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Apr 16 09:53

25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools

Broken laptops, books held together with duct tape, an art teacher who makes watercolors by soaking old markers.

Teacher protests have spread rapidly from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona in recent months. We invited America’s public school educators to show us the conditions that a decade of budget cuts has wrought in their schools.

Apr 16 09:47

Bill would remove statute of limitations for sex offenses in Minnesota

If American culture is finally grappling with the realities of sexual abuse, the law may not be far behind.
A bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature last month would remove the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes, meaning victims can report when they are ready and not when the law says they need to be, supporters say.



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Apr 16 09:29

US, Israel aim to divide and conquer Middle East

In a recent broadcast, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes denounced the sordid attempts of 16 leading Democratic lawmakers who, under the influence of the Israeli lobby, are pushing to impose new economic sanctions on Iran, which is designed to sabotage Obama’s rapprochement with the Islamic Republic.

Although this condemnation of the Zionist lobby’s implacable warmongering is admirable, in the strictly confined discourse we see on the mainstream media presenters of this caliber refuse to state the obvious, which is that the United States has no right whatsoever to tell any country what to do on any matter, either foreign or domestic. Economic sanctions are an act of war, yet the US has imposed crippling economic sanctions on dozens of countries around the world, strangling the life out of them like a deadly python suffocating its victims.

Apr 16 09:28

Trump wanted to bomb Russian & Iranian targets amid Syria strikes – report

President Donald Trump reportedly favored bombing Russian and Iranian targets in Syria, before Pentagon chief James Mattis talked the US leader out of it.

Trump discussed three military options for Syria last week with his revamped national security team, led by Bush-era hawk John Bolton, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with White House decision-making.

Apr 16 09:28

233 Members of Congress Just Voted to Steal Social Security’s $2.9 Trillion Surplus

233 Members of Congress Just Voted to Steal Social Security’s $2.9 Trillion Surplus

When Social Security runs a surplus, Social Security holds the funds in trust. Social Security currently has a $2.9 trillion accumulated surplus. In the guise of a so-called balanced budget amendment, 233 members of the House of Representatives just voted to pretend that the accumulated surplus does not exist.

Apr 16 09:26

Videocast: It's Snowing Again

WEBVTT HEART RATE THIS MORNING’S TRY TO SHOVEL MODEL THAT SNOW. AND IT STILL COMING. REPORTER: WAY TO FEWER HOURS UNTIL IT FINALLY TAPERS OFF. IT’S 30 HEAVY AND ALGONA. THE SNOW IS COMING IN SIDEWAYS. THE ROADS ARE SLICK AND WE HAVE A LOT OF CANCELLATIONS OUT THERE. WE BEEN SCROLLING THOSE THE BOTTOM OF THE SPRING. MORE SNOW SHOWERS, MORE WIND AND MORE COLD THIS AFTERNOON HIGHS NEAR FREEZING. THE SNOW FLYING ACROSS NORTHERN IOWA. REDEVELOPING EVEN HERE IN CENTRAL IOWA. THE SNOW HAS LET UP ACROSS THE WESTERN COUNTIES BUT IN CENTRAL IOWA AND STARTED TO FLY ONCE AGAIN. THE ROADS ARE GOOD WE SNOWY STATEWIDE. IT’S TRACKING BACK IN FROM THE NORTH. THIS IS THE BACK EDGE OF THE SYSTEM. ONE ITSELF UP ACROSS THE MIDWEST.

Apr 16 09:25

Syria: What Just Happened?

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons headlined on April 14th, in the wake of this U.S.-UK-France invasion of Syria that was allegedly punishing Syria’s Government for allegedly having used chemical weapons in its bombing in the town of Douma on April 7th, "OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Continues Deployment to Syria”, and reported that:

The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will continue its deployment to the Syrian Arab Republic to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma.

The OPCW has been working in close collaboration with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team.

Apr 16 09:24

Pentagon Has "Global Campaign Plan For China" Amid Unprecedented Military Buildup

"We have a global campaign plan for China. Each one of the combatant commanders addresses China in the context of that global campaign plan," said General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking to the House Armed Services Committee during a congressional hearing. The new strategy will fall under the coordinating authority of Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the US Pacific Command.

"But each of the combatant commanders has supporting plans in their respective areas of responsibilities that address specifically Chinese activity and capability in their areas," added Dunford.

Dunford made the comments in response to a question from Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), who noted China's regional expansion into the Indo Pacific region and elsewhere.

Apr 16 09:24

"The Syria Campaign"-Redux: Inside The Shadowy PR Firm That's Lobbying For Regime-Change In Syria

On September 30, demonstrators gathered in city squares across the West for a "weekend of action” to “stop the bombs” raining down from Syrian government and Russian warplanes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo. Thousands joined the protests, holding signs that read "Topple Assad" and declaring, "Enough With Assad." Few participants likely knew that the actions were organized under the auspices of an opposition-funded public relations company called the Syria Campaign.



Apr 16 09:23

4000 US Troops Launch Massive Military Drill On Edge Of Syria

A little over three weeks ago, we published a report on leaked images of U.S. military equipment arriving in Jordan’s Aqaba Industrial Port via the vehicle carrier vessel “Liberty pride” for the upcoming participation in the annual war drill “Eager Lion.”

Apr 16 09:22

Trump Hits Russia With New Sanctions Over Syria Gas Attack

The Trump administration will impose new sanctions against Russia on Monday for "enabling the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in civil war", Nikki Haley revealed earlier on Sunday, and the New York Times confirmed later in the day.

The sanctions, coming shortly after American-led airstrikes against facilities linked to Syria’s chemical weapons, are meant to signal that the United States holds responsible not just the Damascus government of President Bashar al-Assad but also his patrons in Russia and Iran. President Trump has vowed that Syria’s allies will pay a “big price” for permitting his use of poison gas.

The Sanctions, first announced by UN ambassador Nikki Haley, "will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use," said Haley on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday morning.

Apr 16 09:21

“They Know What’s Going To Happen” Governments And Big Banks Are Stockpiling Gold Ahead Of Massive Economic Collapse

The writing is on the wall and major financial institutions across the world are warning about the economic disaster to come. Unabated money printing, tariff trade wars, rising interest rates and retail slowdowns point to one result, and it’s going to be brutal. Big banks and governments know what’s coming and they are preparing for this eventuality by stockpiling huge amounts of “real money” ahead of the crisis.

According to Keith Neumeyer, the CEO of the world’s top primary silver producer First Majestic Silver and chairman of First Mining Gold, the cartels he’s previously reported to the CFTC have continued to manipulate the prices of precious metals while loading up their own vaults with gold and silver. The answer to why they’re doing it is simple, as Neumeyer highlights in a recent interview with SGT Report:

Apr 16 09:21

Syria Got Rid of Chemical Weapons, OPCW Confirmed Destruction - Russian FM

Syria has eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Western states have accused forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad of an attack with the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Duma earlier in the month. In response to the alleged incident, the United States, the United Kingdom and France hit a number of targets in Syria early on Saturday.

"Chemical weapons in Syria were destroyed. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has verified this fact… Chemical weapons in Syria are used by extremists and militants. This is a proven fact and every time, when yet another settlement, another town is liberated by the Syrian army, the servicemen find depots with chemicals there. This has been proven by life, this has been proven by facts," Zakharova told Rossiya-1 TV channel on Sunday.



Apr 16 09:20

‘Growing Anger’ High Turnout at Tokyo Rally Demanding Prime Minister Abe Resign

On Saturday, tens of thousands gathered in front of the National Diet Building in central Tokyo to protest growing scandals surrounding the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"We hold a sense of crisis that the falsifying and hiding of public documents means nothing less than the destruction of our nation and democracy," said economist Masaru Kaneko to a crowd of some 30,000 people in front of the Diet building.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front C) leads his cabinet ministers as they attend a photo session at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 3, 2017

"If these developments are allowed, any form of impropriety or corruption can be legitimized," Kaneko stated.

Apr 16 09:19

'Double standards: US, UK, France stand by Saudis in Yemen but pose as moral crusaders in Syria'

The Syria attack reveals the hypocrisy of the West – which fuels the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen despite documented abuses – but relies on unverified claims to punish Syria, journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark told RT.

As Riyadh's campaign in Yemen enters its fourth year, it has been repeatedly accused by rights groups of civilian casualties during the bombardment. However, in Syria's case, reports of a chemical weapon attack in Douma that are yet to be independently corroborated became the trigger for a coordinated military action, Clark pointed out.

"On the one hand, they are rolling out the red carpet for Saudi leaders and they are supporting, either directly or indirectly, the Saudi bombing of Yemen, which is causing a great humanitarian catastrophe – and how many children has that conflict killed?

"On the other hand, they pose as moral paragons, as moral crusaders when they claim children have died in Syria's chemical weapons attack without evidence," he said.

Apr 16 09:19

Republicans Unveil Proposal to Push One Million Off Food Stamps

Social welfare advocates on Friday denounced a proposal included in a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill which would impose work requirements on most adults who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps. The proposal represents the first concrete attempt by Republicans to erode the social safety net since President Donald Trump took office.

Apr 16 09:18

Russia to suspend nuclear, rocket cooperation with America, ban US tobacco & alcohol – draft law

Russian lawmakers have drafted a bill suspending cooperation with US companies in the nuclear, missile and aircraft-building spheres, as well as introducing restrictions on imports of alcohol and tobacco produced in the US.

“The bill is about alcohol and tobacco products and about ceasing or suspending international cooperation in the nuclear sphere, rocket engine building and aircraft building between Russian companies and organizations under US jurisdiction,” one of the bill’s sponsors, MP Ivan Melnikov (Communist Party), was quoted as saying in the State Duma’s Twitter message.



Owl 1
Apr 16 09:18

WE HAD A LAND ONCE ~~ WE HAD A LIFE ONCE

Life before expulsion in Palestine: “We were there. We do exist.” Today, 7 million+ Palestinians are denied their right to return by Israel.

Apr 16 09:11

Monday Market Looks Good But Is the Volatility Truly Over?

So far, the market looks good on Monday. But with all the international tension, do you think that the volatility is truly over?

Apr 16 09:04

American Airlines warns pilots some Asia flights could be rerouted amid tensions with Russia

Three Asia-bound American Airlines flights that normally fly over Russia have been rerouted, as the airline assesses growing geopolitical tensions, a source familiar with the matter told CNBC on Saturday.

In an internal memorandum sent to pilots on Saturday that was seen by CNBC, the airline warned that some flights into Asia could be rerouted, as relations between Moscow and Washington appear to worsen because of the U.S.-led military intervention in Syria.

"The team at American regularly monitors global geopolitical issues and makes changes to aircraft routings when warranted," said the note to pilots.

The airline on Sunday resumed its normal, nonstop service for those routes, American said.

Apr 16 09:03

Chemical Inspectors Launch Probe in Syria’s Douma

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have begun inspections in Douma, in metro Damascus, related to an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month. It’s not the calm environment they might have hoped for.

The probe had been advocated from the start by Syria and Russia, who both maintain the chemical attack never took place. It comes just two days after the US and its allies attacked Syria, including Damascus, over the alleged incident.

The Western strikes did not hit Douma, so the site should still be intact for investigators. The attacking nations had objected to an investigation at the UN Security Council, however.

Russia’s Ambassador assured the OPCW last week that both Russia and Syria are committed to protecting the inspectors during the probe. Some officials speculated that to prevent the investigation the Douma site would be struck, so as to prevent the investigation.



Apr 16 08:58

Pence finds, hires, and loses his national security adviser

It started as a story that didn’t make any sense. We learned on Friday that Vice President Mike Pence had hired Jon Lerner to serve as his national security adviser, despite the fact that Lerner is a Republican pollster with no national security experience, and despite the fact that Lerner already has a job he intended to keep as a deputy to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Apr 16 08:55

Comey’s Family All “Passionate[ly]” Supported Clinton, Family Friends Worked For Hillary

Apr 16 08:54

18,000 Syrian Children Victim to Organ Harvesting

Apr 16 08:54

HILARIOUS | 10 Reasons Comey Is The Worst Ex-Girlfriend Ever

Liz Wheeler is an American treasure. This is really good.

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Apr 16 08:52

Independent Swiss Lab Says 'BZ Toxin' Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian

Remember how we were told my the politicians (not the scientists) that a deadly Novichok nerve agent - produced by Russia - was used in the attempted assassination of the Skripals? Remember the 50 questions (here and here) we had surrounding the 'facts' as Theresa May had laid them out? Ever wonder why, given how utterly deadly we were told this chemical was, the Skripals wondered around for a few hours after being 'infected' and then days later, survived with no chronic damage?

Well those doubts may well have just been answered as according to the independent Swiss state Spiez lab, the substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, which was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.

Apr 16 08:51

WATCH THE HEAD OF MOSSAD ADMIT ISRAEL IS HELPING AL-QAEDA IN SYRIA

Apr 16 08:43

Pence calls Syria mission 'completely accomplished,' tells Russia to get the message

Vice President Mike Pence, attending an international summit on Saturday, said he backs President Trump’s assertion earlier in the day that the U.S.-led airstrikes this weekend in Syria resulted in “mission accomplished,” And he warned Syrian ally Russia that it is “on the wrong side of history.”

Pence spoke while in Peru about 18 hours after the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched 105 missiles at three facilities connected to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his purported April 7 chemical attack on civilians, in the country’s years-long civil war.

The vice president attended the Summit of the Americas after Trump earlier this week canceled plans to attend the event so he could craft a response to the chemical attack, for which U.S. officials say there's proof of Assad’s involvement.

Apr 16 08:42

EX-CHIEF PROSECUTOR LADOR GOES FOR JUGULAR IN NETANYAHU PROBES

Former state attorney Moshe Lador has gone for the jugular in the probes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lador has repeatedly told the The Jerusalem Post that Case 1000, the Illegal Gifts Affair, and Case 2000, the Yediot Aharonot-Israel Hayom Affair, were clear-cut cases for indictment – not close calls as the current prosecution has presented them.



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Apr 16 08:41

Ammar Assad: US Rockets Fueled With Saudi Money

Damascus. Saudi Arabia funds US coalition operations “The Saudi Crown Prince financed the attack against Syria,” said a Syrian official.

Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Syrian Parliament Ammar Assad said on Sunday (April 15th) that the missile attack launched by the United States, the United Kingdom and France had been paid for by the Crown Prince Saudi Mohammed bin Salman.

“US President Donald Trump has already announced on many occasions that Saudi Arabia should fund the coalition’s military operations. The US side has asked for four billion dollars. It is Saudi Arabia that finances all aggressive operations led by the US-led coalition in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Mohammed bin Salman went to France and the United States and paid all the expenses of a military aggression against Syria. The pleasure that Saudi Arabia has taken in this attack supports this assertion,” said Ammar Assad.*

Apr 16 08:40

John Bolton, Trump’s Israel First NeoCon Adviser, “Coordinated” U.S. Strike On Syria With Israel

Last night, President Trump announced his disgraceful decision to launch “precision” strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, a decision which was based entirely on fake news promulgated by the Jewish mainstream mass media and Western political establishment.

Apr 16 08:40

#OperationDesertStormy: Trump Schooled on Twitter Over Syria Strike Gloating

Donald Trump's "Mission Accomplished!" tweeting following this morning's tripartite attack on Syria over a false flag 'chemical attack' in Eastern Ghouta has caused an angry response on social media, including among the president's former supporters.

Trump's tweets on the attack called it a "perfectly executed strike." The president thanked France and the UK for their help, and gloated that the US military was now being built up into the "the finest that our Country has ever had."

Apr 16 08:39

‘Unpredictable path’: Le Pen slams Macron’s order to bomb Syria

France’s involvement in coalition strikes against the Syrian government have been denounced by former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who said the bombings set her country on an “unpredictable” path.

The National Front leader, who lost out on the French presidency to Emmanuel Macron in 2017, criticized her former rival’s decision last night to order French aircraft to back coalition airstrikes.

“These strikes against Syria bring us on a path with unpredictable and potentially damaging consequences. France again loses an opportunity to appear on the international stage as an independent and balanced power in the world,” Le Pen said on Twitter.



Apr 16 08:38

Syria attack: 'Trump wants to show his d**k is bigger than anyone else’s' - spin doctor

A FORMER Soviet spin doctor launched a scathing attack on US President Donald Trump, saying his administration is ‘ill equipped’ to deal with any threat of conflict.

Apr 16 08:38

As war starts in Syria, the company that tortured prisoners in Abu Ghraib may already be on the ground

A newly released report [pdf] reveals that there are US military contractors in Syria. The report emerged only a week after Donald Trump said America would withdraw from Syria. On 14 April, he bombed Syria with support from the UK and France. But one of the military contractors which may now be in Syria is owned by the same company which was responsible for the abuse and torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib following the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Timing?

The Young Turks network stated that the report [pdf], “which compiles data for U.S. contractors operating under authority of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM)”, listed Syria for the first time since Trump came to office, but:

It’s not clear whether the new data categories reflect Pentagon anticipation of long-term commitment of private U.S. personnel in Syria.

Apr 16 08:37

U.S.' Haley rules out one-on-one talks with Syria's Assad

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Sunday that the United States will not have any one-on-one talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Haley said Syria had so far refused to take part in multilateral negotiations as part of a political process facilitated by the United Nations, adding that Russia should “deliver” Syria to the negotiating table.

Apr 16 08:35

Protesters demand closure of UK airbase in Cyprus

Protesters from communist organisations in Cyprus gathered in front of the entrance gates of a British air base to denounce US-led airstrikes against alleged chemical weapons sites in Syria.

Protest leader Akis Poullos told the Associated Press that demonstrators are demanding the closure of RAF Akrotiri, from where four British Tornado warplanes took off to take part in Friday night's missile strike.

Poullos said Sunday's demonstration also wanted to send the message to the Cyprus government not to lend any assistance to "imperialist attacks" on Syria and to demand an end to the war in the country.



Apr 16 08:34

Moscow: US Imposing Sanctions Merely for Russian Presence on International Arena

It is currently enough for the United States to impose new sanctions against Russia only for Moscow's presence on the international arena, according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

"If earlier we were told that we were being punished for Ukraine, now the wording has changed dramatically. They punish us in principle for the fact that we are present on the international arena. This is exactly how they formulate — for Russia's role in international affairs. That's all," Zakharova said on Rossiya-1 on Sunday.

Apr 16 08:33

US/NATO 'Get Your Bloody Hands Off Syria!' Anti-War Protests Hit US, UK

People in several cities of the US and the UK, which together with France launched airstrikes on Syria following the alleged government chemical attack in Douma, join anti-imperialism and anti-war rallies demanding “US out of Syria”; more are planned.

On the day after the joint attack on alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria, anti-war protesters gathered in New York City' Union Square to call on the world to "defend Syria and defeat US imperialism." The posters read “US out of Syria and the near East” and “No War on Syria” and “US/NATO Get Your Bloody Hands Off Syria.”

Apr 16 08:33

Russian Engagement Helped Avoid Libyan Scenario in Syria - Berlusconi

Russia's involvement in the settlement of the conflict in Syria allowed to avoid the repeat of the Libyan scenario, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Sunday, adding that Moscow's assistance led to greater stability and peace in the country than proxy wars.

"Direct involvement of Russia in Syria allowed to avoid what happened in Libya with Gaddafi: the tragic mistakes of the West, under those circumstances, led to a catastrophe, with the Libyans immersed in bloody chaos, and us, Italians, who have become victims of the new flows of illegal migration that our government was able to block due to agreements with Gaddafi, paying the price for its consequences," Berlusconi said in an op-ed piece for the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Apr 16 08:32

John Bolton vs Jeremy Paxman "You'd rather live in a dictatorship than a failed state"



Apr 16 08:32

Hillary’s $165 Billion Arms Sale Fundraiser

Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, this one was enormous. A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to the United States’ oil-rich ally in the Middle East.

Israeli officials were agitated, reportedly complaining to the Obama administration that this substantial enhancement to Saudi air power risked disrupting the region’s fragile balance of power. The deal appeared to collide with the State Department’s documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family.

Apr 16 08:22

‘Massive Backsliding’: Turkey Bid to Join EU Bloc Doomed Says New Evaluation

The European Commission in Brussels will soon give some pointedly negative updates to Turkey’s progress in joining the European Union in its country report.

In a draft version of the upcoming report, the EU Commission noted that "Turkey has made big steps away from the EU" and that there is a "serious relapse in the areas of justice, public administration reform, fundamental rights and freedom of expression." The Commission also predicted additional relapses "in an increasing number of other areas," according to Politico.

The draft report also urges Turkey to "end the state of emergency without any delay," referring to "disproportionate measures" used by its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his administration, including layoffs and arrests following a July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

Apr 16 08:22

Amid Word War 3 fears, Vladimir Putin warns of global chaos if US, others attack Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.

Apr 16 08:21

From Skripal To Syria: The Empire's "New Realities" Are Reaching The End Of The Road

That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.

And while you’re studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out.

We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

- Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Government of George W. Bush.

Apr 16 08:21

GOP senator: Republicans who oppose my bill to protect Mueller would want it if Clinton was president

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.) said in a recent interview that lawmakers slamming his legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller would be demanding the same bill if Hillary Clinton were president.



Apr 16 08:21

Cybercriminals Hijack Router DNS to Distribute Android Banking Trojan

Security researchers have been warning about an ongoing malware campaign hijacking Internet routers to distribute Android banking malware that steals users' sensitive information, login credentials and the secret code for two-factor authentication.

In order to trick victims into installing the Android malware, dubbed Roaming Mantis, hackers have been hijacking DNS settings on vulnerable and poorly secured routers.

DNS hijacking attack allows hackers to intercept traffic, inject rogue ads on web-pages and redirect users to phishing pages designed to trick them into sharing their sensitive information like login credentials, bank account details, and more.

Apr 16 08:20

Crown Bulldog Attacks Syria

“Do you want to bomb this country back to the stone age? A country which was one of the most developed in the Middle East just a few years ago. We notice the United States refuses to help rebuild the areas where fighting has ended.”

This statement this morning from Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia sums up the main reason why the US, UK & France launched a new round of air strikes on Syria last night.

Apr 16 08:19

Hackers Have Started Exploiting Drupal RCE Exploit Released Yesterday

Hackers have started exploiting a recently disclosed critical vulnerability in Drupal shortly after the public release of working exploit code.

Two weeks ago, Drupal security team discovered a highly critical remote code execution vulnerability, dubbed Drupalgeddon2, in its content management system software that could allow attackers to completely take over vulnerable websites.

To address this vulnerability the company immediately released updated versions of Drupal CMS without releasing any technical details of the vulnerability, giving more than a million sites enough time to patch the issue.

Apr 16 08:19

What the Hell is This? Syrian Chemical Weapons Lab Bombed.

Check Out the Board of Directors.



Apr 16 08:19

3 Signs That Ukraine Is Cooking Up War In Donbass

For good or for worse, the situation in Donbass over the past few days has not seen any revolutionary changes. However, some very important trends have been noted which might lead to a fundamentally new situation.

Apr 16 08:16

Haley Says US Troops Not Leaving Syria; Rules Out Talks With Assad

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the US troops in Syria will not be leaving the country until all their military goals are accomplished. Those goals no longer seem to begin and end with ISIS.

Haley says the US military priority in Syria is to ensure Iran doesn’t “take over” the country, suggesting US troops would be a deterrent to that. There is little doubt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an Iranian ally, will survive this war. However, Haley ruled out any direct talks with Assad. She argued Assad isn’t “worthy” of talks.

That’s a problem if President Trump’s previous goal of leaving Syria is ever to be realized. The Administration are setting out a goal that would need to be negotiated and ruling out negotiation. The hope would be in a sudden shift toward diplomacy, as happened with North Korea.

Apr 16 08:16

White House acknowledges the U.S. is at war in seven countries

The U.S. is officially fighting wars in seven countries, including Libya and Niger, according to an unclassified White House report sent to Congress this week and obtained by the New York Times.

Known officially as the “Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Military Force and Related National Security Operations,” the document is part of a new requirement outlined in the 2018 defense spending bill. The White House is already required to update Congress every six months on where the U.S. is using military force.



Owl 3
Apr 16 08:15

Trump attorney asks judge to allow the President to have FIRST look at FBI evidence seized in Michael Cohen office raid

An attorney for President Donald Trump has told a federal judge that prosecutors should not get to study evidence seized from his personal lawyer until he has a chance to review the material and identify items that might be subject to attorney-client privilege.

Attorney Joanna Hendon filed papers late Sunday asking a federal judge to block prosecutors from studying the material until Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen and the president have both had a chance to review it.

'Fairness and justice - as well as the appearance of fairness and justice - require that, before they are turned over to the Investigative Team, the seized materials relating to the President must be reviewed by the only person who is truly motivated to ensure that the privilege is properly invoked and applied: the privilege-holder himself, the President,' Hendon wrote.

Apr 16 08:14

Global Anti-war Protests Against US-led Aggression in Syria

Anti-war protesters marched in the U.S., India, Mexico, Chile, Turkey, Cyprus, the U.K. and other countries to condemn the U.S.-led attack on Syria.

Leftists and anti-war protesters took to the streets in many cities around the world over the weekend against to renounce and reject the U.S.-led assault against Syrian government structures with the support of France and United Kingdom.

In the U.S. hundreds of protesters gathered in major cities, including New York City, Washington, Chicago and Portland. In Manhattan, people demonstrated in front of the Trump Tower to protest the president's decision.

Apr 16 08:14

Video: Center hit in US attack produced cancer drugs

The Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, located in the Barzeh neighborhood northeast of the Syrian capital, specialized in producing specific drugs which are direly in short supply amid Western sanctions.

Saeed Saeed, head of the Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, said the center was previously used by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) but now works on pharmaceutical products.

"Since the Syria crisis broke out, the country has been short of all kinds of medicines due to the sanctions from Western countries. Foreign companies stopped exporting high-quality medicines to Syria, especially anti-cancer medicines. So we have been conducting researches on anti-cancer medicines here, and three cancer drugs have been developed," he said.

Apr 16 08:13

At destroyed Syria lab, workers say they produce antidotes to snake venom not toxic weapons

One multi-storey complex, in the capital’s northern district of Barzeh, had been completely reduced to rubble, AFP’s correspondents saw during a government-sponsored tour on Saturday.

Its roof had been punched down and several walls appeared on the verge of collapse.

Even hours after the strikes wrapped up, plumes of smoke wafted lazily up from the building and a burning smell still hung in the air.

“The building had three storeys: a basement, ground floor, and second floor,” said Said Said, an engineer who identified himself as head of the centre’s paint and plastics department.

“It had labs and departments that were unfortunately completely destroyed, with all their equipment and furniture. Thank God, no one was here,” he told AFP.



Taboola
Apr 16 08:11

Palestine: 4 Palestinians killed in Gaza by suspected Israeli shelling

Four Palestinians were killed in a suspected Israeli artillery shelling in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

In a statement, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said the four were killed east of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip.

“Medical teams are still searching the area,” he said.

Local Palestinian media said Israeli forces fired tank shells at a position of Palestinian group Hamas east of Rafah, killing four people.

The four were identified as Amjad Qartous, 18, Ayed Hamaydeh, 23, Hesham Kallab, 18, and Hesham Abdul-Al, 22. All four were from from the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

Apr 16 08:11

Rights groups: Gaza protests aren't combat, IDF must stop shooting protesters

After three weeks in which Israeli army snipers have killed dozens and wounded well over 1,200 protesters inside the Gaza Strip, four prominent human rights organizations petitioned Israel’s High Court of Justice on Sunday, demanding that the court order the state to revoke the rules of engagement that permit shooting demonstrators who pose no danger to human life.

The overwhelming majority of those who were killed and wounded by Israeli forces over the past three weeks were unarmed participants in the “Great Return March,” a 45-day series of festivals and protests set to culminate on Nakba Day in mid-May.

The rights groups asked the court for an urgent hearing — before this Friday’s protests.

Apr 16 08:10

China: "The Arrogant US Has A Record Of Launching Wars On Deceptive Grounds"

While the lack of retaliation by Russia to Trump's Friday night Syrian airstrikes surprised some, Russia defended its stance of shrugging in response (and not escalating to full blown world war), by asserting that Soviet-made missiles intercepted more than half of the 105 cruise missiles fired at three Syrian facilities (the Pentagon denied any missiles were hit), and that the US, UK and French blitz was generally less aggressive than most had feared, perhaps thanks to extensive advance warnings by Trump that an attack was imminent.

Apr 16 08:09

Trump’s Choice Of Bolton Satisfies His Biggest Donor

Last August, shortly after John Kelly replaced Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and Steve Bannon was fired as the president’s chief strategist, John Bolton complained that he could no longer get a meeting with Donald Trump.

Just three months later, however, on the eve of Trump’s belligerent address to the United Nations, Bolton was once again in direct contact with the president. How did this turnabout take place? The reconnection was reportedly arranged by none other than Sheldon Adelson, the Trump campaign’s biggest donor.

Apr 16 08:09

Avi Gabbay, leader of Israel’s Labour Party cuts links with Jeremy Corbyn alleging ‘anti-Semitism’

Last week the new leader of the Israeli Labour Party, Avi Gabbay issued a letter cutting his links with Jeremy Corbyn. It is doubtful that this racist twerp had any links in the first place. His actions were designed to aid those seeking to overthrow Corbyn. The last person Jeremy Corbyn needs to take lessons from, when it comes to racism, is Avi Gabbay of the Israeli Labour Party, a party that openly supports segregation and Apartheid.

Apr 16 08:08

What Kind of State Demolishes Schools? Israel

The Zionists International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ says that ‘criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic’ with the clear implication that other criticism is anti-Semitic.

The problem is of course that Israel is not ‘any other country’. It is unlike all other countries being a settler colonial state. In what other liberal democracy, which is what Israel claims to be, would you have whole villages of an ethnic minority demolished in order that a racially exclusive town could be built on top of it? That is what is happening to Bedouin villages in Israel’s Negev.

Apr 16 08:07

20 Dead After Israeli Warplanes Reportedly Attack Iranian Military Base In Syria

Pro-syrian govt media: no attack on Jabal Azzan in the Aleppo Province

All other media: attack on Jabal Azzan in the Aleppo Province

Explosion happened near location where pro-Iranian Afghani Fatemiyoun located.

Unclear if explosion result of airstrike or explosives detonating within the warehouse.

At least 20 dead including Iranian officers.

Apr 16 08:06

Were The Skripals 'Buzzed', 'Novi-shocked' Or Neither? - May Has Some 'Splaining' To Do

“Following our analysis, the samples indicate traces of the toxic chemical BZ and its precursor which are second category chemical weapons. BZ is a nerve toxic agent, which temporarily disables a person. The psycho toxic effect is achieved within 30 to 60 minutes after its use and lasts for up to four days. This composition was in operational service in the armies of the US, the UK and other NATO countries. The Soviet Union and Russia neither designed nor stored such chemical agents. Also, the samples indicate the presence of type A-234 nerve agent in its virgin state and also products of its degradation.”

Apr 16 08:06

BBC backlash! Fury as Patrick Stewart handed prime slot for 'DESPERATE' Remain campaign

Sir Patrick Stewart was invited onto the Andrew Marr show to promote a controversial new campaign backed by some MPs and celebrities to demand a public vote on the final Brexit deal.

Fellow Tory MP Philip Davies raged: “I have no idea why the politically correct metropolitan luvvies like Patrick Stewart and his chums at the BBC think their personal views should trump the 17 million people who voted to leave in the EU referendum.

"The result has been decided whether they like it or not.”

Apr 16 07:59

Army Abducts Eight Palestinians, Injures Four, In Nablus And Jenin

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, eight Palestinians, and injured four others, during military invasions of Nablus and Jenin, in the northern parts of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources in Jenin said the soldiers invaded and violently searched many homes in the city, and abducted Mohammad Emad Tazaz’a, Amjad Damouni, Mustafa Kamil Dib’ey and Ahmad Hakim Jamil.

They added that the soldiers also invaded many stores along Nazareth Road, north of Jenin, violently searched them and confiscated surveillance recordings.

The soldiers also invaded the Shuhada Junction, in the center of Nablus city, and shot five Palestinian protesters, after firing rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at them.

Apr 16 07:59

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar hospitalised in Paris - spokesperson

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar is receiving treatment at a Paris hospital, his spokesperson said late on Friday.

“During a scheduled visit programme to a number of countries, Marshal Haftar felt ill and visited a hospital in Paris for normal checkups,” Ahmed al-Mesmari wrote on Twitter.

The 75-year-old Haftar “will be back in Libya within few days,” he added.

Contradictory information about the strongman’s health and possible demise had been circulating in Libyan press and on social media this week.

Haftar had not made any public appearances recently, fueling the rumours.

Apr 16 07:58

Russian reinforcements head for Syria: Warships laden with tanks, military trucks and armoured patrol boats sail towards the Middle East as the world awaits Putin's response to airstrikes

Two Russian warships laden with military vehicles have been spotted en route to Syria after Friday's US-led airstrikes obliterated three suspected chemical weapons sites.

An Alligator-landing ship was pictured cruising down The Bosphorus on Sunday as the world awaits Vladimir Putin's response to this week's co-ordinated military action against Syria.

The vessel was spotted on its way to the Russian naval base at Tartus on the north Syrian coast.

On its fourth deployment of Russian military equipment to the war-torn country the ship was seen laden with tanks, trucks, ambulances and an IED radar.

A yellow RoRo Alexandr Tkachenko was also pictured heading for Tartus carrying high-speed patrol boats, a temporary bridge structure and several trucks. The images were posted on social media by Bosphorus-based naval observer Yörük I??k.

Apr 16 07:58

15 Things Cancer Doctors Do to Avoid Cancer

"Eating too much sugar and junk food can cause fat to build up in your liver, which can cause liver damage and increase the risk of liver cancer. It has been predicted that this non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will be the leading cause of liver cancer and the rate of liver cancer will increase significantly in a few years." —Homayoon Sanati, MD, medical director of the MemorialCare Breast Cancer Center at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California

Apr 16 07:58

James Comey Says ‘I Hope Not’ When Asked if Trump Should Be Impeached

A star is born!

At least, that’s what former FBI Director James Comey must be thinking about himself. This Tuesday, Comey’s new ‘b**chy’ memoir, to borrow a descriptive phrase from Fox News’ Chris Wallace, will be released. In preparation for the book drop, Comey spent the weekend frequenting the usual suspects of humdrum Sunday cable shows, boosting his own compromised image and lambasting President Trump.

The media, like the bloodsucking demons they are, are eating the whole thing up. The press is desperate to hear James Comey’s story, hoping it will provide the silver bullet to bring down Trump. There’s only one issue: When Comey was asked if Trump should be impeached, he gave an answer that caught many liberals by surprise.

Apr 16 07:57

IMF warns of ‘dark clouds looming’ as economic optimism ENDS

THE GLOBAL economy has peaked and a downturn in 2018 is inevitable according to a new index and the IMF’s Christine Lagarde who has warned of an “inexcusable, collective policy failure”.

Apr 16 07:54

Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in California

More local governments in California are resisting the state's efforts to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak.

Since the Jeff Sessions-led Department of Justice sued California last month over its so-called "sanctuary state" law limiting police collaboration with immigration agents, at least a dozen local governments have voted to either join or support the lawsuit or for resolutions opposing the state's position. Those include the Board of Supervisors in Orange County, which has more than 3 million people.

More action is coming this week, with leaders in the Orange County city of Los Alamitos scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal for a local law to exempt the community of 12,000 from the state law. On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting to consider joining the Trump administration lawsuit.

Apr 16 07:53

Newspaper Column Calls For Minority Curfew After Stephon Clark Shooting

Inside the pages of the small, weekly Rancho Murieta newspaper the River Valley Times, the sentence generating big backlash is an opinion piece written in response to the police shooting of Stephon Clark.

It reads, “police have to be careful not to overact and you black men might be better off at home after a certain hour.”

The line is drawing a swift reaction.

David Lee and his family live in the gated community where the paper is circulated.

“Just disgusting,” he said. “I mean, that’s how I feel about it.”

Apr 16 07:53

GW student gov takes another crack at BDS bill

George Washington University's Student Association will soon vote on a BDS resolution that calls on the school to divest from companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

The bill, which failed to pass last year, accuses Israel of being an apartheid state, while asserting that the university's mission statement compels it to support BDS.

Apr 16 07:52

BEX ALERT - US claims on setting back Syria chemical weapons capability likely exaggerated, say experts

Some defense experts poured cold water over Pentagon claims Saturday that the U.S.-led strike set back Syria's chemical weapons program "for years"

One of the three targets in the airstrikes was a chemical and biological weapons research and production facility just outside Damascus.

Experts suggest chlorine gas or other chemical agents like mustard gas are still available from an industrial base so difficult to fully eliminate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because of sanctions against Syria, US companies cannot sell cancer medication to the country. The facility outside Damascus that was bombed was making domestic cancer treatments. The Syrian government toured international media through the ruins. Had there actually been chemical weapons there, they would all be dead!

Apr 16 07:50

Poverty Scold Paul Ryan Retiring at 48 to Join the Ranks of Idle Rich

On Wednesday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he would be leaving Capitol Hill at the end of the year, claiming, as so many have before him, that he wants to spend more time with his family. In delivering the news to his colleagues, Ryan said that among his proudest moments in what will be a 20-year career, one stood out from the pack: the passage of 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (working title: “The Cut Cut Cut Act”), a historic transfer of wealth, the likes of which Ryan had been dreaming about since his college kegger days.

Apr 16 07:50

An international study of alcohol consumption has found no overall health benefits from moderate drinking and calls into question the U.S. guidelines that say men can safely drink twice as much as women

A sweeping international study of alcohol consumption has found no overall health benefits from moderate drinking and calls into question the U.S. guidelines that say men can safely drink twice as much as women. The threshold for low-risk drinking, the researchers found, is about seven beers a week for men and women alike.

Apr 16 07:45

Pentagon’s video: The “Ax of War” strikes Syria

Following the rocket attacks from the United States, France and Britain in Syria, the Pentagon has published photos and videos of the company.

A total of 105 missiles were launched against three facilities in Syria.

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Apr 16 07:43

Jewish-American on Israel's Fascism: "No Hope For Change From Within"

Apr 16 07:41

Only Economic Collapse Will Bring Down the American Empire

Despite the vehement pleas and letter-writing campaigns by a significant portion of his political base including notable media personalities such as Tucker Carlson against military action in Syria, President Trump committed what looks like political suicide by ordering air strikes on Friday evening. The bombing, thankfully, appeared to have been thwarted by Syrian air defenses, nor, as of this date, has the insane American, British and French action led to a wider conflagration.

As of yet, no doubt due to Divine Intervention, WWIII has not erupted and although the ramifications of the attack will reverberate for weeks to come, what is clear is that President Trump is now firmly in the clutches of the neocons, Israel, and the American Deep State, all of who are the direct beneficiaries of the wanton attack on the Assad regime.

Apr 16 07:39

Global Debt Bubble Hits New All Time High – One Quadrillion Reasons To Buy Gold

– Global debt bubble hits new all time high – over $237 trillion
– Global debt increased 10% or $21 tn in 2017 to nearly a quarter quadrillion USD
– Increase in debt equivalent to United States’ ballooning national debt
– Global debt up $50 trillion in decade & over 327% of global GDP
– $750 trillion of bank derivatives means global debt over $1 quadrillion
– Gold will be ‘store of value’ in coming economic contraction
– Global debt is the mother of all bubbles

Apr 16 07:38

Leak: Hillary Not Indicted Because Everyone In D.C. Tied To Clinton Foundation

Thanks to True News, a thread on 4chan was discovered where an alleged FBI insider confirms everyone’s worst suspicions. As True News reports, the Hillary Clinton email server was merely a distraction from the Clinton Foundation, and most of Washington D.C. is in up to their necks in what could be the biggest scandal of all times. With the Clinton’s involved, that should surprise no one.

The information contained in the enormous thread on 4chan is from someone claiming to be a high level FBI analyst, and the alleged analyst clams it was their job to analyze many of the records found in the Clinton case. According to the alleged insider, it’s only a matter of time before the ULTIMATE bomb drops, and much of what the FBI uncovered during the investigation gets leaked.

Apr 16 07:37

'We convinced him' on Syria: Macron says he steered Trump on strikes

French president Emmanuel Macron has claimed that he convinced Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria for the long term and limit Saturday’s joint strikes to chemical weapons facilities.

Macron said in an interview on Sunday that restricting the missile strikes to specific targets was not necessarily Trump’s initial plan. “We also persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets,” he said.

The French president also said: “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria’. We convinced him it was necessary to stay. We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.”

Apr 16 07:37

Some Bubbles are Just Outright Frauds

Apr 16 07:37

Theresa May to tell MPs: Syria airstrikes were in UK's interest

Theresa May will hit back at critics of military action in Syria by insisting the decision to launch airstrikes was aimed at preventing human suffering, and was in Britain’s national interest, as she is questioned by MPs about the attacks for the first time.

With the government braced for highly charged exchanges in the Commons as MPs return from their Easter recess, the prime minister will emphasise the international support for the bombing raids.

May will tell MPs: “Let me be absolutely clear: we have acted because it is in our national interest to do so. It is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria and to uphold and defend the global consensus that these weapons should not be used.”

Apr 16 07:36

Ex-Pink Floyd singer denounces White Helmets as propaganda tool during Barcelona concert

English singer Roger Waters, a member of Pink Floyd and now a solo performer, denounced the controversial Syrian group White Helmets during a concert, saying they “exist only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists.”

The tirade came from Waters on Friday during a gig in Barcelona, which took place just as the US, the UK and France were preparing an attack against Syria based on reports provided by the White Helmets. A week before that, the group produced photos and footage of what they claimed to be aftermath of a chemical-weapons attack by the Syrian government on the town of Douma near Damascus, which was held by an armed group called Army of Islam.

Addressing the audience, Waters said someone had asked him for the stage to speak about Douma and the alleged chemical attack. The singer said that person and he had very different opinions about the situation in Syria.

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