Rebels Reject Deal; Syrian Forces Claim Shootdown of Israeli Plane Bombing Golan

Rebels Reject Deal; Syrian Forces Claim Shootdown of Israeli Plane Bombing Golan:

US and Russia reached a deal on Syria for a ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and later military cooperation and a roadmap for political transition. The Syrian government accepted the deal while the major opposition rebel groups rejected it, issuing some demands to secure their agreement. The ceasefire officially began on Monday evening. Details of the deal are trickling out, the White House is publicly doubting Russia, privately arguing among themselves, and in response Russia wants to publish the (withheld) text of the deal.

Al Qaeda and Ahrar al-Sham rebel groups launched an offensive in the Golan Heights region against the Syrian military, allegedy with air support from the Israeli air force. The Syrian military claims that their air defense shot down an Israeli fighter jet and a drone. The Israeli military denies the shootdown but confirms recent airstrikes on Syria.

Kurds report that ISIS fighters are fleeing the Turkish border offensive in Syria and joining al Qaeda groups in Aleppo. BBC interviewed surrendering rebels in Daraya who say they joined due to financial hardship and the revolution is a lie. In Ukraine, Stephen Cohen says that Pres. Poroshenko has unilaterally changed the terms of the Minsk deal.

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New York Times and the New McCarthyism

New York Times and the New McCarthyism:

The New Cold War and its fellow-traveler, the New McCarthyism, are arriving on the hawkish wings of The New York Times and other mainstream U.S. media outlets…

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Documenting Life in the Former Soviet Union with Brendan…

Documenting Life in the Former Soviet Union with Brendan Hoffman

To see more of Brendan’s photography, follow @hoffmanbrendan on Instagram.

Brendan Hoffman (@hoffmanbrendan) has his #EyesOn the former Soviet Union. Three years ago, the American photojournalist moved to Moscow, and then to Kiev, where he continues to study the “complex histories” of the region. “Events that took place long ago are still sending ripples through time and affecting the world now,” he says.

Brendan was one of dozens of photojournalists from around the world whose work was shown this week at the Visa Pour l’Image (@visapourlimage) festival in the south of France.

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Ukraine and the Dumbed-Down New York Times Columnist

Ukraine and the Dumbed-Down New York Times Columnist:

I don’t know what knowing that Ukraine shares a long border with Russia has to do with knowing Russia supposedly invaded the place in 2014, but in any case, Russia never invaded Ukraine. Only in the New York Times would you read such bullshit propaganda.

Egan apparently doesn’t know that there has been no evidence of Russian troops fighting in Ukraine, though there are NATO troops, including US ones, there.

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Provoking Nuclear War by Media

Provoking Nuclear War by Media:

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

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Leaked Memo Proves George Soros Ruled Ukraine in 2014

Leaked Memo Proves George Soros Ruled Ukraine in 2014:

Soros and his NGO executives held detailed and extensive meetings with just about every actor involved in the Maidan coup…from US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, to Ukraine’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health, and Education….

Plans to subvert and undermine Russian influence and cultural ties to Ukraine are a central focus of every conversation. US hard power, and EU soft power, is central towards bringing Ukraine into the neo-liberal model that Soros champions, while bringing Russia to its economic knees.

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Ukraine’s ‘October Surprise’

Ukraine’s ‘October Surprise’:

It’s a perfect set up, for both the Ukrainians – who have been chafing at President Obama’s refusal to provide them with deadly arms – and for Hillary, whose McCarthyite campaign against Trump has taken on all the trappings of a cold war fear-fest of the sort we haven’t seen since the 1950s.

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We Live in Dangerous Times

We Live in Dangerous Times:

We are sitting atop a volcano that could erupt at any moment. Indeed, the only question is not whether it will explode, but when – and where. For this impending seismic event has multiple pathways to the surface, spread across no less than three continents.

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Dangerous Propaganda: Network Close to NATO Used Military Leader to Fuel Ukraine Conflict

Dangerous Propaganda: Network Close to NATO Used Military Leader to Fuel Ukraine Conflict:

Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO’s chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia.

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