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What the Disappearance of the Nathan E. Stewart Means for Oil Transshipments Along BC's Inside Passage

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by Ingmar Lee - 10,000 Ton Tanker

So we are now able to confirm that the Nathan E Stewart is no longer in service since its mysterious turnaround off Kitkatla on August 7, when it was escorted back to Ketchikan by the tug, Ethan B. 

It is very important to know what sort of difficulty caused the Texas Tanker to reverse course in Canadian waters, and then require an escort. 

Here's the Nokea off Cape Mudge
this morning, (Aug. 30, 2015).

I have contacted the local Ketchikan newspaper regarding this issue and am awaiting a response.

The barge, DBL 55, which is usually " mated" to Nathan E Stewart is now loaded, at Seymour Narrows, northbound and being towed by the Texas-based tug, " Nokea."

Soldier's Abduction Attempt Thwarted by Child's Family

Kidnapper Caught on Tape: Soldier's Abduction Attempt Thwarted by Child's Family
by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh
Nabi Saleh on Friday saw a remarkable confrontation when an Israeli occupation soldier tried to kidnap a child (with arm in cast after an earlier attack on him ended up with a broken arm) but his family came to his aid and freed him.
Watch this remarkable video: 

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Rumours and Unist'ot'en Camp "High Alert"

Unist'ot'en Camp on "high alert" under rumours of police raid
by Elizabeth McSheffrey 
 RCMP say recent discussion on social media concerning 
the Unist'ot'en Camp doesn't reflect "the situation."
Aug 27th, 2015
ACCESS DENIED: A still from video footage shows Houston RCMP officers requesting Unist’ot’en Camp spokesperson Freda Huson for access on July 15. When that failed, Chevron American officials tried on July 23 and got the same response.

Policers officers have not directly confirmed or denied rumours of an impending raid of the Unist'ot'en Camp in northwestern B.C., which has long been on their radar for repeatedly denying the oil and gas industry access to its territory.
Corporal Janelle Shoihet, a media relations officer in Surrey, said a press release issued by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) outlining the "mass arrest operation" is currently under review and no police action has been taken yet.
"We understand that there has been some discussions on social media that don't accurately reflect the RCMP's action or the situation," she told Vancouver Observer in an email statement.
"To date, there has been no police action. It is our understanding that discussions between industry and the Wet'suwet'en are still possible."

Rumours of the "mass arrest operation" outlined in the UBCIC release quickly gained traction among local leaders and activists, who discouraged police action against the peaceful residents of the Unist'ot'en Camp in any form.

Gladio's Return in Europe?

Has Gladio Returned to Europe?
by Wayne Madsen - SCF
 Aug. 29, 2015 
The recent shooting of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul by two women who were claimed by Turkish authorities to be members of a far-left terrorist group, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), as well as a suspicious incident on a Thalys high-speed train bound for Paris from Amsterdam, indicate that the false flag operations conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Cold War-era «stay behind network» known as Gladio may be back in full operation.
The DHKP-C is claimed to have carried out a suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Ankara in 2013, an attack that killed a Turkish security guard. 
In that attack, a website called «The People's Cry», supposedly operated by DHKP-C, claimed that one of its members, Ecevit Sanli, carried out the suicide bombing at the embassy, which killed both Sanli and the Turkish guard. 

Nanaimo Regional Directors Seek ot Bar Writers' Gathering in District

Nanaimo Regional District Tries to Banish Writers
by Kim Goldberg

Thistledown Farm - Just two days before our Sharing the Fire gathering of writers is scheduled to begin at Thistledown Farm B&B in Cedar, BC, bureaucrats from the Regional District of Nanaimo have threatened to shut it down.

The event involves about a dozen writers and artists gathering for three days (August 28-30) to discuss creative approaches to ecological and societal problems.

Five of us have been planning this event for a year. Some participants are travelling from as far away as Whitehorse, Toronto, and the United States to participate.
Regional District employees seem to think that a dozen writers getting together for a creative think-tank on private property is illegal. They have threatened to seek an injunction to bar the pre-registered guests from gathering this weekend at Thistledown Farm.

What will these bureaucrats next decide is illegal, dinner parties in one’s own home?
The gathering will, of course, proceed. It is not illegal for writers to meet in Canada. Perhaps the RDN bureaucrats are thinking they exist in some other era or some other country. If the RDN bureaucrats wish to dress up as jack-booted fascists and come kick the door down and haul away a dozen authors, perhaps they should wait until Halloween so we can give them some candy and send them on their way.
Kim Goldberg
August 26, 2015
The following media release was issued today by the owners of Thistledown Farm B&B, Laurie Gourlay and Jackie Moad:
For Immediate Release: August 26, 2015

What's Wrong with American Policing: Putting Peace Back in the Officer

What’s Wrong with Police in America - We need peace officers, not Pinkertons 
by Dave Lindorff  - This Can't Be Happening
Aug. 29, 2015
NYPD White Shirt - OccupyAmericans got a glimpse of what policing is like in a more humane and civilized society last year when four young Swedish cops, on vacation in New York City and riding on a subway, found themselves faced with a bloody fight in the aisle by two angry black men.
A subway car full of New Yorkers watched in stunned disbelief as the four Scandinavian cops, all in civvies and unarmed, leapt into action [1]. They used non-lethal techniques to pin the two combatants without hurting either one and then began trying to talk them down, calmly, never raising their voices, and avoiding any swearing or verbal abuse.
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Neither man was hit by any of the officers despite their struggling. As the Swedish cops waited for New York’s Finest to arrive, they gently rubbed and patted the distressed captives and spoke to them reassuringly.
It was not the way that situation would likely have gone down had it been four off-duty New York cops in that car.

New Orleans at Ten: No Disaster, but Homicide

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by Greg Palast
This week, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Palast Investigative Fund is offering my film, Big Easy to Big Empty: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans as a FREE download.

  It wasn’t a natural disaster, it was a homicide.
 This is the story you’re not supposed to know. Get it, and pass on the link.

Charting Neo-Con Crimes Past and Those to Come

The Case for Pragmatism
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
Aug. 24, 2015

Crashing global stock markets – punctuated by the bracing 1,000-plus point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the start of Monday’s trading before a partial bounce-back – are a reminder about the interdependence of today’s world economy and a wake-up call to those who think that the neocon-driven ideology of endless chaos doesn’t carry a prohibitively high price.
The hard truth is that there is a limit to the amount of neocon-induced trouble that the planet can absorb without major dislocations of the international economic system – and we may be testing that limit now. The problem is that America’s neocons and their liberal interventionist sidekicks continue to put their ideological priorities ahead of what’s good for the average person on earth.
President Barack Obama talks with Russian
President Vladimir Putin at the International
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In other words, it may make sense for some neocon think tank or a “human rights” NGO to demand interventions via “hard power” (military action) or “soft power” (economic sanctions, propaganda or other non-military means). After all, neocon think tanks raise money from self-interested sectors, such as the Military-Industrial Complex, and non-governmental organizations always have their hands out for donations from the U.S. government or friendly billionaires.

But the chaos that these neocons and liberal interventionists inflict on the world – often justified by claims about “democracy promotion” and “human rights” – typically ends up creating conditions of far greater horror than the meddling was meant to stop.

The Stand Against LNG at Lelu Island

First Nations occupying Lelu Island, blocking early Petronas LNG work
by Damien Gillis - Common Sense Canadian

The battle over Malaysian energy giant Petronas’ controversial LNG terminal in the Skeena River Estuary is intensifying, as local Lax Kw’alaams First Nation members are setting up camp on Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert – the site of the proposed project.
“Basically we’re going to be occupying our traditional land, exercising our rights, harvesting whatever natural resources we have” says Joey Wesley, a member of the Lax Kw’alaams band.

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A recently-launched facebook page spearheading the campaign has garnered over a thousand likes in just a few days.

A New York Tradition: Hating the Wronged, Shaming the Poor

Anti-Social Media: Wealthy NY Wankers Bash the Poor
by Chris-Floyd - Empire Burlesque
As the old joke goes, “the Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.” Or another variant: “America will never forgive blacks for slavery.”

Oppressors and abusers (and the beneficiaries of past abuses) often project their own guilt, self-loathing and dehumanization onto their victims, then hate them for being evidence – the living (or dead) proof – of the abusers’ moral rot. So it is with the rich and the poor, as a new story at Alternet demonstrates.
Tana Ganeva’s story focuses mainly on a Facebook page, “Third and 33rd (and Beyond),” put up by “residents of Murray Hill and Kips Bay, predominantly wealthy neighborhoods on the east side of midtown Manhattan, where buildings have doormen and British-sounding names like the Wiltshire, the Sycamore and Windsor Court.”
These wealthy denizens seem to spend an inordinate amount of their incalculably valuable time prowling their neighborhoods looking for homeless people upon which to pour their digital vitriol. And, of course, bashing Mayor Bill de Blasio for actively encouraging such “dangerous scum” to pollute their classy surroundings and drive the city as a whole straight into the gutter.

A Union Divided: War/Poverty Diaspora Test EU Unity

Migrant Crisis Tests EU’s Foundations
by Finian Cunningham - SCF
The influx of migrants into the European Union could be dealt with humanely and practicably – if EU members worked together in solidarity. But the haphazard influx is inciting tensions between member states precisely because of the lack of EU solidarity. Germany – the biggest destination for refugees – is showing its exasperation with other states, which is in turn eroding the very foundations of the 28-member bloc.
The freedom of movement for European citizens between European Union member states is one of the foundational rights of the bloc since it declared itself a Single Market back in 1987. So, the latest warning from Germany that it may withdraw from treaty provisions that afford this right is a blow to the heart of the EU and its outward image of «unity».
Germany’s interior minister Thomas De Maiziere was speaking after latest figures show that his country was projected to receive a record 800,000 migrants seeking asylum this year. That is four times the number that Germany processed last year, according to Eurostat figures cited by the BBC.
«Germany's interior minister says he cannot rule out suspending participation in the agreement allowing passport-free travel between most European states», reported the BBC.
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