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Mysterious Phony Cell Towers: Who is Spying on You Now? (By: Peter Van Buren) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014A security researcher identified multiple "fake" cell phone towers around the United States, many near military bases, designed to intercept calls and texts without your knowledge, and to potentially inject spyware into your phone by defeating built-in encryption. The researcher has located a number of towers; what he can’t figure out is who built them and who controls them.
The basics of the technology are pretty clear: your cell phone is always trying to electronically latch-on to three cell towers. Three means the network can triangulate your phone’s location, and pass you off from one set of towers to the next tower in line as you move around...

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Up to 2,100 Photos of US Soldiers Abusing Prisoners May Soon Be Released (By Jason Leopold) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - Would the release of 10-year-old detainee abuse photographs, such as one depicting US soldiers pointing a broom handle at a hooded detainee's rectum, incite terrorist organizations and threaten national security? That's a question government attorneys will have to answer next week when they explain to a federal court judge why as many as 2,100 unclassified photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqi and Afghan captives should continue to be concealed from the public. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case, which resurfaced last week, is part of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) long-running lawsuit against the US government to obtain documents about the treatment of detainees in custody of the CIA and military....

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Mass Grave, Mass Kidnapping; 164 Killed in Iraq (by Margaret Griffis) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - At least 164 people were killed or found dead today. A newly discovered mass grave in northern Iraq yielded two dozen bodies. Another 89 were wounded.Also, the Kurds seem willing to try to give a unified Iraq once last chance before they opt for full independence.Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako blamed U.S. policies for the chaos in Iraq. According to Sako, half the Christians in Iraq have been forced to flee since the U.S. invasion failed to deliver the promises of safety and democracy. Fifty residents were kidnapped in Tal Ali, perhaps in retaliation for burning an ISIS/DAASH flag, along with other possessions the militants left behind, after militants fled the town yesterday. The village is part of Hawija...

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After Gaza, Hamas and Fatah back to bickering (Daoud Kuttab) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - It seems as simple as pushing a button. Palestinian-Israeli politics have shifted from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, as if the 51-day war against Gaza never happened. One week after the announcement of the permanent cease-fire by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel is back to confiscating Palestinian lands for settlements, Jewish religious zealots are infiltrating Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and Palestinian internal bickering is back to its prewar level.How did the situation change so fast? What happened to all the rhetoric about the need to double down and find a political solution to the Palestinian conflict?..

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Syrian regime , West explore cooperation to fight Islamic State (Antoun Issa) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - The Syrian government is seeking to present itself as the West’s only option to confront the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. After the terror group’s gains in Iraq and eastern Syria — edging out both its jihadist rival Jabhat al-Nusra from Deir ez-Zor and the last regime bastion in Raqqa — IS is making its move in Aleppo’s countryside, pushing closer to the country’s second largest city as it strikes rebel-held territory.But despite the shocking loss of the Tabaqa military air base in Raqqa and IS' execution of dozens of captured Syrian soldiers, the Syrian regime is still prioritizing its fight with Jabhat al-Nusra and rebel factions....

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After ‘Operation Protective Edge': Self-healing in Gaza (Sarah Algherbawi) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - This is the third war I have witnessed in the last five years of my life. I wish I had never had to experience this, but it just happened, and all I can do now is to deal with the pain…once again.My first experience with war was in my last year of high school, the year that is critical to anyone’s future. It wasn’t easy to go back to school and study again, it wasn’t easy to throw all the pains and bad memories behind my back and continue life normally. It took so long…but I did it, and I passed that year with satisfactory results.The second war, I was a university student; I faced the same dilemma of not being able to get back to university and study. It needs an awakened brain to do so, and mine was not! It was full of dark thoughts and the constant question, 'how could I survive again?’...

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‘Provocative political symbol’ — UEFA fines clubs when fans fly Palestinian flags (Annie Robbins) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - A body of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has slapped harsh fines on three of its member clubs, Celtic FC , St Johnstone (Saints) and Dundalk FC because some fans flew Palestinian flags during their games. Last month the Irish club Dundalk FC was socked with an €18,000 fine ($23,639) because fans flew Palestine’s flag at their home stadium in July. And Scotland Now reported this week that both Celtic FC and St Johnstone 'Saints’ have been fined. The Saints have confirmed they were fined £18k ($29,616) ...

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The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication (By Ken Silverstein) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. Email exchanges between CIA public affairs officers and Ken Dilanian, now an Associated Press intelligence reporter who previously covered the CIA for the Times, show that Dilanian enjoyed a closely collaborative relationship with the agency, explicitly promising positive news coverage and sometimes sending the press office entire story drafts for review prior to publication. In at least one instance, the CIA’s reaction appears to have led to significant changes in the story that was eventually published in the Times...

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Israeli human rights organizations B’Tselem and Yesh Din: Israel is unwilling to investigate harm caused to Palestinians (B'Tselem) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - B’Tselem has decided to break with its previous practice concerning military operations in Gaza and reject a request made by the Military Advocate for Operational Matters Lt. Col. Ronen Hirsch to provide the military with information regarding "irregular" incidents that occurred during Operation Protective Edge. B’Tselem has changed its approach due to the poor track record of MAG Corps investigations so far. B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad said: "B’Tselem believes it is crucial to investigate the directives and orders given to the forces by top political officials and military commanders. This is especially true of suspicions regarding unlawful policies concerning attacks, which received prior approval from the MAG Corps. Common sense has it that a body cannot investigate itself. Yet, again, the military will be investigating its own conduct in Operation Protective Edge; again, these investigations will not be supervised by anyone outside the military....

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UK records undermine Government’s claims over damaged CIA rendition documents (Reprieve) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - Claims by ministers that documents relating to the UK role in CIA 'rendition’ flights were accidentally damaged have been cast into doubt by new Foreign Office (FCO) records obtained by legal charity Reprieve. Last month, FCO Minister Mark Simmonds told MPs that records of flights passing through Diego Garcia had suffered "water damage" as a result of "extremely heavy weather in June 2014." However, weather records for Diego Garcia obtained from the FCO under Freedom of Information have cast doubt on this explanation: official logs for the island show that the total rainfall for June 2014 was just 3.25 inches (83mm). This is a low figure, considering the average annual rainfall is 102 inches (2591mm) – or 8.5 inches (216mm) per month...

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 Aug. – 03 Sep. 2014) (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (28 August – 03 September 2014). Shooting: In the Gaza Strip, although 9 days have passed following the Egyptian-brokered truce agreement between the Palestinian resistance groups and Israel, the catastrophic consequences of the 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip have been present. During the reporting period, a number of wounded persons died of wounds they sustained during the offensive. During the reporting period, a Palestinian baby died because of tear gas inhalation in occupied Jerusalem, as Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters to disperse the Palestinian protesters in al-Tour Mountain, east of the city. Moreover, 2 civilians, including a woman and a child, died of wounds they sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, while hundreds of wounded Palestinians have been receiving medical treatment in hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and other hospitals abroad for the seriousness of their wounds. In the meanwhile, Israeli forces violated the truce several times by opening fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area and arresting a number of fishermen....

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Mossad-Affiliated Israeli NGO: Khaled Meshal to the Hague (Richard Silverstein) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 - File this under the Ultimate Chutzpah Department: the Israeli lawfare NGO, Shurat HaDin, which was founded under the auspices of the Mossad, has requested that the International Criminal Court bring Hamas’ Khaled Meshal to justice because he allegedly ordered the execution of Palestinian collaborators. There are so many ironies and absurdities here that it’s almost impossible to plumb them all. First, consider that Shurat HaDin’s founder admitted to a U.S. diplomat that her group was founded with extensive help from the Mossad....

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The Jewish State’s Inhumanity to Palestinians (by William Hanna) - 01-oct-2014

September 4, 2014 -According to a senior Israeli expert, Professor Hila Knobler at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot — stress, glucose and blood pressure levels rose significantly amongst Israelis during the 50-day Operation Protective Edge. This obviously concerned and very humane professor, however, failed to diagnose the ills that might have befallen the Palestinian people in Gaza during that same period of Israeli genocidal barbarity. The professor also appears to have overlooked the possibility that the rise of blood sugar and pressure levels amongst Israelis might have been due to their over-excitement as was witnessed on video recordings of ecstatic Right-wing Israelis — during a Tel Aviv demonstration — wildly celebrating with fascist chants of "there’s no school in Gaza, there are no more kids left," and "Gaza is a cemetery...

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Abduction then murder, this is what government-backed militias do across Iraq (Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - AMSI) - 30-sep-2014

September 4, 2014 -In the name of alleged democracy sponsored by the U.S.; abduction then torture and eventually murder on sectarian basis, this is what the government-backed militias are wreaking havoc openly in Baghdad and other parts of the country with blessing by the Iran-friendly clerics who issued a fatwa earlier to authorize formation of a militia of the so-called the "Sectarian Build-up" and other Shiite death squads that work under the religious cover, which are consist of guided terrorist groups, who were trained, armed and overrun by the Iranian Regime in Tehran. A recent evidence about what is happening in Iraq when those militias have kidnapped and tortured then killed a Sunni scholar south of Baghdad, in another sign of the ugly role assumed by those bloody militias with the participation of the current government....

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Despite ceasefire, the number of displaced in Gaza is rising again (Ali Abunimah) - 30-sep-2014

September 4, 2014- The number of displaced Palestinians in Gaza is rising again despite the fact that the 26 August ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinian resistance is holding. Meanwhile, the scale of the destruction to Gaza’s infrastructure and economy caused by 51 days of Israeli bombing is becoming starker. The death toll stands at 2,168 people, of whom 521 are children, according to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights which carefully verifies deaths.And despite the ceasefire, Palestinians continue to die. Mariam Abu Amra, 23, was the latest to succumb in a Jerusalem hospital today from wounds she sustained during the Israeli attack in Deir al-Balah in Gaza, Ma’an News Agency reported....

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Illinois chancellor says she should have “consulted with more people” before firing Palestinian scholar (Ali Abunimah) - 30-sep-2014

September 4, 2014 - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Chancellor Phyllis Wise has said she regrets she did not consult with more people before taking her decision to fire Palestinian American scholar Steven Salaita. "I, in hindsight, wish I had been a little bit more deliberate and had consulted with more people before I made that decision," she said.Wise made the comments in an appearance before the student senate on Wednesday, indicating that she and other administrators are feeling the pressure of the outpouring of protests, boycotts and faculty votes of no confidence over the decision (video above and transcript below)....

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On Israel’s Insanity Defense and the World’s Shared Delusion (Samah Jabr) - 30-sep-2014

September 4, 2014 - Once the surveillance cameras of Palestinian shopkeepers in East Jerusalem's Shuafat neighborhood revealed the images of the Israeli abductors of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, the fabricated Israeli propaganda that the 16-year-old Palestinian boy had been gay and the victim of an honor killing perpetrated by his own people became completely unsustainable. Soon after, hoping to contain the resulting clashes that erupted in Shuafat and extended to many nearby neighborhoods, Israeli police announced that they had captured six suspects involved in the crime. Just days later, however, it was announced that three of them already had been freed. The others were described as two minors and a mentally unstable adult with a dominating personality who is on psychiatric medication, according to Yediot Ahronot...

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'Victory' in Gaza is illusory (Ibrahim Hewitt) - 30-sep-2014

September 4, 2014 -How much longer is the farce of the Palestinian Authority going to continue? I ask because it has been obvious over the past few months that the PA, under President Mahmoud Abbas, is there more for Israel's benefit than that of the people it is meant to serve, the Palestinians. In such circumstances, any claim of "victory" by the resistance groups in Gaza is illusory. So-called "security cooperation" with the Israeli occupation forces makes the PA's own 70,000-strong security agencies collaborators in the eyes of many Palestinians. Has anyone ever seen any PA security forces coming to the aid of Palestinian protesters against Israel's Apartheid Wall at the weekly demonstrations across the occupied West Bank? ...

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Jerusalem Archbishop: Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa targets Muslims and Christians (Middle East Monitor) - 30-sep-2014

September 4, 2014 -Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem Atallah Hanna said on Tuesday that the Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque is an aggression on both Muslims and Christians, Jordanian newspaper Addustour reported. In a recorded speech broadcast during a celebration in Jordan entitled "Resistance is the way to liberate land and return" organised to celebrate Gaza's "victory", Atallah said: "It was planned that I be with you here, but the Israeli occupation prevented me." He added: "Targeting the Gaza Strip means targeting Jerusalem and all the Palestinian lands." He hailed the Palestinian unity and called for more harmony among Palestinians in order to be able to face the occupation's policies which are aimed at Judaising Jerusalem and erasing the Palestinian identity...

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Syria News - September 3, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 30-sep-2014

September 3, 2014- By the end of Wednesday, LCC was able to document 65 martyrs including 6 women, 15 children and 4 martyrs under torture : 16 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 12 in Idlib; 11 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 11 in Daraa; 6 in Swaida; 4 in Aleppo; 3 in Hama; and 2 in Homs...

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Israeli Prison Service Denies Palestinian Security Prisoners TV Access to National Geographic (Richard Silverstein) - 30-sep-2014

September 3, 2014 - Some actions of the Israeli security state are profoundly disturbing and some are just plain stupid. This is in the latter category. The Prison Service has forbidden (Hebrew) Palestinian security prisoners from accessing the National Geographic cable channel. What’s so dangerous about lions, tigers, bears and other animal critters featured on the nature/travel channel? Apparently, National Geographic also features the show, Breakout, which recounts the most dramatic prison breaks in history and describes how the prisoners escaped and how law enforcement recaptured them. Israel apparently believes their charges will get big ideas and act on them. Maybe they’ll ride out of prison on the back of an African hippo…..

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First US drone strike in seven months hits Somalia (Joseph Cox and Jack Serle) - 30-sep-2014

September 3, 2014 - A US drone strike hit Somalia, the first in seven months, in an attack aimed at killing al Shabaab leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane .The attack killed "six al Shabaab officers" but it is not clear if Godane was among them, said Abdullahi Abukar, executive director of the Somali Human Rights Association (SOHRA). Sohra monitors human rights abuses and records casualties from the ongoing conflict in Lower Shabelle, where the strike hit. It destroyed an encampment and at least one vehicle in an area heavily under al Shabaab control. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed it was a US military operation, telling reporters: "actionable intelligence led us to that site where we believe [Godane] was" and "we certainly believe that we hit what we were aiming at". However he would not confirm who, if anyone, had been killed...

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Gazans reject Israel's calls to disarm (Rasha Abou Jalal) - 30-sep-2014

September 3, 2014 - Palestinians believe it's necessary that the Palestinian resistance remains armed as long as the Israeli occupation persists in the Palestinian territories. They are convinced that the resistance's disarmament will lead to further losses of their rights.Cease-fire talks between the resistance in the Gaza Strip and Israel, under the auspices of Egypt, collapsed multiple times before both parties reached an agreement on Aug. 26. A Palestinian source familiar with these talks told Al-Monitor that they had repeatedly failed because of "Israel's insistence on disarming Gaza."...

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Welcome to Gaza, a land left in ruins (By John Lyons) - 30-sep-2014

September 3, 2014 -STANDING on a pile of rubble in front of their bombed home, two children in Gaza argue about whether they support Hamas or Fatah.Asra Azzaza, 11, and her cousin Hamada Azzaza, 13, support rival Palestinian factions. Asra declares she supports Hamas, which now controls Gaza, "because they give my family food coupons".But Hamada disagrees. "I support Fatah because when they were in charge I could go to school, we could travel to sea and we could go to Jerusalem," he says.Due to the number of classrooms damaged, the school year — due to start this week — has been postponed indefinitely.Since Hamas came to power in 2007 Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza under which fishermen are restricted to areas close to shore and any travel outside Gaza is virtually impossible...

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Haunted by war, Gaza residents try to rebuild (Asmaa al-Ghoul) - 30-sep-2014

September 3, 2014 - The war in Gaza is over, but the approximately 10,000 residents of Khuza’a do not yet believe it. The sound of reconnaissance aircraft flying nearby continues to make them think of death. Mohammed al-Najjar, 23, standing near the rubble that used to be his home, said, "The war will be resumed, we know it. Can’t you hear the sound of drones? It is not enough for them that they left us with destroyed homes and painful memories. They want to maintain the threat."Mohammed is not the only one who feels insecure. These days, insecurity is a shared feeling for all the residents of this town who preferred to return to their destroyed homes rather than stay in refugee school shelters....

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How Washington helped create Israel's secret nuclear arsenal (Philip Giraldi) - 30-sep-2014

September 3, 2014 - Recently declassified documents reveal that consideration of how and when the White House can or should pressure Israel over policies damaging to the United States has been a contentious issue for quite some time. The 107 pages of formerly top secret memos, dating from 1968-9, relate to deliberations over what to do about the Israeli nuclear weapons programme. Prior to that time, the US position had been clear, supporting the principle that nuclear weapons should not be introduced into the Middle East....

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