Trump DEFENDS abandoning Kurds in Northern Syria to Erdogan amid HEAVY criticism from Republicans   

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Late last night Trump announced, via a statement from the White House, that troops would be withdrawing from Northern Syria and Turkey allowed to continue its conquest of the area: Today, President . . .
          

'I don't think Seamus Coleman is that type of player' - Burnley boss defends Irishman following red card   

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Jeff Hendrick fired his second Premier League goal of the season for Burnley on a day when his Ireland team-mate Seamus Coleman was sent off at Turf Moor.
          

Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria   

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Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in SyriaPresident Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from "endless war" in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility. Trump declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds, who have fought alongside Americans for years, but he then threatened to destroy the Turks' economy if they went too far. It was the latest example of Trump's approach to foreign policy that critics condemn as impulsive, that he sometimes reverses and that frequently is untethered to the advice of his national security aides.



          

Trump Defends Decision To Abandon Kurdish Allies Fighting ISIS In Syria   

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Trump Defends Decision To Abandon Kurdish Allies Fighting ISIS In Syria"Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to ... figure the situation out," the president tweeted.



          

Central bankers' committee defends unconventional crisis-fighting tools   

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Central bankers' committee defends unconventional crisis-fighting toolsA report from a central bank-led global committee has defended the use of crisis-fighting tools such as negative interest rates and large-scale asset purchases, saying the benefits have outweighed the side effects. The study from the Committee on the Global Financial System Committee (CGFS) was a broad analysis, but is likely to attract considerable attention in Europe following growing criticism about the use of such measures. As well as sub-zero rates and trillions worth of bond buying, central banks have flooded their economies with ultra-cheap funding driving down borrowing costs but also putting pressure on savers and banks' margins.



          

Molinari defends the right to property against the socialists who want to overthrow it, and the conservatives who defend it poorly (1849)   

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Molinari defends the right to property against the socialists who want to overthrow it, and the conservatives who defend it poorly (1849)


          

Sir Edward Coke defends British Liberties and the Idea of Habeas Corpus in the Petition of Right before Parliament (1628)   

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Sir Edward Coke defends British Liberties and the Idea of Habeas Corpus in the Petition of Right before Parliament (1628)


          

Cory Booker passionately defends Joe Biden   

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NBA head Adam Silver defends response over tweet uproar   

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver defended the league's response to the Houston Rockets general manager's tweet backing Hong Kong democracy protests, telling Japan's Kyodo News that his organization supports freedom of expression without necessarily endorsing a point of view.

          

Destruction inevitable: Mumbai Metro chief defends Aarey move   

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Facing flak from green activists for felling trees in part of Aarey colony for a metro car shed, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation on Sunday posted a ...
          

RSL asks for ex-coach Petke’s lawsuit to be thrown out   

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SALT LAKE CITY — Real Salt Lake is asking a judge to force ex-coach Mike Petke to go into arbitration or dismiss his lawsuit entirely, according to court documents obtained by FOX 13. The response by the soccer team to Petke’s lawsuit over his firing seeks to block the case from going any further in court. RSL attorneys argue that he is legally bound to arbitration. The team also defends its decision to fire him. “While the Agreement contemplated Petke’s […]
          

Arsene Wenger says he has turned down Premier League offers - Sky Sports   

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  1. Arsene Wenger says he has turned down Premier League offers  Sky Sports
  2. Opinion - Will Levy sack Pochettino? And will Pochettino walk out on Spurs?  The Spurs Web
  3. The 7 Spurs players who will benefit if Pochettino gets ruthless after Daniel Levy backing  Football.London
  4. Arsene Wenger fires dig at Arsenal as he defends Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino  Metro.co.uk
  5. Wenger reveals he rejected PL offers, gives key reason for top-flight snub  Teamtalk.com
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NBA head Adam Silver defends response over tweet uproar   

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver defended the league's response to the Houston Rockets general manager's tweet backing Hong Kong democracy protests, telling Japan's Kyodo News that his organization supports freedom of expression without necessarily endorsing a point of view.

          

Body Language Analysis No. 4398: Mohammed bin Salman regarding the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi ("60 Minutes" Interview) — Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)   

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Last week on 60 Minutes, Mohammed bin Salman was interviewed by Norah O'Donnell. What follows is a crucial portion of that interview evaluated in detail with nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage analysis. 

NORAH O'DONNELL: Did you order the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?

MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN: Absolutely [drawn-out], ah-um — [pause] — not.


Immediately after Ms. O'Donnell asks the question, "Did you order the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?" — when the camera switches to him, Mohammed bin Salman does not have eye contact with her or the camera. He's looking down. More specifically, he's looking down to his left. This is the quadrant to which most people look when they're formulating an answer.

Why does the Saudi Prince have to think about this simple question regarding such an important matter? There should be no thinking. There should be no planning of sentences or syntax.

Mohammed bin Salman's lack of eye contact here is profoundly telling and cannot be over-emphasized. When being asked a direct question, particularly a yes-or-no question, the presence of (and nuance of) eye contact is the most crucial component when separating truth from deception. While, importantly, eye-contact is not expected to be constant or staring — during this crucial portion of his answer, his lack of eye contact screams deception. 

The Crown Prince also shakes his head side-to-side (No) as he takes in a deep breath. Mohammed bin Salman then holds that breath in a Valsalva-type variation — thus exerting elevated intrathoracic pressure. In this context, this physiology indicates significantly elevated anxiety and it's highly indicative of deception.


Mohammed bid Salman then blinks twice within a second — the latter being of longer duration and a deeper blink (complete eyelid closure). Two seconds later he again begins rapid blinking.


The Saudi Prince then hand-shrugs with his right thumb pointing up. The camera angle did not permit a view of his left hand. This particular thumbs-up illustrator is an example of a Partial Emblematic Slip. In detail, an Emblem is a universally recognized nonverbal signal (A thumbs-up dynamic is a universally recognized gesture of approval). It's Partial, because it's not presented in a fully-expressed manner, but rather in a lower-height and short-duration mode. And, it's a Slip, because it's a tell — or leakage of feelings he truly has, yet is trying to suppress — it slips out.

Mohammed bin Salman, despite his extensive coaching and preparation for this interview, let his true thought-emotions slip in this split second — via his thumb. His body language is saying, "Yes, I did". Intriguingly, this affirmation signal comes just prior to him saying the word, "Absolutely".


During the last portion of the word, "Absolutely" — as well as during his "ah-um" and also during his pause, Mohammed bin Salman can be seen displaying a suppressed smile. This is an example of what is known as Duping Delight (Ekman). It signals that the speaker is feeling true joy-happiness in his belief that he has fooled his audience.

It's important to note that, that what action delight the perpetrator, may very well not delight onlookers (as is the case here, of course). Moreover, those displaying duping delight may not be as convincing in their camouflage of deception as they believe.

Can you imagine being innocent of committing a murder or ordering that murder and having even an iota of a smile on your face in your denial? Smiling out-of-context is always a telling red flag.


After his stutter/ah-um and his pause, Mohammed bid Salman then says the word, "No". As he speaks it, his forehead and eyebrows elevate, while his eyelids simultaneously mildly move downward. The opposing directional dynamic of these two closely juxtaposed facial tissues — as he is denying (saying the word "No") is highly correlative with lying.

A monumentally important tell is displayed toward the end of the pause, and when he is saying, "No" — The Crown Prince stops his side-to-side head movement and thrusts his head and neck forward. When his words are saying, "No", his body language ceases to agree. This nonverbal-verbal disparity dynamic is a blaring siren of deception.


He then avoids eye contact again looking down to his left —


— and exhibits additional rapidly blinking.

The Crown Prince's choice of words here are also quite noteworthy. His first word, upon being asked this question, should not be one of affirmation — rather it should be that of negation.

He also draws out the word, "Absolutely". Moreover, he inserts an "ah" immediately followed by a brief "um", and a long pause prior to saying, "No".

Why would an innocent person need to pause before saying, "No"?

In full, he answers, "Absolutely [drawn out] ah-um [pause] not".

Of course, the translator did not insert these critical paralanguage (statement analysis) details as he translated, and his omission completely changes the meaning. You don't have to speak Arabic — or even watch the video, you can simply listen — the Saudi Prince did not speak with conviction or confidence.

SUMMARY: Mohammed bin Salman's nonverbal, verbal, and paralanguage behavior during this crucial portion of this interview indicates that, with extremely high probability, he did order the killing of Washington Post journalist and US resident, Jamal Khashoggi.


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See also:

Body Language Analysis No. 4397: Donald Trump Defends Himself Against The Whistleblower

Body Language Analysis No. 4396: Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearing — Reading Between the Lines

Body Language Analysis No. 4395: Mike Pompeo - "Just the Past Ten Days Alone, We've Killed Over a Thousand Taliban"

Body Language Analysis No. 4394: Donald Trump, "I am The Chosen One"

Body Language Analysis No. 4393: El Paso Mass Shooter - Using Body Language as a Threat Assessment Tool

Body Language Analysis No. 4392: The Secret Tells behind Donald Trump's Statement, "No Puppet. No Puppet. You're the Puppet"

Body Language Analysis No. 4364: Vladimir Putin's and Mohammed bin Salman's High Five at the G20

Body Language Analysis No. 4316: Sarah Paulson, The Met Gala, and Madonna

Body Language Analysis No. 4295: Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos, and Red Flags


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Dallas judge defends giving Amber Guyger a Bible and hug, saying she ‘could not refuse’   

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in her first interview since the trial ended, Judge Tammy Kemp defended herself and said she didn’t know why people were upset.
          

Agatha Christie TV writer defends dramas from criticism   

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Sarah Phelps is adapting the murder mystery writer’s book The Pale Horse for BBC One.
          

'Why should I care at all?': GOP defends Trump as second whistleblower comes forward   

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Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, when asked on "Fox News Sunday" about the second whistleblower, said, "It does not matter."
       

          

Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria   

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United_States_Syria_68687President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from "endless war" in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility.
          

Re: The Dem Schism Gets Real   

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I'm wondering more about the process.

Was this resolution on the agenda for all members and the public to review? It may not be required, but I think it might be good policy to exercise the same transparency that the Central Committee demands of public entities.

As to endorsements, I wonder about the integrity of a member of an organization with a minority opinion loses legitimacy or the exercise of 1st amendment rights based on membership in an organization that so passionately defends them.

Should that be true, I question why there is need for a committee.
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Trump defends decision to withdraw troops from Syria amid GOP criticism   

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President Trump vigorously defended on Monday his decision to withdraw United States troops from northern Syria ahead of a planned invasion of the region by Turkey, even as his Republican allies in both the Senate and House vehemently criticized the move.
          

Enterprise Counsel Group Successfully Defends Client Against $15 Million Claim   

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Following a seven-week jury trial in the Nevada District Court, Enterprise Counsel Group (“ECG”) partner Anjuli Woods successfully defended her client, Frederick Chin, in the case entitled LLV Holdco, LLC v. Atalon Management Group LLC, et al. In 2007, following the near collapse of LLV Holdco, LLC and its affiliates (“Plaintiffs”), who were the developers … Continue reading Enterprise Counsel Group Successfully Defends Client Against $15 Million Claim
          

10/7/2019: NEWS | CANADA: Trudeau defends N.S. candidate   

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PLAINFIELD, Ont. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is calling comments made by a Liberal candidate in Nova Scotia in old social-media posts unacceptable, but he is not removing the candidate from the Liberal roster. Jaime Battiste, who is running for...
          

Trump Defends Syria Policy in Series of Wild, Authoritarian Tweets   

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He boasted of his “great and unmatched wisdom” and threatened to obliterate Turkey’s economy if the country displeases him.

          

Rubio Defends Trump’s Collusion Offer As Not a ‘Real Request’   

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President Trump asked Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden, and followed that up with a tweet reaffirming his “absolute right” to ask any country to investigate anybody Trump deems corrupt. Marco Rubio says he was joking. He wasn’t.

          

Agatha Christie TV writer defends dramas from criticism   

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Sarah Phelps is adapting the murder mystery writer’s book The Pale Horse for BBC One.
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