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Nov 30 06:52

Trump Touts Billions of Dollars ‘Pouring Into US Coffers’ from China Tariffs Ahead of Meeting with Xi

"Billions of Dollars are pouring into the coffers of the U.S.A. because of the Tariffs being charged to China, and there is a long way to go," he wrote on Twitter, The Hill reported.

"If companies don’t want to pay Tariffs, build in the U.S.A. Otherwise, lets just make our Country richer than ever before!" Trump added.
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China and the US have exchanged billions in tit-for-tat tariffs over recent months, keeping the world markets on edge.

Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday expressedhope that a "breakthrough" could be made by the two leaders.

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lets just make our Country richer than ever before!

(*and Stop Side-Stepping Paying Off That 'As Big As China' U.S. Economic Deficit !)

Nov 30 05:30

CNN yields to Trump foreign policy & fires contributor who called for 'free Palestine'

CNN fires contributor Marc Lamont Hill for criticising Israel
Hill was accused of anti-Semitism after he called for 'free Palestine from the river to the sea' at UN meeting.
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CNN's decision contributes to the chilling effect on freedom of expression ... where speaking honestly about Israel's abuse of Palestinians could result in shunning, and even firing

Nov 29 15:20

Putin, Trump will meet at G20 summit as planned: Kremlin

Nov 29 12:06

Neocons ‘Taking Over The White House': WSJ's Kissel Joins Trump Administration

The decision by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to give former Wall Street Journal editorial writer Mary Kissel a senior position at the department, despite her previous clashes with US President Donald Trump, shows that neoconservatives are moving in on the administration, investigative reporter Dave Lindorff told Sputnik.

Nov 29 12:00

White House preventing Haspel from briefing Senate on Khashoggi's death

The White House is reportedly preventing CIA Director Gina Haspel from briefing the Senate on the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that senators had been told Haspel would not take part in Wednesday's all-Senate classified briefing where Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis will also be present.

This contradicts indications that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are interested in hearing directly from her on the CIA's assessment of Khashoggi's killing in October.

"We were told that she would not be attending the briefing for members of Congress," Durbin said.

Nov 29 10:41

How the US Creates ‘Sh*thole’ Countries

A new collection of essays, edited by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, clearly shows that it is the U.S. that is largely responsible for the poverty and suffering in these very nations.

“While mouthing freedom, democracy, and liberty, the United States has denied these very aspirations to others.”

Nov 29 10:31

Donald Trump CANCELS Vladimir Putin meeting as Russia tensions SKY-ROCKET

The pair had been expected to meet on the sidelines of this week’s G20 summit in Argentina. But as Air Force One was departing for Buenos Aires, the US leader tweeted he was calling off the planned talks because of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine.

Nov 29 10:20

ANGLO 5CRIMEAUnder Pressure: Trump Cancels Upcoming Putin Meeting But Refuses To Blame Russia For Kerch Strait Incident

He made this decision after reading the report on the incident in the Kerch Strait. According to him, the main reason for the incident was the fact that ships and sailors did not return to Ukraine. Trump was criticized by both Neocon Republicans and Clinton Democrats alike, for failing to ‘condemn’ Russia.

“I look forward to a meaningful summit again as soon as the situation is resolved!” – Trump wrote on Twitter .

The Russians, for their part, have also made an official statement. RIA reports that the spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that the Kremlin has no official information about canceling the meeting.

At the same time, he noted that if the United States confirms the refusal, then Putin will have a couple extra hours to meet on the sidelines of the summit.

Nov 29 09:43

Trump Cancels Meeting With Putin After Being Briefed on Kerch Strait Case

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would make a final decision on whether to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina after he receives a full report on the Kerch Strait incident.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he decided to cancel a scheduled meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!" Trump said in a Twitter message.

Nov 29 09:21

Washington confirms Putin-Trump tete-a-tete meeting at G20 – Kremlin

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will have a brief tete-a-tete conversation followed by an hour-long extended meeting at the G20 summit in Argentina, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The meeting is scheduled for December 1, on the second and the last day of the summit which is due to take place in Buenos Aires.

“At first there will be a brief conversation, as we expect, between the two presidents, and then the Russian-US talks, which may last about an hour,” Peskov explained to journalists. Washington has already confirmed the talks, he added.

Nov 29 06:20

German Finance Ministry unaware that getting gold back from US is ‘becoming a hot topic’

For decades, the Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank and custodian of the country’s gold, has been storing over 1,200 tons of the precious metal worth nearly €50 billion in the New York vaults of the US Federal Reserve.
After a public outcry in Germany in 2013, authorities started the repatriation program, aimed at returning the country’s gold reserves, which have been stored outside of the country since the Cold War. Berlin intended to get at least half of the country’s gold from the US and France by 2020. The government had initially planned to complete the program within a five-year period, but the US Federal Reserve renegotiated the process to a seven-year timeline.

Nov 29 05:39

Lobbyists have paid five of the Senators who shot down Yemen bill

Roy Blunt, who voted against limiting the US' role in the Yemen war, received $19,200 from pro-Saudi lobbyists in 2017.

At least five of the 37 Republican Senators who voted against advancing a resolution limiting the United States' involvement in the war in Yemen have received campaign contributions from pro-Saudi lobbying groups.

Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Richard Burr, Mike Crapo and Tim Scott all received financial contributions from firms representing Saudi interests between 2016 and 2017, according to a recent investigation by the Centre for International Policy (CIP).

All five Republicans voted on Wednesday against advancing the resolution, which, if passed, would force the US to limit its support for the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen.

The Trump administration has threatened to veto the resolution if it passes.

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Nov 29 05:10

Mass Layoffs Were So Much Easier To Explain When Fox Business Could Blame Obama

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Payne said, "And again, it's not like they're in dire straits. Now, they're trying to get ahead of things, they want a big fat cash flow. But this is why, I think, capitalism
in and of itself is in a lot of trouble in the country. Because, you know, these companies keep posting record earnings and they keep firing people. They keep posting record earnings and they keep buying back billions of dollars of their own stock. This is what happened after the Trump tax cuts were passed. The workers didn't see the corporate cash, the shareholders did

Charles continued; "The American public is going to get hip to this and my fear is that they're going to end up electing, not a democratic socialist, just a straight-up socialist because of these kind of shenanigans. They should have seen this coming a long time ago.

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Nov 28 16:32

Trump Says Manafort Pardon ‘Not Off the Table’ After Plea Deal Dies

President Donald Trump said he won’t rule out a presidential pardon for Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman turned convicted felon and reluctant cooperator in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.

The possibility of a pardon is “not off the table,” Trump said in an interview with the New York Post published Wednesday, adding that it hasn’t been specifically discussed. “Why would I take it off the table?”

Trump and his lawyers have previously declined to comment on whether he’d consider pardoning Manafort, who pleaded guilty in September and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation. The seeming shift in tone comes after Mueller said in a court filing on Monday that the cooperation deal was void after Manafort repeatedly lied to authorities.

Nov 28 14:53

Donald Trump Open to the Possibility of Pardoning Paul Manafort

President Donald Trump indicated in an interview with the New York Post that he’s open to the possibility of pardoning Paul Manafort, his former presidential campaign manager.

Manafort, of course, is serving out his jail sentence after being found guilty on multiple financial crimes. He reached a plea deal earlier this year with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Nov 28 13:59

Trump Said He Never Did Business in Saudi Arabia. That’s Not Quite True.

In an interview with the Washington Post published on Tuesday, President Donald Trump insisted he has never done business with Saudi Arabians—nor has he ever intended to, he said. But that’s not true. Beyond the myriad individual business deals Trump has done with Saudi Arabians—including the government of the Kingdom, members of the royal family, and wealthy Saudi businessmen—Trump actively pursued the opening of a Trump-branded hotel in Saudi Arabia as recently as 2015, while in the middle of running his presidential campaign.

Here’s Trump’s full quote from the Post interview:

“And, by the way, never did business with them, never intend to do business with them. I couldn’t care less. This is a very important job that I’m doing right now. The last thing I care about is doing business with people. I only do business for us. Somebody said, well, maybe they’re an investor in one of his jobs. The answer is no.”

Nov 28 12:33

Trump: US troops will stay in Middle East to protect Israel

US President Donald Trump has admitted that the US only keeps its troops in the Middle East to protect Israel.

In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, Trump explained that he would not withdraw US troops from the region because of the need to support Israel, despite the fact that other US concerns such as oil were no longer sufficient reason to remain. Trump told the Post:

Now, are we going to stay in that part of the world [the Middle East]? One reason to is Israel. Oil is becoming less and less of a reason because we’re producing more oil now than we’ve ever produced. So, you know, all of a sudden it gets to a point where you don’t have to stay there.

Nov 28 12:27

White House blocks CIA chief from Senate briefing on Saudi Arabia: Report

The White House has prohibited CIA Director Gina Haspel from appearing before the United States Senate to brief the lawmakers on journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper, citing unidentified officials, said a classified US Senate briefing on Wednesday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis on US relations with Saudi Arabia would not include Haspel.

The exclusion of Haspel is uncommon and signals an ongoing rift between US President Donald Trump and his country's intelligence officials over the Khashoggi murder.

The CIA concluded earlier this month that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the country’s de-facto ruler – ordered the Saudi journalist's killing, but Trump has repeatedly cast doubts over that assessment.

Nov 28 11:56

Why Britain Doesn’t Want Trump to Declassify Obamagate Docs

FISA declassification will assure all the actors who tried to harm America are finally exposed,” George Papadopoulos wrote on Twitter last week. “Alexander Downer, the Australian government, UK, and GCHQ (British intelligence). If FISA is not declassified, these foreign governments will try to interfere again in 2020 to hurt Trump and the movement.”

Meanwhile, the British spies who tripped up Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Michael Flynn, and others are demanding that Trump stop the release of any Obamagate docs. “UK spy chiefs in fight to stop Trump exposing their sources,” ran the headline on a Sydney Morning Herald story last week.

“MI6 chiefs are secretly battling Donald Trump to stop him publishing classified information linked to the Russian election meddling investigation,” according to the story. “The UK is warning he will undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers.”

Nov 28 11:40

EXCLUSIVE: 'If the shoe were on the other foot, it would be treason.' Trump rips into Obama's administration for 'spying' on his campaign, telling Corey Lewandowski in AUDIO RECORDING the former President knew about surveillance

President Trump told Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie in an audio recording obtained by DailyMail.com: 'If the shoe were on the other foot, and the same thing happened to him, it would be treason'

The president said he believes Obama knew the then-CIA chief and director of national intelligence were spying on members of his campaign

The President sat down with Lewandowski and Bossie for their new book, Trump's Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency

The authors claim to have documents on the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation on meetings between the FBI and top Executive Branch members

They write: 'In most cases, the names of all individuals who attended these meetings are listed and unredacted, with the exception of one'

'We have sources who have informed us this redacted name is Obama. If correct, it would mean Obama had direct knowledge of the surveillance on Trump'

Nov 28 11:30

Laura Ingraham: Four reasons why we need a strong, smart, permanent attorney general. Now

Remember when President Trump said this about Attorney General Jeff Sessions? “By putting [an] attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department -- Jeff Sessions -- never took control of the Justice Department and it's sort of an incredible thing. I'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons and you understand that.”

Well, it happens in relationships. The president and Jeff Sessions started off strong. They were tight. But then they basically ended up hating each other.

Well, it's been three weeks since Trump canned Sessions and we haven't heard much about him filling the critical position of the attorney general since then.

Nov 28 06:09

Moscow Not ‘Abandoning’ Greenback, Its Dollar That’s ‘Abandoning’ Russia

Moscow is not setting the target of abandoning the dollar, President Vladimir Putin said at the VTB Capital Investment Forum "Russia Calling!" on Wednesday, adding that the US currency is itself losing its assets.

"We are not setting the target of moving away from the dollar - the dollar is moving away from us, and those who take respective (sanctions) decisions are shooting themselves not even in the foot, but slightly higher, as such instability in calculations in dollars creates a desire of many global economies to find alternative reserve currencies and create settlement systems independent of the dollar," he stated, TASS reported.

Putin has called on the United States to abandon the policy of unilateral sanctions and seek common ground.

"What advice can be offered here?...>>> "

Nov 28 05:29

Trump Admin Mum on Syria “Rebel” Chemical Attack in Aleppo

On Saturday evening, a barrage of mortars filled with chemical weapons was launched into Syrian government-controlled territory in the Aleppo province by “rebels” linked to al Qaeda in the nearby Idlib province.

The attack – which was confirmed by both pro-government and pro-opposition sources – left over 100 civilians hospitalized after the gas released by the mortars caused “difficulty breathing, eye inflammation, shivering and fainting,” according to the head of the Aleppo Doctors Syndicate, Zaher Batal, as cited by Reuters. Batal and other Aleppo doctors suspect that chlorine gas was the substance responsible for the symptoms of those affected.

Despite the fact that chemical weapons were used by al Qaeda-linked militants in Idlib, the U.S. government and its allies have thus far been silent about the recent attack, even though the incident was covered by mainstream Western outlets such as CNN and Reuters. Instead, the U.S. announced a UN Security Council meeting — not to denounce the chemical-weapons attacks launched against civilians by an internationally recognized terror group but to address the recent hostilities between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea.

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(*No Brainer: CNN & Reuters made the whole thing up , to continue the world renouned tradition of MADE IN THE U.S.A. Fake NEWS )

Lavrov: Washington doesn’t seek objective investigation on use of chemical weapons in Syria

Nov 28 04:59

Russia Is Disadvantaged by Her Belief that the West Is Governed by Law

Paul Craig Roberts
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By trusting that there is a rule of law in the West, the Russian government is digging Russia’s grave while it allows Washington’s Ukrainian Nazis to murder Russian people. The Russian government is discrediting itself by trusting US vassals, such as Germany, to enforce the Minsk agreement and, despite all evidence to the contrary, believing that there is a rule of law in the West. Russia continues, year after year, to appeal to this non-existent entity called the Western Rule of Law.

This policy reassures the Zionist Neoconservatives who rule Washington’s foreign policy that Russia is incapable of defending its interests

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Nov 27 06:15

General Motors is laying off thousands & closing two plants

According to GM, tariffs on imported steel—which were imposed by the Trump Administration earlier this year—have cost the company $1 billion.

General Motors has made an announcement that is going to bring considerable pain in the Rust Belt. The automotive giant will be slashing 14,700 jobs, many of them in Michigan and Ohio—and a plant closing is expected in Ontario, Canada as well.

This is the biggest restructuring at GM in a decade, with 15% of its workforce being eliminated in North America.>>>

(*RELATED >>> )

Nov 27 05:14

Trump's growing incoherence is driving away his political allies

Signs are emerging that President Donald Trump's political coalition may be weakening.

The most obvious place for the president to break with the other power centers in his party is on foreign policy. Of all the issues the president faces, foreign policy has been the one realm where Trump has been most willing to buck GOP orthodoxy, and where Republican leaders have been most willing — if only, at times, with meek whimpers — to push back.

But with his morally corrupt and tactically baffling handling of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which from all reports appears to have been a political assassination at the direction of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Trump is earning serious rebukes even from his close allies.

Even Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have spoken out against the president's position on the issue, despite their usual full-throated support for Trump.

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Nov 27 04:51

Nationalism Not Globalism': Trump attacks May's Brexit deal

Trump attacks May's Brexit deal, says it may harm US-UK trade

US president says it "sounds like a great deal" for the EU, adding that Britain may not be able to trade with the US.

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit agreement with the European Union (EU) may hamper trade between Washington and London.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Trump said the deal that May struck with Brussels "sounds like a great deal" for the EU.

"I think we have to take a look at, seriously, whether or not the UK is allowed to trade, because you know right now, if you look at the deal, they may not be able to trade with us," he said.

"That wouldn't be a good thing. I don't think they meant that, I don't think the prime minister meant that, and hopefully she'll be able to do something about that," Trump said.

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Nov 26 12:20

White House Petition - Seat Larry Klayman next to Alex Jones and Jim Acosta in Brady press briefing room

Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch deserves press credentials and a seat among the press in the Brady briefing room. We ask that he be seated next to Alex Jones and Jim Acosta. (See https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/give-alex-jones-press-credenti...)

Klayman writes for WND.com and Newsmax.com. He is the host of Special Prosecutor with Larry Klayman, a syndicated radio show on Radio America. (See https://www.freedomwatchusa.org/special-prosecutor-with-larry-klayman)

To learn about Klayman or for more information, go to www.FreedomWatchUSA.org

Nov 26 12:07

Trump’s Stance on Saudi Arabia is Terrible (But Still Correct)

President Trump’s recent statement on Saudi Arabia was, in some ways, just as terrible as his worst critics made it out to be. You can’t listen to the president essentially ignore evidence that implicates Mohammad bin Salman in the reprehensible murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi without feeling a twinge of moral disgust. There is literally no doubt in the world that MBS was in the know (if not directly responsible) for Khashoggi’s death, and for President Trump to sweep it under the rug makes for an unfortunate black mark on our national integrity.

And yet, he’s making the only decision he can.

Nov 26 09:20

White House turns away foreign students on tour with class

New Jersey schoolkids got a lesson in presidential security when three classmates who hail from other countries were barred from joining a White House tour.
A group of seventh-graders from Henry Hudson Regional School in Highlands braved a snowstorm on Nov. 15 for a long-awaited bus trip to Washington DC.
The bad weather and treacherous road conditions added hours to the drive and left no time for anything but their visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Even lunch on the White House lawn was canceled.

Nov 26 09:08

Trump trying to force constitutional crisis with 'lethal force' authorization on border

While troops amassed at the border for a purely political stunt missed Thanksgiving with their families, the fraud that sent them there was golfing and musing over how many ways he could violate the constitution with his border

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(*ALSO:) Trump used troops as political props. When will those who claim to revere soldiers hold him accountable?

Nov 23 17:50

Is The Trump Administration Really Trying To Arrest Julian Assange?

The Deep State has gone ahead with the plan. The more they thought about it, the more they thought they could use it to spin a narrative in their favor that not only involved Assange, but also Mueller, his own sealed indictments, and Russian collusion. This New York Times article awkwardly titled ‘Assange Is Secretly Charged in U.S., Prosecutors Mistakenly Reveal‘ is almost a step-by-step guide for building a Fake News narrative. Let’s take a look.

Nov 23 11:34

Julian Assange deserves a Medal of Freedom, not a secret indictment

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been secretly indicted by the Trump administration’s Justice Department, “a drastic escalation” of the feds’ efforts against him, the New York Times reported. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has denounced Wikileaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence service” and labeled Assange a “fraud,” “coward,” and “enemy.” But rather than a federal indictment, Assange deserves a tweaked version of one of Washington’s hottest honorifics.

Wikileaks has been in the federal crosshairs since it released scores of thousands of documents exposing lies and atrocities regarding the Afghan and Iraq wars, thanks to leaks from Army corporal Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Wikileaks released emails from the Democratic National Committee showing that its nominating process was rigged to favor Hillary Clinton. During the final month of the campaign, Wikileaks disclosed emails from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This absolutely disgusts me; President Trump should have a pre-written Notice of Commutation for any sentence our alleged "justice" can throw at Assange.

Were I a betting person, I might well bet that he may not get to his arraignment, but be assassinated before he can testify "as a message to anyone who discloses any real embarrassment to the US government."

This is why it is so critically important for the independent media, to be following this story.

Nov 23 09:11

Trump’s Presidency: Results and Perspectives

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Let’s start with Russia. Trump’s sanctions and military encirclement have failed to weaken Russia. Berlin deepens trade ties with the Kremlin – buys more oil and gas, builds pipelines and affirms EU autonomy in dealing with Russia. Military encirclement involves third rate Baltic partners, and missile bases stationed in Poland. In contrast Russia has deepened multi-billion-dollar military and economic agreements with China, a world power.

Russia has responded to Trump’s ending of nuclear missile agreements by building superior weaponry. By any measure, Russia has defeated Trump’s sanctions and military threats.

Despite Trump’s bombast about ‘squeezing China’ with tariffs, China’s trade surplus with the US has increased, while the US trade deficit has risen.

The US has grown by 2.8%, China’s by 6.5%. The US has failed to convince any of its Asian allies to join its trade war against China. On the contrary, US so-called trade war has encouraged Asia to replace US exporters. While Trump’s economic advisers threaten Wall Street’s largest bankers to stop making billion dollar deals with China, most have brushed Trump off. The bankers ignore Trump’s ‘trade war’ because profits count more than gaseous rhetoric.

Saudi Arabia signs a $110 billion-dollar military agreement with Trump and then buys only 10% . . >>>

Nov 23 08:54

Trump Claims He Knows “Nothing” About the Julian Assange He Cited Hundreds of During in His Campaign

Footage of Trump mentioning WikiLeaks and its releases over 140 times in October 2016 alone has since resurfaced, suggesting that Trump’s recent claims of ignorance in regard to Assange and WikiLeaks are insincere at best.

President Donald Trump told a reporter outside the White House on Tuesday that he doesn’t “know anything” about WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange, whose political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is believed to be under threat largely from pressure by the U.S. government.

Trump’s statements have been widely criticized as hypocritical, given that he heavily promoted WikiLeaks’ release of emails from the Democratic National Committee and former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta in the months and weeks prior to the October 2016 presidential election.

Trump claimed to know very little about Assange or his increasingly precarious situation when a reporter had asked him “Should Julian Assange go free?”

The question was a likely response to the recent news that the Department of Justice was set to indict Assange with the intent of immediately prompting his extradition, as well as the apparently accidental revelation that the DOJ has a sealed indictment waiting for Assange should he ever be extradited to the United States.

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Nov 23 07:42

China can stop the Quad before it even starts

By reaching out to Japan and reassuring India, China can stop the Quad before it even starts
Vasilis Trigkas says the US has the determination and military credibility to make the Quad into an Asian Nato. But the alliance won’t work unless all partners are on board, and China can sink it with some careful strategic outreach

The recent war of words between China and the US at the Apec summit in Papua New Guinea stunned geopolitical pundits around the world and attests to the ominous dynamics in the Asia-Pacific. As the two nations increasingly see issues in terms of security, there is a real danger of matters escalating into a strategic competition for regional alliances.

Just two days before the opening of the summit, an informal meeting took place in Singapore. There, US Vice-President Mike Pence met the leaders of India, Japan and Australia. This was the third meeting of leaders of the four democratic Asia-Pacific states known as “the Quad”, and while the structure has not been institutionalised into an alliance, American strategists have called for the crystallisation of an archipelagic Nato.

Never has the United States faced a challenger with the geo-economic and military might of China>>>

Nov 23 07:26

World Knows US Supporting Terrorists

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people in Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami said, "The recent statements by US President Donald Trump were very cheap as the world is fully aware who supports and nurtures the terrorists; who sent terrorists to Syria."

Ayatollah Khatami's remarks came in reaction to recent anti-Iran statements of President Trump who accused Iran of supporting terrorists.

The senior cleric noted that the Muslim World will give a crushing response to the US by maintaining its unity.

The remarks by the cleric came after hawkish statements by US President Donald Trump against Iran.

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Nov 23 07:00

Trump's Saudi Support Highlights Brutality Of 'America First' Doctrine

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But more than that, by stressing the "billions" of dollars in Saudi investment in the US, Trump made clear that Washington has a price, that principles that generations of Americans have cherished, are for sale.

"The world is a very dangerous place! ... It's called America First!" Trump wrote in a statement, effectively repudiating the concept of American Exceptionalism, the idea that the US is embarked on a unique, moral mission exemplified by support for freedom, democracy and universal values.

He kept up his praise on Wednesday, thanking the Saudis in a tweet for low oil prices, even though the tumble in crude oil owes largely to market fears about a new supply glut and weakening demand.

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Nov 23 06:44

Nothing In Any Conspiracy Theory Is As Bad As What’s Being Done Out In The Open

Yesterday President Trump posted a statement on the White House website saying his administration will be standing with the House of Saud despite the CIA’s assertion that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman personally ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was living and working in the United States.

The statement reads like a long form version of one of Trump’s tweets, replete with gratuitous exclamation points and slogans like “America First!” and the lie that Iran is “the world’s leading sponsor of terror”, which will never be true no matter how many times this administration deliberately repeats it. The world’s leading sponsor of terrorism is of course Saudi Arabia, along with Israel and the United States.

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(*RELATED:) Too weak to cry: The children of Yemen

Nov 22 07:27

US bombs continue to kill in Laos 50 years after Vietnam War

US dropped two million tonnes of bombs on Laos at height of Vietnam War. Why are cluster munitions still killing?

This year's Thanksgiving celebration marks 50 years since the American military embarked on the biggest bombing campaign in history, decimating the small Southeast Asian country of Laos by dropping more than two million tonnes of bombs on it at the height of the Vietnam War.

Half a century on, innocent lives are still being lost as the country struggles with the leftovers of the conflict.

On Thanksgiving Day in November 1968, the United States escalated its war against North Vietnam in Laos.

Then-US President Lyndon B Johnson had ordered traditional turkey dinners to be helicoptered in to US troops who were secretly deployed in the quiet, landlocked country to sever the North Vietnamese supply lines that ran through the east.

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Nov 21 12:34

Trump wanted Justice Department to PROSECUTE Hillary Clinton and James Comey until White House lawyers warned it could lead to his impeachment 

President Donald Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn this year that he wanted the Department of Justice to prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey, only to have McGahn push back and remind him that he doesn't run the DOJ.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that at McGahn's urging, White House lawyers spelled out in a memo to the president how asking federal law enforcement to investigate his political enemies could open him up to an investigation that might end with his impeachment.

Trump has said privately that that he would favor the appointment of a second special counsel to probe both Comey, the FBi director he fired last year, and Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee whom he beat in 2016.

Nov 21 12:19

Trump says he ‘does not know anything’ about Assange, gets called out on hypocrisy

President Donald Trump said he doesn’t “know much” about WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, dodging a reporter’s question on whether the editor should go free. The claim follows reports that the US has secretly charged Assange.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Trump produced a stunning claim, saying that he has a very superficial knowledge about the most famous self-exiled fugitive in the world.

Nov 21 12:11

‘Lock Her Up!’ Liberal Pundits, Entertainers Target Ivanka Trump over Private Email

Left-wing pundits, activists, and entertainers attacked senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump following reports she used a personal email account to conduct government business, with some calling for her to be fired from the administration and imprisoned.

Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members, and Ivanka Trump’s assistants, many in violation of public records rules, the paper said. The emails the group uncovered include correspondence between Ivanka Trump and Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But none of Ivanka's emails were classified, unlike Hillary, and also unlike Hillary, Ivanka did not have her own email server set up in her home.

Nov 21 11:52

Bipartisan Panel: US Must Prepare for 'Horrendous,' 'Devastating' War With Russia and China

A bipartisan commission appointed by Congress issued a lengthy report Tuesday backing the Pentagon’s plans to prepare for a “great-power” war against Russia, China, or both, making clear that the Trump administration’s belligerent policies are shared by the Democratic Party.

Safe in the knowledge that its findings will never be seriously reported by the mass media, the authors of this report do not mince words about what such a war will mean. A war between the United States and China, which according to the report might break out within four years, will be “horrendous” and “devastating.” The military will “face greater losses than at any time in decades.” Such a war could lead to “rapid nuclear escalation,” and American civilians will be attacked and likely killed.

Nov 21 11:19

Mueller got some answers, but he's not done with Trump

President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally submitted a set of written responses to Robert Mueller, signaling that he was done for good with the special counsel's questions.

But Mueller is far from done with him.

Nov 21 07:39

All eyes on Buenos Aires

All eyes on Buenos Aires as Beijing and Washington hammer out the details for the high-stakes summit between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump

Beijing and Washington are talking frequently as they nail down the details for President Xi Jinping’s dinner meeting with US President Donald Trump in Buenos Aires on December 1, with a major issue being the number of aides each leader will be allowed to bring to the parley, sources said.

“One big issue is to determine who will sit at the table,” a source briefed on the progress of the preparations for the leaders’ first face-to-face sit-down in a year told the South China Morning Post.

Referring to the possible groupings of leaders and aides being considered, the source said: “On each side of the dinner table, it could be one plus two, one plus four, or one plus six”.

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(*ANOTHER opportunity for Trump to demonstrate his mastery of The Art Of The Deal !)

Nov 21 07:12

US Continues Attacking Residential Areas in Eastern Syria with Banned Weapons

The US fighter jets pounded the residential areas in Southeastern Deir Ezzur with internationally-forbidden weapons, killing and wounding a number of civilians, field sources reported on Wednesday.
The local sources in Southeastern Deir Ezzur reported that the US-led coalition warplanes used forbidden white-phosphorus bombs in their airstrikes on civilian districts in the town of Hajin and its outskirts on Tuesday, killing and injuring a number of people.

The sources further said a growing wave of fear has covered civilian communities over the US air raids and the Syrian Democratic Forces' artillery attacks.

The US warplanes have been pounding residential unis and killing civilians in Eastern Syria regularly claiming that they attack only ISIL's bases.

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Nov 21 06:32

US Military Footprints Found again in Terrorists' Former Positions in Syria's Homs

The Syrian Army on Wednesday continued cleansing operation in regions in Northern Homs that were once occupied by the terrorist groups, and discovered a large volume of arms and ammunition, including US-made weapons.
The army's engineering units found a large volume of weapons, ammunition and military hardware in farms and residential areas that were once under terrorists' occupation in Northern Homs.

A field source, meantime, reported that the units managed to discover a number of American M-16 rifles.

The source further said that a number of cannons, mortar launchers, sniper rifles, shoulder launcher missiles, machineguns and a large volume of different ammunition were in the depot.

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Nov 21 06:03

Welcome to Arivaca: Where residents want anti-migrant militia out

Many in this Arizona border town want armed vigilantes, who've vowed to round up undocumented migrants, to leave.
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Locals say the militiamen rarely interacted with the townspeople in Arivaca, a small unincorporated community situated around 17 kilometres from the border and home to hundreds of residents.

But on May 30, 2009, three rogue Minutemen - Jason Bush, Shawna Forde and Albert Gaxiola - changed everything. Convinced a home in Arivaca was a stash house for a Mexican drug cartel, they stormed the residence and unleashed a hail of bullets.

As Raul Flores slumped dead on the couch, his nine-year-old daughter Brisenia begged for her life. The attackers shot her in the face as her mother pretended to be dead on the floor nearby.

A court later sentenced Bush and Forde to death and sent Gaxiola to prison for life>>>

(*Pardoning the one that Got Life and appointing him to The Supreme Court is an option Trump could consider !)

Nov 21 05:42

US vice president beats war drums in Asia:

US Vice President Mike Pence used Asian summit meetings over the past week to set out an ultimatum to China that accelerates the drive to war. Either China bows to the demands of American imperialism and accepts a subservient, semi-colonial status, or it will confront the full force of US diplomatic, economic and ultimately military weight.

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Pence accused China of taking “advantage of the United States for many, many years” and declared “those days are over.” He bluntly warned that “the US will not change course until China changes its ways” and warned that the US could “more than double” the existing massive tariffs on Chinese goods.

Pence effectively ruled out any deal between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping>>>

(*...here's your rifle !)

Nov 21 04:53

Trump Bans Follow-Up Questions

Trump Bans Follow-Up Questions - New 'Dictatorial' Rules for White House Reporters
"The White House belongs to the public, not the president, and the job of the press is to ask hard questions, not to be polite," ACLU declared in response to the rules

The Trump White House conceded defeat in its authoritarian effort to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials on Monday, but with that concession came yet another attack on the media's ability to simply do its job—this time in the form of press "decorum" rules that one commentator denounced as "dictatorial."

According to the new restrictions—which were met with a mixture of bafflement and outrage by reporters and civil libertarians—journalists will only be permitted to ask a "single question" with no follow-ups, unless explicitly allowed by Trump or the White House official running the press briefing.

Nov 20 15:21

White House Petition - Give Alex Jones press credentials and sit him next to Jim Acosta

Alex Jones’ first amendment rights are being violated everyday he does not have White House press credentials.

THIS IS AMERICA!

Let Alex Jones have press credentials and a permanent seat next to Jim Acosta!

Nov 20 12:05

The Swamp Rules Against Trump in CNN Case

It never ends! The so called Washington, D.C., establishment swamp grows murkier and more deadly with every passing hour! Needless to say it is on the verge of swallowing up the vision and creation of our Founding Fathers. The federal judiciary is a major occupant of this swamp!

While I will get into this in depth in my weekly show on Radio America, “Special Prosecutor with Larry Klayman,” which airs each Sunday, and is podcast as well (go to www.freedomwatchusa.org for local listings and to hear my podcast), let us take a brief walk down memory lane of the corrupt judicial week that was!

Nov 20 11:56

The "Resistance" Struggles To Justify Support For Trump's Prosecution Of Assange

Ever since suspicions were confirmed that the Trump administration is indeed working to prosecute and imprison WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing authentic documents, the so-called “Resistance” has been struggling to explain exactly why it is so enthusiastically supportive of that agenda. And when I say struggling, I am being very, very generous.

Nov 20 11:35

Trump administration hawks putting US on course for war with Iran, report warns

Donald Trump has surrounded himself with hardliners in his administration who have openly called for bombing Iran and carrying out regime change, says a new report, which also warns of the possibility of a military confrontation being engineered through provocative action.

Senior members of the US administration, which has pulled out of the nuclear deal with Tehran unilaterally, have vocalised its desire to destroy the agreement and cripple the Iranian economy in the process, the document prepared by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) points out.

The report holds, however, that there is a chance of averting a violent scenario following the American midterm elections, which have given the Democrats control of the House of Representatives. There are Republicans as well as Democrats who are wary of the hawkish approach of some of Mr Trump’s advisers, and a bipartisan approach may pave the way for the deal to be saved and even for Washington to rejoin it in the future.

Nov 20 10:56

Syrian Army seizes US and Israeli-made weapons in Daraa

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently uncovered a large-cache of weapons that were left behind by the rebel forces in the Daraa province.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military discovered this weapons cache while combing through the town of Yadoudah near the provincial capital of Daraa.

Nov 20 06:25

Iran: US has failed to stop oil exports

Nov 20 05:52

Pakistan Summons US Envoy to Protest Trump's Tweets on Osama Bin Laden

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"The Foreign Secretary called in the US CdA Ambassador Paul Jones to register a strong protest on the unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations made against Pakistan. Rejecting the insinuations about OBL [Osama bin Laden], Foreign Secretary reminded the US CdA that it was Pakistan’s intelligence cooperation that provided the initial evidence to trace the whereabouts of OBL," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that "baseless rhetoric about Pakistan was totally unacceptable":

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(*Let's Face It! Trump has it all (*ABCNNBCBS&FOXNEWS) wrong on 9/11 . )

Nov 20 05:34

UN refugee agency slashes budget deficit despite US cuts

The UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) on Monday said it managed to slash its budget deficit despite US funding cuts earlier this year.

UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl made the remarks Monday as UNRWA's second Advisory Commission Meeting of 2018 was held in Jordan's capital Amman.

The UN official said in a statement that the agency was able to overcome the financial challenges this year due to the support of many countries.

The UN agency had faced a budget shortfall of 446 million US dollars, which was reduced to 21 million dollars after getting support of many donor countries, the UN official said.

The unexpected decision by the US to cut 300 million dollars in aid to UNRWA this year had increased the challenges>>>

Nov 20 05:20

Don’t blame China

Don’t blame China’s slowing demand for the fall in oil prices. Instead, look to US sanctions (and waivers) on Iran
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Certainly, the oil cartel Opec has been cutting its forecast for demand next year. While in July, it expected demand in 2019 to rise by 1.45 million barrels per day, by this month, it had lowered that expectation to an increase of 1.29 million bpd.

Equally certainly, as a huge oil importer, China will have been on Opec’s mind. Its forecasters will have observed analysts’ notes about a potential slowing in the pace of China’s economic growth, both as a consequence of the need for the Chinese economy to deleverage but also due to uncertainties caused by the deterioration of China-US trade relations after Washington started rolling out tariffs on Chinese goods at the start of 2018.

Fear of lower future demand would explain the slide in the price of oil. And those who buy into that explanation might rationally see better value in the currencies of major oil-importing countries, such as China, India and Japan, who stand to benefit from a lower crude price and less worth in those of oil exporters.

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Nov 20 04:17

Another Reminder That US Is Against Press Freedom

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Indictment: Another Reminder That US Is Against Press Freedom
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However, the Trump administration officials are having none of it. They announce sanctions against governmental bodies or private companies for allegedly "having engaged in censorship or other activities that prohibit, limit, or penalize freedom of expression”. But when it comes to their own record, they behave differently.

They are now launching notoriously aggressive attacks on press freedoms and are in no mood to recognize this critical principle when it comes to WikiLeaks. They seek to criminally charge Assange and WikiLeaks for publishing classified information, although it goes against the press freedom guarantee of the First Amendment and poses a severe threat to press freedom.

The latest World Press Freedom Index says that for the second straight year, the United States has dropped two spots, and now ranks 45th on the latest World Press Freedom Index.>>>

Nov 19 15:10

Blowback: An Inside Look at How US-Funded Fascists in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists

Not only are white supremacists from across the West flocking to Ukraine to learn from the combat experience of their fascist brothers-in-arms, they are doing so openly, under the nose of a shrugging law enforcement — chronicling their experiences on social media before they bring their lessons back home.

by Max Blumenthal

November 19th, 2018

By Max Blumenthal
Last month, an unsealed FBI indictment of four American white supremacists from the Rise Above Movement (RAM) declared that the defendants had trained with Ukraine’s Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi militia officially incorporated into the country’s national guard. The training took place after the white supremacist gang participated in violent riots in Huntington Beach and Berkeley, California and Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

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Nov 19 09:20

Obamas cash in; ramp up political voice in run-up to 2020 presidential election

The Obamas have been cashing in on everything they can post-presidency — from speeches to book deals, streaming deals, and more, as a way to better position themselves during the run-up to the 2020 presidential election cycle.

Nov 19 09:19

‘Golan Heights forever ours!’ Israel praises US for its vote against UN anti-occupation resolution

Israel said its sovereignty over the Golan Heights is permanent, after the US for the first time rejected a symbolic UN resolution that calls on the Jewish state to end its occupation of the Syrian territory it captured in 1967.
“Israel will remain forever on the Golan Heights, and the Golan Heights will forever remain in our hands,” Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, thanking the US leadership for voting against calls at the United Nations on Friday for the return of the Golan to Syria.

Nov 18 17:26

Trump Raises the Stakes With CNN

The White House should set down rules of conduct for reporters in the briefing room, and if reporters repeatedly violate them, that should cost them their chairs and, in cases like Acosta’s, their credentials. This confrontation is healthy, and the republic will survive if the press loses this fight, which the press itself picked.

Nov 18 12:10

CNN has a blemished record when it comes to free speech - Tucker Carlson 11/14/18

Nov 18 03:26

It's The Federal Reserve , Stupid !

Here’s the biggest myth about the ’Trump economy'
Nearly every media outlet repeats this idea constantly, but it's just not true.

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The president doesn't control the American economy. It's an obvious fact, but it's worth emphasizing because a great deal of discussion about presidential politics and administration policy takes as a given that the president does control the economy.
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He didn't, he can't, he won't.

Republicans used to acknowledge this. They used to say explicitly, "Government does not create jobs." Now they say, without a hint of irony, not only does government create jobs, but Trump himself is personally responsible for every job created in the country.
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Of course, the government does take steps to manage the economy. The Federal Reserve plays the largest direct role in this on a day-to-day basis, and the president appoints its leadership on a staggered schedule (though Trump, interestingly, currently despises his own Fed chair's policies!). Congress also passes laws that have significant impacts on the economy>>>

(*if this article sheds light on anything it's the perpetuating of The Federal Express being part of The U.S Government malarkey )

Nov 18 02:17

The Nefarious Reasons Behind the US and UK’s Sudden Concern for Civilians in Yemen

American, British and French military support for the murderous operations in Yemen should have stopped months, even years ago, if official humanitarian concerns were genuine.

At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemen’s atrocious war.

What’s wrong with that, you may ask? Well, as Houthi rebels who took over Yemen at the end of 2014 are saying, the country has been under aggression for the past three years from a Saudi-led coalition supported militarily by the US, Britain and France. The unrelenting war on the poorest country in the Middle East has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades, with over half of the population – some 14 million people – at risk of starvation, according to the UN
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Last week, Washington announced that it was suspending mid-air refueling flights for Saudi and Emirati warplanes that have been pounding Yemen since March 2015, which has resulted in a horrendous death toll among civilians. The indiscriminate killing of the Saudis and Emirati air strikes has been amply documented, albeit downplayed by Western media. The latter keep repeating a figure of 10,000 dead in Yemen – a figure which has bizarrely remained unchanged for at least the past two years. The real death toll from air strikes is unknown but likely to be near 50,000.

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Nov 18 01:50

Boston Billboard Honoring Gaza First Responders Removed over Claims of Anti-Semitism

The billboard included a photo of deceased Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, and text reading: “Honoring the First Responders of Gaza. Saving Lives. Rescuing Hope.”

(*around here it's considered antiSemitic if a polling place is flooded out and a Christian place of prayer is offered as an alternative voting facility )

Nov 17 12:24

A Rumor About Trey Gowdy Is Bad News For Barack Obama And The Deep State

Attorney General and the Secretaries of State and Defense usually attract the biggest names.

But Jeff Sessions quickly lost Donald Trump’s confidence.

He unnecessarily recused himself in the Russia probe, which set the stage for Robert Mueller to run his rigged witch hunt.

Ever since then, Trump taunted Sessions on social media and the countdown began as to when he would leave the administration.

Now that he is out, everyone wants to know who will succeed him.

One name that’s been floated is South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh please; let it be so! :)

Nov 17 08:04

"I Can Not Recall": The Reclamation of George W. Bush Is an American Tragedy

By Maj. Danny Sjursen
The whole charade plays best as farce. Absurdity incarnate. The sight of former President George W. Bush receiving a medal from Democrat Joe Biden – once an ardent opponent of Bush’s war policy – in Philadelphia for “his work with veterans,” on Veterans Day no less, induced nothing short of a gag from this veteran of two Bush wars – Iraq and Afghanistan.

George W. Bush, after all, led the U.S. military – to which I’ve dedicated my adult life – into two ill-advised perpetual wars, one of which was objectively illegal and immoral. In that war, in Iraq, some 7,000 American troops – including three of mine – were killed fighting in an unwinnable quagmire. Furthermore, though it slipped the attention of an American citizenry best known for its provincial inwardness, at least 250,000 Iraqis – mostly civilians – were killed. In a just world this would be labeled what it is – a war crime – but in this era of American hegemony, the populace simply sighs with apathy.

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Nov 17 07:08

Vast RightWing Conspiracy Update: Pelosi To Kneecap The Progressive Agenda

'A staggeringly bad idea': Outrage as Pelosi pushes tax rule that would 'kneecap the progressive agenda'

(*known universally as a pain in the a** to most on the Right , Trump endorsed Republicans to support the Israel/US Dual Citizen for the House Speaker position as Democrats planned to put her out on the curb for rubbish removal pick up )

Nov 17 06:29

Why Is US Targeting Iran with Sanctions and Political Charades?

Iran has condemned a United Nations resolution that accuses the Islamic Republic of violating human rights, stressing that the measure's sponsors are playing a "political charade."

(*political charade to them = art of the deal to us !)

Iran, Iraq to establish free-trade zone along border

Nov 17 06:17

US Continues Imports of Russian Gas Which It Insists Europe Should Stop Buying

Several cargo ships carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia’s Yamal LNG plant have arrived in the US, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova announced, highlighting the obvious weirdness of the situation.

“Oddly enough, with all this visible public flow of negative rhetoric from Washington, Russian liquefied natural gas is successfully being supplied to the US,” Zakharova said>>>

Nov 16 11:02

US Could Lose in War with China or Russia, Panel Warns

The United States is facing a national security and military crisis and could lose in a war against Russia or China, a bipartisan congressional panel warned in a report on Wednesday (Nov 14).

Congress had tasked the National Defence Strategy Commission to look at President Donald Trump's sweeping National Defence Strategy (NDS), which highlights a new era of "Great Power competition" with Moscow and Beijing.

The panel, run by a dozen former top Democratic and Republican officials, found that just as the US military faced budget cuts and diminishing military advantages, authoritarian nations like China and Russia are pursuing buildups aimed "at neutralising US strengths."

Nov 16 05:07

Russia: US Resumes Strikes East of Euphrates, Including Use of Phosphorus Bombs

The US-led Coalition has resumed airstrikes East of the Euphrates River in Syria, and are using white phosphorous munitions, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"The Americans have resumed intensive airstrikes against terrorist-controlled settlements along the Eastern bank of Euphrates, including, according to local residents, the use of white phosphorus munitions," Zakharova stated, speaking at a press briefing in Moscow on Thursday, Sputnik reported.

(*According to my sliderule; Two Years Into Trumps First Term is still close enough to tag it OBAMA'S FAULT !)

Nov 16 04:11

Haley Says US to Reject UN Resolution Calling on Israel to Return Golan Heights to Syria

The vote on 'The Occupied Syrian Golan' resolution is expected to be held during an annual UN General Assembly session. The non-binding resolution is voted on annually by the UN General Assembly's Third Committee.

The United States plans to reject a UN General Assembly resolution that urges Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria, according to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

(*I thought Haley was placed out on the curb for disposal take away pick up .)

Nov 16 03:56

Disputed South China Sea Belongs to Nobody

'US to Sail and Fly Wherever International Law Allows': Mike Pence Says Disputed South China Sea Belongs to Nobody
The United States seeks to ward off spreading Chinese influence in Asia's seas by practicing "freedom of navigation" operations - naval and aerial activity in what China believes to be its own territory.

US Vice President Mike Pence has said that the contested South China Sea isn't the domain of any country, challenging Beijing's claims to the resource-rich region.

"The South China Sea doesn't belong to any one nation, and you can be sure: the United States will continue to sail and fly wherever international law allows and our national interests demand," Pence said on Friday.

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Nov 16 03:32

US Will Defeat EU Army

The testy slap-down by US President Donald Trump to the idea of a European army was telling. Any notion of the Europeans stepping away from American "protection" would be anathema to Washington.

That's because American power is not about "protecting" Europe. That's just the vainglorious, propaganda mythology. In reality, it's all about Washington maintaining a lucrative protection racket in Europe, imperial control over supposed "allies", and militarily targeting Russia as the main objective.

The idea for a European army was floated again last week by French President Emmanuel Macron.>>>

Nov 15 13:36

Judge postpones decision in CNN lawsuit over Jim Acosta's press pass

Lawyers for CNN and the Trump administration are awaiting an initial ruling on the network's federal lawsuit over press access to the White House.

And they're going to have to wait a little while longer.

Judge Timothy J. Kelly heard nearly two hours of oral arguments about CNN's request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on Wednesday. Then he said court would reconvene Thursday at 3 p.m.

But on Thursday afternoon, he rescheduled the next hearing for Friday at 10 a.m.

If Kelly grants CNN's requests on Friday, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta would get his press pass back for a short period of time. If it's denied, Acosta's pass will remain suspended.

Nov 15 13:29

Bolton’s Met His Match – Melania!

We don’t really hear all that much about Melania Trump in the media except occasional digs at her immigration status and a few daring photos. That’s because the FLOTUS is one of the few unreservedly good things about this administration, and of course the media doesn’t want to go there. Her grace, her reserve, her remarkable calm at the epicenter of a tumultuous White House, and, strikingly, her sense of style (and I don’t just mean her clothes) puts her on a different plane from the Washington circus that surrounds her.

Nov 15 10:51

Top Pence aide resurfaces as leading candidate to replace Kelly

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers has reemerged as a leading candidate to succeed White House chief of staff John Kelly, according to several White House officials and others close to the presidential orbit.

Nov 15 10:04

Iraq rejects US deadline to halt Iran gas imports

Iraq has rejected a US deadline to stop importing Iranian gas, warning that any halt to the supplies would create a real power crisis which sparked several days of unrest in Basra and elsewhere this summer.

“Stopping Iranian gas after the deadline will create a real power crisis. We need more time … the Americans are completely aware of how desperately we need Iranian gas,” an Iraqi official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

The announcement came after the US embassy in Iraq said on Thursday that Washington had given Baghdad 45 days to stop purchasing gas and electricity from Iran.

Iraq has extensive trade ties with Iran and heavily depends on Iranian natural gas imports for electricity generation. Basra in southern Iraq was hit by violent protests which spread to other cities this summer, partly because of a halt of Iranian electricity exports.

Nov 15 10:02

Fox News and other outlets join CNN fight over press access to White House

More than a dozen news outlets -- from the Associated Press to USA Today, The Washington Post and Politico -- are filing friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN and Jim Acosta's lawsuit against President Trump and several top aides.

The list represents most of the biggest news organizations in the United States.

The most notable name on the list is Fox News. In fact, Fox went further than most other media companies on Wednesday, issuing a statement that said "Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nobody made a fuss when Helen Thomas was kicked out of the White House press room by Obama.

Nov 15 09:45

Trump ‘Trade War’ Hides Military Industrial Agenda

In geopolitics events are rarely what they seem to be. This is especially true when we look more closely at the otherwise bizarre “war” launched this spring under the guise of trade war, supposedly redressing America’s huge annual balance of trade deficits, the most extreme being that with China. The true driver behind Washington’s otherwise inexplicable tariff war attacks on especially China make sense when we view them through the prism of a new Administration report on the defense industrial base of the United States .

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