What started as a trickle, with several hundred desperate women defying border guards and crossing into Columbia to retrieve badly needed supplies, has turned into a flood.  The Venezuelan government has acquiesced to the demands of its people, and has started opening the border with Columbia for brief periods of time, and Venezuelans are taking advantage of that in droves.
It’s estimated that over the weekend, 123,000 Venezuelans crossed into Columbia to buy supplies that can’t be found in their own country.

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The Republican convention, which will nominate Donald Trump as the GOP candidate for the presidential election, is underway in Cleveland, OH. Thousands of protesters are expected to rally outside, disgruntled with the party agenda and the candidate.

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Nov. 24, 2015, ~11:20pm PST UPDATE:  The scope and scale of the censorship is an order of magnitude larger than I discovered leading up to the post below.  Almost all posts I have made in all groups and pages other than those pages that are tied to business accounts such as The News Doctors or the official Silver Doctors Facebook page have been deleted (or, are not visible to me nor anyone else).  Let’s see if they are restored on or following December 1st.    In the very least, new posting, commenting, and sharing will hopefully be restored on Dec. 1, 2015.  If that fails to happen, I will have been memory-holed on Facebook.

I’m also not able to post a comment on any thread/message.  The following is an example from the Real Money & World Affairs forum, where I am an admin:

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It has come to my attention that Luke Rudkowski has reported that We Are Change in Paris was taken totally offline.

I happened to have posted to the We Are Change group today, and over the last couple of weeks.  Perhaps other people that had posted in that group have also seen similar things happen to their Facebook account.  Visiting their public Facebook group where there are over 16,000 members, upon entering “Paris” as a search term a surprisingly low number of stories come up, which suggests that other posts were deleted and/or simply are not visible, even to someone with an account (me) in the United States.

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TND Exclusive:  Eric Dubin

This morning, during the 11 a.m. hour, Pacific Time, my Facebook account was placed on restricted status through Dec. 1, 2015.  I can no longer post to groups, nor join new groups.  My best guess as to what happened:  someone or a group of people sent Facebook an alert on a link to a story I posted (or multiple links).  Click here to see Mark Dice explain how this happens.  It can happen as easily as a response to someone “flagging” a post they don’t like.

However, something a bit more nefarious might be going on.  I simply have no way of knowing because Facebook never tells users why their accounts are placed on temporary restriction.  All they told me is what you see in the above “screen shot” from my account.

What I can say with absolute certainty is that there was nothing about any of my posts this week that violate Facebook’s “terms of service.”  I can also say it’s a prima facie fact that I have been censored for something – whatever that something might be.  The “mob rule” style flagging is a serious and growing problem when it comes to social media.  I hope that this temporary restriction relates simply to their flagging system being abused by general users of Facebook.  It’s quite possible that no Facebook employee/contractor had anything to do with my account’s restriction;  this could be an example of the problems with “mob rule” flagging, and journalists and the general public need to be aware that free speech is being restricted by these social engineering algorithms.

Please contact Facebook if you’re as disturbed as I am that their flagging system can be so easily abused.  Be polite.  The last thing I need are people screaming at Facebook.  I suggest the following wording:  “I’m concerned that Facebook’s flagging system can be so easily abused, as it appears to have been responsible for the temporary suspension of the account belonging to Eric Dubin, Managing Editor of The News Doctors.  His Facebook account is Facebook.com/EricDubin”  That’s it – or something like that.  If you say more, it will be counter-productive.

Selecting which feedback form to use is tricky with Facebook, but the most generic one is probably best.

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My fellow journalists, bloggers and all users of the internet, if we don’t initiate public debate about social media censorship of all varieties, I’m certain there will come a day when the death of free speech on the internet is all but guaranteed.  Please share this story far and wide and let’s get that public dialog moving.

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“When more than 95 percent of our potential customers live outside our borders, we can’t let countries like China write the rules of the global economy”   —  U.S. President Barack H. Obama

TND Guest Contributor: Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow Newstpp-map-1-300x168

The secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an agreement that serves numerous purposes; one of them is to contain China’s rising economic power in the Asia-Pacific region. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) who normally advises Washington’s insiders on foreign policy matters produced a report titled‘Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China’ written by Robert D. Blackwill and Ashley J. Tellis which clearly states that“China represents and will remain the most significant competitor to the United States for decades to come” and that “the likelihood of a long-term strategic rivalry between Beijing and Washington is high.” Blackwill and Tellis recommend that the U.S. Congress “Deliver on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, … as a geoeconomic answer to growing Chinese economic power and geopolitical coercion in Asia.” It is a clear message to China. The main-stream media is also on board with the TPP agreement, for example The Washington Post published an article titled ‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade deal worth celebrating’, and why is the TPP worth celebrating? “By knitting the U.S. and Japanese economies together in their first free-trade deal — and binding both of them closer to rising Asian nations — the TPP would create a counterweight to China in East Asia”. Time magazine also had a headline that said it all‘Pacific Trade Deal Is Good for the U.S. and Obama’s Legacy’ which makes its case that a “U.S. presence” will protect its partners from any perceived threats from China:

But Asia is an exception, because deeper involvement there can create economic opportunities (like TPP), and because China’s neighbors are eager for a lasting U.S. presence to protect them from over-dependence for growth and security on China

China was left out of the deal intentionally (not to say that China would benefit from the deal in any way), the reason is that the U.S. wants an alliance of nations than can counter China’s rise to an economic powerhouse.  The TPP is meant to isolate China while the U.S. expands its presence in the Pacific (Part of the Pentagon’s ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’) turning its partners in the TPP trade deal into cheap labor colonies without rights that will serve U.S. interests.

Can China counter the TPP?

RT news reported that China can unite to counter the TPP with Europe which accounts for “€1 billion in trade daily, while bilateral trade in goods reached €428.1 billion in 2013.” According to the RT news report:

This raises questions, whether China and other countries are ready to unite to counter-balance the Pacific Rim pact. “China and Europe may finally look at each other and find some commonalities that they were unaware of before,” said Alicia Garcia Herrero, chief Asia-Pacific economist at Natixis, in a report quoted by CNBC. “China expressed interest to the EU commencing negotiations on a bilateral FTA [free trade agreement] when President Xi Jinping visited the EU in March 2014. At the time, the EU recognized this to be a desirable long-term objective rather than something that would be negotiated in the near future,” CNBC quotes Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist at HIS as saying

RT news also reported that “another way for China to oppose TPP is boosting its BRICS participation. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa comprise about 30 percent of world’s GDP at the moment in PPP terms and are projected to increase to as much as 45 percent by 2030.” Which rightly so, allows China to bypass the TPP trade zone.

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There are already disagreements within countries such as Malaysia where former Prime Minister; Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had recently said that the TPP is a “very bad” agreement. According to The Malaysian Insider (www.themalaysianinsider.com)“Anti-TPP lobbyists said the agreement has removed the country’s control over policymaking and put the government at risk of being sued if it favoured public interests over foreign investors.” This means that if an environmental accident occurred and people were injured or killed, the Malaysian government cannot sue the corporations or governments involved. Dr. Mohamad explains “Let’s say a few countries are into mining and it pollutes the environment and we stop it, they (the companies) can sue governments for loss of future profits” the report said.

The TPP is a corporate takeover that will ease rules that normally protects working-class people and labor unions. The TPP will offshore jobs from the U.S. and Canada to low-wage nations like Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam. The agreement also eliminates health, safety and environmental regulations and favors corporations such as Monsanto over food safety issues. The TPP will empower pharmaceutical corporations that will expand its monopolistic control over its manufacturing practices which will eventually increase the price of medicine. The TPP also threatens internet privacy and the list goes on. However, as bad as the TPP is, China is the big enchilada. It is important to remember that the U.S. holds the largest debt in world history while China is the creditor nation that buys U.S. debt (although it has been dumping U.S. dollars at unprecedented levels) regardless, Washington still pushes this ludicrous deal that only makes matters worse in terms of diplomacy. The TPP serves multiple purposes; one of them is to expand an economic war that will repel China’s influence in the region. All countries that signed on to the TPP should keep in mind what Russian President Vladimir Putin once said “Washington doesn’t want partners. Washington wants vassals.”

More information on the TPP will surface in the months to come, but so far the available information we do have has one specific goal, and that is to contain China at the expense of less developed nations. The TPP is about the U.S. dominating the Asia-Pacific through trade agreements accompanied by its political and military presence to ensure that the multi-national corporations continue to make profits while pushing the Chinese dragon into the corner. My opinion is that the TPP will fail. The Malaysian people are one of the first to oppose this agreement. My prediction is that all of the governments that signed on to the agreement will face mass protests within their own borders, and that will be a positive step towards defeating the TPP once and for all.

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Timothy Alexander Guzman is an independent researcher and writer with a focus on political, economic, media and historical spheres. He is a contributing writer to Globalresearch.caSilent Crow News, and The News Doctors.  His writing also has appeared in The Progressive Mind, European Union Examiner, News Beacon Ireland, WhatReallyHappened.com, EIN News and a number of other alternative news sites. He is a graduate of Hunter College in New York City.

This article appeared first on Silent Crow News, an alternative media site that reports on world events that include geopolitics, war, economics, media, education, science and technology.  Reprinted with permission.

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TND Guest Contributor:  Melissa Dykes | Truthstream Media |

It just doesn’t get more blatant, guys.

When we visited Ground Zero last month, a 9/11 memorial guard told us it was supposed to be “a dove of peace”.

Yeah right.

A bony “closed eye” structure dubbed Oculus has been erected over the rebuilt World Trade Center transportation hub that overlooks the new Ground Zero.

At a cost well over budget of $4 billion, Oculus is the “neofuturistic” design of architect Santiago Calatrava.

The Oculus has been referred to as a “living creature”:

“It’s changing its behavior as it gets more and more completed, Mr. Heintges (a facade consultant on Oculus) told NYT. “It’s like a living creature. It’s evolving, it’s morphing, because it’s receiving a skin.”

Across the middle of the eye is a 355-foot-long operable skylight.

The eye is normally closed, and it only “opens” once a year on a very specific day and for a very specific amount of time.

Via The New York Times:

Each Sept. 11, the skylight will be opened to the elements for 102 minutes, Erica Dumas, a spokeswoman for the authority, said. That is how long the 2001 terrorist attack lasted, from the time the first jetliner hit the trade center at 8:46 a.m. until the collapse of the second tower at 10:28 a.m.

(The thing itself was creepy enough before we learned it was even called “Oculus.” Reading this continues to give me chills.)

A living eye that remains closed year round except on 9/11…

Of his “living creation,” Mr. Calatrava said on Friday of the annual remembrance:

“In all weather conditions, the public will experience a subtle sense of man’s vulnerability, while maintaining a link to a higher order.” 

In all weather conditions, they will open that building up to the elements on 9/11 so the public can again feel their vulnerability for the exact time period of the 9/11 attacks at the WTC… reliving that vulnerability year after year after year…

How very sick.

Being that 9/11 itself was a trauma-based mass mind control ritual on a massive scale, it’s impossible not to look at this eye opening to remind the people of their vulnerability during the time of the attacks once a year at the time of the attacks as anything other than yearly reconditioning.

As if the whole shiny new corporatized Disneyland of Mass Murderthey’ve erected at Ground Zero, complete with $24 Museum of Official 9/11 Government Fairy Tales and outlawing of free speech anywhere near the area, isn’t bad enough…

So, after placing a creepy, elaborately-constructed closed eye (with little meaning for the average person) overlooking the plasticized remains of one of the most life-changing false flags in modern American history, now we learn that the thing “opens up” once a year on 9/11… just long enough to make a creepy, esoteric statement (to those watching for the symbolism, anyway) about our “vulnerability” and “link to a higher order” — under the watchful eye of the New World Order.

(H/T re – Santiago Calatrava’s apparent obsession with buildings that look like eyeballs: Jennifer Neilson)

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Melissa Dykes (formerly Melton) is a co-founder of TruthstreamMedia.com. She is an experienced researcher, graphic artist and investigative journalist with a passion for liberty and a dedication to truth. Her aim is to expose the New World Order for what it is — a prison for the human soul from which we must break free.

This work was published at TruthStream Media and is reprinted with permission and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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In a standard conservative screed against Iran, Los Angeles Times columnist Jonah Goldberg begins by stating, “It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of ‘Death to America.’ In a purely rational world, that would be all one needed to know that Iran is not a reliable negotiating partner.”

Goldberg is wrong. In a purely rational world, we would want to know why we should begin this history with the year 1979.

Not surprisingly, Goldberg does not inhabit that rational world, which is precisely why he doesn’t ask that question. For him, as with all conservatives, It is considered impolitic to ask about events prior to 1979.

Why impolitic? Because to do so would lead to a critical examination of the U.S. national-security state, which conservatives consider to be one of their gods, one whose actions should never be examined, questioned, or criticized. In fact, that’s one of the big ways that conservatives define patriotism — by the unswerving allegiance that a citizen displays to the U.S. military establishment, the CIA, and the NSA.

Of course, such principles don’t apply to libertarians. Not only are we not reluctant to acknowledge that the national-security state has engaged in horrific wrongdoing since its inception, we would dismantle this Cold War dinosaur and restore a constitutionally limited republic to our land. For us patriotism means a devotion to principles of liberty, not blind allegiance to the military-industrial complex and nefarious totalitarian-like agencies like the CIA and the NSA.

But before we examine pre-1979 events between the U.S. national-security state and Iran, permit me to pose the following hypothetical.

Suppose that in 1963, Iran’s secret intelligence agency, the Savak, covertly removed President Kennedy from office and then installed a brutal unelected American dictator who ruled over the United States for the next 26 years. To enforce his vicious tyranny, the dictator used the U.S. military, the CIA, and the NSA, all of which were trained by the Savak. Finally in 1989, the American people violently revolted and ousted the dictator from power, but unfortunately ended up with another tyrannical regime, one that was just as powerful as that of the American dictator.

If that actually happened, would Americans have forgotten about it and moved on? I don’t think so. I think that Americans living today would continue to be angry over what Iran had done to President Kennedy and to our democratic system. I think that Jonah Goldberg especially would be screaming like a banshee about the event.

Well, that’s what the U.S. national-security state did to Iran in 1953. In an attempt to restore oil rights to the British, the CIA covertly engineered a coup in which the democratically appointed prime minister of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, who had been selected Time magazine’s Man of the Year, was ousted from power and replaced with the shah of Iran, an unelected brutal dictator who ruled over Iran for the next 26 years.

The shah used his secretive and much-feared intelligence-police force, the Savak, to maintain his oppressive regime. Arbitrary arrests, indefinite detention, torture, and extra-judicial executions were all part of the shah’s tyrannical rule.

And guess who trained the Savak. Yes, the CIA, which didn’t consider the shah’s rule to be tyrannical at all because he was pro-U.S. He had made Iran a member of the U.S. Empire. And in return, the Empire ensured that he could remain tyrant in Iran for life.

But the Iranian people put the quietus to that plan in 1979, when they violently revolted against the shah’s and the CIA’s tyranny, something that Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence that people have a right to do.

By this time the Iranian people had discovered what the U.S. national-security state had done. And they weren’t very happy about it, anymore than Americans would have been happy if Iran had done the same thing to the United States.

This is what conservatives just don’t get. In their blind allegiance to the military establishment, the CIA, and the NSA, they cannot put themselves in the shoes of those who have been victimized by the wrongdoing of the U.S. national-security state. Indeed, conservatives cannot even bring themselves to recognize that the national-security state is capable of wrongdoing. That’s because they have elevated it to god-like status.

Not surprisingly, in his article Goldberg also failed to mention the partnership entered into between the U.S. national-security state and Iraq’s tyrant Saddam Hussein during the 1980s. Pursuant to that partnership, the United States delivered WMDs to Saddam — yes, those infamous WMDs that were used to garner support for the invasion of Iraq many years later — so that he could use them to kill Iranians in the Iraq-Iran war.

Why did the U.S. national-security state want Saddam to use its WMDs to kill Iranians? Because U.S. officials were still angry over the decision by the Iranian people to oust from power the dictator that U.S. officials had selected for them in 1953,

Too bad conservatives can’t see any of this. Their blind allegiance to the national-security state prevents them from recognizing the critical importance of moral principles. There are few better examples of this phenomenon than how conservatives view Iran.

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hornbergerJacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for 12 years in Texas, where he also served as an adjunct professor in law and economics at the University of Dallas. In 1987 Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become program director at The Foundation for Economic Education, where he served until 1989, when he founded FFF. He served as an infantry officer for eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He delivered the keynote address at the 1996 Libertarian Party national convention and served three terms on the LP Platform Committee. The Future of Freedom Foundation was founded in 1989 by FFF president Jacob Hornberger with the aim of establishing an educational foundation that would advance an uncompromising case for libertarianism in the context of both foreign and domestic policy.  The mission of The Future of Freedom Foundation is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.  Click here to support FFF.

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“The main task of Syria’s leaders is to avoid becoming directly dependent on the Western powers,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said curtly in an exclusive interview with the French weekly Paris Match.

That crucial statement represents a significant phase in the unfolding Syrian crisis. First of all, the Syrian president’s opinion evinces the stoutness of Damascus in the face of its successful struggle against militants from various terrorist organizations. Second, Assad made clear his administration’s unyielding stance in dealing with the West and the Persian Gulf Arab monarchies. Finally, it is a direct rejoinder to all the enemies of a free Syria that the president, his Cabinet and the whole Syrian people will fight until victory is theirs. To put it another way, the struggle will end only when the last terrorist who is being supported, armed and financed from abroad retreats from Syrian soil.

And no matter how difficult and dangerous that struggle is, Syria is completely and scrupulously following the international rules of war and honoring its commitments. Syria’s destruction of its chemical weapons stockpiles and commitment not to reconstitute its chemical arsenal in the future serve as clear examples of the mindset in Damascus. “Our decision to get rid of chemical weapons is final,” Assad said in the interview. In addition, he gave assurances that government troops had never used chemical weapons during the conflict in Syria. Addressing reports according to which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Syria of using chlorine gas against the opposition recently, Assad said that no such thing had happened and that anybody in Syria can procure chlorine gas.

In this noble struggle for liberation of its land, Syria and its leaders enjoy the enthusiastic support of Russia which regards the principle of nonintervention in the domestic affairs of other countries as fundamental. Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid al-Moallem’s official visit to Russia provided a showcase for the shared solidarity. During the visit, al-Moallem held talks with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The negotiations demonstrated both countries’ unanimous desire to find a peaceful end to the Syrian conflict. The negotiations also took place against a backdrop of rapidly increasing tension in Syria, as the terrorist groups the Islamic State (IS) and Dzhebhat en Nusra have stepped up their activity. All of that is being compounded by the clear violation of Syrian sovereignty by the United States and its allies, who are skirting the UN and attacking the militants without coordinating their actions with the Syrian leadership.

Moreover, representatives of the so-called international coalition against the Islamic State convened in Brussels where they confirmed their intention to continue their end run around the legitimate government of Syria. The meeting which took place at NATO headquarters was attended by ministers of foreign affairs of the countries participating in the operation. One of the outcomes of the meeting was a statement “that encompasses our message: that we are united and moving ahead on all fronts and that we will engage in this campaign for as long as it takes to prevail,” Kerry said.

“We have some questions about the activity of the coalition created by the United States, which has proclaimed the right to strike ISIS-controlled regions of Syria without the approval of Damascus. We believe that this is contrary to the fundamental principles of international law. Washington’s clearly ideologically-driven refusal to cooperate with the Syrian Arab Republic against terrorism looks especially inappropriate in view of the successful completion of Syria’s chemical disarmament, which has confirmed the Syrian government’s ability to reach an agreement,” Lavrov stated.

It must be further noted that the Islamic State and Dzhabhat an-Nusra militants have shifted their tactics and are now concentrating their forces in densely populated urban areas of Syria. At the same time, American and coalition warplanes are strafing precisely those areas on a daily basis, causing the number of civilian casualties to rise continually. But that doesn’t seem to bother any of those Americans who fight for human freedom, nor does it perturb Barack Obama, the owner of a Nobel Peace Prize. If Obama is ordering brutal crackdowns by the police and the military in American cities that are currently experiencing upheavals, then what is there to say about the rights of those who Washington deems “second-class people”, namely the Syrians?

The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly emphasized his suspicion that American peacekeepers are likely to use anti-terrorism operations in Syria as a pretext for preparing the ouster of a Syrian regime they find inconvenient. However, Russia and many other countries regard that as unacceptable. “Russia condemns the use of extremist groups in efforts to change the regime,” Lavrov said.

Leading American intellectual Noam Chomsky who is one of the world’s most frequently quoted scholars offers a similar assessment. After analyzing Washington’s policy in the international arena, especially in the Middle East, Chomsky said that the United States is no longer a democracy but more like a one-party state in which an oligarchic elite rules on behalf of the people, often contrary to their interests. On the Internet portal TruthOut, he recently published a critical article that presents a litany of CIA-sponsored covert American operations abroad. His criticism, for the most part, is that interference in other countries’ domestic affairs has resulted in destabilization and tragic humanitarian consequences. In a similar vein, The New York Times told of a CIA report that the Obama administration used as a basis for concluding that covert operations in Cuba, Angola, South Africa and Nicaragua were so unsuccessful that the entire strategy ought to be reconsidered. In light of that conclusion, the newspaper expressed skepticism about the White House’s policies against Syria and the aid Washington is providing to the Syrian rebels. Another key argument of Chomsky’s is that NATO has undergone radical changes as well. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the North Atlantic alliance has morphed from a European defensive alliance into a subservient instrument of the US-controlled interventions and an aggressor thirsting to dominate the global oil and gas sector.

In contrast to the aggressive policy of the West, which targets undesirable regimes and suppresses them militarily, Russia and Syria are pursuing ways to establish an internal Syrian dialogue and a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Lately, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has intensified contacts with influential Syrian opposition figures, some of whom, such as Muaz Al Khatib and Qadri Jamil, have visited Moscow. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, there is talk of an all-inclusive meeting of Syrian factions in the Russian capital, although negotiations are still in the early stages.

Putin believes that confronting the Islamic State and other radical groups in the Middle East and North Africa is one of the most important tasks of the international community. However, it must be emphasized that all actions taken to eliminate the threat should be based on the decisions of the UN Security Council in observance of the rules of international law: the principles of state sovereignty and nonintervention in domestic affairs. In the fight against terrorism, Russia will support Syria and Iraq as well as other governments faced with the problem of extremism. Putin stressed the importance of a deep analytical approach to solving this issue and noted that in order to attract new recruits the extremists take advantage of the prolonged Israeli-Arab conflict and the unresolved Palestinian problem. The Russian president also believes that the Islamic state and other radical groups encouraged by the West are the primary threat to the region today.

It is readily apparent that two different approaches are being taken in the Syrian conflict. One is the policy of the United States and its allies, which is geared toward the continuation of the bloody conflict and further death and destruction in Syria. The other is the course Russia and Syria are following. It aims to end the bloodshed, and al-Muallem’s negotiations in Russia have clearly demonstrated that.

Victor Mikhin, a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, , exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”. 

This article was first published at New Eastern Outlook and is reprinted with permission.

WHAT CONSTITUTION? Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles like this one in Arizona are becoming commonplace in increasingly militarized police departments.

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Natural medicine is considered contraband without a state-issued license; can only be harvested legally during certain months. September 7, 2014 by Site Staff in News

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TND Guest Contributor:  Ericka Andersen |

Last week, CBS Sports caused an outrage when they refused to air a commercial by a local real estate company. The commercial featured the owner’s 4-year-old granddaughter reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a screen shot with the company’s information.

That was the entirety of the clip, which the Windermere Real Estate office created to show on television near the anniversary of Sept. 11 this year during the Wrangler Champions Challenge rodeo.

CBS claimed the ad was “too political” and it was never shown.

Now, CBS has backtracked on their original remarks, saying the ad’s rejection had nothing to do with politics and only occurred because it was too local to air. A spokesperson said that false information was passed along initially.

But judging by the paranoia the media have about offending certain groups of people, it’s possible this is just CBS’s attempt to save face in the middle of a PR crisis.

Ultimately, whatever the real story is, CBS should have run the ad and these conflicting responses don’t help their cause.

The ad mentioned no political parties, candidates or issues. It was as simple and straightforward as they come.

Additionally, other ads have demonstrated just how popular the simple, patriotic approach is with American audiences – and those weren’t deemed “too political.”

This Budweiser commercial from the 2014 Superbowl was one of the most popular of the game. No matter what one thinks about war, it’s tough not to tear up watching a soldier welcomed home from one.

>>> A Super Bowl Commercial Guaranteed to Bring You Chills

The culture of political correctness has begun to erode our nation’s respect for the flag and caused media to fear backlash from those leading the charge.

The Pledge of Allegiance used to be commonplace in public schools and venues, but many children aren’t even required to memorize it anymore. Just this month, the American Humanist Association, a group of atheists,challenged the use of “under God” in the Pledge and others have rallied to have the recitation removed from schools altogether.

What many don’t know is that the Pledge didn’t originally include “under God.”It was added in 1954 during the Cold War, when Congress reportedly wanted to distinguish the United States from the godless Soviet Union.

Nevertheless, the flag stands for the freedoms of Atheists, Christians, Muslims & more  – even those Americans who dislike our country.

If CBS did reject this commercial for reasons of political correctness, it’s good that Winderemere Real Estate isn’t letting them get away with it.

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Ericka Andersen manages The Heritage Foundation’s social networking platforms and strategy as well as online outreach as the think tank’s manager of digital media.

This article was published at The Daily Signal and is reprinted with permission.