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Aug 22 05:24

The Afghanistan Speech

I Thought It Was Quite Good
The passage at the beginning showed the unifying potential of Trump's nationalism>>>
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I think Trump gets points for acknowledging how hard this decision was for him to make , and how it cut against his instincts>>>
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It seems a conventionally hawkish policy tailored to Trump's predilections. He said we're not nation building , and mentioned and mentioned the very Jacksonian word retribution>>>
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Pressure on Pakistan is a major part of the new strategy . We'll see what comes of that . It seems to me that pressuring Pakistan to be more responcible in Afghanistan is the equivalent of pressuring China to force North Korea to be more responsible>>>
At the end of the day , this was Trump concluding he doesn't want to lose a war on his watch , and if that means jettisoning some of his presuppositions , he's willing to do it .>>>

Aug 21 20:34

Civil War Veterans On Film

A documentary featuring footage of real life civil war veterans, it shows a different time in the early 20th century when confederate and union veterans were able to reconcile with each other before events later in the 20th century reopened old wounds that had never fully healed. It also reveals the real reasons why confederate monuments were put up in the first place.



Aug 21 20:22

Confederate "General" Julius Howell Recalls the 1860s

Published on May 2, 2014

Julius Howell enlisted at 16 to fight for the Confederacy in 1862. In this 1947 recording in DC, Howell at age 101, recalls his Civil War exploits as a cavalryman at Petersburg and Richmond and his memory of the assassination of President Lincoln from a Union POW camp. The title of general is in ironic quotes because his was an honorary moniker bestowed on him years later by a Confederacy society.

Aug 21 20:17

Clip 2 from 'Black Confederates: The Forgotten Men in Gray'

Black Confederate Veterans of the Civil War.

Aug 21 18:59

FBI Terrorism Sting Nets Paranoid Schizophrenic Previously Found Incompetent By A State Court

It looks like the FBI has secured another anti-terrorism "win." Once again, the agency controlled the terrorism sting from beginning to end, ensuring the suspect communicated with no one but confidential informants and undercover agents. And, once again, the FBI has utilized the sort of person who probably poses more harm to themselves than others.



Aug 21 18:22

Trump's years of tweets calling for U.S. to leave Afghanistan

Exactly 5 years ago, Trump tweeted: "Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!"

Aug 21 17:22

Protesters Must Watch This! Don't Be A Dupe



Owl 1
Aug 21 17:09

What Happened to CNN?

Aug 21 17:07

Judge Shot At Ohio Courthouse

A judge was ambushed and shot outside Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio. One of the attackers was shot by police, according to city officials.

The shooting occurred a little after 8 am on Monday, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdulla. Seven to eight shots were fired.

Aug 21 16:51

Oh Cod! Could Britain Sacrifice Its Fish Stocks To Secure Brexit Trade Deal?

A fresh cabinet split has emerged as top Tory MPs clash over whether to use fishing rights as a Brexit negotiating pawn.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Chancellor Philip Hammond are at loggerheads over who will be allowed to fish in Britain’s territorial waters after Brexit in March 2019, according to the Sun.

Aug 21 16:42

Ovarian cancer victim wins $417m payout from Johnson & Johnson

A jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $417m (£323m) to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.

The verdict in favour of California resident Eva Echeverria was the largest yet in lawsuits alleging J&J failed to warn consumers adequately about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.



Aug 21 16:40

US Navy Announces 'Operational Pause' After McCain Incident

The US Navy has called for an “operational pause” in all fleets following the collision of the guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain with a merchant ship off Singapore. The Navy also ordered a review of “root causes” of a series of incidents at sea.

Aug 21 16:40

University Of Texas Removes Four Confederate Statues

The University of Texas at Austin, the United States, has removed four Confederate statues, saying such public memorials have become “symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.”

Aug 21 16:36

US Navy chief orders probe into Pacific fleet and a pause in operations after recent spate of collisions - as the search continues for 10 missing sailors following USS John S. McCain crash

Navy Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, will call for a pause in operations and seek a deeper look at how the Navy trains and certifies its forces that are operating around Japan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday.

Aug 21 16:32

NASA’s Plan To Fix The Yellowstone Supervolcano

A NASA plan to stop the Yellowstone supervolcano from erupting could actually cause it to blow – triggering a nuclear winter that would wipe out humanity.



Aug 21 16:28

Linking Charlottesville to Assad – latest witch hunt of the US war lobby

It didn’t take long for the pro-war US Establishment to exploit the tragedy in Charlottesville (in which one left-wing protestor was killed), to further their campaign for regime change in Syria.

Soon after the identity of the man who was at the wheel of the car that ploughed into demonstrators in Virginia was revealed, reports began to circulate that James Alex Fields, Jnr had a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on his Facebook page with the inscription ‘Undefeated’.

Got that? Fields was an Assad fan boy! That proves we’ve got to keep on trying to topple him! That was the conclusion we peasants were clearly meant to be drawing.

Aug 21 16:20

Houston Man Arrested Trying To Plant Bomb At Confederate Statue

A Houston man has been arrested on allegations he tried to plant explosives at the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park, according to high-level law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.

Aug 21 16:17

"Is The President Emotionally Unstable?" New Democrat Bill Requires Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

"Does the President suffer from early stage dementia," Lofgren asked in a statement announcing the bill. "Has emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties," she continued. "Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?"

Aug 21 16:15

63 Shot, 8 Dead In Chicago's 2nd Most Violent Weekend Of 2017



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Aug 21 16:14

'Wannabe PM' Jacob Rees-Mogg Has Raked In £4mn Since Becoming MP

Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has been tipped as a possible successor to Theresa May, has raked in a staggering £4 million since becoming an MP seven years ago.

Aug 21 16:13

Moderate drinking protects your brain as you age… really

A nearly 30-year old cohort study has found that moderate drinking can improve the cognitive health of middle- to upper-class white adults. These findings, while limited to its homogeneity, could potentially indicate a medically preventive effect in social drinking. Should the data be further verified across all races and ages, moderate consumption of alcohol could be found to help prevent the onset of debilitating mental conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Aug 21 16:10

Report: Ivanka, Jared Helped Forced Out Bannon - 'His Far-Right Views Clashed With Their Jewish Faith'

President Kushner and First Lady Ivanka forced out Stephen Bannon because "his far-right views clashed with their Jewish faith," according to a report from The Daily Mail.

Aug 21 15:59

Girls Kicked Off DC College Campus For Wearing Trump Hat

A group of high school girls visiting the District of Columbia were kicked off the campus of Howard University for wearing a Trump hat, which the school said was making students feel unsafe.

A student at the historically black college going by the name "EssenceDalton" on Twitter posted a photo of the girls on Saturday, writing: "who told these lil yt girls they could come to THE HU like it was about to be some joke."



Aug 21 15:52

90-Year-Old Bust Of Abe Lincoln Destroyed In Chicago Neighborhood

A ninety-year-old bust of Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth president, was destroyed in a South Side Chicago neighborhood overnight on Wednesday.

15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez criticized the destruction of the statue in a Facebook post on Wednesday evening.

Aug 21 15:33

If Assad Is “Killing His Own People” Why Are They Rushing Back To Him?

By Brandon Turbeville

As the mainstream corporate press attempts to guilt Westerners over making Syrian refugees return home, Western outlets are, in fact, deconstructing their own propaganda narrative for all to see.

For instance, according to the International Organization for Migration, more than 600,000 Syrians have returned home to Syria since the beginning of 2017, more than the number of returning refugees in the entire year of 2016...

Aug 21 15:11

It’s Time To Audit The Fed

We’ve been told over and over again it can’t be done, while defying those expectations each step of the way, and we now have a President who has indicated his support for Audit the Fed. Let’s shock the establishment again by pushing it over the finish line.



Aug 21 15:11

Two Former Wasserman Schultz IT Aides Indicted For Conspiracy Against U.S.

A federal grand jury Thursday indicted two former information technology (IT) aides of Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — Pakistani-born Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi — on four counts of conspiracy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Aug 21 15:11

Big Ben Will Ring At Noon, Then Fall Silent Until 2021

Big Ben is due to sound the hour for the last time on Monday before it is silenced for four years of repair work. After 12 chimes at noon, the bell will begin its longest period of silence in its 157-year history.

Aug 21 15:10

'He's Not Slowing Down': Sanders To Rip Trump, Push For Single Payer On Midwest Tour

As new polling data shows President Donald Trump’s support flagging in several electorally crucial Midwest states, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is gearing up for his three-state Midwest “Pickup Tour,” which will aim to demonstrate that his ambitious progressive agenda—which includes a $15 federal minimum wage, Medicare for All, and tuition-free public college—has “universal appeal.”

Aug 21 15:05

Geez, you shouldn’t own a gun! : 63 shot over weekend in Chicago; only long July 4th weekend more violent this year

More people were shot in Chicago over the weekend than on any other this year, except for the Fourth of July weekend that stretched four days, according to police and data kept by the Chicago Tribune.

Aug 21 14:58

CNN Commentator Accuses Trump Of Being A ‘White Supremacist’

CNN commentator Symone Sanders accused President Trump of being a “white supremacist” Thursday night for his defense of Confederate statues and monuments.

Aug 21 14:47

Ignoring bad history doesn’t make it go away (video)

Amid the national fervor over Civil War monuments, a former Trump spokeswoman is reminding the left that doing away with reminders of history doesn’t change anything. Democrats ought to listen up.

Aug 21 14:33

What About The ‘Alt Left’?: Trump Sets Off More Outrage With New Charlottesville Comments

During a combative news conference, President Donald Trump asked if the “alt left” had “any semblance of guilt” for the deadly protest violence in Charlottesville, what he called “a horrible moment for our country.”

Aug 21 14:26

TRUMP JUST PUT AN END TO HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL OBAMA OPERATION - IT'S DONE

The Department of Justice has ended Operation Choke Point, a program used by the Obama administration to cut off credit to businesses, which was challenged by Republicans who argued it unfairly targeted firearms dealers and other lawful operations.

Aug 21 13:59

Trump Impeachment More Likely Than Removal: US Lawmaker

US President Donald Trump’s impeachment is more likely than his immediate removal from office, Democratic lawmaker Brad Sherman says.

Aug 21 13:34

Barcelona Attack Van Driver On The Run

Police are on the hunt for the driver of a van that crashed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100.

The white van mounted the pavement of Las Ramblas, the main tourist area in the city, and hit dozens of people on Thursday afternoon.

Aug 21 13:14

Trump Set To Announce Afghan Strategy After ‘Rigorous’ Review Of Options

Donald Trump is expected to announce his long-overdue military strategy for Afghanistan Monday evening according to the White House. Trump made a decision after a “sufficiently rigorous” review process, defense secretary Jim Mattis confirmed.



Aug 21 12:57

Everything you ever wanted to know about the World Cup in Russia, in London

Where’s the best place to stay in Moscow? Do I need a visa? How do you travel between Russian cities? Is it hard to get by without speaking Russian? Where can I buy match tickets? The World Cup can be a stressful adventure, but this new service is here to help. The VISIT RUSSIA National Tourist Office is opening a new center in London to help British football fans iron out any potential situations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia, which kicks off in June, 2018. Employees working at the 2018 World Cup Information Center will be on call in person and via phone to help Brits get their travel itinerary in shape, as well as telling them about the best entertainment and sights on offer in Russian cities. Help with visas, travel insurance, and other (boring but necessary) issues will also be available. The center opens its doors Sept. 1 and will be open from Mondays to Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. See you all in summer 2018!

Aug 21 12:50

Nice To Have An AK-47 Handy

A Florida woman in Panama City Beach heard the sounds of three men breaking into his vehicle early Sunday morning. She woke her husband to tell him, the moment so many gun owners secretly dread. He then reportedly got up, had her secure their children, and went out to confront the three men who were breaking into their car outside.



Owl 3
Aug 21 12:49

BREAKING: Charlottesville To Keep Only Non-Racist War Monuments

Under the new policy just announced in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city will be taking down all but the non-racist war monuments and memorials in all of its public spaces.

Three monuments to the Confederate war, fought to maintain slavery — those of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and a generic Confederate soldier — will all be removed under the new guidelines.

Aug 21 12:34

WOW! HUNGARY and ISRAEL Just Labeled Hungarian Born-Jew George Soros An ENEMY OF THE STATE…Will The U.S. Follow?

Israel’s foreign ministry has issued a statement denouncing U.S. billionaire George Soros, a move that appeared designed to align Israel more closely with Hungary ahead of a visit to Budapest next week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aug 21 12:29

LAWSUIT: CVS Pharmacies accused of hiking up drug prices for those with insurance

Leading retail pharmacy chain, CVS, is being implicated in an overcharging scheme which used “clawbacks” to jack up prices for supposedly inexpensive generic drugs. According to the plaintiff, Megan Schultz, some of the “affected” prescriptions include lithium, naproxen, and zolpidem. Lawyers of Schultz have said that the public remains unaware of this repulsive behavior, in which pharmacy chains charge more for customers who use their insurance to pay for generic prescriptions. The class-action lawsuit also included Walgreens in its description, citing the company’s apparent lack of ethics as it blatantly overcharged customers through industry middlemen.

Aug 21 12:28

North Korea warns Australia that supporting Trump is a 'suicidal act'

Pyongyang’s official news agency says Malcolm Turnbull ‘invites disaster’ by pledging to support the US in any conflict with Kim Jong-un’s regime



Taboola
Aug 21 12:20

Rajoy Threatens To Deploy Army Inside Spain After Barcelona Attack

Well before the facts of Thursday’s horrific terror attack in Barcelona are clearly established, Spain’s right wing Popular Party (PP) government is pressing to deploy the army inside the country. This would be the first time that the army was deployed inside Spain since the country was ruled by the fascist regime of Francisco Franco, which took power via a 1936 military rebellion and a bloody three-year civil war.

Aug 21 12:19

Rush Limbaugh Warns: America On the Cusp of Another Civil War

Forces operating on the left are so aggressively trying to tear apart the country that Rush Limbaugh believes America could be on the verge of another Civil War.

“America is under attack from within,” he warned. “Our culture, our history, our founding are under the most direct assault I have seen in my life.”

“You might even get away with saying that we are on the cusp of a second civil war,” the conservative talk show host explained.

Aug 21 12:10

STATE DEPARTMENT: US NOT to remain in Syria after ISIS “defeat”

US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert has responded to questions from reporters about reports from Kurdish militants who last week stated that the US plans to remain in Syria for “decades”. Nauert refuted these claims by stating the following, “Syria must be governed by its own people and not by the United States or other force”. She added that the US intends to “defeat” ISIS and not to stay beyond this mission. This puts statements from the US and their militant Kurdish allies into direct contradiction. As I wrote recently in The Duran, “Talal Silo has said that the Kurdish fighters in Syria have reached an agreement that would imply a de-facto Kurdish entity in Syria would form under the auspices of US military occupation of the territory which is recognised by every major international body, including the United Nations as Syrian territory. The United States has yet to comment on the remarks and for good reason.

Aug 21 12:08

China might start a ‘limited war’ with India

According to an article published in China’s state newspaper Global Times, China is preparing to start a ‘limited war’ in order to drive the Indian soldiers out of the troubled Doklam region. There has been a strain in relationship between China and India since June when the Indian soldiers entered Doklam area which is situated in the middle of Bhutan and China. The Indian soldiers stopped the Chinese soldiers from building a road in that region. Both the Chinese and the Bhutanese lay claim to the area. The Indian army entered the area upon request of Bhutan and as a result, a standoff ensued between the two armies since then. A researcher by the name Hu Xi Yong from Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said that the tension between both the Chinese and Indian forces won’t last long as China’s limited military action could start within one week. According to Yong, the Chinese government would notify the Indian foreign ministry before taking any military action...

Aug 21 12:03

Iranian court orders US to pay $245 million to victims of chemical weapons during Iran-Iraq War

An Iranian court demanded the US administration to pay $245 million to the victims of chemical attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran-Iraqi war of 1980-1988, Iran’s Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eje’i said Sunday. “A number of people who have been harmed during the chemical bombing have filed lawsuits and a court has issued decrees for 18 of them who have been harmed or died and estimated their ransom,” Mohseni Eje’i was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency. In September 1980, Hussein started the invasion of Iran. The devastating war that followed only ended in 1988. An estimated 1.5 million people died in the conflict. During the war Washington supported Iraq with monetary assistance, weaponry, intelligence, technology and also provided materials found by UN experts in the fragments of chemical weapons used by the Iraqi army in Iran.

Aug 21 12:00

California Pensions are being taken away.

Aug 21 11:58

OVER 100,000 PEOPLE PETITION WHITE HOUSE TO DECLARE ANTIFA A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

A petition currently active on the White House website is asking President Trump to officially designate “Anti-Fascist Action” or ANTIFA, as a terror group. ANTIFA is a extreme left militant movement which started in Germany and has been active in Europe for a number of years. They are known to receive funding from billionaire regime change and social engineering sponsor George Soros. Their modus operandi is using loud noise, physical obstruction and outright violence to disrupt peaceful, lawful assemblies by any group or person they oppose. Since the inauguration of President Trump, ANTIFA has seen a membership boom and already have a list of violent riots to their credit across the United States. The petition, which was started on August 17th, has already easily soared past the 100,000 signatures required for an official response from the White House. The text of the petition reads...

Aug 21 11:55

CONFIRMED: US and South Korea begin massive joint military drills

The United States has begun its annual military drills in South Korea with an allied contingent of 17,500 troops. The move has been slammed by North Korea as a needless provocation that could have “catastrophic” consequences for the region. The move is also opposed by peace activists in South Korea who have taken to the streets to protest against the large scale military exercises. The moves are also opposed by the only states which border the Korean peninsula, Russia and China. Russia and China have both stated in their joint peace plan that North Korea must stop its missile tests and so too must the United States and South Korea stop their missile tests and joint military exercises in the region. China and Russia have also both stated that the US should stop delivering the powerful weapons of mass destruction, the THAAD missile systems to South Korea, a request the US has refused to accept.

Aug 21 11:53

Turkey’s Erdogan calls on Jordan to play bigger role in Palestine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on the Muslims of the world to show solidarity in issues related to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, stressing the importance of Jordan being involved in the protection of the city’s holy sites. “I want to note the importance we put on the role of Jordan in the protection of the holy places in Jerusalem… We don’t want to experience the same abuse, violation of rights and attacks… So, the Muslim world should be in solidarity on Jerusalem,” Erdogan said ahead of his visit to Amman, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency. The recent tensions in Jerusalem escalated in mid-July, after the strengthening of security measures at the Temple Mount, the third most important holy site in Islam, which is under Jordan’s custodianship. The steps led to violent clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank and have been widely criticized by Muslim countries. In order to reduce tensions, Israel has since eased the security measures.

Aug 21 11:48

Video: Raping & Killing: Iraqi Authorities Admit Army’s Torture Of Suspects In Mosul (DISTURBING CONTENT)

In other events in Iraq, the prime minister has acknowledged that security forces abused prisoners during the operation to oust the ISIS insurgents from Mosul.

Aug 21 11:47

Barcelona’s Iconic Sagrada Familia Was Prime Target Of Terrorists’ Botched Bombing Plot – Report

The Catalonian terrorist cell, responsible for the twin attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, originally planned to carry out a major bombing campaign with explosive-laden vans. Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral masterpiece was reportedly their main target.

Aug 21 11:47

Lincoln Memorial Defaced As Officials Across US Reassess Confederate-Era Monuments

The Lincoln Memorial has been vandalized with the words “F*** law.” Crews are working to remove the red spray paint, as Confederate-era statues are being vandalized or removed across the US.

Aug 21 11:46

Ron Paul Warns “50% Stock Market Plunge Conceivable… And It Won’t Be Trump’s Fault”

The former Republican Congressman from Texas believes escalating dysfunction in Washington will create even more pain for Wall Street.

Aug 21 11:40

A Storm is Coming And It Can’t Be Stopped

The hardcore left will not bend or compromise any of their beliefs and neither will the conservative right. And, sadly, only the folks in middle America see what is coming.

Aug 21 11:39

Russian planes in Syria fly 316 sorties over five days. Aleppo Governorate fully liberated from terrorists

"To eliminate the encircled terrorists trying to retreat towards Deir ez-Zor the intensity of strikes by Russian aircraft was increased to 60-70 sorties a day. Russia’s Aerospace Force carries out air reconnaissance and eliminates IS armored vehicles, pickup trucks armed with heavy weapons and truck convoys carrying ammunition round the clock. Over the past five days Russian planes flew 316 sorties to deal 819 strikes," Colonel-General Rudskoy said. In all, Rudskoy said, Russia’s planes in August carried out 990 sorties. "A total of 2,518 air strikes were dealt against command centers, positions, warehouses and transit camps of terrorists. Forty armored vehicles, 106 trucks carrying heavy machineguns and up to 800 terrorists were destroyed," he said. "The operation to recapture central Syria from terrorists is nearing completion," Rudskoy stated... "The Aleppo Governorate has been fully liberated from terrorists.

Aug 21 11:33

Russian-US meeting on Ukraine to be held behind closed doors

US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker and Russia’s envoy will hold a meeting in Minsk on Monday, Belarusian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Dmitry Mironchik confirmed in an interview with TASS. "The event will take place today, it will be held behind closed doors," he noted. On August 19, the US Department of State reported that Volker is travelling to Minsk to hold a meeting with "a representative of the Russian government" on August 21 to discuss the Russian-Ukrainian relations. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier said Volker’s meeting with Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov would be held soon. Volker was appointed to his current position on July 7. His task is to coordinate all efforts by the US Department of State aimed at resolving the conflict in the Donbass region.

Aug 21 11:33

Lost & Found: Grandmother Contacts RT After Seeing Granddaughter’s Plight

RT is campaigning to help orphans stranded in war-torn Iraq to find their relatives and return home.

Aug 21 11:33

Obama’s DHS Chief: Trump’s Generals Should Stay To ‘Right The Ship’

The cadre of US generals and retired generals working under President Donald Trump should not resign as a wave of resignations hits the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack during a demo against white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, says the former head of the Homeland Security (DHS).

Aug 21 11:28

US visa changes to affect mainly Russian independent travelers, says authority

Changes in the visa-issuing procedures introduced by the US on Monday, will affect mostly independent travelers requesting US visas not only for tourism, but also for business, studies and other purposes, the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) said on Monday... "Requests for academic programs in the US were rather active, but not all clients could get them even before the imposed restrictions, as the visa-issuing procedures this year have been already excessively long," the director of the department for education abroad of BSI GROUP tour operator, Irina Naumova, commented. "That is why, the students who wanted to study exactly in the US and turned to us at the end of spring, failed to be in time for these programs in July-August," she added. Tour operators note that the biggest problem will be for those who used the services of regional consulates, especially in the Far East. According to ATOR, the region accounted for some 40% of tourists applying for package tours.

Aug 21 11:20

Hidden agenda behind China-India Himalayan showdown

As Chinese and Indian security forces square off on a remote plateau in the Himalaya mountains, it is has become clear over two months into the showdown that it’s not really about China building a road in an area disputed between China and Bhutan.

This time, China is attempting to drive a wedge between Bhutan and its traditional ally India, China’s main and traditional geopolitical rival. Most recently, China is frustrated with India’s reluctance to join its One Belt One Road infrastructure development initiative. Unresolved border issues are another bilateral problem, as is the long-time presence of the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan government in exile in India.

As always when China is involved in a confrontation near or across its frontiers — be it the border war with India in 1962, skirmishes with the Soviets along the Amur river in 1969, or military raids across Vietnam’s northern border in 1979 — there is a hidden political agenda.

Aug 21 11:20

U.S. and South Korea Stage Huge Military Exercises Starting Today Despite Tensions

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. and South Korean militaries will go forward with their annual massive sea, land and air drills today, despite tension with North Korea who has recently threatened to shoot four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles toward the U.S. owned island of Guam.

The annual joint exercises started in the 1970s...

Aug 21 11:12

Putin confers Ushakov medal upon 47 British veterans of Arctic convoys

The decree says the award is for the British subjects’ "personal courage and bravery displayed during participation in World War II Arctic convoys." For special merits in promoting friendship and cooperation among peoples Putin presented state awards to a number of foreign citizens. The Order of Friendship was awarded to Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany) Erwin Sellering, Cuba’s ambassador to Russia Emilio Lozada Garcia, French government’s special representative for relations with Russia Jean-Pierre Chevenement and others.

Aug 21 11:11

I am not a number! I am a man!

The United States of America is the world leader for invading your privacy. No other country past or present even comes close, and this absolutely includes Nazi Germany. Not many Americans really know this.

Aug 21 11:09

The USS Indianapolis Still At Sea

The Worst Naval Disaster in US History

At 12:14 a.m. on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 men on board, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remainder, about 900 men, were left floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats and most with no food or water. The ship was never missed, and by the time the survivors were spotted by accident four days later only 316 men were still alive.

Aug 21 11:07

Ray Dalio's Gravest Warning Yet: "I Am Tactically Reducing Risk... This Is Broadly Similar To 1937"

Two weeks after Ray Dalio warned in his latest letter to Bridgewater clients that the right trade in the current environment is to buy gold in case "things go badly", the head of the world's biggest hedge fund is out with his gravest warning yet, saying that he is "concerned about growing internal and external conflict leading to impaired government efficiency." In his LinkedIn post, he writes that he "continues to closely watch how conflict is being handled a guide, and I’m not encouraged.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The world was feverishly preparing for war at this time, and Japan invaded Manchuria in 1937, which many historians actually see as the starting point for World War 11.

With US geopolitical tensions extraordinarily high against China; North Korea, Russia and Iran right now, it makes perfect sense for Dalio to make this comparison.

Aug 21 11:05

Washington’s new strategy in Afghanistan aimed against China, expert says. Afghanistan may become new stronghold for IS

A new strategy of the United States for Afghanistan affects China’s interests in the region, a leading expert from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies said on Monday. "New scenarios of the US strategy in Afghanistan affect the interests of China. Over the recent time, the administration of (President Donald) Trump has been way too active in initiating hotbeds of tension close to the Chinese borders: in North Korea, and now in Afghanistan," said Adzhar Kurtov, who is also editor-in-chief of the Problemy Natsionalnoy Strategii (National Strategy Issues) magazine. "Behind all these bright-eyed statements about a certain new strategy in Afghanistan is a trivial position - to remove a rival or weaken him. Nowadays, the People’s Republic of China is the main rival of the US on the global arena," Adzhar Kurtov said. He pointed to Beijing’s "serious plans for cooperation with Afghanistan, including in the economic sector.

Aug 21 10:57

Are Markets Sleepwalking Into A Debt Ceiling Crisis: Mnuchin Issues Another Warning

Over the weekend, Morgan Stanley reminded its clients that perhaps the biggest threat facing markets over the coming weeks is the “three-headed policy monster” inside Washington: raising the debt ceiling, passing a budget and embarking on tax reform. As MS cross-asset strategist Andrew Sheets noted, "none are easy, but we see the debt ceiling as the most immediate test."

Aug 21 10:53

One Statistics Professor Was Just Banned By Google: Here Is His Story

On Friday afternoon East Coast Time by surprise, I was completely shut down in all my Google accounts (all of my gmail accounts, blog, all of my university pages that were on google sites, etc.) for no reason and no warning. A number of us were stunned and unsure, but clearly we know at this point it wasn’t an accident. Here are some examples commented from best-selling author Nassim Taleb, and they have been re-tweeted by government officials, and the NYT and WSJ journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the very dark side of Google witch hunts on steroids, leaving massive, innocent cybercasualties in its wake.

Aug 21 10:44

Pope Francis: Rights of Migrants Trump National Security Concerns

Pope Francis on Monday urged countries to greatly improve their welcome to migrants and stop collective expulsions, saying migrants’ dignity and right to protection trumps national security concerns.

Francis’ politically pointed message was made in view of the Catholic Church’s 2018 world refugee day, celebrated Jan. 14. It comes amid mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and beyond following waves of migrant arrivals and Islamic extremist attacks.

In the message, Francis demanded governments welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants, saying Jesus’ message of love is rooted in welcoming the “rejected strangers of every age.”

He demanded a simplified process of granting humanitarian and temporary visas and rejected arbitrary and collective expulsions as “unsuitable.” He said the principle of ensuring each person’s dignity “obliges us to always prioritize personal safety over national security.”

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Translation; it doesn't matter when Europeans get assassinated, shot, stabbed, and run over by cars, unchecked immigration must be the law of the land in Europe, in the view of Pope Francis.

The same thing can certainly be said for George Soros, who you don't see opening the doors to his lavish private estates to immigrants, yet insists Europe must do this, no matter the societal, and physical damage which has been done to countries which have implemented an open door immigration policy.

This is the classic "NIMBY" (not in MY back yard, thank you very much!) response of the elites to the damage these US-government generated wars of conquest have cost to the people of Africa and the Middle East, resulting in mass migrations away from the countries which have been clobbered by US firepower.

I would like to politely suggest that the Pope truly missing the big picture here, as the young men flooding into Europe are many times radicalised Middle Eastern and African Muslims of military age, with a desire for carnage and revenge, because of what happened in their native countries, i.e., command and control of their resources by foreign armies, from which they received utterly no compensation. The "welcome strangers" who Jesus comforted were generally not out to kill him, and by any means necessary.

Once in Europe, they do not want to integrate, learn the languages of their host countries; learn job skills; or "fit in", in any way; instead, they demand their host countries adapt Sharia law, and believe that brutal rape against young women should be considered perfectly normal.

And I am curious as to how many immigrants has His Holiness allowed to live in Vatican City right now.

I would be willing to guess that the answer is, absolutely none!!

Aug 21 10:29

Psychologists Who Developed CIA Torture Reach Secret Deal to Avoid Trial

By Derrick Broze

The two psychologists credited with creating the CIA’s torture program have reached a confidential settlement with victims of the brutal techniques ... and the CIA (the American taxpayer) picked up the tab...

Aug 21 10:25

BACK FROM THE DEEP USS Indianapolis that delivered the Hiroshima atomic bomb and featured in the film Jaws is miraculously found after 72 years

ONE of World War 2’s mysteries has been solved after a long-lost American battleship was finally spotted some 18,000 feet beneath the surface.

More than seven decades after a Japanese torpedo sank the USS Indianapolis, the shipwreck has been discovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Aug 21 10:18

Video: The Horrors of Factory Farming

Aerial views of the first factory farms I visited—pig facilities—didn’t capture grass and rolling hills, but instead exposed rows of windowless metal buildings. Each confined thousands of intelligent, sensitive pigs who spent their lives on concrete floors in crowded pens. The footage also reveals what appear to be red lakes but are in fact giant, open-air cesspools. Waste falls through slats in the pigs’ concrete flooring and is flushed into these massive pits, which sometimes have the surface area of multiple football fields. To lower the levels of these cesspools, many facilities spray their contents into the air where they turn into mist and drift into neighboring communities.

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There is another answer than ditching meat all together, and that is demanding that the meat you buy is 100% organic.

Talk to the manager of your local market, or big box store, and tell them, gently, that henceforward, the only meat you are willing to take home from that store has to be 100% organic.

They will, in turn, get the message to the meat resources they use, and we can create change in this way.

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