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Dec 12 13:29

Probe of FBI agent has devastating effect on D.C. drug cases

The way federal authorities told it, the 14 people were dangerous drug dealers who brought large quantities of heroin to D.C. streets. They were an older crew, but what they lacked in youthful energy they made up for in sophistication. They sometimes talked in code, referring to the drugs they sold as “hamburgers” or “doughnuts” to evade detection.

And now, it seems, after being caught in an elaborate federal sting, they will all be back on the streets.

Federal prosecutors are working to dismantle the case — which U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. hailed less than a year ago as an example of law enforcement taking “another step toward making our community safer” — because the investigation was tainted by the possible misconduct of an FBI agent.

On Friday, a federal judge threw out the charges against 13 of the 14 defendants, at prosecutors’ request, and he is expected to terminate the charges against the last defendant soon.

Dec 12 13:25

FLASHBACK - FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Records, Stealing Drug Evidence

An ex-FBI agent appeared in federal court Tuesday to plead guilty to 64 charges of obstruction of justice, falsifying records, heroin possession and conversion of property -- charges prosecutors say may land him more than seven years in prison.

Matthew Lowry, 33, formerly a special agent with the agency's Washington field office, tampered with hundreds of grams of heroin seized during drug investigations in 2013 and 2014, keeping it in his car for weeks or months, and periodically using it, according to charging documents filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Fueled by an addiction to prescription painkillers, Lowry abused heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botched dozens of cases involving suspected drug traffickers in multiple states, according to details that emerged on Friday, March 20.

Dec 12 13:21

BROKE: Dollar General is opening 900 new stores next year



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Dec 12 13:11

The Left Is Trying To Use The #MeToo Movement As A Weapon To Destroy Donald Trump

The left is willing to use any means necessary to get rid of Donald Trump, and so it should be no surprise that they are now using the #metoo movement as a weapon in their crusade against him.

Dec 12 12:20

World’s largest aircraft tears itself apart

The world’s largest aircraft suffered more problems over the weekend when it slipped free from its mooring mast before automatically tearing apart and coming to rest in a crumpled heap in a field. Two people sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident.

It’s the second disaster to hit the enormous Airlander 10 — also known as “the Flying Bum” for its butt-shaped leading end — in the space of 15 months.

Dec 12 12:08

Bread, Butter and Brotherhood

Khan-Harris’ commission was to portray my work as a directionless anti-Semitic rant. Here, according to Khan-Harris, is an example of my worthless philosophical speculation:

“I suggest that instead of looking at the world through the rigid lens of the Right/Left dichotomy, or a particular ideological perspective, it is more instructive to impose an alternative (meta-ideological) method that juxtaposes “the human” i.e. the human condition, with the political spectrum as a whole. Instead of imposing any particular ideology, be it Right, Left, Capitalism, Fascism and so on, I examine the complementarity between a political system and the human condition.” (Gilad Atzmon, Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto).



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Dec 12 12:07

Surveillance firms spied on campaign groups for big companies, leak shows

British Airways, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Porsche are among five large companies that have been identified as having paid corporate intelligence firms to monitor political groups that challenged their businesses, leaked documents reveal.

The surveillance included the use of infiltrators to spy on campaigners.

The targets included the grieving family of Rachel Corrie, a student protester crushed to death by a bulldozer, as well as a range of environmental campaigns, and local campaigners protesting about phone masts.

The leaked documents suggest the use of secretive corporate security firms to gather intelligence about political campaigners has been widespread. However, police chiefs have in the past raised a “massive concern” that the activities of the corporate firms are barely regulated and completely uncontrolled.

Dec 12 12:06

Congress Expands Uranium One Probe After Senator Claims Obama Admin Misled Him Over Yellowcake Exports

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is turning up the heat on the Uranium One investigation, demanding documents from both the Energy Department and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a Monday letter to both entities. Barrasso wants to find out if he was intentionally misled by the Obama administration about Uranium One being able to export yellowcake uranium out of the United States after the company was acquired by Russia.

Dec 12 12:01

Frank Luntz Tells Neil Cavuto: ‘I Don’t Trust Your Fox News Poll, Roy Moore Could Easily Win This’...

I am no fan of Frank Luntz but his reasoning is sound here. This is good tv.

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Dec 12 11:57

What Trump has done: The entire US-Middle East political framework just collapsed

Now that President of the United States, Donald Trump, has fully adopted the Israeli rightwing political discourse on Palestine, the Palestinian National Authority is in a very tough spot.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognise occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said in Washington last Wednesday. The embattled president has done what many had asked him not to do. But the truth is, US foreign policy has been bankrupt for years. It was never fair, nor did it ever intend to be so.

Trump merely pulled the plug, not only on the so-called peace process, two-state solution, ‘land-for-peace formula’ but also all the other tired cliches that have been long dead and decomposing.

But Trump’s announcement has also laid to rest the illusion that the US was ever keen on achieving a just and lasting peace between Israel and its neighbours.



Dec 12 11:56

Tax Bill: John Cornyn’s Fossil Fuel Provision Would Personally Enrich Republican Lawmakers

When Texas Sen. John Cornyn slipped an obscure tax break for pipeline giants into the GOP tax bill, he wasn't just helping major Republican Party donors, he was also potentially helping 16 of his congressional colleagues. Together those 16 lawmakers — 13 Republicans, three Democrats — own multimillion-dollar stakes in the special investment vehicles that stand to benefit from Cornyn’s amendment. They include three of members of the Texas Congressional delegation: Sen. Ted Cruz and two top Republicans in the U.S. House.

Cornyn’s amendment, which was introduced just hours before the Senate passed the tax bill on Dec. 2, provides a tax deduction for investors in energy-related master limited partnerships (MLPs) — investment entities primarily used by oil and gas pipeline corporations.

Dec 12 11:54

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dead At 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who became the city’s first Asian-American mayor when he was named to serve out the remainder of Gavin Newsom’s term in Jan. 2011, died suddenly early Tuesday morning, city officials said.

He was 65.

In accordance with the City Charter, Board of Supervisors President London Breed became Acting Mayor of San Francisco, effectively immediately. Breed becomes San Francisco’s first female African American mayor in any capacity.San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who became the city’s first Asian-American mayor when he was named to serve out the remainder of Gavin Newsom’s term in Jan. 2011, died suddenly early Tuesday morning, city officials said.

In accordance with the City Charter, Board of Supervisors President London Breed became Acting Mayor of San Francisco, effectively immediately. Breed becomes San Francisco’s first female African American mayor in any capacity.

Dec 12 11:49

O’REILLY: HUGE FAKE SEX ASSAULT CLAIM AGAINST TRUMP COMING IN JANUARY

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is predicting a huge onslaught against President Trump in January based around fake accusations of sexual assault as Democrats panic that Trump’s chances of re-election are surging.

Dec 12 11:45

WATCH: Steve Bannon Speech At Roy Moore Rally…

Great speech. Bannon goes all in for Roy Moore.

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Dec 12 11:39

Update: State Supreme Court stays order directing Alabama not to destroy voting records

Late Monday night, the Alabama Supreme Court stayed the Montgomery County Circuit Court's order earlier that day directing Alabama election officials to preserve digital ballot images during Tuesday's Senate election.

Dec 12 11:39

A $21 Trillion Global Pandora’s Kitty?

By Mathew Maavak

As US federal debt approaches $21 trillion in a matter of months, an eye-popping equivalent amount seems to have gone cumulatively missing from government coffers over the past two decades.

The missing $21 trillion was tabulated by a team of researchers led by Dr. Mark Skidmore, Morris Chair of State and Local Government and Policy at Michigan State University. Skidmore’s team tallied up “undocumentable adjustments” – a euphemism for accounting prestidigitations – at the US Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) between 1998 and 2015. The study was verified by no less authority than Catherine Austin Fitts whose mainstream credentials included a stint in the George H.W. Bush presidential administration...

Dec 12 11:25

College Presidents Making $1 Million Rise With Tuition and Student Debt

A seven-figure salary to run a nonprofit college? You know what they say: Pro Humanitate.

Dec 12 11:24

PHOTO OF NEW MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO

After San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died suddenly of cardiac arrest last night, London Breed has been named the new mayor.

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Dec 12 11:19

U.S. Demands NATO Action on Russian Missiles

The U.S. believes Russia is secretly developing nuclear-capable, medium-range missiles in violation of the INF Treaty. Washington has now upped the pressure on NATO to formulate a response - and a new arms race could be the result.

Dec 12 11:15

Report: 1,000 People Own 40 Percent of the Bitcoin Market

A mere 1,000 people own 40 percent of the bitcoin market, according to a report from Bloomberg. As the cryptocurrency’s value climbs to new heights, these “bitcoin whales” have even more power to sink or float the market, potentially in coordinated schemes.

Dec 12 11:15

Poll: Russia Wields Most Influence in Middle East; Netanyahu Least Popular Leader

The survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center in five Middle Eastern states, including Israel



Dec 12 11:13

Viral video of emaciated polar bear may not be what it seems, Nunavut bear monitor says

When Leo Ikakhik saw this weekend's viral video of an emaciated polar bear rummaging through the garbage in search of food, he wasn't shocked.

"I wasn't totally surprised. These things happen," the Nunavut polar bear monitor told As It Happens host Carol Off. "Mother Nature is going to do part of that. You know, it's just part of the cycle."

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He said he sees healthy and well-fed polar bears in the Arctic all the time, but some are simply unlucky.

For example, he said he recently came across a bear with a broken paw that couldn't hunt, and locals had to put it down.

"Since I'm from the North, I wouldn't really fall for the video," he said.

"I wouldn't really blame the climate change. It's just part of the animal, what they go through."

Dec 12 11:04

US Drug Company Hikes Price Of Everyday Vitamin Pills By 800%

A US drug manufacturer has increased the price of a bottle of vitamins - a generic version of which can be bought for around $5 - by more than 800 per cent.



Dec 12 09:54

Photos of Bella Hadid at ‘Free Palestine’ protest in London go viral

Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid is making it clear she stands against President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Just days after the celebrity expressed her solidarity with the people of Palestine in an Instagram post, she joined a London protest against the decision on Friday.

According to People Magazine, Hadid took part in the demonstration after she attended a Tag Heuer event held in the British capital.

Dec 12 09:42

Mom of three dies after doctors said she was 'too young' to have bowel cancer

The mother of a 32-year-old woman who died of liver and bowel cancer has spoken out about the devastating effect the disease had on her.
Nicole Yarran, from Western Australia, was diagnosed with terminal forms of both cancers after being given a routine scan while pregnant with her third child.

Dec 12 09:39

As North Korea Claims Missile Progress, Pentagon Plans ICBM Interceptor Test

As North Korea makes headway in developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the US mainland, the Pentagon is preparing to test its missile interceptor – which has a very inconsistent record.

First developed during the Cold War as part of former US President Ronald Reagan’s multi-billion dollar "Star Wars" effort to counter Soviet ballistic missiles, the US missile interceptor has only had nine successful tests among the 17 conducted since 1999.

Dec 12 09:39

Anyone over 21 could grow weed at home under proposed Ohio ballot initiative

A group of local investors who failed in their bid to secure a state license to grow medical marijuana on Monday announced plans for a statewide ballot issue that would fully legalize marijuana.



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Dec 12 09:39

Kimmel Disturbingly Edits Video of Child Interviewing Roy Moore So It Appears He Isn’t Wearing Pants

In perhaps his most vile stunt to date, Jimmy Kimmel edited the video of a charming 12-year-old child interviewing Judge Roy Moore so that it would appear that he was shoving his crotch in her face — without pants.

Dec 12 09:35

This New Russian Sniper Rifle Is Redefining 'a Safe Distance'

Common Russian battle tactics, currently on display in Ukraine and elsewhere, uses three rows of snipers in battle. Although the first two rows present a challenge for even the best marksmen, it’s the back row—which can be around 2,000 yards away from a target—where Russia places its most elite. Now a U.S. Army report says that this last row of warriors have become even more deadly, thanks to a new weapon—the T-5000 Tochnost rifle.

Dec 12 09:28

North Korea latest: Dead bodies of starved prisoners fed to DOGS in brutal regime



Dec 12 09:26

North Sea pipeline SHUTS DOWN - driving up fuel bills at worst possible time

A VITAL pipeline which brings fuel to the UK has been shut for repairs – raising prices just as the big freeze starts to bite.

The Forties Pipeline System (FPS) supplies nearly 40 per cent of oil and gas to these shores, and the four-week shutdown is certain to have a major knock-on effect.

After the news, North Sea Brent, which is generally regarded as the international crude oil benchmark, jumped to $64.93 a barrel – a two-year high.

Dec 12 09:22

Russians arrest man accused of being US SPY leaking navy secrets

Alexandr Zhitnyuk is accused of treason for passing state secrets to the CIA, reported the Rosbalt news agency.

He was detained after a "special operation" which allegedly found he had handed over naval secrets to US intelligence.

'As a result of observation it was established that Zhitnyuk passed information containing state secrets to representatives of Western intelligence," a source was quoted as saying.

"The final beneficiary of this information was the Central Intelligence Agency of the USA."

Dec 12 09:18

Massive Austria gas plant blast plunges Europe into energy crisis as shortage hits

ENERGY prices across Europe have soared after an explosion ripped through one of the continent’s biggest supply hubs.

Pipeline deliveries across large parts of the continent have been thrown into chaos as a result of the deadly blast at the Baumgaerten site in eastern Austria.

In Britain, Europe's biggest gas market, the price of gas for immediate delivery soared by 35 per cent to 92p per therm, its highest level since 2013.

The Italian wholesale day-ahead price surged nearly doubled to £41.44 per megawatt-hour, its highest ever recorded level.

And Italy has declared a state of emergency as a result of the fuel crisis with industry minister Carlo Calenda warning of a "serious" energy supply problem.



Dec 12 09:05

Trump's al-Quds bid creates new tension in Middle East: Iran's Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has denounced the recent "incorrect and illegal" decision by his American counterpart to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital,” saying the move would create new tension in the Middle East.

Rouhani made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday ahead of his departure for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which is scheduled to be convened on Wednesday following US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital" and his country's intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

"If Muslims maintain their unity and integrity, it will be a big victory for Muslims and the region," Rouhani said.

He added that Quds belongs to all Muslims and would be the "capital of the Palestinian state."

Dec 12 09:04

Forced Privatization of Greek Port of Piraeus, One Year Later

Dimitri Lascaris in Greece, speaks with Giogros Gogos, general Secretary of the Dockworkers Union at the Port of Piraeus. The Troika forced the privatization of 67% of Port of Piraeus, this means that the most secure and lucrative asset in Greece, that could have generated money to pay the debt, is now the hands of Chinese shipping company Cosco



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Dec 12 09:04

DARPA Genetic Extinction Research a Mistake - Human Rights Watchdog

The US advanced military research body – DARPA – announced that it will invest tens of millions of dollars into genetic extinction research. While the official aim of this research is said to be fighting harmful insects, there are significantly darker speculations about the possible use of such a tool.

Radio Sputnik discussed the possible dangers of this kind of research with Silvia Ribeiro, Latin America director of the ETC Group, an international organization dedicated to "the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights."

"When it is developed under an umbrella of a military research, you get a clear notion that there can be a dual purpose of this research," Ribeiro told Sputnik.

Speaking about the official purpose of the so-called extinction technologies research — fighting malaria-carrying mosquitoes — she noted that even if one species of mosquito is eradicated, it will not influence the bacteria that causes malaria.

Dec 12 08:56

POLL SHOWS NETANYAHU AS LEAST POPULAR MIDDLE EAST LEADER

Netanyahu’s lack of popularity is likely a reflection of general regional opposition to Israel, though his right-wing government and what many in the Arab world see as the prime minister’s hard line refusal to enter into peace talks with the Palestinians have made him particularly reviled.

Netanyahu’s office declined to comment but the prime minister himself has often played up his successes in expanding Israel’s diplomatic portfolio and cache in the world.

Dec 12 08:55

ON LINE WAR AGAINST BDS …..

Fighting online BDS in wake of Jerusalem declaration

Dec 12 08:55

Boy, 8, collects more than 1,000 toys for children of Puerto Rico.

This Christmas has been the season of giving, not getting, for an 8-year-old boy in New Jersey whose home has become a bit like Santa's workshop.



Dec 12 08:55

News anchor on night of Vegas massacre: I have confirmed through a police source that there were two suspects with high-powered weapons

KSNV 3 News anchor Gerald Ramalho told viewers on the night of the massacre that he confirmed through a police source that there were, in fact, two shooters who fired their high-powered weapons into a crowd of thousands of people who were attending the Jason Aldean concert across the street from the Mandalay Bay.

Dec 12 08:55

TRUMP’S DECISION WILL ONLY LEAD TO MORE DEATHS

And of course, most of the dead will be Palestinians. Most Israelis don’t know any and hence can’t think of them as anything but a stereotype, as one of those human-shaped targets in IDF gun ranges.

Dec 12 08:54

House Republicans have a little-known plan to raise taxes on teachers by $2 billion

All in, Richardson estimates she spent $500 of her own money on her students last year. She says it's worth it — her voice lights up talking about “her kids” and all their “aha moments,” many of which come when she deviates from the textbook.

But what has also been helpful is that she's able to deduct $250 off her taxable income for the extras she buys for her classroom, a small help that Congress created in 2002 for teachers who “go above and beyond.”

Now, the educator expense deduction has become a sticking point in the GOP tax debate, with the House and Senate taking it in two wildly different directions.

The House GOP tax bill would scrap that educator deduction entirely.

Dec 12 08:49

The Death of Detective Sean Suiter: How Deep Does the Corruption Go?

A damning report for the Department of Justice, a consent decree, ballooning overtime costs, and seemingly the most disturbing development: a burgeoning scandal involving at least eight officers of the Gun Trace Task Force who are accused of stealing money from residents, dealing drugs, and racketeering. Now, with the killing of Detective Sean Suiter, who recently was set to testify in the case, things have gone from bad to worse, as Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis just asked the FBI to take the case.

But, amid all the obvious dysfunction, not a single police officer has been fired, and the city and charitable organizations keep giving the department money, more, not less. So, what's going on, and is there a path forward to fix this? And, is this department beyond repair?



Dec 12 08:40

U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77.

Dec 12 08:37

Snow in Europe triggers transport chaos

Heavy snow blanketing northern Europe has caused many flight cancellations and delays at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands and Brussels airport.

About 400 flights were cancelled at Schiphol - one of Europe's biggest airports - and about 200 in Brussels.

Travellers have been advised to check flight updates at home, rather than set off for the airport in bad weather.

In Germany the heavy snow has caused many car crashes and traffic jams, as well as train delays.


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Dec 12 08:36

Photos: Unusually early, heavy snow creates 'winter wonderland' from Texas to Georgia

As unusually cold air arrived in the southern United States during the latter part of this week, it provided opportunities for residents to experience rare snowfall.

The wintry weather created slick and hazardous travel conditions from southern Texas to Alabama on Friday morning with numerous accidents forcing road closures throughout the region.

The snow continued to spread northeastward to northern Georgia, including Atlanta, and the western Carolinas on Friday into Friday night.
In southeastern Texas, 7 inches of snow was reported on the south side of Corpus Christi, Texas, and thundersnow was also reported in the area. According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the most recent accumulating snowfall in the city came back in 2004.

Dec 12 08:36

Heavy snow brings travel chaos to UK

Heavy snow fell in many parts of the UK on Sunday as Storm Caroline, the biggest storm so far this year, caused widespread disruption with road and air travel severely affected.

Central England and Wales were the worst hit regions witnessing up to 11 inches of snow in some places in just a few hours. Northern Ireland was also slammed.

Sleet and snow fell in central London as temperatures plummeted.

Dec 12 08:28

Voters head to the polls in contentious Senate race in Alabama

Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a pivotal special election in which allegations of inappropriate behavior against Republican candidate Roy Moore have created a unique opportunity for Democrats in the typically ruby-red Deep South.

The closely watched Senate contest between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is expected to set the stage for the 2018 midterm elections by testing the influence of President Trump and conservative allies, such as Stephen K. Bannon, former White House chief strategist, with voters on the ground. Democrats are hoping to capi­tal­ize next year on allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump and other members of the GOP to help them gain seats in the House and Senate.

Dec 12 08:23

The pundits were wrong about Assad and the Islamic State. As usual, they're not willing to admit it

The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. In 2014, the extremist group seemed to make substantial inroads in achieving its stated goal of a caliphate. It boasted tens of thousands of fighters and territorial control over an area roughly the size of South Korea. By almost every metric, Islamic State has collapsed in its Syria stronghold, as well as in Iraq. As a former foreign fighter recently admitted, “It’s over: there is no more Daesh left,” using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

The rollback of Islamic State must come as a shock to the chorus of journalists and analysts who spent years insisting that such progress would never happen without toppling the regime of Bashar Assad — which is, of course, still standing. A cavalcade of opinion makers long averred that Islamic State would thrive in Syria so long as Assad ruled because the Syrian Arab Army was part of the same disease.



Dec 12 08:22

Do You Hold Dual Citizenship? You Can Serve in Congress–but not the Israeli Knesset!

A few days ago I posted an article entitled Zionists Form Group to Promote Kurdish Statehood, about the latest efforts underway to carve up the Middle East. In the course of researching that article I made a rather interesting discovery: that Israel has a law prohibiting holders of dual citizenship from serving in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

Needless to say, we need such a law here in the US, but of course anyone who suggests this gets accused of anti-Semitism.

Dec 12 08:05

Bibi’s Bible stories: How Netanyahu invokes holy scripture to justify Israel's interests

Israel’s prime minister is a big fan of the Bible – especially when the 2,700-year-old holy book can be used to demystify Israeli policy. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Bible citation while defending Trump’s Jerusalem move is the most recent example of this phenomenon.

During their meeting in Sochi in August, Russian President Vladimir Putin presented Netanyahu with a copy of the first-ever Bible printed with commentary by Rashi, a renowned medieval French rabbi and scholar. It was a fitting gift, considering that the Israeli prime minister is known for his fondness of citing the Bible as if it were a UN Security Council resolution.

Dec 12 08:01

Arab leaders plan major response to Trump's Jerusalem move

Arabs and Muslims are responding with both actions and reactions to the decision of the Donald Trump administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While public protests have engulfed countries as close as Jordan and as far away as Morocco and Indonesia, political leaders are searching for actions they can take to respond to the unexpected large public protests and demands for action.

A hurriedly organized summit of the three Arab entities who signed agreements with Israel (Egypt, Palestine and Jordan) was held in Cairo on Dec. 11. Jordan, which holds the chair of the Arab summits, is also calling for an emergency Arab summit. The three leaders might also call on US Vice President Mike Pence not to come to the region. Pence is scheduled to visit the region Dec. 18-20. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II and Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb have all said that they will boycott the visiting US vice president.



Dec 12 08:00

The Hidden Hands Behind US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, all-but-abandoning America's commitment to a two-state solution, has its roots with the religious politics of Jared Kushner, Trump's Middle East adviser and son-in-law. Kushner, a favorite of both Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and pro-Netanyahu American casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, has tapped for his Middle East "envoy" team two rabidly pro-Israeli expansion ideologues, US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and "Special Representative for International Negotiations" Jason Greenblatt. Friedman was an attorney with the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, which represented the Trump Organization. Greenblatt was the chief legal officer for the Trump Organization.

Dec 12 07:56

'It may not stop snowing in northern Pa. until next week': AccuWeather

While we have a chance for a white Christmas and several chances for snow this week, the situation is even snowier in northern Pennsylvania, AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuel says.

While no big storms are coming, Samuel said the arctic air headed our way this week will make it feel like single digits outside.

There could be lake-effect snow in south-central Pa. Tuesday into Wednesday, which is unusual, he said.

The area along I-80 could see a dusting to an inch. And it's a different story north of there, Samuel said.

"It may not stop snowing in northern Pennsylvania until next week. It looks like a very snowy pattern," he said.

Dec 12 07:52

CHIEF PATHOLOGIST RESIGNS TO EXPOSE SHERIFF FOR FALSIFYING AUTOPSY REPORTS TO PROTECT KILLER COPS

The resignation of a chief autopsy doctor has raised questions as he is now claiming that he chose to resign because he no longer wanted to stand by and watch the sheriff override his findings from death investigations, in order to protect law enforcement.

Former Chief Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, claimed that when he was conducting autopsies on individuals who were killed by police officers, Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore attempted to influence his medical findings, according to a report from KQED News.

Dec 12 07:51

South Korea Asks US To Halt Joint Military Exercises Until Olympics End

According to the FT, South Korea has politely asked the US to "delay" joint military exercises until after the Winter Olympics, in order to lower the chances that North Korea takes provocative actions during the Pyeongchang Games, which Seoul wants to use to showcase the country’s development. The unexpected request means that Seoul will want to postpone the start of the annual spring exercises — called Key Resolve/Foal Eagle — until after the Paralympics, which end on March 18. And since the FT's sources said the US was likely to accept the request, it means that Pyongyang has just succeeded in getting the US to bend to its demands that the US and South Korea stop conducting army drills on its border for at least three months.



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Dec 12 07:50

“Resistance Forces in Region Ready to Defend Al-Aqsa Mosque”

In a phone conversation with the commanders of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which are the armed wing of Hamas Movement, and also Islamic Jihad Brigades in Gaza, the Iranian General stressed that the other resistance forces in the region are ready to defend al-Aqsa mosque.

The remarks by General Soleimani came as a new phase of Palestine’s armed resistance against the Israeli regime seems to be starting.

The tensions in Palestine escalated after US President Donald Trump, in a move that was globally condemned, recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel and said the US embassy will also be relocated from Tel Aviv to the disputed city.

Dec 12 07:50

Tunisians declare boycott of U.S. ships after Trump’s Jerusalem move

A Tunisian labor union on Sunday evening announced its decision to boycott U.S. ships docking at a seaport in the country’s southern region of Sfax following Trump’s recognition, on Wednesday, of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Spokesman of the Popular Conference for the Palestinians Abroad, Ziad al-Aloul, said on Facebook that the regional executive office of Tunisia’s Trade Unions decided to boycott all American ships docking at Sfax commercial harbor.

As part of the boycott move, workers at the seaport will not empty the shipments onboard boats tied up at Sfax seaport after they had set sail from the U.S.

Dec 12 07:50

The Latest: Putin says Jerusalem move may end peace process

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the U.S. administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, warning that it could destabilize the region and derail the Middle East peace process.

Speaking Monday after a hectic day that took him from a Russian base in Syria to Cairo to Ankara, Putin said the Trump administration's move "doesn't help the Mideast settlement and, just the opposite, destabilizes the already difficult situation in the region."

The Russian leader added that it may "finish prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process."



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Dec 12 07:44

North Korea sanctions could hurt millions as winter bites, UN says

As frigid winter weather sweeps over the Korean Peninsula, the United Nations has warned that punitive sanctions on North Korea could have unintended consequences for the country's long-suffering civilian population.

"The humanitarian assistance provided by the UN agencies and others is literally a lifeline for some 13 million acutely vulnerable individuals, but sanctions may be adversely affecting this essential help," said Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN's top human rights official.

Dec 12 07:44

How Nazi Germany Could Have Won World War II: Not Declaring War on America?

The big what-if question.

How Nazi Germany Could Have Won World War II: Not Declaring War on America?
Both Hitler and Roosevelt believed that war was inevitable, and they were both probably right. Restraining the war machine in December of 1941 might have bought some additional time for Germany in the Med and (possibly) in the skies, but would have forced the Kriegsmarine to forego an offensive that it believed could win the war.

Roosevelt forced Germany's hand by luring Japan to attack Pearl Harbor. Under the Axis agreement, Germany had no choice but to declare war on the US following the US declaration of war against Japan.

Dec 12 07:44

Egypt, Russia sign deal to build a nuclear power plant

Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement on Thursday for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.

A spokesman for Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom said the plant, Egypt’s first, would be built at Dabaa in the north of the country and was expected to be completed by 2022.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, speaking on state TV, gave few details but said the project would involve the building of a ‘third-generation’ plant with four reactors.

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