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April 23, 2017

Apr 23 07:35

Rachel Maddow Airs Headline Linking Venezuelan Protests to Trump, Retracts Online

A segment of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show displayed a chyron implying the widespread anti-socialist protests in Venezuela were actually against President Donald Trump.

Apr 23 07:34

Did Russia Shoot Down US Missiles In Syria

In an exclusive video interview with RiskHedge, a long-time geopolitical expert says there is an alternate story making the rounds about the United States’ April 7 missile strike on Syria’s Shayrat Airbase in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of sarin gas on its own people.

“Not all missiles made their target,” says Dr. Theodore Karasik, a senior advisor to Gulf State Analytics. “There were supposed to be 60. One malfunctioned on one of the ships. 36 made target, the remainder did not. And, there’s a question of where did they go?”

Dr. Karasik, a former senior political scientist in the International Policy and Security Group at RAND Corporation, spent the last decade in the Middle East and retains an extensive network in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, 36 missed. Only 23 made the target. Of the 36 that missed, some are known to have hit three nearby villages.

Apr 23 07:33

US Spying Drone Shot Down with Russian-Made Missile over Syria

Media sources reported that the Syrian Air Defense units fired a Russian-made missile at a US spying drone flying over Lattakia province's airspace and shot it down.

Apr 23 07:31

Zionist Jews Happily Brag About Being At The Center Of The Muslim Invasion Of Europe



Taboola
Apr 23 07:28

Yesterday's Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm

Yesterday, a massive US power grid failure was seen across the entire United States in one simultaneous fashion. San Fransisco, New York, and Los Angeles were the three main areas that were hit the hardest. Each of the areas experienced challenges or shut downs in business commerce. Also, basic infrastructure such as communication networks, mass transportation, and supply chains experienced challenges. To many this seemed apocalyptic with anaylst citing possible cyber attacks amid mounting geopolitical turmoil across the globe. We’re shocked that mainstream media didn’t revive the failing Russian narrative for another round of fake news to confuse the masses. Personally, I don’t think it was a cyber attack or the Russians, but more of a Space Weather Event.

Apr 23 07:28

Federal Subsidies for Corn Ethanol and Other Corn-Based Biofuels

Since its creation of the domestic market for corn ethanol after the energy crisis of the 1970s, the federal government has nurtured and maintained the ethanol industry with a steady stream of subsidies. After more than 30 years of federal backing, corn ethanol subsidies scattered throughout the federal tax code and farm bill energy title should be eliminated once and for all. Originally sold as a way to achieve energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ethanol has been a favorite of many lawmakers: ethanol producers have received favorable treatment under the tax code, tariff protection from foreign competition, and even a government mandate for its use. As a result, taxpayers have spent billions of dollars over the last 30 years subsidizing the production of corn ethanol, while at the same time creating unintended costs for consumers and the environment.

Apr 23 03:29

If You Can’t Reform – Just Blow The Budget Completely Apart

You really have to wonder how politicians ever come to these ideas that they have a right to discriminate and suppress anyone based solely upon what material things they possess. In France, the left is running to take 90% from the rich and hand it to everyone else. Why should they continue to invest, take risks, or even work for that matter. I would close up shop and just leave.

Apr 23 03:08

FANTASTIC! Latino Trump Supporter To Run Against Maxine Waters

Omar Navarro the Republican challenger to Maxine Waters for Congressional Seat of the 43rd District was on the front lines in the City of Cudahy’s bid to be considered a sanctuary city. He continues his campaign to unseat “career politician” Maxine Waters.



April 22, 2017

Apr 22 23:02

NZ scientists help find new undersea volcanoes

Kiwi scientists have helped discover incredible new submarine volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean - some rising up to 2.5km from the seafloor.

The discoveries were made by a team of international scientists who have just returned from a six-week voyage probing the volcanic Kermadec Arc, around 1000km northeast of the North Island.

Funded by the German government and led by scientists from Kiel-based GEOMAR and GNS Science, the project explored the seabed to provide new information about the dynamic geological history of New Zealand's offshore territory.

It aimed to investigate the Colville and Kermadec Ridges, the Havre Trough, and the Kermadec Trench, which is up to 10,000m deep and is where the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates collide.

Apr 22 22:57

FBI director James Comey arrives in Queenstown for 'Government conference'

FBI director James Comey has arrived in Queenstown for a 'top-secret' spy conference.

Comey, wearing sunglasses, a light blue shirt and chino pants, arrived on an FBI chartered Gulfstream Aerospace.

Comey was last in New Zealand in March 2016, when he met with Minister for the Government Communications and Security Bureau and Security Intelligence Service Chris Finlayson and Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

Before Comey's arrival, a CIA jet touched down on the tarmac at Queenstown Airport.

And, just like a scene out of an action flick, two security personnel stood guard as a number of men and women in suits exited the plane before being quickly ushered along the tarmac into waiting vehicles.

Apr 22 20:24

US House Speaker Paul Ryan: Russia probe will help US allies

US House Speaker Paul Ryan says one of the reasons the US Congress has launched a thorough investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 US election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies.



Apr 22 20:23

China dismisses reports of putting bombers on 'high alert' to counter North Korea

Refuting the reports of Beijing putting its air force bombers on "high alert" after tensions in the Korean Peninsula, the Ministry of National Defense said that the Chinese forces are keeping their standard operational readiness and conducting normal training.

Apr 22 20:22

How Reality Is Being Manufactured

Apr 22 18:33

The Day Israel Attacked America

The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats, on 8 June 1967, during the Six-Day War. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 crew members (naval officers, seamen, two marines, and one civilian), wounded 171 crew members, and severely damaged the ship. At the time, the ship was in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, about 25.5 nmi (29.3 mi; 47.2 km) northwest from the Egyptian city of Arish.



Owl 1
Apr 22 17:34

From Earth Day To The Monsanto Tribunal, Capitalism On Trial

World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year. Promoted by the United Nations, its aim is to encourage global awareness and action for the protection of the environment. Since its inauguration in 1974, WED has helped bring attention to various issues, including global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

Apr 22 17:15

The Disintegrating Energy Sector Will Make The Entire System Grind To A Halt

Very few Americans realize that the disintegrating energy industry will make the entire economy and market grind to a halt. This won’t happen overnight, but if we look at history over several decades or a century, it will have fallen apart rather quickly. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about it because the time to transition has long gone, more than 20+ years ago.



Apr 22 17:11

History Lesson awaits Trump if he Attacks North Korea: Analysts

US analysts have in the past estimated a US invasion of North Korea would cost some 250,000 American casualties and at least $10 billion, though I believe such a war would cost four times that much today [emphases added].

Apr 22 17:05

3 Armed Robbers Enter Store With Guns Blazing… Citizen-gunfighter takes them out with a single magazine.

In any event, the shooter here was one very cool customer, and he got the job done thoroughly, and without any of the customers or employees in the store taking so much as a scratch. Nicely done!

Apr 22 16:57

Rate Of Poverty In The U.S And The Tale Of An Uneven Recovery

The official poverty measure was developed in U.S. in the 1960s in conjunction with President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Each September the U.S. Census Bureau releases an update of the national poverty rate for the prior year.

Apr 22 12:09

France: The Next Political Earthquake? | John Rubino



Lockerdome
Apr 22 11:37

FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW, PUTIN SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO TRUMP THAT HAS THE AIR FORCE ON ALERT

For the second day in a row, two long-range Russian bombers were spotted off the coast of Alaska Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. military announced.

Apr 22 11:05

Top Senator Says Another Supreme Court Pick Soon

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, gave a speech at Kent Corp., in Muscatine, Iowa this week.



Apr 22 10:49

UN unable to decide who‘s behind alleged chemical attack in Syria

The UN commission investigating allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria says it cannot yet say for certainty what the source of the gas allegedly used in Idlib really was. The body says the release of gas coincided with airstrikes in the area.

Apr 22 10:49

New leak exposes shady world of ‘Stalkerware’ surveillance software

Monitoring software FlexiSPY, marketed at paranoid partners attempting to catch their other halves cheating, may have been provided to governments in countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain according to a new leak.

Documents leaked to Motherboard, allegedly sourced from inside the organization, show the extent of FlexiSPY’s use and profitability.

The controversial software, built by a small company based in Thailand and described as “Stalkerware” may have been used in another piece of software built by British-German surveillance company Gamma, according to a 2011 document within the leak, cited by Motherboard.

Apr 22 10:45

Rodent that can live without oxygen: Naked mole-rat found to be able to survive for 18 minutes

Cutting off oxygen for most creatures will result in near-instant death.

But scientists have discovered that one animal – the naked mole rat – is able to survive for up to five hours while starved of oxygen.

The strange-looking creature is able to create oxygen in its own body with a chemical reaction.

It can create oxygen without using its lungs – producing it from fructose, a type of sugar, within its own body.

It is hoped that understanding the extraordinary trick performed by the naked mole rat could lead to new treatments for heart attacks and strokes.

Apr 22 10:35

North Korea Warns China Of "Catastrophic Consequences" For Siding With U.S.

Having repeatedly threatened the annihilation of its neighbor to the south, and most recently warning of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" against the US, one day after it emerged that Pyongyang appeared to have resumed activity at its Punggye-ri Nuclear test site, North Korea asked China not to step up anti-North sanctions, warning of "catastrophic consequences" in their bilateral relations.

Pyongyang issued the warning through commentary written by a person named Jong Phil on its official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which was released Saturday.

As South Korea's Yonhap news agency writes, it's rare for Pyongyang's media to level criticism at Beijing, though the KCNA didn't directly mention China in the commentary titled "Are you good at dancing to the tune of others" and dated Friday. The commentary instead called the nation at issue "a country around the DPRK," using North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Apr 22 10:33

Latest Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria Was Likely Staged

Theodore Postol, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), released a three-report series in response to the White House’s claim that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad attacked his own people with sarin gas, in which he concluded that the attack in Syria was staged.

Apr 22 10:09

Geopolitical Hotspots, Global Economy, US War Plans: South China Sea, Yemen and Beyond

Americans may have been led to believe through their education systems, their religious institutions, mainstream media and popular culture that their government’s foreign policy is guided by the dictates of conscience, humanitarian considerations, and empathy for chemically mauled infants as well as a national vocation to bring “freedom and democracy” to the world.

A more honest and rigorous review of America’s involvement in military conflicts, and its support for Israel, Saudi Arabia and other rogue states around the world reveal the shallowness of this understanding.

The structure of power in the U.S. as with other imperialist powers throughout history demands certain economic arrangements and military formations on the world stage.


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Owl 2
Apr 22 09:50

US Defense Secretary Targets Syria with Chemical Weapons Allegations

Speaking on a visit to Israel on Friday, US Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis charged that the Syrian government has violated an agreement brokered by Moscow in 2013 by holding onto chemical weapons.

“The bottom line is there can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all,” Mattis said during a press conference standing alongside his Israeli counterpart, the extreme right-wing Zionist Avigdor Lieberman.

Mattis refused to provide any estimate of what quantity of chemical weapons he believes are in Syrian hands, claiming that it would compromise intelligence sources. He charged, however, that Damascus was in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and warned that it would be “ill-advised to use any again. We’ve made that very clear with our first strike.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the various wars are back, and with a vengeance; and the American Deep State believes that they need to go very quickly into Syria; North Korea; Iran; Somalia; and parts of Iraq, and regime change them all, before Americans start thinking, rejecting the codswallop they are being force-fed by both the US government, and its corporate presstitutes to further its agenda, and start protesting in the numbers which stopped the Vietnam War.

Because that is what it will take to end this war agenda, if it is humanly possible to do so at this point.

IF Americans cannot and do not act against these wars, in the most peaceful, and logical way possible, humanity is facing a global catastrophe of Biblical proportions.

Apr 22 09:45

TERROR ANALYSIS: Two top tips: how to spot a Isamic attack, and how to keep Donald Trump on a lead.

The Borussia Dortmund attack turns out to have had nothing to do with terrorism….but was rather, gambling used as a means of exploiting terrorism. Think of it as the Mob meets Wall Street in pretend-Aleppo. Anyone trying to limbo under that one in search of lower evils just better be small, lithe and double-jointed.

Apr 22 09:37

Netanyahu Meets Mattis, Lauds 'Change in U.S. Leadership, Policy' in Mideast

Meeting took place after U.S. defense chief Mattis sat down with Israeli counterpart in Tel Aviv, said Iran continues to threaten Israel with ballistic missiles.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem on Friday.

Prior to the meeting Netanyahu said that he sees a "great change" in the direction of U.S. policy in the Middle East, lauding Mattis and President Donald Trump's recent statements on Iran as well as U.S. action against Syria's use of chemical weapons. "It's appreciated around the world and in our region," Netanyahu said, according to a press release. 

"I think this is a welcome change, a strategic change in U.S. leadership and policy," the prime minister said, according to the press release.
Netanyahu also said that Israel and the U.S. both face the "double threat" of "radical Islam," referring to Iran and ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I've just done a double-palmed faceplant, at warp speed, upon reading this.

IF Tehran has ballistic missiles pointed at Israel, don't tell me for one second that Israel doesn't have ballistic missiles pointed at Iran!!

And to conflate the Wahhabi-flavored radicalised Islam of ISIS with the moderate Shia Islam of Iran?!?

Does Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu begin to comprehend how completely idiotic this comparison sounds, for anyone with two brain cells to rub together?!?

And as I mentioned in a previous post yesterday, from the Israeli government's perspective, it is the US government which must, with its blood and money, achieve Israel's regional geopolitical objectives, and that includes "neutralising" Iran for it.

But between Iran's robust self-defense posture and capabilities, and the reality that if attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid, this Israeli demand to the US may be too great a chasm to cross, at least for the moment.

Apr 22 09:20

Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?

The apparent and surprisingly abrupt demise in Steve Bannon’s influence offers a major potential opening for neoconservatives, many of whom opposed Trump’s election precisely because of his association with Bannon and the “America Firsters,” to return to power after so many years of being relegated to the sidelines. Bannon’s decline suggest that he no longer wields the kind of veto power that prevented the nomination of Elliott Abrams as deputy secretary of state. Moreover, the administration’s ongoing failure to fill key posts at the undersecretary, assistant secretary, and deputy assistant secretary levels across the government’s foreign-policy apparatus provides a veritable cornucopia of opportunities for aspiring neocons who didn’t express their opposition to the Trump campaign too loudly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I used to swallow the myth whole that voting, at the national level, meant Americans have, at least, some modicum of control over their lives; with the election of President Trump, I have realised, painfully clearly, the absolute and utter falseness of such a premise.

I have watched this man do so many flipflops on promised policy reforms, since his inauguration, that I am dealing with intense intellectual whiplash, and do not know if I will ever fully recover.

I have utterly zero control on the direction of domestic and foreign policy issues; it is the American deep state which is in control, no matter who is actually occupying the White House, so the consistent agendas of the Deep State never change.

And those agendas involve the following; the consistent destabilisation of both Russia and China, in order to prevent the ascent of the ruble and the yuan; the destabilisation of the Middle East, in order to expropriate resources to which the US has utterly no moral right, and to give more territory to Israel, whenever possible; to insure the governments of countries are western/US-centric, even to the point of regime change; and insuring that world resources are only sold in US dollars.

The American people, and their needs and concerns, are completely irrelevant to this process, except for paying taxes; creating soldiers with which to accomplish the American Deep State's geopolitical agenda; and believing the lies this government tells us, which get constantly regurgitated by corporate media presstitutes, to further its agenda.

I am disgusted and sickened by a thoroughly hypocritical President who uses murdered "beautiful dead babies" as an excuse for a military attack against Syria, while those dead and mutilated children of Yemen, killed by US-government enabled Saudi military strikes, who are dealing with starvation from malnutrition due to Yemeni port blockades, and exposure to DU, most probably sold to the Saudi Government by the US, are of no consequence, in his view.

Apr 22 09:16

A crash is coming in high-yield bonds

If you’re a junk-bond investor, I have a message for you.

Get out.

Apr 22 09:14

Tax money from marijuana sales are helping students pay for college in Colorado

Marijuana is a $1.3 billion industry in Colorado, and the ensuing tax revenue is helping students pay for college.
Pueblo County is one area benefiting from an influx of marijuana tax money. Now the county is doing something that’s a first in Colorado: distributing pot-funded scholarships to college students.



Apr 22 09:04

SHIRE GENIUS Flores Man ‘hobbits’ found in Indonesia were NOT direct relatives of modern humans, scientists confirm

Researchers discover that strange hobbits were not shrunken versions of humanity's ancient ancestor, Homo erectus

Apr 22 09:01

Northeast Maine prepares for even more snow

Bad news for some winter-weary Mainers. More snow is on the way.

Apr 22 08:52

Second parchment manuscript copy of Declaration of Independence found — in England

Two Harvard University researchers announced Friday that they have found a second parchment manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence in a tiny records office in southern England.

The only other parchment copy is maintained by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., researchers Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen said in a statement.



Owl 3
Apr 22 08:52

Mike Pence: Peaceful Outcome For Korean Peninsula Still Possible

Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula can still be achieved peacefully because of Washington’s new engagement with China, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, despite growing fears North Korea could soon conduct a new nuclear test.

South Korea is on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in the reclusive North that could be the trigger for a new nuclear test or launch of ballistic missiles, with a large concentration of military hardware massed on both sides of the border.

Tensions have risen sharply in recent months after Pyongyang conducted two nuclear weapons tests last year and carried out a steady stream of ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations resolutions and sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would Vice-President Pence please elaborate on how he sees this happening, with South Korea, Russia, and China at a heightened state of alert due to North Korea's missile tests?!?

Apr 22 08:51

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... along with wiping out all civilizations that had existed prior to the strike and ice age.

Apr 22 08:50

Two MSDF destroyers leave for potential drill with USS Carl Vinson

Two Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers have left Sasebo naval base and are likely to take part in a drill with the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, which is steaming toward the Korean Peninsula, Defense Ministry sources said Friday.

The date and location for the exercise have not been set yet, but the destroyers are likely to join the Carl Vinson strike group at some point.

Apr 22 08:49

LGBT-PROMOTING TEACHER BANS CROSS NECKLACES IN CLASS

Officials at Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida are being asked to stop the bullying by a math teacher who is an open advocate for the LGBT lifestyle and has, among other things, banned students from wearing cross necklaces in her classroom.

The nonprofit legal group Liberty Counsel said it would prefer for the district to rein in the teacher, Lora Jane Riedas, without the necessity of a court case.

But Liberty Counsel is ready to take action – through a federal lawsuit – if it is needed “to vindicate the parental and student rights.”



Carambola
Apr 22 08:48

HARVARD TELLS STUDENTS GENDER CAN 'CHANGE FROM DAY TO DAY'

The office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard University has released a new school-sponsored guide telling students to “fight transphobia” and “get the facts about gender diversity.”

The guide, which was distributed to students on campus, declares that “there are more than two sexes” and that “gender is fluid and changing,” adding that someone’s gender identity “can be affirmed and/or expressed in many ways,” and can even “change from day to day.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am almost 65 years old. Not once in all that time have I ever been anything other than male.

Apr 22 08:48

THOUSANDS SUE MERCK FOR SHINGLES VACCINE ZOSTAVAX “CAUSING WHAT IT’S SUPPOSED TO PREVENT”

Attorney Troy Bouk was recently interviewed by Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins to discuss the shingles vaccine Zostavax, the issues related to its effectiveness and the problems that are associated with the product, including the fact that the drugmaker’s vaccine seems to cause the very affliction that it seeks to prevent — and, according to a massive lawsuit, thousands of victims agree.
While we have everyone from attorneys to biologists, to political scientists who contribute to the Free Thought Project, none of us are doctors, so we do not make recommendations about what you and your family should do in regards to vaccination. That being said, the drug makers have an incentive for you not to see this information which means it will not be reported on in the mainstream media as their advertising dollars are tied directly to these companies. So, we find that it is our duty to spread this information and with your help sharing it, we can have a massive effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the medical/industrial complex, "treatments/vaccines" are rarely about care, but always about profits.

Apr 22 08:47

‘Shattered’ Revelation: Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian Hacking Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary’s Loss

The new Clinton campaign tell-all, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, reveals how Hillary Clinton personally placed blame for her bruising defeat on Russian meddling “within twenty-four hours of her concession speech.”

The blistering behind-the-scenes book, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, illustrates how Hillary Clinton furiously blamed her defeat on the FBI investigation into her private emails, Russian interference, and Trump’s supposed support from “white nationalists.”

Apr 22 08:46

OBAMA ENTANGLED IN BRAND-NEW 'POLITICAL ESPIONAGE' SCANDAL

While the claims of collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia seem to have dropped abruptly off the media radar, there is a new report of collaboration between a U.S. political campaign and foreign powers.

But the campaign was that of Hillary Clinton, and the chief architect was Barack Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, the report says.

“One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election – Hillary’s,” writes George Neumayr in the American Spectator.

“Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy,” Newmayr wrote.

Apr 22 08:45

THE BIG, AMAZING LIST OF PEOPLE OBAMA SPIED ON

The Obama administration isn’t accused of gathering intelligence information to spy for political, and other, purposes just once. Or twice. Or even just three times.

A remarkable timeline assembled by ace investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson shows just how often the Obama administration apparently spied on friend and foe alike.

With all of this information gathered in one place, WND then compiled a list gleaned from Attkisson’s timeline of all those whom the Obama administration is suspected of targeting either by spying, or investigating and/or prosecuting using intelligence information.

Apr 22 08:44

POLLS: ISRAELIS WANT US, EUROPE TO ATTACK SYRIA, BUT AGAINST IDF INTERVENTION

The US and European countries should attack Syria, but Israel should not be involved in the assault, two polls in weekend Hebrew newspapers found.

Apr 22 08:44

DEATH TOLL JUMPS TO 20 IN VENEZUELA PROTESTS

The death toll in three weeks of violence at anti-government protests in Venezuela jumped to 20 people after a night of clashes and pillaging left 12 people dead in Caracas, reports AFP.

Riot police and pro-government vigilantes fought running battles on the capital's east, west and south sides with protesters demanding the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

At nightfall on Friday, more protests and pockets of unrest were reported in eastern Caracas, and in Macuto in the neighboring state of Vargas.

Opposition leaders have called new protests for Saturday and Monday.

On Saturday, they plan to march in silence to the Catholic Church's episcopal seats nationwide. They plan to erect roadblocks on Monday to grind the country to a halt.

Protesters blame Maduro -- heir of the leftist "Bolivarian revolution" launched by the late Hugo Chavez in 1999 -- for an economic crisis marked by severe shortages of food, medicine and basic goods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping this situation can be resolved without more bloodshed; however, realistically, I am not holding my breath that such a resolution can be achieved, or quickly.

Apr 22 08:39

Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?

The apparent and surprisingly abrupt demise in Steve Bannon’s influence offers a major potential opening for neoconservatives, many of whom opposed Trump’s election precisely because of his association with Bannon and the “America Firsters,” to return to power after so many years of being relegated to the sidelines.

Bannon’s decline suggest that he no longer wields the kind of veto power that prevented the nomination of Elliott Abrams as deputy secretary of state. Moreover, the administration’s ongoing failure to fill key posts at the undersecretary, assistant secretary, and deputy assistant secretary levels across the government’s foreign-policy apparatus provides a veritable cornucopia of opportunities for aspiring neocons who didn’t express their opposition to the Trump campaign too loudly.

Apr 22 08:38

US troops fight alongside ISIS using Toyota trucks, Israeli tanks in #Syria

Apr 22 08:34

Western states block Russia’s initiatives to investigate Syria chemical attack

Russia continues to insist on investigation into the chemical attack in Syria's Idlib Province. However, Western countries block Russia's initiatives on the matter. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, without explanation, blocked Russia's suggestions to send experts to the area of the alleged chemical attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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