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  • ‘I’m Not a Racist, But...’: Sweden Faces Historic Upset in Election

    08/16/2018 12:18:28 AM PDT · by aquila48 · 14 replies
    BloombergQuint ^ | August 14, 2018 | Amanda Billner
    Viking rock music and whole pigs roasting on spits drew thousands of Swedes to a festival hosted by nationalists poised to deliver their country’s biggest political upheaval in a century. ..... The Sweden Democrats have been led since 2005 by a clean-cut and bespectacled man, Jimmie Akesson. He’s gentrified a party that traces its roots back to the country’s neo-Nazi, white supremacist fringe. Some polls now show the group may become the biggest in Sweden’s parliament after general elections on Sept. 9. Such an outcome would end 100 years of Social Democratic dominance. For Sweden, a tipping point was the...
  • Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

    08/15/2018 11:23:11 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    YANGON, Myanmar – In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire. Some 700,000 members of the Rohingya community had recently fled the country amid a military crackdown and ethnic violence. In March, a United Nations investigator said Facebook was used to incite violence and hatred against the Muslim minority group. The platform, she said, had “turned into a beast.” Four months after Zuckerberg’s pledge to act, here is a sampling of posts from Myanmar that were viewable...
  • China-U.S. to Resume Trade Talks After Tit-for-Tat Tariff Battle

    08/15/2018 8:07:12 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 14 replies
    08/15/2018 | Bloomberg News
    Link Only: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-16/china-to-send-group-to-u-s-for-first-trade-talks-since-june
  • Qatari emir vows $15bn Turkey investment

    08/15/2018 7:05:19 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 14 replies
    AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | AL JAZEERA
    Qatar pledges to make direct investment in Turkey, currently hit by currency crisis amid a diplomatic stand-off with US.
  • China’s New Trade Strategy: Threatening U.S. Companies

    08/15/2018 6:35:01 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    Arthur Dong ^ | August 13, 2018 | Arthur Dong
    Starting August 23, an additional $16 billion dollars of exports from China to the U.S. will be subject to a 25% tariff, as the trade war between the two nations continues unabated. In preparation for these tariffs, China signaled that it would impose an equivalent amount of tariffs on U.S. imports. With both sides far apart, China has searched for alternative strategies to force a resolution of the deteriorating trade situation. Earlier this month, an article published in the People’s Daily, an official newspaper of China’s ruling Community Party, signaled China’s intention to weaponize American corporations operating in the country....
  • Millennial Couple Bikes Through ISIS Territory to Prove ‘Humans Are Kind’ and Gets Killed

    08/15/2018 4:27:40 PM PDT · by GraceG · 202 replies
    Pluralist ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | Michael Sinkewicz
    "Evil is a make-believe concept we've invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans." A progressive young American couple was killed in an Islamic State-claimed terrorist attack last month while on a bike trip around the world. Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, who were both in their late 20s, quit their jobs in 2017 to embark on a trip around the world. Austin, a vegan, and Geoghegan, a vegetarian, decided that they're were wasting their lives working. "I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years...
  • Trump says he can override congress directive not to recognise Russian sovereignty over Crimea

    08/15/2018 4:07:00 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 69 replies
    The Independent via Yahoo Noose ^ | August 15, 2018 | Tom Embury-Dennis
    Donald Trump has said he can override a directive from congress preventing him from recognising Russian sovereignty over Crimea. The US president quietly issued a statement on Monday evening, hours after signing a military spending bill, claiming dozens of the bill’s statutes to be unconstitutional intrusions on his powers as commander-in-chief. Among the provisions in the $716bn (Ł563bn) bill is a ban on spending Department of Defense money on “any activity that recognises the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea”, a region in Ukraine annexed by Moscow in 2014 during a period of regional political upheaval.
  • New Texts Reveal Steele Anxious Over Comey Testimony, Hopes “Firewalls Will Hold”

    08/15/2018 2:51:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | August 15, 2018 | 4:37 PM EDT | Sara Carter
    Newly released text messages between Steele and Ohr before Comey's congressional testimony raise questions In March, 2017, two days before former FBI Director James Comey testified to lawmakers that the bureau had an open counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s campaign, former British spy Christopher Steele sent an urgent message to Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr hoping that “important firewalls will hold” when Comey testified. The text message from Steele, who compiled the infamous unverified dossier on Trump, was sent on March 18, 2017, to Ohr and obtained by SaraACarter.com from a government source, familiar with the ongoing investigation. Ohr...
  • Iran paramilitaries have chokehold on economy

    08/15/2018 2:30:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 16:08 August 14, 2018 | Omar Shariff
    Paradoxically, reinstatement of US sanctions benefits IRGC and associated conglomerates like Khatam Al Anbiya Dubai: Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated dramatically since President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran in May and imposed stringent sanctions on its economy. Iran has also suffered a major decline in its currency this year — in part due to the US moves — with the rial losing more than half its value against the dollar since April. This has brought the focus back on the dire state of Iran’s economy. But who really controls it? To answer this question,...
  • US vigilant over Iranian activity in Hormuz,

    08/15/2018 2:25:41 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 12:13 August 9, 2018
    Washington: The United States is closely monitoring Iranian naval activity to ensure no disruptions occur to global shipping, a top US general said Wednesday, as tensions with Tehran intensify over renewed economic pressure from the Trump administration. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, said a recent Iranian naval exercise appeared to be linked to the Trump’s decision to reimpose trade sanctions in the wake of the US exit from the 2015 nuclear deal. “We are paying attention,” Votel told reporters at the Pentagon. “We’re extraordinary vigilant and watching for changes in the environment.” The two countries have exchanged...
  • Criminal Gangs Believed Responsible For Arson Attacks In Sweden (Still not giving the full story)

    08/15/2018 2:23:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/15/2018 | John Sexton
    Monday evening coordinated attacks small groups of young men dressed in black torched between 80 and 100 cars. The fact that the attacks took place in several cities at roughly the same time led police to believe the arsonists had organized themselves on the internet. So far authorities aren’t saying who is responsible but Sweden’s Prime Minister is promising to “go in hard” against whoever it is. From the Guardian: “I am really furious, what the hell are they up to?” Stefan Löfven on Tuesday morning. “Society will always act hard against this and we must continue to do...
  • Reality Winner faces 'longest sentence' ever for federal crime involving media leaks

    08/15/2018 1:47:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 15, 2018 | Ross Bynum-AP
    SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the “longest sentence” ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing. Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 23 by a U.S. District Court judge in Augusta. She pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information when she worked as a translator at an NSA facility in Augusta. Winner’s plea deal with prosecutors calls for imprisonment of five years and...
  • UN says an estimated 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela

    08/15/2018 12:10:07 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 33 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | August 14, 2018 | Edith M. Lederer, Associated Presstitute
    An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans had fled the crisis-wracked country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, the United Nations said Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that those fleeing — about 7 percent of Venezuela’s 32.8 million people — cite lack of food as the main reason for leaving. U.N. humanitarian officials report that 1.3 million of those who fled were “suffering from malnourishment,” he said. Oil-rich Venezuela has been sinking deeper into an economic and political crisis. Hyperinflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine are battering the country, and the International Monetary Fund...
  • Brennan, the Spooks, and Russian Collusion

    08/15/2018 11:55:59 AM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2018 | Ishmael Jones
    The FBI is being held accountable for its role in spy operations against the Trump campaign. John Brennan’s CIA should be held accountable as well. An editorial by Holman Jenkins in the Wall Street Journal on June 29, 2018 recommends an investigation of the CIA’s involvement in the 2016 election, and I agree. The WSJ’s Kimberley Strassel has commented on CIA involvement as well, as did Rudy Giuliani on August 13th. If press reports are accurate, American spy operations targeted the Trump campaign by luring Trump associates such as George Papadopoulos to meetings in Britain. There are two key factors...
  • Hillary Clinton backs kid who knelt during Pledge of Allegiance: 'Keep up the good work' [BARF]

    08/15/2018 11:49:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    Hillary Clinton offered another endorsement on Wednesday -- to an 11-year-old student who made headlines for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance. Clinton tweeted in response to a NowThis report on Mariana Taylor, a Maryland sixth-grader who refused to stand for her classroom’s recitation of the pledge, instead adopting the form of protest used by NFL players. “It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana,” Clinton tweeted.
  • Is South Africa's land reform an election gimmick?

    08/15/2018 11:00:30 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/11/18 | Milton Nkosi
    Another person who gave testimony said: "We are going to take the land, even if it means we're going back to the dark ages. This country must be African. We are African." A man wearing a T-shirt of the right-wing Freedom Front Plus party said that his Afrikaner people had been farming in the Western Cape for the past 300 years. "When my forefathers came, they found no-one but the Khoi and the San. My people got what they have in this country not by theft, not by genocide, but by fair means." Some land owners threatened war to defend...
  • YouTube: Video of Children Murdered by Islamic Terrorists is Hate Speech

    08/15/2018 11:00:01 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 15, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    The video appears to date back to somewhere around 2005 to 2008. I was one of many who uploaded it back then to commemorate the Israeli children murdered by Islamic terrorists during a particular period of years. You can still find it as a slideshow, and as a webpage.
  • Australian Senator Unapologetic aftwer "Final Solution" Speech

    08/15/2018 10:42:45 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 12 replies
    KOMO.com via AP ^ | 8/15/18 | AP
    An Australian senator is being condemned for his speech in Parliament advocating reviving a white-only immigration policy and using the term "final solution" in calling for a vote on which migrants to admit into the country. Fraser Anning has refused to apologize for the content of his first upper house speech. But politicians across the spectrum were united in denouncing his words. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten gave passionate Parliament speeches Wednesday opposing Anning's comments. ****** Anning also called for a complete ban on Muslim immigration and linked Muslim communities to terrorism and being on...
  • London Terror Suspect Named as Sudanese Migrant Salih Khater(?)

    08/15/2018 7:38:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/15/2018 | oliver jj lane
    The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car attack on Tuesday has been named as Salih Khater by British newspapers. The event, in which 15 cyclists and pedestrians were reportedly struck before Khater’s silver Ford Focus hit the Palace of Westminster anti-terror barrier just before 07:40 BST, is being investigated by British counter-terror police. He has been arrested under the 2006 terrorism act. Apparently uncomfortable in identifying the terror suspect using the common nomenclature as an ‘immigrant’, government security minister Ben Wallace instead called Khater a “British citizen [who] came from another country originally” when he...
  • Uproar as politician praises white Australia policy, urges Muslim ban

    08/15/2018 7:03:13 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 32 replies
    An Australian politician was widely condemned Wednesday after demanding “a final solution” to immigration and calling for a return to the white Australia policy which favors “European Christians.” Queensland Sen. Fraser Anning stunned lawmakers when he invoked during his maiden speech the infamous Nazi phrase used under Adolf Hitler in reference to annihilating Jewish people from Europe. He also sparked widespread opposition by calling for a ban on Muslim migrants and defending the race-based white Australia immigration policy which was in place for seven decades from 1901. “We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed...