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Sep 13 11:12

Trump administration moves to curb campus criticism of Israel

In a move to chill speech critical of Israel, a former Israel lobbyist who is now the Trump administration’s top civil rights enforcer has said that the Department of Education will apply standards that conflate criticism of Israel and Zionism with anti-Jewish bigotry.

The announcement was made without public or congressional notification or debate, and reportedly took current and former investigators in the education department “by surprise.”

Sep 13 07:10

Beijing welcomes surprise US offer to resume high-level talks

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However, it was unclear whether either side was willing to offer sufficient concessions to end the dispute.

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(*it is our modern heritage to Not Do Sufficient Concessions well !)

Sep 13 07:00

Ambassador: EU Is Against Member States Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian ambassador to the European Union (EU) Abdul Rahim al-Farra denied on Thursday reports that the Czech Republic intends to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, stressing that the EU opposes such a move by individual member states.

He told Voice of Palestine radio that until now there is no official confirmation regarding this issue, pointing out that there were assurances from the Czech foreign ministry that the embassy will not be moved to Jerusalem.

Farra said the European Union, especially its foreign service represented by Federica Mogherini, had called on all EU member states not to move their embassy to Jerusalem because such an act would affect the peace process and the two-state solution, adding that the EU does not have any information about moving the Czech embassy.

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Sep 13 06:17

The U.K. Is Right to Trust the U.S. Justice System with Global Terrorists

To avoid a botched trial there, the home secretary has sent two jihadists, accused of beheading hostages, to be tried here.

(*where a Defense Attorney will use a Hurry Up approach in an oppening statement like; "If your looking for a guilty global terrorist , I present the court with my client !" ?)

Sep 13 06:03

Syrian Politician: US Needs White Helmets to Provoke Int'l Community against Damascus

A prominent Syrian politician said that the US support for the White Helmets proves the organization's role in implementing Washington's plots in Syria.
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Al-Qasir said that the US helped establishment of an office for the White Helmets in Northern Hasaka despite the fact that it knew that its presence would distort all efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria politically, adding that the US is making attempts to continue deployment in the battleground in Syria by creation of new organizations and terrorist groups.

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Sep 13 05:45

Vice: TRUMP’S BIG, NEW SANCTIONS THREAT IS MORE ABOUT DETERRING CONGRESS THAN SCARING RUSSIA

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The new executive order is a bid to preempt the no-fewer-than five serious Congressional proposals now under consideration on Capitol Hill, which, if passed, could reduce Trump’s decision-making authority on how to respond to a future attempt to swing an American election.

Rather than a stern warning directed at Putin and like-minded leaders, the executive order appears focused on torpedoing Congressional action, experts said.

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Sep 13 05:16

Revolution in the USA

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It appears that in addition to all those chemical Novichok agents, WADA urine samples, hackers, sanctions and other geopolitical perversions, the USA has yet another reason for a headache - a revolution.

Donald Trump said before that his impeachment would cause global markets to collapse. It could be possible, although no one can say for sure whether the impeachment procedure is going to materialize. Apparently, Democrats would like to think about it as a "highly likely" thing, similarly to all the "highly likely" fake news that they have been generously generating lately.

Donald Trump does not have to search for words. He turned around and said that he has already made America great again. Mr. Trump has thus inadvertently given a trump card to his opponents, because it just so happens that he has done his job and can be free to go.

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(*but not before he kicks off a skirmish in Iran )

Sep 13 04:46

Trump's solar wall and barefaced lies

Trump is now talking about building a solar wall between the USA and Mexico
See more at http://www.pravdareport.com/news/world/22-06-2017/138020-solar_wall-0/

Sep 13 03:51

Why the U.S. Seeks to Hem in Russia, China and Iran

America’s three principal adversaries signify the shape of the world to come: a post-Western world of coexistence. But neolibera and neocon ideology is unable to to accept global pluralism and multipolarity, argues Patrick Lawrence.

The Trump administration has brought U.S. foreign policy to the brink of crisis, if it has not already tipped into one. There is little room to argue otherwise. In Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and in Washington’s ever-fraught relations with Russia, U.S. strategy, as reviewed in my previous column, amounts to little more than spoiling the efforts of others to negotiate peaceful solutions to war and dangerous standoffs in the interests of an orderly world.

The bitter reality is that U.S. foreign policy has no definable objective other than blocking the initiatives of others because they stand in the way of the further expansion of U.S. global interests. This impoverished strategy reflects Washington’s refusal to accept the passing of its relatively brief post–Cold War moment of unipolar power.

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Sep 12 11:15

Russian UN Envoy: West Seeking To Topple Russia’s Government Using The Sergei Skripal Show

September 9, 2018: The article highlights that western countries have staked on exhausting the current political regime in Russia, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on Sunday (September 9).

“The stake have been put on exhausting the regime,” he said in an interview with the Moscow, Kremlin, Putin program on the Rossiya-1 television channel.

According to the Russian diplomat, allegations of Russia’s involvement in the nerve gas attack on former foreign intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are “yet another act in a long-running show.” He said the Western countries were obviously seeking “to picture Russia as a unprincipled member of international community” to justify “another spiral of sanctions.”

Sep 12 10:41

US Gov. Meddling Machine Boasts of ‘Laying the Groundwork for Insurrection’ in Nicaragua

As Nicaraguan student protest leaders meet with neoconservatives in Washington, DC, a publication funded by the US government’s regime change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), boasts of spending millions of dollars “laying the groundwork for insurrection” against Daniel Ortega

By Max Blumenthal

While some corporate media outlets have portrayed the violent protest movement gripping Nicaragua as a progressive grassroots upswell, the country’s own student leaders have suggested otherwise.

In early June, Nicaragua’s leading young activists went on a junket to Washington, DC, on the dime of the US government-funded right-wing advocacy group Freedom House. The Nicaraguan student leaders were there to beseech Donald Trump and other right-wing US government officials to help them in their fight against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

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Sep 12 10:33

Trump Signs Order to Sanction States Responsible for Election Meddling - Bolton

he document does not point out specific countries or actors, which, according to the US, might be sanctioned.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that US President Donald Trump had signed a document, allowing to sanction states or actors, responsible for meddling in the country's elections. The security chief noted that the legislation was aimed to "protect the United States from foreign interference in our elections and really our political process more broadly".

"The executive order requires the Director of National Intelligence to be conducting regular assessments about potential foreign interference in the election. It asks for reports by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security in the case of interference with an election or campaign-related infrastructure," Bolton said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what about Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter's attempts to meddle in US elections?

Sep 12 10:23

As trade war escalates, China intensifies role of state-owned enterprises

Beijing conference affirms commitment to state-owned firms, even though they are a key sticking point with Washington.

Beijing has affirmed the leading role of state firms in China’s technological and economic progress amid the escalating trade war with the United States, with a major nationwide conference planned for the end of September.

Two sources have confirmed to the?South China Morning Post that the conference will be chaired by China’s top economic adviser and showcase Beijing’s strong support for state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Washington’s strong objection to the prominent role of SOEs in the Chinese economy is at the heart of the trade conflict.

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Sep 12 09:44

Moscow denounces US "blackmail" and acknowledges disagreements with Ankara

Moscow condemned threats by the White House national security adviser, John Bolton, for "a much stronger response" if the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in an expected attack on Idleb province. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the comments were " . He believed that the American "non-constructive approach in Syria is in the interests of terrorists and threatens regional security

He said that the American threats to strike Syria, which he described as "showing muscles" and "blatant manipulation of facts," are aimed at extorting the guarantors of the Syrian settlement, namely Russia and Iran, stressing that Moscow has already taken all precautionary measures in preparation for any steps By the United States. He pointed out that these American statements are not the first of its kind, adding that «some in the West» has not yet retreated from the scenario of a new military provocation in Syria, but Moscow will continue to work to prevent it.

(*I had to use a translator tool)>>>

Sep 12 09:42

The Plot Against Trump To Capture The White House – Netanyahu’s Design, Part III

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you” – Chuck Schumer

Well, Schumer is likely correct in the preceding but there’s a very questionable follow-on…

“Whether you are a super liberal Democrat or a very conservative Republican, you should be against dismantling the intelligence community” -Chuck Schumer

Sep 12 09:23

Trump Abandons All Pretense of Being a ‘Fair Broker’ in the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Gideon Levy explains that the US is doing everything to disempower, humiliate and weaken Palestinian representation. Contrary to common belief, the US is not doing the State of Israel any favors

Sep 12 08:34

VICE On 17 Years & Afghanistan

It’s been 17 years since 9/11 but there’s still no end in sight for the war in Afghanistan

As Americans mark the anniversary of 9/11, the war that was launched in response to those attacks shows no sign of ending.

Seventeen years later, American troops are still fighting and dying, civilian casualties are at record highs, and the Taliban now controls more territory than at any point since 2001.

Earlier this month, a new American general took control of the effort — the ninth change of command in what is now the longest war the United States has ever fought.

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(*VICE going where ABCNNBCBS&FOX Fear To Tread , so we probably shouldn't mistake them for being anything other than independent )

Sep 11 13:41

Trump’s economic adviser on the president’s GDP tweet: It’s “just not true”

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“The GDP Rate (4.2%) is higher than the Unemployment Rate (3.9%) for the first time in over 100 years!” Trump exclaimed in a tweet Monday morning.

Publications started calling it out as incorrect almost as soon as he made the grandiose claim. It didn’t take long for Hassett, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, to intervene and correct the record. At the White House briefing later Monday, the adviser acknowledged that Trump’s "for the first time in over 100 years" assertion was “just not true.” In fact, it was off by about 90 years.

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Sep 11 13:32

DANGER: Trump Mulls Possibility of Attacking Russian Forces…

US President Donald Trump is considering the possibility of attacking positions of Russian and Iranian forces in Syria in the event of an attack by the Syrian army, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous public officials.

The newspaper sources reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad “approved the use of chlorine during the attack on the last major militant stronghold in the country” in Idlib province. Such an operation, for its part, could provoke an attack by American forces, the edition adds.

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Sep 11 11:19

Iranian FM Blasts White House for Good Ties with Masterminds of 9/11

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at the US administration for closing its eyes on the reality that the Saudi government played the main role in the 9/11 terrorist attack and then punishing Iran which is the first enemy of terrorist groups.
"17 years after 9/11, Iran – (the) 1st Muslim nation to condemn tragedy, mourn victims and take real action against al-Qaeda and its offshoots including, the ISIS and Nusrah (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) - has been fined $11bn and its citizens banned from US," Zarif wrote on his twitter page on Tuesday.

He referred to the friendly ties between Washington and Riyadh, and said, "All while White House auctions off foreign policy to terror sponsors (Saudi government) whose citizens perpetrated 9/11."

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Sep 11 10:56

US Says Assad Has Approved Gas Attack In Idlib, Setting Stage For Major Military Conflict

With Russia and Iran now in the West’s cross hairs over Idlib, indeed the entire world is again at the edge of the abyss.

(*according to unnamed sources to the NYT & WSJ

Sep 11 10:21

Insiders Identify Internal Coup to End Trump Presidency

Sep 11 08:28

White House Mulls Sanctions Against China Over Muslim Camps – Report

The Trump administration is considering introducing economic sanctions against China for violations of human rights, citing Uygur minority internment camps, the New York Times reported Monday.

According to sources cited by the newspaper, the idea has been discussed around the White House, Treasury Department and State Department for months already.

Aside from the usual economic sanctions, the US is also considering limits on surveillance technology sold to China that Beijing allegedly uses to monitor Uygurs, the newspaper reports.

Sep 11 08:01

Trump targets sick Palestinians

The Trump administration in Washington has slashed more than $25 million in approved aid for six hospitals in East Jerusalem providing care to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The US also announced that it is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington.

The moves are the latest in a series of measures intended to bludgeon Palestinians into submitting to the White House’s “peace” process. The Palestinian Authority froze communications with the American administration in December, when Trump declared that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The US announced last month that it would stop funding UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, after freezing $300 million in aid in January, throwing the body into unprecedented financial crisis.

Sep 11 08:01

Putin-Trump meeting in November under consideration — Kremlin aide

The possibility of arranging a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump in France in November is under consideration, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters, adding that no decision had been made yet.

Sep 10 14:52

Trump Campaign Manager Says Anonymous NYT Author Is a Woman

The White House says they’ve narrowed down the identity of the anonymous official who penned an anonymous op-ed blasting the Trump Administration to twelve potential individuals. While those 12 names are not public, those placing bets on the identity of the writer are putting their money on Fiona Hill. While she’s the “favorite,” there’s still only a 14% chance she’s the author, according to the statistics from bets placed on PredictIt. Hill is the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on his National Security Council staff.

Sep 10 11:51

President Trump Suspects Two Ex-Aides Spoke Disparaging About Him to Bob Woodward

This week, the new book by famous Washington journalist Bob Woodward is set to be released. Titled “Fear: Trump in the White House,” the book, which is supposed to be heavily sourced from officials in the administration, is likely to be a best-seller.

Woodward is, of course, one part of the Watergate journalistic duo that ultimately felled President Nixon. For allegedly taking down a Republican president, Woodward is treated like Washington royalty.

There’s just one problem for Mr. Woodward: his reporting is not as impeccable as many in Washington would like to believe. In fact, there have been numerous instances in the past where his reporting has been called into question. A great summary can be found here: Bob Woodward’s Rich History of Creating Works of Fiction.

Sep 10 10:33

Someone Tell Trump: It was Jews, Not Arabs, Dancing on 9-11 ...

Billionaire businessman and Republican presidential contender Donald J. Trump made international headlines when he told supporters at a political rally on November 21 that he saw “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Reporters were quick to call Trump on his outlandish claim, saying that Trump’s eyewitness account was a figment of his own imagination. However, what was never discussed was who really celebrated on that day, according to multiple reports provided by AMERICAN FREE PRESS.

In this lengthy article written by Michael Collins Piper for AFP’s special report on September 11, titled Debunking 9-11, the maverick author explains just who was videotaped high-fiving and cheering when the towers came down—and they were not Muslims.

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Sep 10 08:57

‘Collective punishment against us’: US to close Palestinian mission in Washington, official says

The US State Department has announced it is shutting down the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, DC, a move which a top PLO official says is aimed at “collectively punishing the Palestinian people.”

The department said that the decision to close the office is consistent with US concerns about Palestinian attempts to launch a probe into Israeli actions at the International Criminal Court (ICC). It comes after the Palestinian Foreign Ministry asked the ICC in May to open an investigation into alleged Israeli violations against Palestinians, calling Tel Aviv's actions regarding illegal settlements “crimes against humanity.” It cited “grave crimes” against Palestinians by Israel, including forcible transfer, the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters, and the demolition of Palestinian homes.

Sep 10 08:27

New Clues Suggest Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Author Is Not That ‘Senior’

I personally can’t believe the author of the notorious anti-Trump op-ed in the New York Times wasn’t discovered over the weekend. The Trump administration reportedly has 12 potential candidates for authorship, yet no one was actually assigned culpability. (RELATED: White House Narrows Down Anonymous Op-Ed Author to 12 Possibilities.)

So Washington’s parlor game du jour continues, as journalists still try to grapple with who actually wrote the controversial piece.

Over the weekend, Mike Allen of Axios, one of the more connected gossips in the Beltway, actually changed his mind on the nature of the op-ed author. Before, we reported that Allen was convinced the writer really was a “senior official,” meaning that he or she was a household name.

Sep 10 08:06

Steve Bannon says op-ed suggests Donald Trump facing a 'coup'

Sep 10 07:54

The Seditionists

Although I have to admit that I never thought they’d come right out and say it, my April column anticipated the above-cited seditionist by several months. In citing a Washington Post article that described what appeared to be a “two-track” White House policy on Russia, I asked:

“But is it his policy, or is it being imposed on him by a White House staff that seems to be working against him and a Deep State apparatus that is actively seeking to oust him?”

“… Surrounded by liars, leakers, traitors, and saboteurs, President Trump has managed to minimize the damage done by the War Party, while he’s not entirely able to neutralize them. His Korean peace initiative is going ahead, as both North Korea and the South jointly declare the never-settled Korean war to be finally over.

Sep 10 07:29

Ex-Trump campaign aide: I know who wrote NYT op-ed

Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo weighs in on who he believes wrote the anonymously authored op-ed published in the New York Times that was highly critical of President Donald Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Michael Caputo Says He Knows Who Wrote the Anti-Trump NY Times Op-Ed and it’s a Woman

Sep 10 07:10

Trump: US Will Get Angry if Syria Attacks Civilians

(*and even if they Don't

ain't that right , boys ?
whitehorse souce )

Sep 10 06:53

Pompeo’s Fingerprints Are All Over Trump’s New Syria Regime Change Policy

Mike Pompeo’s fingerprints are all over Trump’s new Syria policy, including the Washington Post's main source for details on the changes, James Jeffrey, Pompeo’s “representative for Syria engagement.”
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Trump seems to have officially embraced regime change in Syria at the behest of his now-closest advisors, National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In July, Bolton had foreshadowed the shift of the administration’s Syria policy when he stated during an interview on ABC’s Next Week with George Stephanopoulos that the U.S. troops would remain in Syria indefinitely “as long as the Iranian menace continues throughout the Middle East.”

Pompeo’s fingerprints are also on the new official policy, as the Post’s main source for details on the policy changes were James Jeffrey, a retired U.S. diplomat who was named Pompeo’s “representative for Syria engagement” last month>>>

Sep 10 06:28

U.S. REVEALS UNDERPANTS

Syria - U.S. Reveals Underpants Plan For Indefinite Occupation

Today the United States officially announced a new policy in its war on Syria. It is an equivalent to the three step business plan (vid) of the underpants gnomes

The new U.S. plan is to: 1. keep north-east Syria indefinitely occupied, 2. ???, 3. Iran leaves Syria and the 'regime' in Damascus falls:

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Sep 10 05:55

The Buck Stops Here: Europe Seeks Alternative to U.S.-Dominated Financial System:

Germany and France complain that the U.S. is abusing sanctions power to bully even its allies.

In a sign of how serious the breach between Europe and the United States is during the Trump era, senior officials in France and Germany are increasingly planning ways to sidestep U.S. financial dominance and the global sanctions power that goes with it.

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Sep 10 05:35

Chomsky: Donald Trump is a Distraction

(*The eloquence I lack .)

Sep 09 04:49

Trump Officials Met Venezuela Military 'Coup Plotters'

Trump administration officials held secret meetings with Venezuelan military officers to discuss plans to oust President Nicolas Maduro, according to a report by the New York Times.

The news outlet said on Saturday that at least three distinct groups from the military were involved in attempts at overthrowing the Venezuelan leader.

According to the report, there were plans for a coup in the summer of 2017, and later in March and May of this year. However, when US officials declined to cooperate, the plans for Maduro's overthrow fell apart.

The report comes just a month after two explosive-laden drones blew up near Maduro in an apparent assassination attempt. He blamed the US, Colombia, and his domestic enemies for the attack.

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Sep 09 04:37

Trump Trade War on China Likely to Roil World Markets While Spurring China’s Development

The U.S. is particularly fearful of Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” initiative, which will see the country’s industry upgraded to produce high-tech, value-added goods, enabling the country to take on flagship U.S. firms like Apple and Hewlett-Packard.
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Such has been the conclusion of global commentators who watched this week as global share prices hit a slump Friday, marking their worst week in about six months.

The poor stock performances in both Asia and Europe come as a result of a failure by Beijing and Washington to resolve their trade dispute, with President Donald Trump instead vowing to impose new tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports and China, in turn, vowing a tough response.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng reiterated Beijing’s resolve to help companies operating in China weather the storm resulting from any new tariffs:>>>

Sep 09 04:23

US Trade War Is Helping China Boost Yuan Use In International Transactions

Overseas holdings of Chinese currency by institutions, individuals and central banks is on the rise

The trade war initiated by the United States is actually helping China achieve one of its coveted long-term financial goals – the greater use of its currency, the yuan, in international commerce and financial transactions.

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Sep 09 04:09

North Korea Holds Military Parade Without Showing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

North Korea did not display intercontinental ballistic missiles that can target the United States at a military parade on Sunday, signalling leader Kim Jong-un’s desire to refrain from provoking US President Donald Trump for the resumption of denuclearisation talks.
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Trump has welcomed Kim’s latest commitment, fanning expectations that US-North Korea negotiations will move forward.

North Korea, meanwhile, has deepened relations with China. Since March, Kim has visited China three times for summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Beijing and Pyongyang have agreed to boost their economic ties.

China and North Korea fought together in the 1950-1953 Korean war against the US-led United Nations Command. The two countries have been described as “blood brothers”.

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Sep 09 03:53

Trump Tells Apple To Make Products In US After Company Warns About Tariffs

Tech giant warns that tariffs against China could result in lower US growth and competitiveness and higher prices for US consumers
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The company said the tariffs would “show up as a tax on US consumers” and “increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives.” Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook earlier this year told Trump tariffs “were not the right approach”.

In the letter, Apple asks the US government to “reconsider these measures and work to find other, more effective solutions that leave the US economy and US consumer stronger and healthier than ever before.”

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(*Trump to Apple , In other words: 'Just Do It' !)

Sep 09 03:38

Fearing Collapse Amid UNRWA Cuts, Israeli Officials Urge Aid For Gaza

Amid US push to defund the UN’s Palestinian aid agency over its expansive definition of a refugee, Israel fears humanitarian crisis could spark war in south

Israeli security officials are urging the government to find an alternative source of aid funding for the Palestinians in Gaza as US contributions to the UN’s Palestinian aid agency UNRWA have evaporated.

On August 31, the US announced it would end all funding to UNRWA, just a week after cutting some $200 million in aid for the West Bank and Gaza. None of the cuts directly targeted aid meant for the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, which received some $42 million in July as frozen funds were released that went toward security cooperation with Israel.

Though hailed by Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the cuts are said to be opposed by defense officials, who fear they could fuel Palestinian unrest and in turn jeopardize Israel’s security.

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Sep 08 13:57

Trump considers using military to build the wall

President Donald J. Trump is considering using the Army Corps of Engineers to build the border wall between Mexico and the U.S. if Congress fails to act.

The president told the Daily Mail while en route to Fargo Friday that there are ‘two options.’

Sep 08 10:12

Washington Is Growing Exasperated Over Iran's "Defiance" In Region

Just when the world may have thought stability could be returning to Syria after rapid Syrian Army and Russian advances over the summer, it appears we are once again on the path of an eventual major showdown between US forces and Iran inside Syria.

Washington defense officials are pointing to ways that Iran continues to "defiantly" spread its military clout beyond its borders even as its economy is in a tailspin and under possibly the most aggresive sanctions regimen in history.

A new Wall Street Journal report outlines what could be the start of a dramatic White House pivot towards escalation against Iranian and pro-Tehran forces in Syria like Hezbollah. This follows the Washington Post dropping an exclusive bombshell Thursday night based on top White House policy planning sources that President Trump has approved a plan for complete 180 policy shift in the region involving "an indefinite military and diplomatic effort in Syria".

Sep 08 10:12

Pro-Trump Protesters Gather in Washington DC to Support 'American Values'

The rally becomes an annual event, as it was held in September last year like other demonstrations in the Capitol, with hundreds of people gathering at the National Mall.

The second so-called "Mother of all Rallies" in support of US President Donald Trump and in "Defense of American values," is taking place in Washington DC on Saturday, September 8.

Supporters are marching through the National Mall, holding flags and banners in support of Donald Trump.

The US president earlier wrote in a post on Twitter that the country "has tremendous future potential."

Sep 08 09:55

US Sending 1,500 More Troops to Germany

After reports in recent months that the US was considering withdrawing its military from Germany. On Friday, however, the US announced that it will be sending an additional 1,500 troops to Germany in the next two years.

The new troops are headed to Grafenwuhr, and will include field artillery and a pair of multiple-launch rocket system battalions. Other units are being sent to Ansbach and Baumholder.

Army officials issued a statement saying the deployment proves “our continued commitment to NATO and our collective resolve to support European security.” Mostly it’s just an increase in US troops deployed to Europe.

Sep 08 09:54

OBAMA, NOT TRUMP, ACTUALLY MADE STAFF TAKE LIE DETECTOR TESTS TO STOP LEAKS

Republican Senator Rand Paul made national headlines Thursday after he suggested the Trump administration should administer lie detector tests to anyone in the White House with a security clearance in order to unearth the anonymous author of The New York Times op-ed.

The Times reported later that day that advisers to the president discussed the tests as a viable option, in addition to forcing members to sign sworn affidavits they were not the author.

But conducting lie detector tests on administration staff is not an uncommon practice. The same tactic used to subdue leaks to the media has been executed and considered by previous presidents.

The Obama administration forced some of its members to undergo lie detector tests and seized phone and email records between reporters and intelligence community members.

Sep 08 04:23

‘Deep State’: the mysterious source of Donald Trump’s paranoia

Like the “Deep State” itself, the origins of the term are shrouded in mystery
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Like the “Deep State” itself, the origins of the term are shrouded in mystery.

Some political observers see the “Deep State” as the heir to the “military-industrial complex” warned about by former president Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Some have used the phrase to refer to the military power structures behind ostensibly democratic regimes in countries such Egypt, Pakistan and Turkey.

For some, the “Deep State” is the thousands of federal government employees who soldier on through changes in administration.

“The Deep State is, in fact, a very real thing,” geopolitical analyst George Friedman wrote in The Huffington Post.

“It is, however, neither a secret nor nearly as glamorous as the concept might indicate.

“This entity is called the civil service, and it was created to limit the power of the president.”

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Sep 07 09:12

Blacks For Trump Speak Out

Sep 07 08:58

Elizabeth Warren Is First Senator To Call For 25th Amendment Removal Of Donald Trump, Tells CNN Time Has Come

Following a stunning op-ed in 'The New York Times' by a 'senior administration official' saying Donald Trump is unfit for office, the prominent senator says it's time to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Sep 07 08:37

Donald Trump confirms Star story on his secret bombshell remarks about Canada

Trump’s words caused a U.S. media firestorm. By the end of the day, Trump had confirmed the accuracy of the Star’s report, said he was fine with the leak because now Canada knows his true feelings and also complained at length that the leak was a breach of his trust.

Canada and the U.S. were not able to reach a deal by Trump’s informal deadline of Friday. The talks were scheduled to resume on Wednesday.

Trump made his controversial statements in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday. He said, “off the record,” that he is not making any compromises at all with Canada — and that he could not say this publicly because “it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal.”

Sep 07 08:31

Washington Post Reporter Implies NYT Anonymous Author Not a Significant Administration Official

Kessler cites a CNN article that contains some background on how the author was able to get his piece within the New York Times’ hands without revealing too much about himself. Here’s what Jim Dao, the op-ed editor for the Times said that gives the game away: “I feel that we followed a definition that has been used by our newsroom in the past.”

The Times has a long history of taking anonymous quotes and reports from “senior” officials. What it doesn’t have much of a history of doing is publishing articles by anonymous authors unless their lives are being put in danger. According to the Columbia Journalism Review, publishing the anti-Trump op-ed was very much unprecedented.

Sep 07 08:17

Mike Pence: ‘I Hold Jeff Sessions in the Highest Regard’

Vice President Mike Pence publicly praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions to White House reporters on Wednesday, according to a CNN tweet.

“I hold Jeff Sessions in the highest regard. I appreciate his service to the nation,” Pence reportedly said. Sessions is notably less popular with President Donald Trump himself, who personally blames him for the continuation of “The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax” investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pence just sent a message that he will preserve the status quo when he ascends to the Presidency.

Sep 07 08:16

Austrian FM Kneissl urges EU to launch dialogue with Russia, US on Syria

The European Union should launch dialogue with Russia and the US on the Syrian settlement, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said on Thursday. Talks between the top US and Russian diplomats and the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s session in New York later this month could yield progress on the Syrian issue, the Austrian Foreign Ministry quoted Kneissl as saying after talks with Mogherini in Brussels.

Sep 07 08:01

Trump: Japan Relations May Sour 'When I Tell Them How Much They Have to Pay'

Trump shared his views on international trade, eyeing Japan in particular, saying that Washington's "strong" relationship with Tokyo might "end," local media reported.

Wall Street Journal columnist and editor James Freeman said he had spoken to Trump earlier on Thursday, saying that the President “sounded very stable but unfortunately also still very focused on eliminating trade deficits with America’s trading partners.”

Freemen said that Trump called him shortly after an editor appeared on the Fox News channel, admiring Trump’s actions for US economy. Trump said that their relations with Japan are "strong" however, "that will end as soon as I tell them how much they have to pay."

Sep 07 07:58

Trump’s America tightens the leash on India in ‘2+2’

US scores major defence deals and draws India deeper into its security calculus with access to military technology, while New Delhi appears happy to hand over the reins of its neighbourhood policy for nothing much in return

Sep 07 07:55

'Not Watergate, just gossip': Pulitzer winner on Bob Woodward's new anti-Trump bombshell

The paradoxical era of anonymous anti-Trump reporting has turned once-solid journalism into a carnival of unverifiable accusations. True or not, they distract from real issues, says Pulitzer prize winning journalist Chris Hedges.
A new bombshell book about the horrors of Trump's White House is about to hit the shelves. This time it's not penned by a disgruntled former official, but the world-famous Bob Woodward – the investigative journalist who uncovered the 1970s Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon. Only this time, instead of doing solid, verifiable journalism, he is peddling damning claims by anonymous sources, says Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and author.

Sep 07 07:38

Adelson's Perfect Little Puppet Ends All Possibility of a Palestinian State

by Philip Weiss

(*he surrounds himself with his Jewish friends , and look who gives him the shaft !
not the Weiss has it wrong , of course .)

Sep 07 06:56

TRUMP OK'S INDEFINITE MILITARY PRESENCE IN SYRIA

(*as Assad pretends to be the elected President of Syria , and prepares to Gas His Own People for the fourth or fifth time !)

Sep 06 15:51

Sarah Sanders Tweets NYT Opinion Desk Phone Number to Ask About 'Gutless Loser'

"For those of you asking for the identity of the anonymous coward: The media's wild obsesssion with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump. Stop. If you want to know who this gutless loser is, call the opinion desk of the failing NYT at 212-556-1234, and ask them. They are the only ones complicit in this deceitful act. We stand united together and fully support our President Donald. J. Trump."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Rangers; SIC 'EM! 212-556-1234

Sep 06 15:22

$50,000 Reward Posted for Identity of Anonymous Op-Ed Writer

Someone identified as a “prominent Republican donor” is reportedly offering a $50,000 reward for the identity of the person who claims to be a high-ranking member of President Donald Trump’s administration who penned an anonymous Op-Ed piece for the New York Times and claimed they were working to actively protect the country from some of the president’s actions.

Sep 06 13:22

Sarah Huckabee Sanders posts New York Times phone number to urge calls on op-ed source

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out a message on Thursday urging those who want to know the identity of the “gutless coward” who wrote a scathing anonymous New York Times op-ed about President Donald Trump to call the publication’s opinion desk. Her message included the Times’ phone number.

“For those of you asking for the identity of the anonymous coward,” Sanders said, along with a note.

The message called the Times “complicit in this deceitful act.”

Sep 06 11:31

Trump Says Nike ‘Is Getting Killed’ With Kaepernick Partnership

President Trump weighed in on the controversy today on Twitter. “Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!”

Sep 06 11:11

West Wing Witch Hunt: Trump orders investigation into who's leaking in the White House in wake of Woodward book and anonymous New York Times opinion piece

President Donald Trump is ordering a real witch hunt - this one in the corridors of the West Wing in the wake of Bob Woodward's new book 'Fear' and a scandalous, anonymous op-ed on his administration appearing in the New York Times.

He is asking loyal aides to discover who leaked private White House conversations to The Washington Post reporter, CNN reported, but it it likely that will be expanded to attempt to uncover what 'senior official in the Trump administration' wrote in The Times about the efforts from within to thwart the president's 'worst inclinations.'

'Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. I would know. I am one of them,' the official wrote in The Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not see the timing of the Woodward book and the WP Op-Ed as coincidence. I have to wonder if psych war is being waged against Trump.

Sep 06 11:06

Adelson’s perfect little puppet ends all possibility of a Palestinian state

Three years ago, it looked like Sheldon Adelson was going to support Senator Marco Rubio for president, and Donald Trump tweeted a lethal assessment:

Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!

After that, of course, Trump blew Rubio away, and it was Trump who got $35 million from Adelson in the presidential race. The relationship hums along. Lately Adelson and his wife Miriam gave $55 million to Trump’s firewall against impeachment, Republican congressional campaigns.

And Trump’s shrewd assessment could not be more accurate. He is Adelson’s perfect little puppet.

Sep 06 10:42

What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza

Israel wants to change the rules of the game entirely. With unconditional support from the Trump Administration, Tel Aviv sees a golden opportunity to redefine what has, for decades, constituted the legal and political foundation for the so-called "Palestinian-Israeli conflict."

While US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has, thus far, been erratic and unpredictable, his administration’s "vision" in Israel and Palestine is systematic and unswerving. This consistency seems to be part of a larger vision aimed at liberating the "conflict" from the confines of international law and even the old US-sponsored "peace process."

Indeed, the new strategy has, so far, targeted the status of East Jerusalem as an Occupied Palestinian city, and the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees. It aims to create a new reality in which Israel achieves its strategic goals while the rights of Palestinians are limited to mere humanitarian issues.

Sep 06 10:35

Trump warns Syria not to 'recklessly attack' Idlib province

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to “recklessly attack” Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.

“The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!” Trump wrote in a tweet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder where Trump's concern for killing people was when US strikes pounded Raqqa into rubble ... causing thousands of civilian deaths.

Sep 06 10:08

Iran: US abusing UNSC to divert attention from Israeli violations of intl. law

Iran has censured US President Donald Trump’s latest decision to chair a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting against the Islamic Republic, saying such a meeting is meant to divert the world’s attention from American and Israeli violations of international law and the very same Council’s resolutions.

In a press release published on Wednesday, the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN accused the US of trying to impose its unilateral decisions on the UNSC during its presidency of the chamber this month.

Sep 06 09:43

‘Treason or fake news?’ Trump urges NYT to reveal its White House ‘resistance’ insider

Furious over an article allegedly penned by a senior official who claims to be a part of the White House resistance working against Trump, the US leader has urged the New York Times to reveal its “phony” anonymous source.

“TREASON?” Trump tweeted in response to the piece entitled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” The US leader further questioned whether the alleged “Senior Administration Official” really exists, and urged the paper to reveal its source in the name of national security.

“If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!" the president said.

Sep 06 09:07

Breaking: Pence Denies Writing NYT ‘Resistance’ Op-Ed

After my housemate and I read the op-ed, he joked to me that perhaps Mike Pence was behind the article, because he really wants to be President. While he was joking, as I turned to Twitter to see how the rest of the world was reacting, and Mike Pence was the top trending topic on Twitter.

Why? Because the speculation that he truly was behind the op-ed, and most people were dead serious. The entire case that Pence penned the op-ed is based on the fact that the op-ed writer used the phrase “lodestar” to describe the late John McCain, which is also a word that has appeared in Mike Pence’s vocabulary.

Sep 06 08:10

Here’s What We Know About the Anonymous Anti-Trump Op-Ed Writer

If you’re hearing the sound of glee in the air, it’s likely coming from whatever direction the nation’s capital lies.

Washington is full of cries of joy, as journalists try their best to sniff out who the author is of a mysterious op-ed that appeared in the New York Times, that was purportedly written by a “senior official” in the Trump Administration.

In an anonymous Op-Ed, a senior Trump administration official says he and others are working ?to frustrate the president’s “misguided impulses.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One other possibility we should consider is that the New York Times just made this up out of thin air to sew suspicion and distrust within the White House staff.

Sep 06 07:21

Trump not concerned with meeting Rouhani, says Iran in 'turmoil'

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he remained open to the possibility of talks between Washington and Tehran, but said Iran was in turmoil and struggling to survive.

“Iran is in turmoil right now. They’re in total turmoil,” Trump told reporters before a meeting with Kuwait’s emir, without offering any evidence.

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Sep 06 07:08

Fox News Report on Iran's 'Arms Smuggling' Plays Into Pentagon's Hands – Ex-Envoy

Fox News has accused an Iranian civil aviation company of smuggling arms into Lebanon, destined for the Hezbollah militant group, using "clandestine routes" said to have been uncovered by Western intelligence. Iran makes no secret of its political support for the Shia group but has vehemently denied supplying them with weapons.

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Sep 06 06:41

Ron Paul: U.S. Is Defending al-Qaeda in Idlib

Assad was supposed to be gone already. President Obama thought it would be just another “regime change” operation and perhaps Assad would end up like Saddam Hussein or Yanukovych. Or maybe even Gaddafi. But he was supposed to be gone. The US spent billions to get rid of him and even provided weapons and training to the kinds of radicals that attacked the United States on 9/11.

But with the help of his allies, Assad has nearly defeated this foreign-sponsored insurgency.

The US fought him every step of the way.>>>

Sep 06 03:37

Trump to Chair a UN Security Council Meeting on Iran; Rouhani May Be Present

“The world is watching.” That’s the message the Trump administration wants to highlight by convening a U.N. Security Council meeting this month “to address Iran’s violations of international law and the general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Tuesday.

(*RELATED: Zarif blasts Trump for seeking to hijack UNSC session to hit out at Iran )

Sep 05 12:03

WHO IS INSTIGATING HOT WAR BETWEEN NATO AND RUSSIA?

Over the past few months NATO member states have sharply increased their pressure on Russia. The Euro-Atlantic establishment is strengthening the image of Russia as a fierce enemy. It is very useful to have such a foe to justify your own reckless foreign and domestic policy.

The situation has already led to a recognizable deterioration of the relations between the two sides undermining problem-solving mechanisms, like the UN Security Council or the OPCW.

The most alarming result of these actions is a growing military escalation between NATO and Russia in the Black Sea region and in Eastern Europe overall. NATO member states have increased their airspace activity and the number of ground military exercises near Russia’s border.

Sep 05 11:36

Satire nose no bounds: Mattis didn’t avert nuclear war by grabbing Trump’s nostrils, journo confirms

In a comical reflection of the current US political climate, a sports journalist has been forced to admit that James Mattis did not, in fact, grab US President Donald Trump’s nose during a heated exchange over nuking North Korea.

Grant Brisbee, a senior baseball writer for SB Nation, tweeted what he (jokingly) claimed was an excerpt for Bob Woodward’s explosive new book, ‘Fear: Trump in the White House,’ real excerpts of which were published by the Washington Post Tuesday.

Sep 05 11:33

Trump Says He Didn't Discuss Assad's Assassination

Sep 05 08:27

DONALD TRUMP TWEET: “Statement from Secretary of Defense, James Mattis” on the FICTIONAL Woodward book about Trump

Sep 05 06:52

Herzliya terrorism conference highlights complicity of Israeli and US universities in Palestinian oppression

This fall, as students and faculty returned to their campuses across the U.S., some American professors were packing their bags for the upcoming Israeli counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya, Israel, hosted by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), a right-wing research institution and think tank at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC Herzliya).

Workshops and plenary panels include such topics as “The Nexus between Prison, Radicalization, and Terrorism,” (in cooperation with the Israeli Prison Services),” “New Battlefields/Old Laws: When Disaster Hits: Threats, Preparedness, and Legal Gap,” and the final, closed plenary session is entitled, “The Gaza Border Dilemma: Can Non-lethal Tools Prevent a Breach of the Border Fence?”

Sep 05 06:50

US ambassador: Jerusalem made Israel’s capital ‘under God’s direction’ 3,000 years ago

US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has praised President Donald Trump’s administration for putting US-Israeli relations on “more solid [ground] than ever before”, reported the Jerusalem Post.

Speaking at a pre-Rosh Hashanah reception in his Herzliya residence, Friedman singled out for praise the US decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.

“Now, the United States did not make Jerusalem the capital of Israel. That was done by King David some 3,000 years ago under God’s direction,” Friedman declared.

But, he added, “it feels awfully good” that “the most powerful and moral nation on earth has made this important recognition of the primacy of Jerusalem to the State of Israel and the Jewish People.”

Sep 05 06:44

Kushner’s Ongoing Assault on Palestinian Refugees

The US administration is waging an assault against Palestinian refugees. Diplomatic, legal, and financial measures – mainly engineered by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner – aim to take the Palestinian refugee question “off the table” and thus crush Palestinian claims to repatriation and reparations before the unveiling of the “Deal of the Century.” The administration’s approach is two-pronged, using financial restrictions as well as diplomatic and Congressional pressure.

Since December 2017, Kushner has been attempting to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), whose purpose is to provide food, health care, education, and other vital services to 5.3 million Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes during the Nakba in 1947-48.

Sep 05 06:30

Trump 'wanted Bashar al-Assad killed' after chemical attack

US President Donald Trump wanted to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed after the Syrian government reportedly carried out a chemical attack in April 2017, a new book by renowned journalist Bob Woodward alleges.

The attack, which was widely blamed on forces loyal to the Syrian government, was carried out on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing more than 80 people.

According to the book Fear: Trump in the White House, by Woodward, Trump wanted the US military to go into Syria and assassinate al-Assad.

"Let's f*****g kill him! Let's go in. Let's kill the f*****g lot of them," Trump said according to Woodward's book.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the Pentagon would "get right on it" after Trump made his request, according to Woodward, but after getting off the phone with Trump, Mattis made it clear to his staff that they were not going to follow through with Trump's plan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Woodward is riding on his Watergate reputation here. If he isn't questioning just who did the supposed chemical attack, then he is not being the investigative journalist he once was.

Sep 05 06:26

Haley Advises Readers of Woodward’s Trump Book to ‘Take it With a Grain of Salt’

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley was invited by a CNN correspondent Tuesday to comment on the harsh criticism of President Trump in a new Bob Woodward book – and advised him and readers to “take it with a grain of salt.”

Sep 05 05:06

United States to Drastically Expand Military Assistance to Ukraine

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 allocated $250m in military assistance to Ukraine, including lethal arms.

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Sep 04 14:33

US cuts to UNRWA point to the dark future being readied for the Palestinians

Jonathan Cook argues that Israel and the US are close to their goal of transforming a political conflict governed by international law that favours the Palestinians into an economic problem overseen by an array of donors that favours Israel. >>

Sep 04 13:48

US, Turkey Agree Syrian 'Any' Offensive in Idlib 'Unacceptable' - US State Dept

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Tuesday over the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, about the situation in Idlib, Syria.

The statement on the call, attributable to State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, takes a stronger position against than the one taken by US President Donald Trump the day prior.

"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!"

Now, it appears that the State Department and the White House aren't exactly on the same page. While Trump cautioned against a "reckless attack," the State Department, in conjunction with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, is calling "any Assad military offensive" in Idlib "unacceptable."

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