Breedlove’s war: Hacked emails reveal ex-NATO general plotting US conflict with Russia

Hacked private emails of the US general formerly in charge of NATO reveal a campaign to pressure the White House into escalating the conflict with Russia over Ukraine, involving several influential players in Washington.

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Obama admin: Up to 116 civilians ‘accidentally’ killed in US drone strikes

The US drone strikes have accidentally killed up to 116 civilians in countries that the US is not at war with, the White House said. The number is lower than the figures cited by various human rights organizations – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/7hfu

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White House displeased with Brexit but Obama says UK-US ties endure

Another concern sparked by the move is the future of the close ties between London and Washington. The US President has been quick to claim the so-called special relationship between the allies will endure… But, the White House has made it clear it’s not happy about Brexit – which Barack Obama had warned voters against.

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Obama endorses Clinton, hails her ‘judgement’ despite Benghazi investigation

US President Barack Obama has thrown his support behind Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House. The endorsement comes despite the scandal around Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, accusations of having close ties to Wall Street, and an ongoing congressional committee investigation into the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, when Clinton was Secretary of State. RT talks with a man who survived the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.

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On The Line: Michael Moynihan Discusses the Presidential Elections

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VICE News contributor Michael Moynihan (https://twitter.com/mcmoynihan) joined On The Line to take your questions about the US presidential primaries, and the race to the White House.

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This Week On The Line: Michael Moynihan Discusses the US Presidential Elections

On Thursday at 12pm EST VICE News contributor Michael Moynihan (https://twitter.com/mcmoynihan) will join On The Line to take your questions about the US presidential primaries, and the race to the White House.

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The President of the United States: The People Speak

VICE News traveled around the world speaking to people about the role and impact of the US president, the American electoral process, and the 2016 race to the White House.

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VICE News Daily: Saving America’s Honeybees

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Thousands continue to flee the unrest in Burundi, Pakistan investigates an IT firm for allegedly selling fake academic degrees, gang violence surges in El Salvador, and the White House reveals its plan to save America’s honeybees.

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Thousands Continue to Flee Burundi Unrest
Residents feared violence and intimidation from pro-government militias and have sought refuge in neighboring countries.

PAKISTAN
Software Company Accused of Selling Fake Degrees
Federal authorities raided the offices of Axact and detained at least 24 people for questioning.

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Gang Violence on a Worrying Climb
The Central American nation’s homicide rate is the highest in a decade.

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Government Unveils Plan to Save Dwindling Honeybee Population
The White House strategy involves funding for education and research, as well as preservation of millions of acres in habitat for insects that are critical to agricultural production.

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How the CIA Waged War in Afghanistan

Robert Grenier is a former CIA station chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the man who was tapped by the CIA and White House to direct the first America-Afghan war following the attacks of 9/11. In his new book, 88 Days to Kandahar, Grenier discusses how he forged alliances with warlords and Pakistani intelligence operatives to execute a campaign that defeated the Taliban in Afghanistan’s southern region.

Following his work in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Grenier returned to Washington, DC, and was tasked with overseeing the CIA’s intelligence operations and analysis in Iraq prior to the 2003 US invasion.

VICE News visited Grenier at his home in Virginia to talk about America’s longest war, the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” and the rise of the Islamic State.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – November 6, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: Shelling kills several children at a school in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Dutch navy’s largest ship to deliver critical supplies to Ebola-hit nations, German-Lebanese man on trial for joining the Islamic State wants a second chance at a normal life, and a businessman builds his family a replica of the White House in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region.

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Mortar Attack Kills Several Children in Damascus Suburb
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Man on Trial for Joining the Islamic State in Syria
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Businessman Brings Washington to Erbil
​The father of five hopes to move into his 3,200-square-foot replica of the White House in a few months.​

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 2, 2014

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Thousands Turn Out in Support of Hong Kong Protesters
Taiwanese students rally as calls for universal suffrage grow in Hong Kong.

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Declassified Documents Unveil Kissinger’s Plans to ‘Smash’ Cuba
The former Secretary of State warned White House officials about what he believed were wider implications of Fidel Castro’s actions in Africa.

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Spanish Researcher Rescued From Cave After 12 Days Underground
The 44-year-old was airlifted to a Lima hospital to receive treatment for a back injury sustained during the ordeal.

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Soldiers Charged in Killings of Suspected Gang Members
Three of eight soldiers involved in the incident were arraigned on homicide charges.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 17, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: angry mob shoves Ukrainian lawmaker in a dumpster outside parliament, Brazilian police clash with squatters in Sao Paulo, and anti-war protesters disrupt U.S. Senate panel on the Islamic State while Iraqi state television promotes a satirical series to poke fun at the militant group.

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Politician Shoved Into Dumpster Near Parliament
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Anti-War Activists Disrupt Senate Panel on Islamic State
Members of the all-female CODEPINK group chanted slogans at government officials as they presented the White House’s plan to battle the militant group.

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A Satirical Take on the Islamic State
​State television series features Satan, Joseph Stalin, the Joker and other colorful characters.

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‘No Safe Haven’: Obama Declares Airstrikes on Islamic State ‘Wherever It Exists’

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined his plan to authorize broader US military involvement for hunting down the fighters of the notorious Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq, Syria and “wherever they exist.”

In a public address to the American people, President Obama announced that the US will “conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists.”

“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama stated. “That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

The president’s strategy in Syria will also be to support opposition forces, and he again called on Congress to give the US government “additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters.”

“In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all, “ Obama said.

To ensure that the Syrian opposition fighters are trained and equipped well enough to hold the ground liberated from the Islamic State terrorists, at least $500 million in a Department of Defense program are stipulated in a $5 billion Counterterrorism Partnership Fund request, according to the White House.

In the meantime, President Obama’s strategy in Iraq will be to support the Iraqi government ‘s fight against the Islamic State (IS), as Iraqis will be the ones to ultimately defeat the group in their country, he said. “Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense,” he said.

Obama also announced he is sending another “475 service members to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. “

“These service members will join the several hundred American service members sent to Iraq in June to assess how best to support Iraqi Security,” he added. The plan, however, still does not involve “American combat troops fighting on foreign soil,” the president said.

Instead, the military campaign will be boosted and waged “through a steady, relentless effort to take out [the Islamic State] wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.”

The US President emphasized that he will not hesitate to take direct military action against terrorists in Syria and Iraq to “degrade ISIL’s leadership, logistically and operational capability, and deny it sanctuary and resources to plan, prepare and execute attacks.”

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined his plan to authorize broader US military involvement for hunting down the fighters of the notorious Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq, Syria and “wherever they exist.”

In a public address to the American people, President Obama announced that the US will “conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists.”

“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama stated. “That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

The president’s strategy in Syria will also be to support opposition forces, and he again called on Congress to give the US government “additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters.”

White House Requests $500 Million to Aid Syrian Rebels

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The White House on Thursday asked Congress for half-a-billion dollars in aid to go towards opposition fighters in Syria at war with the regime of recently re-elected President Bashar Al-Assad.

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to develop more detailed plans to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, should Congress approve the requested funding.

In a report sent to lawmakers at the Capitol on Thursday, the White House requested $500 million in aid to “help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control and facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement.”

The Associated Press reported that the multimillion dollar request makes up just a fraction of a larger, $65.8 billion overseas operations request sent to Congress that, if approved, would fund a number of Pentagon and State Department programs, as well as $1 billion in assistance to nations adjacent to Syria.

This latest request by the administration for aid comes merely weeks after the president outlined his foreign policy objectives during a speech last month at the West Point Military Academy graduation ceremony.

“As president, I made a decision that we should not put American troops into the middle of this increasingly sectarian civil war, and I believe that is the right decision. But that does not mean we shouldn’t help the Syrian people stand up against a dictator who bombs and starves his own people,” Obama said. “And in helping those who fight for the right of all Syrians to choose their own future, we are also pushing back against the growing number of extremists who find safe haven in the chaos.”

“So with the additional resources I’m announcing today, we will step up our efforts to support Syria’s neighbors — Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq — as they contend with refugees and confront terrorists working across Syria’s borders.”

At the time, Obama added that he would “work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators.” Now only weeks later, he appears to have taken the first steps to securing such funding.

Since nearly the start of the Syrian civil war more than three years ago, hawkish Republicans in Congress have urged the White House to take action against Assad, with Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) going as far as to travel abroad to meet with rebel fighters overseas. Others have condemned any response from Washington altogether, though, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who this week attributed the arming of fighters in Iraq as the impetus for a “jihadist wonderland” there created on Uncle Sam’s watch and dime.

According to the AP’s Julie Pace, White House officials said the Obama administration would work with members of Congress and regional player to come to terms with what sort of training and assistance in particular would be provided to opposition fighters by the US.

“One potential option,” Pace wrote, “would be to base US personnel in Jordan and conduct the training exercise there.”

Also last month, the Pentagon deployed more than 6,000 Marines to Jordan to conduct drills alongside military officials there.

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April, 30 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Iraq votes in its first national election since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. forces, pro-Russia separatists storm more government buildings in eastern Ukraine, security forces in Pakistan destroy hundreds of acres of poppy fields, and the White House urges colleges to step up efforts to battle sexual assault.

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Separatists Seize Government Buildings in Luhansk
The provincial government building, police headquarters, and prosecutor’s office are taken over by several hundred pro-Russia separatists.

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Poppy Fields Destroyed in Anti-Drug Operation
Security forces take on hundreds of acres of farm land in the tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan.

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White House Bolsters Campaign Against Campus Sex Assault
A special task force report calls on universities to make changes to the way they handle the growing issue.

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Putin: Crimeans Expressed Their Will in Full Accordance with Intl Law, UN Charter

The referendum in Crimea was fully consistent with international law and UN Charter, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Barack Obama, after the overwhelming majority of Crimeans expressed their willingness to join Russia.

The citizens of the peninsula have been given an opportunity to freely express their will and exercise their right to self-determination, the Russian president said in a phone conversation with his US counterpart, according to Kremlin’s press service.

With a record-breaking turnout of over 80 percent, according to preliminary results, over 95 percent of the Crimean population said ‘yes’ to the reunion of the republic with Russia. International observers have not reported any violations or anything resembling any kind of pressure during the vote.

However, Obama said the Unites States and the “international community” will “never recognize” the results of the referendum “administered under threats of violence and intimidation,” according to White House spokesman.

Obama “emphasized that Russia’s actions were in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and that the US in coordination with its European partners is “prepared to impose additional costs on Russia,” the White House added.

Despite the existing differences in the assessment of the situation in Ukraine, the leaders of Russia and US have agreed that they must jointly seek to help stabilize the situation in the country, the Kremlin said.

“Putin drew attention to the inability and unwillingness of the current Kiev authorities to curb rampant ultra-nationalist and radical groups, destabilizing and terrorizing civilians, including Russian-speaking population, and our fellow citizens,” Kremlin statement reads.

In this context, the possibility of sending an OSCE monitoring mission to Ukraine was discussed, the press office reported. The Russian President believes such a mission should be extended to all Ukrainian regions.

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“Firestorms” over Washington DC: N. Korean propaganda video threatens US attack

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North Korea has produced a new propaganda video portraying a simulated attack on the White House and the US Capitol Building in Washington DC.

The four-minute video, entitled “Firestorms will rain on the Headquarters of War”, was posted Monday on the YouTube channel of the North Korea’s semi-official central news agency Uriminzokkiri.

A series of shots depicting North Korean soldiers, artillery fire, and military hardware culminate in an image of crosshairs zooming in on the White House. The scene quickly cuts over to images of computer rendered explosions bursting around the dome of the US Capitol building.

“There is no limit to the range of our strategic rockets,” the narrator warns.

The video’s release comes amidst rising tensions between Pyongyang and Washington after the UN Security Council voted to impose harsher restrictions following the North’s third underground nuclear test in February.

On Monday, the US said that every military resource at its disposal, including its nuclear arsenal, would be available to South Korea in the event of a confrontation with the North.

“We remain steadfast to our commitment to extended deterrence offered by the US nuclear umbrella,” US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter pledged after talks with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin in Seoul.

“We’ll ensure all of our resources will be available to our alliance.”

Earlier this month, Pyongyang threatened all-out nuclear war with the US and South Korea after the two countries began joint military drills on the Korean Peninsula. The North also nullified the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, claiming the drills were preparations for an invasion.

On Saturday, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the United States plans to deploy 14 additional interceptors along its West Coast in response to what he had previously characterized as North Korea’s “irresponsible and reckless provocations.”

This is not the first time a North Korean Propaganda video has depicted a military strike on the United States.

In February, Uriminzokkiri circulated an internet video showing a skyline resembling New York, up in flames.

“The North’s high-level nuclear test aimed at US invaders is a nuclear deterrent to safeguard our sovereignty,” one caption in the video read.

While an editorial published on the Uriminzokkiri website in February claimed North Korea was in possession of nuclear-equipped long-range missiles capable of hitting the US mainland, nuclear specialists say there is no evidence Pyongyang can construct a warhead small enough to mount on a missile.

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Building Tensions: Israel Authorizes Construction of 3,000 New Settlements

Israeli authorities will allow the construction of 3,000 new settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The decision follows Thursday’s UN General Assembly vote to upgrade Palestinians’ diplomatic status to ‘non-member observer state’.

Celebrations within Palestine that the UN has implicitly recognized its right to statehood might be short-lived according to the latest Israeli media reports.

Apart from approving construction on 3,000 new housing units in the occupied territories, Israel’s “security cabinet,” a forum of nine top Israeli ministers lead by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will also go ahead with planning procedures for another 1,000 housing units in the area E1 that connects Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim.

The location of the settlements is in line with Israel’s “strategic interests map.”

Ma’aleh Adumim, located along the highway connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is currently the third-largest Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

East Jerusalem, which Israel captured during the 1967 war, will also be a site for settlement construction.

“Israel is considering several other actions in response to the unilateral Palestinian UN move,” Channel 10 cites a government official as saying.

Other potential measures which have floated around Israeli policy circles have included annulling the 1993 Oslo Accords which provided for the creation of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and withdrawal of Israeli forces from parts of the West Bank and Gaza, annexation of large settlement blocs, and deducting some NIS 800 million from taxes collected on behalf of the PA to cover money owed to the Israeli Electric Cooperation, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh called the decision “a slap in the face of the world that voted in favor of a Palestinian state,” The Times of Israel cites him as saying.

“This action will leave Israel further isolated, after the entire world spoke out yesterday against the occupation,” he continued.

The White House described the settlement expansion plan as counterprodutive, saying it would only make the resumption of peace talks between the two side that much harder.

Last week Washington implored Israel not to allow construction in E1. The move could ultimately connect Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim, splitting the West Bank in half in the process and ending dreams of a contiguous Palestinian state.

Netanyahu, following in the footsteps of Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, had previously promised the White House he would not build in E1.

Senior government officials had earlier said an immediate move on settlement expansion following the UN vote would be viewed by the international community as a punitive measure against the Palestinians, Israel’s Ynet news reports.

They had suggested that Netanyahu wait so that the decision would not be linked to the UN vote, though Netanyahu chose to go ahead with the plan rather than wait.

Israel has long urged that a two-state solution can only be achieved via negotiations.

The Palestinian Authority has concurrently maintained that a freeze in settlement expansion is a precondition for the resumption of peace talks.

This latest decision by Israeli government gives one more indication that for Israel the settlement construction process is all about politics, Phyllis Bennis, a political analyst told RT. “In this case it was designed explicitly to punish the Palestinians for having the audacity to go the United Nations.”

“What we are looking at is really a continuation of what we’ve seen all along — the settlement construction that has been going on for many-many years in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. There are now over 600,000 illegal Israeli settlers living on occupied territory — which means they are breaking the law every morning simply by waking up.”

The upgrade of the diplomatic status of the Palestinian Authority to a “non-member observer state” gives the Palestinians two things, Bennis notes. Firstly, it will give them the possibility of joining the International Criminal Court, which could allow some level of accountability for alleged Israeli war crimes.

Also it could allow them to join the International Court of Justice as a member and state. “In which case they could do what countries do in the International Court of Justice all the time — bring a law suit against another country. In this case the state of Palestine could sue the state of Israel for its illegal occupation,” she stressed.

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Dimension – Flavour

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Flavour / White House – Out Now!

Regal Records co-owner ‘Dimension’ debut single ‘Flavour’ – Available to buy now from all good download stores.

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