1. Medical workers killed, injured as Israel targets Gaza health infrastructure

    “The Israelis are using a wide variety of sophisticated modern weapons against a basically naked civilian population,” said renowned Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert in a phone interview with The Electronic Intifada on Tuesday, 22 July.

    “This is state terrorism at a very sophisticated and very high level,” he added.

    Speaking over the phone from al-Shifa hospital where he is helping to treat the wounded, Gilbert described the horrors he has witnessed in Gaza in recent days as the bodies of mostly Palestinian women and children are brought to the hopsital torn to shreds by an Israeli arsenal deliberately aimed at civilians.

    Listen to the entire interview with Dr. Gilbert above:

  2. A month ago, #MH17 was predicted by a local: “They wanted to provoke the militia to shoot at the passenger plane. There would be a global catastrophe. Civilians would die.”

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  3. U.S. Officials: MH17 Missile May Have Been Launched By a “Defector from The Ukrainian Military Who Was Trained To Use Similar Missile Systems” | naked capitalism

    In other words – despite the incessant beat of the war drums and false claims – the U.S. has little evidence that Russia is responsible.

    #MH17 

    Update: Moreover, former AP and Newsweek report Robert Parry reported last week: 

    I’m told that some CIA analysts cite U.S. Regarding the shoot-down of the Malaysian jetliner on Thursday, I’m told that some CIA analysts cite U.S. satellite reconnaissance photos suggesting that the anti-aircraft missile that brought down Flight 17 was fired by Ukrainian troops from a government battery, not by ethnic Russian rebels who have been resisting the regime in Kiev since elected President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown on Feb. 22.

    According to a source briefed on the tentative findings, the soldiers manning the battery appeared to be wearing Ukrainian uniforms and may have been drinking, since what looked like beer bottles were scattered around the site. But the source added that the information was still incomplete and the analysts did not rule out the possibility of rebel responsibility.

    If true, then the U.S. might be grasping for way to explain the Ukrainian uniforms. As Parry writes today:

    That statement about a possible “defector” might explain why some analysts thought they saw soldiers in Ukrainian army uniforms tending to the missile battery in eastern Ukraine. But there is another obvious explanation that the U.S. intelligence community seems unwilling to accept: that the missile may have been launched by someone working for the Ukrainian military.

    In other words, we may be seeing another case of the U.S. government “fixing the intelligence” around a desired policy outcome, as occurred in the run-up to war with Iraq.

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  4. GLOBAL FUCKIN WARMING 

    This week:

    1. Kayapo’s revenge
    2. Antarctic meltdown
    3. California’s lettuce killing drought
    4. Global Fuckin Warming kills!
    5. Eco Anxiety
    6. Blockades work
    7. Women stop Utah tar sands
    8. Rising tide blockades line 9 
    9. Support Marius Mason
    10. Savage Fam & Alas
    11. Unist’ot’en Camp
  5. Emotional Al Jazeera Journalist Breaks Down During Gaza Report  

    Witnessing the horrific killings in Gaza would test anyone’s composure, even the most hard-edged journalist. That was the case over the weekend for award-winning Al Jazeera correspondent Wael Al-Dahdouh, who was forced to walk of camera mid-report whilst recounting the deaths of Shijaiyah residents killed by bombardments from Israeli jet fighters. 

    The Palestinian death toll rose sharply on Sunday, with 87 Gaza residents killed in a single day. Al-Dahdouh has been covering the conflict in the strip for many years however this latest offensive has been one of the bloodiest, with AP reporting that the Palestinian death toll has reached a staggering 508 in just two weeks.

  6. Russia Says Has Photos Of Ukraine Deploying BUK Missiles In East, Radar Proof Of Warplanes In MH17 Vicinity

    Ukraine hasn’t said how it immediately knew rebels downed Malaysian plane, notes the Russian Foreign Ministry, as it unveils 10 awkward questions for Ukraine (and perhaps the US ‘snap judgment’) to answer about the MH17 disaster. However, what is perhaps more concerning for the hordes of finger-pointers is that:

    1. RUSSIA HAS IMAGES OF UKRAINE DEPLOYING BUK ROCKETS IN EAST: IFX
    2. RUSSIA: UKRAINE MOVED BUK NEAR REBELS IN DONETSK JULY 17: IFX
    3. RUSSIA DETECTED UKRAINIAN FIGHTER JET PICK UP SPEED TOWARD MH17 

    Obviously, if there is proof that this is so, aside from CIA-created YouTube clips, these would deal another unpleasant blow to US foreign policy.

    Needless to say, this places Ukraine and The US (as main protagonist of “finger pointer”) in an awkward position as finally someone, somewhere will have to present some actual facts instead of merely continuing the “emotional appeals” propaganda.

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  7. 
Here’s the @WashingtonPost: Death of 2 Israeli soldiers headline (death of 330 Palestinians byline) #GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/w8VjYPaIpN
— Michael (@_cypherpunks_) July 20, 2014