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  • Russia Allocates $10M to Restore Cuban Capitol’s Golden Dome

    08/17/2018 12:07:02 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    Moscow Times ^ | Aug 16, 2018
    Russia will spend hundreds of millions of rubles on restoring the golden dome of the National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, in what Russian critics have said is an example of misplaced spending. Russian users reacted sarcastically to the plan, with opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s aide Leonid Volkov calling it “brilliant news, simply the best.” Popular blogger Ilya Varlamov wrote a post on Telegram ridiculing Russia’s decision to spend the money abroad. “Russia will spend 642 million rubles to restore roads and repair hospitals across the country!” he wrote. “Whoops, I made a typo, sorry!" Though opened after eight years...
  • U.S., China Draw Up Plan to Settle Trade Dispute by November

    08/17/2018 11:44:07 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/17/2018 | Lingling Wei in Bejing and Bob Davis in Washington
    Chinese and U.S. negotiators are drawing up a road map for talks to end their trade impasse culminating with meetings between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at multilateral summits in November, said officials in both nations. The planning represents an effort on both sides to keep a spiraling trade dispute—which already has involved billions of dollars in tariffs and comes with the threat of hundreds of billions more—from torpedoing the U.S.-China relationship and shaking global markets.
  • Special ops shoot down Brennan and his defenders: 'You put your politics before us'

    08/17/2018 11:07:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2018 | Brooke Singman
    John Brennan rallied numerous high-powered defenders to his corner over his security clearance clash with President Trump, but some well-known special ops heroes are firing back suggesting the former CIA director got what he deserves. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger and private security contractor who was part of the CIA team that fought back during the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, accused Brennan of putting his “politics” before those in the field. “He is lucky the security clearance is all he is getting away with,” Paronto told Fox News in an interview on Friday. Responding a day earlier to...
  • NBC News: New Mexico compound where kids were being trained ...‘mysteriously destroyed’

    08/17/2018 10:03:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies ^ | Posted at 4:42 pm on August 16, 2018 | by Doug P.
    Several arrests were made at a compound in New Mexico last week and five people have been charged with child abuse after 11 children were found living in horrible conditions. According to court documents, the kids were being trained to commit school shootings, and authorities also found human remains reportedly of a small boy in a tunnel on the property: [Twitter Link] Meanwhile, an NBC News crew visited the site of the arrests and found it destroyed: [Twitter Link]
  • This is China’s most dangerous trade-war weapon

    08/17/2018 9:07:39 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | August 16, 2018 | Rick Newman
    The math works against China in its trade war with President Trump. Since China’s imports to the United States are about three times the amount of US exports to China, Trump has a much bigger basket of stuff he can tax with tariffs, his own favorite weapon. He knows this and has threatened tariffs on almost all of the $524 billion in annual Chinese imports to America. The United States only sends about $188 billion worth of stuff to China each year. So in terms of tariffs, China is more vulnerable simply because it’s such a huge exporter. But China...
  • Soros foundation to leave Hungary by end of August

    08/17/2018 8:30:14 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 25 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 16 August 2018 | AFP
    The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Thursday that the last of its operations in Hungary would cease by August 31, with its activities being transferred to Berlin. The Open Society Foundations (OSF) announced in May that it was leaving Hungary, citing what it called the “repressive” policies of nationalist firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
  • Contractor makes progress on new border wall in New Mexico

    08/17/2018 8:28:36 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 67 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | August 17, 2018 | The Associated Press
    SANTA TERESA, N.M. Construction workers have completed more than half of a new barrier along a desolate stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico... U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed this week that more than 8,100 panels spanning more than 11 miles (18 kilometers) had been constructed as of Aug. 8.
  • Turkey's lira weakens 6% more on threat of more U.S. sanctions; U.S. Pastor's Appeal Rejected

    08/17/2018 8:19:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/17/2018 | Daren Butler, David Dolan
    Turkey’s battered lira weakened more than 6 percent against the dollar on Friday, after a U.S. warning that Ankara should expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over detained American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson. It has lost nearly 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year, hit by both the diplomatic rift and investor alarm about President Tayyip Erdogan’s influence over monetary policy. Erdogan, a self-described “enemy of interest rates”, wants to lower borrowing costs despite high inflation. The currency crisis has deepened concerns about the broader economy - particularly Turkey’s dependence on energy imports and whether foreign-currency...
  • Is Sweden On The Verge Of Rejecting Socialism?

    08/17/2018 8:12:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/17/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    John covered an interesting story out of Sweden the other night which really struck me as a bit odd. It’s a tale of arson and vandalism, “hooligans” and riots. These are all things which I don’t generally associate with the country of Sweden for some reason, but it turns out that such acts of unrest are actually rather common there, particularly right before the beginning of the new school year. Yet these car fires (which numbered in the hundreds) hit multiple cities simultaneously, so it looked far too coordinated to write off as mere coincidence.A bit more digging reveals...
  • Far-right Sweden Democrats hope to topple century of socialism

    08/17/2018 8:11:42 AM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    NBC ^ | August 17th, 2018 | by Alexander Smith
    SÖLVESBORG, Sweden — Around 4,000 far-right supporters gathered on the grounds of a ruined castle last weekend to plot the downfall of the socialist ideas that have come to define their progressive country. Their views — anti-immigration, anti-establishment and often anti-Muslim — are not new amid the populist tsunami that's crashed into much of the West. But this is Sweden, where socialists have won every election for the past 101 years, making the Nordic nation something of a lodestar for leftists around the world. Some polls predict that the supporters' favored party, the Sweden Democrats, with roots in neo-Nazism and...
  • Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

    08/17/2018 7:31:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 08/17/2018 | BY ZACH DORFMAN
    It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle. How were the Chinese able to roll up the network? Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials. The CIA had imported the system from its Middle East operations, where the...
  • Four children stabbed in south London with one boy being ‘disembowelled’

    08/17/2018 7:12:59 AM PDT · by familyop · 60 replies
    MetroUK, Associated Newspapers Limited ^ | August 17, 2018 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson
    A boy is fighting for his life after he was allegedly disembowelled when he was stabbed on a south London housing estate. He was one of four children who were taken to hospitals in south London following the incident at Landor House, Camberwell yesterday.
  • Trump administration nearing deal with Mexico on revised NAFTA — but issues with Canada remain

    08/17/2018 7:05:59 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 8 replies
    The Virginia Pilot ^ | 08/16/2018 | Don Lee
    The Trump administration is close to striking a deal with Mexico on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement, analysts said, but thorny issues are yet to be resolved with Canada, the third party in the trilateral pact. Reaching an agreement with Mexico would mark a breakthrough for the administration after a year of roller-coaster talks and tension with its longtime North American trading partners. President Trump has frequently threatened to withdraw from NAFTA, linked the renegotiations to his call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and slapped tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel to apply pressure to make...
  • ISRAEL’S LONG ARM REACHES PEDDLER OF DEATH: A clear and present danger is eliminated.

    08/17/2018 6:52:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/16/2018 | Ari Lieberman
    The spasm of Hamas-provoked violence that gripped the Gaza Strip and parts of southern Israel last week has temporarily halted for the time being. According to credible reports, Israel informed Cairo that it would begin targeting Hamas leaders and commanders if Hamas failed to rein in its assorted thugs and gangsters. Hamas heeded the call, and for good reason. Over the years, Israel’s various security branches have developed a penchant for liquidating dangerous enemies who seek to inflict harm on the Jewish State. Hamas is keenly aware of this fact having recently lost two of its operatives – Mohammad Zawari and Fadi...
  • Turkey’s Economic Collapse Could Send ‘Millions’ of Migrants into Europe, Analysts Warn

    08/17/2018 5:44:18 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 17, 2018 | Jack Montgomery
    Millions of people could pour into the European Union from Turkey in “another wave of migration” if the country’s economic crisis escalates into a full-blown collapse, some observers have claimed. Mainstream media periodical Newsweek suggests such a scenario “could have major political consequences” for globalist leaders such as Germany’s Angela Merkel, who effectively opened the EU’s borders unilaterally in 2015 but has been under pressure since the onset of the subsequent migrant crisis and a historically poor performance in the 2017 federal elections. Turkey’s foreign policy is becoming increasingly erratic Islamist leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has eroded the secular...
  • Spaghetti injunction: Pastafarianism is not a religion, Dutch court rules

    08/17/2018 3:47:01 AM PDT · by blueplum · 26 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 17 Aug 2018 | Jon Henley
    Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster follower denied right to wear colander in ID photos The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photo. Mienke de Wilde is now considering taking her case to the European court of human rights. The Netherlands’ highest court said de Wilde, a law student from Nijmegen, could not be exempted on religious grounds from a ban on headwear in ...
  • Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

    08/17/2018 3:18:54 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 17 Aug 2018 | AP staff
    FRANKFURT, Germany — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for both leaders. The two will meet at the German government's guest house outside Berlin and will give short statements beforehand but aren't planning a news conference, German officials have said. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert has said that topics will include the civil war in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, and energy questions. Putin...
  • Swamped in Inflation, Venezuela Will Cut Five Zeros from Currency

    08/17/2018 1:56:12 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 48 replies
    New York Times via WRAL ^ | August 16, 2018 | Nicholas Casey
    MEDELLÍN, Colombia — Faced with nearly incomprehensible inflation — 32,714 percent as of Wednesday — Venezuelan officials thought they had a solution: They changed the color of the bank notes and increased their denomination. Then they said they would lop off three zeros. And when that didn’t seem enough, they announced they would cut off two more. The tactics have left Venezuelans like Yosmar Nowak, the owner of a coffee shop in Caracas, convinced that there is no solution in sight and that the government cannot even bring down the price of a cup of coffee, an eye-watering 2 million...
  • Exclusive: Omarosa's secret romance with 'corrupt' politician with his own White House!

    08/17/2018 1:20:50 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 Aug 2018 | Ben Ashford
    Omarosa Manigault-Newman had a 'six-month fling' with the scandal-mired leader on a tiny Caribbean nation who was ousted from power and put on trial for corruption over claims he stole $16 million from public coffers, can reveal. [snip] . They spent time on the island where he later built an $8 million mansion, nicknamed the 'White House,' which he is now accused of funding through graft...
  • Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

    08/16/2018 8:52:56 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 25 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 15, 2018, 5:13 PM | Zach Dorfman
    It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle. How were the Chinese able to roll up the network? Now, nearly eight years later, it appears that the agency botched the communication system it used to interact with its sources, according to five current and former intelligence officials. The CIA had imported the system from its Middle East operations, where the...