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  • African-American Olympian boycotts opening ceremonies because he wasn’t chosen to carry flag

    02/09/2018 4:31:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 94 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/9/18 | Larry O'Conner
    The honor of which American athlete would carry the American flag for Team USA at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics came down to a coin flip today in Pyeongchang. And the athlete on the losing end of that flip is not pleased. Speed skater Shani Davis decided to not participate in today’s ceremonies after he lost the flip to luger Erin Hamlin. Davis took to Twitter and evoked African American history month in his commentary on the events.  I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA...
  • The Dark Consequences of Poland's New Holocaust Law

    02/09/2018 4:31:00 AM PST · by beaversmom · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 8, 2018 | Rachel Donadio
    PARIS—The Polish scholar Jan T. Gross, an expert on the country during World War II, didn’t mince words when I asked him about Poland’s new law that would criminalize mentioning the complicity of “the Polish nation” in the crimes of the Holocaust. “It’s terrible,” he said by phone from Berlin, where he lives. “It criminalizes all survivors of the Holocaust. Every Jew who is still alive and comes from Poland could be prosecuted.” That might be going a bit far—it’s still quite unclear how the law would be applied, and it’s hard to imagine extradition cases for discussing Polish war...
  • Men With Guns Still Rule in Libya as Return to 'Ghost Town' Blocked

    02/09/2018 4:24:05 AM PST · by beaversmom · 12 replies
    US News ^ | February 6, 2018 | Ahmed Elumami
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - More than six years after they were forced to leave their homes in the civil war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, tens of thousands of residents of the Libyan ghost city of Tawergha were finally meant to start going home last week. It never happened. Armed groups blocked the road, shattering the hopes of families, casting a long-negotiated settlement into doubt, and demonstrating yet again the human cost of life in a country ruled by men with guns who appear to answer to no one. The case of Tawergha, a city built among date palm groves about 200...
  • The Nigel Farage Show: Foreign interference/George Soros. LBC-8th February 2018

    02/09/2018 3:54:59 AM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2/8/2018 | OrionPrime
    (Nigel Farage at 1:17).....the debate about foreign, overseas influence in Western democracies is a big one. Now I have said from the start that I believe and please tell me that I'm wrong that I believe that Russian interference actually is almost negligible. Its been dreged up as an excuse.....' But I have felt for some time, in fact I've felt for the last six or seven years that there was one major global influence and by the way I'm not infering for a moment anything illegal has been done here but I'm talking one massive attempt by a very...
  • Oxfam staff 'paid prostitutes for sex in Haiti during earthquake recovery - then charity covered...

    02/09/2018 2:30:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 2/9/18 | Steve Robson
    Top staff at Oxfam paid Haitian prostitutes for sex in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, it has been claimed.Senior aid workers were found to have paid for sex while involved in the massive cleanup operation after the natural disaster killed 220,000 people and left millions more homeless, the Times reports.The charity, which receives £300million a year in government funding, conducted an internal investigation which led to three men being sacked for gross misconduct.Four others were allowed to resign, it is claimed.One source told the Times that an Oxfam worker had arranged "sex parties" at a villa rented by the...
  • Strzok May Have Used His Cell Phone In A SCIF, Himself Breaking Classified-Info Rules

    02/08/2018 5:52:21 PM PST · by smileyface · 154 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feb 8 2018 | Luke Rosiak
    Released texts between Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who ran the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server, and his lover, FBI attorney Lisa Page, reveal the strong possibility that Strzok used his cell phone in a SCIF — a strict violation of protecting classified information. Such a breach would compromise Strzok’s ability to probe Clinton for mishandling classified info and show a lack of awareness about security breaches, which is what he was tasked to investigate. The text messages that the Senate released Wednesday show that Strzok texted his mistress on Aug. 11, 2016, “We’re in...
  • Turkey's President Takes a Victory Lap

    02/08/2018 5:25:45 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 1 replies
    Stratfor ^ | 2/8/2018 | Sinan Ciddi Board of Contributors
    Following a referendum vote on sweeping constitutional changes in April 2017, Turkey's government will transition from a parliamentary democracy to an executive presidency after the next presidential election in 2019. The odds of a free and fair election are slim given the measures incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken — and the further measures he will take — to ensure he comes out on top. Though former President Abdullah Gul would be Erdogan's most credible challenger, he is unlikely to run in the next presidential race.
  • Dreamers Lawyer Up in Anticipation of Supreme Court Contest

    02/08/2018 4:53:41 PM PST · by Cheerio · 25 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | February 8, 2018 | Kevin Daley
    Two groups leading the legal fight to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have retained the country’s most powerful law firms to protect DACA at the Supreme Court. That the DACA case would attract top legal talent is not surprising, especially since the litigation has reached a critical stretch. The University of California, which sued to stop DACA’s termination in Sept. 2017, hired Covington & Burling’s Robert Long, while Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Ted Boutrous was retained to represent six DACA recipients who are individually suing the administration. Long and Boutrous are veteran Supreme Court advocates who have...
  • FOX Reading Warner <->Steele Texts on Martha tonight (VANITY)

    02/08/2018 4:07:21 PM PST · by ghannonf18 · 19 replies
    Sounds like they are dropping info to try and cover for Warner, anyone got a read on why and how this is coming out now?
  • Syria war: Last of British IS 'Beatles' gang captured by Kurds

    02/08/2018 3:41:40 PM PST · by bitt · 17 replies ^ | 2/8/2018 | ADMIN
    Two British men believed to be members of a notorious Islamic State group (IS) cell have been seized by Syrian Kurdish fighters, US officials say. Alexanda Kotey, 34, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, were the last two members of the cell to remain at large. The four, all from London, were nicknamed "the Beatles" because of their British accents. US officials said the "execution cell" had beheaded more than 27 Western hostages and tortured many more. Who were the IS 'Beatles'? The US state department says the four-man cell was responsible for beheading several Westerners. They are: Mohammed Emwazi -...
  • Norovirus Spreads at Olympics: Now 128 Confirmed Cases (updated)

    02/08/2018 3:35:54 PM PST · by dynachrome · 33 replies
    NYT ^ | 2-8-18 | ANDREW KEH
    By Thursday night, 42 more cases of norovirus were confirmed around the sites of the 2018 Winter Olympics, bringing the official tally of cases this week to 128. A mere 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Games, the outbreak has threatened to undermine an otherwise watertight start to the global sports event. Determined not to let the quadrennial Games spiral into a widespread gastrointestinal nightmare, the organizers on Thursday seemed intent on carrying out a scorched-earth assault on every last germ in a 40-mile radius.
  • Canadian PM: Sharia law is compatible with democracy

    02/08/2018 3:25:49 PM PST · by Oatka · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 02/05/2018 | Chana Roberts,
    MainAll NewsUS & CanadaCanadian PM: Sharia law is compatible with democracy Canadian PM: Sharia law is compatible with democracy Justin Trudeau insists Islamic law isn't incompatible with democracy. The American Center for Democracy disagrees. Who's right? Contact Editor Chana Roberts, 05/02/18 15:58 Share Canada continues to support and implement Sharia Law. The American Center for Democracy (ACD) quotes Imam Aasim Rashid of Vancouver, British Columbia, who spoke in October 2017 at Thompson Rivers University, explaining why the Canadian government wants to implement Sharia Law. "I’ll tell you who wants to bring Sharia Law," Thompson said then. "The Canadian government wants...
  • Exclusive: Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits

    02/08/2018 3:02:25 PM PST · by rktman · 77 replies ^ | 2/8/2018 | Yeganeh Torbati
    The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration. “Non-citizens who receive public benefits are not self-sufficient and are relying on the U.S. government and state and local entities for resources instead of their families, sponsors or private organizations,” the document states. “An alien’s receipt of public benefits comes at taxpayer expense and availability of public benefits may provide an incentive for aliens to immigrate to the United...
  • Inside the Ring: Obama-Era Cash Traced to Iran-backed Terrorists

    02/08/2018 3:01:13 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb 8, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred. According to knowledgeable sources, Iran has used the funds to pay its main proxy, the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, along with the Quds Force, Iran’s main foreign intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The U.S. money supplied to Iran as part of an arms settlement dating back to the 1970s also has been traced to Iran’s backing of Houthi rebels seeking to take power...
  • I Looked the Man (Putin) in the Eye and Saw ... the Enemy (Bush Flashback)

    02/08/2018 1:18:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Dallas News ^ | JUN 2010 | Tod Robberson Connect with Tod Robberson Email
    In 2001, President George Bush issued a truly astounding appraisal of Vladimir Putin, the former KGB agent who has run Russia since replacing Boris Yeltsin in 1999. "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country." Bush got it half right. Putin was absolutely committed to Russia and Russia's interests. But trustworthy? I think Bush's own CIA and FBI specialists would have told...
  • Interview With European Journalists ("I looked into his eyes and was able to glimpse into his soul)

    02/08/2018 12:50:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Presidency ^ | May 21, 2002
    The President. I have a couple comments, and I'll answer some questions, obviously. This is a trip that I've been looking forward to. I've never been to Germany; I'm looking forward to it. I've prepared a speech to the Bundestag, which is going to be a very interesting opportunity for me to talk about a very important relationship. In my speech I'm going to refer to my trip to Russia as well, about how I view this as an opportunity—my trip to Russia and Germany and France and eventually Italy—as a way to confirm the importance of our relationship bilaterally...
  • Bermuda first country to repeal gay marriage

    02/08/2018 12:31:47 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8th February 2018 | BBC News
    On Wednesday the British overseas territory became the first country in the world to pass, and then revoke, the law, replacing gay marriage with domestic partnerships. The decision also means cruise ships registered in Bermuda are likely to be banned from hosting same-sex weddings. Theresa May said the UK's dealings with Bermuda should be based on "respect". But critics say the law reversal will make the UK an international "laughing stock". The Atlantic island, which is home to 60,000 people, legalised marriage between homosexual couples in May 2017, following a Supreme Court ruling. But the new Domestic Partnership Act, approved...
  • NBC Reporter Goes to North Korean Amusement Park, Enjoys Bumper Cars

    02/08/2018 10:06:21 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 2/8/2018 | Kyle Drennen
    In a stunningly tone deaf report for NBC’s Today show on Wednesday, reporter Keir Simmons touted “a week inside North Korea” and gaining “rare access to the people there,” which included riding bumper cars at an amusement park in Pyongyang and sampling beer at a local bar. Less than a minute of the five-minute long segment focused on North Korea’s atrocious human rights abuses. As he arrived in the authoritarian regime, Simmons observed: “First impressions: Clean, organized, and a lot of people in uniform.” Visiting a military museum in the capital, he declared: “A tour of weapons captured from American...
  • George W. Bush Claims There's 'Clear Evidence' Russia Interfered in Presidential Election

    02/08/2018 9:58:35 AM PST · by rktman · 108 replies ^ | 2/8/2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Former president George W. Bush said that “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, during a speech in Abu Dhabi Thursday. “Whether they affected the outcome is another question,” Bush added. He called it “problematic” that “a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.” “He’s got a chip on his shoulder,” Bush said about Putin. “The reason he does is because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony.” The...
  • After fight to stay, Haverhill man deported St. Lucia

    02/08/2018 8:52:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, MA) ^ | February 7, 2018 | by Peter Francis
    HAVERHILL — On Monday, Jacob Leonce, a 45-year old man originally from St. Lucia who has lived in the city for close to a decade, was deported back to the Caribbean Island from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Burlington. Leonce, a married father of two sons who were born in Haverhill, was first notified in December by immigration authorities that renewal of his work visa was being denied and that he would be deported in February. Since December, local activists, congregants at Leonce's church and state legislators have worked to try and keep Leonce in Massachusetts. But their...