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  • Mueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting ~~ back channel to Kremlin

    03/08/2018 7:03:14 AM PST · by ptsal · 83 replies
    News & Record ^ | 07-Mar-2018 | Sari Horwitz & Devlin Barrett
    <p>Special counsel Robert Mueller has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in the Seychelles just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin - apparently contradicting statements made to lawmakers by one of its participants, according to people familiar with the matter.</p>
  • Report: Hezbollah in Lebanon Fears Israeli Attack, Declares State of Emergency

    03/08/2018 5:42:22 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    JPost ^ | 3/8/18 | Yasser Okbi/Maariv
    Hezbollah in Lebanon has declared a state of emergency for fear of an Israeli attack approved by the United States. "Hezbollah declared its ranks in readiness for the past two days, for fear of Israeli aggression on Lebanon," the Rai Al-Youm newspaper published in London reported Thursday. "High alert was declared in light of information received that the Israeli army is conducting secret military maneuvers jointly with the United States, which are currently taking place in the country and in the Mediterranean," journalist Kamal Halaf, who is close with Hezbollah, said. Citing sources in Hezbollah, Halaf added that US military...
  • Putin's rating plummets in major cities

    03/08/2018 1:38:03 AM PST · by NorseViking · 22 replies
    Vedomosti ^ | March 7, 2018 | Yelena Mohhamedschina&Olga Churakova
    The number of Putin's supporters in major cities has declined markedly Photo: Maksim Stulov / Vedomosti An unexpected trend was revealed by sociologists in cities with a population of over one million people, where a quarter of voters live. According to VTsIOM's data published last week, the rating of presidential candidate Vladimir Putin in Moscow and St. Petersburg for the month fell by more than 12 percentage points - from 69.7% on January 10 to 57.1% on February 18. In other cities with a million population, the fall of the rating by the same 12 percentage points happened before the...
  • Ukraine began to nationalize Russia's Gazprom assets

    03/07/2018 7:45:53 PM PST · by NorseViking · 25 replies
    The Ukrainian authorities began to seize assets of the Russian holding company Gazprom for allegedly failing to comply with the Stockholm Arbitration Order and violating the monopoly legislation of Ukraine. It happened following the comments of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers. According to the court decision, the department of the state executive service intends to recover from Gazprom almost 172 billion hryvnia in favor of the state budget of Ukraine. "In this case, the identification and arrest of assets belonging to Gazprom in Ukraine began," it was reported. Among being seized the property of the companies Gazpromprom Ukraina and the...
  • 20 Years, Just Saying!

    03/07/2018 7:11:40 PM PST · by Sawdring · 130 replies
    Minnesota Born | 3/7/2018 | Sawdring
    My FreeRepublic born on date is 20 years old today, may FR last another 20 years!
  • Putin: US Political System ‘Eats Itself’

    03/07/2018 5:12:19 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin in a recent interview separated a conciliatory attitude toward US President Donald Trump from his staunch criticism of the US political system, which he said is unwieldy and self-defeating. Biden Stumps For Democrat Conor Lamb: ‘He Reminds Me Of My Son Beau’ “I’m disappointed not at all in the partner, but more disappointed in the system itself,” Putin said. “There can’t be disappointment here, because it demonstrates sheer inefficiency and eats itself. And it’s quite difficult to interact with such a system, because it is unpredictable.”
  • Navy, Marine Corps leaders warn that China is 'weaponizing capital'

    03/07/2018 4:18:34 PM PST · by Mariner · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7th, 2018 | By Ellen Mitchell
    Top Navy and Marine Corps officials on Wednesday expressed concern over China’s expanding global reach and said the superpower was rapidly buying up foreign land to “win without fighting.” “When it comes to China, the bottom line there is the checkbook,” Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told lawmakers during a House Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing. “Not only in the dollars and cents that they are writing to support their military expansion and their technological work, but what they’re doing around the globe ... weaponizing capital.” Spencer referred to Beijing’s current funding of a Sri Lankan port project, a move not...
  • FBI’s Aussie Trump-Russia Tipster Linked to Firm U.S. Intel Chiefs Have Distrusted for Years

    03/07/2018 2:00:36 PM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    Lifezette ^ | 06 Mar 2018
    Alexander Downer — the Australian diplomat whose tip to the FBI about a London pub conversation led to the massive probe of allegations of collusions between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia — is himself closely tied to a Chinese firm experts say is deeply involved in espionage against America. Just last month, all six top U.S. intelligence bosses warned Americans against using digital telecommunications equipment produced by Chinese smartphone producer Huawei.
  • India crowd pulls down Tripura Lenin statue after Communist defeat

    03/07/2018 1:33:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 March 2018
    Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been accused of pulling down a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in Tripura state. Monday's incident happened days after the party swept elections in the north-eastern state, dislodging the Communist government after 25 years. The five-year-old statue in Belonia town was removed with the help of an excavator as supporters cheered. There have been clashes between BJP and Communist party workers in the state. The NDTV news channel quoted eyewitnesses as saying the excavator which brought down the statue was hired by BJP workers.
  • John Kerry Officially Under Investigation As Dossier Probe Targets Obama State Department

    03/07/2018 1:22:57 PM PST · by detective · 44 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 6, 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Shortened title. Full title: SARA CARTER: John Kerry Officially Under Investigation As Dossier Probe Targets Obama State Department The House Select Committee on Intelligence is now investigating former Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s possible role into the unverified dossier paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton Campaign, this reporter has learned. The dossier, assembled by a former British spy, laid the foundation for the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia and was the essential piece of evidence used by the FBI to get a warrant to spy on a former volunteer for...
  • Netanyahu Compares Trump To One Of The Greatest Liberators In The History Of Israel

    03/07/2018 1:14:07 PM PST · by detective · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/05/2018 | Benny Johnson
    President Trump and First Lady Melania greeted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday afternoon. In a brief press conference a few minutes in the Oval Office, Trump welcomed Bibi and his wife to the White House, saying his relationship with Israel is “probably the best relationship, right now, with Israel that we ever had.” Netanyahu responded by complimenting the Trump administration’s commitment to moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. “It’s always a pleasure to see you, both but this is the first time we meet in Washington — America’s capital — after you declared, Mr....
  • Sessions unloads on California Dems for ‘radical, open borders agenda’

    03/07/2018 12:26:57 PM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-7-2018 | Adam Shaw
    Sessions spoke at an event for California law enforcement and a day after the Justice Department announced it was filing a lawsuit against the “sanctuary city” state over three pieces of legislation that it said interferes with federal immigration policy. ~~~~~~~~~ Sessions said that while America admits the highest number of legal immigrants in the world, the American people deserve a legal, rational immigration system that protects the nation and preserves the national interest. “It cannot be the policy of a great nation to reward those who unlawfully enter its country with legal status, Social Security, welfare, food stamps, and...
  • FA's Martin Glenn apologises for Star of David, swastika and Mugabe comments

    03/07/2018 12:26:35 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Glenn has personally apologised to Jewish Leadership Council Comments came in relation to Pep Guardiola’s yellow ribbon Martin Glenn has apologised for offence he caused when referencing the Star of David as one of the symbols he believes breach laws banning religious and political imagery in football. The FA chief executive mentioned the Star of David in the same breath as the swastika and the former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, angering the Jewish community. FA chief adamant Pep Guardiola’s yellow ribbon is political symbol Read more Glenn was commenting about the yellow ribbon worn by Pep Guardiola in support of...
  • WH: Mexico, Canada could receive tariff exemptions

    03/07/2018 12:12:11 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/07/2018 | Jordan Fabian
    The White House said Wednesday it may exempt Mexico, Canada and other nations from tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. "There are potential carve-outs for Mexico and Canada based on national security, and possibly other countries as well based on that process” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, adding other nations could receive exemptions as well. "That would be a case-by-case and country-by-country basis but it would be determined whether or not there is a national security exemption," she said. Sanders reiterated that President Trump plans to announce the tariffs by the end of the week.
  • Is North Korea Really Seeking Peace, Or Is The Regime Setting A Trap?

    03/07/2018 12:02:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/07/2018 | Helen Raliegh
    During a meeting with South Korea’s political delegation yesterday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly made clear his willingness for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, if military threats towards the North are cleared and the security of its government is guaranteed. Kim also told the South Korean delegation that he is willing to engage in direct talk with Washington and would halt weapons tests during any negotiations. Both the North and South Korean leaders agreed to hold a summit, the 3rd such summit since the end of the Korean War, in April this year. A hotline between the...
  • Hoping For the Best, Preparing for the Worst: IDF Faces Prospect of War in the North

    03/07/2018 8:57:25 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 24 replies
    BIN ^ | 3/7/18 | Orly Gibson
    Israel’s goal of peaceful co-existence with its surrounding neighbors has not prevented the IDF from taking the necessary steps to prepare for a potential war. Tensions have been rising on Israel’s northern borders with Syria and Lebanon over the past few weeks. On February 10, the IDF shot down an Iranian drone, which had entered Israeli airspace in a clear violation of Israel’s sovereignty. In response to this escalated act of aggression by Iran, the IDF launched several attacks against targets in Iran and Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently visited the northern border, along with top security officials. “Our...
  • Kurds pull back from ISIS fight in Syria, saying they feel let down by U.S.

    03/07/2018 8:12:38 AM PST · by mac_truck · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/6/2018 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — U.S.-allied forces in eastern Syria said Tuesday that they are withdrawing from the front lines of the war against the Islamic State in order to battle the United States’ NATO ally Turkey elsewhere in the country, jeopardizing the fight against the militants. Citing disappointment with the United States, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they were pulling fighters off the front lines in the province of Deir al-Zour, where Islamic State fighters have been putting up a fierce fight in a pocket of territory on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. The holdouts there are thought...
  • Donald Trump and Free Trade

    03/07/2018 7:54:36 AM PST · by Oklahoma · 52 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 7, 2018, 12:01 am | R. EMMETT TYRRELL, JR
    President Donald Trump has had a splendid first year in office. He has the economy moving again and at a healthy pace, some 2.6 percent in the most recent quarter. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and the economic signs are mostly healthy. Well, for the stock market that was until last week. That was the week in which the President announced his intention to slap a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. The market tanked, and more problems are said to be coming internationally. It appears the world does not...
  • Delingpole: Michael Bloomberg Joins Leonardo DiCaprio and Angry Birds’ ‘Red’ as UN Climate Envoy

    03/07/2018 7:16:23 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 3/7/2018 | James Delingpole
    Michael Bloomberg has joined Leonardo DiCaprio and the Angry Birds’ ‘Red’ as a United Nations climate envoy. Which of these characters, you wonder, is the most absurd choice to symbolize the global war on climate change? At first glance, perhaps, it ought to be ‘Red’. ‘Red’, after all, is nothing but a cartoon character from a popular video game and has never, either in his gaming or his spin-off movie career, shown the slightest interest in anthropogenic global warming theory, carbon emissions or sustainability. That’s because his only real interest is in saving eggs from pigs.
  • Federal Investigation Into Al Jazeera Gains Steam After Qatar-Funded Spy Op on U.S. Jews

    03/07/2018 6:55:09 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 6, 2018 | Adam Kredo
    Congress is pushing forward with an effort to spark a federal investigation into the Al Jazeera, the Qatari-funded propaganda network that recently conducted a secret, months-long spy operation on American Jews in Washington, D.C., according to lawmakers and sources familiar with the effort. A bipartisan team of lawmakers including Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and leading House members such as Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, petitioned the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Al Jazeera to determine if it should have to register as a foreign-controlled agent under U.S. law....