PROBE CONTINUES: Cops Given Cash to Chase ‘Important’ New Maddie McCann Lead

PROBE CONTINUES: Cops Given Cash to Chase ‘Important’ New Maddie McCann Lead

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LONDON (WeAreChange) — Scotland Yard has reportedly been given extra funding to launch a probe into an “important” new lead in the disappearance of Madeleine (Maddie) McCann.

The development is being taken so seriously that senior Whitehall officials have been briefed by the Met on its progress.

Detectives are following a tip that a gang of European traffickers snatched  after taking pictures of her. But senior cops admit the investigation of the new lead is the “last throw of the dice” in their hunt.

“This is an important new line of inquiry which could provide an explanation on whether Madeleine was abducted and transported away,” a source said. “It raises hope that she could still be alive.”

Retired Yard detective Colin Sutton said the extra money for the last line of inquiry means “there must be something worthwhile”.

Interestingly, this revelation comes amid the highly controversial #PizzaGate investigation (which has recently been banned on Reddit and dimissed as fake by the lying lamestream media) being conducted by citizen journalists and independent investigators into an alleged high-profile, worldwide pedophile ring operating out of Washington D.C. involving a pizza shop and the two Podesta brothers – sparked by information discovered in leaked Wikileaks emails during the 2016 US election.

It has been revealed that John Podesta is good friends with wrestling coach and serial child molester, Denny Hastert. Podesta also has creepy framed photos around his home that appear to depict disturbing scenes of child slavery.

Leaked Podesta emails indicate that the brothers had an obnoxiously unusual and unexplained obsession with pizza and a pizza shop called Ping Pong Pizza. Could this be a secret code word for pedophilia? Certainly, investigations are shaping up to indicate so. Such usage of code words is not at all unusual for secret pedophile rings.

The Podesta duo was allegedly staying in Portugal a third of a mile away from the location where Maddie was kidnapped on May 3, 2007. Three year old Madeleine was on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve at the time of her kidnapping – just over a week before a 4th birthday. The mugshots of the brothers also appear to show a striking resemblance to the computer drawn sketches of the suspects involved in her alleged abduction. Could they best the actual suspects? Quite possibly.

Speculation also surrounds alleged emails between pedophile Clement Freud and Madeleine McCann’s parents which were to be probed for child sex abuse inquiry back in June earlier this year. Again, another interesting development.

The last-ditch move to discover her fate comes eight months after Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe predicted the force’s £12million Operation Grange probe, which was launched in 2011, was coming to an end.

Reports following Madeleine’s disappearance suggest that if she was trafficked. she could have been taken to Belgium or Morocco in North Africa.

We Are Change journalists have been following the story for quite some time and we’ll attempt to keep you updated as soon as we receive new, credible information.

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Italy’s Renzi announces resignation after referendum defeat

Italy’s Renzi announces resignation after referendum defeat

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Italy’s Renzi announces resignation after referendum defeat

Following a referendum defeat, Italian PM Matteo Renzi has said he will step down without delay. Initial polls have suggested Italians overwhelmingly voted against the premier’s proposed constitutional reforms.

 Renzi defeated in reform referendum: Bernd Riegert reports from Rome

“My government ends today,” said Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi just after midnight on Monday, in a televised address from the Palazzo Chigi. “I take full responsibility for this defeat.”

Renzi said he could not refute the “extraordinarily clear” results of Sunday’s referendum on constitutional reforms, and called on his rivals to provide clear proposals for ending the continuous cycle of political deadlock in Rome. He offered his condolences to those in his “Yes” camp, congratulating them on a hard-fought campaign.

“Good luck to us all,” said the prime minister of two-and-a-half years, saying he would give his letter of resignation to President Sergio Mattarella later on Monday.

‘No’ constitutional change in Rome

Initial exit polls varied by source late on Sunday, but all had the constitutional reforms proposed by Renzi poised for crushing defeat.

State broadcaster RAI estimated that the “Yes” campaign to back the changes had garnered between 42-46 percent of the vote, while “No” had received somewhere between 54 and 58 percent. Turnout had been relatively high, according to the Interior Ministry, which said some 57 percent of eligible voters had turned out to the polls by 7 p.m. local time. Later estimates put turnout closer to 67 percent.

At stake were a number of governmental changes pushed by Renzi and his center-left Democratic Party (PD), which was hoping to reign in an unwieldy parliament by cutting the number of representatives in the upper-house Senate, getting rid of unproductive constitutional bodies and centralizing more power with the executive.

Renzi beset on all sides

But Renzi had faced an uphill battle from the start. By vowing to step down in the case of a “No” victory, he conflated constitutional change with support for himself and his party. In addition, his opposition came from all sides: former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right-leaning Forza Italia Party, populists Lega Nord and the 5-Star Movement (M5S), and even some members of his own PD were against the move.

Ahead of the polls, many analysts voiced their concern over the possible instability a “No” vote could usher in, and what effect that might have on global markets.

A further concern among those familiar with Italian domestic politics was the possible rise of M5S, a nebulous left-leaning anti-establishment party that has little governing experience and no clear politic agenda. Despite ostensibly being leftist, M5S spokesman Beppe Grillo welcomed last month’s election of Donald Trump, saying that the people were beginning to show their discontent with the status quo.

‘Our revolution will not stop’

M5S was quick to hail the referendum results, with Grillo writing on his popular blog: “This vote has two significant consequences. First: Farewell Renzi. Second: Italians must be called to vote in a general election as soon as possible.”

Virginia Raggi, the mayor of Rome and Italy’s most visible M5S politician, wrote on Twitter that “the Italians have won. Now we rebuild our country. Our revolution will not stop, in Rome and Italy.”

France’s far-right National Front Leader Marine Le Pen also welcomed the news as part of her euroskeptic agenda, saying: “The Italians have rejected the EU and Renzi. This thirst for the liberty of nations and protection must be listened to!”

Le Pen has her eye on the French presidency as general elections approach in 2017, hoping to capitalize on the wave of populist and anti-establishment upsets that began with Brexit and Trump.

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Standing Rock celebrates as the U.S. Army Corps shuts down the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Standing Rock celebrates as the U.S. Army Corps shuts down the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Celebrations abound in the Oceti Sakowin camp near Standing Rock after the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers refused to grant an easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to go under Lake Oahe.celebration

The decision was celebrated by the thousands of protesters gathered at the Standing Rock site, and continued through out the night as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that they would not grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and would instead “explore alternate routes.

Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works Darcy said Sunday. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

The announcement was celebrated throughout the  protest sites, days following the arrival of more then 2,000 U.S. military veterans who started joining the protests on December 2nd to protect them from the authorities; in recent weeks, altercations between protestors and law enforcement have escalated.

Tons of people were still arriving long into the night. 

Mandy Froelich Live with Rob Greenfield at Standing Rock for True Activist

Moment of the announcement as seen by the lens of veteran DAPL journalists Unicorn Riot who have been on location at standing rock throughout the entire protests and occupation. 

Prior to Sunday’s decision, federal officials had given protesters, who have reiterated that the pipeline would threaten the water supply and damage sacred sites, until Monday to leave the protest site.

U.S. Secretary for the Interior Sally Jewell added in a statement that Sunday’s decision “ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts” and “underscores that tribal rights reserved in treaties and federal law, as well as Nation-to-Nation consultation with tribal leaders, are essential components of the analysis to be undertaken in the environmental impact statement going forward,” the Washington Post reports.

In a statement that followed the Army’s announcement that they would not approve the construction permits on the $3.7 billion project, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said,

 “We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause. We thank the tribal youth who initiated this movement. We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause. We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water. We especially thank all of the other tribal nations and jurisdictions who stood in solidarity with us, and we stand ready to stand with you if and when your people are in need.”

Archambault II added that he hoped the incoming Trump administration and any other challengers “respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point.”

Here’s an excerpt from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s statement:

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama administration for this historic decision.

We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause. We thank the tribal youth who initiated this movement. We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause. We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water. We especially thank all of the other tribal nations and jurisdictions who stood in solidarity with us, and we stand ready to stand with you if and when your people are in need.”

Might want to store this iconic photograph before Getty gets their greedy hands on it.

 

Energy Transfer Partners & Sunoco Logistics state they remain “fully committed” to finishing #DAPL despite Army Corp ruling. #NoDAPL

“As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.” – Energy Transfer Partners

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Fireworks are going off above Oceti Sakowin as the celebration continues into the night. Some important things to remember:

– The U.S. Army Corp may have denied the permit for the easement at Lake Oahe, but the pipeline will be rerouted. Where exactly it will be moved and how it will affect that community remains to be seen. What I am curious to see is whether the fight against DAPL will maintain such large support even if it is not a threat to indigenous communities. It still remains a threat to nature.

– The police are still going to want people off the land sooner or later. My guess is that once numbers die down law enforcement will warn people to begin vacating or face arrest.

– This small victory has come because of mass opposition and awareness. This was achieved through social media and the independent media. This is yet another example of the power we hold.

– Finally, all of our fighting, donations, and efforts are ultimately wasted if we do not change our own individual actions. The evolution is in the conversations, it’s in the day to day actions we take. We can end the oilgarchy, statism, and environmental destruction once we change our thinking and ultimately our habits. First, we become conscious on an individual level and then we create empowered communities. ~ Derrick Broze

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How Congress Is Using Russia, Israel To CENSOR Free Speech

How Congress Is Using Russia, Israel To CENSOR Free Speech

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Freedom of Speech is guaranteed in the First Amendment for a reason, but there a few ways today’s Congress is working to limit it, and they doing it as quietly and covertly as possible.

The term “Fake News” may have started out as a term describing some of the ridiculous articles your family members share on Facebook, but it has now made its way all the way up to Congress.

In fact, H.R. 6393 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 has a special section highlighting the U.S. government’s favorite kind of propaganda: Russia propaganda.

“The bill establishes an executive branch interagency committee to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence over peoples and governments. It places travel restrictions on personnel and consular of the Russian Federation in the United States.”

The text of the bill noted that the term “active measures by Russia to exert covert influence” covers activities that are “intended to influence a person or government that are carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation.” This can include things such as the “establishment or funding of a front group,” “Covert broadcasting” and “Media manipulation.”

The interesting thing about this bill is that it coincides with a recent hit-piece from the Washington Post that claims that according to “experts,” over 200 websites acted as “routine peddlers of Russia propaganda during the election season.”

The latest Intelligence Authorization Act has passed in the House of Representatives, and is currently waiting for a green light from the Senate before it moves to President’s Obama’s desk.

But that’s not the only way Congress is working to limit the freedom of speech

The Senate recently passed S.10 – Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which claims that it seeks to “combat increasing incidents of anti-Semitism on college campuses nationwide.”

The important thing to note about this bill is that it was passed with unanimous consent by the Senate. Also, the bill was reportedly created as a response to several alleged anti-Semitic incidents that occurred in the days after the election—despite the fact that Donald Trump has shown the utmost support for Israel.

The first point from the bill is valid. It defines anti-Semitism as “Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews.”

The bill then goes downhill from there, claiming that anti-Semitism is also defined by “Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust,” “Demonizing Israel by blaming it for all inter-religious or political tensions” and “Judge Israel by a double standard that one would not apply to any other democratic nation.”

This bill is essentially saying that if a college student criticizes the Israeli government, then he/she is against all Jews. How is that logical? As Americans, we criticize our government all the time—not because we’re anti-American, but because we realize that the actions of a government do not always accurately represent the will of its people.

There is no doubt that when Donald Trump tweets about wanting to limit free speech by going after anyone who burns the American flag, there will be an abundance of media coverage. However, when Congress is actively considering bills that could suppress free speech, there is little coverage. Now is the time to start raising awareness about these bills before they are made into laws that will have an impact on all Americans.

 

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What Will The Global Financial Economy Look Like Under President Trump

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FALSE FLAG? Armed Suspect Enters Comet Ping Pong Pizza Restaurant, Apprehended

FALSE FLAG? Armed Suspect Enters Comet Ping Pong Pizza Restaurant, Apprehended

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WeAreChange) — A suspect armed with an assault rifle who entered Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant, on Sunday afternoon caused a closure of Connecticut Avenue from Fessenden Street to Nebraska Avenue NW as police moved in.

DC Police say the suspect was quickly apprehended and that no shots were fired.  The identity of the suspect is currently not known.

I have been briefed on the Comet incident. Suspect is in custody; no injuries were sustained. @DCPoliceDept will provide an update to media

— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) December 4, 2016

The pizza restaurant on Connecticut Avenue has been the centre of intense controversy after it was alleged that it was linked to a worldwide pedophile ring operating out of Washington D.C.

This incident is the latest in a suspicious string of events over the last few days:

Dec 2: Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant hires security firm
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Dec 3: Traffic cam re-directed
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Dec 4: And now… “Shooter” at CPP
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Using the hashtag #PizzaGate, many citizen journalists and independent investigators have used social media to investigate Comet Ping Pong after leaked details emerged suggesting the pizza shop along with Hillary Clinton and her campaign were involved in child trafficking and satanic rituals.

Despite reports by the lying mainstream media that the whole investigation is a “fake news” campaign, this is an ongoing worldwide investigation involving many, many people and this cannot be stopped in its tracks.

The D.C. Police Department said they are not investigating Comet Ping Pong (because they are probably involved in this pedo ring anyway) and are instead keeping an eye on those who are reportedly “threatening” the restaurant and employees.

#Breaking: New Video from #cometpizza#dc@fox5dc#fox5dc

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BREAKING: Feds Have Denied Dakota Access Pipeline’s Permit To Continue Construction

BREAKING: Feds Have Denied Dakota Access Pipeline’s Permit To Continue Construction

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Federal officials have denied the final permits required for the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue in North Dakota.

Earlier today we published an article documenting that after the governor of North Dakota and the Morton County police office announced that they would be closing the camp north of the bridge on Monday Dec. 5  thousands of people, including US veterans, are beginning to arrive at the Sacred Stone camp in Standing Rock, North Dakota, to defend the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.

On  Sunday evening the The Army Corps of Engineers announced it would instead conduct an environmental impact review of the 1,170-mile pipeline project and determine if there are other ways to route the pipeline to avoid a crossing on the Missouri River.

“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a statement.

“The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell released a statement in support of the decision, saying it is in line with federal laws designed to assess environmental impacts of infrastructure projects.

“The thoughtful approach established by the Army today ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts, as envisioned by NEPA,”  she said in the statement.

The decision comes after months of protests against the proposed project. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe objects to the pipeline, warning that it threatens their drinking water supply.

Sunday’s decision is a major victory for the tribe, which sued against other permitting decisions for the project, pushed the Obama administration to deny it, and rallied tribal allies and anti-pipeline activists to their cause.

“We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing,” tribal chairman Dave Archambault said.

The long-term effect of the Army Corps of Engineer’s decision is unknown. President-elect Donald Trump‘s transition team told lawmakers last week that he supports the pipeline and will grant the permit.

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Source: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/308702-army-corps-halting-work-on-dakota-access-pipeline

Rebecca Savransky contributed.

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Thousands Arrive At Standing Rock To Defend Water Protectors

Thousands Arrive At Standing Rock To Defend Water Protectors

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Thousands of people, including US veterans, are beginning to arrive at the Sacred Stone camp in Standing Rock, North Dakota, to defend the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.

Last week on Nov. 25, it was reported that the Army Corps of Engineers planned on closing the portion of the Corps-managed federal property north of the Cannonball River to all public use and access effective December 5, 2016,”  saying that “This decision is necessary to protect the general public from the violent confrontation between protesters and law enforcement officials that have occurred in this area, and to prevent death, illness, or serious injury to inhabitants of encampments due to the harsh North Dakota winter conditions.”

Shortly after it was also reported by several sources that the local Ace Hardware store was refusing to sell propane tanks and other supplies to DAPL protesters.

Ace Hardware has apparently backed out on its decision not to sell propane and incendiaries to the protesters. The company released a statement that said, “Ace Hardware can now confirm that there is no ban on the sale of products at our locally-owned Ace stores; customers should feel free to check with their local store for inventory availability.”

 In the video above, journalist and activist Derrick Broze meets with environmentalist Rob Greenfield for the first time at the Sacred Stone camp to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline. The also talk about where the protests are currently and what may happen in the next few days.

As veterans and allies continue to show up to the Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone camps, the authorities had no choice but to back off of their previous declaration to arrest everyone who refuses to vacate the camp by Monday, Dec. 5.

The US Army Corps said yesterday that it has no plans to forcibly remove any of the water protectors camped on Treaty land at the Oceti Sakowin Camp on the banks of the Cannon Ball River. The Army Corps said that instead it will issue citations.

On Saturday, law enforcement officers held a press conference to address concerns of a potential clash with protesters on Monday, the day the army corps of engineers had set to close the camp. In a press conference, Morton county Sheriff Paul Laney said, there will be no confrontation with Protesters on Monday December 5th.” “That’s never been our intent, never will be our intent nor is that going to happen. A whole lot of people are coming here expecting to see some kind of a confrontation December 5th and they’re going to be pretty bored, ’cause it’s not happening” he continued. 

According to the local Fox news KFYRtv, law enforcement has a tentative agreement to pull back from the backwater bridge putting distance between law enforcement and protesters. The agreement is based on the condition that protesters do not move north of the bridge or remove any barricades. If those conditions are met, police will pull back by 4 p.m. Sunday.

There is still a chance of violence or commotion—police say they have credible intelligence that some demonstrators will try and trigger the effects of PTSD in some of the veterans who have joined the camp.

Sheriff Laney said:

“To try and do that to somebody who’s already suffered enough serving this country, who’s served this country honorably and now come back and has the effects of war or the horrors of war and having a PTSD effect on them and you’re going to try and trigger that for an activist reason? I think you can see in my reaction how that makes me feel.”

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier reiterated his pleas for the federal government to step in and resolve the conflict by making a decision on the pipeline easement to cross Lake Oahe.

If the Morton County Sheriffs Office and the Army Corps of Engineers enter the Oceti Sakowin camp to issue trespassing and other citations—after they formally announced that they would not shut down the camps on Dec. 5th—and try to use force to intimidate the water protectors, there is still a chance that things could escalate and turn into a violent confrontation. This could be reminiscent of the Occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973 where approximately 200 Oglala Lakota and allies of the American Indian Movement occupied the historic town of Wounded Knee, the location of the famous wounded knee massacre. They held it for more than two months, culminating in a joint FBI, National Guard, and US Marshall Service all out raid, where a federal agent was paralyzed, two Native American activists lost their lives, and Ray Robinson, a black civil rights journalist and activist completely disappeared.

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Unfortunately, these disputes between Native Americans and the Federal government are not new to the history of this country. What is new this time is the internet. Our ability to collectively be there on the ground in Standing Rock even when we are not.

Just over a decade ago the ability of a citizen journalist to capture and broadcast live breaking news was an unrealistic ambition, almost science fiction, but now it is our reality. The power of our social networks cannot be denied. We now have a voice louder than ever before. When we want to say something we can can say it, and be heard.

Now we have the technology to not only capture the moment, but the ability to broadcast that moment instantly for others to watch and share. Unlike the Native Americans versus the U.S. corporate empire battles of before, this time the establishment authorities cannot simply commit human rights violations with impunity.

This time we have the power to stand up for the Sioux and the Sacred Stone Water protectors. We have an amazing network of journalists and activists working together to raise awareness about the Dakota Access Pipeline. While there is no way to be sure if our efforts will be successful, there is no denying that the power of the alternative media and the entire #NoDapl movement has turned this protest into one of the strongest and most influential acts of civil disobedience in the 21st century.

Thanks again to everyone on the front lines and all over world who are fighting for our environment and for the future of this planet. If you enjoyed this article please share and help get the word out, we are here, we will not be silent, our voices will be heard, and don’t forget together We Are Change

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Danny F. Quest, is an artist, blogger, journalist, and media personality. Co. Founder of TheTruther.us, Danny works as a Freelance journalist and graphic designer for WeAreChange.org, author of ‘120 characters or less’ The guide to winning a debate in the Digtal age. Danny is also working on two documentary films, I love my country but hate what they are doing” and “30 days in Gaza” depicting what it is for Palestinians to live under Israeli occupation.

Congress Considering Bill To Allow Provocative ‘No-Fly Zone’ In Syria

Congress Considering Bill To Allow Provocative ‘No-Fly Zone’ In Syria

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The United States Congress is currently discussing an extremely dangerous bill that could escalate the situation in Syria and lead to a greater global conflict involving the U.S., Russia, Iran and China.

H.R.5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016” was passed in the House of Representatives on November 15. The bill would give the U.S. the power to impose a no-fly zone over Syria, which would only serve to increase tensions between the U.S. and Russia. According to U.S. Military Gen. Joseph Dunford, “controlling all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia.”

Gen. Dunford treats the question about controlling the air space and imposing a no-fly zone as if those two mean a completely different thing militarily. He proceeds to agree with Sen. Roger Wicker in saying that imposing a no-fly zone may not necessarily require the U.S. to go to war full-scale.

We must however keep in mind the implications of imposing a no-fly zone which essentially translates to controlling the airspace by the one enacting it. It would also prevent the Syrian military and government from operating in the airspace of their own country further weakening the Syrian government’s fight to hold power.

Russia has many assets in Syria and has continued to stand by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the U.S. and its Western allies fund and support “moderate Syrian rebels” working to overthrow Assad and his regime. The U.S. actively working on militarily eliminating a Russian ally could be considered an act of war in itself. Russia is very much aware of Western funding and support of radical Islamic rebels including ISIS.

In Dec. 2015, Russia’s Defense Ministry revealed it had proof that Turkey was involved in Islamic State oil trade. Since then, they have continued to point the blame at the U.S. and its allies for ISIS and the destabilization in Syria.

We can also confirm these are not false allegations from Russia. “The Podesta Emails” leaked by WikiLeaks consisting of email conversations from top officials of the Democratic Party, including Hillary Clinton, confirm the direct sales of weapons to ISIS.

Despite Clinton losing the presidential election, tensions remain high between the U.S. and Russia. American media continues to absurdly push a false narrative of Russian cyber attacks being behind the leaked DNC emails from Wikileaks, despite the lack of any evidence for such allegations. Mainstream media outlets have doubled down on their propaganda by further releasing a list of proclaimed “fake news.”

The same media pushing this narrative of fake news and working with the Russians, have done very little coverage of the H.R.5732 bill. The bill was received in the Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations as of November 16. If it passes the Senate, it will go to the president for approval.

Once approved, the U.S. can enact a no-fly zone and have the authority to shoot down any aircraft including Russian air force targeting ISIS militants. Russia has recently deployed its own S-300, S-400 air defense SAM’s warning against a U.S.-led coalition. Based on the history of the Syrian civil war, it would appear the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act isn’t mainly focused on protecting Syrian civilians, but rather protecting U.S. interests and rebels from pro-Assad forces.

ISIS was nearly eliminated, losing most of its ammunition and heavy vehicles in October by Russian airstrikes, yet the terrorist organization has been rejuvenated and is still operating. A no-fly zone may actually be used to prevent Russian air force from targeting ISIS militants and provide cover for further rebuilding and rearmament.

While the U.S. claims to be at war with ISIS, it continues to take stands and promote actions that in fact would support, protect and build up the terrorist organization. The approval of H.R.5732 could be a big step in protecting ISIS militants and in providing a stronger influence of power to the U.S. and its allies in Syria.

A no-fly zone could pose more danger as it more easily allows the possibility of conflict and error to take place. It very well could be a closer push towards direct conflict between Russia and NATO. Recent announcements of the Russian ‘Satan 2’ missile powerful enough to “wipe out UK, France or Texas” could indicate Russia’s preparedness for such a turn of events in Syria. Their recent massive nuclear war training exercises involving 40 million of its citizens could reiterate preparations for potential global conflict.

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