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Mar 22 21:36

LIVE: Russian Ambassador to UK speaks in London following diplomats’ expulsion

LIVE: Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko holds a press conference in London after the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the country over the Sergei Skripal poisoning case.

Mar 22 21:27

China about to throw down the gauntlet to the petrodollar

The world’s top oil importer, China, is expected to launch its long-awaited and delayed yuan-denominated oil futures contract at the end of March, according to Reuters’ sources.

The petroyuan is seen as Beijing’s challenge to the US dollar, the dominant global currency in oil contract settlements.

The contract could reportedly be launched on March 26 on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE). The exchange has recently received the approval from China’s State Council.

Mar 22 20:15

Tucker Carlson interviews former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton (3-8-18).

Everything Bolton says in this clip is bullshit to advance a war agenda. To have this sociopath as National Security Advisor is an existential threat to humanity.

Mar 22 19:43

Trump Dossier 2018: Double Agent

In light of Trump's continuing betrayal of US patriots who voted for him, stuck with through thick and thing during the contested election, the Russian collusion lie ... we now have a growing list of Trump double-crosses: the retirement of dozens of Republicans in the Senate, Congress; the CIA infiltration in the electorate; Jerusalem to be capital of Israel; US troops in Syria, WWIII against Russia; Pompeo to the State Department, Bolton to the NSC; 2nd Amendment rights eviscerated in the new budget (#omnibus2018); I now think that he was a ringer all along, the Russian collusion story just a distraction from a darker agenda for honest US citizens and Christians.

Mar 22 18:21

Tucker Drops A WMD On John Bolton’s Ego

Fox News host Tucker Carlson dealt a serious blow to John Bolton’s ego at the end of his Wednesday night interview with the former United Nations ambassador.

Mar 22 18:15

THEY GOT HIM: TRUMP REPLACES MCMASTER WITH NEOCON SCUM JOHN BOLTON

Any support I’ve shown for Trump has gone out the window this evening. And no, I am not being melodramatic. I am a simple man with modest needs. One of them is for my country to stop fighting unnecessary wars. When you wake up and realize that we’re the bad guys and that the media propaganda is there to make you docile, you will see that nothing else matters but human life. Forget about healthcare, transgender bathrooms, abortion, tax cuts — everything is secondary to the life expectancy of the men and women who serve in our military — our sons and daughters, or neighbors.

In an unbelievable move, Trump has replaced Gen. McMaster with the very worst person living in America, John Neocon Scum Bolton.

Bolton was part of a neocon cabal, spearheaded by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), founded by Bill Kristol, whose lineage is Trotskyite through and through.

Mar 22 18:09

John Bolton File

John Bolton is a long time leader of the War Party, was a major promoter of the lies about Iraq which fostered our war, was former Vice President of the neocon nesting American Enterprise Institute and advisor to JINSA (Likud Think Tank in Washington which long urged Israel to violate Oslo accords). Bolton never gained congressional approval, the is legitimacy for his "Ambassadorship" to the UN and is despised by most of the outside world's nations.

America is not safer being hated and represented to the world by one of the main architects of the policies which led to such hatred. Every time he speaks he is a symbol of go-it-alone America and a lightening rod for hate against America.

Mar 22 18:07

Why Big Tech Is Not As Flush As It Looks

Mar 22 18:05

Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus dies at 94 as his company folds

The man who founded Toys R Us - the children's toy retailer - has died aged 94, one week after his company announced it was closing its doors.

Mar 22 18:04

Pornhub launches $25,000 grant for human sexuality research

Pornhub has announced that it is launching a new $25,000 college grant to fund research on human sexuality.

Called the Pornhub Grant for Sexual Wellness Research, the grant’s goal is to ‘help find new solutions, answers and methods with which to approach current issues pertaining to human sexuality’.

The money will be awarded for ‘a specific research project made to full-time faculty members to support research work carried out by university students under their direction.’

Mar 22 17:56

'Highly likely' Russia behind attack - EU leaders

EU leaders have agreed with the UK government that it is "highly likely" Russia is responsible for the nerve agent attack in the UK.

In a statement, the European Council of EU leaders agreed "there is no plausible alternative explanation".

Mar 22 17:51

China's Tiangong-1 Space Lab Expected to Fall to Earth Over Easter Weekend

China's Tiangong-1 space lab will likely fall to Earth between March 30 and April 2, according to the latest prediction by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany.

This window is "highly variable," not ironclad, Space Debris Office representatives stressed in the updated forecast, which was issued yesterday (March 21).

Mar 22 17:46

Kim Jong-un "gave his word" to South Korea

From the North Korea Times

South Korea's foreign minister has said that North Korea's leader has 'given his word' that he is committed to denuclearization, a prime condition for a potential summit with President Donald Trump in May.

Trump has agreed to what would be historic talks after South Korean officials relayed that Kim Jong-un was committed to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons and was willing to halt nuclear and missile tests.

Mar 22 17:39

Palestinians call to put US ambassador Friedman on ‘global terror list’

In a report titled “Friedman, the Ambassador of Settlements and Lawyer of Extremism,” the PA Ministry of Information in Ramallah called for placing the US envoy on the terrorism list “for violating international law, supporting terrorism, and promoting ethnic cleansing and black racism.”

Mar 22 17:34

Trump Wants to Kill Iran Deal, Considers Saudi Arabia’s Nuclear Ambitions

Giving the Wahhabi nukes what could possibly go wrong with that.

"Administration reports on President Trump’s discussions with Salman have, however, neglected a major topic of discussion: Saudi Arabia’s nuclear ambitions. Subsequent reports reveal that the nuclear program has been a topic of discussion, though to what extent still isn’t totally clear. In recent days the crown prince has talked openly of wanting nuclear arms “as soon as possible” if they believe Iran will get them. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has also confirmed this, and used virtually identical language in doing so."

Mar 22 16:30

The Second Amendment rights of more than 4 million Americans are at risk thanks to Republicans in Congress

Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love.

Mar 22 15:59

All Aboard the Bankruptcy Express

Mar 22 15:42

BREAKING | McMaster RESIGNS, Replaced By John Bolton

Just announced by President Trump 12 minutes ago. Full story here...

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Mar 22 15:34

Why I Am Non-Partisan

Mar 22 15:29

Overthrow: 100 Years of U.S. Meddling & Regime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba

As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, we take a look back at Washington’s record of meddling in elections across the globe. By one count, the United States has interfered in more than 80 foreign elections

Mar 22 15:23

Paul Ryan And Mitch McConnell Just Betrayed Trump In This Awful Way

This legislation is a complete betrayal of President Trump’s agenda and the voters who sent Republicans to Washington.

Republicans won nothing in the deal.

Democrats got 100% of their priorities funded and it looks like they will be able to sneak a provision into the legislation that helps push America closer to a national gun registration database.

McConnell and Ryan are effectively Democrat leaders in Congress.

Mar 22 14:45

VIDEO | Trump Cracks Up The Crowd With Advice…

When Trump is just being himself, he's honest and pretty funny...

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Mar 22 14:35

Mueller Fishing

Mar 22 14:33

The Central Bankers Just Pushed Back Against "The Plan"

Snowden reveals that the NSA has been targeting Bitcoin users and tracking their transactions. The Fed raises rates, they have just fired a shot across the bow to block the plan. The plan is in motion and Trump has started a trade war with the largest US trading partner.

Mar 22 14:27

Remember That Time Obama Called Putin To Congratulate Him On Election Victory -- Neither Did IDIOT David Axelrod

Obama's closest confidante should have kept his mouth shut. He gets pwned...

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Mar 22 14:23

If you were chief of CIA consciousness ops

There is an obsession to say that everything is made out of something.

Who knows where it started? With the Egyptian pyramid builders? The Sumerians?

Mar 22 14:19

Surveillance footage from #LasVegasShooting is out -- And it tells us nothing !

Worst shooting in modern history
And we learn basically zero

Mar 22 14:14

BREAKING: #China 'would fight to the end' in trade war with #US

#TradeWar: #China would defend its own legitimate interests using 'all necessary measures'

Mar 22 14:10

Comey said terrorists were unknown to FBI. HE LIED!!!

Undercover FBI Agent (NOT)Surprised When Terror Attack Began in Garland (Weapon from FAST AND FURIOUS)

Mar 22 14:02

Raising countless eyebrows, Walmart files patent for autonomous bee drones

With honey bee populations still in peril from one or several of a litany of hotly debated causes — neonicotinoid insecticides, changing climate, and more — Walmart appears to have joined the race for a technological solution to a potential looming disaster, filing a patent for robotic, drone bees earlier this month.

Mar 22 14:00

EU Bad-Loan-Fiasco-Reform Loses Teeth, Adds Sweeteners for Banks (Funded by Taxpayers)

After much lobbying, guidelines for banks become “non-binding expectations,” says the ECB.

Mar 22 12:55

Video Of Florida Bridge The Moment It Collapses…

This is the best video I've seen so far of the collapse. Very intense close-up footage...

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Mar 22 12:53

‘Fast and Furious’ Linked to Immunity Deal Between U.S. and Sinaloa Cartel,

Trafficking Defendant Alleges in Court

Mar 22 12:30

These Amino Acids And Antioxidants Could Treat Psychosis Soon

A new scientific systemic review offers rekindled hope in the ability of nutrients to ease the symptoms of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. The study aimed to determine which main amino acids and antioxidants could reduce typical symptoms...

Mar 22 12:15

U.S. Debt Reaches Point of No Return

Mar 22 12:07

A Brief History Of The U.S. Relationship To Jihadists And al-Qaeda Across The World

By Brandon Turbeville

To many Americans who pay only a small portion of their time to what is happening in Syria, the claim that the United States is funding and supporting ISIS sounds like absolute insanity. After all, the corporations who feed them their news incessantly inform them of the threat of ISIS at home and abroad and remind them how hard their government is working in order to keep them safe. Even when many Americans can clearly see that the United States is funding extremists in order to destroy Assad, it is difficult for them to grasp that the most frightening enemy of all, ISIS itself, is also being directed by Western intelligence, the GCC, and Israel...

Mar 22 12:06

The Deep State Breaks Surface

It took me a minute to find out that Cambridge Analytica is owned by a British company, SCL Ltd, which in effect does exactly the same activities in the UK that Cambridge Analytica was undertaking in the US.

Mar 22 12:05

The ‘Deep State’ Is Real — and Dangerous — Paul Says

“Absolutely, there is a deep state, because the deep state is the intelligence agencies that do not have oversight,” he said. “Only eight people in Congress know what they’re doing, and traditionally, those eight people have been a rubber stamp to let the intelligence communities do whatever they want. There is no skeptic among the eight people that are supposedly overseeing the intelligence community.”

Paul said the deep state was on full display during President Barack Obama’s administration, with CIA Director John Brennan and National Intelligence Director James Clapper.

“John Brennan and James Clapper were doing whatever the hell they wanted, without any judicial warrants, and I think there were numerous people in the Obama administration who were using intelligence — one, to try to bring Trump down; but two, also, they were using it for political purposes,” he said. “And this is very, very worrisome.”

Mar 22 12:04

Exclusive: Peter Schweizer Reveals Joe Biden’s Son’s Massive Deal with Chinese Company ‘Trying to Steal’ America’s Nuclear Secrets

In an interview with Breitbart News Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak, Schweizer highlighted the financial relationship between Hunter Biden and the Chinese state — including a $1.5 billion deal establishing a private equity firm — as an illustration of what he dubbed “the new corruption.” He further explained how foreign governments purchase political influence through “sweetheart deals” with the children of politicians.

Mansour asked Schweizer to explain the term “princelings” and its application to the children of high-level politicians. “All of [your] books basically show that corruption is like a game of Whack-a-Mole. You knock it down in one area, and then these corrupt politicians find another avenue for graft, and I’m looking at Secret Empires, and there’s another avenue for graft. I want you to explain to us this concept of ‘the princelings.’ This is something you describe in this book. Tell us what that is.”

Mar 22 12:03

The US Military Is Making Lasers That Create Voices out of Thin Air

Within three years, the Pentagon's non-lethal weapons lab hopes to have a direct energy weapon that can produce an effect like a haunted walkie-talkie or the biblical burning bush.

Watch the video above and listen carefully for what sounds like a human voice during the second spin. That’s not an audio recording or a broadcast transmitted over radio…it’s not human at all. It’s an auditory effect that’s created by military scientists who manipulated the air with lasers — and it’s the Pentagon’s most interesting idea for stopping people charging checkpoints, or just scaring the crap out of them.

The U.S. military’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, or JNLWD, is inching closer to a weapon that alters atoms to literally create words from thin air. It’s called the Laser-Induced Plasma Effect and, fingers crossed, they hope to be able to say intelligible words within the next three years.

Mar 22 12:03

GOV'T 'FUSION CENTERS' SPYING ON PATRIOTS IN ALL 50 STATES

All 50 states have at least one DHS fusion center, and the story of Brenda Arthur lends credence to the views of civil libertarians that these centers, whatever their stated purpose, have been weaponized against law-abiding American citizens.

Fusion centers were established a few years after the 9/11 attacks by the President George W. Bush administration and expanded under Barack Obama.

The West Virginia Fusion Center website says its mission is to "[e]mbrace proactive intelligence efforts. Those efforts are key to inhibiting criminal networks, whether those groups are terrorists, drug-related groups, organized crime, or other criminal enterprises."

Fusion centers work with "non-traditional sources," including corporate America, to build threat assessments on people.

Mar 22 12:02

Math: The Biggest Loser In Illinois Election

The speeches last night said most of what you need to know about the election.

In her concession speech, Jeanne Ives said,

“Illinois does not have a Democratic or Republican problem, it has a math problem.”

It was a core part of her campaign message - that simple math shows the fiscal catastrophe Illinois faces. That’s also been our core theme at Wirepoints since our inception. It trumps all other issues.

In his victory speech, Governor Rauner said,

“To those of you around the state who wanted to send me a message, let me be clear: I have heard you.”

In his victory speech, JB Pritzker said,

“Let’s fund our schools properly so that every child gets a quality education. Let’s institute a progressive income tax, so that we can lower the tax burden on the middle class and those striving to get there. Let’s work toward universal health care by passing my plan for a public option.”

There you have it. The stage is set.

Mar 22 12:02

THE WAR ON DRUGS IS FAR DEADLIER THAN MOST PEOPLE REALIZE

The death toll from the drug war is much less than the actual warfare throughout the world. However, his sentiment is quite appropriate because a significant percentage of the world’s violence could be prevented with a flick of a pen by ending the war on drugs. Imagine if we could essentially eliminate the black market for drug trafficking in Chicago, which has the highest number of gang members and homicides. It’s estimated that up to 80% of the city’s murders are gang-related and one of the main causes of this violence is connected to controlling turf for drug sales.

Mar 22 12:01

Today's Biggest Winner: Banks To Get An Extra $5 Billion In Interest From The Fed

Today's 25bps hike in rates to 1.75% will have little impact on how much interest is paid to the trillions of dollars held in checking and savings accounts across the US (simply because banks continue to drown in over $2 trillion in excess reserves and thus do not really need all those deposits). It will, however, have a notable impact on how much cash the Fed pays out to banks in the form of interest on excess reserves (just don't call it a subsidy).

As the chart below shows, after today's rate hike, the Fed will be paying $37 billion in annualized interest to banks, an increase of $5 billion from the last rate hike.

Mar 22 12:01

Cambridge Analytica Reportedly Obtained Stolen Emails From Israeli Hackers

In the story, the Guardian reported that CA had obtained emails stolen by Israeli hackers, and had ordered staff to analyze the stolen troves in search of kompromat that could be used against rivals to their clients. In both instances, the Guardian's sources said CA staff refused to handle the stolen material, and it's unclear if any information gleaned from the emails had ultimately been released.

Mar 22 12:00

"It Wasn't Russia," It Was Obama-Based Social Media Mining That Beat Hillary

For example, I let Cambridge Analytica analyze my data and they pegged me as a liberal. I know this may be a shocking revelation to all of my haters who believe I’m a conservative Russian agent conspiracy theorist who sells tinfoil hats for a living, but according to my Facebook data I’m a liberal. They also determined I’m more intelligent than 96% of Facebook users, and I somehow lost intelligence points because I like the Beatles (mostly a John Lennon fan), but that is a subject for an entirely different article.

Mar 22 11:59

Offensive Jokes: The UK's Latest Absurd National Security Threat

This time, the UK brought to justice a comedian who taught his girlfriend’s dog how to do a Roman salute.

On Tuesday, Scottish YouTuber Mark Meechan - better known as “Count Dankula” - was found guilty of the hate crime of being “Grossly Offensive” for teaching a pug how to imitate the fascist gesture.

The stunt was not meant to promote fascism or white supremacy in any way and was merely a joke done to irritate Count Dankula’s girlfriend. The court appeared unfazed by this argument, and found him guilty of a crime that could result in two months of jail-time.

Mar 22 11:58

US Support for Brutal Saudi Campaign in Yemen Serves Desire to Oppose Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is in Washington this week to visit the White House and will undoubtedly be pleased to learn that the US Senate just killed a bill to terminate Washington’s military support for Saudi warplanes conducting bombing and missile raids in Yemen.

A bipartisan group of senators recently sought to limit the president's power to deploy military forces in unauthorized places, effectively allowing Congress to withdraw troops from a conflict like the Yemeni Civil War, which the United Nations has said has created the world's most severe humanitarian crisis in 50 years.

Mar 22 11:57

Taipei Sends Jets, Ships to Surveil Chinese Carrier Strike Group

Taiwanese aircraft scrambled to monitor a Chinese carrier battle group transiting the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s warning that Taiwan would face the “punishment of history” if it seeks independence.

According to the Taiwanese Defense Ministry, the aircraft carrier Liaoning led a group of warships from the People's Liberation Army-Navy through the narrow waterway between China and Taiwan on Wednesday.

Aircraft taking off from the carrier did not do anything out of the ordinary that should concern the Taiwanese people, the ministry noted. Taiwanese fighter aircraft and warships shadowed the carrier's operations while it passed through the strait.

Mar 22 11:57

US Lawmakers Agree on Budget Deal With Massive Defense Funding Increase

Lawmakers in the US Congress reached a bipartisan deal Wednesday to keep funding the government through 2018 to avert a shutdown.

"With the biggest increase in defense funding in 15 years, this critical legislation begins to reverse the damage of the last decade," Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Congress minority leader Chuck Schumer said on Twitter the pact included many of Democratic priorities for the middle class.

Mar 22 11:56

‘They know that we know they are liars, they keep lying’: West's war propaganda on Ghouta crescendos

We are currently witnessing truly remarkable developments in Syria, as the country’s army and allies liberate more districts of Eastern Ghouta. Almost 80,000 people have been evacuated, with more still streaming out.

The late February Syrian-Russian opening of humanitarian corridors out of Eastern Ghouta marked the beginning of the end in the tragedy that is Ghouta’s occupation by terrorists including Jaysh Al-Islam, Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (Al-Qaeda), Ahrar Al-Sham, and Faylaq Al-Rahman.

Mar 22 11:56

US Navy Submarines Test Fire Torpedoes in Arctic Exercises

US Navy submarines drilling in the Arctic in recent weeks have fired training torpedoes as a way to make sure the vessels’ lethal abilities are maintained in frigid temperatures, according to a new report.

The two nuclear-powered submarines participating in the Ice Exercise event have released several training torpedoes, Military.com reported March 20. The torpedoes did not carry warheads and had a "minimal" amount of fuel, the news outlet said.

The main objective of testing the torpedos is to "test under-ice weapons systems and validate tactics for weapon employment," Ryan Dropek, a weapons tester for the US Navy, said in a March 19 news release.

Mar 22 11:55

US arms sales to Saudi serve 'aggressive' rather than defensive purposes: Analyst

Dean said the United States arms sales to Saudi Arabia are for “aggressive purposes” rather than defensive ones, adding that no country in the Middle East poses a “credible threat” to the kingdom.

He went on to say the United States seeks to use the “massive stockpiles” it has in Saudi Arabia if it engages in a “big war” in the Persian Gulf.

Mar 22 11:55

Face it: Cambridge Analytica story proves Facebook doesn’t give a toss about privacy or democracy

Mainstream media have obsessed over Russia’s alleged use of Facebook to swing the 2016 US election. In reality, it was actually a shady British data-mining firm that was running pro-Trump Facebook propaganda campaigns.
Irony doesn’t feel like strong enough a word.

Which is worse? Russia allegedly buying a few hundred Facebook ads, with the goal of ‘sowing unrest’ in the United States, by exploiting already emotional and divisive issues like gun control and race relations, or Facebook allowing a dodgy British company to mine the data of millions of its users, without the users’ explicit knowledge or consent, and then using that data for political purposes?

Mar 22 11:54

'I did everything I could to warn law enforcement about what could happen': Woman who took in Parkland killer Nicolas Cruz reveals he punched her and she feared he would shoot her - but police said they couldn't intervene

The woman who looked after Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz before he murdered 17 people last month has broken her silence to describe him as 'a troubled young man'.

Rocxanne Deschamps told a news conference in New York that Cruz once put a gun to his mother's head, displayed a deep affection for military-style guns and behaved so frighteningly that her family called 911 three times.

It was the first time she has publicly discussed what was happening at her home near Lantana when Nikolas and his brother Zachary lived with her and her family, sun-sentinel.com reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who was protecting Nikolas Cruz?

Mar 22 11:54

How Facebook and its 'vampire apps' can still track you AFTER you remove your account: Here's how to stop them

Facebook's latest scandal has caused many users to question whether they should pull the plug and delete their account in order to protect their private data.

But this may not be enough to keep Facebook, its advertisers, and so-called 'vampire apps', from tracking you across the web.

Facebook uses pieces of code - which include tags, pixels and cookies - to collect information and build up a profile of your digital self - even if you don't have an account.

It also allows thousands of third-party 'vampire apps' to plug in to its social network and siphon off data from its users.

In response, many are choosing to manually remove permissions previously granted to individual apps - a time consuming process.

However, it remains unclear whether this will allow them to claw back data already shared via third-parties.

This means third-party apps may still have enough data to build up a digital profile of you, even if you have stopped using them.

Mar 22 11:53

Profits before privacy: No apology from Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica scandal as Facebook CEO now promises to protect users' data after huge 'breach of trust'... but haven't we heard that before?

Mark Zuckerberg finally addressed the Cambridge Analytica scandal on Wednesday afternoon after five days of deafening silence but did not apologize for the fact that 51 million Facebook users' information was taken without their knowledge.

In a lengthy post at 3.50pm, Zuckerberg offered his timeline of the events which led to the revelation this week that the shadowy data firm which shaped Trump's campaign and has been linked to Brexit improperly harvested tens of millions of users' data in 2013 by buying it from an app.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg posted a coordinated post at the same time saying she 'deeply regrets' the scandal but did not apologize for it either.

Stopping short of apologizing outrightly, Zuckerberg said 'the good news' was that Facebook had changed its practices years ago to stop apps from accessing so much information.

Mar 22 11:47

RUSSIA ISSUES ULTIMATUM: IF U.S. ATTACKS DAMASCUS "IT WILL BE THE LAST THING YOU DO"

With these words, Colonel-General Rudskoy, the head of the Main Headquarters of the General Staff of the Russian Federation (the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff) turned to all beloved and deeply respected America.

Today, a meeting of the Ministry of Defense of Russia was held, at which Rudskoy made the following speech:

"Even earlier, a few days ago, Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian General Staff, made an open statement to all the world's media.

In his address, Comrade Gerasimov said that Russia is aware of the impending sabotage in the Eastern Guta region. The opposition, controlled by a coalition led by the United States, is preparing to use the world's banned chemical weapons.

Mar 22 11:47

Xi Jinping Challenges Trump, Taiwan: China Will Give Up ‘Not a Single Inch’ of Land

Chinese Communist leader Xi Jinping concluded the nation’s annual meeting of its legislature, the National People’s Congress, with an extensive speech on Tuesday warning “separatists”—in reference to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang—that their “actions will be met with the condemnation of the people an the punishment of history.”

“Not a single inch of our land will be, and can be, ceded from China,” Xi declared to applause, an apparent warning also to the United States following the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act in Congress. The act allows Taiwanese officials greater freedom to visit the United States for diplomatic reasons, lending legitimacy to the sovereignty of the Taiwanese government at the expense of China.

Mar 22 11:46

FLORIDA MAN ALLEGEDLY SHOUTS ‘ALLAH AKBAR,’ SHOOTS WIFE, KNIFES CHILDREN, SETS HOUSE ON FIRE

A Florida man allegedly shouted “Allah Akbar” repeatedly as police arrested him for shooting his wife, stabbing his two children, and setting his house ablaze.

Police arrested Ronnie Oneal, who identifies as a member of The Nation of Islam, at the house of his partner Kenyatta Barron, in Riverview, Fla., in response to a 911 call from Barron claiming that she had been shot, according to Tampa Bay Times.

Officers found Barron dying of a gunshot wound in the front yard of a neighboring house. Firefighters were responding to a fire set in Barron’s house and found Barron and Oneal’s 9-year-old son, Ronnie Oneal IV, alive but suffering from burns and stab wounds and the couple’s 11-year-old daughter dead from stab wounds.

Mar 22 11:45

‘MARCH FOR OUR LIVES’ NOW OPERATING UNDER DARK MONEY NONPROFIT ADVOCACY GROUP

March For Our Lives, a demonstration involving survivors of the Parkland school shooting that will take place Saturday in Washington, D.C., and across the country, registered a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization that is not required to disclose its donors.

The March for Our Lives Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” nonprofit organization, was registered on March 8 with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, records show. The action fund lists its business address in Encino, Calif., and its agent as CT Corporation System, a D.C.-based firm that offers agent, incorporation, and corporate business compliance services.

Mar 22 11:45

Border Patrol Agents Refuse To Turn Over Wanted Felons Because Of California’s Sanctuary Laws

Border patrol agents are refusing to hand over illegal immigrants with felony warrants to police in California because they can’t be sure local authorities will return the criminal aliens to federal custody, according to a top border security official in San Diego.

Rodney Scott, the chief patrol agent in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, said earlier this month that California’s statewide sanctuary law was undermining normal cooperation between his agency and local law enforcement.

In a little-reported declaration in support of the Department of Justice’s March 6 lawsuit against California, Scott recalled multiple instances in which a Border Patrol agent in the San Diego sector determined that releasing a criminal alien to a local law enforcement would likely result in the person being released without notification to federal authorities.

Mar 22 11:44

As Scandal Rocks Facebook, Something More Sinister Emerges That Should Concern Everybody

Independent Media has consistently informed readers that Facebook is nothing more than a data collection site, and how it is the first time in history that users were basically creating their own dossiers because of the amount of information they share with and on the Facebook platform. According to whistleblower Edward Snowden, Facebook is nothing more than a"surveillance company" rebranded as "social media" as he explained on March 17, 2018.

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as "surveillance companies." Their rebranding as "social media" is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense. (Edward Snowden - Twitter)

Earlier Snowden was more blunt, stating "Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post. They are not victims. They are accomplices."

Mar 22 11:43

Important Arrest: Yuma Border Patrol Agents Catch Felony Sex Offender with a Long History of Crimes

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported illegal alien with multiple felony convictions late Monday evening.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., Yuma Station agents arrested Hector Gutierrez-Perez, a 54-year-old Mexican national, near County 8 ½ Street and Levee Road after he illegally entered the United States once again.

During processing, agents discovered that Gutierrez-Perez has multiple felony convictions out of Bakersfield and Santa Cruz, California including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, obstructing a public officer, and battery on a person. Additional records checks revealed that Gutierrez-Perez was also previously convicted of possession of narcotics/controlled substance, transporting/selling of narcotics, hit and run, and driving while under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

Gutierrez-Perez is being prosecuted for re-entry after deportation.

Mar 22 11:42

Trump cutting Obama-era refugee admissions 77%

The Trump administration, which has proposed a massive 60 percent reduction in refugee admissions from the Obama-era high of 110,000, is expected to cut that number even deeper. according to preliminary estimates.

Experts evaluating the administration’s latest refugee totals now predict a slash of over 77 percent, to 25,000 refugees a year.

Mar 22 11:41

New World Order Targets American Freedom – Alex Newman

Award winning journalist Alex Newman has extensively covered the push towards a so-called New World Order by the global “Deep State.” New revelations about millions of Facebook user profiles show the battle lines start in cyberspace. Newman says, “It’s really hard to tell where the social media firms begin and where the “Deep State” ends. . . . In all these globalist confabs . . . what you see are the leading executives of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Linked In, Amazon and Microsoft. These are the same people involved in the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and the World Government Summit. They all come and give their little speeches, and what you see, and it’s becoming clearer in the last few weeks, they are undergoing a systematic campaign to censor, to silence and to sideline conservatives, Christians, Libertarians and people who say anything that contradicts the agenda. We saw a massive purge just in the last few weeks of YouTube channels.

Mar 22 11:41

Rep Gohmert Accuses Mueller of Using Russia Witch Hunt to Cover Up Uranium One Scandal – Calls For Mueller to be Fired

Rep Louie Gohmert (R-TX) echoed President Trump Wednesday by saying Mueller should never have been appointed in the first place then called for his firing.

Gohmert also accused Mueller of using the office of special counsel to ‘cover his rear’ for the problems he created in allowing U.S. Uranium to be sold to Russia.

Mar 22 11:40

The Nuclear Option: Limitless Investigation of Trump Was Always the Plan

Through a combination of representative democracy and a balancing of state power against federal power, we the people pick our president.

And damn the innocent host! The more devastating the cancer is to the very body politic that gives it life, the better!

It is the truest form of injustice. Singular evil. Blind hatred.

So they changed the rules. We can pick our president. But then the powerful established bureaucracy must conduct a massive, sprawling, limitless investigation into any and all aspects of the president we pick.

The basis of this “investigation” is an increasingly debunked frame-up designed and drafted by the Kremlin and paid for by President Trump’s political opponent in the presidential election. And then spread to all four corners of the globe by the oldest creatures of the powerful establishment in Washington.

Mar 22 11:39

Dershowitz: Mueller performing 'legal colonoscopy,' never should have been appointed

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz on Tuesday said Democrats are "fueling the speculation" around President Trump possibly firing special counsel Robert Mueller, adding that "there never should have been an appointment of special counsel."

"That would create a real problem on the Republican side of the aisle. I don’t think he’ll fire him or should fire him," he added.

"America's Newsroom" anchor Sandra Smith pressed Dershowitz on Trump's weekend tweets.

"The president with his tweets over the weekend and Monday morning saying 'this is the ultimate witch hunt' adds fuel to the fire saying this investigation never should have began in the first place. So what is the strategy there? Why put those things out there?" asked Smith.

Dershowitz responded by saying there had been "no probable cause" of crimes committed by Trump and that meant a special counsel was not necessary.

Mar 22 11:38

Johns Hopkins researcher releases shocking report on flu vaccines

The esteemed Dr. Russell Blaylock, who is quoted in this article, wrote the very first review on Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation. He totally gets Technocracy, and his assessment of vaccines is spot on. ? TN Editor

In 2015, a whole new slew of flu vaccines found themselves getting approved by the Federal Drug Administration. This isn’t an uncommon practice; most flu vaccines pass inspection every year. It’s well-known advice that has been passed down from doctor to patient that the flu vaccine is something that we all should get, but it has been quickly surfacing that what’s in the vaccines–especially those from 2015 and after–might actually be more damaging than simply rolling the dice on getting the flu.

Mar 22 11:38

IRS documented 1.3M cases of identity thefts by illegal aliens, can’t confirm single prosecution

A sympathetic media rarely reports on the negative impact illegal immigration has on the United States, to include criminal behavior, but is the U.S. government doing its part to stop the crime?

The Internal Revenue Service may not be, according to a CNS News investigation.

The online news outlet reported that in a five year period, 2011 through 2016, more than 1.3 million cases of identity theft were documented by the IRS involving illegal aliens who had been issued Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers.

Mar 22 11:37

If Facebook got your private info, it's your fault for being a "dumb f***" said Zuckerberg

One of Facebook's early mottos was "move fast and break things." Fourteen years into the company's existence, it might have shattered its users' trust.

On Monday, the "New York Times" and the "Guardian" reported that Cambridge Analytica, a data-analysis firm, captured private data of 50 million Facebook users and utilized it to help spread propaganda and disinformation to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The data capture was not a breach; it was akin to walking through the front door — Facebook made the information readily accessible.

Facebook's stock dropped 9 percent on Monday and another 9 percent on Tuesday. Senators demanded Mark Zuckerberg testify before Congress. The company may be subject to trillions — yes, trillions — of dollars in fines for violating Federal Trade Commission privacy rules.

Mar 22 11:29

YouTube Bans All Gun Demonstration Videos

YouTube is entering the gun control debate with a new ban on videos which demo firearms or link to websites selling firearms or firearm accessories.
The move to ban firearm demos dovetails with the media platform’s desire to “prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms.”

Ironically, guns built at home have not been part of the mass public attacks that have drawn national attention over the past months and years, but guns acquired at retail via background checks have been.

Mar 22 11:27

Abortion clinic worker caught on video transporting dead babies in a passenger car to have them “recycled” by a waste truck

As the truth about the horrors of the abortion industry continue to surface, we’re all learning more shocking revelations about how the bodies of dead babies are disposed by abortion clinics.

A pro-life group called Created Equal has acquired undercover video footage that appears to show an abortion clinic worker transporting dead babies in a passenger car, then transferring those dead bodies to a “Stericycle waste truck” for recycling / disposal. This is all reportedly a gross violation of state law.

Mar 22 11:27

Mark Zuckerberg (finally) admits huge data scandal is “a breach of trust” between Facebook and its users

he news: Mark Zuckerberg finally broke his silence over a massive data scandal that had been festering for days. The furor was triggered by revelations that Cambridge Analytica (CA), a data-mining firm involved in the 2016 Trump election campaign, had gained unauthorized access to information about tens of millions of Facebook users.

The mea culpa: Although Zuckerberg blamed CA and Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher, for misleading the social network about whether they had deleted user data, he also admitted that the affair was “a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it.”

Mar 22 11:26

RAW VIDEO | Tear Gas Released Into Parliament To Prevent Vote

Here's the video. I couldn't help but laugh...

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Mar 22 11:26

Judicial Watch: At Least 18 Classified Emails Found on Weiner’s Laptop

Judicial Watch revealed today that there are at least 18 classified emails in the 798 documents recently produced by the State Department from the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illicit email system. The emails were found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, who is the estranged husband of former Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Abedin was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. Weiner is a disgraced former congressman and New York mayoral candidate who pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor. Abedin kept a non-State.gov email account on Hillary Clinton’s notorious email server that she used repeatedly for government business.

There are five new classified emails among 147 new Abedin work-related documents released by the State Department on Friday, December 29, 2017.

Mar 22 11:25

Pentagon’s Arms-Research Chief Eyes Space-Based Directed Energy Weapons

By Aaron Kesel

The Pentagon’s arms-research chief, Michael Griffin, is eying advancement in space-based directed energy weapons...

According to the report, the concept has existed since the early 1980s under what are known as neutral-particle beams. NPBs travel near the speed of light and penetrate a target and are designed as a missile defense system...

Mar 22 11:16

Fracking pollutes the water; chemicals contribute to breast cancer by causing uncontrolled cell division

Laboratory mice are subject to many of the vulnerabilities that affect humans. So, when a recently-released study warns that female lab mice developed pre-cancerous growths in their mammary glands after they were exposed to high levels of chemicals used for fracking, it stands to reason there’s something toxic about those chemicals.

Mar 22 11:14

Trump imposes $60bn in tariffs on Chinese imports, accusing Beijing of intellectual-property theft

Trump has signed a Section 301 trade action with China that could be about $60 billion in tariffs, he said adding that he asked China to reduce trade surplus immediately by $100 billion.

Mar 22 11:12

'No collusion': House Intel Committee votes to end Russia probe

The House Intelligence Committee has voted to formally end its Russia probe. Lawmakers found no evidence of collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia.

Mar 22 11:07

Jim Jordan Is SERIOUSLY Pissed...

45 seconds of Bulldog Jim Jordan going off on the ridiculous spending bill. This is awesome...

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Mar 22 10:57

EXCLUSIVE: Mueller probe witness who met Jared Kushner and was 'best friends' with Steve Bannon flees the country after being revealed as a pedophile

A key witness in the investigation into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia has fled the country, DailyMail.com can disclose.

Convicted pedophile George Nader was allegedly both a paid adviser for the United Arab Emirates and had close ties to the Trump administration.

He met Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon in Trump Tower just before the inauguration at a meeting they held with the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates.

Nader was thrust into the limelight after being interviewed twice by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russian meddling in the US election and collusion with the Trump campaign team.

Now DailyMail.com can reveal he has flown back to the UAE, according to two sources close to the country's de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, who is known by his initials 'MBZ.

Mar 22 10:57

They should be supporting British business': UK firm condemns ministers after the contract to produce post-Brexit blue passports is handed to a FRENCH company

Franco-Dutch company Gemalto has been awarded £490m passport contract
British firm De La Rue currently holds the contract until it runs out next year
The tendering process had to be done under existing EU regulations
The Home Office was banned from favouring a British firm for the major deal

Mar 22 10:53

15 years after Iraq, regime change has come to Washington

This week marks 15 years since the start of America’s war in Iraq. Regime change was George W. Bush’s objective, and Saddam Hussein was duly removed, tried, and executed. But Bush could not have counted on how much regime change would also come to Washington as a result of the war. It contributed to the Republicans’ loss of Congress in 2006 and to the failure of Bush’s party to keep control of the White House in 2008. Yet it did even more: it helped to give Barack Obama, an antiwar candidate—and premature winner of a Nobel Peace Prize as president—an edge against Hillary Clinton among the activist left in the 2008 Democratic primaries. As a senator, Mrs. Clinton had, after all, voted for the war.

Mar 22 10:53

Women Fined $100,000, Face Potential Jail Time, Just for Braiding Hair

Fatou Diouf has been braiding hair for her entire life. She became so good at it that she jumped through all the legal hoops, sat through hundreds of hours of needless classes, and paid thousands of dollars so she could finally turn this passion into a career.

“I never did any other job but hair braiding my whole life,” Diouf told the Institute for Justice. “I cannot recall a time when I did not know how.”

However, because the state is dependent on revenue it generates from citizens—via taxation or extortion—the Tennessee government has begun cracking down on hair braiders.

Mar 22 10:52

Ex-Israeli spy chief enlists top hackers for new cybersecurity firm

Former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo said he has assembled a team of Israeli hackers for his new cybersecurity company that takes an innovative approach to securing networks from malicious attacks by imitating real hackers.

Mar 22 10:51

US, North Korea, and South Korea Hold Constructive Talks in Finland

Delegates from the United States, North Korea, and South Korea met today in Helsinki for what were described as “academic talks” aimed at confidence building and idea sharing toward more advanced talks further in the future.

Officials from the Finnish Foreign Ministry suggest the talks went quite well, with the delegates spending two days in seclusion, but finding a very positive atmosphere, and constructive talks. Exactly what was on the agenda is as yet unclear.

The talks were agreed to last week, announced following a North Korean delegation’s return from Sweden. With a planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, these secondary talks were likely to have discussed some of the questions of organizing that meeting.

Mar 22 10:51

Executions, torture and slave markets persist in Libya - U.N.

Armed groups execute and torture civilians in Libya in almost complete impunity seven years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday.

Libyans and migrants are often held incommunicado in arbitrary detention in appalling conditions, and reports persist of captured migrants being bought and sold on “open slave markets”, it said in a report to the Human Rights Council.

Libya is split between rival governments in the east and west while ports and beaches are largely in the hands of armed groups who smuggle mainly African migrants onto boats heading for Italy and Europe.

“Extrajudicial and unlawful killings are rampant,” Andrew Gilmour, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, told the Geneva forum.

Mar 22 10:50

Does Toys ‘R’ Us Demise Spell Death of Retail?

Last week, the iconic retailer Toys “R” Us unexpectedly announced the closure or sale of every one of its U.S. locations. The bankruptcy of this “category killer” certainly marks the end of an era, as many news reports have noted, but as of now there’s a chance that part of the chain, or some of the stores, will remain open under new management. There’s even talk of an Amazon acquisition.

Mar 22 10:50

The Untold Story of John Bolton’s Campaign for War With Iran

In my reporting on U.S.-Israeli policy, I have tracked numerous episodes in which the United States and/or Israel made moves that seemed to indicate preparations for war against Iran. Each time—in 2007, in 2008, and again in 2011—those moves, presented in corporate media as presaging attacks on Tehran, were actually bluffs aimed at putting pressure on the Iranian government.

But the strong likelihood that Donald Trump will now choose John Bolton as his next national security advisor creates a prospect of war with Iran that is very real. Bolton is no ordinary neoconservative hawk. He has been obsessed for many years with going to war against the Islamic Republic, calling repeatedly for bombing Iran in his regular appearances on Fox News, without the slightest indication that he understands the consequences of such a policy.

Mar 22 10:47

Why Russia's Military Edge Reassures

Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, shoots from the lip and never misses. She calls the whole shenanigans out of Britain concerning the alleged spy-poisoning affair for what it is – a “grandiose provocation”.
Bang on target. Spare the words and head-wrecking argumentation.

On a recent Russian TV debate show, 60 Minutes, the feisty and articulate Zakharova not only summed up the farce of the latest British propaganda stunt. She put it in the context of several other similar provocations, from allegations against Russia over Ukrainian aggression to the Olympics doping scandal.

They are indeed all "grandiose provocations" that are hardly worth deliberating on. So baseless and fatuous are these claims leveled by Washington and London in particular.

Mar 22 10:47

Senate Fails to Stop US Support for Saudi Attacks on People of Yemen

A bipartisan effort to end US involvement in a bloody, three-year war in Yemen failed in a close Senate vote on Tuesday afternoon.

The vote demonstrated growing pushback on President Donald Trump’s coziness with Riyadh, which is leading the war effort in Yemen. That same day, the president met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who was visiting Washington during a country-wide tour.

A disparate group of senators — Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) — drafted and introduced the resolution to stop America’s support for the bloodshed. “This is one of the great humanitarian disasters of our time,” Sanders told Vox in an interview last week.

Mar 22 10:46

US Can't Stop Hypersonic Weapons, Air Force General Says

March 21, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Missiles that spit out warheads traveling up to 20 times the speed of sound and with the ability to perform elusive acrobatics may be too much for U.S. defenses to block.

That's according to the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday (March 20).

When asked by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., what kind of defenses the U.S. has against hypersonic weapons, Hyten replied: "We have a very difficult — well, our defense is our deterrent capability. We don't have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us, so our response would be our deterrent force, which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat,"

Mar 22 10:45

US Empire: Global Imperialism and Internal Colonialism

The dynamic of contemporary US imperialism is built around two structural features: the drive toward global military expansion, conquest and occupation backed by the intensification of exploitation of domestic labor and pillage of the domestic economy.

Mar 22 10:44

IRAQ WILL HANG 3,000 PRISONERS OVER ISIS LINKS, REPORT SHOWS

Iraq has sentenced 3,130 prisoners to death for alleged links to ISIS and other militant organizations since 2013, as the nation’s criminal justice system struggles to deal with thousands of prisoners from its four-year fight against extremist groups.

Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of terror-related offenses, according to an Associated Press analysis of a 27,849-person spreadsheet of all those imprisoned in Iraq as of late January. The spreadsheet was provided by an Iraqi official on the condition of anonymity.

The real number of detained prisoners is likely to be even higher, as many prisoners are being held by police, military intelligence and Kurdish forces. Those sentenced to die include the sister of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and foreigners who traveled to join ISIS’s self-declared caliphate.

Mar 22 10:44

American Public Troubled by ‘Deep State’

Although most Americans are unfamiliar with the term ‘Deep State,’ according to recent polling they are nevertheless skeptical of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy, John V. Walsh reports.

Mar 22 10:43

Gaddafi’s ghost haunts walking-dead King Sarko

NATO’s 2011 war on Libya was unanimously sold across the West as a necessary humanitarian operation against the proverbial evil dictator (Hillary Clinton: “We came, we saw, he died.”). Russia and China were firmly against it.

Now, in a stunning historical reversal, the ghost of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi seems to have come back to haunt former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the self-described superstar of that R2P (“responsibility to protect”) spectacular.

Mar 22 10:37

DASHCAM VIDEO | Self-Driving Uber Vehicle Kills Pedestrian

Dashcam video was released last night. If you're squeamish, do not watch this...

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Mar 22 10:29

Israeli lawfare “backfires” in New Zealand

An Israeli lawfare group tied to the Mossad, Israel’s deadly spy agency, announced in January it was suing two activists in New Zealand who encouraged pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Tel Aviv scheduled for June.

However, the activists, Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, told The Electronic Intifada Podcast that they have not received any official notice that they are being sued.

Since Sachs and Abu-Shanab are in New Zealand, and were exercising their free speech rights there, it is difficult to see how any Israeli judgment could be enforced.

Lorde, also from New Zealand, had called the cancellation of her gig “the right decision.”

The lawsuit was reportedly filed in Israel by the lawfare group Shurat HaDin under a 2011 law that allows Israelis to sue those who call for a boycott of Israel or its settlements built illegally on occupied Palestinian land.

The law is part of Israel’s effort to stifle speech and activism in support of Palestinian rights.

Mar 22 10:29

EXCLUSIVE: Fired FBI official authorized criminal probe of Sessions, sources say

Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a "lack of candor," McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Sessions of misleading them in congressional testimony and called on federal authorities to investigate, but McCabe's previously-unreported decision to actually put the attorney general in the crosshairs of an FBI probe was an exceptional move.

Mar 22 10:27

We must end the manipulation of history

I support a free Palestine and I believe in the Palestinian right to live a peaceful, safe and productive life. It must happen and soon! I reject all forms of racism and hate and I condemn without reservation the brutality and cruelty of Zionist colonization and a 70-year-old agenda to refuse the rights of Palestinians to live in peace on their own land.

Mar 22 10:27

International Solidarity Movement tour conveys Palestinian trauma to a stunned US audience

The other night in Brooklyn, I caught two activists from the International Solidarity Movement, Rana Nazzal and Joe Catron, describing their work in Palestine to 70 people crowded into the Commons Cafe. The tour continues tonight in Syracuse and on to many other venues in Canada and the States (and at times includes our own artist Katie Miranda). I would urge anyone who wishes to understand the depth of the conflict to catch one of these appearances.

The tour is noteworthy because it conveys to Americans, in the most unrhetorical manner, some small portion of the immense trauma that Palestinians are experiencing. Two activists come to the stage and speak plainly about their experience. Both began these talks with videos, and both videos– as the activists warned us– contained film of a Palestinian being shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.

Mar 22 10:26

Guitar Center’s $1 billion in debt reveals this truth about musical tastes

Guitar Center, the nation’s leading musical-instrument retailer, is in trouble. Changing musical tastes are partly to blame.

Ratings agency S&P Global downgraded Westlake Village-based Guitar Center Holdings Inc. for the second time last week as the troubled instrument retailer seeks to refinance and restructure more than $1 billion of debt.

“Most of what’s really selling today is rap and hip hop,” said George Gruhn, owner of the Gruhn Guitars shop in Nashville. “That’s outpacing other forms of music and they don’t use a lot of recognizable musical instruments.”

Mar 22 10:25

Dear Senator Harris, You have been drinking the pro-Israel Kool-Aid

Dear Senator Harris,

I am an 81-year old resident of Alameda County and I have lived here for 19 years. I grew up in the U.S. northeast and in France, and I have also lived in Scotland and Israel. I am Jewish and I am a committed Palestinian solidarity activist.

It therefore pains me to know that you have been drinking the pro-Israel Kool-Aid. With your international background – not to mention your law degree (I come from a family of lawyers) – I would have thought that you might have understood the brutal reality that is today’s Israel. Your pandering March 28, 2017 speech in front of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was a disgrace which only reflected and highlighted your ignorance and your willful blindness to the brutal and grotesque reality that is today’s State of Israel. Unfortunately, your recent 2018 remarks to AIPAC have not yet been made public.

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