s highest priorities right now.

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Oct 22

Wednesday Forecast: More Clouds, More Showers

We keep the dreary skies around today, with a lot of clouds around and cooler temperatures. After highs in the 60s yesterday, we’ll only top out in the low to mid 50s today. There may be a few showers around during the day, but most of the action should hold off until the overnight hours.

By the early morning on Thursday, there will be some heavy rain at times. If you’re out and about, you’ll also notice the wind… Gusts up to 30-40 mph are certainly possible as this storm crawls by us.

Forecast Details:

Today: Mostly cloudy, highs in the 50s. Showers at times.

Tonight: Rain, heavy at times. Windy as well. Lows: 40s.

Thursday: Cloudy, drizzle, showers. Highs: 50s.

Friday: Morning fog/drizzle, then drying out during the day. Mostly cloudy, with some sun possible late in the day. Highs 55-60.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, milder. Highs: 60s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, highs: 60s.

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Oct 22

Malloy beating Foley 43%-42% in new QU Poll

HAMDEN — Gov. Dannel Malloy beats his Republican challenger Tom Foley’s 43 percent to 42 percent percent, in a Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released today. Independent candidate Joe Visconti has 9 percent.

This compares to a 43 – 43 percent dead heat among likely voters in an October 8 Quinnipiac poll.

With Visconti out of the race, it’s a 45 – 45 percent tie today.

“The race for Connecticut governor looks very much like it will go down to the wire – again,” said Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac poll. “Republican Tom Foley has to be concerned that this is the first likely voter poll in which Gov. Dannel Malloy has a numerical edge, even though it’s razor-thin.”

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Oct 22

Police Story

Andrew Fung, an
adviser to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, posted a
photo to his Facebook page of a person he claimed was a
police officer
who had been beaten by pro-democracy
protestors. The person in the photo was actually an actor in makeup
for a TV show about zombie cops.

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Oct 22

Brickbat: Police Story

Andrew Fung, an adviser
to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, posted a photo to his
Facebook page of a person he claimed was a police
who had been beaten by pro-democracy protestors.
The person in the photo was actually an actor in makeup for a TV
show about zombie cops.

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Oct 22

5 days after massive fireball sets sky on fire over Recife, another comet fragment burns up over Ceará, Brazil (VIDEO)

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A bright flash in the sky caused by a meteor drew the attention of residents in the State of Ceará on Monday night (October 20th). The Civil Police of Ceará received reports of the meteor’s passage through several cities in the state.

“Some residents reported the fall of an object in neighboring cities, but there is no record of anything,” says officer Francisco Couto. “A lot of people claimed it was a plane crash, some said that they heard the noise of the crash,” said the policeman.

Sergeant Lins, from Recife Air Base, which controls air traffic from high altitudes throughout the Northeast, said that there is no record of any missing aircraft in the region late on Monday.

For the astronomer Pedro Antunes, meteors are commonly confused with burning planes or with unidentified flying objects (UFO). “People see that flash in the sky, which is not very common, and are impressed, just imagining things, but lately we’re registering many meteors in the sky of Ceará,” he says.

According to the Civil Police, the meteor has seen by people in the town of Iguatu in the interior of Ceará, and on the coast of the state. “It’s possible for a meteor to travel a great distance in the sky. While it suffers friction with the atmosphere, it combusts and turns into pieces. A burning plane would never go so far before hitting the ground,” argues the astronomer.


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Oct 22

Local Farming Is Key To Curbing World Hunger

Local Farming Is Key To Curbing World Hunger

In spite of Big Agra’s claim that GMO foods are a necessity to keep the world well fed, the Food and Agriculture Organization seems to think differently.

Family farms are the “backbonein the fight against hunger and to achieve sustainable rural development. This is the conclusion of the annual report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In its report on The State of Food and Agriculture 2013 (SOFA), FAO analyzed the performance and value of family farming, which in 2013 accounted for about 570 million holdings.

For the UN’s body, family farms, which account for more than nine out of 10 farms in the world, can be a catalyst for sustainable rural development.”

The FAO warns that in a world where demand for food is growing but land and water resources are scarce, farmers will have to produce more and the solution is in the small and medium farmers, not on the hands of large food conglomerates.

There is considerable scope for increasing production through an increase in productivity of family farms,” says the report.

In its analysis, the FAO underlines how family farmers manage the agricultural resources of the world and provide over 80% of their food” while living in poverty and food insecurity. Food scarcity is mainly due to monopolization on behalf of large multinational corporations as well as the subsidies that governments provide them with while small and medium size farmers have to go at it alone.

The eradication of poverty in countries with low or middle income must include an increase in the productivity of labor, FAO said. Much is this increase in productivity could directly be addressed by enabling small and medium size farmers provide food for themselves and their communities, instead of having to sell their lands to multinationals for pennies on the dollar and becoming slave workers to the very same corporations that dispossessed them of the livelihoods.

Given this and the importance that these farms represent to produce food to do so sustainably, FAO called for the creation of conditions that enable farmers, especially the application of innovative methods of agriculture.

“Innovation” is the key word of the report and therefore the call for countries to ensure that research, advisory services, market institutions and infrastructurealso reach small and medium family farms is one of the keys to securing a stable food supply.

“Knowledge and economic incentivesnot only help to increase production but are also necessary for farmers to take them into account to protect watersheds, conserve biodiversity and even for carbon sequestration.”

Therefore, the FAO recommends that agricultural innovation strategies should focus not only on improving yields, but in a more complex set of objectives, among which farmers include the conservation of natural resources.”

For governments, the FAO urged to “increase public investment in R&D initiatives related to extension services and advice.”

In its report, the FAO explains that over 90% of farms in the world are managed by individuals or small families who rely mostly on their labor.

According to FAO estimates, family farming “accounts for about 70% to 80% of agricultural land and produce more than 80% of the food consumed around the world.

If the numbers show such a successful outcome from family farming, it is strange that governments continue to subsidize large multinational corporations instead of small and mid size farmers, which would undoubtedly reduce world hunger, waste and environmental pollution.

Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute. Read more about Luis.

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Oct 22

Why Gov. Can’t Save You From Ebola

Alex Jones covers the latest developments in ebola.

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Oct 22

California Cops Try to Intimidate Man from Recording Public Training Exercise

A smug-looking douchebag of a cop who wears his sunglasses behind his head.

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Oct 22

Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny

Justice in America makes less sense with each passing day.

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Oct 22

Congolese gynecologist from the rape capital of the world wins EU prize

The European Union has awarded a top human rights prize to a Congolese doctor renowned for treating victims of sexual violence in a country with the dubious title of rape capital of the world.

Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege won the European Union’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, E.U. Parliament president Martin Schulz announced on Tuesday.

According to Schulz, Mukwege was “unanimously” selected by judges for his “fight for the protection especially of women.”

Mukwege is widely regarded as the world’s leading expert on treating internal injuries caused by gang rape. He is also the founder of the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since the outbreak of the Second Congo War, Mukwege and his team have treated more than 30,000 rape victims.

During the war, Mukwege became known for working up to 18 hours a day, and performing as many as 10 surgeries in a single shift. Since the war he has been credited with revolutionizing treatment of rape injuries, and has become one of the most well-known African doctors on the world stage.

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Oct 21

Dyson’s newest tabletop fan hydrates the skin, obliterates germs

Along with retiring the garden hose to the garage, cleaning out the gutters and dragging out that sweater-stuffed plastic container from under the bed, in the coming weeks you may also find yourself dusting off and filling up that housebound-in-the-winter staple known as the humidifier.

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Oct 21

Audience Laughs at Shaheen for Ducking Question on Obama

Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was laughed at by the audience at the New Hampshire Senate Debate on Tuesday when she would not give a clear answer on whether she approved of the job President Obama is doing.

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Oct 21

Feds Readying For Executive Amnesty! Obama Plans To Open Immigration Floodgates… Will ‘transform America Into Nation No One Will Recognize’

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