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Hilarious moment as Katy Perry’s backing dancer falls off stage at Brit 2017

One of Katy Perry’s backing dancers fell off the stage during her performance at the Brit Awards 2017. The backing dancer was dressed as a white house. The backing dancer probably missed some few steps mistakenly slipped and plunged into the crowd; when the US singer was showcasing her new single Chained to the Rhythm.

A certain audience member Reece Jordan Doonan‏ captured a short video of how the backing dancer fell off stage at Brit 2017 and shared it on Twitter with the caption: “OH MY GOD! Demolition on stage for Katy Perry.” It was also recorded by ‘the Guardian’, ‘Telegraph’ and many other news websites and audiences.

Social media users questioned whether the background performer was “the left shark” from the 32-year-old’s Super Bowl performance in 2015 when a dancer dressed as a shark became out of sync. They were quick to name the unbalanced dancer the “new Left Shark”, after one of Perry’s dancers from her 2015 Super Bowl performance famously forgot their moves while dressed as a shark, and became an internet sensation in the process.

The U.S. pop singer delivered a political statement with her performance of “Chained to the Rhythm,” with support from Skip Marley, rows of lit-up miniature houses and a pair of giant skeletons decked out in outfits similar to those worn by U.S. president Donald Trump and U.K. prime minister Theresa May.

Raiola jokingly said they are going to cut Balotelli’s tongue out for insulting Chapron

Mino Raiola jokingly said they are going to cut Balotelli’s tongue out in order to prevent another negative incident after Balotelli insulted referee Tony Chapron in English.

Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola has told RMC that the ideal solution after Mario Balotelli’s latest red card – is cutting out his tongue.

“I have already found the solution – we are going to cut his tongue out,” Raiola, Balotelli’s agent, said to RMC.

“To play football, you don’t need a tongue, so we are going to cut it out.

 


“Seriously though, he knows he made a big mistake – he has no excuses and it is something he knows he has to improve.

“He is sad for himself and the team.”

Balotelli received his third red card of the season during Nice’s 1-0 victory at Lorient last Saturday for swearing at referee Tony Chapron during the win at Lorient last weekend, this will be the second red card of his Ligue 1 career so far.

Mino Raiola Balotelli’s agent on the right, Mario Balotelli on the left.

Tony Chapron revealed he dismissed the striker because he had insulted him in English, saying the phrase was “something classical”.

The incident came at a bad time for Balotelli after he was recently criticized by some of his own team-mates for a perceived lack of effort, with Raiola joking he was ready to take drastic action to prevent another negative incident.


Brian a Virginia man dies while playing a 24-hour livestream game for charity

The 35 year old also a father of three Brian Vigneault, spent approximately 22 hours playing the online wargame “World of Tanks” on a streaming platform Twitch.tv.

After telling his followers watching him play the game that he was raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The gamer playing with the nickname ‘PoShYbRiD’ early Sunday stood up from his computer to take a smoke break never to appear on the screen again.

Virginia Beach police said they responded to a 911 call for cardiac arrest. Vigneault was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner’s office have claimed that the cause and manner of his death still remains under investigation.

Gebauer, Vigneault’s friend in Canada, described Vigneault as a funny and sarcastic, someone whose anger at the game was as entertaining as he was. He told his friends he used to work as an auto mechanic, she said, and loved his three children.

Gebauer said Vigneault appeared to take enough breaks to prevent a blood clot during the marathon. She said he even took one of his kids to soccer practice.

“I have a hard time believing that streaming for so long was the cause of his death specifically,” she said. “But at the same time, I know it wasn’t good for him.”

Vigneault’s Twitch profile says he had raised nearly $11,000 for various charities during his five-year streaming career.

Make-A-Wish spokesman Josh deBerge told The Associated Press in an email that the organization is “looking into whether or not Brian had entered into any agreements, whether formally or informally, related to his fundraising efforts.”

Gebauer is now the administrator of a GoFundMe page set up for Vigneault’s children. As of Friday evening, it had raised more than $17,000.

See why Victor O’Frank went into filmmaking career after 6 years of medical study

Victor O’Frank in full Victor Okoye Frank is now a film writer and director. He started making short films while he was in medical school at Lugansk, Ukraine. After transferring from Lugansk due to the crisis which took place some few years back in Ukraine, Victor O’Frank graduated as a medical student from Kiev and later moved to New York to start a new career in filmmaking.

Victor O’Frank said after winning best director for ‘The SOFIES’: “I just won The SOFIES—oh thats the junior brother to Oscars for short film. Best Director — and there’s an amazing twist to the tale.”

Today the question a lot of people ask is why Victor O’Frank chose to focus on filmmaking instead of his medical career. Victor O’Frank has instead said he has not left medicine but has decided to use his knowledge in medicine to heal people’s minds:

“Coming from a medical background, I always get the question, Have you quit medicine? my answer has always been no. I call my craft, Medical Art. Although you won’t find me within the walls of the home for the sick, I do something more than healing the body, I touch minds, in the form of story telling, when asked my response usually is, “If the mind controls the body, I would have saved you a dime, if I told you story that could change your mind” Victor O’Frank said.

“My first film school was the college of medicine. The sole reason I got into filmmaking as a career after 6 years of medical study wasn’t to abandon medicine, In fact, the film making art as I know it is more therapeutic than most form of therapy in the medical field. I made a conscious decision to focus my art on healing minds, as medicine focuses mostly on the body.”

“Taking a look at the system on ground in Africa and most especially Nigeria, we all agree, there must be some improvements made. I’m of the school of thought that the first step should be geared towards creating a new mind set. No other form of art is able to do that but visual story telling. I do hope to channel the messages in film towards that discourse.”

“I never intended to leave medicine, the only difference is that I found a different application of my medical knowledge, yes, I know it’s unusual but if used right, the power that story telling possess can change a nation beyond changing individual minds.”

See Victor O’Frank tell us a bit about his journey in film making and some of his short films.

“My first film (A Man Scorned), was inspired by my life experience, truth be told, I had always wanted to tell a story and never found the right motivation, then came one tragic event that turned it all round for me, right after that I haven’t stopped. I did 3 other films while I was in Kiev, Table no 9, To Catch a Cheetah and Femi.”

“Of all the pictures I ever shot, Femi would be perhaps the one with the most social relevance. Few years prior, before the war broke out in Lugansk, I was a victim of a hate crime, even though I had forgiven the assailants, I needed to tell the story to create an awareness of such treatment of foreigners in Ukraine. Although we never completed the film as it was, we got to our last day of shoot.”

“My most recent film under the title “Purpose” was produced earlier in 2016. It has bagged numerous awards including Judge’s Film at the My rode reel Competition and Best Documentary at the SOFI awards in New York. I created “Purpose” for the sole aim of enlightenment.”

“My advice to anyone venturing into any field is to stay on their track, but be certain that it is what makes you happy. Beyond happiness, you must affirm to yourself that it is the path to your ultimate goal. If you wish to get in the film business, take a leap for it, learn a much as can but most importantly practice what you’ve learnt.”

My next major documentary titled “Birth Of A Slave” addressed quite a number of issues facing us as a continent and a nation and possible way out, I’ll ask that anyone interested in paving a new path for this country should see it when its out.

Mack Beggs a transgender boy wins girls’ wrestling championship in Texas

Mack Beggs a 17-year-old wrestler who was born female and is currently transitioning to male won a Texas state title in girls wrestling.

The victory was controversial in part because Mack Beggs a junior at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, is taking testosterone as he transitions from female to male, which some claimed gave him an unfair advantage and led to so much jeers from the crowd.

“She’s standing there holding her head high like she’s the winner. She’s not winning. She’s cheating,” said Patti Overstreet, the mother of another wrestler, according to the Washington Post. “It’s not equal. It’s never going to be equal.”

Beggs would have rather competed against boys, but a state policy meant his division was determined by the gender on his birth certificate. That policy was enacted last year by the University Interscholastic League (UIL), which oversees Texas high school sports.

The father of another wrestler, who is also an attorney, unsuccessfully sought an injunction to prevent Beggs from competing while he is receiving testosterone treatments. Several parents complained that Beggs was too strong to compete against girls, while others expressed sympathy for him.

Mack Beggs finished with a 56-0 record and had a dominant performance in the final. Beggs said after winning the wrestling: “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my teammates. That’s honestly what the spotlight should be on, is my teammates,” he said after receiving his medal. “The hard work that I put in the practice room with them beside me, we trained every single day, every single day, and that’s what the spotlight should be been on, not me.”

Petco Park flooded on Monday after winter rain storm hits San Diego

Petco Park was flooded on Monday and turned into a swimming pond for ducks. San Diego Padres spokeswoman Shana Wilson told FOX 5: “An amount of rain had fallen so quickly and the drainage was slow to keep up. The rain had inundated the park so quickly on Monday that the park’s drainage system couldn’t keep up.”

The field crews don’t expect any lasting damage to the field, and they were planning on laying new sod next week anyway.

A picture posted on social media showed the Major League ballpark field underwater. But luckily for the Padres, their Spring Training facility is far away in (very dry) Peoria, Arizona.

Wilson also added that there is no grass on the field because they had just taken out all the dirt from the Monster Jam. Field crews had planned to lay down new sod later this week.

The San Diego Padres have just over a month before they’ll play in their home opener at Petco Park (named the best ballpark in baseball by Ted Berg).

Five places you should visit this summer

Five places you should visit this summer

France

In France you can visit Paris, Strasbourg, Marseille, Lyon, Loire Valley and many other interesting cities for tourists. Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, it is accommodating to foreigners you can be sure to see a lot of them there.

Paris is in the center of the Île-de-France region, Paris is known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants. Most of France’s major universities and grandes écoles are located in Paris, as are France’s major newspapers, including Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Libération.

Canada

Canada is located at the north of the United States. The national capital is Ottawa, and the largest city is Toronto; other large cities include Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec City, Winnipeg and Hamilton. Some best five places to visit in Canada during summer are Vancouver, Toronto, Banff, Quebec City, Montreal.

Vancouver is a small city surrounded by mountains and beaches, Vancouver is both an urban and a natural playground: Its chic atmosphere, high-fashion boutiques and fondness for health-conscious eating have earned it the nickname “Hollywood North.”

Here is a picture of a group of people dining at Quebec.

Toronto is considered one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than half the population born outside of the city. Toronto houses 200 ethnic groups that speak upward of 140 different languages, making this Ontario destination a world all its own. With Greek Town, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all within city limits, travelers may feel as if they’ve seen more than a couple worlds after a visit to Toronto

Japan

Japan is basically very hot during summer, so it is advisable to travel with a fan. You can visit Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Otaru, Yokohama and many other cities in Japan for fun this summer.

Spain

Madrid, Spain’s central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.

The shopping malls are a great opportunity to enjoy a shopping day, with the best product offering with a great quality without walking too much. There are more than 130 shopping malls in the Region, considering also the open shopping malls that are proliferating in the urban areas of the main cities.

Open-air shopping areas

Centre of Madrid. The reference shopping area of the capital is located between La Puerta del Sol, la Gran Vía, Preciados y la Princesa Street.

These streets are one of the areas of Madrid that never sleeps due to the continuous passage of people. In this are we can find all kinds of business, like the main franchises of clothes, electronics, etc. where we can buy at affordable prices. If you walk into Plaza de España and Princesa Street you will find shopping malls where we can find the latest trends.

All of this things makes the central are the main open Shopping Mall of Spain. If you come to Madrid, visit it. Its shops are free from schedules, since this area has been declared of Great Touristic Influx and they are usually open all year round.

In the same area we cannot miss El Corte Inglés. It was originally a clothes shop founded in 1890, and it has become a huge chain that is a reference in Spain regarding different sectors like fashion, electronics, culture, food and travelling. It is located in strategic locations like Preciados Street, Paseo de la Castella or Goya Street. Nowadays, El Corte Inglés has more than 40 shops all around the Region of Madrid, and more than 25 in the capital.

The area of Príncipe de Vergara in the Chamartín district is an area where quality and exclusivity predominate. Streets like Príncipe de Vergara, Colombia Street, Costa Rica or Alberto Alcocer will offer you a great variety of shops.

Among the whole ensemble, the Chamartín Market stands out. It has always been at the forefront regarding services and customer service.

THE BIGGEST SHOPPING MALL IN MADRID AT THE CENTER OF THE CITY

  1. NIGERIA

Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Safari destinations such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park showcase waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna and rare primate habitats. One of its most recognizable sites is Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall monolith outside the capital of Abuja that’s pictured on the national currency.

The most populated country in Africa, Nigeria has become an untapped tourist paradise with long stretches of exotic beaches, lush mountains, well preserved tradition and culture and enchanting tourist attractions.

From the spiritual shines to the ancient cities of the north, from the river deltas to the Yoruba kingdoms, the Ibo’s stunning environments and among many simply pure sceneries; Nigeria leaves every visitor breathing hard with suspense and excitement. We present to you 30 top attractions in Nigeria:

SEE BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN NIGERIA LIKE:

The Ibeno Beach

A blissful destination for tourists stretched over 245km on a sand bank in Ibeno lies the Ibeno Beach, a little haven for leisure seekers. The roaring waves, spots for sunbathing, unpolluted foliage of the mangrove forest, cool breeze from the water and a lush surrounding give this destination an unimaginable allure for tourists.

Location: Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State

Obudu Mountain Resort

Above the sea level on the Oshie Ridge of the famous Sankwala Mountains sits majestically the Obudu Mountain Resort. The temperate climate, breathtaking views, idyllic tranquility and beautiful scenery has made this resort one of the famous tourists’ sites in Nigeria.

Location: Obudu, Cross River State

Ngwo Pine Forest

The unique forest dynasty that is found in Ngwo Pine is a huge draw for visitors, romantically set by Mother Nature with sharp twists for adventure seekers, beautifully set pine trees and gently flowing stream for lovers, and the loud splashing of the waters inside the dark cleft inside a cave would blow off one’s imagination.

Location: Ngwo, Enugu State

 

YouTube is ready to take on Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media services

YouTube has announced on Tuesday that it will launch a live TV service in the next few months that offers the four major US broadcast networks plus cable channels.

The Google-owned video network announced a new subscription service, YouTube TV, offering a collection of TV channels aimed at cord cutters who think their cable bills are too high.

The charge is $35 monthly, and the 40 channels include the four top broadcast networks, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox, and top cable channels like USA, Bravo, MSNBC and Fox News.

Missing are the Turner channels, including CNN, Cartoon Network and TNT, the Viacom networks, including Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon, Scripps (Food Network and Home and Garden) and HBO.

Unlike the Hulu service, which offers the ability to watch TV shows from NBC, ABC and Fox without commercials, or CBS’s All-Access service, YouTube TV shows from the networks will all have ads.

In announcing the new service, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki noted how the smartphone era changed everything–“mobile put a TV in everybody’s pocket,” she said.

YouTube’s audience of millennial viewers love TV content, “but they don’t want to watch it in the traditional setting, in the living room, waiting for their favorite show to come on. They want to consume TV live or on demand.”

YouTube says the service will launch within the next few months. The company directed consumers to http://tv.youtube.com to sign up for notifications.

YouTube TV will be a stand-alone app and not interchangeable with the current YouTube Red app. However, originals produced for Red will be watchable on YouTube TV.

Washington Whitewashes Israeli Murder

Why not. It whitewashes its own. Washington is a rogue terror state. So is Israel. It denigrates non-Jews. It’s waged war on Palestine for decades. It’s guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. Its rap sheet makes serial killers look saintly.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos committed premeditated murder. They killed nine humanitarian activists. They did so in cold blood. They executed them in international waters. Doing so also constituted piracy.

Activists were trying to bring vitally needed aid to besieged Gazans. It included food, medicines, medical supplies, clothing, educational and construction materials, kitchen utensils, mattresses, toys for children, and other items.

Eighteen-year old Turkish-American Furkan Dogan was on board. Israel marked him for death. A UN Human Rights Council (HRC) investigation determined that he and eight other Turkish nationals were murdered in cold blood.

Israeli commandos did it execution-style. They did so “at point blank range,” it said. He was “lying on the deck in a conscious or semi-conscious state for some time.”

He was shot in the face. His body was riddled with bullets. The autopsy report was damning. Weeks later, Turkey gave it to the US embassy. It went to the Justice Department. It was done to decide if an investigation was warranted. Whitewash followed.

A State Department official spoke on condition of anonymity, saying:

HRC’s “tone and conclusions (were) unbalanced. We urge that this report not be used for actions that could disrupt direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine that are now underway or actions that would make it not possible for Israel and Turkey to move beyond the recent strains in their traditional strong relationship.”

In mid-June, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Israel ”should be allowed to undertake an investigation into events that involve its national security.”

Its military justice system “meets international standards and is capable of conducting a serious and credible investigation.”

Official Israeli policy is coverup and denial. Whitewash followed. Justice was systematically denied.

On May 24, 2011, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a FOIA lawsuit.

It sought “immediate release of documents that the United States government has refused to provide regarding its knowledge of and role in the deadly May 31, 2010 attack by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.”

Center for Constitutional Rights v. Department of Defense, et al was filed in the Southern District of New York. Initial FOIA requests were submitted nearly 11 months earlier. Only two federal agencies responded. Both were inadequate.

CCR Senior Staff Attorney Katherine Gallagher said:

“One year after the deadly attack on the humanitarian flotilla, the American public has been told nothing about what actions, if any, the United States undertook to ensure that US citizens and other civilians were protected when they sailed towards Gaza.”

“A US citizen was killed and the US has not conducted an independent investigation into his killing in international waters by a foreign military.”

“Indeed, the State Department did not even mention the killing of Furkan Dogan in its recently released Human Rights report on Israel.”

“We need to know what our government is doing to protect us – and hold those to account who harm US citizens.”

Co-counsel University of Virginia International Human Rights Law Clinic’s Jessica Lee added:

Israel’s blockade “cannot be reconciled with principles of international law.”

“Regardless of how one determines Israel’s legal obligations with respect to Gaza, civilians have the right to receive food and medical supplies.”

“And United States citizens who participate in non-violent humanitarian missions have the right to know what protections they can expect their government to provide in international waters.”

CCR’s legal complaint in part said:

“On May 31, 2010, a six-boat flotilla, carrying more than 700 civilians from almost 40 countries seeking to bring humanitarian and rebuilding supplies to the Gaza Strip as well as to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, was overtaken by Israeli commandos in international waters.”

“Nine passengers were killed, including one Turkish-American citizen.”

“The underlying blockade and the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla both constitute serious violations of international law.”

“Through advocacy, legal analysis and educational materials, and Freedom of Information Act requests, CCR is seeking information regarding these breaches of international law, answers about the US role in and knowledge of the attack and its position vis-à-vis the continued blockade, and an end to the illegal policies and practices that result in the ‘collective punishment’ of the people of Gaza and attacks on civilians seeking to assist Palestinians in Gaza.”

Furkan and 15 other US citizens were on board. Many were beaten and injured. Pathology Professor Ahmet Dogan is Ferkan’s father. He seeks justice, saying:

“Furkan was an American citizen of Turkish origin, and the American government hasn’t done anything for him.”

“I want the United States to demand justice for its citizen, and support decisions related to this (injustice) at the UN.”

“We are very disappointed by the way the US has handled the events until now, because in theory the US is supposed to view all of its citizens equally.”

“What if this was Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton’s child? Would there be an American investigation into the matter?”

“As far as they are concerned, their ties with Israel are more important than my son, and he was an American citizen.”

“If my son was an Israeli who was shot by Turks in international waters, how would the US react? That is what I would like to ask the Americans.”

Dogan condemned Israel’s internal investigation. It “was full of lies,” he said. “It pandered to the Israeli and American publics.”

Furkan just finished high school. He was “granted a place at the medical school of a prestigious university. Why was such a young, successful boy killed by Israeli soldiers in the middle of the night?”

“When he applied to go on the Mavi Marmara, he asked me for permission. It was a very difficult moment for me.”

“But we let him go because he cared and wanted to help. He was a very moral boy. I think that no parent could say no to such a request.”

“Besides….we did not expect Israelis to attack the ship….We thought (at worst they’d intern it at) Ashdod, and because my son was an American citizen and there is a close relationship between Israel and the US, they would not do anything to him.”

“He had big plans. He was very ambitious…How would you feel if it happened to your son?”

Dogan “want(s) those responsible….to face justice.” Nothing less is acceptable. So far it’s been denied.

CCR recently received documents its FOIA suit sought. They contain new information on Washington’s involvement. It reflects complicity with Israel, coverup, and denial.

Emails between US officials in Istanbul and Washington were exchanged. Ankara’s US Consul General Richard Appleton confirmed America’s knowledge of Furkan’s death.

“Here is what we know,” he said. “Turkish-American Furkan DOGAN DOB 20OCT91 was one of the killed in the Gaza Flotilla event.”

In a separate email he said “his family had been calling at least twice a day for several days….Before we contact we are going to get confirmation thru” Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

These and other emails confirmed Washington’s complicity with Israel. America abandoned one of its own. It’s longstanding policy. Israel matters more. Its worst crimes are supported and financed.

In February, CCR headlined “Gaza Flotilla FOIA Production Guide: the US Passengers.” It discusses FOIA documents. It includes emails between Appleton and Washington.

Other information revealed FBI involvement. Counterterrorism agents investigated 561 flotilla participants. Details were largely redacted. So was other material throughout the report.

Co-counsel Lee said those related to Furkan “reveal that the US has an unquestioning deference to” Israel. It’s true “even when the life of an American teenager is at stake.”

“Despite this barbaric murder,” Washington declined to investigate. Dorgan’s demands went unaddressed.

On February 23, 2011, he met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services James Pettit. Months earlier, documents showed Israel “provided (no) detailed information.”

Pettit told Dorgan that Washington wouldn’t investigate Furkan’s death. “As a rule,” he said, America doesn’t do so for its citizens overseas.

In June 2010, then State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said “we have the option of evaluating the circumstances, and if we think a crimes (was) committed, then working with the host government we have the option of our own investigation.”

Dorgan told Pettit about the UN’s damning report. It said Furkan and eight others were executed at point blank range. An internal Turkish investigation produced similar conclusions.

Pettit was dismissive. He called the UN report “rushed.” US government documents discussed consular official Eve Zukerman. Her training includes identifying remains of deceased victims.

She visited Israel’s morgue. CCR said “instead of viewing the bodies of the deceased passengers, she was shown what she was told were photos of nine men killed during the attack, which were frontal photos from the shoulders up.”

“None of photos of the deceased showed evidence of bullet wounds, damage, or distortion, except for bruises and hematomas.”

At America’s Tel Aviv embassy, she viewed Furkan’s photo. She saw no one in Israel’s morgue resembling him. Israeli officials tried suppressing his murder.

FOIA documents also contain information pertaining to electronic equipment Israel seized. It includes Furkan’s video camera. He filmed Israel’s assault.

CCR said: “As of February 2013, property belonging to the US passengers aboard the 2010 Gaza flotilla remains missing, presumably within Israeli custody.”

Washington did nothing to get it returned. Failure provides more evidence of complicity and coverup. Justice remains denied.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”

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Washington Backs Syrian Anti-Goverment Terrorism

Make no mistake. Syria is Washington’s war. It was planned years ago. Regime change is policy. At issue is replacing Assad’s government with a pro-Western puppet one.

Washington tolerates no independent governments. It demands subservience to US policies. Outliers are targeted for removal. Options include war.

Mass slaughter and destruction don’t matter. Unchallenged dominance is policy. It’s longstanding, ruthless and lawless.

Western-recruited death squads ravage Syria. They’ve done so for two years. They’re imported from abroad. Rules of engagement include mass murder, torture, and other atrocities.

Pro-Assad loyalists are prime targets. Innocent civilians are massacred. Doing so is official US policy. Imperial wars are called liberating ones. Terrorism is what they do, not us.

Syria was peaceful before US proxies invaded. So was Libya in 2011. It was ravaged and destroyed. It remains unstable and violent. Libya 2.0 looms.

Syria may become NATO’s latest charnel house. It’s well along the way already. Countries are ravaged on the pretext of liberating them. Empires never say they’re sorry. Policy isn’t pretty. It’s violent and lawless.

It reflects state terrorism. It proliferates death and destruction. It prioritizes wealth, power, privilege and dominance. Direct and proxy wars are waged.

Cutthroat killers are used. They’re recruited abroad. They’re heavily armed, trained, funded and directed. They’re ordered to commit mass murder. Obama bears full responsibility. He’s a war criminal multiple times over.

On February 22, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) headlined “Fifty-Three Civilians Martyred, 235 Others Injured so far in Terrorist Bombing in al-Thawra Street in Damascus.”

Attacks struck central Damascus’ Mazraa neighborhood. Health Minister, Dr. Saad al-Nayef, said “terrorist bombing reflects the criminal nature of its perpetrators.”

Innocent men, women, children, the elderly and infirm were massacred. Syria continues to be ravaged and destabilized.

Al-Hayat Hospital and Abdullah Bin al-Zubir school were heavily damaged. So was Russia’s embassy. Itar Tass quoted a diplomat saying “The building has really been damaged. The windows are shattered.”

Other car bombs struck Damascus’ Barzeh neighborhood. A police station, telecommunications facility, and drug enforcement agency were targeted.

Mortar fire hit Syria’s Army General staff headquarters, Tishreen Sports City and residential buildings. Authorities said a car loaded with tons of explosives was stopped before it exploded.

Perhaps the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra was involved. It’s become Washington’s lead belligerent. It vows to “liberate” Damascus. It claims responsibility for 17 or more February Damascus area terrorist attacks. They included at least seven bombings.

Syrian communities abroad, Russia, China, Iran and Hezbollah condemned Thursday’s bombings.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said:

“Once again, we call upon all countries and parties, which might influence the extremists and radicals, to pressure them and demand immediate stop of such terrorist acts and armed violence in order to create appropriate atmosphere to hold a Syrian dialogue that is based on Geneva statement issued last June, 2010.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon showed which side he supports. He’s an imperial tool. He shames the office he holds. He violates UN Charter provisions. He urged both sides to show restraint. He called for ending Syria’s crisis politically.

Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry addressed two identical letters to the Security Council president and Ban. They condemned Thursday’s bombings. They called them cowardly acts.

They targeted crowded civilian areas. They followed previous ones conducted by Al Qaeda linked groups. They get “financial and logistic support and media and political coverage from regional and (Western) countries.”

SANA said:

“The Ministry added that the credibility of combating terrorism which has always been a matter of concern for the international community is now under unprecedented test as the most disgusting form of terrorism hit the Syrian civilians with no mercy or differentiating between an elderly man or a child.”

“The letters added that Syria, in its previous letters to the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General, called for firm and clear condemnation of these heinous terrorist crimes by the UN member states and for holding countries which support such acts as responsible, whatsoever the form of such support was.”

“The Ministry said that Syria hopes the UN Security Council now will be able to adopt a firm stance which proves its commitment to combating terrorism regardless of its timing or place.”

If the Security Council turns a blind eye, “it will deepen doubts in its seriousness in combating terrorism and its commitment to implementing its resolutions in this regard, in addition to the fact this will be considered as a kind of political concealment of these crimes.”

The international community’s credibility “is at test,” it added. Failure to condemn this type terrorism is morally unconscionable.

It provides evidence of Western double standard duplicity. It reflects support for “organized terrorism.” Doing so won’t deter government forces from defending its citizens. Assad is committed to do so.

On February 21, Washington vetoed a Russian draft statement. It condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attacks. Moscow denounced US policy. It reflects support for what demands condemnation.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left no doubt where Russia stands, saying:

“This opposition by our American partners….is not the first time in which they seek a form that justifies those who fight the Syrian regime.”

“Russia sees in the American position an application of double standards and a dangerous approach in terms of the Americans moving away from the main principle of condemning terrorism in all its forms.”

Russia’s UN mission issued a statement saying:

“It is obvious that by doing so, the US delegation encourages those who have been repeatedly targeting American interests, including US diplomatic missions.”

It’s not the first time Washington obstructed responsible policy, it added. Moscow called doing so unacceptable. It reflects support for mass murder. It’s official US policy.

It threatens Lebanon. Free Syrian Army General Selim Idriss accused Hezbollah of shelling villages around Qusayr in Homs Governorate.

He issued an ultimatum. He threatened to respond if attacks don’t stop in 48 hours. He accused Hezbollah of sending combatants to Syria.

“As soon as the ultimatum ends,” he added, “we will start responding to the sources of fire.”

Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah categorically denies sending fighters to Syria. At the same time, he said party members may be acting individually. He added that around 30,000 Shitte Lebanese inhabit 22 Syrian villages. Volunteers defend them against terrorist attacks.

On February 21, Lebanon’s Daily Star headlined “FSA claim of strikes on Lebanon false.”

An FSA statement claimed otherwise. It said one of its battalions targeted two Hezbollah bases. It struck with mortars, “machine guns and anti-tank missiles.” It did so near the Syrian/Lebanon border. It vowed more “surprises” ahead.

Longstanding Washington/Israeli policy prioritizes destabilizing Lebanon. At issue is replacing Hezbollah with pro-Western puppets, toppling Assad, isolating Iran, and solidifying US regional control.

Lebanon is small and vulnerable. From 1975 – 1989, it was wracked by internal conflict. From 1982 – 2000, Israel occupied southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah arose out of Israel’s 1982 invasion. It’s falsely called a terrorist organization. It’s for political reasons. It’s part of Lebanon’s government. It’s also a social, charitable, educational, and medical organization.

It provides essential social services. It’s military wing is defensive. It threatens no one. It’s prepared to respond forcefully if attacked. Israel learned the hard way in 2006. Its forces were outfoxed and humiliated. Israel yearns for revenge.

Involving Lebanon in Syria’s war may be planned. Obama and Netanyahu may have that in mind.

On February 21, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) headlined “Hizbollah on high alert, jockeys for a role in potential Syrian peace accord,” saying:

Its forces went on alert after the FSA’s ultimatum expired. Will its Beqaa Valley serve Assad, DF asked? Will its forces get involved? Are ceasefire talks credible?

According to DF, Assad’s military largely controls most of Syria. Ties to Hezbollah and Iran are firm. Each ally helps the others.

At the same time, FSA fighters may escalate conflict. They may conduct cross-border attacks. They’re no match for Hezbollah’s “far more organized and professional capabilities.”

“If they decide to go on the offensive, they are liable to suffer heavy losses.” Of greater concern is widening Syria’s conflict.

Israel’s currently involved. Last fall, IDF tanks shelled Syrian mortar batteries. Washington OK’d Israeli air strikes. Several targets were struck.

Israeli warplanes invade Lebanese airspace multiple times daily. They do so without permission. Policy is longstanding. It violates international law. Perhaps escalated conflict is planned.

It shouldn’t surprise. Washington and Israel partner in imperial lawlessness. Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Iran are prime targets. Regional conflict may follow. What’s possible bears watching. Future updates will discuss more.