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“White friends, allies and partners are respectfully asked not to attend”


A yoga studio in Seattle is accused of promoting racial discrimination by holding special sessions which explicitly exclude “whites.”

Rainier Beach Yoga in Seattle has allowed “five queer people of color” to create a special class entitled “yoga for people of color,” an exclusionary yoga session whose rules expressly forbid “white people” from attending, reports KIRO radio host Dori Monson.

The class reportedly welcomes people of any body shape, size, gender, or yoga experience, according to an email blast received by a KIRO listener.

The class also invites “lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and trans-friendly/affirming,” and identifies which “people of color” are OK, such as “African American/black/of the African Diaspora, Asian, South Asian, West Asian/Arab/Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, First Nations/Alaskan Native/Native American/Indigenous, Chicano/Latino, or Multiracial/Mixed-Race.”
“White friends, allies and partners are respectfully asked not to attend,” the email, which the radio host says was also sent to him by the listener, specifically states.

Teresa Wang, one of the co-founders of the class, was asked what were to happen if a white person were to attend.

“Well, it’s a class for people of color, so he would be coming to that class knowing that we’re really clear about who we are asking to come to class, so…I’m not really sure because it hasn’t happened to us,” Wang said, who iterated the class was about making “people of color” feel comfortable. “So I don’t really know.”

If the roles were to be reversed, according to Morrison, and a “whites only” session were to be held, people would lose their shit.

“It would be a lead story on national news,” Morrison said. “It would be blared across all the websites about the racist yoga class in Seattle. And the fact is, this yoga class is every bit as racist as a bunch of white people who say they don’t want to be around somebody of color. That’s why I wouldn’t want to attend either one of those classes … The fact is, they are both racist.” reports the radio host plans to hold the Washington State Attorney General to his promise to prosecute businesses which “discriminate against a specific group of people.”

“Now we’re gonna find out if my instincts about the attorney general and about our state government [are right] — using the power of government to go after the Christian florist in the Tri-Cities who didn’t want to do the gay wedding ceremony. Will they also go after the yoga studio that discriminates against people based on their skin color?” Morisson asked.


“These are American parachutes that the Americans sent to IS when they were here in Baiji”


Iraqi residents have once again accused the US government of supplying ISIS jihadists with food and weapons in a viral video posted online this week.

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The video, which features a group of men who appear to be soldiers, shows both supply crates and parachutes alleged to belong to the Unites States military.

“Look, film this too. These are American parachutes,” an Arabic-speaking man says in a translation acquired by Infowars. “We are inside the Baiji oil field. Is there anyone that doesn’t see them? You all see them!”

The unknown man goes on to claim that both food and weapons were supplied to ISIS fighters during their time in the area.

“These are American parachutes that the Americans sent to IS when they were here in Baiji,” he states. “With them they sent weapons and food. So that no one can say that we are lying, film this so you will see…”

According to Guardian contributor Hayder al-Khoei, who posted the footage to Twitter Thursday, “Vids like this & others of helos flying above Hashd/ISF positions towards ISIS-held areas” often reinforce the popular “narrative that US supports ISIS in Iraq.”

As noted by the Wall Street Journal last June, a growing number of Iraqi residents believe ISIS jihadists are receiving direct support from the American government in light of the terror group’s continued gains.

“We all know that America is providing ISIS with weapons and food, and that it is because of American backing that they have become so strong,” Abbas Hashem, a 50-year-old who fled Ramadi, told reporters.

Alia Nusseif, a prominent Iraqi lawmaker, also accused the US government of using ISIS as a proxy army to “divide and weaken” the country.

“We don’t have any trust in Americans anymore,” Nusseif said. “We now think ISIS is being used as a tool by America to divide and weaken Iraq.”

The belief among Iraqis became increasingly widespread last year after ISIS jihadists posted footage online with weapons they received from a US airdrop. According to the US government, the airdrop was intended to reach Kurdish fighters battling in the city of Kobani.

A seperate airdrop by the Iraqi air force that same year also saw large amounts of food and water fall into the hands of ISIS jihadists near the western province of Anbar.

While facts surrounding the latest video’s claims have yet to be substantiated, declassified 2012 Pentagon documents recently uncovered by a US-based political watchdog group show that the Pentagon purposely allied itself with Iraqi terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, in an attempt to topple the Syrian government.

“According to the newly declassified US document the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of this strategy, and warned that it could destabilize Iraq,” reports award-winning journalist Nafeez Ahmed. “Despite anticipating that Western, Gulf state and Turkish support for the ‘Syrian opposition’ — which included al-Qaeda in Iraq — could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the document provides no indication of any decision to reverse the policy of support to the Syrian rebels. On the contrary, the emergence of an al-Qaeda affiliated ‘Salafist Principality’ as a result is described as a strategic opportunity to isolate Assad.”


Facebook has previously shown support for TPP


Facebook is reportedly censoring an article critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Within the first 30 minutes of its publication on, the article entitled TPP to Kill Thousands by Expanding Monopoly Power of Drug Companies would constantly hit around 50 shares on the embedded Facebook counter, but then the counter would drop dramatically, as shown in these videos (watch enlarged version here):

This occurred several times over the 30 minute period and an investigation by IT staff found nothing unusual that could be interfering with the counter.

Facebook was similarly censoring an anti-GMO article back in July.
“We’ve seen thousands of reports regarding the censorship of content by Facebook and others regarding the TPP, Monsanto and similar topics,” Anthony Gucciardi said regarding the censored article. “The bottom line here is that this article [was] being blocked across numerous platforms under the guise of a ‘security’ threat, when we know full well that these sites are perfectly safe.”

The social media giant was also suppressing an article exposing the “Pope Kid” incident in which amnesty activists staged a PR stunt involving Pope Francis to promote illegal immigration.

Not long after, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was caught discussing the censorship of anti-migrant posts with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“After being asked about Facebook’s efforts to curtail speech, Zuckerberg stated, ‘We need to do some work,’ confirming he’d already started looking at ways to hinder comments in opposition to Merkel’s immigration stance,” Mikael Thalen reported.

The most recent article apparently censored by Facebook revealed how the TPP gives signatory countries the ability to grant pharmaceuticals three years of “market exclusivity” for new uses of old medicines, preventing cheaper, genetic drugs from competing.

For example, the drug Zidovudine was first discovered as an effective cancer treatment in 1964 and years later, in 1987, it was also found to be effective against HIV, and under the TPP it would be illegal for generic drug makers to compete with the decades-old Zidovudine in the HIV market for at least three years.

“Zidovudine cost about $7,000 per person per year at the monopoly price (new HIV indication) when it was introduced while the price of the generic version (cancer indication) had fallen to $70 per person per year by June 2013,” government watchdog group Public Citizen reported. “This is an example of the kind of price differences which could occur in TPP countries if they choose this implementation option of providing three-year monopolies for new indications.”

Facebook has previously shown support for the TPP.

‘Which side are you fighting for?’ Russia blasts US for refusing to share intel on ISIS

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Washington’s failure to share data with Russian intelligence about terrorist positions in Syria makes one question the goals that Americans have in their anti-ISIS campaign in Syria and Iraq, a senior Russian diplomat has said.

The refusal to share intelligence on terrorists “just confirms once more what we knew from the very start, that the US goals in Syria have little to do with creating the conditions for a political process and national reconciliation,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Thursday.

“I would risk saying that by doing this the US and the countries that joined the US-led coalition are putting themselves in a politically dubious position. The question is: which side are you fighting for in this war?”

Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation © Mikhail Voskresenskiy

Earlier, the Russian military said they would welcome American intelligence on the forces of terrorist group Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) to help with Russia’s bombing operation in Syria. But the US State Department said it would not be possible because Russia and the US do not share the same goals in Syria.


“I don’t know how you can share intelligence when you don’t share a basic, common objective inside Syria. We’re not at that – we’re nowhere near that point. There’s no shared, common objective here about going after ISIL,” said John Kirby, a State Department spokesman.

The US has accused Russia of failing to target ISIS and instead bombing moderate rebel forces, which Washington wants to replace the government of President Bashar Assad. Russia denies the allegations.

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Ryabkov said that without US intelligence Russia would remain quite effective in the Syrian operation, considering that it has plenty of other sources.

“There are our own means of reconnaissance. We get intelligence from a number of other countries and coordinate its flow through the Baghdad information-sharing center,” the Russian diplomat said, referring to a facility in the Iraqi capital that is used by Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia to coordinate their efforts in fighting ISIS.

The US-led coalition has been bombing ISIS targets for over a year and provided supplies and assistance to forces such as Iraqi and Kurdish militias, which are fighting the terrorists on the ground. But it has refused to deal with either Damascus or its key regional ally Tehran, saying that the downfall of the government of President Assad is part of the solution to the crisis. Despite the coalition’s efforts, ISIS has enlarged the territory under its control over the last year.

Senior Syrian and Iranian officials questioned America’s determination to defeat ISIS, saying that the coalition airstrikes are more of a show and are not intended to actually harm the terrorists. Instead Washington is trying to get ISIS topple the Assad government, hoping to deal with them later.

Russia voiced similar concerns on Wednesday, after reporting that its week-long effort had done serious harm to the jihadists in Syria.

“The US Air Force and other parties has been conduction airstrikes for a year. We have reasons to believe that they don’t often hit terrorist targets, or rather do so very rarely,” said Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.

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Meanwhile Russia’s effort seems to have paid off, as on Tuesday the Syrian Army announced a major offensive against various terrorist groups. Commenting on what role Russia’s support played in turning the tables on the jihadists, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said that Russia “has produced significant results in several days that greatly surpass those achieved by the [US-led anti-ISIS] coalition in over a year.”