‘Our patience is not unlimited’: US slams ‘biased’ UN rights body over Israel resolutions

from RT

The US has threatened to re-evaluate its membership of the UN Human Rights Council, after it adopted five ‘biased’ anti-Israeli resolutions condemning its policies and calling on the world community to halt arms sales to Tel Aviv.

Following a month-long 37th session in Geneva, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved five ‘anti-Israel’ resolutions. One of the resolutions, titled ‘Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem’, condemned “all violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law” against Palestinians.

Acknowledging the “widespread and unprecedented levels of destruction, death and human suffering” in the occupied territories, the UNHRC urged member states to stop selling arms to Tel Aviv.

The resolution specifically “calls upon all States to promote compliance with international law” to ensure that “authorities and private entities do not become involved in internationally unlawful conduct, inter alia the provision of arms to end users” which engage in “serious violations of international humanitarian and/or human rights law.”..

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A Closer Look At Paul Blumenthal’s Article on Sally Albright’s Attack Bots: He’s Still Serving Hillary… Like Father Like Son

by Scott Creighton

Yesterday, Jimmy Dore did a video talking about, what everybody else seems to be talking about, which is this new article on the Huffington Post which purports to expose one Sally Albright as a Bernie-hating hack who uses social media megaphoning techniques to attack left-leaning progressives who dare voice an opinion about things that is in conflict with the establishment line of thinking. Albright was an Obama lover and supporter of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. She also worked for Clinton at one time.

It’s a trendy topic right now and it seems lots of folks are sharing links to the HuffPuff piece. They shouldn’t because its propaganda. Instead, they should go straight to the original source of the information, here. Much better reference without the “Russian attacked us” disinfo that you will find at the other one.

“Unsurprisingly, Sally Albright was the most retweeted account overall. She retweeted herself 30939 times from 63 unique sockpuppet accounts. This amounted to 15.6% of the 190k total tweets collected. In the first six weeks of 2018, she managed to retweet herself an average of 559 times per dayTrevor on ShareBlue Astroturfing Sockpuppets

This is how Jimmy Dore and Ron Placone ended their video segment discussing the article:

Jimmy: Thats a fun story and good work over to that guy Trevor and uh… and who is the gentleman over at Hufffington Post who put this together. Let me give him a shout out.

Ron P: Yeah, cus this one has been spreading like wildfire. A lot of people have been sharing this article.

(spreading like maybe… bots were sharing it perhaps?)

Jimmy:  His name is uh.. Paul Blumenthal. Nice work by Paul Blumenthal.

Jimmy, Steph and Ron just promoted a limited hangout article written by one of Sidney Blumenthal’s sons. Sidney, a long-time Clinton asset and hatchet-man, still serves the Clinton dynasty, as does his sons… both of them… Paul and Max.

Sidney Blumenthal lives today in a four-bedroom house on a leafy block in the Glover Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. His wife, Jacqueline, the former director of the White House Fellows program during the Clinton years, is a member of an advisory neighborhood commission and a direct-mail fund-raising consultant. They have two sons: Max, 38, a writer for AlterNet, a progressive online news outlet, and Paul, 34, a reporter for the Huffington Post.Vanity Fair, 2016

The 51-year-old former journalist has two sons, Max and Paul, with wife Jacqueline Beth Jordan.” New York Daily News, 2000

Paul has written several articles recently promoting the false narrative that Russia interfered with our democracy here in the states. In fact the one he wrote just before this one was titled “Russian Trolls Used This One Weird Trick To Infiltrate Our Democracy. You’ll Never Believe Where They Learned It.” .

In this latest article which Dore and company seem very eager to promote for Sidney Blumenthal’s son, Paul comes right out of the gate with this Hillary-backing propaganda (which Jimmy and Ron completely ignore):

When Russians at the Internet Research Agency interfered in U.S. politics…” Paul Blumenthal, Mar. 14 2018

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Obama Protected Torturer Now Becoming CIA Director

Wanna Hear a Lying, Smarmy Brit? UNSC urgent meeting over Salisbury attack

This guy’s cascade of bullshit, lies, propaganda, circular logic and baseless accusations will make your skin crawl. Basically his logic is “since Russia didn’t say they still had factories making this stuff, it must mean it’s theirs and they did it”. It’s similar to the “known unknowns” and the “they are north, south, east and west of Baghdad” bullshit. Of course, Trump and his new CIA/State Department head is eating it up with a fork in both hands. Absolutely sickening.

The CIA’s new nominee director Gina Haspel once ran a torture site and destroyed evidence

(H/T ariadnatheo) by Max de Haldevang from QZ.com

As CIA director Mike Pompeo moves to become the United States’ secretary of state, deputy director Gina Haspel has been nominated to lead the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman to run the CIA.

Haspel’s nomination will be controversial; she played a leading role (paywall) in running a US torture site abroad and later destroyed the evidence of it.

In 2002, she oversaw a secret prison in Thailand that tortured two terrorism suspects. That torture took place within the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, in which suspected terrorists are sent to US allies, and interrogated in “black sites” on their soil.

One of the men, known as Abu Zubayda, was waterboarded 83 times in one month and was slammed into walls by the head. He was deprived of sleep and kept in a coffin-like box. Interrogators later decided he didn’t have any useful information.

ProPublica found that Haspel personally signed cables to CIA headquarters that detailed Zubayda’s interrogation.

CIA videos of the torture were destroyed in 2005, on the orders of a cable drafted by Haspel. Her then-boss Jose Rodriguez, the CIA’s director of operations for counterterrorism, signed off on the order. “The cable left nothing to chance. It even told them how to get rid of the tapes,” he wrote in his memoir, according to ProPublica. “They were to use an industrial-strength shredder to do the deed.”..

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Trump ousts Rex Tillerson, names Mike Pompeo as new US Secretary of State

(CIA take over State Department? that’s interesting)

from Straits Times

US President Donald Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said on Tuesday (March 13).

Mr Trump last Friday asked Mr Tillerson to step aside, and the embattled top diplomat cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington.

Mr Pompeo will replace him at the State Department, and Ms Gina Hapsel – the deputy director at the CIA – will succeed him at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed…

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So Now They are Using the Federal Court to Attack Bloggers… Specifically… Me

by Scott Creighton

It’s apparently not enough to use Google and Facebook and Twitter and Youtube to attack people out here in blogland who dare ask questions and think for themselves. You know “fake news”

No, now they are going to start filing defamation lawsuits in federal court against certain writers and journalists in hopes that they can “refine ourselves as a country to avoid the worst.”

The “worst” meaning a repeat of 2016 when this individual’s candidate of choice lost to a candidate as weak as Donald Trump because folks like myself were writing about how corrupt and revolting she was.

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