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          The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch For August 9...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Enjoy our Thursday Podcast of "The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch" hosted by Retired Captain Matt Bruce heard LIVE 2-6 AM ET broadcasting across America from Tampa, FL.... "The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch" is on the Radio with Breaking News from across America & around the World as it happens! ***Tomorrow's News, TONIGHT!*** Where it's ALL about America & WE the PEOPLE with 'The Captain' LIVE Thursday August 9th from 2-6 AM ET broadcasting from Tampa, FL in the #MausNissan Studio of our Salem Media Group Flagship Radio Station #am860theanswer in the #19 Radio Market of America. Our Radio Show is also heard on the #TalkAmericaRadio Network. The Radio Show is heard in over 130 Countries around the World via our Digital Internet Streams. We proudly support our Nations Active Duty Military, Veterans, EMT's, Firefighters, Police & ALL First Responders... Our Guests Tonight Are: Kyle Warren - The Professor of Politics, Ms Rosemary - Prayer Intercessor, Denise Simon - Founders Code, Ron Edwards - The Edwards Notebook, Boe Browning - National Aviation Academy & Veterans News along with the Truckers 'National Highway Report' every hour. We're also happy to take your phone calls on the air LIVE at 1-877-969-8600... We are currently heard on 80 radio affiliates in 28 States & more new affiliates coming in 2018! Atlanta, you hear us on our Salem Radio Affiliate AM 920 The Answer. Orlando, we're on AM 660 & FM 105.5 The Answer. We are also heard on our Salem Media Group Tampa Sister Stations: 930 The Answer Sarasota, FM 103.1 Bradenton, FM 93.7 Bayshore Gardens & 1380 The Biz in St Petersburg FL. Talk America Radio Network Stations 92.1 WDDQ FM in Valdosta GA, Talk 107.5 WJHC in Jasper FL, & AM 1330 WLBB in Carrollton GA. Seattle you hear us on #Megatalk 920 KGTK AM and 1400 KITZ AM in Seattle-Olympia-Tacoma-Bremerton WA. You can also hear the show on the Internet via these websites: The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch, Cowboy Logic Radio, Freedom In America Radio, iHeart Radio, IPBN-FM, iTunes, KTalk Radio, Radioways in Germany, ROKU, Talk Stream Live, Top Talk Radio & TuneIn... Download our FREE app for your iPad, iPhone, Laptop or Personal Computer by going to the AM 860 The Answer website. Find Out Why We Are The FASTEST Growing Overnight News Talk Radio Show On Your Radio Dial!!!!! #America #Afghanistan #Border #Congress #Conservative #DonaldTrump #EchoInRamadi #Economy #Guns #Iran #Iraq #Israel #Immigration #Military #Mueller #NATO #News #Korea #Politics #Russia #Socialism #Syria #Terrorism #Truckers #Veterans #walkaway
          British Museum devolverá ao Iraque antiguidades saqueadas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Announcement: More Web Archives, Less Process      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
From the announcement: The Library of Congress Digital Content Management Section is excited to announce the release of 4,240 new web archives across 43 event and thematic collections on loc.gov, our largest single release of web archives to date! Web archives such as Slate Magazine from 2002 to present, Elizabeth Mesa’s Iraq War blog, and...

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          Australia strips citizenship from 5 Islamic State supporters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Under a 2015 law, anyone with dual citizenship can lose their Australian citizenship for such acts as terrorism Five former dual nationals have been stripped of their Australian citizenship because of their involvement with the Islamic State group overseas, a government minister said Thursday. A total of six people have now lost their Australian citizenship since the law was changed in 2015 to enable dual nationals to lose their citizenship rights for actions contrary to their allegiance to Australia, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said. “I can confirm that five more individuals have ceased to be Australian citizens because of their involvement with Islamic State offshore,” Dutton said in a statement. Three men, two women Dutton did not identify the five. The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney said they were three men and two women who had flown to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State group fighters. It is not clear when they traveled to the Middle East and when they lost their citizenship. Australia Broadcasting Corp. said they were in their 20s and 30s and might not be aware that they were no longer Australian. Intelligence agencies began investigating them last year, the ABC said. “We’ve arrived at a position now where it’s clear through their own conduct these people have renounced their Australian citizenship. They don’t deserve to be Australian citizens and in our judgment they would pose a great threat if they were to return to Australia,” Dutton told ABC. First to lose citizenship The first person to lose Australian citizenship under the law was Sydney-born convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf. Sharrouf, 36, slipped out of Australia in 2013 on his brother’s passport because his own had been canceled because of his conviction for his part in a thwarted terrorist attack plot. He was left with Lebanese citizenship after his Australian citizenship was canceled in January last year. Sharrouf horrified the world in 2014 when he posted on social media a photograph of his young son clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier. Then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described that image as “one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed.” Under section 35 of the Australian Citizenship Act, a dual national’s Australian citizenship automatically ceases if they act contrary to their allegiance to Australia by engaging in terrorism-related conduct. This includes those who fight for or who are in the service of a declared terrorist organization overseas. The Islamic State group was declared a terrorist organization for these purposes since May 2016.
           British Museum to return looted antiquities to Iraq       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
LONDON (AP) - The British Museum said Thursday that it is returning to Iraq eight 5,000-year-old antiquities that were looted after the U.S.-led 2003...
          Áudios mostram frieza de quadrilha envolvida com tráfico e assassinatos na Região de Curitiba      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Quadrilha foi alvo de uma operação realizada nesta quinta-feira (9); de 14 pessoas presas, seis já estavam detidas no sistema prisional do Paraná. Operação foi realizada na manhã desta quinta-feira (9), em São José dos Pinhais Polícia Civil/Divulgação A RPC teve acesso exclusivo a conversas telefônicas feitas entre integrantes da quadrilha que foi alvo da "Operação Benção Tio", deflagrada em um conjunto habitacional em São José dos Pinhais, na Região Metropolitana de Curitiba, na manhã desta quinta-feira (9). Catorze pessoas foram presas durante a operação. Destas, seis já estavam detidas no sistema prisional do Paraná. De acordo com a Polícia Civil, a organização é envolvida com o tráfico de drogas e assassinatos. Desde 2012, segundo as investigações, 41 casos de homicídios foram registrados na região do conjunto habitacional. Desse total, 15 foram dentro do condomínio. Em uma das gravações, um dos criminosos, que está preso e foi identificado como Mateus, conversa com outro integrante da quadrilha - Gustavo - suspeito de cometer crimes dentro do condomínio. Os dois comentam detalhes sobre como teria acontecido um dos crimes. Ouça o áudio: Em áudio, criminosos falam com frieza sobre crime Mateus: Mas foi com o que que vocês pegou? Gustavo: Com um oitão Mateus: Hm Gustavo: Aham, aí eu dei primeiro e o pastor três Mateus: (risada) Mateus: E pegou na onde? Gustavo: Na cabeça, (inaudível) Ainda de acordo com as investigações, a organização criminosa comandava o conjunto habitacional, expulsando moradores inadimplentes com o pagamento de taxas condominiais e de luz e água. Se um morador fosse contrário aos interesses da quadrilha, ele geralmente era morto, segundo a polícia. A suspeita da polícia é de que parte do recurso, captado no condomínio, era usado para as atividades criminosas da quadrilha. Operação em conjunto habitacional na Região de Curitiba mira quadrilha envolvida com tráfico de drogas e assassinatos Em outro trecho das conversas telefônicas, Paulo Monteiro, identificado pela polícia como o chefe da quadrilha, fala com uma mulher que não foi identificada pela polícia. Os dois conversam sobre moradores que não pagam o condomínio. Líder de quadrilha fala sobre dívidas no condomínio Monteiro está preso na Penitenciária Estadual de Piraquara, e é conhecido como "Tio". Segundo a polícia, era ele quem autorizava a venda de drogas e os assassinatos no condomínio, ainda conforme a polícia. Ouça o áudio acima. Paulo Monteiro: dispensa todo mundo dos apartamentos, Maria, não paga (palavrão) nenhuma, não vai pagar nem água e luz. Mulher (não identificada pela polícia): Verdade, não pagam condomínio, ó, eu não sei como que tá a situação né, porque eu não to me metendo né! Paulo Monteiro: Quem não tiver pagando vai sair fora, não tem o que faça mano. Paulo Monteiro responde a mais de 10 homicídios, foi condenado a mais de 80 anos de prisão em regime fechado, ainda conforme a Polícia Civil. Além das 14 pessoas presas, a operação também apreendeu drogas (cocaína e maconha), três balanças de precisão, cinco armas, 170 cápsulas de munição de diferentes calibres, além de documentos, celulares, computadores e três rádios HTs com frequência da polícia. Veja mais notícias da região no G1 Paraná.
          Operação em conjunto habitacional na Região de Curitiba mira quadrilha envolvida com tráfico de drogas e assassinatos      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dez pessoas foram presas; ação foi deflagrada na manhã desta quinta-feira (9). Polícia realiza operação de combate ao tráfico de drogas em São José dos Pinhais As polícias Civil e Militar deflagraram, na manhã desta quinta-feira (9), uma operação que mirou uma quadrillha que atua dentro e fora de um conjunto habitacional em São José dos Pinhais, na Região Metropolitana de Curitiba. Dez pessoas foram presas. De acordo com a Polícia Civil, a organização é envolvida com o tráfico de drogas e assassinatos. Ao todo, havia 14 mandados de prisão temporária (com validade de 30 dias), mas seis pessoas já se encontravam detidas. Também foram cumpridos seis mandados de busca e apreensão. Das 10 prisões realizadas nesta quinta, duas foram em flagrante. Houve ainda a apreensão de dois adolescentes. Condomínio fica em São José dos Pinhais Polícia Civil/Divulgação 'Benção do Tio' Batizada de "Operação Benção Tio", a ação foi realizada no Condomínio Serra do Mar I e II, do programa "Minha Casa Minha Vida". Há 594 moradias no local. Desde 2012, 41 casos de homicídios foram registrados na região do conjunto habitacional. Desse total, 15 foram dentro do condomínio. A maioria dos casos já foi solucionado. A investigação começou há dois anos e, conforme a Polícia Civil, a organização criminosa comandava o conjunto habitacional, expulsando moradores inadimplentes com o pagamento de taxas condominiais e de luz e água. Há seis mandados de busca e apreensão Polícia Civil/Divulgação Se um morador fosse contrário aos interesses da quadrilha, ele geralmente era morto, segundo a polícia. A suspeita da polícia é de que parte do recurso, captado no condomínio, era usado para as atividades criminosas da quadrilha. Mais de 100 policiais civis e militares participaram da operação Polícia Civil/Divulgação O chefe O chefe da organização criminosa, de acordo com a Polícia Civil, é Paulo Monteiro – conhecido como "Tio". Ele responde a mais de 10 homicídios, foi condenado a mais de 80 anos de prisão em regime fechado e está preso na Penitenciária Estadual de Piraquara II, na Região Metropolitana da capital paranaense. O G1 tenta localizar o advogado de Paulo Monteiro. Operação ocorreu em condomínio do 'Minha Casa, Minha Vida' Divulgação/Polícia Civil "Tio" era quem autorizava a venda de drogas e os assassinatos no condomínio, ainda conforme a polícia. A polícia informou que, no dia 27 de agosto, foi cumprido um mandado de busca e apreensão na cela do "Tio". Lá, foram encontrados um aparelho celular e dois chips usados para falar com os integrantes da quadrilha. 'Operação Benção Tio' foi deflagrada nesta quinta-feira (9) em condomínio de São José dos Pinhais Polícia Civil/Divulgação O que foi apreendido Drogas (cocaína e maconha) Três balanças de precisão Cinco armas Um par de algemas 170 munições de diferentes calibres Três rádios HTs com frequência da polícia Documentos Celulares Computadores Veja mais notícias do estado no G1 Paraná.
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Miswag 2.1.1


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Category: Lifestyle
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           Iraqi cleric Sadr wins vote recount: electoral commission       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's alliance won Iraq's legislative election in May according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said Friday,...
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L'orrore in Iraq. Human Right Watch: «Temiamo che l'assassino abbia una pena ridotta perché questo prevede la legge irachena»
          A Bold Foreign Policy Platform for the New Wave of Left Lawmakers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A NEW COHORT OF PROGRESSIVES IS RUNNING FOR—AND WINNING—ELECTIONS. The stunning victory of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic congressional primary in New York is perhaps the most well-known, but she is far from alone. Most of these candidates are young, more than usual are people of color, many are women, several are Muslims, at least one is a refugee, at least one is transgender—and all are unabashedly left. Most come to electoral politics after years of activism around issues like immigration, climate and racism. They come out of a wide range of social movements and support policy demands that reflect the principles of those movements: labor rights, immigrant and refugee rights, women’s and gender rights, equal access to housing and education, environmental justice, and opposition to police violence and racial profiling. Some, though certainly not all, identify not just with the policies of socialism but with the fundamental core values and indeed the name itself, usually in the form of democratic socialism.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American woman in Detroit, just won the Democratic primary for the legendary Congressman John Conyers’ seat. Four women, two of them members of Democratic Socialists of America and all four endorsed by DSA, beat their male incumbent opponents in Pennsylvania state house primaries. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is running an insurgent campaign for Congress against a longstanding incumbent in western Massachusetts, keeping her focus on Medicare-for-All and civil rights. Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee, won endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and is running for Keith Ellison’s former congressional seat as an “intersectional feminist.” And there are more.

Many highlight their movement experience in their campaigns; they are champions of immigrant rights, healthcare, student debt organizing and the fight for $15. Intersectionality has grown stronger, as the extremism of Trump’s right-wing racist assault creates significant new gains in linking separate movements focused on racism, women’s rights, immigrant rights, climate, poverty, labor rights and more.

But mostly, we’re not seeing progressive and socialist candidates clearly link domestic issues with efforts to challenge war, militarism and the war economy. There are a few exceptions: Congressional candidate and Hawaii State Rep. Kaniela Ing speaks powerfully about U.S. colonialism in Hawaii, and Virginia State Rep. Lee J. Carter has spoken strongly against U.S. bombing of Syria, linking current attacks with the legacy of U.S. military interventions. There may be more. But those are exceptions; most of the new left candidates focus on crucial issues of justice at home.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war.

It’s not that progressive leaders don’t care about international issues, or that our movements are divided. Despite too many common assumptions, it is not political suicide for candidates or elected officials to stake out progressive anti-war, anti-militarism positions. Quite the contrary: Those positions actually have broad support within both our movements and public opinion. It’s just that it’s hard to figure out the strategies that work to connect internationally focused issues, anti-war efforts, or challenges to militarism, with the wide array of activists working on locally grounded issues. Some of those strategies seem like they should be easy—like talking about slashing the 53 cents of every discretionary federal dollar that now goes to the military as the easiest source to fund Medicare-for-all or free college education. It should be easy, but somehow it’s not: Too often, foreign policy feels remote from the urgency of domestic issues facing such crises. When our movements do figure out those strategies, candidates can easily follow suit.

Candidates coming out of our movements into elected office will need clear positions on foreign policy. Here are several core principles that should shape those positions.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war. That does not mean isolationism, but instead a strategy of diplomatic engagement rather than—not as political cover for—destructive U.S. military interventions that have so often defined the U.S. role in the world.

Looking at the political pretexts for what the U.S. empire is doing around the world today, a principled foreign policy might start by recognizing that there is no military solution to terrorism and that the global war on terror must be ended.

More broadly, the militarization of foreign policy must be reversed and diplomacy must replace military action in every venue, with professional diplomats rather than the White House’s political appointees in charge. Aspiring and elected progressive and socialist office-holders should keep in mind the distinction between the successes and failures of Obama’s foreign policy. The victories were all diplomatic: moving towards normalization with Cuba, the Paris climate accord and especially the Iran nuclear deal. Obama’s greatest failures—in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen—all occurred because the administration chose military action over robust diplomacy.

Certainly, diplomacy has been a tool in the arsenal of empires, including the United States. But when we are talking about official policies governing relations between countries, diplomacy—meaning talking, negotiating and engaging across a table—is always, always better than engaging across a battlefield.

A principled foreign policy must recognize how the war economy has distorted our society at home—and commit to reverse it. The $717 billion of the military budget is desperately needed for jobs, healthcare and education here at home—and for a diplomatic surge and humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to people of countries devastated by U.S. wars and sanctions.

A principled foreign policy must acknowledge how U.S. actions—military, economic and climate-related—have been a driving force in displacing people around the world. We therefore have an enormous moral as well as legal obligation to take the lead in providing humanitarian support and refuge for those displaced—so immigration and refugee rights are central to foreign policy.

For too long the power of the U.S. empire has dominated international relations, led to the privileging of war over diplomacy on a global scale, and created a vast—and invasive—network of 800-plus military bases around the world.

Now, overall U.S. global domination is actually shrinking, and not only because of Trump’s actions. China’s economy is rapidly catching up, and its economic clout in Africa and elsewhere eclipses that of the United States. It’s a measure of the United States’ waning power that Europe, Russia and China are resisting U.S. efforts to impose new global sanctions on Iran. But the United States is still the world’s strongest military and economic power: Its military spending vastly surpasses that of the eight next strongest countries, it is sponsoring a dangerous anti-Iran alliance between Israel and the wealthy Gulf Arab states, it remains central to NATO decision-making, and powerful forces in Washington threaten new wars in North Korea and Iran. The United States remains dangerous.

Progressives in Congress have to navigate the tricky task of rejecting American exceptionalism. That means recognizing that it is often a good thing when U.S. global military and economic efforts fail, because they are generally aimed at maintaining domination and control. Without that U.S. domination, the possibility arises of a new kind of internationalism: to prevent and solve crises that arise from current and potential wars, to promote nuclear disarmament, to come up with climate solutions and to protect refugees.

That effort is increasingly important because of the rapid rise of right-wing xenophobic authoritarians seeking and winning power. Trump is now leading and enabling an informal global grouping of such leaders, from Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Victor Orban in Hungary and others. Progressive elected officials in the United States can pose an important challenge to that authoritarian axis by building ties with their like-minded counterparts in parliaments and governments—possibilities include Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, among others. And progressive and leftist members of Congress will need to be able to work together with social movements to build public pressure for diplomatic initiatives not grounded in the interests of U.S. empire.

In addition to these broad principles, candidates and elected officials need critical analyses of current U.S. engagement around the world, as well as nuanced prescriptions for how to de-escalate militarily, and ramp up a new commitment to serious diplomacy.

GEOPOLITICAL POWER PLAYS

RUSSIA: Relations with Russia will be a major challenge for the foreseeable future. With 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons in U.S. and Russian hands, and the two powers deploying military forces on opposite sides of active battlefronts in Syria, it is crucial that relations remain open—not least to derail potential escalations and ensure the ability to stand down from any accidental clash.

Progressives and leftists in Congress will need to promote a nuanced, careful approach to Russia policy. And they will face a daunting environment in which to do so. They will have to deal with loud cries from right-wing war-mongers, mainly Republicans, and from neo-con interventionists in both parties, demanding a one-sided anti-Russia policy focused on increased sanctions and potentially even military threats. But many moderate and liberal Democrats—and much of the media—are also joining the anti-Russia crusade. Some of those liberals and moderates have likely bought into the idea of American exceptionalism, accepting as legitimate or irrelevant the long history of U.S. election meddling around the world and viewing the Russian efforts as somehow reaching a whole different level of outrageousness. Others see the anti-Russia mobilization solely in the context of undermining Trump.

But at the same time, progressive Congress members should recognize that reports of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 and 2018 elections cannot be dismissed out of hand. They should continue to demand that more of the evidence be made public, and condemn the Russian meddling that has occurred, even while recognizing that the most serious threats to our elections come from voter suppression campaignsat home more than from Moscow. And they have to make clear that Trump’s opponents cannot be allowed to turn the president’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin into the basis for a new Cold War, simply to oppose Trump.

CHINA: The broad frame of a progressive approach should be to end Washington’s provocative military and economic moves and encourage deeper levels of diplomatic engagement. This means replacing military threats with diplomacy in response to Chinese moves in the South China Sea, as well as significant cuts in the ramped-up military ties with U.S. allies in the region, such as Vietnam. Progressive and socialist members of Congress and other elected officials will no doubt be aware that the rise of China’s economic dominance across Africa, and its increasing influence in parts of Latin America, could endanger the independence of countries in those parts of the Global South. But they will also need to recognize that any U.S. response to what looks like Chinese exploitation must be grounded in humility, acknowledging the long history of U.S. colonial and neocolonial domination throughout those same regions. Efforts to compete with Chinese economic assistance by increasing Washington’s own humanitarian and development aid should mean directing all funds through the UN, rather than through USAID or the Pentagon. That will make U.S. assistance far less likely to be perceived as—and to be—an entry point for exploitation.

NATO: A progressive position on NATO flies straight into the face of the partisan component of the anti-Trump resistance—the idea that if Trump is for it, we should be against it. For a host of bad reasons that have to do with personal enrichment and personal power, Trump sometimes takes positions that large parts of the U.S. and global anti-war and solidarity movements have long supported. One of those is NATO. During the Cold War, NATO was the European military face of U.S.-dominated Western anti-Communism and anti-Sovietism. With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, peace activists from around the world called for the dissolution of NATO as an anachronistic relic whose raison d’etre was now gone.

Instead, NATO used its 50th anniversary in 1999 to rebrand itself as defending a set of amorphous, ostensibly “Western” values such as democracy, rather than having any identifiable enemy—something like a military version of the EU, with the United States on board for clout. Unable to win UN Security Council support for war in Kosovo, the United States and its allies used NATO to provide so-called authorization for a major bombing campaign—in complete violation of international law—and began a rapid expansion of the NATO alliance right up to the borders of Russia. Anti-war forces across the world continued to rally around the call “No to NATO”—a call to dissolve the alliance altogether.

But when Trump, however falsely, claims to call for an end to the alliance, or shows disdain for NATO, anti-Trump politicians and media lead the way in embracing the military alliance as if it really did represent some version of human rights and international law. It doesn’t—and progressives in elected positions need to be willing to call out NATO as a militarized Cold War relic that shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe or to mobilize against Russia or China or anyone else. It should be ended.

In fact, Trump’s claims to oppose NATO are belied by his actions. In his 2019 budget request he almost doubled the 2017 budget for the Pentagon’s “European Deterrence Initiative,” designed explicitly as a response to “threats from Russia.” There is a huge gap between Trump’s partisan base-pleasing condemnation of NATO and his administration&rdqou;s actual support for strengthening the military alliance. That contradiction should make it easier for progressive candidates and officeholders to move to cut NATO funding and reduce its power—not because Trump is against NATO but because the military alliance serves as a dangerous provocation toward war.

THE WAR ON TERROR

What George W. Bush first called “the global war on terror” is still raging almost 17 years later, though with different forms of killing and different casualty counts. Today’s reliance on airstrikes, drone attacks and a few thousand special forces has replaced the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied ground troops. And today hardly any U.S. troops are being killed, while civilian casualties are skyrocketing across the Middle East and Afghanistan. Officials from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have repeated the mantra that “there is no military solution” in Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq or against terrorism, but their actions have belied those words. Progressive elected officials need to consistently remind the public and their counterparts that it is not possible to bomb terrorism out of existence. Bombs don’t hit “terrorism”; they hit cities, houses, wedding parties. And on those rare occasions when they hit the people actually named on the White House&rdqou;s unaccountable kill list, or “terrorist” list, the impact often creates more terrorists.

The overall progressive policy on this question means campaigning for diplomatic solutions and strategies instead of military ones. That also means joining the ongoing congressional efforts led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others  to challenge the continued reliance on the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

In general, privileging diplomatic over war strategies starts with withdrawing troops and halting the arms sales that flood the region with deadly weapons. Those weapons too often end up in the hands of killers on all sides, from bands of unaccountable militants to brutally repressive governments, with civilians paying the price. Congress members should demand an end of massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other U.S. allies carrying out brutal wars across the Middle East, and they should call for an end to the practice of arming non-state proxies who kill even more people. They should call for a U.S. arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and Israel (which presents a whole other set of arms-related challenges), while urging Russia to stop its arms sales to Syria, Iran and Pakistan. Given the power of the arms industries in the United States, arms embargoes are the most difficult—but perhaps the most important—part of ending the expanding Middle East wars.

Progressives in Congress should demand real support for UN-sponsored and other international peace initiatives, staffing whole new diplomatic approaches whose goal is political solutions rather than military victories—and taking funds out of military budgets to cover the costs. The goal should be to end these endless wars—not try to “win&rdqou; them.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The most important thing for candidates to know is that there has been a massive shift in public opinion in recent years. It is no longer political suicide to criticize Israel. Yes, AIPAC and the rest of the right-wing Jewish, pro-Israel lobbies remain influential and have a lot of money to throw around. (The Christian Zionist lobbies are powerful too, but there is less political difficulty for progressives to challenge them.) But there are massive shifts underway in U.S. Jewish publicopinion on the conflict, and the lobbies cannot credibly claim to speak for the Jewish community as a whole.

Outside the Jewish community, the shift is even more dramatic, and has become far more partisan: Uncritical support for Israel is now overwhelmingly a Republican position. Among Democrats, particularly young Democrats, support for Israel has fallen dramatically; among Republicans, support for Israel’s far-right government is sky-high. The shift is particularly noticeable among Democrats of color, where recognition of the parallels between Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the legacies of Jim Crow segregation in the United States and apartheid in South Africa is rising rapidly.

U.S. policy, unfortunately, has not kept up with that changing discourse. But modest gains are evident even there. When nearly 60 members of the House and Senate openly skipped Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech when he came to lobby Congress to vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the sky didn’t fall. The snub to the Israeli prime minister was unprecedented, but no one lost their seat because of it. Rep. Betty McCollum’s bill to protect Palestinian children from Israel’s vicious military juvenile detention system (the only one in the world) now has 29 co-sponsors, and the sky still isn’t falling. Members of Congress are responding more frequently to Israeli assaults on Gaza and the killing of protesters, often because of powerful movements among their constituents. When Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz acknowledged the divide: “While members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move, Democrats were split between those who congratulated Trump for it and those who called it a dangerous and irresponsible action.”

That creates space for candidates and newly elected officials to respond to the growing portion of their constituencies that supports Palestinian rights. Over time, they must establish a rights-based policy. That means acknowledging that the quarter-century-long U.S.-orchestrated “peace process” based on the never-serious pursuit of a solution, has failed. Instead, left and progressive political leaders can advocate for a policy that turns over real control of diplomacy to the UN, ends support for Israeli apartheid and occupation, and instead supports a policy based on international law, human rights and equality for all, without privileging Jews or discriminating against non-Jews.

To progress from cautiously urging that Israel abide by international law, to issuing a full-scale call to end or at least reduce the $3.8 billion per year that Congress sends straight to the Israeli military, might take some time. In the meantime, progressive candidates must prioritize powerful statements condemning the massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza and massive Israeli settlement expansion, demands for real accountability for Israeli violations of human rights and international law (including reducing U.S. support in response), and calls for an end to the longstanding U.S. protection that keeps Israel from being held accountable in the UN.

The right consistently accuses supporters of Palestinian rights of holding Israel to a double standard. Progressives in Congress should turn that claim around on them and insist that U.S. policy towards Israel—Washington’s closest ally in the region and the recipient of billions of dollars in military aid every year—hold Israel to exactly the same standards that we want the United States to apply to every other country: human rights, adherence to international law and equality for all.

Many supporters of the new crop of progressive candidates, and many activists in the movements they come out of, are supporters of the increasingly powerful, Palestinian-led BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, that aims to bring non-violent economic pressure to bear on Israel until it ends its violations of international law. This movement deserves credit for helping to mainstream key demands—to end the siege of Gaza and the killing of protesters, to support investigations of Israeli violations by the International Criminal Court, to oppose Israel’s new “nation-state’ law—that should all be on lawmakers’ immediate agenda.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 100,000 Afghans and 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in a U.S. war that has raged for almost 17 years. Not-Yet-President Trump called for withdrawal from Afghanistan, but within just a few months after taking office he agreed instead to send additional troops, even though earlier deployments of more than 100,000 U.S. troops (and thousands more coalition soldiers) could not win a military victory over the Taliban. Corruption in the U.S.-backed and -funded Afghan government remains sky-high, and in just the past three years, the Pentagon has lost track of how $3.1 billion of its Afghanistan funds were spent. About 15,000 US troops are still deployed, with no hope of a military victory for the United States.

Progressive members of Congress should demand a safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, acting on the long-held recognition that military force simply won’t work to bring about the political solution all sides claim to want.

Several pending bills also would reclaim the centrality of Congress’ role in authorizing war in general and in Afghanistan in particular—including ending the 2001 AUMF. Funding for humanitarian aid, refugee support, and in the future compensation and reparations for the massive destruction the U.S.-led war has wrought across the country, should all be on Congress’ agenda, understanding that such funding will almost certainly fail while U.S. troops are deployed.

IRAN: With U.S. and Iranian military forces facing each other in Syria, the potential for an unintentional escalation is sky-high. Even a truly accidental clash between a few Iranian and U.S. troops, or an Iranian anti-aircraft system mistakenly locking on to a U.S. warplane plane even if it didn’t fire, could have catastrophic consequences without immediate military-to-military and quick political echelon discussions to defuse the crisis. And with tensions very high, those ties are not routinely available. Relations became very dangerous when Trump withdrew the United States from the multi-lateral nuclear deal in May. (At that time, a strong majority of people in the United States favored the deal, and less than one in three wanted to pull out of it.)

The United States continues to escalate threats against Iran. It is sponsoring a growing regional anti-Iran alliance, with Israel and Saudi Arabia now publicly allied and pushing strongly for military action. And Trump has surrounded himself with war-mongers for his top advisers, including John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who have both supported regime change in Iran and urged military rather than diplomatic approaches to Iran.

Given all that, what progressive elected officials need to do is to keep fighting for diplomacy over war. That means challenging U.S. support for the anti-Iran alliance and opposing sanctions on Iran. It means developing direct ties with parliamentarians from the European and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, with the aim of collective opposition to new sanctions, re-legitimizing the nuclear deal in Washington and reestablishing diplomacy as the basis for U.S. relations with Iran.

It should also mean developing a congressional response to the weakening of international anti-nuclear norms caused by the pull-out from the Iran deal. That means not just supporting the nonproliferation goals of the Iran nuclear deal, but moving further towards real disarmament and ultimately the abolition of nuclear weapons. Progressives in and outside of Congress should make clear that nuclear nonproliferation (meaning no one else gets to have nukes) can’t work in the long run without nuclear disarmament (meaning that the existing nuclear weapons states have to give them up). That could start with a demand for full U.S. compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which calls for negotiations leading to “nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament.”

SYRIA: Progressive candidates and elected officials should support policies designed to end, not “win” the war. That means withdrawing troops, ceasing airstrikes and drone attacks, and calling for an arms embargo on all sides of the multiple proxy war. The civil war component of the multiple wars in Syria is winding down as the regime consolidates its control, but the sectarian, regional and global components of that war have not disappeared, so continuing a call for an arms embargo is still important. The first step is to permanently end the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s “arm and train” policies that have prolonged the war and empowered some of its most dangerous actors.

There will also need to be negotiations between the regional and global actors that have been waging their own wars in Syria, wars that have little to do with Syria itself, but with Syrians doing the bulk of the dying. That means support for the UN’s and other internationally-sponsored de-escalation efforts, and serious engagement with Russia towards a permanent ceasefire, as well as the arms embargo. U.S. policy should include absolute prohibitions on Washington’s regional allies—including Saudi Arabia and Turkey—sending U.S.-provided arms into Syria. And progressive supporters of diplomacy should also maintain pressure on the United States to back multi-lateral diplomatic processes organized by the UN and others—on humanitarian issues in Geneva, and political issues in Astana. Cutting the United States’ multi-billion dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Turkey and other U.S. allies involved in the Syrian wars would also lend legitimacy to U.S. efforts within those diplomatic processes to press Russia to stop providing arms to the Assad regime.

IRAQ: Congress has largely abrogated its responsibilities even as the 15-year war initiated by the United States continues. Progressive policymakers would do well to join the existing efforts to end—not replace, but cancel—the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, and reopen congressional debate, with the goal of ending funding for war in Iraq once and for all. When President Obama withdrew the last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, stating that “war in Iraq ends this month,” many assumed that the authorization ended as well. But it was never officially repealed and had no expiration date, and three years later Obama claimed that the then-12-year-old authorization justified the war against ISIS in Iraq. While Trump has relied primarily on the 2001 AUMF, the Iraq-specific authorization of 2002 remains in place and should be withdrawn. 

In the meantime, progressives in Congress should support many of the same policies for Iraq as for Syria: withdraw the troops and special forces, stop the assassination program that is the heart of Washington’s “counter-terrorism” campaign and cease sending arms. Congress should end funding to force the closure of the network of small “forward operating bases” and other U.S. military bases that may remain in U.S. hands in Iraq despite earlier agreements to turn them over to the Iraqi government. The U.S. must figure out new ways to provide financial compensation and support to the people whose country and society has been shredded by more than a dozen years of crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions bookended by two devastating wars (Desert Storm, starting in 1991, and the Iraq War, starting in 2003)—while somehow avoiding the further empowerment of corrupt and sectarian political and military leaders.

YEMEN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen reflects the most deadly front of Saudi Arabia’s competition with Iran for regional hegemony. The United States is providing indirect and direct support, including U.S. Air Force pilots providing in-air refueling so Saudi and UAE warplanes can bomb Yemen more efficiently, and Green Berets fighting alongside Saudi troops on the border, in what the New York Times called “a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.”

The U.S.-backed Saudi war against Yemen has also created what the UN has declared the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis. Congress’ first action must be to immediately end all U.S. involvement in the war. Next, Congress must reject all approvals for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as long as they continue to bomb and blockade Yemen.

Ending these arms sales may be a serious challenge, given the power of the arms manufacturers’ lobby, Israel’s strong support of Saudi Arabia against Iran and the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the top U.S. arms customer. But recent efforts and relatively close votes in both the House and Senate, while not successful, indicate that challenging the longstanding process of providing the Saudis with whatever weapons they want may be closer to reality than anticipated. The House called the U.S. military involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen “unauthorized.” Reps. Ro Khanna, Marc Pocan and others have introduced numerous House bills in recent months aimed at reducing U.S. arms sales and involvement in the Saudi-led assault. In the Senate, a March resolution to end U.S. military involvement in the Yemen war failed by only 11 votes, a much narrower margin than anticipated. Progressive candidates and new members of Congress should support all those efforts, and move further with a call for ending the longstanding U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, especially military sales and support for the Saudi-Israeli partnership against Iran.

A QUICK GLANCE AT SOME OTHER POLICY QUESTIONS

NORTH KOREA: Progressive elected officials will need to support Trump’s diplomatic initiatives, challenging mainstream Democrats willing to abandon diplomacy because Trump supports it (however tactically or temporarily). Progressives will also need to condemn U.S. military provocations that undermine that same diplomacy, and build public and congressional support for the inter-Korean diplomatic moves already underway. That should include pushing for exemptions in the U.S.-imposed sanctions that would allow inter-Korean economic and other initiatives to go forward. Progressives in Congress can also play a major role in supporting people-to-people diplomacy with North Korea, and they can lead the way in replacing the current armistice with a peace treaty finally ending the Korean War.

AFRICA: Across the continent, there is an urgent need to reverse the militarization of foreign policy, including reducing the size, breadth of responsibilities and theater of operations of AFRICOM.  The wide-ranging but unauthorized and largely secretive special operations and other military actions across the continent violate not only international law, but U.S. domestic law as well.

LATIN AMERICA: In Latin America, there is an urgent need for a new anti-interventionist policy, not least to stop the current attempts to take advantage of serious domestic crises in Venezuela, Nicaragua and elsewhere. Progressives will need to challenge the U.S. economic and foreign policies that create refugees from Central America in particular (including the consequences of the U.S. wars of the 1980s), even while fighting to protect those migrants seeking safety in the United States as a result of those earlier policies. Regarding Mexico, Congress needs to fight for a U.S. position in trade negotiations that is not based on economic nationalism, but rather on making sure that Mexican workers and U.S. workers are both equally lifted up. Left policymakers will also have the chance to play a leading role in forging a new relationship with Mexico’s just-elected progressive President Lopez-Obrador. 

All of the areas where U.S. wars are or were underway, as well as places where U.S. economic and climate policies have helped create crises threatening people’s lives, also become areas from which migrants are forced to flee their homes. U.S. policymakers must acknowledge that U.S. policies are direct causes of the refugee crises that exist in and around the war zones and climate crisis zones of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere—and that the refugees seeking asylum in Europe, and the far fewer trying to come to the United States, are a consequence of those policies. So progressive candidates and policymakers should support massive expansion of funding for these victims of war, including humanitarian support in their home regions and acceptance of far greater numbers of refugees into the United States. They must directly challenge the xenophobic policies of the Trump administration that include the Muslim Ban, the separation of children from their families at the border and the vast reduction in refugees accepted into this country. In Congress, that might include introducing bills to cut funding for ICE or eliminate the institution altogether.

Finally, progressive candidates and elected officials will need to continue to craft policy proposals that recognize what happens when the U.S. wars come home. This requires more voices in Congress challenging the military budget because it’s used to kill people abroad and because the money is needed for jobs, health care and education at home. It means challenging Islamophobia rising across the United States because of how it threatens Muslims in the United States and because it is used to build support for wars against predominantly Muslim countries. It means exposing—on the floor of the House and beyond—the fact that the Muslim bans targeted primarily countries the United States was bombing, sanctioning or stationing soldiers in. And it means being clear that protecting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants has to include ending the wars that create refugees in the first place.

Certainly, we shouldn’t expect every progressive or even every socialist running for national office to become an instant expert on every complicated piece of U.S. foreign policy. And for those running for state and local office, there may seem to be even less urgency. But we’ve seen how the Poor People’s Campaign, with its inclusion of militarism and the war economy as one of its four central targets (along with racism, poverty and environmental destruction), has demonstrated to all of our movements the importance of—and a model for—including an anti-war focus within multi-issue state and local mobilizations. The Movement for Black Lives has created one of the strongest internationalist and anti-war platforms we’ve seen in years—including calls for cutting the military budget, supporting Palestinian rights, stopping the Global War on Terror and the so-called War on Drugs, ending the militarized U.S. interventions across Africa, and linking U.S. military and economic policies with the rise in Haitian and other—predominantly Black—immigration.

Immigrant rights activists are linking movements for sanctuary (and against ICE) with opposition to the wars that create refugees. Campaignsare underway to reject the training of U.S. police by Israeli police and military forces. Battles are being waged to get local law enforcement agencies to refuse Pentagon offers of weapons and equipment left over from U.S. wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These campaigns all play out at the local and state level.

So especially for those running for Congress, but really for all candidates at every political level and venue in this country, there is a clear need for a strong, principled position on at least a few key foreign policy issues. And the key to making that happen still lies with our movements.


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A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again
The culture of suspicion against Jews circulates now in a country that had not participated in the Holocaust, , which did not have ghettos, but where today for a mixture of Thirdworldism, consistent Islamic electoral interests, anti-colonial madness out of maximum time and anti-Zionism practiced by the progressive elites, the English citizens of Jewish origin today no longer feel at ease.

The previous day there was the indictment of an imam of Copenhagen who in a sermon invited the faithful to kill the Jews. The day before there was the reconstruction of the history of the Imam of the Great Mosque in Toulouse, also guilty of having invited the faithful to get rid of the Jews.

Previously, there was a pan-European flotilla of solidarity to Hamas and Gaza which stopped in many Italian ports. Also a law in the Senate of Ireland which sanctions with prison those who import post-1967 Israeli goods.

And then the launch of hundreds of missiles on the Israeli houses in the south. And then the threats of elimination of the Jewish people coming from the spiritual father of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

And we do not stop here, since the last few weeks have seen nothing short of attacks on Jews in the cities of Germany and France.
Watchdog Group Sues US Government to Obtain Records of BDS Groups Under Obama Administration
A conservative watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense over Obama-era records pertaining to anti-Israel BDS groups.

Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit in order to obtain records from 2015 of groups affiliated with BDS movement, which lobbied “the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel,” the group said in a statement.

The lawsuit occurred “after all three agencies failed to respond to nearly identical April 23, 2018, FOIA requests,” the organization explained.

“Americans deserve to know if the Obama-era agenda of supporting anti-Israel radicals in subverting US law is ongoing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These entrenched bureaucrats of the Deep State clearly require lawsuits to compel observance of FOIA law.”

The lawsuit states, despite Obama signing the 2015 Trade Enforcement Act, “the Customs and Border Protection Bureau restated the West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirement rules requiring labeling of goods as being from the ‘West Bank,’ despite the fact that it is not a sovereign country,” reported Judicial Watch.

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) applauded the move by Judicial Watch.
Israeli Air Force Gets First-Ever Female Squadron Commander
The Israeli Air Force has appointed the first female squadron commander in its 70-year history.

According to Israel’s Channel Two, the commander, who for security reasons is referred to only as “G.,” will be promoted to lieutenant colonel and put charge of the 122nd Squadron, known as “Nachshon.” The squadron is composed of planes specifically geared toward intelligence gathering.

The 34-year-old G. has been active in the Air Force since 2003, and has served in several command positions, including deputy commander of the “Nachshon” Squadron itself.

G. — currently a major — said that she was “happy with the appointment,” which she called “a great privilege alongside a great responsibility.”

“The real work is ahead of me,” she added. “I’m proud to serve in the Air Force.”



Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing Kept Children in 'Filthy' Compound, Allegedly Trained Them to Shoot Up Schools
Horrifying details emerged on Wednesday in the case of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of an imam linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who was arrested in New Mexico on charges of keeping 11 starving children in a filthy compound. According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Wahhaj was training the children to carry out school shootings.

Prosecutors asked the judge to hold Wahhaj without bond for felony child abuse. He is also the subject of an extradition warrant from Georgia on charges of kidnapping his own son from the state in December. His son was not among the starving children rescued from the compound. There are fears the remains of an as-yet unidentified child found at the compound could be Wahhaj’s son.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Wahhaj and four accomplices possessed an AR-15 rifle and four pistols with ample ammunition and were training the children to commit school shootings.

Wahhaj’s father, who was born under the name Jeffrey Kearse but now also uses the name “Siraj Wahhaj,” is an imam in New York who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He served as a character witness in the trial of mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh.”

The New York Post reported on Monday that the elder Wahhaj is currently the head of the Majid at-Taqwa mosque in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The other defendants in the compound case are the younger Siraj Wahhaj’s wife, his two sisters, and his brother-in-law.








Palestinians celebrate relative's victory in U.S. Congressional race
Sharing smiles and hugs, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman to join the US Congress, celebrated her election victory in the courtyard of their West Bank house on Wednesday.

The oldest of 14 children born to a family of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is a Detroit native. Her father worked at a Ford Motor Company plant in the city, home of the US car industry, and she became the first Muslim woman elected to the state legislature.

On Tuesday, she won her district's Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th Congressional district, encompassing parts of Detroit and surrounding suburbs and home to one of the largest Muslim and Arab-American populations in the United States.

Since no one ran in the Republican primary, Tlaib is poised to win the seat.
Nick Cohen: The old left and the new anti-Semitism
Only the handful of Jews who have stuck with the far left believe that now. There are abundent examples of Labour members endorsing racism. The supernatural Jew of Nazi Europe has been reinvented by the left. The Jew is now ‘the Zionist’: the sinister force behind 9/11, the Iraq War, the banking crisis and attacks on the beloved leader.

This sounds like fascism. The convergence between the extremes should not hide the fact that the disgrace of the British Labour party flows from distinctly left-wing sources that threaten the German and wider European left.

The first is failure to come to terms with the crimes of communism. Corbyn was a regular writer for Britain’s communist newspaper, the Morning Star. His chief adviser, the upper-class socialist Seumas Milne, defended the old GDR. The racism on the British left, in its content and tone, dates back to Stalin’s almost forgotten ‘anti-Zionist campaigns,’ at the time of the Slansky trial and ‘doctors’ plot’. I have no doubt that if Corbyn and his allies were Germans, they would be in Die Linke.

There is a second factor. After the fall of communism, the dominant section of the British far left preferred to make common cause with radical Islam or the secular Middle Eastern dictatorships of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad than to make their peace with liberal democracy. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories did them no harm for decades. In Britain, as in Germany, Jews are a tiny minority. The far larger Muslim minority is a key part of Labour’s base now. Although it is a libel to say that all British Muslims are anti-Semitic, it is a statement of fact that the Islamist groups who back Corbyn are reactionary on all questions including Judaism. In any case, because Britain never experienced communism or fascism there is little understanding here about what anti-Semitism is and how dictatorial movements from the Tsarists to Islamic State have used it to attack liberal values.

Let me end with a warning. Labour under Corbyn has avoided the collapse in support that has afflicted social democratic parties across Europe. Corbyn’s acolytes are now telling German social democrats to follow his example. Let the shameful state of the once proudly anti-fascist Labour party stand as a warning to them. They may win more votes. But they will never produce a centre-left politics worth having.
Britain’s Labor Party Is Now the Party of Anti-Semitism
Since the hard-left parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015, the UK’s Labor party has seen near-continuous anti-Semitic outbursts by its members and revelations of Corbyn’s own association with vicious Israel-haters, coupled with several ostensible attempts to set things right which proved to be shams. Most recently, the party has disciplined two MPs for complaining about anti-Semitism. Tamara Berens concludes that this is far more than a passing problem:

Many focus on the question of whether Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite himself. He may or may not be. However, his deliberate actions to reject the Jewish community’s concerns, silence his moderate Labor detractors, and pedal anti-Zionism as central to his political image show that he is more than happy to utilize anti-Semitism for political purposes.

Anti-Zionism—and by extension, giving credence to anti-Semites—is fundamental to the worldview Corbyn has cultivated on his journey to political stardom. For most of his political career, Corbyn was a fringe socialist politician and supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian ayatollahs, and the Venezuela of Nicolas Maduro [and Hugo Chavez]. After becoming Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn toned down some of this support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he has consistently maintained his support for anti-Zionist causes. What’s undoubtable is that throughout his career, his ultimate goal has remained the same: rejecting Western values and embracing the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a strategic bid to normalize and implement socialism in the UK.

Politically, Corbyn’s strategy is working: according to a recent YouGov poll, 61 percent of the party believes Corbyn is handling accusations of anti-Semitism well. And 80 percent of the party deems him a good leader overall. The events of the past few weeks indicate that the Labor leadership has been able to build on their apparent success to . . . distance themselves from the overwhelmingly Zionist British-Jewish community. This perhaps became most apparent last Friday, when Jeremy Corbyn published another article in the Guardian disregarding his part in normalizing anti-Semitism in the party. The piece came out at 5:00pm, when the majority of Jews in the country were busy preparing for the Sabbath.


Jeremy Corbyn and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories of a “Very Honoured Citizen”
In one of his bids to escape the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party, last Friday Jeremy Corbyn offered this line in The Guardian:

Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one individual who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

Mr Corbyn should know all about 9/11 conspiracy bunkum. He has been an enthusiastic champion of Raed Salah, one of the notable peddlers.

Raed Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. It is close to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Salah visited the UK in 2011, planning to speak alongside MPs as part of his tour, including Mr Corbyn.
UK Labour MP under fire for accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ in Gaza in 2012
A senior lawmaker in the British Labour party has come under fire after a 2012 video surfaced that saw him claiming Israel was attempting to commit “genocide” against the Palestinians.

The opposition party, which has been mired in an ongoing anti-Semitism scandal, defended John McDonnell after the clip was published by the Daily Telegraph.

McDonnell is the UK’s shadow chancellor of the exchequer, having been appointed to the post in 2015 by Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been repeatedly been accused of being soft on anti-Semitism among his party members.

In the video, taken in November 2012 during a round of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip known as Operation Pillar of Defense, McDonnell said: “Nobody can speak without expressing some form of solidarity with the people of Gaza … as the children are murdered and the bombs are flying from Israel.”

“I think it’s absolutely critical now that we use every platform we can to expose what’s going on, which is effectively an attempt at genocide against the Palestinians,” he charged at a far-left rally organized by the Unite the Resistance organization.
Extremist-Linked Assad Fan Lord Sheikh and His Zionist-Bashing Group
Sheikh is on the record publicly praising the controversial group the Al Muntada Trust. The group faced scrutiny after fears were raised that its funds had ended up with Boko Haram extremists. It has been linked to a series of anti-Semitic, homophobic and extremist preachers. In the video above, Lord Sheikh calls the group “marvellous”…

Then there is Lord Sheikh’s praise for the East London Mosque. Sheikh said:

“I would certainly commend the Mosque and Centre: not only do you provide a place of worship, but you provide a holistic service and more importantly the empowerment for women.”

Once again, the East London Mosque has well-known and established links to a series of misogynistic and homophobic speakers.

It gets worse. Lord Sheikh has links to the hugely controversial Interal charity, which was investigated by the Charity Commission over its links to Hamas.
Birthright co-founder: Don't criticize Israel on our nickel
Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said on Wednesday that young Jews are free to criticize Israel, but not while enjoying a free trip, JTA reported.

“If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they don’t have the right to do it on our nickel,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz in an interview.

His comments came after at least two groups of American Jews visiting Israel on the 10-day trip left the tour to join leftists groups on visits to Palestinian Arabs. The walk-offs reportedly were encouraged by the leftist American-Jewish group IfNotNow.

The young Jews who walked off the trip and some others who remain on them are critical of what they say is Birthright’s failure to deal with Israel’s alleged “occupation” of Judea and Samaria. Some have complained that maps handed out to participants do not draw a proper distinction between Israel and Judea and Samaria.

Bronfman said in his interview with Haaretz that participants on Birthright can extend their trip and join any kind of group they want or travel on their own to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

“If they want to go to the West Bank or Gaza, they are certainly free to go,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz.

“What is not fair is making a big tzimmes while the trip is on. Frankly, I just don’t think that is fair to their fellow participants,” added Bronfman.
Another Jump the Shark Moment from JVP
The latest email from Jewish Voice for Peace's Deputy Directory Stefanie Fox may be a jump the shark moment for the anti-Israel group. The subject line reads "Why is the ADL training ICE in Israel?" Maybe Stefanie is secretly hoping you don't bother to read the rest of her offering. (Spoiler alert: they aren't)

Stephanie claims ICE has been learning techniques and tools from the Israeli military. She doesn't care if Peter Edge was in Israel studying cyber-security or attempting to learn from Israel's remarkable sucess at curtailing human trafficking. If it involves Israel, it must be made to be nefarious. Stefanie Fox spews typical JVP vitriole: "The real-world results of these trips have been Israeli & US officials sharing “worst practices” -- deportation and detention, shoot-to-kill policies, massive spying and surveillance -- that have become the go-to policies of agencies like ICE."

Why the hyperbole? Because 3 years ago, during the Obama administration the Deputy Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations, one man, Peter Edge joined a delegation to Israel sponsored by the ADL.
American Association of University Professors: Don’t boycott the anti-Israel academic boycotters
But if you uphold the right to boycott, you necessarily need to uphold the right to counter-boycott.

The problem with this is that AAUP upholds the right to boycott, but only on one side. Substantively it opposes both the boycott and counter-boycott, but procedurally it upholds only the right of the boycotters.

AAUP also sent a letter to Israel regarding Israel’s denial of entry to Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, an academic boycott supporter.

Additionally, AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure sent a letter to the Israeli government in regard to the interrogation, subsequent expulsion, and apparent banning from Israel of Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke over her supporter of the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement in April. The letter urges the government of Israel to “reconsider your immigration officer’s decision and to revoke any further ban on Professor Franke’s entry for purposes of collaborative academic and scholarly work in Israel.”

Again, AAUP upholds Professor Franke’s right to boycott Israel and Israelis, but does not uphold the reverse. It does not matter that it is the Israeli government boycotting Professor Franke, since the BDS movement regularly seeks to impose government boycotts of Israel. So governmental power is used by both sides.

By turning academia into war by other means, the anti-Israel academic boycotters invited relatiatory boycotts. By affirming the rights of the boycotters to boycott Israel, but rejecting the right of Israel and supporters of Israel to counter-boycott, AAUP is not consistent or principled.
Legal action taken against first BDS motion by Latin American municipality
An organization of Chilean-Israelis has filed a legal action against the municipal council of the Chilean city of Valdivia and its mayor, which recently approved the first municipal BDS motion in Latin America. BDS refers to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel.

The Chilean Community of Israel (CCHIL) organization sent a letter on July 30 to the Chilean state comptroller arguing that the motion contravenes Chilean law, that a municipal council has no jurisdiction to take such actions and that the mayor has overstepped his legal authority by advancing and signing the motion.

In Spain, dozens of municipal authorities have adopted BDS motions against Israel prompted by the pro-Palestinian advocacy of the left-wing populist Podemos Party.

Anti-BDS activists are now concerned that this phenomenon could spread to Latin America, and the legal motion to the Chilean state comptroller is an effort to try and stop it in its tracks.

The ACOM organization in Spain has successfully sued 33 local municipal authorities out of at least 100 that approved BDS motions. It is hoped that the widespread adoption of such measures can be avoided in Chile and the broader region.

Indeed, the Valdivia municipal decree itself, passed in June, references the BDS motions in Spanish cities, saying that its own measure was following in those footsteps.
Anti-Semitism Soars on U.S. College Campuses
Anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. college campuses have continued to grow in 2018, with at least 384 recorded incidents in the first half of this year, according to a new report showing the number of genocidal expressions towards Jewish hit new highs on campuses across the United States.

A new report by released Wednesday by pro-Israel organization the AMCHA Initiative, a group that tracks anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses, shows that much of the anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses is the result of activity by anti-Israel activists who promote imagery such as swastikas and tropes calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, according to the report.

Genocidal expression, such as images and language promoting the killing of Jews and destruction of Israel, "rose dramatically" over the past years, with at least 75 percent of such incidents "involving classic anti-Semitism" and "genocidal expression," according to the report. The number of such incidents appear to have dropped slightly from 2017 to the first part of 2018, the report notes.

Most notably, according to the report, "Israel-related incidents were significantly more likely to contribute to a hostile campus," the report found.

The AMCHA report puts figures to a range of anecdotal and reported conflicts on college campuses across the United States, where anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity continues to flourish. Pro-Palestinian campus activists continue to aggressively silence those in the Jewish community and foster an unsafe environment for many Jewish students.
Christian Science Monitor Highlights Benefits of Jewish Sovereignty
One underlying message that modern mass media offers about Israel is that Jewish power and sovereignty in the land of Israel is a threat or obstacle to the welfare of people living in the Middle East. This dishonest narrative, which fits the agenda of authoritarian regimes and de-stabilizing political movements that use anti-Zionism as a unifying political agenda, infects much, if not most of the media coverage of the Jewish state. This “blame-Israel” narrative is so ubiquitous that it comes as a shock when a news outlet gets it right and portrays Israel as a force for good in the Middle East. But it does happen.

It happened in an article published on July 11, 2018 in the online edition of The Christian Science Monitor and reprised in the July 30, 2018 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly.

The article, titled “Syrian war comes to Israel’s doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes,” was written by Dina Kraft. In the article, Kraft recounts how 10,000 people fleeing from Syrian Civil War have come to rely on Israel for their welfare and safety. They have gathered near Syria’s border with Israel because of the protection the Jewish state affords them under “Operation Good Neighbor.” The program provides food, fuel, medical supplies and in some instances medical treatment to people living in villages near Israel. As a result of the program, “[s]ome 5,000 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals,” Kraft reported.

These acts of kindness have changed how many Syrians view the Jewish state, the article indicates.
BBC double standards in reporting social media incitement evident again
In April of this year the BBC News website’s domestic pages reported the sentencing of a Salford man previously found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism”.

“Muslim convert Adam Wyatt, 48, admitted disseminating a terrorist publication that said “Britain must atone for its sins in Palestine” and posting on social media that jihad was an obligation for all Muslims.”

The following month the website reported the sentencing of a man from Sunderland who had previously pleaded guilty to similar offences.

“A shopkeeper who tweeted support for Islamic State (IS) and called for “death to Shias” has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Mohammed Zahir Khan, of Nora Street, Sunderland, had admitted encouraging terrorism, dissemination of a terror publication and stirring up religious hatred.”


Unsurprisingly, the BBC did not send a reporter to interview either of those men before they were sentenced. Neither did it promote the notion that they were put on trial because of their identity to millions of audience members or portray either of their cases as being about “free speech”.

However, when an Israeli-Arab woman was sentenced to five months in prison after having been convicted of incitement to violence in her poems and social media posts, the BBC News website amplified her claims of political persecution in a July 31st report titled “Dareen Tatour: Israeli Arab poet sentenced for incitement“.
Shocking documentary shows how Sweden’s ruling leftist party ‘helped’ Nazi Germany
A shocking documentary about Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party, shows how the leftist party ‘inspired and helped’ Nazi Germany.

The documentary, produced by the party’s right-wing opponent, the Sweden Democrats, was removed by YouTube yesterday in an act of censorship.

But after a backlash it is now visible again on the social media channel of broadcaster Samtiden Dokumentär.

Ironically the documentary starts with the leader of the leftist Social Democratic Party, Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, telling how the right-wing Social Democrats historically have Nazi roots.

But now the Sweden Democrats are hitting back and have produced this documentary to tell the truth about their leftist opponents.

And it is revealing as it shows that the Swedish Social Democrats inspired Nazi Germany on the issue of Eugenics or “ethnic cleansing”.
Jewish couple in Belgium targeted with death threats
A Jewish woman living in Belgium said her family has been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse since one of their neighbors discovered they were Jews.

The woman, identified only as Nicole, 43, in an article published last month by the La Meuse regional daily about her ordeal, had been living for over two years in Marchienne-au-Pont, a suburb of Charleroi 30 miles south of Brussels, without incident, according to the report.

But this summer, the report said, she and her family have been targeted in a campaign of harassment that has featured written death threats stuffed into their mailbox and the scrawling of anti-Semitic graffiti on their front door.

“We are too afraid to leave our home since this started,” Nicole, a Chile native, was quoted as telling the newspaper. “Several people discovered we’re Jewish and ever since we’ve been getting death threats.” One letter addressed to Nicole called her a “dirty whore” and other insults.

The couple have filed several complaints with police but no suspects have been brought in.
Mayoral candidate: Questioning Holocaust isn't anti-Semitism
A self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist is planning a run for mayor of Hilton Head, South Carolina, but says his beliefs will not impact his local anti-development platform.

Michael Santomauro, 59, filed papers to enter the race on Monday, according to the Island Packet.

Santomauro, who founded a roommate-matching service, made headlines in New York City in 2003 when subscribers to his service received a stream of emails spreading his beliefs denying historical accounts of the Holocaust.

In 2004, protesters surrounded his home and chanted “evict the Nazi.” He told the New York Post then that the Nazi label is “totally inaccurate.” He told the Island Packet this week that the protesters were “part of a domestic terrorism group.”

In 2011, Santomauro urged his child’s school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to acquire the book “Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides.” The book collects essays denying key aspects of Holocaust history, including the death toll, the accounts of survivors, the physical evidence found at death camps and the feasibility of the methods the Nazis used to carry out mass murder. Santomauro runs American operations for a publisher of e-books dedicated to Holocaust denial.
Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in video games
Computer and video games can include swastikas and other Nazi symbols, a German industry body said Thursday, after a heated debate over the “Wolfenstein” franchise in which gamers battle Third Reich forces.

The game was previously deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called “anti-constitutional” symbols, including Nazi swastikas.

Accordingly in “Wolfenstein II,” images of Adolf Hitler were doctored to remove his mustache and the swastika in the Nazi flag was replaced with a triangular symbol.

This sparked an uproar in the gaming community, prompting calls for games to be treated like films.

Because movies are deemed works of art, they are exempt from the ban, similar to material used in research, historical or scientific purposes.

Films set in the World War II-era, for instance, are allowed to be screened in Germany with Nazi symbols.
Curator of Elie Wiesel Museum Welcomes Global Outpouring of Support, as Romanian Police Arrest Vandalism Suspect
In the wake of this past weekend’s vandalism incident at the childhood home of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in Romania, there has been an outpouring of solidarity from across the globe, the curator of the museum at the site told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Alina Marincean said the incident — in which antisemitic graffiti was scrawled on the home — came as a surprise to both museum staff members and local residents in the city of Sighetu Marmatiei, located in northwestern Romania near the border with Ukraine.

“Nothing of this sort ever happened to us and we are organizing yearly public events with a great impact on the local and regional community,” she noted.

Following the discovery of the graffiti on Saturday, Marincean recalled, “I spent the whole next day responding to emails and answering calls from friends, visitors, people I know from around the world from Finland to South America, Israel and the US, people who expressed their concern and also support.”

“There were also visits at the museum from politicians and intellectuals from Romania who wanted to point out the importance of this place that keeps Elie Wiesel’s work and memory alive, as well as the memory of all those 38,000 Jews who never returned to their homes after May 1944,” she added.
Patented Israeli Laser Technology Could be Used to Fight Forest Fires Across the World
Texas, Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK are among other areas battling massive forest fires, a phenomenon experts expect will only increase due to climate change.

It was the massive forest fires in Israel over the past several years that gave electro-optics physicist Daniel Leigh the idea of using algorithm-controlled laser beams from helicopters or trucks to zap leaves, thin branches and pine needles off treetops in the path of fire. The flames are forced downward, where they can be more easily controlled by conventional methods.

Leigh explains that leafy treetops provide a highly combustible smorgasbord for hungry forest fires. Fanned by extreme wind and weather conditions, a forest fire that rises to the treetops spreads out of control in the blink of an eye.

When Leigh shared his idea with ecologist Zvika Avni, former chief of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) Forestry Department, Avni agreed to be the ecology and the wildfire fighting specialist for Leigh’s startup, Fighting Treetop Fire (FTF).
Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel
Following Swedish pro-Hamas operatives’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht.

Stefan Abrahamsson today announced on Facebook that his yacht, Elida, will set sail from Sweden on Aug. 25 to Israel to show solidarity with the Jewish State and Middle East Christians.

“We want to break the silence of the severe persecution and cleansing of the Christian population that is taking place in this region,” he wrote. “As the only democracy in the Middle East amid ​​dictatorships, Israel welcomes us on this show of solidarity with human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and fundamental democratic values. In turn, we are taking a stand for the values ​​that Israel stands for.”

Abrahamsson wrote that on Aug. 24 he will organize a sendoff party at the Gothenburg marina from which his yacht, carrying about 40 activists, will set sail for Herzliya, Israel. The Elida is expected to reach Israel in October and dock there for several weeks. The sendoff will feature a discussion on “precisely these important issues,” he wrote. Lars Adaktusson, a lawmaker from Sweden in the European Parliament, is scheduled to speak at the event.
Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter wins gold at European Championships
Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s 10,000-meter run at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin Wednesday, completing the race in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds.

Israeli-Kenyan Salpeter came 9 full seconds ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands, winning the gold medal. Sweden’s Meraf Bahta came third.

The 29-year-old became the first Israeli to be crowned European champion.

“I still don’t believe it,” she said afterwards. “I’m really happy. I dreamed of this, but I didn’t believe it happened.”

Salpeter will receive a grant of NIS 40,000 (some $11,000) from Israeli sports authorities for her win.

Born in Kenya, she first came to Israel in 2008, working as a caretaker at Kenya’s embassy in Tel Aviv. While running at a Herzliya park, she was noticed by running coach Moti Mizrahi, who suggested she train professionally.
2.4 million tourists came to Israel so far in 2018, ministry says
Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that 2.4 million tourists have visited Israel since the beginning of 2018, a 17% increase in tourists for the same period in 2017.

Citing findings from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the ministry said in a statement that the number of tourists is 46 percent more than in 2016, almost double the number of tourists that entered during the same period that year.

According to the ministry, 293,400 tourists entered Israel during July 2018 alone, which is around eight percent more tourists than in July 2017.

Over 250,000 tourists came by air, the release said, an 8.8% increase compared to July 2017. 26,200 of them came through land crossings into Israel, a 3.1% increase compared to that month the year before. (Israel only has land border crossings with Egypt and Jordan.)

“Month after month, we are witnessing new achievements and record highs in incoming tourism,” Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (Likud) said in a statement. “I am pleased that, in the last month, we have also seen an impressive rise in incoming tourism... the tourism industry continues to be a significant factor in making exceptional impact and contributions to the Israeli economy and workforce.”

Levin also praised the ministry’s marketing initiatives and “innovative activities… Together with the incentives for airlines and investments in infrastructure,” for contributing to the rise in tourism.
2,200-Year-Old Earring Found in Jerusalem Excavation Sheds Light on Hellenistic Period in Judea
A 2,200-year-old golden earring was discovered at the City of David’s archaeological excavation just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, shedding light on life in the city after it was conquered by the Greeks.

The rare artifact depicts a finely-crafted head of a horned animal and delicate filigree work, and is believed to date back to the second or third century BCE, a period during which the Temple was the center of Jewish life, but the region was controlled by the Greeks and a significant percentage of the Jewish populace was influenced by Greek culture and beliefs.

During the time period the earring is believed to be connected to, Judea was a semi-autonomous Hellenistic vassal first under the rule of Ptolemaic Egypt from 301 to 198 BCE, and then under the Seleucid Empire, after Antiochus III conquered Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards, Jews who were not Hellenized ultimately took part in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BCE, which is commemorated in the Hanukkah story.

According to Professor Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, co-director of the Givati Parking Lot excavation, the find is the first earring discovered in Jerusalem from the Hellenistic period, found in an early-Hellenistic period building deep inside the dig.



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          Strike On Bus Kills 29 Children In Yemen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dozens of children have been killed and wounded in an air attack that hit a school bus in rebel-controlled northern Yemen. Sources there say the vehicle was targeted in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which backs Yemen's government in its war with the Houthi rebels. Also in the programme: US Vice-President Mike Pence announces plans for a US Space Force, and looted Iraqi antiquities to return home after 15 years. Picture: Yemenis help a wounded child injured in a Saudi-led airstrike. Credit: EPA.
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Heather Nauert
Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
August 9, 2018



Index for Today's Briefing
  • INDONESIA
  • DEPARTMENT
  • ZIMBABWE
  • YEMEN
  • IRAQ
  • TURKEY
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS
  • RUSSIA
  • NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA
  • CHINA

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    MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. How are you today? And why are so many of you showing up on an August afternoon? You’re supposed to all be on vacation or something, but I notice a few empty seats. But Gardiner’s back from vacation. Gardiner, welcome.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Thank you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: How’ve you been?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: I’ve been good.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Good. A couple announcements to start before we get started with your questions today.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    First, I would like to express our condolences to the victims of the recent earthquakes and also the aftershocks in Indonesia. The United States has experts and partner organizations on the ground. We’re consulting with the Government of Indonesia at this time. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and we stand ready to provide additional aid to the Government of Indonesia. Our U.S. consulate personnel are assisting affected U.S. citizens. At this time, we do not have any reports of U.S. citizen casualties associated with the earthquakes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Indonesian people. As many of you know, we were recently on the ground in Indonesia and had some terrific meetings with government officials there.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next, I have some staffing news to bring you now. And I’m really excited about this one, because it affects our Bureau of Public Affairs and specifically the folks that you will working with. Today I’d like to announce that Robert Palladino will be joining our press team as the State Department’s deputy spokesperson. Robert is a career Foreign Service officer and I believe known well to some of you or perhaps many of you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Over the past year, Robert has served as director of press and acting National Security Council spokesperson. In that role he’s helped to prepare Sarah Sanders for her briefings at the White House. He was also a spokesperson to the White House press corps and worked as NSC communications lead for both Asia and Europe. Robert’s Foreign Service career has included postings in Washington, where he worked for our Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, and also on Capitol Hill. Overseas, he’s worked in Milan, Italy; Guangzhou, China; and also Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Prior to joining the State Department, he practiced law in Asia and Europe in the Army JAG Corps. His service included deployment to Rwanda. He is a graduate of Notre Dame University, Washington and Lee School of Law, the U.S. Army War College, and he also speaks Chinese and Italian. Pretty impressive.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We are delighted that he is coming back to the State Department from the White House. I know you will enjoy working with him. For those of you who have not met him, he is a terrific guy. We’ve worked closely together for the past year or so. I asked him what his children thought, because he has two young girls – I asked him what they thought of his job, and I love these quotes. His youngest daughter said, “I’m proud of America and I’m proud of you, Dad, but it sounds really boring.” And then his older daughter said this – and you’ll appreciate it – “But wait a minute, everybody yells questions and they’re angry. That’s the worst job in the world.” That actually might be the White House press corps, not you all. But we look forward to welcoming Robert when he joins us on the 20th of August. But try not to bug him between now and then; he’s on vacation with his family. So another addition to our press family.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And that’s it. With that, I’d be happy to take your questions.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, thanks. We’ll try not to be so angry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I said not you all.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Let’s – me, yes me. I just wanted to ask you briefly before I ask you about Yemen. I noticed the statement that you guys put out about Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe elections and the Zambian decision to deport the opposition leader.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Right.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And in that statement it said that you are reviewing certain aspects of your cooperation with the Zambian Government. Can you be a little bit more specific? What aspects of --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Some of those will be conversations that will be had privately with both governments. But my understanding is that there are certain agreements in which that government was taking steps that the Zimbabweans weren’t completely familiar with and weren’t supportive of, and there were some concerns related to that. But let’s just --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: No, I understand, but I was just --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: But let’s just back up a couple steps for folks who’ve not been following this perhaps as closely as you have. Elections on July the 30th – those were promising, very promising. We thought it was a historic chance to sort of move beyond the political and economic crises of the past and toward a more democratic change and better dialogue in that country. People turned out massively in those elections. We put out a statement just after those elections complimenting them on those elections.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    However, the success in delivering an election day that was peaceful and open to international observers was then marred by violence, which we’ve been seeing and has been heavily reported, at least in the international press, over the past about week and a half. We’ve seen a disproportionate use of deadly force against protestors by the security forces, which is a great concern of ours. We’re concerned by those numerous reports of human rights violations since the elections had taken place about a week and a half or two ago. We have received credible allegations of detentions, of beatings, and other abuses of the people of Zimbabwe, particularly targeting opposition activists.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Now, the latest news today is the foreign – excuse me, the former minister of finance had left to go to Zambia. Zambia returned him to Zimbabwe, we understand. And some of this is still fresh so we don’t have all the details at this point. But I understand he was detained and possibly let go.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    So I’m going to pause there because some of this is still unfolding, and I don’t want to give you any inaccurate information since it’s still developing.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: I get that. I just wanted to know is this a threat to withhold or suspend some aid to Zambia when you say you’re reviewing certain aspects of our cooperation?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get into that at this point, but we’re watching the situation carefully.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: All right. Let me ask you about this airstrike in Yemen, which appears to have killed dozens of children. The Saudis obviously are the ones who conducted this, but they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: How can something like that report happen?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think we would start by saying --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: It’s more than a report. I mean, it’s – they admitted that it happened.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. How can situations like this happen? We don’t have the full details about what happened on the ground. We’ve certainly seen the news reports of what has been reported happened, okay? I can’t confirm all the details because we are not there on the ground.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We can say that we’re certainly concerned about these reports that resulted – that there was an attack that resulted in the deaths of civilians. We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident. We take all credible accounts of civilian casualties very seriously. We call on the parties to take appropriate measures to protect civilians in accordance with international law and urge all parties to investigate all reported incidents of civilian casualties.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay. Well, they say – already the coalition says that they acted in accordance with international law. But if you look at the photographs, the video that come from the scene, it doesn’t look like that’s a really – that that’s a credible answer. So are you okay with the coalition on its own doing an investigation, or would you like to see some kind of an international component to it or an international investigation?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think I just answered that and we said that we would call upon the Saudi Government --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you’re --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- to do a full and thorough investigation, as we always do. And we call upon all parties in any kind of situation like this to take appropriate measures to try to mitigate the risk of civilian casualties.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you don’t think --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: DOD and other entities put out reports on this after the fact as they all start to investigate, and so we will look forward to any information on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Right. But my question is you don’t see a need for there to be something other than a coalition investigation, you don’t see a need for an independent --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get – this is something that is fresh, that just happened, so I’m not going to get ahead of any kind of investigation that may take place. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: It’s only the latest in a huge number of civilians killed during these operations though.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I would encourage you to take a look – and that is we regret any loss of civilian life. That is something that the United States Government – in particular, any time you talk to the Department of Defense about civilian casualties, they will say the same thing --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- that – I’m not finished, okay? And they will say the exact same thing, that all parties take very strong responsibility and measures to try to protect against the loss of civilian life. As we have seen – and you all very rarely ask about the issue that has been unfolding and the devastation that has taken place in Yemen – let’s look at some of the things that have been happening in Yemen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You have the Houthi rebels who continue to attack Saudi Arabia. They continue to do that with Iranian weapons, missiles, and rockets. They continue to try to attack civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, for example, and that is part of the reason why these actions are being taken.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Let me go back and remind you what I just said a moment ago, and that is we call for an investigation and we anticipate that a thorough investigation will be done. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: The Secretary isn’t planning on having a conversation with --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hi, Nick.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Is this – hey, Heather. Is this latest incident or the previous incidents causing the U.S. to re-evaluate in any way the role that it’s playing in the situation, in terms of its relationship with Saudi Arabia?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, we provide a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance in Yemen to try to support civilians in Yemen and try to mitigate against the devastation that’s taken place there in that country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But you also supply a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, then – sorry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Right? No?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: No.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Am I wrong? Is that wrong?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: That’s not wrong.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Sorry, these ladies over here are laughing. On that I would refer you to the Department of Defense that is involved with that, but as you know, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Okay. Hi, Gardiner.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Just a follow-up on that. Hey. So obviously, there’s growing concerns in Congress about the toll this war is taking within Yemen. It’s the worst humanitarian disaster on the planet. Aren’t you concerned that incidents like this will further erode congressional support and lead to further support for legislation that could cut off Saudi Arabia from arms sales and the rest?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I mean, I think that is an entirely hypothetical question and we don’t comment on congressional proposals in any event, but I would ask – all of you have been very silent on the issue of Yemen, and times --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Although Said has asked. You’ve been the one reporter who’s asked a lot about Yemen and the situation there.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well I would suggest that if you had more than two briefings a week and they lasted for longer than a half an hour or 40 minutes that you might get questions about something other than the actual main topic of the day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Matt, I think you and I talk every single day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yes, we do.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: You have my phone number. You have all my numbers, and anytime you want to talk about Yemen, I’d be more than happy to answer your questions and provide you additional expert briefings --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- on Yemen anytime anyone is interested, but I have not seen a major level of interest on the part of our press corps, with the exception of Said, on the issue of Yemen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Why does that matter, though? There’s news today, so --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can you request an expert on Yemen?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, certainly, I’d be happy to. Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Wait, so first of all, I think that when there have been attacks against Saudi installations or missiles and stuff, I think you’ve seen that there have been just as vigorous of reporting.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t – I disagree, but --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well, I mean, that’s – it’s not our job to, like, sit here and go back and forth on that. We’re asking today. The U.S. has tried to increase its target training with – to try and improve the targeting of the Saudi coalition. Is that still continuing?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Elise, I think that would be a DOD issue, so I’d encourage you to talk with my --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But these are foreign – okay, but these are foreign military financing.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Which is out of the State Department.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: And I would encourage you to talk to DOD about that. So some --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well, maybe --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Some of this – some of this is a State Department equity, but much of this is Department of Defense, so I’d encourage you to talk with them about it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hey, Laurie.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Hi. On Iraq, the road between Erbil and Kirkuk, which was cut as a result of fighting last October, is being rebuilt, but Baghdad has said that it will establish a customs border on that road and collect revenues. Is that consistent, a customs border in the middle of the Erbil-Baghdad road, in which one party, the Iraqi Government, is going to collect revenues? Is that consistent with your view of a unified Iraq?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I would – there are other countries that have done this in the past, including our own country years ago in which this type of thing has been done. I think this is largely an internal matter for the Government of Iraq, between Iraq and Erbil, to try to work out. We do encourage them to resolve any remaining issues between Baghdad and Erbil.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: You don’t have a position beyond that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, we believe that a strong KRG government within a unified and federal Iraq is something that’s essential to Iraq’s long-term stability and the enduring defeat overall of ISIS.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, if I could ask you about Turkey. So the deputy foreign minister was here; it seemed there was no progress. Is that the case? And was pastor – were the American hostages the only issues that were discussed or were there other questions like the Turkish purchase of the S-400 discussed as well?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, obviously you all know that we have a very broad relationship with Turkey and a host of issues that we talk about with the Turkish Government whenever we do meet. Yesterday we had a wide-ranging conversation with Turkish Government officials. We made it clear that Pastor Brunson needs to be returned home. Much of this, though, we’re not going to negotiate in public.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can you tell us --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Go ahead. Hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can you tell us if you made any progress about the situation of Pastor Brunson?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I would say we would define progress as Pastor Brunson being brought home.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So in other words, no.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: And so progress is --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Until he – until he’s --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Progress is Pastor Brunson being brought home to the United --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So until he’s home there is no progress?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- to the United States.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Did you give any --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Did you give any deadline? Did you give Turkish officials any deadline?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanks. Hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: I think progress is kind of coming closer towards an agreement, like you’re not – you don’t have full North Korean denuclearization but you say that there is progress in working towards that goal. So is there progress in coming to some kind of deal with the Turks or are you still as far apart as you were the day that he was being hospitalized?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I’m not going to characterize it that way. As you know, we had – we met yesterday. They had wide-ranging meetings at the State Department and with other departments here in Washington. I’d refer you to those other departments that met with the Turkish Government. The progress that we want to be made is to have Pastor Brunson return home. And I’ll leave it at that. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So is that saying you will not engage with the Turks anymore on this issue until Pastor Brunson comes home?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to speculate on that, and I’m not going to get ahead of the administration on that issue. Hey, Said.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Hi. Thank you, Heather. Could we move – could you comment on the escalation in Gaza? There has been escalation in Israeli bombardment of Gaza as we speak.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I’m sorry, start that over again.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: There is an escalation as we speak of Israeli bombardment of Gaza. They said that they killed a 23-year-old woman, pregnant, with her toddler. Do you have any comments on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, overall we’ve been watching this as it has been unfolding, and it’s a very concerning situation that has taken place in Gaza. Overall, we condemn the launching of missile attacks into Israel and call for an end to the destructive violence. We’ve seen reports that 180 or so rocket attacks have taken place, shot from Gaza into Israel, and we fully support Israel’s right to defend itself and to take actions to prevent provocations of that nature.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But this last round of bombardment, Israeli bombardment, actually began by the Israelis. It was not Hamas that started this latest round.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, I’m not going to get into how this thing started. Let’s not forget that Hamas bears ultimate responsibility for the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. It’s a tremendous concern of ours.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay. Let me ask you about the peace efforts that are taking place. Now, there are reports that the unveiling of the plan, the deal of the century, has been pushed back. Can – do you have any comment on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I would object to the premise of the question, your statement in that question. We have not unveiled the peace plan at this time. That will be unveiled by Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt when it is ready. And when it’s ready to be unveiled, they will unveil it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And lastly, last week you guys released some funds or some aid to the Palestinian Authority. I believe it was sent to the security forces. Can you share with us the amount of that aid? Is that a one-time thing, or is it part of the sort of unfreezing of the funds to the Palestinian Authority?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I’m going to have to get back to you on that issue. I don’t have any information for you on that today. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Russia?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Russia?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, two quick questions. First of all, on the sanctions that were announced yesterday, one of the requirements for Russia to avoid further sanctions is to allow inspections to make sure that they’re not using chemical weapons. Does the State Department have any reason to think that Russia is going to allow that? And is the U.S. expecting Russia to allow that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I mean, that’s asking us to look into the future, and we don’t know what the future holds. I think that’s a hypothetical question, so I don’t have an answer for you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But the U.S. is fully expecting to have some kind of inspections take place, then, according to this law?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that today, and I’m not going to get ahead of anything that happens in the near future. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, well, that’s what the law says.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yep.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But my other question is on the – is the U.S. then currently preparing for this next round of sanctions, then?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: As you well know, we don’t forecast sanctions. We have complied with the law in announcing those sanctions just yesterday, and we will comply with the law going forward, of course, as we always would. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Heather, just to get a follow-on on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, sure. Hi, Gardiner.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you – in the case of Iran, you have this 12-point plan of what behavior you want the government to implement in order to lift sanctions. You have a whole series of sanctions that are now revolving around Russia having to do with CAATSA, Magnitsky, now weapons. Can you give us some global sense of what these sanctions are trying to achieve from an American foreign policy perspective? What are you looking for from Russia? Why do we have sanctions on them? What’s your goal? And when’s the – when’s the periodicity of these things?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Sure. I think I would start by answering that question with this: That we approach every country very differently. Every country that we have a relationship or even countries that we don’t have relationships with are viewed through a separate lens. So what may be appropriate for one country is maybe not necessarily appropriate for another country.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The United States Government has determined that sanctions can be a very effective tool in trying to bring various governments to the table to negotiate with us or try to encourage countries to comply or to return to a better set of behaviors. So this is one tool that we have in a very big toolkit. The State Department works closely with Treasury and OFAC and other entities to implement, study, and enforce sanctions, and that is part of what you’ve seen yesterday. Let’s remember that one of the things that has brought North Korea to the table is sanctions. And we have found sanctions to be very effective in many cases around the world. So the U.S. Government looks at that as an overall tool.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Right, so North Korea is a great example. Sanctions – as a result, you want to get rid of their nuclear program. Again, Iran, you’ve got a list of 12 things. Venezuela, you’ve got sort of a clear list. I’m trying to understand what your policy is with Russia. You’ve got a variety – myriad now of sanctions. What’s your goal?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think the President has addressed this and so has Secretary Pompeo. We’d like to have a better relationship with the Russian Government, recognizing that we have a lot of areas of mutual concern. It is a major country; we are a major country as well. And so when you have that, you are forced to have to have conversations with other governments. And sanctions is a way that we can try to encourage better behavior on the part of government. Now, I’m speaking in a broad-based sense, but that’s one way that we can encourage better behavior. Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Same topic?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Could I ask a follow-up on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Sure. What is your name, miss?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: My name’s Emily, I’m from Buzzfeed News.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Emily, hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So if these sanctions are in part meant to encourage better behavior with Russia, Russia today came out and said that these sanctions – sort of as was expected – that these sanctions are not in keeping with the spirit of Helsinki. So – and I understand these sanctions were – they’re in keeping with the law, et cetera, but does this – or to put it a different way, is the cooperation that was sort of established at Helsinki – is the U.S. Government still planning on having that with Russia after yesterday’s sanctions?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: We tend to believe that dialogue is always an important issue. I think I had just addressed this with Gardiner, and that is trying to build a better relationship with countries that we need to cooperate with or we need to be able to have relations with, and that would be one example.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And then just on the other point on the second tranche, and I don’t mean to get you into hypotheticals, but yesterday at the briefing they did say that if Russia doesn’t do certain things, including sort of admit wrongdoing and say that they weren’t going to do it again, that there would be second tranche. And today, Russia said this is ridiculous, we didn’t do that. So if they keep that position for the next 90 days, won’t there – won’t there, under the law, have to be a second tranche?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: And that’s why I would go back and say that we will comply with the law. We are well aware of what the law contains; we will comply with the law. But I’m not going to get ahead of what could happen 90 days from now. Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: The same topic – same topic?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Janne, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Thank you, thank you, Heather. On North Korean and South Korean issues.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And – recently, South Korea imported North Korean coal. What is the U.S. position on the smuggling of North Korean coal into South Korea? Is that – do you think this is the – South Korea has violated sanctions?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I think – we’d say this: that we have a great relationship with the Government of South Korea. My understanding is that they are looking into reports of this. We encourage all countries to maintain sanctions, and to not skirt sanctions and make sure that sanctions are adhered to.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But two days ago, John Bolton, national security advisor, and South Korean national security advisor Chung Eui-yong, they had telephone conversation and John Bolton said that he trust or believe in the South Korean Government. What does it mean that you trust the South Korean Government, so --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, the Government of the Republic of Korea is an ally and longstanding partner of ours, and we closely coordinate with that government.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But allies – but they do something behind the United States is smuggling something else, so how you going to trust them?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, we trust when they say that they will investigate that they will investigate. We closely coordinate with them. They’ve been longstanding allies and partners, and we have a strong relationship with them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Are you still investigations or waiting --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything more for you on that, okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: All right, thank you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Thanks.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Kylie, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So there’s been discussion of potentially having another meeting with North Korea. Has there been any progress on that that --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: We have no meetings, no travel plans to announce today, and by the way, we just got back from a long flight, which I will remind you was a very long flight. Headed over to Asia, a long flight back. We’re okay with being here for a while.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: All right.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Hi. Go ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well wait, can I just follow up real quick on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Just hold on, hold on, hold on. He asked first. Go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Oh, I’m sorry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yes. So about the North Korean coal, yeah. And South Korean Government is going to announce the result of investigation about North Korean coal smuggling maybe later today. So now the issue is that – whether the United States is going to apply the second boycott to the Korean companies, which it appears to be violated the sanctions. So I just wonder whether you are going to apply the secondary boycott to the companies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I think I just answered that, that the investigation was initiated by the Government of South Korea, and we will wait to hear from them on any announcements with regard to that, okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And we’re going to have to wrap it up in just a minute. Elise, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Just on the – you said there’s nothing new to announce. Are the delegations trying to get another negotiating session? Like your team in Asia, are they trying to get another negotiating session together with the North Koreans?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, I mean, I can tell you we continue to have conversations virtually every day, every other day or so --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: With the North Koreans?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- with the North Koreans, and when I say “conversations,” that can be by phone, that can be my message, that can be by email. Those are – they take different forms, those conversations do. So we continue to have conversations with the government. When – if and when we have travel announcements to make, I will certainly let you know, but we have nothing yet.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But I mean, obviously that you’ll make those announcements, but I’m just wondering if like – if there is efforts being made to put together another negotiating session.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that right now.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can I have one question on the sanctions?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Okay? Okay. Sir, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yeah. Just to follow up, you said you have nothing planned, but Mr. Bolton mentioned that in the letter that Secretary Pompeo gave to Foreign Minister Ri, there was an offer to meet. Has North Korea responded to that offer yet?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. This was a letter from the President to Chairman Kim, so I don’t have any visibility on what was actually in that letter or what conversations the White House may or may not be having. I’d have to refer you to the White House for anything on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    MS NAUERT: I can confirm there was a letter. Anything that the White House has said about that or Ambassador Bolton has said about that, I’d refer you back to them on those matters. When I have something to let you know, I certainly would be happy to.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    QUESTION: Two days ago, President Trump claimed most Chinese students in the United States are spies. I’m not asking you to comment on what he said, but State Department as a agency to issue visa to Chinese students, do you share the view – do you think most Chinese students in the United States are spies?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I don’t have the President’s comments in front of me. I have not seen those comments, so I would hesitate to comment on his comments without having read it and had the full context. As you are well aware, we have many Chinese students studying in the United States. We have strong people-to-people ties with the Government of China, but of course there are concerns with some who might come into the United States and try to pick up some of our technology and other information and bring it back home for reasons that the United States Government would be concerned about. But we have a strong relationship with China and we enjoy having students studying in the United States from China, and I’ll just leave it at that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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          8/10/2018: Gulf/region: British Museum to return antiquities to Iraq      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The British Museum said yesterday it is returning to Iraq a collection of 5,000-year-old looted antiquities seized from a London dealer shortly after the US-led invasion in 2003. The eight objects were confiscated by police in May that year after the...
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The UN envoy for Iraq urged its political leaders on Wednesday to listen to the people and seize the opportunity to form “a patriotic, inclusive and non-sectarian national government” that will use the country’s vast resources including oil to benefit...
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Starring: Jessica Biel, Woody Harrelson, Milla Jovovich, James Marsden and Tommy Lee Jones A group of journalists covering George Bush’s planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the president’s claim that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass...
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"The Crusaders looted, terrorized, and vandalized Constantinople for three days, during which many ancient and medieval Roman and Greek works were either stolen or destroyed. " Not terribly dissimilar to the looting of Iraq's antiquities by the murderous American thieves and thugs.
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DAHUK, Iraq -- Statistics regrettably point to the tragedy the Yazidi religious minority has been enduring, four years after it experienced genocide. Khairi Bozani, director of Yazidi affairs at the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Ministry of Endowments, told Al-Monitor, "Around 360,000 out of 550,000 Yazidis in Iraq were displaced.
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(AFP) -- The British Museum said Thursday it is returning to Iraq a collection of 5,000-year-old looted antiquities seized from a London dealer shortly after the US-led invasion in 2003.
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A Catholic church destroyed by Islamic State militants in Karamles, Iraq, is examined by a priest following the 2016 liberation of the predominantly Christian town.
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Basa’ad has spent the last two years in a camp in Iraq’s western desert, slowly losing her eyesight and coming to the realisation she might never go home.   One of her sons, aged 25, was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking a job as a water truck driver for so-called Islamic […]
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Showdown over Iran looms as Trump turns up the heat on Tehran

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George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator.
Showdown over Iran looms as Trump turns up the heat on Tehran
Operation Boot is back. The new American plan for regime change in Iran dawns this week with a re-imposition of economic sanctions against Tehran and the threat of more to come.
American exceptionalism in action as the whole world (minus Trump satrapies) rejects the move putting the EU on a collision course with Washington.
For nearly 50 years economic sanctions have been the default position of western countries seeking to bring others to heel, make them succumb, or in the most extreme circumstances roll over, cry "Uncle Sam" and be "regime changed".
The fact that quarantine - or siege - is an act of war rather than an alternative to war is easily elided with a compliant media.
For most of my life I have struggled to explain that the US embargo on Cuba for example –still more the claimed extra-territoriality of that embargo– as a result of which gigantic US fines are levied on foreign companies doing business with Cuba entirely legally under their own countries’ law. That the embargo on Cuba is lawless brigandry need hardly detain us. Perhaps St. Augustine said it best in his book "The City of God".
Describing an encounter on the high seas between Alexander the Great and a pirate ship, Alexander demands:
"How dare you terrorize these waters as a thief?"
The Pirate captain answers:
"How dare you terrorize the whole world? You with your great Navy, can call yourself an Emperor, and call other men as you please."
I lived up close and personal enough to smell it, the long devastating regime of economic sanctions against Iraq which killed 1.7 million of Iraqis, according to UN figures (not to be confused with the deaths during the invasion and subsequent occupation from 2003).
Among them were many children and I helped put their little white coffins into the baked earth amidst the wailing of their parents on many occasions when I was the only British politician travelling to Iraq.
The monstrous Secretary of State Madeleine Albright - now reborn as a critic of Trump's policy of "separating children from their families" - was in no doubt when she told Lesley Stahl on CBS News of the value of separating Iraqi children from their families forever for political purposes.
When asked about the policy she was implementing on Iraq which (at that time) had killed half a million Iraqi children she replied:
“I think this is a very hard choice. But the price, we think, the price is worth it.”
Neighboring Iran has endured endless twists and turns in western policy. Given that the country grows oil and gas rather than avocados is of course the reason. As Donald Rumsfeld reportedly said, in terms, "It’s not our fault God put America’s oil under other people's countries."
Under the dark reign of the self-declared emperor Pahlavi the Peacock Shah of Persia, Iran was the West's best friend. Indeed Britain and the United States had actually put Pahlavi on his ‘Peacock Throne’ overthrowing the elected premier Mosaddegh in Operation Boot in 1953. The moderate socialist Mosaddegh had made the fatal error of nationalising his own country’s oil, taking it from the big western oil companies. His fate was sealed.
Iran then became a byword for torture and repression until the 1979 overthrow of the whole regime by millions of Iranians on the streets - far too many to shoot.
Iran has been ostracized, invaded, subverted and sanctioned ever since.
The first rays of light in this dark story appeared with the P5+1 Nuclear deal the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran in which Iran undertook to so verifiably limit its nuclear energy industry as to preclude forever the creation of a nuclear bomb (this despite the fact that most of Iran's adversaries in the region and beyond bristle with nuclear weapons or live under the military promise of defense by the nuclear weapons of others.
It was a good deal. But it was negotiated by Barack Obama on the American side and one of President Trump's primordial obsessions is to destroy anything with Obama's signature on it.
But there was a major problem in Trump's determination to wreck the Iran Nuclear Deal. This was a solemn and binding Treaty not between the US and Iran but between Iran the US, Russia, China and the EU.
A major test immediately loomed - would after token protests the European Union tamely bow down to Trump, the bull in the China shop?
Not yet at any rate. Indeed all the signs are that this is the first pan-European revolt against US hegemony, more significant in fact than the refusal of France and Germany to join the Bush and Blair invasion of Iraq.
The EU has enforced its "Blocking Statute" to protect its firms from the latest round of US Sanctions on Iran which came into effect at midnight eastern standard time Tuesday. Even harsher sanctions will be imposed by Trump in November - giving rise to widespread speculation in Iran that the Islamic Republic will preempt it with an "October surprise" rather than go quietly into that goodnight.
The Blocking Statute has never been used by the EU before (though it has existed more than 20 years). It is thus a significant assertion of European rejection of an American policy almost bereft of support outside Israel and Saudi-Arabia.
But it may be more symbolic than real. First, all 27 EU countries will have to incorporate specific rejection of the US sanctions on Iran into their domestic rules. Time consuming, and wide-open to US subversion of the process. There are plenty of US satrapies in the EU. Moreover European companies themselves (as is the case in trade with Cuba) are quite likely to roll-over and cry uncle for fear of losing their markets in the US.
Symbolic or not though it is a further sign of American isolation on foreign policy issues and a further stick for the US Democrats to beat President Trump with in the run-up to the mid-term elections in November. The Democrats prefer war with North Korea and peace with the Islamic Republic of Iran. As the Americans say "Go figure"...
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Nicholas Kollerstrom: In Solidarity with Alex Jones—A transitional occurrence in state-sponsored terror — nobody died in an exercise with crisis actors
Mr. President,
The ‘Sandy Hook’ event was a great transitional moment in modern state-fabricated terror. Before it, we had events such as 9/11 and the London bombings of 2005, in which a lot of people died. After it, there are mockup events with actors and fake blood, which are a lot cheaper and easier to arrange. Since 2012 state-terror events have used crisis actors. This is alas the main art-form of the 21st century, whereby the ‘Deep State’ gets its wars going.
Before Sandy Hook, there would be ‘drills’ or ‘wargames’ which were arranged to synchronize with the event: the perpetrators would cause them to ‘go live’ so that real terror then took place. Thereby the State was able to blame some external Enemy, for what it had done. But things changed in 2012 with mere actors and dummies being used to scare everyone. The Sandy Hook nightmare killer ‘Adam Lanza’ never existed, he was just a mockup. The town of Newtown had received a grant from Homeland Security to run the drill. But, the drama of the event acquired a bit too much realism and spilled over into newspaper headlines.
There were for example no bullet marks in any school classroom, no bodies of little kids taken by ambulance into hospitals – none of that happened: there were just a load of crisis actors, and A LOT of state money going into Newtown to keep everyone quiet.
Those families in Newtown were not real. The kids existed, but they were several years older than the pictures we all saw: many of those ‘dead’ kids were rewarded by appearing at the Super Bowl concert with Beyoncé months later. It was pointed out that they were evidently the same but about twelve years of age.
Of the twenty families involved with the children, all were home-owners in Newtown. Many had just moved in before the event and all had their mortgages paid off shortly before. That was a key part of the process whereby they were manipulated to go along with the story.
Mr. President, it is your business to appoint someone who can detail all those fake families who came together in Newton, and examine birth and death certificates, school records, etc. Get a full statement from the FBI, whose records clearly state that they recorded NO murders in the Newtown area over that period. You yourself make no statement on the matter – that would be too dangerous and explosive – but you set in motion investigations of REAL IDENTITY – the people behind the actors.
The Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, another state-fabricated event in which nobody died, used crisis actors who were amputees. The initial images showed missing arms and legs, but no blood, which would be impossible had this been real. Its aim was to demonize Muslims, that being the common objective of 21st-century state-fabricated terror, whereas the Sandy Hook mock-terror event, by contrast, had the special and unique purpose of promoting gun control.
It is your business to protect the American people from unreal nightmares which cause people especially mothers and children to live in fear. It is your business to make it crystal-clear that any terror-drills which the DHS may fund do under no circumstances switch over into ‘going live’ ever again.
Very respectfully,
Nicholas Kollerstrom
Reference:
Nicholas Kollerstrom, “The 20 Children and their Homes”, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (2nd edition, 2015).
Nicholas Kollerstrom, Ph.D., is an English author and political activist. An elected fellow of the Royal Astronomical society, he earned his Ph.D. from University College London. An expert on Sir Isaac Newton and other celebrated physicists and astronomers, he  has been a very effective challenger to lies from governments and founded the Legal Inquiry Steering Group to challenge the legality of the UK involvement in the Iraq War. He is the author of Terror on the Tube (3rd edition, 2011) and of Chronicles of False Flag Terror (2017)
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August 10, 2018


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO

11:00 a.m. Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks and administers the Oath of Office to the 148th Foreign Service Specialist Class and the 155th Civil Service Class, at the Department of State.
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1:00 p.m. Secretary Pompeo meets with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, at the Department of State.
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4:00 p.m. Secretary Pompeo meets with United Nations Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Jan Kubis, at the Department of State.
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          Brubeck Brothers Honor Their Father's 1958 Eurasian Tour With New CD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By Paul Conley

In 1958, a year before the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s groundbreaking album Time Out was released with its now classic tunes "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," the group embarked on a State Department-sponsored tour of Eurasia. That tour had a profound effect on Brubeck, international audiences, and two of his musician sons. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the tour, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet has released a new CD called Timeline.

One of the tunes on the album is “The Golden Horn," composed by Dave Brubeck and inspired by his visit to Turkey in 1958.  Brubeck's historic Eurasian tour included several stops in communist countries behind the Iron Curtain, where his quartet served as cultural ambassadors playing American jazz, the musical expression of freedom and democracy. Chris Brubeck and his kid brother Dan were just 5 and 3 when their dad got the call.

“We were the younger brothers who got left behind when our older brothers Darius and Michael and my mom and dad said, ‘We’re going on this very important tour for the U.S. State Department.’ And they actually left for three months,” explains bassist, trombonist and composer Chris Brubeck.

Those three months were hardly a vacation. The Brubeck Quartet played 80 concerts in 14 countries, and while they started off in friendly old England, the landscape soon changed.

“They ended up going to Turkey and Afghanistan and Iraq and Iran,” recalls Chris. “Finally the State Department, who sponsored this tour, sent my mom and my older brothers back because they said it was too dangerous.”

Dave Brubeck was sent on a mission by the U.S. State Department, but cultural exchange is a two-way street. As Chris explains, his father’s ears were wide open. What he heard would profoundly affect the directions he would take in music.

“Dave was walking in Istanbul when he heard street musicians playing in a crazy beat that he had never heard before growing up in Northern California. And as he analyzed what was going on he heard that it was in 9/8 time. So once he figured that out, he put a melody to that rhythm and then he borrowed the rondo form from classical music and then he started alternating blues against all that kind of stuff and somehow it became maybe the most popular tune he ever wrote called 'Blue Rondo a la Turk.'

On our [the Brubeck Brothers Quartet] record Timeline we did a version of that because historically that’s the most important thing that came out of that tour and really opened up avenues of a lot of other jazz musicians starting to incorporate world music. 

We had Dan start off on hand drums on the dumbeck, which is a Middle Eastern drum. My brother rarely plays hand drums, mainly because they beat the hell out of your hands and it makes it hard to hold the sticks to do the delicate work he does on the drum set. But it was the last thing we did in the recording so like, ‘OK Dan, if you’re through now you can beat up your hands, it won’t matter for a few days!’”

There are some new tunes composed by the Brubeck Brothers band on their latest CD, but the majority of the tracks were written by Dave Brubeck 60 years ago, including "Dziekuje," which is Polish for "Thank you."

“It was a tune that he wrote after he saw Chopin’s house and played it for a very suppressed and heavily watched by the communist police audience in Poland,” says Chris. “It was actually Dan’s idea to say, ‘Hey let’s end this whole record with that thank you.’ It’s a thank you to Dave and thank you to the guys for paying all the dues of that tour. We were happy to put that button on this project.”

The new CD from the Brubeck Brothers honoring their father’s groundbreaking 1958 tour is called Timeline. Chris and Dan, along with guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, perform this Sunday in Incline Village, presented by Classical Tahoe. While that concert is sold out, tickets are still available for the premiere of Chris’ new double concerto for violin and cello, Pas de Deux, on Saturday, August 11, also presented by Classical Tahoe.

Listen to Timeline on Spotify here.


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LONDON — The British Museum said Thursday that it is returning to Iraq eight 5,000-year-old antiquities that were looted after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of the country. The museum said the items, which include stamp seals, clay cones with cuneiform ...

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[국제관계사] 쿠바 미사일 사태[국제관계] 국제 분쟁과 평화에 대하여[국제경영] 장기화 되고 있는 리비아사태의 파급 효과[국제경영] 장기화 되고 있는 리비아사태의 파급 효과[중등교육 인문지리] 팔레스타인 분쟁 해결 수업 모형 - 시뮬레이션 게임로마의 스포츠교육사 <뉴스> 1) 사건에 대한 간략한 소개 2) 사건이 왜 중요한가? 3) 배후에 있는 구조와 의미는? 4) 국제관계의 개념이나 이론적 논의와 연계해 본다면? <참고문헌> <뉴스> One Million Syrian Refugees The exodus from Syria has accelerated dramatically in recent weeks.In early December some 20 months after the crisis began refugee figures stood at 500 000 .It has only taken three months for that number to double.As violence in Syria spirals out of control more than 7 000 people arrive in Jordan Lebanon Turkey and Iraq every single day. More and more Syrians see no other option than to become refugees.To reach safety they literally have to run for their lives many of them are shot at on their way to the border. The Syria crisis would be an enormous disaster anywhere in the world.But this conflict is taking place in a region so fragile that it risks being destabilized beyond control if the fighting spills across borders.What happens in Syria has a direct impact on the rising sectarian violence in Iraq. There are warnings of a potential civil war if the Syria conflict continues.Lebanon is increasingly threatened by instability with security incidents unsettling its borders.Jordan long a pillar of stability in the Middle East is facing a dramatic economic situation that could trigger social unrest.The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is looming nearby and the Strait of Hormuz one of the world s most sensitive places is just around the corner. - New York Times 기사 일부 발췌 시리아 내전으로 인한 난민의 수가 급격히 증가하고 있으며 시리아 피난민들이 내전은 물론이고 피난길에서 고통을 받고 있으며 이 심각한 사태가 시리아 뿐 아니라 주변국까지 영향을 주고 있음을 시사하고 있는 신문기사를 접하게 되었다. 이 기사를 읽고 시리아 사태에 대해서 다른 중동 국가인 리비아 튀니지와 달리 국제사회가 쉽사리 관여하지 못하고 있으며 수 많은 난민들이 고통받고 있음에도 불구하고 시리아 내전이2년이라는 기간동안 장기화 되고 있는가에 대해 궁금증을 갖게 되어 시리아 내전에 대해 알아보게 되었다. 뉴스http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/opinion/global/one-million-syrian-refugees.html?_r=0 New York Times 내부갈등과 시리아 사태의 장기화 한국 이슬람학회 논총 서정민 시리아 내전의 원인과 전망 명지대학교 중동문제 연구소 책임연구원 박현도 중국의 대 이란-시리아 정책의 정치경제적 배경과 시사점 국립외교원 외교안보연구소 이지용 국제사회의 시리아 군사개입 딜레마 KIDA동북아 안보정세 분석 김진아 KIDA 세계분쟁 데이터 베이스 시리아 사태 2주년 ’피의 보복’ 악순환 연합뉴스 한상용 기자 세계는 지금 시리아 내전 2년 서방 반서방 강대강 대립 신냉전 세계일보 정선형 기자 세계각국 복잡한 속내 시리아 사태 해결 ‘지지부진’ JTBC 제1차 세계대전의 배경과 진행과정`아랍의 봄`이후 중동-이슬람식 민주주의의 전망프랑스 비시 정부와 비시 체제 고찰[세계의역사 아시아] 2013년 한 해 동안 동남아시아, 인도, 서아시아에서 일어난 사건이나 현상들 중 하나를 선택, 보도자료들을 근거로 비판중국의 동북공정과 일본의 역사왜곡에 대한 견해[레포트] 6도의 악몽미국의 ISIL에 대한 공습의 적법성 고찰[기초생활보장법]국민기초생활보장제도(국민기초생활보장법)의 제정배경, 제정의의, 국민기초생활보장제도(국민기초생활보장법)의 연혁, 내용, 급여, 국민기초생활보장제도(국민기초생활보장법)의 문제점, 개선방안[범죄] 범죄와 범죄이론, 범죄 관련 제도 및 교정 교육 심층 분석[레포트자료] 1차세계대전과 베르사유 체제[세계사, 역사, 인류의 발달] 테마로 읽는 세계사 산책 총정리과학과기술강의노트[Ⅰ]고대건축[세계지리 교과서] 세계지리 교과서 요약 및 개선점 지적 조회수:443회
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The Context of White Supremacy hosts the second session on the bestselling autobiography of worshiped White killer Chris Kyle, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. A different White killer murdered Kyle in early 2013 - at a gun range in the United States. Whites concocted a Hollywood winner based on Kyle's narrative; the limited theater release of the film coincided with White Jesus's birthday. Clint "Dirty Harry" Eastwood was selected to direct. As the System of White Supremacy is primarily supported with malarkey and lies, we'll remain vigilant for possible fabrications. Our first portion of reading included golden showers and homoerotic Racist hijinks. Kyle "lusted" for his guns and reminisced about meeting his "classy" White wife who styled leather pants and consumed alcohol until puking on their first date. Kyle described Iraqis as savages, and spoke fondly of his time killing non-white people. Listeners should recall Dr. Frances Cress Welsing's commentary on the symbolic meaning of the gun in White Supremacy Culture. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
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Pam (http://RacismWS.com/) returns to The Context of White Supremacy. She manages the Racism Is White Supremacy blog and established Trojan Horse Press. She's co-authored a range of constructive counter-racist literature to help black people grasp the total war Whites are conducting against us: The Beauty Con Game, The Interracial Con Game, Black Love Is A Revolutionary Act. Since Pam is a Chicago, Illinois native, we thought she could boost our comprehension of the legacy strategic terrorism against black Chicagoans. The recent attention on the police slayings of Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald, the Homan Square torture facility and Spike Lee's documentary Chiraq, often fail to put these incidents within a historical context of 100 years of White Terror Domination in the Windy City. We'll review the work of Isabel Wilkerson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Beryl Satter, Leanita McClain and President Barack Obama. After being assaulted with rocks and bricks while peacefully protesting in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. confessed, "I have been in many demonstrations all across the South, but I can say that I have never seen even in Mississippi and Alabama mobs as hostile and as hate filled as I've seen here in Chicago." #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE: 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
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Iraq’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned the re-imposition earlier this week of U.S. sanctions on Iran. In a statement, ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoob said his country rejected the use of economic …
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Iraq will have to stop using the US dollar in its financial transactions with Iran over Washington's sanctions against Tehran, Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi told Sputnik on Thursday.

"The sanctions will influence, first of all, money transfers and banking operations in the US dollar. The sides will not use the US dollar," al-Hadithi said, adding that the move would result in a decline in trade between the two countries and thus affect the consumers.

He stressed that the Iraqi government would try to find " a new mechanism" in order to support trade relations with Iran.

"In any case, the government will seek to solve all the problems related to this issue, it will look for corresponding mechanisms to neutralize the [sanctions'] influence on the Iraqi market and also prevent the damage caused to the Iraqi citizens' interests," al-Hadithi said.


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Israel has resumed its campaign of assassinations targeting scientists from the Middle East

Israel’s approach has been systematic. First it crossed off Iraqi military scientists, then it moved onto Iranian nuclear scientists. Now, the Hebrew State has sponsored the elimination of General Aziz Asber, one of Syria’s leading military scientists.


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ما زالت التظاهرات ضد الفصاد وعدم الكهرباء في العراق مستمرةً منذ منتصف حزيران/ يونيو في بغداد وفي أكثر من ثماني محافظات في جنوب العراق. وفي حين يشكّل تحسين تقديم الخدمات العامة مطلبًا رئيسيًا، يطالب المتظاهرون الحكومة بمكافحة الفساد في القطاع العام أيضًا. فمنذ عام ٢٠٠٣، عندما كان فساد الدولة يتركز في أيدي فئة قليلة من الأفراد ذوي الامتيازات في قيادة "حزب البعث"، تم استبدال النظام المركزي القمعي من الفساد الحكومي بنظام فاسد على نحو أوسع، يُعرف باللغة العربية بنظام المحاصصة، وهو قائم على أسس طائفية وحزبية. والمثير للسخرية أن الفساد قد اتّخذ طابعًا ديمقراطيًا.
وإنّ مسألة مكافحة الفساد في العراق مهمة لأن هذه المشكلة خطيرة ومتنامية. فالإدارة الحالية، التي أكدت مرارًا وتكرارًا على أن العراق يجب أن يحارب الفساد بعد هزيمته "الدولة الإسلامية"، تسعى بشكل عاجل إلى استراتيجيات أفضل لمواجهة الفساد. وفي الوقت نفسه، يقرأ الشعب العراقي يوميًا عن أعمال فساد الأفراد في الصحف التي تحكي عن "حيتان الفساد" - وتتعامل مع ما تصفه السلطات العراقية لمكافحة الفساد بمليارات الدولارات المسروقة. كما تنتشر بشكل واسع التقارير الرسمية الخاصة بالفساد النظامي. وقدّرت إحدى الدراسات العراقية أن الفساد المالي يأخذ نحو ٢٥ في المئة من المال العام. وفي الآونة الأخيرة، تناولت وسائل الإعلام العراقية حوالي ٨٠٠ ملف من الفساد قيد التحقيق.
وتتفق المصادر الدولية على أن سجل الفساد في العراق قد ازداد سوءًا في العقود الماضية ليس إلاّ، حيث صنّفت منظمة "الشفافية الدولية" العراق في المرتبة ١١٧ من أصل ١٣٣ دولة في عام ٢٠٠٣، ويحتل العراق الآن المرتبة ١٦٩ من بين ١٨٠ دولة لعام ٢٠١٧، مع ١٨ درجة (حيث أن ١ = درجة عالية من الفساد و١٠٠ = لا فساد).
وعلى الرغم من الضرورة الواضحة للحد من الفساد في العراق، تتطلب التحديات التي تواجه هذه المسألة استراتيجيةً متأنيةً لاستئصاله بسبب انتشاره الواسع. وبالنظر إلى الصعوبات التي تواجه البيئة الطائفية في العراق، ينبغي أن تركّز الاستراتيجية الفضلى للإدارة العراقية المقبلة على التدرجية – أي اتباع خطوات صغيرة وفعالة بدلاً من محاولة القضاء على الفساد في كل مكان في الوقت نفسه.
نظام المحاصصة
غالبًا ما يشير المعلقون السياسيون العراقيون إلى أن السبب الرئيسي للفساد في البلاد هو الطائفية وتوزيع المراكز الرسمية أو الحكومية بين الجماعات السياسية بموجب ما يُعرف بالمحاصصة. ويشرح بعض المعلقين أن المحاصصة قد جعلت الفساد أمرًا عاديًا في المؤسسات العراقية ورسّخته في النظام السياسي. وينطوي هذا المفهوم ضمنًا على أن الفساد هو الثمن الذي يجب دفعه من أجل ضمان استمرارية النظام السياسي العراقي القائم على الديمقراطية التوافقية – أي مبدأ المشاركة العرقية أو الإنصاف. ولكن يدّعي آخرون أن الأحزاب السياسية في العراق تتلاعب بالنظام التوافقي لتحقيق مصالحها الذاتية، ولا يتم الالتزام بمبادئ الإنصاف النسبي.
وفي حين أن بعض علماء السياسة، ومن بينهم موران، قد جادلوا بأن نظامًا داخل نظام يمكن أن يضعف مؤسسات الدولة. وفي حالة العراق، تقوم المحاصصة بتقسيم مؤسسات الدولة على أسس طائفية وحزبية. وبعبارة أخرى، لم تحل المحاصصة محل الدولة، بل دمجت الأحزاب الطائفية في شبكة الدولة لتشكّل حصنًا منيعًا ضد الآليات الديمقراطية الحقيقية.
ويتمتع نظام المحاصصة هذا بخصائص سياسية واقتصادية وقانونية تعزز بشكل منهجي الفساد وتقوّيه. فمن الناحية السياسية، تسمح المحاصصة بسهولة الوصول إلى الحكومة إلى جانب تخصيص الوظائف لأشخاص من مناصري الأحزاب السياسية في السلطة. وطوال فترة السيطرة على هيكل الدولة، يخصص قادة الأحزاب الوظائف الحيوية والأموال والامتيازات لمناصريهم. وبسبب هذا النظام، يعمل أعضاء الحزب في الحكومة لصالح الحزب، بدلاً من الحكومة أو الشعب الذي يمثلونه. وبالتالي، تهتم الجماعات السياسية بشكلٍ أكبر بالتحكم بالإدارات والبقاء فيها بدلاً من الاهتمام بمتابعة أجندة سياسية معينة.
أما من الناحية الاقتصادية، فتكتسب المجموعات السياسية من خلال المحاصصة سهولة الوصول إلى المال العام واحتكار الأنشطة الاقتصادية في السوق. فقد نمت الموارد الشخصية للسياسيين بشكل كبير خلال العقد الماضي، فإنّ عدد كبير من النخب السياسية العراقية من بين الأشخاص الأكثر ثراءً في البلاد. فقد منحت المحاصصة الأحزاب سهولة الوصول إلى موارد الدولة التي اكتسب قادة الأحزاب من خلالها ثرواتهم الشخصية. ويمكن للأطراف التي دخلت الحكومة بالقليل من البنية التحتية أن تملك الآن عددًا كبيرًا من المحطات التلفزيونية والمواقع الإلكترونية والصحف عددًا كبيرًا من الموظفين في مؤسساتها وفروع للحزب في مختلف المحافظات.
ويحمي النظام القانوني هذه المنافع السياسية والاقتصادية، حيث يستطيع القادة منع مقاضاتهم في المحاكم. وقد قام عدد كبير من الأحزاب السياسية في الحكومة بتعطيل مؤسسات مكافحة الفساد طوال العقد الماضي، وتسييس عدد كبير من القضايا في المحاكم. علاوةً على ذلك، يتم توزيع المناصب في الهيئات التي من المفترض أن تكون مستقلةً مثل "هيئة النزاهة" على أساس المحاصصة بين الأحزاب السياسية.
في نهاية المطاف، تشكّل المحاصصة العامل الأساسي الكامن وراء انتشار الفساد على نطاق واسع في العراق. ويبدو أنّ الفساد القائم على الانقسامات الطائفية مميّز بالنسبة إلى العراق، إذا لم يكن فريدًا من نوعه، ما يشير إلى اندماجه في المشهد السياسي الأساسي للبلاد. ويجب أن تركّز أيّ محاولة من إدارة العبادي أو الإدارة التي ستليها على تفكيك المحاصصة بين الجماعات السياسية. إلّا أنّ النخبة المترابطة بشكل وثيق محصّنة في النظام السياسي ولا يمكن إزالتها بسهولة. وقد تؤدي محاولات إزاحتها عن مراكزها الآمنة إلى إراقة الدماء، لذا فمن الضروري أن تكون الإصلاحات دقيقة ومدروسة.
الحلول للفساد في العراق
يجب أن تركز المقاربات المجدية لمعالجة مشكلة الفساد في العراق على الجوانب المحدّدة للإصلاحات التي تحدّ من حوافز الفساد بطريقة قابلة للتحكّم وتدريجية. وبحسب جونستون (٢٠١٤)، يجب أن تكون الإصلاحات في مجتمعات ما بعد الصراعات انتقائيةً، حيث يكون التركيز على مكافحة نظام الفساد وأسبابه الأساسية بدلًا من ملاحقة الأفراد الفاسدين. وبالتالي، يجب أن يركّز الإصلاح على أربع استراتيجيات مترابطة:
أولًا، يجب أن تركّز هيئات مكافحة الفساد على الكشف عن ممتلكات وأموال النخبة. ويمكن تصميم مسارات التدقيق لتحديد ممتلكات كل شخص، بما في ذلك المال والممتلكات، والكشف عن الأسماء الحقيقية وراء الشركات الكبرى. وهذا أمر في غاية الأهمية لاكتشاف نطاق الاستعمار السياسي للاقتصاد. ويكون مثل هذا الكشف المالي أكثر فاعليةً إذا تم نشره للمزيد من التدقيق من قبل الصحافة والمجتمع المدني. وتُعتبر هذه الاستراتيجية تدبيرًا مألوفًا في العديد من البلدان، وإذا تم تطبيقها في العراق، يؤمل أن يكون لها تأثير كبير على الانتخابات، وينتج عنها استبدال القادة السياسيين الفاسدين بآخرين نظيفين، وبالتالي تحوُّل في سلوك النخبة.
ثانيًا، يمكن التوصل إلى تسوية سياسية بشكل سريع نسبيًا. فعلى الرغم من ضرورة توخّي الحذر في توقعاتنا بأن تقوم الانتخابات في العراق بتعزيز ترسيخ ديمقراطية حقيقية، يمكن إقامة تسوية سياسية موقّتة من خلال إنشاء هيئة وسيطة للتفاوض على شكل من أشكال المصالحة بين المجموعات في العراق، وإقناعها بالتخلي عن المحاصصة كشرط مسبق لأيّ إصلاح قابل للتطبيق. ولكنّ التسوية ستكون عملية بطيئة. وبما أنّ التغييرات الكبرى لا يمكن تحقيقها إلاّ باتفاق المجموعات على إنهاء المحاصصة، فإنّ التسوية السياسية ستوفّر دفعًا أوّليًا لتحويل الفساد الحالي نحو صيغ أقلّ اضطرابًا.
ثالثًا، يمكن السماح بالتسامح المؤقت إزاء بعض الصفقات الفاسدة. فقد كان التسامح المؤقت - الذي يخفّف تأثير تدابير مكافحة الفساد - طريقةً تم تطبيقها بنجاح في هونغ كونغ (ديفيد، ٢٠١٠). وتركّز هذه الطرق على منع الفساد المستقبلي بدلًا من معاقبة الصفقات السابقة، لتشعر النخبة بأمان أكبر مع هذه القواعد السارية، الأمر الذي يشجّعها على المشاركة في الإصلاحات.
رابعًا، يجب تمكين المجتمع المدني لتعزيز فعالية الضغط الاجتماعي. فلن يقوم أيّ تدبير وحيد، مثل مؤسسات مكافحة الفساد أو إصلاح النظام القضائي، بالإصلاحات الضرورية. علاوةً على ذلك، قد يؤدي المزيد من التحرير الاقتصادي إلى تفاقم الفساد بغياب الضوابط والتوازنات القوية، ما يحول دون تحقيق الديمقراطية الكاملة في المستقبل القريب. ويجب بذل الجهود لتحفيز التفكير الجديد حول الإمكانيات المتاحة لفتح مجال للأنشطة المدنية حيث يمكن تعزيز الضغط الاجتماعي.
إلا أنّ بناء المجتمع المدني سيكون عمليةً تدريجيةً تعترضها العديد من العقبات. فعلى سبيل المثال، لا يتمتع أعضاء المجتمع المدني حاليًا بنفوذ سياسي كبير، لذا لن يتمكّنوا من الكشف عن فساد النخبة لأنّهم إذا فعلوا ذلك، فستكون حياتهم بخطر. ويجب أن نكون واقعيين حول الإصلاحات الممكنة وغير الممكنة وحول مسؤوليات المواطن لإنجاح النظام الذي تم إصلاحه. ويجب الحفاظ على مجتمع مدني أقوى، ما يعني طاقةً اجتماعيةً وفرديةً أكثر فاعلية. وفي الواقع، أرى أنّ الأمل الرئيسي للإصلاح العراقي ينبع من تمكين المجتمع المدني بدلًا من انتظار تغيير النخب وتفعيل قوانين مكافحة الفساد.

إنّ النقطة المشتركة بين هذه الاستراتيجيات الأربعة هي أنّها تركّز كلّها على إصلاح نظام الفساد بدلًا من استهداف الأفراد الفاسدين. فمعاقبة الأفراد الفاسدين تحدّ من الفساد على المدى القصير، ولكن ما لم يتم تفكيك النظام الفاسد، فإنّ أولئك الذين يُعاقَبون سيتم استبدالهم بآخرين ذوي أهداف مماثلة. ويتطلب القضاء على الفساد على المدى الطويل استئصاله من مصدره، وليس من عناصره الحاليين. 


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GERALDO RIVERA (GUEST CO-HOST): I agree with Jason's proposal, Dana, that immigration is the biggest issue because I think it encapsulates a lot of other things, like race and --

DANA PERINO (CO-HOST): Jobs.

RIVERA: Jobs and social class and all the rest of it. But which image is more powerful, the classic image of a brown wave overwhelming the southern border, all these immigrants coming and ruining our quality of life or ICE going into peaceable homes and going after you know, Diego Garcia, who has been a gardener here for 30 years and he married an American citizen and his children are all born here and they're in public school. Which image is more powerful and won't that in Jason's word --

PERINO: I guess it depends on where you sit, right so I think that the wave is definitely the more powerful image as the president paints it. But you know like earlier this week there was a story about a marine whose wife whose came here illegally 30 years ago or something. They have two children. He has served in Iraq three times. She got deported and that story, it was an AP story, but it doesn't get a ton of coverage, but if you get enough of those then you might actually start to see some push back.

[...]

GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): The difference between the right and the left are laws. The difference in the immigration debate is the stance of abiding a law. The conservatives, Republicans want you to abide by the law, the left are saying no, no, no, sanctuary, sanctuary. People are fleeing, refugees are fleeing countries precisely because there are laws missing. The reason why they're coming to America is because our laws create order which enables freedom that allows people to live their lives in safety. If you look at Somalia, which has no laws, the Congo, Venezuela, which is chaos, they have no laws. You got to get out.

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Medina Annex Gate - Looks different now, I seem to remember Satan's imps guarding the old one back in '87.
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As I mentioned yesterday, there were three types of folks typical of the victims students at OTS, back in the day:
  1. one group were recent college grads who wanted to fly for the Air Force but didn't manage an ROTC scholarship during their college days,
  2. the second group couldn't find jobs they liked with their (perhaps useless) college degrees, so "what the heck" they joined the Air Force,
  3. the third group were the enlisted, looking to get a commission in Uncle Sam's Aerial Follies.
Yes, dear readers, Your Humble Scribe fell into that last category. We had a mixture of groups two and three in my flight, we had one chap from the first group. Fellow named Marks, hence the nickname "Karl."

This guy.
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Karl was at OTS for one reason, and one reason only, to eventually fly A-10s. He didn't care about any of the horse manure going on around him, dude was freaking focused. As you can see, that focus paid off. I don't remember if he already had a slot for flight training or not. I'm guessing he probably did, I can't imagine putting up with that OTS crap for "you might get a slot in flight training."

So, OT Marks did make it through, after my departure he was the only one of my flight mates I ever heard of again. When I was at Offutt, I saw a story in the Air Force Times about an A-10 flight lead and his wingman (one 1Lt John "Karl" Marks) destroying a bunch of Iraqi tanks during Desert Storm. Twenty-three Iraqi tanks, if one was counting, and they were. You can read about that here.

So other than the stud future fighter pilot Sarge, what other sort of folks were with you aboard the Good Ship Medina? Well, they were a mixed lot.

One guy was an aircraft maintainer who had had a couple of years at the Air Force Academy prior to being shown the door there and getting to pay back his two years of free college by working on Uncle Sam's airplanes. Somehow he received the whole "second chance" thing and was now at OTS. Dude was the best analogy guy I have ever seen. He had an analogy for every occasion. The rest of the flight gave up trying to say "well, that's just like..." because OT AnalogyDude would top it, every single time.

He's also the guy who stunned us all by calling someone by their first name, rather than the "required" Mr. (or Ms.) So-and-So. As he had "been there, done that" at the Academy, he had a good nose for what he could and could not get away with. Great guy, I often wonder if he made it through.

Two other guys stand out in my mind, one of whom I actually remember his name. Well, his last name. That would be Mr. Gordon. Why do I remember his name and not the others? Well, Mr. Gordon did not look like a Gordon. He was an Israeli, an actual sabra who had emigrated to the U.S. and decided to join the USAF.

Dark complected, with that rugged look that so many kibbutzim seem to have. (I have no idea if he had lived on a kibbutz or not, but he looked like the kind of guy who could create farmland out of desert.) His attitude was also very similar to mine, the difference? He kept it to himself. He would bemoan the stupidity of the system when among the rest of us rebels but when the staff was around he was Joe Air Force, Mr. OTS all the way.

I don't know how he did it. (Not to get ahead of myself, but when I stopped by OTS to get some paperwork done in late March, I ran into Mr. Gordon. He was, believe it or not, the OTS Wing Commander. Heh. He had fooled them all!)

My roommate I remember his name and everything, which I suppose isn't that surprising. A more unmilitary guy I couldn't imagine. I actually got yelled at once for his bed not being made properly.

"OT! Why is your roommate's bed such a disaster?" barked Ahab.

"Um, I don't know Captain. Perhaps you should ask him?"

"We expect you priors to take care of the civilians." Ahab admonished.

"Okay, so we're supposed to compete against each other, yet we who have been in a while are supposed to babysit the new kids?"

"Yes, exactly."

"Hhmm, pardon me if I don't agree with that. I showed Mr. C. how to make his bed. I was only shown once in Basic, why should he need more? After all, he wants to be an officer, seems that he should be able to perform a task an airman with three days in the Air Force can get right nine times out of ten."

"I don't like you OT."

"I think we've had this conversation before..."

"BEFORE WHAT?!?!?" barked Ahab.

"Um, before today?"

As she was glaring at me, about to stroke out, I showed pity, in order to save her life I added, "Ma'am?"

Yup, for some reason she didn't like me.

I really remember only one other guy in the flight. Well, him and the guy Mr. AnalogyDude called Mr. Roboto, as the guy marched like a robot, a robot with a broom up his ass. Mr. AnalogyDude would march behind him and mutter, "Dude, dude, you're out of step." Fun to watch as Mr. Roboto would hop around trying to get back in step. When he already was in step. Anyhoo, the other guy I remember had been a BB stacker, er, I mean weapons loader, at some bomber base before going to OTS. The dude actually flipped out, told Ahab that he couldn't take the pressure and was considering ending it all with his OTS-issued scissors. (Which Mr. AnalogyDude mentioned that he'd like to see him try. OTS scissors were very similar to the ones you get in kindergarden.)

Yeah, that's the guy!
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Well, Mr. BBStacker was drummed out of OTS. He was allowed to stay in the Air Force, but he wasn't allowed to stack BBs anymore, I think they made him a clerk. They also jerked his security clearance, all of which one of our flight captains relayed to us after the fact. Hhmm, I don't see him as having much of a career after that. On the other hand, he'd be a perfect candidate to become a senior enlisted advisor. (Are you guessing I have a low opinion of that species? You'd be correct, I might explain that someday. POCIR.)

Shortly after Mr. I'mNotAllowedAroundWeaponsAnymore left the building, our flight captains (I may have neglected to mention that's what our two upperclassman were called, they trained us, sort of, while being trained themselves, in reality, they were rather glorified babysitters) called for a meeting in one of the dayrooms.

We all showed up and the senior of the two walked in wearing a second lieutenant's uniform.

"This gentlemen, is what it's all about!" gesturing at the gold bars on his collar.

Of course, I just had to chime in.

"So, impersonating a commissioned officer is what it's all about?"

"No, I'm doing this to make a point. You have to understand..."

"All I understand is that we are all witnesses to a felony. You might wish to reconsider this move. Sir."

Yeah, the meeting broke up rather quickly after that. As I headed back to my room, I could hear the shouts from down the hallway, it was time for all the OTs to gather and sing "Wild Blue Yonder."

No, seriously.

I felt as if I was in a really bad movie from the '40s. I guess the stuff worked on the kids, but to an old sergeant, it was so much nonsense. I once remarked to Mr. AnalogyDude that attempting to generate an atmosphere of esprit de corps amongst a bunch of 90 Day Wonders, who were competing against each other, seemed like rather a waste of time. It seemed to me that the ones who bought into that nonsense were the last folks you would want as officers.

All he said was, "Watch Karl. Karl gets it, he says all the right things, he does the whole 'Yessir, nosir, three bags full' thing but generally stays out of things. He pretty much does what they want, when they want."

"He's like a trained animal who..."

"Who wants to fly A-10s."

Which made me think, why the Hell did I want to be an Air Force officer anyway? I couldn't fly, not with my eyesight, I was destined to be a computer puke at Tactical Air Forces Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Well, making a lot more money for one thing. I also had a feeling that I would like Virginia (which I do, hadn't been there before the kids were stationed there, I would have liked Langley I think). As to the more money thing, yeah, about $650 bucks a month more, pre-tax.

Then the straw, or rather straws, which broke the camel's back happened. At the same mass briefing on the same day. Put me over the top it did.

On base there was a theater, which the school referred to as the "Mass Briefing Facility" as all of the various OTs would fit so we could be brain-washed briefed at the same time. The troops called it the Master Bedroom. Once the lights were down low, at least half of the OTs would fall asleep. Sleep was not something one did at OTS. When you could get it, you went for it.

Anyhoo.

All gathered together, one of the school staff got up on stage and told us that one of the school's prime goals was to teach us to be officers. (I would have thought that was their only goal, but who was I to quibble?) And...

"For you prior enlisted, we need to break you from the habit of thinking like sergeants."

Much muttering ensued. Mr. AnalogyDude said to me, "Ah, we're not supposed to think at all!"

"Well, the goal is to make us second lieutentants. Right?"

Hilarity ensued, glares were directed in our general direction.

After that "brilliant" observation, the guy on stage said...

"You all came here with follow on orders for your first assignment as officers. Except for the pilots, all those orders have been cancelled. We think that we here at the school are far better judges of where you would best suit the needs of the Air Force after graduation."

Oh shit, oh dear.

Though it was years before Star Wars, I sensed a disturbance in the Force. I was not to be a computer officer at Langley AFB in Virginia, the bastards would find a way to send me to some freaking desolate outpost. Like Thule, or Shemya.

I was freaking doomed. I could almost sense Ahab's glee, no doubt she thought she had a glimpse of the White Whale.

Next time -



Sarge and his roommate depart.



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Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide manual recount of votes announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday.

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Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide manual recount of votes announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday.

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Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained the largest amount of seats won in a May parliamentary election following a manual recount of votes, results announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday.

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Nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's alliance won Iraq's legislative election in May according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said Friday, paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months after the polls.
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Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide manual recount of votes announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday.

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Dissent in IS Ranks, Some Wonder Whether Al-Baghdadi in Charge

Dissent in IS Ranks, Some Wonder Whether Al-Baghdadi in Charge

Jamie Dettmer – VOA News

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FILE - This still image from video posted on a militant website July 5, 2014, purports to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq.

In an extraordinary breach of the Islamic State's culture of unquestioning obedience, an IS writer calling himself Ibn Jubayr has penned a series of five scathing articles leveling direct and unprecedented criticism at the militant group's leadership, according to a respected monitoring group.

The articles come amid a growing number of dissident social media posts by apparent IS members, a stark change in a group where any suggestion of disobedience or criticism normally has been met with harsh punishment, including whippings, torture and often, execution.

The latest articles, monitored last month by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), were published on the Al-Nasihah channel on Telegram, the heavily encrypted phone messaging and social networking application used by IS supporters to communicate with each other.

Ibn Jubayr is believed to be a member of a dissenting circle of IS scholars and clerics, who have been sidelined by power struggles and are dissatisfied with the leadership. They are especially angry at the domination of the upper ranks of the terror group by Iraqis.

In his attack, Ibn Jubayr decried the "Iraqization" of the leadership and questioned whether the militants’ caliph, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is powerless and effectively excluded from decision-making.

MEMRI researchers say over the past year, the group Ibn Jubayr belongs to — all members of the organization’s so-called Bureau of Studies and Research, which is in charge of issuing religious rulings — has become embroiled in a dispute with the organization's leadership and its media department over the esoteric but theologically significant issue about who can declare apostasy in Islam.

But that obscure dispute appears to have morphed into a broader range of complaints.

“This is a series of articles from inside the Islamic State in which we try to expose the men who hold power in it, who have violated the path of the prophecy in their policies in order to attain benefits for themselves and to remain in their positions,” announced Ibn Jubayr.

Throughout the series, he suggests Al-Haj Abdallah, head of IS’s Delegated Committee, the top executive body, has pushed al-Baghdadi aside, reducing him to being merely a symbolic figurehead.

Reports of Infighting

Complaints have surfaced in recent months from other quarters within IS with accounts of clashes between different factions in Syria’s eastern province of Deir el-Zour, where IS supporters have called for al-Baghdadi’s ouster and replacement. One of the reasons given was the powerhold Iraqis have on the organization, which is the subject, too, of Ibn Jubayr’s first article.

He decries Iraqi leaders for ensuring that their countrymen maintain positions of power within IS. According to Ibn Jubayr, the policy of “Iraqization” has ensured that “positions of administration and control throughout the Islamic State are held exclusively by Iraqis, while everybody else simply carries out their directives and is subject to only their orders.”

The Iraqis claim non-Iraqis are less trustworthy, but Ibn Jubayr maintains their hold on power has caused “large internal splits in the ranks of the soldiers, to the extent that some of the jihad fighters consider the Iraqi governors to be a nationalist gang and an Iraqi mafia.”

Ibn Jubayr complains that many of the Iraqis appointed as judges or in leadership positions are unqualified, with some not knowing how to read and write, and include criminals who embezzle IS funds to enrich themselves.

“As for the caliph [Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi], may Allah protect him, he is one of two things: Either he is kept in the dark, or he knows about this but was convinced of the necessity of this policy,” said Ibn Jubayr.

The scathing attack is reminiscent of some semi-public criticism by IS supporters in early 2016 when the terror group first started to come under serious military pressure from its foes — including U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces — that eventually led the self-declared caliphate being rolled up territorially in both Syria and Iraq. IS retains a significant presence in remote and rugged areas along the Syrian-Iraqi border.

In February 2016, the widow of an IS fighter voiced rare open criticism of the terror group's leaders, complaining about the treatment of widows and families of dead fighters. Her protest letter, posted online, was circulated widely on pro-IS social media sites, and she clearly had some sympathy within the organization, according to analysts, as her online complaints weren’t deleted.

The woman calling herself al-Muhajirahm, apparently a Westerner, lamented the meager support given to some widows.

“Imagine that you’ve helped a sister who requested zakat [charity] two days ago, but you have ignored the sister who has been waiting a month before,” she writes. “She cries every night, concerned about how to feed her children as her husband is martyred. The tears that roll down her cheeks and the pain she suffers will be something you will be asked about and accountable for,” she added.

In early 2016 with battlefield setbacks mounting rapidly, there were signs of increasing dissent and defections from IS, especially by North African recruits who complained they were treated unequally, receiving less pay and a poorer share of spoils and enslaved women. The group’s leadership responded with brute force, and there were reports of ever more gruesome executions and massacres.

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          Investing in Understanding Cities is Investing in National Security      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Investing in Understanding Cities is Investing in National Security

Investing in Understanding Cities is Investing in National Security by Claudia ElDib and John Spencer - The Hill

Large, dense urban areas are both the engines of our economic prosperity and the locus of future national security challenges. As the world continues to grow more and more urban, challenges to the political stability and security in many cities around the world increases our own national security concerns…

Whatever the true global urbanizations figures are, the rise in importance of cities cannot be argued. From 2014 to 2016, the 300 largest metro areas in the world accounted for 67 percent of global gross domestic product growth. China’s enormous urban growth will soon produce clusters that will be home to 110-150 million people—three times the number of people, 40 million, who live in Tokyo, the world’s largest current cluster. This has caused the Chinese government to consider reorganizing their national governance structures into urban centered super-regions.

Cities have also become vulnerable to political violence. While governments struggle to govern and secure today’s rapidly growing and complex urban environments, insurgent and terrorist organizations have learned the advantages they can gain, negating the advanced technologies and weapons of military forces by fighting among the dense populations and structures of cities. This is most recently demonstrated by the fierce urban battles against ISIS in cities across Iraq and Syria.

It is surprising that with the rise of urban conflict and importance of cities, the U.S. military does not have any schools, research institutes, or major organizations solely focused on the study of and preparation for the full range of military operations in dense urban areas…

Read on.

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          Iraq Says Crude Oil Production Jumps To 13-Month High In July      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Iraq’s crude oil production rose to its highest level in 13 months in July—to 4.46 million bpd, Platts quoted the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) as saying on Thursday. Since the fourth quarter of 2017, Iraq has been consistently reporting to OPEC that its production was 4.36 million bpd each month, according to OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report. According to OPEC’s secondary sources in the July MOMR, Iraq’s oil production jumped by 71,500 bpd in June over May, to 4.533 million bpd. This was the second…
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(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) NEW YORK, Aug 8 (KUNA) -- Members of the UN Security Council on Wednesday reiterated their support for the ongoing efforts of the UN Assistance...
          Muqtada Al-Sadr threatens to end Iraq coalition effort      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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BAGHDAD:  Muqtada Al-Sadr  threatened to give up his pursuit of a governing coalition on Thursday, raising further doubts about the country’s political stability.

The influential cleric was the biggest winner in parliamentary elections in May but three months of negotiations and maneuvering have made little progress.

If Al-Sadr follows through with his threat, it would open the door for a coalition dominated by parties representing Iran-backed paramilitaries.

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Years of internal conflict and ISIS insurgency across Iraq and Syria has destroyed much of what was left of the Middle East’s pre-Islamic history, with experts now fearing that the protracted civil war in neighboring Yemen too will quietly erase its rich biblical roots.
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Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide manual recount of votes announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday.

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En el cuarto aniversario de la invasión del Estado Islámico (ISIS) a la Llanura de Nínive (Irak), los cristianos de la ciudad de Karamlesh realizaron una procesión para agradecer a Dios por permitir la expulsión de los terroristas musulmanes en agosto de 2016 e iniciar así el retorno de las familias cristianas. Informó el portal web de ACI Prensa.
          OUR UNIVERSITIES: A Force For Evil      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Walter E. Williams

Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today’s college students are tomorrow’s teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators, and policymakers.

A recent Brookings Institution poll suggests that nearly half of college students believe hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment. Of course, it is.

Fifty-one percent of students think that it’s acceptable to shout down a speaker with whom they disagree. About 20 percent of students hold that it’s acceptable to use violence to prevent a speaker from speaking. Over 50 percent say colleges should prohibit speech and viewpoints that might offend certain people.

Contempt for the First Amendment and other constitutional guarantees is probably shared by the students’ high school teachers, as well as many college professors.

Brainwashing and indoctrination of young people has produced some predictable results, as shown by a recent Gallup poll. For the past 18 years, Gallup has asked adults how proud they are to be Americans. This year, only 47 percent say they are “extremely proud,” well below the peak of 70 percent in 2003. The least proud to be Americans are nonwhites, young adults, and college graduates.

The proudest Americans are those older than 50 and those who did not graduate from college. The latter might be explained by their limited exposure to America’s academic elite.

Johnetta Benton, a teacher at Hampton Middle School near Atlanta, was recorded telling her sixth-grade students, “America has never been great for minorities.” In a tirade, she told her class: “Because Europeans came from Europe … you are an immigrant. You are an illegal immigrant because you came and just took it. … You are an immigrant. This is not your country.”

To exploit young, immature people this way represents an act of supreme cowardice. The teacher should be fired, but I’m guessing that her colleagues share her sympathies. At the same school, students were given a homework assignment that required them to write a letter asking lawmakers for stricter gun control laws.

One might be tempted to argue that the growing contempt for liberty and the lack of civility stem from the election of Donald Trump. That’s entirely wrong. The lack of civility and indoctrination of our young people have been going on for decades.

UCLA history professor Mary Corey told her class: “Capitalism isn’t a lie on purpose. It’s just a lie.” She added that capitalists “are swine. … They’re bastard people.”

An English professor at Montclair State University, in New Jersey, told his students, “Conservatism champions racism, exploitation and imperialist war.”

An ethnic studies professor at California State University, Northridge and Pasadena City College teaches that “the role of students and teachers in ethnic studies is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

The University of California, Santa Barbara’s school of education emailed its faculty members to ask them to consider classroom options concerning the Iraq War, suggesting they excuse students from class to attend anti-war events and give them extra credit for writing about it.

Rodney Swanson, a UCLA economics professor, told his class, “The United States of America, backed by facts, is the greediest and most selfish country in the world.”

There is little question that colleges stand at the forefront of an attack on America and Western values.

Leftists often say that the U.S. is the world’s worst country. But here are some empirical facts they might explain. According to a recent Gallup poll, about 13 percent of the world’s adults—630 million people—would like to move to another country. Roughly 138 million would like to live in the U.S.—making us the No. 1 destination, followed by the U.K., Canada, and France.

There’s something exceptionally appealing about America and the Western world that leftists choose to ignore or lie about.


Read more at Daily Signal.

          Recount shows Iraq's Sadr retains election victory, no major changes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country's next government.
          Mandibular war injuries caused by bullets and shell fragments: a comparative study - Al-Anee AM, Al-Quisi AF, Al-Jumaily HA.       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
PURPOSE: Is to compare the patterns, severity, and management of the high- and low-velocity mandibular war injuries managed at Al Shaheed Gazi Al-Hariri Hospital in Baghdad Medical City, Iraq, during a 2-year period. METHODS: Forty-one patients wit...
          Libya İş İlanları – Libya İş Başvurusu 4000 Dolar Maaş yazısına ibrahim said tarafından yapılan yorumlar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dear HR, currently i am in turkey and I would like to be considered to for an interview with your company. I have been living in Netherlands since 1994 and have the Dutch citizenship. Currently I am living living in Qatar since 2007. My experiences which are highlighted on the enclosed CV include work in design & technical civil engineering and Project Engineering and project management in the construction of the factory projects and oil &gas plants included infrastructures works like road works and Reclamation of the lands and pump station and river project and steel structure works. Currently I am working as technical office manager at al asas T & C company. I have work for woqod project in new industrial area for construction of LPG bottling plant I have been working at AL Zelal Al Qataria T & C company as projects manager for Qatar rail project by main contractor ALstom (Ware houses and work shops) Also I have been working in the other positions as a follows; Qatar Venesia storm & Bridge company (operation Manager) for kahrama project DI pipe CONSTRUCTION Manager for Sulaimaniyah-Iraq Steel plant projet with Tefirom construction company (Turkish Company) Head of civil department & project manager for project construction of main factory including civil, steel structure, MEP works in new industrial area with Dopet company. Construction Manager in project EPIC for Desalinated of water network in RasLaffan (Blackcat E & C). Construction Manager in project EPIC for replacement of V-2003 & INST. Air Cooler in Mesaieed (Blackcat E & C) Construction Manager for project LPG bottling plant new industrial area for WOQOD in Doha-Qatar (Dopet). ProjectEngineer in the pumpstation project in Libya (Sirt) for the project the grand industrial river by Metis construction company (Turkish). Designer and Resident engineer for road & infrastructure projects since 1996 within the Engineering Consultant office in The Netherlands where I gained experiences in different area such as Design, Project Management, Cost,Quantities surveying. In Iraq i was working as Project Engineer in the project reclamation of the agriculture lands and the river project . In addition to my work experience in The Netherlands, Libya and Qatar , I worked in Iraq during 8 years as a civil Engineer. I am believe that I possess a unique mix of experience and skills that can definitely help your company in the civil engineering area. Experience, skills, and abilities that I can offer your company include ; 27 years of experience in the civil engineering field in Europe and Middle-East; Responsible of big project (pumpstation, river project, bicycles ways,road-works and maintenance…pls. you find attached CV). Above average communication and issues resolution abilities; Ability to effectively supervise staff and manage an independent budget; Ability to choose the method of construction and the materials: Ability to communicate with staff, and motivate them, to increase productivity Experience working effectively in a dynamic, multi-tasking environment The enclosed resume provides more details on the above, as well as on other experiences, skills, and abilities that I possess. I am very interested in working for your firm. I think that I meet those qualifications and would like to have an opportunity to meet with you to discuss my background. I can be reached at and look forward to hearing from you. Also I can to speak arabic,english,turkish,dutch. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely Ibrahim Wafi Said Tel: 00974-66302567 IMO,Whatsap, Viber 0097450668709 IMO,Whatsap, Viber Turkey mob. 0090-5550171964
          Prelate calls for international peacekeeping force on Nineveh Plains (Aid to the Church in Need)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Located in northwestern Iraq, the Nineveh Plains are the historic homeland of many Iraqi Christians; ISIS swept through the area in 2014. In calling for the international force, a Syriac Orthodox prelate said, “We want a guarantee that our freedom and our security will be upheld.”
          4 years after jihadist invasion, Christians return to hometown (Fides)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Located 18 miles from Mosul, the town of Karemlash was invaded by ISIS in August 2014 and liberated by the Iraqi army in October 2016.
          ‘Top Doc’ remembers caring for wounded in Fallujah, Iraq      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

‘We drove to the battle’ Making the annual “Top Doctors” list in Atlanta magazine is not bad for business, Richard Jadick admitted just after being named for the second straight year. But it’s not the first time his name has received wide publication. He started working at Piedmont Newnan in 2013 and moved to Peachtree […]

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          Recount shows Iraq's Sadr retains election victory, no major changes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country's next government.

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* Fears that electronic voting machines were not secure (Updates throughout with election commission quote, recount details, background; adds bullet points and byline)

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Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained the largest amount of seats won in a May parliamentary election following a manual recount of votes, results announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday.

          بعثة الحج العراقية:الانتهاء من تفويج 38 الف حاج جوا وبرا للديار المقدسة      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

  انهت بعثة الحج العراقية تفويج حصتها الكاملة من الحجاج بعد وصول اخر رحلة جوية قادمة من مطار بغداد الدولي على متنها 272 حاجا لمطار جدة الدولي . وذكر المتحدث الرسمي باسم البعثة حسن فهد الكناني، في تصريح وتابعته وكالة صدى، ان” البعثة اكملت تفويج 38 الف حاج جوا وبرا، مبينا انه بالتعاون مع الخطوط

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          كربلاء:اندلاع حريق بفندق وسط المدينة القديمة      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

افاد مصدر في شرطة كربلاء، الخميس، بأن حريقاً اندلع في احد فنادق المدينة القديمة وسط المحافظة. وقال المصدر في حديث وتابعته وكالة صدى، إن “حريقا اندلع، مساء اليوم، في احد فنادق المدينة القديمة وسط محافظة كربلاء”، مشيرا الى أن “فرق الدفاع المدني توجهت الى مكان الحريق لاخماده”.

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           South Carolina Man Convicted For Trying To Join ISIS       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A South Carolina teenager pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Zakaryia Abdin, 19, of Ladson, South Carolina, was arrested by the FBI at Charleston International Airport on March 30, 2017 after he tried to board a plane to the Middle East with the intention of joining and supporting SIS.


          وزارة الصحة تصادق على اعادة تعيين الوجبة الثامنة من تاركي العمل من الاطباء      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

أعلنت وزارة الصحة، الخميس، عن المصادقة على اعادة تعيين الوجبة الثامنة من تاركي العمل من الاطباء الاختصاص والممارسين والمقيمين الاقدمين ضمن الدرجات التي خصصها مكتب رئيس الوزراء. وقالت دائرة التخطيط وتنمية الموارد في الوزارة بيان تلقته وكالة صدى، إن “وزيرة الصحة عديلة حمود حسين وافقت اليوم 2 اب 2018 على إعادة تعيين الوجبة الثامنة من

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أصدر نادي برشلونة الإسباني بياناً رسمياً بشأن لاعبه الكولومبي ياري مينا، مدافع الفريق، ولاعب الوسط البرتغالي أندريا جوميز. وأكد برشلونة أنه توصل لاتفاق مع إيفرتون يقضى بانتقال مينا إلى الفريق الإنجليزي. وأوضح برشلونة في بيانه أن إيفرتون سيدفع 30 مليون يورو ثابتة إلى جانب 1.5 مليون يورو كمتغيرات. وأكد برشلونة أنه يحتفظ بحق إعادة شراء

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عالج طيران الجيش، اليوم الخميس، معسكرا لعصابات داعش الارهابية ضمن قاطع عمليات ديالى. وذكر مركز الاعلام الامني في بيان تلتقه وكالة صدى ان “طيران الجيش يواصل طلعاته لمسح قواطع العمليات، حيث تمكن ضمن قاطع عمليات ديالى من معالجة معسكر لعصابات داعش الارهابية يقع في شمال بحيرة حمرين، وأسفرت العملية عن قتل 3 عناصر إرهابية مسلحة

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          سامسونغ تكشف هاتفها الخارق وتصميمه الثوري      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

كشفت سامسونغ اليوم الخميس عن هاتف “غالاكسي نوت 9” الجديد، والذي جاء بتصميم ثوري وبقدرات مميزة. وعرض رئيس قسم الاتصالات المتنقلة في الشركة، دي جي كو، خلال مؤتمر صحفي الهاتف الجديد الذي جاء بتصميم ثوري ذي حواف منحنية، وببطارية طويلة العمر تعد الأكبر في هواتف الشركة الكورية الجنوبية. ويأتي الهاتف الذي سيتوفر بأربعة ألوان بشاشة

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          Iraq True Books       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Abu Ghraib Official Injured in Bombing; 10 Killed in Iraq      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A member of Abu Ghraib's town council was injured in a bombing.

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          Iraqi cleric Sadr wins vote recount: electoral commission      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Iraqi cleric Sadr wins vote recount: electoral commission#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000Baghdad: Nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr’s alliance won Iraq’s legislative election in May according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said Friday, paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months after the polls. Allegations of fraud prompted the supreme court to order a partial manual recount, but Sadr’s joint list …
          1100 refugees submit subsequent application in 7 months      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

1100 refugees submit subsequent application in 7 months

DF Report

About 2,300 people sought asylum in Finland from January to July this year and about 1,100 of them submitted subsequent applications as they received at least one asylum decision previously.

This year by the end of July, the largest number of subsequent applications was submitted by Iraqis (about 710 applications), who are the largest group of asylum seekers in Finland, said a press release issued by Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).

A subsequent application is an application for international protection that a person submits after having received a final decision on an earlier application. The number of asylum applications that a person can submit is not limited by legislation.

In practice, the application has to contain new grounds for international protection that will influence the decision.

This year, 15 per cent of the decisions on subsequent applications have been positive, and 32 per cent have been negative.

In 47 per cent, the application has been dismissed in the preliminary investigation. This means that the applications have not contained new grounds that would influence the decision. Expired applications amounted to 6 per cent.

Subsequent applications are not a new phenomenon in themselves. In 2017, nearly 1,800 persons out of 5,000 asylum applicants had already received a decision at least once.

The new grounds that are given are most often that the applicant has converted to Christianity while in Finland or that the applicant belongs to a sexual or gender minority.

Another new ground is that the situation in the applicant's home country has changed since the previous decision was made. Sometimes the applicants plead that a previous decision has been faulty, even after the application has first been processed by the Finnish Immigration Service and then tried in both courts.

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          Must Watch Interview – Iraq War Whistleblower Banned from Twitter Tells His Story      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By Michael Krieger Liberty Blitzkrieg August 9, 2018   Must Watch Interview – Iraq War Whistleblower Banned from Twitter Tells His Story     During my time in Iraq working for the State Department, a time that I initially was a red, white and blue government official, I frequently lied to the media. I lied to […]

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          UPDATE 3-Recount shows Iraq's Sadr retains election victory, no major changes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
* Fears that electronic voting machines were not secure (Adds details on Kirkuk results and constitutional timeline)

          Recount shows Iraq's Sadr retains election victory, no major changes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country's next government.

          (California) Colt 1911 M45A1 M45 USMC Marine Decommissioned - $ 2,000      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Extremely rare US Special Forces, 2nd Raider Battalion (Headquarters company) issued M45A1 in custom, museum-quality display case. Throw this impressive display up on your mantle and watch your investment grow in value every day. These pistols have been issued and used by US Special Operations forces since 2012 in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A very limited number were released to the market and all are likely to fall into the hands of serious, lifetime collectors in the near future.  :)
          Recount shows Iraq's Sadr retains election victory, no major changes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country's next government.

          Iraq oil output hit 13-month high in July      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Iraq's oil production rose to a 13-month high of 4.46 million barrels per day (bpd) in July, the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) said on Thursday, according to S&P Global Platts.

Further, Iraq's oil exports rose to 3.875 million bpd in July - their highest since January 2017 - up 25,000 bpd from June.

The increased supplies from OPEC heavyweights and growing evidence that the oil industry is now able to serve as an alternative source of light, sweet crude could keep the market finely-balanced despite Iran sanctions. 


          Recount shows Iraq's Sadr retains election victory, no major changes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country's next government.

          Iraq's Sadr retains election victory after vote recount -state media      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained the largest amount of seats won in a May parliamentary election following a manual recount of votes, results announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday.
          Iraqi Cultural Day celebrated in Brisbane - يوم ثقافي عراقي ينطلق في برزبن      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Iraqi community Unity association in Brisbane will celebrate an Iraqi cultural day in Queensland.

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سينطلق في برزبن مهرجان ثقافي يهدف للتعريف بالتراث العراقي تقيمه الجالية العراقية في ولاية كوينزلاند.


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Further Dedication Plaques, Royal Scots Greys Memorial, Edinburgh

Upper plaque names officers, NCOs and men who died in the Great War.
The lower plaque commemorates the dead of conficts since 1945, Korea, Northern Ireland and Iraq.


          Iraq Railways - Iraq Petroleum Company 2-8-4ST steam locomotive Nr. 1 (Hudswell Clarke 1652 / 1951) at Kirkuk (كركوك) in 1967      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Iraq Railways - Iraq Petroleum Company 2-8-4ST steam locomotive Nr. 1 (Hudswell Clarke 1652 / 1951) at Kirkuk (كركوك) in 1967


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HISTORICAL RAILWAY IMAGES posted a photo:

Iraq Railways - Iraq Petroleum Company 2-8-4ST steam locomotive Nr. 2 (Hudswell Clarke 1653 / 1951) at Kirkuk (كركوك) in 1967


          AMZER® Designer Case - Love For Iraq      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Personalize your handheld while you protect it! This Designer case for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are fashioned from a durable hard shell and topped off with a soft finish. The case is able to resist shock from accidental bumps and drops, providing the ultimate in phone protection. This Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Designer case snaps perfectly around your device and features precise cutouts for all ports and controls. So add a layer of fun and a layer of protection to your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with a Designer Case! Customised and Print on Demand products like Designer Cases, Designer Hybrid Cases, Neoprene Sleeves can not be returned for a refund, they can only be replaced if any manufacturing/printing defect is found.
          Iraq Election Results Unchanged After Recount on Fraud Allegations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The allegations paralyzed Iraq’s politics and increased popular anger, and the recount result is unlikely to restore confidence in the democratic process.
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Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country's next government.

           Turkish military drill on Iraqi border      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced that it has raised the level of a military drill it has been conducting near the Turkish-Iraqi border for the
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          Pearls of expression.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This year, new hammer blows are following on the Reagan-Thatcher-spawned era of revived Anglo-American global leadership and domination.

The British themselves have palpably failed to cave out any secure or even plausible economic prospects for themselves in the world once they leave the EU. Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya all remain wrecked societies shattered by the repeated air strikes that Western compassion and reverence for human rights and democracy have visited upon them.[1]

I’m not sure that Reagan and Thatcher had any desire to dominate the world or lead anyone anywhere in particular. They were simply committed to the notion that government and unions come packaged with their own pathologies. And that free markets and free men got better, though hardly perfect results. That wild notion is presently known as neo-liberalism if I understand that useless term. AKA common sense, let it be said. Attica!!

The Soviet Union struck Reagan as extraordinarily pathological, not to mention that he had had direct experience with the armies of commie pukes in the Screen Actors Guild and elsewhere in Hollywood.

It's a good thing that there aren't any more scum bag ultra-leftist traitors in Hollywood any more. Otherwise we'd have movies being made that are repulsive, moronic, hostile to common sense and common decency, and an attack on all that our ancestors stood for and built.

But apart from that (and I have gone far afield from the modest point Mr. Sieff was making), it’s a witty observation.

Notes
[1] "The Death Of US And UK Neo-Colonialism." By Martin Sieff via The Strategic Culture Foundation, ZeroHedge, 8/6/18.

          NATO's misfired weaponry or airstrikes on the Baltic countries      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000 launched an AMRAAM-type air-to-air missile over Estonian territory Tuesday afternoon. All the Estonians are very shocked. The incident occurred on Aug. 7, 2018 at around 3:44 PM local time in the Pangodi area of Estonia's Tartu County, which is situated less than 50 miles west to the country's border with Russia. The rocket is being searched by helicopters. The Estonian army has started a large-scale search. The flight path, location and status of the missile are currently under investigation. The last assumed location of the missile is roughly 40 km to the north of the city of Tartu. The AMRAAM type missile's firing range is 100 km, it is 3.7 m long, 18 cm in diameter, and carries a live warhead. The missile carried explosives of up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds). It has a built-in self-destruct for such incidents, but may have landed on the ground.Spain is forced to explain why one of its jets fired a missile during a drill in the airspace of the Baltic country and NATO ally. "A Spanish Eurofighter based in Lithuania accidentally fired a missile without causing any harm," Spain's defence ministry said in a statement, adding that the incident happened "in an area of southwest Estonia authorised for this type of exercise". "The air-to-air missile did not hit any aircraft. The defence ministry has opened investigation to clarify the exact cause of the incident," it continued. There are no known human casualties. Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on Facebook "thank God no human casualties," calling the incident "extremely regrettable." After the incident, the Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000, from that country's Ala 11, or 11th Wing, based at Mor'on Air Base, safely landed at its base in Siauliai in Lithuania. So far there is no word on whether the launch was the result of any fault with the aircraft or pilot error. Whatever the case turns out to be, it's definitely embarrassing for Spain, which is among the NATO members that spends the least on defense. It's also not a great look for the Alliance as a whole, which has been under increasing pressure, especially from the United States, to reinvigorate its military capabilities after years of increasing neglect in many cases since the end of the Cold War. The Spanish jet is part of NATO's Baltic air-policing mission. Neighbouring to Russia and NATO countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania do not have their own fighter aircraft. Therefore the allies in the margin of the Baltic Air Policing mission since 2004 protect the Baltic airspace for their own account. Spanish Eurofighters have suffered a number of accidents dating back all the way back to 2002, when the crew of a two-seat variant ejected safely after suffering a dual engine flameout. Additional crashes occurred in 2010 and 2017, killing the pilots in both cases, but there have been no other reports of misfired weaponry. It is worth recalling the incidents caused by the errors of NATO, which led to human casualties. "MISTAKES HAPPEN" https://balticword.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1.3.png On February 22, 2010 NATO fired on a convoy of three vehicles in Gujran district of the province of Daykundi, killing at least 33 civilians including four women and one child and injuring 12 others while they were on their way to Kandahar. On April 7, 2011 A NATO airstrike hit a Libyan rebel position near the contested oil town of Brega on Thursday killing up to five people, rebel fighters and a hospital nurse said. It was the second time in less than a week that rebels said NATO had bombed their comrades by mistake. Thirteen were killed in an air strike not far from the same spot. On May 29, 2011 Afghan authorities said Sunday NATO had killed 52 people, mostly civilians, in airstrikes. In the southern province of Helmand at least 14 civilians, including women and children, were killed and six injured in an air raid. The dead included five girls, seven boys and two women. On February 13, 2013 A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 civilians, five of them children, and wounded five other children. On July 20, 2015 At least seven Afghan soldiers were killed by a NATO air strike that mistakenly hit their post in a province south of Kabul in the midst of a battle against Taliban militants. The mistake was likely the result of poor coordination between Afghan forces and the international coalition. On July 12, 2016 A U.S. airstrike killed nearly 60 civilians, including children, in Syria after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters. On April 12, 2017 An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria mistakenly killed 18 soldiers from a U.S. The incident was the fourth time since early March that American-led airstrikes may have killed noncombatants. According to some estimates, up to 200 people died during a March 17 airstrike in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. It was potentially the largest single loss of innocent lives to U.S.-led coalition strikes since the fight against the Islamic State began in 2014. A U.S. airstrike in a rural area of Raqqa province killed more than 20 noncombatants in a school in March. Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said 42 people, most of whom were civilians, died in a U.S. bombing in the town of Al Jinah.
          Voters In Florida's Panhandle Still Have Faith In Trump's Foreign Policy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: President Trump has faced criticism this week for his evolving statements on Russia and his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Republicans in Congress say he's making a mistake by cozying up to an American enemy. But in the conservative Florida panhandle, voters still have faith in Trump's foreign policy, as NPR's Debbie Elliott reports. DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Pensacola, Fla., bills itself as the cradle of naval aviation. The Blue Angels are based here, and it's a huge military flight training center. After their service, veterans tend to come back to settle here. JAMES ZUMWALT: I would say it's hard to find a place more - outside of Texas it's hard to find a place more veteran-friendly than here in northwest Florida. ELLIOTT: James E. Zumwalt is a former naval explosive ordnance disposal officer who served two tours in Iraq. He takes it in stride when Army vet Michelle Salzman stokes a rivalry. MICHELLE SALZMAN: Go
          Iraq Says Crude Oil Production Jumps To 13-Month High In July      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Iraq’s crude oil production rose to its highest level in 13 months in July—to 4.46 million bpd, Platts quoted the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) as saying on Thursday. Since the fourth quarter of 2017, Iraq has been consistently reporting to OPEC that its production was 4.36 million bpd each month, according to OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report. According to OPEC’s secondary sources in the July MOMR, Iraq’s oil production jumped by 71,500 bpd in June over May, to 4.533 million bpd. This was the second…
          British Museum to hand over looted antiquities to Iraqi embassy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The origin of the up to 5,000-year-old collection was identified after a unique archaeological detective work.
          Polícia ocupa condomínio Serra do Mar I e II para prender quadrilha de homicidas e traficantes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Operação ocorre em São José dos Pinhais, Região Metropolitana de Curitiba*


Desde as 6h da manhã desta quinta-feira (9) mais de 100 policiais civis e militares ocupam o Condomínio Serra do Mar I e II em São José dos Pinhais, na região metropolitana de Curitiba. O conjunto habitacional, que coleciona casos de homicídios e tráfico de drogas, é o cenário da “Operação Benção Tio”, deflagrada em conjunto pela Polícia Civil e Militar com o apoio do helicóptero do Grupamento de Operação Aérea (GOA).

Serão cumpridos 20 mandados judiciais, sendo 14 de prisão temporária (30 dias) e seis de busca e apreensão. A ação policial tem como objetivo prender uma quadrilha extremamente perigosa envolvida com tráfico e assassinatos dentro e fora do condomínio.

A investigação levou dois anos e comprovou que esta organização criminosa comandava o Serra do Mar I e II a ponto de expulsar moradores que ficassem inadimplentes com o pagamento de taxas condominiais e de luz e água. A suspeita é de que parte destes recursos abastecia as atividades criminosas da quadrilha. E qualquer ação de um morador que contrariasse os interesses da quadrilha geralmente resultava em morte.

Paulo Monteiro, conhecido como “Tio”, responde a mais de 10 homicídios é o chefe desta organização criminosa. Preso na Penitenciária Estadual de Piraquara II, condenado a mais de 80 anos de prisão em regime fechado e membro de uma facção criminosa que atua dentro e fora dos presídios do país, era ele quem ditava as regras no Condomínio Serra do Mar I e II. Para vender drogas, o “Tio” precisava autorizar. Os assassinatos de moradores e frequentadores do conjunto habitacional também tinham o aval do “Tio” – através de contatos feitos sempre por telefone. Esta liderança deu nome à operação “Benção Tio”.

No último dia 27, policiais civis com apoio de agentes penitenciários do Departamento Penitenciário cumpriram um mandado de busca e apreensão na cela de Paulo Monteiro na PEP II. Lá encontraram um aparelho celular e dois chips usados na comunicação com os demais integrantes da quadrilha. 
 
*CONDOMÍNIO:* Os residenciais Serra do Mar I e II integram um programa que beneficiou diversas famílias de baixa renda e que moravam em áreas de risco. O empreendimento foi devidamente entregue aos beneficiários no ano de 2012 através do programa “Minha Casa Minha Vida”, sendo o ambiente composto por 594 moradias, entre casas térreas adaptadas para portadores de necessidades especiais e apartamentos.

Participam da operação policiais civis da Delegacia de São José dos Pinhais, do Centro de Operações Policiais Especiais (COPE), unidade de elite da Polícia Civil, Denarc (Divisão de Narcóticos), Canil da Denarc, e policiais militares do 17 Batalhão da Polícia Militar.

Mais informações sobre a operação serão repassadas em entrevista coletiva marcada para as 10h30 (Rua Norberto de Brito 1445, Centro, São José dos Pinhais)



*Fonte: PG News Notícias*
*Fotos e vídeos: Polícia Civil/Divulgação*/GRUPO DE WHATS - PLANTÃO IP


          Iraq’s Sadr retains election victory after vote recount      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BAGHDAD: Populist cleric Moqtada Al Sadr has retained his lead in Iraq’s May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide manual recount of votes announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday. Iraq’s Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) released on its website early on Friday the results of the recount, which parliament ordered in June after widespread allegations of fraud cast doubt on the integrity
          Iraq, sposa riportata a casa perché non è vergine. Il fratello la uccide di botte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Iraq – Un uomo riporta a casa dei genitori la sposa perché nella prima notte di nozze scopre che “non è vergine”, e uno dei fratelli della donna la uccide seduta stante. Succede, in questi nostri giorni, nella capitale irachena Baghdad come denuncia oggi Human Right Wach (HRW) con un comunicato di condanna ripreso dai […]
          الصدر يحتفظ بالصدارة بعد إعلان نتائج الفرز اليدوي - روسيا اليوم      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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الصدر يحتفظ بالصدارة بعد إعلان نتائج الفرز اليدوي
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احتفظت قائمة "سائرون" بقيادة رجل الدين مقتدى الصدر بصدارة الترتيب في الانتخابات العراقية التي جرت في مايو الماضي، ليلعب بذلك دورا محوريا في تشكيل الحكومة المقبلة للبلاد. إقرأ المزيد. مجلس النواب العراقي إعلان نتائج الفرز اليدوي لاقتراع برلمان العراق في 13 محافظة. وأصدرت المفوضية العليا المستقلة للانتخابات على موقعها الإلكتروني في وقت مبكر اليوم الجمعة، نتائج الفرز اليدوي الذي أمر به البرلمان في يونيو، بعدما ألقت مزاعم واسعة عن مخالفات، بظلالها على سلامة العملية الانتخابية. وقالت المفوضية إن نتائج ...
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          Mandibular war injuries caused by bullets and shell fragments: a comparative study - Al-Anee AM, Al-Quisi AF, Al-Jumaily HA.       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
PURPOSE: Is to compare the patterns, severity, and management of the high- and low-velocity mandibular war injuries managed at Al Shaheed Gazi Al-Hariri Hospital in Baghdad Medical City, Iraq, during a 2-year period. METHODS: Forty-one patients wit...
          The Beekeeper of Sinjar by Dunya Mikhail review – the Iraqi Oskar Schindler      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

How an apiarist created a hive of smugglers and rescued scores of women from Islamic State

Until 2014, Abdullah Shrem was a beekeeper in Iraq, tending to his hive and selling honey across the mountains of Sinjar. Then Islamic State forces arrived, announcing their terror in symbols daubed on the doorways of the homes they raided: “They wrote the letter Y on our homes and on our stores and built a barrier like the Berlin Wall – N for the Christians, and Y for the Yazidis. S for the Sunnis, and Sh for the Shi’ites,” Shrem recalls.

The Yazidis met the worst fate: men were marched into mass graves and shot, while women were separated – young from old, mothers from children, wives from virgins. The younger were taken to a “marketplace” to be sold as sex slaves or sabaya; the older were killed or sold as domestic slaves.

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          Comment on 2:00PM Water Cooler 8/9/2018 by pretzelattack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
the british government involved them, and pressured them to say it was some mysterious soviet chemical. we don't know what happened, and the british official story has gaping holes. it's about as convincing as the iraqi wmd's, but trumpeted all the more loudly.
          8/10/2018: OBSERVATIONS: Kurdistan is stable for now, which is being ignored by those asking to delay elections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The recount on Iraq’s parliamentary elections appears to be complete. But where are Kurdistan’s elections? Kurdistan has a proud history of going to the polls and a respect for the democratic process that is becoming more and more ingrained with every...
          The Evolution of Typography Trends      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The written word has allowed us to document history, our thoughts and feelings or send messages through the ages. While we may have started with pictures to convey what we wanted to say, we’ve since moved on to typography that has adapted to reflect the times, the meaning and the format it’s used in. Throwback to B.C times and you’ll learn of messages painted or etched into stone in caves and places where people lived and worked. It’s believed that formal writing actually originated around 3,500 B.C and was created by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia (now Iraq). They inscribed details
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Iraq's election commission says the result of its recount of ballots from May's parliamentary elections doesn't alter the overall outcome of the vote.
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          "Human Nature: What Kind of Creature Are We?"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
 
"Human Nature: What Kind of Creature Are We?"
by John Robbins

"What can we know? What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering 
out at the infinite, with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts."
- Arthur Conan Doyle

"These days, many of us tend to think that human nature is inherently competitive and destructive. We hear about “selfish genes,” as if our genetic makeup predetermines that we will be egotistic people and that we will fight with one another. We’re told that our species contains a built-in “killer instinct,” that we are descended from apes who needed to be brutal and ferociously aggressive to survive the hostile conditions of prehistoric times. According to such notions, the natural world is an unrelenting battle for survival, and it is mere wishful thinking to believe that people can live in peace with one another and with their environment for any significant length of time. “War,” said Dick Cheney, seeking to justify the invasion of Iraq, “is the natural state of man.”

Cheney and others who think like him believe that the human condition is inherently and inexorably competitive, and that all of human experience is an expression of the Darwinian principle of “survival of the fittest.” If they are correct, then given the existence of nuclear weapons, our species is almost certainly doomed. But Charles Darwin himself would not agree. In fact, in "The Descent of Man," Darwin mentioned the survival of the fittest only twice, and one of those times was to apologize for using what he had come to feel was an unfortunate and misleading phrase. By contrast, he wrote 95 times about love. In his later writings, Darwin repeatedly stressed that the “survival of the fittest” model of natural selection dropped away in importance at the level of human evolution and was replaced by moral sensitivity, education and cooperation.

It’s true that chimpanzees, whose genetics are very similar to our own, have quite a propensity for deceit, violence, theft, infanticide and even cannibalism. But it’s equally true that among chimps, the toughest rivals will reconcile after a fight, stretching out their hands to each other, smiling, kissing and hugging. And besides, there is another primate who is as genetically similar to us as the chimpanzee–the bonobo, an ape species native to the Congo. If, instead of studying chimps for clues to the origins of human behavior, we had been studying bonobos, we would have come to very different conclusions. Instead of the killer-ape model, we would have had the lover-ape model, for these primates show a phenomenal sensitivity to the well-being of others.

“Primatologists,” writes author Marc Barasch in his book, "Field Notes on the Compassionate Life," “are finding in the bonobos evidence that it is not tooth-and-nail competition, but conciliation, cuddling, and cooperation that may be the central organizing principle of human evolution.” One of the world’s leading experts on primate behavior, Frans de Waal, calls it “survival of the kindest.”

What kind of creature, then, are we? There are those who believe human beings are fundamentally selfish, and there are those who believe we are essentially kindly creatures who need only love to flourish; but I stand in neither camp, or maybe I should say I stand in both camps. It appears to me that we have nearly infinite potential in both directions. Part ego and part divinely inspired, we have both the potential to compete and the potential to cooperate. There are in each of us forces that can produce a Bernard Madoff, and also those that can produce a Martin Luther King. Depending on what we choose to affirm and cultivate within ourselves and our children, we can collectively turn this planet into a hell or a heaven. Whether we like it or not, and whether we accept it or not, our choices make an enormous difference.

In these deeply uncertain times, I believe that the effort to create a web of caring, support, authenticity and trust among your friends and family members, and in your larger community, may be among the most important acts you can undertake. With the economy and the biosphere deteriorating and potentially collapsing, nothing may be more imperative than overcoming the isolation and disconnectedness that so often pervades contemporary life.

Down through history there have been sages and philosophers who have spoken of the fundamental unity underlying the human condition. They have taught that each of us is truly part of an extended family that includes all people everywhere. But today the human future depends on more than just a few wise people understanding the concept. The quality of life for humanity in the years to come depends on ever-increasing numbers of people incorporating this understanding into their everyday lives. The health and survival of the human species now depends on how deeply we grasp the reality of our interdependence.

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all have a choice to be either accomplices in the status quo or everyday revolutionaries. We have a choice whether to succumb to the consumer trance, identify our self worth by our net worth, and race by each other in the night — or to build lives of caring, substance and beauty.

In our so very troubled times, hope itself can seem like a romantic fallacy. The news we hear is so filled with horrors and tragedies, so replete with examples of humanity’s failures, that it can seem like a childish fantasy to still root for all that is good in us. But I believe the real news on this planet is love — why it exists, where it came from and where it is going.

This is why, even though I fail at it far more than I succeed, I still try to follow the advice of the author Og Mandino, who wrote: “Treat everyone you meet as if he or she were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of reward. Your life will never be the same.”

          Robert Redford retires finally      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
So Robert Redford's announced he's retiring.  Should have happened decades ago.

He hasn't made a great film since 1975's THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR and 1976's ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN.  He is not a great actor and never was.  He was a passable leading man.

Or, he was a passable leading man up until around 1983.

The women opposite him got younger and he just looked older.  We didn't need LEGAL EAGLES.  We didn't need HAVANA.  We didn't need INDECENT PROPOSAL.  I could go on and on.

As the looks faded, he began wearing that ratty wig.  We are supposed to believe, at 82, that's his thick (and ratty) and natural blond hair?  Don't make me laugh.

Paul Newman was an actor and a leading man.  Redford was just a leading man.  It's why he never won an Academy Award for acting.

If he'd ended his career in the 70s, he would have still had charisma and some strong films -- including THE WAY WE WERE.  But he kept on going and he was just an embarrassment.  He can't act strong enough to deserve being cast in anything.

When he had his looks, he was cast because he was good looking.  But he never was cast because he was a great actor.  I think he damaged his reputation by continuing to make movies.  OUR SOULS AT NIGHT really was the last straw.  He reteamed with Jane Fonda and she's giving a performance that's measured and new and daring.  Him? He's playing romantic teen wounded.  The same performance he's given forever.  It wasn't fresh or inventive in the 70s but he still had his looks.


"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Thursday, August 9, 2018.  As the US government attempts to install Hayder al-Abadi for a second term as prime minister, is Hayder's little world falling apart?

XINHUA reports:

Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and five others injured in an overnight attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, a provincial security source said on Thursday.
Fierce clashes erupted late on Wednesday night when IS militants attacked an army outpost in the rugged area of Mteibijah near Salahudin's eastern provincial border with neighboring Diyala province, Major Alaa al-Saadi, from Diyala Operations Command, told Xinhua.

Early in the morning, reinforcement troops arrived to the area and began an operation to hunt down the attackers who fled the scene under the dark, Saadi said.

So much for Hayder al-Abadi's defeat of ISIS.  He thought he could run for re-election that (false) claim and that the Iraqi people would rush to vote for him.  That is not how it turned out.  He came in third.  Third.  The sitting prime minister came in third.  He did not end corruption.  He did not end ISIS.  He did not do anything.

Elections were May 12th and Iraq has still not formed a government.  Behind the scenes, the US, via Special Envoy Brett McGurk, is up to its usual tricks.


Elijah J Magnier offers:

Iraq paid $100 million of Iranian debts but is faced with the US sanctions on Iran. Iraq, under Abadi, would like to abide by the US measures. Sources in the office of the Prime Minister said “the US is trying to substitute the Iranian supply of electricity by putting pressure on two main neighbouring countries (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) to support Iraq with its basic needs and inviting them to offer their structural capabilities to Abadi offering electricity in exchange of oil. The aim is to push Iran away and limit its influence in Mesopotamia”.
Indeed, US Ambassadors based in the Middle East and the US special presidential envoy to Iraq Brett McGurk are doing their best to convince Gulf countries of the necessity to support Haidar Abadi and Moqtada al-Sadr and promote these so they can gain power in the new government selected, and stand against Iran and its allies in Iraq. They are asking neighbouring countries (rather than Iran) to provide Iraq with electricity so that the Iranian economy does not benefit.
“US envoy Brett McGurk visited us in Baghdad and asked us to support Moqtada and Abadi in one coalition to re-elect the actual prime minister. We told him that Moqtada al-Sadr is unpredictable and can’t be considered reliable. Your (US) policy in Iraq has never been successful and your choices are not in our interest” said the highest two political Sunni authorities in Iraq visited by the US envoy. Ambassador McGurk, said the sources, apparently didn’t like this unexpected answer: if Iraqi leaders don’t abide by the US’s” recommendations”, he threatened reprisals.
“We told Ambassador Brett that if he is threatening us he will receive no collaboration from our side and will create a negative outcome for all”, said the sources. And the Sunni are not the only ones refusing to support Moqtada and Abadi. The US envoy visited Kurdistan and received similar answers from the Kurdish leaders.
The US is also calling upon Shia party leaders, especially Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim, who seems the most docile of all those contacted, and shows himself very willing to collaborate.
It seems the chances of Haidar Abadi of renewing his mandate for another four years are becoming slimmer by the minute. Iran and its allies, or perhaps the anti-US parties in Iraq among Shia, Sunni and Kurds, are prevailing. There was a time when both Iran and the US agreed on the same candidate, the actual Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. Today, the US has declared economic war on Iran to cripple its capabilities, affecting the Iranian people and its local currency. The embargo will seriously begin in August and will intensify in November.

On the US sanctions, yesterday some tried to claim Hayder was 'outraged.'  No.  A puppet doesn't show outrage.  REUTERS summed up his meek response correctly.



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He's hoping for a second term as prime minister that the US government is trying to get for him.  The voters don't want him.  He's not going to bite the hand that feeds him.


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Poor Hayder al-Abadi.  He seemed such a shoe-in to the US government.


Despite coming in third in May’s election, Abadi was seen as having a good chance of keeping his seat. Now, other names are being tossed around including a member of his own party. A serious miscalculation by the US.
 
 




Having done nothing for years, he suddenly develops a whimsical interest in fighting corruption in July.  Two for show moves did nothing to enhance his reputation, so this month, he tries another move.



BREAKING: Al-Hadath reporter: |i PM Abadi dismisses number of managers at Ministry of Electricity

          Germany evacuates two dangerous ISIS women from Iraq prison      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sorry, no video. Keeping it short: At the end of April 2018, Germany has freed two German ISIS women from prison in Iraq. They are considered to be very dangerous, but are not being charged for anything in Germany. One of them already announced online, that she will blow herself up. They are now being watched 24/7, at great expense. They most likely live on welfare too, which for one single person can be 1200EUR a month, including rent, healthcare and pocket money. WHAT IS HAPPENING??? Never choose a women as head of state!!! {{file|t=NIT7_1533891335}} Source (German): https://www.focus.de/politik/deutschland/in-geheimaktion-bka-evakuierte-zwei-gefaehrliche-is-frauen-aus-dem-irak-jetzt-einreisesperre-fuer-deutsche-ermittler_id_9394789.html
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Iraq's election commission: Ballot recount doesn't alter outcome of May elections

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          South Carolina Teen Convicted After Attempting to Join ISIS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Zakaryia Abdin, 19, of South Carolina, pleaded guilty on August 6, 2018, to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. According to a press release from the Justice Department, Abdin began his efforts on Jan. 3, 2017, when ...

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's election commission says the result of its recount of ballots from May's parliamentary elections doesn't alter the overall outcome of the vote.The commission completed earlier this week its recount from the...
          Арест имущества должника по алиментам заставил раскошелиться на сумму более 400 тысяч рублей      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

В отделе судебных приставов по Зубово-Полянскому району на исполнении находится исполнительное производство о взыскании с гражданина А в пользу гражданки С алиментов на содержание несовершеннолетнего ребенка. Сумма задолженности по исполнительному производству составляла 419 тысяч рублей.

         С целью исполнения решения суда, а также соблюдения интересов несовершеннолетнего ребенка судебным приставом-исполнителем был осуществлен выход по месту жительства должника с целью проверки имущественного положения и наложения ареста на имущество. Дома у должника судебный пристав-исполнитель вынес постановление об аресте телевизора стоимостью 15 тысяч рублей. Буквально на следующий день должник, не желая значиться в недобросовестных неплательщиках алиментов, полностью оплатил сумму задолженности.

         Многие алиментщики живут по принципу русской пословицы: «Пока гром не грянет, мужик ...». Давайте не будем ждать, когда «грянет гром», то есть придут судебные приставы и арестуют имущество. Лишние проблемы никому не нужны. Чтобы избежать неприятностей необходимо своевременно платить алименты.

         В настоящее время на исполнении у судебных приставов Республики Мордовия находится около 6 тысяч исполнительных производств о взыскании алиментов. В целях повышения эффективности работы по исполнительным производствам о взыскании алиментов судебные приставы применяют различные меры воздействия на должников. Это и временное ограничение выезда должников из Российской Федерации, и временное ограничение на пользование должником специальным правом, и привлечение к административной ответственности.

         В отношении тех, кто не хочет платить алименты, не смотря на привлечение к административной ответственности, применяются меры уголовно-правового характера. В 1 полугодии 2018 года возбуждено 363 уголовных дела по статье 157 УК РФ за уклонение от уплаты алиментов.


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Refugees carry few material possessions when they flee war, violence or persecution in their homelands. But they do bring talent and skill to their new countries. At the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, Maryland, that talent is on display in an exhibit of six refugee artists from Iraq, Ethiopia and Somalia. Some of the [...]

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          8/10/2018: THE WORLD: Iraqi election results upheld:      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead in Iraq’s May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount showed Friday, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country’s next government.
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s election commission says the result of its recount of ballots from May’s parliamentary elections doesn’t alter the overall outcome of the vote. The commission completed earlier this week its recount from the vote which was marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities. It didn’t recount votes from eastern Baghdad because of […]
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North Korea revives 'axis of evil' ties with Iran as denuclearisation talks falterThe arrival of North Korea's foreign minister in Tehran just hours after Donald Trump had reinstated sanctions against Iran was “no coincidence”, analysts believe, and is designed to send the message that Pyongyang is reinforcing its alliances as denuclearisation talks with the US stall. Ri Yong-ho held talks with Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, on Tuesday, the same day that economic sanctions went back into force against Tehran. The meeting was held at North Korea’s request, Iranian media reported, and the two officials used the two-day visit to express their “satisfaction” with existing bilateral relations and seek better ties in the future.  “The fact that they are meeting at all comes as no surprise, and of course the timing of these talks is no coincidence”, said Rah Jong-il, a former diplomat who previously served as South Korea’s ambassador to London and Tokyo.  The relationship between the two nations - described in January 2002 by President George W. Bush as two of the three states that made up the “axis of evil” - goes back to the Iran-Iraq war, when Pyongyang sided with Tehran and provided its forces with weapons. That subsequently grew into exchanges of increasingly more sophisticated weapons systems, including missiles, and nuclear technology, Mr Rah said.  Hidden trillions: What if North Korea’s economy opened up? And with talks with the US apparently deadlocked, Pyongyang looks to be returning to its historical allies to underline that it still has friends and will not be bullied, Mr Rah added, pointing out that the North’s foreign minister has also recently visited China, Russia and Cuba.  “The North Koreans were quite optimistic after Mr Kim [Jong-un] met Mr Trump in Singapore because they believed that he would be manageable and that they would be able to get what they wanted from him”, Mr Rah told The Telegraph.  That included rewards for phased denuclearisation and the lifting of sanctions, although the US has since stiffened its position and is demanding that the North completes the abolition of its atomic arsenal before sanctions are removed. “Now Mr Trump has put the sanctions back on Iran, the two countries find themselves in the same situation, so Mr Ri’s visit is likely to be an opportunity to coordinate on policies and emphasise their joint front against Washington”, Mr Rah said.  “It may also be an opportunity to exchange information on military hardware and technology,” he added. At a glance | US sanctions against Iran Kim Hyun-wook, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, agreed with that assessment, telling The Korea Herald that, “As North Korea does not hold many cards in negotiations with the US, it appears to be diversifying its diplomatic partners and strengthening its alli2ances with them to increase its leverage”.  The timing and content of Mr Ri’s visit to Tehran will not go overlooked in the US, however, and could serve to further stiffen Washington’s resolve to bring Mr Kim’s regime to heel. That, in turn, could provoke a backlash that negates any progress on the future of the Korean Peninsula made to date.  Yet Mr Rah believes that North Korea still sees Mr Trump as its best hope of being accepted as an equal by the international community and even, potentially, retainings its nuclear weapons.  “Mr Trump is the most favourable opponent they have faced in the White House”, he said. “They still believe they can make progress with him and even though Washington has been firmer recently, the North will be working out ways that they can manipulate him for their own purposes”. 



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BAGHDAD (Web Desk) In a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi, he who doubles as the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party added that the policy of exerting economic pressure on Iran and sanctions is rejected and the international community should block the policy of pushing peoples towards famine.Masjedi, for his part, hailed …

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          Documentary Film Night | Baghdad to The Bay      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Hosted by World Affairs @ World Affairs Auditorium

09.18.18 Baghdad to the bay

Kicking off UNAFF's 21st Annual Film Festival is a screening of "Baghdad to The Bay." The film follows the harrowing journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the US military.


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Japan’s most popular PM on Elvis Presley, nuclear power — and why he doesn’t regret his support for the Iraq invasion
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In 2003, the Metropolitan Police raided a now defunct London antiquities dealer, seizing valuable objects that have since been identified at the British Museum as coming from the site of Tello in southern Iraq. Tello, the modern Arabic name for the ancient Sumerian city of Girsu, is the southern site of the British Museum’s Iraq […]
          Amerikalı əsgər İraqda törətdikləri dəhşətli cinayətləri belə etiraf etdi – Şok faktlar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ABŞ-ın İraqda törətdiyi dəhşətləri amerikalı əsgər Con Törner etiraf edib.
İslaminSesi xəbər verir ki, Con Törner 18 aprel 2006-cı ildə ilk cinayətini törətdiyini etiraf edib. O, ABŞ-ın İraqda törətdiyi vəhşiliklər haqda keçirdiyi mətbuat konfransında açıqlayıb.
Amerikalı əsgər bildirib ki, öldürdüyü şəxsin adını bilməsə də, onun günahsız olduğuna dəqiq əmin idi: “ Həmin şəxs evinə tərəf gedərkən, onu atası və dostlarının gözləri önündə güllələdim. Ona atdığım birinci güllə boğazına dəysə də ölmədi. İkinci gülləni atmaq istəyərkən gözlərimin içinə baxdı. Mən də bu zaman öz əsgər yoldaşıma tərəf baxdım və dedim: “ Belə olmaz”. Təkrar tətiyi çəkdim və onu öldürdüm. Ailəsi onun cəsədini daşıdı”.
Con Törner əlavə edib ki, törətdikləri ilk cinayətdən sonra onları təbrik ediblər: “Bölük komandirim məni şəxsən təbrik etdi. O bizə dedi ki, əgər iraqlıları bıçaqla ödürsək, ABŞ-a döndükdən sonra 4 gün məzuniyyət veriləcək. Beləcə daha 3 nəfəri öldürdüm. Bizim əsgərlərdən kimsə həlak olanda, hirsimizi günahsız insanları öldürməklə çıxırdıq”.
Con Törner məscidlərə atəş açmağın qadağan olunduğunu bildirib: “Bizə deyilmişdi ki, məsciddən sizə atəş açılmadığı təqdirdə biz də avtomatdan istifadə etməyək. Lakin biz qaydanı pozur və məscidləri də atəşə tuturduq”.
Amerikalı əsgər kütlə önündə hərbi geyimini və nişanı tullayaraq bu sözləri deyib: “Artıq sizinlə işləmirəm”.

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LONDON — The British Museum is handing back to Iraq a group of 5,000-year-old antiquities looted from the country after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion. The eight items, including clay cones with cuneiform inscriptions and a bull-shaped marble pennant,...
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The “National Defense Strategy” document released at the beginning of this year declared bluntly that the nearly two-decade focus by the US military on the so-called “global war on terrorism” had come to an end. In its place, a new strategic orientation was being introduced based on preparing for “great power” confrontation, i.e., war with nuclear-armed Russia and China.
This was the first such defense strategy to be issued by the Pentagon in over a decade and expressed the urgency with which Washington views the preparations for a third world war.
A particularly crude and criminal outcome of this policy shift is becoming increasingly apparent in three major theaters where US forces are engaged in active combat operations. Reports from Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan provide firm evidence that the US and its local proxies are allying themselves with and employing the services of elements of ISIS and Al Qaeda in the pursuit of Washington’s broader strategic interests.
In Yemen, hundreds, if not thousands, of fighters from Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), branded by the US government as the “most dangerous” affiliate of the loose international Al Qaeda network, have been recruited by Washington’s closest allies in the Arab world, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to fight as foot soldiers in the near-genocidal US-backed war that these Persian Gulf oil monarchies have been waging against the impoverished country of Yemen since 2015.
According to an investigative report published Monday by the Associated Press, the Saudi-led coalition “cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash… Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself.”
It added that “Key participants in the pacts said the US was aware of the arrangements and held off on any drone strikes.”
“Elements of the US military are clearly aware that much of what the US is doing in Yemen is aiding AQAP and there is much angst about that,” Michael Horton, a senior analyst at the Jamestown Foundation, a CIA-connected Washington think tank, told the AP.
“However, supporting the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against what the US views as Iranian expansionism takes priority over battling AQAP and even stabilizing Yemen,” Horton added.
This is a gross understatement. Washington is providing indispensable military support for a war that has reduced millions of Yemenis to the brink of starvation. It is prepared to wipe out much of the country’s population in order to bolster its strategic position and that of the reactionary Arab regimes with which it is allied against the perceived threat of Iranian influence to US regional hegemony.
The war has escalated in recent days in the ongoing siege of the Yemeni Red Sea port of Hodeidah, which was green-lighted by the Trump administration. The UN has warned that a quarter of a million people could lose their lives in this operation, while millions more across the country may die of starvation if it shuts down the port, the sole lifeline for food, fuel and medicine for at least 70 percent of the population.
Recruiting Al Qaeda fighters to slaughter Yemenis in this immense and bloody war crime is entirely consistent with US policy.
In regard to Syria, meanwhile, Russia’s Defense Ministry last Thursday issued a statement warning that ISIS has increasingly concentrated its forces in the area around al-Tanaf, near the Syrian-Iraqi border, where the US military maintains a military base and has unilaterally declared a 34-mile exclusion zone around it. US troops there have provided training to so-called “rebels” opposing the government of President Bashar al-Assad and appear to be providing a security screen for ISIS.
Launched on the pretext of carrying out the “annihilation” of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the illegal US military intervention in Syria has repeatedly seen the US and its local proxies facilitate the flight of ISIS from besieged cities. The most notorious incident was in Raqqa, where a column of vehicles carried 4,000 ISIS fighters and family members, along with their weapons, ammunition and explosives, into the eastern Syrian desert.
The goal was to turn these fighters against government troops and aid in the US operation to deprive Damascus of control over Syria’s oil and gas fields, which are vital for the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country. The US aims in Syria are bound up with wider preparations for war not only against Iran, but against Russia as well.
Finally, in regard to Afghanistan, where the US has waged war for nearly 17 years, the New York Times published an article Sunday titled, “Are ISIS Fighters Prisoners or Honored Guests of the Afghan Government?”
The article reported how two senior commanders of ISIS, along with 250 of their fighters, had surrendered to the US-backed Afghan National Army to avoid being routed by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan.
“If they were prisoners, however, it was hard to tell,” the Times reported. “The government arranged for them to stay in a guesthouse in the provincial capital of Sheberghan. Guards were posted around it not to keep the insurgents in, but to keep their potential enemies out, according to the provincial governor. Although the fighters were disarmed, they were allowed to keep their cell phones and other personal possessions.”
The Times added,
“The dubious nature of the Islamic State surrender has proved a propaganda bonanza for the Taliban.”
The newspaper does not provide any details on the nature of this “propaganda,” but it does report that the ISIS fighters “were ferried from the battlefield in Afghan Army helicopters, avoiding a potentially dangerous journey on the roads.”
The obvious conclusion from this account is that ISIS has functioned as a US asset in Afghanistan, attacking the Taliban and carrying out atrocities aimed at precluding any negotiated resolution of the conflict that does not serve US geo-strategic interests in the region.
This more or less open alliance between the Pentagon and ISIS, a supposed prime target in multiple US military interventions across three continents, is not so much a new policy as the revival of an old one that was never fully abandoned, despite the inflated rhetoric of that greatest of all “fake news” stories, the “global war on terrorism.”
Al Qaeda, the original supposed arch enemy in this unending war, was the direct product of CIA and US support for the Islamist mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviet-backed government in the 1980s. Since then, these elements have had a dual use for US imperialism, serving at one stage as proxy forces in wars for regime change, and at another as a pretext for US interventions in the name of fighting terror.
Under the mantle of the “war on terrorism,” successive US governments, Democratic and Republican alike, have not only conducted wars whose victims number in the millions, but also carried out an unrelenting attack on democratic rights, from domestic spying to censoring the Internet.
The emerging international alliance between the Pentagon and ISIS only serves to expose the real interests underlying these policies, which are bound up with the waging of war to offset US imperialism’s loss of economic preeminence and defend its crumbling global hegemony, and domestic repression to sustain a social order characterized by the most extreme inequality in modern American history.

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أغسطس 9, 2018

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– لا يمكن أن يختلف إثنان في محور المقاومة، خصوصاً من العراقيين على أمرين الأول أن إيران مهما كانت التباينات حول طبيعة علاقتها الثنائية بالأطراف العراقية هي العمق الاستراتيجي لكل قوة وطنية عراقية مناوئة لمشروع الهيمنة الأميركية على المنطقة، وهي الداعم الرئيس لكل حركة مقاومة بوجه «إسرائيل». والثاني أن إيران تواجه اليوم عقوبات أميركية ظالمة بسبب هذا الموقف الداعم لخيار رفض الهيمنة الأميركية ومقاومة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لفلسطين.

– الأكيد أنه مهما كانت خصوصيات أي حركة وطنية عراقية، فلا قيمة لوطنية عراقية أو قومية عربية بلا هذين البعدين. وبالتالي فإن موقف الوطنيين العراقيين يجب أن يكون صارماً وحاسماً من هذه العقوبات الأميركية على إيران، باعتبار هذا الموقف واحداً من موجبات التعبير عن وطنيتهم وعروبتهم. فكيف إذا كان الحديث عن القوى العراقية التي بنت حضورها ورصيدها ونجاحاتها على الكثير من الدعم الإيراني في وصولها لسدة الحكم وفي نجاحها بتخطّي محنة داعش التي خطّطها وصمّم لها ورعاها الأميركيون، وفي طليعة هؤلاء رئيس الحكومة العراقية المرشح لولاية جديدة حيدر العبادي.

– بعض القوى العراقية تحاول منذ مدة تسويق نظرية مريبة عنوانها أن العراق في سعيه لبناء أفضل علاقات مع الجيران والتعبير عن عروبته وإسلاميته معاً يجب أن يكون متوازناً بين إيران والسعودية. وكأن أميركا و»إسرائيل» ليستا موجودتين. وكأن الموقف منهما ومن مشاريعهما ليس معياراً حاسماً في تحديد العلاقات بالآخرين وصياغة مفهوم للعروبة والإسلام، وليس جديداً القول إن رئيس الحكومة العراقية حيدر العبادي من الذين يسوّقون لهذه النظرية بل يعتبرون الانفتاح على السعودية بعضاً من الترجمة للعروبة.

– إعلان رئيس الحكومة العراقي حيدر العبادي عن الالتزام العراقي بالعقوبات على إيران مستغرب، أمام التضحيات والوقفات الإيرانية مع الشعب العراقي بوجه ما دبّرته أميركا وما فعلته بحق العراق، خصوصاً في ظل موقف تركيا العضو في حلف الأطلسي والتي في سجلها ارتكابات لا تُنسى، لكن موقفها من العقوبات الأميركية يؤكد استقلاليتها عن القرار الأميركي بقياس مصالح تركية أكثر من تحكّم المصالح العراقية بقرار الحكومة العراقية الخاضع للمشيئة الأميركية.

– لا أحد يتجاهل الوضع الصعب للعراق، ولا أحد يدعو لمواجهة العراق مع أميركا كرمى لعيون إيران، مع العلم أن معاناة العراق والعراقيين ناجمة بالأساس عن ضعف التزام القيادات الحاكمة بموجبات مكافحة الفساد قبل أي شيء آخر، خصوصاً أن العقوبات على إيران ليست بسبب خلاف أميركي إيراني على شأن ثنائي، بل هي مباشرة نتاج موقف إيران من حركات المقاومة، وعنوانها فلسطين التي شكلت تاريخياً عنواناً للإجماع العراقي، ولكن رغم ذلك لا أحد يطلب من العراق الخروج لمواجهة مع أميركا.

– الأحرى بالحكومة العراقية كان إذا كانت تشعر بالحرج أن تبادر بالدعوة لاجتماع وزراء خارجية لدول جوار إيران بحضور وتمثيل إيراني لمناقشة الموقف من العقوبات الأميركية التي تخرج عن القانون الدولي وتتجاهل قرار مجلس الأمن الدولي برفع العقوبات. وسيجد العراق في مواقف دول الجوار الإيراني التي تشكّل تركيا وباكستان الدولتان الأهم فيها واللتان تتخذان موقفاً واضحاً برفض العقوبات على إيران، وقد قرّرتا مواصلة شحنات النفط والغاز والسلع التي تحتاجها أسواقهما من إيران، ما يمكّن العراق من التشارك معهما ومع دول جوار إيران كأذربيجان التي ترتبط باتفاقية تعاون إستراتيجي ثلاثية مع إيران وروسيا تتضمّن خطوط سكك حديد وربط كهربائي. ويستطيع العراق القول أنه سيواصل استجرار الكهرباء وتسديد ثمنها لإيران رغم العقوبات الأميركية. وهو يشكو من توقف إيران عن تزويده بالطاقة الكهربائية، لأن حكومته توقفت عن سداد موجباتها طلباً للرضى الأميركي.

– القوى الوطنية في العراق، خصوصاً قوى المقاومة مطالبة بجعل عدم الالتزام العراقي بالعقوبات على إيران واحداً من معايير تسمية رئيس الحكومة الجديد، والرئيس حيدر العبادي مدعوّ لإعادة النظر بموقفه بكل محبة واحترام.

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  • The Trump administration wants to move ahead with its plans to create a Space Force.
  • The ultimate structure of that force, and what it will do, remains unclear.
  • Elsewhere in the Pentagon, military planners are focused on another facet of warfare that's much closer to home.

The Trump administration wants to have a force ready to fight in the heavens by 2020, but the US Army is already spending a half-billion dollars to prepare for fighting underground.

In a speech at the Pentagon on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence described a US Space Force as "an idea whose time as come."

"Our Administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020," Pence added.

Critics have said a new Space Force is unnecessary, while an argument for it is that rival powers like Russia and China are growing more able to strike at US assets in space and at US assets from space, missions whose importance necessitate its own dedicated command and even military force.

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The ultimate structure of the Space Force remains unclear, as does what its responsibilities and resources will be.

Elsewhere in the Pentagon, however, officials are looking in the opposite direction to prepare for the future of warfare.

US Army leaders have said that next war will be fought in mega-cities, and the service has started an effort to train troops to fight not just in but also beneath those environments.

An accelerated effort started in late 2017 will devote about $572 million to train and outfit 26 of the Army's 31 active combat brigades for operations in large-scale subterranean facilities, according to a Military.com report in June.

Teams have been activated to train leaders from each of those brigades to operate in large-scale underground facilities. As of June, five BCTs had been trained, and the trainers had a January deadline to finish training the other 21.

US Army soldiers subterranean tunnel air assault

Underground combat will require Army infantry to navigate, communicate, overcome heavy obstacles, and engage enemy forces in facilities that range in size and complexity from relatively small corridors to sprawling subterranean compounds.

"We did recognize, in a megacity that has underground facilities — sewers and subways and some of the things we would encounter ... we have to look at ourselves and say 'OK, how does our current set of equipment and our tactics stack up?'" Col. Townley Hedrick, commandant of the infantry school at the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, told Military.com.

"What are the aspects of megacities that we have paid the least attention to lately?" Hedrick said. "And every megacity has got sewers and subways and stuff that you can encounter, so let's brush it up a little bit."

The Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, which is often asked to assess future threats, has been tasked with developing a training course for underground fighting, relying on modular facilities to simulate such combat.

A portion of the money assigned to the effort will go to acquiring specialized equipment, like radios, breathing systems, or night-vision goggles. An Army source told Military.com that the tactics and techniques of underground fighting are similar to those used to clear buildings, with complicating factors like a lack of light or air.

ISIS tunnel

Underground warfare is nothing new. Special units of US troops, usually engineers, were tasked with exploring tunnels found during the Vietnam War. More recently, US and partner forces have dealt with ISIS fighters operating in underground tunnels in Iraq and Syria.

Villages around Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, were found to have extensive tunnel networks that were likely used as meeting places and escape routes. In early 2017, the US used its largest nonnuclear bomb, nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs" against what was said to be a complex of tunnels and caves used by ISIS.

Prior to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dealing with underground structures was largely the responsibility of special-operations units like the Army's Delta Force or Rangers or the Navy's SEAL Team Six.

But Army researchers have said that special-operations forces alone will not be able to deal with the scale of underground combat in a future conflict with a peer or near-peer adversary. One Army source told Military.com that an estimate made in 2017 found about 10,000 large-scale military facilities that could serve as underground cities.

US Army soldiers subterranean tunnel

More than 4,800 of those underground facilities are in North Korea, which has used such subterranean structures to house nuclear-weapons facilities and, in case of war, could use them to funnel thousands of troops into South Korea.

Moscow and other major Russian cities are replete with undergound bunkers, tunnels, subway lines, and other facilities, many of which were built during the Cold War.

China, home to dozens of densely populated cities, has a vast network of tunnels and underground facilities used to house its missiles and nuclear arsenal. Iran, too, has used underground complexes for its nuclear program.

"I think that modern warfare and modern combat, [it will] occur mainly in urban areas, and urban areas are a place that tunnels and underground facilities can be used, mainly by asymmetric opponents, as something that changes the equation," Brig. Gen. Nechemya Sokal, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces IDF Technology and Logistics Branch, said on the Modern War Institute podcast in early 2017.

Sokal said that Hamas' use of tunnels for variety of operations, including infiltrating Israeli territory, created a number of challenges that required new technology and different tactics to address.

"We have to change our doctrine and the way we do things, because underground facilities are not so intuitive as buildings and places we are using to being," Sokal said.

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Massacri continui, soprattutto nelle regioni del Nord Kivu dove scorrazzano le milizie jihadiste dell’Adf, affiliate a Boko Haram, Al Shabaab e Al Qaeda.
Stragi, centinaia di migliaia di morti, milioni di sfollati, bambini in gravissimo stato di malnutrizione, sacerdoti sequestrati, il Congo sta registrando la sua crisi più difficile e drammatica nel disinteresse sostanziale dei paesi occidentali che a malapena sono riusciti di recente a far prolungare la missione di peacekeeping delle forze Onu. 

Una goccia nell’acqua arrossata dal sangue di centinaia di migliaia di inermi colpiti dai banditi dell’Adf. E ora in questo macello ecco arrivare di nuovo l’Ebola.
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La Prensa

San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

La Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (Enee) y la Empresa Energía Honduras (EEH), reportaron las zonas que no tendrán energía este viernes 10 de agosto, debido a mantenimientos programados en diferentes horarios.

Estas son las zonas programadas por la EEH San Pedro Sula.

- 8:30 am a 4:30 pmRes.

Paseo RealCol.

los MédicosCol.

IntersindicalesStibysSitratelhSitraunahSitraplashSitraihssCol.

SeránCol.

Los AlpesCol.

Los CedrosRes.

La ForestaRes.

BugambiliaRes.

VerandaRes.

Brisas del MerendónRes.

Merendón HillsCol.

Villas MackeyCol.

EthasaRes.

NovaArmenta I, II y IIIRes.

Valle EncantadoRes.

Lomas del PedregalInstituto Santo TomásEscuela MetropolitanaEscuela SeránInstituto Hondureño CoreaEmecoHielo PingüinoPostes de HondurasDiproconColegio MédicoIglesia El ShadaiCentro de Operaciones EEHEstas son las zonas programadas por la EneeLa Ceiba (Atlántida), Sonaguera y Tocoa (Colón).

- 8:00 am a 1:00 pmLa CeibaVilla del EsteSantanderMagnoliaLa Pizatty (sur)RivieraPanayottiHosp.

Oken´SBella VistaEl SauceBo.

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de Hotel Paris hasta Centro PenalAve.

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InglésCalle de el Centro Penal hasta Colegio San IsidroHosp.

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Centro MédicoYesenia CastilloDantilloVillas del CarmenLas FloresLa PonceRamón Leva (Barranco Chele)San GabrielLeydePalmiraQuinta San FernandoVilla Santa LucíaCrilaTrejoLos FotógrafosVista al MarEl BúfaloMenonita26 de JunioIglesia Gran ComisiónRodasCurlaAldea Armenia BonitoMarisol 1 y 2Villa RomanaVista PalmiraNueva EraAeropuerto GolosónMiramontes15 Sep.

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Empacadoras:NeronesCopete I y II Bohemia y zonas aledañasIsletas Standar Fruit Co.

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Uno BonitoEl FeoPlantaciones de Standar Fruit Co.

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          Tulsi Gabbard: how a progressive rising star is a paradox for the left      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Hawaii congresswoman is backed by Bernie Sanders, but her controversial opinions have some progressive miffed

Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran who made history in 2012 as the first Hindu elected to the US Congress, has cemented herself as a rising star within the Democratic party.

She has the support of Bernie Sanders, the de facto leader of the progressive movement, and boasts of endorsements from a string of liberal-friendly groups. The environment-focused Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters, labor unions such as the AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood and National Nurses United have all given Gabbard, a three-term congresswoman, their blessing as she seeks re-election in the November midterm elections.

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          Desde Mi Diáspora: Nuevo Orden Mundial      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Esta frase tan ampliamente usada para ejemplificar el teje y maneje de la nave espacial siempre me ha hecho rascarmela cabeza. Mi interpretación de esta frase seguramente difiere con una multitud de diferentes interpretaciones pero eso no quiere decir que no la deba decir..., al contrario las interpretaciones por muy diferentes y pendejas que parezcan hay que decirlas y respetarlas como dijo en diferente forma aquel francés en el siglo XVIII con su famosa frase:

"No estaré de acuerdo en lo que tú digas pero defenderé hasta la muerte tu derecho a decirlo"

El billete de un dólarlo lleva escrito en latín "Novus Ordo Seclorum" o Nuevo Orden Mundial… Pero ¿qué querrán decir con este volado?

Por delante y por detrás la palabra nunca ha cuajado con lo que realmente sucede en la nave espacial.

Hoy hay desvergue en Nicaragua, hace un lustro en Venezuela, hace tres décadas en Colombia y mi tierra… Hoy hay despije en Siria, hace 6 años en Libia, hace 15 en Iraq, hace 25 en los Balcanes…, ya no digamos el eterno vergoloteo entre Israel y Palestina… Siempre hay un cojonudo desorden en alguna parte del planeta.

Entonces ¿a qué se referirán con el famoso orden mundial si la neta es que todo es desorden?... Hay diferentes interpretaciones sobre esto como seres vivientes en una gota de agua de charco.

Yo lo entiendo como una lucha por la supremacía, la dominación, la hegemonía…, sobre toda la nave espacial y sus inquilinos terrícolas.

Orden mundial es también estar bien armado y mejor capacitado para suprimir, aplastar y aniquilar cualquier amenaza a cambiar el orden mundial por inferiores con el objeto de intentar destronar al supremo, al dominador o al hegemónico mandamás en cualquier lugar y en cualquier momento dentro de la nave espacial.

Esta onda imperialista siempre ha existido en la historia terrícola pero fue el escritor griego Heródoto el primero en inmortalizarlo en su famoso libro "Los Nueve Libros de La Historia". Heródoto describe con lujo de detalles el primer gran Orden Mundial que resulta de la conquista del mundo entonces conocidopor el persa Ciro El Grande…, pero más antes de los persas fueron los babilonios, los asirios, los egipcios, los acadios, Neandertal, Cromañón, los saurópodos…, etc.

La nave espacial ha estado en un constante desvergue llamado "Nuevo Orden Mundial".

El actual que estamos viviendo se inició en abril 1945 con la derrota alemana y lo crearon políticos gringolandeses junto a los otros "ganadores" de la guerra… Es conocido como la "Conferencia de Yalta" y sucedió cuando Roosevelt, Churchill y Stalin se reunieron en esta isla, irónicamente en la costa de Crimea, entonces isla de Ucrania la cual era dominada por la URSS.

Ese NOM establecido en Yalta es el mismo NOM con esteroides dominado por USA que aparentemente caligulita acaba de dar el primer paso en intentar hacer pedazos.

La pregunta del millón es ¿cuál es la onda de este hijueputa? ¿Cuál es su propósito en hacer pedazos algo que les ha funcionado a su favor por 73 años?

Mi tata una vez me dijo que de los tres megalómanos en la Segunda Guerra, Hitler era el más inteligente, Mussolini el más preparado y José Stalin el más bruto, pero este maje gringolandés aspirante a dictador no es ni inteligente, ni preparado, ni bruto sino sencillamente un estúpido narcisista que con una alfombra roja, un gran banquete, unas frases zalameras, una colorida carta de un dictadorzuelo, promesas de bienes raíces, o prostitutas… lo hace comenzar a babear.

"Nuevo Orden Mundial”, o "el NOM del strongman" como Barrack Hussein Obama desde Suráfrica se refirió el mismito día de la cagada mundial de caligulita… ¿A qué se refiere Obama?

Caligulita ya ha mostrado abiertamente su encule por dictadores y dictadorzuelos, pero esto no lo dijo en su campaña electoral de 2016, ni nunca lo ha dicho.

Caligulita sí cantó, dijo y repitió casi todos los días a una retahíla de pendejos racistas antes de ganar la elección sobre hacer lo que está haciendo: destruir el gringo-beneficioso presente Orden Mundial… y los gringolandeses, que sólo prestaron atención a sus ataques contra las minorías, fell in love with him.

Hay que darle crédito, es el primer político gringo que cumple sus promesas políticas por muy pendejas que sean…. Y ya lo he confesado yo voté por él pensando que eso precisamente haría, se cagaría en el imperio y el Orden Mundial, porque estoy muy seguro a la postre beneficiará a mi gente dentro del imperio como en el terruño y como a toda Latinoamérica"No hay mal que por bien no venga…"… ¿Cómo?.... Explicarlo como yo lo entiendo se trata de escribir otras 1800 palabras como este volado que hoy posteo.

Por hoy sólo se trata de ponerle coco al narcisista isómero de Hitler.

Lo mismo que el aspirante a dictador hoy en USA también hizo Adolfo Hitler desde 1922, él les dijo a los 80 millones de inteligentes alemanes lo que iba hacer con el Orden Mundial si le daban el poder que logró en 1933. Como caligulita con los "rapistas y ladrones ilegales mexicanos" también Hitler señaló a los culpables del colapso del poderío alemán y juró destruirlos atacando y destruyendo su imperio sionista-bolchevique "entronizado en Moscú" y robar tierra rusa "para cubrir el excedente de población alemana"…, y para que no quedara dudas lo escribió en su libro Mi Lucha en 1922…, algo que no hizo caligulita.

Los racistas alemaneslo comenzaron a idolatrar.

Después de la destrucción de Alemania, Europa, Rusia, Japón y Asia…, USA quedó intacto en la nave espacial gracias a que entonces estaba "muy lejos" del desvergue apocalíptico, esto le permitió mantener su infraestructura socio-económica intacta y el único poseedor de la nueva gran arma, la bomba atómica, y así impuso el nuevo unipolar orden mundial y quedar como único ruler mundial, algo así como un planetarca.

El Nuevo Orden Mundial mandó a la mierda el arcaico patrón oro de divisa mundial, tanto oro tenés tanto más rico serás, e impuso el patrón dólar como divisa de reserva y trueque del comercio mundial.

Pero los líderes gringolandeses cometieron la cagada de no destruir y dejar intacto el imperio que los sionistas bolcheviqueshabían impuesto en Rusia. Cuando Hitler la élite gringolandesa entonces estaba (de acuerdo a Henry Ford), en el bolsillo sionista..., y hoy sigue estándolo por medio del lobby AIPAC

En tiempos de Hitler, de acuerdo al automaker Henry Ford en su libro "El Judío Internacional", los hebreos sionistas ya tenían gran influencia en la banca gringa y mundial, los medios de información, los estratos claves del gobierno gringo…, y babosearon al liderazgo raza blanca gringolandés para asociarse con los sionistas bolcheviques amos de Rusia contra Hitler.

Es pura propaganda hebreo-sionista que Hitler fue "el demonio encarnizado que quería dominar el mundo". Hitler (años luz mas inteligente que Narciso) repite y repite en su libro Mi Lucha que él solamente quería destruir "el imperio judío-bolchevique entronizado en Moscú”. Nada Más. Que le pusieron países como carne de cañón para detenerlo y debilitarlo es harina de otro costal.

FranKlin D.Roosevelt entonces comenzó armando a la URSS y le dio ayuda económica para que no colapsara, en total desde 1939-1945 USA le dio a la URSS 11 mil millones de dólares en armas y dinero en efectivo regalado y libre de impuestos… en moneda actual es una gigante carretada de dólares de 194 milmillones en 2018 o 194 billones.

Pero al final de la guerra la URSS quedó destruida aunque "victoriosa" y sin la bomba atómica, entonces los mismos sionistas que engatusaron a USA ayudar a sus hermanos bolcheviques a entrar a la guerra en apoyo de la URSS comenzaron a traicionar a su propia "amada patria" y coemzaron a robar los secretos nucleares gringos para dárselos a sus hermanos raciales comunistas "rusos".

El científico nuclear "americano" Oppenheimer, los Rosemberg, la familia Greenglas, Klaus Fuchs, Harry Gold, Morton Sobell…, todos espías atómicos sionistas. Luego salieron más "americanos" espías en diferentes esferas del establishment como Harry Dexter White (hebreo), George Koval (hebreo), Alger Hiss y otra gran tetuntada de sionistas cuyo fin era destruir el unipolar NOM que debido a esto fue breve… Duró hasta 1953 que la URSS estalló su primera bomba nuclear y construyó su infamosa Cortina de Hierro.

Entonces ya con la bomba nuclear José Stalin se sintió todopoderoso, acusó de espías a unos médicos judíos y fue derrocado e inmediatamente ejecutado por los hebreos bolcheviques amos de la URSS.

El Nuevo Orden Mundial llegó a ser bipolar. No fueron los primeros bipolares ya que España y Portugal partieron en dos la nave espacial con la ayuda del papa en el siglo XVI.

El final del Nuevo Orden Mundial bipolar llegó a su fin en 1989.

La URSS era una idea extranjera dominada por una etnia que nunca vería esa ensalada de culturas como suyosy por ser culturas diferentes solo tiranizados podría funcionar pero nunca prosperar, así fue como por 75 años y gracias a sus hermanos de raza en occidente, los sionistas mangonearon a una enorme masa de gente eslava, cosaca, siberiana, uzbekas, armenios, georgianos, chechenos, polacos, checos, eslovacos, búlgaros, rumanos…, que al final se desplomó.

La mayoría de esa clase sionista mandamás de la URSS hoy son los famosos oligarcas "rusos" y se han globalizado, poseen clubes de fútbol, hoteles, casinos en Europa. En Rusia dominan el monopolio industrial del petróleo y minerales… otra tetuntada de ellos se fueron a USA y gracias a sus hermanos allí han prosperado en política, se han hecho fascistas derechistas "neocons" o sea "nuevos conservadores" pro capitalistas, pro life, etc...., y tienen vasta influencia sobre la dictadura bipartidista gringolandesa. 

Estos Neocons encarrilaron a USA en una nefasta guerra contra Iraq y están en proceso, usando al narcisista, para otra guerra contra Irán… todo por el beneficio de ese catastrófico injerto etno-religioso en el mundo árabe.

Entonces nació la fantasía de "las brillantes ciudades en las colinas" en el Nuevo Orden Mundial unipolar cuando Ronald Reagan terminaba su segundo mandato presidencial en 1989.

Todo bien hasta 2016 que caligulita llegó con la promesa de destruir NATO, romper con la "fracasada alianza con Europa" y acercarse a la Rusia de Putin como nuevo aliado… ¡Ah! atacar a los musulmanes e hispanos que "infestan nuestra cultura".

Si con Putin los racistas, cripto-racistas y evangélicos no se excitaban, con Narciso y su xenofobia saltaron en entusiasmo y alegría valiéndoles verga las demás promesas que hizo… hasta Helsinki 2018.

El Nuevo Orden Mundial establecido en Yalta 1945 no está del todo derrocado. Caligulita no logra una victoria total porque tiene la oposiciónde los medios de comunicación y el sistema judicial… pero ya se empezó hablar de concederle a caligulita el derecho de cerrar medios de información que no son afines a su postura política, y el independiente sistema judicial seguirá por inercia… Hasta entonces Yalta 1945 será extinto y vendrán las edades oscuras a USA…

… Y Latinoamérica comenzará su tan esperado auge.

Tamen
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          Challenging the Lords of the Internet – Antiwar.com Original      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The theme of today’s column is suppression – of antiwar voices, of news that doesn’t fit into preconceived narratives, and of our very ability to raise our voices in protest. If you’re paying attention, you’ve probably already heard about the banning from Twitter of anti-interventionist author and former US diplomat Peter van Buren, a whistleblower whose book on the Iraq […]
          AFGE Endorses West Virginia's Richard Ojeda for Congress      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees today announced its endorsement of Richard Ojeda for the U.S. House of Representatives for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District. "From the Iraqi battlefield to the West Virginia Senate, Richard ...


          The Evolution of Typography Trends      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The written word has allowed us to document history, our thoughts and feelings or send messages through the ages. While we may have started with pictures to convey what we wanted to say, we’ve since moved on to typography that has adapted to reflect the times, the meaning and the format it’s used in. Throwback to B.C times and you’ll learn of messages painted or etched into stone in caves and places where people lived and worked. It’s believed that formal writing actually originated around 3,500 B.C and was created by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia (now Iraq). They inscribed details
          "Re: KTFA CC Notes w/ Frank26, DELTA" by Vee - 8.10.18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Entry Submitted by Vee at 8:43 AM EDT on August 10, 2018

KTFA CC Notes w/ Frank26, DELTA by Linda 8-8-18

Thanks Linda.. Does anyone know what the prefomance grade for the CBI or what ever would be graded is ? .. Have anything of Iraq..been rated ..like with Moody's or Standard and Poors .. What are some of the European or Britain rating companies. Are they rated like Triple A's Double A's Etc.

Thanks in advance if anyone can provide.

Vee
          Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug 10, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug 10, 2018

Compiled 10 Aug. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces,” Byington’s Before It’s News articles on a Cabal Vatican-sponsored international pedophile Child Trafficking Ring: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

The below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to decide whether or not it is valid. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.

Summary:

1. In late March 2018 Trump returned the US to the gold-standard (USN) by reverting Nixon’s Executive Order via introduction of the HR 5404 bill. Public disclosure of the gold-standard (USN) would occur after GESARA was announced.

2. Several Sources: Banks were put on notice that something would happen this week.

3. Bruce: The new ISX (replacing the Forex) was opened on Mon. Aug. 4 and trading international platforms.

4. Bruce: Iraq made their official announcement on Mon. Aug. 6.

5. Bruce: Last Mon. Aug. 6 there were mini transfers of billions of dollars to Tier 3.

6. Bruce: Since Mon. Aug. 6 Tiers 3 & 4 were being paid out on the new Quantum System (but not as yet made liquid).

7. The SWIFT monetary system was believed to have ended Aug. 7 internationally, with the new CHIPS system kicking in on Aug. 8.

8. President Trump signed the Zimbabwe Zidera bill into law on Aug. 8, making the Zim effective.

9. Iraqi generals claimed that they would be paid on the new Dinar rate beginning Aug 8.

10. Tony: Since Mon. Aug. 6 Mid-East papers have published that the Dinar would be international on Aug. 8.

11. Tony: The Dinar was international Aug. 8. We were waiting for announcement of the Iraqi election recount, after which the Dinar rates were expected to change on bank screens and the 800#s released. That announcement has been moved to Aug. 9.

12. On Aug. 9 TNT Chat posted that at 1:45 pm EST Iraqi election results and changes were being announced on Iraqi TV and that Iraq had implemented all 44 recommendations coming from the International Financial Action Organization.

13. Bruce: Lower denominations of the Dinar would be available in the US tomorrow Aug. 10.

14. Intel Report: The RV remained on track to release and could be expected at any moment (ideally between 11:58 PM EDT and 12:01 AM EDT any day of the week).

15. After Aug. 8 there was expected to be movement on the 40,000 sealed indictments filed in federal courts.

16. Reported Currency Rates (would change after trading on ISX this week):

Vietnamese Dong: $.48 Contract Rate: was $2.00, though said no longer available

Iraqi Dinar: Iraqi banks have been paying from $1 to $3 on the Dinar in-country rate. International rate: $4.85, $6 to $7 Contract Rate: $28.50

Zimbabwe Zim Bond: $ .16, possibly up to $ .72 (question if needed to take off 6 zeros or not). Contract Rate: as justified on your Humanitarian Program. Zim Bond must be used for Humanitarian needs, with no more than $1 Billion for yourself.

Zimbabwe Zim Currency: $1.00 – original value as released on market this year

Iranian Rial: Tony said that because of Trump’s sanctions the Iranian Rial was not in the first basket, though it may RV in five or so years. Others say that the Rial was still in the basket with a rate of $3.22 upward - and end up around the same rate as the Iraqi Dinar, with sanctions a cover that released Iran from the old financial system.

Malaysian Ringgit: $3.80

Indian Rupee: $1.05

Chinese Yuan, Kuwait Dinar and Libya Dinar rates were unknown.

A. Aug. 9 2018 The Big Call, Bruce: Thebigcall.net: 712-770-4016 pin123456#

1.The Zim was effective as of yesterday Aug. 8.

2. Iraq made their official announcement on Mon. Aug. 6.

3. Lower denominations of the Dinar would be available in the US tomorrow Aug. 10.

4. Last Mon. Aug. 6 there were mini transfers of billions of dollars going to Tier 3.

5. Since Mon. Aug. 6 Tiers 3 & 4 were being paid out on the new Quantum System.

B. Aug. 9 2018 1:21 pm EST Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for August 9, 2018 Operation Disclosure (Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors/leaks from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)

1. The Cabal continued their attempts to cause disruption and division in Zimbabwe. The MDC Alliance was being bribed by the Cabal to destabilize Mnangagwa's government (whom is working closely with the Alliance).

2. As a result, the public signing of the ZIDERA amendment bill was being delayed. (It was reported that the ZIDERA amendment bill was already signed behind closed doors).

3. According to sources, the situation in Zimbabwe would not affect status of the RV release.

4. Tier 3 humanitarian organizations continued to receive schedules to begin the exchange/redeem process.

5. Most sources have gone silent in expectation of the RV release.

C. Aug. 9 2018 10:50 pm EST,Trump Signs into Law, Anon: "Trump Signs S. 2779 into Law" by (Anonymous) - 8.9.18

President Trump signed the Zimbabwe Zidera bill into law on Aug. 8: President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 2779 into Law (Zidera)

D. Aug. 9 2018 Update on Gifting Taxes, Anon: https://inteldinarchronicles.blogspot.com/2018/08/2018-taxgifting-updates-by-anonymous.html?m=1

The amount of $$$ one can gift in one's lifetime has been extended to $5.6 million per person, with $15K gifted per person at one time. A married couple could shield $11.2 million from federal estate and gift taxes.

E. Aug. 9 2018 11:22 am EST Rep. Collins Indicted, First Unsealed Indictment?: Rep. Chris Collins Indicted on Insider Trading -- First Unsealed Indictment?

F. Aug. 9 2018 5:04 am EST Balance of Power, Fulford: "The Current Balance of Power" - Fulford Report - 8.6.18 https://benjaminfulford.net/ Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society

1. In the real world, spy agencies, secret societies, and armies are subservient to religions.

2. Asian secret societies believe the West has ruled the planet for long enough and now it’s their turn. However, they are divided into several competing groups.

3. The biggest is probably the Hongmen, with 55 million members, mostly located in China and in Asian communities around the world. Chinese President Xi Jinping is a member of this group. The Hongmen are closely linked to, but not the same as, the Chinese Communist Party. Their hierarchy is based on meritocracy and not bloodlines. There is a Taiwan-based splinter group.

4. The second major Asian group is the Dragon family. This is a grouping of old royal bloodlines with their networks of retainers and their stashes of historical gold. They are strongest in Taiwan, Northern China, and Southeast Asia. North Korea is one of their main strongholds, since that country is the real heir to the Manchu Dynasty which ruled China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). They are also strong in Northern China, Japan, and Mongolia. They are the heirs of the Mongol warriors, and any country whose name ends in “-stan,” such as Pakistan or Afghanistan, has a strong Mongol heritage. The Dragon family has close links to European royal families and also believes in a world government, but they think hereditary bloodlines and constitutional monarchies are needed to provide such a government with stability and continuity.

5. The Black Dragon Society (BDS) were behind the World War 2 Imperial Japanese push for a greater East-Asian Co-prosperity sphere. This group thought the Nazis would win World War 2 and would proceed to try to enslave and then eliminate the Asian and non-white races, as Hitler indicated in Mein Kampf. The BDS was very successful in recruiting non-European people around the world in their bid to end European/Western rule.

6. The Blue Dragons are heirs of the Assassins. They are strong in Persia (Iran) and the Muslim world, especially the Muslims of India. They believe a great leader called the Mahdi will emerge and rid the world of evil before the End Times. This group, though lacking a clear leader, is working towards the common goal of liberating the Muslim world, especially the Middle East, of neo-colonialist rulers.

7. There are other Asian groups and subdivisions such as the Shinto-connected Three Legged Crow, but they are not major players in the current battle for the planet Earth and will align themselves with whomever emerges victorious.

8. Western society has Christianity.

9. The Scottish Rite Freemasons can be seen as the main secret society in the Anglo world. They are linked to the British monarchy, the British Empire, and non-Catholic Christianity. They are the dominant forces in the Anglo world, namely Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the U.S., and they are working with China and Russia behind the scenes. They support a greater role for Asia in a revamped global architecture, but would rather fight to the death than become slaves to the Asians.

10. The other big Western group is the P2 Freemason Lodge. This group controls the 1.5 billion-member Catholic Church and the Mafia. They are also very influential in the military-industrial complex through their control of chivalric orders like the Knights of Malta, the Teutonic Knights, etc. This grouping experienced something of a coup d’état in 2013 when Pope Maledict (Benedict XVI) was removed from office for being a satanic pedophile. Also, under Pope Francis, the Catholic Church is reorienting itself away from its birthplace of Europe and toward Africa and South America, where the overwhelming majority of its followers live.

11. The most problematic Western group were the Jews and their secret masters, the satan-worshiping Khazarian mafia. The Jewish secret society, in its pure sense, is based on the story that after Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, all of King David’s male heirs were murdered. Therefore, to preserve the bloodline of David, his secret service began guarding his female descendants. This is the origin of the custom that you must have a Jewish mother to be considered a Jew. This group has very successfully infiltrated the royal and aristocratic families of Europe. They believe they have a hereditary right to rule humanity given to them by God. Their symbol, as can be seen in many of the family crests of European royalty, is the Lion of Judah.

12. The Gnostic Illuminati trace their historical origin to the Greek mathematician Pythagoras (570-495 BC), and their spiritual origins to the survivors of Atlantis, a civilization they say was destroyed by flood 26,000 years ago. The Gnostic Illuminati recruit the geniuses of the ages to their ranks and are opposed to bloodline rule. They claim to have been behind the French, American, and Russian Revolutions and are now working on a world revolution.

13. The Khazarian mafia history can be read about in the article at the link below: https://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/03/08/the-hidden-history-of-the-incredibly-evil-khazarian-mafia/ The earliest solid historical reference to the Khazarian mafia is the Hyksos, an animal-herding people who invaded Egypt around 1650 BC. They worshiped a goat-faced animal with a forked tail named Baal.

14. This god merged with the Egyptian god Set and is the origin of what we now call Satan, Moloch, etc. Their worshipers seized power in the U.S. and the Western world after September 11, 2001. They have been actively planning to kill 90% of humanity and enslave the rest. Many senior oligarchs are members of this group. This can be seen, for example, in the Moloch worshipers who gather at the Bohemian Grove every summer. Their headquarters are the Rothschild family complex in Zug, Switzerland, but they have many other bases. The key source of their strength is their hijacking of the world’s financial system and their creation of world debt slavery through their money “Majick”—that is, fiat currency—the creation of money out of nothing.

15. The White Dragon Society is a loose alliance whose members include European royal bloodlines, Gnostic Illuminati leaders, military-industrial establishment brass, Russian FSB, North Korean Secret Police, Japanese military intelligence, Asian secret societies, etc. The WDS alliance was formed in reaction to the genocidal plans of the Khazarians. Also, they are alarmed at the incredible incompetence of the people who are currently running the planet.

16. The WDS is pushing for world peace and a massive campaign, similar in scale to World War 3, to immediately end poverty and environmental destruction. They also want the hidden technology, (for example, the 6,000 patents suppressed in the U.S. for “national security reasons”) to be released in order to launch a new era of unprecedented prosperity and exponential expansion into the universe.

17. The key to making this happen is to remove control of the world’s financial system from the hands of the Khazarians. This year’s autumn offensive will be aimed at doing this, and special attention is going to be placed on the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and its subsidiaries such as the Federal Reserve Board, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, Bank of England, etc.

18. The Khazarians know that if the true extent of their crimes, including human sacrifice, cannibalism, the poisoning of the food and medical systems, their fomenting of war, etc. is revealed, they will be punished. Let’s make it happen.

Updates for last week:

Restored Republic via a GCR:Update as of Aug. 9, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR:Update as of Aug 8, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR:Update as of Aug 7, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug 6, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR:Update as of Aug 5, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR:Update as of Aug 4, 2018

Restored Republic via a GCR:Update as of Aug 3, 2018
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DELTA (KTFA)


Quote:
"Performance of the brokerage firms...for the month July 2018 in accordance with the criteria of the EUROPIAN UNION-Asian stock exchanges…"

...ISX BROKERAGE LIVE INTERNATIONAL... SINCE JULY..."

CBI JUST ADDED THE WORD SPECIMEN ON ALL THE NOTE...VERY INTERESTING https://cbi.iq/page/89

[Why would they add specimen to notes that are already in existence?]

[One Day After The United Nations Security Council meeting yesterday. Hmmmm.]


IMO...CBI IS GETTING READY TO INTRODUCE NEW LDS...
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Adam Montana

[...I forget who had the lead the RV, the RD, or the lop LOL]


"Lop"... that's actually a word I haven't ran across in a while! I don't see any significant chance of a lop. My opinion and my expectation is that at a point in the near future, we are going to realize a gain on the dinar.
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Breitling

…A lot of people sent this to me…

[There’s more reports of the currency being 1 to 1 more specifically $20 or $22 dollars per IQD.]

Well that’s not going to happen. Ever. It’s not going to go to $20…where do these articles come from? It’s the same type of article that’s been coming out since 2008. It means nothing. If you don’t see the exchange rate at the CBI then it does not exist…For some reason I got bombarded with that email.
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Mountain Goat

...This is about the rumor that is out about Iraqi dinar going global. This rumor started from an article on the ISX.

...There is no question that that the ISX did go global and this was effective on Wednesday Aug 1st.

...they already told us months ago that they planned to do this...The part of this article that really got the... rumors flowing was the list of rates of the currencies and their exchange equivalents to buy into the ISX. The ISX DOES NOT TRADE currencies.

...So this is not a revaluation or a reinstatement announcement of the Iraqi dinar. This article is showing us that Iraq is exposing their ISX to the world and that they are now finally drawing foreign investors to Iraq. This will slowly expose the Iraqi economy to the rest of the world. This is the FIRST time we have seen Iraq publicly show their rates of the currency to the world. It is like telling the world “here is our currency, it is viable, no more restrictions”. This is all VERY good news and now we have to just let the process take place. Let’s wait for the articles on the “project to delete the zeros”.
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Frank26 (KTFA)

[Since Iraq is following the Turkmenistan model, do you think they will also revalue their currency January 1...]


...DO NOT KNOW WHEN THEY WILL RI ...BUT: KNOW THEY ARE...AT AN ACCELERATED
PACE!!! ...IMO...

[via Linda]

...CBI MADE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE ISX GLOBAL.

...THE IRAQI DINAR HAS BEEN TRADED FOR MANY YEARS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE...NOW WE KNOW THEY WILL BE TRADING ON A PUBLIC SIDE...THE 3 LETTER AGENCY’S GAVE THE THEM THE TOOLS TO GO INTO INTERNATIONAL WATER...ARE THEY TRADING THE IQD INTERNATIONALLY AT A PROGRAM RATE...NO...IT WILL DESTROY THE COUNTRY IF THEY DID...WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THE CBI IS TELLING YOU SO MUCH ABOUT THERE POSITIONING OF THEIR CURRENCY & THE IRAQI STOCK EXCHANGE...WE LOVE IT...BECAUSE ONCE THEY GO GLOBAL WITH A NEW RATE...IT WILL BE HERE AND FAST...THE ONLY WAY THEY ENTER THIS IS AT A NEW RATE, NOT A PROGRAM RATE...THEY READY TO GO INTERNATIONAL AT ANY MOMENT...EVERYTHING IS DONE...THEY ARE READY TO LAUNCH THE IQD.
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David M. Witty

Iraqi PM's Office says over 5000 high ranking government officials have been investigated for corruption during the time of PM Abadi's government. Yesterday, the names of more corrupt officials were passed to Integrity Commission.
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RayRen98 (TNT)

ELECTION RESULTS AND CHANGES ARE BEING ANNOUNCED ON IRAQI TV NOW. IRAQ HAS IMPLEMENTED ALL 44 RECOMMENDATIONS COMING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL ACTION ORGANIZATION MAKING THEM THE 4TH IN LINE FOR THE BEST FOREIGN RESERVE CURRENCY.

Iraqi Dinar Revaluation and Global Currency Reset News | Dinar Chronicles

Courtesy of Dinar Guru
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Below is a list of all of the content posted for Thursday, August 9, 2018. This will be useful for those of you who may have missed something on this date.

This list will also be continuously updated as more posts arrive for this date. So don't forget to check back!

~ Dinar Chronicles


(Arrangement of Posts: Oldest to Newest | Top to Bottom)

Highlights

<- OFF THE CHARTS ->


Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug. 9, 2018

Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for August 9, 2018

<- THROUGH THE ROOF ->

"The Current Balance of Power" - Fulford Report - 8.6.18

Final Wakeup Call: The Truly Most Evil Enemy

Zimbabwe: US Government Intensifies Sanctions

<- EXPLOSIVE HOT ->

"2018 Tax/Gifting Updates" by (Anonymous) - 8.9.18

White Hats Auxiliary Fact Check #146: Crypto, Through the Tulips, RV

<- ULTRA HOT ->

"In Response to PinkRoses" by Vee - 8.9.18

"Why are we Still here?" by Midwestman - 8.9.18

"Talk about Impact" - Thurs. AM KTFA Thoughts/News

"Re: Why are we Still here?" by Truthseeker - 8.9.18

<- MEGA HOT ->

"Suggestion to the PTB" - Thurs. AM TNT Thoughts/News Links

"Re: Why are we Still here?" by Awakened - 8.9.18

Africa: Conflict, Drought and Displacement in Ethiopia

"Chat Update" - Thurs. PM TNT Thoughts/News

<- SUPER HOT ->

Freddie Gale Mcpherson (Alabama) Funeral and Obituary

KTFA CC Notes w/ Frank26, DELTA by Linda 8-8-18

"Trump Signs S. 2779 into Law" by (Anonymous) - 8.9.18

"Re: Anonymous' Questions Concerning the Redemptions" by Ron Giles - 8.9.18

<- HOT ->

Thurs. AM KTFA News Articles 8-9-18

"Re: At or Around 1:05:00 of The Big Call" by Bonni B - 8.9.18

"Virtual Invisible GCR Activation Code" by The Son of Man - 8.9.18

"Off Ledger Reconciled" - SPEAK Update - Tank - 8.9.18
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Music

"Wake Up Everybody" - RV Musical Thought - 8.9.18

"The Showman" - RV Musical Thought - 8.9.18

TNT

"Suggestion to the PTB" - Thurs. AM TNT Thoughts/News Links

"Chat Update" - Thurs. PM TNT Thoughts/News

Thursday Update from TNT RayRen98 8-9-18

KTFA

"Talk about Impact" - Thurs. AM KTFA Thoughts/News

Thurs. AM KTFA News Articles 8-9-18

"Specimen" - Thurs. PM KTFA Thoughts, News w/ Frank26, DELTA

"Past Tense" - Thurs. PM KTFA Thoughts/News

KTFA CC Notes w/ Frank26, DELTA by Linda 8-8-18

"Parliamentary Election Winners" - Thurs. PM KTFA Thoughts/News

Benjamin Fulford


"The Current Balance of Power" - Fulford Report - 8.6.18


Tank


"Off Ledger Reconciled" - SPEAK Update - Tank - 8.9.18


RV Alert


Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for August 9, 2018

Guest Posts


"2018 Tax/Gifting Updates" by (Anonymous) - 8.9.18

"In Response to PinkRoses" by Vee - 8.9.18

"Why are we Still here?" by Midwestman - 8.9.18

"Re: Why are we Still here?" by Awakened - 8.9.18

"Re: Why are we Still here?" by Truthseeker - 8.9.18

"Regarding Q" by (Anonymous) - 8.9.18

"Re: At or Around 1:05:00 of The Big Call" by Bonni B - 8.9.18

"Re: Why are we Still here?" by Maxwell - 8.9.18

"Tired of Eating Popcorn" by Full of Popcorn - 8.9.18

"Re: US Intensifies Zimbabwe Sanctions" by S Adair - 8.9.18

"Trump Signs S. 2779 into Law" by (Anonymous) - 8.9.18

"Re: Midwestman, Awakened, Truthseeker" by Gypsy Rose - 8.9.18

"Sanctions, Mea Culpa" by Carden - 8.9.18

"Re: Anonymous' Questions Concerning the Redemptions" by Ron Giles - 8.9.18

"In the Queue" by RT - 8.9.18

"Re: Awakened on Why are we Still here?" by Pat - 8.9.18

"What're we Waiting for?" by (Anonymous) - 8.9.18

"Attending an Event" by PinkRoses - 8.9.18

"Virtual Invisible GCR Activation Code" by The Son of Man - 8.9.18

"In Response to Bonni B" by Vee - 8.9.18

Videos

Want to Learn How to Beat Satan and the IRS?

Are Gold and Silver about to Punch Back?

Jared Rand’s Global Meditation Call Replay 8-9-18

News

Final Wakeup Call: The Truly Most Evil Enemy

Africa: Conflict, Drought and Displacement in Ethiopia

Zimbabwe: US Government Intensifies Sanctions

Bank of Japan Officially Decouples from the Fed

Iraq Announces Final Results of Parliamentary Elections

Messages

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Other

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Aug. 9, 2018

Freddie Gale Mcpherson (Alabama) Funeral and Obituary

Willie's Truth Call ****No Call Tonight****

Zorra of Hollow Earth Q&A Call Tonight at 9 PM EDT 8-9-18

White Hats Auxiliary Fact Check #146: Crypto, Through the Tulips, RV

Dinarland Highlights for August 9, 2018

Yesterday's Posts

RV Intel/Thoughts/News - All Posts for August 8, 2018
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TNT

Thursday UPDATE for August 9, 2018

Posted by RayRen98


A few hours earlier.... Election results and changes are being broadcast on Iraqi TV.

Iraq has implemented all 44 recommendations coming from the International Financial Action Organization making them the 4th in line for the best foreign reserve currency.

The manual counting results saw changes in 5 winning candidates, however, the projected outcome remains unchanged.....al-Sadr still first, then al-Ameri second, Abadi third and Maliki fourth.

Now, we wait for the political blocks to ratify the results and move forward with a new government. #wearethepeople
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KTFA

Walkingstick » August 9th, 2018


BR......

The Central Bank receives a quality management certificate in the field of cash management

Date Added 08/09/2018

The Central Bank announced that it has received a quality management certificate in the field of cash management.

"After two years of intensive work to achieve compliance with ISO 9001: 2015 , the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has obtained a Quality Management System (QMS) certificate in the field of quality management, Cash management ", and thanked all those who contributed to this achievement.

The ISO 9001 standard is the world's most widely used standard for quality management systems. This standard helps organizations meet customer demand and expectations ,monitor quality and manage operations, improve the company's services, and develop business performance in various areas.

http://economy-news.net/content.php?id=13206

Don961 » August 9th, 2018

news sites are reporting lists of all the winners of the Parliamentary elections for each of the provinces after all the manual counting and sorting ... lists in Arabic ... too long to post on the forum ... imo

Check this link if interested link

The golden opportunity for Iraq

Friday, 10 August 2018

Mohammed Hussein Al - Mayahi

With the harsh US sanctions on the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the absence of any presence in the far horizon to ease them unless Tehran surrenders to US conditions, and in dire economic conditions of Iran, in addition to difficult circumstances and conditions at various levels. In light of the widespread influence of Iran in Iraq, There is almost unanimous agreement that Iran will seek in all ways to exploit Iraq for two purposes. First, to reduce the sanctions by circumventing them, and secondly, to retaliate against the American administration in ways that Tehran deems appropriate and make Iraq the starting point for this purpose.

The Iraqi people, who have suffered from the Iranian influence and influence that have spread to the political, economic, intellectual and social aspects and have negatively affected them, and the increasing Iraqi calls to end this influence, especially after the massive popular demonstrations in the southern and central governorates of Iraq, Iran's intervention and the demand to end it and attack the headquarters of the parties and militias affiliated with them, these sanctions, which have turned the situation of the Iranian regime upside down, as a golden opportunity if they were exploited and make the best use of them.

The US sanctions, in addition to the various adverse conditions of the Iranian regime, as well as the large popular demonstrations against it and the specific activity of the Iranian resistance inside and outside Iran, are expected to increase their effects to a maximum if the ring was tightened on this system and the Iraqi port was not opened to him. To remember the US sanctions imposed on Iran during the era of Obama, where the use of land and airspace and even Iraqi water to wrap them up and unloading their effects, but the most important point to note is that all this has been done at the expense of Iraq and the Iraqi people, and Re Alکrh in these circumstances and the situation very bad for Iraq, it will make Iraq pay the price dearly this time, especially if Maantbihna that Trump is not the Obama administration کadarh.

This golden opportunity can also become another black opportunity to push Iraq to become more dependent on Iran so that it can become a depth not only politically, economically, but even militarily, especially as the Iranian regime is fond of settling its accounts with its opponents through its arms. Who will pay the price in the end and therefore there is much room to stand up to the efforts of the Iranian regime, the most important openness to the Arab countries and Islamic countries and the world more and not give way to return the suspicious scenario that was under Obama. link

Walkingstick » August 9th, 2018

How will Iran be harmed by Iraq's rejection of US sanctions?


BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's rejection of US sanctions against Iran will not benefit Tehran and harm the trade between the two countries, the economic expert said on Thursday, pointing out that the Iraqi economy is collapsing and returns as the siege of the nineties if the sanctions are rejected.

"Because of the total oil dominance of the Iraqi economy and the link between Iraqi oil sales and the US dollar, Iraq will not be able to sell a single barrel of oil if it rejects US sanctions against Iran because of the complete hegemony of the United States over the financial and banking system," Mersumi told Iraq News. Leading to the cessation of financial transfers resulting from the sale of Iraqi oil abroad. "

"This means that the Iraqi economy will be paralyzed completely because of the cessation of financial flows associated with the sale of Iraqi oil and the Iraqi currency will collapse and we will return to suffer as it was during the time of the economic embargo on Iraq."

"Iran will never benefit from this position because it will be unable to export its goods to Iraq and trade will almost completely stop, while the official commitment to US sanctions on Iran allows Iraq to trade with Iran through direct payment or through Barter, which means opening an important outlet to break US sanctions on Iran. "

http://aynaliraqnews.com/index.....d22=103005

Don961 » August 9th, 2018

"JPMorgan": Trump may resort to the devaluation of the dollar


09 August 2018 06:25 PM

JPMorgan said US President Donald Trump may seek to reduce the value of the US dollar in its current trade war.

The US bank said in a report on Wednesday that although this is not the main scenario in the US President's behavior towards the war of trade, "but we can not exclude further policy of intervention currency," quoting the agency "Bloomberg."

Last month, Trump accused China, the European Union and others of manipulating the value of their domestic currencies, stressing that his country must recover all its efforts to boost the economy.

The report added that his expectations for this come in tandem with the administration's hint at the current preference for the weakness of the dollar or its objection to manipulating the Chinese currency.

It was the last time the US administration intervened by selling the dollar in 2000 when it joined forces with its G-7 colleagues in a bid to revive the falling euro.

The last time I intervened to buy the green paper was in 2011 when it wanted to stop the rise of the yen after earthquakes and tsunami.

The Federal Reserve is expected to play its natural role and play its usual role in following the US Treasury Department, which is leading the dollar policy, he said. link

Source: Dinar Recaps
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Две пожарные машины и две кареты скорой помощи Южная Корея подарит Кыргызстану. Об этом сообщают в пресс-службе посольства КР в этой стране.

«9 августа 2018 года Чрезвычайный и Полномочный Посол Кыргызской Республики в Республике Корея Кылычбек Султан встретился с представителями пожарной службы города Сеул, в ходе которой обсуждались вопросы предоставления помощи КР в виде спасательной техники», - рассказали там.