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November 20, 2018

Nov 20 11:34

Kremlin critic, facing new charge, sounds alarm on Interpol

Russian prosecutors announced new criminal charges against U.S.-born Kremlin foe Bill Browder on Monday, days before a Russian police officer could become president of Interpol in a move that some Moscow critics fear might politicize the law enforcement agency.

Browder and other opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin have complained that Russia has tried to use Interpol against them. If a Russian is elected as its new president, it could encourage Moscow to intensify attempts to hunt down its critics abroad.

The new charges leveled against Browder accuse him of forming a criminal group to embezzle funds in Russia. They also alleged that he could be behind the death of his employee, Sergei Magnitsky, in a Russian prison.

Nov 20 11:34

Humanity's 'Broken Clocks' & "Correcting" Back To Stone Age Barbarism

Anyone who has consistently sounded cautionary or outright bearish notes during the last nine years of relentlessly rising equity markets has been cast aside. Wall Street is bipolar. You’re either right or wrong, and wrong doesn’t buy mansions and Maseratis. Like that broken clock, the so-called permabears have had a couple of minutes when they were right, far outweighed by those 1438 minutes when they were wrong.

Or maybe it’s all a matter of perspective, and it’s the last nine years that amounts to two minutes. In geologic time nine years isn’t even a nanosecond. Perhaps even on time periods scaled to human lifetimes and history, the last nine years will come to be seen as an evanescent flash that came and ignominiously went.

Nov 20 11:33

"Dozens" Of Princes Turn Against MbS As King Salman's Brother Waits In The Wings

For the past month the younger brother of Saudi Arabia's King Salman, 76-year old Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, has reportedly been positioned as the prime candidate to replace the increasingly embattled crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) after Prince Ahmed returned to the kingdom from self-imposed exile weeks ago.

Now just days after the CIA issued its report saying the agency believes MbS ordered the Jamal Khashoggi killing, Reuters has revealed that MbS has even more reason to be nervous about political survival as his brothers are now publicly leaking they're ready for a replacement in the succession. Perhaps it's payback time for last year's Ritz Riyadh imprisonment?

Nov 20 11:33

Saudis Agree To Yemen Peace Talks - Ceasefire In Effect For First Time Since War's Start

The prospect for peace - or at least a lasting ceasefire - is advancing rapidly following a surprise weekend proposal by Yemen's Houghis to halt all attacks on Saudi coalition forces. On Sunday the head of Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, said "We are willing to freeze and stop military operations" — something which now appears to have taken effect, according to a breaking Reuters report.

In the biggest turning point in the war which has raged since 2015, Reuters confirms:

Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations.

Nov 20 11:32

Does China Have Enough Gold To Move Toward Hard Currency?

We can be reasonably certain that Chinese government officials approaching middle age have been heavily westernised through their education. Nowhere is this likely to matter more than in the fields of finance and economics. In these disciplines there is perhaps a division between them and the old guard, exemplified and fronted by President Xi. The grey-beards who guide the National Peoples Congress are aging, and the brightest and best of their successors understand economic analysis differently, having been tutored in Western universities.

It has not yet been a noticeable problem in the current, relatively stable economic and financial environment. Quiet evolution is rarely disruptive of the status quo, and so long as it reflects the changes in society generally, the machinery of government will chug on. But when (it is never “if”) the next global credit crisis develops, China’s ability to handle it could be badly compromised.

Nov 20 11:31

University lecturers told DON'T USE CAPS as it frightens students

Staff at Leeds Trinity's school of journalism have also been told to "write in a helpful, warm tone, avoiding officious language and negative instructions". Some blasted the move as "more academic mollycoddling" of the snowflake generation. An "enhancing student understanding, engagement and achievement" memo lists dos and don'ts - with "do" and "don't" among words frowned upon.

Nov 20 11:24

Voter Fraud, Honest Elections, and California Fires. Michael Rivero - November 19, 2018

Nov 20 11:23

Mall Retailers Melt Down in Four Charts

Nov 20 11:21

Trump not taking punitive measures against Saudis over Khashoggi

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States intends to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia even though "it could very well be" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had knowledge of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.



Nov 20 11:12

UN MIGRANT COMPACT: THE DEATH OF NATIONS

Nov 20 11:08

China Sentences Erotic Novelist to over 10 years in jail for writing Gay Sex Scenes

The Chinese government sentenced a novelist to more than 10 years in prison for illegally writing erotic scenes that included gay sex.
What are the details?
In 2017, the author — who goes by Tianyi, but is surnamed Liu — released a book titled “Occupy,” which sold 7,000 copies online. After its release, the government jailed Liu. Last month, the author received a sentence of 10 1/2 years for “producing and selling pornographic materials,” according to the South China Morning Post.
Liu stood accused of writing “graphic depictions of male homosexual sex scenes,” and her tough sentence was imposed because she sold more than 5,000 copies and profiting roughly $21,000, which was deemed as an “especially serious circumstance.”
The production and sale of pornography is illegal in China, and the government sentenced Liu under a 1998 law that pre-dates the digital age, according to Chinese attorney Deng Xueping.

Nov 20 11:08

Linux kernel Spectre V2 defense fingered for massively slowing down unlucky apps on Intel Hyper-Thread CPUs

The specific Spectre V2 mitigation in this case was added to Linux 4.20 and backported to Linux 4.19.2. It's called STIBP (Single Thread Indirect Branch Predictors), and prevents the processor's branch prediction engine from being exploited by malware on a computer to steal passwords, encryption keys, and other secrets out of memory it shouldn't have access to.

The defense mechanism turns out to be such a drag on performance that Torvalds believes it should not be enabled by default in all cases.

"When performance goes down by 50 per cent on some loads, people need to start asking themselves whether it was worth it," Torvalds wrote in a message to the Linux kernel mailing list on Sunday. "It's apparently better to just disable SMT entirely, which is what security-conscious people do anyway."



Nov 20 11:00

Archives reveal Israel’s ‘cosy ties’ with Brazil’s military dictatorship

Israeli Foreign Ministry documents at the Israel State Archives reveal that Israel enjoyed “cosy ties” with Brazil’s military dictatorship, which ruled from 1964 to 1985.

According to the report by +972 Magazine, the year after the coup, in June 1965, Aryeh Eshel, director of Latin American affairs at Israel’s Foreign Ministry, wrote that he hoped “the current regime in Brazil lasts”.

Based on the information available, and not subject to censorship, the report states there were “strong ties” with respect to military relations:

Brazil’s security forces used Israeli Uzi submachine guns, and the [Brazilian] National Truth Commission revealed that intelligence agents from the National Intelligence Service of Brazil (SNI) — who were primarily responsible for torture, oppression, and crimes committed by the regime — received training in Israel.

Nov 20 11:00

Israel ‘inexplicably’ banning exit of processed foods from Gaza

Israel continues to “inexplicably” impose a ban on the exit of processed foods from the occupied Gaza Strip to markets in the West Bank and Israel, reports Israeli human rights NGO Gisha, “thwarting economic activity and growth in one of Gaza’s most promising sectors”.

Processed food, defined as “any kind of food that has undergone an adaptation and manufacturing process, including things like date paste, cookies, and potato chips”, had been a significant part of the Gaza economy prior to the blockade.

Now, however, “Israel’s policy regarding movement of goods out of Gaza reveals that dates can go to the West Bank but not date paste, and tomatoes can be shipped to Israel but not tomato paste,” Gisha described.

Nov 20 10:59

Airbnb removes illegal West Bank settlement listings

Airbnb’s decision to remove any properties situated in illegal Israeli settlements was announced a day before Human Rights Watch (HRW) was due to release a damning report into the company’s complicity in the dispossession of Palestinians.

HRW’s 65-page report “Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land: Tourist Rental Listings in West Bank Settlements” painted a damning picture of Airbnb’s policy, accusing it and other platforms such as Booking.com of effectively supporting Israel’s illegal settlement policy. The report explained that:

The business activity that Airbnb and Booking.com conduct helps make West Bank settlements more profitable and therefore sustainable, thus facilitating Israel’s unlawful transfer of its citizens to the settlements. In many cases, the companies list the properties as being located inside Israel, thereby misleading guests about where they will be staying and obscuring the fact that their payments are benefitting the settlement enterprise.

Nov 20 10:59

Mladenov ‘concerned by Israel’s persistent use of live fire against protestors’ in Gaza

In his briefing to the UN Security Council, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said that he “remain[s] very concerned by Israel’s persistent use of live fire against protestors” in the Gaza Strip.

In his speech, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, he said: “I call on the [Israeli occupation] authorities to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from using lethal force, except as a last resort.”

He also told the UNSC about the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza. “In recent days, we have witnessed another dangerous escalation of violence in Gaza that risked unleashing an armed conflict with catastrophic consequences for two million impoverished Palestinian people.”

Mladenov pointed out that the Gaza residents “have endured three wars and crippling Israeli closures”.

He added: “The Secretary-General warned that a new war in Gaza would bring forth another unbearable tragedy and urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint.”



Nov 20 10:59

Bending the Knee at Herzlia

I wish to express my support for the two students who refused to stand to attention as their school choir sang Hatikva – the Israeli national anthem. Instead, as the saying goes, “they took the knee” a perfectly peaceful expression of dissent popularised by American athletes. As has been reported their school authorities, Herzlia School in Cape Town, says the two students face “disciplinary and educational” consequences for their “deliberate and flagrant disregard for the ethos of the school.”

Nov 20 10:58

Israeli Forces Wound 25 Palestinians, Including AP Cameraman, in Gaza Boat Protest

The weekly protest at the Gaza beach to protest the ongoing Israeli closure of sea access to Gaza was met with violence from Israeli forces today, who fired live ammunition at protesters in boats and along the shore. 25 were wounded with live bullets, including an AP camera operator.

The protest took place off the coast of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, when hundreds of Palestinians gathered on the shore and then took off in small fishing boats bearing Palestinian flags into the Mediterranean Sea.

Almost immediately, the Israeli Naval ships stationed off the coast began firing live ammunition toward the protesters, according to local sources.

The Israeli Navy also fired tear gas canisters, causing passengers on the boats to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

One of the people wounded by the Israeli forces’ live ammunition was a camera operator working for the Associated Press (AP), who was shot in the foot.

Nov 20 10:58

The Art of the Smear - The Israel Lobby Busted

In 2016 and 2017 Al Jazeera produced a program that unmistakenly documents the Israel government and U.S. Israel lobby’s all-out effort to spy on, smear, and disrupt American students and other activists who are working to build an understanding of the Palestinians’ plight. The Lobby — USA, however, has never been broadcast by Al Jazeera. Reporting indicates that it was suppressed after pressure from the lobby on the government of Qatar, which funds Al Jazeera. Nevertheless, it is now available at The Electronic Intifada and on YouTube. Watch all four parts here and here. What the program presents is shocking.

Nov 20 10:57

We Can Remember The Great War – But Palestinians Still Have to Live it

Even those Sunday supplements that dared stray from the western front only briefly touched on the after-effects of the war in the new Poland, the new Czechoslovakia, the new Yugoslavia and Bolshevik Russia, with a mention of Turkey. The mass famine – perhaps 1.6 million dead – of the Arabs of the Levant under Turkish looting and Allied blockade in the First World War received not a word. Even more astoundingly, I could find not a single reference to the greatest crime against humanity of the First World War – not the murder of Belgian hostages by German troops in 1914, but the Armenian genocide of a million and a half Christian civilians in 1915 by Germany’s Ottoman Turkish ally.



Nov 20 10:56

Syrian Army seizes US and Israeli-made weapons in Daraa

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently uncovered a large-cache of weapons that were left behind by the rebel forces in the Daraa province.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military discovered this weapons cache while combing through the town of Yadoudah near the provincial capital of Daraa.

Nov 20 10:56

Labour leader Corbyn calls for general election and tells business to reject May's 'blindfold Brexit'

UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Monday urged business leaders to reject the government’s “botched, worst-of-all-worlds deal” on Brexit and called for a general election.

Corbyn, leader of the opposition and long-term critic of the EU, closed the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in London on Monday. The CBI represents 190,000 British businesses, who employ a combined 7 million staff.

Corbyn told the 1,500-strong audience that UK prime minister Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal, which was announced last week, is a “blindfold Brexit” and will “leave the country in an indefinite halfway house without a real say over our future.”

Labour will vote down the deal in Parliament, Corbyn said, and he argued that a general election is now the “only sensible course of action.”

Nov 20 10:55

Australia-US Naval Base to 'Counter' China 'Ambitions'

The United States and Australia redevelop a joint naval base in Papua Guinea to 'check' China's influence in the region.

Over the weekend, the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, announced a joint collaboration between his country and Australia on the Manus Naval Base, to host more warships in the Pacific.



Nov 20 10:55

Dozen Palestinians wounded by Israeli gunfire across West Bank

Israeli military forces have shot and injured a dozen Palestinians across West Bank as tensions continue to rise in the occupied territories over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocation of the US embassy to the occupied city.

According to a statement released by the Palestinian Ministry of Health on Monday, four Palestinians were injured overnight by bullets from Israeli forces near the village of Deir Abu Mash'al, located 24 kilometers (15 miles) west of Ramallah.

The ministry added that the injured Palestinians were transported to Martyr Yasser Arafat Hospital in the central West Bank city of Salfit. One of them was later taken to the An-Najah National University Hospital in Nablus due to the severity of the gunshot wound in his thigh.

On October 26, a Palestinian man was killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the village of al-Mazra'a al-Qibliya.

Nov 20 10:54

Six inches of snow nearly paralyzed the New York area. What went wrong?

Drivers were trapped on gridlocked, snowy roads for hours.

Middle schoolers in New Jersey had to spend the night at school.

The upper level of the George Washington Bridge — one of the busiest bridges in the world — came to a standstill with drivers abandoning their cars.

The New York region was all but paralyzed by an early winter storm that led to recriminations and second-guessing on Friday about what exactly went wrong.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was caught off guard by the ferocity of the storm after early forecasts predicted a light dusting.

At Central Park, there were 6.4 inches of snow as of 5 a.m. Friday — the biggest one-day November snowfall in at least 136 years.

“We’re going to do a full review,” de Blasio said in an interview on NY1 on Friday morning. “I’m not happy with the end result. It’s unacceptable.”

Nov 20 10:46

Since Feeding the Homeless is Now Illegal, A Group Carried AR15s to Give Out Food—It Worked



Nov 20 10:39

'Always Listening' - Amazon's Alexa Stores Everything You Say To It; Here's How To Delete

If you're one of the millions of people who own a device with Amazon Alexa, the company's mobile spying device helpful personal assistant, whatever you say may be recorded - especially if someone in the house is named Alexis, Alex, or Lexi.

According to Amazon's Alexa terms of use, the company collects and stores most of what you say to Alexa - including the geolocation of the product along with your voice instructions, reports CNBC's Todd Haselton.

Your messages, communication requests (e.g., "Alexa, call Mom"), and related instructions are "Alexa interactions," as described in the Alexa Terms of Use. Amazon processes and retains your Alexa Interactions and related information in the cloud in order to respond to your requests (e.g., "Send a message to Mom"), to provide additional functionality (e.g., speech to text transcription and vice versa), and to improve our services. -Amazon Terms of Use

Nov 20 10:39

Florida's Recount Is Over, But Worries About A 2020 Election 'Meltdown' Persist

After nearly two weeks, the Sunshine State's darkest recurring political nightmare is over.

Florida's recount process was marred by accusations of incompetence, antiquated voting technology and even a ballot design issue that some Democrats believe cost them a Senate seat. Republicans and the president even suggested — without evidence — that voter fraud had been committed.

After Nearly 2 Weeks and 2 Recounts, Florida Senate Race Ends
For some it brought back flashbacks to the 2000 presidential election, when the nation's attention was brought to Florida's humiliating, poorly-organized recount procedure.

A day after the recount was finalized, with the state's gubernatorial and senate races in the GOP column, campaign lawyers and election administration experts are chewing over the recount process and what went wrong.

Nov 20 10:38

Will Democratic Rebels Dethrone Nancy?

After adding at least 37 seats and taking control of the House by running on change, congressional Democrats appear to be about to elect as their future leaders three of the oldest faces in the party.

Nancy Pelosi of California and Steny Hoyer of Maryland have led the House Democrats for 16 years. For 12 years, they have been joined in the leadership triumvirate by Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.

If these three emerge as speaker, majority leader and majority whip, all three Democratic leaders will be older than our oldest president, Ronald Reagan, was when he went home after two terms.

By 2020?s election, all three House leaders would be over 80.

Was this gerontocracy what America voted for when it awarded Democrats control of the U.S. House?

Nov 20 10:37

OOPS: HOUSE DEMOCRATS MISTAKENLY CAST VOTES BLOCKING RESOLUTION ON ENDING YEMEN WAR

IN A POLITICAL maneuver that was equal parts bizarre and grimly predictable, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill moved yet again on Wednesday to block a vote to wind down U.S. military support for the war in Yemen, this time by tucking a parliamentary procedure into a rule governing legislation that removes gray wolves from the endangered species list.



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Nov 20 10:37

TURKEY ATTACKS OWN PROXIES IN SYRIA, NETANYAHU NAMES HIMSELF DEFENSE MINISTER

From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering and its allied groups. The Hamza Division, the Sultan Murad Division, the al-Sham Corps and the 3rd Corps participated in the operation on the side of the TAF. At least 25 militants were reportedly killed in the clashes.

The formal explanation of the move is that members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering have been involved in looting and other crimes. However, this is not something uncommon for Turkish-backed groups, which participated in Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations.

Local sources say that the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering has just become too independent in its decisions and Ankara has decided to punish it for this.

Nov 20 10:34

Trump administration hawks putting US on course for war with Iran, report warns

Donald Trump has surrounded himself with hardliners in his administration who have openly called for bombing Iran and carrying out regime change, says a new report, which also warns of the possibility of a military confrontation being engineered through provocative action.

Senior members of the US administration, which has pulled out of the nuclear deal with Tehran unilaterally, have vocalised its desire to destroy the agreement and cripple the Iranian economy in the process, the document prepared by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) points out.

The report holds, however, that there is a chance of averting a violent scenario following the American midterm elections, which have given the Democrats control of the House of Representatives. There are Republicans as well as Democrats who are wary of the hawkish approach of some of Mr Trump’s advisers, and a bipartisan approach may pave the way for the deal to be saved and even for Washington to rejoin it in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever put this report together has no real grasp of American geopolitics, and what outside players largely create its foreign policies, particularly for the Middle East.

When it comes to foreign interventions, DC is a "one-party town"; that of the warmongers.

Democrats and Republicans will all band together on this one, and for one, un-named reason; that is the monumental impact both AIPAC and Israel hold over American politics.

IF Israel and AIPAC want this war to go forward, trust me, no matter who is on what side of the Aisle, Congress will confirm this in absolute lock step; to not have AIPAC's and Israel's support means you either won't get into the House or Senate, or if you do, it will be for one term only.

American politicians understand this; not going Israel and AIPAC's way is the KOD (kiss of death) for American politicians, sort of like ingesting a large gulp of geopolitical Kryptonite.

I am very concerned at seeing this move forward, which I believe it most probably will, after the turn of the first of next year.

Russia and China may well come in on Iran's side; and right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive result from a conventional war against Iran.

The IAEA (comprised of some very bright, capable people) is still attesting to the reality that Iran is still abiding by the rules of the P5+1.

That the US has withdrawn from it is a first salvo toward a war against it.

Were I a betting person, I would not bet against the resurrection of the Draft in this country, in advance of such a move.

But one thing DC needs to hear and understand, is this; Israel wants this war conducted ONLY... at the costs of American blood... and American money.

Nov 20 10:33

School: Teacher bullied students who refused to stand for pledge—by thanking students who did stand

A St. Louis-area school district accused a longtime substitute teacher of bullying students who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance — because he thanked students in class who did stand for the pledge, KTVI-TV reported.
Say what?
“The PA announcer says, ‘Please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.’ I say, ‘Let’s go,’” Jim Furkin recounted to the station, placing his hand over his heart. “The kids get up … 24 kids in class; 22 got up … I say, ‘Thank you very much all of you that participated. I appreciate that. And I’m sure all of those families that lost loved ones so that we could have the freedoms that we have today would appreciate that, too.’ And that’s what I said.”



Nov 20 10:30

US Navy hospital ship anchors in Colombia, provides care to Venezuelan refugees. Caracas is upset.

A U.S. Navy hospital ship anchored off the Colombian coast has begun providing free medical care for Colombians as well as Venezuelan refugees who’ve escaped their country amid turmoil.
The USNS Comfort’s recent arrival in the port city of Turbo could cause additional tensions between Washington, D.C., and Caracas, Venezuela, where officials have denied the country’s humanitarian crisis, The Guardian reported.
“The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas,” the U.S. Southern Command wrote in a statement describing the mission.

Nov 20 10:27

Left-wing actors: Hollywood must boycott ‘corrupt’ Georgia over Abrams’ loss and ‘stand up to hate’ (9 Pics)

After Democrat Stacey Abrams finally admitted she lost Georgia’s gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp — as well as announcing a lawsuit over “gross mismanagement” of the election — some well-known actors said Hollywood should boycott the state.
The usual suspects
It came as no surprise that Alyssa Milano — known these days more for her left-wing politics than her onscreen exploits — led the charge:

Nov 20 10:19

Report: Israel sold $250m. of sophisticated spy systems to Saudi Arabia

The Saudi monarchy and Israel held secret meetings which led to an estimated $250 million deal, including the transfer of the most sophisticated spy systems Israel has ever sold to any Arab country, and the exchange of strategic military information

Nov 20 10:18

Pentagon Denies Killing Civilians in Eastern Syrian Airstrikes

After over a week of daily reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reporting US airstrikes killing Syrian civilians in the area near the Iraqi border, the Pentagon has finally addressed the matter, denying all blame.

To be clear, the Pentagon confirmed that they carried out airstrikes against the towns and villages where all these civilians were killed at the same time all the civilians were killed within in airstrikes. They suggested those facts were unrelated.

Rather, the Pentagon insisted all their strikes were against “legitimate military targets,’ and that there were no civilians in those spots. By way of an attempt to explain all the dead civilians, they claimed somebody else carried out simultaneous airstrikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, really?!?

US Airstrikes kill at least 40 - mostly civilians in Eastern Syria

The Syrian Observatory said it was unclear if any of the men killed in the attacks were actually militants, but that 17 children and 12 women were confirmed among the slain. In general, these attacks have targeted residential areas, not militants.

We know when the Pentagon is lying... they're either speaking, or inputting to their computers... and words come out, which have utterly no basis in reality.

Nov 20 10:14

RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: So this is what a very British coup looks like - a bid to overturn the will of the British people

Some of you will recall the novel A Very British Coup, subsequently made into an award-winning television series by Channel 4.

It was written by Labour MP Chris Mullin, published in 1982, and revolved around a conspiracy by the military, the media, big business and MI5 to bring down a Left-wing government.

At the time, the plot was entirely credible, since Britain was riven by strikes and revolution was in the air. I read the book as a young labour and industrial correspondent, and it made sense to me.

The Bennites were in the ascendancy, Margaret Thatcher was horribly unpopular and it looked as if the wizened Hampstead Leftie Michael Foot — Worzel Gummidge, as Private Eye dubbed him — would be our next Prime Minister.

Nov 20 10:14

DAY OF RECKONING: House Committee Subpoenas Comey, Lynch over Botched Hillary Probe



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Nov 20 10:13

Mogg on Peston following May Brexit Betrayal 15/11/2018

Nov 20 10:12

France Suffers Anti-Carbon Revolt: Massive Road Blocks Against Macron's Diesel Tax

In stunning irony, the French protest against Macron's diesel tax, while Macron insists the UK abide by climate accord.



Nov 20 10:11

Amber Rudd accuses UN of a 'political attack' on the British Government after envoy's damning poverty report as she vows to improve Universal Credit in Commons return

Amber Rudd has dismissed a UN special report on extreme poverty in the UK in a combative return to front-line politics.

Ms Rudd, who returned to the Commons as Work and Pensions Secretary after Esther McVey quit in a row over the Brexit deal, accused UN special rapporteur Philip Alston of being 'extraordinarily political' after he published a preliminary report condemning the Government's attitude towards poverty.

Mr Alston, who published his findings on Friday after a 12-day tour of the UK, accused ministers of being 'in a state of denial' over the extent of poverty in the Britain.

Nov 20 10:11

Italy Throws Down The Gauntlet To Challenge The Brussels Establishment

The EU has had a lot of trouble on its hands, as its members, such as Poland and Hungary, are openly challenging the established order. This time it’s a very serious situation, because Brussels is facing defiance from Italy, the 3rd largest national economy in the eurozone and the 8th largest global economy in terms of nominal GDP. It has a population of over 60 million. It is also a Europhile country and the bloc’s founding member.

Nov 20 10:08

Saudis Agree To Yemen Peace Talks - Ceasefire In Effect For First Time Since War's Start

The prospect for peace - or at least a lasting ceasefire - is advancing rapidly following a surprise weekend proposal by Yemen's Houghis to halt all attacks on Saudi coalition forces. On Sunday the head of Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, said "We are willing to freeze and stop military operations" — something which now appears to have taken effect, according to a breaking Reuters report.

In the biggest turning point in the war which has raged since 2015, Reuters confirms:

Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately ,Saudi Arabia has seen fit to break the truce:

Saudi-led forces resume attacks on Yemeni port of Hodeidah

Nov 20 10:05

TRUMP WAS RIGHT: Jerry Brown Eased California Logging Rules Back In August

Months ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown urged state lawmakers to loosen restrictive logging regulations put in place to appease environmentalists -- a move that appears to have confirmed that President Trump's recent critiques of state logging practices was correct.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported back in August that Brown was proposing one of the most significant changes to the state's logging rules in nearly half a century.

"Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing broad new changes to California’s logging rules that would allow landowners to cut larger trees and build temporary roads without obtaining a permit as a way to thin more forests across the state," the paper reported.

Environmentalists in California weren't on board. They've been pushing for years to make California's logging rules more restrictive, not less -- but forest fires in recent years appeared to change the calculus for certain lawmakers



Nov 20 10:03

‘Sexbots are coming’: Scientists say ‘digisexuals’ inevitable as more people bond with robots

Academics are arguing that many people will soon be identifying as “digisexuals” and taking their sexual identity from having sex with robots.
While sex robots are currently quite primitive, a new report published in the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy argues that before long they will be able to look, speak and act like real people - and will be specifically designed to fulfill a person’s desires.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


I think someone screwed up my order!

Nov 20 10:02

WATCH: INNOCENT GRANDMA JAILED FOR MONTHS BECAUSE COPS MISTOOK COTTON CANDY FOR METH

An innocent grandma, Dasha Fincher, was kidnapped by police and thrown in a cage for months—not because she did anything wrong—but because police couldn’t tell the difference between cotton candy and meth. Now, this innocent new grandma is going after the police who did this to her as well as the company who manufacturers the dangerously inaccurate tests cops used to take her freedom.

As Fincher noted, Deputy Cody Maples and Deputy Kevin Williams asked her what was in the bag. When she told them it was cotton candy, they did not believe her. According to the incident report, these expert drug recognition officers claimed that “based on the packaging and crystal like feature, Corporal Williams tested the substance.”

The officers then used the highly faulty field test kits which have been known to produce false positives—repeatedly. Predictably, the cotton candy falsely tested positive for drugs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!



Nov 20 09:58

Britain's enemy is not Russia but its own ruling class, UN report confirms

As the UK political establishment rips itself to pieces over Brexit, a far greater crisis continues to afflict millions of victims of Tory austerity.
A devastating UN report into poverty in the UK provides incontrovertible evidence that the enemy of the British people is the very ruling class that has gone out of its way these past few years to convince them it is Russia.

Professor Philip Alston, in his capacity as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, spent two weeks touring the United Kingdom. He did so investigating the impact of eight years of one of the most extreme austerity programs among advanced G20 economies in response to the 2008 financial crash and subsequent global recession.

Nov 20 09:58

Venezuela's exiled justice department calls for Interpol arrest of Maduro and 18 years for corruption

Venezuela's justice department in exile has requested an international arrest warrant, also known as a red notice, for Venezuela's president, Nicolás Maduro.

The Supreme Tribunal of Justice in exile accused Maduro of corruption in a letter to Jürgen Stock, the secretary-general of Interpol, dated on Monday.

The exiled department, which calls itself the Legitimate TSJ, was established in 2017 amid a constitutional change.

It said that Maduro accepted, directly or indirectly, funds from illegal activity and called for 18 years and three months in jail.

"As a result of the aforementioned, this Plenary Chamber considered it appropriate to request that Interpol issue a red notice for Nicolás Maduro Moros for the purposes of international cooperation on common crimes for the apprehension of the above-mentioned subject," said the letter, which was addressed from Coral Gables, Florida.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting timing here.

Just a few days ago, President Trump was floating the concept of declaring Venezuela as "a state sponsor of terror" President preparing to Label Venezuela as a "state sponsor of terror"

This classification gives the President more room as to what military/economic actions he can take, against such an alleged "state sponsor of terrorism".

And is this letter to Interpol has been mailed from Coral Gables Florida?!?

Wait a minute: Didn't Maduro claim that the attempted assassination against him came from disgruntled Venezuelans living in Florida?!? Maduro Blames Florida residents in Assassination Attempt

Were I Maduro right now, I would be definitely be wearing my Kevlar undies at this moment. It looks like something huge may be coming down in the not too distant future for Venezuela, perhaps timed during the Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans are distracted with food and football.

Nov 20 09:57

US promises to ‘disrupt’ oil shipments to Syria, sanctions Russian & Iranian companies

The US has introduced sanctions against what it called a network of petroleum shipments to Syria, including Russian and Iranian companies and individuals. Washington says it wants to disrupt shipments to Syrian-owned ports.
Six individuals have been sanctioned over oil shipments to Syria, the US Treasury Department has said. Three institutions have also been sanctioned.

In addition to the fresh measures, the US Coast Guard has issued an advisory warning of “significant sanctions risks” on petroleum shipments to Syria. The US has promised that it will “disrupt” any attempted shipments to government-owned ports in Syria.

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"How DARE you do business with each other! How Dare you, to dare, to DARE!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 20 09:54

Haitian Protests Against the NARCO Deep State - NO MSM Coverage



Nov 20 09:48

Unthinkable!

Sometimes we must consider the unthinkable.

Official US national debt is $21.6 trillion. Unfunded liabilities are five to ten times higher. Global debt is about $250 trillion. US national debt has doubled every eight to nine years for decades.

Nov 20 09:48

Judge Stops Trump Asylum Ban As Migrant Caravan Nears

A federal judge in California issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Trump administration’s new asylum rules early Tuesday morning.

President Donald Trump issued an order on Nov. 9 denying asylum for all foreign nationals who enter the country illegally. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the proclamation in court, arguing it violates the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar agreed, explaining that Congress extended asylum eligibility to all comers.

“Whatever the scope of the president’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” Tigar’s decision reads.

The TRO will remain in effect until Dec. 19. Tigar is an Obama appointee to the federal trial court in San Francisco.

Nov 20 09:47

Obama suggests Trump is a confused, angry racist and has 'mommy issues' that are making him incapable of fixing the country's problems

Former President Barack Obama hinted that Donald Trump's 'mommy issues' are part of what makes him incapable of fixing the nation's problems.

Obama told the audience at a talk at the Obama Foundation summit, held at the Mariott Marquis hotel in Chicago, on Monday that the world 'badly needs remaking.'

And he insisted fixing issues around climate change, education, agriculture and so on are not nearly as complicated as they are made out to be.

Without mentioning Trump by name, Obama said 'the reason we don't do it is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues.'

Trump has previously credited his mother Mary MacLeod Trump, who died in 2000, for 'so much of what I've done and so much of what I've become.'



Owl 2
Nov 20 09:46

A bad case of 'Do you know who I am?' disease

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Commissioner Caren Z. Turner resigns after an investigation into this March, 2018 traffic stop involving Turner's daughter in Tenafly, New Jersey.

Nov 20 09:39

SCIENTISTS ARE MAKING EDIBLE VEGAN PROTEIN FROM COTTON THAT TASTES JUST LIKE HUMMUS

Vegan protein made from GMO cotton that could meet the daily requirements of 600 million people could be on the horizon – and, apparently, it tastes like hummus.

Fortune reports that last month the USDA gave the green light to the commercialization of a cotton plant with edible seeds made with biotechnology. The new crop was created by scientists at Texas A&M University, who have been working on its development for 23 years. It is still pending approval from the FDA, but once the administration gives the plant the go-ahead, farmers will be able to grow the cotton for plant-based protein and fiber.

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Ewwwww....

Nov 20 09:38

Huge crowds and long lines form as Massachusetts begins selling recreational weed, making it the first state east of the Mississippi to do so

More than two years after voters in Massachusetts approved of recreational marijuana for adults, they finally have the chance to buy it legally.

On Tuesday morning, scores of eager pot fans turned up as the state's first commercial marijuana shops opened at 8am in Leicester and Northampton.

In Leicester, traffic jams formed and would-be weed smokers had to be brought in by shuttle in groups from a satellite parking lot to prevent a stampede.

Cultivate Holdings, the Leicester dispensary, brought in heated tents, portable toilets, and even a food truck to make the lengthy wait in line more bearable.



Nov 20 09:36

Many Syrian Refugees Are 'Ordinary Criminals' – German Journalist

With a current ban on deporting refugees back to Syria due to expire in December, interior ministers of German states are expected to decide whether to extend the measure at a meeting later this month.

A confidential Foreign Ministry report obtained by German media says that it is unsafe to send people back to Syria, citing persisting violence and human rights abuses in the war-torn Arab country.

Perceived Threats

According to the 28-page classified document seen by Süddeutsche Zeitung, RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland, and broadcasters NDR and WDR, "in no part of Syria is there comprehensive, long-term and reliable protection for persecuted people."

Nov 20 09:34

Tom Fitton on WMAL: Hillary Clinton ORDERED by Court to Answer Key Questions on Email Server

November 19, 2018- JW President Tom Fitton appeared on “Mornings on the Mall” on WMAL Radio to discuss U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that within 30 days Clinton must answer under oath two additional questions about her controversial email system.

Nov 20 09:33

Global Warming “science” discovered to be founded on glaring math error that renders thousands of news reports false

When the NY Times, Washington Post, CNN and other fact-challenged news outlets reported a few months ago that the oceans were warming at a catastrophic rate due to climate change, they all missed a glaring math error in the original science paper.

The paper, co-authored by Ralph Keeling of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was published in the science journal Nature. It erroneously claimed that ocean temperatures were skyrocketing at a rate that was 60 percent higher than the IPCC’s known rate of ocean temperature trends. But the paper suffered from a glaring mathematical error that has since been exposed.

This erroneous conclusion was immediately seized upon by the left-wing media to claim that Trump was destroying the world by promoting fossil fuels which were causing so much warming that the world would soon come to an end.

Nov 20 09:33

INSIDE THE BRITISH ARMY'S SECRET INFORMATION WARFARE MACHINE

Explaining their work, the soldiers used phrases I had heard countless times from digital marketers: “key influencers", “reach", “traction". You normally hear such words at viral advertising studios and digital research labs. But the skinny jeans and wax moustaches were here replaced by the crisply ironed shirts and light patterned camouflage of the British Army. Their surroundings were equally incongruous – the 77th’s headquarters were a mix of linoleum flooring, long corridors and swinging fire doors. More Grange Hill than Menlo Park. Next to a digital design studio, soldiers were having a tea break, a packet of digestives lying open on top of a green metallic ammo box. Another sign on the wall declared, “Behavioural change is our USP [unique selling point]”. What on Earth was happening?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Brits are out there, "digitally"marketing" wars and military campaigns, we, in the Peace Movement, need to be marketing the case for peace ever more gently and intelligently than ever.



Nov 20 09:28

GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK ARE GOBBLING UP THE INTERNET'S SUBSEA CABLES

More than 5,700 kilometres of the Atlantic Ocean separate the coastlines of France and Virginia. But in 2020 they will be directly connected for the first time by the Dunant submarine cable which will boost internet capacity between Europe and the east coast of the US.

When Dunant becomes operational it will join more than 428 submarine cables, spanning thousands of kilometres, that makeup the backbone of the internet. But this cable is unlike any other.

Named after the Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross and winner of the first Nobel Peace Prize, the cable is owned by Google. It's the first transatlantic submarine cable that has been privately financed and deployed by one of the big tech firms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This acquisition and building of sub-sea cables, will give Google even more control over content; be able to offer it to the highest bidder, and suppress independent media even more than it already does through its algorithms.

Remember what happened in pre-World War II, right after Hitler came to power in Germany??!?

He established control of all German media. He could spin any story in any direction he wanted, and did so with impunity.

Nov 20 09:22

FORD CEO FRANKLY ADMITS THAT THE CAR OF THE FUTURE IS A SURVEILLANCE DEVICE THAT YOU PAY TO SPY ON YOU

But the dream of extractive rentierism still haunts the managerial classes.

Take Ford CEO Jim Hackett, whose recent Freakonomics Radio appearance celebrated his company's shift from a car business to a debt-issuance business, with Ford Credit now accounting for a third of the company's profits. Hackett vowed to increase that share by using the leverage he could exert over his debtors to force them to let him spy on them (for example, by doubling down on GM's car radio surveillance), and then cross-referencing this data on the data borrowers are forced to supply in order to buy their cars, and with data-sets from corporate acquisitions like the scooter company Spin.

Nov 20 09:19

AMERICANS TURNING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, MOST THINK IT HURTS DEMOCRACY: POLL

U.S. adults have begun to turn on social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, and a majority believes that these social media platforms have done more to hurt democracy and free speech than help.

Last year, 43 percent of U.S. adults thought social media hurt society, but that increased to 57 percent in 2018, according to an Axios poll conducted through mid November.

Both Democrats and Republicans have soured on social media, as Republicans have claimed censorship of conservative voices, and Democrats have complained about the use of targeted ads that they say can be used to discriminate against minorities.

Nine percent more Democrats believe social media hurts free speech than last year, and 17 percent more Republicans feel that way, the poll said.

Nov 20 09:18

WITH SAUDIS’ GLOBAL BACKERS BACKING AWAY, YEMENI FACTIONS PREPARE FOR PEACE TALKS

Peace in Yemen could not come at a more crucial time. Yemeni factions are preparing for peace talks in Sweden at the end of November while Saudi Arabia faces intense scrutiny and pressure from its Western allies, as well as possible action from the United Nations Security Council, for leaving nearly 22 million Yemenis requiring urgent humanitarian aid at the mercy of the famine and disease that the Saudi-led coalition has leveraged as weapons of war.

As of July, the coalition’s war against Yemen had killed or injured 37,896 civilians, according to Yemen’s Legal Center for Rights and Development, which tracks civilian casualties. Since then, casualties have skyrocketed by 168 percent as a result primarily of the coalition’s bombardment of the densely populated port city of Hodeida.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here; perhaps Khashoggi did not die in vain, if the eyes of the world are now focused on Saudi Arabia's and the US's war crimes in Yemen.



Owl 3
Nov 20 09:16

Why Another Volatility Spike May Be Ahead

Nov 20 09:15

US AIRSTRIKES KILL AT LEAST 40, MOSTLY CIVILIANS, IN EASTERN SYRIA

Continuing weeks of near-daily civilian death tolls from the US air war in Eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Saturday’s US attacks killed 40 more people, overwhelmingly civilians. The victims were described as mostly women and children.

Saturday’s attacks were against the village of Abu al-Hassan, along the Iraq border. It is adjacent to the ISIS-held towns that the US has been mostly attacking in recent weeks, and which Kurdish ground troops are attempting to invade.

The Syrian Observatory said it was unclear if any of the men killed in the attacks were actually militants, but that 17 children and 12 women were confirmed among the slain. In general, these attacks have targeted residential areas, not militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; the collective assassination of innocents is a war crime, sir.

Nov 20 09:11

SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS CIA ASSESSMENT ON KHASHOGGI MURDER IS FALSE

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that claims, including by the CIA, that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave the order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi were false, according to an Arabic-language newspaper interview, Reuters reports.

News outlets, including Reuters, reported the CIA’s finding over the weekend in a case that has sparked an international outcry against the world’s top oil exporter. This was the most definitive U.S. assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler directly to the killing and contradicted Saudi government assertions that he was not involved.

“We in the kingdom know that such allegations about the crown prince have no basis in truth and we categorically reject them, whether through leaks or not,” Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was quoted as saying in Saudi-owned Al Sharq Al Awsat newspaper in the first Saudi official comment on the CIA report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have two potential narratives here; either Prince Salman did order the hit, or he did not.

IF he did not order the hit, who in the Saudi royal family would have done that, to destabilize the Crown Prince's government; thought they could get away with it;, and be in contention for the title of Crown Prince if Bin Salman got sacked by his dad?!?

The House of Saud does not like its "dirty laundry" to be aired in public; Jamal Khashoggi most likely had no shortage of enemies would would have liked to have seen him murdered. But for Prince Bin Salman to have had this done in broad daylight, in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey?!?

There is still a great deal of evidence which has not yet been allowed to come forward from the Turkish authorities; I would like to hope that will change shortly.

Nov 20 09:11

7 of the GREATEST Anti-Democrat Cartoons This Week



Taboola
Nov 20 09:00

THE ONLY REGIME CHANGE THAT IS NEEDED IS IN WASHINGTON

But my vote for the most magnificent nut in an Administration that is overflowing with such talent would be the esteemed United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey. The accolade is in part due to the fact that Jeffrey started out relatively sane as a career diplomat with the State Department, holding ambassadorships in Iraq, Turkey, and Albania. He had to work hard to become as demented as he now is but was helped along the way by signing on as a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), which is a spin-off of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me, that my brother and sister Americans are back to a status quo ante, a status of feudal vassals, as we were before the American revolution.

And why do I say this?

Although this can be expressed as a grasp of the in-your-face obvious,the cold, hard reality that the government is only responsive to the already monied, to and certain foreign governments, Israel being among the worst offenders, in terms of having very effectively hijacked American foreign policy to their own ends.

What is great for Israel, is not at all necessarily good for We the People.

Yes, there are moments when a common good for both countries align; but in the world of the 21st century, those moments are consistently fewer and farther between, particularly when comes to the Zionist vision of "Eretz Israel", which means carving off hunks of adjacent countries to perfect and achieve that vision.

The maps tell the story:

Current map of Israel

Map: Eretz Israel

Notice the hunks of Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Jordan,Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq which will have to be conquered by Israel in order for this "vision" of Eretz Israel to be achieved?!?

It is no accident that Israel cheered for the US invasion and occupation of Iraq; it is no accident that they have cheered the illegal and unwanted US military actions against Syria, including funding and arming the jihadists against the government; it is no accident that they have started the "political rapprochement" process with Saudi Arabia, which they are hoping to use as a proxy force against Iran, working with the US military, as they have been doing in Yemen; and it is no accident that Israel fully expects the US to go to war against Iran for it.

But as always with Israel, these "wins" are only to be purchased primarily at the cost of American blood, and American money.

I look at the media buys the military has been doing lately, with a lot of saturation ads, to encourage our young men and women to join; but the US military is in one horrifically awful dilemma right now.

They don't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing (outsourced in the 80s, to make way for the alleged "service economy")or the money to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

With the mid-terms over, before there is a war against Russia, China, and/or Iran, I would not bet against the re-institution of the draft, coupled with continuing demonization of Russia, China, and Iran.

Please remember the following reality, as stated on Google:

"Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday."

Nov 20 08:57

CORRECTION:

CORRECTION: Reuters withdraws alert that chemical weapons watchdog found Sarin used in an April 4, 2017, attack on Idlib, Syria.

Nov 20 08:56

Vitamin D may get you discharged home sooner! A deficiency in the sunshine supplement trebles the length of time patients stay in hospital

Lack OF vitamin D trebles the length of time patients stay in hospital, according to new research.

Those with the lowest levels of the sunshine vitamin are also more frail, at higher risk of dementia and falls and are more likely to die in hospital than those with the highest levels.

Nov 20 08:54

The Story Of Ching Shih, Prostitute Turned Lord Of The Pirates

In a rags-to-riches story for the ages, prostitute-turned-pirate-lord Ching Shih remains one of the most feared and successful pirates in history. After her husband’s death, Shih took over the infamous Red Flag Fleet, led over 50,000 pirates, and lived to tell the tale with all of her acquired riches intact.

Nov 20 08:48

Saudi royals 'have begun plotting against Crown Prince and aim to stop him taking the throne when King Salman dies' following outcry over Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Members of the House of Saud are seeking to find an alternative successor to the throne and prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from becoming king, sources close to the royal court said.

While they say that no change to the line of succession could take place while the 82-year-old King Salman lives, after his death the field may open.

The sources suggest there is a growing conspiracy among members of the House of Saud to ensure the favoured son does not become King.

Nov 20 08:41

Tech index facing must hold support test!

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