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  • Perspective: Stop comparing Trump to South American dictators. He’s actually far worse.(hurl alert)

    02/20/2018 4:08:43 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 20th 2018 | Ernesto Semán
    It’s en vogue for enraged liberals to compare Trumpism to Argentine Peronism, wielding the analogy as a warning about the potential apocalypse that they fear is about to engulf us. Most recently it was Larry Summers, a member of the Democratic establishment for decades, who took to Twitter to declare: “I worry about the Argentinization of US government.” Summers sent the tweet after President Trump accused Democrats of treason and the media reported on the president’s childish wishes for a military parade. He employed a standard characterization of Peronism as an authoritarian movement, a familiar depiction that no doubt had...
  • Haley Hits Back at Palestinian Official Who Told Her to Shut Up

    02/20/2018 2:55:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2018 | Courtney O'Brien
    Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary General Saeb Erekat recently told Nikki Haley, our U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, that she "needs to shut up and realize the Palestinian leadership is not the problem." He was reportedly not happy with a speech Haley gave in January in which she excoriated Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his anti-Semitism . "He invoked an ugly and fictional past, reaching back to the 17th century to paint Israel as a colonialist project engineered by European powers," Haley said of Abbas's recent comments. Between Haley's rebuke of Abbas and President Trump's decision to move...
  • EU ignites Trump WAR: Brussels slaps trade sanctions on Harleys and Jack Daniels

    02/20/2018 12:39:59 PM PST · by Mariner · 45 replies
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | February 20th, 2018 | By Simon Osborne
    BRUSSELS is gearing up for a bitter trade war with US and has pledged to fight fire with fire if Washington carries out its threat to introduce import barriers to steel and aluminium products from Europe. European Union trade officials have warned such a move would result in counter-tarrifs being slapped on exports from the US within days. They said iconic US products ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Jack Daniels whiskey would be targeted in any retaliatory strikes and that preparations for such a confrontation were in full swing.
  • Israeli-American Gas Conglomerate Announces Historic $15 Billion Gas-Export Deal With Egypt

    02/20/2018 8:49:51 AM PST · by judeasamaria · 4 replies
    Lev Haolam ^ | Feb 20, 2018 | Lev Haolam
    On Monday, two companies, Israel’s Delek Drilling Ltd. and Houston-based Noble Energy Inc., announced that together they had reached an agreement with an Egyptian company, to export $15 billion of Israeli natural gas in two 10-year agreements. The natural gas to be exported will come from the Leviathan and Tamar offshore gas fields located in Israel. The 2 partners in Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan offshore gas fields said they would supply the private Egyptian firm Dolphinus Holdings with around 64 billion cubic metres of gas over a decade - with half coming from each field, and the proceeds shared equally.* Delek...
  • Turkish Jets Bomb Iranian Militias Heading to Afrin

    02/20/2018 8:42:59 AM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 44 replies
    Al Mayadeen ^ | Feb. 20,2018 | Popular videos
    Turkish jets bombard Iranian militia entering Afrin
  • National Space Defense Center Goes Operational --in Colorado

    02/20/2018 8:39:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | Published on Feb 19, 2018 | The Still Report
    Synopsis: Deep within the massive Schriever Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, CO, The National Space Defense Center is finally gone operational. Their mission? To keep American military and spy satellites safe while in orbit. Vice President Mike Pence was photographed in the ultra-secret center which surveils space around planet Earth 24 hours a day with a staff of 230. The Center's Director, Col. Todd Brost, told a Colorado Springs newspaper, The Gazette: "This is not an Air Force unit. It's not really even a Department of Defense unit." However, he did not say exactly to whom or what the...
  • Merkel picks ‘mini Merkel’ and heir apparent for top party role

    02/19/2018 5:45:57 PM PST · by RightGeek · 9 replies
    The Local de ^ | 2/19/2018 | Uncredited
    Angela Merkel on Monday tapped the popular female premier of Germany's tiny Saarland state to take over as secretary general of her conservative party, fuelling speculation the veteran chancellor is lining up her successor. At a joint Berlin press conference, Merkel said she was "moved" that close confidante Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 55, would take the reins from her right-hand man Peter Tauber at "a difficult time" for their Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. The surprise reshuffle comes after Tauber said at the weekend he was stepping down for health reasons, and with Merkel struggling to form a new government after a...
  • France is losing its most interesting politician

    02/19/2018 5:03:16 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 2 replies
    "To me, one of the most fascinating — and important — questions of the coming decades is how this newly assertive Catholicism might play out politically. Will it invent new, transpartisan ways to engage politically? Will it become an analogue of the American Christian right? Will it end up boosting mainstream conservative parties, or will it feed into the French far right, becoming a kind of French Tea Party movement? Into this background, then, walked thousand-watt Marion, with the mix of charisma and savvy that enables gifted politicians to turn inchoate social change into cohesive, game-changing movements."
  • Danish former Under-Secretary-General issues rebuke at 'controlling' UN member states

    02/19/2018 4:38:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 16 February 2018 12:09 CET+01:00
    Christian Friis Bach, who served as Under-Secretary-General with the UN from 2014-17, has criticized the intergovernmental organization, saying individual countries have too much power. The high influence wielded by countries within the UN prevents necessary aid from being provided during conflicts, Bach said in an interview with Politiken on Friday. The UN has said it recognizes the points raised by the former Under-Secretary-General. The UN is incapable of acting or leading effectively with its current organization, said Bach, who was also executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe until May 2017. “Once member states and bureaucracy are...
  • Hezbollah issues fresh threat against Israel’s offshore gas rigs

    02/19/2018 4:32:04 PM PST · by Lera · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 18 February 2018, | TOI staff
    Hezbollah threatened on Sunday to target Israel’s Mediterranean natural gas rigs in a future conflict, the latest in a string of such threats. The terror group, which has sought to position itself as Lebanon’s defense against Israel and amid an ongoing dispute over gas-rich offshore economic waters, released a video that showed what appeared to be drilling platforms floating above Israel’s gas fields with targeting sights superimposed on the images. The video, aired by Israel’s Hadashot TV news, also included quotes from Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s Friday speech, in which he warned that the group would retaliate against any Israeli...
  • Syria war: More than 70 killed in rebel-held Ghouta as UN warns situation 'spiraling out of control'

    02/19/2018 4:07:26 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    ABC (American Bred Communists) Noose Via Downunder ^ | February 19, 2018 | Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill
    War monitors say a massive surge in attacks by the Syrian Government and its allies has killed more than 70 people in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta pocket near Damascus in the past 24 hours.The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes, rocket fire and shelling on several parts of the besieged suburbs also wounded more than 300 people.
  • Hillary Clinton announces Australia and New Zealand tour

    02/19/2018 3:38:31 PM PST · by txgirl4Bush · 97 replies
    SBS News ^ | 2/18/18 | AAP - SBS
    Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia and New Zealand to talk about her experiences during the 2016 US presidential election. Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. The former Democratic presidential candidate is expected to give a candid account of the campaign and share stories from her New York Times bestseller, What Happened. In an election marked by rage, sexism, misogyny and Russian interference, Ms Clinton will share her personal experience as the first woman presidential candidate for a major party....
  • ANTI-ISIS BRIT Brit Jim Matthews who fought AGAINST ISIS cheered on by supporters (trunc)

    02/19/2018 2:05:02 PM PST · by Twotone · 2 replies
    The Sun ^ | February 14, 2018 | Amanda Devlin
    A BRIT who fought with Kurdish militia against Islamic State was cheered by supporters as he appeared in court charged with a terror offence. James Matthews arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court to face a charge of attending a place used for terrorist training, under the Terrorism Act 2006. The 43-year-old indicated a not guilty plea after the charge was put to him. Represented by Joel Bennathan QC, Matthews, wearing black jeans and a brown leather jacket, spoke only to confirm his identity. Matthews, from Dalston, east London, is due to next appear at the Old Bailey on March 1. As...
  • Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust US indictment

    02/19/2018 12:47:01 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 38 replies
    AP via WNCN.com ^ | 2/19/18 | AP
    [snip] The aim of the factory’s work was either to influence voters or to undermine their faith in the U.S. political system, the 37-page indictment states. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that while the indictment focuses on “Russian nationals,” it gives “no indication that the Russian government was involved in this in any way.” Peskov reasserted that Moscow did not interfere in the U.S. election. Mindiyarov, who failed the language exam needed to get a job on the Internet Research Agency’s Facebook desk, where the pay was double than the domestic side of the factory. The sleek operation...
  • Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA

    02/19/2018 11:23:09 AM PST · by tang-soo · 22 replies
    I read this book shortly after its publication in 1994. It's a fascinating story by Terry Reed, recruited by Oliver North as a manufacturing/industrial machining expert and pilot instructor to set up the illegal machine gun manufacturing in Little Rock (Seth Ward - father-in-law of Webb Hubble) and the to oversee the flight training of Contra pilots. While involved in the making and shipping of machine guns and training pilots in support of the Contra's, what he didn't know at the time was the method of payment - cocaine. This is the Rosetta Stone of the airport in Mena, Arkansas,...
  • IMF urges Ukraine to end delay over anti-corruption court

    02/19/2018 10:25:08 AM PST · by mac_truck · 4 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 2/19/18 | Roman Olearchyk
    The International Monetary Fund has urged Ukraine to end months of delay over the creation of an independent anti-corruption court seen as key to combating widespread graft in the country after a visit to Kiev last week. In a statement on Monday, the FundÂ’s representative in Ukraine stressed that further progress on the court, natural gas pricing, and fiscal policy changes were necessary conditions to unlock more loans from a derailed $17.5bn assistance package. Nearly $9bn has been received by Ukraine from the IMF package so far, and future tranches are seen as key to boosting the countryÂ’s economy. Goesta...
  • State election officials across country returning to paper ballots

    02/19/2018 10:12:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    www.bostonglobe.com ^ | February 19, 2018 | By Matt Viser
    WASHINGTON — Hoping to counter waves of Russian Twitter bots, fake social media accounts, and hacking attacks aimed at undermining American democracy, state election officials around the country are seizing on an old-school strategy: paper ballots. In Virginia, election officials have gone back to a paper ballot system, as a way to prevent any foreign interference. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe this month ordered county officials to ensure new election equipment produces a paper record. Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to replace a touch-screen voting system with paper. Top election officials around the country are growing increasingly alarmed about this fall’s...
  • Improvised Explosive Device Found at Border Bridge to Texas

    02/19/2018 9:45:41 AM PST · by Lera · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/19/18 | Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby
    Mexican authorities have confirmed the discovery of an active improvised explosive device (IED) at one of the international bridges connecting the border cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas–the headquarters of the ruthless cartel known as Los Zetas. Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office issued a statement in regards to the recent discovery of the IED. The information released by Mexican authorities does not reveal the date that the bomb was left at the bridge, but confirmed that the explosive was active. The IED was left at the Las Americas International Bridge, also known as Bridge One. Neither the City of...
  • Hungarian PM: European Leaders Have 'Opened the Way to the Decline of Christian Culture'

    02/19/2018 9:29:29 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02-19-2018 | Michael van der Galien
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, during his 20th annual state of the nation speech on Sunday, said that "Christianity is Europe's last hope." He added that European leaders have "opened the way to to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam." Orban also stated that Hungary will continue to oppose efforts by the European Union and (to a lesser degree) the United Nations to encourage mass migration from the Middle East and Africa. That's all controversial enough in today's climate, but Orban wasn't done yet. He also described Europe as being steadily conquered by migrants. "Born Germans,"...
  • ‘Obama Must Come Clean On His Connection To Clinton Funded Dossier’

    02/19/2018 8:10:39 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 35 replies
    citizenfreepress.com ^ | 2/14/18 | Judicial Watch
    Short Tom Fitton interview with OAN News on the second dossier, and roles played by Cody Shearer, Sidney Blumenthal, John Brennan and ultimately Obama. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwJLZjHMjDg&feature=youtu.be