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6: The UK, Germany and Canada send battalions of up to 1,000 troops each to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Hundreds of US tanks and trucks also arrive in Europe as part of a NATO build-up near Russia's borders to deter any aggression from Putin. Among their equipment are 87 Abrams M1A1 tanks, 20 Paladin artillery vehicles and 136 Bradley fighting vehicles. The measures are aimed at reassuring US allies in the region following Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
media report that Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan (“The Revenant,” “Fight Club,” “Pretty Woman,” among other credits) has spent up to $130,000 over eight years on boxes of Cohiba cigars and cases of champagne for the Netanyahu clan.
The police want to know what Milchan got in return.
In Moscow, Russia – Researchers at the city’s National University of Science and Technology announce they have created a material which can block, absorb or bend electromagnetic waves, making military tanks essentially invisible to radar.
The Russian satellite communications company has also shown an interest.
Rockets, fired from northern Israel strike a Republican guard unit at the Damascus airport compound in Syria.
The Syrian army issues a statement –
"Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack
and stresses its continued fight against [this] terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators"
US Army
General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command, states that the arrival in Poland from Germany of the 4th Infantry Division's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team "marks a significant moment in European deterrence and defense" (Eucom news release).
Scaparrotti is also
NATO supreme allied
The US government announces that it has imposed sanctions on 18 top Syrian government officials believed to be complicit in the use of chlorine poison gas on civilians.
In Arizona in the USA – Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz dean of Valley Beit Midrash and the co-founder of Orthodox social justice movement Uri L’Tzedek announces –
"Because of my commitment to the integrity of prayer, starting this week, I can no longer recite or say amen to the Shabbat prayer for the success of the US President. ...If you also feel it’s important to pray for the US government but also feel you cannot pray for the success of this President, feel free to use this or adapt it as you please,"
wrote Yanklowitz on social media.
His new "Prayer for our Nation" serves as a reminder
"of the billions of vulnerable people who are at risk under his [president Donald Trump] rule, and challenge myself each Shabbat to build up the strength for another week of spiritual resistance", he explains.
Orthodox Jewish Rabbi
withdraws support for
US President Trump
Israel – The Israeli government approves the building of 566 new Jewish settler homes in Palestinian East Jerusalem, despite a United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 2334, passed on December 23, 2016,
condemning all Israeli Jewish settlement-construction on occupied Palestinian territories.
Helped by US
protection and funding
Deutsche Bank is fined nearly $630m (£588m) by British and American authorities over alleged money laundering in Russia.
New York's Department of Financial Services said the scheme involved so-called mirror trades which illegally moved $10bn (£9.3bn) out of Russia. This involved clients buying stock in Moscow in roubles then, shortly afterwards, related parties selling the same stocks through that bank's London branch. These trades, which were worth around $2m-$3m per order,
were then cleared through Deutsche Bank's New York operation with the clients paid in dollars.
Smuggling money
out of Russia.

Wednesday, February

See: February 6 below.
1: In Occupied Palestine – The illegal 'Messianic Jewish' settlement (supposdly Christian Jewish) of Amona, built by them on stolen Palestinian farmland in 1995, is forcible evacuated by the Israeli military and police. Israeli security forces begin the long-threatened eviction of hundreds of hard-line Jewish settlers from the illegal outpost of Amona on the occupied West Bank, hours after the government said it is approving the construction of thousands more Jewish settlement homes elsewhere. As Israeli police descend on the Amona site,
Israel’s far-right education minister, Naftali Bennett, demands Israel's annexation of the "entire (Palestinian) West Bank".
Court order to restore
privately owned stolen
Palestinian farmland
implemented at last.

US provocation
3: In Iran – A ballistic missile test is conducted, and strongly condemned by America's Trump administration, even though no international agreement was violated. The US in retaliation imposes sanctions on 13 Iranians and 12 of its entities.
Iran then warns the US that it may respond to this by discarding the anti-nuclear treaty it had previously signed with the US.
Pasi na Mugabe
"Down with Mugabe"
Zimbabwe, southern Africa – A Christian pastor Evan Mawarire is imprisoned and denied bail for words spoken in New York, USA.
Magistrate Elisha Singano remanded Rev. Mawarire in custody until 17 February 2017.
Assad's extermination
of political opposition!
Syria – Amnesty International investigator Nicolette Waldman uncovers the mass torture and murders of political prisoners in Saydnaya prison near Damascus. The Amnesty report, Human Slaughterhouse, details allegations of state-sanctioned abuse that are unprecedented in Syria’s civil war, a conflict that has consistently broken new ground in depravity, leaving at least 400,000 people dead and nearly half the country’s population displaced. Witnesses claim that once or twice a week 20 to 50 people at a time are hanged, after sham trials before a military court, their bodies are taken to the nearby Tishreen military hospital where cause of death is typically registered dishonestly as respiratory disorder or heart failure, then buried on military land in Nahja, south of Damascus, and Qatana, a small town to the west.
Amnesty's Waldman reports –
"They came for them on a Monday. Before they were hanged, victims were condemned to death in a two- to three-minute hearing. The death sentence was signed by the minister of defence, who was deputised to sign by President Assad. It is inconceivable that all of the top officials did not know about it. This was [is] a policy of extermination."
Already up to
13,000 persons
secretly hanged and it
continues at this moment!
In Israel – Its Parliament/Knesset passes the so-called Regulation Bill (60 to 52) to retroactively "legalise" illegal Jewish outposts
built on privately owned Palestinian land
to prevent the intervention of courts to protect privately owned Palestinian land.
It allows the Jewish state to seize land privately owned by Palestinians in the West Bank and grant the properties to Jewish settlements for their exclusive use. The measure is designed to 'protect homes' in Jewish settlements, built on private Palestinian property "in good faith or at the state's instruction" from possible court-ordered evacuation and demolition. The law has faced strident opposition, including from Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who has warned that it marks the first time Israeli legislation explicitly affirms government support for the illegal settlements, and would openly curtail property rights of Palestinians in the West Bank in a way that
contravenes the protections granted to occupied populations under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Zionist Israel
passes a Land-Grab bill
justifying crime!
Estonia is on NATO’s front line with Russia. The history of the country, which has just 1.3 million citizens, is one of repeated invasion and occupation by larger and more powerful neighbours. It won its independence in 1991 as the Soviet Union collapsed. Now, with Donald Trump as US president – who has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and called NATO "obsolete", there is a sense of a shift in the world order that had underpinned the security of Estonia and its fellow Baltic states, Latvia and Lithuania.
So, Estonia has formed the Estonian Defense League to train its citizens to fight in the event of a Russian invasion.
13: In
South Africa – Highly respected forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan is pulled over in his car outside Pretoria by a convoy of at least eight police vehicles carrying about 17 plain clothes cops, as part of the continuing harassment to intimidate him.
He has exposed corruption in the South African Police Service and is accordingly being constantly hounded by them.
Paul O'Sullivan

America's  secret  and  forgotten  wars
In Afghanistan
8,400 U.S. troops are still deployed in Afghanistan, the longest-running war in U.S. history, to train and assist Afghan troops in fighting the Taliban, which the U.S. created (1994-1996) to fight occupation by the Soviet Union (USSR).
1. In Iraq
5,000 U.S. troops are assisting the Iraqi army against ISIS/Da'esh.
2. In Syria
500 Special Forces U.S. fighters are leading the battle against ISIS/Da'esh in Syria.
3. In Yemen
– the U.S. has been targeting al Qa'eda in the Arabian Peninsula and helping Saudi Arabia fight a proxy war against Iranian-backed oppressed Houti rebels. (Iran and the Houti are Shia Muslims in contrast to Saudi Arabia's Sunni Muslims).
Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens (36) dies after being shot by Yemeni tribesmen in a U.S. raid on their country.
is Sunni Islam
4. In Libya
the U.S. Pentagon sends two B-2 bombers to take out suspected ISIS/Da'esh camps just a day before Trump's inauguration.
5. In Kenya
– In recent years, extra-judicial killings have become a hallmark of Kenya’s counter-terrorism strategy. But even as rights abuses have worsened, so American funding for Kenya’s security forces has increased.
This pattern is repeated elsewhere, highlighting the rift between US word and deed on human rights in Africa.
President Donald Trump has reiterated his support for torture against terror suspects, and has already started making good on his campaign promises to aggressively crack down on terror groups.
6. In addition
to these combat theatres, the U.S. has military bases scattered around the globe including –
in South Korea, Turkey, Japan, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Spain.
The Pentagon
reportedly wants to expand U.S. operations in Somalia, potentially putting American soldiers in front-line combat with the extremist group al-Shabab.

February 22:
primary school's
Xenophobic Letter
In South Africa – A primary school in Edenvale, Gauteng province, Eastleigh Primary School, circulates a letter to all parents from its principal Mrs Cooke-Tonnesen, after a visit to the school by the government's Department of Home Affairs, with the threat that if any foreign child's documents are not up to date, the school will phone the police to collect the child, and
"you can collect your child at the police station"
"These are the direct instructions from the Department of Home Affairs".

In a province affected by
violent xenophobic

on foreign nationals.
Gauteng Department of Education requests the school to withdraw its letter to parents.
The following day Graeme Stratton, the chairman of the School Governing Body, posts a longer statement on the school's Facebook account, which had announced the withdrawal of the school's letter, apologising unreservedly for the school's letter to parents and stating that the school wants to deal with immigration issues in a compassionate and caring way in future.
Equal Education movement condemns the Eastleigh school letter on Friday 24 February, citing section 29 of the South African Constitution which guarantees the right to basic education to all persons in South Africa, regardless of their immigration status.
(View the school's letter to all parents).

1: In Israel – Israeli Police eventually arrest 20 people in conjunction with a global FBI sting against an international crime ring that has allegedly scammed tens of millions of dollars from individuals and companies over the Internet.
Among those persons detained are –
1. Harry Meir Amar of Netanya,   6. Shimon Ben Shitrit of Ashdod
2. Tamzi Bebershvili of Netanya   7. Ori Saadon of Beit Shemesh
3. Stanislav Nazarov of Or Akiva   8. Timur Kardanov of Netanya
4. Rabia Abdel Hai of Tira   9. Ahmad Abu Naji of Nazareth
5. Husam Hariri of Umm el-Fahm   10. Moshe Hazan of Ramat Gan
The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation by police fraud officers, in conjunction with the American FBI, that the Israel Police have dubbed
"Case 278: Social Engineering."
In Israel – The parliament (knesset) passes a law banning anyone supporting a boycott of Israel from entering the country, as if that punishment is a way of dealing with the issue. The law also extends to supporters of boycotts of West Bank settlement products, resting on a legal definition of an Israel boycott in a 2011 law that includes all "areas under its control."
MK(MP) Roy Folkman (Kulanu), who sponsored the bill, said the legislation was necessary in order to protect Israel’s "name and honor" (?).
in December, for the first time refused entry to a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
Isabel Piri, from Malawi, arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport as a tourist, but was refused entry as information available to immigration control showed Piri was active in the World Council of Churches,
an organisation which supports boycotting products from the illegal West Bank settlements.
Israel's politicizing
of tourism
In Norway – The Russian posture in the high north is regarded as changed. Moscow has developed a fleet of increasingly sophisticated submarines and aircraft, which are being tested in the north Atlantic alongside new high-precision long-range missiles.
Joint Head Quarters Commander, Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen states:
"We are not in a conflict with Russia, and we have never had a border dispute with them in 1,000 years, but after Ukraine we changed our posture"
7 p.m. United States forces fail to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties in a strike that kills at least 38 people in western Aleppo in Syria. Statements by US military authorities after the attack indicate that they failed to understand that the targeted building was a mosque, that prayer was about to begin, and that a religious lecture was taking place at the time of the attack.
The US justifies it by
describing it as
"a meeting of
Al Qa'eda members
In the United Kingdom – The British GCHQ has denied an allegation, repeated by the White House press secretary, that the British spy agency had ever helped former president Barack Obama "wire-tap" Donald Trump during the US 2016 election as alleged by Trump.
Trump's Fake News
and American intelligence agencies cooperate closely, along with their counterparts in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as members of the Five Eyes, which work together on intelligence (via satellite surveillance of international communication).
Each of the Five supplies a list of words which if one occurs in an email, that email is copied and forwarded to the state concerned.
Syria – The civilian death toll in the U.S. airstrike on the village of al-Jinah, on the border of the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, rises to 46

This American arrogance is regarded as provocative!
In the United States – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson states that it may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action against North Korea if the threat from their weapons program reaches a level "that we believe requires action." Tillerson outlines a tougher strategy to confront North Korea's nuclear threat after visiting the world's most heavily armed border near the tense buffer zone between the 'rival Koreas'.
He also very foolishly closes the door on talks with Pyongyang unless it de-nuclearizes and gives up its weapons of mass destruction.
Note: the enduring hostility in North Korea toward the US is also for its use of Dr Shiro
Ishii's experimental germ
warfare on their civilians.
In Israel – The Israel Defense Force calls up 2,000 reserve soldiers to simulate war in the Gaza Strip, as part of its military’s largest planned exercise of 2017. The reservists were given 24 hours notice ahead of this week’s exercise. Eight percent of those called up did not attend, the army said. Brig. Gen. Sa’ar Tzur, the head of the Sinai Division, oversees the exercise, which also includes artillery, combat intelligence and combat engineering elements.
prepares for war
in the Gaza Strip.
In the UK – Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin and her French counterpart Laurent Collet-Billon today sign an agreement to explore future missile technologies, during a visit by M. Collet-Billon to the Ministry of Defence, the agreement begins a three year concept phase to develop future long range weapons for the British and French Navies and Air Forces.
Each country will contribute €50 million to this phase.
Délégué Général pour l'Armement Laurent Collet-Billon said: "We are launching today a major new phase in our bilateral cooperation, by planning together a generation of missiles, successor to the Harpoon, SCALP and Storm Shadow. The FC/ASW (future cruise/anti-ship weapon) programme's aim is to have by around 2030 a new generation of missiles."
Israel – The recreational use of marijuana/cannabis/dagga is decriminalized. Israel has been exporting the drug since 2010.

1: In Israel-Palestine – In the past 24 hours, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced both the creation of a brand-new settlement in the occupied Palestinian West Bank (widely dishonestly reported as the first new, officially sanctioned settlement in 20 years), and promised to curtail settlement activity, in deference to President Donald Trump’s wishes.
April-fools Day!
Israel and Egypt block Human Rights investigators from entering blockaded Gaza to document alleged abuses.
The territory has been under an Israeli blockade since Hamas took control in 2007.
In Syria – A Syrian army Sukhoi-22 jet hits the town of Khan Sheikhoun at dawn (03:30 GMT) dropping three conventional bombs and a fourth one that makes little sound at impact but produces a cloud of white smoke of Sarin gas mixed with Chlorine. At least 80 people, 20 of them children, are killed by the gas. Some of the dead, including children, show no visible injuries, indicating the gas had killed them in their beds, said Mouin Abed al-Menem, a medical doctor who treated several victims. The casualty toll continues to rise.
Israel's President
Reuven Rivlin says that Israel cannot remain indifferent to the Sarin gassing of Syrian civilians, and offers to help survivors of the civil war there. He states –
"We, as a people who survived the greatest of atrocities and rose from the ashes to be a strong and secure nation, we will do all we can to continue to aid the survivors of the horrors in Syria,"
"We know all too well how dangerous silence can be, and we cannot remain mute."
Re.: Poison gas
atrocity in Syria.
In the early hours of Friday morning (Syria time) the United States launches a military strike from warships USS Ross and Porter in the eastern Mediterranean of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat airfield (near Homs) in central Syria from which they believe the Sarin poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikun was carried out, targeting –
"aircraft, shelters, fuel storage and other logistics buildings, air defence systems, radars and ammunition supply bunkers".
Russia and Iran, the two military allies of Syria, state that the US missile bombardment had violated international law and added:
"From now on we will respond with force."
The warning comes after the Russian embassy in the UK suggested that British and American attempts to deliver an ultimatum to the Kremlin this week could result in a "real war".
Putin calls
the American attack a
"violation of international law"
In Nicaragua
– Russia constructs a satellite station in Managua, alongside Laguna de Nejapa, for GLONASS (the Russian equivalent of the GPS tracking system). It is likely that the base will also serve Russian espionage purposes, as Putin attempts to restore the international status of Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Insanely – the US threatens North Korea with a ' pre-emptive' military strike if Pyongyang goes ahead with another round of nuclear weapons tests. (In case they did not know: an attack and a test are not the same thing or equivalent!). The US has already deployed two destroyers armed with Tomahawk missiles in the region of North Korea.
One is reportedly only 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site.
North Korea's vice foreign minister on Friday blames President Donald Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the U.S. was becoming "more vicious and more aggressive" under his leadership than it had been under President Barack Obama. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Pyongyang, Vice Minister Han Song Ryol also warned the U.S. against provoking North Korea militarily. "We will go to war if they choose," he said.
Note the Holocaust Atrocity
committed by the US
against North Korea's
people previously!
In Syria – Israeli forces attack pro-Syrian government groups in the Naba alFawwar area of Quneitra province killing three and wounding at least two. Syria's official news agency described it as a Syrian army position. Israel's justification is that is in retaliation for unidentified mortar fire in the Golan Heights.
The USS Michigan nuclear submarine docks in South Korea, after the North begins a large-scale, long-range artillery fire drill in Wonsan on the east coast. More than 4,000 artillery guns are reported to be taking part in the "exercise." The Michigan is in place ready to join the USS Carl Vinson carrier and its strike group, which are steaming towards the Korean peninsula, along with two Japanese destroyers.
The US prepares
for the possibility
of attacking
North Korea.
The United States begins moving the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system (THAAD) to central South Korea, opposite the border with the North – months ahead of schedule.
Two road-mobile launchers have arrived at the Osan Air Base. One THAAD unit includes six launchers.
US President Trump tells Reuters that he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.
North Korea threatens to punish Israel and accuses its Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman of "rash and malicious" statements that insult its leadership, after Liberman criticized the Asian nation and called its leadership "extremist and insane."

7: In Israel – The Knesset's Ministerial Committee for Legislation votes unanimously (proposed by Likud's MK Avi Dichter) to legally define the state of Israel as Jewish at the constitutional level of its Basic laws, thereby downgrading the status of all Israeli Arab citizens and other minorities, and putting the religion of Judaism on an equally political footing with enshrined democratic principles.
09:00 (GMT), Over the Black Sea – An American surveillance P-8A Poseidon plane is intercepted by a Russian Su-30 aircraft prompting the surveillance aircraft to change its course away from Russia's border. The incident comes about a week after the United States intercepted Russian jets and bombers while they were conducting routine flights near Alaska, describing the move as "unproblematic."
Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (of the Yisrael Beitenu party), for propaganda purposes compares the Palestinian Arab members of Israel's parliament/knesset to Nazis in pushing through a bill that raises the electoral threshold in an effort to keep the Israeli Arab parties out of the Knesset/parliament.
racism grows!
In the Israeli knesset/parliament – The proposal to admit the Subbotnik Jewish community scattered throughout Russia, Ukraine and Armenia is postponed to June to avoid a decision. The Subbotnik/Субботники Jewish community converted to Judaism more than 200 years ago and have now been awaiting permission to emigrate to Zionist Israel.
(Their name derives from the Russian word "Subbota," for Sabbath).
America's President Trump expresses his sympathy with those Arab states
opposed to Qatar.
In Qatar – The American intelligence agency, under instruction of President Donald Trump, hacks into Qatar's state-run news agency and places a fake announcement on its screen ribbon/ticker pretending to be from its head of state emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani expressing support for Shia-Islam Iran. Shia and Sunni Islam do not cooperate or communicate and therefore this apparent pro-Shia slant is designed to provoke a serious negative reaction among Sunni-Islam Guld states. The Fake News read:
"Iran represents a regional and Islamic power that cannot be ignored and it is unwise to face up against it,"
the ticker read at one point. "It is a big power in the stabilization of the region
As a consequence the Sunni Muslim states of the Gulf region break diplomatic relations with Qatar.
Qatar denies the statement but it is not believed and the damage has been done in its relations to other Gulf states.
To avoid responsibility, US Intelligence puts the blame for the hacking on the United Arab Emirates, who are one of those reacting to the hack..

US attempt to divide
the Islamic states
of the Gulf.
Qatar has
repeatedly denied it funds any extremist groups. However, it does remain a key financial patron of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and has been the home of exiled Hamas official Khaled Mashaal since 2012, so pro-Zionist Israel elements in the USA would like it shut down. Western officials have also accused Qatar of allowing or even encouraging funding of Sunni extremists like al-Qa'ida’s branch in Syria, once known as the Nusra Front.
However, US investigators conveniently believe Russian hackers breached Qatar's state news agency and planted the fake news report.
The Qatari
Interior Ministry said (late June 7), that the website of the Qatar News Agency was initially hacked in April with “high techniques and innovative methods.” It said hackers installed a file and then published a fake news item.
The rift has provoked confusion and anxiety in Qatar, an energy, banking and construction hub,
which is home to 2.7 million people — most of them foreigners.
Thousands of Qataris have been unable to board flights to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and are cut off from relatives in those countries, in a region where cross-border marriages are common and Gulf rulers refer to each other as "brothers".
The other Sunni Gulf states continue to act as American stooges in boycotting Qatar.
The Israeli

Refugee Exploitation
government introduces new tax rules by which a portion of a non-citizen's salary is withheld and only paid out when that worker leaves Israel. The new legislation, which applies only to African migrants and asylum seekers. The Interior Ministry says the new rules are intended to benefit the migrants and asylum seekers, whom the government refers to as 'illegal infiltrators'. Many have lived for years in Israel and spent time in a desert holding center waiting for their asylum requests to be considered, and allowed by the government to have jobs even though their temporary visas do not give them the right to work.
Israel has granted asylum to fewer than 1 percent of those who have applied and has a years-long backlog of applicants.

June 5:
In the United States – The US Senate unanimously passes a bill (90-0), co-sponsored by 17 senators, including Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, which calls on the legislative body to recognize the half a century landmark since Israel conquered/subjugated the eastern/Palestinian part of Jerusalem during its 1967 Six Day War, in total disregard of the Palestinian historical presence of more than a thousand years. The text also advocates a theoretical two-state outcome based on direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, which is not a possibility in the light of US supported (AIPAC) Zionist ideology..
The bill’s passage is "applauded" by the pro-Zionist 'American Israel Public Affairs Committee' (AIPAC).
Al Jazeera
publishes an Open Letter at 4:55pm, in response to the blockade of Qatar and attempt to shut down Al Jazeera:
"The attempt to silence Al Jazeera is an attempt to silence independent journalism in the region, and to challenge everyone’s freedom to be heard and to be informed. This must not be allowed to happen.... We are deeply proud of our journalism. We respect - and give thanks to - everyone we report about, and everyone we inform,
We remain resolute in carrying out our responsibility of providing reliable information, giving those we cover a voice.
We are unwavering in our resolve to continue doing so, and we will proceed to tell the stories of the world from Kabul to Caracas and from Mosul to Sydney.
We will continue to do our job with integrity. We will continue to be courageous in the pursuit of the truth. And we will continue to respect people's rights to be heard."

Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in the Black Sea has changed NATO's calculations, seeing Russia increasingly as an adversary. Before then, no forces from other alliance members were stationed in the Baltic states; now four NATO battle-groups, totalling just over 4,500 troops, have been deployed in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
June 14:
For the first time, in the face of rising tension with Russia, the United States deploys all its nuclear-capable strategic bombers to the United Kingdom (RAF Fairford and Gloucestershire) for Baltic operations.
U.S. and
British troops carry out the first large-scale NATO defensive drill on the border between Poland and Lithuania, rehearsing for a possible scenario in which Russia might try to sever the Baltic states from the rest of the Western alliance. The frontier runs for 104 km (65 miles) through farmland, woods and low hills, in an area known as the Suwalki Gap. If seized by Russia, it would cut off Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. U.S. helicopters and British aircraft took part in exercises that also involved troops from Poland, Lithuania and Croatia in a simulated defence of the potential flashpoint.
Russia denies any plans to invade the Baltics, and says it is NATO that is threatening stability in Eastern Europe by building up its military presence there and staging such war games.
In response,
Russia has threatened to shoot down US war-planes operating in parts of Syria where its air force operates amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet. The Syria's defence ministry said it had suspended a hotline between Russia and the US aimed at avoiding mid-air collisions. The statement follows after a US war-plane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the countryside near Raqqa.
Wednesday 21:
After having intercepted a U.S. RC-135 spy plane flying toward the Russian border on Monday June 19, a Russian fighter jet Su-27 now chases away a NATO F-16 US fighter jet trying to approach an aircraft carrying the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu over the Baltic Sea. This, while US troops participate in NATO military exercises near the Baltic border of Russia between Poland and Lithuania.
US provocations
The president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin regards NATO as simply an extension of US Foreign Policy left over from the American Cold War of the Soviet Era.
Friday 23:
In Tehran, Iran – On Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, marchers celebrate the predicted destruction of Zionist Israel in 8,411-days. The rally also inaugurates a huge digital countdown display at Tehran Palestine Square,
showing that the state of Israel will allegedly cease to exist in 8,411 days.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in remarks carried by the official IRNA news agency, says Israel supports "terrorists in the region."
Sunday 25:
In Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspends a government approved plan to construct a prayer pavilion which would haved allowed women access to pray at the Western/Wailing Wall/Kotel, because of pressure from his Jewish Ultra-Orthodox political coalition. The government decision to freeze the plan came amid calls from Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox lawmakers to dial back the plan to establish an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, which had been approved by government ministers in January 2016.
the USA – A leading US philanthropist and fundraiser on behalf of Israel, Isaac “Ike” Fisher, a Florida real estate tycoon, has suspended his efforts to raise funds for Israel in protest of the Israeli government’s decision to nix a pluralistic prayer section at the Western Wall and its backing for a bill (shelved on Friday) that would make the Israeli Chief Rabbinate the only body authorized to convert people to Judaism in the country.

7: In Leipzig, Germany – The General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) casts a bold vote in favour of the Palestinian cause for a just peace. This global body, represents more than 80 million Christians.
some 800 Russian troops now face Israel and another 400 are positioned on the border with Jordan. having set up a roadblock east of Quneitra 8km from Israeli positions on the Golan.
While Israel's confused preoccupation with the Al Aqsa conflict (not 'temple mount') continues, Russia moves its troops into southern Syria near its Golan border where Israel's Bashan Division is stationed.
In Ochakov Naval Base, Ukraine – The United States Naval Construction Battalion holds a groundbreaking ceremony for a maritime operations center. Maritime operations centers are the operational-level warfare command and control organizations designed to deliver flexible maritime capabilities throughout the full range of military operations. Several US missile warships, including the USS Hue City Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and the USS Carney Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, a P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft and a Navy SEALs team took part in the 12-day Sea Breeze 2017 NATO naval exercise held in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, near the port city of Odessa. 17 nations take part in the training event.
US Provocations
increase in Cold
War mentality.
On June 8, Ukraine’s parliament adopted a bill called On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine (on Foreign Policy Course of Ukraine), setting NATO membership as Ukraine’s foreign policy goal, replacing the country’s non-aligned status.
The Russian Foreign Ministry demands that the United States cut its diplomatic staff in Russia and says it will seize two US diplomatic properties in a sharp response to a new sanctions bill the US Congress passed a day earlier. The order – which affects the US Embassy in Moscow and consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok –
would reduce US diplomatic and technical staff to 455, the same number Russia has in the United States, by September 1.
The US sends two of its supersonic B-1B nuclear-capable bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force to North Korea, and launches a medium-range target ballistic missile (MRBM) from a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean, in spite of its complaints against North Korea's two missile launch tests. This Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system is
located at Pacific Space-port Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, which detected, tracked and intercepted the target.
The US military inaugurates an $11 billion base in South Korea, boasting it as a small American city serving as new headquarters that no longer lies within the range of North Korean artillery fire, and expected to house over 45,000 American service members, contractors and their dependents.
"We built an entire city from scratch," says Colonel Scott W. Mueller, garrison commander of Camp Humphreys,
pointing out that the new 3,454-acre base represented "one of the US military's largest overseas construction projects."

Russia’s navy has calls on 2,000 troops and 70 vessels for combat readiness drills in the waters of northern Europe, ahead of a controversial army drill with Belarus. The vessels involved will include support ships, as well as “corvettes, large amphibious ships, small rocket ships and small anti-submarine ships. The Baltic region has become an area for reinforcement on Russia’s part, as well as on NATO’s (albeit to a less numerous extent), since ties turned sour after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia collectively set up NATO’s longest shared border with Russia, and the three are the only former Soviet states to now be part of the U.S.-led military alliance. Since the start in 2014 of Russian-backed turmoil in another ex-Soviet republic, Ukraine, the Baltics have repeatedly expressed existential fears,
asking assurance of allies that Russia will not annex any of their territory in the same way.

7: In Jerusalem – The Planning committee is set to approve construction of 176 new Jewish housing units in Nof Zion, inside the East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. A plan to nearly triple the size of a Jewish neighborhood in the heart of Arab East Jerusalem will reportedly be pushed ahead Sunday 10 by a local Jewish planning committee.
In 2009, a group of American Jews held a cornerstone laying for the second phase of the neighborhood,
but it failed to yield buyers and the contractor went bankrupt, selling the project to other developers.
America's President Trump takes the floor of the United Nations General Assembly and, in his maiden speech there, insultingly calls the leader of North Korea "Rocket Man," decries "loser terrorists" and said certain parts of the world are "in fact, going to hell." But Trump's perhaps oddly chosen colloquialisms mask what is a pretty astounding escalation of his rhetoric regarding North Korea. The president of the United States threatens to wipe a country of 25 million people off the map: "Now North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life," Trump said.
He later adds: "The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies,
we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. 'Rocket Man' is on a suicide mission for himself."
The view
from China could hardly be much worse: the leaders of North Korea and the United States threatening to rain down total destruction on each other, while U.S. bombers and fighters stage a show of military might close to China’s shores.
North Korea has been moving its aircraft and boosting its defences on its east coast, apparently in response to US bombers flying to the Korean peninsula. The mobilisation came after the US dispatched B-1B jets to South Korea over this weekend,
In China – Interpol, the International Police Organisation, in a secret vote decides to admit Palestine as a full member by 75 votes to 24, dealing a significant diplomatic blow to Israel, which has strenuously lobbied against Palestinian admission. Set up almost a century ago, Interpol is designed to help countries share police intelligence and cooperate against crime that crosses international borders, including terrorism and human trafficking,. It now has 192 international members. Palestine gained observer status at the United Nations in 2012 and since then has joined more than 50 international organisations and agreements,
including the international criminal court and the United Nations heritage body, Unesco.
is perhaps best known to the wider public for its “red notice” system, which issues requests to locate and provisionally arrest individuals pending extradition, such as was laid out in Bill Browder's book Red Notice concerning Vladimir Putin.
ISBN 9780593072950
US Department of Commerce decides that British Bombardier aircraft, built in Northern Ireland, should be subject to 219% import duty after the American aviation giant Boeing complained that Bombardier had been given unfair state aid.
Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said: "This is not the kind of behaviour we expect from a long-term partner."
"We have contracts in place with Boeing for new maritime patrol aircraft and for Apache attack helicopters and they will also be bidding for other defence work and this kind of behaviour clearly could jeopardise our future relationship with Boeing."
In Syria
Air Raids by pro-government and Russian forces target civilian areas during September in hundreds of strikes killing at least 1,000 civilians, in spite of these areas being marked for international protection. In the Damascus suburbs, areas covered by the truce have also come under sustained attack, striking civilian homes and a rehabilitation clinic for victims of earlier bombings.

10: The U.S. military flies two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met with top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea. The two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam
North Korea threatens the U.S. with "a hail of fire" over President Donald Trump's recent disrespectful statements. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho responds to these developments by stating the advancement of his country's nuclear program would facilitate a "balance of power with the U.S.," and suggests that —
the animosity between the U.S. and North Korea would soon escalate beyond insults.
In Egypt – Under their reconciliation pact, Hamas is handing over administrative control of Gaza, including the Rafah border crossing – once the main gateway to the world for the two million Palestinians in the territory – to a government backed by the mainstream Fatah party. A decade ago, Hamas forces seized the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces in a brief civil war. Past Egyptian mediation attempts to reconcile the two rivals failed to achieve lasting results. The latest clinched its elusive agreement after an economic squeeze on Hamas. Under the agreement, about 3,000 Fatah security officers are to join the Gaza police force, although Hamas would remain the most powerful armed Palestinian faction, with around 25,000 well-equipped militants.
US Provocations continue to provoke North Korean defiance

In Yemen – About 130 Children Die Per Day as a consequence of the Saudi led blockade. The majority in Yemen are Houthi (Shia Musims) who are in rebellion aginst the oppression of the ruling class (Sunni Muslims). More than two years of conflict between a Saudi-led coalition and the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels has devastated Yemen, which is beset by famine and cholera. Even with the partial lifting of the blockade, the World Food Programme estimates that an additional 3.2 million people will be pushed into hunger. If left untreated, 150,000 malnourished children could die within the coming months. The blockade was imposed on 6 November following the firing of a missile at Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) from rebel-held territory in Yemen, which Saudi Arabia claims was supplied by Iran. It has led to UN aid backing up on Yemen’s borders, and a sudden escalation of fuel prices that in turn will mean electricity generation, and the supply of clean water, will be reduced.
Shane Stevenson, Oxfam’s country director in Yemen, said:
"If those with the power to act fail to do so, history will judge these countries as either responsible or complicit in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of people in Yemen.
They need to immediately open borders, and allow the free flow of vital aid and help secure a ceasefire."
The lack of food is now endemic. Food prices have soared, the economy has collapsed, and government employees haven’t been paid for nearly a year, which has forced more than 20 million Yemenis, or about 70 per cent of the population, to rely on aid.
A Saudi-led military coalition stopped most of that aid from entering the country by blocking airports, ports and borders. Ostensibly the blockade was to halt the shipment of arms. But illegal smuggling routes ensure the flow of weapons,
and in reality it is food, medicine and fuel (to pump drinking water) that are being held back.
Saudi Arabia’s attack against the Houthis of Yemen has been relentless — much of it fuelled by the fear of Iran’s alliance with Houthis and the prospect of greater Iranian influence in the region. Aid agencies are warning that Yemen will become the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.
the UK – Senior police and intelligence officials warn of an increasing crossover between hostile states and criminal groups seeking to profit from targeting governments, national infrastructure, businesses and individuals. They warn that attacks as severe as the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, which crippled the British NHS by hitting 81 trusts and affecting 19,000 appointments,
could happen again.
"WannaCry is not going to be the last attack to hit the UK and things are likely to get worse before they get better," said Oliver Gower, head of the National Cyber Crime Unit.

December 6:
In the Palestinian West Bank – the Palestinian Authority calls for a general strike, and in Gaza, its Hamas movement calls for its followers to ignite a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel in esponse to Trump's decision that he would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and his declaration that he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing a decades-old U.S. policy.
Many fear the step could spark another bloody conflict in the region. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new uprising in the Palestinian territories and for Friday to be a day of rage. He said:
"Tomorrow should be a day of rage and the beginning of a broad movement for an uprising that I call
'the intifada of the freedom of Jerusalem."
NATO accuses Russia of developing a missile system in violation of a key Cold War arms treaty.
The alliance's main political decision-making body – the North Atlantic Council – has weighed in on the dispute over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty. Signed in 1987, the treaty eliminated an entire class of missiles from Europe and is also considered a bedrock agreement for arms control between Washington and Moscow. Russia is aggressively building up its nuclear forces and is expected to deploy a total force of 8,000 nuclear warheads by 2026, along with modernizing deep underground bunkers..
Currently each country is only allowed to have 1,550 "deployed strategic nuclear warheads"
Russia prepares
for nuclear war!
The U.S. budgets $200 million to repair and build airfields, military training sites and other military structures (in Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Luxembourg, Iceland, and Norway) to deter "Russian aggression" in Eastern Europe. Some of the bases will house high-tec stealth fighters, such as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Strike Fighter, and reconnaissance assets to intercept Russian submarines in the North and Baltic Seas.
The Kremlin slams President Donald Trump’s national security strategy on Tuesday, calling it imperialist and saying the U.S. is unwilling to accept a multi-polar world.
The British (UK) Prime Minister travels to Warsaw to discuss a new defence pact (regarding potential Russian aggression) but she is flying into the middle of a row between Poland and the rest of the European Union. The European Union (EU) has triggered a process that could see Poland lose its voting rights over EU concerns about changes being made to its judicial system. The Polish government is accused of putting forward legislation that will allow political interference in its court system. The EU has issued a formal warning that could not only see Poland's voting rights suspended but also a freeze on financial contributions to the bloc's largest beneficiary. Warsaw shows no sign of backing down and may look to departing EU member the UK for support against what it sees as a politically-motivated attack.
European Union
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approves tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to the latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the U.S. mainland. The new sanctions approved in the council resolution include sharply cutting limits on North Korea's imports of refined oil, forcing all North Koreans working overseas to return home within 12 months, and cracking down on shipping to and from the country.
In Palestine – Israel announces their intention to construct 300,000 new Jewish housing units in Palestine's East Jerusalem. The Palestinian foreign ministry blames U.S. president Donald Trump announced move of the US embassy to Jerusalem for the "Israeli arrogance" which thereby endorsed the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem.
In the USA
Neo-Nazi Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer (32) who co-runs the white supremacist Daily Stormer website (editor Andrew Anglin) says on a podcast that Jews are to blame for the website's loss of its dot com address after a white man allegedly killed peaceful protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.
“If you don’t let us dissent peacefully, then our only option is to murder you. To kill your children. To kill your whole families.
There is only one thing absent free speech that we can do to express our dissent and that’s to slaughter you like dogs,
and you’re gonna have it coming and your children will deserve to die.”
Daily Stormer website primarily posts Jewish conspiracy theories and memes celebrating physical violence against Jews, women and people of color. It has lost over a dozen domains following Charlottesville, but unfortunately Auernheimer and Anglin have benefitted financially from peddling hate speech to the tune of thousands of dollars per month, which comes from anonymous online donations.
Rights groups and other observers believe that the site's traffic has taken a significant hit by being dropped,
which would at least partly explain Auernheimer's frustration.
See: Neo-Nazi Menace
Neo-Nazi Auernheimer (who co-runs the white supremacist Daily Stormer website) has Jewish relatives on "both sides of his family" according to his mother.
Israeli occupation government has approved a series of settlement plans, including 12,000 new Jewish settlement units in 2017 on Palestinian land, four times the number in 2016, Haaretz reports.
Haaretz added that if the Hebron housing is approved it would be the first time for the southern West Bank city since 2002. Hebron is home to around 200,000 Palestinians, with about 800 settlers living under the protection of Israeli army in several heavily fortified compounds in the heart of the city. Settlement building in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem is considered illegal under international law.
Currently there is a total of approximately 500,000 Jewish Israeli settlers in Palestinian territory.

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