Archive | December 1, 2016

Gaza Teen Uses Candle Heat to Generate Electricity*

Gaza Teen Uses Candle Heat to Generate Electricity*

A sixteen year old girl in Gaza has discovered a way to overcome chronic power shortages, by constructing a device that can generate electricity from the heat of candles.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA ) said that electricity blackouts were triggered when the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) shut down completely in April, having exhausted its fuel reserves due to a shortage of funds. The OCHA said that the blackouts lasted for 18-30 hours a day.

RT reports:

Faced with regular blackouts, Shahd Abu Lebda, 16, told New China TV that she

“depends on the principle that ‘a person in need will find a way’ – which pushed me towards inventing a device that generates electric charges for smart mobile phones from the energy of heat that comes from candles.”

The teen started the project after attending a course on creative thinking, Lebda’s invention has received a mixed reaction from social media users.

“Energy needs energy, how many candles do I need for a fully charged battery?” Nasser Ramadan wrote on Facebook.

“But that will need lots of candles before you fully charge one battery of cellphone, hope she can create more alternatives rather than just candle…,” Carolina D. Dela Paz noted.

“Makes sense: use 20 dollars’ worth of candles for what would take 15 cents worth of electricity. You go girl maybe you can come up with another costly idea,” Dewayne Smith wrote.

Gaza’s power supply comes from three sources. Around 60 MW is generated by the self-governing Palestinian territory’s only power plant, with 30MW imported from Egypt and 120MW supplied from Israel, according to the OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

The Gaza Power Plant (GPP) shut down completely in April, after exhausting its fuel reserves due to a shortage of funds. That triggered electricity blackouts of 18-20 hours a day, the OCHA said.

Israel imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007, following the takeover of the territory by Hamas.

According to the OCHA, “despite relaxation of some blockade-related restrictions in recent years, 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza remain ‘locked in’, denied free access to the remainder of the territory and the outside world.

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Related Topics:

On Gaza, Defense Minister Says ‘Next War Will Be The Last’*

Israel Blocking Repair of Gaza Electricity Grids*

Gaza Being Pushed to Collapse*

How Israel Makes Money from Blockading Gaza*

Gaza Unable to Export Produce*

Qatar Pays Gaza Fuel Taxes until June*

The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields*

Gaza Man’s DIY Solar Desalination Machine can Produce 2.6 gallons of Fresh Water Daily*

India: Millions Rise Up Against New World Order Ban on Cash*

India: Millions Rise Up Against New World Order Ban on Cash*

By Baxter Dmitry

Millions of protestors in India are rising up against a ruling class determined to take away their rights. There is anarchy in the streets as the Indian government continue to lean on mainstream media to suppress the scale of events and cover up the chaos caused by their draconian ban on cash.

Millions of Indians – the world’s second most populous country – are revolting against new anti-cash laws that are designed to protect and enrich the top tier of the wealthy global elite at the expense of ordinary people. The country is in chaos as hundreds of millions of ordinary people are unable to access their savings. In a country where 98% of transactions are performed using cash, the sudden ban on cash transactions, and the withdrawal of cash from circulation, has created outrage.

The protesters in India represent all working class people united, mobilized, and resisting the greed of globalist elites. There are reports of bankers being “locked up” by angry mobs and financial institutions across the country have appealed for police protection from the people.

There is anarchy in the streets as law enforcement are unable to contain the scale and intensity of the protests. Police involved are violently fighting against the people and protecting the interests of the ruling class. According to an opinion poll published Monday, 98% of the population is against the new laws.

The majority of ATMs in India have had no cash since Nov. 8 as the situation continues escalating.

The deeply unpopular move was not discussed with the public before being implemented by the elite, and the sudden introduction has caused chaos. Bloomberg reports that the situation isn’t expected to improve as “bankers are bracing for long hours and angry mobs as pay day approaches in India.

We are fearing the worst.”

Overnight, banks played down expectations of any improvement in currency availability, raising the prospect of queues lengthening as salaries get paid and people look to withdraw money from their accounts, the Economic Times reported.

The central bank has said the banking system has received more than Rs 8 lakh crore in deposits by way of exchange of the phased out 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. There’s no data on the value of new currency — in Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes — printed and distributed across the nation. The Prime Minister claims the initiative was aimed at tackling black money, counterfeit notes, corruption and terror financing, but detractors claim it is a New World Order tactic to gain control over the population.

The Indian economy has been tanking, making the population even poorer, since the cashless society laws were introduced.

 

The Rothschild controlled global banking lobby want a digital cashless system because this will give them even more control over us. India is being used a testing ground. Global bankers want to monitor and control every single transaction, while destroying real world currencies so they can issue money that doesn’t exist, creating impossible financial burdens for the masses, all the while accumulating extraordinary real wealth and power for themselves.

Populations relying on a fully digital cashless grid will be incredibly vulnerable in times of crisis. A terrorist or military attack, or even a storm or power outage, would mean the end of a functional economy. Payments would stop, the economy would grind to a halt, and life as we know it would end. A new, desperate climate would take hold, with entire populations left vulnerable and helpless, completely under the control of their government and the shadowy elites pulling the strings.

Why would Western governments ban cash when there are such disastrous consequences for humanity waiting just around the corner?

Because the shadowy elites and their banking cartels want us to be easily manipulated, cowed and controlled.

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You Pay more while Banks Profiteer in a Cashless Society…that’s the Convenience*

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Cherokee Nation Sues U.S. Govt over Trust Fund Mismanagement*

Cherokee Nation Sues U.S. Govt over Trust Fund Mismanagement*

The Cherokee Nation names the U.S. government and seven agencies in a lawsuit alleging mismanagement and a lack of transparency about the tribe’s trust fund. The tribe claims a lack of accountability has hindered its development.

The Cherokee Nation commemorated the 231st anniversary of the first treaty it signed with the US government by announcing a lawsuit on Monday. The Treaty of Hopewell was signed in 1785 and defined the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, but like more than 40 other treaties the nation signed with the government, it was not honored.

A video produced by the Cherokee Nation explains that since the Treaty of Hopewell, “the federal government has taken exclusive control over the nation’s resources and that has led to significant problems.

The problems the lawsuit addresses have to do with the 14 million acres of Cherokee land that was either sold or leased by the government without any documentation of the value or money paid to the government for it. On top of that, there has been no kind of accounting for the resources taken from these lands, such as coal and timber.

The United States has been and continues to be a black box of information as to the Cherokee Nation’s resources,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr. explained in the video. The lawsuit named no specific monetary amount of damages, but instead places the onus on the government to “make whole, restore, replenish, reconstitute, or repair the Trust Funds wasted, lost, or unaccounted for by the Government.

Much of the issue seems to be centered around a lack of transparency from the government regarding Cherokee land.

We don’t know how much coal was taken; we don’t know how much timber was cut. We do know those things had value and the U.S. was paid but we don’t know what was owed to the Cherokees,” Hoskin said, adding:

Our land and resources were not for sale yet they were sold by the U.S. government.

The lawsuit names the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of Trust Fund Management, the Bureau of Land Management, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and the United States Department of the Treasury, along with the United States of America as defendants.

Other tribes have sued and settled with the government in the past for trust fund mismanagement, such as the Cobell v. Babbitt case, where Elouise Cobell, a financial leader of the Blackfeet Confederacy, sued the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury in 1996 for similar reasons. That case was not settled until 2009 for $3.4 billion.

Should the Cherokee Nation get any money from their case, they already have a plan to put it to good use.

The money we make from any sort of settlement, or that we generate today, goes back into social services like health care, housing, education, many, many types of social services,” Cherokee Nation Communication Director Amanda Clinton told KOTV.

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Police Killing Indigenous Americans at Astounding Rate*

The Vanishing Indigenous Nations of the U.S. – Five Facts*

U.S. Gov’t Seizing Sacred Lands of Native Americans*

Native American Council offers Amnesty to 220 million Undocumented Whites*

An Important Message From Chief Arvol Looking Horse*

Erdogan Comes Face to Face with U.S., Russia in Syria*

Men ride motorbikes past a Turkish armored vehicle in the northern Syrian, rebel-held town of al-Rai, in Aleppo province, Oct. 5, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)

Erdogan Comes Face to Face with U.S., Russia in Syria*

By Semih Idiz

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been promising since September to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from the Islamic State (IS) and move east to Manbij to rid it of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkey claims that the YPG — the core of the U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting IS — and its parent organization, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), are terrorist groups linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), but it has failed to generate international support for this position. Recent developments on the ground also point to increasing difficulties for Erdogan’s efforts to fulfill his promises…

After capturing the nearby IS stronghold of Dabiq in October, Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) militias, Ankara’s main proxy in Syria, have been unable to muster a serious attack against al-Bab. The situation grew militarily complicated for Turkey after its jets began striking YPG targets in the area — resulting in the United States withdrawing air support for FSA and Turkish forces — and after Russia and Syrian regime forces made serious headway against the FSA in Aleppo, to which al-Bab provides access.

Turkey had launched Operation Euphrates Shield into northern Syria on Aug. 24, proclaiming that its mission was to defeat IS, push YPG fighters east of the Euphrates River and establish a 45-kilometer-deep (28 miles) “safe zone” on the Syrian side of the border. Ankara moved to establish a safe zone on its own after failing to secure international support for one. It claims such an area will provide protection for civilians uprooted by the war and also prevent illegal crossings into and out of Turkey by members and recruits of IS and similar groups.

It is no secret, however, that Turkey’s major reason for the proposed zone is to prevent Syrian Kurds from establishing a contiguous region along the Turkish border. The zone would include the yet-to-be liberated al-Bab to the south, and if Ankara has its way, Manbij, just west of the Euphrates, as well.

On Nov. 22 at the conference “Turkey’s New Security Concept,” Erdogan claimed the FSA was at the gates of al-Bab and implied that victory was imminent.

“But that won’t be enough,” he said.

“From there, we will move on to Manbij. The PYD and YPG are in Manbij. … We want them to leave.”

A few days after these remarks, Erdogan had a rude awakening, when on Nov. 24 an apparent airstrike hit Turkish Special Forces accompanying FSA fighters near al-Bab. Four Turkish soldiers were killed and nine injured. Some believe the attack was actually an IS suicide bombing, but the Turkish military said on the day of the incident that the evidence pointed to a Syrian jet.

Adding to Ankara’s shock was that the strike occurred on the first anniversary of the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey after it strayed into Turkish airspace. Although Turkey and Russia reconciled over the event earlier this year, after Erdogan apologized to Russian President Vladimir Putin, it did not temper the widespread belief that Moscow had indirectly supported the attack on Turkish forces to avenge the downing of the jet. It is common knowledge that Syrian airspace is controlled by Russian-provided and -manned advance radar systems.

Clearly uneasy about the timing of the attack, Erdogan held two hasty phone conversations with Putin, Nov. 25 and 26. The semi-official Anadolu Agency reported that the matter had been discussed, but gave no details. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus then told reporters Nov. 28 that Russia had denied involvement in the incident. The Syrian regime has remained silent about the affair, further compounding the mystery.

Mete Yarar, a former red beret commando who comments on security issues, argued after the strike, “[Turkey’s] rivals are carrying out the requirements of their proxy war [in Syria] just as [Turkey’s] independent operation against al-Bab is on the verge of succeeding.” Yarar did not spell out who “Turkey’s rivals” are, but his reference to Turkey’s “independent operation” is telling, revealing an attempt by pro-government commentators to deflect attention away from Russia and toward the United States.

Serkan Demirtas, a foreign policy commentator for Hurriyet Daily News, recalled that Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against IS, had said Nov. 17 that the coalition was not supporting the Turkish operation in al-Bab because Turkey had launched it “independent” of the coalition. Demirtas argued,

“The key word in the spokesman’s statement is ‘independent,’ which could be interpreted as meaning that Ankara and Washington can no longer coordinate their respective moves in Syria and have totally different objectives.”

Erdogan’s supporters are keen to present relations with Russia as a counterbalance to Turkey’s increasingly hostile ties with the United States and Europe. Ankara’s response to the attack on its forces was surprisingly low key. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would retaliate, but other than this remark, Ankara has remained largely mute about the incident. Many take this as an indication that Ankara also suspects Russian involvement.

As Demirtas pointed out, Turkey is not in tune with Russia in Syria despite its reconciliation with Moscow. Syrian airspace was closed to Turkish jets after an airstrike Oct. 22 against YPG targets that Ankara said killed “150 terrorists” (and the YPG said resulted in 10 deaths).

After that strike, Syria, clearly with Russian blessing, said that it would respond militarily to further violations of its airspace. The restriction was lifted after Gen. Hulusi Akar, chief of the Turkish General Staff, went to Moscow for talks. Turkish jets resumed operations in Syria Nov. 12, notably concentrating on IS targets only.

The restriction was reportedly reinstated for a while, after Turkey targeted YPG positions with artillery fire. Russia, like the United States, evidently wants Turkey to stick to targeting IS.

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Naim Baburoglu considers the claim ludicrous that Russia was unaware of the airstrike against Turkish forces near al-Bab. He told Al-Monitor that Moscow does not want the FSA, or the YPG for that matter, in al-Bab because the town is a gateway to Aleppo, where the Syrian regime has recently secured major gains against the FSA.

“It is unthinkable that any jet in northern Syria, especially one belonging to the regime, can fly there without Russia’s knowledge or approval,” Baburoglu said.

“What Russia and Syria are telling Turkey is simple: ‘Stop advancing on al-Bab.’”

He also believes the date of the strike on Turkish forces was indeed significant.

“Putin is known to wait patiently for his moment,” Baburoglu said.

“Moscow denies involvement in this strike, but the significance of its date was clearly not lost on Russians.”

That Russia wants Turkey to steer clear of al-Bab, and the United States wants it to stay away from Manbij, poses a major problem for Ankara’s military plans in Syria, Baburoglu observed. The bottom line is that Turkey not only faces IS and the YPG in Syria, but Russia and the United States as well. Given this, many argue that Erdogan is unaware of what he is up against as he tries to please his supporters with promises he will most likely not be able to keep.

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Related Topics:

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Syrian Air Strikes on Turkish Military in Northern Aleppo*

Turkish-backed Militants Torture a Boy in Northern Syria*

Syrian Forces Seize Turkish Aid Bound for ISIS*

Turkish Deputy PM Admits That Ankara’s Policy on Syria Caused Many Sufferings*

CIA “Journalist” Spy with Al-Qaeda Arrested In Turkey*

U.K. Financiers Bankrolling Dakota Access Pipeline Builder*

U.K. Financiers Bankrolling Dakota Access Pipeline Builder*

In the last 5 years Barclays, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have together bankrolled pipeline firm Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiaries to the tune of more than $800 million.

In this image provided by Morton County Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement and protesters clash near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Cannon Ball, N.D. (Morton County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

In this image provided by Morton County Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement and protesters clash near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Cannon Ball, N.D. (Morton County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

By Zachary Davies Boren

Some of Britain’s biggest banks have loaned hundreds of millions of pounds to the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to an Energydesk analysis.

In the last 5 years Barclays, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have together bankrolled pipeline firm Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiaries to the tune of more than $800 million.

The news has prompted one lender – RBS – to distance itself from the project claiming to have “exited the relationship”.

There are currently two outstanding loans in which the U.K. banks are involved, a $3.75 billion credit line issued to the company in 2011 and a $1.5 billion package for subsidiary Energy Transfer Equity signed in 2013.

Both agreements were made before the Dakota Access Pipeline was announced in 2014, though they were extended in 2015.

Furthermore, Barclays is party to a $2.5 billion revolving credit facility to Sunoco Logistics (owned by Energy Transfer Partners), with documents showing it provided $130 million in 2015.

Barclays and HSBC declined to comment.

RBS released a statement that said that it did not fund the Dakota Access project, but confirmed that it did provide “general finance” to the pipeline builders — before ending the relationship in 2015.

In a Twitter exchange, the bank said they could not discuss the details but insisted they no longer have a relationship with Energy Transfer Partners.

@zdboren We would be unable to discuss account specifics due to data protection, 1/2 LJ

— Royal Bank (@RBS_Help) December 1, 2016

@zdboren but I can confirm we no longer have a relationship with this company. 2/2 LJ

— Royal Bank (@RBS_Help) December 1, 2016

This comes as U.S. authorities have ramped up their crackdown on the coalition of Indigenous groups and environmental activists attempting to block the project, which would cross the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe territory.

Bank on it

A recent report from American NGO Food and Water Watch (FWW) claimed that there are loans and credit facilities totaling $10.25 billion in direct support of the companies building the pipeline — with 38 banks implicated.

An Energydesk analysis of Bloomberg data of the British banks named in the report, supported by financial disclosure documents, were largely in line with what FWW published.

Barclays, which declined to comment, appears to have provided $175 million as part of a revolving credit line for Energy Transfer Partners, $65 million as part of loan package to Energy Transfer Equity and $130 million for a credit line for Sunoco Logistics.

All of these loans are set to mature by 2020.

RBS, which is majority owned by the U.K. government, has loaned the Energy Transfer firms $250 million spread across two loans.

The bank has denied ever funding the pipeline itself, stressing that the multimillion dollar loans were issued to the controversial project’s parent company — and that the relationship ended in 2015.

Does that mean they’re not going to issue loans to Energy Transfer Partners in the future? We’re trying to find out.

And finally there’s HSBC, whose loans total $189 million.

Standing Rock

The Dakota Access Pipeline has erupted into a major cultural flashpoint this year, as climate change activists descended on Standing Rock to join the Sioux Tribe’s movement against the project — whichviolates Indigenous land rights and could threaten drinking water supply.

Resistance against the project – which would carry oil across four states, from the Bakken shale in North Dakota to a refinery hub in Illinois – has been met with an increasingly violent response by authorities, with dozens hospitalised last week after being blasted by water cannons in freezing temperatures.

The pipeline is already 75% completed, but there are complaints that the U.S. government has failed to honour its support of ‘tribal sovereignty’.

President-elect Donald Trump has thousands of dollars invested in the pipeline builder, although his campaign claims he has sold his stake.

After Trump’s triumph in last month’s election, Energy Transfer Partners’ CEO said she is confident he will oversee the project’s completion.

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Related Topics:

One of the Largest Banks Funding DAPL Just Pulled Its Assets from the Project*

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HSBC: Dirty Business of Banksters*

Barclays Allowed for the ‘Liberation’ of Personal Details of 27,000 Customers*

Barclays Closed due to Investment in Israel*

Royal Bank of Scotland VP arrested on $10mn Fraud*

Sheriff’s Dept. to Impose $1K Fine for Bringing Food and Supplies to Standing Rock*

Sioux Tribe Leaders Respond To Army Eviction Notice of #NoDAPL Camp, Refuse to Give Up*

Secret TiSA Trade Deal Equally as Dangerous as TPP and TTIP*

Secret TISA Trade Deal Equally as Dangerous as TPP and TTIP*

By Friends of the Earth

While the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) appears to be dead [1] and negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) stalled [2], another similar corporate trade deal still in the making – the Trade in Services Agreement or TiSA – maintains significant threats for essential protections for people and planet.

New comparative analysis carried out by Friends of the Earth International about the mechanisms and likely impacts of these three ‘new generation’ trade agreements highlight the dangerous complementarity of the TPP-TTIP-TiSA trade trio. It calls for further mobilisation against corporate-led trade deals in the making in particular TiSA.

Friends of the Earth International’s trade campaigner Sam Cossar-Gilbert said:

“While the TPP has been much more hyped about than the secretive TiSA talks, our findings show that both deals would threaten hard won rights for citizens and the environment in a very similar way. It would be hypocritical for decision-makers to oppose one of the deals and not the others.”

The highly secret TiSA deal alone would cover over 65% of global GDP. It could affect the lives of over 1.5 billion people, by leading to increased privatization and deregulation at the expense of the public interest.”

Friends of the Earth U.S. director, Erich Pica said:

“The outcome of the recent U.S. elections should be a wake-up call for politicians who are currently negotiating harmful free-trade deals. All across the world people are frustrated at the broken neo-liberal trade system. It is time for politicians and government representatives to take their concerns into account and stop trading away the public interest”

The key findings of the new report ‘Dangerous liaisons: the new trade trio’ are as follows:

  • Public policies are impacted and restricted by all three agreements that involve ‘behind the border’ regulatory changes. All include similar language, mechanisms or provisions, be it ‘Domestic Regulation’ (TiSA), Regulatory Coherence (TPP) or Regulatory Cooperation (TTIP) and Transparency, which may result in corporations challenging and hampering almost any state policy to protect the public good.
  • TiSA, TPP and TTIP all aim for the extensive liberalization of public procurement in countries party to the agreements, restricting governments’ ability support sustainable local food systems, jobs or local production of clean energy.
  • Environmental protection wording in these deals is merely soft law in comparison to the binding liberalization and deregulation provisions, leaving open concerns that all deals would lead to a downgrading of standards identified as ‘barriers to trade’.
  • Intense secrecy is another common feature, although it does vary slightly between the different sets of negotiations. TiSA is the least transparent trade agreement, for negotiating texts were not only meant to be kept secret during negotiations, but also for five years after the deal is finalized. Details of the deal are only available due leaks.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Officers Equip Russian Handguns*

U.S. Law Enforcement Officers Equip Russian Handguns*

 

American police recently purchased Russian-made Osa handguns that shoot rubber bullets and have a laser target pointer. The guns are supposed to reduce the number of casualties when it comes to standoffs between police and criminals.

Police brutality in the United States has been a subject to heated debates over the last couple of years. Now there is a hope that the situation could change for better. A sheriff’s office in Arizona made an unprecedented purchase of 60 Osa guns and 10,000 shells. The Arizona police agency is the first in the U.S. to buy the Russian-made non-lethal handgun.

“Sheriffs in Arizona purchased a party of multifunctional Osa handguns. This is the first time in recent history when the American security forces officially purchased Russian non-lethal weapons,” says a statement of the press-service of the Tekhmash group, the producer of the weapon.
The pistol is supposed to be used in standoffs between police and criminals who need to be captured alive. The use of a non-lethal handgun could reduce the number of casualties and, thanks to its high-precision laser target pointer, result in more arrests.
“Illegal immigrants don’t generally have guns, but they could be throwing rocks,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Los Angeles Times.

“I’ve seen those incidents end with someone getting shot, someone getting killed.”

Over the past year, the United States has seen numerous protests following high-profile cases of police brutality around the country. The incidents have set off mass protests around the country and triggered a national debate about racial inequality and police violence.

On November 30, four people were detained in the U.S. city of Charlotte, North Carolina amid protests sparked by the prosecutors’ decision not to charge a police officer who shot and killed African-American Keith Scott. The 43-year-old man, was fatally shot by a police officer in September.

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Putin Bans Bill Gates and Microsoft from Russia*

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Israel Launches 2 Rockets which Strike near Damascus*

Israel Launches 2 Rockets which Strike near Damascus*

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet takes off at Ramon air base © Amir Cohen / Reuters

 

Syrian state media said Israeli fighter jets fired two missiles that hit west of Damascus, causing no casualties. Earlier reports indicated the missiles had hit Hezbollah militia targets near Al-Saboorah, a government-controlled suburb of Syria’s capital.

Israeli planes launched the airstrike from Lebanese airspace at dawn to “divert attention away from the successes of the Syrian Arab Army,” a Syrian military source said, according to SANA news agency.

Al-Masdar news agency reported earlier that the Israeli Air Force had launched four air-to-surface Popeye missiles targeting Hezbollah positions. The jets themselves are not believed to have entered Syrian airspace.

There have been conflicting reports over the initial target of the raid with speculations swirling over what targets were actually hit during the sorties.

Lebanon’s Mulhak News reported citing own sources that Syria’s army ammunition depot was destroyed in one of the raids, while in the other a number of cars left near to the Damascus-Beirut Highway were damaged. The outlet stated that no senior security or political commanders have been killed in the attack.

Al-Masdar News also cited unconfirmed reports indicating that one of the missiles struck a car repair shop which was used by Hezbollah. No casualties have resulted from the sortie as mechanics were not at the workplace at night hours, it reported.

Other reports indicate that Israeli forces targeted a Hezbollah arms convoy near Damascus.

However, Damascus Now, a popular FB page dedicated to local Syrian news, said the strike targeted army positions.

At approximately 1:20 a.m. four explosions were heard in the vicinity of Damascus, which sources said were the result of an [Israeli airstrike] against a Syrian army position near the Beirut highway,” NOW’s English news cited Damascus Now as saying on its FB page. 

While the circumstances of the attack are still unclear, locals have reported hearing multiple loud explosions after midnight on Wednesday.

Based on the assumption that the targeted area lies close to the Damascus-Beirut Highway, the major road used by Hezbollah, Al-Masdar News suggested the ultimate purpose of the mission was to kill one of the Shiite militia senior officials.

This is the second cross-border attack by Israel into the Syrian territory in four days. On Sunday, it carried out an airstrike on “an abandoned military facility” in the south of the Syrian Golan Heights which served as a location for Islamic State militants, according to the IDF spokesman. The attack was carried out in retaliation after IDF patrol was shelled by small arms and mortar fire across the border on the Israeli part of the Golan Heights by an IS-linked Shuhada al-Yarmouk group, Israeli media reported.

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Israel Consolidates Grip on Golan under Cover of Syria’s Engineered Chaos*

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Israeli Hospitals Send Bodies of Terrorists back to Syria*

Syrian Army Command Confirms Shooting Down Israeli Aircraft*

Israel Starts Demolition of Homes in the their Illegal Occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights*

Corporate Media Silent on M.E. on Israel and Turkey Strike on Syrian Oil Deal*