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Oct 30 08:47

President Trump to Sign Executive Order Eliminating Birthright Citizenship

President Trump indicated in an interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios that he plans to sign an executive order eliminating the concept of “birthright citizenship.”

Now, before we dig into the issue, consider the following: the President of the United States has announced that he is ready to unilaterally dismantle a key part of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. In other words, he’ll be overturning a precedent that has existed for over a century and a half.

That doesn’t mean he’s wrong, however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump is not wrong in principle. Many nations have recently ended allowing babies born to non-citizens automatic citizenship. But Trump is incorrect in application. He cannot alter the 14th Amendment with an Executive Order. Only another Amendment can do that.

The 14th Amendment was passed in the wake of the civil war, and the citizenship clause was intended to cement the status of the newly-freed slaves as full-fledged citizens of the US with all rights; which the southern Democrats opposed. Back then, immigration wasn't a problem for the US as there was still plenty of room in the west. But today, the problem with the anchor babies has gone out of control, and I agree something must be done.

Trump will never get a change to the 14th Amendment past the Democrats in the Congress and the state legislatures. So we must go back to securing the borders and not letting illegals inside the country in the first place.

We do not need to change the 14th Amendment. We just need to enforce Title 8.

Oct 30 08:17

War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel & impoverish the world

(*That would do it , not the continued practice of central bank usage ?)

Oct 29 14:38

PITTSBURGH SHOOTING: Trump May Be Many Things, But An Antisemite He Is Not!

During my .. brief awokenness this afternoon, I happened to peruse the newspaper. And what did I see? Pieces commenting on the recent attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. This is, of course, to be expected. But what was *not*, like *at all* to be expected, was the escalating level of accusations in relation to the attack that Donald Trump… is apparently an anti-semite.
I mean … this is ludicrous. Like, I am not wild about many of the things the President has done either inside or outside of office (more on that in a moment), but it just seems straight-up counterfactual to level s uch a charge at him.

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(*another example of hurling the bone 180 degrees from where the dogs will pick up the scent .)

Oct 29 14:23

Mattis Attempts to Sell US Exit From INF Treaty to EU Allies

US President Donald Trump earlier announced that Washington would be withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing alleged violations by Moscow. Russia has firmly denied the accusations and expressed regret at the decision.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the US is currently in talks with its EU partners over Washington's decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

"We are in consultations with our European counterparts, I was speaking about it the day before with the German defense minister, and so as I said the consultations continue," Mattis said.

Oct 29 07:00

FDA Grants ‘Breakthrough’ Status to Psilocybin Mushroom Therapy for Untreatable Depression

The US Food and Drug administration has just granted a “Breakthrough therapy” designation to a treatment that uses psychedelic mushrooms as a therapy for treatment-resistant depression.

Oct 29 05:02

Palestinians to Foil US 'Deal of Century' Plot

Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined that Palestinian resistance groups will not allow the US administration to implement its so-called 'deal of the century' plot, and further blasted attempts to normalize ties between Israel and Arab states.
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"The Deal of the Century faces a number of major problems, including that this old wound, which is 70 years old, cannot be cured in a matter of months. Secondly, the Oslo agreement and other agreements, including Camp David, revealed that the political agreements cannot succeed without taking into account the Palestinians’ rights...," he added.

Elsewhere, he pointed out that Saudi Arabia spends billions of dollars to kill Yemeni women and children , but refuses to provide the Palestinian resistance factions with weapons.

He added that the new rulers of Saudi Arabia are fanning the flames of war in the region by supporting terrorist groups.>>>

Oct 28 09:31

Trump: If Pittsburgh Synagogue Had Armed Guard, ‘Results Would Have Been Far Better’

Trump: If Pittsburgh Synagogue Had Armed Guard, ‘Results Would Have Been Far Better’

Oct 27 12:04

UN Committee Votes Against Russia’s Resolution on INF Treaty

Russia introduced a draft resolution aimed to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to the UN General Assembly First Committee after the US announced a unilateral withdrawal from the pact.

The First Committee of the UN General Assembly, also known as Disarmament and International Security Committee, declined on Friday to hear Russia's draft resolution in support of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Russia proposed the draft resolution to the committee, but the US delegation protested against it. On Friday, the committee voted on whether the resolution draft should be reviewed.

Oct 27 10:38

Who will save us from America? Trump's INF withdrawal is a neocon dream & global nightmare

Washington’s vow to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty poses again the question: Who will save us from America?

If complacency is the enemy of progress hubris is the harbinger of regress. And it is hubris of the most egregious kind that describes the unconscionable decision of the Trump administration to affect the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the 1987 INF nuclear treaty, one that at the time of its establishment Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev pointed out was “the first agreement in history on the mutually agreed destruction of an entire class of nuclear weapons.”

Oct 27 10:30

‘Russia Prepares for War, US Prepares a War’ – Diplomat on INF Treaty Withdrawal

Russian diplomat Andrei Belousov confirmed Friday that Russia is preparing to defend its territory against any aggression, while the unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty by the US signals that Washington is preparing for such aggression.

Andrei Belousov, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, commented on the US unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty by saying that Washington is "preparing a war," and that Russia has to get ready to defend its territory, principles and values.

"Recently at a meeting [of the committee], the US stated that Russia is preparing for war. Yes, Russia is preparing for war, I can confirm it," Belousov said after a failed UN First Committee vote on Russia's resolution in support of the INF.

Oct 27 10:29

‘Lock him up!’ Smiling Trump joins chant against Soros

US President Donald Trump seems to agree with calls to imprison George Soros, as he laughed and joined in the “Lock him up” chant by a crowd of young black supporters targeting the billionaire liberal.

Trump encountered a passionate audience as he addressed the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House on Thursday. His speech was constantly interrupted by applause, cheers and chants.

Oct 27 06:28

Syria peace talks set to begin in Istanbul

Leaders have arrived in Istanbul for a four-way summit on Syria between Turkey, Russia, Germany and France on Saturday.

The meeting, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will see the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN special Syria envoy, will also attend the summit, which is expected to be followed by a joint statement.
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Diplomatic win'

Al Jazeera's Zena Khodr, reporting from Istanbul, said "Russia and Turkey are billing this as a diplomatic win because they were able to bring the EU to the table".

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Oct 27 06:18

Israeli jets hit 80 targets in Gaza amid rocket fire and protests

Fighter jets attack dozens of sites across the Gaza Strip as fighters fire about 30 rockets into Israel.

Israeli fighter jets struck dozens of sites across the Gaza Strip early on Saturday as fighters fired about 30 rockets into Israel, in the heaviest exchange of fire in several weeks.

The fighting followed a bloody day of border protests, in which Israeli forces shot and killed five Palestinians protesting along the perimeter fence dividing Hamas-ruled Gaza and Israel.

The fighting and bloodshed complicated the mission of Egyptian mediators, who have intensified shuttle diplomacy to achieve calm and prevent a full-blown conflict between Hamas and Israel.

The Israeli military said it had struck about 80 sites across Gaza by early Saturday morning, including a security headquarters building. Air raid sirens sounded throughout the night in southern Israel, with firing some 30 rockets, the military said.

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Oct 27 06:14

Israel says Syria and Iran behind Gaza rocket attacks

Orders to hit Israel with rockets from Gaza Strip were given from Damascus with Iranian involvement, Israeli army says.

The Israeli army has accused the Syrian government of instructing a Palestinian group to fire dozens of rockets at Israel from Gaza with Iran's support, and vowed to respond where it chose.

"The rockets that were launched against Israel... we know that the orders, incentives were given from Damascus with the clear involvement of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force," army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said on Saturday, referring to Iran' foreign operations unit.

Conricus told reporters Israel's response would not be "limited geographically".

Israeli fighter jets struck dozens of sites across the Gaza Strip early on Saturday as fighters fired about 30 rockets into Israel, in the heaviest exchange of fire in several weeks.

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Oct 26 11:17

Bolton’s Whisper Campaign to Oust Mattis

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton and his deputy are trying to squeeze out U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis by spreading rumors about his imminent departure, according to two well-placed sources.

Bolton and Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security advisor, who has repeatedly clashed with Mattis over Defense Department personnel appointments, believe the defense secretary is “not ideologically aligned” with President Donald Trump’s administration, according to one of the sources, a former senior defense official. The two are trying “to build the sense that he is done for,” the former official said.

“They have the knives out.”

Oct 26 10:19

"No Chance INF Will Be Renegotiated" Says Top Russian Official Ahead Of Trump-Putin Meeting

On Wednesday a top Russian defense official warned that it's impossible that Moscow will renegotiate the the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF), said to likely be at the top of the agenda when Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are set to meet in Paris on November 11 on the sidelines of commemorative events of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Chairman of the Defense Committee of the State Duma, Vladimir Shamanov, is reported to have said there's "no chances that the nuclear treaty will be renegotiated" citing Russia's position of there being "no turning point" away from the Reagan and Soviet-era 1987 treaty placing restrictions on nuclear-capable missiles and outlining arms reduction agreements.

Oct 26 10:16

'We made it clear to the US: We will not uproot settlements'

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely responded in an interview with Arutz Sheva to reports that US President Donald Trump intends to exert pressure on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

"From the first day that this administration came in, we have clarified our red lines regarding negotiations with the Palestinians. I was part of some of these conversations. Settlements is a red line. No Jew will be evacuated from his home. The idea of ??displacement or withdrawal from the territory will not be repeated. In addition, we are a government that opposes the idea of ??a Palestinian state. After [Netanyahu's] Bar-Ilan speech and its ramifications, one can say that the Israeli government is united in its opposition to a Palestinian state. This is an idea that endangers the State of Israel," Hotovely said.

Oct 26 10:15

'If US doesn't present peace plan after midterms, France will'

French President Macron intends to press US President Trump to present his Middle East peace plan after the upcoming midterm elections. If Trump fails to deliver, Paris will present its own plan, according to the Foreign Ministry's Political Director Alon Ushpiz.

Oct 26 10:06

Neocons Pulling Trump's Strings to Axe Reagan's INF Treaty – Ex-US Official

The Trump administration is pushing ahead with its withdrawal from the INF Treaty. Speaking to Sputnik, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan, shared his views on the apparent motives and driving forces behind the latest US gambit.

"This is yet another concession to the military-security complex, which is feeding its huge profits with orchestrated fear of Russia, which is then used to secure support from the American people and Congress for more military spending to counter the 'Russian threat'," said Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, commenting on Donald Trump's intention to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The American economist and author served as the US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan.

Oct 26 08:54

Mexico may be next to legalize marijuana said incoming Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard

Marcelo Ebrard, who will become Foreign Minister when Mexico’s President takes office on December 1, said on Tuesday Mexico Absolutely could follow Canada’s lead in legalizing Cannabis.

Oct 26 08:51

MSNBC's Chuck Todd: Bomb Scare Could Have Been A "Russian Operation"

Here we go again...

We don't know what's more surprising: That a left-leaning US cable network just tried to blame this week's bomb scare on Russia, or that it only took 48 hours. During a panel last night on MSNBC's "Meet the Press Daily", host Chuck Todd, the cable network's chief political correspondent, told a panel of guests who were debating the motives of the as-yet-unidentified attacker who mailed out more than seven mail bombs to prominent Democrats earlier this week that he has a sneaking suspicion that the bombs could have been a "Russian operation."

This assertion - which, we should reiterate, has zero grounding in the facts -follows reports that President Trump and Vladimir Putin will meet in Paris on Nov. 11.

Oct 26 08:47

New York Times Published Trump Assassination Fantasy Before Mail Bomb Scare

The New York Times published a fictional story Tuesday that fantasized about President Trump’s assassination at the hands of the Secret Service and a Russian operative — one day before the nation was gripped by news of apparent mail bombs sent to prominent Democratic figures.
In an article published in the New York Times‘ Book Review, five writers conjured up fantasy scenarios about President Trump’s future with the Russia investigation.

One writer, Zoe Sharp (pictured), took liberal fantasizing to the next level and wrote a story that ends with President Trump being assassinated by a Russian agent. The Times’ editors illustrate the piece, titled “How It Ends,” with a Russian flag sticking out of a pistol barrel.

In the story, the Russian attempts to shoot the president, but his gun misfires. A Secret Service agent then offers his own pistol to the Russian:

Oct 26 06:29

FBI confirms 11th suspicious package; this one addressed to New Jersey Gov. Cory Booker

On Friday, New York Police Department closed a Manhattan intersection to traffic pedestrians and traffic as investigators handle a suspicious package.

Oct 25 12:01

CNN Attacks Trump for Not Taking Responsibility for Pipe Bombs at His Wisconsin Rally – WTH?

The Secret Service announced that suspicious packages were sent to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
George Soros, former AG Eric Holder, Rep. Maxine Waters were also sent mail bombs.
And another suspicious package was sent to Maxine Waters in California.

No one has taken responsibility for the bomb scares today.

But the kooks at CNN attacked President Trump for not taking responsibility for some nut sending suspicious pipe bombs to several liberal leaders and CNN.

CNN: President Trump said the media should set a “civil tone” following a series of bomb scares, taking no responsibility for the national political environment as he spoke at a rally in Wisconsin.

Oct 25 11:20

Trump's 'Space Force' to take shape by 2020: White House seeks $13bn funding to bring military and civilian experts under one command in the 'battlefield' beyond the Earth

An American 'Space Force' proposed by President Trump will take shape within two years and bring military forces and civilian space security authorities under one roof, the White House has said.

Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration would look to secure funding for the proposed sixth branch of the military by 2020, the year of the next presidential election.

The new force would be designed to 'ensure that our warfighters have the freedom and flexibility they need to deter and defeat any threat to our security in the rapidly evolving battlefield of space,' he said.

The head of the US Air Force said in September that creating a Space Force would cost about $13 billion for a force of 13,000 people in the first five years.

Oct 25 11:05

Trump To Put an End To Transgenderism in America

Oct 25 07:14

US VP Pence’s Accusations of Venezuelan Financing of Migrant Caravan Disproved

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Pence, in an interview with the Washington Post, claimed that US-allied Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez had told him that the 7000-strong migrant march is “organized by leftist groups in Honduras, financed by Venezuela, and sent north to challenge our sovereignty and challenge our border.”

(*at least Pence had the good sense to deliver his bushel of BEX! to The WaPost , while flagrantly fueling America's Fake NEWS Epidemic !)

Oct 25 06:57

Blockading Venezuela: The Linchpin of the US Strategy of Aggression

Revealing examples are emerging of the cumulative impact that US sanctions against Venezuela are having on the Venezuelan people in the field of health, one of the key priorities of the Bolivarian revolution.

In July 2017, the US bank Citibank refused to handle Venezuela’s payment for the import of 300,000 insulin doses to meet the needs of 450,000 registered patients.

Three months later, the US blockade prevented Venezuela from depositing funds with the UBS Swiss bank, delaying a purchase of vaccines for months and disrupting the country’s vaccination schedules.

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(*that may well be , but POTUS Trump , for his part , purports to be a nationalist , not a globalist )

Oct 25 06:42

Iran president: Saudi consulate murder unthinkable ‘without US backing’

(*according to the times of Israel !)

Oct 25 06:20

'We made it clear to the US: We will not uproot illegal settlements'

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely says Israel has been consistent in telling Trump Administration kicking Jews out a 'red line.'

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely responded in an interview with Arutz Sheva to reports that US President Donald Trump intends to exert pressure on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

(*RELATED:)Most American Jews Say You Can Support Israel and Criticize its Government
A poll commissioned by a new group founded by Jewish Democrats, the Jewish Electorate Institute, found that Jewish voters favor Democrats over Republicans, 74-26 percent. Only 25% approve of the job Trump is doing, while 75% disapprove
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Oct 25 06:07

Pompeo: Saudi Arabia still an important ally

21 Saudis to lose US visas over Khashoggi murder, Saudi Arabia still an important ally – Pompeo

(*and while we're at it >>> )

Saudi crown prince promises justice in Khashoggi murder case

Oct 25 05:51

US New Sanctions against Iran to Deviate Public Opinion from Khashoggi's Murder

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted Washington for imposing new sanctions on his country, saying that they are aimed at deflecting the world public opinion from the killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the US ally, Saudi Arabia.

"To deflect from headlines on Saudi brutality in Istanbul and across Yemen, US Treasury—while in Saudi Arabia, no less—sanctions Iran for 'supporting' anti-Iran Taliban. Conveniently omitting that US is negotiating with the very same Taliban now and its clients have long backed it,” Zarif wrote on his twitter page on Wednesday.

The US Treasury Department on Tuesday imposed sanctions against eight individuals, including two allegedly linked to the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and accused Iran of providing material and financial support to the militants and supporting terrorism.

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Oct 25 05:11

China Vows To Defend Taiwan, South China Sea 'At Any Price'

Attempt to separate Taiwan from China and Chinese armed forces will 'take resolute action', warns defence minister.

China vowed it will never give up an inch of its territory - whether it's the self-ruled island of Taiwan it claims as its own or in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

China's Defence Minister Wei Fenghe made the remarks on Thursday at the opening of the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, which China styles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in the wealthy city-state of Singapore.

"If someone tries to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese armed forces will take action at any price," Wei warned.

Oct 25 04:47

'Tainted' Saudi prince ruins Trump's Middle East plans: analysts

US policy to 'subcontract' Saudi Arabia to handle Iran in jeopardy after evidence points to MBS role in Khashoggi death.

Widespread allegations that powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MBS) played a role in journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder has thrown American plans in the Middle East into disarray, analysts say.

Martin Indyk, a top Middle East policymaker under Bill Clinton, said President Donald Trump had in effect tried to subcontract policy in the region to Saudi Arabia and Israel as he lessens US commitments.

But Indyk said bin Salman instead brought headaches for Washington - not only Khashoggi's killing but in Yemen where the United States is backing a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Houthi rebels.

"Mohammed bin Salman needs Trump - his very survival depends on Trump working with him," said Indyk, now at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Oct 24 14:43

President Trump Strongly Condemns Bomb Scare Attempts Against Democrats

President Trump interrupted a previously scheduled event Wednesday to strongly condemn the bombing attempts directed at prominent Democrat figures and their media allies.

Explosive devices have been found either at the home or addressed to individuals such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, George Soros, and Maxine Waters, as well as CNN headquarters in New York City.

While the left has been – totally without evidence of any kind – pointing the finger at him, President Trump took the high ground to condemn politically motivated domestic terrorism… Something liberals have been unable to do for years while left-wing attacks have gone underreported and under-condemned.

Oct 24 12:34

Iran's Rouhani: 'Saudi Wouldn't Have Killed Khashoggi Without US Approval'

With roughly one week left before the US reimposes sanctions on Iranian exports that could hamper Iranian crude-oil exports, Hassan Rouhani, the president of the Islamic Republic, accused the US of officially sanctioning the murder of Saudi journalist-turned-critic Jamal Khashoggi, arguing that no country would carry out such a heinous crime "without the protection of America."

While the US probably won't bother to dignify Rouhani's allegations with a response, reports that US intelligence agencies had intercepted communications about the plot to ambush Khashoggi suggest that the US had an idea that Khashoggi might be killed upon returning to the consulate. And knowing this, they did nothing to warn Khashoggi or the Saudis, despite Khashoggi's status as a US resident writing for a prominent national newspaper.

Oct 24 10:46

Trump Escalates Attack On Powell: "Every Time We Do Something Great, He Raises Interest Rates"

Though the NYFRB's Plunge Protection Team swooped in to rescue US markets later in the afternoon, the sea of red in markets was just one more unwelcome distraction on a day when Trump and his administration already had its hands full with the rolling diplomatic crisis in Saudi Arabia.

And never one to pull punches when he's in a sour mood, Trump once again unleashed on the Federal Reserve and its chairman, Jerome Powell, during a 30-minute Oval Office interview with the Wall Street Journal, once again blaming the central bank for the market chaos that's erupted over the past few weeks. Ignoring the pleas of his closest advisors and practically every financial professional in the US, the president stepped up his attacks on Powell, telling the chronicle of American capitalism that it's "too early to tell" if he regrets nominating the Fed chairman.

Oct 24 10:39

US Seeks Advantage Over Russia by Deploying Missiles in Eastern Europe

Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the INF treaty will have a multilateral negative impact. Earlier, Trump committed to withdraw from the accord citing violations on the part of Moscow.

Sputnik discussed whether President Trump will actually go through with his plan to pull out the US from the treaty with Dr. George Szamuely, political analyst and author of "Bombs for Peace: NATO's Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia."

Oct 24 09:05

What Asia thinks (but won’t say) about Trump ditching INF Treaty

US president’s intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty with Russia dents perceptions of American reliability. It also raises the prospect of an arms race in China’s backyard

Asian nations have for the most part stayed silent over a threat by the United States to withdraw from a disarmament treaty with Russia that has kept nuclear proliferation in check for the past three decades.

But analysts warn that US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week about his intention to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty – a move he made without forewarning Asian allies – will have dented perceptions of America’s reliability as a defence partner.

Naoko Aoki, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at The Rand Corporation, said the credibility of the US rested on two pillars: its “capability and resolve”.

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Oct 24 08:50

Teflon Don says; Khashoggi Killing 'Worst Cover-Up Ever'

Trump: Saudi handling of Khashoggi killing 'worst cover-up ever'

US president's remarks come as Washington says it has identified Saudis responsible for killing and plans punishments.

US President Donald Trump has criticised Saudi Arabia's handling of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying authorities staged the "worst cover-up ever".

Asked by a reporter in the White House how the Khashoggi killing could have happened, Trump said on Tuesday: "They had a very bad original concept. It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups.

"There should have never been an execution or a cover-up, because it should have never happened. I would say it was a total fiasco from day one."

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Oct 24 08:34

Galloway: First cut won't be the deepest - deeper wounds are yet to come in the killing of Khashoggi

As Khashoggi's “disfigured face and body parts” are reportedly found in the garden of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the party is over for the Western collaborators with Arabian tyranny.

After Khashoggi himself, the main loser from the murder most foul in Istanbul is US President Donald Trump – as I predicted here weeks ago. His declaration that the Saudi cover story was “credible” as the rest of the world laughed at the “Lady MacBeth” of it merely made him ridiculous. The behavior of his own “crown prince” – his son-in-law Jared Kushner – has been more venal than comic-opera.

Oct 24 08:10

: 'A US Air Strike Killed All Of My Family'

From Mosul to Moria: 'A US air strike killed all of my family'
An Iraqi refugee remembers the day when 12 of his relatives, including a six-month-old, died in the Battle for Mosul.

(Well _od _amn it son , you were supposed to 'get it' too , in that same dispatch !
whitehorse souce )

Oct 24 08:05

This ‘Trump’ Tweet is Tearing Up Social Media Today (7 Pics)

This ‘Trump’ Tweet is Tearing Up Social Media Today (7 Pics)

Oct 23 20:37

Trump agrees with Obama ‘100%’ – on immigration (VIDEO)

Agreeing with Barack Obama is not something you'd expect out of US President Donald Trump, especially not on immigration. Yet that's exactly where Trump is '100 percent' behind the words of Obama – a 2005 Obama, that is.

“I agree with President Obama 100%!” the current occupant of the White House tweeted out on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Trump’s critics, the video contained in his tweet featured Obama, then a US senator from Illinois, condemning illegal immigration.

Oct 23 12:53

It Is Like A Western Movie: A Showdown Is In The Making

It Is Like A Western Movie: A Showdown Is In The Making

Paul Craig Roberts

It has taken the US military/security complex 31 years to get rid of President Reagan’s last nuclear disarmament achievement—the INF Treaty that President Reagan and Soviet President Gorbachev achieved in 1987.

Oct 23 11:38

Khashoggi murder has set back US-Israel effort to confront Iran

The uproar over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul October 2 is obviously the biggest story in the world right now and though Israel is maintaining a strategic silence so as not to hurt its new ally, responses to the outrage in the U.S. are not all ideological, or ascribable to the Israel lobby.

The thrust of American mainstream commentary on the case appears to be: the murder is too much to swallow, but Saudi Arabia is too valuable an ally to lose, given the US-Israeli-Saudi alliance against Iran and the Saudi role of imposing a possible “deal” on the Palestinians. So Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman needs to get out of the way.

Israel is already a big loser in the fallout from the murder, as it is throwing shade on Israel’s rightwing friends, including Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Mideast negotiator and counterpart of bin Salman.

Oct 23 11:19

NEW STUDY SHOWS 25% OF MILLENNIALS SAY THEY HAVE PTSD FROM THE 2016 ELECTION

Researchers surveyed Arizona State University students around the time of President Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017, and some had stress scores on par with that of school shooting witnesses' seven-month follow-ups.

Oct 23 09:44

Buchanan: Time for Trump to Cut the Prince Loose?

Was the assassination of JFK by Lee Harvey Oswald still getting as much media coverage three weeks after his death as it did that first week after Nov. 22, 1963? Not as I recall.

(*that's as far as I got . We still talk about The JFK assassination some 55 years on , after the first week after 11.12.1963 )

Oct 23 09:15

PRE-WAR HYSTERIA: TRUMP VOWS TO BOOST NUCLEAR FORCES, WITHDRAW FROM INF TREATY

Tensions in the diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia seem to be ramping up to a potentially pre-war level. The increasingly thought diplomatic rhetoric of both Moscow and Washington as well as hostile US actions against Russia and an active pro-war propaganda campaign within the US military are openly signaling that the sides may posslby soon find themselves on the verge of open regional war.

On October 20, US President Donald Trump declared that the US would be abandoning the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty claiming that the decision comes as response to multiple Russian violations of the treaty, which had put a stop to the development of nuclear and conventional missiles, as well as their launchers, with ranges of 500–1,000 and 1,000–5,500 km.

Oct 23 07:59

Congress Gone Wild: Why Lawmakers Fail to Prioritize the National Debt

National politicians keep abandoning fiscal restraint and their constituents seem fine with it.
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Those of us who are full-time taxpayer advocates are fond of saying that the country is on our side.

But is it? Well, somewhat.

To understand the issue requires separating two issues that are lumped together in most discussions—the debt/deficit, and government spending. Put simply, caring about one does not mean caring about the other.

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Oct 23 06:20

Canada installs Chinese monitoring devices near US naval base

Canada installs Chinese underwater monitoring devices next to US nuclear submarine bases

Canada confirms addition of hi-tech sensors built by Chinese scientists to its marine observatories in Pacific Ocean
US state department has ‘nothing to say’ on matter

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(*Announcing the intention to Up the nuclear deterrent until China comes to it's senses was statement enough )

Oct 23 04:49

Citing Russia, China, Trump vows to 'build up' US nuclear arsenal

Trump sparks global concern saying he plans to jettison the 30-year old INF treaty signed by Reagan and Gorbachev.
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Russia, however, has warned abandoning the agreement would be a major blow to global security.

Moscow was ready to work with the United States to salvage the agreement, the Russian Security Council said after a meeting between its chief Nikolai Patrushev and US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Bolton, who is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, was visiting Moscow in the wake of Trump's announcement Saturday that he wants to do away with the pact, which bans intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles.

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Oct 23 04:36

Trump Threatens to Build up US Nuclear Arsenal Until Russia, China 'Come to Their Senses'

US President Donald Trump threatened Russia and China that Washington intends to build up its nuclear arsenal until “people come to their senses”.
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“Russia has not adhered to the agreement,” neither in form or in spirit, Trump told reporters outside the White House on Monday, before departing for a campaign rally in Texas.

"Until people come to their senses, we will build it up," he said, referring to the US nuclear arsenal.

“When they do, we will all be smart and we’ll stop. Not only stop, but we’ll reduce, which I’d love to do,” Trump added.

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Oct 22 13:54

Trump threatens to build up US nuclear arsenal until Russia, China 'come to their senses'

US President Donald Trump threatned Russia and China that Washington intends to build up its nuclear arsenal until “people come to their senses.”
The president said his words were directed towards Moscow and Beijing, as he prepared to unilaterally leave the Intermediate Nuclear Forces in Europe (INF) treaty. The US president implied China should be part of any new nuclear arms control treaty.

“Russia has not adhered to the agreement,” neither in form or in spirit, Trump told reporters outside the White House on Monday, before departing for a campaign rally in Texas.

Until people come to their senses, we will build it up

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The US already has the world's largest nuclear arsenal!

Oct 22 12:51

Trump supporters line up more than 24 HOURS ahead of president's Houston rally with his old foe 'Lyin' Ted' Cruz after 100,000 people RSVPed for 18,000 seats

Thousands of Trump supporters, some of whom had waited for nearly 24 hours, gleefully ran inside the Toyota Center in Houston on Monday afternoon, leaving behind camping chairs and sleeping bags, for a rally with the president that was still hours away.

For many it was their first time seeing the president in person who has campaigned in the city just once before and only six times in Texas including today.

'We love, love, love our president. He's saving America,' said one Texan, Maryanne Howard, who slept outside of the Houston rally on Sunday.

Howard was among arrived hours before the rally start time when Trump campaigned in Woodlands in 2016 but said she didn't make it in. 'So I knew you had to get in early,' she told DailyMail.com.

Oct 22 09:03

This Illegal Alien and Her Buggy Full of Babies Will Cost US Taxpayers Over Half a Million Dollars By Time They Graduate (If They Graduate)

There are now TWO CARAVANS of illegal aliens marching through Central America and Mexico from Honduras to the United States.

The second caravan of 2,000 illegals set off this weekend.
The first caravan may reach the Texas border by Election Day.
The illegals think President Donald Trump is the devil because he wants a country with borders.

Oct 22 08:12

Surveillance Footage Shows Saudi Operative in Khashoggi's Clothes After He Was Killed

One member of the 15-man team suspected in the death of Jamal Khashoggi dressed up in his clothes and was captured on surveillance cameras around Istanbul on the day the journalist was killed in Turkey, a senior Turkish official told CNN.

CNN has obtained exclusive law enforcement surveillance footage, part of the Turkish government's investigation, that appears to show the man leaving the consulate by the back door, wearing Khashoggi's clothes, a fake beard, and glasses.

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(*INTERESTING: as the world's confidence in The American President continuously seems to diminish , the world turns straight to the one Fake NEWS outlet The POTUS trusts the least )

Oct 22 07:45

King says Jordan to reclaim land held by Israel under 1994 deal

King Abdullah II says Amman will terminate parts of peace treaty which allowed Israeli farmers to use Jordanian land.

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(*oh-boy!)

Oct 22 07:37

The War Just Got Serious: US General Also Wounded in Kandahar Incident

The officials in the US Department Defense, Pentagon, have confirmed that a US General had also sustained injuries during last week’s deadly incident in Southern Kandahar province.

Oct 22 07:28

‘Netanyahu’s Time Is Over

‘Netanyahu’s Time Is Over’ – Former Israeli PM Olmert Calls for Revival of 2008 Peace Plan

It will take mere months to strike a deal with Palestinians if Israel returns to its 2008 proposal, and the only ones opposing the plan are Benjamin Netanyahu and his circle, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said.
“There is no question in my mind that Netanyahu’s time is over. He’s gone,”>>>

Oct 22 06:35

Trump Peace Plan: Refugees Under Pressure to Join US-Backed Militia

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have worsened the living conditions in refugee camps under their control to force young men join the SDF combat forces, local sources reported on Sunday.

The sources said that many similar protests have been suppressed by the SDF, adding that the SDF has been intentionally worsening the living conditions in the camps to force the refugees, especially young men, to join the militia.

They went on to say that the SDF has sent expired consignments of medicines and food stuff to the camp, which have intoxicated a number children in Mabroukah.

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Oct 21 10:20

Donald Trump Mocks ‘Horseface’ Stormy Daniels after Judge Throws Out Defamation Lawsuit

President Donald Trump ridiculed porn star Stormy Daniels on Tuesday after a federal judge dismissed her defamation lawsuit against the president.

“Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump also referred to the non-disclosure letter Daniels signed in exchange for a payment of $130,000 from Trump’s then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

“She will confirm the letter she signed!” he wrote. “She knows nothing about me, a total con!”

Trump commented on the news after reports noted that he was entitled to full legal fees as a result of the lawsuit filed by Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti.

Oct 21 10:18

UK Ready to Back US Plans to Exit INF Treaty to Send 'Clear Message' to Russia

On Friday, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration was preparing to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as soon as next week.

Speaking to The Financial Times, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has made it plain that London will support Washington's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the US and Russia.

"Our close and long-term ally, of course, is the United States, and we will be absolutely resolute with the United States in hammering home a clear message that Russia needs to respect the [INF] Treaty obligation that it signed," Williamson pointed out.

Oct 21 09:54

Itch for ‘better INF deal’? Trump’s treaty ‘withdrawal symptom’ destabilizes global order

By scrapping the crucial Cold War era nuclear agreement Trump is destabilizing global security, even if his ultimate goal is to negotiate a ‘better deal’ and to include other parties like China, geopolitical experts have told RT.

“The United States would rather pull out because of China. Right now it cannot develop new intermediate-range missiles to confront China, even though China is not a signatory to that agreement,” former Pentagon official Michael Maloof said, after Donald Trump announced the US intention to scrap the INF treaty.

“The US is engaged in an arms race with China in the Pacific Ocean, and China has a whole bunch of those missiles that are not covered,” Iranian political scientist Kaveh Afrasiabi added, calling Trump's announcement a “giant leap backward to the Cold War era.”

Oct 21 09:50

UK Ready to Back US Plans to Exit INF Treaty to Send 'Clear Message' to Russia

On Friday, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration was preparing to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as soon as next week.

Speaking to The Financial Times, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has made it plain that London will support Washington's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the US and Russia.

"Our close and long-term ally, of course, is the United States, and we will be absolutely resolute with the United States in hammering home a clear message that Russia needs to respect the [INF] Treaty obligation that it signed," Williamson pointed out.

Oct 21 09:49

'Toxic Christianity': the evangelicals creating champions for Trump

Three times a week, 15,000 students stream into the Vines Center, a huge silver-domed building on the campus of Liberty University for “convocation”, an intoxicating mix of prayer, political rally and entertainment. Thousands more watch a live stream of the event.

The star attraction has twice been Donald Trump, in 2012 and 2016. His first appearance was as a successful businessman and reality TV star, the second as the man campaigning to be the Republican party’s candidate for president. Last year, he made a third appearance at Liberty, to address the university’s graduation ceremony. By then, he was one of the most divisive leaders in the country’s history.

Oct 21 09:47

What’s INF & why does it matter? Trump wants to kill pivotal nuclear treaty that calmed the Cold War

The White House administration, which is pursuing a quite aggressive nuclear arsenal modernization strategy, has already authorized plans to develop what it initially called an ‘INF-compliant’ medium-range missile as outlined in the Trump Nuclear Posture Review, and now seems to look for excuses to pull out of the cornerstone nuclear arms agreement.

READ MORE: US defense bill authorizes development of ‘INF treaty-compliant’ mid-range missile

Claiming the move is crucial to counter the alleged growing threat from both Russia and China, US President Donald Trump stressed the situation was “unacceptable” and that the US will “have to develop those weapons.” Announcing his intention to scrap the INF commitments, Trump boasted:

“So we have a tremendous amount of money to play with our military.”

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"We just end Social Security, Medicare, Infrastructure maintenance, and the education system and we can pay for these new nukes!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 21 09:01

Khashoggi’s body was ‘rolled up in rug’, possibly dumped in forest

Saudi official says Khashoggi’s body was rolled up in rug, disposed of by ‘local cooperator’

As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying international scepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official laid out a new version of the death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that in key respects contradicts previous explanations.

The latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Khashoggi on October 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted.

A member of the team then dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate.

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Oct 21 08:46

ChinaDaily: Pompeo's remarks about China both ignorant and malicious

Pompeo has just concluded a tour to Latin America in an apparent attempt to mend fences with countries in the region, as ties between Washington and its Latin American neighbors have been on a downward trajectory since Donald Trump became president.

While seeking to engage the region by touting the goodwill of the United States, Pompeo did not hesitate to stab China in the back, cautioning Panama and other nations about accepting China's loans under the Belt and Road Initiative.

The US top diplomat even pointed an accusing finger at Chinese State-owned enterprises for not being transparent and market-driven, alleging that they are pursing benefits only for the Chinese government. Such wild remarks are what we have come to expect from members of the Trump administration, being based on neither truth nor fact.

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Oct 21 06:34

Whistle-Blower: Bin Salman Advised by Pompeo to Admit Khashoggi's Killing

Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, revealed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has advised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to issue a statement on the murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Saudi Arabia's official statement in which it admitted killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was issued after Pompeo's demand during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia," Mujtahid wrote on his twitter page on Sunday.>>>

Oct 21 06:22

U.S. Brings First Charge For Meddling In 2018 Midterm Elections

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The unsealing of the new charge Friday appears to signal that U.S. law enforcement is not letting up in its efforts to investigate, deter and publicize alleged Russian interference in U.S. politics. The release was coordinated with a statement from President Donald Trump’s top national security leaders warning about the foreign interference efforts from Russia, China and Iran.

These “ongoing campaigns” seek to “undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public sentiment and government policies,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the heads of the FBI and the departments of Justice and Homeland Security said in a joint statement. They added that the activities are an attempt to sway voter opinions and decisions about the upcoming election as well as ahead of the 2020 presidential vote

Notably, the latest Russia meddling indictment is not being handled by Mueller’s team. Instead, federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Va., will tackle the case >>>

Oct 20 08:44

Syria: The endgame

It looks like President Bashar al-Assad has won the war in Syria. But who will win the peace?

In the debut episode of The Take, a new podcast by Al Jazeera's Jetty Studios, we explore the final play in Syria: The country's die-hard rebels are locked in a corner, the Syrian government is opening borders, and the outside powers that supported opposing sides are now striking deals.

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Oct 20 08:41

The Insidious Wiles of Foreign Influence: Trump, Bin Salman, and Netanyahu

Even if the Saudi monarchy or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular did not murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi, that regime is an especially evil one in both its domestic and international conduct. To see that, one need only consider the horrendous Saudi war against the people of Yemen, which has been backed by the U.S. government since Barack Obama was in office. That war, with its merciless killing of defenseless thousands, spread of disease, and inevitable benefits to al-Qaeda, is just the latest in a series Saudi atrocities.

Oct 20 08:18

NEO – The Syrian War will go Nuclear

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Events that have transpired in and around Syria and the Middle East with the defeat of ISIS during the fall of 2018 clearly prove one thing. The US and Israel, and under Trump the two are inseparable, intend to push Russia and China to nuclear confrontation.

The Pentagon is fully behind this, wanting to stop Russia and China before new weapons systems are fully deployed and America’s perceived nuclear advantage is gone forever. There are other reasons as well, indicating insanity among both American and Israeli commands.

Israel has millions of Palestinian hostages while the US has, over the last two decades, built nuclear shelters in Israel for up to 250,000 Jewish citizens, shelters that include ICBM silos with missiles that can hit anywhere in Europe.

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Oct 20 07:59

Saudi Arabia's statement on Khashoggi killing in full

After 18 days, Saudi Arabia admits to killing Saudi journalist at the country's Istanbul consulate.

(*America can breath a sigh of relief knowing that his death wasn't PhotoShopped )

Oct 19 11:36

Nikki Haley Elevated Israel

UN ‘Sheriff’: Nikki Haley Elevated Israel, Damaged US Standing
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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, has made her post a “more glamorous” position than her predecessors — as President Donald Trump described Haley’s 2-year term at the U.N., following her resignation announcement.

We may never know the nature of Haley’s purported ‘glamour’ at the U.N., but we certainly know that, during her relatively brief stint, Haley has further diminished her country’s struggling reputation, entrenching U.S. isolation in the world’s most vital international political body.

In her own words, Haley concluded that her mission at the U.N. was accomplished, commending herself on three achievements: the U.S. has become more respected, it saved a lot of money, and it strongly defended Israel against U.N. ‘bias.’

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Oct 19 10:22

You Want to Make America Great Again?

You Want to Make America Great Again? Start by Making America Free Again

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign.

That’s what the First Amendment is supposed to be about.

Yet through a series of carefully crafted legislative steps and politically expedient court rulings, government officials have managed to disembowel this fundamental freedom, rendering it with little more meaning than the right to file a lawsuit against government officials.

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(*WTH? you can still shag Pocahontas forever and ever !
Is this a great country , or what ?

Oct 19 08:45

Saudi Prince calls for military campaign against Kuwait

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Saud has called for a military campaign against Kuwait, sparking a wave of criticism and calls not to meddle in others’ internal affairs.

Al-Saud wrote on Twitter: “Kuwait needs [a] new ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ to purge it from the dirt of [the Muslim] Brotherhood and the supporters of Hamads [the Qatari ruling family"

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(*Bush The First initiated The first Gulf War allegedly because Iraq was assumably screwing with Kuwait )

Oct 19 07:57

What's in Trump's 'deal of the century'? The answers are in plain sight

They note that Israel has already started implementing the deal – entrenching “apartheid” rule over Palestinians – while Washington has spent the past six months dragging its heels on publishing the document.

“Netanyahu has simply got on with deepening his hold on the West Bank and East Jerusalem – and he knows the Americans aren’t going to stand in his way,” said Michel Warschawski, an Israeli analyst and head of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem.

“He will be given free rein to do what he likes...>>>"

Trump Should Trash His "Peace Plan"

Oct 19 07:03

Jamal Khashoggi's murder: The West's selective outrage

The outrage by western governments is in stark contrast to their silence and, in the case of the US and UK, their active support of Saudi Arabia's bloody war in Yemen
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If indeed Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, either deliberately or as the result of interrogation by "rogue" elements from the Saudi authorities, then it is a legitimate source of outrage. This would be murder, by a state - or the organs of a state - of an unarmed journalist, without judicial process, on diplomatic ground outside the territory of the perpetrators' country.

It is this dreadful cocktail of circumstances that explains the general outrage that it has sparked.

Oct 19 05:57

In his 'last' column, Khashoggi wrote on threats to free media

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Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the consulate of Saudi Arabia in the Turkish city of Istanbul on October 2, wrote in the article that "Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate".

"There was a time when journalists believed the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and control associated with print media. But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet," he wrote in the article published on Wednesday.

"As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives.

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Oct 19 05:35

flashback~12.04.16: Saudi Journalist Banned From Media After Criticising Trump

Jamal Khashoggi’s weekly column in Al Hayat newspaper was not published this week, after appearing every Saturday for almost 5 years

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Oct 19 04:33

What does the Saudi consul’s departure mean?

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Saudi Arabia’s Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi’s departure on Oct. 16 is a very intriguing development in the midst of this debate

Whatever happened to Khashoggi in the consulate happened in a place under his authority. Therefore, he has a responsibility. At least his testimony as a witness is of crucial importance for the prosecutors who are leading the investigation to shed light on what exactly happened.

According to the Vienna Convention, there is no obstacle in asking for his testimony or even detaining him.

With his departure from Turkey, Al-Otaibi has left behind an inexplicable contradiction.

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Oct 19 04:03

Saudi Arabia knows how to dismember journalists and get away with it

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US senators demanded the president should impose tough sanctions against Saudi Arabia. “Just because they are an ally in an important mission, which is containing Iranian expansion in the region, cannot allow us to overlook or walk away from that. It undermines our ability to stand for morality and human rights all over the world. How can we criticise Putin for killing journalists if we allow an ally to do the same?” Senator Mark Rubio said.

If the United States puts pressure on Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder of the opposition journalist, the kingdom will respond with cutting oil outputs. Saudi Arabia may also pull out from arms deals with the United States and turn to Russia instead.
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Oct 18 15:33

White House aides worried after John Bolton and John Kelly erupt in profanity-filled shouting match: report

Donald Trump’s national security adviser and chief of staff got into a “profanity-laced” shouting match just outside the Oval Office on Thursday — and the president is aware of the tension between the two.

Bloomberg News reported that adviser John Bolton and chief of staff John Kelly got into the fight corroborated by three White House sources.

“The shouting match was so intense that other White House aides worried one of the two men might immediately resign,” the report noted, adding that neither are leaving the administration over the dispute.

Oct 18 15:32

‘It certainly looks like’ Khashoggi is dead, consequences will be ‘severe’ – Trump

The missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi appears to be dead, US President Donald Trump has told reporters, saying there would be “severe” consequences for whoever is behind it.

“It certainly looks that way to me,” Trump said when asked if Khashoggi was dead. “It's very sad.”

Oct 18 14:20

Putin: Russia Will Use Nukes Only if Someone Launches Strike on Its Territory

Russia's nuclear doctrine does not stipulate a preemptive strike, but Moscow is determined to respond to any first strike by a potential aggressor, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

"…about whether we are ready, whether I am ready, to use the weapons at our disposal, including weapons of mass destruction, to protect our interests. I will remind you what I said, and I said that in our concept of nuclear weapons use there is no notion of a preemptive strike," Putin said speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club forum.

Oct 18 11:52

Trump casts doubt on audio of Jamal Khashoggi's last known minutes, saying he will ask for it 'if it exists,' and refuses to say if FBI will aid in a murder probe

President Donald Trump cast new doubt on claims that an audio tape of Jamal Khashoggi's death exists on Wednesday, telling reporters that he hasn't heard it if it does.

He said in the Oval Office it's 'gonna be the first question I ask' when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returns from his fact-finding mission in the Middle East.

'We have asked for it, if it exists,' Trump said. 'I'm not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does.'

The president refused to tell a journalist whether or not the FBI is involved in the disappearance of the Virginia resident after noting that Khashoggi is not a U.S. citizen.

'He wasn't a citizen of this country for one thing,' Trump said during a Wednesday morning event.

Oct 18 11:07

Kushner retreating from MidEast front amid Khashoggi crisis: Sources

US President Donald Trump’s son-in law and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are communicating through Whatsapp amid the crisis arising over the mysterious disappearance of a dissident journalist at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Jared Kushner, who has been appointed by his father-in-law to handle the Middle East, has therefore retreated from the front, CNN reported Wednesday citing unnamed sources.

The powerful Jewish figure at the Trump administration is “quietly leveraging his close relationship” with bin Salman as the two states engage in crisis management and “retreating to the sidelines when necessary.”

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