7/7 Ripple Effect 2

After being unlawfully jailed for 157 days based on trumped-up charges, and following on from the BBC making a dedicated hit-piece on the original 7/7 Ripple Effect, the film-maker Muad’Dib expands upon the original film and has added over 60 minutes of new material connecting the dots of what most likely really did happen in London on July 7th 2005, when 3 tube-trains and a double-decker bus were exploded.

Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror Warnings Seriously?

On Monday, several mainstream media outlets repeated the latest press release by the FBI that country was under a new “heightened terror alert” from “ISIL-inspired attacks” “leading up to the July 4th weekend.” One of the more sensational outlets, CNN, led with the breathless warning on several of its cable programs, complete with a special report by The Lead’s Jim Sciutto in primetime.

Putin congratulates Obama on Independence Day

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In spite of a slide in US-Russian relations, pushed into the deep freeze by the Ukraine conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday congratulated his US counterpart Barack Obama on Independence Day.

“In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between the two countries, Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security,’ said a Kremlin statement on Saturday.

With close of austerity vote just hours away, world’s eyes on Greece

Polls show a deeply divided populace in advance of Sunday's referendum. (Photo: desbyrnephotos/flickr/cc)

The question on Sunday’s ballot paper reads: “Must the agreement plan submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to the Eurogroup of 25 June, 2015, and comprised of two parts which make up their joint proposal, be accepted? The first document is titled ‘reforms for the completion of the current program and beyond’ and the second ‘Preliminary debt sustainability analysis.'”

Voters are asked to check one of two boxes, either “not approved/no” or “approved/yes.”

‘OXI!’: Greek solidarity protesters interrupt Merkel’s speech

A speech by German Chancellor Angela Merkel was interrupted by a group anti-austerity protestors, who chanted ‘No’ in Greek in support of a negative vote in Greece’s Sunday’s referendum on whether to accept the harsh bailout demands of its creditors.

The incident occurred when Merkel was just about to begin her speech at an event in Berlin dedicated to her Christian Democratic Union Party’s 70th anniversary.

EU ready for well-planned disinformation campaign against Russia and other states

The EU “strategic communication plan” to counter “Russian propaganda” in Europe has not been published yet, but the very fact of its existence hits the radar screen. Originally, the nine-page plan (already seen by many reporters) was to be made public at the June 25-26 session of the European Council.

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The myth that bombs make peace

In the wake of the Tunisia attack, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon have called for MPs to consider sending British warplanes to target Isis in Syria.

Cameron is not expected to call a vote in parliament on the issue quite yet. He wants to be sure he can win after Ed Miliband effectively blocked military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria in 2013. MP’s did back British participation against Islamic State militants in Iraq a year later and the RAF has been carrying out strikes there since September, but have, so far, not targeted Syria.

The Future of Greece Without Illusions – The National and Global Significance of a “No” Vote

The Greek people, at one of the most critical and dramatic crossroads of a history going back several thousands of years, for which they feel proud and justifiably so, shall be called, this coming Sunday, to decide once again whether man is the measure of all things or money is the measure of all things, the latter being the central “motto” and “belief” of the global financial oligarchy, the European “elites” and their domestic offshoots, attacking Greece. And in the face of the Greeks, they are attacking the social and democratic conquests of all Europeans after their victory in 1945 against fascism, if not after the French Revolution.

The Artificiality of Greek Debt and its Odious Nature

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The measures imposed against the Greek people were wholly antithetical to fundamental human rights as these stem from customary international law, multilateral treaties and the Greek constitution. Consequently, these ‘loans’ were held to be odious, illegal or illegitimate. The recommendation of the Committee was that Greece was not only entitled but obliged to unilaterally repudiate such illegal, odious and illegitimate debts on account of its international human rights obligations and economic self-determination.

Guess What Happened The Last Time The Chinese Stock Market Crashed Like This?

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The second largest stock market in the entire world is collapsing right in front of our eyes. Since hitting a peak in June, the most important Chinese stock market index has plummeted by well over 20 percent, and more than 3 trillion dollars of “paper wealth” has been wiped out. Of course the Shanghai Composite Index is still way above the level it was sitting at exactly one year ago, but what is so disturbing about this current crash is that it is so similar to what we witnessed just prior to the great financial crisis of 2008 in the United States.

Mass demonstration opposes austerity in Greece

Ahead of Sunday’s referendum a massive protest took place in Athens Friday evening, in opposition to the austerity programme of the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund.

In a show of defiance, tens of thousands of people packed Athens’ central Syntagma Square in front of the parliament building. The main sentiment expressed by the crowd was a determination to end years of austerity. Among them were many young people.

Turkey’s growing unease about the consequences of the Syrian crisis

Syria was once the jewel in the crown of Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbours” policy. However, the Arab Spring and Syrian revolution not only devastated that policy but also led to a big economic burden stemming from an ever-increasing number of Syrian refugees fleeing from the brutal violence and crossing into Turkey. The Syrian crisis also crystallised Turkey’s Achilles’ heel, Kurdish separatism, and the Sunni-Alawite split as the spillover effect of the Syrian conflict became more and more evident with the appearance of new, and unwelcome, neighbours along the 900 km border: the Jihadist groups Al-Nusra Front, ISIS and the Democratic Union Party (“Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat” or PYD, the Syrian branch of the PKK).

Saakashvili, Ukraine’s governor in Odessa, dismisses 20 senior officials

The new chief of the Odessa regional state administration, Mikhail Saakashvili, has cracked down on the departments of internal audit and cooperation with law enforcement agencies and of the prevention of and struggle with corruption. Having heard 2014 performance reports by the heads of these two agencies last year Saakashvili said they were doing nothing and ordered the dismissal of all staff.

What Stinks about Varoufakis and the Whole Greek Mess?

Something stinks very bad about Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and the entire Greek mess that has been playing out since the election victory of the nominally pro-Greek Syriza Party in January. I am coming to the reluctant conclusion that far from being the champion of the hapless Greek people, Varoufakis is part of a far larger and very dirty game.

As Referendum Looms, Troika Charged with Plotting ‘Regime Change’ in Greece

With so much still up in the air, it was Tsipras who took to his Twitter account on Friday with this simple message for Greeks ahead of the vote: “Greek citizens, the time has come for responsibility and democracy. Let’s silence fear-mongering and baseless talk of disaster.”

He then added: “Let us calmly go to the polls and make our choice by weighing the arguments—not the slogans.”

Ukraine: Rogue State Deadbeat

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Ukraine is Exhibit A for everything a nation shouldn’t be. It’s run by illegitimate, Nazi-infested putschists – lunatics risking war with Russia. It’s a brutal dictatorship by any standard.

Its US-anointed president is an oligarch mega-crook war criminal. Its top officials look like an FBI most wanted list.

Corruption is the national pastime. So is police state ruthlessness and naked aggression on its own people.

Poroshenko finds new ways to disgrace himself. Earlier he claimed 10,000 Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory.

Crowdsourcing campaign to bailout Greece launched by British shoe shop employee

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Feeney launched the fundraising campaign on Monday after he became tired of the “dithering” response of European leaders to the Greek debt crisis and decided to take matters into his own hands.

Feeney encouraged all Europeans to donate €3 to the Greek bailout campaign, enough for everyone in the EU to have “a Feta and Olive salad for lunch.”

Australia annexed a self-governing territory and the world remained silent

Compare the overwhelming desire of the people of Crimea for separation from Ukraine and accession to the Russian Federation with how Australia has recently treated the self-governing territory of Norfolk Island, located in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand and the full story of the West’s total and utter hypocrisy comes to light.

Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Free Gaza Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part of Violent Assault on Ship

Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an “uneventful” incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in fact, were violently treated and shot with tasers.

Greek Referendum on IMF Ultimatum

This is a test. Will the internationalist banksters force extraction of their ill-gotten interest payments to bail out their reckless derivative trades gone wrong, or will a sovereign country abandon the chains of financial elite coercion and renounce their IMF and ECB debt? Make no mistake about it, Greece has lived high on the hog for decades and has serious internal problems. There is no free ride. However, the pain from the coming default is necessary to shed the yoke of a failed European Union construct.

Athens Agonistes: Troika Extremists Write New Greek Tragedy

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The people of Greece are being driven to their knees by a gang of brutal religious extremists, willing to destroy whole nations for the sake of something that doesn’t even exist. Yet the ‘civilized’ world cheers these barbarians on as they despoil the cradle of Western democracy.

Greece is facing total collapse unless it knuckles under to the draconian demands of the bizarre cultists known as the Troika, a sinister union of three extremist groups (the I.M.F., the European Central Bank and the European Commission) who seek to impose their harsh and rigid way of life across the world. They insist that control of a nation’s wealth be given over to a few powerful emirs and the Troika’s favored moneylenders in its richer satrapies.

The Hijacking of The Marianne by “The Pirates of the Mediterranean”

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The “international community” is, it would seem, remarkably selective over piracy.

Concern over Somali pirates was such that foreign Navies were sent to protect shipping in international waters. In one incident three alleged pirates were killed and a Somali teenager spirited away to the US to be tried, whilst eleven others were sent for trial in Kenya.

However, in the early hours of the morning (local time) of June 29th, three Israeli Navy ships intercepted and hijacked a Swedish flagged ship, the Marianne av Göteborg on route to Gaza in the State of Palestine (recognized as a State by the United Nations on November 30th, 2012 by an overwhelming vote of 138-9, elevating Palestine to Non-Member Observer State a status bestowed on just one other entity, The Vatican.)

The bank holidays in Greece are no holiday at all

The history behind the familiar concept of the European “bank holiday” dates back to 1871, when the Bank Holidays Act was passed in the United Kingdom. It established four days each year when banks would be closed. Typically those days fell on major religious holidays. By the end of the nineteenth century, bank holidays had become a familiar part of life in the UK and Commonwealth countries – they were also considered unofficial national holidays in Ireland and then the custom spread to continental Europe in the twentieth century.

Russia Vows Continued Support for Embattled Syria

Obama’s war is in its fourth year – using Islamic State and other takfiri terrorists as US proxies to replace Bashar al-Assad with a pro-Western puppet.

Continued conflict killed over 200,000, displaced millions more and created the world’s greatest internal and external refugee crisis. Nothing in prospect suggests ending things diplomatically.

Putin and Sergey Lavrov met with Syrian Foreign Minister Wali al-Moualem in Moscow. They pledged continued support in fighting terrorism.