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Apr 28 15:25

Mass Judge Releases Illegal Immigrant Uber Driver Charged with Three Counts of Rape on 2500 Dollar Bond ...Now He's Missing

even after a prosecutor insisted that federal immigration agents were drafting a detainer

Apr 28 15:10

PUTIN UNVEILS "PROJECT 09852," HISTORIC WEAPON THAT PUTS THE ENTIRE WORLD ON NOTICE

Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed plans to expand Russia’s military, and the additions could have serious implications for the rest of the world.

Apr 28 15:10

POLL: TRUMP APPROVAL 47%... OBAMA MOCKS LOW RATINGS



Taboola
Apr 28 14:55

Red Flags As Trump Team Dodges On Tax Plan's Impact On Middle Class

Members of President Donald Trump’s team are having a hard time defending his new tax plan and, when asked directly if it will benefit the middle class, have exhibited a pattern of strategic avoidance.

Apr 28 14:54

Undercover 'Convert" Busts CAIR and the Islamic Agenda for America 2017

With organizations like CAIR, ISNA, and MSA working to destroy America one man went undercover, as a fake convert, to bust open their plans. Hundreds of pages of documents, hundreds of hours of recordings. AMERICA you have been warned!

Apr 28 14:36

North Korea 'tests ballistic missile' amid reports Pyongyang stating war 'imminent'

"North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning," Yonhap reported, quoting a statement issued by South Korea's military.

Apr 28 14:20

Study Claims It’s ‘Unethical’ To Describe Breastfeeding As ‘Natural.’

It's “ethically inappropriate” for government and medical organizations to describe breastfeeding as “natural”

Apr 28 14:16

Surprise! Surprise! Berkley mayor plays the race card to distract from his own failure to protect peace in his city.

... I have to wonder if the mayor was white, would we see such hate."

Apr 28 14:04

Millions of Television Viewers Drink Bleach After Nikki Haley Opens Her Mouth Again

Waffle House waitress-turned-UN-representative Nikki Haley is the brightest, rising star in international diplomacy.

Haley gave a memorable performance on CNN on Thursday, during which she decided to make up fake stuff that Russia never said about the humanitarian situation in Syria.



Apr 28 13:51

M 6.8 - 31km WSW of Balangonan, Philippines

Apr 28 13:22

I Lament Dershowitz’ Defeat?

Alan Dershowitz, used to be my arch detractor. He chased, harassed and intimidated professors who endorsed my work. He campaigned against venues that hosted my music. Not that long ago Dershowitz saw me as Israel’s most dangerous enemy. He even, at one stage, complained about my "obscure" sax playing.

He did it all in vain. Dershowitz has been bitterly defeated on each and every battle he picked against me. Not a single scholar surrendered to his pressure, not even one withdrew his or her endorsement of my work. They practically just laughed to his face. Not a single institution bowed to his pressure either as he himself admits. Dershowitz has now learned the lesson. The ethnic cleanser enthusiast has raised a white flag.

Apr 28 12:54

REPORTS: US TROOPS DEPLOY ALONG SYRIA-TURKISH BORDER

U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday.

Footage posted by Syrian activists online showed a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles driving on a rural road in the village of Darbasiyah, a few hundred meters from the Turkish border. Clashes in the area were reported between Turkish and Kurdish forces Wednesday a day after the Turkish airstrike which also destroyed a Kurdish command headquarters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the location, it looks like the start of the carving a "safe zone" out of Syria!

Apr 28 12:52

Debunking the French Report on Syrian Chemical Weapons

Specifically, the head of the United Nations’ team investigating the possible use of chemical warfare in Syria (Åke Sellström) wrote an email to MIT rocket scientist Ted Postol in 2014 stating:

Hexamine … is a product simple to get hold of and in no way conclusively points to the [Syrian] government.

In addition, hexamine found in samples may be derived from other sources for example, explosives.



Apr 28 12:11

Trump: ‘8-year assault’ on Second Amendment is over

President Donald Trump declared Friday that an "eight-year assault" on Second Amendment rights had come to a "crashing end" with his election. "No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and freedoms as Americans," Trump said during his speech to the National Rifle Association in Atlanta. -- "Instead we will work with you by your side," he said.

Apr 28 12:05

Charges Sought Against Hillary’s Private Email Server IT People

A House committee has issued a referral for prosecution against the head of an IT firm that managed Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

The referral against Treve Suazo, CEO of Platte River Networks, alleges that the company “flatly refused” to comply with subpoenas for documents related to their work on Clinton’s server.

The committee is referring the matter to determine if the company head is guilty of obstruction of justice and making false statements.

Apr 28 12:02

Officer Has Negligent Discharge At Home, Now His Boss Wants To Implement More Firearm Safety — Uh, You’re A Little Late

We joke and kid with each other about bone-headed things but, when it comes to firearms, there’s a lot of room to make mistakes you can never take back. I hope the officer is able to make a full recovery and, perhaps, it is time for some safety training in that department.



Apr 28 12:00

When 'Sunshine' Ruled on the Korean Peninsula

Before South Korea’s conservative presidents severed ties with North Korea from 2008, their liberal predecessors Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun promoted peaceful engagement and rapprochement, an approach called the “sunshine policy.”

The name stemmed from an ancient Greek fable where the wind and the sun competed to remove a man’s cloak. No matter how strongly the wind blew, the man only wrapped his cloak more tightly to keep warm. But when the sun shone, the warmth made him take his cloak off. The wind symbolized unsuccessful coercive policies toward North Korea and the sun stood for an approach able to persuade North Korea to take off its anachronistic and uncomfortable cloak, changing at last.

Apr 28 11:45

CALIFORNIA: Despite being home to more Armenians than any other state, Democrat lawmakers hold "Muslim Day" on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Whatever! It's not like Muslims were the ones who slaughtered more than 1.5 MILLION Armenian Christians during the Genocide...oh wait

Apr 28 11:41

During an interview, Schumer was asked to name a democrat that could beat Trump in 2020. He couldn't provide a single name. [VIDEO]

Schumer Comes Up Empty When Kasie Hunt Asks Which Dems Can Beat Trump In 2020

Apr 28 11:34

Why The Jews Loathe Le Pen.

Brother Nathanael



Owl 1
Apr 28 11:31

Are We (Collectively) Depressed?

We need to encourage honesty above optimism. Once we can speak honestly, there is a foundation for optimism.

Psychoanalysis teaches that one cause of depression is repressed anger.

The rising tide of collective anger is visible in many places: road rage, violent street clashes between groups seething for a fight, the destruction of friendships for holding the "incorrect" ideological views, and so on. I Think We Can Safely Say The American Culture War Has Been Taken As Far As It Can Go.

Apr 28 11:29

VIDEO: Students despise Obama policies...when credited to Trump

Students compare Trump’s Policies to Nazism… except They are Really OBAMA’s Policies!!

Apr 28 11:21

Russia says strike on North Korea ‘completely unacceptable’

Moscow tells UN Security Council meeting that any military action to address nuclear proliferation by Pyongyang could have catastrophic consequences.

Russia on Friday warned at the United Nations that military options to address the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs were “completely unacceptable” and would have “catastrophic consequences.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Security Council that China’s proposals to restart talks with North Korea should be seriously examined and that sanctions alone would not work.

North Korea “is conducting itself in an inappropriate way,” Gatilov told the council. “At the same time, options of using force are completely unacceptable and could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by reuters this morning:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. While Washington has pressed Beijing to rein in its ally Pyongyang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N. Security Council that "the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side." Tillerson urged the 15-member body to act before North Korea does and called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang. He said that because China accounted for 90 percent of North Korean trade, its role was particularly important. "Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences," Tillerson said in his first remarks to the council as secretary of state. The United States was not pushing for regime change and preferred a negotiated solution, but Pyongyang, for its own sake, should dismantle its nuclear and missile programs, he said. "The threat of a nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real, and it's only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland," Tillerson said. While Tillerson repeated the Trump administration's position that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development, Yi said military threats would not help.

The question is, with the South Korean elections just a little over a week away, and one of the front-runners being an avowed advocate of the "Sunshine Policy", which promotes engagement with North Korea, just how long will the US give the UN Security Council to vote for these sanctions they are demanding, with a sure and certain knowledge that Russia and China will either abstain, or vote no?!?

The Security Council process can be glacial.



Apr 28 11:15

Trump's `Armada' Sent to Deter Kim Can't Knock Down His Missiles

Accompanying the Vinson, which is en route from the Philippine Sea south of Japan, are the destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain. They aren’t equipped with the version of the Aegis surveillance system made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that can track long-range ballistic missiles or Raytheon Co.’s SM-3 interceptors that are capable of bringing down medium and longer-range ballistic missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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Apr 28 11:10

Trump's demand Seoul pay for THAAD will test ties as Moon presidency looms

The remarks come as South Korea heads into a presidential election that will likely elect liberal front-runner Moon Jae-in, who has said the next administration in Seoul should have the final say on the deployment of THAAD. Moon's campaign office said the deployment of THAAD should be immediately suspended until then.

"This almost certainly will become another self-inflicted wound for the alliance and for U.S. foreign policy," said Daniel Pinkston, a Troy University professor and expert on North and South Korea based in Seoul.

Moon, who said in a book published in January that South Korea should learn to "say no to Americans", is leading polls by a wide margin ahead of South Korea's May 9 election to replace impeached former President Park Geun-hye, whose government agreed with Washington last year to deploy THAAD.

Apr 28 10:55

Sec. Tillerson to UN Security Council: ‘Act Before North Korea Does’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Friday for tougher sanctions — aimed mainly at China and other countries that continue to trade with North Korea — as a way to pressure Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program.

Tillerson, who chaired a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council, said the U.S. prefers a diplomatic solution. However, he stressed the U.S. reserves the option of military action to counteract North Korean aggression if necessary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


The body language tells a lot. Tillerson isn't doing any better here than he was with the meeting with the Senators!

Tillerson made two statements I wish to respond to.

Tillerson claimed that North Korea is pushing the world towards conflict. How many nations as the United States attacked in the last 16 years? Same question for North Korea.

2. Tillerson claims North Korea doe snot need nuclear weapons. Again, how many nations as the United States attacked in the last 16 years? How many of them had nuclear weapons with which to deter attack?

Apr 28 10:23

CRISIS & CHAOS IN VENEZUELA - People Demand Food, Medicine & Elections

As the opposition and the government clash in the streets of Caracas, Venezuelans have reverted to survival mode. Early elections demanded

The latest wave of protests was triggered by a Supreme Court decision on 29 March to take over powers from the opposition-controlled National Assembly. The national government, through the central bank, is going to try to swap gold held as reserves for dollars to stay in power unconstitutionally,” said one letter sent Thursday to John Cryan, the CEO of Deutsche Bank. “I have the obligation to warn you that by supporting such a gold swap you would be taking actions favoring a government that’s been recognized as dictatorial by the international community.”

Apr 28 10:22

Parents speak out about backlash over YouTube prank videos: 'We were going for shock value'

The Maryland parents who came under fire for making videos of themselves pulling pranks -- which critics say are gratuitously cruel -- on their children say they are "ashamed" by their behavior and described the videos as being just for "shock value."

Apr 28 10:21

U.S. first-quarter growth weakest in three years as consumer spending falters

The U.S. economy grew at its weakest pace in three years in the first quarter as consumer spending barely increased and businesses invested less on inventories, in a potential setback to President Donald Trump's promise to boost growth.



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Apr 28 10:10

Fox News Poll: 53 percent favor military action to stop North Korea nukes program

It will take military force to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, a majority of voters believe -- and they tend to favor the U.S. taking that action.

That’s according to the latest national Fox News Poll of registered voters.

Fifty-one percent say that U.S. military action will be required to keep the rogue nation from continuing its nuclear weapons program, while 36 percent think diplomacy alone can stop it.

By a 53-39 percent margin, voters favor the U.S. using military force to keep North Korea from making further advancements on nukes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME, understanding the horrific loss of life such an attack would create, on both sides?!?

Either FAUX news was "push-polling", i.e., working through zip codes where they knew what the general answer would be before they conducted the poll, or they were polling the criminally insane!!

No thinking person I know believes that a US military "solution" should be employed, not one!!

Apr 28 10:06

9/11 Destroyed America Conspiracy Buzz — Paul Craig Roberts

In America, telling the truth has become more dangerous than ever … even deadly to one’s career. “It comes at a high cost that hardly any can afford.” Why have we allowed a tiny handful of neoconservatives to destroy multiple Middle Eastern countries, along with whatever civil liberties we once had in America? Neoconservatives are a tiny number of people. No more than a dozen are of any consequence. Yet they have used America to murder millions. And now they are fomenting war with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. The world would never survive such a war. Are Americans so insouciant that they will stand aside while a dozen neoconservatives destroy the world?



Apr 28 10:06

IT’S OVER: TRUMP JUST WENT NUCLEAR ALL OVER OBAMA AND CLINTON’S LEGACY

I can’t think of any sneakier and more crooked US Presidents than Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. One of the most sickening tricks they used was hiding agendas and declaring “national monuments” so Republicans couldn’t stop them. Well, President Donald Trump just put an end to that…

Apr 28 10:02

Mounting Incitements to War With Russia

Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com). This installment expands upon last week’s, which focused on several highly questionable Washington narratives that imply the necessity of war with Russia. When later asked which of these allegations was the most dangerous, Cohen responds, in this installment, that their number is increasing and with them the risk of war. He itemizes the Cold War narratives, or allegations, now propounded by the US political-media establishment:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "blame Russia for everything not going right for American geopolitics" is both disingenuous in the extreme, and completely, utterly wrong.

But just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

And a war with Russia right now would be idiotically suicidal for the American government to do, and I say this as someone who cares very much about the future of her country.

The reasons are painfully obvious; right now, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And secondly, Americans have become very war-weary, and war-skeptical, in evaluating the horrific messes the US military has left in places like Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; and Libya.

And that fact that Americans understand, incontrovertibly, that they were lied to in order to start the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, means that they can never, ever trust anything agents of the US government say ever again.

So to all those who seem to have gone foaming-at-the-mouth, barking-dog mad, in terms of both government officials and their presstitutes, attempting to "sell" your Russophobia, a word, please; you have utterly flushed your credibility with your lies, and have therefore become completely irrelevant in terms of moving the American geopolitical process forward.

Apr 28 10:02

Firefighting Drones are Saving Lives as Next Advancement in Public Safety Technology

While consumer drones get the splashy and sometimes overblown headlines, the technology is quickly being embraced by cities across the United States for applications ranging from firefighting to search and rescue. Departments are already repurposing off-the-shelf drones to aid in a variety of situations.



Apr 28 09:51

Residents: MOAB Was More of a Dud

The April 13 strike by US forces in eastern Afghanistan saw the first deployment of the MOAB, the Mother of All Bombs, in a combat situation, dropped against ISIS forces in tunnels. The 22,000 lb pound was much vaunted for its huge size, the biggest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal, and presented as a “message” to other nations.

The reality, not so much. Locals report that the MOAB did way less damage than you’d think, noting that there were green trees still standing 100 meters from the center of the blast, with no sign of damage, and that the tunnels the ISIS fighters were within appear all but untouched.

Apr 28 09:49

Bulgarian Weapons Sent to Terrorists in Syria Through Saudi Arabia

The Bulgarian newspaper “Trud” published a report on April 21, 2017 about an investigation into the supply of Bulgarian weapons to the terrorists in Syria, shipped through Saudi Arabia.

In early April, ship so called “Marianne Danica” arrived the biggest port of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah under the flag of Denmark, after it left the port of Burgas on March 28th, loaded with tons of weapons.

According to the newspaper, the ship was listed as transporting dangerous cargo – “Hazard A” (Major), which refers to the transport of explosives and weapons. After 8 hours dangerous cargo is unloaded at the port of Jeddah and the ship sails back to Bourgas. The weapons were not intended for Saudi Arabia, as Saudi army are only equipped almost exclusively with US and UK weaponry.

Apr 28 09:49

Facebook apologizes for removing photo of boobs after uploader claims the woman “identifies as a male”

A screen grab of a Facebook notice has gone viral for the most hilarious of reasons.

Posted on Reddit, the screen grab shows a typical Facebook alert page where the site claims a user violated its “community standards” with a photo.

The notice did, however, tell the user that if he thought the photo shouldn't have been removed, he can supply them with more information.

So, he did. “She identifies as a man, so technically her nipples should be acceptable on this page,” the user replied.

Following the message, Facebook apologized for the inconvenience and restored the photo. Wow.


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Owl 2
Apr 28 09:44

“The CIA Has Been Deeply Humiliated” – Watch Ron Paul Interview Julian Assange

Having blasted the Trump administration for their hyprocritical flip-flop from “loving WikiLeaks” to “arrest Assange,” Ron Paul made his feelings very clear on what this signals: “If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame.” Today he sits down with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for a live interview…

Apr 28 09:42

FORMERLY IMPRISONED JOURNALIST BARRETT BROWN TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY BEFORE PBS INTERVIEW

AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS documentary.

Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom after he was arrested in 2012 for reporting he did on the hacked emails of intelligence-contracting firms. Brown wrote about hacked emails that showed the firm Stratfor spying on activists on behalf of corporations. Brown also helped uncover a proposal by intelligence contractors to hack and smear WikiLeaks defenders and progressive activists.

Faced with the possibility of 100 years in prison, Brown pleaded guilty in 2014 to two charges related to obstruction of justice and threatening an FBI agent, and was sentenced to five years and 3 months. In 2016, Brown won a National Magazine Award for his scathing and often hilarious columns in The Intercept, which focused on his life in prison. He was released in November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an absolute moral outrage, and I hope that the intercept keeps the unblinking eye of the net on this case until Brown is released.

IF the Federal BOP actually HAS a policy on interviews, post-incarceration, I was certainly unable to find it on the web; and I am not precisely a slouch at research.

Apr 28 09:39

Trump to address NRA on eve of 100 days in office

Ninety-nine days after taking office, President Donald Trump on Friday is set to address the National Rifle Association, the hugely powerful US gun lobby that will surely give him a triumphant welcome.

Apr 28 09:36

FLASHBACK - The Clintons: how Putin grabbed a fifth of all US uranium

No. It couldn’t be. It’s unbelievable. It’s too insane. Nobody could get away with a crime like this.

But it’s true. And the Clintons have gotten away with it.

She’s staggering toward her goal, the US Presidency.

He already was the President.

So…what is the uranium scandal?

The what??

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, the irony! If Paul Craig Roberts is right, and a nuclear exchange with Russia happens, some of our cities might be destroyed with the very uranium the Clintons provided Russia with!

Apr 28 09:32

Exclusive: Trump spurns Taiwan president's suggestion of another phone call

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping when Beijing appears to be helping efforts to rein in North Korea.

Apr 28 09:31

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Apr 28 09:28

BREAKING: Personal message from Xi Jinping to Vladimir Putin: our friendship is unbreakable

Chinese President Xi Jinping sends personal message of friendship to Russian President Putin on China's behalf, scotching attempt by US to make trouble between them.

Apr 28 09:28

Mysterious Hajime botnet has pwned 300,000 IoT devices

The steadily spreading Hajime IoT worm fights the Mirai botnet for control of easy-to-hack IoT products. The malware is billed as a vigilante-style internet clean-up operation but it might easily be abused as a resource for cyber-attacks, hence a growing concern among security watchers.

Hajime, like Mirai before it, takes advantage of factory-set (default) username and password combinations to brute-force its way into unsecured devices with open Telnet ports.

Apr 28 09:22

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsTillerson: US Won’t Attack North Korea So Long as Threat ‘Manageable’

After weeks of speculation that a US attack on North Korea could be imminent, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who played a substantial role in the rhetoric that fueled that belief, sought to play down the idea of an immediate attack, saying that the US is willing to be patient and will not strike so long as the threat is considered “manageable.”

This is in stark contrast to official statements in the past month, with Tillerson having declared diplomacy to have failed, and Vice President Mike Pence having declared the era of patience “over” weeks ago. The US continues to add warships, and anti-missile systems to the theater of operations too, with the Pentagon having just warned Congress of the potential for large-scale consequences for a new Korean War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please: what does "manageable" even mean in the context of North Korea?!?

I don't think that Tillerson's comments, coupled with the statements of Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris on this issue, are any kind of "deliberate ambiguity"; I think this sharp, and painfully clear, difference of opinion on the path forward, demonstrates a very schizophrenic split in the American Deep State as to how to go about getting North Korea to do what the US government wants it do do.

And that is a very dangerous state of affairs for American foreign policy toward North Korea.

Apr 28 09:19

WIKILEAKS #Vault7 DROP: CIA "Scribbles" project, a document-watermarking preprocessing system

to embed "Web beacon"-style tags into documents that are likely to be copied by Insiders, Whistleblowers, Journalists or others.



Carambola
Apr 28 09:18

Kali Linux can now use cloud GPUs for password-cracking

Kali's a favourite for white hats, but that doesn't stop black hats guys from using it too

Apr 28 09:16

Cancer Drugs Fund 'huge waste of money'

The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a "huge waste of money" and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers.

The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, following an election promise made by the Conservatives to pay for cancer drugs the NHS was not funding.

The researchers found only one in five of the treatments was of benefit.

Apr 28 09:15

Syrian Army Gains Control Over Main Gas Field Shaer From Daesh

According to a source familiar with the situation, Syrian government forces have regained control over the country's biggest gas field, the Shaer gas reservoir northwest of Palmyra from the Daesh terrorist group.

Apr 28 09:15

Sanctions War: Russia Loses $50Bln, West Loses $100Bln

Western countries have lost over $100 billion over three years from the sanctions applied against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, compared with up to $55 billion lost by Russia, UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures Idriss Jazairy said Friday.

"The sanctioning countries lose more income from sanctions than the targeted country over $100 against $50-$55 billion. The loss of income of Russia from the sanctions, a very rough rule of thumb to apply would be to say that the GDP of Russia has lost about 1 percent as a result of sanctions. Since the GDP of Russia is about $1.7 trillion, the GDP loss of income over three years is about between $50-$55 billion," Jazairy said during a press conference.

Apr 28 09:14

Merkel Visits Sochi to Save Minsk Agreements As Kiev's Violations Continue

In order to save the Minsk Agreements which she was so instrumental in bringing about, the German Chancellor needs to change her position and put pressure on Kiev to fulfil its obligations, Alexander Rahr, director of the German-Russian Forum, told Sputnik Deutschland.

Apr 28 09:14

Trump to reverse Obama’s Arctic & Atlantic drilling ban

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Friday which could lead to the expansion of drilling in the US Arctic and Atlantic oceans. It is part of Trump’s campaign promise to boost domestic energy production.

Apr 28 09:13

Report: Deaths of Afghan Women up 54% Over Previous Year

The latest UN report on civilian deaths in Afghanistan showed a dramatic 54% increase in the number of women killed in the first quarter of 2017 over the same period in the previous year, alongside a 17% rise in the number of children killed. The deaths cover “conflict-related” fatalities.

Women and children are both are growing amount of the overall casualties of the Afghan War, and the UN expressed particular concern about the lack of effort to ensure protection for civilians among the various combatants, given that “fighting season” is fast approaching.

With little infrastructure,, Afghanistan’s war tends to quiet down somewhat during the winter, with a lot of areas of the country impassable. This tends to lead to a “spring offensive” which marks the official start of fighting season after the thaw, with casualties rising significantly nationwide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The spring battles will most likely see an uptick in the deaths of women and children.

IF the NATO high command and the US government and military had a brain cell to rub together between them, they would bring their troops out of that accursed country as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Apr 28 09:13

Al-Nusra's Defense Lines in Eastern Damascus Shattered after Army's Extensive Advance

The Syrian army advanced in new areas in al-Qaboun district by continued military operations against al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Eastern Damascus.

Apr 28 09:11

Montenegro parliament ratifies NATO membership after US approval

Montenegro’s parliament has formally agreed for the country to join NATO – the military bloc that pounded the tiny Balkan country with bombs less than 20 years ago during the Kosovo War. The decision sparked protest among the population and opposition figures.

On Friday, Montenegrin MPs voted 46-0 to become the 29th member of NATO.

Opposition lawmakers boycotted the parliamentary session, while hundreds of protesters gathered outside the parliament building before the vote to express their discontent with the idea of Montenegro joining the alliance.

Apr 28 09:10

Gavin McInnes: The persecution of Ann Coulter

(LANGUAGE WARNING) Gavin McInnes tries to make sense of Antifa's "reasons"

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