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Oct 16 07:12

Spectre of civil war looms over Iraq

It’s the most dangerous of brinkmanship and the stakes could not be higher. While not yet making the headlines it deserves, late Friday night after eleventh-hour negotiations between Kurdish and Iraqi government officials, Iraq seemed to step back from the brink of civil war - for now.

“Had the Iraqi forces kept moving for another 15 minutes, they would have hit the first red line, you could say, and would have been fired upon”>>>
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The analyst was describing how Kurdish and Iraqi government forces after rushing troops and armour to the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, found themselves squaring off on Friday, sending political jitters across the region and beyond.

“We can’t turn on each other right now. We don’t want this to go to a shooting situation,” insisted US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

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Oct 16 06:38

How Netanyahu Pulls Trump’s Strings

It turns out that Hillary Clinton was partly correct: President Trump is a “puppet,” but his puppet master isn’t Russian President Putin but Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

In the final presidential debate of 2016, Hillary Clinton famously called Donald Trump the “puppet” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But what’s increasingly clear is that Trump has a more typical puppet master for a U.S. politician – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Since Sept. 18, when the two men met in New York around the United Nations General Assembly, Netanyahu has been pulling Trump’s strings on almost every foreign policy issue. Arguably, the puppet/puppeteer relationship began much earlier, but I’ve been told that Trump bridled early on at Netanyahu’s control and even showed a few signs of rebellion.

Oct 16 06:33

Paul Craig Roberts: The Unraveling of American/Russian Relations

Dear Readers: I agree that the official Las Vegas story seems to be unraveling. A public mass shooting should be transparent, not opaque. I think we explored the story long enough to discover that without knowing the facts, we cannot arrive at an explanation with confidence.

It is time to move on to another unraveling—that of US/Russian relations.>>>

Oct 16 06:08

Iran: We Will Stick to Nuclear Deal if Europe Does

"The resistance of the Europeans (against the US) will show whether the nuclear agreement can be carried forward or not"

Oct 16 05:42

Trump's Iran Plan Faces Resistance in Congress

With the entire international community having ruled out negotiating a new P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran including the terms President Trump wants, the administration’s strategy has focused on trying to get the US Congress to impose the changes within US participation in the deal.

This includes expanding US threats of “snap back” sanctions into myriad behaviors totally unrelated to the nuclear deal. No one else would respect these US demands, but it would give President Trump some claim of Congressional support for imposing sanctions in violation of the pact.

It’s not clear President Trump will be able to push this through Congress however, especially in the Senate,where trying to get 60 votes is going to involve courting Democrats. There weren’t a lot of Senate Democrats >>>
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It’s not clear that Republicans in Congress are as uniformly against the deal as they were in 2015 either.>>>

Oct 16 05:02

New Iran Sanctions Could Send Oil Prices Higher

Oil prices are bound to remain low over the next couple of years, but two potential events could send them either higher than today’s levels or sinking into the $30s — new U.S. sanctions on Iran or OPEC failing to extend the production cut deal beyond March 2018>>>

Oct 15 15:53

Supreme Court Tosses One Of Two Travel Ban Challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump’s previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations countries that has now expired.

Oct 15 10:34

Telcos "selling realtime ability to associate web browsing with name & address"

Telcos provide API access to your phone's location, along with your name and address, writes Philip Neutstrom. With two links, to danalinc.com and payfone.com, he shows that these sites can access this data when your phone connects. The pages are demos for the API and serve some of the data provided back to the visitor.

Oct 15 09:05

Is Trump’s “Friend” Kissinger Steering Him From Calm To Storm?

Kissinger’s timely guidance to the President during “the calm before the storm” should give the American public considerable cause for concern.

Tuesday’s meeting was not the first occasion Trump has met with Kissinger since becoming a fixture in American politics. The pair’s first meeting after Trump’s rise to political prominence took place in May of 2016.

Oct 15 07:24

Two Cents on the Decertification of the Iran Deal

President Trump had a good day on Friday. First there was the end of illegal “cost-sharing reduction” payments (subsidies) to insurers under ObamaCare — a laudable end to a totally extraconstitutional executive action by Obama. Hooray! Then Trump went even further and decertified the Iran deal. Double hooray!

Now. Let’s take a second and talk about the Iran deal. I for one have become sick of partisan knee-jerk reactions to every policy issue under the sun. So let’s avoid that sort of thing, and ask ourselves: why is the Iran deal bad, after all? Is it because Obama did it therefore it’s bad? Is it because Tougher Is Always Better in every situation, no matter what?

No and no. There are actual reasons >>>

(*#101 It actually would have been terrible had Hillary Clinton decertified the deal , herself !)

Oct 15 02:29

Saudi King Salman Welcomes US Strategy Toward Iran

Saudi Arabia praises the hardline policy of Donald Trump toward Iran as relations between Tehran and Riyadh have been strained for a long time. The Sunni-led kingdom considers Shia Iran to be its main rival in the Middle East.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Saudi King Salman bin Adulaziz Al Saud held a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump and welcomed Washington’s policy toward Tehran, praising the role of the US administration, local media reported Sunday.

According to the channel Al Arabiya, King Salman also noted that the US administration recognizes the challenges and threats coming from Iran>>>

Oct 15 02:13

'We've buried many like Trump'

'We've buried many like Trump': Iranian general warns Tehran knows how to 'fight against US'
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"We are not a war-mongering country. But any military action against Iran will be regretted...Trump's threats against Iran will damage America...we have buried many...like Trump and know how to fight against America">>>

Oct 15 01:53

‘Stop this drift toward war’

‘Stop this drift toward war’: Outrage & praise from US lawmakers for Trump on Iran deal

US lawmakers jumped at the chance to give their opinions about President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal. Some were delighted with Trump’s stance on the deal, while others see the decision as the first step to war with Iran.

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Oct 14 21:49

Trump goes full shabbos-goy – The Saker

For 10 years I have considered that my prediction of a US attack on Iran was the biggest analytical failure in my career. I now hope and pray that it will remain so...

At the risk of deepening what still might be my mistaken prognosis of 2007 I will say that yes, the USA will probably attack Iran. Since there is exactly ZERO chance of Iran caving in to the latest US-Israeli threats, not attacking Iran will now represent a major loss of face and humiliation for Trump and his Neocon masters. So the USA will go to war yet again, not for any rational reason, but solely because Bibi Netanyahu “owns” Trump and Israel “own” the USA.

Oct 14 12:49

Scott Adams: Low Public Approval of President Trump Yet Unusually High Consumer Confidence. Hmmm…

How did we get to a place where The President of the United States has historically low approval at the same time we have recent highs for consumer confidence?

Oct 14 12:24

Majority of Republicans Support Preemptive Strike on North Korea, Déjà Vu Edition

By Eric Blair

After just a few short months of being propagandized, a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University revealed that a majority of Republicans (46% to 41%) now support a preemptive strike on North Korea...

Oct 14 10:07

Trump Decertifies

Trump Decertifies
by The Editors of THE NATIONAL REVIEW

Trump is decertifying the Iran deal, and gave a tough-minded speech announcing his decision.

We have opposed the Iran deal from the beginning. Building on the North Korean model of negotiations, Tehran engaged in a years-long dialogue with the West over the question of whether it would have a nuclear program, all the while developing its nuclear program. The upshot of the agreement was that we accepted Iran’s becoming a threshold nuclear power and showered it with sanctions relief — including, literally, a plane-full of cash — for the privilege.

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(*and oddly enough , they've been AGAINST TRUMP http://www.nationalmemo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-01-21-nati... from the beginning , as well)

Oct 14 09:16

The Real Danger of Refusing to Certify the Iran Deal

Scuttling the nuclear deal leaves America with less leverage than it had when it negotiated the JCPOA in the first place.

President Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and dangerous. By all accounts—including that of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), America’s European allies, the U.S. intelligence community and Trump’s national security team—Iran has complied with the restrictive terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and significantly rolled back its nuclear program, while subjecting itself to the most intrusive inspections regime in the world.
Undermining a successful nonproliferation agreement in this way isolates America, sows doubt about its credibility and trustworthiness, signals to other rogue regimes, like North Korea, the imperative of a nuclear deterrent, and worst of all, needlessly puts the United States and Iran back on the road to confrontation.

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Oct 14 08:40

Russia Says Trump's Iran Deal Actions Are 'Doomed to Fail'

(*ASTONISHING: There's always somebody somewhere , ready to rain on Trump's parade !)

Oct 14 08:28

‘Iran deal not a bargaining chip’: Trump proved US can break agreements at any time, Moscow says

Trump's toadying for Israel has just ended what little credibility DC had left. The slide into oblivion for dc has begun.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Donald Trump’s refusal to adhere to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that the move poses a threat to international security and nuclear non-proliferation, and exposes the US as an unreliable partner.

Oct 14 08:28

‘Iran deal not a bargaining chip’: Trump proved US can break agreements at any time, Moscow says

Trump's toadying for Israel has just ended what little credibility DC had left. The slide into oblivion for dc has begun.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Donald Trump’s refusal to adhere to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that the move poses a threat to international security and nuclear non-proliferation, and exposes the US as an unreliable partner.

Oct 14 07:52

Saudi Arabia Welcomes New US Strategy Toward Iran

Saudi Arabia welcomed the new U.S. policy toward Iran and said lifting sanctions had allowed Iran to develop its ballistic missile program and step up its support for militant groups, state news agency SPA reported on Friday.

The kingdom said Iran took advantage of additional financial revenues to support for the Lebanese Shi‘ite movement Hezbollah and the Houthi group in Yemen

Oct 14 07:29

UAE Says Fully Supports New US Policy Against Iran

“The UAE announces its full support to the new U.S. strategy to deal with the Iranian policies undermining security and stability,” WAM said on its twitter account.

Bahrain has also announced it welcomed the shift in U.S. policy on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East

Oct 14 07:24

Netanyahu Congratulates Trump for 'Courageous Decision' to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal

Netanyahu says Trump has created an 'opportunity to fix this bad deal, to roll back Iran's aggression and to confront its criminal support of terrorism'
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"That's why Israel embraces this opportunity"

Oct 14 07:11

US to Maintain Cuba, Venezuela Sanctions Until Freedoms Restored: Trump

(*THE GENIOUS OF TRUMP: Who knew The Restoration of Freedom was easier to accomplish With Sanctions In Place ?)

Oct 14 06:55

Pentagon Reviews Plans, Seeking Ways to Confront Iran

According to Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, the US military has begun a review o the “full breadth” of their activities in the Middle East, including troop positioning and cooperation, looking for ways to target Iran.

The comments came after President Trump’s Iran speech, in which he laid out a much more confrontational approach toward the country, and Pentagon officials couched their position as one of supporting the president’s plans.

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(*I thought it smelled fishy when they were saying The Generals were Opposed to The President decertifying The Iran Deal . This is more like it !
ALSO: Decertification happened only yesterday , and the Pentagon is already seated around The War Table . I'm always amazed by how quickly The Government can get some things done .)

Oct 14 04:43

Oscar-Winning Producer Harvey Weinstein at Algemeiner Gala: ‘I Am Israeli in My Heart and Mind’

Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein expressed his deep love and appreciation for the Jewish state on Monday, saying, “I am an Israeli in my heart and mind.”
Speaking on the red carpet at The Algemeiner‘s fourth annual gala in New York City, Weinstein emphasized, “I love that country, I love what it stands for, I am proud to be Jewish.”

Oct 13 23:31

WHY FRIDAY THE 13TH BECAME UNLUCKY – LEST WE FORGET (with related hilarious nsfw video)

...It was generally agreed that the charges were false, but...King Philip, who was already deeply in debt to the Templars from his war with the English, decided to seize upon the rumours ...as a way of freeing himself from his debts. At dawn on Friday, 13 October 1307 ...King Philip IV ordered de Molay and scores of other French Templars to be simultaneously arrested....Claims were made that... Templar ...recruits were forced to spit on the Cross, deny Christ, and engage in indecent kissing ...the order was said to have encouraged homosexual practices. The Templars were charged with numerous other offences such as financial corruption, fraud, and secrecy.

Some speculations regarding the accusations of homosexuality in addition to heresy: this was no doubt to seal their fate, since EVERY Catholic Priest knows intimately just how wrong these are...

To which this is the appropriate reponse, for the role the Church had in the murder of the Templars:

Oct 13 19:23

Dispatch From The Front Lines Of Puerto Rico In A Post-Maria World

Salinas, Puerto Rico—My husband Roland wakes me up to the tune of “no water today.” I suspected as much when I noticed the low water pressure during my nighttime visit to the bathroom. I guess the electric generator that was powering the water pump ran out of diesel or gas or maybe it malfunctioned. It’s been on for the past two weeks and presumably they’re supposed to be used only for emergencies. Yesterday, Dr. Gerson Jiménez, the medical director at Guayama’s hospital (the only hospital still operating in the municipality of 45,000 people and serves as a regional medical facility), said he’s afraid his generators will malfunction any day now because they’re only meant to operate for 72 hours at a time.

Oct 13 18:12

From Tex Mex to Mex Tech: A Study of Northern Inattention

In America two narratives about Mexico dominate. First, chiefly emanating from anti-immigrant ideologues who usually have never been here, holds that Mexicans have low IQs and cannot function at other than a primitive level. Breitbart News and something called Vdare are chief among these. They don’t quite expect to find all Mexicans either robbing banks or sleeping at the foot of cactuses win big hats and a burro, but they come close.

Oct 13 13:44

Mandalay Bay Owner: ‘What’s Being Expressed (By Police) May Not Be Accurate’

The owners of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino are questioning Las Vegas police’s version of events, after law enforcement accounts of how a deadly mass shooting played out changed dramatically Monday.

An MGM Resorts International spokeswoman divulged on Tuesday the company isn’t confident in the story being conveyed to the public, stating “what is currently being expressed may not be accurate.”

Oct 13 12:28

Catalonia: What’s Next? – Justin Raimondo

Spain’s repression has failed.

While the elites are pushing an agenda of centralization, and concentrated power, the worldwide trend is actually going in the opposite direction, toward decentralization and self-determination.

At a time when supra-national bureaucracies and globalist initiatives are being foisted on ordinary people, the Catalan people are rising up and taking their destiny into their own hands.

Oct 13 11:59

Our Protected, Predatory Oligarchy

The revelations coming to light about Hollywood Oligarch Harvey Weinstein perfectly capture the true nature of our status quo: a rotten-to-the-core, predatory, exploitive oligarchy of dirty secrets and dirty lies protected by an army of self-serving sycophants, servile toadies on the make and well-paid legal mercenaries. Predators aren’t an aberration of the Establishment; they are the perfection of the Establishment, which protects abusive, exploitive predator-oligarchs lest the feudal injustices of life in America be revealed for all to see.

Oct 13 10:55

Curtain Down On Las Vegas Shooting – Paul Craig Roberts

Why are there so many uncertainties about an event that should be transparent?

As several of you noted, it could be a case where some people were shot from somewhere and fake elements were added to blow the scene into a massacre for use in behalf of some agenda or the other.

Oct 13 08:42

Israeli defense experts warn against dropping Iran nuke deal

JERUSALEM — If President Donald Trump moves to scuttle the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Israel’s nationalist government can be expected to be the loudest — and perhaps only — major player to applaud.

But the true picture is more complicated than what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might portray: There is a strong sense among his own security establishment that there are few good alternatives, that the deal has benefited Israel, and that U.S. credibility could be squandered in the turbulent Middle East in ways that could harm Israel itself.

Oct 13 07:49

Exclusive: The Democrat's IT Scandal Started With This Big Oversight

None of the six officially vetted IT firms that do work for congressional offices employed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-FL) now indicted IT aide, Imran Awan. This is odd, as congressional offices are given a pre-approved list of tech firms to work with for IT support.

Oct 13 07:47

A Legion of Devils

Many of us have read about the horrendous things William Tecumseh Sherman did as he and his “bummers” marched through Georgia, things a lot of us would rather not have read about.

Oct 13 07:23

Julian Assange on Roger Stone & Accusations About WikiLeaks and Trump Campaign Ties to Russia

Microsoft has joined Facebook in saying it is investigating whether Russian operatives paid for “inappropriate” pro-Trump ads on its Bing search engine and other platforms. Social media giant Facebook has said a Russian company placed thousands of ads on their network at a cost of more than $100,000, including some that targeted states crucial to Trump’s victory.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has blasted Wikileaks as a hostile intelligence service that is often abetted by state actors like Russia, and Trump adviser Roger Stone declined to confirm to the House Intelligence Committee that he was directly in contact with WikiLeaks about damaging information on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

We get response from Julian Assange, the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

Oct 13 07:19

Where’s the Beef? The Senate Intel Committee and Russia

The basic claim of Russia meddling that has yet to be proved.

Burr’s statement is an example of “confirmation bias” which is the tendency to interpret information in a way that confirms one’s own preexisting beliefs. In this case, Burr and his co-chair, Senator Mark Warner have already accepted the findings of a hastily slapped-together Intelligence report that was the work of “hand-picked” analysts who were likely chosen to produce conclusions that jibed with a particular political agenda. In other words, the intelligence was fixed to fit the policy.

Oct 13 07:02

Judicial Watch: Court Overrules Trump Administration Objections & Will Review State Department Clinton-Petraeus Emails

Judicial Watch today announced that a federal judge will personally review, in camera, unredacted copies of emails between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and General David Petraeus. In taking these steps, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the Trump State Department’s argument that information regarding a potential personnel appointment is protected by a claim of personal privacy. This is the third federal court that has turned aside Trump administration efforts to defend Hillary Clinton’s email and related information from further review.

Oct 13 07:00

Did Bannon Just Take Down Harvey Weinstein?

Weinstein, in effect, was perfectly suited for his role. He is a man of infinite appetites with poor impulse control. A pathetic loser with power over hot, young women desperate for fame.

And these women made the trade willingly. “Small price to pay, right?” Wrong.

Look at the women most opposed to Trump, the Ashley Judds, the Gwynneth Paltrows. They were all used by Weinstein or someone like him. More will come out every day.

Oct 13 06:58

'To HELL with the will of the people!' Rachel Johnson launches savage attack on Brexiteers

STAUNCH Remainer Rachel Johnson launched a scathing attack on pro-Brexit Britons, calling on the Government to ignore the "will of the people".

Oct 13 06:57

Washington pharmacist claims members of Congress have Alzheimer’s disease

A pharmacist who fills prescriptions for some members of Congress told reporters that a few suffer from “pretty serious health problems,” including Alzheimer’s disease. He added that certain lawmakers “might not even remember what happened yesterday.”

Mike Kim, the owner of Grubb's Pharmacy, told STAT News on Wednesday that he has prepared medication for members of Congress to treat conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

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That would explain a lot!

Oct 13 06:57

Weinstein scandal: What it tells us about celebs, politics & Hollywood

Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal isn’t only an indictment of his twisted soul, but of America’s as well.

The story of Weinstein, the uber-powerful film producer, co-founder of Miramax Films and major donor to Democratic politicians, who got fired from his job as co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company after the New York Times ran an article exposing his serial sexual harassment of female employees, is such a perfect storm of corruption, depravity and hypocrisy that it exquisitely encapsulates the moral decay of America.

The New York Times piece revealed that Weinstein has settled at least eight different sexual harassment lawsuits over the years. The article was just the tip of a really grotesque iceberg, for in its wake a plethora of other claims has surfaced.

Oct 13 06:54

Trump puts Israel first with UNESCO withdrawal

Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy was on full display Thursday when the State Department announced that the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO over the United Nations cultural body’s supposed “anti-Israel bias.”

Under President Barack Obama, the US had already cut funding to the agency because of a US law that restricts support to UN bodies that recognize Palestine as a state.

UNESCO head Irina Bokova expressed regret at the US decision.

Oct 12 20:15

Tougher Penalties For Suspects Even ‘Slightly Involved’ In Terrorism Plots

New, tougher sentences have been proposed to deal with “less sophisticated” yet “equally dangerous” terror plots.

The Sentencing Council, which draws up penalty guidelines for England and Wales, issued the first draft of sentences for terrorism-related offences ever handed to a court.

Oct 12 15:59

DNC Only 'Donating' 10% Of Weinstein's Total Contributions, Giving It To Other Dems

The Democratic National Committee is only "donating" $30,000 out of a total $300,000 given to them by accused serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, and they're merely going to funnel the money to other Democratic activists groups, rather than charities for victims of sexual abuse.

Oct 12 15:17

Trump Signs Executive Order On Healthcare

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines, aimed at creating more choice on the marketplace and reining in the rising insurance premiums.

The new executive order will increase competition, choice and access to healthcare for millions of Americans, while costing the US government “virtually nothing,” Trump said.

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