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"Conspiracy is usually a better explanation and closer to the truth than incompetence and fraud in most human activity." -- Mark Twain
In the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a major climate crisis, a stalled Iranian nuclear deal, and numerous other international developments, headlines around the world are reporting yet another crisis: the feud between Israel and Russia over Moscow’s move to close down the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency.
The headlines, however, are only partly right: there is indeed a crisis, but it has little to do with the Jewish Agency, the largest Jewish non-profit organisation in the world.
Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner on Monday filed an appeal against her nine-year Russian prison sentence for drugs possession.
Griner, who had played for a Russian club, was arrested at a Moscow airport on Feb. 17 after cannabis-infused vape cartridges were found in her luggage.
She pleaded guilty to the charges but said she had made an 'honest mistake' by entering Russia with cannabis oil, which is illegal in the country. She was convicted on August 4.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has so far randomly audited 24 sheriff’s offices in Missouri in search of concealed carry weapon (CCW) details, but they all refused to comply, according to law enforcement authorities.
“None released anything pertaining to CCWs themselves, but some did partially comply by answering procedural questions on issuing CCWs,” said Moniteau County’s Sheriff Tony Wheatley.
“They answered two of those standard questions but nothing, as far as I know, was given from any sheriff pertaining to any CCW files.”
As previously reported in The Epoch Times, the FBI informed several Missouri County sheriffs that they would be showing up during August for onsite reviews of CCW permits.
In a statement to The Epoch Times, the FBI said the the auditing program is routine and has been in place for years.
A former Boston public high school dean and alleged Latin Kings recruiter pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering charges according to a news release from the US Attorney's Office for the district of Massachusetts.
Shaun Harrison entered a plea agreement last week, according to court documents. The plea agreement stated Harrison agreed to enter a guilty plea to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity and faces more than 18 years in prison with 36 months of "supervised release" for the crime. An attorney for Harrison said they have no comment on the case.
Harrison worked at Boston's English High school where he was the "dean of academy," CNN previously reported.
Harrison was previously convicted in 2018 for shooting a student he recruited "in the back of the head at point-blank range," officials said, and is currently serving a 25-year sentence.
Officials said Harrison had "attempted to murder a student that he had recruited into the gang and who was selling marijuana in the high school."
While incarcerated, officials say Harrison kept in touch with Latin Kings members, sometimes through jail calls.
The abstract adequately summarizes the key findings.
Almost EVERYONE injected showed red blood cell abnormalities after “vaccination”. That not everyone showed clinical signs is presumably a consequence of dose & variable susceptibility.
Important information for anyone contemplating the jab. - Dr. Michael Yeadon
An attorney for former President Donald Trump is pushing back against the Biden Justice Department’s claims that classified materials were seized during the FBI’s raid last week at Mar-a-Lago.
According to a Fox News update Saturday evening, the attorney certified in June that no classified documents remained at the palatial estate, which is located in Palm Beach, Fla., citing two sources familiar with the situation.
“Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant of former President Trump’s Florida estate on Monday and seized items which include 11 sets of material that are listed as classified,” the update continued, adding:
Trump’s lawyers previously held a high-level meeting with people from the Justice Department and the FBI, which the former president briefly attended, but it’s unclear if the letter was signed during the meeting.
Lawyers for former President Trump could face serious legal consequences if they knowingly gave false information to law enforcement.
Trump reacted again to the raid on his Truth Social platform.
“The RAID was Politics, the Midterm Elections, and 2024. It’s another form of Election CHEATING – That’s all the Radical Left Democrats know what to do. They use the FBI & DOJ to try and dirty up their opponents, but the people of our Country are wise to them like never before. Be careful what you wish for!” he wrote.
A group of American lawmakers has landed in Taiwan after House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi visited the territory to the chagrin of China.
The delegation, led by Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, arrived in Taipei for a two day visit, CNN reported.
The group of five Congressmembers said that their trip is an effort to “reaffirm the United States’ support for Taiwan” and “will encourage stability and peace across the Taiwan Strait,” a spokesperson for the senator said.
The spokesperson said the delegation “will meet with elected leaders and members of the private sector to discuss shared interests including reducing tensions in the Taiwan Strait and expanding economic cooperation, including investments in semiconductors.”
The group included three more Democrats, Reps. John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal and Don Beyer, and Republican Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen.
The FBI grabbed documents that were protected by attorney-client privilege, and possibly executive privilege, during its raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
The Department of Justice opposed the request of the former president’s attorneys to appoint a special master to review the records, a source said to Fox News exclusively.
Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that the former president’s team was informed that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33, and a set of documents—all seen on the final page of the FBI’s property receipt —contained information covered by attorney-client privilege.
The FBI seized classified records from Trump’s Palm Beach home during its unprecedented Monday morning raid, including some marked as top secret. But the former president is disputing the classification, saying the records have been declassified.
The FBI raid on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home has been a benefit to him politically as many had predicted.
A new Politico/Morning Consult poll showed a 10 point swing of some voters from Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the preferred candidate in 2024, to the former president.
As for what this all means politically, it appears that Trump is benefitting from a small rally-around-the-flag effect among Republicans:
In mid-July , 53% of Republican voters and Republican-leaning independents said they would vote for Trump if the 2024 primary were being held today.
Our polling today finds Trump with 57%. The next closest candidate is Florida Gov. RON DESANTIS at 17% — down from 23% in the July poll. No other candidate breaks double digits.
Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner delivered a message to Attorney General Merrick Garland. No one is above the law, not even him.
He appeared on the CNN show “State of the Union” on Sunday and said that Garland himself has to be careful.
“Well, we have a number of concerns. One is whether or not the raid was justified. We have this list from the FBI, but we don’t have conclusive as to whether or not this is actually classified material and whether or not it rises to the level of the highest classified material. On a bipartisan basis, Congress is saying, show us the goods,” he said, Breitbart News reported.
“We want to know, one, what did the Department of Justice and the FBI tell the judge that they were going to find, and what did they find? There’s nothing in those boxes that members of the intelligence committee and the committee itself don’t have the ability to see. If it rises to the level of an immediate national security threat, which is what it would take to actually raid the president’s home. They had a number of options available to them, including just going to court and asking for the court to enforce the subpoena that they had,” the representative said.
President Joe Biden will not seek another term in the White House, a top Democrat congresswoman has said.
New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who serves as the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, told The New York Times that Biden would not campaign again for the job in a comment she intended to be off the record.
She was asked by The Times’ Editorial Board “should Biden run again and responded by saying “Off the record, he’s not running again.”
The Times responded, “Not off the record. On the record.”
“On the record?” Maloney said. “No, he should not run again.”
The Swiss deputy and former editor-in-chief of the Tribune de Genève, Guy Mettan, paints a portrait of the mountebank who plays the role of President of Ukraine. It shows how this public entertainer has become an ally of the banderists and sets up a dictatorship for them.
“ Heroes of Freedom ”, “ Hero of Our Time ”, “ Der Unbeugsame ”, “ The Unlikely Ukrainian Hero Who Defied Putin and United the World ”, “ Zelensky, Ukraine in Blood ”: Western Media and Leaders no longer know what superlatives to use to sing the praises of the Ukrainian president, so fascinated are they by the “ astounding resilience ” of the actor miraculously transformed into a “ warlord ” and a “ savior of democracy ” . »
For three months, the Ukrainian head of state has been on the front page of magazines, on television, inaugurating the Cannes Film Festival, haranguing parliaments, congratulating and admonishing his colleagues at the head of states ten times more powerful than him with a happiness and a tactical sense that no film actor or political leader before him had known.
How not to fall under the spell of this improbable Mr. Bean who, after having conquered the public with his grimaces and his extravagances (walking around naked in a store and miming a pianist playing with his penis for example), knew in one night swap his gritty antics and puns for a grey-green T-shirt, a week-long beard and serious words to galvanize his troops beset by the evil Russian bear?
ious words to galvanize his troops beset by the evil Russian bear?
Mexico’s president has begun exploring plans to sidestep congress to hand formal control of the National Guard to the army, a move that could extend the military’s control over policing in a country with high levels of violence.
That has raised concerns because President Andrés Manuel López Obrador won approval for creating the force in 2019 by pledging in the constitution that it would be under nominal civilian control and that the army would be off the streets by 2024.
Neither the National Guard nor the military have been able to lower the insecurity in the country, however. This past week, drug cartels staged widespread arson and shooting attacks, terrifying civilians in three main northwest cities in a bold challenge to the state. On Saturday, authorities sent 300 army special forces and 50 National Guard members to the border city of Tijuana.
Still, López Obrador wants to keep soldiers involved in policing, and remove civilian control over the National Guard, whose officers and commanders are mostly soldiers, with military training and pay grades.
Donald Trump has seen his poll numbers improve after the raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate, at the expense of what many see as one of his key rivals in 2024.
That combines with a six-point dip for his biggest potential rival - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis - who dipped from 23 percent to 17 percent between the two polls.
Webmaster addition: Biden really messed up with this raid. Look for a major distraction to drive the Mar A-Lago raid (and the new IRS army) from the public attention.
Without extension of New START Treaty between United States and Russia we might have a new arms race between superpowers, President of the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Gustavo Zlauvinen of Argentina said on Monday.
"That [expiration of New START] could spill out into a new arms race between the two superpowers," Zlauvinen said.
According to him, a nuclear risk is a lot greater without communications between Russia and the United States.
"Even at the peak of the tensions in the Cold War, if you take the example of the Cuban Missile Crisis, there was always a channel of communication between Moscow and Washington at the highest level, and the crisis was averted because of that communication. It seems to be that now there is no such communication," Zlauvinen said. "Without communications, then the risk is much higher."
Leftist Gustavo Petro was inaugurated as Colombia’s new president on August 7, ushering in what will likely be an unprecedented political swing for what is a perennially right-wing government. In his first address, Petro mentioned many important issues that face Colombia including climate change, poverty, education and, notably, the so-called ‘War on Drugs.’
“It’s time for a new international convention that accepts that the War on Drugs has resoundingly failed and that it has left one million Latin Americans murdered, most of them Colombians, during the last 40 years, and that kills 70,000 people in North America from overdoses annually with drugs, none of which are produced in Latin America,” he said.
Petro added that this war “has strengthened the mafias and weakened states,” while leading “states to commit crimes,” including the Colombian state. He called for a new paradigm that “allows life and doesn’t generate death” while also putting blame on the United States for having the ability to change global anti-drug policy but failing to do so.
Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire Saudi prince, invested more than $500m in Russian firms during the same month Moscow began its invasion of Ukraine.
Stock exchange filings seen by Bloomberg News showed Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding Co in February acquired shares in Gazprom, Lukoil and Rosneft.
Kingdom Holding invested 1.37bn riyals ($365m) in Gazprom's American depositary receipts in February 2022. Between February and March, it invested $52m in Rosneft's global depositary receipts and $109m in Lukoil's American depositary receipts.
The filings did not show when Talal's company made the specific investments, but after the war in Ukraine began on 24 February the Saudi prince's investments in these companies dropped rapidly in value.
But the filings did show that Kingdom Holding had invested $3.4bn in global equities and depositary receipts since 2020.
For years, France has been a holiday destination for Hajar, a 32-year-old Moroccan who works for an international consulting firm.
In April she submitted an application for a Schengen visa to TLS Contact in Casablanca, a subcontractor of the French consulate in Morocco, as she normally did in preparation for her trip to France.
To her surprise, her visa request was rejected, which had never happened before.
"Even though my file was complete, my application was refused," Hajar told Middle East Eye.
Photo: © Igor Chekachkov
Concerns have been raised by environmentalists and atomic power experts over the way waste is being stored at Europe’s largest nuclear power station, in crisis-ridden Ukraine.
More than 3,000 spent nuclear fuel rods are kept inside metal casks within towering concrete containers in an open-air yard close to a perimeter fence at Zaporizhia, the Guardian discovered on a recent visit to the plant, which is 124 miles (200 km) from the current front line.
“With a war around the corner, it is shocking that the spent fuel rod containers are standing under the open sky, with just a metal gate and some security guards waltzing up and down for protection,” said Patricia Lorenz, a Friends of the Earth nuclear spokeswoman who visited the plant on a fact-finding mission.
It is beginning to appear that beyond the increasingly likely exchange of nuclear weapons strikes between the US and Russia there is yet another scenario for a nuclear catastrophe that in recent days has presented itself in Ukraine.
According to the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, “the shelling at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant Zaporizhya underlines the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond.”
The obvious question is who is responsible for this shelling?
As expected, Zelensky and his Western backers, including a complicit media, immediately accused Russia of this shelling, while Moscow is accusing Ukraine.
Fire at a military position in southern Tartus, Syria, after the Israeli attack. Via Facebook.
Late on August 14, a series of Israeli strikes hit military positions in the southern and western regions of Syria, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.
A military source told the stat-run agency that Israeli fighter jets launched airstrikes at positions in the countryside of the capital, Damascus, from the southeast of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. At around the same time, other fighter jets attacked a position located in the southern outskirts of the coastal city of Tartus from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea.
The targeted position in Tartus is reportedly located just a few kilometers away from the city’s port, where the Russian Navy maintains a base.
Recent court documents revealed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet was told the night before invoking the Emergencies Act (EA) that there was a possible “breakthrough” in negotiations that would have seen the protests end without police violence.
The heavily redacted documents have been unearthed as part of legal proceedings having to do with constitutional challenges leveled at the government by Canadian civil liberties groups.
The knowledge of a potential breakthrough is contained in the summary of a cabinet meeting that took place the night before Trudeau enacted the war-time powers.
Jody Thomas, the former deputy minister of national defence, told Trudeau and the Members of Parliament that “law enforcement gains have been important and that there was potential for a breakthrough in Ottawa, Ontario.”
This recent revelation that local law enforcement demonstrated competence in dealing with the protests raises questions as to why Trudeau and his Liberal government decided to use the heavy-handed powers.
Mike McCann is a Catholic father of four young children and had his unemployment insurance applications repeatedly denied because he did not take the COVID vaccine.
McCann told LifeSiteNews his story, and relayed the ordeal that he went through trying to access the government program that he had paid into for years as a tax-paying citizen.
He began working for Agway Metals in Exeter, Ontario in August 2021 and within two months the company had implemented a jab mandate, following many other organizations in Ontario.
“Long story short, I didn’t get it [the jab],” McCann told LifeSiteNews.
He said that he applied for a religious exemption, but it was quickly denied by the company. McCann was given his Record of Employment (ROE) after being dismissed and then applied for Employment Insurance (EI), which is the Ontario benefit for those who have been let go for reasons that do not constitute misconduct and who are looking for work.
Sometimes it takes a monumental event or series of events to wake a collective of sleeping giants. Without these consequential events, some may live their entire lives perpetually propagandized by ruling class narratives.
When the enemies of human freedom are operating in the shadows, We The People have a hard time finding the will to organize a robust defense of our rights.
In more recent history, we had the example of COVID Mania.
As many Dossier readers were aware, I was one of the earliest opponents of the coronavirus insanity of early 2020. I was documenting the fastest roll up of power in human history, and nobody seemed to care.
But eventually, the government theatrics became a tired act. Those brutal mandates sparked a new fire in millions, if not billions of people, who witnessed the worldwide human atrocities being committed by their local Safety Regime, and chose to bravely broke free from the matrix. This significant chunk of humanity now has their guard up, keeping a watchful eye on the anti-human goals of the global totalitarians.
Last night, with the whole country watching, the American federal security state put the finishing touches on its transformation into a political weapon that protects the interests of the ruling class, while attacking its enemies with the weight of the government gun.
The FBI shocked America this week by raiding Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. This unprecedented move astonished Republicans and conservatives and united them behind Trump. Even the average Fox News Talking Head sees the raid as an outrageous abuse of power [Supporters, GOP lawmakers rally behind Trump amid FBI search, CBS News, August 1 0, 2022]. But Trump is not the only victim of America’s ongoing communist coup. The Biden Regime increasingly uses its legal powers at the bidding of its hysterical coalition of activists, who demand that it imprison their enemies. American patriots must wake to the danger posed by the communists’ control of the Department of Justice.
In an effort to evade his domestic woes, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson—who may soon be replaced—has spent much time toing and froing to Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has described the buffoonish British PM as one of Ukraine’s closest allies. If and when Johnson leaves office, he is tipped for a role as Ukraine Envoy.
The Johnson-Zelenskyy relationship contrasts sharply with Zelenskyy’s experiences with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has warned the European Union (EU) and the US not to “humiliate” Russian President Putin and instead to seek diplomatic over military solutions to the conflict.
But Johnson’s pastiche of Churchillian resolve has deeper roots in the Anglo-American alliance when it comes to Ukraine, and is heavily informed by Britain’s membership of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). His impulses are also dictated by Britain’s post-World War Two-era role in the global order: to serve the interests of the US state. From 2015 to this year, the UK has trained over 22,000 Ukrainian military personnel as part of the Maritime Training Initiative and Operation Orbital.
Monday's raid was approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland, yet it's believed a confidential source first gave information to federal authorities.
Talking with SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah, Mary Trump was questioned if she knew who the suspect might be.
While she acknowledged that it was "tough to choose," she ultimately proposed that Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, who worked as a senior White House adviser in the Trump administration, might be to blame.
"It's so tough to choose. I want it to be all of them. I think we need to start with who would have access to this stuff. I don't think Mark Meadows [former White House Chief of Staff] would have access to it," Mary Trump started.