German journo: European media writing pro-US stories under CIA pressure (VIDEO)

German journo: European media writing pro-US stories under CIA pressure (VIDEO)
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“I ended up publishing articles under my own name written by agents of the CIA and other intelligence services, especially the German secret service,” Ulfkotte told Russia Insider. He made similar comments to RT in an exclusive interview at the beginning of October.

“One day the BND (German foreign intelligence agency) came to my office at the Frankfurter Allgemeine in Frankfurt. They wanted me to write an article about Libya and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi…They gave me all this secret information and they just wanted me to sign the article with my name,” Ulfkotte told RT.

“That article was how Gaddafi tried to secretly build a poison gas factory. It was a story that was printed worldwide two days later.”

Ulfkotte reveals all this and more in his book ‘Bought Journalists,’ where he mentions that he feels ashamed for what he has done in the past.

“It is not right what I have done in the past. To manipulate people, to make propaganda. And it is not right what my colleagues do and have done in the past because they are bribed to betray people not only in Germany, but all over Europe,” he told RT. “I was a journalist for 25 years and I was educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public.”

“I was bribed by the Americans not to report exactly the truth…I was invited by the German Marshall Fund of the United States to travel to the US. They paid for all my expenses and put me in contact with Americans they’d like me to meet,” he said.

“I became an honorary citizen of the state of Oklahoma in the US just because I wrote pro-American. I was supported by the CIA. I have helped them in several situations and I feel ashamed for that too.”

Many other journalists are involved in the same practice, Ulfkotte added.

“Most of the journalists you see in foreign countries, they claim to be journalists and they might be. But many of them, like me in the past, are so-called ‘non-official cover.’ It means you work for an intelligence agency, you help them if they want you to. But they will never say they know you.”

The journalists selected for such jobs usually come from big media organizations. The relationship with the secret service starts as a friendship.

“They work on your ego, make you feel like you’re important. And one day one of them will ask you ‘Will you do me this favor?’" Ulfkotte explained.


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Uruknet 109761 17-oct-2014 04:27 ECT The media s failure in Palestine feedly

[Uruknet 109761 17-oct-2014 04:27 ECT] The media s failure in Palestine

September 16, 2014 -It is the whistle-blower s dilemma: follow the official internal complaints procedure and risk the truth being buried, or take it straight to the press, and risk improvised prosecution by a bitter government resentful that you did right and exposed its dirty tricks. The forty-three Israeli whistle-blowers of Yehida Shmoneh-Matayim, Israel s equivalent of GCHQ or the NSA, opted for the latter. These bold citizens have been rewarded by the Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya alon denouncing them as criminals; an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) spokesperson claiming that their allegations have been fabricated; and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing, "I know that these accusations are baseless, and will not harm the important work done by others for the security of Israel." The lady doth protest too much, methinks, not least because, in the same breath, Netanyahu declared the IDF to be "the most ethical army in the world"…

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Ron Paul: “Liberty, Not Government, Is Key To Containing Ebola” feedly

Ron Paul: "Liberty, Not Government, Is Key To Containing Ebola"
// Zero Hedge

Submitted by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute of Peace & Prosperity,

According to Forbes magazine, at least 5,000 Americans contacted healthcare providers fearful they had contracted Ebola after the media reported that someone with Ebola had entered the United States. All 5,000 cases turned out to be false alarms. In fact, despite all the hype about Ebola generated by the media and government officials, as of this writing there has only been one preliminarily identified case of someone contracting Ebola within the United States.

Ebola is a dangerous disease, but it is very difficult to contract. Ebola spreads via direct contact with the virus. This usually occurs though contact with bodily fluids. While the Ebola virus may remain on dry surfaces for several hours, it can be destroyed by common disinfectants. So common-sense precautions should be able to prevent Ebola from spreading.

It is no coincidence that many of those countries suffering from mass Ebola outbreaks have also suffered from the plagues of dictatorship and war. The devastation wrought by years of war has made it impossible for these countries to develop modern healthcare infrastructure. For example, the 14-year civil war in Liberia left that country with almost no trained doctors. Those who could leave the war-torn country were quick to depart. Sadly, American foreign aid props up dictators and encourages militarism in these countries.

President Obama’s response to the Ebola crisis has been to send 3,000 troops to West African countries to help with treatment and containment. Obama did not bother to seek congressional authorization for this overseas military deployment. Nor did he bother to tell the American people how long the mission would last, how much it would cost, or what section of the Constitution authorizes him to send US troops on “humanitarian” missions.

The people of Liberia and other countries would be better off if the US government left them alone. Leave it to private citizens to invest in African business and trade with the African people. Private investment and trade would help these countries develop thriving free-market economies capable of sustaining a modern healthcare infrastructure.

Legitimate concerns about protecting airline passengers from those with Ebola or other infectious diseases can best be addressed by returning responsibility for passenger safety to the airlines. After all, private airlines have a greater incentive than does government to protect their passengers from contagious diseases. They can do so while providing a safe means of travel for those seeking medical treatment in the United States. This would remove the incentive to lie about exposure to the virus among those seeking to come here for treatment.

Ebola patients in the US have received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to use “unapproved” drugs. This is a positive development. But why should those suffering from potentially lethal diseases have to seek special permission from federal bureaucrats to use treatments their physicians think might help? And does anyone doubt that the FDA’s cumbersome approval process has slowed down the development of treatments for Ebola?

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company has successfully contained the spread of Ebola among 80,000 people living in Harbel, the Liberian town housing employees of Firestone’s Liberian plant and their families. In March, after the wife of a Firestone employee developed Ebola symptoms, Firestone constructed its own treatment center and implemented a program of quarantine and treatment. Firestone has successfully kept the Ebola virus from spreading among its employees. As of this writing, there are only three Ebola patients at Firestone’s treatment facility.

Firestone’s success in containing Ebola shows that, far from justifying new state action, the Ebola crises demonstrates that individuals acting in the free market can do a better job of containing Ebola than can governments. The Ebola crisis is also another example of how US foreign aid harms the very people we are claiming to help. Limiting government at home and abroad is the best way to protect health and freedom.


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Boy Gets Diagnosed with Autism After 32 Shots

Natalie gave birth to her second child, Landen, in 2009, four years later. He was also given the hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of life and started receiving the vaccines on schedule. Landen was born perfectly healthy. Once he started receiving the vaccinations on schedule, he suffered from the toxins. His reactions were much more severe. He was reaching the typical milestones until he was given the MMR, Varicella and flu shots at his 14 month pediatric visit, and by 18 months old, he lost everything and was later diagnosed with autism.

More Washington lies

Hong Kong:

Whatever is occurring in Hong Kong, it bears no relation to what is being reported about it in the Western print and TV media. These reports spin the protests as a conflict between the demand for democracy and a tyrannical Chinese government.

Ming Chun Tang in the alternative media CounterPunch says that the protests are against the neoliberal economic policies that are destroying the prospects of everyone but the one percent. In other words, the protests are akin to the American occupy movement.

Another explanation is that once again, as in Kiev, gullible westernized students have been organized by the CIA and US-financed NGOs to take to the streets in hopes that the protests will spread from Hong Kong to other Chinese cities. The Chinese, like the Russians, have been extremely careless in permitting Washington to operate within their countries and to develop fifth columns.

More Washington lies


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Hongkongers Show Ferguson How to Protest feedly

Hongkongers Show Ferguson How to Protest
// MobilityDigest

I hate people who block traffic for any reason, but these kids in Hong Kong have won me over.

The students have chosen, with an impressively-rapid acquisition of traction and seemingly-universal and escalating global support, to take a careful stand against a powerful and stubborn adversary over a matter that is mostly symbolic and hard to explain to the rest of the world whose attention they need.

They have done so artfully. While some are calling it Tienanmen 2.0, the students are calling it the Umbrella Revolution, as they have been using umbrellas, an “nonthreatening” object, to shield themselves from the sun, the rain and pepper spray. When it rains, they explain, people open their umbrellas in unison, and they feel in a figurative sense that it is raining on Hong Kong’s pursuit of democracy and escape from becoming another Chinese city, and so they go outside with the umbrellas opened in unison. That’s poetic.

They do not torch police cars. They don’t loot. They don’t race-bait. They do not throw Molotov cocktails nor do they burn tires. They do not shoot guns (they don’t have them, but I doubt they would shoot them if they did). They do not get sidetracked by regarding the police as their adversary. They do not get arrested. Maybe two or three arrests, not bad for 30K protestors.

You know what they do?

They actually do their homework. Literally! They sit down on the streets and do their school assignments. They put political slogans on their umbrellas, they use social media, they use tact in aiming for some concrete successes in challenging primarily a Hong Kong official instead of Beijing (so far). That’s a realistic near-term goal, the ouster of this man. If they succeed, more dramatic goals will shift from fantasy to possibility.

Though they block traffic, they move out of the way for emergency vehicles. They distribute water, crackers and bananas, and, unlike environmentalists in New York City, they pick up their trash. Not only to they pick up their trash, they sort the recyclables.

They hold signs that apologize for inconveniencing the city. Wow, right? They have self-organized medical teams, and an emphasis on health and hygiene, and they have achieved a weakened position for authorities to violate their own constitutional rights.

Unlike other Occupy movements, they have established some leadership, they handle the press effectively with every one of them I’ve seen interviewed speaking articulately with a mostly uniform, reasonable and simplified message, and doing so in English, a foreign language.

They have managed to stay on track enough to impose ultimatums with a timeline. They have mostly done well in avoiding seeing the Hong Kong police as their enemy, something that is challenging historically for protestors.

Unlike other movements, they have not made getting arrested a goal. Perhaps this is the most civil form of civil disobedience the world has experienced, perpetrated by those belonging to a group that has perhaps the highest average IQ in the world, and a good education. And manners. And candles:

They have not achieved their stated goals yet, however, as a consequence I think of their behaviour, they have widespread support. Their restraint in ambitiousness lends them more credence and I suspect opens the door a little wider of a much larger victory. It’s a little too early to demand independence from China, for example, particularly given that China has military bases in Hong Kong. Instead, they are being smart and writing a playbook for Taiwan.

People give them food and water. Youtube gives them a live stream channel. The authorities gave them toilets instead of using their bladders as leverage, they have respect and sympathy of much of Hong Kong.

They have succeeded in turning the heat world attention on Beijing’s anti-democratic behaviour, cornering Beijing into the most uncomfortable position of weighing whether to capitulate to the protestors and look weak (they hate that, losing face, especially their current president) or standing firm and possibly clamping down with violence that could truly lead to another Tienanmen.

The Chinese know how to quash a protest, so long as the protest is in a Chinese region over which they have full control of information. In Xinjiang they can crack skulls, but in Hong Kong they would not be able to enjoy that luxury, not without extreme and costly world disdain.

The students have succeeded in making political reform the largest issue in Hong Kong. They have succeeded in forcing China to suspend some tourism of Mainlanders in Hong Kong, making it difficult for Beijing to suppress the real news and the severity of the goings-on in Hong Kong. They have succeeded, though inadvertently, in getting the world press to attribute Monday’s dips in the stock markets and the Hong Kong dollar to the movement which, though I don’t like losing paper wealth, highlights the strength they’ve built. And they have succeeded in making Beijing appear tone-deaf.

They have succeeded in cancelling the annual fireworks show celebrating the 1949 birth of the People’s Republic of China, a bigger deal than it sounds. They have succeeded in convincing their government that they intend to keep at it and to be taken seriously.

They succeeded in prompting the British prime minister to remind China of the 1997 deal which included a pledge for a high degree of autonomy and a trajectory toward universal suffrage. Meanwhile, Beijing has forced their social media companies to expunge mentions of Hong Kong, instead to make “selfies with the Chinese flag” as a trending topic, if you can believe it.

They have succeeded in prompting President Obama to make a comment to our media in support of the protestors and their cause, with Obama encouraging authorities to exercise restraint. This is no longer just an irritant to China’s President Xi, but a thin and frayed tightrope to navigate through with a lose being the destinations of both ends of that rope and beneath.

Mr. Xi did not see this reaction coming, quite a blunder. I hope he can solve this puzzle with more finesse and less blood than the Chinese government has produced in the past and I also hope that Americans with an axe to grind learn from these students.

Doug Simmons


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Could polio or other vaccinations be behind the new “polio-like” Illness outbreak in California? feedly

Could polio or other vaccinations be behind the new "polio-like" Illness outbreak in California?

After years of massive administration of polio vaccine, India was declared polio-free and the last reported incidence of polio in India was in January 2011. Although the reported milestone has been widely publicized, what has not been so widely reported is that there were an extra 47,500 new cases in 2011 of the rare illness known as Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis (NPAFP).

The incidence of NPAFP in India in 2011 was 12 times higher than expected and was found to be directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Though it may be called "Non-Polio" the symptoms of NPAFP are clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis and the illness is twice as deadly.


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