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JUSTICE IS AN ABSOLUTE
January
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.
 
Israeli
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.
 
  10:
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.
 
  12:
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
commander-Europe
  13:
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.
  20:
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
  In
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
  30:
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"
  In
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!
In
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!
  6:
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!
  7:
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.
See:
Paul O'Sullivan
persecution

 
America's  secret  and  forgotten  wars
See:
American
Imperialism
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.
Al-Qa'eda
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
attacks
on foreign nationals.
The
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.
 
The
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).
 

March
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."
 
  6:
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" (?).
 
Israel,
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
  12:
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.
 
Norway's
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"
  16:
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
repudiated!
British
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.
 
  In
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
17:

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.
  20:
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.
Israel
prepares for war
in the Gaza Strip.
  28:
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."
 

April
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!
  3:
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.
 
  4:
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.
  7:
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.
 
  14:
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
previously!
  23:
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.
 
  25:
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.
  26:
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.
 
       
       

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