Turkish journalists charged with spying over weapons report

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Two prominent Turkish journalists have been charged with espionage after alleging that Turkey’s secret services sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria. By Selin Girit BBC News, Istanbul Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily, and Erdem Gul, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief, face life imprisonment if found guilty. Their report and video footage attracted a political storm in Turkey and a lawsuit filed by the president. Turkey faces severe criticism over its press freedom record. The journalists, who deny ... Read More »

The Paris Attacks Reflect Intelligence Failure — Not a Change in ISIS Strategy

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The recent attacks in Paris carried out by the Islamic State have led to widespread speculation about a possible shift in strategy on the part of ISIS. Taken in conjunction with the downing of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai and the bombings in the predominantly Shia Dahiyeh suburbs of Beirut, it is argued that ISIS is lashing out at the “far enemy” as it comes under pressure on the home fronts in Iraq and Syria, such as its ... Read More »

Pollard, spy for Israel, released from prison after 30 years

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Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst turned spy for Israel, walked out of a North Carolina prison before dawn Friday, ending one of the thorniest points of friction between the United States and its close ally. The Washington Post – Carol Morello and Ruth Eglash Pollard, 61, was freed on parole, almost to the day 30 years after he was arrested when he was turned out from the Israeli Embassy, where he and his wife, Anne, had sought asylum ... Read More »

Who Downed Metrojet Flight 9268?

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Was it ISIS – or somebody else? © Antiwar – by Justin Raimondo First they said the downing of Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 was most likely due to Russia’s “notorious” regional airlines, which supposedly are rickety and unreliable. The Egyptian government denied that terrorism is even a possibility, with Egyptian despot Abdel Fatah al-Sisi proclaiming: “When there is propaganda that it crashed because of Isis, this is one way to damage the stability and security of Egypt and the image ... Read More »

Buying silence? Immigration asked charities for multimillion-dollar bond

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EXCLUSIVE Charities working in immigration detention centres were asked to pay multimillion-dollar bonds that could be forfeited if they spoke out against government policy, as the Coalition sought to maintain secrecy over border protection. The Sydney Morning Herald – Senior Writer In what critics say is the latest evidence of the government’s determination to control information about its immigration detention program, aid agencies including Save the Children and the Australian Red Cross were asked to offer “performance security” – in ... Read More »

Benghazi: What Neither Hillary Nor the Republicans Want To Talk About

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As I write this, Hillary Clinton’s appearance before the House panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans is still going on. I wasn’t able to listen to all of it live, and will plow through the transcript in due course. © Antiwar – by James George Jatras Two things already are notable: one concerning the impact of the hearing itself – plus another aspect marked only by the sound of crickets chirping. First, as one would have ... Read More »

Iran’s grand manipulator at work behind the scenes in Syria

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ANALYSIS Explainer: Russia’s plan in Syria Why Shiite militias fight Islamic State: not to please the West Washington: Striking policy contradictions in Tehran’s positions on Syria and Iraq are not getting in the way of Iran’s deepening commitment to Syria’s beleaguered President Bashar al-Assad. Brisbane Times – Paul McGeough, Chief foreign correspondent And if a series of recent reports are to be believed, Tehran’s intelligence and military heavyweight, Major-General Qasim Suleimani, has emerged as a grand manipulator chipping away at American influence in the region ... Read More »

As companies continue to steal private data, technical solutions may be the answer

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Apple has removed 250 apps from its app store because they were secretly stealing Apple users’ account and device identifiers to Chinese advertiser Youmi. The developers of the apps were unaware that this was happening as they were simply using Youmi’s service to display ads. The Conversation – Author: David Glance, Director of UWA Centre for Software Practice, University of Western Australia Disclosure statement: David Glance owns shares in Apple. It seems Apple was also not aware that this was ... Read More »

CIA Moves Wounded ISIS Head to Turkish Hospital After Iraq Air Attack

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Report: US, Turkish Intelligence Coordinated ISIL Leader’s Transfer to Turkey for Treatment VT – By GPD Editor’s note:  Sources within the CIA say that Baghdadi is awaiting approval from his Turkish doctors to be transferred to Bethesda Naval Medial Center for Treatment.  Baghdadi is currently the most wanted terrorist in the world. * TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been transferred to Turkey for treatment through a series of coordination measures by the CIA after the notorious terrorist ... Read More »

Metadata legislation will affect us all

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TheEXAMINER – METADATA. For many Australians, you can only wonder if they fully understand what the term means and how it will soon affect them. In short, metadata is the information you leave behind when you make a phone call or send an email. In essence, it’s the number you call, the location you call it from, and how long you spoke for. It’s not what was said during the call. Under the federal government’s metadata legislation, which was due ... Read More »

Data regime will see us funding our own surveillance

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Talk of ‘metadata’ has largely faded from the headlines outside the tech press. It’s a conversation that needs to continue. © Eureka Street – Leanne O’Donnell From next Tuesday 13 October 2015, telcos such as Telstra, Optus and Vodafone will begin retaining your telecommunications data, as required by the data retention laws passed in March this year. There’s also roughly 400 small internet service providers who, together with the big players, will be required to comply with these retention obligations, subject ... Read More »

Secret Mission to Syria

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Was Syria nuked by Israel in May 2013? Answers to questions like this and others were given in a very private mission to Damascus. The nuclear question alone, which was answered at Syria’s highest levels, should turn the world upside down. NEO – Gordon Duff A few short days ago, an amazing mission to Syria ended. Officially, it was a Veterans Today private media conference with Syrian ministries and security officials including a lengthy visit with the Grand Mufti and ... Read More »

President Xi’s Double Talk on Doing Business in China

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At the start of his visit to the United States, President Xi Jinping of China sought to reassure American companies that his government was committed to protecting the interests of foreign companies and fighting cybercrime. The New York Times – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD “The Chinese government will not, in whatever form, engage in commercial theft or encourage or support such attempts by anyone,” he said Tuesday at a dinner in Seattle with executives from companies like Boeing, Microsoft and ... Read More »

Decoding the Current War in Syria: The Wikileaks Files

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The WikiLeaks Files – the only comprehensive analysis of the full archive of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks – is an essential reference for understanding the contours of American policy. For example, the current war in Syria. Global Research – By Janani Ganesan Verso The US strategically schemed to cause unrest in Syria against the Bashar al-Assad government. Faced with the rise of ISIS, which the US was not only aware of but also encouraged, the US slides deeper into a complicated ... Read More »

US/NATO Embrace Psy-ops and Info-War

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Exclusive: The U.S. government and NATO have entered the Brave New World of “strategic communications,” merging psy-ops, propaganda and P.R. in order to manage the perceptions of Americans and the world’s public, reports veteran war correspondent Don North. Consortiumnews – By Don North * As reflected in a recent NATO conference in Latvia and in the Pentagon’s new “Law of War” manual, the U.S. government has come to view the control and manipulation of information as a “soft power” weapon, merging ... Read More »

Literary Magazines for Socialists Funded by the CIA, Ranked

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In May of 1967, a former CIA officer named Tom Braden published a confession in the Saturday Evening Post under the headline, “I’m glad the CIA is ‘immoral.’” Braden confirmed what journalists had begun to uncover over the previous year or so: The CIA had been responsible for secretly financing a large number of “civil society” groups, such as the National Student Association and many socialist European unions, in order to counter the efforts of parallel pro-Soviet organizations. “[I]n much ... Read More »