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Apr 07 11:31

U.S. – Iran Deal — A Battle Between Radical Zionist Crazies & More Cunning Radical Zionists!

The nuclear deal reached with Iran has been cause for celebration in the streets of Tehran, while Netanyahu was offered the platforms of three major U.S. news networks to decry the agreement. One would think that Iran was offered major concessions, special privileges, even exemptions from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that forms the basis of international law regarding nuclear weapons.

Apr 07 11:28

The SPLC, PayPal, and Tortious Interference

Dr. Greg Johnson of Counter-Currents Publishing declared on his website recently that his project is “under siege” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which—along with other leftist outfits—is putting pressure on PayPal and Amazon to cease permitting him to raise funds and sell books.

Dr. Johnson relays in his article that Heidi Beirich “has been writing letters to Amazon.com and PayPal to get them to stop doing business with Counter-Currents. The SPLC wants to put us out of business because they fear the ideas that we advocate.”

Apr 07 11:27

Washington, D.C., Including the White House, Hit by Power Outages: Reports

Several buildings in the Washington, D.C., area, including the White House and the State Department, were without power Tuesday afternoon, according to reports.

Utility provider Pepco confirmed that there were calls of scattered outages for "unknown" reasons, CNBC reported. It said around 1 p.m. ET that it had recorded 79 active outages and 794 affected customers.

The State Department's daily briefing was cut short because of the blackout, while the U.S. Capitol complex was running on a backup generator, a congressional aide told CNBC.

Apr 07 11:20

20 Reasons I Will Not 'Stand With Rand'


Apr 07 11:08

Will Israel's New Advanced Submarines Carry Nuclear Weapons?

In recent days, a number of Israeli and other news sources have said that the INS Tanin is nearing the end of its testing, and will soon enter service with the Israeli navy. The Tanin first arrived in Israel from Germany in September of last year. It is the first of three new Dolphin submarines that Tel Aviv is purchasing from Germany.
Note: Purchased???

Apr 07 11:02

Judge orders Prince Andrew sex allegations struck from court record

Allegations that a 17-year-old was forced to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, which prompted a crisis at Buckingham Palace earlier this year, have been removed from a federal court case by a judge in the US.

Judge Kenneth Marra ordered Virginia Roberts’s accusations about Andrew to be struck from the record as he denied her attempt to join a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of the prince and a convicted sex offender.

“At this juncture in the proceedings, these lurid details are unnecessary,” Marra wrote in his order, issued at the US district court in southern Florida on Tuesday morning. “These unnecessary details shall be stricken.”

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Apr 07 10:59

“It’s Just a Training Exercise”: Army Special Ops Shoot Down Jade Helm Conspiracy Theories


Apr 07 10:59

The 73 year old reserve deputy sheriff who accidentally shot a suspect instead of tasering him was one of several "wealthy donors" to the sheriff's office.

Robert Bates, the reserve Tulsa County deputy who fatally shot a man who was in a physical altercation with another deputy last week, has donated thousands of dollars worth of items to the Sheriff’s Office since becoming a reserve deputy in 2008.

Apr 07 10:59

An incredible 97 percent of Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, agree: the time has come to end government corruption in America.

Turn on the TV, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a news story about Americans uniting across ideologies. Our nation appears mired in controversy on every topic imaginable, from parenting to religious freedom to who should host the Daily Show.

Apr 07 10:53

Palestinians seek UN timetable to end Israeli occupation

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN has voiced the Palestinians’ willingness to see the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution for ending the Israeli regime’s occupation and establishing a Palestinian state.

Riyad Mansour on Monday expressed hope to see the 15-member council’s “political will” over the adoption and implementation of a resolution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After Netanyahu's speech to Congress, he can no longer rely on a US veto, so he'll have to use another puppet, like Hollande, to do his dirty work at the Security Council.


Apr 07 10:46

Billions down the drain: Costly US missile defense project turned into major flop

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The SBX as seen from my back yard this morning.

Apr 07 10:27

Ukraine’s annual inflation sees surprise rise at 45.8%

Official data show the annual inflation rate in crisis-hit Ukraine has jumped to 45.8 percent.

The increase follows a steep acceleration of 10.8 percent in March, according to the country's statistics office.

The eastern European nation, which had been the scene of a year of deadly clashes between its army and pro-Russia forces in the east, had a month-on-month inflation of 5.3 percent in February and 3.1 percent in January 2015.

A fragile deal between the Kiev government and pro-Russians signed in February almost ended the tensions. However, the country is left in the hands of a combination of monetary, budgetary, industrial, banking and energy crises that could make Kiev reliant on outside help for years.

Apr 07 10:26

Israel recognition not part of Iran deal: Obama

US President Barack Obama says recognition of Israel cannot be a part of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Obama said in a Monday interview with NPR that requiring Tehran to recognize Israel is a "fundamental misjudgment".

The Israeli regime has outspokenly voiced opposition since talks began between Tehran and the P5+1 –the US, Britain, Russia, China, France, and Germany -- in an effort to reach a comprehensive accord on Iran’s nuclear program.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier that recognition of the regime by Iran must a part of the deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran (and the rest of the Arab nations) have said they will recognize Israel's right to exist as soon as Israel recognizes Palestine's right to exist!

Apr 07 10:24

Greece offers 5 key points for consensus with intl creditors

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has unveiled his plan on reviving the Greek economy by both meeting the IMF requirements and circuiting the austerity measures. A preliminary agreement over proposal is expected on April 24.


Apr 07 10:23

Nuclear submarine catches fire at Russian shipyard

A fire has broken out on a Russian nuclear submarine undergoing repair work at a shipyard in Severodvinsk. The cause of the fire is believed to be related to welding work.

The incident occurred at the Zvezdochka shipyard, in the Arkhangelsk region in northern Russia.

Firefighters have then decided to submerge the burning submarine in water to put off the flames, the shipyard’s spokesman said.

Apr 07 10:17

Garcia-Emanuel Runoff in Chicago Divides Unions, Blacks and Latinos

Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says in spite of the 15% undecideds, with the support of some blacks, Latinos and labor, as well as Obama, it will be difficult to unseat Emanuel

Apr 07 10:16

Republicans and Some Democrats are Seeking a Veto-Proof Bill on the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says some Republicans are acting on their prerogative, while others are maliciously trying to destroy the president and his legacy

Apr 07 10:13

Best government — governs least

RALPH WALDO EMERSON WROTE IN AN ESSAY TITLED “POLITICS”: “THE LESS GOVERNMENT WE HAVE, THE BETTER.”


Apr 07 10:12

All 16 U.S. Intelligence Agencies have begun to prepare for the biggest American collapse ever.

CIA Insider: “I was handed Janet Yellen’s playbook and what’s in it keeps me up at night”…

Should the contents of Janet Yellen’s playbook serve as a warning sign that something much more dangerous is approaching?

According to Jim Rickards, the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Advisor, the answer is yes.

In a startling interview

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he reveals that all 16 U.S. Intelligence Agencies have begun to prepare for the biggest American collapse ever.

Making matters worse, his colleagues believe it could begin within the next 6 months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us say you own a business, and you hire a manager to run the business, then years later discover that this manager has not done a good job. Worse, he has been stealing from you, and lying to you to cover his tracks. So you decide to fire him, but the manager, your employee, pulls a gun on you and tells you you will not fire him, and indeed must give him a raise. That is what is happening today in the United States. The US Government, the employee of the people, has mismanaged the nation onto the edge of bankruptcy, lied to us, stolen from us, and now wants to point guns at us and tell us they should be allowed to keep their jobs, to go on stealing from us and lying to us.

Apr 07 10:11

Never mind the doom-mongers! Earth is greener than 10 years ago: Total amount of vegetation found to have increased significantly over past decade

For years we have been told mankind is destroying the planet, felling trees and systematically ripping up forests.

So it may be a surprise to some that Earth is actually greener today than it was a decade ago.

In an authoritative new study, scientists have calculated that the total vegetation on the planet increased substantially between 2003 and 2012.

While tropical jungles are still disappearing – felled for timber and to make way for cattle pasture – tree growth elsewhere has outstripped the loss.

Apr 07 10:10

PRISON GUARDS RESIGN AFTER VIRAL BEATING PHOTO POSTED TO FACEBOOK

This picture was allegedly taken inside a Georgia correctional facility and posted on Facebook. The aunt of the man shown leashed in the picture, Cortez Berry, said the family got a phone call when it turned up on the social media site. She sent a screenshot to NBC News. Berry was 17 at the time the photo was taken. The faces of the men with Berry have been blurred by NBC News.


Apr 07 10:01

Phase Two of Jade Helm 15 Is Emerging

As many of us have suspected since the announcement of Jade Helm 15 and their desire to “Master the Human Domain”, there is a lot to Jade Helm 15 that is not being released. We know the “drill” is a “dissident extraction” exercise which many of us fear could go live at any time. A week ago, I received information that the United Nations, including Russian troops, were going to have a presence in the drill. Subsequently, I reported that the United Nations would have an “observer” in every unit in every part of the Jade Helm 15 drill.

Common sense would dictate that Jade Helm 15 personnel do not need 60 days (July 15-September 15) to practice/complete extraction drills. Most researchers as well as my insider sources concur there is more to Jade Helm than the announced purpose. Although the drill is not scheduled to start in over 3 months, it actually began in Ft. Lauderdale with extraction of dissidents on March 27, 2015.

Apr 07 10:00

Dad In Hot Water for Building Cool Fort for Kids

A father in Utah who expressed his playful side by building a massive cardboard-box fort in the yard for his kids last week has since been dealing with a serious killjoy: his city of Ogden, which has warned him to disassemble the fort by April 13 or face fines for the structure being in violation of building codes.



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Apr 07 09:59

Southampton faces outcry from staff and public over cancelled Israel conference

The University of Southampton is facing a public outcry and discontent from staff over its cancellation of a conference on Israel and international law.

After months of pressure from pro-Israel advocacy groups, university officials announced last week that the event would not take place due to concerns over 'health and safety'.

Since organisers revealed that Southampton was pulling the plug, more than 9,300 people have signed a petition calling for the university to "uphold free speech & allow the conference on Israel and international law to proceed."

Within the university itself, more than 30 researchers, lecturers and professors at Southampton have joined a list of some 900 academics expressing support for the conference.

Apr 07 09:59

Why U.S. Economic ‘Statistics’ Get More and More Absurd

Many recent commentaries have noted a distinct devolution in the numerical lies which the U.S. government calls its “economic statistics”. Numbers which used to be mere exaggerations (i.e. used to somewhat mirror the real world) have now become literally perverse: opposite to reality.

Apr 07 09:56

Credit-Default Hypocrites - How Wall Street is gaming the Greek bailout.

Remember that back in the housing crisis of 2008, it was largely the inability of AIG to make payment on the credit-default swaps it had sold that triggered the cascade of incipient failures that required enormous government intervention. Remember the $182 billion investment taxpayers made in AIG—$12.9 billion of which went straight to Goldman Sachs?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So basically, how Wall Street is going to evade the Credit Default Swaps on Greece's (and eventually Europe's) default is they are going to simply vote not to honor those Credit Default Swaps, which means all those who bought those Credit Default Swaps are holding worthless paper! And now you know why Wall Street has armored defenses built right into the streets, for those occasions they screw their own customers.!

Apr 07 09:52

Monsanto Admits to Having An Entire Shill Department to Fight Anto-GMO Research


Apr 07 09:50

The Whitehouse’s New Executive Order On Cyber Crime is (Unfortunately) No Joke

by Nadia Kayyali and Kurt Opsahl

On the morning of April 1st, the Whitehouse issued a new executive order (EO) that asserts that malicious “cyber-enabled activities” are a national threat, declares a national emergency, and establishes sanctions and other consequences for individuals and entities. While computer and information security is certainly very important, this EO could dangerously backfire, and chill the very security research that is necessary to protect people from malicious attacks...

Apr 07 09:47

Israel details requirements for final nuclear deal with Iran

Israel has created a list of modifications it says are needed in a final deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

The list was presented Monday by Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of intelligence and strategic affairs, to reporters at a hotel in Jerusalem, The New York Times reported.

Steinitz said the modifications to the agreement, which is scheduled to be finalized by the end of June, will make it more acceptable to Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Bob and Tom are working out an agreement between them and Steve barges in, uninvited, and starts telling Bob and Tom what they should agree to. Steve is Israel, not part of the negotiations, barging in, uninvited, and telling everyone else what they should do.

Apr 07 09:45

Is Diet Coke making you fat? People who drink at least one can a day have larger waist measurements

A team of scientists at the University of Texas examined the lifestyles of 749 Mexican-American and European-American people, over the course of nine years, in which 466 participants survived.

They tracked the number of fizzy drinks each person consumed, and whether or not they were diet drinks.

They found those who indulged in at least one diet drink a day gained at least three inches to their waistlines.

The participants were interviewed at the beginning of the study and at three follow-up visits, where researchers measured their waist circumferences and other parameters.

Of those who said they never consumed diet fizzy drinks, waist circumference increased by less than one inch over the nine-year study period, Sharon Fowler, one of the study's lead authors said.

Apr 07 09:39

Netanyahu Slips, Reveals Reason for Opposition to Iran Deal

US television news isn’t very good and it has clearly gotten worse over the past 20 years. In the aftermath of the Kerry-Zarif initial framework deal on nuclear energy in Iran, it seems obvious that an interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would be newsworthy. But to my knowledge none of the networks or major cable news shows had him on.

Apr 07 09:37

India and the Globalization of Servitude

Angus Maddison has noted that India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth until the 17th century. The village was the centre of a rural economy that was aneconomic powerhouse of entrepreneurialism. The British Raj almost dismantled this system however by introducing mono crop activities and mill made products, and post independent India has failed to repair the economic fabric.

Apr 07 09:26

According to HSBC, when people start buying simply because they think a rally will continue, it signals the beginning of the end of the move higher.


Apr 07 09:26

PNAC Project for a New American Century War Plan Map

Remember: when confused, when all other analysis seems to fail to make sense, come back to The Map, the PNAC Project for a New "American" Century. The duplicitous and misleading title of the project establishing Israel's (City of London's) empire that used American post 9/11 (inside job) concocted anti-Muslim enmity, its resources, its military, economic, and political might that will become the dominant political power of the planet long after the United States has been destroyed and left held responsible for the horrors visited on the world via the so-called "war on terror".

Apr 07 09:20

America's Poor Spend 60% Of Their Income On Food & Housing Proving CPI Is Meaningless

"For many Americans, the rise in food and housing prices is a tough squeeze. That’s because even in an era with low overall inflation low-income Americans spend a disproportionate share of their money on food and housing," WSJ notes, proving that once again, poor people aren't allocating their funds correctly.

Apr 07 09:17

Australia Regulator Furious As Central Bank Decision Leaked To HFTs For Third Time

For the third month in a row, FX 'traders' in AUD "guessed" the Reserve Bank of Australia's decision in the seconds before it was released to the public. Aussie regulators, seemingly furious at the blatant-ness of the front-running, confirmed they will be investigating the price spike overnight...

Apr 07 09:14

Female Palestinian MP snatched by IDF, held without charge for 6 months

Israeli troops have placed under six-month administrative detention a female Palestinian MP who is involved in the PA’s relationship with the International Criminal Court. Israel has been fiercely opposed to Palestine joining the ICC.

Apr 07 09:12

Governor Brown: “Californians Will Be Heavily Fined For Long Showers”…

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers.

Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower.

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Apr 07 09:07

Monkeys 'hinder India internet drive'

The federal government has planned to lay 700,000 km (435,000 miles) of broadband cable to connect India's 250,000 village clusters within three years.

But officials in the city in Uttar Pradesh state are struggling to stop monkeys from eating the fibre-optic cables, the Reuters news agency reports.
"We cannot move the temples from here. We cannot modify anything here, everything is built up. The monkeys, they destroy all the wires and eat all the wires," communications engineer AP Srivastava told the news agency.

Apr 07 09:05

Court mulls revealing secret government plan to cut cell phone service

A federal appeals court is asking the Obama administration to explain why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to shutter mobile phone service during "critical emergencies."

The Department of Homeland Security came up with the plan—known as Standing Operating Procedure 303—after cellular phones were used to detonate explosives targeting a London public transportation system.

SOP 303 is a powerful tool in the digital age, and it spells out a "unified voluntary process for the orderly shut-down and restoration of wireless services during critical emergencies such as the threat of radio-activated improvised explosive devices."

Apr 07 09:04

Man commits suicide after losing free buffet for life at Vegas resort



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Apr 07 09:03

France accused of tabling 'Patriot Act' style surveillance law

A bill (“Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement”) – which was drawn up before the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Casher supermarket attacks – is due to go before the National Assembly next week under an accelerated legislative procedure that dispenses with the need for a second reading.

However, international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) argues that the measures are packed full of problematic clauses.

Most notably, there is a lack of meaningful judicial oversight; requirements for private service providers to monitor and analyze user data (and report suspicious patterns); prolonged retention periods for some captured data; and little public transparency.

Apr 07 08:56

Ignoring SOPs reason for submarine mishaps: Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that recent accidents involving submarines were the result of not following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Mr. Parrikar was speaking to the press at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) after commemorating the undocking of the first of class submarine of Project 75, named Kalvari, the Tiger Shark. It is the first of the six Scorpene submarines in which DCNS of France is a collaborator with MDL as the builder.

Replying to the questions on the growing anxiety around safety of submarines, Mr. Parrikar said: “Majority of accidents are the result of relaxed attitude towards following SOPs. There would have been no accident had they acted as per SOP. Now, we have asked the staff to follow SOP strictly,” he said.

Apr 07 08:55

Israel: Military action against Iran always on the table

A senior official of the Israeli regime has threatened to take military action against Iran in the wake of the recent understanding reached between Tehran and six global powers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Apr 07 08:54

John McCain to Run for Senate Re-Election in 2016

Republican Sen. John McCain isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet. The “maverick” Senator announced Tuesday that he will run for what would be his sixth term in office in 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Arizona. Please prove to the world you are not dumb enough to re-elect a man who spends more time working for Israel than Arizona, and more time on TV talk shows than in his office!

Apr 07 08:50

EU human rights laws ‘disastrous’ for UK armed forces - ex-defense chiefs

Seven former chiefs of defense staff have called for the British armed forces to be exempt from the European Convention on Human Rights, saying their inclusion in the legal framework is putting their effectiveness at risk.

Apr 07 08:48

Crisis in Palestinian Camp in Syria Has Worsened Since ISIS Invasion, U.N. Says

Relief officials at the United Nations expressed alarm on Monday about a deepening humanitarian disaster in Syria’s Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, which was invaded last week by Islamic State militants and their allies.

Roughly 18,000 people, including 3,500 children, have been trapped by fighting in Yarmouk, which is on the southern outskirts of the capital, Damascus, and is less than 10 miles from the presidential palace.

Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which administers aid to Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, said the residents were slowly starving.

Apr 07 08:46

Israel Plans Two-Pronged Attack To Thwart Iran Deal

Israel will adopt two lines of attack as it tries to thwart – or at least modify – the international nuclear agreement with Iran in the coming weeks, a senior official said.

Firstly, it will lobby the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would make it difficult, or even impossible, to approve a comprehensive deal with Iran if one is reached by the June 30 deadline.

At the same time, it will continue pressing the White House for the “improvements” Israel says must be made in the terms of the agreement, the official said.

Apr 07 08:44

There’s a Massive, Illicit Bust of Edward Snowden Stuck to a War Monument in Brooklyn

While most people slept, a trio of artists and some helpers installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn on Monday morning. The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the installation on the condition that we hide their identities, hauled the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park and up its hilly terrain just before dawn. They fused it to part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers. As of press time, the sculpture was still there. UPDATE: Parks Department put a tarp over the bust and removed it this afternoon.

Apr 07 08:41

Rand Paul's Top Aide Works For Netanyahu: Loves Israel & the Likud Party

With randy Paul launching his presidential campaign today, it should be noted that Paul's social media guru, officially known as 'chief digital strategist' worked for Netanyahu and loves Israel. See RandPaulZionist.com for much more on this absurd scoundrel.

Apr 07 08:38

The 18 Most Horrifying Things Rich People Got Away With

The rich and powerful get perks the rest of us great unwashed do not: preferential treatment, access to things we can only imagine, and the ability to kill people and not spend the rest of their lives in jail.

Apr 07 08:36

Countering The Lies Of The Mainstream Media

The corporate mainstream media with its well-paid journalists and increasing concentration of ownership bows to the concerns of advertisers. It tends to be privately owned and its owners have a vested interest in maintaining an economic system based on private ownership and in manufacturing consent for it. Moreover, such outlets these days are increasingly part of major conglomerates, which may include armaments manufacturers, banking or industrial concerns, and will not therefore adopt stances or report on stories that are harmful to the interests of the wider organisation.

Apr 07 08:36

Rick Perry's Plan to Kill Obama's Iran Deal

Texas Governor Rick Perry hasn't yet said whether he's running for president, yet he will announce Monday that if he wins the White House he intends to trash President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran as one of his first official acts.

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Here's your rifle, Rick...

Apr 07 08:35

GOP Hawks Set to Ruin Rand Paul's Big Day

In the first salvo of the 2016 Republican ad wars, a conservative group is about to unleash a seven-figure ad campaign targeting Senator Rand Paul for being out of step with the party on Iran, just as he launches his presidential campaign.

Apr 07 08:34

Fukushima disaster caused at least 1,232 fatalities last year

According to the most recent report, deaths in Japan attributable to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have continued to increase. Last year, the number of deaths increased by 18 percent over the year before.

Apr 07 08:32

Rand Paul Has a Daddy Issue

The 52-year-old Kentucky senator, who will announce his outsider candidacy for the GOP nomination this week in Louisville, is a lifelong noninterventionist, but even he couldn’t abide Putin’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and he joined the GOP chorus calling for retribution. “Putin must be punished,” Rand Paul wrote in a blistering March 2014 op-ed in Time—marking the start of his center-ward shuffle toward the GOP mainstream.

One problem: His 79-year-old father, Ron, didn’t agree and didn’t feel like silencing himself. The three-time presidential candidate, and original source of his son’s credibility among libertarians, has been a frequent guest on Putin-controlled Russian state television, where he has railed against almost every U.S. plan to counter Putin’s aggression—from military aid to diplomatic censure to sanctions.

Apr 07 08:17

TURKISH GENERAL CLAIMS CIA ‘MAY HAVE HAD ROLE’ IN 2003 COUP PLOT

A Turkish former four-star general, who was jailed for his role in an alleged coup plot by secularists in the Turkish military, has alleged in an interview that the United States may have advised the coup plotters. Bilgin Balanli was the only active-duty four-star general to be charged in connection with the so-called Balyoz Harekâti (Operation SLEDGEHAMMER) coup-plot case. The alleged plot became widely known in early 2010, when Taraf, a liberal Turkish daily, published documents from 2003 that outlined the plotters’ plans for a military takeover of government. According to Taraf, the conspirators were secularists within the ranks of Turkey’s military and intelligence agencies, who were opposed to the rule of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP), headed by Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.

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