Did The CIA Deploy The Heart Attack Gun? Russian Officials Dying Off at Record Rate
The Deep State employs lethal tactics to assassinate anyone on its way. It’s no secret that this is trend that has been going on for decades. A perfect example would be the six Russian diplomats who have died in the last 60 days, we are witnessing a battle between the deep state and Russia in a spy versus spy plotline.
One of ex-CIA employee by name Mary Embree pointed out that there are heart attack guns that are employed in assassination of targeted persons. The lethal weapon, as explained by Embree was first made public in the Church Committee hearings that took place back in 1975. The untraceable weapon makes assassinations to look like natural deaths. It’s obvious that the CIA has improved the weapons for efficient results.
The Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick had a relationship with the CIA since way back in May 1952, this made it possible for the CIA to access the poison dart guns and similar weapons. The heart-attack guns resemble a pistol although there are other versions that are disguised as fountain pens, umbrella or cane.
The darts are coated with various toxins that cause fatal consequences on the victim. The alleged untraceable cardiotoxin is known as the AFAIK and with the recent developments is technology, it can now be traced.
There’s a likelihood that Mary Embree was talking about Saxitoxin. High doses of
U.S. border agent watches as asylum-seekers cross into Canada
>The agents who patrol the Canada-U.S. border in Quebec say it's been hard for them to watch as refugee families trudge through snow and freezing conditions to flee to Canada.
"We're all humans," said Brad Curtis, the acting division chief of a local U.S. border patrol.
He's standing in a snowy ditch on the U.S. side of the border near Roxham Road in Hemmingford, Que., speaking to a group of journalists who've gathered for a media tour organized by the RCMP in light of the influx of illegal border crossings.
"We've seen untold things — babies … I wish there was a simple solution," he said.
Curtis shakes the hand of his Canadian counterpart for the cameras, careful not to step over the invisible line that divides them.
Only a half an hour earlier, a family with a baby crossed that line in the February sunshine.
Agents reassured the family members as they were taken into custody to head to a processing centre.
A Mountie loaded bags and a baby carriage into the back of a police vehicle before it drove off.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Byrne, who works with the border integrity program, said it's moving to see what these families go through.
"I'm a father of two myself," he said.
"Some of these people have long journeys. They look fairly tired. Usually [they're] not well dressed for the climate here."
Japan Executed A Bunch Of Race-Mixing Monkeys
Finally, someone is doing the right thing! In the days where political correctness dominates the world, the Japanese is pulling a surprising move. The sunrise nation is killing a bunch of race-mixing monkey in order to prevent further race mixing, which scientists agree will only create chaos. Afterall, we don't need a real life rising of the planet of the ape, do we?
Gov. Jay Inslee’s Executive Order Makes Washington A 'sanctuary state'
The executive order states that the state resources will not be used to support the federal immigration efforts except where required by the law. Speaking during a press briefing where he introduced the new order, Inslee said that Washington has always been a place that welcomes and embraces people of all faiths, all nationalities and all orientations, adding that the executive order makes it clear that Washington will not be a willing participant in promoting or carrying out mean-spirited policies that break up families and compromise the national security and community safety.
The executive order also sets out a variety of ways that the state government will pursue a sort of live and let live policy in regards to immigrants that are both documented or otherwise.
If you think the House of Lords will be your anti-Brexit knights in shining armour
You find a different kind of turkey in the Lords: older, wiser, free range. Indeed, if you come on the right day of the year, there’s even a turkey crown. And this week, the House of Lords become the latest turkeys to decide whether or not to vote for Christmas.
Well, not vote exactly – there’s no vote, that won’t be until later – and they’ve no choice but to vote for it. But this afternoon there will be a chance for a full 191 turkeys to stand up and opine, one after the other, long into the night, why Christmas – in this case, Brexit – is a terrible idea before, in accordance with a now clearly established timetable, it comes along all the same.
More members of the House of Lords have requested to take part in Monday and Tuesday’s Article 50 debates than on any matter since in 1997, when Tony Blair compelled them to debate and then vote on their own semi-annihilation. After a few late nights, the Lords overwhelmingly voted in favour of their own reform, most of the hereditary peers were kicked out, and that incident is as instructive as any about the complicated but clear limits of their power and influence.
Montreal becomes 'sanctuary city' after unanimous vote
The City of Montreal unanimously approved a motion on Monday declaring itself a "sanctuary city" for unauthorized immigrants.
The motion includes provisions to ensure undocumented people can obtain services without fear of deportation.
Mayor Denis Coderre said the move is more than symbolic and will help protect and assist the most vulnerable without compromising security.
The designation comes as the province is dealing with an increase in the number of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally from the United States.
Solidarity Across Borders, a Montreal-based human rights organization, welcomed the idea but said the city needs to take steps beyond what it called "easy symbolism."
The group said Montreal police routinely arrest undocumented migrants and hand them over to the Canada Border Services Agency. It wants that practice stopped.
In a statement, the group also called on Montreal to bar border agents from all city premises.
Coderre, a former federal immigration minister, said the designation would lead to substantive changes.
"We have the expertise. We know the situation on the ground," he said.
Among the provisions contained in the motion:
A commitment to offer access to city programs and services, particularly municipal housing, without fear of being detained or deported.
A plan for undocumented people in "vulnerable situations" to receive assistance from Montreal police without being reported to immigration officials.
A call on the Quebec government, which is responsible for the provincial immigration, to ensure access to health care, emergency services and lodging.
A call on the federal government to regularize the status of undocumented migrants.
Ex-Uber engineer alleges sexual harassment, CEO reacts by promising investigation
After a former Uber engineer's blog post went viral over the weekend, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick vowed on Twitter that his company will begin an “urgent investigation” into newly public allegations of sexual harassment.
Kalanick's comments came Sunday evening, hours after Susan J. Fowler, who had been a site reliability engineer, wrote on her blog that she experienced what amounted to institutional sexism within the company. The experience ultimately drove Fowler to quit.
Fowler, who worked at Uber from November 2015 until December 2016, opened her piece with a sordid episode during her first few weeks of the company:
On my first official day rotating on the team, my new manager sent me a string of messages over company chat. He was in an open relationship, he said, and his girlfriend was having an easy time finding new partners but he wasn't. He was trying to stay out of trouble at work, he said, but he couldn't help getting in trouble, because he was looking for women to have sex with. It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him, and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR.
Merkel's conservative moves ahead of SPD in latest poll by INSA
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Christian Social Union (CSU) sister party moved back in front of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in an INSA poll for Bild newspaper published on Monday.
The INSA poll of 2,030 voters between Feb. 17 and 20 showed the CDU/CSU would win 31.5 percent, up 1.5 percentage points in the last week, while the resurgent SPD would win 30 percent, down 1 point. An INSA poll on Feb. 6 showed the long-suffering SPD ahead of the CDU/CSU for the first time in many years.
On Sunday, a poll by the leading Emnid institute found the SPD ahead of the CDU/CSU for the first time since 2006, boosted by the appointment of Martin Schulz as the chancellor candidate who wants to take his party to the left to beat Merkel.
The SPD's unexpected surge of some 12 points in the last month has caught Merkel and her conservatives off guard, analysts have said, just seven months before the Sept. 24 election, where she had expected to win a fourth term easily.
The Emnid poll of 1,885 voters gave the SPD 33 percent of the vote, up 1 point in the last week, while the CDU/CSU would win 32 percent, down 1 point.
The INSA poll also had the SPD's possible left-leaning coalition partners slipping in the last week. The hard-left Linke were down 0.5 point to 9.5 percent and the Greens were down 0.5 point to 6.5 percent.
Muslim-led fundraiser to repair Jewish cemetery after vandalism surpasses goal
A Muslim-led fundraiser to repair anti-Semitic vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis blew past its initial fundraising goal on Tuesday.
The fundraiser, titled “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” had raised more than $40,000 from more than 1,400 donors as of around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, pushing well past its $20,000 fundraising goal.
An update on the campaign’s website via Launch Good says the fundraising goal was reached in just three hours.
Vandals destroyed nearly 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis on Monday. The incident comes as a growing number of Jewish community centers across the country received a wave of bomb threats — 11 centers received threats on Monday alone, the JCC Association of North America reported.
The campaign was launched by Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi, according to the fundraising page.
"On the heels of bomb threats and hate crimes against dozens of Jewish community [centers] across the United States, a historical Jewish cemetery was vandalized this past weekend when over 100 headstones were damaged,” they wrote.
BREAKING: Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s UN ambassador, dies suddenly
Russia's veteran representative on the UN Security Council, who repeatedly bested Susan Rice and Samantha Power in intense duels, has died a day short of his 65th birthday.
Churkin was just short of 65 years old.
There is no word yet of the reasons for Churkin’s death, but the task of representing Russia at the UN Security Council in the ten years since his appointment in 2006, must have been exhausting.
Suffice to say that during that period Churkin had to make Russia’s case during the Libyan and Syrian wars and the Ukrainian crisis whilst duelling continuously with Obama’s two picks for US ambassador to UN – Susan Rice and Samantha Power – both outspoken rigidly hardline American exceptionalist ideologues. It repeatedly fell to Churkin to defeat their plans in the UN Security Council whilst putting Russia’s case, something he managed to do throughout whilst remaining calm in the face of enormous provocation, and whilst holding on to his sense of humour.
Churkin like most Russian diplomats was a professional diplomat who has served continuously in the Foreign Ministry all his working life. In his time as Russia’s ambassador to the UN he gained an almost unrivalled knowledge of its procedures, which repeatedly stood him in good stead against the likes of Rice and Power. Though the Russians have an abundance of capable diplomats, they will struggle to replace him. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement says as much
Iraqi forces reach vicinity of Mosul airport
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces reached the vicinity of Mosul airport on Monday after dislodging Islamic State fighters from a nearby hill, the Iraqi military said in a statement.
The Iraqi forces launched the offensive on Sunday to capture the west side of Mosul that remains under the control of the militants. The militants were dislodged from the eastern part of the city last month.
The Iraqi forces aim to take the airport, just south of Mosul, and turn it into a close support base for the offensive into the city itself.
Young kids at risk of opioid overdose from adult prescriptions in household: study
Young children whose mothers have been prescribed an opioid are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for an overdose from the potent pain medications, most often through accidental ingestion, a study has found.
"It wouldn't be at all surprising for a two- or three-year-old to find a tablet and put it in his or her mouth," said Dr. David Juurlink, a senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences who co-authored the study.
"And it's important to understand that a single tablet could kill a small child. These are very dangerous drugs at the high end of the dose range."
The study used 2002-2015 health records to identify 103 children aged 10 or younger who were treated in an Ontario hospital for an overdose and whose mothers had received publicly funded prescriptions for an opioid in the preceding year.
Each case was matched for risk comparison with a control group — children who had not suffered an opioid overdose and whose mothers had been prescribed an anti-inflammatory pain killer.
The researchers found that kids whose moms were given an opioid had more than twice the risk of suffering an overdose compared to children whose mothers were put on anti-inflammatory pills. Codeine, oxycodone and methadone were the most common cause of the drug overdoses.
More than half the children treated for opioid toxicity were under two years old, including nine who were babies under a year old, say the researchers, whose study was published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
"We don't know why the younger kids, under one, might have been exposed," said Juurlink, noting that children that age typically don't have the co-ordination or motor skills to independently access medications.
Toshiba seeking $8.8 billion for majority stake in chip unit: source
Toshiba Corp (6502.T) wants to raise at least 1 trillion yen ($8.8 billion) from the sale of a majority stake in its flash memory chip business as a buffer against any fresh financial problems, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.
After flagging a $6.3 billion writedown on its U.S. nuclear unit earlier this month, the conglomerate says it is now prepared to sell a majority stake or even all of the NAND memory unit, which makes chips for mobiles and tablets and is its most valuable business. Previously it had planned to sell 19.9 percent.
Toshiba wants to restart the sale process as soon as possible and may sell to multiple buyers rather than one bidder with interest already received from investment funds, other chipmakers and client companies, said the source who was not authorized to talk to the media and declined to be identified.
The sale "is the best and the only way Toshiba can raise a large amount of funds and wipe out concerns about its credit risk," the source said, adding that the sale should be completed by the end of March next year.
Toshiba has not decided on the size of the stake to be sold, preferring to focus on the amount that can be raised, the source said. He also said the company would like to retain a one-third holding that would give it a degree of control over the business.
A Toshiba spokeswoman said the company cannot comment on the specifics of the sale process.
When it was offering a 19.9 percent stake, the company received offers ranging from 200 billion yen to as much as 400 billion yen, a source said told Reuters earlier.
HOLLAND WARNS FRANCE OF THE DANGERS OF POPULISM
On a visit to Malaga President François Hollande met Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and warned the French to reject populism, extremism and nationalism.
The message comes as far right Marine Le Pen leads in the French presidential election polls and Geert Wilders is ahead in The Netherlands: “We must reject solutions that not only would weaken the management of our country, but would also discriminate against rights, mechanisms of protection, freedom, employment and the economic activity of my fellow French citizens,” said the president.
Spain’s minority government leader Rajoy went one step further and called for even greater European union:“In my opinion, we should not just deal with today’s real problems as much as we can, but also talk about the future.
I think that we should continue to advance in the European Economic and Monetary Union and I think that now is the time to talk about a fiscal union,” said Spain’s leader in statement to send the Brexiters into meltdown.
Chinese Bot Net Contract Canceled By Panicking New York Times
The New York Times? nothing is new there, same old story, same old game! What's new today, you might ask? Well, let me tell you! In a panic, the New York Times has pulled the plug on the Chinese Bot Net contract, leaving things sinking fast. If there was one correct move that anyone expected the New York Times to be able to pull off, it was this , but nope! Not a fat chance! Now, they are left like sitting ducks in the middle of the harbor, waiting patiently, yet anxiously!
But, does this come as a surprise to you, or anyone for that matter? No? I didn't think so. Same old story, same old song and dance. What this country needs, is a lack of establishments, and media outlets that operate in this fashion. Gun shy, yet trigger happy at the same time! These are the issues facing us today, and we NEED to STOP them NOW!
TRUMP RE-LAUNCHES ATTACK ON MEDIA AT FLORIDA RALLY
Donald Trump has once more lambasted the so-called dishonest media.
Unusually for a sitting US president, he held an election campaign-style rally in Florida. During his address, he said he wanted to speak to the people “without the filter of fake news.”
Trump threatened to ‘continue to expose them’, adding:
“When the media lies to people I will never ever let them get away with it, I will do whatever I can that they don’t get away with it. They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda.”
He also vowed, once more, to ‘downsize the bloated bureaucracy’ and ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington.
Trump repeated several of his election pledges, including the strengthening of US borders and the introduction of a new healthcare plan, among others.
He also sought to assuage fears of turmoil in the White House by insisting it ‘is running so smoothly’.
Protesters at rallies around the country appeared to disagree. In New York, demonstrators wearing black held a fake funeral for the American presidency.
‘FAKE NEWS ‘ Fueled President Trump and Sweden Issue ; Swedish PM Carl Bildt Fired Back On Twitter
Mr. Bildt tweeted that last year there were app 50% more murders only in Orlando/Orange in Florida as he tried to contrast it with Sweden. Many people in Sweden have been trying to figure out what Mr. Trump suggested during the rally in Florida.
As the many questions swirled, the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, clarified by saying that Trump was talking about the rising crime and recent incidents in general, adding that Trump was not referring to a specific incident.
President Trump tweeted on Sunday referring to something that he saw on television. Trump was referring to a segment aired on Friday night on the Fox News Channel show Tucker Carlson that reported of Sweden having accepted more than 160,000 asylum-seekers sometime last year and that only 500 of the migrants had found jobs in Sweden, the report added that a surge in violence had followed up the admission of the asylum-seekers and hence Trump was right. It was outright that the police in Sweden are covering up a migrant-driven crime wave.
Canadian troops in Iraq mount pressure on ISIS around Syrian border
Canadian special forces have shifted their operations in northern Iraq to put pressure on ISIS in places outside the strategic city of Mosul — including along the border with Syria.
Rather than firing, now they're mainly scrutinizing.
High atop a rocky hilltop Monday, two Canadian soldiers sat in a makeshift bunker located more than a kilometre behind the frontline between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
One bearded soldier looked through a high-powered viewfinder, scanning the small community that lay below, while the other took notes. A camera sat between them in case something interesting appeared.
When the first Canadian soldiers arrived in the country in September 2014, their mission was to help train the Peshmerga to stop and hold back a confident and, until then, undefeated ISIS hoard.
Now, as ISIS no longer has the upper hand, both the Canadians and the Peshmerga have re-evaluated their strategy.
Flying by helicopter from Erbil, the Kurds' capital in Iraq, to the Mosul Dam, one can see the barricades of dirt and defensive positions that helped the Peshmerga stop ISIS from overwhelming northern Iraq.
The trenches and stone buildings hastily constructed during that period two years ago lie abandoned today, as the war — and Canada's role in it — shifted from defence to offence.
Sites set on other ISIS targ
Hackers who took control of PC microphones siphon >600 GB from 70 targets
Researchers have uncovered an advanced malware-based operation that siphoned more than 600 gigabytes from about 70 targets in a broad range of industries, including critical infrastructure, news media, and scientific research.
The operation uses malware to capture audio recordings of conversations, screen shots, documents, and passwords, according to a blog post published last week by security firm CyberX. Targets are initially infected using malicious Microsoft Word documents sent in phishing e-mails. Once compromised, infected machines upload the pilfered audio and data to Dropbox, where it's retrieved by the attackers. The researchers have dubbed the campaign Operation BugDrop because of its use of PC microphones to bug targets and send the audio and other data to Dropbox.
"Operation BugDrop is a well-organized operation that employs sophisticated malware and appears to be backed by an organization with substantial resources," the CyberX researchers wrote. "In particular, the operation requires a massive back-end infrastructure to store, decrypt, and analyze several GB per day of unstructured data that is being captured from its targets. A large team of human analysts is also required to manually sort through captured data and process it manually and/or with Big Data-like analytics."
TRUMP NAMES LT GEN MCMASTER AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER
Donald Trump has named Lt Gen Herbert Raymond McMaster as his national security adviser.
He replaces Lt Gen Michael Flynn who was fired after just three weeks and three days in the job after misleading Vice President Mike Pence over his Russian contacts.
McMaster is a man used to questioning authority he served in the Iraq and Gulf War and fought corruption in Afghanistan.
He was vehemently opposed to the Vietnam War explained in his book ‘Dereliction of Duty.’
The Lt Gen has a PhD in US history from the University of North Carolina.
Following the sacking of Lt Gen Michael Flynn Trump’s initial replacement Vice Admiral Robert Harward turned down the job citing personal reasons.
Trump made the appointment at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Kim Dotcom eligible for extradition: court
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will appeal after the High Court found there were grounds to extradite him and three co-accused to the United States on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.
The German-born founder of Megaupload was successful in his bid to block extradition on copyright infringement charges dating back to 2012, but his legal team say the overall outcome is "extremely disappointing".
Dotcom was arrested following raids in January 2012, alongside co-accused Mathias Ortmann, Bran van der Kolk and Finn Botato and accused of defrauding copyright holders and paying users to upload illegal files.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has led the investigation and claim Megaupload is a criminal conspiracy that earned the men $175 million.
They're each facing 13 charges.
Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia
A pilot and four American passengers were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, police said.
The twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air plane suffered an engine failure and crashed into the mall near the end of the runway at Essendon Airport, Victoria state police assistant commissioner Stephen Leane told reporters in Melbourne.
Witnesses told Australian Associated Press the plane exploded on impact.
"There were five people on the aeroplane and it looks like nobody's survived the crash," Leane said.
The crash happened at around 9 a.m., about an hour before the mall was due to open and there were no fatalities other than those aboard the aircraft, he added.
"All five occupants were male - the pilot was Australian and the four passengers were from the United States of America," Victoria police said in later statement.
Sky News showed burning wreckage strewn across the mall's carpark and a thick column of black smoke rising from the crash site.
The plane had been bound for King Island in Bass Strait between the mainland and the southern island state of Tasmania and Australian newspapers reported that at least two of the men were traveling to play golf on the island's famed links.
RUSSIA DEFENDS DECISION TO RECOGNISE REBEL PASSPORTS IN EASTERN UKRAINE
Moscow has defended its decision to recognise tens of thousands of passports issued by rebels in eastern Ukraine.
The RIA news agency quotes the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying the order is temporary.
Russian officials are also quoted as saying the order corresponds with international law.
“International law…does not prohibit the recognition of documents needed to implement the rights and freedoms guarantee by the authorities which are not internationally-recognised,” RIA quoted the ministry as saying.
FLOWS OF MAJOR WEAPONS 'HIGHEST SINCE COLD WAR'
The import and export of major weapons is at its highest global level since the end of the Cold War, a new report has claimed.
Transfers of major arms – which include missiles, warplanes, submarines and air defence systems – were at their highest volume last year since 1990, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
The weapons watchdog said the growth had been driven by increased demand in the Middle East and Asia.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have both been involved in the Yemen conflict, were among the world’s biggest importers of major weapons between 2012-2016.
Inflows to India accounted for 13 percent of the world’s arms imports, a rise of 43 percent compared to 2007-2011.
China, although still a major importer, has decreased inflows over recent years as it has improved its domestic arms output.
As a result, it has also become more of an arms exporter, supplying weapons to Algeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh, among others.
But its share of global exports pales in comparison with the USA and Russia, which account for 33 percent and 23 percent of the market respectively.
The UK remained the biggest importer of major weapons in Europe in the 2012-2016 period, despite its inflows decreasing by 22 percent compared with the previous five year period.
Revised travel ban targets same seven countries, exempts green card holders
President Trump’s revised travel ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet.
A senior White House official said the order will target only those same seven Muslim-majority nations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and Libya. Trump was forced to come up with a second order after federal courts held up his original immigration and refugee ban. The official said the order could come sometime this week.
Microsoft CEO Claims Company Must Display ‘Enduring Values’ in Response to Trump
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella claimed that his company must display “enduring values” in response to President Trump’s administration.
According to USA Today, “Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he understands the concept of America First, President Trump’s stated nationalist vision. That’s because in his global travels, Nadella meets many leaders who ask him how his company is helping their own interests.”
“But the executive, born in India and a U.S. citizen, also said his company must display ‘enduring values’ anchored to the Constitution,” the report continued.
Nadella, who was one of the tech leaders present at the meeting with President Trump in December, added that Microsoft is “integrally tied” to “American values.”
“In this case, being an American company, our values are integrally tied to what I think are American values,” said Nadella. “And these enduring values are something that we’ll always stand for. Then we will evaluate any policy in any country through those values. And that’s kind of where we come from.”
In January, Nadella criticized President Trump’s executive order on the temporary suspension of immigration from select terror-affected countries.
“Today Brad Smith sent email to Microsoft employees. I want to highlight this piece in particular,” wrote Nadella on LinkedIn, before quoting an email criticizing the executive order. “As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic.”
Russian ambassador to UN dies (((suddenly))) in New York
Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly Monday after falling ill in his office at the mission, Russian officials said.
Churkin, 64, was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York, where he died, Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press. His cause of death wasn't immediately known.
Churkin had been Russia's envoy at the United Nations since 2006 and was considered Moscow's great champion at the U.N. He had a reputation for an acute wit and sharp repartee, especially with his American and Western counterparts.
Russia's foreign ministry called Churkin an "outstanding" diplomat and expressed condolences to his friends and family. His death, the day before his 65th birthday, stunned officials at the U.N.'s headquarters.
"Our thoughts go to his family, to his friends and to his government," said U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, who heard the news from reporters as it circulated during a daily briefing.
Churkin was previously ambassador at large and earlier served as the foreign ministry spokesman. Churkin had a doctorate in history and was a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Britain's U.N. ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, tweeted that he was "absolutely devastated" to hear of the death of Churkin, "a diplomatic giant and wonderful character."
Give us credit for avoiding post-Brexit vote financial crisis, says Bank of England Governor Carney
Mark Carney has defended the Bank of England's role in the wake of the Brexit vote, suggesting the Bank helped to avert a potential financial crisis.
The Bank has been criticised by Brexiteers for acting too hastily in cutting interest rates last August and the economy's GDP growth rate has remained steady since the vote, despite widespread predictions in the City of London of a recession.
But giving evidence to the Treasury Select Committee on Tuesday, Mr Carney said the Bank's offer of large-scale liquidity to financial markets on the morning of 24 June and a cut in the capital requirements on banks in July had helped the economy avoid a potentially damaging financial crunch.
“You won’t like me for saying this, but success is an orphan on this,” he said.
“In terms of the financial-stability risks around the referendum, the bank did take some serious steps. If we hadn’t done that, there would have been macroeconomic consequences. It’s important we did. We just have to accept we will never get any credit for it.”
Exclusive—Regnery: Why Law Enforcement Will Like Justice Neil Gorsuch
Assuming Senate Democrats cannot torpedo his confirmation, Neil Gorsuch will be a welcome addition to a 4-4 Supreme Court often divided over questions of policing, law enforcement, and criminal justice.
The Court’s four liberals—Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan too often think of themselves as super legislators rather than judges; when they do their opinions reflect their personal proclivities rather than the strict letter of the law. Not so Neil Gorsuch, who prides himself on deciding cases based on the law rather than the outcome he would prefer. In his remarks at the White House, when President Trump nominated him, he said that “A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge, stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.”
Gorsuch may not have been accusing the four SCOTUS liberals of being bad judges—he is too polite to do that—but his remarks set him far apart from the ideal liberal judge, who cares little about what the law says, but instead cares a lot about the outcome and its impact on his favorite issues and perceived victims.
Liberals’ view of judging was confirmed in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee released this week, when some 100 liberal organizations predictably demanded that Gorsuch not be confirmed because he is not sufficiently sympathetic to “workers’ rights, immigration, women’s health, LGBT rights, police misconduct, students with disabilities, corporate bias, money in politics, environmental protection and voting rights.” Which is exactly Gorsuch’s point: treat everybody equally under the law, regardless of who they are, and don’t go beyond what the written law provides.
Turkey puts 47 on trial for 'coup plot to kill Erdogan'
Almost 50 suspects went on trial on Monday accused of plotting to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a luxury Aegean hotel on the night of the botched July 15 coup.
Forty-four suspects, mainly soldiers, are under arrest, while three others still on the run are being tried in absentia at the court in the southern city of Mugla.
The suspects, several smartly dressed in suits and ties, were led into the court by security forces in front of television cameras, AFP correspondents said.
Onlookers heckled the accused as they stepped out of the buses that took them from prison, shouting ‘we want the death penalty!’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is Greatest’).
The trial was taking place under the highest security with snipers posted on rooftops and helicopters circling overhead.
Erdogan, who was holidaying at a hotel in the upmarket Aegean resort of Marmaris with his family on the night of the coup, has said the plot left him 15 minutes from death.
Prosecutors have sought multiple life sentences for each of the 47 suspects, who include an alleged ‘hit squad’ of 37 soldiers.
Many were detained hiding in the mountains above Marmaris, even in caves, in the days after the coup bid that left 248 dead not including the plotters.
Iraqi offensive resumes to retake Mosul from Islamic State, prime minister says
They are fighting alongside other Iraqi forces, including the army and the federal police, as part of a push that started on Sunday to retake the west bank of Mosul.
Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions on Sunday.
Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, made the announcement during his appearance in Munich for an worldwide security conference.
They said several residents accused of phoning security forces with information about Islamic State activities had been killed in recent weeks.
The orphanage has since been abandoned after Iraqi forces launched a US -backed offensive in October 2016 to retake Mosul. Iraqi commanders expect an even tougher fight in the western half of the city, with urban combat in narrow streets, through neighborhoods densely packed with civilians.
Civilians in Mosul have no alternative but to cooperate with warring armies that are destroying their city.
Local social media accounts showed photos of Iraqi army leaflets warning ISIS fighters of an imminent ground attack.
Victory over Isis in Mosul could mean defeat in Syria's Deir Ezzor 250 miles west
“The re-conquest of western Mosul begins.” Or so several headlines in the Arab press have announced. And it’s true that the Iraqi army and its Shia militia allies and a few token soldiers from the US, Turkey, Britain and Kurdish forces have captured some small villages abandoned by Isis near the old Mosul airport. But it is likely to be weeks – perhaps months – before they can claim victory over Isis in Mosul. And even if they are successful, the real blow may fall on a Syrian city hundreds of miles to the west.
For behind the dust clouds and shellfire of the latest Iraqi armoured offensive against Isis in western Mosul – and the usual promises of success from the Iraqi prime minister and assorted American generals – lies the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, its government defenders and perhaps 90,000 civilians now isolated by Isis into two pockets of resistance in the desert. Supplied by helicopter and led by a ferocious Druze Syrian general, the regime’s forces have held out for five years. But if Isis breaks out from Mosul in the coming weeks, its fighters are likely to speed 340 miles west to the surrounded Syrian city to support their comrades there. Victory in Mosul, in other words, could mean defeat in Deir Ezzor.
Former Hong Kong leader remanded in custody ahead of sentencing
Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, the highest-ranking ex-official to be charged in the city's history, was remanded in custody on Monday ahead of his sentencing later this week for misconduct in public office. A nine-person jury had earlier found that Tsang failed to disclose private rental negotiations with property tycoon Bill Wong Cho-bau while his cabinet discussed and approved a digital broadcasting licence for a now defunct radio company, Wave Media, in which Wong was a major shareholder.
Cambodia changes political rules in 'triumph of dictatorship', critics say
Cambodia's authoritarian government has changed the law covering political parties, in what some commentators are calling the "final triumph of dictatorship".
The change makes it easy to dissolve a political party if it threatens 'national unity'
Two senior opposition figures would be barred from politics under the laws
Prime Minister Hun Sen has led Cambodia since 1985
The amendments make it easy for Cambodia's Ministry of Interior and Supreme Court — both widely seen as controlled by the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) — to dissolve a political party on the basis that it threatens "national unity".
A new ban on people with criminal convictions from holding senior political party roles or standing for office effectively bars opposition figure Sam Rainsy.
He lives in France to avoid defamation charges he says were politically motivated.
"The passage of these amendments marks the final consolidation of absolute power in the hands of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ruling Cambodian People's Party," said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
Hun Sen has served as Prime Minister for more than three decades.
Islamic State Jihadist Says He Raped over 200 Iraqi Women: ‘This Is Normal’
A jihadist from the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group captured by Kurdish forces has shown little remorse after admitting to raping more than 200 women, reveals Reuters.
“Young men need this,” the alleged serial rapist, identified as 21-year-old Ammar Hussein, told Reuters. “This is normal.”
Reuters gained access to the jihadist through Kurdish intelligence authorities.
The news agency, which concedes that it cannot independently verify Hussein’s claim, reports that the terrorist “said his emirs, or local ISIS commanders, gave him and others a green light to rape as many Yazidi and other women as they wanted.”
“Hussein said he moved from house to house in several Iraqi cities raping women from the Yazidi sect and other minorities at a time when ISIS was grabbing more and more territory from Iraqi security forces,” adds Reuters. “Kurdish security officials say they have evidence of Hussein raping and killing, but they don’t know what the scale is.”
The revelation comes on the same day that Human Rights Watch (HRW) highlights some of the first cases of abuse against Sunni women at the hands of ISIS, including arbitrarily detentions, rape, torture, and forcing Sunni girls and women to marry members of the terrorist group.
Texas preschool employee fired after she posted about killing Jews
A Texas preschool employee has been fired after she posted hateful messages about killing Jewish people on her Twitter account.
“Kiss the Palestine ground for me and kill some Jews,” Nancy Salem told a friend in a post from 2013 that is no longer available.
Screen grabs of other tweets published by the Dallas Morning News show Salem saying “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough” followed by a series of hahas.
The posts were first highlighted by activist group Canary Mission, which published a report about alleged anti-Semitism among those associated with Students for Justice in Palestine at University of Texas at Arlington.
Pope Francis Cuts Penalties For Pedophile Priests, Is He One Of Them?
In a move that shocked many, Pope Francis has decided to reduce the number of penalties for pedophile priests. The Pope thinks that it's only right that pedophile priests be subjected to prayers instead of facing jail time punishment for child abuse within the Catholic church. This move has begged the question as to whether the Pope is part of the agenda to normalize pedophilia?
Citing his vision of a merciful church, the liberal pope claims that pedophile priests should have their punishments reduced to lighter sentences, including a lifetime of prayer.
Sex victims have been disgusted by Pope Francis attempt to normalize pedophilia within the Catholic church based on the fact that he's undoing the work done by his predecessor Pope Benedict.
Theresa May To Prevent "Half of Romania and Bulgaria" From Living In The U.K. Before Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May promised a ' hard Brexit' and she appears firm and determined to deliver on such pledge, protecting first and foremost the interest of the U.K. The tough leader is reportedly expected to announce soon that European Union (EU) citizens arriving in U.K. after a cut-off date to be pegged at March 15 would no longer be entitled to live permanently in the U.K. Such move is seen as a good measure to prevent practically "half of Romania and Bulgaria" from coming to the U.K. before Brexit.
In order to effectively carry out such preemptive move against the potential influx of citizens from other EU countries, Theresa May is said to be contemplating on ending rights given to EU nationals under the freedom of movement rules when she triggers Article 50 next week to formally start the Brexit process. Should such a plan push through, it is unclear whether May's measure would constitute a breach of EU treaties that guarantee freedom of movement.
Should A Convicted Child Offender Have Social Media Access? Supreme Court To Decide
Should child sex offenders have the right to access social media sites like Facebook? The ball will be on the Supreme Court’s hands as it is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Monday in a First Amendment case about child offenders’ constitutional right versus the danger they pose to society, especially vulnerable children, by using social media.
German Minister Pledges to Protect Families… from Social Media Posts About Migrant Rapes
Families minister Manuela Schwesig has pledged to do more to protect children in Germany from right wing “hipsters” who post messages about migrant criminality on social media.
The Social Democratic Party (SPD) minister was speaking at a press conference last week at which youth protection website Jugendschutz.net said “right wing extremists” are using rap music and social media trends to “spread hate against refugees, Muslims and other minorities”.
“Right wing extremists are using stylish memes and videos to convey their messages,” said the website’s deputy director Stefan Glaser.
Speaking in Berlin he warned that “false messages are being launched in a targeted manner to fuel hate”, and said activists are posting “false messages” intended to “spread hate” in between “photographs of strawberry and muesli” and other apolitical content.
A common tactic of the new wave of so-called right wing extremists, whom Glaser calls “nipsters” — a portmanteau of the words ‘Nazi’ and ‘hipster’, is posting on social media about “the supposed criminality of refugees”.
President Trump Is Considering Quitting UN Human Rights Council
President Trump’s administration has reportedly accused the UNHRC of being biased against Israel, as a result the administration is questioning its usefulness while President Donald Trump is considering withdrawing the United States from the UN Human Rights Council.
Reports from Press TV indicate that the final decision as to whether the US will leave the council is expected to be made by the president himself, the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the new US ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley.
Sweden’s No-Go Zones Prove that Trump is Right
Last week, Donald Trump was criticized after he blasted Sweden due to its current immigration problem caused by the country’s problematic open-border policy. However, by taking a close look at Sweden, one would easily agree that Trump’s statements were on solid reasoning.
For years now, way before Trump decided to run for president, Sweden has no-go zones scattered across different parts of the country. These were established by the government to protect tourists and residents from being affected by the country’s rising crime rate.
Netflix Angers With Ad Campaign in Germany
>American streaming service Netflix has created controversy with saucy posters for its zombie comedy "Santa Clarita Diet."
American streaming service Netflix has taken down ads for its latest television series in Germany after people complained they were obscene.
The posters, depicting a human finger cut up and covered in ketchup in the style of a German fast food dish called currywurst, were put up around the country at bus stops and train stations, with one gigantic banner draped across a building in Potsdamer Platz, Berlin’s central tourist square.
You could call it clever marketing from Netflix, advertising its zombie comedy to Germany through the capital’s favorite sausage snack. “Santa Clarita Diet,” which debuted among Netflix’s online offerings on February 3, is about a real estate agent who turns undead and develops an insatiable appetite for human flesh.
Netflix has paid handsomely to promote the series here, setting up free currywurst stands and bringing stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant to Berlin for a red carpet premiere.
Ivanka Trump’s Perfume Soars to No.1 on Amazon’s list of best selling fragrances and perfume
Despite the malicious boycotts that had been unleashed against Ivanka Trump, her signature perfume is a best seller on giant Amazon. The Ivanka Trump Eau de Parfum Spray For Women which goes for $34 for a 3.4-ounce bottle was No. 1 on Amazon’s list of bestselling fragrances and perfume for at least the sixth consecutive day. One of the reviewers reported that the normally buy the perfume at Nordstrom but after they decided not to carry it anymore, they were happy to find it on Amazon. Second on the Amazon list was Radha Beauty Aromatherapy.
The success of Ivanka Trump’s perfume on Amazon after her products were dropped from other stores makes a very big statement on the resistance economy to boycott products associated with the President Trump’s family can help a brand as well as damage, fortunately, in Ivanka’s case, the unexpected happened.
The #GrabYourWallet campaign was a purely based on protests. However, Nordstrom Inc. emphasized that its own decision to cut Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand was purely a business decision. The company pointed out that Ivanka Trump’s footwear and apparel fell 32% last year. In response, Trump tweeted saying that her daughter had been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom, adding that she is a great person who’s always pushing him to do the right thing.
Islamic State May Soon Go Broke in Iraq and Syria
The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is plagued by financial troubles, with annual revenue falling by over 50 percent over the last two years, a study finds.
However, “the decline in revenues may not have an immediate effect on the group’s ability to carry out terrorist attacks outside its territory. While hurting Islamic State finances puts pressure on the organization and its state-building project, wider efforts will continue to be necessary to ultimately defeat it,” points out the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) and accounting group Ernst & Young in its study.
Moreover, ISIS and its affiliates have expanded to multiple countries where they may find sources of income other than what is available to them in their so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
In opium-rich Afghanistan alone, ISIS may potentially generate enough profits to replenish and surpass its annual revenue by capitalizing on the lucrative production of opium and its heroin deriva
The Greek debt disaster isn’t just a financial issue, it is a humanitarian one
>Pensioners have seen their income cut by half, in some cases more. Medical services are under huge pressure, with some drugs no longer available. Unemployment is officially 23 per cent, with youth unemployment double that
Greece’s agony drags on, as we’re reminded by remarks from Germany’s deputy finance minister Jens Spahn. Greece must not be granted a “bail in” that would involve creditors taking a loss on their loans, he said.
The International Monetary Fund wants Greece to be given relief on its debt, in effect having their capital value written down. But Germany opposes this, and it is not only Greece’s largest creditor. It also makes the biggest contribution to the European Stability Mechanism, the eurozone’s bailout fund, which has to make a further payment to Greece this summer to enable the country to keep meeting its obligations. A team of European negotiators, plus the IMF, are expected to go back to Athens this week to try to hammer out an agreement. But there is a chasm not only between the Greek government and its creditors, but between the different creditors.
Bitcoin, The IRS, and You: How much are you going to owe?
As if the federal government doesn't get enough money from the population of this country, recently the IRS has filed judicial papers to the Bitcoin headquarters. The purpose of these documents is the release of information about people using this virtual currency to avoid federal tax laws. The government isn't fooling anyone. All they want is their piece of the pie and want to further know what people own and what people have. This is just another typical invasion of privacy perpetuated by a government that thinks they need to know everything about everyone at all times. The idea that someone may be making transactions that they cannot tax is driving them crazy.
Who Deleted #PIZZAGATE Researcher David Seaman's Video From YouTube?
David Seaman is one among the few courageous journalists that have channeled their efforts towards investigating Pizzagate. In the meantime, the establishment has tried to water down his efforts by wiping out hundreds of videos from his YouTube channel.
Seaman made countless video’s showing his findings on the Pizzagate conspiracy that revolves around child sex-trafficking ring in Washington D.C. The independent journalists have an enormous following that in his YouTube channel that amounts to 154,156 subscribers. However, the channel is currently displaying no videos. His Vid.me account is also listing no videos, prompting the question on who’s exactly behind the malicious acts.
Although it’s not yet known as to why Seaman’s YouTube channel had all of its videos wiped out, one of the suspects is Joe Bernstein who is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News. Bernstein recently wrote a hit piece on Seaman branding him the Pizzagate King of the Internet. He also mocked the topics that Seaman has been covering despite the fact that he’s uninformed about Seaman’s research.
Bernstein wrote a statement that ridiculed Seaman efforts in researching the Rothschild’s, Satanism, and
Disability benefits should go to 'really disabled people' not 'anxiety sufferers', says Theresa May'
Disability benefits should only go to “really disabled people”, a senior advisor to Theresa May has said, and not those "taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety".
George Freeman, a Conservative MP and head of the Number 10 Downing Street policy unit, was defending plans to cut £3.7bn from personal independence payments (PIP).
"These tweaks are actually about rolling back some bizarre decisions by [benefits] tribunals that now mean benefits are being given to people who are taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"We want to make sure we get the money to the really disabled people who need it."
He added that he and Ms May "totally" understood the problems caused by anxiety.
Chicago Honors Terrorist Leader Lopez Rivera of FALN
In a bizarre move, Chicago has named one of its streets after the leader of a Puerto Rican terrorist organization. Earlier this week, the city named a street spanning three blocks after Oscar Lopez Rivera, one of the leaders of Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional or FALN.
The proposal to change the name of the street was submitted by Alderman Roberto Maldonado, who was appointed by former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley of the Democratic Party in 2009. Through votes submitted by the other aldermen of the city, Lopez Rivera was honored by Chicago by having a street named after him.
Santa Cruz Police: Homeland Security Lied, Used Gang Probe As Cover For Immigrant Sweep
Furious California police officials have threatened to end cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after they accused federal agents of using a gang investigation as cover to ferret out undocumented immigrants.
“I want to underscore that we would never have participated or cooperated in this operation if we had known that it included immigration enforcement,” said Kevin Vogel, police chief of Santa Cruz, which is one of a number of California sanctuary cities for immigrants.
“As a result of this betrayal of trust, we will be taking a long and hard look about whether we will cooperate with this federal agency in the future. We can’t cooperate with a law enforcement agency we cannot trust,” he said at a news conference earlier this week.
The now-controversial joint raids were launched Feb. 13 against local gang MS-13, which includes members from El Salvador. Police had been investigating the gang for years. Vogel hailed the arrests in raids in Santa Cruz, Daly City and Watsonville of ten individuals suspected of extortion, drug trafficking and murder.
Tom Perez Elected Democratic National Committee Chair
Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday after a contentious race that highlighted divisions within the party.
Perez bested Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the only other candidate remaining in the race after an inconclusive first round of voting. The final tally was 235 for Perez and 200 for Ellison.
Perez will now begin the work of rebuilding a Democratic Party battered by historic electoral losses as it is undertakes the task of confronting President Donald Trump and his agenda.
He also will have to win the trust of those who supported Ellison, his chief opponent. Many progressive activists who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 presidential primary viewed Ellison’s candidacy as a way to secure a foothold in the party after Sanders’ defeat.
Migrant entries surged following "Extreme Vetting" EO, Reports USCBP
The Customs and Border Protection wing of the United States Department of Homeland Security reported around 3,000 coming from the seven countries previously affected by a policy of "extreme vetting" in the days since a federal judge struck them down. According to a recent report, those numbers more than double the 1,200 reported in this same time period last year.
>The U.S. did see a surge of people entering from the seven terrorism-connected countries in the days after a federal judge halted President Trump’s extreme vetting policy, according to government statistics that back up Mr. Trump’s claims of a “big increase in traffic.”
>Mr. Trump is expected to announce an updated executive order this week to try to reimpose his vetting plan while surmounting the objections raised by several federal courts that stopped his policy, ruling that it likely was illegal and unconstitutional.
>Mr. Trump said his vetting policy was the evolution of his ban on Muslims, which he called for during the campaign. The current policy piggybacked on a bill approved by Congress and signed by Mr. Obama to impose stiffer screening on visitors from seven countries where the U.S. wasn’t confident of being able to check identities or backgrounds of would-be visitors.
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Tough Talking Mexico says “We Don’t Need US AID. We Will Start a Trade War"
President Donald Trump has passionately used every opportunity to relay to the American public that he is fiercely determined to accomplish his campaign promises, the strength of his campaign pledges after all resonated with the voters and proved to be one of the reasons why he won. One of these is his tough vow to build a wall along America's borders to protect national sovereignty and ensure that Americans will be safe from bad people coming in. He even reiterated just earlier that his administration is within its target schedule of building the wall between the U.S. and its southern neighbor, Mexico. President Trump certainly has not let up in his resolute resolve to build that wall.
One of the possibilities floated to raise the necessary funds in building the said wall is through Trump's plans for levies on Mexican imports and using American aid to pay for the barrier. Mexico, on the other hand, has not received the plans well and opted to talk tough, too. The country has threatened to retaliate against the U.S. should Trump goes ahead with his plan to impose border tax to pay for the disputed wall. The Trump administration is all set to entertain and study proposals for the wall's design next month.
There have also been wide speculations that Trump may divert U.S. aid to pay for the wall, coming off from the January 25 executive order of Trump instructing government agencies to report on the financial assistance given to Mexico in the past five years in relation to the construction of the wall.
Mexico is now also stepping up its tough talk as its foreign minister Luis
Bernie Sanders Refuses DNC Request. No Sanders Supporter Emails For Them
Democrat Senator Bernie sanders remains one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump who speaks up on just about any issue and controversy the current occupant of the White House is involved in. Perhaps, such is perfectly logical considering that the old senator now finds himself in the opposition after their candidate and his erstwhile rival Hillary Clinton's crushing loss in the presidential election. But what is perplexing now is that when asked with a question about his donors and party, the articulate and otherwise straight-talking Sanders suddenly bluffed his way and refused to give a direct answer.
Sanders was asked whether he is hesitant or unwilling to give his email list of donors to the Democratic National Committee to assist their party in the next election because he does not think the potential candidates met his ' progressives' standards enough, but somehow the old senator found a way to dodge the question. Sanders merely reverted back to his tired spiel saying he will back candidates who support working Americans against "big money and trusts". He said that he's going to support those candidates who have the guts to stand up for working families.
Then the self-declared democratic socialist went on to divert attention to again pick on his favorite punching bag- President Trump. He criticized Trump's Cabinet members who he described as " not representing the working class". He hit Trump anew for professing to be the party of working people but putting together more billionaires and millionaires in his administration than any president in American history. He also said that the Trump appointees are going to decimate the needs of the elderly, the children, and the poor. Sanders did not substantiate the criticism, however, and merely concluded that he needs to support those candidates who stand up to the one percent and fight for the 99 percent.
It is widely known that Sanders' preferred candidate, Rep. Keith Ellison ( D., Minn.), lost to Obama's former Labor Secretary Tom Perez for the DNC Chairmanship. Sanders, along with members of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, argued that Perez better represents the Washington, D.C. establishment and will not lead the party towards a
Backed by military vehicles, police in riot gear arrest protestors at Dakota Access pipeline camp
Police in full riot gear began arresting Dakota Access pipeline opponents who remained in a protest camp in North Dakota on Thursday in defiance of orders to leave.
Most protesters left peacefully Wednesday, when authorities closed the camp on Army Corps of Engineers land in advance of spring flooding, but some refused to go.
Eighteen National Guardsmen and dozens of law officers entered the camp from two directions shortly before midday Thursday, along with several law enforcement and military vehicles. A helicopter and airplane flew overhead.
Officers checked structures and began arresting people, putting them in vans to take to jail. The number of arrests wasn’t immediately known.
The operation began shortly after authorities said Corps officials had met with camp leaders. They didn’t divulge the outcome of those talks.
The camp — known as Oceti Sakowin — near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has since August been the main site for demonstrators trying to thwart construction of the final section of the $3.8 billion pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, whose reservation is downstream, say Dakota Access threatens their drinking water and cultural sites. Dallas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes that.
When complete, the pipeline will carry oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.
Scrap benefits sanctions or risk mental health crisis, doctors warn
The Government must immediately stop suspending the benefits of hundreds of thousands of claimants each year or risk soaring rates of mental health problems, experts have warned.
In an open letter to The Independent, doctors from Britain’s leading mental health organisations said that an urgent review of the system must be carried out to discover how deep an impact it is having.
Ministers are facing a separate battle in Parliament over plans to slash £3.7bn of disability benefits that would go to people with mental health problems, epilepsy, diabetes and dementia.
Zombie Posts by 100 Facebook Profiles Post 60% of All Pro #Obamacare Shills
In case you have seen passionate online defense of former President Barack Obama's signature health program Obamacare especially during crucial times from the campaign to the start of President Donald Trump's term
when he has made it a priority to repeal and replace Obamacare, there are big chances that those taking up the cudgels for the program online may have been paid to so.
A digital expert made a huge revelation that a majority of online and social media defenders of Obamacare are professionals who were specifically hired and "paid to post" views and comments favorable to Obama's
controversial program or to widely defend it from harsh critics and even those who have had bad experiences or personal encounters with Obamacare. Michael Brown made a thorough study and analysis of online media dynamics on the subject of Obamacare and
Will Jeff Sessions Recuse Himself From Russian Investigation?
The White House has decided not to rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from the Justice Department investigations into the controversial allegations on Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
A statement made by a deputy White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee, revealed that congressional investigations into the possible Russian hacking of the Democratic groups would have to run their course before Sessions decides whether from the FBI investigations.
Jeff Sessions was very supportive to President Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, he was a top adviser to Trump during the campaigns. Bernie Sanders made a statement on ABC’s this week in which he defended himself saying that he never implied that Sessions shouldn’t recuse himself or that he should, adding that his point was that we’re not yet there and the best thing would be to work through the process.
President Trump made a tweet on Sunday in which he emphasized that Russia talk is Fake News put out by the Dems with the help of the media in a bid to mask the illegal leaks and the big election defeat.
The U.S. Intelligence analysts have alleged that Russia tried to help Trump win the
Russia NOT involved in ‘Montenegro coup’
>Claims of Russian involvement in an attempted coup in Montenegro appear wrong and absurd.
As the hysteria over the wholly fictional links between the Trump administration and Russia continues unabated, claims have been circulating about a supposed Russian plot to overthrow the government of Montenegro so as to prevent that country from joining NATO.
To say that the ‘evidence’ for this is thin would be an understatement. The best summary is in the Guardian
Montenegrin police arrested a group of Serbian nationals on the eve of the 16 October vote and two Russian suspects are wanted over the alleged plot to seize parliament and assassinate former president and prime minister Milo Đukanović.
Montenegrin authorities had previously said the conspiracy was orchestrated by “Russian nationalists” but special prosecutor Milivoje Katnić went a step further on Sunday evening, suggesting that Russian authorities were involved.
“So far we have had evidence that Russian nationalist structures were behind [the plot], but now also that Russian state bodies were involved at a certain level,” Katnić told local media. “The organs of the Russian state must investigate which bodies are involved and open a criminal trial over these acts.”
A spokesman for the Russian president, Vladimir, Putin, dismissed the allegations. “These (are) absurd accusations … We do not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, including Montenegro,” Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
Rep. Darrell Issa Suggests Trump-Russia Inquiry Needs Special Prosecutor, Not Jeff Sessions
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said during an interview on “Real Time With Bill Maher” on Friday night that the investigation into Russia’s ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the U.S. election hacking needs a special prosecutor ― not Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The conservative congressman, who supported Trump during his 2016 campaign, also seemed to agree with host Bill Maher that Sessions should recuse himself from the investigation.
Maher posed a question to Issa about the FBI’s investigation Trump-Russia by flipping the controversy on its head.
Maher asked Issa if, in 2012, he “would let it slide” had Russians hacked Mitt Romney’s campaign and been in talks with former President Barack Obama’s campaign.
Marine Le Pen bullied by police allegedly under orders of current government
Marine Le Pen, who is leading in the polls at 27% of the vote, has refused to be questioned by the Stormtroopers of the current government who are incensed on doing anything possible to make her look bad.
The detectives allegedly believe that she used two aides, who were on the payroll of the European Parliament, for political activities related to France's local National Front party, which Le Pen is at the head of.
Le Pen's personal assistant, one Catherine Griset, was also charged by the police for "misusing" these aides, which are apparently so ridiculously highly paid the the European Parliament finds itself out of €340,000.
I wonder when the French police will look into the improprieties of the current government, because without Le Pen France is well on its way to becoming an Islamic Republic (or dictatorship!). I would not hold my breath waiting for the police to round up Parliament and the current Prime Minister for high treason.
These charges are obviously ridiculous, and the timing, just two months from
Have a Great Evening! Donald Trump Won't Attend Whitehouse Correspondent Dinner
President Donald Trump concluded a week of tumultuous relations with the press by saying that he will not attend this year’s White House correspondents’ dinner which was scheduled for the 29th of April.
The President Tweeted that he will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year, adding that he wishes everyone well.
It’s no surprise since this comes after the relations between Trump’s administration and the press have sunk at an all-time low. The leading news outlets such as CNN, New York Times and the Guardian were excluded from a briefing by press secretary Sean Spicer while the friendlier conservative organizations were admitted.
In response, the editors of the excluded organizations expressed anger although the White House Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason, of Reuters attempted to calm the troubled waters, However, at the end of the day, they have themselves to blame for spreading fake news.
Labour frontbencher Shami Chakrabarti ridiculed after blaming almost everything except Jeremy Corbyn
Shadow cabinet member Shami Chakrabarti was mocked on Sunday after blaming Labour’s disastrous Copeland by-election defeat on everything from bad weather to poor public transport, but not Jeremy Corbyn.
Baroness Chakrabarti also suggested explanations could include Labour voters being less likely to have a car, low turnout, Brexit divisions, false claims about Mr Corbyn’s views on nuclear power, party disunity and ill-treatment in the media.
Following the interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, one Labour MP ridiculed the "pearls of wisdom from the never-having-stood-for-election…wing of the Labour party".
Iraqi Forces Push Deeper Into Western Mosul As Civilians Flee
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defenses of Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier.
About 1,000 civilians walked across the frontlines, the largest movement since the new offensive launched last week to deal the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim group a decisive blow.
In the capital Baghdad, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the first such visit in more than a decade between Sunni Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite-led Iraq.
The new push in Mosul comes after government forces finished clearing Islamic State from the east of the city last month, confining the insurgents to the western sector across the Tigris river.
Commanders expect the battle there to be more difficult, in part because tanks and armored vehicles cannot pass through the narrow alleyways that crisscross ancient districts.
Trump Lashes Out at New York Times Ad Set to Air on the Oscars Tonight
For Republicans on Capitol Hill, Vice President Mike Pence was supposed to be the calm, steadying hand in the White House, the seasoned former Indiana governor and congressman who would be their ears and mouth in the neophyte Trump administration.
Then Pence went on national television last month, before Donald Trump was even sworn in, to assure America that the man selected to be the national security adviser, Michael Flynn, never discussed sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador.
It wasn’t true, of course. But Pence didn’t know that it was false, and that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the ambassador the very day the Obama administration leveled them in retaliation for Russia’s attempts to manipulate the U.S. election.
Pence and his many GOP supporters didn’t find out he’d been misled until mid February, although other top officials in the White House were warned of Flynn’s dishonesty weeks earlier, in late January. Flynn was forced to resign.
If Scottish Labour wants to survive against the SNP, it needs to start listening to Tony Blair
A large part of the Scottish Labour Party’s free fall since the referendum has been a result of presenting itself as a party of glorious past, and failing to shape a narrative of the future.
Campaigning for “No” in the Better Together campaign, it invoked many of the grand old totems on the doorstep in an attempt to convince socially progressive Scots; the NHS, the BBC, devolution. It might therefore be considered trite to invoke yet another overused quote from a long gone prime minister, but there is something to it. Wilson was on to something when he said “The Labour Party is a moral crusade or it is nothing.” When the party is not insurgent it is insular.
But it is words from a more recent, not-quite-extinct dinosaur which should give Scottish Labour exactly such a crusade. Some may consider Blair toxic, and still hold anger against him for the Iraq War. He might be perceived to be a preening lickspittle for the autocrats of the Middle East. He may well be considered sulphurous Satan himself – but goddammit, he’s good.
Amber Rudd leads charge to prevent rebel Lords changing Theresa May's Brexit Bill
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has led a fight-back against the drive to alter Theresa May’s Brexit plan, stating that the Government will not accept any compromise on its Bill to trigger Article 50.
Ms Rudd said the legislation which will allow Ms May to launch the two-year countdown to Brexit, should be passed unamended by the House of Lords who are set to debate it this coming week.
She was backed up by Tory Chairman Patrick McLoughlin who lashed out at campaigner Gina Miller for demanding in The Independent today that the Lords show “backbone” in winning concessions before passing Ms May’s Bill.
Record Number of Human Trafficking Arrests Under Pres. Trump , Mostly Ignored By The Press
One phenomena of the mainstream media is there seems to be a unanimous pact among the major news organizations to paint everything related to President Trump in a negative light. This includes only focusing on the negative aspects of his campaign and now presidency. There seems to be a deep disdain for everything he does that goes beyond one or two jilted reporters. This attitude has tainted their reporting to the point that the very positive things that have been happening as a direct result of President Trump have gone ignored. This hurts the people who deserve to have their stories acknowledged, none more so than the victims of the rapists, sexual predators, and pedophiles that Trump has taken off the street since his inauguration. There has been an astonishing uptick in the number of sexual predators that have been arrested in 2017 that can be directly related to Trump's actions as President of the United States.
White House Rejects DHS Intel Report Contradicting Trump's Travel Ban
The White House is rejecting a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence report rebuffing the statement of the Trump administration that citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries pose a higher terror threat, that is why they were included in the executive order calling for a temporary travel ban for people from those countries from entering the U.S.
A senior Trump administration official told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that President Trump indeed asked for an intelligence report. However, the intelligence assessment being floated by the DHS intel report is " not the intelligence assessment the President asked for".
South Africa's Zuma condemns violence against foreigners
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has condemned acts of violence between citizens and non-nationals, his office said on Friday.
Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from citizens and getting involved in crime.
Citizens in Pretoria are set to march against foreigners on Friday and domestic media are reporting vandalism and acts of violence in the Atteridgeville area west of the capital.
At least 20 stores in Pretoria owned by foreigners were looted on Tuesday, but police could not confirm that the attacks had deliberately targeted foreigners.
"Many citizens of other countries living in South Africa are law abiding and contribute to the economy of the country positively. It is wrong to brandish all non-nationals as drug dealers or human traffickers," Zuma said in a statement.
Norma McCorvey Of The Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Case That Legalized Abortion Dies At
Back in 1970, McCorvey was a 21-year-old Texan struggling with addiction, abuse and her sexual identity when she sought to eliminate her unwanted pregnancy. However, the restrictive Texas laws prevented her from getting an abortion and her case was picked up by lawyers Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee. The two took the case all the way to the Supreme Court.
McCorvey gave birth before the case was concluded and her child was put up for adoption she also kept her identity as Roe hidden until years later. In a statement that she made to the New York Times back in 1994, she stated that she was a simple woman with a ninth grade education and that she wanted women not to be harassed or condemned and that she wanted the privilege of a clean clinic to get the procedure done, adding that she’s never had the privilege to go into an abortion clinic, lay down and have an abortion done.
The Texas law banned all abortions apart from those meant to save the life of the mother. After maintaining that the pregnancy was a result of being raped, McCorvey later recanted that claim. A watershed 7-to-2 ruling was handed down by the Supreme Court and it declared individual state laws banning abortion unconstitutional and set the stage for decades of contentious public debate over the controversial decision.
Ask a Question on Extraterrestrial Life On Reddit? Get Permabanned
The Collective-Evolution’s Reddit account has been suspended by Reddit after asking a question during the seven-planet discovery AMA. The account asked when is NASA going to reveal what is known about the ET life? The simple question asked by Collective evolution was backed up by a factual testimony by Paul Hellyer who is a former Canadian Defense Minister who pointed out that there are at least four known ET races.
Instead of getting a response back from NASA after posing the question which gave them a chance to see what the public is thinking about the subject, they received a nice red Reddit ban hammer accompanied with a permanent account deletion. As if that was not enough, a backlash from the Reddit community calling out the question as silly adding that NASA was there to answer questions only and not conspiracy theories.
The Collective-Evolution should have taken the controversy a notch higher by posing a more brazen question on when NASA was going to reveal what is known about ET life? With the realization that they have a programming director Wayne Hale on tape saying that they have been chasing objects for many years in the sky but rarely have been able to pinpoint their origin and have determined that these crafts don’t pose any hazard.
Additionally, NASA ought to realize that the world knows
Former Clinton Fundraiser Releases Secret Video: Fears Assassination By The Clintons
The Daily Mail has just released portions of a tape that a Chinese-American businessman, who was ousted and convicted for his role in an illegal fundraising plot between China and the Clintons made over fears that he would be assassinated due to what he knew.
The DNC and the Clinton administration were exposed back in 1996 in an illegal campaign scheme that was known as the Chinagate. The Chinese agents sought to directly contribute from foreign sources to the Democratic National Committee before the presidential campaign back in 1996, this was exposed by Bob Woodward and Brian Duffy of the Washington Post – before it became a propaganda tool for the establishment.
China engaged in these contributions yet they were in direct violation of the United States law that forbids non-American citizens or non-permanent residents form giving monetary donations to the United States politicians and political parties.
The federal investigators moved in to make arrests after the discovered that the illegal donations had taken place. Unfortunately, not even a single DNC staffer nor either of the Clintons was arrested. Surprisingly, only the Johnny Chung who made the secret video fearing that the Clintons would have him murdered took the fall.
Trump Mocked Sweden, Germany, and France Over Weak Borders: Here's The Summary Of His CPAC
On February 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump spoke at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) 2017 today. Trump, who has spoken at CPAC every year between 2011 and 2015, gave his first speech before the yearly political event as president. In tone, the address was similar to you would expect from a constitutionally mandated State of the Union address.
The president touched on many issues important to conservatives in America and around the world during his hour long speech. First, he focused his attention on the fake news media, that is, in his words, the "Clinton News Network" and other outlets such as his previously named New York Times, both of which were recently, perhaps temporarily, banned from the White House.
Germany: Man drives vehicle into pedestrians, shot by police
A man armed with a knife was shot and injured by police Saturday after he drove a car into a group of pedestrians in Heidelberg, Germany, local police said.
Three people were injured, one seriously, Mannheim police said. After driving his car into the group, the suspect tried to flee the scene and was then shot by officers. The suspect was seriously injured and taken to the hospital.
No motive is known, and the suspect has not been identified.
The crash occurred near a bakery stand in a central square of Heidelberg, police said.
The Mannheim police are leading the investigation since its police district merged with that of nearby Heidelberg.
Heidelberg sits along the Neckar River in southwest Germany about 88 kilometers (54 miles) south of Frankfurt. It is home to Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany.
The incident comes as Germans are still reeling from the deadly attack at a Berlin Christmas market. Twelve people died and 48 were injured when a tractor-trailer barreled into the crowded market December 19.
The Biggest Rally Ever! Trump Calls For Supporters Rally
One of the earliest, strongest signs then that candidate Donald Trump has a huge chance of winning the U.S. presidential election is the mammoth size of crowds he consistently draws for his rallies. Trump also showed his strategic and determined nature with his unstoppable enthusiasm and high energy in going to as many rallies as he could compare to Hillary Clinton who wrestled with health and stamina issues then. Even if the mainstream media were not honest enough to accurately report the great size and palpable energy of the crowds Trump could command then, the Republican simply kept going tirelessly rallies after rallies.
Trump's tenacity paid off with his amazing upset victory. Now that he is already calling the shots in the White House and delivering on his campaign promises, the President wishes to capitalize once more on one of his biggest strengths: his ability to attract and build huge crowds. The President on Saturday suggested to his supporters the idea of gathering them all together for a rally "that would be the biggest of them all".
The President tweeted: " Maybe the millions who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally. It would be the biggest of them all!".
Kim Jong Nam Assassin Got Paid $90 "I Was Told I'ts Just A Prank
Reports issued by an Indonesian official state that one of the Indonesian woman who is one of the suspects in the killing of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un’s half-brother said that she was paid $90 for what she thought was a prank.
The suspects who goes by the name Siti Aisyah urged the authorities that she did not want her parents to see her in custody, this was revealed by Andriano Erwin who is Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia. The country recently revealed that VX nerve agent was used in the unfortunate killing that claimed Kim Jong Nam’s life.
It’s without a doubt that the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, which took place on the 13th of February was a well-planned hit. After the two women went behind him and appeared to be smearing something onto his face, Kim was pronounced dead within hours of the attack.
Trump to speak at CPAC
President Trump is set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.
At the conference, Trump will join an already-full list of White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, as well as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who will take the stage together on Thursday.
Trump has become a regular attendee of the high-profile conference in recent years.
The event is also set to feature a number of prominent Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one-time presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
The organizers of the annual meeting made the announcement on Facebook Monday morning, amid controversy stemming from a video of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who is scheduled to speak at CPAC, appearing to defend pedphilia.
U.S. crude prices rise as investors bet big on oil strength
U.S. crude futures rose for a second day on Tuesday, with data showing hedge funds are betting big across oil markets following OPEC production cuts agreed last year.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 23 cents at $53.63 a barrel at 0032 GMT. It gained about 29 cents, or 0.5 percent, on Monday, which was a shortened session due to a U.S. national holiday.
Brent futures were yet to trade, after ending the previous session up 0.7 percent at $56.18 a barrel.
Investors now hold more crude futures and options than at any time on record, after members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) committed last year to cut production.
Speculators raised their bets on a rally in Brent oil prices to a record last week, data from the InterContinental Exchange showed on Monday, mirroring the optimism in the U.S. crude market.
Data on Friday showing net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to Feb. 14 were at a record.
"As bullish positioning by hedge funds continues to push on in unchartered territory, the risk of a swift, sharp snapback in prices continues to build," ClipperData analyst Matt Smith said in an overnight note.
"Especially given the bearish backdrop of record crude and gasoline inventories amid lower fuel demand year-on-year," he added.
U.S. crude oil and gasoline inventories soared to record highs last week as refineries cut output and gasoline demand softened, the Energy Information Administration said last week.
GUILTY OR NOT, FRANCOIS FILLON SAYS HE'LL RUN FOR PRESIDENT
Francois Fillon has changed his mind, he will press ahead with his presidential bid even if investigators charge him over claims his wife had a fake parliamentary job.
The conservative candidate’s U turn is likely to encourage even more protesters to dog him on the campaign trail.
Fillon told Le Figaro newspaper that it would be outrageous to deprive the right and centre of a candidate.
Up until now he’d promised to drop out of the race if he was charged in an ongoing inquiry, now in its third week.
But he now says the investigation into whether his wife and children did work for him or whether they simply pocketed a salary is taking too long.
It’s Socialist candidate Emmanuel Macron who’s benefiting from Fillon’s fall from grace and he’s now favourite to win in a second round on May the seventh.
SMALL PROTEST AGAINST US VICE PRESIDENT'S BRUSSELS VISIT
Some 30 people protested against the visit of US Vice President Mike Pence to Brussels on Monday.
The demonstration was organised on Facebook by the organisation “Light for Rights”, which held a similar demonstration after Donald Trump’s inauguration.
“We have a sociopath in charge, and we have a bigot as a vice-president. So I want be here today just to be part of the resistance because things really need to change,” said one American woman, who joined the rally in the EU district of the Belgian capital.
Protesters said they wanted to draw attention to the Trump administration’s policies on gays, women, climate change and refugees.
Trump's defense chief says has no problems with media
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday distanced himself from President Donald Trump's assessment of the media as "the enemy of the American people," saying during his first trip to the Middle East that he had no problems with the press.
Mattis, a retired Marine general seen as one of the most influential voices in Trump's cabinet, did not mention his boss by name. But asked about Trump's Tweet on Friday that branded the media as America's enemy, Mattis took a different position entirely.
"I've had some rather contentious times with the press. But no, the press, as far as I'm concerned, are a constituency that we deal with," he told reporters traveling with him in the United Arab Emirates.
"And I don't have any issues with the press, myself," Mattis added.
Since his Jan. 20 inauguration, Trump has fiercely criticized various news outlets that have reported unflattering revelations of dysfunction or other problems in the White House.
He has described them as "lying", "corrupt" and "failing," and late on Friday he said the news media was "the enemy of the American people."
A warning to Merkel: Russia recognises documents issued by Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics
Russia's recognition of documents issued to their citizens by the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics stops well short of diplomatic recognition, but as well as having humanitarian considerations it appears intended as a warning to Merkel and the Europeans to take the settlement process of the Ukrainian conflict more seriously.
The Russian authorities have taken another step towards granting de facto recognition to the authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine by formally recognising the legal validity of the documents they issue to their citizens.
The documents in question are things like driving licences, birth and marriage certificates, travel documents and the like.
The Ukrainian authorities are already complaining that Russian recognition of these documents amounts to Russia’s de jure recognition of the two People’s Republics. The carefully worded Executive Order signed by President Putin however shows that this is not the case
Being guided by universally recognised principles and standards of the international humanitarian law and in order to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals, the President has resolved that temporarily, during the political settlement period of the crisis in certain districts of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions pursuant to the Minsk Agreements, personal identification documents, education and (or) qualification certificates, birth certificates, marriage, divorce, name change and death certificates, vehicle registration certificates, and vehicle registration plates issued by the corresponding authorities (organisations), valid in the specified district, will be recognised in the Russian Federation as valid for Ukrainian citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in those areas.
ISIS piles more defeats and humiliations on Erdogan in Al-Bab
Contrary to boasts of victory by Turkish President Erdogan and his generals, ISIS throws back Turkish assault on ISIS held Syrian town of Al-Bab, inflicting heavy losses on Turkish troops.
A week after Turkish President Erdogan declared victory for the Turkish army in its fight with ISIS for the strategically important town of Al-Bab in northern Syria, it has been confirmed that ISIS has driven back the Turkish troops besieged the city, inflicting on them heavy losses.
It seems that the Turkish troops and their ‘Free Syrian Army’ allies have lost all the territorial gains in and around Al-Bab that they had made, and which caused President Erdogan to make his triumphant victory declaration of a week ago.
The Turkish force that is besieging Al-Bab is comparatively small. It is also unbalanced, with barely any Turkish infantry to support the tanks, and with such Turkish infantry as is there consisting mainly of Special Forces, who are few in number and who are not generally used to support tanks.
The reason for this is that for domestic political reasons President Erdogan’s government is unwilling to send Turkish infantry into Syria. Turkish infantry units are generally manned by conscripts, and President Erdogan does not want to face the public opposition he might provoke if he sent young Turkish conscripts to Syria to fight the hardened veterans of ISIS and the Kurdish YPG.
The result however is that the Turkish military besieging Al-Bab has to rely for infantry support on the Jihadi fighters of the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’, who have proved consistently unable to stand up in a fight against any one of their enemies, be they the Syrian army, ISIS or the YPG.
U.S. has ‘unwavering’ commitment to NATO, Pence says
HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: For more perspective on the U.S./Russia relationship and the role of NATO, I am joined from Munich by James Jeffrey, who has served in Republican and Democratic administrations as U.S. ambassador to Turkey and to Iraq, and as deputy national security adviser. He’s now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
So, Ambassador Jeffrey, why are European leaders unsettled with President Trump? Why were today’s reassurances necessary?
JAMES JEFFREY, WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR NEAR EAST POLICY: They were necessary because of things that the president said during the campaign against NATO, possibly forming some sort of alliance with the Russians, and basically, calling into question the validity of underlying values that everybody we say in the West, the Atlantic community, shares. This made people very nervous because here in Europe, this is like a civic religion for the political class and much of the population, and it’s the anecdote to half a century of devastating war and totalitarian regimes that they experienced in the early 20th century.
So, they were really frightened when they heard this, and that’s why the effort over the weekend to clear things up with Washington.
SoftBank shares up; sources say company willing to cede control of Sprint
Shares in SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) rose nearly 3 percent in morning trade on Monday after a Reuters report that the Japanese company is prepared to cede control of Sprint Corp (S.N) to T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) to clinch a merger of the two U.S. wireless carriers.
SoftBank is expected to approach T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE) for negotiations when an ongoing auction of airwaves ends in April and a ban on talks between rivals is lifted, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
A potential deal could bolster SoftBank's shift towards what billionaire founder Masayoshi Son calls the "Berkshire Hathaway of the tech industry," or a company with cutting-edge tech investments as the telecoms services markets mature.
The proceeds of the possible sale of all or a portion of its Sprint stake to a third party could improve SoftBank's credit rating and "allow it to dedicate more of its managerial and financial resources to growth businesses," analysts at SMBC Nikko Securities said in a research note.
While SoftBank's domestic mobile business remains a cashcow necessary to fund investments, analysts have said it may be hard for Sprint to grow on its own as it lacks the scale to challenge larger rivals.
Son told reporters earlier this month that he was focused exclusively on an acquisition of T-mobile three years ago, but that Sprint's return to profits has opened various new possibilities for SoftBank in an upcoming industry realignment.
Son's previous attempt to merge T-Mobile and Sprint, ranked third and fourth respectively, fell through amid opposition from U.S. antitrust regulators.
Trump Orders NASA Back To The Moon , Launch Orion Space Craft ,and Pursue Human Expedition In Mars
This develops as the President has ordered the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) to seriously study the option of sending a manned mission around the moon instead of an empty debut test flight of the agency's heavy-lift rocket with a late 2018 target launch.
The order of Trump marks a vast improvement and a faster, more ambitious take compared to the previous plan under former President Barack Obama where NASA was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the objective of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s and to be followed by a human expedition to Mars only in the 2030s. Trump's instruction for a study tweaks Obama's plan by exploring whether a crew can already be added to an earlier test flight, in the process opening the possibility for an American's return to the moon.
With new anti-ISIS plan due next week, Pentagon considering U.S. troops in Syria
The top U.S. military officer declined repeatedly on Thursday to rule out committing U.S. ground troops to battle the Islamic State in in Syria, stressing that the Pentagon will present President Donald Trump with “a full range of options” to combat the terror organization.
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments at a Washington research center as the 30 days that President Donald Trump gave military leaders to develop a strategy to fight the Islamic State are almost up.
“I’m in the business of providing the president with options,” Dunford said several times at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. when repeatedly pressed on whether those choices would include conventional ground troops.
GREECE'S BAILOUT OBLIGATIONS
Discussions between Greece, its European lenders and the International Monetary Fund on the country’s bailout obligations have dragged on for months as disagreements persist over fiscal issues, labour and energy market reforms.
A few days ago, the European Commissioner for economic and financial affairs Pierre Moscovici was in Athens, where he met Alexis Tsipras, who has been losing support from the people of Greece and even within his own political party.
“There must be for the Greek people – I know them well and I feel really a friend of this country – a light at the end of the tunnel of austerity,’‘ said Pierre Moscovici. “We are not pleading or advocating for austerity. And no institution must advocate for austerity. But as you said there needs to be a balanced set of reforms.”
The Syriza government must make a further €7 billion payment to its creditors by July or risk default on its entire debt. Greece signed up to a bailout worth up to 86 billion euros in 2015, its third international financial lifeline since 2010.
The IMF has repeatedly expressed doubts that a primary budget surplus target of 3.5 percent over 10 years which the European Union and Greece initially signed up to can be achieved without Athens resorting to further austerity or without substantial debt relief.
Ivanka Trump reportedly pushing for a US$500 billion child care policy
In line with her father’s promises, Ivanka Trump urges lawmakers to support a tax benefit for child care that’s estimated to cost US$500 billion (AU$649) billion over ten years. The first daughter is reportedly aiming for the deduction to be a required element of a tax code revamp that US President Donald Trump has promised.
The president’s eldest daughter allegedly met with the members of the House and Senate in the Roosevelt Room at the White House last week to talk about her proposed plans concerning the child care tax benefit. According to an estimate by the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit research group, the child care proposal would cost the federal government $500 billion (AU$649 billion) in revenue after a decade.
Alan Cole, an economist with the Tax Foundation, commented that the child care proposal is generous and broad. “However, the largest benefits will go to relatively affluent dual-income families using paid child care," he explained.
Unilever shares tumble 8 percent after Kraft ditches bid
Shares in Anglo-Dutch consumer goods group Unilever (ULVR.L) (UNc.AS) dropped 8 percent on Monday after U.S. rival Kraft Heinz Co (KHC.O) abruptly ditched its surprise $143 billion merger proposal.
Backed by Warren Buffett and the private equity firm 3G, Kraft had wanted to buy Unilever to build a global consumer goods giant but its offer was flatly rejected on Friday by the maker of Lipton tea and Dove soap.
According to people familiar with the matter, Kraft had not expected to encounter the resistance it received from Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman, who dismissed the offer as having no financial or strategic merit.
Concerns had also been raised about political scrutiny in Britain where Prime Minister Theresa May had indicated she would be more proactive in vetting foreign takeovers when she took office last year.
May had previously singled out Kraft's 2010 acquisition of another British household name, Cadbury Plc, as an example of a deal that should have been blocked. The Financial Times said May had ordered officials to see if the proposed deal raised any concerns for the wider British economy and merits government intervention.
3G made its name in corporate America by orchestrating large debt-laden acquisitions and then slashing costs dramatically to drive profits.
'CEO' Tillerson faces internal skeptics, crisis-battling White House
One of Rex Tillerson's first directives as U.S. secretary of state was an order to senior staff that his briefing materials not exceed two pages.
It was a reflection of Tillerson's management style honed at the helm of Exxon Mobil, an oil company known for its relentless focus on efficiency, and one reason his closest aides at the State Department refer to him as "the CEO" rather than "the Secretary."
More than a dozen current and former U.S. officials familiar with briefing procedures said Tillerson's predecessors would typically request far more detailed information. His aide R.C. Hammond said the directive reflected Tillerson's focus on key facts rather than lack of interest in finer points of foreign policy.
"He is asking people to be efficient with their information," Hammond said, adding that if Tillerson needed more information he would ask for it. "He is a decision-maker and he needs the facts in front of him."
As a first-time government official with no prior diplomatic experience, Tillerson faces close scrutiny over how successful he will be in managing both the State Department bureaucracy and its relations with Donald Trump and his administration.
Senior State Department officials who have attended meetings with Tillerson say they find him sociable and a man of substance, whose direct manner and probing questions reflect his training as an engineer seeking to solve problems rather than play politics.
Iraqi forces begin bitter battle for Mosul in effort to destroy Isis
>Jihadis expected to fight to the last man to defend the city where the group established its self-declared caliphate
Iraqi government forces have started their offensive aimed at capturing the western half of Mosul, Isis’s last big urban stronghold in the country. There are an estimated 4,000 jihadi fighters defending the close-packed houses and narrow alleyways in the half of the city west of the Tigris River, which is inhabited by some 650,000 civilians.
Iraqi paramilitary federal police and interior ministry units are advancing from the south of Mosul with the initial aim of seizing the city airport. But the heaviest fighting is likely to come when the soldiers get into built up areas where the militant group has been digging tunnels and holes cut through the walls of houses so they can conduct a mobile defence away from artillery fire and airstrikes.
The fighting could be as fierce as anything seen in the Iraq war, which has been ongoing since the US invasion of 2003 overthrew Saddam Hussein. The operation is being largely planned by the US, which has 6,000 soldiers in Iraq and which leads a coalition that has carried out more than 10,000 airstrikes and trained and equipped 70,000 Iraqi soldiers. “Mosul would be a tough fight for any army in the world,” said Lt Gen Stephen Townsend, the commander of the coalition, in a statement.
The German Secret Service Spied On Journalists From BBC, The New York Times And Reuters
BND, which is Germany’s foreign intelligence service has for a long time spied on journalist from the New York Times, BBC, Reuters and other media outlets.
In response to the alleged spying, the media rights group Reporters Without Borders said that the surveillance was a monstrous attack on press freedom, Der Spiegel reported that the group also voiced its fears that the eavesdropping was still ongoing and as a result, it said that it was planning on taking legal action.
Trump administration signals a possible crackdown on states over marijuana
The White House on Thursday put states that have legalized recreational-use marijuana on notice that federal law enforcement agents could be targeting them soon.
It was the clearest warning yet that the Trump administration may move to disrupt the marijuana trade in the eight states, including California, that have legalized the recreational use of pot.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the administration had no plans to continue the permissive approach of the Obama administration and that it viewed recreational marijuana use as a flagrant violation of federal law.
Spicer’s statement that the Department of Justice could initiate enforcement actions in states that have legalized recreational pot alarmed the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry and set up the administration for yet another confrontation with liberal states.
“Bullies Are Sick!” Bruce Jenner Stands Up Against Trump’s Anti-LGBTQ View
President Donald Trump annulled protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity. Trump’s move overruled his own education secretary and placed his administration firmly in the middle of the culture wars that many Republicans have tried to avoid.
The top civil rights officials from both the Justice Department and the Education Department rejected the Obama administration’s position that nondiscrimination laws require schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.
Mass Meditation To Bring Down Elite Washington Pedophile Ring Underway
It was recently revealed by a Department of Homeland Security insider that the Central Intelligence Agency and the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service are secretly behind the cover up of the Washington D.C. pedophile rings. The insider alleged that the agencies use their knowledge of politicians involved to blackmail and further their sinister political agendas.
This pedophile menace is on the verge of being exposed as we’ve recently seen loyal and awakened followers who are bringing forth information, this include trusted insiders, whistleblowers and leakers.
John McCain secretly traveled to Syria to evaluate his ISIS – Al Qaeda war to overthrow Assad
McCain travelled to Syria this to visit US forces present there and discuss the campaign against Daesh.
Senator John McCain made a secret trip to a Kurdish-held region in northern Syria last weekend to speak with US military officials, but more importantly to speak with rebel fighters, and leaders in the region.
Here are photos of some past meetings John McCain had when he was in Syria speaking with “rebel fighters” (aka ISIS-Al Qaeda).
World's only piece of a metal that could revolutionise technology has disappeared, scientists reveal
It was said to have been the only piece on Earth of a metal that could have revolutionised life as we know it.
But a tiny sample of metallic hydrogen – purportedly created by scientists at Harvard University – has disappeared, The Independent can reveal.
According to one theory, the metal would be a superconductor capable of dramatically improving anything to do with electricity, creating faster computers, saving vast amounts of power currently lost in transmission and ushering in a new generation of super-efficient electric vehicles.
It could also be used to make a much more powerful type of rocket fuel, enabling humans to explore the solar system as never before.
The minuscule sample was being kept between two tiny diamonds at a pressure greater than found at the centre of the planet and a temperature close to absolute zero, while its properties were studied.
Mexican officials admit their country is a route for illegals
In a recent slew of objections to the changes the new President of the United States has made in the homeland security enforcement policy, Mexican officials have conceded that their country has been a route for illegal immigrants from Central and South America.
>In one stark example, Mexico has been issuing temporary transit visas at its southern border to Haitians, giving them just long enough to reach the U.S. border, where they either try to sneak in or they show up at a border checkpoint and demand entry. More than 7,000 Haitians tried to claim entry in the last three months of 2016 alone — more than four times the previous pace.
>Under Mr. Trump’s new policy, those Haitians and others who try to enter without permission would not only be put into faster deportation proceedings, but could even be shipped back to Mexico while they await the outcome of their court cases.
>“There’s a concern among Mexicans, there’s irritation before what has been perceived as policies that might be harmful for the Mexicans,” Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said through a translator.
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Underground network readies homes to hide undocumented immigrants
A hammer pounds away in the living room of a middle class home. A sanding machine smoothes the grain of the wood floor in the dining room.
But this home Pastor Ada Valiente is showing off in Los Angeles, with its refurbished floors, is no ordinary home.
"It would be three families we host here," Valiente says.
By "host," she means provide refuge to people who may be sought by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. The families staying here would be undocumented immigrants, fearing an ICE raid and possible deportation.
The purchase of this home is part of a network formed by Los Angeles religious leaders across faiths in the wake of Donald Trump's election. The intent is to shelter hundreds, possibly thousands of undocumented people in safe houses across Southern California.
The goal is to offer another sanctuary beyond religious buildings or schools, ones that require federal authorities to obtain warrants before entering the homes
Trump at CPAC : Blasts Use Of Media’s Anonymous Sources ,Bashes Fake News as “Enemy of the People”
President Trump was speaking at the Conservatives Political Action Conference (CPAC) where he delivered another victory speech in which he reiterated his current traditional talking points that touched on bad polling, he also promised to increase the military spending, slammed bad deals, vowed to build the wall and most importantly he also unleashed an attack on the fake news media. President Trump made special emphasis on outlets that use anonymous sources as he claimed that he loves the First Amendment.
Muslim Trump staffer resigns citing 'Muslim ban'
A veiled National Security Council staffer said Thursday she left the new U.S. administration due to President Donald Trump's travel ban that many have criticized for unfairly targeting her religious community.
After feeling "welcome and included" by the Obama administration, Rumana Ahmed said she wanted to stay on in the administration "to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam". But she lasted just eight days on Trump's National Security Council.
"When Trump issued a ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all Syrian refugees, I knew I could no longer stay and work for an administration that saw me and people like me not as fellow citizens, but as a threat," she wrote in an op-ed for the Atlantic magazine.
Tough Lady Le Pen Doubting The Neutrality Of Investigation Refuses To Attend Questioning
Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who draws inspiration from President Donald Trump, has shown once again her fierce and independent nature as she refused to participate in a potentially politicized investigation involving her, the timing of which is highly suspect.
Le Pen, who is leading in the polls, refused Friday to attend questioning by magistrates who are investigating over charges that she broke the rules on the use of European Parliament funds.
Trump maniacally focused on implementing poll agenda: Bannon
US President Donald Trump is "maniacally focused" on implementing the agenda that he rolled out during the election campaign, his top advisor has said.
"All he's doing right now is, he's laid out an agenda with those speeches for the promises he made. And our job every day is just to execute on that. It's to simply get a path to how those get executed," Steve Bannon, the White House Chief Strategist said at the Conservative Political Action Conference here.
Trump Declares U.S. Must Be " At The Top Of The Pack" In Nuclear Arsenal
In December last year, the 2016 presidential election winner then tweeted that the U.S. must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity "until such time that the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." Earlier, he expressed his sentiments again for the first time since taking over the White House on January 20 last month and reiterated that he would like to see a world with no nuclear weapons but also expressed concern that the country has "fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity."
US Marijuana Industry Anxiously Awaits New AG’s Cannabis Position
From marijuana-laced candy to body lotion infused with marijuana, this controversial plant is becoming a big business in the United States as more states make it mainstream.
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is now legal in 28 U.S. states for either medical or recreational use. Of those states, four of them legalized recreational marijuana last November, including California. At a dispensary in Los Angeles, the experience for customers is more similar to a trip to the winery or high-end retail store.
There are cannabis plants on well-lit display and available for a smell test, as well as other edibles. It’s an effort to dispel pot’s stigma and normalize its use.
“It’s inevitable. Get with it,” said a customer who would only give his first name, Eric. He sees it as an herb with fewer side effects than prescription pain medicine.
Public opinion about legalization of marijuana has shifted in its favor. The Pew Research Center finds that 57 percent of those polled support the legal use of marijuana compared to 32 percent in 2006.
The cannabis industry is also growing. In 2016, the legalized marijuana business reached close to $7 billion. That number is expected to increase to more than $21 billion in five years, according to Arcview Market Research, which describes cannabis as the “fastest growing industry in the world.”
Alleged Alien Selfie Posted on 4chan
On February 23, 2017, users reported seeing an alien selfie with coordinates to its location posted on 4chan's /pol/ board. Many users who saw the selfie reported a serious feeling of fear and terror that caused them to click away immediately. Two minutes after this image was posted to 4chan, the 4chan website was taken offline for multiple hours. Upon restoration of the 4chan website, all references to this post were found to be deleted and users who make new threads talking about it are being banned. All locally saved copies of the alleged selfie have been reported to be found corrupted on local storage. Users of 4chan, 8chan, and Reddit have been trying to locate the original selfie in its uncorrupted form and so far have been unable to find an uncorrupted copy. Users who saw the image claim that the alien is allegedly standing on the left and looking slightly at the camera, almost diagonally, there is a dead tree on the right side of the image, and the alien has yellow scales, black eyes, and small pursed lips. So far only reconstructions of this image have been posted. The coordinates originally included with the image are: "24489 Taken Aprox 24 miles north west of Luke Airforce Base Phoenix Az. Lab H4C".
#Pizzagate? Trump Vows To Bring Full Force and Weight of The USA Down on Human Trafficking
President Trump held a listening session on domestic and international human trafficking, this included women and girls who are sexually abused for monetary gain. There were earlier reports that indicated that the sudden West Wing attention to the issue was driven by Ivanka Trump who is a huge West Wing force despite her decision not to take an official title for the worthy cause.
It’s alleged that the meeting came about after Ivanka Trump and Dina Powell, the White House senior counselor for economic initiatives had few meetings with some groups that attended the session which took place in the Roosevelt Room. As a result, Ivanka recommended the meeting to the president and he immediately agreed since it was an awful situation that’s facing the country.
There were various outside groups which attended the meeting, they included the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, International Justice Mission, Thorn, Tech Innovation to Fight Child Sexual Exploitation.
Representatives of the Justice Department plus policy guru Stephen Miller, Dina Powell and Hope Hicks who is the director of strategic communications attended the meeting.
The meeting was very crucial based on the fact that White House support for legislation on the issue could emerge from the meeting. The West Wing aides had earlier on been talking about how to co-operate with three senators on the issue - Rob Portman of Ohio, Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Corker of Tennessee.
President Donald Trump has said that he’s going to bring the full force and weight of the US government to fight the human trafficking menace. Trump’s meeting with senior advisers and representatives of organizations that deal with trafficking is very key in ensuring that he fulfills his pledge.
President Trump has referred to human trafficking as a problem that is not often talked about enough, adding that he will order the departments of justice and Homeland Security to take a hard look at the resources that they commit in solving the menace.
Project Veritas Action Release of Shocking Audio Inside CNN
The world has been anxiously waiting for the release of the undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN, this was fueled by the hype with which Project Veritas founder and the conservative activist O’Keefe have been anxiously announcing what they termed as hundreds of hours of undercover recordings.
The announcement was not good news to everyone especially for some staffers who were legitimately alarmed that O’Keefe would be releasing tapes that could expose CNN. This was based on O’Keefe’s reputation with undercover video recordings. O’Keefe was featured on The Drudge Report and the Sean Hannity’s radio show before releasing the tapes.
The Thursday release landed with a dull thud. However, not all the hours of tapes have been made available for review, there’s also a huge probability of damning recordings being unveiled.
The Project Veritas’ news release on the tapes highlights a segment in which two producers are talking about the use of certain polls and why then-CNN polling director Paul Steinhauser declined to use a poll by Rasmussen, a group whose polling methods are still not widely acceptable. There’s also another highlight of an assignment desk editor who says that Fox News is unbearable and a news desk editor talking about how there’s no debate about climate change.
The unusual highlighting of a well-known quote that the role of journalism is to aid the afflicted and afflict the comfortable got the most attention on social media. However, Project Veritas portrayed the situation as Richard Griffiths was caught expounding on the role of journalist. Richard Griffiths, who is currently the vice president and senior editorial director said that there’s a secondary corollary to the role of a journalist which is to aid the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Shockingly, O’Keefe suggested in a video that CNN is working day and night to afflict President Donald Trump. The 1960 film, Inherit The Wind unveiled the phrase comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, although it’s sometimes attributed to H.L. Mencken.
O’Keefe has emphasized that he is not yet done and he’s therefore calling on volunteers to comb through the 119 hours of raw tape, adding that he’s offering $10,000 reward on content that exposes media malfeasance.
Ohio sees sudden surge in flu cases
According to the Ohio Department of Health’s latest flu report, confirmed flu-hospitalizations are up 45 percent this week.
Local emergency rooms are noticing the increase.
Dr. Harold Guadalupe, an E.R. physician at Miami Valley Hospital says they opened another wing to handle the increase in patients partly due to the flu.
“Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands,” is what Dr. Guadalupe says is the best way to stop the flu from spreading.
“In the last month we’ve seen quite an uptick in the number of cases coming through the emergency department,” he said.
Since the first of the year, the Miami Valley Hospital is reporting nearly 300 patients who tested positive for influenza and more than 100 people who were so sick, they were admitted.
Kettering Health Network hospitals are seeing a similar situation.
“It just happens to be that this time is the time of year when it’s really starting to hit,” said Dr. Matthew Kiefaber with Soin Medical Center.
Amazing New Research About Vegetables and Your Lungs!
Reams of research has already unveiled the enormous benefits that come with the consumption of fruits and vegetables. One of the benefits of consuming fruits is the reduced risk of contracting cardiovascular complications, fruits also maintain a healthy blood pressure, and also reduce the risk of getting cancer.
A number of studies have shown that consuming fruits and vegetables might also protect one’s lung health. One of the conditions that affects more than 64 million people is the Chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which is characterized narrow airways, bronchitis and emphysema.
Smoking is the major risk factor for COPD and the World Health Organization has predicted that by 2030 it will be the third leading cause of death.
Earlier studies have revealed that there’s a correlation between dietary factors and COPD. Researchers tracked the respiratory health of more than 44,000 Swedish men that were aged between 45-79 and they were followed up for an average of 13.2 years.
They were each supposed to complete a food frequency questionnaire that gathered data on how often they consumed 96 foods, other factors were also taken into consideration such as education level, height, weight, alcohol consumption and physical activity. Data was also gathered on the frequency of how often they smoked on average at ages 15-21, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, and 51-60. Of the whole sample, 63 percent had smoked at one point in their lives while 24 percent were smokers and 38.5 had never had the experience of smoking.
Clear evidence Russia interfered in 2015 UK election, says former Labour minister
There is “clear evidence” that Russia interfered directly in UK elections, a Labour former minister has said.
Chris Bryant told Parliament some of the top-level decisions affecting security in Britain had also been “compromised by Russian infiltration”.
The former Europe minister’s comments came after it emerged that political parties in the UK have approached the security agencies for help following a cyber attack during the 2015 British general election.
“There is now clear evidence of Russian direct, corrupt involvement in elections in France, in Germany, in the United States of America, and I would argue also in this country,” said Mr Bryant.
“Many believe that some of the highest level decisions affecting security in the United Kingdom, in Germany, in France and in the United States of America are now compromised by Russian infiltration.”
Five HIV patients left 'virus-free' with no need for daily drugs in early vaccine trials
A new vaccine-based treatment for HIV has succeeded in suppressing the virus in five patients, raising hopes further research could help prevent Aids without the need for daily drugs.
Researchers combined two innovative HIV vaccines with a drug usually used to treat cancer in the trial, conducted over three years at the IrsiCaixa Aids Research Institute in Barcelona.
After receiving the treatment, the virus was undetectable in five out of 24 participants and its spread was stopped by their immune systems, reported the New Scientist. One of them has been drug-free for seven months.
Lead scientist Beatriz Mothe said her team was “on the right path” to developing a treatment which could offer an alternative to daily antiretroviral medication (ART).
Around 18 million people – half of all those living with HIV around the world – take ART to slow the progression of the infection, according to the UN.
But these drugs are expensive and can cause unpleasant side effects. Patients often have to remember to take them every day, sometimes over their entire lives.
U.S. diplomatic foray to Mexico unlikely to quell tensions or clear confusion over Trump plans
Two of President Trump’s Cabinet secretaries and their Mexican counterparts emphasized cooperation and friendship after two days of talks in Mexico — but the meetings seemed unlikely to quell profound tension between the two countries or clear up confusion over the plans of the Trump administration.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly said Thursday at a press briefing that there would be no large-scale deportations from the United States or use of military force along the border — comments aimed at allaying Mexican fears about the Trump administration’s ongoing immigration crackdown.
Trump to receive 'full range of options' to fight ISIL
President Donald Trump will receive a "full range of options" when leading security officials present him next week with proposals to prosecute the war on ISIL, Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford said Thursday.
The proposals "will talk about the importance of our Turkish ally and making sure our plans are consistent in maintaining a strong alliance with Turkey," Dunford said at the Washington-based Brookings Institution.
"We will talk about the implications of the Kurdish challenge in the region," he added.
Trump has tasked senior security officials, including Dunford, to formulate a plan to accelerate the anti-ISIL campaign.
Dunford stressed, however, he could not definitively say whether Washington's ongoing policy to counter ISIL would change.
In Syria, the policy has focused heavily on the YPG-based Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). That has strongly vexed Ankara, which has designated the group as the Syrian branch of the PKK.
White supremacist booted out of conservative conference
Not long after an organizer of the Conservative Political Action Conference called the “alt-right” anti-Semitic and racist in a speech, the movement's leader, Richard Spencer, was kicked out of the event.
“There is a sinister organization that is trying to worm its way into our ranks,” Dan Schneider, executive director of the American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC, said Thursday morning. "They are anti-Semites. They are racists.”
Schneider also argued that the alt-right, a fringe white nationalist group that has been accused of fomenting anti-Semitism, is “left wing” and “fascist.” President Donald Trump’s chief adviser, Stephen Bannon, has called the news organization Breitbart, which he once led, a platform for the movement.
“They hate the Constitution. They hate free markets. They hate pluralism,” Schneider said. “Fascists tend to want big government control.”
Two senior Samsung Group executives offer to resign - Yonhap
Two senior Samsung Group executives have offered to resign to take responsibility for the conglomerate's involvement in the graft scandal involving South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Yonhap news agency said on Friday, without citing sources.
The report said Vice Chairman Choi Gee-sung and President Chang Choong-gi have offered to resign. Both executives were identified as suspects by the South Korean special prosecution in a graft probe that led to Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee's arrest last week.
Yonhap did not say whether the executives have formally submitted their resignation or whether they will remain with the conglomerate in some other capacity. Samsung Group did not immediately comment on the report.
How illegal immigrant advocates demonize Trump and terrify people
The New York Times describes 11 million people – those who are living in the country illegally – as sleepless with anxiety, waiting for the “fists pounding on the door, the agents in black, the van ride, the cell.” Who has thrown such fear into this community? How about the Left, aided and abetted by the liberal media, which has purposefully distorted President Trump’s immigration policies, characterizing them erroneously as a radical departure from past practices?
In a feverish blast to donors sent out yesterday, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee claims that “Donald Trump plans to add thousands of immigration agents and begin deporting “almost all” undocumented immigrants.”
UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic
he available data is enough for the United Nations to literally declare war on oceans plastic: more than 8 million tonnes of leaks into their waters each year – equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic every minute, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife, fisheries and tourism, and costing at least 8 billion dollars in damage to marine ecosystems.
In fact, the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on February 23 launched an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: micro-plastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.
Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign urges governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging and redesign products; and calling on consumers to change their throwaway habits – before irreversible damage is done to the seas.
Erik Solheim, UNEP’s Executive Director, said, “It is past time that we tackle the plastic problem that blights our oceans. Plastic pollution is surfing onto Indonesian beaches, settling onto the ocean floor at the North Pole, and rising through the food chain onto our dinner tables. We’ve stood by too long as the problem has gotten worse. It must stop.”
UK May's Conservatives gain parliamentary seat as rivals suffer election setbacks
British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives secured a landmark victory in a parliamentary by-election on Friday, boosting her hand ahead of upcoming Brexit negotiations as her rivals suffered damaging poll setbacks.
The Conservatives captured the north western region of Copeland that Labour have held since 1935, the first by-election gain for a governing party for 35 years and a result which piles pressure on the opposition's under-fire socialist leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
Meanwhile in the central English seat of Stoke-on-Trent, Paul Nuttall, leader of the populist anti-EU UK Independence Party, failed to overturn a Labour majority despite almost 70 percent of the city's voters backing leaving the bloc at last year's referendum, casting doubt on his future too.
The two results point to May's tightening grip on political power following the Brexit vote, and will be used as evidence that her strategy of pursuing a clean break with the EU has stemmed rising right-wing populism without denting her ability to take votes from an increasingly left-wing Labour Party.
Supreme Court OKs sealing of terrorist's home
The Supreme Court rejected Thursday the petition of the family of the terrorist who carried out a ramming attack at a promenade in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv last month, against the order to seal the terrorist's house.
Four soldiers were murdered in the attack.
Following the attack, the Home Front Command issued an order sealing the residential unit where the terrorist lived with his wife and children.
Justice Yoram Danziger, who led the panel which heard the petition, said that "the attack was planned, it was cruel and unusual in its severity, and it had terrible results when taking into account the large number of casualties. Another fact which is indisputable, is that the terrorist carried out the attack for his own motives and ideology, namely that his involvement in the attack was direct involvement."
Trump plans to boost domestic jobs
President Donald Trump has told about two dozen chief executives of major US companies he is planning to bring many millions of jobs back to the United States.
On Thursday, Trump also touched on his plan to deport illegal immigrants to Mexico. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Mexico on what Trump called a 'tough trip".
Participants included CEOs from General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Dow Chemical, International Paper, Ford Motor, United Technologies and Dell Technologies, Johnson Johnson, Corning, Whirlpool, Emerson, Campbell Soup Company, Merck Co, Caterpillar , 3M, US Steel, Archer Daniels Midland and General Dynamics.
Trump is expected to roll out a series of proposals that could have big ramifications for companies, including a plan to overhaul the tax code that he has promised within weeks and an infrastructure package that was part of his 2016 presidential campaign promises.
'Israeli Melania' makes it big in US
An Israeli actress working in the United States has found that last year’s election of Donald Trump has been a windfall for her career.
Mira Tzur, a 45-year old dancer turned actress, was recently discovered by John Di Domenico, a professional Donald Trump impersonator, who was looking to include the new First Lady in his act.
Tzur’s resemblance to Melania Trump made her a natural choice for the gig, and at just a year shy of the First Lady’s age – 46 – with an Israeli accent standing in for Melania’s Slovenian, Tzur has found steady work in advertisements and public appearances.
Arizona Jewish teacher resigns over anti-immigrant tweets
A third-grade teacher at a Jewish day school in Scottsdale, Arizona, resigned over Twitter posts in which she said that immigrants should be shot.
Bonnie Godin Verne resigned Tuesday from the Pardes Jewish Day School, where she has taught for the past 12 years.
Her personal Twitter account has been closed, though screen shots of some of her tweets have been posted online.
Don't deport illegal immigrants, she tweeted, "Just kill them." Under a photo of a person holding a sign reading "Deport illegal aliens," she wrote "or we can put a bullet in their head immediately."
Why Marine Le Pen's message resonates across France
It's an election campaign which grows increasingly unpredictable by the day - and be in no doubt, the direction the French choose (after whichever scandals are yet to come) could have a profound impact well beyond France.
On the trajectory of the current polls, the far-right National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen is a genuine possibility for the presidency.
This week an Opinionway survey for Les Echos showed the gap narrowing in the second round: Macron v Le Pen 58% to 42% or Fillon v Le Pen 56% to 44%.
Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes Dies at Age 66 share this email
Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes has passed away at age 66 after a brief illness.
Colmes leaves behind his wife, Jocelyn Crowley, who issued the following statement:
>Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley. He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.
Bill Hemmer announced the sad news this morning on "America's Newsroom," which then aired a tribute package from Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, his former co-host on "Hannity & Colmes."
In a statement this morning, Hannity called Alan Colmes "one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people you'd ever want to meet."
"When Alan and I started 'Hannity & Colmes,' there wasn't a day that went by where we didn't say we were the two most fortunate men in all of television," said Hannity.
Despite their political differences, Hannity said the two "forged a deep friendship" over the years.
Ireland hopes for ‘closest possible’ relations between UK and EU
Enda Kenny says Dublin is waiting for clarity from London on future of border with Northern Ireland.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said Thursday he hoped for “the closest possible relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union” after Brexit but needed clarity from London on trade.
After meeting in Brussels with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Commission’s top Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, Kenny said his country faced an array of challenges from Brexit “completely unique to Ireland” and “obviously, we’re concerned about the implications.”
Travelers Alarmed as Federal Agents Check IDs After Domestic Flight Lands
Passengers arriving on a Delta flight from San Francisco to John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday night were asked by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to produce identification as they exited the plane.
The request—in the context of sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policies under the administration of President Donald Trump—was met with confusion, alarm and speculation by some passengers.
There was, however, a solid reason for the ID check.
According to a statement from Customs and Border Protection, an immigration judge had ordered a person—who had been convicted of domestic assault, driving while impaired and a violation of an order of protection—to be removed from the plane and taken into custody.
Venezuelan president meets Jewish leaders to build cooperation
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela welcomed Jewish leaders from his country at the governmental palace to strengthen cooperation.
Ties between the government and the South American nation's Jewish community have faced roadblocks.
"A good day of dialog for peace. Boosting the co-existence and the dialog of civilizations, of religions to consolidate our nation," Maduro tweeted after the Tuesday meeting in Caracas, which was also attended by the foreign affairs minister, Delcy Rodriguez.
The Jewish delegation was led by Rabbi Isaac Cohen of the Asociacion Israelita de Venezuela, which represents the country's Sephardic community. Members of the country's umbrella Jewish organization, the Confederacion de Asociaciones Israelitas de Venezuela, also attended.
Feds Will Step Up Enforcement of Marijuana Laws in States Where Pot Is Legal: White House
The White House said Thursday it expects law enforcement agents to enforce federal marijuana laws when they come into conflict with states where recreational use of the drug is permitted.
"I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said regarding federal drug laws, which still list marijuana as an illegal substance.
That's a reversal from the Obama administration's stance, which laid out in an official memo that the federal government wouldn't interfere in states where nonmedical use of marijuana is allowed.
That guidance was issued after two states – Colorado and Washington – voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Obama said in the immediate aftermath of those votes that the federal government had "bigger fish to fry" than cracking down on marijuana use in states where it's considered legal.
Aliens Among Us Revealed By Canadian Defense Minister From 1963-67
A shocking revelation by a former Canadian Defense Minister has revealed that not only do aliens walk amongst us but they are reluctant to share their advanced technologies until we change our combatant and polluting ways.
Paul Hellyer was a liberal defense minister back in 1963 to 1967 when he served under prime minister Lester B. Pearson. Hellyer said that there are 80 different species of extra-terrestrials, adding that some of them look just like human beings and that they could walk down the street and you wouldn’t know if you walked past them. Hellyer was speaking on Russia Today’s program SophieCo.
Hellyer gave a bizarre interview in which he made a series of revelations about aliens which grew increasingly strange and sounded closer to Star Trek’s plot. He also pointed out that there has been a long history of UFOs and a lot more activity in the last few decades since the invention of the atomic bomb. As a result, the aliens are overly concerned about the atomic bombs and that we might use it again, since the whole cosmos is a unity, and that it affects not just us but other people in the cosmos. Hellyer pointed out that the aliens are very much afraid that we might start using atomic weapons again.
Surprisingly, Hellyer told SophieCo that majority of the aliens intend to help rather than destroy us, adding that only a minority intends to destroy. This is not the first time that Hellyer has gone public with his belief concerning aliens, back in 2005, he unleashed the truth to the public and he’s been the first high ranking politician to publicly proclaim that aliens exist. He also said that aliens have been visiting earth for thousands of years and that they are unimpressed with the living conditions that we embrace, adding that we spend so much money on military expenditures and very little on the poor and homeless.
The point that Hellyer intends to drive home is that aliens would like to work with us and teach us better ways with our consent. Also, aliens don’t think that we’re good stewards of our planet.
Hellyer’s announcement appeared to get a little close to star Trek since he talked about a federation of aliens that has resolved not to interfere with our affairs.
Hellyer states that there’s need for our species to figure out what’s going on and work together to try and make life more amenable for all of use and to also co-operate with our neighbors from other planets.
Some of the modern technology that includes LED light, microchip and the Kevlar vest are from aliens. Hellyer also described several types of aliens that include the Tall Whites that are working with the U.S. Airforce in Nevada, adding that they’re able to get away without being detected. He also said that there’s another group of aliens known as Short Greys that have very slim arms and legs that are about five feet high with large heads.
Islamic terror attack foiled in Germany
Authorities in the German state of Lower Saxony announce Thursday the arrest of a 26 year-old Salafist for allegedly planning a terrorist attack. State prosecutors said that bomb-making materials were found in his apartment in the town of Northeim in the state of Lower Saxony.
Police believe that the was planning to target police officers or soldiers. They believe he wanted to lure them into "a trap," where he would lay the explosives.
The German domestic security and intelligence agency (BfV) announced yesterday that their was an increase in the number of radical Jihadists in Germany. The number of radical Jihadists has increased from about 100 in 2013 to approximately 1,600 in 2017.
Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany
Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel was praised for her humanitarian decision to open the countries’ border to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq. But the decision has considerably reduced her support among Germans. Chances are real that Merkel could lose the chancellorship in the upcoming national elections.
On October 3rd 2016, a bulk of several hundred gathered in the historic center of Dresden, where the official celebration for Germany’s Unity Day took place. Most of the people did not come to celebrate though. They came to protest. When Angela Merkel finally arrived in Dresden, the crowd started to boo and yell “Merkel must go!”, “get out!” or “traitor!”.
Not long ago, a scene like this seemed impossible.
Abbas blames Israel for talks impasse
MainAll NewsMiddle EastAbbas blames Israel for talks impasse
Abbas blames Israel for talks impasse
Visiting Lebanon, PA chairman claims he is extending his hand for peace but Israel refuses talks.
Contact Editor Elad Benari, 24/02/17 06:15
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun and AbbasLebanon's President Michel Aoun and AbbasReuters
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday blamed Israel for the impasse in the peace process, Kol Yisrael radio reported.
Speaking during a visit to Lebanon, Abbas claimed the Palestinian Arabs are extending their hand for peace according to international resolutions, but Israel still insists on “holding Palestinian lands” and leaving Palestinian people “in a big prison.”
"This is something we cannot accept," declared Abbas who spoke in Beirut after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, according to Kol Yisrael.
The PA chairman further said that the Palestinian Arabs oppose all forms of terrorism.
Abbas arrived on Thursday for a three-day visit to Lebanon. In addition to Aoun, he will meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri and with the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament.
Italy, Germany, Belgium deport 43 Nigerians
Three European countries, Germany, Italy and Belgium have deported no fewer than 43 Nigerians for committing various offences.
The deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA), Lagos at about 8.40 p.m.
The deportees, who are all male, were brought back with a chartered Hifly aircraft with registration number CS-TQW, amidst tight security.
Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, the Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the development.
He said 33 of the deportees were from Italy, while the other seven and another three were deported from Germany and Italy, respectively.
Shia LaBeouf brings anti-Trump art piece to Albuquerque
It was early afternoon on Saturday. People had been slowly gathering downtown near Central Avenue and Seventh Street all day in the hopes that they would run into the often publicly discussed actor and activist Shia LaBeouf.
LaBeouf was preparing for the opening of his participatory performance art piece, titled “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US,” a protest piece in opposition to President Trump’s agenda.
The art piece covers an outside wall of the Historic El Rey Theater, with just a live-streaming camera built into the wall and the piece’s title painted around it.
It is the continuation of a previous installation that was taken down from New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image on Feb. 10. The piece was removed from the museum after several instances of violence had been reported near the piece.
Mike Pence describes Conservatives’ once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at annual conference
U.S. President Donald Trump’s vice-president and top aides delivered one overriding message Thursday to the thousands of conservative activists gathered for their annual conference outside of Washington: Don’t blow it.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Vice-President Mike Pence said Trump’s victory provided the nation with what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to install conservative solutions to the nation’s problems.
“This is the chance we’ve worked so hard, for so long, to see. This is the time to prove again that our answers are the right answers for America,” Pence said.
White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports
Democrats say chief of staff Reince Priebus’ discussion with FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe violates policies intended to limit communications between the law enforcement agency and the White House on pending investigations.
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late Thursday.
The official said Priebus’s request came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times report last week describing those contacts was not accurate. As of Thursday, the FBI had not stated that position publicly and there was no indication it planned to.
The New York Times reported that U.S. agencies had intercepted phone calls last year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Trump’s 2016 campaign team.
Nintendo of America Co-Founder Alan Stone Dead at 71
Alan Stone, the industry legend that brought Nintendo to the United States, has died of cancer at 71.
Without Alan Stone, we might still be unfamiliar with iconic titles like Donkey Kong. As a co-founder of what would eventually become Nintendo of America, Stone was instrumental in the localization of the Japanese company’s earliest forays into the video game industry. Along with Ron Judy, Stone formed Far East Video, a company “bootstrapped” to Nintendo, in order to bring its coin-op titles to Western shores. By 1982,
Along with Ron Judy, Stone formed Far East Video, a company “bootstrapped” to Nintendo, in order to bring its coin-op titles to Western shores. By 1982, Donkey Kong had moved an almost unprecedented 60,000 units to bars, hotels, restaurants, and arcades.
Stone was also President and CEO of SEGA Entertainment from 1994 to 2004, and has served on the boards of multiple electronic entertainment companies since. In an interview that highlighted his work at NanoTech, he called Nintendo and SEGA “magnificent places to work” and talked about the institution of a “third-party development system” as one of the highlights of his career.
Sweden’s official Twitter account debunks Donald Trump claims line by line
An official Swedish Twitter account that is controlled by a different citizen each week has taken Donald Trump to task over his claims about the country.
The US President was greeted with a mixture of confusion and ridicule after he told a campaign-style rally in Florida: “We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
In response, Swedish politicians, news outlets and ordinary citizens, took to social media to question what had happened on a relatively peaceful Friday night in the Scandinavian country.
Charged with operating the @Sweden Twitter handle this week, Max Karlsson decided to debunk Mr Trump’s claims about his homeland.
The 22-year-old paralegal from Stockholm, told The Independent that he was driven to speak out because he believes passionately that even the US President should be held accountable for unverified claims.
Donald Trump falsely claims he had 'biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan'
Donald Trump made an incorrect claim that he won the most electoral college votes since Ronald Reagan - yet almost every President since Mr Reagan won more electoral college votes than Mr Trump.
"I guess it’s the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan," the President said.
Mr Reagan won two terms; he gained 525 electoral college votes in 1984 and 489 the previous election. It was the largest landslide in recent political history, but Mr Trump's 2016 victory did not come close.
Former President Barack Obama won 332 votes in 2012 versus Mitt Romney’s 206 votes, a far higher number than Mr Trump’s 306 electoral college votes in 2016.
But previous victories on both the Republican and Democrat side have outpaced his landslide in the electoral college.
Mr Obama won an even higher number - 365 - in 2008.
Bill Clinton gained 379 electoral college votes in 1996, and George H W Bush gathered an incredible 426 votes in 1988.
Mr Trump said he only needed 270 votes to win, which was "laughable" as he ended up outstripping that number by far.
Crimean wine is a hit in Italy
Crimean winemakers win praise in Europe.
With many in the US still whining about Crimea, Crimeans are happily producing fine wines. Crimea has historically been a winemaking region, but whilst struggling for independence from Kiev, a process which in reality has been going on since the 1990s, a depressed economy hindered Crimea’s ability to produce high-quality wines.
Now, though, Sputnik reports that Crimean winemakers have won praise during the ‘I’ Migliori Vini Italiani, a prominent Italian wine festival organized by wine critic Luca Maroni.
Valery Zakharyin of the Alma Valley winery felt that the experience in Italy had been overwhelmingly positive for his products.
Zalkharyin told reporters:
“The Crimean wines presented at the fair were praised by enthusiasts and critics alike as Luca Maroni himself declared that “these are properly made wines, they are the future”
Decades ago, many French wine critics challenged the rising popularity of wines from the United States and later Austria and South Africa. Now, these so-called ‘new world wines’ rank on bar with the best vineyards of France. A somewhat comedic film Bottle Shock details California wine makers in their struggle to attain accolades in Europe.
Is Turkey’s Erdogan a weak strongman or a strong weak man?
Turkey's President Erdogan has had more failures than successes.
Louis XIV ruled France from 1643-1715. During his long reign, he became known as the archetype of western absolutist monarchism. In many ways, it is surprising that his reign lasted for so long as he waged war upon war, the vast majority of which he lost, some of which he lost very badly.
In hindsight, because Louis’ wars bankrupted the French treasury, his reign paved the way for the French Revolution of 1789. Discontent just took several decades to fully boil over.
Looking at President Erdogan of Turkey, one can’t help but see similarities. Erdogan rules as a strongman figure and if he wins his referendum for supreme presidential powers on the 16th of April, the tyrannical autocrat will have cemented his position as the only show in town when it comes to Turkish politics.
But is Erdogan a weak strongman or a strong weak man?
For all of his increasingly absolutist rule over Turkish life, what further battles has he won for Turkey?
In terms of social cohesion, he is a big loser. Turkey which was functionally stable before he came to power is now deeply divided in many directions.
UK's first LGBT retirement home announced by Manchester city council
>'It is imperative that we move now to support older people before it’s too late,' says deputy leader Bernard Priest
Plans to build the UK’s first retirement home for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have been announced by Manchester City Council.
There are currently 7,000 people over 50 that identify as LGBT, according to the authority and the number of over-65s is expected to rise in the next two decades.
Heterosexual people would be welcome to stay in the accommodation, although the majority – at least 51 per cent – of residents will be belong to the LGBT community, the council said.
One report by the LGBT Foundation commissioned by the council found that older LGBT people were more likely than both their heterosexual peers and younger generations of LGBT people, to be single and to live alone.
They were also less likely to have children and see their family regularly.
More than 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual people surveyed by the LGBT foundation thought that their sexual orientation would have a negative impact on them as they aged.
Labour suffers historic defeat in Copeland by-election contest
Labour has suffered a historic defeat at a crucial by-election in a seat that has been red since it was created in 1982.
Trudy Harrison, the Conservative candidate, defeated Labour’s Gillian Troughton, a volunteer for St John Ambulance, by 2,147 votes.
The Cumbrian seat of Copeland – and its predecessor seat Whitehaven – has been represented by Labour since 1935. The Conservative victory also marks the first time a rival party has been defeated by the party of government at a by-election in 35 years, when in 1982 when the Labour MP for Mitcham & Morden defected from the party to the SDP.
The constituency is heavily dependent economically on the Sellafield nuclear processing facility and Mr Corbyn’s past opposition to nuclear power has not gone down well. Labour sought to counter with a hard-hitting campaign focusing on possible cuts to maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital, with a claim local midwives believed it would lead to “mothers and babies dying”.
Vladimir Putin meets with officers of the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier
In meeting with officers of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier Russian President Putin confirmed that its recent deployment to the Syrian coast was made not just on his own initiative but in order gain experience in operating a carrier in combat conditions.
Today, shortly after the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov’s return to base, and on the occasion of Defender of the Fatherland Day (the day that Russian commemorates its armed forces) President Putin met in the Kremlin with some of the officers of the Admiral Kuznetsov and of the naval ships which accompanied her in her mission off the Syrian coast.
Most of the media has singled out for attention President Putin’s claim the decision to send the Admiral Kuznetsov to join the fight in Syria originated with him.
Whilst that is no doubt true, Putin does not say that he took this decision entirely unprompted; nor does he say that he did not consult widely before making the decision, or that the naval staff opposed it.
Gaddafi’s cousin condemns the West’s destruction of Libya
>The result of the west's war of aggression against Libya has been even more devastating than the wars in Iraq and Syria.
Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, cousin of the late Libyan revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi, has given an exclusive interview to RT where he clearly explains just how much of a failed state Libya has become since Britain and France led a war on the country, a war whose political mastermind and strongest agitator was Hillary Clinton, then Barack Obama’s Secretary of State.
Five years after the war, Libya is not only a failed state but a state that could be accurately described as one where various clans of pirates are fighting various bands of terrorists, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda, for control of Libya’s territory and resources.
Libya under Gaddafi was a wealthy country with high living standards, near 100% literacy (whereas most Libyans prior to the 1st September Revolution of 1969 were illiterate), and safety from terrorism was the rule of the day. Even George W. Bush saw fit to mend bridges with Gaddafi and cooperate with him in his ‘war on terror’. But this spirit of cooperation did last not, especially not after Gaddafi proposed putting Libya and eventually most of Africa on a gold backed dinar, thus ending dollar dependency.
The war has devastated a wealthy, peaceful and prosperous country.
Turkey poses a bigger threat to Syria than ISIS
A comparatively weak occupational force has been replaced by one of the strongest forces in the world in al-Bad. Things have gone from bad to worse.
Reports that ISIS have been defeated in al-Bab may superficially being joy to many readers. But the reality is far from good.
In scoring a strategically important victory against ISIS, Turkey and its band of jihadists called the Free Syrian Army have replaced a barbaric terrorist group who seeks the death of the Syrian Arab Republic with the second largest army in NATO, complete with a modern air force. Turkey like ISIS, seek the destruction of the Syrian Arab Republic, one way or another. They are illegally occupying the territory of Syria. One illegal occupier has been replaced by another, vastly more powerful occupier.Crucially, the Turks didn’t even kill most of the ISIS fighters, instead allowing them to peacefully leave al-Bab.
Added to this is the presence of the Free Syrian Army who implement ISIS style techniques to terrorise local populations, especially Shia’s Muslims, Christians and those leading a secular lifestyle.
To put it another way, would a country part of whose territory was under occupation, rather have it occupied by a gang of savages with some tanks, armoured vehicles and crude missiles, or by a NATO army that is only second in size to that of the United States?
Iraqi army make swift capture of airport in key operation to force Isis from Mosul
Iraqi forces claim to have made a major gain in the fight to push Isis out of the country by seizing control of Mosul’s airport – with the location set to be used as a staging post as troops push into the west of the city.
The units also fought their way into the Ghazlani military base close to the airport as part of a two-pronged assault from the south-west of Mosul. Civilians could be seen running away from villages as clashes continued and smoke clouds rose in the blue sky, according to reports. The Iraqi flag was once again flying near the airport’s airfield, even as Isis mortars continued to barrage the advancing forces.
Clashes continued throughout the day after the morning assault, but Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces pushed on towards Isis-held enclaves in the western part of Mosul, where the next part of the fight will take place.
Government meddling has led to sky-high electricity prices, report finds
Government meddling is responsible for a huge rise in UK energy prices that is crippling British households and businesses, a report from Parliament has concluded.
It found badly-designed energy policies from successive administrations not only neglected costs to consumers, but failed to ensure the country has a secure future energy supply that will keep the lights on.
The Lords report zeroed in on the controversial Hinkley nuclear power station – only recently approved by Theresa May – as the perfect example of an “unbalanced” scheme that paid little attention to value for money.
Energy market still a mess, despite what British Gas says
It follows reports that government officials want future nuclear projects to deliver cheaper energy than Hinkley in fear that nuclear may lose political support, and after the future of one of Britain’s biggest projects was thrown into doubt amid trouble at its cash-strapped parent company Toshiba.
Dead Serious With Deportation Of Illegals, Trump Likens Enforcement To A Military Operation
Proving that his administration is deadly serious in its crackdown efforts against illegal immigrants, President Donald Trump has described his government's deportation moves as a "military operation" to rid the country of "really bad dudes."
President Trump made such declaration during his meeting earlier with manufacturing CEO's as he also emphasized that the deportations of the bad guys referring to illegal immigrants especially those with criminal records- will be " at a rate nobody has seen before."
The President Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies can potentially result in millions of deportations as the Department of Homeland Security guidelines has dramatically increased the figures on immigrants who are considered priorities for deportation. Law enforcement agencies have also been directed to hire thousands of new agents who will be tasked to apprehend people living in the U.S. illegally. Local police and sheriffs' offices were also enlisted to be part of the deportation efforts.
Flybe plane crash lands on runway at Amsterdam Schipol airport
A Flybe passenger plane crash landed at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport after part of the aircraft’s undercarriage “collapsed” as it touched down in bad weather.
Footage filmed by passengers showed the Bombardier Q400’s right wing dipping sharply as it came into land in high winds.
Flight 1284 from Edinburgh to Amsterdam had already been affected by the poor weather created by Storm Doris and had suffered a delay of 90 minutes to its scheduled take off time.
U.S. ambassador at U.N. says Trump supports two-state solution
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday the United States still supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a day after President Donald Trump suggested he is open to new ways to achieve peace.
"First of all, the two-state solution is what we support. Anybody that wants to say the United States does not support the two-state solution - that would be an error," Haley told reporters at the United Nations.
"We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well: which is what does it take to bring these two sides to the table; what do we need to have them agree on."
Haley's comments came after Trump said on Wednesday that he was open to ideas beyond a two-state solution, the longstanding bedrock of Washington and the international community's policy for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.
"I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like," Trump told a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I can live with either one."
Trump said that the United States would work toward peace but said he was leaving it up to the parties themselves ultimately to decide on the terms of any agreement. He said such a deal would require compromises from both Israelis and Palestinians.
British Bill of Rights plan shelved again for several more years, Justice Secretary confirms
The long-running Conservative proposal for a “British Bill of Rights” has once again been shelved for several more years.
The policy, which proposes a legal document to replace the Human Rights Act, was originally floated before the 2010 election by David Cameron.
Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary, has now, however, confirmed that the Government will again delay looking at creating such a Bill until after Brexit, which is unlikely to take place until 2019.
Another general election is also due in 2020.
The 2010 Coalition agreement said the Government would investigate the creation of the new bill. But in 2012, a commission set by the Government failed to reach unanimous conclusions and the idea was kicked into the long grass.
NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off
Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and peers through a porthole cut into the side of a silver, tanker-truck-sized vacuum chamber. Inside, a blueish-purple light shines, unchanging and constant, like a bright flashlight. “It looks kind of boring,” Chang-Díaz admits. “But that plume is 3.5 million degrees. If you stuck your hand in that, it would be very bad.”
Truth be told, the plume does not look impressive at all. And yet the engine firing within the vacuum chamber is potentially revolutionary for two simple reasons: first, unlike gas-guzzling conventional rocket engines, it requires little fuel. And second, this engine might one day push spacecraft to velocities sufficient enough to open the Solar System to human exploration.
This has long been the promise of Chang-Díaz’s plasma-based VASIMR rocket engine. From a theoretical physics standpoint, the rocket has always seemed a reasonable proposition: generate a plasma, excite it, and then push it out a nozzle at high speed. But what about the real-world engineering of actually building such an engine—managing the plasma and its thermal properties, then successfully firing it for a long period of time? That has proven challenging, and it has led many to doubt the engine’s practicality.
Sure, the naysayers say, Chang-Díaz is a wonderful fellow. Hard worker. Brilliant guy. And at a time when the national discourse assails the value of Spanish-speaking immigrants, his story offers a powerful counter to that narrative. Speaking almost no English at the time, he immigrated to the United States from Costa Rica in 1969 to finish high school. Chang-Díaz then earned a doctoral degree in plasma physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later, as an astronaut, Chang-Díaz flew seven Space Shuttle missions, tying Jerry Ross’ record for most spaceflights by anyone, ever.
There is a solution to the housing crisis – peg British house prices to the cost of a chicken
>It’s now possible that during the time it takes to save up for a deposit, someone in the family will be born, grow up and then move out before they’ve even moved in
There was marvellous news this week from a study about housing. It showed after 38 years of governments obsessively trying to turn Britain into a nation of home owners, in a home-owning league table we’ve fallen to 27th out of 37 countries.
So Margaret Thatcher’s dream has come true. Her visionary speech on the matter went something like this: “One day, we shall proudly boast that British families, through the hard work British families have always been known for, will be less likely to own a home than if they came from Croatia, even though half their homes will have been burned to the ground in a war so Christ knows how we’ll manage that.”
The dream was that one day, instead of living in a miserable council house owned by the state, the individual would be able to look at that house, now resplendent with a brass door knocker and hanging basket from B&Q, and say, “Bloody hell, £300,000 even for that dump? I’ll have to carry on living in mum’s shed for another 40 years.”
Why was 'compensation' paid to British Guantanamo Bay detainees?
>The truth is that the compensation paid to Harith and others was less in respect of any injustice or deprivation they had suffered than to keep the whole matter out of court. And in whose interests was it to keep it out of court? Not Harith’s, to be sure
Two presidents on from George W Bush, it may be hard to recall the transatlantic tensions that stemmed from the US prison camp at Guantanamo and the lengths to which UK governments went to secure the release of British citizens. How acutely sensitive the whole subject remains, however, has become apparent in recent days, as some of the prime decision-makers sought to justify themselves following the death of a former British detainee in an apparent suicide bombing in Iraq.
It is still not fully established that the man concerned really is Jamal al-Harith – once known as Ronald Fiddler – or precisely how he died. But the acute embarrassment caused by the subsequent activities of a former Guantanamo detainee – one of those for whose freedom UK ministers had pleaded – was plain for all to see. Not least because, it is claimed, he had received, if not actually £1m in compensation, then a pretty handsome settlement courtesy of UK taxpayers. So George W was right, the inference goes, and British ministers, yet again, were wrong.
Crunch time for Jeremy Corbyn as voting closes in Stoke and Copeland by-elections
Voting has now closed in two crucial by-elections in Labour’s traditional heartlands, with Jeremy Corbyn awaiting the result of his toughest electoral test to date.
The Labour leader is fighting to hold Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central in the face of strong challenges from both the Conservatives and Ukip, with the party leader Paul Nuttall contesting the latter. Both sets of results are expected in the early hours of Friday morning.
The contests were triggered after the sitting Labour MPs Jamie Reed and Tristram Hunt – both persistent critics the Labour leadership – quit. Mr Hunt, a former Shadow Education Secretary, took up his role as the new director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London earlier this week.
As the polls closed Mr Corbyn thanked those who campaigned for the party in the final hours and braved Storm Doris, which lashed parts of Britain with up to 94mph gusts. He added: “The political establishment has let down Copeland and Stoke, who have seen their industries gutted, living standards stagnate and hope for a better future for their children and grandchildren decline.
Video game player mysterious dies in middle of day-long Twitch livestream
A video game livestreamer has mysteriously died after taking part in a day-long challenge.
Brian Vigneault, who was known to his friends and fans as Poshybrid online, intended to run a 24-hour livestream of himself playing games as part of a challenge to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. But 22 hours into the stream, Mr Vigneault went for a cigarette and didn't return to the computer.
Fans later discovered that he had collapsed and died while away from the video. That information was shared by first responders who arrived at Mr Vigneault's house the morning after the stream, and used a computer logged into his chat app to confirm the news with a friend.
Spirit Cooking in Washington? John Podesta Joins The Washington Post
An announcement by The Washington Post has revealed that the former chairman Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, John Podesta will join the Opinion section as a contributing columnist, the paper made the announcement on Thursday. John Podesta will provide commentary and analysis on the intersection of politics and policy, the Trump administration and the future of the Democratic Party.
John Podesta served as the chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and as a counselor to President Barack Obama, he’s also recently written two op-eds for the Washington Post.
The op-ed was published back in December, it involved the FBI’s investigation into Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee while the second one, which was published last week, was about President Donald Trump’s penchant for dismissing all criticism of himself as fake news.
The Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt made a statement in which he said that no one knows more about how Washington works, how the White House operates, and how policy ideas are translated into reality that John Podesta, adding that his long experience in Congress, inside two Democratic White Houses and on the front lines of numerous presidential campaigns, will offer readers the vital insight into Washington and politics at the start of a new era.
John Podesta will join a stable of contributors that includes Joe Scarborough, Fareed Zakaria and Charles Krauthammer and others. Podesta is also the founder and board member of the Center for American Progress, which is a liberal think tank based in Washington, D.C. He’s also been a visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Volume of Traffic To Project Veritas Website Overwhelming! It Crashed
A few days since making the scintillating tease-or scary threats, depending on one's perspective- James O' Keefe has made good on his promise to take on the mainstream media next, expose their hypocrisy and excesses and published incriminating material against CNN, the giant news organization President Trump has labeled fake news. So overwhelming has been the public interest and response to the big revelation that mere hours after uploading close to 120 hours of controversial audio taken straight in 2009 from the CNN newsroom center in Atlanta, due to the tremendous traffic it has been generating, the Project Veritas site has crashed!
O' Keefe followers and supporters have reached out to him on Twitter to report their difficulties and problems in accessing the Project Veritas site only a few hours since the bombshell #CNNLeaks revelation was posted. A netizen posted a screen grab of the message she has been getting while trying to get through the Project Veritas site: "Error establishing a database connection." Another warned that: "suspect the site will crash again and again given today's content upload." Others congratulated O' Keefe for exposing CNN and gave him technical tips to solve the crashing glitch.
Threat via Whisper prompts FBI to show up: “holy f**k I’m… going to get raided”
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it 1,000 times: these so-called "anonymous" messaging apps simply aren’t anonymous. To put it another way, if you’re dumb enough to make violent threats on them, you’ll get caught.
According to a newly released federal criminal complaint, Garrett Grimsley of Cary, North Carolina, allegedly used the Whisper app to make such remarks on February 19. Hours later, local police and the FBI arrived at his door to search his apartment.
As per an FBI affidavit, Grimsley (under the name "Spark_Pure") wrote in a public post: "Salam, some of you are alright, don't go to Cary tomorrow." Another Whisper user, who was not named in the affidavit but is referred to as an unnamed "cooperating witness (CW)," responded: "Why—what's happening in Cary tomorrow?"
The two then engaged in a private chat during which Grimsley said: "Aslam alaikum brother. For too long the kuffar have spit in our faces and trampled our rights. This cannot continue. I cannot speak of anything. It will be only the beginning, insha’Allah."
French Election 2017 : Marine Le Pen Drastic Increase In Poll Lead,Is She Heading For Victory?
The far-right leader Marine Le Pen has drastically increased her lead in the first round of France’s presidential election, though she still has a wide margin in the runoff as shown by the BVA-Salesforce poll, which was recently published on Thursday. There has been an increase of 2.5 percentage points in the polls from what the National Front head was expected to garner the last time the polls were conducted on the 4th of February 2017, it turns out that she would win 27.5 percent of the vote in the upcoming first round which is expected to take place on the 23rd of April.
The Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron was seen coming in second in the first round with a 21 percent of the vote, this is just one percentage point as he’s followed by the conservative Francois Fillon who has a 19-percentage point, which is also down one percentage point.
There has been a drastic change from what was seen back in May during the runoff vote, Macron was seen beating Le Pen with a 61 percent to 39 percent while Fillon was seen winning the presidency with a 55 percent to 45 percent win.
Owing to the fact that the poll was conducted on Sunday and Monday, it obvious that it did not reflect the impact of the latest developments that have been taking place in the fast-paced campaign. As a result, Fillon has lost an early poll lead after the investigations on the public funds that he used to pay his family.
President Trump removes Federal Policy on Bathroom Use for Transgender Students | Says States should
In a letter sent to schools on Wednesday night, the Donald Trump administration said it is rescinding on the Obama-era guidance directing schools to allow transgender students use the bathroom that matches their gender identity
The Justice and Education Departments in the letter, said the Obama administration’s guidance did not explain how it was consistent with the law.
The letter claimed that the directive caused confusion and lawsuits over its enforcement. Anti-bullying safeguards will not be affected, according to the letter.
“All schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment,” the letter reads.
Instead, the letter suggests that the states should take a “primary role” in establishing policy.
Six Million Migrants Want To Enter Europe
A leaked secret report from the German security authorities has revealed that almost six million migrants from countries around the Mediterranean want to enter Europe.
The report, which was obtained by German tabloid Bild, claims that there are at least 5.95 million migrants in countries around the Mediterranean who are seeking to enter Europe. In Turkey alone, the report estimates there to be 2.93 million migrants who have set their sights on the benefits of being an asylum seeker in a western European country like Germany OE24 reports.
Libya, according to the report, is presently home to 1.2 million migrants who want to get to Europe. Last year a record-breaking number of migrants crossed the sea to Europe with most of them arriving in Italy. The Italian government has vowed to crack down on illegal migration this year, but the country has seen little slowdown in the number of migrants arriving so far.
Jordan, which has taken in a large amount of Syrians fleeing the civil war, is also mentioned in the report. The German security services estimate there could be up to 720,000 migrants in Jordan who want to come to Europe.
Milo Yiannopoulos Disinvited From CPAC Over Pedophilia Commentary
According to Townhall editor and frequent Fox News contributor Guy Benson, controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited from speaking at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in DC, a report that was quickly confirmed by the ACU Chair.
Yiannopoulos’ initial invitation drew criticism, especially after a questionable clip emerged on social media revealing the Breitbart editor appearing to at least “advocate” for pedophilia. The clip, which was first put online by The Reagan Battalion, quickly made the rounds Sunday; Yiannopoulos says in the video:
>In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship — those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents.
On Sunday night, board member Ned Ryan of the American Conservative Union noted on social media that the board was not consulted regarding Yiannopoulos’ appearance.
Science Rules! Bill Nye Slices Silicon with Particle Accelerator
There’s new startup that has unleashed an efficient method for using a particle accelerator to slice microscopically thin silicon wafers that cut the cost involved in the manufacture of solar panels by a whopping 60%, this is made possible with the elimination of waste material by 50 to 100 times.
Having embarked on a Regulation A+ crowdfunding campaign back in July, Rayton Solar received the SEC qualification through its campaign sometime last month. The campaign has garnered $7 million in equity reservation investments. The company has received and additional $844,000 from crowdfunding following the SEC’s qualification.
The host of the science television series Bill Nye The Science Guy made a visit to Rayton’s Santa Monica in California where he put his name on the company by producing a video explaining the entirety of the process of using a particle accelerator to manufacture silicon wafers.
The startup company was founded back in 2012 after Yakub who was a design engineer at the UCLA Particle Beam Physics Laboratory realized that there was a need for less expensive silicon wafers which are used in the manufacture of solar panels.
Yakub was running a solar installation company at the time, the company heavily relied on a federal grant program that strived to make installing solar cost effective. He, therefore, decided to invent a cheaper and more efficient solar cell since the grant program was due to expire.
German Arrests Russian Suspected of Islamic State Support
German authorities have arrested a Russian citizen accused of financially supporting the Islamic State group and of dealing drugs.
Munich prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday that the 35-year-old man, whose name was not given, was detained in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt following extensive undercover surveillance. His home and workplaces were raided and several hard disks and a small amount of drugs were confiscated.
The suspect, who was arrested Tuesday, allegedly supported IS with his own money but also used Russian social media for fundraising. He allegedly also dealt drugs, the statement said.
Majority Want Fewer Refugees, Support Donald Trump’s Migration Cuts
Another poll shows a majority of voters support President Donald Trump’s executive order curbing travelers from seven terror-exporting countries, and shows that a majority want fewer refugees imported into American communities overall.
Pollsters found that 51 percent of respondents want the U.S. to accept fewer refugees than the 100,000 per year President Barack Obama wanted to import. Trump’s new White House plan trims that number to 50,000 per year.
Fifty-three percent of respondents also support the Trump’s Executive Order banning all refugee resettlement from Syria and freezing refugee resettlement for 120 days, according to the poll, which was conducted for the Harvard Center for American Political Studies by the Harris Poll company. The company is co-managed by Democratic pollster Mark Penn. Forty-seven percent of respondents oppose the new curbs, according to Harris, which did not release details showing the percentage of people who strong support or oppose the curbs.
US shutting down Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp
The Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp that’s been around for more than six months isn’t likely to be the demise of on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota.
Wednesday’s deadline for the protesters to leave also may not spell the end of heavy law enforcement presence near where the Dallas-based developer is finishing the last big section of the pipeline, which will carry oil from North Dakota through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.
The protest camp is on federal land in southern North Dakota between the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the pipeline route. It has at times housed thousands of people, though it’s dwindled to just a couple hundred as the pipeline battle has largely moved into the courts.
The Corps has told those who remain in the Oceti Sakowin camp that they needed to leave by 2 p.m. Wednesday. Gov. Doug Burgum listed the same time and date in an emergency evacuation order last week.
Large-scale arrests are possible at the camp Wednesday, said Morton County sheriff’s spokeswoman Maxine Herr, but she insists that’s not want authorities want. Though law enforcement and state officials in the past said they wouldn’t forcibly evict protesters, they now cite the coming threat of spring flooding as a safety issue that requires clearing the camp.
Supreme Court Hears Case on Fatal Border Shooting
How a U.S. Border Patrol argent’s use of lethal force at the U.S-Mexican border implicates constitutional rights and foreign affairs dominated arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Hernandez v. Mesa. The lawyer arguing that the agent should be held liable had a rough day in front of the justices.
Both sides agree that while standing on American soil at the border on June 7, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa fatally shot Sergio Hernandez, a 15-year-old Mexican national standing on the Mexican side. But then the factual accounts diverge.
According to Hernandez’s family, the teenager was playing with his friends near the border opposite El Paso, Texas, where the border runs through the middle of a concrete culvert. There is a fence on the U.S. side of the culvert.
According to Mesa and the federal government, Mesa was detaining one of Hernandez’s companions on the U.S. side of the border, when Hernandez and the other teenagers started throwing rocks at Hernandez. Mesa claims that the rocks posed a danger to his safety. He repeatedly ordered then to stop and back away, but they persisted. Finally Mesa fired in what he claims is self-defense, fatally striking Hernandez.
Ivanka Trump Attends Roundtable with Minority Business Owners
Ivanka Trump expanded her research on economic policy Wednesday with a visit to a program for business owners in Baltimore.
The first daughter visited the Raymond V. Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Greater Baltimore Urban League, where she participated in a roundtable discussion with minority business owners, mostly from the Baltimore area.
National Urban League President Marc Morial invited Trump, who has stressed her interest in working on policies to benefit women in business. He said he wanted to show her "a highly successful program that is supported by the federal government that makes a difference in the success of small entrepreneurs."
"I feel like Ivanka listened very intently and asked some very intelligent questions," Morial said, noting that she wanted to understand which programs worked and could be implemented on a larger scale.
During the roundtable, the business owners shared stories about the challenges they had overcome to achieve their business goals — two said they had previously been homeless — and discussed the public and private programs that helped them achieve, according to a White House official who requested anonymity to provide details of the event.
Cyber-attacks can bring Germany to its knees: Spy chief
Growing digitalisation is making Western countries deeply vulnerable to cyber-attacks from spy agencies and propaganda of terrorist groups, Germany’s domestic intelligence chief said Wednesday.
Speaking at the European Police Congress in Berlin, Dr. Hans-Georg Maassen warned that cyberspace did not only offer new chances for industrialized countries, but also involved major risks for national security.
"Even a few but very good trained cyber warriors can be enough to bring an industrialized country to its knees," he said, expressing grave concern over increased reliance on digital technologies in Western countries.
Maassen said foreign spy agencies had stepped up in recent years their activities in cyberspace to carry out espionage, disinformation and influence operations, benefiting from vulnerabilities of digital infrastructures.
"In the last two decades, vulnerabilities in cyberspace were largely exploited by criminal hackers or criminal organizations. Today it is mainly exploited by foreign intelligence organizations," he said, stressing that cyber-attacks had proved very efficient and cost-effective, compared with traditional methods employed by spy agencies.
Maassen said their investigation into several recent cyber-attacks targeting Germany, including a hack on the parliament’s servers, pointed out the possible involvement of Russia, but they were not able find any hard evidence.
Germany Plans to Expand Armed Forces Up to 198000 Soldiers Till 2024
Germany on Tuesday announced a plan to expand its national army Bundeswehr in light of "increasing responsibilities".
Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced today that the nation will expand its military by around 5,000 soldiers, bringing its total force to around 200,000, saying that growing demands for German military involvement overseas necessitates the growth.
"The Bundeswehr is under demand like never before".
"Be it in the fight against IS (Islamic State) terrorism, in the stabilisation of Mali, the ongoing support of Afghanistan and against people smugglers in the Mediterranean and the Aegean or with our increased presence for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in the Baltics", she said. "The Bundeswehr must be allowed to grow accordingly", said von der Leyen.
Washington has repeatedly pressed Germany to increase its defence spending to reach the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation agreed level of two percent of economic output.
18 rejected Afghan asylum seekers deported by Germany arrive Kabul
“After spending 12,000 U.S. dollars to human traffickers and traveling through difficult ways, I reached Germany five years ago and begun new life in a peaceful environment. But suddenly police arrested me from my work place in a hotel and sent me back to Afghanistan,” Mohammad Naeem, 25, told Xinhua at the Kabul airport.
“I have no place to live here in Afghanistan and I would go back to Germany, come what may,” said Naeem, who is from the northern and restive Saripul province.
Another deported Afghan, Sayed Wafa, 52, also complained that German government had deported him after 16 years of living in Germany.
More than 250,000 Afghans, reportedly have fled their country with the hope for settling in developed and peaceful countries, mostly in Germany, over the past three years. Enditem
Blackwater Re-brands To Frontier Services Group As It Heads To China
Blackwater will never outrun its notoriety despite how many times it changes its name. The mercenary force of convicted war criminals was founded by Erik Prince. It turns out that the Frontier Services Group which is an entirely different mercenary group that’s surprisingly chaired by Erik Prince is heading to China. However, they are not there to sell mercenary services, there are opening some forward operating bases to help the Chinses train the ex-PLA soldiers on how to be mercenaries.
Erik Prince is the notorious mercenary who believes that he’s the modern-day descendant of Wild Bill Donovan. He’s even named his youngest son Charles Donovan Prince. His budding career as a contract killer crumbled back in 2009 after it was revealed that Blackwater was a front for a secret CIA assassination program. As a result, he later acknowledged that Blackwater became a virtual extension of the CIA and it took orders directly from the agency.
Prince appeared on the radar last year after it was revealed that he was under federal investigation for allegedly attempting to broker mercenary services to foreign governments and launder money for Libyan officials through a Chinese bank.
Russian Military Introduces The Info Warfare Troops
A statement made by Russia’s defense minister revealed that the country has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military, the new branch is known as the information warfare troops. The new branch has been introduced alongside a steady flow of new planes, missiles, and trucks.
Sergei Shoigu’s statement acknowledged for the first time that this forces existed. The defense minister was speaking to parliament when he revealed that the military had received a sweeping array of new weapons last year which included 41 ballistic missiles to boost the forces. He also pointed out that there was a wide-ranging military modernization effort which was set to continue this year, adding that it is expected to see the air force receive 170 new aircraft while the army will receive 905 tanks and other armored vehicles, and the navy will receive 17 new ships.
Shoigu also pointed out that the three regiments of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces will also receive new intercontinental ballistic missiles. He also pointed out that the rising new weapons have raised demands for new personnel, adding that the military currently needs 1,300 more pilots and its expected to recruit them by 2018 to meet the demands.
Bill Maher Advocates Homosexual Pedophilia
A 2007 interview with Playboy magazine reveals that Bill Maher defended the pedophilia relationship between Seattle-area schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau and her 12-year-old male, Vili Fualaau. Maher told the magazine that he’s the only guy who he’s ever heard defending Mary Kay Letourneau.
Shockingly, Maher said that the gender of the child should determine whether teachers should have sex with the kids, this was after he was pressed on whether he thinks teachers should have sex with underage students and be jailed for the offenses.
Maher advocated for the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy who was abused by Debra Lafave another teacher who had sex with a student, adding that it was such a great memory for the 14-year-old boy. However, he claimed that if a 28-year-old male teacher had sex with a 13-year-old girl, that is a crime. This evidently shows that Bill Maher advocates for a homosexual pedophile.
One day argues that Maher’s comments were meant to create some humor since he’s also a stand-up comedian but the 2007 interview is not the only time he made such statements. Back in 1998 episode of his ABC talk show, Politically Incorrect, he supported Letourneau raping Fualaau. He said that Letourneau was jailed because she was in love, adding that the mother was jailed because she won’t conform to what society feels should be the perfect American family.
Obama busted selling $418 million in weapons to Kenya in his last day in office
>A group of lawmakers is planning to request a congressional investigation of a $418 million weapons sale to Kenya approved by the Obama administration on its last day in office.
Make no mistake about it. While the liberal left protests Trump because they assume he will be a warhawk president, former POTUS Barack Obama was at war non-stop during his eight years in office.
Never mind the thousands of bombs Obama dropped on Syria, the destruction he leveled on Libya, the US coup in Ukraine or his other wars in Somalia, Yemen etc… Obama made the military industrial complex very wealthy.
Even on his last day in office, Obama was wheeling and dealing to put money in the pockets of the MIC, closing a deal with Kenya to sell $418 million in U.S. weapons.
Now a group of lawmakers is working to request a congressional investigation connected to the Kenya weapons sale.
Texas Judge Blocks Cutting Funds to Planned Parenthood in Sharp Rebuke
A federal judge in Texas ruled Tuesday that the state can't cut off funding for Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015, which critics said were misleading and heavily edited.
"A secretly recorded video, fake names, a grand jury indictment, congressional investigations — these are the building blocks of a best-selling novel rather than a case concerning the interplay of federal and state authority through the Medicaid program," U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks wrote in an order in Austin.
"Yet, rather than a villain plotting to take over the world, the subject of this case is the State of Texas's efforts to expel a group of health care providers from a social health care program for families and individuals with limited resources," Sparks wrote.
Planned Parenthood has repeatedly denied that they did anything wrong or illegal. Sparks made the comments in an order granting a preliminary injunction preventing the Texas Health and Human Services Commission from ending Medicaid agreements with Planned Parenthood.
Sparks wrote that the commission relied on "unsubstantiated and indeterminate allegations" about a "willingness" to violate ethical standards and that it had produced no evidence of any actual violation that would warrant cutting it off from the program.
White House Signals Reversal in Transgender Bathroom Policy
Utah teens who allegedly shot girl in head during robbery kept ‘memento,’ police say
A 14-year-old Utah girl found in a dry canal with a gunshot wound to the head was allegedly attacked by two teenage boys who had initially planned to murder her using knives, then rob her.
Charging documents filed in court Tuesday, February 21st shed new light on the attack that sent 14-year-old Deserae Turner to a hospital with serious injuries.
Police began investigating after Deserae, who lives in Amalga, was reported missing last week after she failed to return home from school. Hours later, she was found in a dry canal with a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators interviewed associates and reviewed cellphone records, ultimately leading them to two teenage suspects.
One of the suspects told police that he and the other teen had lured the girl to the canal under the pretense of selling her a knife, but it was allegedly all part of a predetermined plan to rob and murder the girl.
New U.S. Study says Gay People are not ‘Born that Way’, Sexual Orientation Not Fixed
The issue of sexual orientation has been a very controversial issue since nations in the West began to recognize Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender (LGBT) rights.
An important part of the current LGBT debate is the belief that sexual orientation is predetermined by biology. Therefore, if a person has no choice over whether to be gay or not, society cannot demand that he or she becomes ‘straight’. This is a sound and reasonable argument. Indeed, society cannot force people to change from something they have no control over.
On the other hand, the ‘born that way’ argument has been disputed by some people. A latest cross-discipline study published in the journal New Atlantis has challenged the belief that human sexuality and gender identity are determined by biology and remains fixed. The New Atlantis journal focuses on political, societal and ethical ramifications of technological advances.
The study, carried out by two researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, revealed that there is no scientific proof of sexual orientation being fixed. The researchers said the objective of their study is to draw the attention of the public to mental health problems of the LGBT community. The study cautioned against drastic medical treatment for transgender children.
According to the study, regardless of its political worth, the “born this way” notion by the LGBT community is not backed up by sufficient scientific data. But the study did not conclude or state that being gay is a choice. It merely said stating the opposite may be wrong.
Germany approves faster deportation of failed asylum-seekers
Germany's Cabinet approved a plan Wednesday that will make it easier to deport rejected asylum-seekers.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the measures mean that deportations of rejected asylum-seekers will be faster and more people will be sent back home.
Germany was flooded with 890,000 asylum-seekers in 2015 and has been working to streamline how it deals with them, speeding up granting asylum to those who qualify for it and sending home those who don't.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces a general election in September, has called repeatedly for a "national effort" to make sure that people without the right to stay leave the country.
The new measures include tweaking regulations to make it easier to take into custody people believed to be dangerous before deporting them, and giving authorities more leeway in observing them, de Maiziere said. Other measures include allowing authorities to evaluate data on cell phones and computers when the identity of an asylum seeker is in doubt.
Immigrants Fearing Deportation Under Trump Change Routines
In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents.
In Philadelphia, immigrants are carrying around wallet-size "Know Your Rights" guides in Spanish and English that explain what to do if they're rounded up.
And in New York, 23-year-old Zuleima Dominguez and other members of her Mexican family are careful about answering the door and start making worried phone calls when someone doesn't come home on time.
Around the country, President Donald Trump's efforts to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. have spread fear and anxiety and led many people to brace for arrest and to change up their daily routines in hopes of not getting caught.
In El Paso, Texas, Carmen Ramos and her friends have developed a network to keep each other updated via text messages on where immigration checkpoints have been set up.
She said she also is making certain everything she does is in order at all times. She checks her taillights before leaving the house to make sure they are working. She won't speed and keeps a close eye on her surroundings.
House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, February 22nd, visited the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as President Donald Trump’s administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.
It was the first time the Wisconsin Republican has visited the border, and protests were announced to meet his arrival in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday. Ryan led a small group of lawmakers on the trip.
In McAllen, Ryan came face to face with some of the challenges that arise in building a wall along the entire 2,000-mile border, which includes much remote and inhospitable terrain as well as the Rio Grande, the river between Texas and Mexico.
President Trump has not yet formalized his request to Congress to pay for the wall he promised during his campaign. It’s expected to cost $15 billion or more, making it uncertain whether Congress would go along. President Trump has promised Mexico will pay, but Mexico says it won’t, and President Trump’s never spelled out how that would happen, anyway.
President Trump: Budget proposal will focus on spending cuts
President Donald Trump previewed a budget plan Wednesday he said would be focused intently on slashing spending in a bid to reduce the national debt.
It’s one of three major legislative proposals the White House is preparing ahead of President Trump’s address to lawmakers next week, his first speech to a joint session of Congress as President.
President Trump said Wednesday, February 22nd that plans were nearly final for a health care measure that would replace the Affordable Care Act, and for the tax reform package that he promised on the campaign trail.
The White House said President Trump was aiming to release his budget blueprint by mid-March, though officials acknowledged the document would amount to only a framework, and not a full plan, since key members of the White House team have just begun work. Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget director, was confirmed last week.
Vice-President Pence visits former Nazi concentration camp
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a somber visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday, walking along the grounds where tens of thousands of people were killed during World War II.
Pence was joined by his wife, Karen Pence, and the couple’s 23-year-old daughter, Charlotte, as they toured the exhibits at the former concentration camp that was established by the Nazis in 1933 near Munich.
The vice president was accompanied by Abba Naor, a survivor of the camp, and other dignitaries as he passed through the wrought iron gate bearing the inscription, “Arbeit macht frei,” or “Work sets you free.” The Pences placed a wreath beneath the International Memorial at the center of the camp, toured the barracks and viewed the ovens inside the crematorium.
The Pences also stopped at religious memorials at the site and later attended a church service on the camp’s grounds.
More than 200,000 people from across Europe were held at Dachau, and more than 40,000 prisoners died there. The camp was liberated by U.S. forces in April 1945.
Former Vice President Joe Biden visited Dachau during a trip to Germany in 2015.
Making his first overseas trip as vice president, Pence spoke to foreign diplomats
Joy Villa’s Dress Designer at Grammys: ‘We Have to Support Our President’
Singer Joy Villa donned a dress with the “Make America Great Again” slogan at the Grammys Sunday night, thanks to the help of one San Diego fashion designer.
Andre Soriano of La Mesa designed the dress to represent “love and togetherness” in addition to making a statement, KSWB reported.
“I took my Trump flag from the front of my house and made the gown for her,” Soriano said. “We have to support our president.”
Villa walked the red carpet wearing a white cloak before taking it off to reveal the red, white, and blue Donald Trump-inspired dress.
Villa posted a picture of herself wearing the dress after the show on Instagram.
“Go big, or go home. You can either stand for what you believe or fall for what you don’t,” the post read. “Above all make a choice for tolerance and love. Agree to disagree. See the person over the politics, carry yourself with dignity, always.”
Villa also held a purse shaped like a sacred heart. Soriano said they selected the heart-shaped purse to represent love, family, and togetherness.
“We have to bring this country back,” he said. “There are a lot of people who don’t agree with our president, but they should give him a chance.
Tony Blair denies New Labour paid £1m compensation to Isis suicide bomber released from Guantanamo
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has denied his government paid £1m in compensation to a British man who went on to carry out a suicide bombing attack in Iraq for Isis.
Mr Blair said he would "not normally respond to daily stories about events which happened during my time in office" but said he would do so "given the utter hypocrisy with which this story is being covered".
He said it was correct Jamal al-Harith was released from Guantanamo at the request of his Government in 2004, but added the £1m payout was agreed in 2010 by the Conservative-led coalition government.
Bill Maher, now taking credit for Milo Yiannopoulos’ downfall, defended statutory rape in 1998
Bill Maher, who has taken the credit for the downfall of former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, defended similar comments about pedophilia on his talk show in 1998.
While discussing the case of 34-year-old Washington school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, who was originally sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree rape of her 12-year-old male student, Maher argued that there was nothing inappropriate about the sexual relationship.
"(Letourneau) is in jail because she is in love. That's how I view it,” Maher said on a March 1998 episode of his ABC talk show “Politically Incorrect” that has gone viral since his interview with Yiannopoulos. “Basically, they're having a family and they're keeping the mother in jail because she won't conform to what society feels should be the perfect American family.”
Letourneau began a relationship with Vili Fualaau in 1996 when she taught his sixth grade class at Shorewood Elementary School.
Russia announces new branch of military to focus on information warfare amid hacking allegations
Russia plans to form a new branch of its armed forces to focus on information warfare, the country’s defence minister has said.
Sergei Shoigu's statement — which came amid Western allegations of Russian hacking — marked the first official acknowledgement of the existence of such forces.
Speaking to parliament, Mr Shoigu said the military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles.
He added that the wide-ranging military modernisation will continue this year, with the air force set to receive 170 new aircraft.
The army will receive 905 tanks and other armoured vehicles, and the navy will receive 17 new ships.
Also this year, three regiments of Russia's strategic nuclear forces will receive new intercontinental ballistic missiles, Mr Shoigu said. Each regiment has up to 10 launchers.
In Sydney, Netanyahu lauds ‘clear-eyed Australia‘ for blasting UN
>Opening 4-day visit, PM meets counterpart Turnbull, who describes Israel as ‘truly miraculous,’ asserts support for two-state solution
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday praised Australia for being “courageously willing to puncture UN hypocrisy” on resolutions singling out Israel for condemnation.
His counterpart Malcolm Turnbull had marked the first visit to Australia by a serving Israeli leader with an opinion piece in Wednesday’s The Australian newspaper that backed Netanyahu’s criticism of the United Nations.
“My government will not support one-sided resolutions criticizing Israel of the kind recently adopted by the UN Security Council and we deplore the boycott campaigns designed to delegitimize the Jewish state,” Turnbull wrote in an op-ed in The Australian newspaper, referring to a December 23 resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a “flagrant violation” of international law.
Adolf Hitler's wartime telephone sells for £195,000
Hitler's personal telephone - used to dictate many of his deadly Second World War commands - has been sold at auction for £195,000.
The phone was described by the auction house as "Hitler's mobile device of destruction" and "the primary tool used by the most evil man in history".
The Siemens rotary Bakelite phone - originally black before being painted pillar-box red - features a swastika, an eagle and Adolf Hitler's name engraved onto the back.
The phone had been given to British officer Brigadier Ralph Rayner by occupying Russian officers when he visited Hitler's bunker in Berlin in 1945 following the regime's defeat.
Now more than 70 years old, the device - which must be rotated almost 60 degrees in order to release it from its cradle - was used by Hitler in vehicles and trains, as well as at his field headquarters.
The unnamed bidder placed his winning bid by phone.
At the same auction a porcelain figure of an Alsatian dog, also owned by Hitler, was sold to a different bidder for £19,500.
Hitler - who liked to portray himself as an animal lover - had a German Shepherd named Blondi who appeared alongside him in various forms of Nazi propaganda.
Theresa May accused of letting Isis suicide bomber Jamal al-Harith slip through the net
Theresa May’s record as Home Secretary has been thrown into doubt over claims she weakened surveillance on an extremist who fled the country to become an Isis fighter and suicide bomber after his release from Guantanamo Bay.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman refused to discuss whether monitoring of Jamal al-Harith had stopped in 2014, at which point Ms May had been running the Home Office for four years.
But two ex-Labour home secretaries, David Blunkett and Jack Straw, attacked Ms May’s handling of terror suspects, including Harith.
The 50-year-old suicide bomber is said to have received £1m, while Ms May was Home Secretary, from the Government in compensation for his detention at Guantanamo Bay. Isis has claimed Harith, born Ronald Fiddler in Manchester, blew himself up in an explosives-laden vehicle in a village south of Mosul.
British tourists face US-style electronic visa scheme when travelling to EU after Brexit
The EU is considering the adoption of a US-style electronic travel permit scheme – a move which could create a new administrative hurdle for British tourists after Brexit.
Immigration minister Robert Goodwill told Parliament the EU was discussing the possibility of introducing a version of America's Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA).
Currently foreign travellers must pay a fee of $14 (£11) when they complete ESTA, an automated online system which determines their eligibility to travel to the US.
“British people are now used to the US ESTA scheme and, therefore, we view with interest how the European scheme might develop and what similarities, and differences, there may be to the US scheme,” said Mr Goodwill.
Buzzfeed Strikes Back: The Latest Target The Goldwater
With headlines like “Anti-Trump Liberals Throw Tantrums by Refusing to Pay Taxes,” The Goldwater appears to be another of the many pro-Trump conservative websites that have sprung up in the past year. A recent video on its YouTube channel warns, “The Shadow Government Is Rumored To Be Conspiring Against President Trump.”
But The Goldwater isn’t what it seems. The man in the video uses a made-up name. The site’s videos star attractive Filipina women who deliver pro-Trump news in heavily accented English. And at a time when most news sites obsess over generating traffic from Facebook, The Goldwater largely ignores that platform. Instead, everything it does is catered to the trolls, alt-righters, Trump shitposters, and other anonymous members of the internet’s most deplorable message board, 8chan.
Yes, The Goldwater wants to be the pre-eminent news source for internet trolls.
Intelligence chief says more Islamic extremists in Germany
The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency cautioned Wednesday that the number of Islamic extremists in the country is on the rise and that the threat of an attack remains high.
“We are currently counting 1,600 people as potentially belonging to that group,” Hans-Georg Maassen said at the European police congress in Berlin. At the end of last year, the agency had counted around 1,200 people.
The number of extremists under surveillance who are considered potentially dangerous enough to carry out an attack is currently at 570, according to the agency, German news agency dpa reported.
“Every day we get two, sometimes even four concrete leads regarding possible acts,” Maassen said. “We have to acknowledge that we live in these conditions and no longer in a normal situation.”
In the first mass casualty attack by an Islamic extremist in Germany, a rejected asylum-seeker from Tunisia drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in December, killing 12 and injuring dozens. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.
Rocket Internet Loses Biggest Investor
Kinnevik has finally lost patience. The Stockholm-based investment firm on Wednesday evening announced it was pulling a big chunk of its stake in Berlin-based startup incubator Rocket Internet.
It’s a massive blow to a company that has long been one of the biggest hopes for Germany’s capital, which has sought to sell itself as a hub for promising technology startups along the likes of Silicon Valley in the United States.
Shares in Rocket Internet, which went public to much fanfare back in 2014 but has long failed to earn a profit, plunged by more than 10 percent to €19.59 in post-day trading on Frankfurt’s stock exchange.
Kinnevik was Rocket Internet’s largest investor outside of its founders Oliver, Marc and Alexander Samwer, owning a 13-percent stake in the company, which is best known for launching Europe’s largest online fashion retailer Zalando.
Germany wants surveillance airships for U.N. mission in Mali
The German military plans to beef up security for a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali by deploying a number of tethered aerostats – small airships with threat-tracking sensors – like those used by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, a spokeswoman for the armed forces said.
U.S. officials said they had provided information to the German Bundeswehr about a range of options, including the possibility of buying used aerostats built by Lockheed Martin Corp for the U.S. Army.
The dangers facing the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali were highlighted last month when a suicide bombing killed 77 people at a military base housing government soldiers in the northern town of Gao. The attack was claimed by an affiliate of al Qaeda.
Germany is increasing its role in the U.N. force this year by deploying eight attack and transport helicopters and 350 more soldiers, to boost its contingent to around 1,000 of the total force of 15,000.
A source familiar with the U.S. deployment of aerostats in Afghanistan said the U.S. Army had 40 of the Lockheed-built Persistent Threat Detection System airships on hand that could be sold at a discount to other countries. No immediate information was available about the likely cost.
Le Pen Appeals To Women Voters In France
In a statement made by Nonna Mayer, who is a researcher at the Sciences Po institute in Paris, it’s apparent that women are key, Mayer has studied the National Front for 25 years. She states that these women often abstain and now they are backing Le Pen to protect their security and jobs.
Despite the fact that women constitute just over half of the electorate in France, they are far less likely to turn out than the men, they offer a well of untapped support for the candidate who manages to appeal to the issues affecting them. Marine Le Pen’s pitch address issues concerning immigration, security, and the economic decline that has affected many white French communities into a potent populist brew that has major similarities with U.S. President Donald Trump since majority of the problems have been brought about by the elite.
Is China Challenging Trump With Building Missile-Housing Structures In The South China Sea?
In a move that could also be viewed strategically as a challenge to the U.S. and especially on the leadership of President Donald Trump and how his administration is likely to respond, China is almost done building close to two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea seemingly designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles.
U.S. officials who spoke with Reuters on condition of anonymity said that such action of China of building the concrete structures with retractable roofs on Subi Mischief and Fiery Cross reefs can be seen as a form of military escalation by China. China has already previously built military-length airstrips along the Spratly Islands chain.
A U.S. intelligence officer said the structures China is building in the contested waters resemble others that house surface-to-air missiles batteries so it's logical to conclude that is the same purpose of the new structures. Another official said the structures are approximately 20 meters (66feet) long and 10 meters (33 feet) high.
Texas preschool employee fired after she posted about killing Jews
A Texas preschool employee has been fired after she posted hateful messages about killing Jewish people on her Twitter account.
“Kiss the Palestine ground for me and kill some Jews,” Nancy Salem told a friend in a post from 2013 that is no longer available.
Screen grabs of other tweets published by the Dallas Morning News show Salem saying “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough” followed by a series of hahas.
The posts were first highlighted by activist group Canary Mission, which published a report about alleged anti-Semitism among those associated with Students for Justice in Palestine at University of Texas at Arlington.
Canary says it was made “in order to document people and groups that are promoting hatred of the USA, Israel and the Jewish people, particularly on college campuses in North America.”
The resurfacing of her old tweets led internet commenters to target Salem’s employer, the preschool and day care center Children’s Courtyard in Arlington, Texas.
Spokeswoman Lydia Cisaruk told the Daily News that Salem was no longer employed there, but would not detail when the school found out about the tweets and when the activist left.
Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart following 'paedophile' comments
>'Alt-right' figurehead was in danger of being dismissed from the publication over comments appearing to endorse sexual relationships between 'younger boys and older men'
Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from his role as a senior editor at Breitbart news, over apparently pro-paedophilia remarks he made in a recently surfaced podcast.
He announced that he was standing down on Tuesday evening in a statement emailed to journalists. It had already been reported that he faced dismissal from the far-right new site over the comments, which sparked outrage.
He said: "I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues' important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone."
Mr Yiannopoulos, a vocal Donald Trump supporter who rose to fame for his far-right views, appeared to endorse sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men” in an excerpt from The Drunken Peasants podcast which aired a year ago.
He said in footage broadcast online that he defines paedophiles as people who are sexually attracted to children who have yet to hit puberty. He adds that he believes some teenagers under the age of 16 are able to consent to sexual activity.
At one point he refers to the possibility of relationships between 13-year-olds and 25 or 28-years-olds, claiming “these things do happen, perfectly consensually”.
Aggressive campus anti-rape laws proposed for Texas colleges in wake of Baylor scandal
Texas could soon pass some of the most aggressive campus rape laws in the country, a reaction to the sexual assault scandal at Baylor University.
“I love my school, but I’ve been extraordinarily disappointed,” said Baylor alumnus Kirk Watson, a Democratic senator from Austin. “I actually think there is a real feeling that we need to address sexual assault.
Watson filed five bills Tuesday that aim to increase and encourage reporting and lessen rates of sexual violence, harassment and stalking on college campuses. But he’s also the co-sponsor of a proposal that would require school employees — and even some students — to report assaults or else face criminal penalties.
“We’ve got to be serious about this,” Watson said. “Students have a right to be safe.”
Trump right on Sweden, media wrong
Donald Trump says: “You look at what's happening last night in Sweden." He's imprecise: he means a documentary on Fox on Sweden's trouble with illegal immigrants. But journalists mock, first claiming Trump had invented a terror attack, and then denying Sweden had problems. But one day later: riots in Stockholm's big immigrant district.
ABC presenter Jon Faine mocks and gets on a Left-wing Swedish journalist to agree that all is fine in Sweden.
But while Trump used loose and misleading language he was pointing to a documentary - and the truth - about problems Sweden had with assimilating so many illegal immigrants:
Dylann Roof stopped by another black church after Charleston massacre, court documents say
Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof stopped by another black church the night of his Bible study massacre in 2015, court papers show.
Newly unsealed documents in Roof’s federal case cite GPS data that was not presented in his trial. The records show that after Roof gunned down nine parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church on June 17, he stopped at another house of worship — the Branch AME Church — and shut off his GPS device for several minutes. Like Emanuel, the Branch church was holding its weekly Bible study that night.
There is no indication that Roof entered the church, and it’s unclear if anyone was still there when he arrived.
Prosecutors argue that this shows Roof was contemplating another attack, but defense attorneys have said there is no evidence of this.
Residents in Northern California brace for more flooding as dams overflow
Communities downstream from a Northern California reservoir gushing water for the first time in 20 years braced for flash floods and evacuations after authorities warned them to prepare for rising rivers and creeks.
Northern California is forecast to get a brief break from persistent downpours Wednesday but the surge of water released from Don Pedro Dam into the Tuolumne River in the foothills east of Modesto is expected to reach overtopped levees later in the day.
Katie Whitley, who manages the Driftwood Mobile Home Park in Modesto, said residents nearest the river have been moving their trailers out since the start of the weekend.
"We're just holding our own," Whitley told the Los Angeles Times. "That's what we have to do. You just have to hope for the best. But you can expect it when you live on the river."
White House Signals Reversal in Transgender Bathroom Policy
The White House on Tuesday signaled it was preparing to reverse a U.S. policy on transgender rights, raising concern among rights advocates that Republican President Donald Trump is about to revoke a signature initiative of his predecessor.
Former Democratic President Barack Obama's administration issued guidance to public schools last May to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity, a move transgender people hailed as a civil rights victory.
Asked at a news briefing about concerns the government would reverse the guidance, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump believed the matter was an issue for the states to decide, which is contrary to the Obama stance.
"All you have to do is look at what the president's view has been for a long time, that this is not something that the federal government should be involved in, that this is a states' rights issue," Spicer said, adding that the Justice and Education departments would have "further guidance" at an unspecified time.
Legal advocates for transgender people say federal law and the civil rights of Americans are legally enforced by the federal government, as was born out during the civil rights movement of the 1960s that led to legal equality for African-Americans.
Robert Reich Implies Trump Incited Sweden’s Migrant Riots
Robert Reich, a professor at UC Berkeley and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, has insinuated that President Donald Trump incited Monday’s riots in Sweden — echoing his unproven conspiracy theory just weeks ago that Breitbart News organized violent demonstrations at his university.
“Trump’s lies have consequences,” Reich wrote Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. “48 hrs after his comments on Sweden, riots broke out in an immigrant community.” His statement refers to President Trump’s comments at a Florida rally this weekend, describing problems in the European country due to heavy migration from Muslim-majority nations:
>We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.
Establishment journalists mocked this segment of the rally speech, assuming Trump falsely claimed a terror attack had occurred recently in Sweden. Later on, he tweeted that he had seen a report on Sweden on Fox News Friday night. On the primetime show Tucker Carlson Tonight, one segment covered widespread unemployment among asylum seekers in Sweden.
Trump administration to change transgender student bathroom rules
The Trump administration is poised to issue new guidance outlining which restrooms transgender students can use, potentially sowing confusion in schools, angering LGBTQ rights groups and adding uncertainty to a widely discussed case due to come before the U.S. Supreme Court next month.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump is "a firm believer in states' rights and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level.''
"The conclusions that everyone in the administration has agreed upon, Spicer said, "there is no daylight between anybody, between the president and any of the secretaries.
Spicer said that further guidance on the matter is expected later Wednesday from the departments of Education and Justice.
Oscars Poll: 66 Percent of Trump Voters Turn Off Awards Shows When Speeches Get Political
A THR and National Research Group survey reveals how Clinton voters and Trump voters view the Oscars differently.
And you thought Obamacare was a hot-button issue. According to a new THR poll, Americans are nearly as divided about the Oscars as they are about health care.
The survey — conducted by the National Research Group, which in early February canvassed 800 people (half Hillary Clinton voters, half Donald Trump voters) for their opinions about movies, award shows and politics — reveals that two-thirds of Trumpsters have turned off their TV sets because of an actor giving a political speech at the podium, compared to just 19 percent of Clinton voters.
Even if they don’t hit the off button, 44 percent of Trump voters find awards speeches “too political” while Clinton supporters want more politics at the Academy Awards; 43 percent say they want winners to reference Trump’s temperament in their speeches (compared to 8 percent of Trump voters), 39 percent would like more discussion of women’s rights at the Oscars (8 percent for Trump voters) and 34 percent would like more talk about Trump’s seven-nation travel ban (7 percent for Trump voters).
In general, 68 percent of Trump voters say they “dislike” political speeches at the Oscars while only 23 percent of Clinton voters feel the same. About the only area of agreement is that neither side finds Oscar acceptance speeches particularly convincing: Only about a quarter of respondents on both sides of the political fence said their opinion about an issue has ever been changed by an awards show.
‘Sanctuary city’ law let gang member walk free from Rikers
An illegal immigrant gang member from El Salvador was allowed to walk free from Rikers Island under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Sanctuary City” law — in defiance of a federal petition to hold him for deportation, officials said Tuesday.
“This man is by his own admission a member of a violent street gang and he was released back into the community,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in New York. “Honoring a detainer request is not about politics, it is about keeping New York citizens safe.”
Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, an admitted member of the notorious MS-13 gang, was released from Rikers Island on Feb. 16 after serving time for disorderly conduct.
ICE officials had requested last May that Velasquez — who was ordered removed by an immigration judge in November 2015 — be turned over to them when he was done serving his sentence, but no one at ICE was alerted to his release.
They were forced to send their own agents to find him, and they were able to track him down the same day in Queens.
“He has been processed and is now in … detention pending removal,” ICE said in a statement Tuesday.
Hidalgo Co. Deputies Notice Less Activity in Illegal Immigration Hot Spots
Local law enforcement said the number of people crossing the border illegally is on the decline.
We met with Hidalgo County Precinct 3 deputy constable Joel Contreras for a ride along in Anzalduas Park on Tuesday. They patrol the area on their overtime shifts.
During the trip, we found a mother and daughter from Honduras and a Chinese national had been detained by another officer, deputy constable Reynaldo Trevino.
Contreras said it isn’t unusual to find Chinese nationals crossing with Central Americans. He said many of them don’t stay in the Rio Grande Valley, let alone Texas.
“Mostly the southern states, and a lot of them (go to) California,” he said.
The deputy said mostly everyone is trying to reach family members already in the country.
Contreras said the area is commonly used for human trafficking. He said it’s been years since the last time drugs were found on the trek of land.
He added the area is not what it used to be. Deputies noticed a decrease in people crossing towards the end of January. He said the drop in numbers won’t take their boots off the ground.
The deputy constable’s patrol along the river is on top of their regular civic duties. Their overtime is funded through state and government grants.
Ellison holds edge in DNC race survey
As Democrats head to Atlanta this weekend to vote on their party’s next chair, the race to lead the Democratic National Committee chair is coming down to its two leading candidates.
Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) has the edge over former Labor secretary Tom Perez in The Hill’s new survey of DNC members. But while both men claim they are close to securing commitments from the majority of the 447 voting members, neither candidate is assured victory.
The Hill has identified the stances of 240 DNC members, either through their private responses to a survey circulated over the past week or from public endorsements.
Out of those who responded, Ellison leads with 105 supporters to Perez’s 57. The remaining major candidates have less than a dozen supporters each, while more than 50 DNC members remain undecided.
NASA Announces Major Exoplanet Discovery
Astronomers from NASA and the European Southern Observatory announced Wednesday that four new Earth-sized exoplanets have been discovered orbiting a star about 40 light-years away, and that three may contain liquid water and be able to sustain life.
This star's small grouping of planets now boasts the most Earth-sized worlds of any system astronomers have discovered, and the most exoplanets that may be able to support surface life and water.
A Belgian-led team was able to spy these planets using space- and ground-based telescopes as each passed in front of its host, a red dwarf star known as TRAPPIST-1. These so called transits created dips in the Jupiter-sized star's light output that helped astronomers determine the sizes, compositions, and orbits of each of the celestial bodies.
Mark Zuckerberg urges people to take action against backlash to Globalization
Mark Zuckerberg has warned of a growing backlash against globalisation and urged people to respond by building a “global community” instead of “sitting around being upset”.
The Facebook founder was speaking as he published a 5,800 word essay on the future of social media and the global economy.
In it, he said globalisation was beneficial but risked leaving some people behind.
“Every year, the world got more connected and this was seen as a positive trend. Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by Globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection”, he wrote.
“There are questions about whether we can make a global community that works for everyone, and whether the path ahead is to connect more or reverse course.”
In an interview with BBC News to coincide with the essay, which was posted on his Facebook page, Mr Zuckerberg said leaders had failed to foresee the negative consequences of global changes.
"For a couple of decades, maybe longer, people have really sold this idea that as the world comes together everything is going to get better”, he said.
Trump Stands Against Media Abuse As Their Reach Diminishes
President Donald Trump is not picking a fight with biased
mainstream media without reason. It is not because he is
merely pissed off with them with their spate of criticisms
hurled against him, or feeling whimsical over tone and style
of reportage. The President is making a stand against the
excesses and abuses of the once all-powerful media because
as he best said it, the media's agenda is not the people's
agenda. It is not within the realm of media's
responsibilities nor rights to impose their political
ideologies or world views on the news consumers, the
independent American public.
Suzanne Venker, contributor to the Washington Examiner's
Beltway Confidential Blog and Fox News, author and trustee
of Leading Women for Shared Parenting, could not agree with
Trump more. In fact, she has been declaring the same for
years, especially as regards with women's issues. Most women
in mainstream media are either spoken or obvious in their
bias for certain political views, mostly leaning towards
Soros-Funded Org Urges ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Journalistic Vocabulary on Immigration
An Italian lobby group is insisting on purging journalistic language of all references to migrants that could carry a negative connotation, including such terms as “illegal immigrants.”
The list of forbidden terms to be expunged from news reporting comprises expressions that underscore the ethnicity of certain migrant groups or their illegal status. Terms like “clandestini” (clandestine migrants), “zingari” (gypsies), “nomadi” (nomads), “extracomunitari” (those coming from outside the European Union) and others like them are marked for extermination.
Even such precise terms as “Albanian,” “Maghrebi” and “Chinese” should be excluded from news reports, the association contends, because “today, they are no longer neutral.” The group also insists that the ethic origin of perpetrators of crimes should not be mentioned in news stories so as not to create an association of malfeasance with migrants.
“Islamic extremists” should simply be referred to as “extremists,” the guide declares, to avoid stirring up prejudice against Muslims.
Canada to welcome 1,200 Yazidi refugees from Iraq
>Vulnerable religious minority targeted by Islamic State as heretics, being taken in by Ottawa at ‘controlled pace’
Canada will resettle 1,200 Yazidi refugees who faced persecution by the Islamic State group, the immigration minister said Tuesday.
>Some 400 have already been airlifted to this country.
“Our operation is under way and individual survivors of Daesh have been arriving in Canada for resettlement in the last number of months and this began on October 25, 2016,” said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, using an Arabic name for the Islamic State.
The Cancer of War: U.S. Admits to Using Radioactive Munitions in Syria
Despite vowing not to use depleted uranium (DU) weapons in its military action in Syria, the U.S. government has now admitted that it has fired thousands of the deadly rounds into Syrian territory. As Foreign Policy Magazine reports:
“U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Airwars and Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing 30 mm rounds containing depleted uranium (DU) were shot from Air Force A-10 fixed-wing aircraft on Nov. 16 and Nov. 22, 2015, destroying about 350 vehicles in the country’s eastern desert.”
Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman John Moore said in 2015 that:
“U.S. and coalition aircraft have not been and will not be using depleted uranium munitions in Iraq or Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.”
>Now we know that is not true.
Grandmother sends Donald Trump a message from the after life
THE woman in the photo above is Elizabeth Smith. She died in the US last week surrounded by family and friends.
Liz Smith is being hailed by many as a legend, as she managed to troll Donald Trump from beyond the grave.
The death of the 87-year-old grandmother from Connecticut was announced in a touching newspaper obituary, which included a subtle dig at the new US President.
It read: “She enjoyed travelling, especially to Yellowstone Park and heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies, white water rafting on the New River in West Virginia and the Snake River in Idaho, Orient Express trip from Vienna to Paris, entire tour of Nova Scotia including Cape Breton.
“Liz is smiling now, not to be living during the Trump Presidency.”
As one Twitter user eloquently put it, “dead and still awesome”.
The lifelong scout member is not the first person to include the controversial 45th president in her obituary.
In the midst of the presidential campaign last year, an American woman’s family wrote another entertaining death notice.
WikiLeaks's Assange: Yiannopoulos is facing 'censorship'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos is facing "censorship" amid controversy over a video in which the far-right provocateur appeared to defend pedophilia.
"US 'liberals' today celebrate the censorship of right-wing UK provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos over teen sex quote," Assange tweeted Monday night.
Yiannopoulos has been facing backlash since a video clip gained traction on social media in which he says relationships between older men and young boys can be beneficial. In the clip, he also mentions his own sexual abuse.
The Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded its invitation Monday for Yiannopoulos to speak at its event.
Employees from Breitbart News, where Yiannopoulos works, are reportedly prepared to leave if the company doesn't take action.
And Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of Yiannopoulos's book, "Dangerous."
In Lebanon, Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf to meet top cleric
>Far-right French presidential candidate stirs controversy during Middle East visit; ‘No one presents me with a fait accompli,’ she says
rance’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen capped her visit to Lebanon with controversy on Tuesday when she refused to wear a headscarf to meet the country’s top Sunni Muslim cleric.
On her last day in the Mediterranean country, Le Pen arrived at Sheikh Abdellatif Deryan’s office in Beirut and was offered a white shawl to cover her blonde hair.
The National Front candidate promptly refused and made a brief statement to journalists before leaving.
“The highest Sunni authority in the world had not had this requirement, so I have no reason to,” Le Pen said, referring to her 2015 visit to Al-Azhar, the prestigious Egyptian institution of Sunni Islamic learning.
Iowa farmer warns Grassley about creating 'one great big death panel' with ObamaCare repeal
A farmer in Iowa faced off with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) at a town hall event in the state on Tuesday, voicing his concerns about losing his healthcare coverage if ObamaCare is repealed.
“I’m on ObamaCare,” the man, identified as Chris Peterson, 62, told Grassley. “If it wasn’t for ObamaCare, we wouldn’t be able to afford insurance.”
“Over 20 million will lose coverage and with all due respect, sir, you’re the man that talked about the death panels. We're going to create one great big death panel in this country that people can’t afford to get insurance.”
The comment referred to a debunked claim Grassley supported in 2009 that with ObamaCare, Democrats would allow the federal government to “pull the plug on grandma” by establishing “death panels” that would help determine end-of-life care for individuals.
Julie Bishop and Peter Dutton at odds over US refugee deal 'people swap'
Peter Dutton and Julie Bishop are publicly at odds over whether arrangements for Australia to take refugees in Costa Rica in return for the United States resettlement deal constitutes a “refugee swap”.
In comments to Sky News on Tuesday evening, the immigration minister conceded for the first time that the two were linked, warning Australia will not take refugees in Costa Rica until the US takes refugees as part of its resettlement of up to 1,250 people held on Manus Island and Nauru.
Although Dutton denied the arrangement amounted to “a people swap deal” he conceded: “I don’t have any problem with that characterisation if people want to put that.”
Speaking in Washington on Wednesday Australian-time after meeting US vice-president Mike Pence, Bishop denied the arrangements amounted to a “people swap” deal.
Asked about the risk the US might use “extreme vetting” to refuse to take refugees, the foreign minister said the deal always allowed the US “consideration of those they wish to resettle”.
Release Michael Flynn’s FBI Interview
MIchael Flynn’s secret talks with Russia in the waning days of the Obama administration raise three questions that need to be investigated. What are the connections between Russia, the Trump Organization, and Donald Trump’s business and political associates? What role have Russian operators played in crafting Trump’s policies toward Russia and Ukraine? And what did Trump know about Flynn’s false statements to the FBI?
The third question is the one I want to dig into here. We now have evidence that Flynn misled the FBI, that the White House knew about it, and that Trump didn’t care. To what extent did the president of the United States countenance, or even conceal, the evasion of law enforcement?
Making false statements to a federal investigator is a felony. Even if you aren’t prosecuted for the acts that are the subject of an FBI interview, you can be prosecuted for misleading the agents about it. That’s the standard Republicans applied to Hillary Clinton last year. Now they’re brushing Flynn’s false statements to the FBI, and Trump’s indifference to those statements, under the rug.
Mexican ambassador: DHS memos are a 'serious issue'
The newly appointed Mexican ambassador to the United States is concerned about Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos on immigration and what they mean for Mexican citizens in the United States, Reforma newspaper reports.
Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez told senators the memos are "a serious issue."
DHS Secretary John Kelly made official two memos on Tuesday, in which he outlined the implementation and enforcement methods his agencies will follow to enact President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration.
Under the new regulations, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have greater leeway in deciding which immigrants to persecute for deportation, as definitions of criminality for aliens were expanded by Trump's executive order.
Kelly will visit Mexico City on Thursday, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but it was not clear to what extent immigration – technically a domestic issue – will be openly discussed.
"It's good that [the memos] were revealed today because the Secretary of Homeland Security will arrive with the Secretary of State Thursday and it is simply a much more direct and honorable position to let these positions be known beforehand," Gutierrez told senators.
GOP rep pushes back on Trump's tweet about town hall protests
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Tuesday pushed back against President Trump’s claim that “liberal activists” are organizing agitated protests in GOP districts throughout the United States.
“They are our fellow Americans with legitimate concerns. We need to stop acting so fragile. I'm proud to defend liberty and the Constitution,” Amash wrote on Twitter in response to Trump's tweet.
>Trump referred to the protesters as “so-called angry crowds.”
“The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!” Trump said earlier Tuesday.
Republican lawmakers across the country have encountered protesters at town hall-style events in recent weeks, including House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
Amash has been an outspoken critic of Trump, recently panning the president’s executive order temporarily barring nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States.
Trump Administration Reveals Immigration Policy With More Deportations Planned Elegant HomesInla
"These guidelines are now the official policy of the Trump Administration, implementing the President's mass deportation Executive Orders", Senator Dick Durbin, the Democratic Senator from IL and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration said. A US official familiar with the documents did not dispute the accuracy of the memos signed by Kelly, which were originally scheduled for release Friday before they were postponed for White House review. Homeland Security officials said the policies would not affect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama administration program that offered protection from deportation for so-called Dreamers who were brought to the USA illegally as children. But A DHS factsheet released Tuesday stated, "Under this executive order, ICE will not exempt classes or categories of removal aliens from potential enforcement". "Department personnel have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws", it said. Unaccompanied minors who arrive in the United States would no longer be protected from deportation and their parents could face prosecution if they paid traffickers to smuggle their children across the border. Senior agency officials told reporters Tuesday that the directives would not affect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrrivals (DACA) program, which protects the young people known as Dreamers from deportation and provides them work permits. ElegantHomesInla
Trump Condemns Anti-Semitic Threats Across US
U.S. President Donald Trump has condemned a recent surge in anti-Semitic threats across the country, saying they are “going to stop.”
“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” he said.
Trump’s remarks were made while he paid a visit Tuesday to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall.
The president’s condemnation of anti-Semitic attacks comes one day after the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported at least 10 Jewish community centers in multiple states had received bombing threats Monday, the fourth string of such threats since the beginning of the year.
The ADL said no explosives were found at the centers and described the reported threats as “not credible.”
Last weekend, the graves of more than 170 Jews were vandalized at a cemetery in University City, Missouri.
Same Sex Marriage Legalization May Have Cut Teen Suicide Attempts
Policies legalizing same sex marriage are correlated with fewer youth suicide attempts, especially among teenagers who are sexual minorities, according to a new study.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed data from both states that had and hadn't legalized same sex marriage prior to 2015, when the Supreme Court issued a decision legalizing it across the country. "After same-sex marriage laws were implemented, the proportion of high school students reporting suicide attempts in the past year decreased by 0.6 percentage points, equivalent to a 7% decline," wrote the authors. States that had not legalized same sex marriage did not see these declines.
The analysis is based on government surveys of more than 700,000 public high school students. Since the suicide attempt and sexual orientation data is self reported, the researchers warned that there may be some shortcomings to the analysis.
But the results were striking. Not only did suicide attempts fall 7% among all students in the 32 states that had already legalized same sex marriage - it fell 14% among gay, bisexual, transgender, and other sexual minority teens.
Google and Bing Are About to Make it Harder to Find Illegal Content Online
Google and Microsoft's Bing may soon make it much harder to stream or download illegal content, at least for U.K. internet users.
The companies have signed a voluntary code of practice in a bid to crack down on online piracy, the BBC reports. In theory, sites with pirated material will be quickly pushed down search results, leading U.K. web surfers to legal content first.
The process will "accelerate the demotion of illegal sites following notices from rights holders" a statement released by rights holder groups Alliance for IP, the BPI, and the MPA said.
The BBC noted that Google (GOOGL, +0.31%) believes it already has sufficient piracy protections in place and so doesn't plan a change in policy.
The British government led the talks but the code has not been made public. It is expected to come into force by the summer.
4 dead Russian Ambassadors in 3 months
Russia's long time ambassador to the UN has died suddenly in New York - this is the fourth Russian diplomat who has died in the last 3 months.
Vitaly Churkin was one of the wisest voices in international diplomacy. His voice will no longer echo in the halls of the United Nations. Articulate, polite yet commanding, wise yet affable, he oversaw some of Russia’s and the world’s most important events in a position he occupied since 2006.
Churkin had to face a great deal of hostile criticism from both the Bush and Obama administrations during his time at the UN, but he always did so with grace. He never failed to explain the Russian position with the utmost clarity.
Standing next to some of his colleagues, he often looked like a titan in a room full of school children.
His death, a day before his 65th birthday, is a tragedy first and foremost for his family, friends and colleagues. It is also a deeply sad day for the cause of justice, international law and all of the principles of the UN Charter which Churkin admirably upheld in the face of great obstacles.
Vicious Left Hits Ivanka For Supporting Jewish Community, Forgetting That She's Jewish!
First daughter Ivanka Trump logically reacted to a wave of bomb threats leveled at the Jewish community centers on Monday with a sensitive, thoughtful and heartfelt message on Twitter. Ivanka posted the message: "America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship and religious centers". The message was proper and logical, in fact, it would probably win unanimous shares and likes had it come from someone else. But the fact that the well-meaning message against the threat of violence and intolerance came from Ivanka, the liberals and pathetic left lost their minds over it and reacted viciously without rhyme nor reason.
Ivanka was unbelievably hit for supporting her father and even impossibly blamed for the threats against the Jewish community! Some reactions from these liberals were so bitter that the unequally unimaginative and sensational The Huffington Post even jumped on and wrote a story with the atrocious headline " Ivanka Trump Tweeted About Religious Tolerance. It Didn't Go Down Well".
Well, Ivanka's thoughtful tweet was not a hit only to the small sector of the vicious left. Those haters only focused on the fact that Ivanka is a Trump, and as she is the daughter of the man they despise, it is only 'logical' for them to automatically hate on her, too. It does not matter to them to pause and let this common sense fact sink in- that Ivanka is well within her rights to speak about the condemnable threats not only as an American, not only as a member of the First Family, but even more so for being a Jewish woman herself!
The hateful left is probably forgetting or concealing the all-important "little" detail that Ivanka has converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner. Why then should unthinking liberals harshly criticize her for expressing her support to her religion, and for standing with them for the cause of religious tolerance?
U.S. Ambassador Gives Somali President ‘Make Somalia Great Again’ Hat
Stephen Schwartz, the Obama-appointed U.S. ambassador to Somalia, gave President Mohamed Abdullahi an unusual gift after two days of meetings: A blue-and-white cap bearing the slogan “Make Somalia Great Again.”
This is all the more interesting because, as the UK Telegraph points out, Somalia is one of the seven countries affected by President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration. President Abdullahi (more widely known by his nickname “Farmaajo,” which is a play on the Italian word for cheese – his favorite food as a child) has pledged to work on getting Somalia off the list.
NBC News noted after his election that Farmaajo, a dual citizen of the United States and Somalia, seems willing to acknowledge that Somalia has problems and is determined to work on them. He briefly served as prime minister six years ago and is well-regarded in Somalia as an opponent of corruption and terrorism.
“He is committed to bringing peace and stability to his people and to his country. He has always said that terrorism will be his number one objective,” a longtime friend told NBC. “To eradicate terrorism in Somalia, as he said to me many times, the most effective way to stop terrorism in the United States is to stop it in Somalia.”
After winning first round of Ecuadorian elections, Moreno issues warning to Assange
Moreno says that Assange must stop meddling in US politics. But there is no evidence that he ever did in the first place.
It is always a pity when a generally good man says something foolish. After winning the first round of votes in Ecuador’s election, Lenin Moreno has done just that in an exclusive interview with RT.
Moreno restates his county’s desire to protect Julian Assange on humanitarian grounds, but he omits to mention that the reason that outgoing President Correra grew sympathetic to Mr. Assange is because Wikileaks helped expose US meddling in Ecuadorian internal politics.
Now it is Moreno who says that while at the embassy Julian Assange must not meddle in the politics of the US. He went on to say:
“If you invite me to your place, I shouldn’t say bad things about your friends. If you give me shelter and I enjoy your hospitality, I should also show you respect.”
At face value his statement is fair, but in reality, it was only just before America went to vote that Assange’s internet was cut off. It’s a bit late to move the goalposts.
Furthermore, Moreno did not explain how Julian Assange ‘meddled’ in the US election.
Paul Joseph Watson makes an offer journalists can’t refuse
Paul Joseph Watson offers to pay for a journalist to travel to Sweden and see first hand, the violence that Donald Trump has condemned.
As they typically do, mainstream media journalists have lambasted Donald Trump for his remark about dangerous events ‘last night in Sweden’. Anyone who understands Donald Trump’s well known, casual and direct manner of speech ought to realise that the ‘last night’ issue was far less important than the broader and more obvious point that President Trump was trying to make.
Sweden a country many remember as a carefree liberal paradise, has been consumed by well documented waves of violence due to mass migration policies not dissimilar from those enacted by Angela Merkel in Germany.
The Swedish city of Malmo was been a particular flash point for violence. Once again, Donald Trump’s general point was accurate. The way he phrased his statement off the cuff is to anyone who is interested in the bigger picture, inconsequential.
BREAKING: Ukraine blocks commemorative resolution for Vitaly Churkin at the UN
>Ukraine's decision to block the adoption of a commemorative resolution by the UN Security Council dedicated to late Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin is "beyond good and evil", says Russian FM Sergey Lavrov.
“I know how the UN works. I believe that [Ukraine’s] permanent representative would not do this on his own. This means that he was ordered to do it,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is quoted as saying in a Sputnik report.
“This goes against Christian values. It’s beyond good and evil. Thanks to the current Ukrainian authorities, however, we are accustomed to the fact that someone in their country treats Russians, and anyone who refuses to dance to the pipe of neo-Nazis, precisely like that,” Lavrov added.
Ukraine, which is chairing the UN Security Council this month, has cited “lack of precedent” as the reason for blocking a commemorative UN Security Council resolution for Vitaly Churkin. As a result, only a press statement was released and published.
If in explaining its decision, the Ukranian Foreign Ministry meant to imply that former UNSC ambassadors didn’t have commemorative resolutions passed after their death, then it is clearly missing the difference in circumstances.
Vitaly Churkin was not only the longest-serving ambassador in the UN Security Council but “a diplomatic giant” who “stood out among all the other 193 ambassadors,” as stated by UK’s Ambassador to the UN Matthew Raycroft.
Judge Orders Government to ID Some Travelers Affected By Trump Order
The government must release to civil rights lawyers the names of approved refugees, valid visa holders and other legal travelers subjected to Republican President Donald Trump's travel ban in the day after a judge first ruled against it last month, a New York judge said Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon in Brooklyn said the names must be turned over by late Thursday afternoon, less than a day before she's scheduled to preside over a hearing on the issue.
The list must include legal travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations whose residents are subjected to Trump's executive order, the judge wrote.
In her order, Amon attempted to define an earlier order by another judge that required the government to release names to civil rights lawyers who complained that the government had turned away approved refugees, valid visa holders and legal travelers from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen after Trump signed the order on Jan. 27.
Civil rights lawyers have said it was difficult to identify those who were turned away without a list provided by the government.
Priebus: US intelligence community ‘finds no links’ between Trump campaign and Russia
>Reince Priebus, President Trump's Chief of Staff, confirms that US intelligence community has found no evidence of secret links between Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.
Days after The New York Times published a sensational report claiming multiple contacts between Trump’s associates and members of his campaign team and Russian officials – including Russian intelligence officials – Reince Priebus, President Trump’s Chief of Staff, has been touring the television studios to say that the US intelligence community has assured him – and given him the green light to say publicly – that this report was “totally wrong”.
This comes a few days after FBI Director James Comey briefed members of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on this very question on Friday 17th February 2017. Since there have been no sensational links since that meeting, it is a virtual certainty that Comey told the Senators the same thing, and that the FBI’s investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged links to Russia have so far at least drawn a complete blank.
Trump offers condolences over death of Russia’s UN Amb. Vitaly Churkin
>President Donald Trump was saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin.
President Donald Trump has joined US Permanent Representative to the UN Nicky Haley and the country’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in offering condolences on the death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Amassador Vitaly Churkin.
A statement released on the White House website reads:
President Donald J. Trump was saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin. An accomplished diplomat, Ambassador Churkin worked alongside his U.S. counterparts in New York for more than a decade. While American officials sometimes disagreed with their Russian counterparts, Ambassador Churkin played a crucial role in working with the United States on a number of key issues to advance global security. The President offers the condolences of the American people to the Russian people and government.
Vitaly Churkin, who served as Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations since 2006, died suddenly while at work in New York on Monday. He would have turned 65 on Tuesday.
Tillerson calls Lavrov, delivers condolences on death of Amb. Churkin
>US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to express condolences on the death of Amb. Churkin and go over some issues on the US-Russia agenda.
Contacts between the US Secretary of State and Russia’s Foreign Minister are growing more frequent, which is a positive sign amid the pressure and attempts by the Deep State to derail any sort of US-Russia dialogue.
According to a press statement released on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website, Rex Tillerson spoke with Sergey Lavrov by phone.
“On behalf of the US leadership, the Secretary expressed his deep condolences on the unexpected death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Vitaly Churkin, who was well known to many Americans,” the statement reads. “An exchange of opinions on relevant international issues and issues concerning the bilateral agenda also took place,” the statement concludes.
White House: Trump wants to make a deal with Russia on ISIS and economy
Donald Trump remains committed to the idea of striking a deal with Moscow.
While answering a question on Russia from Scott Newman during a press briefing on Tuesday, the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reiterated Trump’s commitment to attempting a deal with Russia.
The following is a transcript of that exchange, available on the White House website.
Scott Newman: On Russia — critics of the President have said that at time he doesn’t talk tough enough on the subject. General McMaster, though, has been labeled by a lot of people as being pretty hawkish. I’m curious what, if any, difference in tone or tenor or strategy we should expect now that they’re working together.
Sean Spicer: Well, I think, as I mentioned a couple times, I think there is widespread praise for General McMaster and his understanding and command of national security matters, foreign policy matters. He’s going to be a great asset to the President’s national security team.
But ultimately, the President has always been the decider, whether it’s Russia or any other issue. And I think you’re right, he has made it very clear that if he can get a deal with Russia, something that the last several administrations have tried to do, that he’s going to do it. And if he can’t, he won’t. But he is going to try. And I think his success as a businessman and negotiator should be seen as a positive sign for him to be able to do that.
Vladimir Putin and FSB make an offer to Donald Trump
>In meeting with the senior staff of the FSB Russian President Vladimir Putin outlines the threats facing Russia and the contours of a deal that might be done with President Donald Trump.
Whilst US President Donald Trump battles the US intelligence community and the US elite, the foreign leader he most wants to deal with – Russia’s President Putin – has been addressing the senior staff of the organisation he once headed, Russia’s counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence agency, the FSB.
Whilst it is all too tempting to contrast President Putin’s complete control of his government and intelligence services with President Trump’s struggle to achieve mastery over his own, that temptation should be resisted. President Putin did not always have the undisputed mastery of his government and intelligence services that he has now.
Only in 2003, following the arrest of the once all-powerful oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the subsequent expulsion from the government of individuals like former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and former Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov who were beholden to Khodorkovsky and the other oligarchs, did President Putin achieve the undisputed control of the Russian government and intelligence services that he has now.
4 dead Russian Diplomats in 3 months
Russia's long time ambassador to the UN has died suddenly in New York - this is the fourth Russian diplomat who has died in the last 3 months.
Vitaly Churkin was one of the wisest voices in international diplomacy. His voice will no longer echo in the halls of the United Nations. Articulate, polite yet commanding, wise yet affable, he oversaw some of Russia’s and the world’s most important events in a position he occupied since 2006.
Churkin had to face a great deal of hostile criticism from both the Bush and Obama administrations during his time at the UN, but he always did so with grace. He never failed to explain the Russian position with the utmost clarity.
Standing next to some of his colleagues, he often looked like a titan in a room full of school children.
His death, a day before his 65th birthday, is a tragedy first and foremost for his family, friends and colleagues. It is also a deeply sad day for the cause of justice, international law and all of the principles of the UN Charter which Churkin admirably upheld in the face of great obstacles.
Rogue Bull at Center of Wild Queens Chase Dies Hours After Capture: NYPD
The rogue bull that escaped from a Queens slaughterhouse and led police on a wild, hours-long chase through neighborhood streets Tuesday, ducking under caution tape and sidestepping cops, has died, NYPD officials confirmed.
The bull, which was seen with at least a dozen tranquilizer darts in its side over the course of the miles-long chase, died at some point before 2:30 p.m., nearly three hours after it escaped a Beaver Road slaughterhouse and went on a free-for-all through Queens, dodging police in Jamaica and South Ozone Park before it was captured in someone's backyard.
A cause of death for the animal wasn't immediately clear, but a spokeswoman for Animal Care Centers of NYC said it died during transport. It wasn't clear where the animal was being taken at the time and city officials had no further comment. The remains will now be taken to a crematorium, officials said.
650,000 Civilians Trapped in US-Backed Siege of Mosul and Nobody Is Talking About It
Iraqi forces, backed by American airpower, are set to launch a long-awaited offensive to retake West Mosul. There are reportedly 3,000 ISIS fighters left defending their last major stronghold in Iraq, and an estimated 650,000 civilians are trapped in the western-held area of the city. The U.N. has warned that these civilians are at “extreme risk,” with food, fuel, water, and electricity supplies extremely scarce. Mosul, the third largest city in Iraq, has been under siege by U.S.-backed forces in a months-long offensive to retake the city from ISIS.
Given a captured ISIS fighter admitted that he raped over 200 women in Iraq, it makes sense to want to liberate a city of civilians currently held hostage by the terror group. However, the forces the Americans are backing to retake the Iraqi city are reportedly no better. There have been numerous accounts of documented revenge acts committed by the Shia-led militias against the local Sunni population.
Despite this, the mainstream media presents the siege Mosul as a legitimate military operation without question, especially when compared to the media’s coverage of the battle for Aleppo in late 2016. As noted by Patrick Cockburn in the Independent:
Scientists Announce $500 Billion ‘Crazy’ Plan to Refreeze the Arctic
In December 2016, climate scientists warned the dramatic melting of Arctic ice or severe “snowmageddon” was linked to soaring polar temperatures, deadly summer heat waves, and torrential floods affecting hundreds of millions of inhabitants across North America, Europe and Asia.
With temperatures near the North Pole hitting an unprecedented 20°C warmer than average last year and ice levels hitting a record low, they warned the Arctic meltdown had already kick started abrupt changes in the planet’s swirling atmosphere, bringing extreme weather in heavily populated areas to the boil.
Fearing the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 tipping points in the Arctic that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe, scientists at Arizona State University have announced a plan to refreeze the Arctic — by installing 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. These would then disperse sea water onto the surface of the ice where it will freeze as an extra layer and thicken up the ice cap, at a staggering $50 billion per year over ten years.
Trump’s Attack On Big Pharma Lost The Drug Industry About $25 Billion In 20 Minutes
Its becoming blatantly clear why Big Pharmaceutical-owned crooks and corporations wanted Hillary Clinton to be America’s next president.
She has always been a friend to the crooked industry, and Donald Trump could be against the industry. When Trump spoke out against Big Pharma, he changed things up a little. After being interviewed by the Washington Post and criticizing the industry, Big Pharma lost about $25 billion in 20 minutes exactly. If he is to continue this path with the corruption-ridden industry, it could jeopardize its standing within the American economy and commercial markets across the country, and globally.
Trump disapproves of the industry and it’s obvious that in due time, maybe even sooner than later, that it will be crumbled. In a press conference, Trump said. “Our drug industry has been disastrous. They’re leaving left and right. They supply our drugs but they don’t make them here, to a large extent.
And the other thing we have to do is create new bidding procedures for the drug industry, because they’re getting away with murder. Pharma has a lot of lobbies, a lot of lobbyists, a lot of power.” Trump went on to explain that “there’s very little bidding on drugs. We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world, and yet we don’t bid properly. We’re going to start bidding. We’re going to save billions of dollars over a period of time.”
Lakers name Magic Johnson President of Basketball Operations
Magic Johnson was named president of basketball operations by the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday after returning to the organization as an adviser earlier in the month.
According to NBA.com, the team relieved Mitch Kupchak of his duties as general manager, and Jim Buss will no longer serve as executive vice president of basketball operations.
Part-owner Jeanie Buss said the following regarding Johnson's new role and the search for a GM to replace Kupchak:
>Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights [late owner] Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect. Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new general manager to work with Earvin and coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new general manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new general manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.
These 16 Restaurants Have The MOST Antibiotics In Their Meat! Avoid Them!
By now you probably know quite well how much of the mass-produced meat in this country is laced with antibiotics, but we’re here with a list of the worst restaurant chain offenders.
A collaborative new report recently ranked the 25 largest US fast food and causal restaurant chains based on their policies and practices when it comes to antibiotics in their food. For the second year in a row, Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill were the only two chains to score an A grade.
The CDC estimates that at least two million Americans contract antibiotic-resistant infections every year. The American Academy of Pediatrics explained that the overuse of antibiotics in animals can make bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter stronger and resistant to drugs that were previously able to ward them off.
Islamic State Vows More Attacks on Egypt’s Christians
An Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt released a video Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country’s Christian.
A narrator says in the 20-minute video that the Egyptian Christians are the extremist group’s “favorite prey.”
The video shows footage of Egypt’s Coptic Christian pope, Christian businessmen, judges and priests who either speak of the need to protect the minority or use derogatory terms to refer to Egypt’s Muslim majority. The narrator says Christians were no longer “dhimmis,” a reference to non-Muslims in Islam who enjoy a degree of state protection. Instead, the group describes the Christians as “infidels” who are empowering the West against Muslim nations.
“God gave orders to kill every infidel,” one of the militants carrying an AK-47 assault rifle says in the video.
Egypt’s Coptic Christians, who make up around 10 percent of the population, have been always a favorite target of Islamic extremists. Attacks on churches by Muslim mobs increased since the 2013 military overthrow of an Islamist president. Christians overwhelmingly supported the army chief-turned-president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and extremists have used such support as a pretext to increase attacks against them.
WikiLeaks Releases The Context Of Vault 7
WikiLeaks had everyone speculating on the context of the mysterious Vault 7 tweet. However, that’s no longer the case, the context of the mysterious Vault 7 tweets from WikiLeaks has been confirmed. Revelations dealt a blow to the US after WikiLeaks unveiled CIA documents detailing how the French political parties were targeted for infiltrations by the CIA’s human human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election.
Reports from EV pointed out that the US intelligence departments justified their intrusions into the theatre of European politics to assist in assessing and preparing key US policymakers for the post-election landscape in France, with special emphasis on US-France relationship.
Anon covered a report revolving around cryptic messaged of WikiLeaks Vault 7 tweets, this has led to the speculation that it was a potential new release of documents that would potentially shake the world.
However, it was anyone’s guess at the time. However, WikiLeaks has stated that the latest document purge is in context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series.
Stock Market has Best 30-Day, Post-Inauguration Rise in 54 or 108 Years
The stock market has jumped sharply since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, prompting CNN and Fox News to issue rival reports over whether it is the best post-inauguration performance in 54 years or 108 years.
CNN says the Standard & Poor’s Index of 500 top stocks have climbed 3.8 percent in the 30 days since Trump was inaugurated. That’s the best performance in the 54 years since the market rose 6 percent after Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn into office in November 1963 once President Jack Kennedy was assassinated, CNN reports.
Fox News, however, used data from the Wall Street Journal to show that the Dow Jones Industrial Average group of companies has risen by 4.02 percent since inauguration day. That’s the best 30-day, post-inauguration performance in 108 years, or since the DJIA rose 5.07 percent in the 30 days after President William Taft put his hand on the Bible in March 1909, says Fox.
Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, on Monday attacked a holy cow of his party,
The President of the European Parliament (EP) called for massive investments in Africa on Tuesday, warning that millions of African migrants could arrive otherwise.
In a forum with Italy’s ANSA news service, Antonio Tajani said: “If the problem of Africa is not tackled—drought, malnutrition—we will have millions and millions and Africans pushing (to enter Europe) and dams and walls will not be sufficient (to hold them back).”
Tajani said that fixing Africa’s problems would require an investment of “billions and billions” of euros.
The words of the EP President echoed recent remarks by European Council President Donald Tusk, who stated earlier this month that Europe cannot cope with the massive influx of migrants crossing from North Africa into Italy.
Tusk called for measures to shut down the maritime migrant route across the Strait of Sicily.
“The flow of migrants from Libya into Italy and the EU is not sustainable,” Tusk said following a meeting between European and Libyan officials.
“Europe has proved it is able to close down irregular routes of migration, as we did on the Eastern Mediterranean route,” Tusk said. “We have discussed the example of our cooperation with Turkey and other countries in this part of the region. Now it is time to close down the route from Libya to Italy.”
Germany’s Schulz Launches ‘Social-Populist’ Attack on Merkel
The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, is seen beating Chancellor Angela Merkel in September elections according to several recent polls, thanks to an unapologetically leftist programme that has earned him accusations of veering toward populism.
After years of languishing in Merkel’s shadow, Germany’s traditional workers’ party is almost giddy with excitement these days, hoping their new leader can end the decade-long reign of the “queen of Europe”.
Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, on Monday attacked a holy cow of his party, criticising the sweeping labour and social welfare reforms pushed through under former SPD chancellor Gerhard Schroeder between 2003 and 2005.
The so-called “Agenda 2010” reforms included lower social benefits and increased pressure on the unemployed to return to work.
They brought down unemployment — which in January stood at its lowest rate since the country’s 1990 reunification, at 5.9 percent — and gave a shot in the arm to an economy then labelled the “sick man of Europe”.
Canada PM: will not halt illegal border crossing despite opposition
Canada will continue to accept asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States but will ensure security measures are taken to keep Canadians safe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.
The number of would-be refugees crossing into Canada at isolated and unguarded border crossings has increased in recent weeks amid fears that U.S. President Donald Trump will crack down on illegal immigrants, and photos of smiling Canadian police greeting the migrants have gone viral.
Opposition Conservatives want Trudeau's center-left Liberal government to stem the flow of asylum seekers from the United States because of security fears and a lack of resources to deal with them.
Le Pen Refuses to Wear Headscarf, Cancels Meeting With Grand Mufti
The leader of France’s National Front, Marine Le Pen, has opted to cancel a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti rather than wear an Islamic veil.
Ms Le Pen is in the country to meet its leaders ahead of the first round of voting in France’s Presidential elections in April, in which she is expected to top the polls. But when offered a scarf to wear to a scheduled meeting with the Sunni religious leader, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, she declined.
“I met the grand mufti of Al-Azhar,” she told reporters, referring to a 2015 visit to Cairo’s historical centre of Islamic learning. “The highest Sunni authority didn’t have this requirement, but it doesn’t matter.
“You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” she said.
Press officers for the cleric said they were “surprised by her refusal” as her aides had been informed in advance of the requirement to wear a headscarf.
Le Pen is using a two-day visit to Lebanon to bolster her foreign policy credentials, and may be partly targeting potential Franco-Lebanese votes. Many Lebanese fled to France, Lebanon’s former colonial power, during their country’s 1975-1990 civil war and became French citizens.
Julian Assange: ‘When You Read a Newspaper Article, You Are Reading Weaponized Text’
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange recently discussed the topic of “fake news” and how WikiLeaks’ pure data-driven approach has prevented them from becoming “weaponized text.”
CNET reports that Assange appeared via video-link in a discussion with Australian comedian Chas Licciardello in Sydney, Australia this week. During the interview, Assange discussed the idea of “fake news” and how WikiLeaks’ refusal to editorialize their content and rather provide pure data to the public has allowed them to publish facts without bias.
“What is special about WikiLeaks is that it’s not just another damn story,” said Assange, “it’s not just another damn journalist putting their damn byline, advertising themselves and their position on another damn story.”
“You’re not reading pre-weaponised knowledge,” Assange said in discussing WikiLeaks vast database of information. “When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponised text that is designed to affect a person just like you… I think that is the real beauty of WikiLeaks… it is that sea of information, that treasure, that intellectual treasure, that rebel library of Alexandria you can go into.”
At African American Museum, Donald Trump Vows to Defend ‘Promise of Freedom’
President Donald Trump visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., commenting on its significance in American history.
“Today and every day of my presidency, I pledge to do everything I can to continue that promise of freedom for African Americans and for every American,” Trump said to reporters during the tour on Tuesday. “So important. Nothing more important.”
Trump praised the African American heroes of history, including specifically naming Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T Washington and Rosa Parks.
“I’m deeply proud that we now have a museum that honours the millions of African American men and women who built our national heritage, especially when it comes to faith, culture and the unbreakable American spirit,” he said.
Trump toured the museum with Dr. Ben Carson and his family, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, and Alveda King — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece.
Lawmakers to Request Probe of $418M Arms Sale to Kenya on Obama’s Last Day
A group of lawmakers is planning to request a congressional investigation of a $418 million U.S. weapons sale to Kenya approved by the Obama administration on its last day in office.
The sale, approved by the State Department and privately notified to Congress on January 19, would allow Kenya to buy 14 weaponized crop-duster-like planes — including two trainer planes and services, for missions against terrorist group al-Shabaab.
The deal was publicly announced the Monday after Trump’s inauguration.
A handful of lawmakers, led by Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), are questioning why the contract to produce the planes was awarded to major defense firm L3 Technologies — which has never produced such a plane — while a smaller, disabled veteran-owned company in North Carolina that already make those planes at a lower cost was not considered.
The Mooresville, N.C. company, IOMAX USA Inc., costed out 14 planes at $237 million dollars, according to a Budd aide.
Robots to Take Over ‘Wide Range’ of Military Jobs
According to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune, the wave of increasing automation is about to put military jobs in jeopardy.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, “Driver-less vehicles poised to take taxi, train and truck driver jobs in the civilian sector also could nab many combat-support slots in the Army.” Additionally, “Warehouse robots that scoot goods to delivery vans could run the same chores inside Air Force ordnance and supply units.”
“New machines that can scan, collate and analyze hundreds of thousands of pages of legal documents in a day might outperform Navy legal researchers,” they continued. “Nurses, physicians and corpsmen could face competition from computers designed to diagnose diseases and assist in the operating room… Frogmen might no longer need to rip out sea mines by hand — robots could do that for them.”
“Just as in the civilian economy, automation will likely have a big impact on military organizations in logistics and manufacturing,” said University of Pennsylvania professor Michael Horowitz. “The U.S. military is very likely to pursue forms of automation that reduce ‘back-office’ costs over time, as well as remove soldiers from non-combat deployments where they might face risk from adversaries on fluid battlefields, such as in transportation.”
Eric Holder to help investigate Uber sexual harassment allegations
Uber hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help lead an investigation into sexual harassment and discrimination recently alleged by a former employee.
In a memo to employees, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the review will be conducted in “short order” and that it will involve Holder, Huffington Post founder and Uber board member Ariana Huffington, and Liane Hornsey, Uber’s new human resources chief.
A blog post by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler prompted the investigation. She said she was sexually harassed by a supervisor almost immediately after she started at the company, and said her complaints were ignored by human resources. Over the course of a year Fowler said she was threatened and sabotaged by management because she complained about the harassment.
On Sunday, Kalanick tweeted, hours after Fowler’s blog post spread online, that he was launching an “urgent investigation” into allegations she made that she was denied transfers and job opportunities because of sexism among managers.
Kalanick told employees in the memo the review conducted by Holder, Huffington and Hornsey will investigate both Fowler’s claims and “diversity and inclusion at Uber more broadly.”
Yahoo price slashed as Verizon proceeds with buy
A price cut had Verizon on track Tuesday to go ahead with the purchase of Yahoo’s internet business, and share the costs from a pair of epic hacks that threatened to derail the deal.
Yahoo slashed the price of its core Internet business by $350 million.
The announcement settled concerns that the cyber attacks and how they were handled by the California-based firm might scuttle the acquisition or result in an even deeper cut to the price.
“I think at this point Verizon was just too far down the path, and exiting would have been too embarrassing,” analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group told AFP.
But, he said, “I would have walked away. It is kind of a foolish bet.”
Under revised terms of the delayed deal, Verizon’s purchase of Yahoo assets will total $4.48 billion.
Yahoo still faces probes and lawsuits related to the cyber attacks, which affected more than 1.5 billion accounts, and the timing of the disclosures.
Yahoo announced in September that hackers in 2014 stole personal data from more than 500 million of its user accounts. And in December it admitted to another cyber attack from 2013 affecting more than a billion users.
Defense Official Warns of ISIS and Al Qaida Members Already in Place for Lone-Wolf Attacks
According to a U.S. defense official, jihadist groups such as Al Qaida and ISIS already have numerous operators in place to launch lone-wolf attacks in different countries, including the U.S. As noted by the official, these individuals were recruited by terrorist groups through propaganda messages distributed online.
Despite the ongoing offensive efforts by military and police organizations in various countries, the official believes certain terrorist groups are still able to maintain their operations. This is because many of these extremists have resorted to new-age recruitment techniques in order to attract new members.
What’s even more alarming is that through these new techniques, which mainly revolves around disseminating propaganda material online, terrorist groups no longer have to convince their members to travel to other countries. Instead, they are able to recruit new members who are already citizens, asylum citizens or those who already have refugee status, to carry out the attacks.
As noted by the official, through these members who are now within the communities they plan to attack, terrorist groups are able to take less-centralized actions.
DHS Removes Obama’s ‘Handcuffs’ on Border Patrol Agents
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) removed “handcuffs” placed on Border Patrol agents by the Obama Administration, freeing them to expand border enforcement operations.
DHS Secretary John F. Kelly lifted most of the restrictions imposed on Border Patrol agents under the previous administration and ordered Border Patrol agents expand their efforts to enforce laws against illegal border crossings. The order came in a memo obtained by Breitbart Texas from DHS officials and discontinued President Obama’s “catch and release” program known as the “Priority Enforcement Program” (PEP) enacted on November 20, 2014. The order leaves in place, President Obama’s deferred action programs for children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.
“Except as specifically noted above, the Department no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,” Secretary Kelly wrote in the memorandum. “In faithfully executing the immigration laws, Department personnel should take enforcement actions in accordance with applicable law.”
White House Strengthens DHS’ New Border Security Directives
White House lawyers have strengthened two immigration enforcement memos from the Department of Homeland Security which end President Barack Obama’s catch-and-release border policies.
The comprehensive border security reforms of Obama’s pro-migration policies were signed by DHS chief Gen. John Kelly on Feb. 17. After a review by White House lawyers, the memos were changed to give officials more leeway in enforcing immigration laws, and more authority to close a back-door “advance parole” amnesty created by Obama.
The final memos implement most of President Donald Trump’s popular promises to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, and to accelerate repatriation of criminal illegal immigrants — but are being loudly criticized by amnesty advocates.
However, the memos also postpone action on his promise to end Obama’s 2012 mini-amnesty for younger illegals, his promise to reform the H-1B contract worker program that has now provide work permits for roughly 650,000 foreign graduates in the United States, and his call for a reduction in the annual inflow of 1 million legal immigrants.
The memos direct DHS officials to use an expedited repatriation process for illegals who have been in the United States for up to two years, to return border-crossing Mexicans home while their appeals for entry are adjudicated, and to prosecute illegal aliens who hire migrant-smugglers to get their children into the United States. Under Obama, officials were only allowed to use the expedited repatriation process for illegals who arrived within the prior two weeks. Also at Obama’s direction, border-crossers were released into the United States while border officials considered the appeals for asylum, and border officials were required to partner with the people-smuggling coyotes by delivering their cargo—the foreign youths and children—from the borders to their illegal-alien parents residing throughout the United States.
Border Patrol Agents Arrest 5th Sex Offender in California
Border Patrol agents in the El Centro Sector arrested a previously deported sex offender in southern California. He is the fifth, previously deported sex offender busted after crossing the border illegally in this sector since the beginning of the new fiscal year.
Agents working an isolated area near Mount Signal observed a man running north from the International Border. Agents caught up with the suspected illegal immigrant and confirmed he had just crossed, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.
The agents transported the suspect to the El Centro Station for processing. During a routine identification check, agents discovered the 42-year-old Mexican national is a previously deported sex offender. The State of California convicted the man for Lewdness Acts with a Minor under 16. The court sentenced the criminal alien to 20 months in prison. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials deported the man following his prison term.
China Slams Deployment of U.S. Aircraft Carrier to South China Sea
On Tuesday, China slammed the United States’ deployment of an aircraft carrier to conduct “routine operations” in the South China Sea, calling it a pretense to undermine its sovereignty.
“China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight all littoral countries enjoy under international law,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily news briefing, according to Reuters.
“But we are consistently opposed to relevant countries threatening and damaging the sovereignty and security of littoral countries under the flag of freedom of navigation and overflight,” Geng said. “We hope relevant countries can do more to safeguard regional peace and stability.”
China has built multiple islands in the sea and claims almost all its resource-rich waters — although Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam all claim parts of it — and about $5 trillion worth of trade passes through the sea each year.
The U.S. has criticized China’s construction of the islands, as well as a build-up of military facilities on the islands. The U.S. Navy sent the USS Carl Vinson, along with its strike group, through the South China Sea on Saturday, to conduct “routine operations.”
Left Wing Swedish Newspaper Journalist Attacked in ‘No Go Zone’
A photographer for Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden’s largest newspapers, was the victim of an attack by rioters at the notorious Stockholm migrant-populated suburb of Rinkeby.
The continued riots in the densely migrant-populated Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby has seen multiple cars set on fire and a photographer from Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter was attacked. The photographer said the attack occurred just after 10:00 pm at night and said, “I was met with a lot of punches and kicks on both the body and the head. I have spent the night in the hospital,” Dagens Nyheter reports.
The photographer says he arrived in the troubled suburb by car and parked away from the riots. After walking to Rinkeby square where the riots were occurring, he claims he was attacked by up to fifteen men.
According to the photographer, he hid his camera under his coat though the attackers discovered it and stole it from him. Journalists have been attacked in Rinkeby before in broad daylight. A television crew from Australia were attacked by several masked men last year and were even rammed by a car.
After the attack, the photographer managed to escape to a nearby petrol station where he called the police. Police told the man that no patrols were available to help him and that he would have to get to the hospital on his own.
Trump to Strip Funding for Illegal Aliens to Help Victims of Migrant Crimes
As part of his efforts to solve the current immigration crisis in the U.S., President Donald Trump ordered the creation of a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department focused on helping the victims and families affected by migrant crimes. This includes diverting the funds meant for illegal aliens to help crime victims.
In a memo sent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Trump announced the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE), which will operate under the ICE. The new office aims to offer necessary assistance to anyone victimized by illegal aliens.
Prior to the creation of the office, legal proceedings made it hard for victims to bring their offenders to justice due to their immigration status. This is because victims and their families lack appropriate access to information regarding immigrant suspects due to previous policies of the DHS.
Fortunately, through VOICE, victims will now be able to check on the immigration status as well as other relevant information regarding their offenders. Aside from this service, VOICE will also ensure that all of the concerns of victims and their families regarding the department enforcement procedures will be addressed.
Nigel Farage says young generation 'have become fascists'
>Former Ukip leader says educational establishments were indoctrinating young people into being intolerant of other people's beliefs
Nigel Farage has claimed young people who call right-wing pundits “fascist” have become fascists themselves.
The former Ukip leader delivered a speech on the significance of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory at Hillsdale College in Michigan, where he attacked liberal-minded university students who protested against right-wing speakers.
He said: “What I see is something very frightening happening with our younger people. Our educational establishments, through school, college and university, have become completely hijacked by the liberal left who are classically, according to the OED definition of it, the most illiberal people I’ve ever seen or meet in my life.
Isis-affiliated fighters seize Syrian territory near Israeli border in surprise attack
Syrian jihadists with links to Isis have captured a large town and several villages on the Syrian border with Israel in a surprise attack on moderate rebel forces.
Khalid Ibn Al Walid Army militants launched an unexpected dawn offensive on a Free Syrian Army (FSA) faction in southwest Syria on Monday, driving the Western-backed rebels from positions in the Golan Heights, where Syria meets its Jordanian and Israeli borders.
While they have since been driven out of the villages of Jileen and Heet, the largely successful attack - which involved dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles - was aided by sleeper cells in the surrounding area, locals said.
The jihadi militants are now in control of a strip of land southeast of the Golan comprised of the settlements of Tseel, Sahem al Golan, Adwan and Tel Jamoua. In Tseel - a large town - dozens of civilians were reportedly executed as the Sunni hardliners solidified control.
Scott Pruitt does not mention climate change in first speech as EPA director
Some commentators expressed hope that Donald Trump would become more "presidential" when he entered office.