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Russia & US UN Representative Nikki Haley on Khan Sheikhoun

Another excellent article from MintPress News on how they posit that the US Permanet Representative to the United Nations was successfully outmaneuvered by Russia's professional diplomats. It's a good read in my opinion. This report should be severely questioned by US media, but for some reason it isn't being ... You be the judge as to why.
Here is an excerpt of the article from MintPress.

"Analysis — The events at the United Nations Security Council surrounding the joint OPCW-UN-JIM investigation report (“the report”) into the alleged Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapon attack are not being widely reported.

This is unfortunate because they show that international opinion is swinging heavily against the report, which has lost credibility.

Here an account of what happened on the two most recent occasions when the UN Security Council discussed this issue is necessary.

On 24th October 2017 the Russians vetoed at the UN Security Council a resolution to extend the OPCW’s mandate i…

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Refutes Point by Point, OPCW report on Syrian Khan Sheikhoun Incident

An Unfortunate Situation
A worthwhile watch!

Yours truly is very disappointed in how my western governments are approaching foreign policy in such a misleading way. It's clear to me that the US isn't holding the moral high ground in this endeavour.
From the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova weighs in (via Fort RussInessa Sinchougova, English Subs)

"The recent report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations accused the Syrian government troops of being responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack, without providing any evidence.
The fact that the OPCW has not properly acknowledged the possibility that sarin gaas was in the possession of the rebels in Khan Sheikhoun, on April 4, 2017, is yet another major issue with regard to the veracity of the OPCW report and its findings.
There have been multiple sources of evidence in the past that the terrorists in Syria were getting toxic substances the same way they …

Ontario Fall Colours 2017 Edition

Colour Becomes Ontario in the Fall:
From BlogTo comes this excellent photo gallery. One of the things I most like about Canada is our 4 seasons - Well 5 if you count Hockey.

Fall brings the cycle of life to a close for the deciduous trees to shed their leaves. But first they must die and in doing so, change to brilliant colour hues. Enjoy the Gallery.




Zero-Day Vulnerabilities & US Government

via Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Software “vulnerabilities” are security flaws that can be exploited to launch cyberattacks. Normally the vendors of IT products seek to patch such bugs soon after they are discovered. This makes some “zero-day vulnerabilities” – the ones that vendors still do not know about –particularly valuable to a variety of actors, including the companies, national governments, and criminals. While some national governments retain zero-days without reporting them to vendors in cases where the vulnerabilities appear particularly valuable for national intelligence or military objectives, some corporations use “bug bounty programs” to encourage hackers and security researchers to report bugs they discover to the vendor. Export controls have also sought to limit the international trade of vulnerabilities and exploits, though such efforts have led to unintended consequences such as the disruption of international cybersecurity research collaborations. Katie …

Khan Sheikhoun "Sarin" attack - Questions

Adam Larson: author

A Meaningful Report from Independent Experts?
 On September 6, the latest report of the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (hereafter CoI) was released for public review. [1] First circulated on August 8, the report focuses on many incidents in Syria over the reporting period (March 1 to July 7). But all the news reports place emphasis on the findings of clear government guilt for Khan Sheikhoun sarin attack that killed nearly 100 civilians on April 4. It was herald as a solid, if not surprising, report by informed and unbiased experts. [2] But the reality of the “independent” label on this commission is highly questionable.

The CoI was a three-member panel until the frequent dissenter, Carla Del Ponte, resigned prior to news stories of August 6, two days before this report was first circulated. [3] A former Attorney-General in Switzerland, Del Ponte is known to accuse Western-backed forces of grave crimes (organ harvesting…

EVA BARTLETT IN NORTH KOREA - THE TAYLOR REPORT

Interesting piece - sure, it is most likely propaganda, but it is another side to the DPRK that we certainly don't hear about in the West.

If you're like me, surely you must wonder how much of what we're told by our Main Stream Media about the DPRK is true? I don't like being manipulated, especially by my own government. Do you? It's worrisome as well when our leader(s) behave like children in the schoolyard. We expect more from our leaders or should!

Christopher Hitchens: Answers Why He Preached Against the Theocracy Belief System

Brilliant! Mr. Hitchens just gave voice to what I sincerely believe, but couldn't verbalize.

I was raised in one of those Plymouth Brethren Christian homes, where belief in the End of Times, especially the book of Revelations in the Bible was preached daily. One can't be saved by good deeds, but by being a Born Again Christian for the coming Rapture and End of Times.


As far as I'm concerned, that belief system is no different than the WahabiMuslim belief system. They both can go to hell! Evil is right!


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How the US "Advises and Assists"

Africa-Middle East Conflict (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Growing US Footprint in Africa
The US Africa Command oversees a vast array of "outposts" – categorized in Pentagon-speak as "consisting of two forward operating sites [including the one official base in Djibouti], 13 cooperative security locations, and 31 contingency locations." Secret documents in 2015 listed thirty-six outposts "scattered across 24 African countries. These include low-profile locations – from Kenya to South Sudan to a shadowy Libyan airfield – that have never previously been mentioned in published reports. Today, according to an AFRICOM spokesperson, the number of these sites has actually swelled to 46, including ‘15 enduring locations.’ The newly disclosed numbers . . . shed new light on a constellation of bases integral to expanding U.S. military operations on the African continent and in the Middle East," Nick Turse writes.

These outposts support "seventeen hundred member…

The Future of Lung Transplants

From the wonderful conference 'IdeaCity' comes this presentation from Dr Shaf Keshavjee and the great work he and his team perform at Toronto General Hospital. The world's first successful lung transplant was done here in the early 80s. Enjoy.

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ISHM for Week Ending June 22 2017

Aid Agencies Struggle to Keep Up with Mosul Exodus - As Iraqi Security Forces push into ISIS’s bastions in Mosul’s Old City, the rate of civilian displacement has sharply increased. Approximately 150,000 civilians are trapped in remaining militant-held neighborhoods. As fighting intensifies, the UN expects 120,000-150,000 civilians to flee, worsening a situation that the UN’s Iraq Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande has called “beyond the worst case scenario” for IDPs; the UN planned for 750,000 displaced civilians, but to-date over 860,000 people have fled. Humanitarian responders have struggled to provide aid for growing numbers of IDPs, and lack sufficient transportation, food, water, or shelter to meet rising need. To manage civilian outflow, the UN has coordinated with the ISF to allow a maximum of 20,000 people to flee Mosul per day. Conditions inside ISIS-held Mosul are deteriorating as summer temperatures climb and security forces employ indiscriminate munitions, including ro…

Brave Yazidi Fighter Soldiers On Looking for his Lost Family in Iraq

A Yazidi fighter who for almost 3 years has been without his family recounts the terror of ISIS on August the 3rd 2014 on his village and his current mission to fight ISIS until his last breath to liberate his wife and see his child. We are all PMU in this war and we are all fighting to rescue our families. We are all hoping we find his wife and his children safe and alive. No kidding! I hope it ends well for this man - Cannot imagine the pain he must be going through. Please watch the video below.


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EFF is Suing to Get List of Best Buy's Geek Squad Informants

A Best Buy Geek Squad Volkswagen New Beetle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I had previously covered this here in a post earlier this past January. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced that they are suing the FBI for the list of informants they used at Geek Squad.
The EFF also posted to their members blog the reasons why they wish to uncover these informants.

The reasoning from EFF's post:

"Sending your computer to Best Buy for repairs shouldn’t require you to surrender your Fourth Amendment rights. But that’s apparently what’s been happening when customers send their computers to a Geek Squad repair facility in Kentucky.

We think the FBI’s use of Best Buy Geek Squad employees to search people’s computers without a warrant threatens to circumvent people’s constitutional rights. That’s why we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today against the FBI seeking records about the extent to which it directs and trains Best Buy employees to conduct warr…

New York Times Recent Sarin Report Criticized

English: Newsroom of the New York Times (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Special Report:
An MIT national security scientist says the New York Times pushed a “fraudulent” analysis of last April’s “sarin” incident in Syria, part of a troubling pattern of “groupthink” and “confirmation bias,” writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

For U.S. mainstream journalists and government analysts, their erroneous “groupthinks” often have a shady accomplice called “confirmation bias,” that is, the expectation that some “enemy” must be guilty and thus the tendency to twist any fact in that direction.

We have seen this pair contribute to fallacious reasoning more and more in recent years as the mainstream U.S. media and the U.S. government approach international conflicts as if the “pro-U.S. side” is surely innocent and the “anti-U.S. side” is presumed guilty.


That was the case in assessing whether Iraq was hiding WMD in 2002-2003; it was repeated regarding alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria during that s…