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Mogherini: EU ‘Exports’ Terrorism to War-Torn Countries

Mogherini: EU 'Exports' Terrorism to War-Torn Countries

The foreign-fighter phenomenon in war-torn countries like Iraq and Syria has turned the European Union into an exporter of terrorism, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Friday. The European diplomat stressed that it had been often EU citizens who "go off to wage violent jihad in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, and not the reverse."

"The reality is that our continent exports more than imports terrorism," Mogherini said in a keynote address at the European Union Institute for Security Studies' (EUISS) annual conference.

Mogherini said the need to tackle the "seemingly innumerable" crises required a unified strategy instead of "turning inwards" and building walls.

"Walls are of little use when there is no fine line separating the inside from the outside," she underscored, outlining key ideas in Europe’s anti-crises strategy.

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The Government Is Spying On Us Through Our Computers, Phones …

The Government Is Spying On Us Through Our Computers, Phones ...

after all of the revelations by Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers – spying apologists say that the reports are “exaggerated” or “overblown”, and that the government only spies on potential bad guys. In reality, the government is spying on everyone’s digital and old-fashioned communications. For example, the government is photographing the outside information on every piece of snail mail.

The government is spying on you through your phone … and may even remotely turn on your camera and microphone when your phone is off.

As one example, the NSA has inserted its code into Android’s operating system … bugging three-quarters of the world’s smartphones. Google – or the NSA – can remotely turn on your phone’s camera and recorder at any time.

Moreover, Google knows just about every WiFi password in the world … and so the NSA does as well, since it spies so widely on Google.

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US to make ‘condolence payments’ to compensate Kunduz hospital bombing victims’ families – Pentagon

US to make ‘condolence payments’ to compensate Kunduz hospital bombing victims’ families – Pentagon

The US Department of Defense will work on compensating the families of the victims killed in a deadly American airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The strike “mistakenly” killed 22 people.

On Saturday, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement that it is “important to address the consequences of the tragic incident at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.”

“US Forces-Afghanistan has the authority to make condolence payments and payments toward repair of the hospital. USFOR-A will work with those affected to determine appropriate payments. If necessary and appropriate, the administration will seek additional authority from the Congress,” Cook said.

Earlier on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama apologized for the October 3 bombing, saying that the MSF hospital had been “mistakenly struck.” Prior to that, Washington’s story confusingly changed four times in four days – from “not knowing for certain” that it had struck a hospital at the same time as the US forces were “taking fire in Kunduz” to laying the blame on the Afghan government for requesting the bombardment.

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Hospital bombing by US military another in list of ‘collateral damage’

Hospital bombing by US military another in list of 'collateral damage'

Outrage over the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, by an American gunship Saturday focused increasingly rare media scrutiny on a conflict in which U.S. combat officially ended last year -- but where fighting still rages.

The immediate question is who bears responsibility for a strike in which 22 civilians, including doctors and patients, were killed in what the Nobel prize-winning NGO branded a war crime. But the disaster also raises a list of troublesome tactical questions for Washington.

It will renew serious doubts about the limits of cooperation between the U.S. and the Afghan units that apparently called in the strike, as well as the basic quality of that American-trained force. Pentagon strategists are also puzzling over how the resurgent Taliban was able to capture Kunduz in the first place.

Those questions could not come at a worse time for President Barack Obama, who is facing a much wider strategic dilemma over a war that as a candidate he termed "the right battlefield" for America but that has haunted his entire presidency.

Heading into his final year in office, Obama is weighing whether to go ahead with his plan to bring home almost all U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year to honor a political promise to end the wars he inherited. He may instead opt to leave behind a reduced, but still considerable, U.S. force to boost the country's vulnerable military forces amid fears that they could eventually collapse under Taliban pressure.

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‘Al-Quds Intifada’ has started and flames will not be quenched

‘Al-Quds Intifada’ has started and flames will not be quenched

A member of the Hamas political bureau said on Friday that “Al-Quds Intifada” has started and the flames will not be quenched. Izzat Al-Reshiq blamed the Israeli occupation authorities for this, Quds Press has reported.

“The cold-blooded murder of Israa Abed by Israeli troops on Friday will turn into flames that the occupation government will not be able to quench,” he warned. “Al-Quds Intifada was set off and when the issue is Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, we do not fear death.”

The Hamas leader added that the Israelis have to recognise that Palestinians are one nation and one soul when those in Palestine occupied in 1948 move in solidarity with Jerusalem.

Israa Abed was a university student of genetic engineering who was shot by a number of Israeli troops in the central bus station in Afula, Israel. Although the Israelis claim that she planned to stab a guard, video evidence shows clearly that she had her hands in the air when she was gunned down in cold blood.

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Turkey’s Erdogan uses terror fight for political gain

Turkey’s Erdogan uses terror fight for political gain

Turkey's bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq has diverted attention from "exploratory talks" between the ruling party and the political opposition for a new governing coalition. However, Turkey's president and commander-in-chief, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is almost certainly seeking to capitalize on the fight against terrorism to reassert himself as Turkey's de facto executive.

Airstrikes constitute part of Erdogan's strategy, of which another aspect is his direct implication of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party in a spate of recent terrorist attacks in the hope that he can reduce its political traction. This reflects the success of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) in the June 2015 national elections, when, having broadened its support base, the party secured an historic 13 percent of votes.

Erdogan's accusations are an attempt to alienate the HDP's non-core, moderate, liberal, non-Kurdish constituents, partly at least to prevent the party from passing the 10 percent threshold required to enter parliament in the increasingly likely event that new elections are held in November.

If Erdogan succeeds, it will increase the chances of a victory for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)—and the president once again exercising largely unchecked executive power.

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15,000 Chicago protestors demand end to Israeli occupation

15,000 Chicago protestors demand end to Israeli occupation

Nearly 15,000 people protesting Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians and the failure of the news media to fairly cover the conflict marched through the heart of America’s second largest city in America, sending a loud and clear message that Palestine must be free.

Attendees came from all over the Chicagoland area and waved placards denouncing Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians. During the past several weeks, the media has emphasized that seven Israelis have been killed in attacks but downplayed that more than 45 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis. Additionally, Israel has beaten and injured nearly 1,000 Palestinian civilians in Occupied Jerusalem, in the Occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip where Israeli snipers have targeted protestors on the Gaza Side of the Israeli military obstructions.

Protestors also waved the green, red, white and black Palestinian flag including one that was huge and carried by two dozen people. The protest route started at Congress and Michigan Avenue all the way north to at Wacker Drive near the Israeli consulate, then down State Street back to Balboa Street then returning to  Michigan again Congress.

“Today, Chicago voiced it’s solidarity with Palestine. All ages including educators, professionals, doctors, lawyers and busyness people, including the normal hard-working at Chicago area responded to the outcry of the Palestinians under the worst occupation that Humanity has ever known,” described Dr. Atiyeh Salem, a Palestinian originally from Bethlehem, Palestine and one of the protestors attending the march on Sunday afternoon.

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