The Ghosts Of Robespierre

MAN'S ENDLESS MARCH TO REALIZATION

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Action against Islamic State would prevent genocide-NATO

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By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Military intervention against Islamic State militants could be justified on the grounds of self-defense or preventing a campaign “pretty close to genocide”, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday. Rasmussen said the threat posed by Islamic State “requires a military response to degrade and defeat this terrorist organization” but he said NATO as an organization would not be undertaking military strikes against the group. “We are not considering … a leading NATO role in this operation. …
Source: Reuters

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Western sanctions are testing Russia's strength: Medvedev

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Russia’s strength is being tested by sanctions imposed by the West and the country must react in a level-headed way, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told members of the country’s ruling party, United Russia, on Monday. “When a series of our partners, if they can be called that, test Russia’s strength through sanctions and all kinds of threats, it is important not to succumb to the temptation of so-called easy solutions and to preserve and continue the development of democratic processes in our society, our state,” Medvedev said in a televised speech. The European Union and the United States imposed late last week a fresh set of sanctions against Moscow for its policy on Ukraine, further limiting access for some of Russia’s key companies to foreign capital markets.
Source: Reuters

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U.S. Border Patrol agents have responded to threats and assaults with escalating violence and lethal force. More than half of the 40+ deaths that happened at the hands of Border Patrol agents since 2005 occurred in the least 4 years. Our new investigation takes an in-depth look at one of those fatal shootings and the questionable investigation that followed. Read the full story. 

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U.S. Border Patrol agents have responded to threats and assaults with escalating violence and lethal force. More than half of the 40+ deaths that happened at the hands of Border Patrol agents since 2005 occurred in the least 4 years. 

Our new investigation takes an in-depth look at one of those fatal shootings and the questionable investigation that followed. Read the full story

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Investigators still aren’t saying what prompted two Saratoga Springs police officers to shoot and kill a man Wednesday.

The victim was identified Thursday as Darrien Nathaniel Hunt, 22, of Saratoga Springs. He was walking in the area of Crossroads Boulevard and Redwood Road about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday when police were called on a report of a “suspicious person.” Hunt had reportedly been walking around a group of businesses in that area, including a Panda Express restaurant on Redwood Road, a gas station, an auto parts store and a credit union, while carrying a samurai sword.

Hunt was shot near the restaurant. Neither city nor police officials have released any information about the confrontation that took place between Hunt and two Saratoga Springs police officers, including whether any words were exchanged or what prompted police to open fire.

Some witnesses told reporters the man seemed distressed while others say he appeared calm.

Maya Herrera, who had stopped at the gas station to get a drink on her way to work, said she was frightened when she saw the sword the man was carrying, and she noticed that the man seemed scared.

"He looked pretty terrified. He was looking back over his shoulders and walking really fast," Herrera said. "It was a really long sword. It went from his shoulder to his hip."

"He wasn’t talking to anybody at that point. We all kind of thought it was a weird situation," said Paul Cook, who said he saw the man as he wandered between the businesses.

But Natalie Christensen, who was driving past the area shortly before the shooting, said when she saw Hunt he didn’t seemed stressed at all. She called her husband to tell him there was a man walking down the street wearing ear buds with a sword in a sheath strapped to his back. It was odd enough that she pulled over so she could take a picture of the man to send to her husband. Christensen said while Hunt definitely stood out, he didn’t seem threatening.

"He was just walking nonchalantly, totally calm, really slow," she told the Deseret News. "He was totally calm, minding his own business. He smiled at me. Like he turned and smiled at me like he had no care in the world."

Eight minutes after she left the area, however, Christensen’s husband called her back after hearing there had been police activity in that area.

"When I saw him, he was walking medium, he was not walking fast-paced, normally, acting totally cool," she said.

She guessed the sword was about 3 to 4 feet long.

Owen Jackson, spokesman for the city of Saratoga Springs, confirmed that investigators had recovered a samurai sword from the scene. The case, he said, is now being investigated by the Utah County Protocol Team led by the Utah County Attorney’s Office.

Hunt’s Facebook page says he was originally from Haymarket, Virginia, and attended Battlefield High School.

There are several recent short posts on his Facebook wall that seem to indicate he had been upset or distressed about something in the days leading up to Wednesday morning’s confrontation.

"Believing that it’s even possible to be cool with everybody is one of the dumbest things I have ever believed," he wrote on Aug. 21.

A post from Sunday states: “I am here for one person. I can manage my ego thanks for all the hurt (expletive).” A post from Monday states: “I’m fine with being alone. Not gonna let my girl die though.” The last post on Hunt’s Facebook wall was made just after 9 p.m. Tuesday: “I wanted to share my everything with her.”

The confrontation with police happened about 12 hours later.

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"On September 11th 1973, US-backed General Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvadore Allende. Pinochet ordered an air strike on the Presidential Palace, labor activists and famous folk guitarists were rounded up for torture, disappeared, and killed. Pinochet converted the national football stadium into a detention facility like Guantanamo Bay. Chile’s economy was turned into a plantation for the 1%, as inequality and poverty skyrocketed under the imposed Milton Friedman-style economic model.
Over 40,000 Chileans became victims of Pinochet’s terror. In response, the Nixon administration committed more money, more training, more torture equipment.
The world didn’t begin on September 11th, 2001. Rather, for the first time in modern history, Americans were visited by the same violence the US has imposed since its creation. In Chile, the US murdered tens of thousands and impoverished millions. This wasn’t America’s first foray in international terrorism, nor would it be the last. The United States security state is a terrorist and a plague on the people of the world.”


— US Uncut

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"On September 11th 1973, US-backed General Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvadore Allende. Pinochet ordered an air strike on the Presidential Palace, labor activists and famous folk guitarists were rounded up for torture, disappeared, and killed. Pinochet converted the national football stadium into a detention facility like Guantanamo Bay. Chile’s economy was turned into a plantation for the 1%, as inequality and poverty skyrocketed under the imposed Milton Friedman-style economic model.

Over 40,000 Chileans became victims of Pinochet’s terror. In response, the Nixon administration committed more money, more training, more torture equipment.

The world didn’t begin on September 11th, 2001. Rather, for the first time in modern history, Americans were visited by the same violence the US has imposed since its creation. In Chile, the US murdered tens of thousands and impoverished millions. This wasn’t America’s first foray in international terrorism, nor would it be the last. The United States security state is a terrorist and a plague on the people of the world.”

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Priest found guilty of raping dozens of children in Canada

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A defrocked Catholic priest was found guilty Friday of raping dozens of children and a sled dog in the Canadian Arctic, where he worked as a missionary for decades. The Belgian-born Eric Dejaeger, 67, was convicted of 31 counts of sexual offenses against children and one count of bestiality. At the start of the his trial last November in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s northernmost Nunavut territory, Dejaeger acknowledged and pleaded guilty to eight out of 80 original charges. Justice Robert Kilpatrick ruled the evidence had been weakened by the passage of time, and whittled down the number in the indictment.
Source: AFP