Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A great explanation of what is behind the threats against Iran

Iran Switches From Dollar To Euro - US Labels Bank Terrorist
The Jimmy Dore Show

Iran is switching over to Euro amidst difficulties with the dollar. The US labels the banks terrorists in response.

Iran's Rouhani responds to US threats

World Does Not Accept US Deciding For All Countries

By President Hassan Rouhani

May 21, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the United States cannot make decisions for Iran and other independent countries after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded broad changes in the course of the Islamic Republic's foreign and domestic policy.

"All world countries want independence in their decisions and perhaps Americans are able to advance their agenda in some places through pressure, but logic does not accept them making decisions for the world," Rouhani said on Monday.

"Today, we must help each other more" because the current US administration has regressed to 15 years ago and is repeating the same remarks made by former US president, George W. Bush, in 2003, he added.

The Iranian president emphasized that it is "not acceptable at all" that a man who worked at an espionage service for many years is now making decisions for Iran and other countries after assuming the position of US secretary of state.

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?" Rouhani asked.

In his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State Department from the CIA, Pompeo said on Monday that Washington would increase financial pressure on Iran by imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on the Islamic Republic if Tehran refuses to change the course of its foreign and domestic policy.

"We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime. The leaders in Tehran should have no doubt about our seriousness," Pompeo said after the United States' move to withdraw from a landmark nuclear agreement Iran signed with major powers in 2015.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany.

Trump also said he would reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Iran has said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories in the coming weeks, before making a final decision on its future role in the agreement. Tehran wants the Europeans to give it clear-cut guarantees about fulfilling their obligations if it remains in the accord.

US repeating wrong choice on Iran: Zarif

Later on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter, noting that the United States was repeating "the same wrong choices" and would obtain the "same ill rewards."

"US diplomacy sham is merely a regression to old habits: imprisoned by delusions & failed policies – dictated by corrupt Special Interest – it repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards. Iran, meanwhile, is working with partners for post-US JCPOA solutions," Zarif wrote in his tweet.

In a letter written to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on May 10, Zarif said the US president's "unilateral and unlawful" decision to withdraw from the key nuclear agreement and to re-impose nuclear-related sanctions showed "a complete disregard for international law."

"These acts constitute a complete disregard for international law and the United Nations Charter, undermine the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes, endanger multilateralism and its institutions, indicate a regress to the failed and disastrous era of unilateralism, and encourage intransigence and illegality," the Iranian foreign minister said.

This article was originally published by "Press TV" -  

Tehran: Illegal Foreign Troops In Syria Must Leave

May 21, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Tehran, SANA- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said on Monday that foreign forces which entered Syria illegally and without permission must leave.

In his weekly press conference, Qassemi said that the presence of Iranian advisors in Syria was at the request of the legitimate government and the main objective of it was to take part in combating terrorism.

He added that those who entered Syria without asking permission of its legitimate government have to exit its territory.

This article was originally published by "SANA" -  

New Zealand's growing sea of plastic a symptom of a larger predicament

They can talk about solutions as much as they like. This is just one more part of the predicament that humanity faces.

Push come to shove, we ignore the elephant in the room: there are far too many humans.

Economic growth? Sure, but the top 1 percent are getting it all

New Zealand’s growing sea of plastic

Just south of Thames is this mind bogglingly massive city of plastic -- a sprawling wasteland growing daily, after China decided it would no longer be the world's dumping ground. "To be honest, we don't know what to do," says boss Grahame Christian

China's plastic ban: Exports to other parts of Asia soar

China's ban on importing plastic has caused the amount of waste New Zealand sends to other parts of Asia to skyrocket.

Plastic rubbish at sea.Plastic rubbish at sea. Photo: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Cesar Harada

5 April, 2018

China stopped accepting 24 different types of waste, including plastic and paper, at the start of this year because it said contaminants were polluting its environment.

In the first three months of 2017 New Zealand exported $1.7 million dollars worth of plastic to China - during the same period this year that dropped to $100,000.

But other countries are willing to take the rubbish that China won't - New Zealand's exports to Malaysia so far this year are up 500 percent on the same time last year, from $56,000 to $345,000.

Exports to Indonesia are also up, jumping 150 percent from $320,000 to $812,000.

Thailand's imports from New Zealand have doubled, from $269,000 to 549,000 and Vietnam's are up 75 percent, from $43,000 to $75,000.

China previously took more than half of the world's waste exports and plastic prices have plummeted since the ban came into effect.

While some businesses are willing to sell at the lower price, one of New Zealand's largest waste companies is stockpiling while it waits for the market to improve.

Smart Environmental managing director Grahame Christian said it had around 1000 tonnes of plastic stored at warehouses around the country.

"We are sitting on a massive amount of paper and plastics, we are aware of new markets opening up but they are not mature, to our knowledge, so right now we've got the double whammy of very low prices and very high levels of stock."

Mr Christian's company deals with waste from 14 councils, representing around 20 percent of the country's plastic.

He said New Zealand's plastic exports were of a very high standard and it was contaminated products from other countries that were causing problems in China

"I would still think that provided the product meets the quality standard, that China will open back up," he said.

WasteMINZ chief executive Paul Evans said Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam were expected to pick up the lion's share of imports when China's ban came into effect, but there were concerns about the processes in those countries.

"Some of those countries don't have the greatest track records when it comes to environmental protections and particularly when compared to somewhere like New Zealand.

"We need to ensure that when we are sending materials overseas that they are being processed in an appropriate way," he said.

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said more money for the Waste Minimisation Fund, which could fund onshore processing, could be boosted if levies to landfills were expanded.

But she said the government had ruled out any new taxes in this term - including a plastic tax.

"However, that's why the fund needs to be increased to assist progressive companies.

"And that whole notion that we take from nature and we throw-away, that's got to change, so that we take, we use and reuse and reuse," she said.

Sustainable Coastlines co-founder Camden Howitt said recycling was not the answer in dealing with New Zealand's waste.

"It does seem a bit crazy to import materials from the other side of the world, bring them here, use them once and send them round the other side of the world just to recycle them into something else," he said.

Mr Howitt said it was an example of transferring one environmental problem to another, in a different location and the solution needed to focus on not creating the waste in the first place.

Recycling, once embraced by businesses and environmentalists, now under siege – “Recycling as we know it isn’t working”

14 May, 2018

By Bob Tita
13 May 2018

(The Wall Street Journal) – The U.S. recycling industry is breaking down.

Prices for scrap paper and plastic have collapsed, leading local officials across the country to charge residents more to collect recyclables and send some to landfills. Used newspapers, cardboard boxes and plastic bottles are piling up at plants that can’t make a profit processing them for export or domestic markets.

Recycling as we know it isn’t working,” said James Warner, chief executive of the Solid Waste Management Authority in Lancaster County, Pa. “There’s always been ups and downs in the market, but this is biggest disruption that I can recall.”

U.S. recycling programs took off in the 1990s as calls to bury less trash in landfills coincided with China’s demand for materials like corrugated cardboard to feed its economic boom. Ship lines eagerly filled containers that had brought manufactured goods to the U.S. with paper, scrap metal and plastic bottles for the return trip to China.

As cities aggressively expanded recycling programs to keep more discarded household items out of landfills, the purity of U.S. scrap deteriorated as more trash infiltrated the recyclables. Discarded food, liquid-soaked paper and other contaminants recently accounted for as much as 20% of the material shipped to China, according to Waste Management Inc.’s estimates, double from five years ago.

The tedious and sometimes dangerous work of separating out that detritus at processing plants in China prompted officials there to slash the contaminants limit this year to 0.5%. China last week suspended all imports of U.S. recycled materials until June 4, regardless of the quality. The recycling industry interpreted the move as part of the growing rift between the U.S. and China over trade policies and tariffs.

The changes have effectively cut off exports from the U.S., the world’s largest generator of scrap paper and plastic. Collectors, processors and the municipal governments that hire them are reconsidering what they will accept to recycle and how much homeowners pay for that service. Many trash haulers and city agencies that paid for curbside collection by selling scrap said they are now losing money on almost every ton they handle.

The upended economics are likely to permanently change the U.S. recycling business, said William Moore, president of Moore & Associates, a recycled paper consultancy in Atlanta.

It’s going to take domestic demand to replace what China was buying,” he said. “It’s not going to be a quick turnaround. It’s going to be a long-term issue.” [more]

Single-use plastic has reached the world’s deepest ocean trench

18 April 2018 (UNEP) – A new article, Human footprint in the abyss: 30 year records of deep-sea plastic debris, reveals human activities are affecting the deepest part of the ocean, more than 1000km from the mainland.

Plastic pollution is emerging as one of the most serious threats to ocean ecosystems. World leaders, scientists and communities recognise the urgent need for action, but the impacts of plastic pollution are not well understood.
To raise awareness of the far-reaching effects of plastic pollution, ocean scientists used information from the Deep-sea Debris Database. The Global Oceanographic Data Centre of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology launched this database for public use in 2017. It contains over 30 years of photos and videos of debris that have been collected by deep-sea submersibles and remotely operated vehicles.
The data revealed that, from 5010 dives, more than 3000 pieces of man-made debris – including plastic, metal, rubber and fishing gear – were counted. Over a third of debris found was macro-plastic, 89% of which was single-use products. In areas deeper than 6000m, over half of debris was plastic, almost all of which was single-use.
The article also reveals that single-use plastic has reached the world’s deepest ocean trench - a plastic bag was found in the Mariana Trench, 10,898m below the surface. The ubiquitous distribution of single-use plastic, even to the greatest depths of the ocean, reveal a clear link between daily human activities and the remotest of environments.
Once in the deep-sea, plastic can persist for thousands of years. Deep-sea ecosystems are highly endemic and have a very slow growth rate, so the potential threats from plastic pollution are concerning. There is growing concern that deep-sea ecosystems are already being damaged by direct exploitation of both biological and non-biological resources – through deep-sea trawling, mining and infrastructure development, for example. The results of this study show that deep-sea ecosystems are also being affected indirectly by human activities.
Reducing the production of plastic waste seems to be the only solution to the problem of deep-sea plastic pollution. A global monitoring network is needed to share the limited data on deep-sea plastic pollution, and impact assessment surveys should be prioritised for biologically and ecologically important areas with high concentrations of plastic debris, and to use ocean circulation models to identify how plastic is travelling from land to the deep-sea.
Single-use plastic has reached the world's deepest ocean trench

Americans allowed to use Ukrainian children as lab rats

New law allows U.S pharmaceutical company to use Ukrainian children as laboratory rats
Suprun has allowed American biopharmaceutical company Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to research drugs on the patients of “Okhmatdet”

Супрун разрешила проводить исследования на пациентах “Охматдета”

A better translation of this article is available HERE

21 May, 2018

Via Yandex Translation

The head of the Ministry of Healtcare Ulana Suprun signed May 15 Order no 928, which allowed to conduct clinical trials of medicines on children in the clinic “OKHMATDYT“. 

The applicant's research for the American biological Corporation Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was the Ukrainian company "Contract research organization Innopharm-Ukraine". 

Research will be carried out in the National children's specialized hospital "Okhmatdet", and the Lviv Department of surgery "of Institute of pathology of blood and transfusion medicine of the National Academy of medical Sciences". 

The Order States that the purpose of the test is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Pitusiray in patients with hemophilia. Interestingly, in 2017, the study of Pitusiray was suspended because of the deaths. 

Then Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. reported on the death of a patient with hemophilia who participated in the study Pitusiray used to treat patients with hemophilia A and B. 

In addition to this drug Suprun was allowed to explore the Ukrainian children on behalf of an international pharmaceutical company Ascendis Pharma growth hormone TransCon. 

Clinical trials for this hormone will be held in Odessa regional children's clinical hospital to study the safety and effectiveness of its use in children with growth hormone deficiency. 

Also, the Ukrainians will experience a number of different new drugs that will soon appear on the market. 

According to the Order, in a clinical trial on Ukrainians will take part national cancer Institute, the clinic “Okhmatdet” and many other medical institutions in the country. 

The research will be conducted in different cities of Ukraine, in addition to the action of the novelties of the pharmaceutical market the patients will examine the placebo effect. 

We will remind as earlier it was reported Glasnosti, acting Minister of health Suprun decided to purchase an anti-depressant for children, which provokes suicide

Syrian Army Has Detained 300 French Military

Syria Holds French US and Israeli Prisoners of War

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Syria holds 300 French soldiers and US, Israeli and Arab state soldiers and intel operatives captive. Putin requesting Iran to leave the country could also be a strategic move by Russia to avoid US, Israeli and Saudi Intervention as they negotiate the prisoner swap.


During a Sochi meeting with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that it is necessary for foreign armed forces to pull out from the country, as the Syrian army has achieved success in fighting against terrorism and is kicking off the political process.

Sputnik has discussed the foreign military presence in Syria with Akram al Shalli, an expert from the Syrian Crises and Preventive Wars Office.

"Vladimir Putin's statement during a meeting with Bashar Assad about the need to withdraw foreign contingents from Syria breaks the dreams of the aggressors, as if they could still try to accomplish their goals in the region by proxy criminal mercenaries," Shalli told Sputnik.

Al Shalli went on to say that the Syrian army had detained hundreds of foreign intelligence officers, including from the United States, the United Kingdom, Arab states and Israel.

For example, there are about 300 only French soldiers of different ranks. We see attempts to pressure the Syrian government to free the captive foreign soldiers. But these dreams are not destined to come true, because now the odds are in favor of the government's forces and its allies,” he stressed.

The analyst has also touched upon the latest missile strikes by the US, France and the UK against Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by government forces in the city of Douma last month.

Even the latest missile strike on Syria did not cause significant damage; the aggressors had reported the targets of the attack in advance. This was done so that the Western leaders could save face to their people," the analyst said.

According to Shalli, the detention of foreign military officers gives a double advantage to the Syrian government: firstly, they failed to implement their goals, and secondly, it is an additional trump card at the negotiating table with foreign forces.

"The Syrian peace settlement directly depends on the situation on the battlefield. And now the aggressors are constantly retreating, they are unable to launch any offensive on the army's position. Therefore, the Syrian government can set forward its terms," the analyst concluded.

The US-led international coalition has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh* targets in Syria since 2014 without a UN mandate or authorization from the Damascus government.

READ MORE: French Troops Providing Artillery Support to Kurdish Militia in Syria — Reports

The US and France have reportedly enhanced their military presence in the war-ravaged country, with Paris in turn having promised support for the Kurdish militia, pressured by Turkish forces. The Syrian government has repeatedly stated that the coalition and Turkish forces in the country are "illegitimate" and has demanded that "invading forces withdraw immediately from the Syrian lands they have occupied."

Iran to Stay in Syria as Long as Damascus Wants - Tehran

Instead, in early May, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced new operations to come, in addition to the Euphrates Shield, its first direct military intervention in Syria to push Daesh away from the Turkish border, as well as prevent the advance of local Kurdish groups, and Operation Olive Branch in the city of Afrin to clear Turkey's Syrian border of Kurdish groups, which it believes are linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Ankara.

On May 20, the Anadolu news agency reported that French special forces had installed six artillery batteries north of the Baguz village in Deir ez-Zor privince, held by Kurdish militia in line with President Emmanuel Macron's earlier promise to support the Syrian Kurdish units.

The United States has also repeatedly been reported to have dispatched military columns and set up new bases in Syria shortly after President Donald Trump declared that the American forces would be leaving Syria “very soon” and “let other people take care of it” instead. His remarks contradicted earlier comments made by high-ranking officials at the Pentagon and State Department, claiming that US troops would maintain an open-ended presence in Syria.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

*Daesh, also known as ISIL/ISIS/IS, is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.

Iran is feeling marginalized because of the Russian role in Syria

Tehran rejects invitation to Russia for the withdrawal of forces of Iran and”Hezbollah” from Syria

Declared the spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Bahram Qasim, on Monday, his country's refusal of any call to withdraw the Iranian forces or militias from Syria, saying that “Iran will remain in Syria at the request of Damascus”.

Said Qasim in a press conference “no one can force Iran, something, Iran will remain in Syria as long as the demand of the market. standing and continuous”, in reference to the invitation of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, last Thursday during his meeting with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, to eject the foreign forces from Syria, including the Iranian forces.

Added denominator that “the presence of Iran in Syria came under the request of the Syrian government, and they have to leave they entered Syria without the permission of the Syrian government”.

The Russian media quoted the Russian president's Special Envoy for the Syrian settlement, Alexander freed, to permit Putin, about the withdrawal of foreign troops from Syria for all actors except Russia.

Said free, said, “this permit is for all groups to foreign military, which exist on the territory of Syria, including Americans, Turks, Hezbollah, and the Iranian people”.

And Iran's marginalization because of the Russian role in Syria, where location detection "tab you" of the Secretary of the expediency Council of Iran and Commander in chief of the former Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohsen rezaei, last week, Presidents Putin and Bashar al-Assad, are working with the west to develop a political solution to the Syrian crisis through the Delete Iran from the Syrian scene, and that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the victim's elder to resolve the Putin of his decision to adopt the principle of Geneva for a political solution.

He stressed that the meeting which brought together Syrian President his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, recently in Suzhou city, to be followed by the development of extremely important on the regional scene in general and on the Syrian Arena special, explaining that the repercussions of the events will reflect in particular on the presence of Iran on the coast of Syria, and that Moscow began to bargain with the West through the exclusion of the Islamic Republic of Syria.

SYRIA: Marwa Oman and Eva Bartlett in conversation

Resist NOW - Interview with Eva Bartlett on Syria

Exclusively for Syriana Analysis, Marwa Osman interviews the Canadian independent journalist Eva Bartlett right

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Follow Eva Bartlett on Twitter: @EvaKBartlett 

Moqtada al-Sadr electoral victory in Iraq

Iraq elections: surge for pro-Iran Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the pro-Iran Al-Fatih bloc

Iraqi cleric Sadr meets pro-Iran Amiri after election win

21 May, 2018

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc was declared the winner of Iraq’s parliamentary election, met Hadi al-Amiri, leader of a pro-Iran bloc, on Sunday in what Sadr portrayed as part of an inclusive discussion about government formation.

FILE PHOTO: Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during a news conference with Iraqi politician Ammar al-Hakim, leader of the Hikma Current, in Najaf, Iraq May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani/File Photo
During the meeting, the political rivals discussed the results of the 2018 parliamentary elections, according to a statement from Sadr’s office.

The process of government formation must be a national decision and importantly, must include the participation of all the winning blocs,” the statement said.

Winning the largest number of seats does not automatically guarantee that Sadr will be able to hand-pick a prime minister.

As no electoral list won an outright majority, negotiations to form a coalition government are expected to drag on for months.

Amiri’s Al-Fatih bloc came second. One of the most powerful figures in Iraq, Amiri heads an umbrella of paramilitary groups, and has maintained close ties with Iran for decades.

Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, cannot become prime minister because he did not run in the election. However, the victory of his Sairoon bloc puts him in a position to have a strong say in negotiations.

Before the election, Tehran publicly stated it would not allow Sadr’s bloc to govern close ally Iraq, with which it shares a border. Iran has influenced the choice for prime minister in the past.

The meeting with Amiri came less than 24 hours after the populist cleric met with incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, hinting at a possible coalition.

Abadi’s electoral list trailed Amiri in third place, but he could still emerge as a compromise candidate. Abadi is seen as palatable to all sides because he has managed the competing interests of the United States and Iran - uneasy allies in the war against Islamic State - during his term in office.

Why you should never trust Wikipedia

Why is 'Philip Cross' editing Wikipedia entries every day? - George Galloway

Someone going by the name 'Philip Cross' has been editing a number of Wikipedia entries, including George Galloways. Who is this person? What we do know about them and their motives? George speaks to journalist Neil Clark

The “Philip Cross” MSM Promotion Operation Part 3
21 May, 2018

Philip Cross” has just 200 Twitter followers, but has more MSM journalists following him than are to be found among my 42,300 twitter followers. Despite the fact a large majority of “Philip Cross’s” tweets are mere retweets, with Oliver Kamm and Nick Cohen most frequently retweeted. “Philip Cross” has never broken a news story and the few tweets which are not retweets contain no gems of expression or shrewd observation. In short, his twitter feed is extremely banal; there is literally nothing in it that might interest a journalist in particular. Do not take my word for it, judge for yourself.
Why then does James LeMesurier, founder of the “White Helmets”, follow Philip Cross on twitter? Why does ex-minister Tristram Hunt follow Philip Cross on Twitter? Why does Sarah Brown, wife of Gordon, follow Philip Cross on twitter?
Why then do so the following corporate and state journalists follow “Philip Cross” on twitter?
Oliver Kamm, Leader Writer The Times
Nick Cohen, Columnist The Guardian/Observer
Joan Smith, Columnist The Independent
Leslie Felperin, Film Columnist The Guardian
Kate Connolly, Foreign Correspondent The Guardian/Observer
Lisa O’Carroll, Brexit Correspondent The Guardian
James Bloodorth, Columnist The Independent
Cristina Criddle, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
Sarah Baxter, Deputy Editor, The Sunday Times
Iain Watson, Political Correspondent, The BBC
Caroline Wheeler, Deputy Political Editor, the Sunday Times
Jennifer Chevalier, CBC ex-BBC
Dani Garavelli, Scotland on Sunday
Prominent Freelancers
Bonnie Greer (frequently in The Guardian)
Mason Boycott-Owen (The Guardian, New Statesman)
Marko Attilla Hoare (The Guardian)
Kirsty Hughes
Guy Walters (BBC)
Paul Canning
Let me recap, The official story is that “Philip Cross” is an obscure and dedicated Wikipedia editor who edits every single day for five years. His twitter feed has never contained any “news”. Yet among the 160 followers he had last week before the media spotlight was turned upon him, were all these MSM journalists, many more than follow anyone but the most prominent individuals, more than follow an activist like me. Plus big figures like Sarah Brown, Tristram Hunt and James Le Mesurier. What does this tell us about who Philip Cross is.
The largest single category of Philip Cross’s historic 160 followers is anti-left and anti-Corbyn twitter accounts, especially those that specialise in making accusations of anti-semitism against left wing or anti-war figures. These include:
UK Media Watch “promoting accurate coverage of Israel”; ALT Putin’s Capitalist Wealth “@medialenswipe”; Antinat; Jeremy Corbin Prime Minister; Jewish News; Anti-Nazis Utd [which thinks I am a Nazi]; Labour Against Anti-Semitism; Jews Aganst Jeremy Corbyn. A very much larger number of individual followers of “Philip Cross” have twitter streams which predominantly consist of attacks on Jeremy Corbyn or the anti-war left in general, and of vociferous support for Israel. Of personal interest to me, there are at least seventeen of Philip Cross’s supporters who have made utterly unprovoked attacks on me on social media over the last twelve months.
So let us recap what we know. “Philip Cross” spends a quite astonishing amount of time on Wikipedia making malicious edits to the entries of anti-war or anti-corporate media figures, while at the same time polishing and protecting the Wikipedia profiles of corporate and state media figures. “Philip Cross” had done this obsessively for 13 years and not had a single day off, even at Christmas, for five years.
Philip Cross” is not very active on twitter, mostly just retweeting, and as you would expect has therefore not had many followers. But an extraordinary percentage of that very limited number of followers are MSM journalists or senior Establishment figures. There is absolutely no reason on the face of his Twtter stream why Philip Cross would attract this particular type of following. His retweets are mostly of Nick Cohen and Oliver Kamm, and his followership is concentrated in the Guardian and Times, which nowadays have very similar neo-con agendas.
Philip Cross”‘s own twitter stream makes no effort at all to hide the fact that he has the strongest of neo-conservative biases, hates the Left and anti-war movement, and strongly supports Israel. “He” is part of an active social media network trolling these views. The purpose of “his” continual Wikipedia editing could not be clearer. I suspect strongly that this particular Philip Cross twitter follower gives us a clue:
That is a twitter account founded by a collective of Guardian writers to attack MediaLens, whose Wikipedia entry “Philip Cross” has edited over 800 times. I suspect “Philip Cross” is a similar collective effort, which may hide behind the persona of a real life individual called Philip Cross. The intention of this effort to denigrate and demean alternative media and anti-war figures through their Wikipedia entries, and at the same time to burnish the Wikipedia entries of mainstream media figures, is proven without doubt, as is the continued complicity of Wikipedia in enabling and defending the long-term operation.
Analysis of “Philip Cross” tweets.
FOOTNOTE Since Philip Cross’s activity was brought into prominence throughout social media a few days ago, his Twitter followers have increased, mostly by people who dislike his activity wishing to keep an eye on him. I have disregarded these new followers, and it in no way diminishes my argument for trolls to point out that he now has left wing followers as well.
High Tory, ex Daily Telegraph and Murdoch, expensive private school, Emma Barnett is BBC Politics’ rising star and stood in as host of the BBC flagship Marr programme on Sunday. She was there rude and aggressive to Labour’s Barry Gardiner. The “highlight” of her career so far was during the general election when on Radio 4 Women’s Hour she demanded instant top of the head recall of complicated figures from Jeremy Corbyn, a ploy the BBC never turns on the Tories.
The most interesting fact about Emma Barnett is that her exclusive private education was funded by her parents who were pimps and brothel keepers on a large scale, for which both were convicted.
I know of no compelling evidence as to whether Barnett was, or was not, complicit in her parents’ activities, which financed her education into adulthood. But that this background is interesting and unusual is not in doubt. However the MSM’s image protector, “Philip Cross”, has been assiduous in, again and again, deleting the information about Barnett’s parents from Wikipedia. Not only has Cross deleted the referenced information of her parents being brothel-keepers, he has repeatedly inserted the ludicrous euphemisms that her father was a “businessman” and her mother a “housewife”.
Cross has also deleted references to Barnett – who wrote for the Telegraph and then for Murdoch’s Times, being “right wing”. He has instead inserted claims that criticisms of Emma Barnett following her aggressive Corbyn interview were “anti-semitic”, in a classic Cross move to undermine any left-wing point. Naturally he had references from the Times and the Guardian – evidence free articles – to back up these claims – and naturally from journalists whose Wikipedia pages Cross curates. You get the circle?
On 21 June 2017 editor Alfonz-kiki complained that Cross’s continual whitewashing of Barnett’s entry was by “paid PR”. He pointed out that he had references on her parents’ brothels from the BBC and the Daily Telegraph. Alfonz-kiki is one of scores to have separately noticed and complained of Cross’s activities over years, but Cross has been defended by Wikipedia again and again and again.
Barnett is demonstrably right wing from her Murdoch and Telegraph columns. Her expensive private education – which got her where she is – was undeniably paid for by the proceeds of prostitution and by the trafficking in persons that led to the operation being closed down. But Philip Cross makes sure you can see none of that on Wikipedia.
In case you are saying that Cross is justified, Barnett’s parents activities were not her fault and ought not be on her Wikipedia page, let me remind you of one thing. The same “Philip Cross” edited my own Wikipedia page to state that my wife Nadira used to be a stripper, sourced to the Mail. Cross abuses family information, as all other information, to defame dissidents or to burnish Establishment defenders, not according to a moral code.

Temperatures in Arctic region could spike to 3.5 degrees Celsius above average, May 26 to May 29th

Potential Historic Arctic Warming Scenario in the GFS Model Forecast for Late May

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For years, Arctic watchers have been concerned that if May and June ran much warmer than average following an equally severe winter, we could see substantial sea ice losses, severe Arctic fires, and related knock-on global weather effects. 

This May, temperatures over the Arctic Ocean have run much warmer than average. And in the GFS model forecast, we see a prediction for a historic Arctic temperature spike during late May

(Discussion of a potentially historic Arctic warming event for late May of 2018. Information for this analysis provided by Climate Reanalyzer, Global and Regional Climate Anomalies, and DMI.)

According to GFS model analysis, temperatures for the entire Arctic region could spike to as high as 3.5 degrees Celsius above average from Saturday, May 26 through Tuesday, May 29th. So much warming, if it does occur, would shatter temperature records around the Arctic and accelerate the summer melt season by 2-4 weeks. It would also elevate Arctic fire potentials while likely increasing upstream severe weather risks to include higher potentials for droughts, heatwaves and severe rainfall events (as we have seen recently across the Eastern U.S.).

The model run indicates three ridge zones feeding much warmer than normal air into the Arctic. The zones hover over Eastern Siberia, Western North America, and Central Europe through the North Atlantic and Barents Sea — pushing wave after wave of warmth into the Arctic Ocean region.
(Three ridges transferring heat into the Arctic are feeding the potential for a major polar temperature spike over the next ten days. Image source: Climate Reanalyzer.)

Over the coming days, this three-pronged flood of warm air could push temperatures over the Arctic Ocean to 2-10 C above average temperatures while Western North America, Eastern Siberia, and the Scandinavian countries could see the mercury climb to 5 to 20 degrees Celsius above average. This translates to 70 to 80 degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures for Eastern Siberia above the Arctic Circle, mid 70s to mid 80s for near Arctic Circle Alaska, and temperatures in the 70s to 80s for Scandinavia. For the Arctic Ocean, it means above freezing temperatures for most zones. Zones that are likely to see more rapid sea ice melt as a result.

Upstream effects include the potential continuation and emergence of fixed severe weather patterns. Extreme heat will tend to intensify for Western North America, while a pattern that favors severe rainfall is likely to remain in place for the Eastern U.S. Meanwhile, South-Central Asia through the Middle East are likely to see very extreme daytime high temperatures. Fire risks will tend to rise from Alberta to the Northwest Territory into Alaska and on through Central and Western Siberia as much warmer than normal temperatures take hold and Arctic lightning storms proliferate.

(Forecast Northern Hemisphere temperature anomaly patterns hint at a hot or unstable late spring pattern for many regions as the pole inters record warm territory. Image source: Climate Reanalyzer.)

It’s worth noting that should such an event occur during late May, it would represent yet another major and historic temperature departure for an Arctic zone that has thus far seen severe winter warming and related loss of sea ice. The concern is that eventually such heating would result in ice free conditions during summer — although when is a subject of some debate.
To this point, it is also worth noting that we should take the present GFS forecast with a bit of a grain of salt. Such amazingly warm temperatures are still 6-10 days away. Forecasts beyond the 3 day are notably fickle. And this particular model has run a bit hot of late. However, it is worth noting that the model has been correct in predicting a much warmer than normal May. And that we have already experienced one historic temperature spike during early May. So a pattern that demonstrates the potential for such extreme warming has clearly taken hold.