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Jun 19 09:50

Saudi-led Coalition Enters Main Airport Compound of Yemen's Hodeidah

Saudi-led coalition forces stormed the airport after fierce battles broke out between coalition forces and Houthi militants who hold the main port city of Hodeidah, a local resident said.

"They have stormed the airport," said one Yemeni military source.

The Saudi-led coalition's aircraft carried out airstrikes, targeting Houthi fighters at the airport in Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah on June 18 in response to a missile targeting the southwestern Saudi city of Jizan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect a Saudi-generated bloodbath here, with utterly no quarter given, and no chance for infants, children, women, or the medically fragile elderly to survive.

And please remember; the US government is complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, done in your name, and with your tax dollars.

And from antiwar.com, datelined yesterday, we have the following story:

UAE demands unconditional rebel pullout from rebel portThe article goes on to state:

"There are also an estimated 250,000 civilians left in Hodeidah. With airstrikes against the city on the rise, officials for the attacking forces say that only withdrawing from the city can “save the population.”

The massacre of citizens in Hodeidah... is coming; these conditions placed on the rebels by the UAE just telegraphed it with these demands.

Jun 19 09:45

Unprecedented Israeli Strikes Target Iraqi Shia Militias In Syria

A day after a mysterious airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border reportedly killed over 30 Syrian government soldiers and Iraqi paramilitary forces backed by Iran, a US official has told CNN the attack was carried out by Israel and not by the US coalition.

Syrian state media blamed the strike on the US-led coalition — though in the immediate aftermath any level of confirmation or evidence was hard to come by. The claims prompted the US coalition spokesman to issue a formal denial, calling Syria's accusation "misinformation" as US-backed SDF forces are only operating east of the Euphrates, and not near Abu Kamal, which lies west, according to the statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Israel is, once again, playing picador with Al Assad and Putin, in essence, daring them to go after an Israeli strike plane, to "justify" a massive attack against Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian forces there, as their way of accomplishing regime change in Damascus.

Fortunately, Al Assad and Putin have had the horse-sense not to respond to these attacks.

Jun 19 09:42

Parking dispute gets medieval as men battle with sword

A neighborhood parking dispute in Somerset County turned bloody after a man pulled a sword from his car and began slashing at another man who was swinging a 4-foot contractor's level, authorities said.

Jun 19 09:41

Americans own 40 percent of world's firearms: study

Americans make up only four percent of the global population but they own 40 percent of the world's firearms, a new study said Monday.
There are more than one billion firearms in the world but 85 percent of those are in the hands of civilians, with the remainder held by law enforcement and the military, according to the Small Arms Survey.

Jun 19 09:39

News FeedWashington committed to Syrian southwest ceasefire arrangement, Pompeo tells LavrovMore:http://tass.com/world/1010062

The United States is committed to maintaining a de-escalation zone in southeast Syria, warning Moscow and Damascus against unilateral activity in the area, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone on Monday.

According to US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, Lavrov and Pompeo had discussed "issues and concerns related to Syria and the bilateral relationship." "Secretary Pompeo reemphasized the US commitment to the (Syrian) southwest ceasefire arrangement that was approved by President (Donald) Trump and President (Vladimir) Putin one year ago," Nauert said.

US Secretary of State noted that "it was critical for Russia and the Syrian regime to adhere to these arrangements and ensure no unilateral activity in this area," she added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me get my head around these statements.

Syria is, allegedly a sovereign nation, the leadership of which the US government wants to regime change in Damascus.

The Russian military is there at the behest of the Syrian government, to throw out the US backed, trained, and funded Jihadists.

And now, neither Russia, nor the Syrian government are "being allowed" by the US government, to operate within the sovereign state of Syria, but the US government and military is supposed to be moving with utterly no restrictions here?!?

Do Pompeo and Nauart understand just how utterly stupid these statements must have sounded to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday?!?

The US military is digging in, militarily, in Syria, and has established a "beachhead" at Deir Ezzor. As reported at themilliniumreport.com by South Front in April of this year:

Why did the Trump Admnistration put a military base near the largest oil field in Syria?!?

The article goes on to state:

"The US is building a large military base in the vicinity of Syria’s largest oil field – the Omar oil field, Mehdi Kobani, a press secretary of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir Ezzor confirmed to Sputnik Turkiye.

The Omar oil field was captured by the US-backed SDF during its anti-ISIS campaign in eastern Syria. According to Syrian sources, the military installation in the area is aimed to allow the US to consolidate control of the oil resources in the eastern part of the country setting ground for further occupation of the area. These oil resources will also be used to strengthen the influence of the US proxies – the SDF – in the area."



Jun 19 09:31

Don’t Want Families Separated? Close the Border!

In every other situation, if you commit a crime, you will be separated from your family. But the media is making Trump’s border policy seem like a Nazi concentration camp where kids are ripped out of the arms of innocent people. This. Is. Not. What. Is happening. Families are only separated when the parents break the law. If you don’t want families separated, secure the border so that illegal immigrants don’t have to be captured by Border Patrol and separated.

Jun 19 09:30

Australia hit with extreme cold front as snow hits and people are warned of dangerous conditions

SYDNEY is coping the worst of the freezing weather lashing towns and cities along Australia’s east — and the bad news is it’s going to get even colder.

Jun 19 09:29

Monday Humor: Jeff Bezos Explains How Customers Can Delete Alexa's Secretly-Stored Audio

Responding to news of the digital assistant recording users’ conversations without their knowledge, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos assured critics Tuesday that Alexa’s stored audio can be deleted by simply rappelling into company headquarters, maneuvering through an intricate laser field, and destroying every server with a nanovirus.

“We take privacy concerns seriously, and I want our valued customers to know they can erase all the information their Amazon Echo has gathered just by being dropped from a helicopter over one of our towers, using a diamond-tipped glass cutter to carve out a hole in a 32nd-story window, and then employing advanced cyberwarfare techniques to compromise our data centers,” said Bezos, who added that users merely need to have their demolitions expert blow through a 7-foot steel barrier and reach Amazon’s highly complex cloud storage system to access the audio captured by Alexa.



Jun 19 09:29

Hillary fundraises off border ‘humanitarian crisis’

“Never let a crisis go to waste,” the Clintonista Rahm Emanuel once said.

Hillary Clinton is very concerned about what’s happening on the southern border, and despite not being a candidate for anything (yet), she wants Americans to give her money to do something about it.

The failed Democratic candidate for president sent a fundraising email this afternoon to supporters, asking them to donate to her organization so it can exploit the “humanitarian crisis” she says is being created by “Trump’s immigration policies.”

Jun 19 09:27

The government's creepy obsession with your face

The government is obsessed with your face. Do not be flattered. This is more of a creepy stalker fixation.

From the federal Department of Homeland Security down to local police departments, governmental use of biometric facial recognition software has gained a startling amount of traction in recent years. And these agencies are getting help from big business, to boot.

For example, DHS is reportedly developing a massive new biometric and biographic database with extensive data on citizens and foreigners alike. The Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) database will reportedly include at least seven biometric identifiers, including face and voice data, tattoos, DNA, scars, and other "physical descriptors" on as many as 500 million people. The agency has been remarkably hush-hush on how HART will be utilized — but the possibilities are frightening.

Jun 19 09:22

Southern Poverty Law Center's settlement with 'extremist' organization dings credibility

The Southern Poverty Law Center took a devastating hit to its credibility and reinforced its reputation for unfairly wielding the “hate” label Monday by agreeing to pay millions of dollars to an organization previously included on a list of “extremists.”

In a stunning settlement, SPLC President Richard Cohen issued an apology and agreed to pay $3.375 million to the British-based Quilliam Foundation and founder Maajid Nawaz after they appeared in a since-deleted 2016 journalists’ guide to “anti-Muslim extremists.”

The agreement, reached after Mr. Nawaz threatened to sue, prompted the center’s many critics on the right to reissue calls for media outlets and companies, which include Google and Amazon, to stop relying on the center for neutral “hate group” assessments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


Look under "New Hampshire."

Jun 19 09:22

Senate: Two-Tiered Justice System in FBI Clinton/Trump Investigations

Had Horowitz not discovered the anti-Trump texts between Strzok and Page, they would still be investigating the Trump campaign.

IG confirms his office is handling investigation into Comey’s leaking of personal memos to his friend and the New York Times.

There was a clear breakdown in the FBI culture, with senior agents being wined and dined by reporters.

Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) of the Senate Judiciary Committee outlined the stark double standard at Monday’s much anticipated hearing on the FBI’s handling of its investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for government business and the bureau’s highly partisan investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Grassley stressed, “most of the time, evidence of political bias is not so explicit. The details in this report confirm what the American people have suspected all along. Hillary Clinton got the kid-glove treatment.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what thinking Americans have understood for a long time; in this country, a person can be convicted of stealing a loaf of bread to attempt to feed their families; high crimes and misdimeanors by the monied, however, are simply ignored, or dismissed.

"Justice" in this country, has become an absolute joke; it's all about "Just US!!", circling the wagons to protect their embattled leadership, which has hoisted on its own petard.



Jun 19 09:20

What It's All About: Coercion!

PC acts as a filter for sifting out thought that doesn’t conform to orthodox ideology, and for punishing those who dare to express the filtered-out ideas. So, PC only allows for a narrow range of expressed opinion on identity politics. PC is literally thought-policing. It’s hard to imagine anyone being in favor of that, which is exactly why PC behavior so odious to those of us who value free speech.

The orthodox view in identity politics these days is that “white male cis-heterosexual patriarchal privilege” is responsible for the discontents of women and “people-of-color” - a squishy, mischievous category which obviously doesn’t count Chinese grad students at Harvard or the Asian-Indians in the Silicon Valley C-suites — and demands reparations of one kind or another.

Jun 19 09:19

Zuesse: How The New York Times Lies About Lies - Obama Vs Trump

Although the New York Times says that President Donald Trump lies vastly more than did President Barack Obama, the definite liar in that comparison - based on the factual record, to be presented here - is the New York Times itself.

Jun 19 09:18

Musk Accuses Mystery Employee Of "Extensive And Damaging Sabotage"

It wasn't the first time there was a fire reported at a Tesla facility: as we noted at the time, there was another one just two months ago...

It was, however, the first time that Elon Musk directly blamed the Tesla fire, which supposedly took place at the company's paint shop on Sunday night, on corporate sabotage.

According to CNBC, in an email sent to all employees on Monday morning about the fire, Musk referenced possible sabotage. But it gets better.

The Tesla CEO, who one month ago had a historic earnings call meltdown in which he cut off not one but two sellside analysts for asking "boring questions" (what they really wanted to know is what was the cancellation rate on Model 3s), also sent an e-mail to Tesla employees at Tesla late on Sunday night not only alleging, but also detailing that he has discovered a saboteur in the company's ranks.



Jun 19 09:17

Paul Tudor Jones: "The Next Recession Will Be Frightening"

With outgoing Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein clearly in a whimsical mood these days and happy to moonlight as a talk show host, in today's "Talks at Goldman Sachs", the hirsute CEO of the world's biggest incubator of central bankers interviewed hedge fund investing legend Paul Tudor Jones.

After a brief conversation about the early days of Jones' career, the conversation turned toward distortions in modern capital markets - of which there are plenty as Blankfein's own top trader warned over the weekend - which Jones said will likely trigger the next recession and attendant market crash, a far more pessimistic assessment than his CNBC interview last week when he told Andrew Ross Sorkin to expect a melt-up spike in stocks before the end of the year.

Jun 19 09:17

Fiat Currency Always Ends In Collapse

Throughout history, many commodities have been used as currency. Cows, beads, and seashells have all been used in trade. Paper currency is simply more convenient when buying a pack of gum at Walgreens, but it isn’t money. The US government has designated the dollar as currency, while at the same time arbitrarily attributing some type of value to that dollar. Your dollar could be worth X today and Y next month. The US dollar has lost 90 percent of its value since 1950. But it’s still the same dollar.

The Federal Reserve, like most global central banks, continues to print fiat currency at unprecedented speed. As these dollars flood the economy, the value declines. Fiat money has been around for hundreds of years, and many of them have vanished due to hyperinflation.

Jun 19 09:15

Surprise! Taxpayers Have Been Footing The Bill For Sexual Misconduct In Congress

It was called the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 - CAA.

The idea behind the CAA was to force Congress to abide by the same rules of workplace health and safety that private companies have to follow.

And one notable example was sexual harrassment; until the CAA was passed, sexual harrassment rules didn’t really apply to Congress.

Here’s where it gets crazy, though: the CAA established an agency called the Office of Compliance to adjudicate various workplace complaints.

And the law further directed the Treasury Department to allocate taxpayer funds to pay claims and damages resulting from such workplace complaints.

In other words, for nearly a quarter of a century, taxpayers have been footing the bill to settle monetary damages every time a member of Congress was caught groping an intern.

Jun 19 09:14

U.S. HEALTHCARE RANKED WORST IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD. AND YET, WE SPEND FAR MORE ON HEALTHCARE THAN ANYONE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD

Of the eleven developed nations evaluated by the Commonwealth Fund, the United States comes in dead last on healthcare.

Every three years, the Commonwealth Fund releases a report ranking the healthcare systems of 11 of the world’s developed nation. And every three years, it seems, the United States comes in dead last.

Last released in 2017, the report showed for the sixth time that the U.S. healthcare system is in dire need of a makeover, citing the inequity of access as the most glaring problem.

Via Newsweek:

The Commonwealth Fund focused on care process, access, administrative efficiency, equity and health care outcomes, studying 72 indicators within those fields. The 11 countries analyzed were Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get my head around this; the US pays the most for its healthcare, yet has the worst outcome, of the countries studied.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!



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Jun 19 09:14

CA Judge: Twitter Can Be Sued For Falsely Advertising They Allow Free Speech

A California judge has ruled that social media giant Twitter can be sued for falsely advertising free speech. The judge said that Twitter’s policy of banning users “at any time, for any reason or for no reason” may constitute an “unconscionable contract” for a company which advertises free speech.

The judge rejected Twitter’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit from Jared Taylor, who was banned by the platform in December last year, according to Breitbart. Taylor, a self-described “white activist” may proceed with his lawsuit against Twitter because the social media company falsely advertises free speech, yet bans users for “any or no reason.” The judge also ruled that Twitter could be sued on the basis of misleading its users, due to the platform’s promise not to ban accounts on the basis of viewpoint or political affiliation, which is frequently violated.

Jun 19 09:10

ISRAELI WARPLANES BOMB GAZA IN RESPONSE TO PROTESTERS FLYING BURNING KITES

Israeli warplanes on Monday conducted air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the military said, as two Palestinians, including a 13 year old, died later in the day in distinct circumstances.

Israel said it had carried out nine strikes targeting two Hamas compounds and one Hamas weapons manufacturing site and photos showed explosions lighting up the Gaza City skyline.

Colourful kites decorated with flags, slogans and patterns have become a symbol of resistance in the face of overwhelming Israeli military force during weeks of demonstrations.

Some with flaming tails have also been flown towards Israeli territory, causing several fires in farmlands and forests adjacent to Gaza and prompting Israeli officials to warn that kite fliers risk being targeted by snipers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why did the IDF see fit to assassinate a 13 year old boy?!?

Because they could, with absolutely impunity, and no worries about having to deal with pesky human rights questions!!Because, in the thinking of the IDF sniper who most likely killed him, he was a Gazan Palestinian, he simply deserved to be put down, like a mangy dog.

The flaming kite thing is absolutely wrong, and I condemn it; but I also condemn the Israeli military brutality which led to a feeling among some Palestinians, that this was the only way left for them to protest the utterly insane, open air prison in which they find themselves, called Gaza.

Jun 19 09:09

State Dept Reveals Details of Phone Talks Between Pompeo and Lavrov on Syria

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed the US commitment to the southwest ceasefire in Syria during a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a press release.

"The two discussed issues and concerns related to Syria and the bilateral relationship. Secretary Pompeo reemphasized the US commitment to the southwest ceasefire arrangement that was approved by President Trump and President Putin one year ago," Nauert said on Monday. "He [Pompeo] noted that it was critical for Russia and the Syrian regime to adhere to these arrangements and ensure no unilateral activity in this area."

Jun 19 09:06

The Pension Train Has No Seat Belts

In describing various economic train wrecks these last few weeks, I may have given the wrong impression about trains. I love riding the train on the East Coast or in Europe. They’re usually a safe and efficient way to travel. And I can sit and read and work, plus not deal with airport security. But in this series, I’m concerned about economic train wrecks, of which I foresee many coming before The Big One which I call The Great Reset, where all the debt, all over the world, will have to be “rationalized.” That probably won’t happen until the middle or end of the next decade. We have some time to plan, which is good because it’s all but inevitable now, without massive political will. And I don’t see that anywhere.



Jun 19 09:05

The Liberal’s Lament Over Israel

I find it exceptionally irritating when I hear liberals worry about whether Israel will be able to remain a “Jewish and Democratic State” if it retains control of occupied Palestinian lands. It’s irritating because Israel is not now a democratic state nor has it ever tried to be one.

A state that prioritizes rights for one group of citizens (in this case Jews, who comprise 80% of the population) over the rights of another group (Arabs, who are 20% of Israel’s citizenry) cannot be democratic. Israel discriminates against its Arab citizens in law, social services, funding for education, and in everyday life. So although the concerns of liberals in the West are about the future of Israeli democracy, what they ignore is the reality of Israel, in practice.

Jun 19 09:04

‘Israeli’ Airstrikes Hit East Syria Military Site, Scores Killed

Israel has attacked Syria a large number of times, so it is usually a reasonable guess that any airstrike would be from there. This is especially true because among the killed were a handful of Hezbollah members, a popular target for Israel.

This is an unusual target for Israel, however. Historically, Israel has focused its airstrikes on the areas around Golan, and on a handful of bases near Homs that they accuse of belonging to Iran. This is by far the furthest east Israel has struck during the Syria war.

Jun 19 09:03

The fallacy of Israel's human shields claims in Gaza

To some, the Palestinian march might look suicidal, but to Palestinians, it is the ultimate act of peaceful resistance. Malnutrition, lack of drinking water, daily electricity outages, massive unemployment, and extreme poverty are not abstract slogans for the civilians who have participated in these demonstrations.

So, week in and week out, they march towards the fence in the hope that the world will hear their anguish and that some country, some leader, or even some movement will support their cause and help them break the siege.

But each week, Israel is trying hard to push a different narrative. The Israeli military has been disseminating on social media images and videos of young children at protests. One short clip plays a lullaby interrupted by the sound of gunfire and rhetorically asks: "Where are the children of Gaza today?" After showing children amid the protesters, it then displays the word "here" in all caps across the screen.

Jun 19 09:02

Fire chief: Two Akron firefighters on paid leave for allegedly making porn at fire station

Officials said the two firefighters are not assigned to the same station and "were known to be in a long-term relationship." The two firefighters allegedly created the video and displayed it online, according to officials. Dean works at Station 9 and Eller at Station 3, but city officials are looking into whether or not they made porn videos at Station 11.



Jun 19 09:01

Pentagon Goes on Cyberwar Offensive, Raising Risk of Conflict

The US Cyber Command was meant to protect the US in general, and the Pentagon in particular, from cyberattacks. In recent months, however, the Pentagon has been unilaterally redefining their posture away from defensive operations toward a focus on aggressive offense.

Officials say that now, the US Cyber Command is conducting nearly daily raids on foreign computer networks, supposedly trying to preempt cyberattacks against the US with attacks of their own. This is not consequence-free, however.

On the one hand, US cyberattacks risk provoking retaliation from targeted nations. After years of the US threatening to retaliate with military strikes over cyberattacks, it’s possible that other nations may feel the same about US attacks. Moreover, in attacking other nations, the US is also infiltrating a number of other countries’ networks incidental to the attacks.

Jun 19 09:00

"If there's any suspicion that they're not really truly related to those people, then they will be separated for their own safety," a chief border agent said of kids who are often recycled by smugglers to get adults into the United States.

Rodney Scott, chief border patrol agent in San Diego, California, discussed dealing with migrants under 18 years of age. He said children who are actually related to the adults are processed together.

Jun 19 08:59

Israeli public swimming pool separates Jewish and Palestinian citizens

A public swimming pool in southern Israel has “separate hours” for Jewish and Palestinian citizens, “a practice that is undeclared but nevertheless familiar to visitors”, reported Haaretz.

The pool in question is located in Mabu’im, a community settlement operated by the Merhavim Regional Council. According to Haaretz, citing an employee, the pool has activities for the local Bedouin Palestinians during the week after 6pm, and on Friday night.

“There is a tacit agreement here”, a resident of Mabu’im said. “Bedouin will not enter the pool when there are Jews because the residents threatened to stop coming”.

The paper explains that “the separation is the result of the pool establishing designated hours during which only members may use the pool, even though this is not specified in its regulations”, adding that “several members of a Bedouin family who tried to use the pool on Saturday were refused entry based on this condition”.

Jun 19 08:58

Zero Hedge: Sociopaths, Manipulators Get Rich On Doom Porn, Trashing America

Navigating today's brave new world of mass-media disinformation is now more often than not analogous to running a gauntlet of mind-numbing, sensationalist headlines and pure fabrication passing for "news," leaving the casual reader confused, battered and dismayed at the dearth of anything even remotely resembling actual news reporting in today's baffling media minefield.

News junkies of today have now become actual researchers, forced to sift through an eye-watering overload of options across a media landscape spanning the social, political and cultural spectrum formerly accessible in the past through a relatively quick and easy perusal of reasonably credible daily newspapers and a handful of broadcast news stations. Those bygone days are now a footnote in history, an addendum to the protracted story documenting the decline and fall of what is now the DOA 4th Estate and it's slide into today's fake news minefield of mass-media oblivion.



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Jun 19 08:58

Trump, Google, IG Report, Emails, and Disease “X”. Michael Rivero - June 18, 2018

Jun 19 08:51

Why I'm Worried About The Next Recession

It’s not all about losing money on investments and the prospect of a lower standard of living, although that is concerning too. The next recession will be much different than 2008, 2001 or any other recession in recent history.

Jun 19 08:51

Nato chief warns over future of transatlantic relationship

The head of Nato has warned that the deep divisions between the US under Donald Trump and its European allies are not going away and there is no certainty that the transatlantic relationship and its military alliance will survive.

Against a backdrop of Trump’s open baiting of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, over immigration and her domestic difficulties, Jens Stoltenberg has called for all Nato members to work to avoid a disastrous breakdown in western unity.

Writing in the Guardian, Nato’s secretary general admits that “political storm clouds” are putting a strain on the ties that bind the Nato allies. But, in an appeal to leaders before the military alliance’s summit in July, the former prime minister of Norway says that “where differences persist, we must limit any negative impact on our security cooperation”.



Jun 19 08:51

'WHERE ARE THE GIRLS? CHILD TRAFFICKING FEARED AS DHS CAN'T SAY WHERE IMMIGRANT GIRLS ARE BEING HELD

As the debate swarms over illegal immigration, Americans on both the left and the right are at each other’s throats pointing fingers over who’s responsible. In the meantime, what was a “conspiracy theory” a month ago is now being confirmed by the very people accused of keeping people in cages. One question, however, has just been raised which gives one a dark and sickly feeling inside when thinking about the potential answers to it: “Where are the girls?”

There is something particularly disturbing about the minuscule amount of footage recently released by HHS last week—it only shows boys, and only boys age 10 and up. Where are the girls? Where are the toddlers? Where are the babies?

Could it be that HHS is only releasing footage of these older boys to portray an image of less suffering and compliant young men in order to keep the public happy? Are the places where girls are kept so disturbing that none of this footage can be released?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The profoundly stupid, and counter-productive "war on drugs" will not change, until the US government follows the Portuguese model, which has decriminalized all drugs, and pushed counseling. The results have been staggeringly great, in terms of turning people away from addiction.

Portugal: what happened after their decriminalization of drugs, from weed to heroin

However, this is very much not likely to happen in the US, because there is too much money to be made by the criminal cartel, which, of course, supports the criminal political cartels here.

Images: Hillary Clinton with Jorge Cabreras, a known drug felon, at the White House Christmas celebration.

Additionally, banks get all warm, fuzzy, and profitable, laundering drug money:

Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses

How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangs

HSBC has form: remember Mexico and laundered drug money

And lest we believe this kind of activity is "only a blast from the past", consider the following article, datelined 9 March of this year:

75 indicted in massive drug and money laundering operations involving Sinaloa cartel

Jun 19 08:50

Frontex Warns of Tens of Thousands of Migrants Currently En Route to Europe

The European Union border agency Frontex has warned that a new wave of mass migration could be coming to Europe via the eastern and western Mediterranean, calling for transnational cooperation to stop it.

The comments came at a meeting in Lower Austria in which Frontex’s Deputy Executive Director Berndt Körner claimed that the number of migrants was rising significantly both in the eastern part of the Mediterranean into Greece and in the west from North Africa, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Mr Körner noted that around 14,000 individuals were flown back to their home countries from EU states in 2017 in 341 flights and that many of them would be looking to return to Europe through Turkey and into Greece.

Jun 19 08:46

Hillary: Separating Families Contrary to Religious Values — Jesus ‘Did Not Say Let the Children Suffer’

Monday while speaking in New York City, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, said separating immigrant children from their families was contrary to Christianity.
She also called it “an affront to our values” as a nation.

Clinton said, “What’s happening to families at the border is horrific. Nursing infants being ripped away from their mothers, parents being told their toddlers are being taken to bathe or play, only to realize hours later they aren’t coming back, children incarcerated in warehouses and, according to one account, kept in cages. This is a moral and humanitarian crisis. Every one of us who’s ever been a parent or grandparent, an aunt, a big sister, any one of us who’s ever held a child in our arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

...and how many children in Yugoslavia, Libya and so on did you separate from their families...permanently - as in Dead?

Jun 19 08:45

AfD's Alexander Gauland - Germany is abolishing itself Bundestag English Subtitles Rede speech



Jun 19 08:45

France Proposes Mandatory Labeling For Meat And Dairy From Animals Raised On GMO Feed

Surprisingly, many French politicians have supported a new proposal for the mandatory labeling of both meat and dairy products produced from animals raised on genetically modified feed.

Jun 19 08:44

ISIS-Supporting Uber Driver Attacked Police Outside Buckingham Palace Because Queen Was ‘Enemy of Allah’

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27, allegedly drove at police outside Buckingham Palace and then attacked them with a samurai sword because Queen Elizabeth II is an “enemy of Allah”, the Old Bailey has heard.

The court heard that on August 25th, 2017, at 8:30 pm the Luton resident swerved at a moving police van outside of Buckingham Palace, causing the police to stop and the two officers to get out and investigate.

Taking the four-foot sword from the footwell, the defendant is alleged to have shouted “Allah hu Akbar” (“My god is greater [than yours]”) during the struggle with the officers before being subdued and arrested, the Evening Standard reports.

The jury heard that Detective Sergeant Gavin Hutt and Police Constable Ian Midgley had suffered cuts as they disarmed Chowdhury with CS gas.

Jun 19 08:39

Angela Merkel promises to support Italy on migration after Giuseppe Conte meeting in Berlin

The German chancellor says she wants to work with Italy to reduce the number of refugees entering the European Union. Merkel is facing a rebellion inside her governing conservative alliance over migration.

Jun 19 08:38

Disney & Studios Can’t Dodge Claims Over Stolen Technology

Disney and other major film studios cannot dodge lawsuits claiming they used stolen technology to create lifelike animated characters in top-grossing films like “Beauty and the Beast,” a federal judge ruled Monday.

Finding it plausible that the studios knew they were using stolen software and that they directly benefited from that use, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar refused to dismiss claims of vicarious and contributory copyright infringement.

“Liability here could be very substantial,” Mark Carlson, a lawyer for plaintiff Rearden LLC, said in an interview.

Rearden, a San Francisco-based technology firm, sued the studios last year.

Rearden claims Disney, Twenty-First Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and video game maker Crystal Dynamics knowingly contracted with Digital Domain 3.0, or DD3, a company that acquired a stolen version of its facial performance motion capture technology.



Jun 19 08:37

Merkel faces worst crisis in 13 years, economist says

Jun 19 08:35

YEMEN’S NAVY CAPTURES FRENCH VESSEL LADEN WITH FOREIGN MERCENARIES

Yemen’s Navy, loyal to the Houthi government, captured a French naval vessel, the M/Y Jehol ll, off of the coast of Hodeidah on Saturday, according to statements made by senior military officials to MintPress News. The vessel, which was carrying foreign fighters, was engaged in a military landing operation near the port, according to Houthi officials, who gave no further details.

Mohammed al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi movement, tweeted:

“Thanks to the Yemeni Coast Guard in Hodeida, a French or American boat was seized.”

He confirmed in a later tweet that a French naval vessel named the M/Y Jehol ll was captured by Yemen’s Coast Guard near Hodeidah.

Jun 19 08:35

UAE collaboration with Israel dates back to 1990s

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and officials from the United Arab Emirates secretly met in Cyprus to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement right before Donald Trump took office as US president, according to a report in The New Yorker.

The Barack Obama administration was not aware of the meeting. US intelligence agencies learned of it as well as of phone calls between senior UAE and Israeli leaders toward the end of Obama’s second term.

This meeting marked a strengthening of the covert relationship between Israel and some Gulf Arab states that is likely to come at the expense of Palestinians. Netanyahu hopes these Arab states will help press Palestinians to accept a peace deal tailor-made to Israel’s demands.

Jun 19 08:34

Artists boycott Germany’s Ruhrtriennale for banning Palestinian rights

Rock legend Roger Waters has voiced support for Young Fathers after the group was banned from a German music festival for backing Palestinian rights.

This comes as other artists are expressing their solidarity with Young Fathers by pulling out of the Ruhrtriennale festival, which is sponsored by the government of North Rhine-Westphalia state.

And in the face of continued repression, activists and academics in France are escalating their protests against their government’s complicity in Israel’s massacres of Palestinians.

“First respect to the Young Fathers,” Waters tweeted, and asked why Ruhtriennale had decided to “distance itself in all forms from the BDS movement?”


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Jun 19 08:34

13 Facts the Media ‘Pros’ Don’t Want You to Know About ‘Family Border Separation’

Trump’s Only Choice Is to Separate Illegal Alien Families
When an illegal alien crosses the border into the U.S., he is a lawbreaker, and, like any lawbreaker (including American citizens), he is put into the criminal justice system.

This is the law.

Obviously, when an illegal alien is in custody, he is housed in an adult detention center. For obvious reasons, it would be illegal for Trump to “reunite” this family by allowing children to live in adult detention centers.

Keep in mind that when we are this early in the process, we do not even know if this is a real family unit. It is not uncommon for illegal aliens (including criminals) to pretend the children they are traveling with are their own. They do so in the hope this special family status will result in them being released (this madness is known as “catch and release”) into America with nothing more than a court date — a date many never show for, most especially those with criminal intent.

Jun 19 08:34

MILLIONS LACK FOOD, HOUSING, AND HEALTHCARE, BUT 38 DEMOCRATS JUST JOINED GOP TO SPEND $716 BILLION ON ENDLESS WAR AND EMPIRE

In a vote that further "entrenches endless war and bloated Pentagon spending" and places greater nuclear capacity in the hands of President Donald Trump, 38 Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) joined nearly every Senate Republican on Monday to pass a $716 billion defense bill that boosts military spending by over $80 billion and authorizes another $21.6 billion for nuclear weapons programs.

"We cannot spend more on our military than the next 10 nations combined while millions of Americans do not have food and housing and healthcare...That is why I voted against spending $716 billion on the military today."
—Sen. Bernie SandersHad the Pentagon's budget simply remained the same as it was in 2017, Congress "could have funded public college for every student in the U.S. and had $12 billion left over," noted media analyst Adam Johnson.

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Sickening, but perfectly predictable from the current crop of alleged Congressional representatives.

One has to wonder just who is taking money from what entity in the military industrial complex, to insure that this bill carried the day.

Upon entering Congress, representatives should turn their financial affairs over to to a blind trust, as does the President; unfortunately, that will only happen...when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Jun 19 08:33

Villagers resist threatened demolition

On 24 May, an Israeli high court ruling authorized the demolition of the entire occupied West Bank village “any time the government sees fit,” as of June.

Israeli authorities are planning to relocate the Bedouin village’s inhabitants to a location near the garbage dump adjacent to Abu Dis, in the vicinity of Jerusalem. Any such action would require ignoring warnings by rights groups that this sort of forcible transfer amounts to a war crime.

On 11 June, more than 300 public figures from around the world, including parliamentarians, artists, musicians and intellectuals, signed an open letter opposing the transfer and describing it as a war crime.

“They can come any time. We know they will surprise us, at night or in the morning. And they will do it when you are not here to see it,” Nour, 30, who lives in the village, affirmed.

All villagers who spoke to The Electronic Intifada spoke on condition of anonymity and all names have been changed.

Jun 19 08:32

Sarah Sanders Responds to Laura Bush’s Criticism of Trump’s Immigration Policy

Color me not surprised that the only time Laura Bush speaks out about a presidential administration, it’s the Trump Administration.

The former First Lady spoke out about President Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, that has resulted in the separation of families at the southern border. In The Washington Post, Laura Bush wrote the following: “I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”

Strong words from a strong woman. And, no doubt, her voice will be fodder to liberals looking to hammer Trump even more for a policy that is a mere continuation of what the Obama Administration enforced.



Jun 19 08:31

Israeli use of live fire in Gaza triggers 'unprecedented' crisis: Red Cross

Israel's use of live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in Gaza has left health workers struggling to cope with an unprecedented crisis, with more than 13,000 wounded, a senior Red Cross official said Monday.

At least 132 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests at the border with Gaza began at the end of March.

Robert Mardini, head of Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told reporters that the "vast majority" of the 13,000 hospitalized protesters had suffered severe wounds, including multiple gunshot wounds.

"This is I think a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the Gaza Strip," said Mardini.

The wounded caseload from the seven weeks of protest had surpassed that of the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

Jun 19 08:09

Upgrade to boost capacity of CERN's giant particle smasher

A major upgrade began on Friday for the world's most powerful proton smasher to increase the number of particle collisions inside the Large Hadron Collider and help further explore the fundamental building blocks of the universe.
The work involves heavy civil engineering at the LHC's two main sites in Switzerland and France which are run by Europe's physics lab CERN, that will allow it to operate in a high-luminosity mode from 2026.

"By 2026, this major upgrade will have considerably improved the performance of the LHC, by increasing the number of collisions in the large experiments and thus boosting the probability of the discovery of new physics phenomena," CERN said.

The aim is increase tenfold the amount of data which can be picked up by the LHC, which is housed in a 27-kilometre (17-mile) ring-shaped tunnel buried more than 100 metres underground that runs beneath the border of Switzerland and France.

Jun 19 08:08

Northern Wisconsin Dam Fails, Walker Issues State of Emergency in the Area

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a state of emergency Monday in northwestern Wisconsin following widespread damage after severe thunderstorms, overwhelmed the Radigan Dam on the Tamarack River in Douglas County.

Jun 19 08:05

Bitcoin could 'bring internet to a halt': BIS

The Basel-based Bank for International Settlements in a report warned digital currencies like bitcoin could overwhelm and break the internet if they continue to grow.

The BIS, often described as the central bank for central banks, also warned, in a 24-page report published on its website on Sunday, that cryptocurrencies cannot be trusted the way sovereign currencies can.

Unlike central bank-issued denominations, virtual currencies are produced, or "mined," by banks of computers solving complex algorithms, and then freely traded online.



Jun 19 08:05

Bringing Julian Assange Home

Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in JulianE’s case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.

We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a US extradition warrant is successful — a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture.

I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smear engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him.

Jun 19 08:04

British Muslim passenger rants at air stewardess and calls her a 'f****** sl**' and a 'b****' for serving him a turkey ham sandwich - because he mistakenly thinks it contains pork

This is the moment a British Muslim passenger called an air stewardess a 'f****** sl**' and a 'b****' for serving him a turkey ham sandwich - because he mistakenly thought it contained pork.

The taxi driver from Hampstead Heath, north London, was flying from Luton Airport to Skopje, Macedonia, on Sunday morning when he ordered the 4.50 euro roll and a bottle of water.

But mid-way through eating the baguette, he said it 'didn't taste like turkey' - and flew into a rage when he saw the packaging labelled with the word ham.

He called over the Wizz Air stewardess and demanded a refund after becoming convinced the product contained pork - explaining that he cannot eat it due to his religion. He then turns to a fellow passenger and describes the staff member as a 'f****** sl**' and a 'b****'.

Jun 19 08:03

Russia to Deliver US New Rocket Engines As Trump Creates Space Force

The US government is slated to receive one of two batches of Russian-made rocket engines in the second quarter of 2018, according to a leading Russian rocket designer, at nearly the same point when the newly created US Space Force is being established as a new branch of the US armed forces.

The engines are used for delivering heavy payloads to space aboard the Atlas V launch vehicle — which will now presumptively fall under US Space Force, a sixth branch of the US armed forces announced by US President Donald Trump on Monday. "We have the Air Force and we're going to have the Space Force. Separate but equal." The US military's space command was formerly designated under the US Air Force's area of responsibility.

Jun 19 08:02

Blue Origin Tests Rocket Engine as US Seeks to Replace Russian RD-180

The new engine has been in development for seven years already. The US space program currently relies on the RD-180 engine to propel the Atlas V rocket, the only American vehicle capable of sending heavy payloads into orbit.

American aerospace company Blue Origin has released video footage showing a recent test of its Blue Engine 4 (BE-4) next-generation rocket engine, which is planned to replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine in future American space launches.

During the test, Blue Origin managed to exceed its specific impulse targets (Isp), the company said in a Twitter post. Specific impulse is a measure indicating how effectively a jet engine uses fuel.

The company also said it continues "to exercise the deep throttling of our full scale 550,000 lbf BE-4, the reusability of our hydrostatic pump bearings and our stable start/stop cycles."



Owl 3
Jun 19 08:01

Atlantic Council: Pro-NATO pressure group uses distortions to fight ‘disinformation’

Fueling hysteria about ‘Russian disinformation,’ ‘Russian meddling,’ and ‘Russian propaganda’ has quickly become a lucrative pastime. Now NATO’s Atlantic Council has gathered the leading proponents under one umbrella.

‘Russian’s everywhere, everywhere Russians’ – that’s long been the mantra of NATO’s propaganda wing, the Atlantic Council. And, since 1961, the American lobby group’s raison d’être has been to convince the world that Moscow presents an existential threat to the rest of Europe.

And as NATO has expanded, the ‘think tank’s’ agitprop has evolved from the ‘reds in the bed’ whispers of the Soviet-era to today’s new racket: ‘disinformation.’



Taboola
Jun 19 08:00

This is America: Outrage at Trump is phony, US leaders have praised dictators for decades

Donald Trump’s praise this week of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been presented by much of the Washington political class and US corporate media as an anomaly in history and a stark deviation from political norms.

It is not normal or right, they tell us, for US presidents to meet with and applaud dictators of brutal regimes. This kind of phony virtue-signaling was all over the airwaves and the Twittersphere on Tuesday. It was like a competition with the winner being the person who could publicly register their disgust and dismay in the most dramatic fashion possible.

Jun 19 07:59

Germany is in turmoil since 2015 and it has a name - Angela Merkel, ex-OSCE VP Willy Wimmer tells RT

Chancellor Angela Merkel's September 2015 decision to open borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees was a blow to Germany's internal order and to the European security, former OSCE Assembly vice-head Willy Wimmer told RT.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing one of the toughest tests yet of her leadership as a rift over refugee policies threatens to derail her coalition government.

The dispute has put Merkel on a collision course with her Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, a key coalition figure, who has been quoted as saying he can no longer work with her.

Seehofer previously unveiled a new strategy called the 'Migration Masterplan' which would allow German authorities to turn back refugees at its borders if they have already applied for asylum in other EU countries.

Jun 19 07:58

‘We don’t want European-style immigration here’: Trump slams Merkel’s policy

Amid a national furor over his immigration policy, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to call for stronger border laws, citing Germany’s ‘open-door’ migration policy as a “big mistake.”

“Why don’t the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world’s worst immigration laws?,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?”

Trump has regularly called for Democrats to support his proposed tough immigration laws, including funding a 2,000-mile long wall on the US’ southern border with Mexico. The president is currently planning on meeting House Republicans on Tuesday to weigh up two proposed pieces of immigration legislation, one ‘moderate’ and one more hard-right.

Jun 19 07:57

BATTLE FOR AL-HUDAYDAH CAN BECOME TURNING POINT IN YEMEN WAR

The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies are developing their military operation to capture the western Yemeni port city of al-Hudaydah from the Houthis.

This very advance started on June 13 after a series of failed attempts of the coalition-led forces to reach the city along the western Yemeni coast. Over 25,000 of coalition-backed fighters and at least 1,500 UAE troops, backed by a large number of military equipment, including battle tanks, and the Saudi Air Force and Special Operations Forces are involved in the operation.

According to French daily Le Figaro, troops of the French Special Operations Forces are operating alongside UAE troops.

The goal of the first stage of the operation is to isolate the city from the rest of the Houthi-held area. The coalition has also established a naval blockade of the city. However, it failed to carry out a landing operation in the area on June 13 because the Houthis responded with anti-ship missile strikes.

Jun 19 07:56

Politician Explains How the Words 'Soros' and 'NGO' Became Dirty in Slovakia

Some forces are apparently interested in dragging Slovakia into political turmoil, Slovak politician Dusan Jarjabek told Sputnik, stressing that before the assassination of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak the country was among the EU's leaders in the terms of economy.

Some words and phrases in Slovakia have already been banned — "Soros," "control of the third sector" and "funding of the third sector," — says Dusan Jarjabek, Slovak politician, singer, and member of the Smer Socialna Demokracia ("Direction — Social Democracy") party.

"If you use any of these words, you will be immediately condemned by some media," the politician told Sputnik Czech Republic, referring to Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros and his numerous NGOs, dubbed the 'third sector' in Slovakia. "In society there is no balance now, it is divided, which is bad. However, it is possible that this [situation] is what someone was trying to achieve."

Jun 19 07:56

DEMOCRATS NEVER CARED ABOUT IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTERS WHILE OBAMA WAS PRESIDENT… SUDDENLY IT’S A “MANUFACTURED CRISIS” FOR POLITICAL GAIN

In what can only be described by reasonable people as pathetic political manipulation, seven Democratic lawmakers showed up at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility over the weekend and demanded access. The group of seven — New Jersey Reps. Bill Pascrell, Frank Pallone and Albio Sires, as well as fellow New York Reps. Jarrold Nadler, Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn Maloney and Adriano Espaillat — made their obnoxious, unannounced visit on Father’s Day, of course, for maximum political effect.

Jun 19 07:52

Looting Libya

One of the biggest Western foreign policy adventures in recent years is underreported in the media. The so-called ‘intervention’ in Libya has created a failed state that is riven with extremists all vying for power.

The war was sold as allied forces intervening to deliver a virtuous and prosperous country. But in reality, they were only there for Libya’s resources.
So we ask, was destroying Libya just another day at the office for politicians, short-sighted bureaucrats, and vulture corporates who continually try to enforce global economic supremacy?

Jun 19 07:51

Fox & Friends host delivers horrific rant against immigrant kids: ‘A lot of them turn into MS-13’

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade described immigrant children as burdensome and potentially violent as he defended the Trump administration policy to break up migrant families at the border.

The “Fox & Friends” hosts justified the controversial policy throughout Tuesday morning, and co-host Ainsley Earhardt complained the Department of Health and Human Services had spent $1 billion last year caring for migrant children held in detention.

Jun 19 07:51

A Brazilian Judge Just Handed Facebook Censorship Powers

A Brazilian judge has ordered Facebook to remove all current posts that offend the “image, honor and privacy” of slain politician Marielle Franco — and all future posts of the same nature. This could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

Rio de Janeiro city councilor Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes were killed in a drive-by shooting on the night of the March 14. Franco, 38, was a vocal critic of local police violence. Soon after her murder, false reports claiming she had been married to a drug lord and that she was elected with the support of a criminal group began circulating online, among other unqualified rumors.

Marielle’s widow and sister filed separate libel claims against Facebook and Google in an effort to get the stories removed from search results and social media. In both cases, the courts ruled in their favor.

Jun 19 07:50

Wisconsin Woman Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Waheba Issa Dais, 45, originally of Israel and a U.S. legal permanent resident residing in Cudahy, Wisconsin, has been charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support or resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Jun 19 07:49

PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS MCCAUL’S BILL TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING INTO LAW

Earlier this week, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul’s (R-TX) bill to combat human trafficking was signed into law (P.L. 115-125) by President Trump. This bipartisan bill helps protect victims of human trafficking by providing the right tools to federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as private sector organizations to increase awareness and to help stop this heinous threat.

Jun 19 07:49

333 Whales Hunted, A Third Of Them Pregnant, Killed In Japan’s Gruesome Program

Whales Hunted in the Name of “Science” - Japan has long taken a toll on the whale population in 2018, despite a ruling by the...

Jun 19 07:49

FINALLY! PRESIDENT TRUMP FREEZES ASSETS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKERS

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on December 21, 2017 which blocks the property and assets of persons involved in serious human rights abuses and corruption. To date, the president’s order is the most consequential and far reaching legislation to help prevent and hopefully put an end to human trafficking in the United States.

Since the signing of the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), a federal legislation passed during President Bill Clinton’s administration that aims to prosecute human traffickers and protect victims, no other president has put into place such a significant piece of legislation protecting children’s rights and imposing financial damages on human rights abusers.

When President Trump first entered the White House, he vowed to help end human trafficking.

Jun 19 07:48

The OBAMA and STRZOK family connection that spans DECADES.

This is Peter Strzok . He is in his 40s. He works for the FBI . He was the only person to interview Hillary Clinton, with no recording, on her HRC Email investigation.

Jun 19 07:47

Peter Strzok, FBI Agent in Texting Scandal, Will Testify Before Congress

Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who sent anti-Trump messages to a colleague while leading the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails and Russia’s involvement in the Trump campaign, has said he’s willing to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, or any other committee that wants to talk with him. This could lead to dramatic hearings, as Strzok could expose more information about those probes, and is central to President Trump’s effort to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Reports last week indicated that House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte was preparing to subpoena Strzok as part of the House investigation into the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election. Strzok’s lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said in a letter to Goodlatte released Sunday that the move would be unnecessary, as Strzok “intends to voluntarily appear and testify before your committee and any other Congressional committee that invites him.”

Jun 19 07:46

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and former president Balwani charged by feds with wire fraud

Elizabeth Holmes, the college dropout who founded the blood-testing company Theranos, and the firm's ex-president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani were indicted Friday on criminal charges related to false claims they made about the accuracy of their much-hyped testing devices.

Both Holmes, who stepped down as CEO of the financially crippled company earlier Friday, and Balwani appeared in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, for arraignment on two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud.

Both Holmes and Balwani, who surrendered Friday to the FBI, were released on $500,000 bond each and ordered to surrender their passports at the arraignment, which was attended by Holmes' parents.

The indictment accuses Holmes, 34, and then 53-year-old Balwani of engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors, and a separate scheme to defraud doctors and patients.

Jun 19 07:45

DHS Secretary Nielsen slams 'irresponsible' media, says no 'policy of separating families at the border'

The head of the Department of Homeland Security bashed the media Sunday for their reporting on the increasingly volatile immigration controversy, writing in a string of tweets: “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”

Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen added: “This misreporting by Members, press & advocacy groups must stop. It is irresponsible and unproductive. As I have said many times before, if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry.”

Jun 19 07:44

Google kills off domain fronting – and so secure comms just got tougher

Google has made technical changes to its cloud infrastructure that have caused collateral damage to an anti-censorship technique called domain fronting.

The technique, more a workaround than a supported feature, has become popular on App Engine, Google's platform-as-a-service product, over the past year or so. And now makers of free speech tools have had to find other service providers or adopt alternative strategies for avoiding the scrutiny of authorities.

Domain fronting conceals the hostname from those observing network traffic by using one hostname in the DNS request and TLS negotiation and another in the HTTP header. While the hostname in the DNS request and Client Hello can be discerned – presumably a politically acceptable site – the hostname in the HTTP header – the controversial site – is concealed through the use of a content delivery network (CDN) as a proxy.

Jun 19 07:38

Albert Einstein's travel diaries reveal racially offensive views

In diaries that Einstein kept during his five month journey across countries including China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Palestine and Spain, the Nobel Prize winner called China a "peculiar herd-like nation" and said its citizens were "often more like automatons than people".

Jun 19 07:38

How we got here: A timeline of the Clinton email scandal

As more details are revealed about the email scandal let's go back to the beginning. Here’s how it all started:

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Jun 19 07:37

Hush-hush meet: North Korea's Kim Jong-Un lands in Beijing for two-day visit, reports Chinese media

North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-Un is currently in Beijing for a two-day confidential meeting with top Chinese officials from June 19 to 20 (Tuesday and Wednesday), reported Chinese state media. This unexpected trip comes days after the historic US-Korea Summit, where the North Korean met President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.

Jun 19 07:35

50 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List

We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet—and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about. That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies.”

But as self-appointed arbiters of truth, we’ve largely excused our own unprecedented string of fact-challenged reporting. The truth is, formerly well-respected, top news organizations are making repeat, unforced errors in numbers that were unheard of just a couple of years ago.

Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions.

Jun 19 07:28

Pleasing Investors at the Expense of the People, Argentina Sells out to the IMF

Days before Christmas of 2001, a 54-year-old Argentine woman named Norma Cecilia Albino shoved her way past the throngs of demonstrators protesting the government’s new banking restrictions, walked into a bank branch in a northern Buenos Aires neighborhood, strolled to the counter, and asked to withdraw a few pesos from her account.

When the cashier explained to Albino that she’d already reached her limit and would not be able to withdraw more until the following month, Albino calmly rumbled through her purse for a bottle of alcohol, doused herself with it, and then, to the horror of a nation, set herself ablaze inside the bank lobby.

Jun 19 07:28

Today in Sweden: Russian city runs out of beer as Swedes drink up reserves in World Cup celebration

It seems Nizjnij Novgorod wasn't quite prepared for the Swedish invasion, as the 7,000 or so Swedes who travelled there to watch Sweden's 2018 World Cup opener partied so hard that the city ran out of beer.

The Swedes are already making themselves popular with local bar owners after celebrating Sweden's 1-0 win over South Korea well into the night. Read more about it here...

Jun 19 07:23

Far-Right Wins Presidency in Colombia: ‘A Frightening Result’

Ivan Duque, who is the candidate of former president Alvaro Uribe, won a solid victory for Colombia’s presidency and will probably take Colombia back towards civil war and internal repression, with the help of the US and other conservative governments, argues Manuel Rozental, of PueblosEnCamino.org

Jun 19 07:22

Japan angry as South Korea holds war games to defend against ‘island attack’

Drills come just days after US President Donald Trump announced the suspension of long-running US joint exercises with South Korea – aimed at deterring North Korea.

Jun 19 07:22

North, South Korea agree to joint teams for Asian Games

The two Koreas agreed on Monday to march together under a unified peninsula flag and form combined teams to compete in the next Asian Games, they said in a joint statement, in the latest sign of a thaw between the old rivals.

Jun 19 07:22

U.S., South Korea Cancel Major War Game Planned for August

The Pentagon said Monday that it had agreed with South Korea to cancel an important military exercise that was scheduled for later this summer, in keeping with President Donald Trump’s pledge to halt war games while talks are under way with North Korea.

Thousands of American and South Korean troops were expected to participate in the exercise, the American portion of which is called Freedom Guardian. Mr. Trump surprised the Pentagon and other administration aides by announcing after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week that he wanted to halt major maneuvers between the U.S. and South Korea, calling them expensive and provocative.

Jun 19 07:21

North Korea reportedly offered to abandon a key weapon — and it has nothing to do with nukes

North Korean diplomats talking to South Korean officials in the demilitarized border zone between the two countries reportedly offered to remove the North's long-range artillery guns, which have been a dagger pointed at Seoul's throat for decades.

Before North Korea tested its first nuclear weapon, before it even built its first facility to create fissile material, its artillery had established a strong deterrent against South Korea and the US.

North Korea is estimated to have thousands of massive artillery guns hidden in hardened shelters among the hills and mountains of the country's rugged terrain. Artillery batteries located within range of the South Korean capital of Seoul could kill tens of thousands of people every hour if war were to break out.

Jun 19 07:20

Israel Openly Promotes Islamic State Ideology

The Israel military’s horrific record of atrocities has long been established. From using civilians as human shields to blanketing civilian areas with cluster bombs and killing journalists, there is no defensible moral code governing the actions of the Israeli military.

But things took an even more grotesque turn last week, when the Israeli military’s spokesperson for Arab audiences, Avichay Adraee, published a two–part Arabic video on Twitter, employing blatant anti-Shia rhetoric and citing some of the scholars the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or IS) relies on, as a means of mobilizing Sunni Arab hostility towards Iran. Take a moment to get your head around this: At a time when the U.S. is committed to eradicating IS and its offshoots in the Middle East, Israel is working in the other direction, promoting the very ideology animating these groups.

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