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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.”

Oct 18 10:37

Don McGahn leaves as White House counsel, Emmet Flood steps into role

Don McGahn has officially left his job as White House counsel and will be replaced in the interim by seasoned lawyer Emmet Flood, Fox News has learned.

A senior administration official confirmed that McGahn, whose resignation was first reported Wednesday, is now out.

Don McGahn, 50, served as White House counsel to President Donald Trump and was seen as instrumental in implementing the administration’s policies.

Oct 18 10:30

A Victory for Free Speech

The litigation brought by Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump has had its day of reckoning. The adult-film star who sued the president for defamation not only lost a portion of her lawsuit but was ordered to pay the president’s legal bills. All this was a resounding victory for the freedom of speech.

After the right to life, protected by the Fifth and 14th amendments, and the right to be left alone, protected by the Fourth, the freedom of speech, protected by the First, is our most cherished. James Madison, who drafted the Bill of Rights, was careful to refer to speech as “the” freedom of speech so as to underscore the Framers’ unambiguous belief that free speech is pre-political. Stated differently, it existed before the government did and thus did not come from the government. As it does not originate in the government, Madison and company believed it originates in our humanity.

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Oct 18 09:57

Trump Spins Cover-up For Saudi Killing

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The original Magnitsky Act, signed into law in 2012, was designed to punish Russia with sanctions over alleged human rights abuses. In 2016, it was expanded to place the rest of the world under US authority as well. Its targeting of Russia has been disputed as a controversial political weapon, not reflecting actual human rights abuses. Nevertheless, the law has international application against any foreign government or individual deemed by the US congress as a violator of human rights.

In the case of Saudi Arabia and the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi that would seem to be a clear incident meriting Magnitsky-type sanctions.

But whether US legislators actually follow through with threats to punish Saudi Arabia and its rulers is a moot question.>>>

Oct 18 09:42

Saudi Journalist Disappearance Has Accomplished What 50,000 Yemeni Deaths Could Not:

Recent condemnations of the Saudi government are welcome, but the kingdom's brutality in Yemen has not drawn nearly as much attention.

Oct 18 09:05

Asia's Natural Gas Prices Are Rising. Now Higher Oil Prices And Tariffs Could Cause More Pain

tariffs could cause more pain>>>

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Oct 18 08:53

German diplomat says Washington shouldn't interfere in European energy policy

(*What makes Germany think they're so 'special' ? )

Oct 18 07:30

US Bombers Fly Over South China Sea Ahead Of Asean Summit

B-52 exercise over disputed waters risks Beijing’s ire as Pentagon chief James Mattis is expected to meet China’s defence minister Wei Fenghe in Singapore

Two US B-52 bombers have flown over the disputed South China Sea, in a move that could inflame tensions ahead of a key regional defence summit in Singapore where the US and Chinese defence ministers are slated to meet.

The two US Air Force bombers departed from the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam as part of a “routine training mission in the vicinity of the South China Sea”>>>

(*how much did that cost The Throw Away Empire ?)

Oct 18 07:16

Trump to pull US out of postal alliance in move targeting China

The Trump administration is rejecting a ‘flawed system’ that allows developing countries like China to globally ship goods cheaply

The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it intends to pull the US out of a 144-year-old international postal alliance, citing a “flawed system” that allows developing countries like China to ship goods around the world more cheaply.

The announcement is the latest sign that tensions between Washington and Beijing have spilled beyond trade.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) – an organisation first established in 1874 and now run by the UN – sets the rules for international mail exchange, such as determining fees that postal services within any given country can charge for delivering shipments from foreign carriers. It currently represents 192 member countries, including the US.

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Oct 18 06:57

Washington, Riyadh, Ankara Striking Deal

Arab Daily: Washington, Riyadh, Ankara Striking Deal on Khashoggi's Case

A leading Arab newspaper said events in the past few days indicate that a deal is in the offing among the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to whitewash accusations against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after his order to murder prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
"Some signs of a political deal among Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the US in Khassogi's assassination case have appeared in the past three days," the Arabic-language al-Ahd wrote on Wednesday.

It questioned the reason for a delay in declaring the results of investigations into Khashoggi's case, and added, "Possibly they want to implement a plot like Lockerby case and say that three people abducted Khashoggi and then put them on trial to exonerate bin Salman."

This is while the Turkish sources and the US media have reported that bin Salman has directly issued the order to murder Khashoggi and Washington is in possession of a recorded voice of the Saudi crown prince>>>

Oct 18 06:22

POTUS VICTIMIZED: US Lawmakers Propose Bill To Block Saudi Arms Sale

US Lawmakers Propose Bill to Block Saudi Arms Sale Amid Khashoggi Murder Allegations

Oct 18 06:03

Turkish Source Says Jamal Khashoggi's Killing Took Seven Minutes

It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist's last moments told Middle East Eye (MEE).

Khashoggi was dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said>>>

(*How the Frig does Turkey end up right in the middle of Everything , all the time ?)

Pompeo Suggests US May Lift Turkey Sanctions

Oct 18 05:46

Turkey Has 11 Minute Audio Track Of 'Khashoggi Assault'

Turkish authorities have an audio recording which indicates that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official has told Al Jazeera.

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Oct 18 05:06

Trump, Pompeo Have Had Murder Audio for 4 Days

US Intelligence Contractors (NSA) monitoring the comm spectrum in Istanbul listened to the murder in "realtime"

Turkish officials said the audio recording had been handed over to the US and Saudi Arabia. But on Wednesday, Trump told reporters: “We’ve asked for it … if it exists” – before adding that it “probably does” exist.

Trump had previously suggested he believes the denials of responsibility from the Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and warned against a rush to judgement.

On Wednesday, Trump denied he was covering up for the Saudi royals but at the same time pointed to their importance as strategic and commercial partners.

“I’m not giving cover at all. And with that being said, Saudi Arabia has been a very important ally of ours in the Middle East. We are stopping Iran,” he told reporters.

But Trump’s defence of the Saudi royals has become increasingly difficult>>>

Oct 17 12:54

Klayman: Mueller Trying to Influence Mid-Term Elections and Get Trump Impeached!

Oct 17 12:34

Forcing Saudis to “Buy American"

Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to “Buy American
The response of the Trump administration and many U.S. politicians to Khashoggi’s disappearance is largely being guided by the military-industrial complex — in this case Lockheed Martin — but masquerading as a response motivated by “human rights.”
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Oct 17 12:22

Notorious Canadian MP and Defender of Israel’s Human Rights Abuses Ratchets up Campaign Against Venezuela in the Name of Human Rights

Canadian MP Irwin Cotler claims to be committed to ending the humanitarian crises in Venezuela, yet Cotler has devoted much of his life to defending Israeli human rights violations, including its recent killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza.
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Oct 17 11:10

‘I don’t give a damn’: Secret service agent blocks reporter’s Kushner-Saudi questions

US secret service agents are expected to take a bullet for those they’ve sworn to protect. But in a bizarre exchange a bodyguard for White House senior advisor Jared Kushner swooped in to block a reporter’s questions.
The US president’s son-in-law was spared potentially tough questioning on Saudi Arabia when an unidentified special agent pushed in front of Errol Barnett, telling the CBS journalist there is a “time and a place” for such questions.

The incident occurred as Kushner was disembarking a plane in New York. According to Barnett he was attempting to ask Kushner about the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Kushner is believed to have been instrumental in greasing the wheels of a US-Saudi Arabia multimillion dollar arms deal.

Oct 17 10:39

Trump Compares The Saudi Regime To Kavanaugh

"Here we go again with you know you’re guilty until proven innocent," Trump told the AP. The AP added: "He is comparing it to allegations of sexual assault leveled against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing."

(*you be the judge !
no pun intended! )

Oct 17 10:35

Mika Brzezinski Urges 25th Amendment: Trump Is ‘Not Fit to Lead,’ He Is ‘Not Well’

President Donald Trump hit back at his alleged former paramour Stormy Daniels in what has become his signature juvenile manner: making fun of the appearance of the adult film actress on Twitter. His calling her “horse face” launched an ugly body-shaming retort from Ms. Daniels, as the American political dialogue continued to a death spiral of descent.

This was the context of Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, who has consistently been a morning show source for calling out Trump’s erratic behavior and diagnosing the Commander in Chief’s lack of mental wellness.

For Mika “this is one of the many, many, many ways this president has shown us that he is not fit, possibly not even well” adding how she didn’t understand why people in this administration “taking matters into their own hands and trying to sort of stick it out because they can keep things together.” She then hit Trump on the foreign policy front, claiming “he is cratering our reputation” and “making us an international joke.”

Oct 17 10:19

Terrorists Recruiting Children to Counter Syrian Army in North, Northwest

Arabi Al Youm news website reported that Tahrir al-Sham and its allied terrorists, deployed in Northern and Northwestern Syria, have recruited hundreds of children to train them and use them in battle against the army and its popular allies as Tahrir al-Sham has rejected to retreat from the demilitarized zone in Northeastern Lattakia, Southern Idlib and Western Aleppo on October 15.

It further said that the terrorists have persuaded the children to join them in return for a very low payment, adding that hundreds of children have been recruited by terrorists in this way.

The news website said that the terrorists' move to recruit children has enraged local people.

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Oct 17 10:07

Israeli, Saudi Army Chiefs Meet in United States

Israeli media reported that the regime’s military chief Gadi Eizenkot has held talks with his Saudi counterpart, major General Fayyad bin Hamid Raqed al-Ruwaili, in Washington as Tel Aviv moves to make its secret ties with Persian Gulf Arab governments public.
Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported the two sides had discussed several regional issues, including Iran, during their meeting on the sidelines of the Counter–Violent Extremist Organizations conference for military commanders, in the US.

In addition to Ruwaili, Eizenkot had also met with his counterparts from several Arab states on the sidelines of the same event, the report added.

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Oct 17 09:41

Trump tweeted he has no ties to Saudi Arabia. A Fox News account proved him wrong.

Amid the mystery of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and possible murder in a Saudi consulate, President Donald Trump has cast plenty of doubt on whether Saudi Arabia was responsible — speculating that “rogue killers” may have killed the journalist and that Saudi leaders are not to blame.
He even went as far as to tweet early Monday morning that his views are not influenced by personal conflicts of interest.

Oct 17 07:14

'Game on, Tiny!' Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels go to war on Twitter as he calls porn star 'Horseface' after she loses part of lawsuit against him - so she hits back by mocking his manhood and saying maybe he's into 'bestiality'

Donald Trump has mentioned Stormy Daniels by name in a tweet for the first time ever, calling the adult actor “horseface” in an angry, misspelled post.
The president had yet to refer to Ms Daniels on social media, having been accused of paying hush money on the eve of the 2016 election not to disclose details of an alleged affair between the pair.

Oct 17 05:07

RUSSIAN MISSILE SYSTEMS IN CRIMEA PUT ON ALERT

Soldiers from the coastal missile and artillery brigade of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet have been put on alert in order to take part in tactical exercises, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on October 15.

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Oct 17 04:11

ISRAEL BOMBS GAZA

Israel Bombs Gaza, Wounded Reported
Israeli warplanes bombed several locations in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday causing a number of injuries, one reported in critical condition, according to Palestinians reports and medical sources.

Hospitals reported at least 10 wounded, six of them students who were on their way to school in Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip, WAFA reported.

Four others were injured when warplanes bombed a location in Rafah South of the Gaza Strip, with one person reported in critical condition.

Schools were closed in several areas in the Gaza Strip as explosions were heard in many locations throughout the besieged coastal enclave.

The air raids came after a rocket reportedly fired from Gaza fell at a home in Beer Sheba South of Israel causing damage but no injuries.>>>

Oct 16 15:21

BREAKING: Trump tells AP that Saudi Arabia being blamed for missing journalist is another case of "guilty until proven innocent."

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But that doesn't apply to the Skripal case, right?

Oct 16 14:21

US to open trade talks with Japan, EU, UK

The Trump administration on Tuesday kicked off a fast-track process for three separate trade deals with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Oct 16 13:07

POLICE FOUND EVIDENCE IN SAUDI CONSULATE THAT KHASHOGGI WAS KILLED THERE - TURKISH OFFICIAL TO AP

A Turkish official told AP that police have found evidence inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul which confirms that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there.
The "high level official" spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity, but said that police had found "certain evidence"that Khashoggi had died in the building. The official did not provide any more details about the evidence uncovered by police.

Reports in US media on Monday evening suggested that Riyadh might be preparing to admit that Saudi-born Khashoggi was killed as part of an unauthorized interrogation gone wrong.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2. Turkey has accused Saudi Arabia of murdering the journalist, but Riyadh has denied involvement.

After a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday, US President Donald Trump suggested perhaps “rogue killers” had been responsible for the journalist’s disappearance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please.

IF the overwhelming evidence indicates that Khashoggi was, in fact, assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, I would politely suggest that no element of criticism of the Saudi regime, is not countered, nor responded to, except by Prince Bin Salman's orders.

OK, so he ordered a hit on a guy he didn't like that he didn't know would go public, and caused the the global consternation it has caused.

But President Trump, you have to know what you are dealing with here, sir, just as you have had to realize about your other BFF in the Middle East: these are diabolically ruthless men, who control with an iron hand, and who see the elimination of "the enemy" as their only goal, by any brutal means necessary, with utter impunity, and zero consequences.

So, you've dispatched your "Bag Man", Mike Pompeo, to Saudi Arabia, to clean up the stench your Buddy, Prince Bin Salman, made, and "sanitize it" with a cover story, which no one will believe, about this torturous assassination.

Mr. President, We the People realize that this pitiful attempt by this administration to put lipstick on this pig of an act, is only about making sure the weapons companies can continue enjoying their fat bottom lines, by insuring that the weapons flow, unrestricted, to Saudi Arabia, with which they are using to murder Yemeni children, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

Congratulations, Mr. President, on your administration's being "all in" with Bin Salman's torturing critics to death, and killing, starving, and sickening the Yemeni people.

I am very concerned, Mr. President, that what you see Bin Salman and Netanyahu doing in their countries, and beyond, is something you might love to have the power to do here, with complete impunity, and absolutely zero consequences.

THAT, Sir, does worry me... and greatly.

And we have a companion piece, also from blacklistednews.com:

Pompeo's 12 hour flight to Saudi Arabia gave him only a 15 minute meeting with King Salman

It is obvious that Pompeo got his marching orders as to how to spin this, and was thrown out of the royal palaces, like some flunky with whom the Saudi king did not want to spend time, other than for the photoshoot, showing them smiling together.

Oct 16 09:29

Making America Socialist Again

It’s not often that the president of the United States writes an op-ed for a major newspaper. But this is exactly what President Trump did on October 10 in USA Today.

Trump was railing against (and rightly so) the Democrats’ “Medicare for All” (S.1804) proposal to “establish a government-run, single-payer health care system that eliminates all private and employer-based health care plans” and will “cost an astonishing $32.6 trillion during its first 10 years.”

Oct 16 09:15

Democrats poised to make historic impeachment push, after dust from midterms settles

Democrats are increasingly whispering about the possibility of impeaching President Trump if they regain control of the House of Representatives in November, even as top Republicans openly suggest the move would backfire politically.

The wait-and-see approach to drafting articles of impeachment comes as voter pressure from the base rises. A late-August Washington Post-ABC poll found nearly 50 percent of Americans support immediate impeachment proceedings against the president. Four in 10 residents of Ohio, which Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election, said this week that the House should consider impeaching Trump, according to a Suffolk University poll.

Oct 16 09:06

Stormy Daniels defamation lawsuit against Trump dismissed

Federal judge also ordered adult film actor to pay Trump’s legal fees, but has not yet fixed an amount

Oct 16 08:31

Saudi Envoy Not to Return to Washington as Pompeo Meets King, Crown Prince

Saudi Ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman is unlikely to return the United States, Washington officials said two weeks after journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, starting a diplomatic and strategic raw between Washington and Riyadh.

The disappearance and alleged killing of the dissident writer in Istanbul has heightened tension between Saudi Arabia and both Turkey and the United States.

Khalid, a son of the king and younger brother of the crown prince, had flown back to Riyadh on October 11, as, according to US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, the Americans told him "Washington expects information upon his return to the United States".

(*I do beli~eve this one has that familiar old "It Will Be Gone By The Weekend" ring to it !)

Oct 16 07:22

Trump: I Sent Weapons To Ukraine, Obama 'Sent Pillows And Blankets'

(*and he wonders how he LOST in 2012 ?)

Oct 16 07:09

The Numbers Behind America’s Opioid Epidemic

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, who are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than from car accidents or firearms.

(*and nobody's making a pre-election info-mercial about it

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ON EITHER SIDE!)

Oct 16 06:52

US Military Presence in Africa: All Over Continent and Still Expanding;

(*and nobody's making a pre-election info-mercial about it

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ON EITHER SIDE!)

Oct 16 06:22

Pro Trump Fake NEWS From Liberal Blog: Trump's 'Wide-Eyed Acceptance' of King's Denial

Ex-US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Warns Against Trump's 'Wide-Eyed Acceptance' of King's Denial: He Told Me 9/11 Was 'An Israeli Plot'
(*cut to the chase , or , here's the fakest part)
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“This is the same King Salman who told me after 9/11 that the 9/11 attacks were an Israeli plot,” Robert Jordan, the former United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia under President George W Bush said. “And he said that firmly. Did I believe that? Of course not. >>>

(*all smoke / no fire )

Oct 16 05:39

Trump: They Don't Look Like Indians To Me

(*there's still the matter of a million bucks)

Oct 16 04:49

US defence chief Mattis hits out at ‘predatory’ Chinese behaviour

Pentagon chief highlights Washington’s concerns about activities in South China Sea and practice of forcing smaller countries to run up significant debts

Oct 15 13:40

He Has No Clothes

Time to Face Up to Emperor Bin Salman – He Has No Clothes
On Sunday, Saudi stocks endured their biggest fall in nearly four years over journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered last week inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Western governments have threatened the Saudis with consequences and “severe punishment” if Riyadh is found to have been involved in the Washington Post contributor's disappearance. And Riyadh has been quick to reject the threats, saying it would retaliate against possible economic sanctions. But the damage has already been done:
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What the Khashoggi affair cruelly demonstrates is that the Saudi regime’s unaccountable, repressive political control of the public sphere has in fact been expanded, reinforced and emboldened. Bin Salman feels he can do whatever he likes, with impunity, and that the Western world, misled by Trump, will tamely acquiesce, primarily out of economic and strategic self-interest. After all, this is what has been happening for decades.

But this policy is a mistake and boycotting investment conferences is nowhere near enough. Selling weaponry used to kill Yemeni children, and ignoring the jailing of Saudi activists is morally insupportable. So, too, is the gruesome murder of a man whose only offence was to speak his mind.>>>

Oct 15 13:20

US President Says 'Rogue Killers' Might Have Killed Saudi Journalist

US President Donald Trump stated that he believes it is possible that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Speaking to journalists outside the White House on Monday about Khashoggi’s disappearance, Trump said “it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?”, Middle East News reported.

Offering the rogue killer theory, Trump cited King Salman of Saudi Arabia’s “firm” denial that Riyadh had anything to do with the situation —>>>

Oct 15 12:17

On US Naval Blockades and a Hard Days War. Economic Warfare against Russia is not Working

The blockade’s objective was to force the USSR to withdraw nuclear weapons from Cuba that it had placed there in order to guarantee Cuba’s security from American attack. Fortunately the crisis ended a few days later with the missiles being withdrawn in exchange for the US withdrawing similar missiles from bases in Turkey that threatened the USSR, and a US pledge not to invade Cuba. The blockade proved to be not only a dangerous provocation but also a humiliating fiasco for the US. A year later President Kenned was assassinated.

But today the US leadership is threatening another blockade, this time of Russia, as well as threatening pre-emptive strikes to neutralise Russian cruise missiles, not located in Cuba, but in Russia itself. And the same fleet that conducted the Cuban blockade, that took part in the invasion of Grenada in 1983, the 2nd Fleet, has once again been reactivated with all the ships necessary to attempt just such a blockade.

Oct 15 10:23

‘Shaking the Tree’: Trump Call to Quit WTO a Blessing in Disguise Says Bloc Head

US President Donald Trump claims the World Trade Organization (WTO) is biased toward China, resulting in soul searching by member states to remake the bloc’s mandate and methods.

Trump has long claimed that the World Trade Organization (WTO), the intergovernmental body that regulates international trade, favors China, since the country joined the organization in 2001.

"If they don't shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO," Trump said in an August 30 interview with Bloomberg. It's not clear what topic under discussion led Trump to make the remark.

Oct 15 10:14

Trump's political flip-flop on Khashoggi’s disappearance emboldening Riyadh: Analysts 

As international pressure is mounting on Saudi rulers by various governments and rights group over disappearance of a dissident journalist at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Trump's administration still seems to be following an undetermined policy toward Riyadh on this issue, prompting many analysts to believe that Washington prefers Saudi trade over the value of human life.

Oct 15 10:02

Trump: Mattis Is "Sort Of A Democrat" Who "May Leave" The Administration

Asked by Leslie Stahl if the Trump administration was in chaos - citing the high turnover, Trump said It's wrong, it's so false... It's fake news."

"I have people now on standby that will be phenomenal," he continued. "I think I have a great Cabinet. There are some people that I'm not happy with. I have some people that I'm not thrilled with, and there are some people that I'm beyond thrilled with."

Stahl then asked specifically about Mattis, whose departure has been rumored for weeks, to which Trump replied: "I had lunch with him two days ago, I have a very good relationship with him. It could be that he is [leaving]," adding "I think he's sort of a Democrat if you want to know the truth. But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave at some point. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. People leave, that's Washington."

Oct 15 09:45

Netanyahu’s Israel has eliminated peace

Peace with Israel is impossible as long as the terrorist Benjamin Netanyahu is prime minister. This was my opinion in the 1990s and I still believe this today.

A terrorist wing, led by Netanyahu, exists in Israel and settlers and strangers claim that Palestine is their historical homeland. Some of their supporters are in the American policy circle and they have made President Donald Trump the official spokesman on behalf of Israel and its supporters in and around the American governing circles.

Oct 15 09:14

JUST IN: Assassination Plot Against Trump Thwarted By Secret Service

Prior to President Trump’s arrival on Air Force One, a PID agent informs Special Agent Gibson that he’s come across a credible threat against POTUS—in the form of a tweet reading, “Gonna be in Manila the same time as Trump… I’ll take one for the team lads,” accompanied by a mugshot of Lee Harvey Oswald. And on his Instagram, they find a photo of the male suspect wielding a copy of the book How to Kill: The Definitive History of the Assassin. The PID agents then track his IP address and discover that the man is indeed located in downtown Manila, kilometers away from the president’s hotel, and his social media posts reveal that he is traveling in the direction of the president’s hotel. They continue to monitor him.

Oct 15 09:07

The Art of No Mideast Deal

Donald Trump once advertised an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan as his greatest achievement-in-the-making, but like many of the president’s negotiations, the Kushner-Greenblatt strategy is a one-sided bargain, writes Patrick Lawrence.

Oct 15 08:49

Trump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House'

President Trump, during an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday said he doesn't "trust everybody" in the White House.

His comment came in response to one made by first lady Melania Trump during an interview last week, in which she said there are people who work in the West Wing she can't trust.

"I feel the same way," Trump told CBS's Lesley Stahl on Sunday. "I don’t trust everybody in the White House. I’ll be honest with you."

Trump went on to say he was "guarded."

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Finally, he's learning.

Oct 15 08:47

BREAKING NEWS: Trump claims 'rogue' killers could have murdered Jamal Khashoggi after Saudi king 'firmly denies' any part in disappearance of dissident journalist

President Trump said Monday that he has spoken to Saudi's King Salman about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and he 'firmly denied' any involvement in the journalist's disappearance.

Trump said that he would send a top U.S. official, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to Middle East to confront Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in person - but wouldn't say whether he believed the Saudi leader's 'flat' denial of wrongdoing in a 20-minute phone conversation.

The president had a theory of his own as to what may have happened to the Saudi-born writer who Turkey says was lured to his death earlier this month in Istanbul.

He suggested without evidence that 'rogue killers' could have been responsible for the disappearance that Trump also framed as a murder.

Oct 15 08:37

Saudis Lash Out At U.S. In Complete Deterioration Of Relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia

Saudis Lash Out At U.S. In Complete Deterioration Of Relations
Relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia significantly deteriorated this weekend as the Saudis responded to President Trump’s threat of ‘’severe sanctions’’

Oct 15 07:56

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY?

What is the meaning of Donald Trump’s presidency?

It’s the Big Distraction.

While we watch his antics – obsessively – his partners pick our pockets.

Noam Chomsky explains:

“Educated, well off elites know they’re destroying prospects for future existence and they’re doing it for immediate profit. There’s never been a situation like this.”

Oct 15 06:33

Trump to Send Pompeo to Meet Saudi King over Khashoggi Case

US President Donald Trump said Monday he's sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia after Riyadh denied knowing about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
"Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen,'" Trump wrote in a tweet, referring to Khashoggi without using his name, World News reported.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!" Trump added.

In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" on Saturday, the American leader vowed "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is proven to be behind the purported assassination of Khashoggi, who has been missing since October 2, when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents needed for his upcoming marriage.

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Oct 14 09:25

President Trump Versus The Media in 9 Hilarious and Savage Pictures

Here are 7 examples brilliantly illustrated by 9 hilarious, savage and accurate images:

Oct 14 07:48

Trump Is Trying to Square a Globalized World Through Capitalism.

President Trump seems to be trying to compensate for the decline in US power overall by way of adopting more bellicose and foghorn rhetoric for others to comply with American demands
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This week saw a record fall in the American stock market. That suggests that the supposed strength of the US economy is not what it has been cracked up to be under Trump. A major factor in the collapse of the US stock market is reported to be the uncertainty prompted by the growing US trade war with China.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin lamented the US policy of imposing sanctions against other nations and its over-reliance on the dollar as the main global currency exchange tool. Putin said the US was making a “strategic mistake” by using the dollar as a weapon with which to punish other nations to comply with Washington’s diktats.
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Implicit in Putin’s comments was that the US is acting like a failing empire>>>

Oct 14 07:30

IT’S WASHINGTON VS BEIJING AFTER MIKE PENCE CHINA SPEECH

Vice-president Mike Pence’s speech at the Hudson Institute on October 4 was an era-defining statement in the history of diplomacy between the United States and China. It declared a fundamental US policy shift and set a new course for the relationship between the world’s two largest economies and chief political adversaries, something not seen since US president Richard Nixon’s trip to China in 1972.

Historians might wish to compare Pence’s 45-minute policy statement with such historic episodes as George Kennan’s 8,000-word telegram in 1946, Winston Churchill’s “iron curtain” speech of 1946, and Harry Truman’s “Truman Doctrine” address to Congress in 1947, all of which underpinned the West’s cold war policy of containment toward the communist bloc led by the then-Soviet Union.

The new US diplomatic strategy toward China is the accumulation of two years of tense exchanges and failed talks, resulting in a tit-for-tat tariff war between the administrations of strongman leaders Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.

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Oct 14 07:13

How The Sixteenth Century Explorers Lay The First Stone For Globalism

CHAPTER 1
The discovery of the roundtrip and the beginning of globalisation

Globalisation is thought to have it's beginings in the 16th century when the Spanish silver dollar went transcontinental. Its acceptance as common currency arose when Spanish navigators in the Philippines established a circular shipping route, known as the tornaviaje, between Asia and the Americas. More than 250 years of uninterrupted trade ensued between Asia and the rest of the world. And the ships playing this route were known as China Ships

Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation
In 1519 a Spanish fleet of five vessels, under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, set sail from Seville in search of a route across the Pacific Ocean to East Asia. Magellan was killed in a battle during the voyage, leaving Spanish navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano and 18 surviving crew to become the first to circumnavigate the globe in a single expedition. Their expedition finally returned home to Spain in 1522

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Oct 14 06:55

LESSONS LEARNED BY CHINA IN THE OPIUM WARS RING TRUE IN US TRADE ROW

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By the early 18th century, the British had so taken to drinking tea that some in the British government called it a “necessity of life”. The tea came from the southern Chinese city of Canton, designated by the Qing government as the only place where trading with foreigners was allowed. By 1725, the British East India 250,000 pounds of tea per year. This ballooned to 24 million pounds per year by 1805.

Unfortunately for the British, the Chinese bought few British products, and worse, they wanted to be paid only in silver. Thus, between 1710 and 1760, Britain paid 26 million pounds of the precious metal for its tea.

Britain soon ran out of silver and ideas of how to pay for its tea until it stumbled on the one item the Chinese liked and became addicted to – opium. In 1773, the East India Company secured a monopoly on the production and sale of opium grown in India

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Oct 13 10:40

Melania Trump reveals there WAS a message behind her 'I really don't care' jacket - despite White House denials - and it was meant for 'the liberal media'

First lady Melania Trump has revealed that there actually was a message behind the infamous jacket with the words 'I really don't care, do you?' splashed across the back, which she wore on June 21, amid the unaccompanied migrant children crisis.

At the time, the White House vehemently denied the wardrobe choice was anything more than a fashion statement, as the wife of President Donald Trump unexpectedly showed up for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, Texas.

But now, in a sit-down interview with ABC's 20/20, Melanie told Tom Llamas that the message was 'for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me.'

She added: 'I want to show them that I don't care. You could criticize whatever you want to say, but it will not stop me to do what I feel is right.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a great First Lady!

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 14:42

Top Trump aide colluded with Israel in 2016 election – Russia Scapegoated

Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates requested proposals from an Israeli intelligence firm to manipulate social media with fake accounts in order to help secure a favorable outcome for Donald Trump in the Republican primaries and later the general election.

Oct 12 11:05

Did Israeli spy firm help Trump win presidency?

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA: A report in The New York Times this week reveals details of a multimillion dollar scheme by a now defunct Israeli spy firm to use social media manipulation and fake online identities in a sophisticated effort to sway the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump.

Trump eventually secured his party’s nomination and went on to win the US presidency but it is unclear if Psy-Group, a firm staffed by former Israeli intelligence agents, gave him a boost.

The company’s former CEO Royi Burstien previously commanded an Israeli psychological warfare unit.
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Psy-Group has also reportedly been involved in the Israeli government’s covert campaign against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights

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Oct 12 10:46

Trump Threatens Iran’s Oil Clients

President Donald Trump said the United States “will take care” of countries that continue to buy Iranian oil after the second round of U.S. sanctions kick in on November 4 this year. Trump made the comment speaking to reporters in Washington, days after India said it will buy 9 million barrels of crude from Iran and Reuters reported a VLCC carrying Iranian crude had offloaded it in bonded storage at the Chinese port of Dalian.

The Economic Times reports that Indian Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had told media that India had its own energy needs to satisfy, which reaffirms the message sent by New Delhi to Washington earlier this year: although the two may be allies, they sometimes have different priorities. India is facing popular unrest because of rising inflation, and one of its causes is more expensive oil.

The country is Iran’s second-biggest crude oil buyer >>>

Oct 12 09:18

Pentagon grounds F-35 fleet after crash

US, the UK and Israel to carry out a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine of the F-35 aircraft.

Oct 12 09:16

Moscow Offers Washington to Sign Written Pledges on Mutual Non-Interference

Russia has offered the United States to make written commitments about non-interference in each other's affairs as Moscow is ready to give such guarantees "at any time," but Washington has shown no such desire, Georgy Borisenko, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of North America, told Sputnik.

"Now we are proposing to exchange letters of more or less the same content, for example, between the foreign ministers of Russia and the United States. Unfortunately, Washington is stubbornly ignoring it, they are just categorically rejecting it," Georgy Borisenko noted.

Oct 12 08:06

Trump to push for federal marijuana reform, GOP congressman says

Go Mr. President!!!

President Trump plans to pursue federally legalizing medical marijuana following next month’s midterm races, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, said Thursday.

The Trump administration has made a “solid commitment” to reform marijuana laws, and the president has spoken in support of federally legalizing the plant for medical purposes, Mr. Rohrabachertold Fox Business Channel.

Oct 12 07:51

Moon Jae-in Urges US To Declare End Of War With North Korea

The South Korean president said Pyongyang has taken steps to achieve peace and the US should take similar measures.

(*We Sent Pompeo , forcryin'outloud !
Maybe we should send Lindsey Graham , for their troubles .)

Oct 12 07:38

Attempt to isolate China from world trade system ‘will not work’, says IMF’s top Asia official

Changyong Rhee identifies three risks to region’s growth pace: continued escalation of trade tensions, an acceleration of monetary tightening by the US Federal Reserve, and a stronger-than-expected rise in oil prices

Attempts by the US to isolate China from much of the international trading system by concluding restrictive trade deals with its major trading partners would harm the global economy, the IMF’s top official in Asia has warned.

Changyong Rhee, head of its Asia and Pacific department, said on Friday that China is already integrated into the world economy, “and is basically too big,” for any such a plan to work.

“The US and China have to talk” to resolve their disagreements, he stressed in an exclusive interview with South China Morning Post during the IMF’s annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia, adding the current trade dispute could last “for a while”.

The administration of US President Donald Trump recently completed a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico>>>

Oct 12 07:20

Chinese state media lashes out at ‘tired’ Mike Pence after fiery speech

‘US could sell its aircraft carriers to China to cut deficit’ – Beijing rebukes ‘tired’ Mike Pence
Official news agency Xinhua runs combative opinion pieces in response to US vice-president’s accusations

Chinese state media rolled out a slew of combative opinion pieces in response to US Vice-President Mike Pence’s accusations against Beijing last week, as rhetoric intensifies in the widening strategic conflict between the powers.

A signed commentary from People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece, attacked Pence for remarks he made last Thursday at the Hudson Institute, a conservative US think tank, targeting China for its foreign policy, trade practices and claims about meddling in US elections.

The nearly 5,400-word screed by “Zhong Xuanli”, a pseudonym used by the Central Propaganda Department’s Theory Bureau, sought to refute the vice-president’s address point by point, including a remarkable proposal for Beijing to buy four US Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers to help close China’s trade surplus with the US.

The problem is not that China does not buy, but that the United States does not sell,” the piece argued>>>

Oct 11 15:30

Top Trump aide colluded with Israel in 2016 election – Russia Scapegoated

Massive Israeli Interference in Trump 2016 Election. Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates requested proposals from an Israeli intelligence firm to manipulate social media with fake accounts in order to help secure a favorable outcome for Donald Trump in the Republican primaries and later the general election. See description for more info.

Oct 11 13:29

Scott Ritter: Benjamin Netanyahu Is No Friend to USA

Benjamin Netanyahu is no stranger to the American spotlight. A career Israeli politician who attended school in the United States, he specializes in the kind of rhetoric that his American counterparts revel in—a kind of narcissism that’s more used car salesman than educator.

Netanyahu specializes in selling danger to the American people.>>>

(*RELATED:) New Evidence Of Chinese Spy Hardware Found By Ex-Mossad Investigators

Oct 11 13:17

Trump Aide Hired Israeli Black Ops Agents to Blackmail JCPOA Supporters

Aides to US President Donald Trump hired an Israeli private intelligence firm by the name of Black Cube to dig up dirt on key Obama negotiators who worked on the Iran deal, according to new reports. Black Cube is the same firm hired by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to smear his victims. Whitney Webb, a journalist at Mintpress News, joined Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear to talk about the controversial arrangement.

Oct 11 13:13

International Team of Researchers Concerned Over US Efforts to Create Biological Weapons


The time is right to ask the US to stop dodging awkward questions and provide some clear answers

In 1969, US President Richard Nixon ended all offensive aspects of the US bio-weapons program — the first category of weapons prohibited by an international treaty. In 1975, the US ratified both the 1925 Geneva Protocol and the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) — the international treaties outlawing biological warfare. But many reports from different sources offer reason to believe that the US military is developing a new generation of weapons in violation of the international treaties Washington is a party to.

An opinion paper published on Oct. 4 in the journal Science, written by an international group of researchers led by Richard Guy Reeves from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany, claims the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is potentially developing insects as a means of delivering a “new class of biological weapon.”

The official goal of Insect Allies, an ongoing research program, is to disperse infectious, genetically modified viruses that have been engineered to edit crop chromosomes directly in the field. But there is a reason to believe that the program is actually an effort to develop biological agents and a means of delivery intended for hostile purposes. If true, this would constitute a breach of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).

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Oct 11 12:42

Firm Linked to Israeli Intelligence Ran Pro-Trump Propaganda During Presidential Election

Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of the Trump Campaign was allegedly in contact with an Israeli intelligence firm about a social-media disinformation campaign targeted at Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton and to the benefit of Trump, according to the New York Times
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Sputnik interviewed investigative journalist Max Blumenthal according to whom, Gates was approached by Zamel who is supposedly very well connected to the Israeli lobby in the US.
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What we have here is one of a dizzying array of cases of Israeli direct interference in America’s political system and more specifically in the 2016 elections,” Blumenthal said.
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The report that Gates attempted to work with an Israeli firm to create a pro-Trump “troll farm,” as reported by Sputnik, is the latest in the “Israelgate” saga. Sputnik also cited journalists who claim that “Israelgate” is much more substantial than “Russiagate.”

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(*That's why I say; She did Him a solid , when she called him a Russian Stooge !)

Oct 11 12:31

Kanye drops ‘motherf—er’ in front of cameras in Oval Office

Kanye West dropped an F-bomb while heaping praise on President Trumpin the Oval Office during freewheeling remarks in front of reporters Thursday.

Oct 11 11:15

Trump lawyers: WikiLeaks (and similar media) are immune from being sued for publishing accurate leaks, just like Facebook

Trump lawyers: WikiLeaks (and similar media) are immune from being sued for publishing accurate leaks, just like Facebook https://t.co/3YpXgRPHxu pic.twitter.com/lCD140a5JJ

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 11, 2018

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