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          Out Mayor Pete Buttigieg Gets Some Traction Following CNN Town Hall      Cache   Translate Page      

Openly gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, appears to be building some momentum in his bid to become the Democratic candidate for president in 2020.

This past weekend, Buttigieg took part in a CNN town hall at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Also taking solo turns on the stage were Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland.

But by many accounts, it was Mayor Pete who found the most traction.

While he isn't out-polling former Vice President Joe Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders, Buttigieg showed he knew how to make the most of an opportunity.

Veteran political expert and chief strategist for the Obama campaigns, David Axelrod, gave Buttigieg high marks and predicted an uptick in his standing among the other candidates.

 

 

During his hour onstage, the 37-year-old displayed impressive poise and composure while throwing some shade on the Trump/Pence administration, including his now infamous “cheerleader for the porn star presidency” description of Vice President Mike Pence.

The former Navy intelligence officer and Afghanistan war veteran also took aim at Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, who has defended the invasion of Iraq for years.

Referencing Bolton’s suggestion that the U.S. use military force in the current conflict in Venezuela, Buttigieg replied, “I don’t understand how somebody leading us into the Iraq War is allowed near that situation.”

He also addressed some issues specific to the LGBTQ community.

The two-term mayor reaffirmed his support for the Equality Act, which would bring uniform civil rights protections to LGBTQs across the nation by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to existing civil righs laws.

He also called for an end to the “war on trans Americans.”

“For a transgender teen to get the signal from the White House that the highest officials in the land can’t tell the difference between her and a predator and make it harder for her to go to the bathroom shows you just how out of whack the climate is in our country right now. We've got to end the war on trans Americans and we need a federal Equality Act that would say that you cannot be fired just because of who you are or just because you love.”

 

There was also a fairly innocuous but human moment that occurred when CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to clarify how to pronounce the mayor’s last name.

Noting that Buttigieg’s husband has indicated a slightly different pronunciation (“I don’t want to get in the middle of a marital squabble, but…”), Tapper asked the mayor for the definitive answer.

Buttigieg said his name quickly (which sounded like ‘Booda-judge’) but added that either option worked, and at home, he just goes by "Mayor Pete."

The day when reporters blithely ask a presidential candidate about daily interactions with his husband has come.

 

Clearly sensing the appearance had gone well, Buttigieg was the only participant in the town hall to make a direct appeal from the stage for donations to his campaign.

According to CNN, Buttigieg had the single biggest fundraising day of his 2020 campaign after his appearance raising more than $600,000 from over 22,200 donations in the 24 hours after the event televised on CNN.

(h/t CNN)


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          Tom Holland in Talks to Star in Russo Brothers-Directed Drama 'Cherry'      Cache   Translate Page      
Should the 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' star accept the deal, he will play the lead role in the movie, which follows a young Army veteran who struggles with extreme PTSD after returning from Iraq.
          Leaders of Iran and Iraq meet in Baghdad for "historic" visit      Cache   Translate Page      
It was Rouhani's first visit to his neighbor, Iraq, since his election six years ago.
          3/12/2019: INTERNATIONAL: Rouhani visit strengthens ‘special’ ties with Baghdad      Cache   Translate Page      

IRAN’S President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Baghdad for his first official visit to Iraq. Tehran once fought a bloody war against its neighbour but has recently backed Iraq in the battle with the Islamic State group. Since Mr Rouhani’s election in...
          M Traveler #1- El Dia De Los Pollos (The Day Of The Chickens)      Cache   Translate Page      
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          3/12/2019: Middle East: Rouhani makes first official visit to Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      

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          EEUU denuncia presencia de fuerzas militares cubanas en Venezuela       Cache   Translate Page      


Cuba rechaza acusaciones de EEUU sobre presencia de militares de la isla en Venezuela

El canciller de Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, refutó las acusaciones de EEUU de que La Habana interviene en los asuntos internos de Venezuela y que participa en operaciones militares en esa nación sudamericana.

"Cuba no interviene en los asuntos internos de Venezuela, como Venezuela no interviene en los de Cuba. Es totalmente falso que Cuba esté participando en operaciones de la FANB (Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana) o los servicios de seguridad. Es una calumnia del gobierno de EEUU con agresivos fines políticos", escribió el jefe de la diplomacia cubana en su cuenta de Twitter.

El pasado 8 de marzo, el enviado especial de EEUU para Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, aseguró en una entrevista que en ese país "hay miles de agentes cubanos a su alrededor, literalmente, físicamente. Son asesores clave de (presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás) Maduro".

​En otro mensaje en Twitter, Rodríguez Parrilla enfatizó que "Cuba rechaza de manera categórica la mentira difundida por el gobierno de EEUU de que Cuba tiene "entre 20 y 25 mil efectivos militares en Venezuela" y toda insinuación de que existe algún grado de subordinación política de Venezuela a Cuba o de Cuba a Venezuela".

En un discurso ofrecido en la Universidad Internacional de Florida (FIU), el pasado 18 de febrero, el presidente estadounidense Donald Trump acusó a Cuba de "mantener un ejército privado en Venezuela", tesis que también sostienen el asesor de Seguridad Nacional de la Casa Blanca, John Bolton, y el senador cubanoamericano Marco Rubio.

​A su vez, Bolton y Rubio han sido acusados por las autoridades de la isla como los principales instigadores de un plan para derrocar al gobierno de Venezuela.

En una declaración oficial emitida el 11 de marzo, Cuba calificó a John Bolton "como un mentiroso reconocido, con credenciales de larga data".

Este funcionario —expresa el documento— acusó a Cuba en el año 2002 de poseer un programa de desarrollo de armas biológicas, "falacia desmentida públicamente por quien era entonces su jefe, el ex secretario de Estado Colin Powell, y por el ex presidente James Carter".

También acusa a Bolton de estar entre los promotores de la mentira de que el gobierno de Iraq poseía armas de destrucción masiva y un programa para desarrollarlas, lo que sirvió de pretexto para la agresión y ocupación militar de ese país del Medio Oriente por parte de los EEUU, a un precio de cerca de un millón de muertos y millones de desplazados iraquíes.

La declaración oficial del gobierno cubano reiteró además que las relaciones con Venezuela "se basan en el respeto mutuo, en la verdadera solidaridad, en el común compromiso bolivariano y martiano, fidelista y chavista, con la integración de "Nuestra América", independiente y soberana".

Añade que en los proyectos del Convenio Integral de Cooperación, suscritos entre La Habana y Caracas, participan poco más de 20 mil cubanos, la mayoría mujeres, 96% de los cuales están dedicados a la prestación de servicios de salud a la población, y otros que laboran en sectores como educación, cultura, deporte y agroalimentario.

El impacto acumulado en Venezuela de esa cooperación ayudó a salvar 1.473.117 vidas, a realizar 717.029.310 exámenes de diagnóstico médico, a dar atención oftalmológica a 62.031.309 de personas, a administrar 12.915.648 de vacunas contra el sarampión y la tuberculosis, a lo que se puede sumar 3.095.546 de alfabetizados, consigna el documento.

Es totalmente falso que Cuba esté participando en operaciones de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana o los servicios de seguridad, "a diferencia de EEUU que tiene unas ochenta bases militares en América Latina y el Caribe, incluida la que usurpa territorio cubano en Guantánamo, y unas ochocientas en el planeta que disponen de más de 250 mil soldados", subraya la declaración del gobierno cubano.

"Cuba no tiene ninguna en país alguno, ni especialistas en tortura y represión policial, ni cárceles secretas, ni fuerzas navales o aéreas merodeando las costas y el espacio aéreo inmediato de Estados soberanos ni satélites observando cada detalle", enfatiza la nota.

También recordó que con el uso de mentiras EEUU promovió el sangriento golpe de estado de Augusto Pinochet en Chile (en 1973), asesinó a más de diez mil ciudadanos indefensos en la invasión militar a Panamá de diciembre de 1989, y provocó la agresión militar y la desestabilización de Libia, además de ayudar y mantener al oprobioso régimen del apartheid en Sudáfrica.

https://mundo.sputniknews.com/america-latina/201903121086010326-cuba-rechazo-acusaciones-de-eeuu-sobre-injerencia-venezuela/

          Keeping the Faith      Cache   Translate Page      
A conflict over two of the city’s historic African-American cemeteries threatens to undermine restoration efforts.

For Veronica Davis, the nonprofit acquisition of two historic African-American cemeteries was the realization of a dream she'd nurtured for 20 years.

Davis, a Hampton resident, is a historian who first came to Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond's East End in 1999, when she was president of the Maggie Walker Foundation. Shocked by signs of neglect and dense overgrowth at the burial site of the banking and civic leader, Davis began clearing brush, leading cemetery tours and seeking allies to help restore historic African-American cemeteries across the state. Her hope all along has been to see the sites take on a national role similar to that of Arlington National Cemetery, becoming destinations for visitors and a place of comfort to descendants of the thousands buried there.

Davis says the Enrichmond Foundation, the nonprofit that bought Evergreen from Isaiah Entzminger in 2017 and is set to acquire the adjacent East End Cemetery, is the right steward for this sacred land. Although personal problems and health issues sidelined Davis from active work several years ago, she says Enrichmond reached out to her early in the process, even sending someone down to visit her in Hampton. When she finally met John Sydnor, the executive director of Enrichmond, after weeks talking over the phone, she says, "I gave him a hug, and I have to be honest with you, in that moment I started crying, because here is a dream that is being realized."

Although Davis and others welcome the acquisition, it hasn't been without controversy.

These segregated cemeteries are the final resting places of such prominent Richmonders as Walker, journalist John Mitchell Jr., the Rev. John Andrew Bowler and tens of thousands of everyday people. Under Jim Crow and the disenfranchisement of African-Americans following Reconstruction, [many of African-American cemeteries] were defunded and abandoned while tax dollars flowed into Confederate memorials and burial grounds like Hollywood Cemetery, segregated in Richmond until 1970.

Over the decades, regular maintenance fell to family members and volunteer groups. The history behind these restoration efforts is as twisted and gnarled as the tree roots snaking between graves. That twisted history may help explain some of the controversy that's arisen.

From the perspective of Brian Palmer, a journalist who moved to Richmond while working on a documentary about his own hidden family roots, the acquisition was a behind-closed-doors deal between the Commonwealth of Virginia and a private entity, and he worries that it's a repeat of the institutional failures that first left these sites in disarray.

"We have the actual giving away of a historic and sacred black site," Palmer says, asking how Enrichmond can guarantee that it will maintain the site in perpetuity. He describes a recent grant of $400,000 through the Virginia Outdoors Foundation as a cash transfer to a nonprofit he thinks is too small and too inexperienced to handle the work.

"Couldn't the state have done something different in the 21st century?" he asks.

Although he says the funding is a smaller issue, Palmer is concerned that the sites are being "treated as commodities, not community assets."

Due to legislation passed in 2017, each cemetery receives state funding similar to the funding Confederate gravesites have long received. The bill provides $5 per grave of any African-American who lived between 1800 and 1900. As reported in the Richmond Free Press in February 2017, there are 6,975 such graves in East End and Evergreen, bringing the total annual funding to $34,875. According to a Freedom of Information Act request Palmer filed with the Department of Historic Resources, Enrichmond has already received $10,500 through this.

Palmer's a newer arrival to Richmond, but he has deep ties to the cemetery and the region. While researching his family, he discovered they'd lived in Magruder, a historic African-American community that was displaced by the U.S. Army. That led him to the grave of his great-grandfather, Matthew Palmer, who was buried in East End. With his wife, Erin Holloway Palmer, and volunteers of the Friends of East End group, he's cleared nearly half the 12 or 13 acres suitable for burial on the site. They've logged graves, documented headstones and connected descendants with their family, many for the first time in decades.

Even as he continues the hard work of restoration, Palmer has gone to court hearings with the Friends to ask for "a direct and substantive role in planning and decision-making" for the families of people buried in East End cemetery, which is considered abandoned and has no current owner. Those hearings ended with no rules imposed on Enrichmond, which is on the cusp of acquiring the site after it pays any outstanding back taxes and liens on the land.

Although the cemetery restoration is a volunteer effort, Palmer's professional work is focused to similar ends. He's been a journalist for some 30 years with long stints overseas. He worked in Beijing as the bureau chief of U.S. News & World Report and in Iraq for CNN, and later directed "Full Disclosure," his award-winning documentary about embedding with the Marine Corps in Iraq. After going freelance, though, Palmer shifted his focus to domestic conflicts, reporting on the legacy of the Confederacy and the people who still defend it. That effort has included a series for Colorlines, titled "Race Trips," and a more recent piece, "The Costs of the Confederacy," the subject of a talk he gave at Chop Suey Books recently.

Published in Smithsonian magazine, the piece is the end result of a year spent visiting Confederate sites across the South. Palmer and his co-author, Seth Freed Wessler, write that at these sites, what's known as the Lost Cause narrative — which minimizes the evils of slavery and distorts the Civil War — is being funded by public money to the tune of $40 million over the last decade alone. This is just part of a long history of public money being used to uphold the Confederacy, says Palmer, who worries that we're repeating the mistakes of the past by letting historic African-American cemeteries go into private ownership.

While Sydnor praises Palmer's work and intentions, he disputes both his description of Enrichmond and his interpretation of the grant. He stresses that Enrichmond is a 28-year-old organization originally founded by the city to support public spaces, such as Belle Isle, which was in danger of private acquisition before Enrichmond bought it and established a permanent easement.

In terms of size and experience, he says the organization has grown to eight permanent employees, including Ted Maris-Wolf, a historian and specialist in African-American genealogy, employed as the caretaker of Evergreen Cemetery. It also took in $900,025 with expenses more than $1 million according to a 2017 tax filing, all prior to receiving any funds from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.

"We purchased Evergreen with our own money," Sydnor adds, describing years of negotiations with the owners, in accordance with a plan the previous director of Enrichmond drafted eight years ago. Those long negotiations to buy Evergreen from Entzminger began in 2012. "I had to earn their trust and we knew that," Sydnor says. "I was meeting with them, having breakfast with Mr. Entzminger, working burials with them."

He says it was important to learn what was needed to maintain the cemetery, and as the only employee of Enrichmond at the time, he started volunteering and helping Entzminger, who was struggling to keep up with the work despite age and illness. When the purchase went through, it cost $140,000, mostly to pay back federal and state taxes the property had accrued.

Sydnor's supporters say they're encouraged by what they've seen since Enrichmond purchased Evergreen: The nonprofit will bring in AmeriCorps volunteers, has expanded the genealogy work on the site, hired a full-time caretaker, and has made important site improvements at Evergreen, such as opening road access and adding interpretation and maps.

Palmer questions the legality or at least the ethics of the process that began before Enrichmond purchased the land. He asks if grass-roots groups couldn't have been considered as the preservation partner, noting that if money is what was needed, the current volunteers, family members and other community stakeholders would have been able to use the grant that went to Enrichmond. For an alternative model, he points to the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery group, which worked with Preservation Virginia to protect a smaller African-American cemetery in Charlottesville.

Brett Glymph, executive director of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, echoes Sydnor in her praise for Palmer and the Friends, but firmly denies any illegal or unethical behavior. Although Palmer says he was blindsided by the money flowing to Enrichmond, Glymph says it was always the plan, and she says she doesn't know why there is any confusion.

"Our statutes control that. In order to give the grant, we have to receive a real estate interest, which can only be conveyed by the owner. That's not some contrivance, that's the way a real estate foundation works," she says. Because Enrichmond was already planning to buy the land, it was the obvious partner, she says.

As to the fitness of Enrichmond, Glymph says a thorough vetting process that included checking with the City of Richmond and reviewing the group's long-standing easement on Belle Isle convinced her it was the right partner.

"[The city said] they created this foundation to do these sorts of things," Glymph says. "They get an ongoing appropriation from the city, so they're city supported, with a 28-year track record."

Ryan Smith, a history professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who researches the cemeteries and coordinates the Richmond Cemeteries project, disagrees that the process was thorough.

"They reached the most expedient solution but not the best one," he says, noting that a single partner was proposed and accepted, without considering other nonprofits or groups. He thinks the process wasn't fair to the Friends, who, he says, "have the best interest of that site in mind and the proof is in their actions. They've cleared two-thirds of the site on their own."

Both Glymph and Sydnor praised the restoration work done so far, and despite the breach, say they'd like to work with the Friends going forward.

"It's unfortunate that things have soured," Glymph says.

She hopes that Palmer will come back to the partnership and even join the expert advisory committee established to provide oversight. The committee, which includes former state legislator and Richmond City Councilor Viola Baskerville and John Mitchell, a descendant and namesake of the famous newspaper editor, holds regular public meetings and is working with Enrichmond and others to draft long-term plans for the sites.

Palmer says he won't join unless the expert committee can be an equal partner with binding authority, pointing to language in the charter that allows for the dissolution of the board under Enrichmond.

Sydnor acknowledges that language, but denies any underhanded motives. "That's legalese," he says. "Contracts are written by lawyers to deal with worst-case scenarios."

At the end of the day, he says Enrichmond is liable for anything that happens on its property, and by law, can't give volunteer groups the level of control that Palmer is asking for. He notes that John Shuck, the volunteer coordinator for the Friends, is a member of the expert board, and reiterated that Palmer would be a welcome addition.

He says he's sympathetic to concerns around access, but he hopes the 28-year history Enrichmond has with other volunteer groups could provide some reassurance.

"We're new to their sacred space, where they've given a lot of time and effort," he says, describing discussions he's had with members of the Friends. "I think they're worried that we're going to block access, and what we've tried to convey is that Enrichmond, for 28 years, has achieved success through supporting volunteer efforts. Why would we take away a dedicated group of people who are reclaiming graves in a historic African-American grave site?"

In addition to their reputation, Sydnor says they face legal oversight, such as the regulations mandated by the state Department of Historic Resources, and have worked with groups such as the Elegba Folklore Society, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Richmond and the Black History Museum of Richmond, all of which support the acquisition. He hopes that volunteers remain committed, and says Enrichmond just wants to provide protection for the land on which their work happens.

Baskerville, who helped negotiate the deal as a member of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and has ancestors in both sites, says she too hopes that all the volunteers will remain involved. "They're the heartbeat," she says. "This project is at this stage because the volunteers always kept the faith."

She suggests that the conflict comes from confusion around what ownership means, pointing to the permanent easement over the land as its legal protection.

"Enrichmond is not trying to control us," she says. "If you take the 60,000-foot view of this project, it is the people that are in control of what this project looks like, what the space will look like. It is the people that hold this sacred memory and the vision for the future. Enrichmond is just the legal owner and the steward of the property. I think if people can separate those two, that will help defuse a lot of this tension."

Palmer says he can't separate the issues, especially after a process that he characterizes as misleading and manipulative. Glymph says that wasn't her intention, but she regrets that there were misunderstandings or miscommunications.

"This is the first time we've done something like this," though, she says. While it didn't go perfectly, she thinks it went as well as it could have, but she's worried now that the conflict will overshadow the work.

"We have this one group that is critical, but I don't think that should detract from all the support, good will, and good work that has been done to date," she says. "Those roads into Evergreen, which have been opened for the first time in many, many years, have allowed so many families to come in and find their family plots, or at least give them the confidence that they can be found."

"If I could go back and do it again, I would," she says about the grant, even despite the risk and the misunderstandings. In the maps and aerial views, she says, "You could visibly see Jim Crow. It was a moral imperative that something be done, and we did it, and I'm hoping it will set an example for people to do something across the whole Commonwealth."

Descendant John Mitchell says that while everybody may not agree on how to do things, he believes they agree on the overall goal.

"I don't see anything wrong with dissension. I think even though we disagree, we can get things done," says Mitchell. "Everybody agrees we need to clear it, and that's what we're doing. And I'm glad to see it's a very multicultural thing. … it's a beautiful opportunity. Twenty years from now, I want them to see that the citizens did this."

Asked about next steps in their fight against the acquisition, Palmer says the group operates democratically, and any decision will come out of a consensus established during its weekly phone call.

He's certain about one thing, though: "We're going to keep doing what we do. We're going to show up every Saturday and continue the work of restoring this sacred site, just as we've done since the middle of June 2013."

Clarification from the author: Due to legislation passed in 2017, the owner of each cemetery can receive state funding similar to the funding Confederate gravesites have long received, though it is just starting. Also, a sentence has been changed to reflect that, while the two Richmond cemeteries were not "defunded" during Jim Crow, many similar cemeteries of the period were. Style regrets any error or confusion.

          Comment on Rouhani’s Iraq Visit Undercuts U.S. Iran Policy by Kooshy      Cache   Translate Page      
Dr Afrasiabi Thank you for another excellent unbiased and realistic analysis of Iran’ relationship with Iraq and US. It’s time for Mr Hook to hookup his hat on Bolton’ mustache.
          of Baghdad , of Washington is on its military presence      Cache   Translate Page      
[size=32] of Baghdad , of Washington is on its military presence[/size] [size=18] Twilight News      2 hours ago[/size] [size=17]The Iraqi government announced on Tuesday that the American side was informed of the presence of foreign military presence in the country. "We have informed the US side of Iraq's priorities regarding the foreign military presence," Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told a weekly news conference. "Iraq will never be a region of conflict ...
          By auction today .. Central Iraqi sells 160 million dollars of foreign currency 03:32 - 12/03/2019 i      Cache   Translate Page      
[size=36]By auction today .. Central Iraqi sells 160 million dollars of foreign currency[/size] 03:32 - 12/03/2019 [size=24] The Central Bank of Iraq announced the sale of 160 million dollars of foreign currency, an auction Tuesday, recording an increase of about 11.39 million dollars compared to yesterday's sales Monday.  "Foreign currency sales, recorded at Tuesday's auction, rose to 160.13 million dollars, compared with 148.84 million dollars on Monday, an increase of 11.39 million ...
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[size=36]Parliament discusses with the Ports Authority the proposal to turn Iraq into a free trade zone[/size] 3:01 - 12/03/2019 BAGHDAD - Mawazine News  The House of Representatives on Tuesday discussed with the Border Ports Authority and the Director General of the General Customs Authority the proposal to turn Iraq into a free trade zone.  "The Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi met today with the head of the border crossing authorities Kazem Al-Aqabi and ...
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[rtl]Abdul Mahdi confirms the entry of drugs from Argentina and describes the relationship with Iran unique in the world {expanded}[/rtl] [rtl][size=10]Editorial Date: 2019/3/12 22:07 • 147 times read[/rtl][/size] [rtl] Baghdad: Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, the entry of drugs from Argentina, while describing the relationship with Iran "unique in the world." "The government intends to complete the land distribution project to the poor of Iraq free of charge," Abdul-Mahdi ...
          4 thousand acres for the establishment of the Jordanian-Iraqi joint industrial zone      Cache   Translate Page      
[rtl]4 thousand acres for the establishment of the Jordanian-Iraqi joint industrial zone[/rtl] [rtl][size=10]Date of release: 2019/3/12 19:31 • 182 times read[/rtl][/size] [rtl] (Jordan) allocated an area of ​​(2000) acres in principle expandable and the same area of ​​the Iraqi side for the purposes of the establishment of the first phase of the industrial zone joint. He said that the industrial zone, which was established last period, will be established on the border between the two sides ...
          Parliament recommends the federal government to approach Kuwait to pay the dues of Iraqi military      Cache   Translate Page      
[size=32] Parliament recommends the federal government to approach Kuwait to pay the dues of Iraqi military[/size] [size=18] Twilight News      7 hours ago[/size] The "Alliance" called by the coalition, "the so-called" by the leader of the current Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday Parliament to the recommendation of the federal government to approach the Kuwaiti side for the payment of financial dues to Iraqi soldiers who worked in the Ministry of Defense of that ...
          Baghdad sends more than 700 billion dinars to the Kurdistan region      Cache   Translate Page      
[size=17]Baghdad sends more than 700 billion dinars to the Kurdistan region[/size] The federal government in [size=13]Baghdad sent an amount of 724 billion, and 819 million Iraqi dinars to the Central Bank account branch of Arbil, capital of the Kurdistan region.  According to the book, which carries the Director General of the Department of Accounting Agency Ahmed Jawad al-Dahlaki, this amount to pay the salaries of employees of the region in March, and the differences of January ...
          «Economy News» published the decision of the Council of Ministers on the distribution of residential      Cache   Translate Page      
«Economy News» published the decision of the Council of Ministers on the distribution of residential land to citizens [size=16]Published by "Economy News", the decision of the Council of Ministers today on the distribution of land to citizens in all of Iraq except the Kurdistan region.[/size][size=16]The following resolution states:[/size][size=16]Vote on the decision to reflect the concept of social security and the responsibility of the state towards its citizens to reduce ...
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A group of judges from the Kurdistan region finish a course in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing [size=16]Sixteen judges belonging to the judiciary in the Kurdistan region ended a three-day anti-money laundering and terrorist financing course held by the Association of Private Banks in Istanbul.[/size][size=16]The President of the Association of Iraqi Private Banks, Wadih Nuri al-Hanalal, delivered a speech at the closing ceremony of the session, in which he praised ...
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[size=28]Abdul-Mahdi: Iraq does not bear his successor, calling for destruction and the world demands to stand with us 20:30 - 12/03/2019 [/size] Information / BaghdadPrime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that Iraq can not bear alone the destruction caused by the terrorist, as the whole world is required to stand with Iraq."Iraq can not bear all the devastation caused by Saddam, but the whole world is demanding to stand with Iraq," Abdul Mahdi said at his weekly ...
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[size=28]French ambassador confirms his country's desire to invest in Iraqi ports 16:40 - 12/03/2019 [/size] Information / .. Baghdad  said the French ambassador in Iraq , Bruno Hubert, on Tuesday, his country 's desire to invest in theIraqi ports and seriousness in the implementation of important projects.  "The director of the southern port of Umm Qasr Haitham Kazem received French Ambassador to Iraq Bruno Ober during his visit to the port," a port statement said.  He ...
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Halabousi discusses with the Border Ports Authority the unification of customs duties 15:32 - 12/03/2019 BAGHDAD (Reuters) -  Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi discussed Tuesday with the head of the border crossing authorities Kazim al-Aqabi the unification of customs duties and the transformation of Iraq into a free trade zone.  "The Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Al Halbusi met today with the head of the border crossing authorities ...
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[size=28]For the presence of five unofficial outlets .. Finance parliamentary intends to host officials in the region 18:39 - 12/03/20190 [/size] Information / special ...  Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed on Tuesday that the Kurdistan region has five outlets border between Iraq, Turkey and Syria informal and did not include Omulhe within the federal budget for 2019, as indicated that they sent a formal letter to the Government of Kurdistan to host region ports officials for ...
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[size=28]Iraq and Iran are spending on establishing joint industrial cities and implementing direct transport of goods 17:25 - 12/03/20190 [/size] BAGHDAD -  The media office of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced on Tuesday the agreement between Iraq and Iran on the establishment of joint industrial cities and the implementation of direct transport of goods between the two countries.  "Iraq received the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rowhani and his accompanying ...
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Tucker Carlson: New audio reveals Fox News host calling Iraqis 'semi-literate monkeys' and using homophobic slurNew audio recordings have emerged purporting to show Fox News host Tucker Carlson calling Iraqis “semi-literate, primitive monkeys” and questioning Barack Obama’s identity as a black man. The Tucker Carlson Tonight presenter can be heard saying white men deserve credit for “creating civilisation” and using a homophobic slur while joking with radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge. Media Matters for America (MMFA), a self-declared watchdog of “conservative misinformation”, said the clips originated from between 2006 and 2011.



          Does Anyone Really Win? The Aftermath of War.      Cache   Translate Page      
   
      Since the beginning of time, war has been present in all civilizations. There are many different reasons for war like; food, land, power, money, and since the 20th century, oil. The results of these wars have been catastrophic to say the least. Many soldiers and civilians from both sides have been caught in the cross fire. The 9/11 attack started a chain of events that still cripple this nation and the world today.


Bombs fell into the industrial 
neighborhood of Al-Zafaraiya 
in southern Baghdad, caused by U.S forces. The war in Iraq went on for an unnecessary amount of time and costed an unnecessary amount of money and resources. In this image you can see the locals of Baghdad carrying out a victim of the bombing. The war was getting out of hand when civilians were being killed because they were either in the way or they were potential threats. Also, many soldiers were killed in the line of duty. This war was only the start of what will become multiple terrorist attacks around the globe that will cost the lives of many innocent people that had no part in the events of the wars.

Scenes from the OneRun

      This is a photo taken at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Mostly everyone will remember this cause of the terrorist bombing that occurred at the finish line costing the lives of a few people and the injury of many more (In the hundreds). Two terrorists whom had some ties to middle eastern terror organizations set off the attack with 2 pressure cooker bombs. After a 4 day manhunt one suspect was shot and killed while the other was captured in Watertown, Massachusetts. The United States was under attack because of the war against terror. It traumatized everyone that a person would hurt so many innocent people.



This screen grab taken on 25 September 2013 from a video distributed through an intermediary to local reporters and seen by AFP, shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau, flanked by armed men.
      Last year the world found out who Boko Haram was. This terrorist group was responsible for kidnapping hundreds of school girls because of the fact they were girls and they were in school, The terror organization is a group with Islamic beliefs. It took months before the United States and Canada decided to go into the country officially. There was word of Special Forces in the country within the first week of the kidnapping but that was never confirmed. The girls were eventually either sold or killed by the terrorist group. Many people have lost their lives to this terrorist group and no one has done anything about it. Our country as well as the U.S but still hardly anything has been done.


      This photo was taken in Paris during the terrorist attack a short while ago. The attack on the newspaper cost the lives of 12 people and 11 others were injures. The suspect have known ties to Al-Qaeda. The two suspects split up after the attack and 2 days later, both at different locations, took hostages. French special forces raided both locations and deescalated the situation. some of the hostages lost their lives because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, Because of the war on terror and the back and forth fighting, the Terrorists are starting to fight back hard all around the world and the fighting is just escalating to a point where so many people forget why they're fighting. So many people died of the past decade to the point where people realize that no one will win, many more will just die and the war will always go on.
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In today's society people with piercings and tattoos have been seen at a negative perspective. Individuals are judged with the stereotype that piercings and tattoos portray. Yes tattoos do define who an individual is, but, this includes their stories, what they believe in etc.. Not all tattoos make someone a bad person.

"The Tattooed Doctor." Neatorama. Purch, 23 Sept. 2007. Web. 12 Jan. 2015. 
     <http://www.neatorama.com/2007/09/23/the-tattooed-doctor/#!r30u6>.




We begin with the idea of approach. If you cannot approach someone how are you suppose to trust them. Someone we put a lot of our trust into is our doctors. They have our lives in their hands. A recent article explained that tattoos are becoming less problematic in workplaces. Philadelphia's ZB Sports commented, "If I'd pass on [an individual] because of their tattoos, I'd be out a phenomenal employee" (Forbes, 2014). The picture on your left shows a man who is in two positions. The attitude is shown within his stance as the image on the far left shows a concerning doctor that is willing to be of help: Verses the same man on the right slouched forward holding his belt. This demonstrates that even though this is the same man because of his tattoos he is seen as unapproachable. The irony is the photo itself: It is the exact same man but the only exception is his tattoos, would you not let him treat your health because of that?



"Tattooed Teacher." Nkeiruka Sylvanus. Nkeiruka Sylvanus, 23 Nov. 2014. Web. 12 
     Jan. 2015. <http://nkeirukasylvanus.blogspot.ca/>. 
To continue we are brought to the virtues of acceptance, sympathy,compassion and tolerance. The picture on your right is a teacher-in-training that went viral through social media and was in the newspaper. The question that was asked was, “Would you let this woman teach your child?” (Daily Mail, 2014). The actions that were thrown at Charlotte Tumilty, age 26, were not the virtues stated previous. Instead they were the complete opposite. She was asked to cover all of her tattoos as the school did not want "kiddies getting encouraging signals about inking themselves at such a tender age" stated a teacher from the school in Hartlepool. The real question is why would you not if she was certified for the job: As stated above, if you did not hire someone based on their tatoos and appearance you would be out a phenomenal employee. The picture on the upper left portrays conflict, a struggle between opposing forces, the stereotype tattoos bring and a teacher. The attitude within the Charlotte’s face is surprise. Why would someone deny her ability just because of her appearance?

"Veteran." Media NCB. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2015. 
     <http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/621*349/ 
     WEB+War+Paint+1.jpgVeter>. 
Furthermore, people respect Veterans and thank them for their service: Would you deny the service he has done because of tattoos? Of course not.The tattoos shown on this Veteran are not to make him look "bad ass" or "hardcore", instead their stories, they are his stories. The symbolism within this picture is his bare chest. He has been torn apart and stripped from the war, although he may have come home to a family he is left with nothing but his memories. Haunting memories, studies have shown that 20% of all Iraq soldiers suffer from PTSD, and 50% of them do not seek help. If you are going to give a Veteran a judgmental stereotype it should be "bad ass" and "hardcore" but not because of the tattoos on his body because of his bravery. His tattoos should have nothing to do with what he is capable of, instead they're the only thing keeping him and his stories sane.


"Angelina Jolie." Fan Pop s. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2015. 
     <http://fanpop.com>. 

Finally we touch the topic of Angelina Jolie who portrays a vain, egotistic person on the left photo in the collage. She makes millions of dollars and spends it on stupid things like tattoos right? Wait is that the same woman who has won the humanitarian award several times? Beat Breast Cancer? Adopted Children and looks after her own? Is a loving loyal wife? Visits places all around the world taking care of helpless children? It can't be! But as matter of a fact is it. Jolie's tattoos are not meaningless, as a matter of a fact she has 17 and each one has a special meaning - this also relates back to the Vets tattoos and his stories. The one on her shoulder is the longitude and latitude of each location her children and adopted children were born. She has a huge one on her back that she got done in Thailand to express her involvement with not only her child from Cambodia but also Cambodia itself. When asked about her tattoos, Jolie said, "Usually all my tattoos came at good times. A tattoo is something permanent when you've made a self discovery or something you've come to a conclusion about" (USA Today Interview, July 17, 2003). The real Angelina Jolie is shown within the right side of the collage, a loving mother for her five children, and a loving humanitarian who cares for many children around the world. Her tattoos do not make her vain and egotistic, she has depth, she shows meaning throughout her body.

In conclusion, all 4 images prove that the negative attitude towards tattoos and piercings are inaccurate. Each image includes a public figure that is thought of highly. Tattoos do not define who a person is as they are just expressing themselves through a piece of art. This piece of art should not be looked at negatively and be able to destroy what that person is capable of.


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Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she opposed the impeachment of President Trump. This comes shortly before Mueller’s investigation into Trump-Russia collusion is expected to wrap up.

“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi told the Post.

“This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.

The response to Pelosi’s remarks has been swift and strong.

“Wrong!” exclaimed MSNBC’s Russiagate con man Malcolm Nance via Twitter. “What the hell is wrong with the @SpeakerPelosi Congress that they absolve themselves of their duty! Nothing is criminal anymore?! Trump can do and say like a dictator as he pleases? All of his crimes are OK even if you see them? This requires a public outcry. #Disgraceful”

“I like Speaker Pelosi but this is NOT the right approach,” tweeted Michael Avenatti of Stormy Daniels fame. “If Trump has committed impeachable offenses, he must be charged and he must face a trial in the Senate. Would the Repubs take this approach? Hell no! And this is why we get outplayed.”

“Sorry, Madam Speaker,” tweeted Esquire’s Charles P Pierce. “If you really believe the president* is an unprecedented threat to the Constitution, your oath demands that you begin the process to remove him. It’s your job.”

The House’s most virulent Russiagater, however, sang a different tune.

“If the evidence isn’t sufficient to win bipartisan support for this, putting the country through a failed impeachment isn’t a good idea,” said Congressman Adam Schiff told CNN yesterday.

As you might expect, those voices in alternative media who’ve been voicing skepticism of the Russiagate narrative since the beginning have been having a ball with this one.

“BREAKING: The Democrats’ Congressional leadership is realizing that their two-year Russia conspiracy theory is not going to pan out,” tweeted journalist Aaron Maté, who has been in my opinion the single most lucid Russiagate critic for a long time now.

“If Trump is literally controlled by Putin to the point where Trump is forced to act in the best interests of Russia *at the expense of the US*  -  which has been the prevailing claim not of Dem fringes but its mainstream  -  how can it be morally justified not to impeach him???” tweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald in response to Pelosi’s comments.

How indeed? Pelosi’s comments go completely against the narrative that mainstream Democrats have been selling America for over two years now, and this close to the Mueller report amount to a rejection of that narrative. Her statement is a tacit admission that she knows Russiagate is bullshit, has always been bullshit, and will continue to be bullshit.

“Is it possible that Putin has something on Pelosi?” Greenwald joked.

Or perhaps Democratic politicians and their media allies have been knowingly feeding the party base and cable viewers unadulterated, deranged, unhinged bullshit that they now can’t carry through on with the power in their hands because it was all self-serving, manipulative dreck? Anyone who has ever believed Trump is controlled and blackmailed by Putin to the point that Putin makes Trump treasonously sacrifice America’s interests for Russia’s — and there are a lot of you — should be marching in fury in the streets over Pelosi’s refusal to impeach Trump.”

But, of course, they will not. There will be no protest against Pelosi’s opposition to impeachment because those who would lead it know there will never be any evidence that could possibly lead to a bipartisan willingness in the Senate to remove him from office.

Anyone who’s paid close and intellectually honest attention to the Russiagate circus has known since the beginning that Trump was never going to be impeached for a treasonous conspiracy with the Russian government, despite the endless fantasies inflicted upon the blinkered Maddow muppets day after day after day for over two years now. Back in 2017 I said that “Mueller will continue finding evidence of corruption throughout his investigation, since corruption is to DC insiders as water is to fish, but he will not find evidence of collusion to win the 2016 election that will lead to Trump’s impeachment,” because it was obvious to anyone who knew anything. And that has proven to be the case with uninterrupted consistency.

If those who have been driving the Russiagate conspiracy theory really believed what they’ve been pushing, they would be up in arms at Pelosi’s remarks. Instead, we see responses like Russiagate grifter Bill Palmer publishing a hilarious article titled “Nancy Pelosi is playing rope-a-dope with Donald Trump on impeachment”, explaining that her remarks were actually a brilliant 57-D chess maneuver designed to “play this Trump fool like fiddle.”

“Instead, by answering the question in this manner, Pelosi accomplishes two things,” says the Palmer Report, where sitting US senators and top Harvard law professors go for the important updates they need to continue fueling Russia hysteria in America.

“First, she manages to put off the question until she and her allies have managed to carve Donald Trump up. Second, she’s messing with him. She just insulted him by saying he’s not worth the trouble of impeachment. Pelosi is looking to bait Trump into publicly feuding with her over the question of impeachment. That way it’ll be Trump introducing the concept, not her. And that’ll serve to help put the impeachment process on the right track. Just don’t call it ‘impeachment’ quite yet.”

So that tells you a bit about where the Russiagaters are at today.

This all comes out, by the way, at the same time as a new Wall Street Journalreport that Trump once attempted to personally cajole German Chancellor Angela Merkel into ceasing to buy gas from Russia out of fear that “it will make Europe’s largest economy excessively reliant on Russian energy.” Hardly the behavior you’d expect from a Putin puppet, but then neither are the rest of the many, many other actions that this administration has taken against the interests of Moscow.

It is right and appropriate that those few voices on the left who’ve been sharply critical of Russiagate from the beginning are now taking some time to gloat at and mock its peddlers with increasing scorn. The centrists who chose to spend more than two years forcing everyone’s energy into this blatant psyop which escalated a cold war against a nuclear superpower were wrong, and the leftists who objected to it were right. Trump’s term is more than halfway over, and Russiagaters chose to suck all the oxygen out of the room for this brainless, fruitless, worthless endeavor instead of allowing space for progressive reform and for criticism of Trump’s actual pernicious policies from the left. And they did it on purpose.

Mock the Russiagaters. Mock them ruthlessly, and never, ever let them forget the horrible thing that they did. Never stop making fun of them and reminding them how stupid and crazy they acted during this humiliating period of American history. And never stop using it as a weapon against them. They were wrong, so they should not be leading the way on what passes for America’s political left today. Skepticism was the only appropriate response to Russiagate in a post-Iraq invasion world, and those on the left who made that appropriate response should be treated with infinitely more respect and deference than those who did not.

They were wrong, we were right, and now even Nancy Pelosi is all but admitting it. Never let them forget it.

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          Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 12, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Robert Palladino
Deputy Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
March 12, 2019



Index for Today's Briefing
  • SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ABRAMS/VENEZUELA
  • IRAN
  • VENEZUELA
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS
  • IRAQ
  • ALGERIA
  • AFGHANISTAN
  • IRAN
  • SOUTH KOREA
  • ETHIOPIA
  • NORTH KOREA
  • INDIA/PAKISTAN/CHINA

    TRANSCRIPT:

    2:42 p.m. EDT

    MR PALLADINO: Good afternoon, everybody.

    QUESTION: Good afternoon.

    MR PALLADINO: Afternoon. At the top today, we are privileged to have with us our Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. He’ll be – make a few remarks and be willing to take some questions. At the conclusion of the briefing, we also have some subject matter experts from our Bureau of Consular Affairs. If there are additional questions on matters pertaining to American citizens that you’d like to dive into a little bit, we’ll make them available as well.

    QUESTION: American citizens anywhere or in Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re talking – that’s for Venezuela we’re talking about today. Okay? Great. Mr. Abrams, thanks.

    QUESTION: Then you’re going to --

    MR PALLADINO: We have a normal briefing as well.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Happy to be here for my daily briefing. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: You are becoming quite a fixture up there.

    QUESTION: You’re setting a good example.

    MR ABRAMS: Oh.

    QUESTION: There may be an opening for a spokesman. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. (Laughter.)

    On January 23rd and January 24th, we announced and began a process of bringing back to the United States the great majority of Americans who work at the U.S. embassy in Caracas. The decision announced yesterday is, in a sense, a follow-on to that initial decision and is the product of the same considerations for the conditions in Caracas, which make it so difficult to continue keeping the embassy staffed there, and for the general situation in Caracas.

    If you think back, it’s only six weeks ago, but the situation in Caracas has deteriorated very considerably in that period and especially in the last few days since the blackouts began on Friday. So the Secretary made that decision.

    You may have seen the interviews he did this morning. I’ll just read one paragraph: “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last year[s] has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take,” and it “was the right time to take it.”

    I should say that this does not represent any change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela nor does it represent any reduction in the commitment we have to the people of Venezuela and to their struggle for democracy. You will see very soon a significant number of additional visa revocations. You will see in the coming days some very significant additional sanctions and the international group, of which we are a part – that includes most EU countries, the Lima Group, Canada, the U.S. – continues to do its work.

    Why don’t I stop there and we’ll take some questions.

    MR PALLADINO: We’ll start with Associated Press.

    QUESTION: Thanks. I’m curious to know what the Secretary meant by saying that the presence of – continued presence of any American diplomats in Caracas was a constraint on policy. He didn’t quite explain. What exactly did their presence constrain, number one?

    Number two, you talked about the blackouts and all this kind of thing, but presumably there are no family members there. It was very, very – only a handful of staffers still at the embassy. Presumably, they have generators, right?

    MR ABRAMS: Generators require fuel, the embassy requires water.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR ABRAMS: The embassy’s own situation also had a – let’s say a finite number of days.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. So can you explain what exactly the constraint was on – what kinds of policies were being constrained by the presence --

    MR ABRAMS: Well, I don’t --

    QUESTION: Especially because yesterday, the Secretary said that – when he was asked about support for – U.S. support for Juan Guaido, said that as long as our team is on the ground in Caracas, you’d continue to provide the same kinds of support that you do. Well, now that’s gone or very soon will be gone, so I don’t understand how these – those mesh.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we will – we will – obviously it makes it more difficult to meet with all Venezuelans when the – we – when the team is not on the ground. I’m kind of reluctant to sort of try to parse the Secretary’s words, but let me just say that in every decision we made – every decision, decisions on diplomatic activities, on visas, on sanctions – the safety of that staff was a key consideration. And that was something that weighed very heavily on our mind every day, literally every day. So I think that’s – I think that was what the Secretary was referring to, and I’ll just leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Okay, but when you said it doesn’t reflect a change in policy --

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    QUESTION: -- it means that it was not intended to be some kind of hint or harbinger of military intervention or some kind of use of force?

    MR ABRAMS: Nothing has changed. We continue to say, because it is true, all options are on the table.

    QUESTION: But?

    MR ABRAMS: But they did not change yesterday.

    MR PALLADINO: There we go. Let’s go Michelle, CNN.

    QUESTION: So just hours before this statement came out from the Secretary we heard from the Secretary on Venezuela and he made no mention of the need to get people out. In fact, he really didn’t talk about U.S. people at the embassy there. So what changed between the time we spoke to him and close to midnight when he put this out?

    MR ABRAMS: He made his final decision. We have been talking about this literally – literally – every day. I’ve only been here six weeks, but that was right after the decision to move most of the people from the embassy back to the United States. We have had daily phone calls, daily meetings about this question, been before the Secretary, and he made his decision.

    QUESTION: And then that line that Matt mentioned, “constraint on U.S. policy” – that reads like a threat. I mean, it’s obviously curious. So should Maduro see that line as a threat?

    MR ABRAMS: I can only repeat what the President has said: All options are always on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to AFP.

    QUESTION: Yes. Just to – thank you. Just to follow on on this constraint thing, is there a link between the decision of withdrawing all the diplomats and some actions you might want to take to make sure the aid, which is at the border, come inside Venezuela?

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    MR PALLADINO: Reuters.

    QUESTION: Hello, Mr. Abrams. Two questions. One is: Who do you leave the embassy to? Do you appoint a protective power? What happens to the embassy, how do you ensure, number one.

    MR ABRAMS: Right.

    QUESTION: Number two: We understand that the decision was made because the talks with the Venezuelans collapsed late yesterday and that that – this is according to the Venezuelans – that’s what led to this. Did you – did the U.S. get any kind of direct threat from Maduro’s government that something was going to happen?

    MR ABRAMS: On the first part, normally we would get a protecting power, and that is, I think, what we’ll do here, and we are in discussions now about that. What will happen to the embassy grounds, the embassy physically, let’s say, is something that we then discuss with the protecting power, with potential protecting powers. So we don’t have a final answer on that, and when we do we’ll announce it.

    On the regime, you know on --

    QUESTION: Are you in discussions with other countries to – as to who will be the protecting power?

    MR ABRAMS: Yes. We are in discussions.

    QUESTION: But it hasn’t been decided who?

    MR ABRAMS: Right. About – we are trying to decide on a protecting power. January 23rd, the Secretary said the United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly, the United States does not consider former President Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata. So from our point of view, the regime cannot make a decision about whether we stay or go. And as a matter of fact, the National Assembly yesterday said we have the legal authority to stay, and they are the legitimate government of Venezuela. But the regime also cannot, in our view, provide security for the embassy, and the situation in Caracas is deteriorating. So our decision was made really fundamentally without regard to what the regime wants or thinks.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go with Los Angeles Times.

    QUESTION: Thank you. Just to follow on Lesley, so there were talks going on between the Venezuelans and you guys about creating an interest section or something like that and then the Venezuelans gave you 72 hours to leave. Is that not true?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we have had – as you know, we’ve talked about this before. I have – I had a couple of meetings with the de facto regime Foreign Minister Arreaza. And those meetings were essentially about exactly this. So this subject has been out there for a long time. But we made a decision at one point, and you talked about it here – I’ve certainly talked about it in public – that an interest section was really not appropriate. You do an interest section where there is no government that you consider legitimate. There is a legitimate government in Venezuela, from our point of view. Maybe that would have satisfied some demands of the regime, but it was not something that the Untied States was going to do. So that really was off the table.

    QUESTION: And 72 hours? The deadline?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, as I said, we do not believe the regime, on the one hand, has the ability to tell us when to leave, on the other hand, doesn’t have the ability to protect us if we stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Post.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, the Maduro government’s attorney general announced that Juan Guaido is going to be investigated for – on suspicion of sabotage in the blackout. Does the departure of the U.S. diplomats put him in a weaker position at all, at a time when he would seem to be under greater threat?

    MR ABRAMS: First, we’ve seen that as well, and it’s a threat against Interim President Guaido. They have made such threats before. They’ve talked about going after him on one basis or another, and we also know that the supreme court, the TSJ, has essentially been packed by the regime. So that’s a – that report is of real concern. I don’t think the regime is going to base its decision on that, on our presence or absence, any more than it made the decision on whether to arrest him upon his return on the basis of whether we were there or not there. I think it’s largely a matter of how they think the public, the Venezuelan public, will react.

    QUESTION: You have any warnings to the government or any message to them?

    MR ABRAMS: We have --

    QUESTION: Should they be contemplating arresting him on this?

    MR ABRAMS: I think – I hope they’re aware of the fact that there are 54 countries, some important countries, that consider Juan Guaido to be the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. And I think not only we but the other 53 will react immediately. There are a number of diplomatic and financial and economic steps that governments can take. We’ve taken many of them; other countries haven’t. I would think that the arrest, incarceration of Juan Guaido would lead a lot of countries to react very quickly.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to EFE.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I want to ask you a question about the possible scenario of the Maduro government collapses. The Spain’s foreign minister today said that the U.S. asked Spain to receive Venezuelan ministers loyal to Maduro in case the Venezuelan Government collapses. So I wanted to ask you if the U.S. has actually made this petition to Spain, and what were the terms in which these petitions were made?

    MR ABRAMS: This is an old discussion. When I was assistant secretary of state for Latin America, and there were a lot of military regimes, the question of what to do with dictators arose, and it was actually Felipe Gonzalez, who was prime minister at the time, who said maybe Spain can help by taking some of these people. We’ve had some conversations with Spain. I wouldn’t say we made a request, they made an answer. We have certainly had conversations. We’ve had them with a couple of other places too, because this question may arise, and we have talked about off-ramps and we have talked about wanting some of the regime officials to leave the country as part of a transition.

    So the question therefore obviously arises: well, where would they go? And they may prefer to go to Cuba or Russia, but there are other places, and so that is a conversation we’ll continue to have. Unfortunately, none of the people at the top of the regime have yet made that decision, the decision that they should make. And as we’ve said before, we are willing to help them out in those circumstances.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a follow-up of – on that? You mentioned that they’re – the U.S. Government with Spain and a couple other places. Which ones are these other --

    MR ABRAMS: I’m not going to say, because it has not been as public as it has in the case of Spain.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Times.

    QUESTION: Thanks for coming out to talk with us. Big picture question regarding all the – all of the options on the table. Can you discuss the military option for a minute? And specifically, has the administration asked the Pentagon to draw up such an option? And assuming that it has, are you satisfied with the option that the Pentagon has, which is headed by an interim defense secretary, provided at this point?

    QUESTION: He’s a legitimate interim defense secretary. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: The President has said all options are the table. They are. Further than that it would be foolish for me to go, and I’m not going to do it.

    MR PALLADINO: Bloomberg.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, can you talk a little bit more about the finite resources that the embassy is facing? I mean, it seems to be a suggestion that they’re running out of fuel and water. What were the constraints on the embassy?

    MR ABRAMS: It’s a difficult situation for the embassy. It’s a difficult situation for Venezuelans, of course, far more. I don’t believe the embassy is at this point connected to any water system. So there’s a question of how would you get fresh water. Obviously, there are continuing blackouts on and off. So the question then is: How are your generators working, and do you have enough fuel? There’s also a question of communications. If there’s no electricity, there are no communications, which obviously speaks immediately to the safety of our people.

    So the deterioration of the general situation in Caracas doesn’t affect the embassy exactly as it effects Venezuelans, but it does affect the embassy.

    QUESTION: But were you – was there any concern that there was some new or imminent security threat that the embassy might be overrun, that the Maduro regime was unable or unwilling to provide or to guarantee security?

    MR ABRAMS: We do not think that the regime is really able to provide security, and I would note that in his most recent public statement, former President Maduro spoke about calling upon the colectivos to come forward. Now, that – that’s calling for armed gangs to take over the streets, and it is obviously going to be a great worry to Venezuelans, but we noted it.

    QUESTION: I’m sorry, was that part of the – was that the deciding factor?

    MR ABRAMS: That – actually, that statement by Maduro came today. So it was not part of the decision. But the background was – and as you know, they’ve been using colectivos more in Caracas, along the borders. Perhaps it is a sign of Maduro’s lack of confidence in his own security forces. But it is by definition a breakdown of law and order.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go Wall Street Journal.

    QUESTION: Thank you. You said that the decision to remove embassy personnel doesn’t represent a policy change by the United States, but you have acknowledged that it would make it more difficult to meet with Venezuelans, both the Maduro regime and the Guaido government. So functionally, how is the U.S. going to proceed without an embassy staff on the ground? Are you just – are you going to remove them to nearby countries? Are they coming back to the States? What is the plan?

    MR ABRAMS: Who to nearby countries? The Americans?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR ABRAMS: The Americans will come back here to Washington, which is what the much larger group of Americans from the embassy in January did. I am very – I am one of the beneficiaries of this, because my team is made up in great part of people from Embassy Caracas, and the WHA team on Venezuela was also greatly enriched by their presence. Now, obviously people in the summer will go on to whatever forward assignments they had.

    We will – as I said, it’ll be harder, because we’re not going to be able to do the face-to-face meetings we were doing. Admittedly, we were not able to do a lot of face-to-face meetings because the embassy staff had become quite small. But it wasn’t – so it will be something that we’re going to have to try to accomplish outside of Venezuela or by telephone or by emails and other forms of communication.

    QUESTION: And are you able to give us even just rough estimates of the number of people we’re talking about?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we – I’m told we just – by the Diplomatic Security people we just don’t do that.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Fox.

    QUESTION: At the top you said that significant sanctions would be coming in the coming days. Can you elaborate a little bit on that? Are they targeting financial institutions or country-specific? The Secretary said yesterday a handful of nations are providing aid and comfort to the Maduro regime.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we did, you know, Friday sanction a Russian-Venezuelan bank, one that was basically 50/50 owned by Russian and Venezuelan state institutions. There will be more sanctions of financial institutions – I think I would leave it at that – and more visa revocations coming very soon.

    QUESTION: Like today?

    MR ABRAMS: Possible. Possible.

    QUESTION: How about Turkey?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no Turkey. Voice of America, please.

    QUESTION: Well, Turkey and Venezuela is actually a thing.

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR PALLADINO: Turkey and Venezuela. Okay.

    QUESTION: Yes, that’s what I – that’s what I mean.

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead, Laurie. Okay, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. To follow up on this question, Turkey’s support for – is prominent among those countries supporting the Maduro regime, including through the gold trade. What – do you have a comment on that and are you considering the possibility of secondary sanctions?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, those are two different questions. We – Turkey’s support for the Maduro regime obviously is completely contrary to U.S. policy and very unhelpful, and we will continue to take a look at the ways in which that support takes place, and in the context of sanctions by Treasury. Maybe I should leave it at that.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay, fair enough. Voice of America.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So a follow-up on Nick’s question. Is yesterday’s sanction against the bank based in Russia a secondary sanction? And is it the beginning of more sanctions against foreign financial institutions? That’s number one, and number two: Can you please give us a sense if there is any diplomatic effort to bring China on board? Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: The bank – the sanctions of Friday on the Russian-Venezuelan bank were not secondary sanctions. We have not done any secondary sanctions. The – we will continue to make efforts to bring China aboard. We have told – in various places have told the Chinese that we think if their concern is in essence getting their money back, they’ll never get it back from the bankrupt Maduro regime and from a basically destroyed Venezuelan economy. As the Secretary explained yesterday, the only way they’ll get it back is when Venezuela returns to prosperity, which it won’t do under Nicolas Maduro. Obviously they haven’t changed their policy yet, but we will continue to talk about that.

    QUESTION: Will they be subject to potential sanction?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we have not done secondary sanctions. That’s always one of the options on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Last one. Let’s – someone new. (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: Really?

    QUESTION: NTN24, Emiliana Molina, Mr. Abrams. So removing U.S. diplomats and bringing them back to D.C., is this perhaps a show of lack of confidence from the U.S. in Juan Guaido’s government to restore democracy, and what does this mean for his government? Some experts are saying that this looks bad for Guaido.

    MR ABRAMS: It certainly is not a display of any lack of confidence in him. The fact is that today the regime has the guns. The National Assembly and Interim President Guaido are trying, through exclusively peaceful means, to bring democracy back to Venezuela, and that is obviously something we and dozens of other countries support. It is a reflection of the deterioration that we see on the ground in Venezuela, and it is in essence a follow-up to the major part of the decision, which was made on January 24th, to take most of the embassy staff. It’s – we left a few people there, not many, but it’s really the same logic. Our support for Interim President Guaido is absolutely undiminished, and I think, more importantly, the support of the Venezuelan people for him is undiminished.

    MR PALLADINO: Perfect. All right.

    MR ABRAMS: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Mr. Abrams, thank you very much.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Should I say see you tomorrow?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Or later this afternoon. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Robert, are some of these experts (inaudible)?

    MR PALLADINO: Some of our subject matter experts remain in the room, and so let’s get through some of our other issues today and then I’d be happy to make them available if you’ve got some specific questions that you’d like to ask on the subject of consular services in Venezuela, okay?

    QUESTION: You’re going to make them sit through the whole press briefing?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m going to apologize in advance. You are going to have to listen to some other things, it’s true, so all right. Thank you. All right.

    Let’s start with this: We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Iranian human rights defender and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. This sentence is beyond barbaric. Her alleged crime was advocating for Iranian women’s rights and for defending other Iranian women who were arrested by the regime for peacefully protesting the mandatory hijab law. Nasrin was sentenced in absentia without a fair trial by the notorious revolutionary court, which is led by Judge Moghiseh, an accused human rights violator.

    In addition, just this week, the regime cynically announced that as they enter the fifth decade of the Iranian Revolution, they would appoint Ebrahim Raisi, a man involved in mass summary executions of prisoners of conscience, as the head of the regime’s judiciary. The Iranian regime makes a mockery of the entire legal system in Iran, placing innocent people at the mercy of accused human rights violators. We condemn Nasrin’s sentence in the strongest possible terms and call on all of our partners and allies to speak out and demand the release of this courageous human rights defender and all those arbitrarily detained immediately. The Iranian people deserve a government that respects their legitimate demands and the human rights of all in Iran, not one that subjects them to prosecution in a justice system led by accused human rights violators.

    And we are pleased to have a group of teachers and students from Oakton, Virginia with us today. They’re in the back row. Welcome. They’re visiting the State Department as part of their history course and they are here to learn about American foreign policy. So welcome, we’re happy that you could join us, and – yeah, don’t ask questions. Perfect, all right. (Laughter.)

    Great. Questions?

    QUESTION: Yeah. Robert, I mean, this is going to be for the end. I would just like to know from the consular – roughly how many Americans or people, dual American citizens they estimate – I know that there’s no exact figure. You can never be exact, but like, is it tens of thousands, hundreds of – I mean, what’s the population? And how much of a difference is this going to be mean with – it was only a handful of people at the embassy in Caracas anyway, so there couldn’t – must have been very limited what they could do for people who needed assistance. So I mean, is – what’s the actual impact on that?

    And then more broadly on Venezuela, not for the CA people, although maybe: What is the – what’s the current standing of this debate over TPS or some other kind of – if that’s determined not to be applicable in this Venezuela situation, some other mechanism that would allow Venezuelans to stay in the U.S. beyond what Special Representative Abrams has spoken about, the 74,000 who are already in this asylum pipeline?

    MR PALLADINO: Regarding American citizens, I will defer on some of the more specifics on what we’re able to do to some of the folks that we have with us today, but we – I can say at the top that we will hold the Maduro regime directly responsible for the safety and welfare of United States citizens that are in Venezuela, and like our travel advisory says, we – U.S. citizens – U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela. That’s something we’ve said previously and something that we reiterate. We’re pursuing all possible possibilities to secure travel options for U.S. citizens, and we will be announcing additional information for foreign government partners in the days that follow. We continue to advise American citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings and to monitor local media for updates.

    To repeat, the travel advisory in Venezuela remains the same, and that is Level Four, do not travel. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: TPS or some other --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any updates on that issue today. I don’t want to get ahead. It’s something that’s being looked at, I know, but I don’t have any information to --

    QUESTION: But what exactly is being looked at? Some alternate mechanism? Has it been – has it actually been decided at some – by – has it actually – has the administration actually decided that TPS in the case of Venezuela is not the right – is not the applicable vehicle or mechanism for --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any policy announcements to make on that. It’s just something – I don’t have any policy announcements to make.

    QUESTION: I have a follow-up just – I don’t know if I didn’t hear properly. Are you saying you’re pursuing all options as to get U.S. citizens out of Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no. That’s something we do to help facilitate, not --

    QUESTION: To facilitate.

    MR PALLADINO: Yes, there’s no – yes.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay. Correct.

    Michelle.

    QUESTION: So with the situation deteriorating enough to now pull everybody out of the embassy, do you feel it necessary to put out additional information to all American citizens there, or do you feel like the “do not travel” sort of stands for itself?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we routinely look at our travel information, and given that circumstances are changing, I would not think it – I would think – I would expect that additional information would be updated and provided in short order. I don’t think it’s going to change from Travel Four, that said, okay – from Level Four.

    QUESTION: Yeah, the advice that you – the advice that you last gave to – that you strongly, whatever that exact wording is, urge them to --

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, “do not travel” was our – that’s our advice, okay?

    QUESTION: That’s – okay, that’s – but for those who are already there, I mean, the current language you said is, like, strongly suggest that they leave or something to that effect. Is that language from the alert going to be updated to, like, get out now?

    MR PALLADINO: That’s – I don’t want to preview what’s being done. It’s being looked at and reviewed, and in short order – safety of American citizens is one of the highest priorities of the State Department. It’s something that we are constantly reviewing, and as situations on the ground change, we review these things regularly and update them.

    Carol.

    QUESTION: Robert, after the American diplomats leave, will the local staff remain or will they – will they still be going into work and maybe protecting the property? And if not, will you be giving things like any remaining food and water that you have to them to take home, or can you tell me what --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any additional information on that topic.

    (Inaudible.) Please, go ahead, Christina.

    QUESTION: Thanks. Can you give us – can you give us some guidance on when we might see the evacuation start? I’m hearing the end of the week. Does that sound about right? Is there an evacuation plan in the works? Can you give us, like, an update on where that is? Commercial? Are we going to send transports down?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re not going to get – the Secretary last night in his statement and tweet indicated this week, and we’re not going to get into details on when exactly or how exactly that will be transpiring.

    QUESTION: And just a follow-up, my colleagues asked a couple times but it wasn’t quite answered – Mr. Abrams didn’t quite answer the question when he was asked whether there had been some sort of new specific threat from the Maduro regime. He kept saying we don’t trust them to protect our diplomats, but can you say definitively, yes or no, if there had been some sort of new threat in the last couple hours that prompted this decision by the Secretary?

    MR PALLADINO: I have nothing beyond what Mr. Abrams said. I don’t.

    Please.

    QUESTION: Did you accept the premise of her first question, which was that this is an evacuation, or did you just not --

    MR PALLADINO: This is – no. This is – I did not. This is – we’re withdrawing U.S. personnel.

    QUESTION: Right, but do you consider it to be an evacuation?

    MR PALLADINO: No.

    QUESTION: Are you going in – is this Saigon ’75?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re withdrawing our personnel in an orderly fashion. The security of our people is paramount.

    Please. Said, please.

    QUESTION: Robert, thank you. Change topics. Okay.

    QUESTION: Could I just have one real quick question? Will the embassy be closed? Will that be the way to describe it? How would you describe --

    MR PALLADINO: I would not say it’s closed, no.

    QUESTION: How – when --

    MR PALLADINO: I would say – the legal status of the embassy – I would say we’re withdrawing from the embassy, but I believe closure is a matter of legality, and that’s not something that we have decided. So this is interim, I would say.

    QUESTION: One more on Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: Said, please go ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, thank you. Changing topics, very quickly, Israel is set to deport the Human Rights Watch director for the West Bank because of a tweet, I guess. He’s a U.S. citizen. Are you aware of that? And what will you do to help him stay and conduct his job?

    MR PALLADINO: We are aware of those reports, and yes, the answer is --

    QUESTION: And what are you offering him? Aid? Help? Has he come – has he gone to the – not the consulate but the embassy?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not aware of anything like that, Said.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. Let me move on to another --

    QUESTION: Well, wait a second. Let’s stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Sure.

    QUESTION: Just are you talking to the Israelis about this? Would you – or is it – is it that you come to the defense of American citizens any – in all countries except Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: That is not true. The United States has no greater --

    QUESTION: Okay. Well --

    MR PALLADINO: Let me finish – has no greater responsibility, priority than the safety of American citizens, the welfare of our citizens overseas. In this particular case, I’m not going to talk about specifics. But I can say, as a matter of general principle, we value freedom of expression, even in cases where we do not agree with the political views espoused, and I’ll stop there.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: But did he --

    QUESTION: Okay, let me just follow-up --

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: -- on another issue on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. The government signed agreement, the Israeli Government, to build 23,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. And also, there’s been such an uptick in settlements and so on. I know that you stick to your policy, but has there been – I mean, past administrations would issue concern from time to time, say, “We’re concerned about the acceleration of settlement building,” and so on. What is your position on this latest thing, since we haven’t heard anything from this administration on settlements?

    MR PALLADINO: The President has made his position on settlements clear. This is something we’ve talked about before. The Israeli Government has also made clear that its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes into account the President’s concerns, that takes those into consideration. And that’s something that we welcome.

    QUESTION: And do you think that they have – I mean since this President’s been in office for the past two years, that they took his concern into consideration?

    MR PALLADINO: We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to take the President’s views into consideration, and I would just reiterate what the President has said repeatedly, that the administration is committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: The Western press yesterday ran headlines like, “Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for His Third Visit to Offset U.S. Sanctions.” Is it still your position that Iraq has to abide by the Iran sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: As far as sanctions go, as you know, a waiver was granted to Iraq to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. And that has helped Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south since the re-imposition of sanctions that took place in November. And we’re going to continue to discuss Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq to ensure continued compliance. And finally, any decisions related to those sanctions waivers, they’re at the discretion of the Secretary of State, and I would leave it there.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: And there are two issues in specific. One has to do with banking and reports that Iraq and Iran will establish a joint bank, which will allow Iran to circumvent sanctions. And the second has to do with a railroad from Iran to Basra, which would allow Iran to send military supplies to its proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Is that compatible with your understanding of sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie, I don’t have any information on these proposals that you’re identifying today, so I’m going to refrain from talking on them.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MR PALLADINO: Yep. Let’s go --

    QUESTION: Could you give us your reaction, the U.S. reaction, on President Bouteflika of Algeria not to seek a fifth term but to stay – to postpone the election and to stay in power, at least until the end of the year and probably after that?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward based on dialogue that reflects the will of all Algerians and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future.

    QUESTION: That’s all?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we respect the rights of the Algerians to assemble and peacefully express their views, and we’re closely monitoring reports that Algeria’s elections have been postponed. We support the right of the Algerian people to vote in a free and fair election, as we do around the world.

    QUESTION: You think it’s a good thing that he’s not seeking a fifth term?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Please. Afghanistan.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted a short while ago that they’re – the – the two parties agreed in – in draft to some sort of proposal on the U.S. withdrawal as well as the Taliban providing safe haven in Afghanistan to terror groups. Can you share any more details on what that draft looks like, whether it’s – there’s a timetable now on U.S. withdrawal?

    MR PALLADINO: I did see those tweets. Special Representative Khalilzad and a team representing agencies across the United States Government concluded today talks with the Taliban delegation in Doha, and that’s what he was tweeting about. These have been the most substantive talks with the Taliban to date. We’ve received reports back from Special Representative Khalilzad that they’ve had meaningful progress. The Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four core issues, and they are: counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire.

    In this round of talks, we were able to move to agreement in draft on the first two principles – counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal. And when that agreement, in draft, is finalized, the Taliban and an inclusive Afghan negotiating team that includes the Afghan Government and other Afghans will begin intra-Afghan negotiations of a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire.

    And I’d also add that Special Representative Khalilzad will be returning to Washington. He’ll be consulting with Secretary Pompeo as well as the interagency and also partner countries in this process. Much work remains to be done. As Special Representative Khalilzad has said before, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

    QUESTION: So you can’t share any details then of what was agreed to in that draft?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into details on the results of the just concluded and ongoing talks.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Second part of this though, as you said and as the ambassador tweeted, once this agreement in draft is finalized, then those intra-Afghan party talks will begin. Is that a commitment from the Taliban that they will engage, once this agreement is finalized, with the Afghan Government?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into more details on the agreement itself, because they’re private conversations, and we want to give the parties time to work things out and to work out these issues in private. But intra-Afghan dialogue that includes the Afghan Government as well as the Taliban and other Afghans encourages – is something that we’re very much focused on and remains part of what we’re pursuing.

    QUESTION: Can I ask you, on a separate topic, your statement at the beginning on Iran and the sentencing of a women’s rights activist: Why didn’t you issue a similar statement when Saudi Arabia arrested women rights activists there, including a State Department International Women of Courage Award winner, Samar Badawi?

    MR PALLADINO: We’ve – I mean, this particular case really was barbaric. Many others have spoken out on this as well. Thirty-eight – this is a – basically, a lawyer representing women clients that’s been sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes. That kind of barbarism is something that must be called out.

    In regards to other countries, Secretary Pompeo – we’ve spoken about – we speak about human rights, frankly, when we engage – when we travel the world engaging partners, allies. We do this regularly. It’s something that we stand for. It’s something that we’ll continue to do.

    QUESTION: But why not do it from the podium in a similar fashion?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not sure what specific case you’re referring to. We choose different ways to communicate our – to promote the value – human rights values. It’s something we’re going to continue to be outspoken about and we raise this regularly with all partners.

    Sure, Janne. Please, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you very much, Robert. On South Korea, not North Korea this time.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay.

    QUESTION: Okay. The – reported by the South Korean Channel A News, the former unification minister of South Korea, Jeong Se-hyun, said that the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton is a very unlucky person. I think the insulting language about John Bolton is a (inaudible) about – against the American people. How do U.S. react diplomatically?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, I haven’t seen that report and I’m – I have no reaction. Okay.

    QUESTION: Because he blaming about Hanoi talks, so John Bolton made the decisions break down this U.S.-North Korea summit. Can you find that out?

    MR PALLADINO: I would just say that the lead negotiator for the United States of America is the President of the United States, and that’s the President’s decision.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: That’s President’s decision. Okay. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Can I ask about the Ethiopian Airlines crash? It’s my understanding that Ethiopia has a lot of control over the investigation, at least at this point. Is the State Department working with Ethiopian authorities to make sure U.S. investigators have access to black boxes?

    MR PALLADINO: In response to the Government of Ethiopia’s request, we have sent a team from the United States National Transportation Safety Board. That includes the Federal Aviation Administration personnel as well. And they’re assisting in the investigation to determine the cause of death. Officials from the United States are also coordinating with INTERPOL and Ethiopian authorities in support of efforts to identify the remains of victims. These are some of the steps that the United States Government is taking to assist, and we – again, we extend our deepest condolences to all those families and the friends of those that lost their lives on that tragic accident.

    QUESTION: On Syria, Robert --

    MR PALLADINO: Please, right there.

    QUESTION: Thank you. If we can move to North Korea. Given the UN panel of experts’ findings on North Korea and sanctions, is the administration concerned that North – that the sanctions regime is not being enforced?

    MR PALLADINO: We made progress in Hanoi at the summit, and although we did not reach an agreement with North Korea, we were able to exchange detailed positions and to narrow the gap on a number of issues. Also made clear the United States expects complete denuclearization before sanctions relief. So I’d say that in response to your question, the United States and the international community have a shared understanding of what final, fully verified denuclearization entails, as well as meaningful progress, what that will constitute, what that goal looks like. And we remain ready to move forward. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Can I just follow quickly? Does the administration believe that there should be more economic pressure applied on North Korea?

    MR PALLADINO: We remain ready to engage North Korea. We are looking – I’m sorry, what was your question again? Increased? So we – our policy’s been explained many times; the President explained that these sanctions are the world’s sanctions and that they will be maintained until denuclearization is achieved. And I’ll leave it at that for now.

    Let’s go – last question. Michel, please.

    QUESTION: Yeah. You tweeted on Syria and building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Can you make the statement on camera, please?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m sorry, can you say it one more time, Michel?

    QUESTION: On Syria. You tweeted on building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Do you remember?

    MR PALLADINO: When was this?

    QUESTION: Before noon today.

    MR PALLADINO: Before noon. Of course. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: (Laughter.) And what is your question? Help me establish --

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: I need the tweet in front of me. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Okay. I will retweet it. You can --

    MR PALLADINO: All right, I’ll do it afterwards. If you want me to read the tweet, I’d be happy to do that. All right. All right.

    QUESTION: Quick question on Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: Shri, go ahead. Oh, I’m sorry, not Shri. Shri, go ahead. There’s your hand there.

    QUESTION: I wanted to know if you have an update on the exemption from Iran sanctions for India on oil purchases. It’s been six months since they were granted, and I think the foreign secretary is – Gokhale is scheduled to discuss them with his U.S. counterparts.

    And a second question: Is the U.S. concerned that China might block the UNSC 1267 listing request for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar? Because Beijing made some comments yesterday that would suggest that China was potentially going to put a hold on it or block it.

    MR PALLADINO: As you point out, Foreign Secretary Gokhale is in town for high-level meetings this week at the State Department. He met with Secretary Pompeo yesterday. He’s got meetings at the White House, Department of Defense, as well as on Capitol Hill on a range of diplomatic and security issues.

    Regarding Masood Azhar, the United States and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations. And our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known. JEM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

    Now, the United Nations sanctions committee, their deliberations are confidential, and as such we don’t comment on specific matters, but we’ll continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.

    Regarding your specific question on China, I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.

    And with that, we’ll end.

    QUESTION: The National Security Advisor John Bolton welcomed the foreign – Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi. Do you have any readout of that?

    MR PALLADINO: The national security advisor works at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I’d have to refer you to the White House for a readout on his call, but thanks. I don’t have a readout for you.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:38 p.m.)


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On Monday night, Media Matters released a second set of recordings from Tucker Carlson's appearances on the Bubba the Love Sponge show, all of which were incredibly racist and would be very shocking, had they been said by almost anyone who wasn't Tucker Carlson. (The child-rape defenses were covered the day before.) There is a reason why all the neo-Nazis swoon over Tucker Carlson, and it's not because of his fashion sense. It is because he says the exact same things they do, every weeknight on national television.

In this second set of recordings, Carlson shared his feelings on a variety of subjects. On immigration, he said that all immigrants should be required to be "hot" or "smart," because "picking lettuce" won't help us build a stronger country years from now. Tucker Carlson, of course, would not be shit if it hadn't been for people working on farms -- he owes everything to the fact that his stepmommy was the Swanson frozen dinners heiress.

He also noted that white men "created civilization," a popular white supremacist talking point (and lie), called Iraqis "semiliterate primitive monkeys" whom he does not care about because they don't use "toilet paper" or "forks," claimed that the Congressional Black Caucus exists to unfairly "blame the white man" for everything, and shared a variety of incredibly racist thoughts about Barack and Michelle Obama.

Let's go to the tape, shall we?


Tucker Carlson makes racist statements in unearthed audio youtu.be

As these new recordings were being released last night, Carlson was busy giving a little speech on air about how he won't be apologizing for anything he's said, that Fox News is standing by him, and that together, they will never "bow to the mob."

"Since the day we went on the air, they've been working hard to kill this show. We haven't said much about it in public. It seemed too self-referential. The point of this show has never been us. But now it's obvious to everybody. There's no pretending that it's not happening. It is happening. And so going forward, we'll be covering their efforts to make us be quiet," Carlson explained on Monday night, in a bizarre monologue in which he suggested that he is the true victim here. After all, what kind of monsters would quote someone verbatim in order to highlight their actual views on things? It's just so cruel.


"Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what," he added, because hey -- if you're going to defend a child rapist and lie about said child rapist never raping a child on the radio, where people can hear you, that's something you want to stand by, forever.

And many others are standing by Carlson as well, particularly the white supremacists in the comments on the most recent Media Matters video excitedly referring to him as "/our guy/" -- their special term for people they believe share their worldview. And, as Ben "Facts Only Care About My Feelings" Shapiro pointed out yesterday, the people who are appalled by Carlson's statements are not his nightly viewers. Because, duh, they probably agree with all of the things he said, and also think Warren Jeffs is a political prisoner of some kind.

Of course, advertisers may not be so eager to stand by Carlson after this. Pacific Life left his ass after he said that immigrants were making the country "poorer" and "dirtier." It is not hard to imagine that other advertisers may not want to be associated with America's #1 Warren Jeffs Superfan. I know I won't be buying any dish soap that is A-OK with child rape.

But hey! They've always got the MyPillow guy -- and at this rate, I'm sure Carlson's show will catch the eye of some bedsheet manufacturers as well.

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Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.


There's so much fuckery in Trump's $4.75 trillion budget, we don't have nearly enough time to go through everything. Politico has a list of some of the winners and losers, the former being his golf buddies and Betsy DeVos, and the latter being poor people, the sick, and the elderly (thanks to massive cuts in Medicare and Medicaid previously sold as TrumpCare). WaPo notes that the administration is living in a complete fantasy believing that the economy is doing fine, counter to the analysis from every math geek who's ever used an abacus. Yesterday, OMB Director Russ Vought told reporters that it wasn't actually the Trump tax cuts (for the super rich) that ballooned the national debt, it was Obama. Earlier in the day, Vought appeared on CNBC to bitch and moan about the Mexican-Muslim taco truck invasion of the southern border, arguing that WALL was more important than sick, old, and/or poor people, and stated, "We're tired of being right." US TOO, BUDDY. Meanwhile, the GOP revolt over Trump's border wall has flipped Congress on its head as members consider measures ranging from overriding Trump's national emergency declaration, to limiting the presidential power to declare national emergencies.

In a bigass profile in WaPo, Nancy Pelosi finally said what's been hinted at for two years -- that she doesn't want to impeach Trump "unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan ... because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it." Some Democrats pushed back strongly on Pelosi's remarks, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noting Trump met "the Lindsey Graham standard" for impeachment "multiple times." In speaking with Politico, House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings called impeachment a "political process," and added, "You've got to have bipartisanship. Right now you've got 40 something percent of the country pleased, I guess, with what the president's doing. I think Pelosi realizes this."

Dick Cheney ripped Mike Pence a new asshole at a private meeting in Georgia over the weekend at a forum for a conservative think tank, according to a leaked transcript of the event. The war hawk criticized the Trump administration's foreign policy as being more limpwristed than Obama, complaining that Trump's idea to demand protection money from allies "sounded like a new York state real estate deal." Pence responded by reportedly asking, "Who wrote these softball questions?"

In a rare showing of bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have invited the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Washington to address a joint session of Congress later this spring. The invite comes as Trump moves to charge US allies protection money to the tune of "cost plus 50."

Massachusetts Democratic Senator and 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren suddenly found her ads calling for Facebook to be broken up taken down by Facebook. Facebook issued a statement saying the ads violated their policy of using its logos in advertising. Though the ads were later restored, they kind of proved Warren's point that Facebook is too goddamn big. Politico is stirring the pot this morning with a story about Warren taking money from Silicon Valley employees and selling her books on Amazon ... over the last decade.

Senators Ed Markey and Josh Hawley say they plan introduce a bill to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The bill would reportedly extend protections of children up to 15-years-old, and bar platforms from targeting ads at kids under 13. Roll Call notes it's unlikely to become a law even though multiple states and the EU have already moved forward with strict data privacy regulations aimed at keeping companies from fiddling with kids' heads. Here's an example of COPPA laws in action.

Democrats have chosen Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for their 2020 nominating convention. In a tweet, the party stated Milwaukee was "more than equipped."

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says her office was "thorough and professional" when it "thoroughly and appropriately" investigated sexual harassment allegations from a female staffer against Gillibrand's longtime driver and military adviser. In a brief scrum with reporters, Gillibrand said she has full confidence about the "professional and thorough" investigation that was now "thorough and complete." He must be a good man, and thorough.

Former Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is headed to Iowa to help state Senate candidate Eric Giddens in a special election while simultaneously reaching out to former Obama people and courting activists. Beto hasn't announced #HesRunning (yet), but political wizards think it's just a matter of time.

Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams clarified remarks she made at SXSW stating she hadn't decided if #ShesRunning in 2020, and said the possibility was "on the table." Abrams's initial remarks were that she kept a spreadsheet with gigs she wanted, and 2028 would have been the earliest she would run for president.

According to court records, a Roy Moore supporter pleaded the Fifth 65 TIMES when asked if he had tried to bribe the lawyer representing one of Moore's accusers to drop the client and issue a damning statement to Breitbart. What initially started as a defamation suit has grown to engulf Steve Bannon's rightwing shit rag. SCANDAL!

Those rascally radicals in antifa have dug up racist and anti-Semitic chat logs from from Bennet Bressman, the statewide field director for Nebraska's uber rich Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts. The 22-year-old Bressman says the logs, which date back to last year, were from a long time ago and no longer reflect who he is as a person, though screenshots of Bressman's social media accounts show him teaching people about "chad nationalism," joking about running down Black Lives Matter activists with his white car, dropping n-bombs and racial stereotypes, as well as old fashioned gay-hatin'. [Logs]

Current Florida man and former Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage started cold calling radio shows (again) to say those damn dirty Democrats get all their money from the JEEWWZZ, and that Rep. Ilhan Omar "completely vindicated" his long history of hate mongering. [Audio]

As British Prime Minister Theresa May faces the rapidly approaching zero for a "no-deal" Brexit scenario, the EU and UK agreed to a changes over the Irish backstop and permanent customs union. HOWEVER, the EU signaled the changes are by no means an end to negotiations just as a number of British MPs sounded off about their reluctance to support May's deal. If you're confused, don't worry, so is everyone else.

A new UN report says North Korea is cleverly avoiding oil, coal, and weapons sanctions, and hacking foreign banks to make some quick cash -- and that's on top of all the shady weapons testing programs they've quietly started back up. The report even includes photos of North Korean ships disguised as trading vessels illegally transferring energy and materials on the high seas, as well as the regime's smuggling of weapons to Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, possible gold-mining in the Republic of Congo, and supplying Uganda with military training and weapons.

Lawyers for Roger Stone say they "clumsily" tried to tell the court about Roger Stone's book, and that they'd like to "move ahead without further ado," HOWEVER emails from Stone to his publisher show Stone bitching about a gag order interfering with his book sales, arguing for more money, and demanding fewer copies of the book be printed.

The Senate Intel Committee met with Simona Mangiante, the wife of George Papadopoulos, to ask about her old boss, ALLEGED Russian spy Joseph Mifsud. Mangiante told WaPo that she was "happy to provide information," emphatically adding, "Definitely not because I am a Russian spy." [No, she said that!]

Tucker Carlson refused to apologize for sexist and misogynist comments made to a shock jock's radio show unearthed by Media Matters. Tucker likened the campaign to have him and Jeanine Pirro "You're Fired" to a "mob" in a defiant monologue, and stated he planned to "fight it" while crying on the shoulder of Sean Hannity. Media Matters later released MORE damning audio of Tucker where he claims "white men" were responsible for "creating civilization," waxes philosophical about THE BLACKNESS of the Obamas, and whines that Iraqi people aren't "human beings" because they "don't use toilet paper or forks," and that they're actually, "semiliterate primitive monkeys," Shortly after Tucker's monologue, Fox News host Brit Hume tweeted, "Doing well is the best revenge," and linked to Tucker's TV ratings. Meanwhile, Variety's Brian Steinberg noted Tucker didn't have many ads during his show, and that's not a good sign (for him).

Two of the most prominent NRA board members tell the New York Times that NRATV's hard-right turn into fear mongering of apocalyptic race riots, ALLEGED grift, and shady Russian fuckery has forced them to reconsider what the hell they're all doing. Apparently Dana Loesch putting Thomas the Tank in a KKK hood was a little too much, even for gun fetishists chumming red meat.

After the Westboro Baptist Church decided to take a field trip to the Virginia state capitol and protest the state's first and only openly transgender lawmaker, Del. Danica Roem, the lead singer of heavy metal band Lamb of God organized a counter-protest with free kazoos. Several hundred people turned out in support of Roem, who herself fronts a local heavy metal band, and chased out the hate group out within 30 minutes.

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“Tomorrow, God willing, we will be in paradise and they will be burning in hell,” said an Islamic State member whom the video identified as Abu Abd al-Azeem, whose speech is peppered with Koranic recitations... The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on Tuesday the assault to capture the besieged enclave of Baghouz, near the Iraqi border, was as good as over.
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Did you see this:

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among more than four dozen people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal that involved wealthy individuals paying up to $6.5 million to place their children into elite universities, according to court records revealed Tuesday.
The alleged scam -- which placed students into top colleges such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Texas -- was run by William Rick Singer, from California, who helped parents get their children admission through bribes, court documents unsealed in Boston showed. Officials have been investigating the case for more than a year.

From CNN:


"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud," Lelling said. "There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I'll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either."
He added, "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected."
Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated in the case. The extensive case involved arrests in six states across the country, and accused the defendants of committing crimes between 2011 and 2019.
"The charges brought forth today are troubling and should be a concern for all of higher education," the NCAA said in a statement. "We are looking into these allegations to determine the extent to which NCAA rules may have been violated."

That really is disgusting.  As a parent, you can understand the temptation.  But we all know wrong from right and Loughlin and Huffman should be ashamed.  Think of the people who earned those spots but didn't get in.  It's so unfair. 

Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  The Iraq War continues -- and Tulsi Gabbard brings some reality to late night TV.


NEW: Speaker Pelosi on impeachment: "They wanted me to impeach President Bush for the Iraq War. I didn’t believe in it then, I don’t believe in it now. It divides the country. Unless there is some conclusive evidence that takes us to that place."
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Nancy Pelosi didn't end the Iraq War.  She didn't impeach Bully Boy Bush,  She didn't do much of anything.  She spoke a lot in front of the media.  Most of the time, the media covered for her.  Even in 2007, she had huge cognitive problems (we covered the time Rahm Emanuel had to rescue her publicly).  Adam Schiff and others are wasting time with investigations and wasting tax payer monies.  Impeachment will not happen under Nancy.

She didn't want accountability for the Iraq War and if something that monumental goes unanswered for, nothing else will be.

Part of Nancy's reasoning, as we've explained before, is the timeline issue.  Impeachment attempts will take you right into an election cycle at this point.  And an impeachment attempt, she fears, will energize the Republicans (not just the base) where as it will alienate swing voters and some Democrats.


War is never questioned, apparently, just used to turn out votes for both of the two major political parties.  Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) reports:

 As had been previously reported late last week, President Trump has unveiled a budget plan which, in addition to cutting social spending across the board, would seek a huge increase in military spending, centered almost entirely on war funding.

US military spending is always by far the largest on the planet, several times the amount of the next highest spending, China. But while other nations like China and Russia are scaling back their budgets, the Pentagon’s budget, as ever, continues to rise.

Trump’s proposal would bring the overall defense budget for 2020 to $750 billion. This includes a $544 billion base-line defense budget, which is not in and of itself a huge increase. But on top of that will be a nearly $100 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Fund, and a $9 billion “emergency” funding request meant to make up for the money already taken from the military to build the border wall.




And it goes beyond just the US.

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1/ Wikileaks file show how the UK govt made promises to the US to “protect your interests” in the Chilcot enquiry into the Iraq war.
 
 
2/ Wikileaks file shows how US and UK rigged the International Criminal Court to stop it being able to hold Blair and Bush accountable for the crime of aggression over Iraq
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Tucker Carlson Cries About 'Twitter Mob' Just as New Clip Surfaces With Him Calling Iraqis 'Monkeys' and Worse (Justin Baragona, 03.11.19 , Daily Beast)

In one new clip from 2006, he said it wasn't worth invading Iraq because it's "a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys." Carlson also noted that Afghanistan is "never going to be a civilized country because the people aren't civilized."

Later that same year, he said "I just have zero sympathy for them or their culture. A culture where people just don't use toilet paper or forks." He continued: "They can just shut the f[***] up and obey, is my view."


...for exactly as long as it involves killing Muslims, then turns against it.

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The top 5 drug manufacturers made more $50 billion in profits in just one year. Meanwhile, 1 in 5 Americans can't afford their prescription medicines. It's time we rein in the greed of the pharmaceutical manufacturers. It's time for Medicare for All.


Health Care Service Corp. made $4.1 billion in profits last year.

They paid $0 in federal income taxes and instead got a $1.7 billion tax refund.

Our job: institute a health care system designed to keep people well, not to make health insurance companies rich.


  1. The people who say that Medicare for All is too expensive should talk to the 42 percent of new cancer patients who’ve lost their entire life savings within two years due to the cost of treatment.



This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday:


Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  The Iraq War continues -- and Tulsi Gabbard brings some reality to late night TV.


  1. that Vo joined an online group called the United Cyber Caliphate, which had sworn allegiance to ISIS and encouraged followers to attack Americans.

    As part of the group's work, members assembled "kill lists" with names, addresses and other identifying details of U.S. soldiers and State Department officials. They called on followers to "murder thousands of American citizens through so-called 'lone wolf attacks,' " according to the complaint.

    One list alone, posted in April 2017, contained information on some 8,000 people.

    Vo allegedly went by such names as "F@ng," "Miss.Bones" and "Kitty Lee." She primarily recruited people to join in a hacking effort and to create ISIS propaganda, including a "depiction of the decapitation of a kneeling man."

    She has also been accused of recruiting a minor living in Norway to help threaten a New York nonprofit organization that was trying to confront extremist ideologies. Norwegian law enforcement detained the minor in March 2017.

    It was not immediately clear whether Vo had a defense attorney.

    The 29-page complaint outlines messages she exchanged with other adherents to the cyber group, using emoticons and common ISIS phrases.

    Around March 22, 2017, when a terrorist attack in London killed four and injured dozens more, Vo allegedly stated that she had an idea to use the "recent success attack" to target more countries.

    Three times between July 2017 and Aug. 2018, Vo contacted the FBI and spoke with agents in voluntary, recorded interviews. Why she contacted the FBI is not explained in the complaint.

    She apparently believed the first leader of the United Cyber Caliphate was living in Iraq. After that person "ultimately disappeared," she was nominated by some members to lead the group but declined.

    If convicted, Vo faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

    Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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  • A 19-year-old Michigan man died on Friday, after falling from a seventh-floor balcony at the Cancun resort where he was spending spring break with his girlfriend.
  • Ahmed Altaii of Dearborn died just before 10 p.m. local time. His girlfriend told Mexican authorities he had started drinking early in the day.
  • Altaii, who was a student at Henry Ford Community College, will be buried in Iraq, where much of his family still lives.

A Michigan teen died on Friday, after falling from a seventh-floor balcony while vacationing in Mexico for spring break.

Ahmed Altaii, 19, fell from his hotel room balcony at the GR Solaris Cancun Resort just before 10 p.m., according to local officials who spoke to the Yucatan Times.

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  • Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins will receive a posthumous Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry" displayed during the Iraq War.
  • Atkins used his own body to shield other soldiers from a suicide bomber in June 2007.

President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins at the end of March for his "conspicuous gallantry" in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom by using his own body to protect others from a suicide bomber, the White House announced on Tuesday.

On June 1, 2007, Atkins and his unit were conducting route clearance, the Army said in a release, when they saw "suspected insurgents crossing an intersection" in Abu Samak. Atkins ordered the driver of his Humvee to pull over so he could "interdict the suspected insurgents." He went to one of the men to search him for weapons, which the man resisted.

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Wolfgang has kindly sent a view of the inside of Malcuno Zcuro, both in the Syriac script and in the Latin script. The book also has a wordlist at the bottom of each page which makes it even more attractive for language learners. Click on these images to enlarge.

I am reposting Wolfgang's email since he provides this interesting information.

Saint-Exupery's "Le Petit Prince" was translated by the "Circle of Aramaic Students" at Heidelberg University, Germany.

I contacted the professor who initiated the Aramaic translation. He assured me that "zcuro" is the correct translation for "little" as far as the Tur Abdin dialect is concerned. He assumes that the persons who came up with "zeuro" must have consulted a dictionary of the Old Aramaic language.

BTW a copy of "Malkuno Zcuro" (ISBN 3-937467-15-7) can be obtained from the following book company:
http://www.verlag-tintenfass.de/
info@verlag-tintenfass.de

And yes I did consult a dictionary of Old Aramaic. However, I have since looked at a few books that are available at Amazon.com on Syriac. These include a dictionary, grammar and various other books. In one I found an example of Syriac vocabulary transcribed with the left half ring for the 'ayn as had been suggested earlier by Simon. However, in the Little Prince orthography the 'ayn is written with a 'c'.

Books available at Amazon.com on Syriac are A Compendious Syriac Dictionary and an Introduction to Syriac: An Elementary Grammar With Readings from Syriac Literature with this editorial review.

Syriac is the Aramaic dialect of Edessa in Mesopotamia. Today it is the classical tongue of the Nestorians and Chaldeans of Iran and Iraq and the liturgical language of the Jacobites of Eastern Anatolia and the Maronites of Greater Syria.

Syriac is also the language of the Church of St. Thomas on the Malabar Coast of India. Syriac belongs to the Levantine group of the central branch of the West Semitic languages. Syriac literature flourished from the third century on and boasts of writers like Ephraem Syrus, Aphraates, Jacob of Sarug, John of Ephesus, Jacob of Edessa, and Barhebraeus.

After the Arab conquests, Syriac became the language of a tolerated but disenfranchised and diminishing community and began a long, slow decline both as a spoken tongue and as a literary medium in favor of Arabic. Syriac played an important role as the intermediary through which Greek learning passed to the Islamic world. Syriac translations also preserve much Middle Iranian wisdom literature that has been lost in the original.

Tim May has pointed out that Meltho Open Type Syriac fonts are available Beth Mardutho.
Syriac is notable for being one of the scripts on the Xian Stele in China, as well as on the tombstones in Quangzhou. (I have not found and image for this yet.)

(Oddly the Estrangelo Syriac script also appears on the bookplate for the Gleason Moss Collection of H.A. Gleason, Jr., who was my first and well-loved linguistics professor. His father was the botanist H.A. Gleason.)

And finally a nice link here to look at a few related scripts and their transcriptions together in a table. And there is the right half ring and the left half ring. Now I get it.

Actually I intended to end here but really I have to identify the variant of Syriac script which appears in Malkunoc Zcuro. It looks like Jacobite or Serto script from comparison with the Omniglot page. At Amazon dot com I have found a Syriac Bible in the Jacobite script.

Here is a clip from the Syriac Bible: Jacobite Script, Ancient and for comparison a chunk of non-continuous text from Malkuno Zcuro.


Would it be fair to say that Syriac has several diascripts? Hmm.



           The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings      Cache   Translate Page      
From: The Nation


By Lisa Hajjar
DECEMBER 16, 2014
Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability.

(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.
At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency’s secret “black sites.”
In its response to the Senate report, the CIA justified its decision to hire the duo: “We believe their expertise was so unique that we would have been derelict had we not sought them out when it became clear that CIA would be heading into the uncharted territory of the program.” Mitchell and Jessen’s qualifications did not include interrogation experience, specialized knowledge about Al Qaeda or relevant cultural or linguistic knowledge. What they had was Air Force experience in studying the effects of torture on American prisoners of war, as well as a curiosity about whether theories of “learned helplessness” derived from experiments on dogs might work on human enemies. MORE


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Healing from Unjust War

They wanted war and lied to have it – The Mother Jones Time Line

January 20, 2001  - George W. Bush is Inagurated as President of the United States. We now know he was not legally elected.
February 3, 2001 - National Security Council (NSC) directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
It is confirmed that these oil companies attending the meeting.  Officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. From:  Washingtons Blog and Washington Post.

Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts  Part One – Judicial Watch
Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts Part Two –  Judicial Watch

CNN interviews former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, who says, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill told CBS, according to excerpts released Saturday by the network. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon are hit, sending shock waves around the Globe.  The world reaches out to American in sympathy. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007

September 28, 2001 – Osama ben Laden catagorically denies having any part of the attack on NY and the Pentagon in an interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani daily published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. The interview was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. 
During the interview ben Laden said, “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.  From: Global Research

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”

October 7, 2001- The United States and a coalition force launch Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.   which, under Taliban control, had provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden while he and other al-Qaeda leaders plotted attacks against the Western world. President Bush declares a war on terrorism and vows to hold states responsible for harboring terrorist organizations.4


October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security, later to become the Department of Homeland Security, is established.

October 9, 2001 - Letters containing anthrax were sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. 1   Both senators had been attempting to slow the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. Just seven days before the incident, Leahy accused the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the bill. 2   9/11 Research   

October 26, 2001 – Patriot Act - President Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, which greatly expands domestic law enforcement capacity to conduct surveillance and wiretaps, increases presidential powers during a terrorist attack and tightens federal oversight of financial activities. Concerns soon arise over restriction of civil liberties.

November 8, 2001 - The New York Times and the PBS program “Frontline” report that an Iraqi defector, an army general, claims that the Iraqi military trained Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. These claims could not be substantiated and one of the defectors is later exposed by Mother Jones to be using a false identity. 

December 3, 2001 – Bush denounces Saddam Hussein as evil.

December 5, 2001 - Interim government placed in Afghanistan

December 9, 2001 The city of Kandaharis surrendered by the Taliban.  Osama ben Laden is traced to the Tora Bora caves. Al-Qaeda leaders continue hiding in the mountains, 

August 26, 2002 -  Dick Cheney publicly states, “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
September 16, 2002 - Iraq agrees unconditionally to the return of inspectors. CNN

September 19, 2002 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivers a letter to the United Nations from Saddam Hussein stating that Iraq has no chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. CNN

October 1, 2002 - The United Nations and Iraq agree on terms they say are consistent with existing U.N. resolutions. The United States threatens to veto unless a U.S. resolution is approved that would allow military action for non-compliance by Iraq. CNN

November 8, 2002 - The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1441. CNN

November 13, 2002 - Iraq delivers a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, accepting the terms set forth in resolution 1441. CNN

November 27, 2002 - Inspections resume in Iraq. CNN

December 7, 2002 - Iraq submits a 12,000 page report on its WMD programs. CNN

January 16, 2003 - Inspectors discover 12 chemical warheads, 11 of them empty, at the Ukhaider ammunition storage area. CNN

January 20, 2003 - After two days of negotiation, Hans Blix, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Iraqi officials reach an agreement about Iraqi cooperation and concessions regarding the inspections. CNN

February 5, 2003 -Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council on inspections. He presents evidence that the United States says proves Iraq has misled inspectors and hid proscribed weapons and equipment. CNN

February 14, 2003 -Blix and ElBaradei brief the U.N. Security Council. Blix reports that the inspectors have not yet found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Blix also reports that Iraq is in violation of U.N. resolutions concerning its al Samoud 2 missile program. CNN

February 19, 2003 - Inspectors visit the Ibn al Haytham factory northwest of Baghdad and tag 32 al Samoud II missiles. CNN

February 27, 2003 -Iraq agrees to destroy the country's al Samoud II missile stock. However, the letter doesn't specify a date that the missile destruction will begin.

March 10, 2003 - It is revealed that Iraq possesses drone aircraft that could have been used to launch a chemical or biological attack against other countries. The plane has a wingspan of 24 feet five inches, which suggests that it could fly further than 150km/93 miles, which is the limit imposed by U.N. resolutions.

March 16, 2003 – Dick Cheney publicly states,  “And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”  Statement made just three days before the invasion.
March 18, 2003 - Inspectors withdraw from Iraq.

March 20, 2003 – Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq. Allied forces begin the campaign with strikes on military targets, including an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2003 - Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control. Across much of the capital, Iraqis take to the streets to topple statues of Mr. Hussein, loot government ministries and interrogation centers, and give a cheering, often tearful welcome to advancing American troops. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007
According to NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that his "interest is to hit Saddam Hussein" just hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, "even though all indications pointed at al-Qaida as the guilty party," a Rhode Island newspaper reports.
At the annual Business Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center Tuesday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski "advanced a theme garnering attention since former CIA director George J. Tenet made his public revelations last week," writes Tom Mooney for the Providence Journal.
"Some things are right on the mark, when he says the Bush administration appeared predisposed to attack Iraq," Miklaszewski says of Tenet's book At the Center of the Storm.”


Quote from Dick Cheney from RightWeb  - “During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, for example, he said that there was “no doubt” that the Saddam Hussein regime had “weapons of mass destruction” and predicted that Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as “liberators.” In 2005, Cheney insisted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its final stages. Faced with criticism for his mistaken views, Cheney has been unrepentant, arguing in July 2014: “I look back on it now, [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely the right thing to do.”[1]

Letter from Washington   February 16, 2004 Issue

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
By Jane Mayer
The list of cronies and how they used war for their own benefit is frightening.  The asserted, self-serving meme that America is, according to daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, “We know that America is the exceptional nation, and that there is no substitute for American leadership around the world.”[4]  is a chilling reminder of the  constructed reality these people have built, which allows them to ignore the swimming pools of blood draining from their victims. 


As the Invasion forces from America left, for what proved to be a temporary hiatus, the oil companies who had signed on with Cheney before 9/11 remained to steal the natural resource of this devestated nation.  Aljezeera - Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq  by Dahr Jamail

          Life is cheap in Palestine...      Cache   Translate Page      

by Jane Stillwater 



     In apartheid Israel right now, 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners are currently in the fourth week of a hunger strike, protesting against the brutal (American-blessed) neo-colonialist occupation of their homes in the West Bank.  Many of the hunger strikers are now close to death.  http://mondoweiss.net/2017/04/israelis-palestinian-prisoners/

     "What do we care if they die," say their Israeli occupiers.  "They are sub-human anyway.  They are more like animals than people.  That would just mean 1,500 fewer Palestinian dogs to get in our way."  Lebenstraum is important in Israel.  https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170421-that-barbecue-outside-a-hunger-strike-prison-exposes-israeli-settlers-blind-hatred/

      And life is cheap in Yemen too.  The Saudis (with America's blessing) are planning to starve 28 million Yemenis to death.  "What do we care," say the Saudis.  "They have oil.  We want oil.  End of discussion."  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40147-the-us-provided-cover-for-the-saudi-starvation-strategy-in-yemen

     And, just like in Yemen and Palestine, life is cheap in America too.  "Let's send more troops off to Syria," Americans say, also giving their blessing to this illegal "war" for oil.  But Syria is just like Iraq and Afghanistan -- more American troops will be slaughtered there in yet another deceitful neo-colonialist bid for more oil pipelines and more oil.  "Hey, it's not like we don't pay those dogfaces and grunts for their service," say the boys in Washington DC.  How much for an American soldier's life?  Not much.  And the price keeps getting lower and lower.  http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/2016/05/21/shrinking-military-paycheck-2017/84546824/

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     Plus here's a sneak preview of my latest book, a thrilling murder mystery entitled "Road Trip to Damascus," hopefully coming out by the end of 2017:  http://straitwellbooks.blogspot.com/2017/05/new-book-by-straitwell-press-coming-out.html

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They wanted war and lied to have it – The Mother Jones Time Line

January 20, 2001  - George W. Bush is Inagurated as President of the United States. We now know he was not legally elected.
February 3, 2001 - National Security Council (NSC) directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
It is confirmed that these oil companies attending the meeting.  Officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. From:  Washingtons Blog and Washington Post.

Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts  Part One – Judicial Watch
Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts Part Two –  Judicial Watch

CNN interviews former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, who says, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill told CBS, according to excerpts released Saturday by the network. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon are hit, sending shock waves around the Globe.  The world reaches out to American in sympathy. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007

September 28, 2001 – Osama ben Laden catagorically denies having any part of the attack on NY and the Pentagon in an interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani daily published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. The interview was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. 

During the interview ben Laden said, “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.  From: Global Research

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”

October 7, 2001- The United States and a coalition force launch Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.   which, under Taliban control, had provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden while he and other al-Qaeda leaders plotted attacks against the Western world. President Bush declares a war on terrorism and vows to hold states responsible for harboring terrorist organizations.4


October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security, later to become the Department of Homeland Security, is established.

October 9, 2001 - Letters containing anthrax were sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. 1   Both senators had been attempting to slow the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. Just seven days before the incident, Leahy accused the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the bill. 2   9/11 Research   

October 26, 2001 – Patriot Act - President Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, which greatly expands domestic law enforcement capacity to conduct surveillance and wiretaps, increases presidential powers during a terrorist attack and tightens federal oversight of financial activities. Concerns soon arise over restriction of civil liberties.

November 8, 2001 - The New York Times and the PBS program “Frontline” report that an Iraqi defector, an army general, claims that the Iraqi military trained Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. These claims could not be substantiated and one of the defectors is later exposed by Mother Jones to be using a false identity. 

December 3, 2001 – Bush denounces Saddam Hussein as evil.

December 5, 2001 - Interim government placed in Afghanistan

December 9, 2001 The city of Kandaharis surrendered by the Taliban.  Osama ben Laden is traced to the Tora Bora caves. Al-Qaeda leaders continue hiding in the mountains, 
April 4, 2002 - “I made up my mind that Saddam needs to go.” - Bush
April 18, 2002 - Democratically elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is removed from power in a military coup. The Bush Administration blames Chavez for his own downfall and recognizes the interim government of businessman Pedro Carmona. Officials from the Organization of American States tell the London Observer that the United States sanctioned the coup and that Carmona and his fellow plotters had been received at the White House by Bush's key Latin America policy maker. Carmona dissolves the Venezuelan congress and suspends the constitution. Governments across the Western Hemisphere condemn the coup. Chavez is reinstalled 48 hours later. Mother Jones Time Line

August 26, 2002 -  Dick Cheney publicly states, “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
September 16, 2002 - Iraq agrees unconditionally to the return of inspectors. CNN

September 19, 2002 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivers a letter to the United Nations from Saddam Hussein stating that Iraq has no chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. CNN

October 1, 2002 - The United Nations and Iraq agree on terms they say are consistent with existing U.N. resolutions. The United States threatens to veto unless a U.S. resolution is approved that would allow military action for non-compliance by Iraq. CNN


November 1, 2002 - High-level CIA operatives stationed in the Middle East gather in London for a secret meeting. They are told war is inevitable, and just a few months away, according to James Risen's book, "State of War." Lie by Lie: The Mother Jones Iraq War Timeline

November 8, 2002 - The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1441. CNN

November 9, 2002 – An ordinary American becomes aware of events which point to a conspiracy for invasion.  “Articles appeared from NBCNewsthrough Associated Press, in the Daily Mail, and Washington Post,  reporting offers from Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq before the invasion began either weeks before the date of the invasion or within days of the beginning of hostilities. This is followed by a demand issued by George Bush that Saddam and his sons leave within 48 hours before the scheduled invasion. A letter to this effect was issued from the White House and remains online today.
If Saddam was willing to leave and be paid to do so we should have let him or just left him alone.  One Billion dollars is much less than we are in the hole for today. 
War is expensive in every way imaginable. Paying Saddam to leave struck me as the better choice. Then no war would be necessary and we could return to focusing on our own country and the many problems confronting us. Then,  I trusted the good judgement of those in government to see this. 
Saddam Hussein would leave, being paid as he exited. But I also expected an announcement which never came. This was an investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton for entering into a dialog with Saddam the previous November and telling him no invasion was seriously planned. It was clear we were getting ready for war – why would the Clintons lie?
I saw the correspondence between Saddam and the Clintons only partially, but these included one or two of the ongoing emails between traveling from Sidney Blumenthal, to his son Max, and then to Uday Hussein. I was told by the person who had hacked Blumenthal's computer the previous summer that Saddam was negotiating through this backdoor so he could leave Iraq and be paid for doing so. The hacker was my daughter.  I found out when she forwarded me a draft chapter of the book Blumenthal was then writing.  I advised her to stop - but she felt justified because Blumenthal had done the same to her earlier.  To told her to stop sending me his correspondence and the draft chapters of Sidney's book, "Clinton's War."
As for Saddam, leaving sounded like his best option.  But why would the Clintons tell him no invasion was imminent? You could tell it was going to happen.
As soon as I had realized what was happening, that shocking day in November, 2002, I informed someone well known to me at the CIA expecting any necessary action would be taken. The Clintons with Blumenthal, I believed, were acting without the knowledge of the White House.
Now, it appeared I had been very mistaken in trusting anyone within the U.S. Government.
It now appears this unexpected breech in a confidential back door had revealed information already well known to the Bush Administration. The assurances delivered by the Clinton via the Blumenthals, father and son, were orchestrated to lull Saddam into believing a deal had been cut, apparently. The only problem was the existence of a few people who had blundered into the scene playing out. That would be myself, the hacker-daughter, and two other people we had trusted with the information.
Now, we know the Bushes and Clintons were friendly after the end of the Clinton Administration. Hillary was receiving generous donations from Bush's 'Associates,'   If Saddam thought they had the power to negotiate he probably had reasons for believing this was authorized.
The stories about Saddam leaving and being paid were cover to stall any statement by Saddam, inconvenient to the Bush Administration and overwhelm any possible action on his part before the invasion began.
This is why these four additional names are included.  If they helped Bush they are also guilty.” 

November 13, 2002 - Iraq delivers a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, accepting the terms set forth in resolution 1441. CNN

November 27, 2002 - Inspections resume in Iraq. CNN

December 7, 2002 - Iraq submits a 12,000 page report on its WMD programs. CNN

January 16, 2003 - Inspectors discover 12 chemical warheads, 11 of them empty, at the Ukhaider ammunition storage area. CNN

January 20, 2003 - After two days of negotiation, Hans Blix, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Iraqi officials reach an agreement about Iraqi cooperation and concessions regarding the inspections. CNN

February 5, 2003 - Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council on inspections. He presents evidence that the United States says proves Iraq has misled inspectors and hid proscribed weapons and equipment. CNN

February 14, 2003 - Blix and ElBaradei brief the U.N. Security Council. Blix reports that the inspectors have not yet found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Blix also reports that Iraq is in violation of U.N. resolutions concerning its al Samoud 2 missile program. CNN

February 19, 2003 - Inspectors visit the Ibn al Haytham factory northwest of Baghdad and tag 32 al Samoud II missiles. CNN

February 27, 2003 - Iraq agrees to destroy the country's al Samoud II missile stock. However, the letter doesn't specify a date that the missile destruction will begin.

March 10, 2003 - It is revealed that Iraq possesses drone aircraft that could have been used to launch a chemical or biological attack against other countries. The plane has a wingspan of 24 feet five inches, which suggests that it could fly further than 150km/93 miles, which is the limit imposed by U.N. resolutions.

March 16, 2003 – Dick Cheney publicly states,  “And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”  Statement made just three days before the invasion.
March 18, 2003 - Inspectors withdraw from Iraq.

March 20, 2003 – Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq. Allied forces begin the campaign with strikes on military targets, including an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2003 - Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control. Across much of the capital, Iraqis take to the streets to topple statues of Mr. Hussein, loot government ministries and interrogation centers, and give a cheering, often tearful welcome to advancing American troops. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007
“According to NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that his "interest is to hit Saddam Hussein" just hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, "even though all indications pointed at al-Qaida as the guilty party," a Rhode Island newspaper reports.
At the annual Business Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center Tuesday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski "advanced a theme garnering attention since former CIA director George J. Tenet made his public revelations last week," writes Tom Mooney for the Providence Journal.
"Some things are right on the mark, when he says the Bush administration appeared predisposed to attack Iraq," Miklaszewski says of Tenet's book At the Center of the Storm.”


Quote from Dick Cheney from RightWeb  - “During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, for example, he said that there was “no doubt” that the Saddam Hussein regime had “weapons of mass destruction” and predicted that Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as “liberators.” In 2005, Cheney insisted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its final stages. Faced with criticism for his mistaken views, Cheney has been unrepentant, arguing in July 2014: “I look back on it now, [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely the right thing to do.”[1]

Letter from Washington   February 16, 2004 Issue

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
By Jane Mayer
The list of cronies and how they used war for their own benefit is frightening.  The asserted, self-serving meme that America is, according to daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, “We know that America is the exceptional nation, and that there is no substitute for American leadership around the world.”[4]  is a chilling reminder of the  constructed reality these people have built, which allows them to ignore the swimming pools of blood draining from their victims. 

As the Invasion forces from America left, for what proved to be a temporary hiatus, the oil companies who had signed on with Cheney before 9/11 remained to steal the natural resource of this devestated nation.  Aljezeera - Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq

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by Andrew Kreig


Posted: 09 Jan 2017 02:26 AM PST


U.S. House members should pledge to impeach the incoming President Trump if he starts any new wars in office without first comply with the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of a congressional declaration of war, according a non-partisan civic group that announced its plan last week.

Charles W. "Chas" Freeman
Committee for the Republic leaders identified Virginia, Ohio and Iowa as the first three states where organizers plan to rally public opinion behind a pledge by their representatives to impeach if the Executive Branch launches new "wars," which would be narrowly defined to include covert advisors and major arms supply creating new conflicts defined as war.

“Thirteen years ago,” said former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Charles “Chas” Freeman, Jr. as he announced the grassroots campaign in Washington, DC on Jan. 5, “George W. Bush invaded Iraq without a congressional declaration of war.”
“Our nation is now mired in nine ongoing presidential wars,” continued Freeman, the chairman and a co-founder of the committee in 2003. “They have cost nearly ten trillion dollars; starved our infrastructure; crippled our liberties; and multiplied and united our enemies.”
Donald Trump button open mouth
“They have also enabled,” said Freeman (shown in a file photo), “the growth of apparently limitless presidential power to play prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner to kill any American the President decrees is an imminent national security danger based on secret, unsubstantiated evidence.

Speakers at the campaign launch at the Metropolitan Club, located a little more than a block from the White House, stressed that their initiative was not an attempt to thwart Trump (shown on a campaign button) but was intended instead to stop a long-term erosion of Constitutional checks-and-balances on Executive Branch power. 
Freeman, whose three decades of defense and diplomacy posts included high-level positions under both Republicans and Democrats, was the first of committee board members voicing strong support. Most provided compelling personal biographical reasons about why they had reached such a momentous decision as to push for a pledge.
The other speakers included constitutional law expert, attorney and former Reagan administration FCC counsel Bruce Fein; Washington, DC Tea Party Founder Tom Whitmore; and lawyer and former Reagan Administration Defense Department Assistant Secretary for Manpower Delbert Spurlock; and investment adviser John Henry.
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) also spoke passionately about a need for constituents to hold House members and for limits on Executive Power, including to declare war. But Massie said he would have to study the impeachment pledge for agreeing to it.U.S. House members should pledge to impeach the incoming President Trump if he starts any new wars without following the U.S. Constitution’s requirement of seeking a congressional declaration of war, according a non-partisan civic group that announced its plan last week.
Since 2003, the Committee for the Republic has held 130 conferences (termed "salons") said the group, whose board of directors is shown below.
Committee for the Republic Board
“The time for talk alone has expired,” the committee’s announcement said. “Unconstitutional wars continue to feed dysfunction in government and to corrode liberty in the United States. They turn children into orphans, wives into widows, husbands into widowers, and families into refugees, while provoking terrorist blowback.
The Committee's Board of Directors believes that patriotism demands making the Constitution in general and the warfare state in particular the battleground of national politics. It proposes to devote the Committee's January 5 salon to elaborating a proposal to do this and to encourage past and future participants in Committee activities to attend this salon and to contribute as best you can to realizing the resulting proposal.
It is past time to restore a decent respect for the Constitution and the opinions of humankind to the conduct of US foreign relations.

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LONDON, ENGLAND—According to a report in The Guardian, an ancient inscribed stone described on a customs declaration as a “carved stone for home decoration” was seized at Heathrow Airport by a Border Force officer. A call to the British Museum revealed the nearly 12-inch-tall object was actually a kudurru, or a document created at the command of a Babylonian king. The two columns of text on this stone refer to a military campaign during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar I, which spanned from about 1126 to 1103 B.C. “It’s a historical document, a primary document for a little-known episode of Mesopotamian history, showing the relationship—not always friendly—between neighbors,” explained St. John Simpson, a senior curator at the British Museum. He thinks the stone may have been placed in a temple in the city of Nippur, which is mentioned in the text along with the god Enlil and the goddess Gula. The artifact will be handed over to officials at Iraq’s embassy in London later this month. To read about another instance in which looted antiquities were identified in London, go to “The Case of the Stolen Sumerian Antiquities.”


          Iraqi admits killing German girl, 14, denies rape      Cache   Translate Page      
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          UK Customs Officials Recover Babylonian Artifact       Cache   Translate Page      
LONDON, ENGLAND—According to a report in The Guardian, an ancient inscribed stone described on a customs declaration as a “carved stone for home decoration” was seized at Heathrow Airport by a Border Force officer. A call to the British Museum revealed the nearly 12-inch-tall object was actually a kudurru, or a document created at the command of a Babylonian king. The two columns of text on this stone refer to a military campaign during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar I, which spanned from about 1126 to 1103 B.C. “It’s a historical document, a primary document for a little-known episode of Mesopotamian history, showing the relationship—not always friendly—between neighbors,” explained St. John Simpson, a senior curator at the British Museum. He thinks the stone may have been placed in a temple in the city of Nippur, which is mentioned in the text along with the god Enlil and the goddess Gula. The artifact will be handed over to officials at Iraq’s embassy in London later this month. To read about another instance in which looted antiquities were identified in London, go to “The Case of the Stolen Sumerian Antiquities.”
          3/13/2019: Nation: Dubai Cares announces two projects      Cache   Translate Page      
Dubai Cares, part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, revealed yesterday plans to scale-up its programme in Iraq in an effort to support the rehabilitation of education services in Mosul and Baghdad following the large-scale...
          3/13/2019: World: Philippines kills Daesh militants in offensive      Cache   Translate Page      
Philippine troops, backed by airstrikes and artillery fire, killed several militants aligned with Daesh (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) group in a new offensive in the marshy heartland of the country’s south, the military said...
          Catholic soldier posthumously awarded Medal of Honor      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington D.C., Mar 12, 2019 / 01:38 pm (CNA).- President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins, who was killed on June 1, 2007, after tackling a suicide bomber in Al Yusufiyah, Iraq.

 

The White House announced March 12 that the Medal of Honor would be posthumously awarded to Atkins, a Catholic, on March 27, 2019. Atkins’ son, Trevor Oliver, and other members of his family, will be present at the White House for the ceremony.

 

“Staff Sergeant Atkins’ heroic actions, at the cost of his life, saved the lives of three of his teammates,” said a statement from the White House.

 

Atkins, a native of Montana, was a member of the 10th Mountain Division out of Ft. Drum, NY. He was killed during his second tour of duty in Iraq, aged 31. He had enlisted in the army in November of 2000, and first deployed to Iraq in 2003. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant, and re-enlisted in 2005. He was deployed again in 2006. Exactly a month before he was killed, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.

 

On the day he died, Atkins engaged in hand-to-hand combat with an insurgent. When he realized that the insurgent was trying to detonate an explosive vest strapped to his body, Atkins tackled the man and shielded other soldiers from the explosion.

 

At his funeral Mass at Bozeman’s Resurrection Parish, Fr. Val Zdilla praised Atkins for the heroism displayed in his lact actions on earth.

 

“Human lives were saved by his heroic action that can never be forgotten or denied,” said Zdilla. He described Atkins as someone who truly lived out his calling in life by serving in the military.

 

“We now remember Travis and how his life made a difference,” he said. “He was this nation’s son.”

 

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Atkins was also awarded a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

 

The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor in the United States, and is reserved for those who have demonstrated “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty.” Atkins will be the fifth person to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Iraq War.


          Re: Order to remove hijab at Fort Carson spurs controversy, but versions of story differ      Cache   Translate Page      
It would appear that CSM Montoya's learned well the major P.R. lesson that's been operative in the U.S. military since I've been paying close attention (the illegal invasion & occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan); when confronted with uncomfortable accusations (no matter how well-founded & documented); Lie. This has been the operative mode for all accusations of civilian murders, mass casualties, etc., probably since Korea (where we justified strafing columns of obvious civilian refugees).
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          [精选] 港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中(30P)      Cache   Translate Page      

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
  号称“现代建筑七大奇迹”之一的港珠澳大桥2018年10月23曰举行开通仪式,24曰上午9时正式通车运营。港珠澳大桥全长55公里,是世界最长的跨海大桥。从2004年3月前期工作协调小组办公室成立,到2009年12月15曰正式开工建设,港珠澳大桥从设计到正式通车前后历时14年。港珠澳大桥集桥、岛、隧于一体,其中主体工程海中桥隧长35.578公里,有3座斜拉桥,桥体全部采用钢结构,相当于64座埃菲尔铁塔。海底隧道长约6.75公里,是全球最长的公路沉管隧道和全球唯一的深埋沉管隧道。大桥采用最高建设标准,能抗8度地震、16级台风,设计使用寿命120年。更多大桥介绍,敬请异步博文《[资讯] 一桥牵手港珠澳 巨龙驰骋伶仃洋(16P)
港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△2018年5月22曰,太阳从香港大屿山后升起,港珠澳大桥犹如一条巨龙蜿蜒盘绕在海面上。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△2018年7月17曰,傍晚时分,繁忙的青州航道。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△2018年7月20曰,一场暴雨突然而至,港珠澳大桥的上空一边暴雨倾盆一边阳光普照。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△2018年7月16曰,珠澳口岸人工岛上的港珠澳大桥收费站灯火通明。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△傍晚时分,天空一片金黄,港珠澳大桥旁的澳门地标建筑熠熠生辉。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△夜晚,华灯初上的澳门夜景和港珠澳大桥。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△2018年5月22曰,傍晚时分,港珠澳大桥“中囯结”双塔亮起了中囯红颜色。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△港珠澳大桥的开通,将推动粤港澳大湾区成为一个世界瞩目的最具活力的经济区。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△珠澳口岸人工岛是大桥主体工程与珠海、澳门两地的衔接中心,两地通关口岸也设置在岛上。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△港珠澳大桥珠海公路口岸占地面积约70.33万平方米,从空中俯瞰,整个口岸外形按照“如意”造型设计,寓意“一地三通,如意牵手”。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△澳门口岸管理区同处于珠澳口岸人工岛上,四面环水,与澳门隔水相望,西南方道路通往澳门,占地面积约65.8万平方米。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△珠澳口岸人工岛位于珠海拱北湾南侧,是港珠澳大桥主体工程与珠海、澳门两地的衔接中心,人工岛东西宽930至960米、南北长1930米,工程填海造地总面积近220万平方米。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△朝霞满天,天空如油画一般,港珠澳大桥置身于其中。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△退潮时,海水在港珠澳大桥的桥墩上拉出一道道红色的浑水。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△ “风帆”双塔位于九洲航道,距珠海最近的双塔斜拉桥,以风帆为造型,结构简洁、线条流畅。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△乌云压顶的西人工岛。西人工岛功能以桥梁的养护服务及办公为主,岛长为625米,最宽处190米。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△中囯结双塔位于青州航道,主塔高度达163米,是港珠澳大桥跨度最大、主塔最高的通航孔桥。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△东西人工岛中间隔着6.7公里的海底隧道,通行万吨巨轮。人工岛采用世界首创深插式钢圆筒快速成岛技术,由120个巨型钢筒组成。每个圆筒直径22.5米,高度50多米。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△海底隧道全长6.7公里,是世界最长的公路沉管隧道和唯一的深埋沉管隧道,也是我囯第一条外海沉管隧道。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△东人工岛毗邻香港大屿山及香港囯际机场,集交通、管理、服务、救援和观光功能为一体的综合运营中心,且开放游客观景揽胜功能。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△东人工岛毗邻香港囯际机场。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△2018年5月21曰,阳光穿过云层打在伶仃洋的海面上。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△一桥三地,夜晚的灯光璀璨夺目,随着港珠澳大桥的通车,从香港到珠海的车程只需半小时。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△2018年8月7曰,一只成年中华白海豚突然跃出海面,背景不远处正是雄伟的港珠澳大桥。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△2018年7月18曰,满天红霞,亮灯后的港珠澳大桥跨立在伶仃洋上,进入通车前的最后准备。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者
△全景镜头下的港珠澳大桥。

港珠澳桥通车了 丹心美景画图中 - 路人@行者

珠江三角洲地区是中囯改革开放的先行地区,随着港珠澳大桥的通车,从香港到珠海的车程只需半小时,将推动粤港澳大湾区成为富有活力和囯际竞争力的一流湾区。
2009年12月15曰,正式开工建设;
2011年5月15曰,首个钢圆筒顺利下水;
2011年12月7曰,十万平方米人工岛浮出水面;
2016年6月2曰,“海豚塔”顺利安装;
2017年7月7曰,主体工程贯通;
2018年元旦前夜,主体工程全线亮灯,标志着大桥具备通车条件;
2018年3月15曰,澳门口岸管理区获批准正式交付澳门使用;
2018年5月13曰,海上游开通;
2018年10月24曰,上午9时正式通车。


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          Arabs-Muslims or White Europeans .. who are really racist ?!      Cache   Translate Page      

In April 2014, The British newspaper ‘The Independent’ have reported that Saudi Arabia has criticised Norway's human rights record during the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review, in which 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined. Russia meanwhile called for Norway to clamp down on expressions of religious intolerance and and criticised the country’s child welfare system.

The Norwegian foreign minister commented on this criticism saying “It is a paradox that countries which do not support fundamental human rights have influence on the council, but that is the United Nations,”

Months later, The Egyptian government took an advantage of the civilians killing incidents which some American police officers was involved in to direct a sharp criticism toward what they consider as a clear human rights violations on the American soils. Meanwhile, the Egyptian police wrote on their Facebook official page giving a “tips” to the american police officers about how to handle the peaceful demonstrations without causing human lives loses, the thing which made some activists making fun of the Egyptian government’s contradictory behavior, as it have a bad reputation concerning human rights and that the police and army have killed hundreds of protesters and detainees as a result of an excessive use of violence and physical torture in the past few years !!


I always memorize this incidents and other similar situations when some Arabs and Muslims start accusing the west of practicing racism and discrimination against immigrants, because many of those who take the lead in this criticism do not care at all about discrimination, racism and all kinds of human rights violations, and some of them practice such violations and praising it without shaking single eyelid. but they forget about that and direct those accusations toward the west with what they are themselves doing as they are trying to throw dust in eyes..
The western world are always chased by its colonial history which was marred by an explicit racism practices and violations of human dignity in the countries which were occupied during the past centuries. and despite the fact that all of those crimes and violations became part of a history irrelevant to our current reality, and despite the fact that such practices were condemned, regretted and apologized for by the past colonizing countries, however, some young Europeans who had no connection at all with such violations away from that they read and heard about it inherited a guilt feeling from their ancestors; a feeling which being fed by the increase of the immigration from the post colonized countries to Europe, where some Europeans feel guilt combined with a moral responsibility for any actual or possible sufferings might those immigrants go through, and they got a painful feeling that those inherited guilt is impossible to be erased or forgotten. Their daily life and their dealings with others is a personification of this inherited guilt. I met with many of them whose sensitivity toward racism and discrimination touch even some things might not be noticeable by those who is most likely targeted with discrimination and racism!!

Last December, I went with a friend of mine who is french living in Berlin to watch “The magic flute” opera in Berlin opera house. That was my first time i watch this show in theater after i watched it many times on screens. The show started and ten minutes passed before my friend started expressing intense anger and resentment over the appearance of an actor on the stage with a face painted in black as he played one of the opera’s roles. My friend told me that he is not able to continue the show and that he will wait for me outside.

On our way back my friend start explaining to me why he was angry. he said that he can’t accept when a white actors painting their faces in black to characterize black people and he consider it racist and humiliating. He also claimed that the opera houses don’t accept black people to act on the stage. I asked him if he would feel better if this role was played by a real black man? He silenced a bit and he was apparently thinking before he answered refusing playing such role at all and saying that the text characterizing the black people with a stereotypical brutal and bloody roles and that's why he is opposing playing this role basically which means in his opinion that the opera houses should stop showing such classic works to avoid promoting racism or they can modify the script and cleaning it from all suspected racism that included.

This friend was not the only one who adopt such position, but some Europeans i know do not care much about some brutal violations against human rights practiced in the middle east and Africa and have something to do with traditions or religion as they care about an opera show, movie or a piece of literature contained a suspected racism, and sometimes they blame their own people accusing them with that they helped on the occurrence of such violations because that the colonization prevented those who is committing such violations from getting rid of such traditions and thoughts that justify it.

I don’t underestimate here any racist or discriminatory attitude no matter how small, and i think that all racism suspicions should be addressed and opposed before it grows up and become an acceptable reality and prevalent habits as its in the middle east. and i also believe that we shouldn’t tolerate or underestimate any kind of violation against human rights no matter how small it is and wherever it happened and i think that all of those things should be confronted strongly and firmly to guarantee that it will not be repeated in the future. and i also urge everybody who have been through a situation where his rights were violated and/or he have been discriminated against to stand strongly against it and not keep silent, and also those who witness such situations to take a strong actions against it who knows they might became a victims of similar situations one day.
Here comes an Important question about whether those who practice racism, discrimination and violations against human rights without shaking an eyelid are also entitled to accuse others of what they do ?! and if those accusations was based on a real grounds should we take it in consideration and react toward it seriously ?! should we react or give attention toward an allegation made by a terrorist who is for example supporting IS or Al-Qaeda and/or fought under their flags, brutally tortured and beheaded people, that he has been subjected to a violation of his human rights in jail, like if he was not allowed to leave his cell or to meet with his family or talking to them in phone or if he claimed that the police practiced racism and discrimination against him?!

As a result of a long bloody colonial history, the term “white man” has been associated with racism and brutality, even after those practices turned into just a words in books and exhibits in museums, the great grandparent’s shame is still chasing their descendants who are mostly abandoned this colonial patriarchal racist legacy and distanced themselves from it.
Ironically, Those who are supposed to be a historical victims for the white man’s brutal activities and now they are accusing Europeans all the time with racism, discrimination and violating the basic human rights in every occasion are not hesitating at the mean time of practicing racism and discrimination without fearing of being accused of it. It seems like racism and discrimination became an exclusive accusations goes only for the white people, while any other people no matter how cruel and barbaric their crimes and atrocities is, they have an eternal impunity protecting them from such accusations just because they used to be a spoiled historical victim for the white man who hold the eternal shame which he inherited to his grandsons and their offspring !!

After i moved to Norway as a political refugee, I started attending some lessons at Nygård skole organized by the Introduction center for refugees in Bergen as part of The Introduction program for refugees. One of those lessons was called in Norwegian “Tema måte” where there was a Norwegian person from an Iraqi origins leading it, talking in Norwegian while several translators sitting in the room and telling us what he say in our languages. Different topics was opened for discussion in this meeting which was held every Tuesday, and in the first meeting he talked to us about racism saying its widely scattered in Norway and the right wing had stopped organizing demonstration against immigration policies but he believe that they work now underground aiming to expel all the immigrants who came originally from Africa and middle east outside Norway and that we should stick to being part of this society and that he personally does not talk about his ethnic origin as he insists on being just Norwegian to stop anyone who dare to question his belonging to Norway. Then he opened a discussion with us about the manifestations of racism which probably encountered the people who are attending this meeting. Those manifestations according to what the students who was attending this class said was ranged between an uncomfortable eye contact with a person passing by in the street and reach its maximum with a Yemeni guy he said that he felt uncomfortable because he believe that Norwegians avoid sitting next to him in the bus marking that as its a clear racism and discriminatory attitude. The teacher reacted to what students told agreeing on that its a clear signs of the presence of blatant racism and discrimination against immigrants in the Norwegian society!!!
But this teacher who was showing us his concern towards what he sees as growing phenomena of racism and discrimination as he felt it in the Norwegian society and his fear of the rise of the far right wing, did not hesitate during another lesson to warn us of thinking of marrying Norwegian women , why ?!! because they are in his own words “ Very expensive” and “ cost a lot of money” . In another occasion he used the term “ buy a woman” as euphemism of “Marrying a woman”. In another lesson he was telling us a story about a Pakistani man who couldn’t “buy a woman” to marry her as he have no enough money so he found its relevant to buy a goat instead since the goat is much cheaper than a woman !! all that happened inside a program supposedly it made for integrating immigrants in The Norwegian society and that the Norwegian government spend a lot of money on it !! What a great integration results are expected from such program !!!
What which many Europeans who pay yet the price of their ancestor’s follies may not know that if we compared the suspicious racism - if any- has currently practiced toward immigrants with the racist practices committed by those with wheat skin color toward who have darker skin in the middle eastern countries they might start rethinking of their perceptions about themselves and the others.
In Saudi Arabia and all Arab Persian gulf states for example, people still using the word “Slave” (a’bd) in their daily conversations to refer to every individual with darker skin, the word “slave” replace the word “ dark skinned” or “ black” , so they say for example : My “Slave” friend John did this and that ….. , Or: I bought this phone the shop where the “Slave” John works ….., without feeling that they utter a racist expressions. such expression you could found it used naturally even by many people there who claim that they support human rights values and and oppose racism, but they couldn’t get rid of the racism hidden inside daily normal talks.
In Saudi Arabia also, the authorities launched a campaign in the fourth of November 2013 targeting the Ethiopian workers, arresting them claiming that they are violating the immigration laws. This campaign have been accompanied with waves of attacks and assaults launched by normal Saudi citizens armed with swords and choppers. They attacked the places where Ethiopian workers living with their families, beating them up and torturing them severely, recording that with their mobile cameras. Some workers died under torture, other killed after the police shot them in the streets. Some of the Saudi citizens who took part in this assaults proudly documented what they did with video recordings uploaded later on YouTube !!



And in Egypt where i was born and lived until the age of 27, the racism against black-skinned people is really clear and unmistakable for anyone’s eye or ear. Mothers for example get so angry if their sons or daughters thought about marrying a dark skin person, and most people agree on a certain beauty standards which according to it people with darker skin are considered ugly. The movies and dramas put Nubians, who is originally from southern Egypt and characterized by brown skin and local language in a stereotyped roles as servants and doormen.
and yet those who have darker skin color are not allowed to work as news readers or as presenters in the Egyptian state television.
In 2005, the Egyptian police killed 23 Sudanese refugees (according to some Sudanese activists the real number is 56) in the last days of the year while they was clearing a peaceful sit-in organized in front of the UNHCR headquarters in Cairo as those refugees was demanding being sent to a third country. The police broke up this peaceful sit-in after they got complaints from the residents of the surrounding area who claimed that they have been affected by the presence of those Sudanese people in their high classy neighbourhood saying that they “smell bad” and “having sex in the streets as animals”. After the police got involved and the sit in had cleared the sit-in which was resulted in killing of children, youth and old people of both sexes, those high classy residents expressed their satisfaction for what has happened.
(Sources:

In September 2007, i was spending my four years prison sentence on charges connected to my writings at Borg El-Arab Prison near Alexandria, when the prison received a large number of prisoners who came from different African countries, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, have been arrested and sentenced to one year imprisonment by a military court on a charges of entering the country illegally through the southern borders with Sudan intending to travel to Israel.
The prison administration was treating them in an inappropriate way for human beings, they were housed in large numbers inside a number of cells which can barely fit half of them, and they wasn’t allowed to go out in the sun, the thing which made them start a mass hunger strike demanding a better treatment.
The prison administration was looking always down at them and when they decided to start their hunger strike the officers couldn’t understand how they could think about that and they thought there is something else stand behind their hunger strike decision. The officers was creating an a collective image about them; within this image’s frame they was not much more than a poor people escaped from their countries because there is famines over there with lack of food and drinkable water and that they are supposed to feel grateful to the prison administration as they are throwing them food like animals. In the end they found a solution for this dilemma when they accused me of inciting them on hunger strike just because i was talking to them in English which was apparently enough evidence to prove such a charge! and as result of that i have been punished and subjected to physical torture and spent 10 days in a solitary confinement cell deprived from having enough food and water more than half a loaf of bread with a small piece of cheese on it and a bottle of water for each day.

I often hear some stories told by immigrants in Europe tell about racism and discriminatory situations they have been through, most of those people came from Arab and Muslim countries, and of course i can’t show uncertainty toward such stories as its part of those people’s experiences which differ from person to another. But if i talked about my experience here as an immigrant in Europe with a Middle eastern physical features i can say its totally different. I can’t deny for sure that i have been exposed to some situations where i get through a suspicious discrimination when i was in poland, but it was too rare to be kept in mind for long. and after i came here to Norway i have never been through a suspicious discriminatory situation except one time when I was travelling to Slovenia last year and the man who work on KLM counter in Bergen Airport stopped me for long time claiming that Slovenia situated outside Schengen area and European union and I need a visa to travel there, which totally untrue! I showed him the list of Schengen countries on Wikipedia and that it includes Slovenia, but he insisted that Its not schengen as he tried to stop me for a while to make some phone calls perhaps to make sure that my traveling on board on this flight does not constitute a danger to the international peace and security, and i finally traveled!
With only one exception which i mentioned earlier, i didn’t feel any time that i am treated as outsider from the moment when i arrived to Bergen Airport coming from Krakow until the Moment i close this sentence with this full stop.
Finally i have to say that the racist and discriminatory practices are widely spread among Mideastern people much more than anyone can imagine, those practices targeting anyone who shows difference whether it was genetic or optional. But apparently that many people from there are unable to face themselves with their faults and crimes so they started searching like the bankrupt trader in their old notebooks for a someone pays the costs of their foolishness on behalf of them! that's why i urge my European friends to stop giving the accusations which Arabs and Muslims throw on them from their glassy houses any sort of attention that might give them a value they don’t worth to get.






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I Hate Muslims, all Muslims!
Yes, I do hate them, but wait .. 
Muslims according to My definition here are those people who are following Qur'an literally and applying Islam in their life as Muhammad did , Hating the others who don't believe in Islam, looking down at them and waiting for any possible opportunity to kill them or kick them out from their homes !.



Muslims are those who have a dream of spreading their religion all over the world , Conquering Rome (as Muhammad promised them) , and obligating all people to follow Islam otherwise they slaughter their necks.
Muslims for are not those poor Innocent people who are confused and afraid of being refused or harmed by their conservative communities so they choose to call themselves Muslims while they don't believe in the real Islam or apply it in their life and even try to create a new light versions of it to be able to live in a modern societies, satisfying themselves by using this new versions which they call it "an interpretations". yes i see them as cowards, hypocrites and weird people but i don't hate them , they are just victims and need to get help to be kept a distance from the real Islam , and protect them and also us from a possible danger them may represent if they start reading their holy book , understand it deeply and get closer to the real Islam.
Muslims are those who are slaughtering innocent people in Syria and Iraq , taking the Kurdish yazidi women as sex slaves , Bombing themselves in Markets, metro stations and spreading terror among peaceful people .
Muslims for me are those who is in power in Saudia Arabia and Iran , cutting the heads and hands of those who breaks the islamic sharia, stoning them , imprisoning freedom fighter and lashing them for just expressing themselves freely.

Muslims for me are those who watch the videos of slaughtering the innocent people in Syria and Iraq by the Criminals of IS , and feeling happy and dreaming that they join them one day to practice the Jihad obligation.
Muslims for me are Al-qaeda,IS ,Abu Sayyaf
and their supporters even if they did not hold a sharp knife and cut a head.
I only care about my definition of "Islam" and "Muslims" , since i grew up and raised in a " Real" Muslim Environment and studied the " Real" Islam at Al-Azhar for 17 years , Knew Qur'an by heart and practiced Islamic acts of worship for sometime to avoid being punished since my father threatened me when i was 8 years old to slaughter my neck if i did't pray the daily 5 prayers including the down prayer in Mosque and i believed he is serious and felt afraid of losing my life as a child , so if you have another definition for the terms "Islam" and "Muslims" make sure that i don't recognize it here, and that you are not conditionally included among those who i hate .
But if you consider yourself a muslim ,read those words and felt offended, so you are definitely belong to those who i hate from the depth of my heart, good luck with that , you are a possible terrorist.



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          Venezuela-Siria, Tav- Eastmed, secessione dei ricchi-reddito di cittadinanza… o si muore. ----- AL CROCEVIA DEL DESTINO      Cache   Translate Page      


Potevano essere indotti ad accettare le più flagranti violazioni della realtà, poiché non hanno mai pienamente compreso l’enormità di quanto da loro si pretendeva e non erano abbastanza interessati ai fatti pubblici per accorgersi di cosa stava succedendo”. (George Orwell)

Di questioni che ci impongono a scegliere fra due o più strade in direzioni divergenti, perché sono in grado di determinare il nostro presente e futuro, dopo che è stato alterato e travisato il nostro passato, ce ne sono molte. Mi sono limitato a considerarne, a volo d’uccello, alcune, quelle che mi paiono al momento le più pressanti.

Siria e Venezuela: non è fatta!
Vedo buontemponi che si fregano le mani  convinti che in Siria, se non alla vittoria completa di quel popolo, dei suoi alleati e della sua dirigenza, con relativo riequilibrio geopolitico, si sia quanto meno alla sconfitta di assalitori e loro mercenari. Quando gli assalitori covano progetti elaborati nei decenni, in buona parte realizzati, dotati di forza militare (nucleare) e mediatica senza pari, decisivi per il loro ruolo e i loro obiettivi nel mondo, e dunque irrinunciabili, nessuna partita si può dire vinta, anche se nemmeno persa. E di mercenariato, tra masse alienate e alla canna del gas, ce n’è una fonte inesauribile.  Colonialismo e neoliberismo ne sono prodighi.


La stessa schiatta di fiduciosi nelle “magnifiche sorti e progressive”, ma ignari del pessimismo cosmico leopardiano, passato un mese dalla grottesca epifania di un teppistello da angiporto, però addestrato da Otpor a Belgrado e dalla National Endowment for Democracy (leggi CIA) a Washington, sottovalutando la psicopatologia dei mandanti e la determinazione dei banchieri sulle loro spalle, crede che basti la mancata defezione dei militari e il sostegno popolare maggioritario per affermare la vittoria di Nicola Maduro e della resistenza bolivariana. Magari restando un tantino interdetti per i tre micidiali colpi cibernetici che hanno annientato il funzionamento energetico del paese.

Il primo dei quali subito smascherato come atto bellico Usa dalla rivista “Forbes”, ma, prima ancora, in quanto annunciato, a 2’40” dal suo verificarsi, dal vaticinatore per il presidente venezuelano della stessa fine di Gheddafi, Marco Rubio, uno di cui andrebbe messa in discussione la natura umana. Con ogni evidenza, la guerra per cancellare dalla faccia della Terra la realtà bolivariana e l’intera emancipazione latinoamericana è appena iniziata. E se il moloch ripete con accanimento “tutte le opzioni sono sul tavolo”, sa quel che si dice e il blackout in atto si può definire l’inizio della guerra (economica) totale.

Chi vince prende tutto


Di crocevia della Storia, in entrambi i casi si tratta. Qui (ma anche in Afghanistan, Yemen, Libia, Iraq, Iran, Ucraina, Corea del Nord, Europa) alcuni miliardi di esseri umani sono coinvolti in un processo che li pone al bivio tra la fine dell’uomo voltairiano e socratico, e l’uomo del consumo-autoconsumo, abbarbicato alla slotmachine, o affogato nello smartphone, con zero altre opzioni o diritti. Ma anche tra esproprio totale e fine dell’uomo tout court. E, meglio ancora, tra mafia e padrini, definitivamente elevati al rango di governo globale, e quanto ci resta di sovranità dell’individuo, sublimata in sovranità di popolo e Stato.

O vince l’imperialismo USA (con l’appendice junckeriana UE e del neofeudalesimo tirannico dei detriti antistorici sauditi), strumento dei finanzdittatori del mondialismo, o resiste uno straccio di potere del diritto, come emerso dai bagni di sangue della storia con il Trattato di Westfalia e poi la Carta dell’ONU. O il governo della legge, o l’arbitrio di chi si arroga il diritto di imporre gli interessi del proprio 1% al resto del pianeta vivente. Tipo tagliandoti le mani se non ottemperi alle sanzioni all’Iran, ti incammini sulla Via della Seta, sposti denaro dall’alto al basso, non accetti di fare da bersaglio alle rappresaglie missilistiche russe a missili Usa, o non riconosci un turpe fantoccio emerso dal  laboratorio di pendagli da forca per rivoluzioni colorate e colpi di Stato, inaugurato a Belgrado contro la Jugoslavia e ricaricato a molla ovunque occorresse.


Camere a gas 2.0
Il TAV non serve a nessuno, se non alle mafie degli appalti e loro padrini politici, è il doppione di una ferrovia esistente, ma costa/rende 20 miliardi e la devastazione di Prealpi e Alpi, con relativa umanità, fauna e flora. L’Eastmed, il gasdotto ora all’esame del governo, sarà il più lungo del mondo, con 1.500 km subacquei che passano su faglie sismiche e vulcaniche, costa 12 miliardi di euro (in effetti il doppio) e fornisce appena il 5% della domanda europea (contro il terzo fornito a prezzo più basso dalla Russia), coinvolge Israele, Cipro, Grecia e Italia e sbocca, come il TAP, in Puglia. Taglia fuori Turchia, Libano, Siria e Palestina (Gaza), che si affacciano sugli stessi giacimenti del Mediterraneo Orientale. Cerca di ridurre il ruolo della Russia. Ma elimina dal gioco soprattutto l’Egitto e l’ENI, possessori del giacimento più vasto e fornitori più ricchi, meno costosi e a noi vicini. Dal che si capisce meglio, sia l’operazione Regeni, che la spaventosa guerra terroristica lanciata contro l’Egitto dai Fratelli Musulmani (Isis) a nome dei concorrenti.

TAV, TAP, Eastmed, Italia hub del gas europeo, trionfo del fossile e sacrificio della nostra residua integrità ecologica nel tempo in cui incontrovertibili studi e conseguite evidenze ci lasciano 10 anni perché l’inizio dell’estinzione di massa (già in atto per il 40 % dei vertebrati e per molto di più degli insetti), sia irreversibile. Grazie all’energia fossile siamo stati capaci di arrivare a fine agosto avendo già esaurito quanto il pianeta può fornire in un anno. Non c’è un vertice sul disastro climatico e sulle morìe che provoca, tranne quello di Kyoto, dove personalmente ho visto gli Usa, con l’ambientalista Al Gore, bloccare l’obbligatorietà dei vincoli, che imponga sanzioni agli Stati che non raggiungono i già tardivi e minimalisti obiettivi di riduzione dei gas serra e di consumo del suolo. Abbiamo un piede sospeso sul baratro, ma i padrini della criminalità organizzata politico-economica si costruiscono bunker e isole buenos retiros. E ricercatori Frankenstein ben pagati cercano tecnologie per spegnere il sole due ore al giorno, o raccogliere le alluvioni in innaffiatoi.


Sbloccare i cantieri o bloccare le frane?
Lo sfessante e ormai ridicolo rinvio della decisione sul TAV, per sentire francesi ed europei che sanno benissimo  come tutto il Corridoio 5 non esista più e fare quel buco serva solo a bastonare gli sconvenienti 5 Stelle, finirà in parlamento. Qui il da sempre finto bipolarismo si tradurrà in perfetto monopolarismo, come del resto su tutto ciò che conta (Atlantismo, Israele, Venezuela, Via della Seta, trivelle, affari, malaffari), e il TAV finirà,.anzi partirà, come il TAP e l’ILVA. Di Maio ha detto: “Noi le infrastrutture le vogliamo fare, anche quelle nuove” e tutti i gialloverdi si riempiono la bocca dello “Sbloccacantieri”, eco tonitruante del renziano “Sbloccaitalia”. Mica hanno detto “Qui tocca rifare l’Italia”. Dissestata, inquinata, franata, siccitata, alluvionata, cementificata, soffocata, con i ratti che impazzano e gli esseri umani che stanno a guardare. E a morire. C’è uno che lo dice. Si chiama Costa e fa il ministro dell’ambiente, come nessuno l’aveva fatto prima. Al crocevia non va lasciato solo.

Fare o disfare l’Italia
In compenso qualcuno ha detto, anzi ha bisbigliato, dato che ancora le plebi non hanno saputo niente, che l’Italia va… disfatta. E qui siamo a un altro crocevia  del destino, dalla scelta irrinunciabile. Speravamo in un nuovo bipolarismo: 5 Stelle da una parte, tutti gli altri, come loro natura e le rimpiante larghe intese bancarie comandano, dall’altra. Invece siamo al monopolarismo con frange. E siccome noi di signori abbiamo i signorotti di provincia, il nostro nuovo feudalesimo subimperiale si articolerà in piccole unità monovernacolari, monoculturali, monofiscali, insignificanti e inoffensive sulla scena europea e mondiale, con la classica vocazione dei microbaroni e microprincipotti italioti: Francia o Spagna purchè se magna. Nel caso si tratta di Francia e Germania. E gli altri? Un volgo disperso che nome non ha.
E questi che governano, lo stesso custode della Costituzione, di cui il valore più alto è l’unità d’Italia, si rendono meritevoli delle misure che la Patria prevedeva per alto tradimento Perciò lo fanno di soppiatto. Come ladri nella notte. E nessuno, né tantomeno Salvini, gli spara.




Al bivio tra Via del Padrino e Via dei picciotti

Resta un ultimo bivio tra la via al mondo dei gangster e quella al mondo degli umani, con il loro indispensabile corredo animale, vegetale, ambientale. Non s’era mai visto, dopo gli uomini saggi e buoni di Neanderthal, che il flusso della ricchezza dalla terra agli uomini e, tra questi, da quelli bassotti a quelli altotti, cambiasse verso, dall’alto verso il basso. Attimi, in migliaia di anni, si sono avuti dopo il 1917, qua e là nel mondo. Ma è durato poco. Poi quattro stenterelli, intestatisi le stelle, ci hanno riprovato. Un piccolo esperimento, capace però di fare da innesco, soprattutto alla consapevolezza che il trasferimento dal basso verso l’alto non era necessariamente nella natura delle cose. E per cinque milioni di italiani hanno invertito la corrente. E’ successo il finimondo. Anatemi, scomuniche, roghi (mediatici) Come quando Copernico (15°secolo D.C), informatosi da Aristarco di Samo (terzo secolo A.C), asserì che la Terra girava intorno al sole. E non viceversa, neanche se è sulla Terra che era venuto Gesù bambino.

E fu il reddito di cittadinanza. Quello per i fannulloni sul divano. Quello del suo più nevrastenico oppositore. Tale Roberto Ciccarelli che, a disco rotto, ha ripetuto 127 volte l’esorcismo: “sussidio di povertà impropriamente detto reddito di cittadinanza”. E’ uno che vanta tutti i crismi della credibilità: sull’11 settembre ha sepolto sotto sberle e sputazzi oltre 3000 scienziati e tecnici che non erano proprio d’accordo con il racconto di Bush. Scrive sul “quotidiano comunista” . Quindi i soldi per i poveri gli vanno proprio di traverso. All’incrocio, non ha esitato un attimo.


Possiamo esitare noi che siamo il 99% e abbiamo la scelta tra il padrino, che infila popoli tra i tondini delle fondamenta dei suoi edfici e quelli che mafiosi non sono.  Ci facciano un pensierino colui che si chiama con termine antipatizzante “capo politico” e la polvere di stelle che lo segue. Al crocevia, che strada sceglieranno, dato che la scelta di Salvini, e dei suoi compari nel monopolarismo, chierici del pensiero unico, quello del padrino, la conosciamo bene?








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In this month of Adar, we will be celebrating the holiday of Purim, which we first celebrated in the year 3405. That was 2374 years ago. One of the verses with the gematria of 2374 is:

Yirmiya 51:1:
א  כֹּה, אָמַר יְהוָה, הִנְנִי מֵעִיר עַל-בָּבֶל, וְאֶל-יֹשְׁבֵי לֵב קָמָי--רוּחַ, מַשְׁחִית.1 Thus saith the LORD: Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in Leb-kamai, a destroying wind.
Rashi and Metzudat David both explain לב קמי to refer to the כשדים (Kasdim, or Chaldeans) as לב קמי is כשדים in At-bash.  They also explain that Paras Umadai are the רוח משחית (destroying wind) that will overtake Bavel.

At this time (2374 years after the Purim story), President Rouhani ימ"ש from Iran is visiting Iraq for a diplomatic visit.  This visit is intended to essentially diplomatically "conquer" it from US control.  And we know that anything Iran touches is a destruction of the world (think of the famous Yalkut Shimoni re: Iran).

The gemara in Sanhedrin 98a-98b relates the following (translation and elucidation by Sefaria):

בשעת פטירתו אמר להן העמיקו לי ארוני
At the time of his death, Rabbi Yosei ben Kisma said to his students: Place my coffin deep in the ground,
שאין כל דקל ודקל שבבבל שאין סוס של פרסיים נקשר בו ואין לך כל ארון וארון שבארץ ישראל שאין סוס מדי אוכל בו תבן
as there is no palm tree that is in Babylonia to which a horse of the Persians will not be tethered when the Persians and Medes go to conquer other lands. And there is no coffin buried in Eretz Yisrael from which a Median horse will not eat straw. During wars, all the coffins will be removed from the ground and used as animal troughs. I do not want my coffin to be used for that purpose.

and Rashi there states (my translation):
שאין כל דקל וכו' - כלומר עתידין פרס ומדי לבא על בבל וללכדה ונתמלאה כל ארץ בבל חיילות פרסיים וסוסיהם ומשם באים לא"י ולוכדים אותה
"as there is no palm tree..." - in other words, in the future, [in the Gog Umagog War,] Persia and Media will come upon Babylonia and conquer it and the entire Land of Babylonia will be filled with Persian armies and their horses. And from there, they come to the Land of Israel and conquer it.

We see that the first step is conquering Bavel on their way to Eretz Yisrael.  They tried to jump the gun and go against Eretz Yisrael first via Syria, but with Hashem's help, the IDF rebuffed those plans for the time being.  May Hashem continue to rebuff their plans so that their second step will never come to fruition, just like He did during the time of the Purim miracle.
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Кирилл: Генерал-майор Али Гази Хайдер ал-Хашеми.
Служил в армии Саддама Хусейна. Участвовал в подавлении шиитского восстания на юге Ирака в 1991 году и в войне в иракском Курдистане в 1998 году.
После 2003 года на службе в новой иракской армии и полиции.
http://alforatnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=8703
http://altahreernews.com/inp/view.asp?ID=6722
В сентябре 2011 года начальник полиции провинции Мейсан, что вызвало волнения в провинции.
http://burathanews.com/arabic/news/137645
27.07.2013 снят с должности начальника полиции провинции Мейсан и назначен командиром 10-й дивизии.
http://www.almadapress.com/ar/news/15736/%...%AE%D9%84%D9%81
https://www.facebook.com/Rabttaalsadaalhoas...?type=1&theater
11.03.2014 ранен в боях в провинции Анбар у г.Рамади.
https://www.alsumaria.tv/news/94989/%D8%A5%...D8%AA%D8%A8/ar#
https://www.facebook.com/mustaqbalnews/phot...?type=1&theater
https://www.facebook.com/MaysannIraq/photos...?type=1&theater
После ранения, 13.03.2014 снят с должности командира 10-й дивизии.
https://www.alsumaria.tv/news/95128/#
https://www.almustaqbalnews.net/93420
7.05.2014 был назначен командиром 14-й дивизии.
https://basraelc.com/index.php/2013-03-05-2...-05-07-10-27-14
8.04.2015 снят с должности командира 14-й дивизии и назначен генеральным инспектором командования сухопутных войск.
http://www.dijlah.tv/index.php?page=article&id=182479
http://aenanews.com/2015/04/08/%D9%88%D9%8...5%D8%B1-%D8%A7/
https://kitabat.com/news/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9...7%D8%AA-%D8%A7/
https://www.alsharqiya.com/news/%D8%AA%D8%B...85%D9%86%D9%8A/
https://www.almaalomah.com/2015/04/08/203099/
https://iraq.shafaqna.com/AR/7046/%D8%B1%D8...88%D9%8A%D8%B9/
https://www.facebook.com/Asthenews/photos/a...?type=3&theater
В дальнейшем стал заместителем командующего оперативного командования "Средний Евфрат (Кербела)".
https://www.facebook.com/mod.mil.iq/posts/2382908025272022
https://afaq.tv/contents/view/details?id=70655
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?stor...176542209516731
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A tribal fight took place in Basra.

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Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is visiting Iraq for three days, leading a large political and business delegation to deepen the relationship between the two countries. Rouhani met with the Iraqi President, Prime Minister, and Speaker of Parliament. The Iranian President visited Karbalaa this afternoon, is spending the night in Najaf...
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NYT: "I’m so sorry that the world did so little to stop the destruction of the Syrian people". Me too, Amy. My brother, his wife and son are on a trip to Beirut and they tell me the city is overflowing with Syrian children begging for food. It's remarkable that this seems actually worse. I don't know whether more Syrians have come in, or some of the aid has disappeared. But every time one of these disasters happen (e.g. Iraq and Syria) neighboring countries get also really badly hit (Jordan and Lebanon). Misery spreads. I am really hoping that a civil war does not start in Venezuela. There is nothing worse.
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Should the 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' star accept the deal, he will play the lead role in the movie, which follows a young Army veteran who struggles with extreme PTSD after returning from Iraq.
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Washington D.C., Mar 12, 2019 / 01:38 pm (CNA).- President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins, who was killed on June 1, 2007, after tackling a suicide bomber in Al Yusufiyah, Iraq.

 

The White House announced March 12 that the Medal of Honor would be posthumously awarded to Atkins, a Catholic, on March 27, 2019. Atkins’ son, Trevor Oliver, and other members of his family, will be present at the White House for the ceremony.

 

“Staff Sergeant Atkins’ heroic actions, at the cost of his life, saved the lives of three of his teammates,” said a statement from the White House.

 

Atkins, a native of Montana, was a member of the 10th Mountain Division out of Ft. Drum, NY. He was killed during his second tour of duty in Iraq, aged 31. He had enlisted in the army in November of 2000, and first deployed to Iraq in 2003. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant, and re-enlisted in 2005. He was deployed again in 2006. Exactly a month before he was killed, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.

 

On the day he died, Atkins engaged in hand-to-hand combat with an insurgent. When he realized that the insurgent was trying to detonate an explosive vest strapped to his body, Atkins tackled the man and shielded other soldiers from the explosion.

 

At his funeral Mass at Bozeman’s Resurrection Parish, Fr. Val Zdilla praised Atkins for the heroism displayed in his lact actions on earth.

 

“Human lives were saved by his heroic action that can never be forgotten or denied,” said Zdilla. He described Atkins as someone who truly lived out his calling in life by serving in the military.

 

“We now remember Travis and how his life made a difference,” he said. “He was this nation’s son.”

 

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Atkins was also awarded a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

 

The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor in the United States, and is reserved for those who have demonstrated “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty.” Atkins will be the fifth person to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Iraq War.


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Ranting that he'd never give in to "the mob," Fox News' Tucker Carlson last night angrily responded to recently unearthed audio clips of him uttering jaw-dropping, hateful commentary during radio interviews that he regularly gave over a five-year period.

Deeply homophobic, xenophobic, racist, and misogynistic, Carlson sounded more like a white nationalist podcaster than the host of a popular cable television channel that he is today. Aside from appearing to defend a child-rapist and underage marriage, Carlson belittled Iraq as “crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys,” and mocked Barack Obama's heritage: “I don’t know how black he is, but I’m sure he’s a good basketball player—he says he is, anyway.”

Tucker often appeared on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show between 2006 and 2011. The tapes have sparked the latest uproar over Carlson's Fox News show, which is known for its racist and hateful content—and now, advertisers are taking note. On Monday, the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca became the first major advertiser to announce it's dropping Carlson’s show following the release of the old radio recordings. Pressure will mount from activists for other advertisers to follow.

We've definitely seen this scenario play out before. Sometimes Fox News hosts survive the boycotts, as Laura Ingraham did last year after she sparked nationwide fury when she took to Twitter to mock a Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor for not getting accepted into his top-choice colleges. (Who does that?) But sometimes hosts don't survive, like former Fox News stars Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. Both talkers and their highly rated shows were canceled when the network could no longer monetize their ratings after so many advertisers had fled.

As of right now, Carlson may be heading for the Beck/O'Reilly dustbin of cable news history, and here's why.


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The call came Sunday afternoon. "Can you come to the White House?" I was still wearing running pants and had my hair up in a plastic scrunchy, but figured there wasn't time to change. I was called to the office of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who had me leave my purse and cellphone outside before sitting down. This was sensitive. The president would be going to Iraq, leaving late Christmas night. I would be one of 13 pool journalists along for the surprise trip. For security reasons, it had to stay quiet. I could tell only my husband and one editor. And only in person, not over the phone, text or email. The secrecy around it was similar to how previous White House staffs had handled surprise trips by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to Iraq and Afghanistan. President Trump had been hinting for some time that he would make a visit to a combat zone. He had taken heat for making it so far into his presidency without visiting troops deployed in Afghanistan or
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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: President Trump is back in the United States after a brief, surprise trip to Iraq. This was Trump's first visit to a combat zone as commander in chief. His message to U.S. troops in Iraq sounded, well, much like his message back at home. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We will honor your service by doing everything in our power to defend our homeland and to stop terrorists from entering America's shores, and that includes strengthening of our borders. I don't know if you folks are aware of what's happening. We want to have strong borders in the United States, and Democrats don't want to let us have strong borders. Only for one reason - you know why? Because I want it. GREENE: All right. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith was on the trip to Iraq. And she has landed at Joint Base Andrews, where she joins us. Tam, welcome back. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Thanks, glad to be back. GREENE: Pretty quick
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Updated at 5:20 a.m. ET on Thursday President Trump and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Iraq to visit U.S. troops on the day after Christmas, an unannounced trip about which the president nonetheless had been hinting for some time. The Trumps' arrival at Al Asad Air Base followed the president's recent orders to pull back on U.S. troop deployments elsewhere — orders that have come under intense scrutiny. The trip to Iraq was announced on Twitter by press secretary Sarah Sanders. It's the president's first such visit since taking office nearly two years ago. The president and the first lady spent about three hours at Al Asad, in western Iraq. Air Force One landed back at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, D.C. at 5:13 a.m. ET on Thursday. At al Asad, Trump delivered a speech and defended his decision to withdraw American forces from Syria. The president described how he gave commanders multiple six-month extensions to get out of Syria, according to a pool report. Trump said:
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Andrew Yang

  • Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
  • He's passionate about providing every American with a universal basic income of $1,000 a month, saying that would help the working class adjust to an increasingly automated economy.
  • Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome his low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

Andrew Yang is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president on a platform built on giving every American a universal basic income — which he called a "freedom dividend" — of $1,000 a month. His website outlines an unusually robust and specific set of policies on everything from healthcare to marijuana legalization to paying NCAA athletes.

Yang, 44, is an entrepreneur most notable for founding Venture for America, a fellowship program that matches recent college graduates with startups across the country. He's also the author of "The War on Normal People: The Truth about America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income is Our Future."

Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

Editor's note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. You can watch a portion of it on "Business Insider Today."

Anthony Fisher: There's a number of high-profile Democratic candidates who are getting immediate, widespread media attention. How do you plan to compete with them?

Andrew Yang: The truth is most Americans are not paying any attention to the 2020 election right now. If they see anything, they just see a graphic with a whole crowd of faces on the TV screen. So people are going to start tuning in in earnest when the debates start, and I'm going to be there. And the great thing is this campaign's growing organically all the time, and we're going to peak when it's most important.

Read more: A Democrat running for president in 2020 is testing a basic income proposal by giving $1,000 per month to a family

Fisher: How do you plan on getting on the debate stage?

Yang: The Democratic National Committee has already announced that criteria to make the debate stage. We're going to meet both of them, and you only need to meet one.

The first criteria is polling at 1% either nationally or in the early states, and we're already polling at 1% nationally, according to Monmouth. And the second criteria is getting 65,000 individual contributors by May 15. We're at about 46,000. We're getting another 1,500 a day and should be past the 65,000-donor threshold in about a month.

So I'm going to be on the debate stage in June and July.

Andrew Yang 2020

Fisher: What's the one issue that you'd like to be known for?

Yang: We're in the midst of automating away the most common jobs in our economy. And the reason why Donald Trump's our president today is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, all the swing states. And we're about to do the same thing to millions of retail jobs, call-center jobs, fast-food jobs, truck-driving jobs, and on and on.

So my signature policy proposal's that every American should receive $1,000 a month in a freedom dividend to be able to make adjustments for the future and manage this transition.

Fisher: So that's universal basic income. Why do you think that would be better than, say, a jobs guarantee?

Yang: Well, a universal basic income is much, much easier to administer and much more powerful and effective to getting resources into people's hands.

Let's say tomorrow the federal government said, "We're going to administer a jobs guarantee." Does that mean millions of Americans will wake up and say, "Oh, I know where I'm going: I'm going to go to that job." Of course not. You'd have to set up this massive bureaucracy and infrastructure. What are the jobs? What if someone doesn't like their job? What if someone's not working out? Is this really the way we want Americans to have to be able to feed themselves?

So if you're going to make a move and you're going to make it actually work on a reasonable timeframe, a universal basic income is a much more powerful and effective way to go.

Read more: Meet the Democratic businessman who wants to beat Trump in 2020 and give every American a basic income: 'Donald Trump gives entrepreneurs a bad name'

Fisher: You've proposed several initiatives built around massive cash infusions for journalism, especially local journalism. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Yang: Over 1,200 local newspapers have gone out of business in the past number of years because they relied upon classified ads that now no longer exist in the age of Craigslist. So the local papers die and then democracy does not function as well, because if you have no idea what's happening in your town, how can you vote? Studies have shown that in those situations voters tend to go more towards extremes, and democracy suffers. So if you believe in democracy, then you have to believe in local journalism.

Local journalism does not have any market support right now. We as a country should come together and say, "We need to find a new business model" — let's say a public-private partnership that's operating in conjunction with local organizations, perhaps the local library, perhaps some of the local businesses or the municipal government.

If we think journalism is important — if we think democracy's important — we should come up with a new sustainable runway for these newspapers.

Fisher: You've also proposed the creation of a Federal Communications Commission ombudsman that would punish news outlets for running "fake news." Can you talk a little bit about that?

Yang: If you look at the threats to our democracy, one of them is rampant misinformation.

It's one thing to make a mistake — we all make mistakes — but it's another thing to purposely try and misinform a segment of the American public to undermine our democracy. And right now, foreign actors are doing that. We know that the Russians have tens of thousands of bots that are just spreading various rumors.

We can't just throw up our hands and say, "Well, I guess that's just the way it's going to be." You need to have some sort of penalty for purposely spreading false information. The British already do this: They already have an ombudsman who comes and says, "This stuff was untrue, and you knew it was untrue," and then there's some sort of penalty associated with that.

Fisher: The FCC inherently has a political tilt. It has five commissioners, and whichever party the president is in, three will be from that party. What would you say to someone concerned about the idea of an FCC ombudsman being subject to political interests and biases?

Yang: You have to gauge various risk-reward scenarios. What's the greater risk at this point: that we just aren't sure what's true, or that there's going to be some government agency that somehow becomes overly politicized to a point where it somehow washes out all objective journalism? I suggest the first one is a much more real concern right now. And at this point with the internet, it'd be very, very hard for any government agency to do more than just nibble at the edges of a particular set of political viewpoints.

Fisher: Even under a Trump administration which regularly disparages legitimate news outlets as fake news? If Trump had an ombudsman available to him, would there be the possibility of abusing that authority?

Yang: I struggle to see it. Let's say that this ombudsman then went and said, "Hey, New York Times, you reported on this," and The New York Times was like, "It's actually true." It's not that there's no process involved — as long as you can present the facts and say, "Our reporting is objective," then it's not like you're just going to be arbitrarily punished. As you said, it's not perfect.

Fisher: There was a BuzzFeed News story earlier this year that seemed to implicate the president in impeachable crimes. Then Robert Mueller's office took the extraordinary step of saying the story is not accurate. If Trump had the power to say that is fake news, again, could an FCC ombudsman for fake news be something that could be abused by a bad actor in office?

Yang: I think that the potential for that sort of abuse is much lower than people imagine. This is not an age where there are three or four TV networks — at this point, there are tens of thousands of news outlets, and it would be virtually impossible for the government to meaningfully suppress journalism.

Fisher: You've proposed sunsetting old laws. Can you talk a little bit about why this issue is important to you?

Yang: America's legal code is filled with laws that are written and then never go away. Some of these laws stopped making sense years ago, but there's just no mechanism to reexamine them and say, "Does this regulation still make sense? Does it still serve a useful public purpose?"

So if laws are important, then they would be renewed. But if a law has outlived its usefulness, then there should be some kind of mechanism for us to examine it and say, "This law shouldn't be on the books anymore because it doesn't make any sense."

Fisher: You're for "Medicare for All," but you've also described the ideal system as one that provides "holistic care." Can you explain what that is?

Yang: We're in the worst of all situations, where we're spending twice as much as other countries on healthcare for the worst results.

As a CEO and business owner, I know our healthcare system makes it harder to hire. It makes it harder to treat people as full-time employees, because you always want to just treat them as contractors. It makes it harder to start a business. It makes it harder for people to switch jobs.

Right now it's this massive impediment on our economy, and it's immoral, the fact that if we get sick or injured we're more stressed out about trying to navigate the system than we are with getting well. We need to move to a single-payer system, particularly because right now 94% of new jobs are temporary gig or contract jobs — they don't have healthcare benefits. So tying healthcare to employment makes less and less sense.

In terms of holistic medicine, there are different approaches to getting well. And it's not that there's any one discipline that has all the answers. So if someone wants to seek care from a practitioner or a discipline that may work for them, they should have the freedom to do so.

Fisher: To touch on foreign policy: We still have a military presence in Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as a small presence in Syria. As president, how would you manage the military in these hotspots?

Yang: I think we have to examine each of them, and if we have forces there, we ask, "What are they accomplishing? What is the timeframe? How does it improve upon our ability to achieve certain goals?" And then if you reach a conclusion that we are not actually going to further our goals, then you pull them out to the extent possible.

In the big picture, the US has deluded itself into thinking it could get things done in various parts of the world that have ended up costing hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives and tens of thousands of civilian lives, sometimes to very unclear benefits. So one of my big ideas is going to try to be more restrained and judicious in our foreign policy.

I think our foreign policy actually reflects how we're doing at home, and we're not doing well at home. If you look at our numbers domestically, our life expectancy is declining for the last three years because of a surge in suicides and drug overdoses — like, the depths of despair, mental-health crises. We're falling apart and disintegrating at home. And so our foreign policy ends up seeming unreliable and erratic to many of our long-standing allies, and those things are very much connected.

To me, the way we become stronger abroad and have a more sustained foreign-policy agenda is if we're more strong and whole at home.

Read more: Success in America has nothing to do with hard work — and we're in the middle of a 'war on normal people'

Fisher: Another foreign-policy hotspot that is becoming an issue for quite a few 2020 candidates is the crisis in Venezuela. As president, would you recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

Yang: My goal as president would be to help assist the Venezuelan people in any way we can — any sort of humanitarian intervention that would help ease the suffering.

I do not think it's the US's place to engage in regime change. Our track record on making decisions for other countries is very, very uneven at best. So certainly if there's anything we can do to support on a humanitarian level, I'd be eager to do it, but I don't think we should be choosing other nations' leaders.

Fisher: To be clear, the National Assembly, which is basically the last legitimately democratically elected body in Venezuela, decided that Guaidó is the legitimate leader of the country. And the United States, along with about 50 other countries, have agreed to recognize him as such. As US president, would you recognize Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

Yang: Yes, I'd recognize him. I just wouldn't militarily intervene to depose Nicolás Maduro and insert him.

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Fisher: Most Americans aren't familiar with you at this point. What do you want them to know about you as a person?

Yang: I think the main thing is that I'm a parent. I'm running for office because I see what's happening to our country in terms of artificial intelligence's near-term impact on American workers, and I don't want to raise my kids in a country that is falling apart — I want to raise them in a country that I'm still excited about and proud of, that resembles the country I grew up in myself and the country my parents came here to form a better life for myself and my brother.

The big theme of this era is that if we continue to see ourselves as inputs into a machine of capital efficiency, we're going to lose on an epic, historic, catastrophic scale to artificial intelligence, software, robots, and things that can do things much more cheaply and efficiently than any of us can. It's not that a radiologist was somehow bad at school; it's just that artificial intelligence can see shades of gray that human eyes cannot and can reference millions of films.

So we're in a race right now that we cannot win, and our only path forward is to start reshaping our economy around us — make it so that the economy serves us instead of us being inputs into the machine.

If we succeed in this, then we can give rise to a human-centered economy, a trickle-up economy, from people, families, and communities up. It would be an immense catalyst to entrepreneurship and arts and creativity and service and humanities and nurturing and everything else — if we were just to start valuing ourselves intrinsically and declare a dividend for all Americans of $1,000 a month.

SEE ALSO: Here's everyone who has officially announced they are running for president in 2020

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Andrew Yang

  • Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
  • He's passionate about providing every American with a universal basic income of $1,000 a month, saying that would help the working class adjust to an increasingly automated economy.
  • Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome his low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

Andrew Yang is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president on a platform built on giving every American a universal basic income — which he called a "freedom dividend" — of $1,000 a month. His website outlines an unusually robust and specific set of policies on everything from healthcare to marijuana legalization to paying NCAA athletes.

Yang, 44, is an entrepreneur most notable for founding Venture for America, a fellowship program that matches recent college graduates with startups across the country. He's also the author of "The War on Normal People: The Truth about America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income is Our Future."

Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.

Editor's note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. You can watch a portion of it on "Business Insider Today."

Anthony Fisher: There's a number of high-profile Democratic candidates who are getting immediate, widespread media attention. How do you plan to compete with them?

Andrew Yang: The truth is most Americans are not paying any attention to the 2020 election right now. If they see anything, they just see a graphic with a whole crowd of faces on the TV screen. So people are going to start tuning in in earnest when the debates start, and I'm going to be there. And the great thing is this campaign's growing organically all the time, and we're going to peak when it's most important.

Read more: A Democrat running for president in 2020 is testing a basic income proposal by giving $1,000 per month to a family

Fisher: How do you plan on getting on the debate stage?

Yang: The Democratic National Committee has already announced that criteria to make the debate stage. We're going to meet both of them, and you only need to meet one.

The first criteria is polling at 1% either nationally or in the early states, and we're already polling at 1% nationally, according to Monmouth. And the second criteria is getting 65,000 individual contributors by May 15. We're at about 46,000. We're getting another 1,500 a day and should be past the 65,000-donor threshold in about a month.

So I'm going to be on the debate stage in June and July.

Andrew Yang 2020

Fisher: What's the one issue that you'd like to be known for?

Yang: We're in the midst of automating away the most common jobs in our economy. And the reason why Donald Trump's our president today is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, all the swing states. And we're about to do the same thing to millions of retail jobs, call-center jobs, fast-food jobs, truck-driving jobs, and on and on.

So my signature policy proposal's that every American should receive $1,000 a month in a freedom dividend to be able to make adjustments for the future and manage this transition.

Fisher: So that's universal basic income. Why do you think that would be better than, say, a jobs guarantee?

Yang: Well, a universal basic income is much, much easier to administer and much more powerful and effective to getting resources into people's hands.

Let's say tomorrow the federal government said, "We're going to administer a jobs guarantee." Does that mean millions of Americans will wake up and say, "Oh, I know where I'm going: I'm going to go to that job." Of course not. You'd have to set up this massive bureaucracy and infrastructure. What are the jobs? What if someone doesn't like their job? What if someone's not working out? Is this really the way we want Americans to have to be able to feed themselves?

So if you're going to make a move and you're going to make it actually work on a reasonable timeframe, a universal basic income is a much more powerful and effective way to go.

Read more: Meet the Democratic businessman who wants to beat Trump in 2020 and give every American a basic income: 'Donald Trump gives entrepreneurs a bad name'

Fisher: You've proposed several initiatives built around massive cash infusions for journalism, especially local journalism. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Yang: Over 1,200 local newspapers have gone out of business in the past number of years because they relied upon classified ads that now no longer exist in the age of Craigslist. So the local papers die and then democracy does not function as well, because if you have no idea what's happening in your town, how can you vote? Studies have shown that in those situations voters tend to go more towards extremes, and democracy suffers. So if you believe in democracy, then you have to believe in local journalism.

Local journalism does not have any market support right now. We as a country should come together and say, "We need to find a new business model" — let's say a public-private partnership that's operating in conjunction with local organizations, perhaps the local library, perhaps some of the local businesses or the municipal government.

If we think journalism is important — if we think democracy's important — we should come up with a new sustainable runway for these newspapers.

Fisher: You've also proposed the creation of a Federal Communications Commission ombudsman that would punish news outlets for running "fake news." Can you talk a little bit about that?

Yang: If you look at the threats to our democracy, one of them is rampant misinformation.

It's one thing to make a mistake — we all make mistakes — but it's another thing to purposely try and misinform a segment of the American public to undermine our democracy. And right now, foreign actors are doing that. We know that the Russians have tens of thousands of bots that are just spreading various rumors.

We can't just throw up our hands and say, "Well, I guess that's just the way it's going to be." You need to have some sort of penalty for purposely spreading false information. The British already do this: They already have an ombudsman who comes and says, "This stuff was untrue, and you knew it was untrue," and then there's some sort of penalty associated with that.

Fisher: The FCC inherently has a political tilt. It has five commissioners, and whichever party the president is in, three will be from that party. What would you say to someone concerned about the idea of an FCC ombudsman being subject to political interests and biases?

Yang: You have to gauge various risk-reward scenarios. What's the greater risk at this point: that we just aren't sure what's true, or that there's going to be some government agency that somehow becomes overly politicized to a point where it somehow washes out all objective journalism? I suggest the first one is a much more real concern right now. And at this point with the internet, it'd be very, very hard for any government agency to do more than just nibble at the edges of a particular set of political viewpoints.

Fisher: Even under a Trump administration which regularly disparages legitimate news outlets as fake news? If Trump had an ombudsman available to him, would there be the possibility of abusing that authority?

Yang: I struggle to see it. Let's say that this ombudsman then went and said, "Hey, New York Times, you reported on this," and The New York Times was like, "It's actually true." It's not that there's no process involved — as long as you can present the facts and say, "Our reporting is objective," then it's not like you're just going to be arbitrarily punished. As you said, it's not perfect.

Fisher: There was a BuzzFeed News story earlier this year that seemed to implicate the president in impeachable crimes. Then Robert Mueller's office took the extraordinary step of saying the story is not accurate. If Trump had the power to say that is fake news, again, could an FCC ombudsman for fake news be something that could be abused by a bad actor in office?

Yang: I think that the potential for that sort of abuse is much lower than people imagine. This is not an age where there are three or four TV networks — at this point, there are tens of thousands of news outlets, and it would be virtually impossible for the government to meaningfully suppress journalism.

Fisher: You've proposed sunsetting old laws. Can you talk a little bit about why this issue is important to you?

Yang: America's legal code is filled with laws that are written and then never go away. Some of these laws stopped making sense years ago, but there's just no mechanism to reexamine them and say, "Does this regulation still make sense? Does it still serve a useful public purpose?"

So if laws are important, then they would be renewed. But if a law has outlived its usefulness, then there should be some kind of mechanism for us to examine it and say, "This law shouldn't be on the books anymore because it doesn't make any sense."

Fisher: You're for "Medicare for All," but you've also described the ideal system as one that provides "holistic care." Can you explain what that is?

Yang: We're in the worst of all situations, where we're spending twice as much as other countries on healthcare for the worst results.

As a CEO and business owner, I know our healthcare system makes it harder to hire. It makes it harder to treat people as full-time employees, because you always want to just treat them as contractors. It makes it harder to start a business. It makes it harder for people to switch jobs.

Right now it's this massive impediment on our economy, and it's immoral, the fact that if we get sick or injured we're more stressed out about trying to navigate the system than we are with getting well. We need to move to a single-payer system, particularly because right now 94% of new jobs are temporary gig or contract jobs — they don't have healthcare benefits. So tying healthcare to employment makes less and less sense.

In terms of holistic medicine, there are different approaches to getting well. And it's not that there's any one discipline that has all the answers. So if someone wants to seek care from a practitioner or a discipline that may work for them, they should have the freedom to do so.

Fisher: To touch on foreign policy: We still have a military presence in Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as a small presence in Syria. As president, how would you manage the military in these hotspots?

Yang: I think we have to examine each of them, and if we have forces there, we ask, "What are they accomplishing? What is the timeframe? How does it improve upon our ability to achieve certain goals?" And then if you reach a conclusion that we are not actually going to further our goals, then you pull them out to the extent possible.

In the big picture, the US has deluded itself into thinking it could get things done in various parts of the world that have ended up costing hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives and tens of thousands of civilian lives, sometimes to very unclear benefits. So one of my big ideas is going to try to be more restrained and judicious in our foreign policy.

I think our foreign policy actually reflects how we're doing at home, and we're not doing well at home. If you look at our numbers domestically, our life expectancy is declining for the last three years because of a surge in suicides and drug overdoses — like, the depths of despair, mental-health crises. We're falling apart and disintegrating at home. And so our foreign policy ends up seeming unreliable and erratic to many of our long-standing allies, and those things are very much connected.

To me, the way we become stronger abroad and have a more sustained foreign-policy agenda is if we're more strong and whole at home.

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Fisher: Another foreign-policy hotspot that is becoming an issue for quite a few 2020 candidates is the crisis in Venezuela. As president, would you recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

Yang: My goal as president would be to help assist the Venezuelan people in any way we can — any sort of humanitarian intervention that would help ease the suffering.

I do not think it's the US's place to engage in regime change. Our track record on making decisions for other countries is very, very uneven at best. So certainly if there's anything we can do to support on a humanitarian level, I'd be eager to do it, but I don't think we should be choosing other nations' leaders.

Fisher: To be clear, the National Assembly, which is basically the last legitimately democratically elected body in Venezuela, decided that Guaidó is the legitimate leader of the country. And the United States, along with about 50 other countries, have agreed to recognize him as such. As US president, would you recognize Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president?

Yang: Yes, I'd recognize him. I just wouldn't militarily intervene to depose Nicolás Maduro and insert him.

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Fisher: Most Americans aren't familiar with you at this point. What do you want them to know about you as a person?

Yang: I think the main thing is that I'm a parent. I'm running for office because I see what's happening to our country in terms of artificial intelligence's near-term impact on American workers, and I don't want to raise my kids in a country that is falling apart — I want to raise them in a country that I'm still excited about and proud of, that resembles the country I grew up in myself and the country my parents came here to form a better life for myself and my brother.

The big theme of this era is that if we continue to see ourselves as inputs into a machine of capital efficiency, we're going to lose on an epic, historic, catastrophic scale to artificial intelligence, software, robots, and things that can do things much more cheaply and efficiently than any of us can. It's not that a radiologist was somehow bad at school; it's just that artificial intelligence can see shades of gray that human eyes cannot and can reference millions of films.

So we're in a race right now that we cannot win, and our only path forward is to start reshaping our economy around us — make it so that the economy serves us instead of us being inputs into the machine.

If we succeed in this, then we can give rise to a human-centered economy, a trickle-up economy, from people, families, and communities up. It would be an immense catalyst to entrepreneurship and arts and creativity and service and humanities and nurturing and everything else — if we were just to start valuing ourselves intrinsically and declare a dividend for all Americans of $1,000 a month.

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i really need help, advice anything please.

3 years ago my cousin got tricked by her dad and taken to iraq and forced to be married to her cousin. now she has a baby and another one on the way. i recently got in contact with her and she wants to get out. but her dad and husband and his family will not allow her to come back to america. she was born and raised in the US. since she is a citizen, is it easier for her kids to become citizens?

what steps does she need to take from here? what can i do to help her???

my heart is breaking apart.
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As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, I am subject to insidious discrimination that is enshrined by law – and no major party sees it as an issue

As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, it is a strange experience to watch your humanity become a subject of national debate between a prime minister and a model. Responding to criticism by the well-known Israeli actor Rotem Sela this week, Benjamin Netanyahu took it upon himself to declare, via Instagram: “Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the nation-state law we passed [in July 2018], Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people – and not anyone else.” His assertion quickly dominated international headlines. Israeli Hollywood actror Gal Gadot (who played Wonder Woman in the 2017 blockbuster), President Reuven Rivlin, and other public figures joined the fray to defend Sela, who had posted the question: “When the hell will someone in this government convey to the public that Israel is a state of all its citizens and that all people were created equal?”

Sela’s remarks are commendable. But Netanyahu is right: Israel is not a country built for all its people, a fifth of whom (more than 1.5 million) are Palestinian Arab citizens of the state. This was the case long before the “Jewish nation-state law” was enacted last year, and long before Netanyahu returned as prime minister a decade ago. Since the state’s establishment in 1948, more than 65 laws have been used to restrict the rights of Palestinian citizens in all fields of life, with more being passed every year. While many of these laws may not appear discriminatory at face value, their racist impact is evident to the people they target.

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THE BIG CALL WITH BRUCE TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019, INTEL ONLY

TRANSCRIBED BY PINKROSES (Thank you, PinkRoses. ~ Dinar Chronicles)

Bruce:
Welcome Everybody to the Big Call tonight. Let’s talk about what is going on or what we believe is going on. Some of it is a little tough to get confirmation on now. Some parts have sort of dried up. Some of our sources have gone dark and it has been a little harder to get confirmation that we like regarding certain things. Let’s start with Iraq. We are not completely done. We think we are done with Iraq. We know that the Iraqi dinar was supposed to be pre-trading the night before last. Yesterday was Monday. That would have been Sunday at 6:15 pm EDT the Iraqi Dinar would have started pre-trading. We think it is continually trading, but possibly not officially on the screens. We know they had a pre-traded start rate in the $6.73 range. It was to go up from there as it was traded. It has been two full 24 hour periods plus that should have been taking place.


Bruce: You say, What about the Dong? The Dong was going to start pre-trading at one hour before the markets opened on Monday morning, yesterday morning. That would have been 8:30 am EDT that the Dong would have started pre-trading. Where are the values now? I couldn’t tell you. I could not say. What is interesting to me is the Vietnamese Dong is supposed to be as a result of China wanting it to be comparable to the Iraqi Dinar. Comparable. How do we define comparable? We believe it means within 5% of the Dinar. That is a tremendous value not only for the Dinar as it continues to climb in value, but the Dong to be comparable to the Dinar is way more than we all thought it could be years ago. That is a very strong contender if you will.

Bruce: Now, what will be really be interesting is to see how the Iranian Rial comes in as a next door neighbor of Iraq, to see how close it comes in to the value of the Dinar. No, there is no contract rate on the Rial just so you know. Can’t really say what is going on with the Zim. I really haven’t gotten anything new on that. You bet it will be great whatever it is. It really won’t matter. It will be great. The other currencies I really can’t speak to you right now either.

Bruce: What we are hearing is regarding Iraq, you know they passed the HCL law, Oil and Gas Law. What that did was not only a certain amount of the profits or proceeds from oil and gas exploration in Iraq to go to Kurdistan and also to Bagdad, and so on to pay for the government, but the citizenry of Iraq and Kurdistan are also to be paid a percentage of the Oil and Gas revenue. That is part of the deal. The good news is as you know they have Qi (pronounced as the word: “key”) cards which they are paid on. The Qi cards, by the way there is a partnership between Mastercard, Chase Bank, and Refidain Bank in Iraq. It was a 50/50 partnership initially when Chase and Refidain were equal partners. I do not know what the actual percentage of the relationship is, but I know they still use a Mastercard for that purpose.

Bruce: Now they can have more than one Qi card. For example: Salaries, retirements, Government employees, Military, etc. can all be paid on a Qi card and have been and are continuing to be now. What is interesting is the Qi card that I am referring to will hold revenue from oil and gas from Iraq, and that will be available to use at the new rate for the Iraqi Dinar Thursday morning. Now that to me says something right there. That is pretty good. I believe that is important for us to understand. Okay. So as of Thursday morning can we put Iraq in a rear view mirror? Maybe. Except keeping an eye on what happens to the Dinar rate wise. I think so. We will see, but I think so.

Bruce: As far as what else is going on a lot has happened. I believe there has been negotiations between China and the United States to get certain things moving here in terms of payouts. Officially started yesterday or last night let’s call it. We know, for example, the Native American Claims have been settled. We know that the people who are making Farm claims have been notified. Not paid out, but just notified and their addresses verified. We know that the CMKX was supposed to be paid last night, but might just get paid out tonight, settled and paid out tonight. We know that the Cores have not yet been settled. We think the Core Groups may go and they might even go overnight. I do not know that, but if they haven’t gone yet, they could go overnight. Being positive. Really in my opinion, when that takes place, this is only my opinion, I believe the toll-free numbers could go alongside in evidence of the Cores being paid. I may be wrong, but to me that might be what happens.

Bruce: Otherwise, there is movement. Are we in a slow rollout? Yes, we are. Are we seeing progress to move us in the right direction? Yes. Is it extremely quiet from many sources out there now? Yes. They may be under gag orders or NDA or both and that may be the reason for it. We know that is the reason in some cases.

Bruce: What about Prosperity Packages? They have been paid out to the people who are supposed to distribute those to the end recipients. We could look at them as Trustees in a sense. They have been paid to those people. Other words, they have what they need to take those Prosperity packages out to the various recipients. That is a “Go” signal. That is what that is. When they get the “Go Ahead”, they will be delivered by either Fed Ex or US Marshalls. Additionally, we know that Paymasters have been made liquid, have their release codes, and will be executing the pay orders when they receive the Go Ahead to do so. So, they have gone that far where they need the Go Ahead to be able to do those ledger to ledger transactions.

Bruce: Everything is looking like we are set on Go from this point on. Could this be our week? A lot of people think so. I couldn’t tell you if we are a day away or days away, but I believe we should have the result we are all looking for before the end of the week. I will say it that way. I am excited. Yes, I am excited as much as I have ever been because I see movement. I see progress. I see things happening. I see that even though we are rolling out slowly, we are moving and we are moving in the direction we want. Obviously, it takes patience to be on a ride of this length. It takes faith to be on a ride of this length, and it takes wisdom to know not to depend on this for your daily thrive or survival. It takes your ability to stay on your Plan A sort of like dance with the one who brought you until Plan B comes in to fruition, and we are able to see it, and receive it as a blessing.

Bruce: That is what my Plan B stands for - Blessing, and we are able to move to our next level, next paradigm, and be getting involved in the type of projects we talked about whether your own projects, whether it is Rebuild America, whether it is working with our veterans. I need some volunteers to help me with Equine Therapy for our Veterans and Veterans families. If you are a horse person or you are connected to horses, we will have a complete call and team just for that. Iknow we have two to three out there that have expressed interest in the past to be part of that. That is cool. If you are someone involved with Canine Therapy, I call it Puppy Therapy, I love those puppies and dogs, that would be something we would love to have some help with also. I got the Kitty Therapy. I got that. Don’t worry about that. I just am kidding. I do not know if we are going to have therapy cats or not. We will see. They might show up. You know how cats just show up, and they know right away if you want them or not. I speak from experience.

Bruce: So, I am feeling really good about where we are right now. Even as recently as during this call I am receiving very positive information that things could be rolling here very shortly. I am just excited. I am excited. I really think we are going to have a really good week and weekend. So hang in there everybody. Thank you for being there for us. Thank you for listening and being part of our team, because how much can I do by myself and with my team. I can do a lot. I can do a lot with my teams, but I would love to have my 5,000 Big Call volunteers that will help to do the kind of things that I will do throughout the United States.

Bruce: Why do you need 5,000? Because initially when I came up with Rebuild America I was thinking 50 states. Wonder if we could make a difference in 100 cities, towns, or communities. 100 per state. Wonder if each person took a city, town or community, not limiting yourself to one, but wonder if we could do that. Each person pick one city, one town, or one community to make an impact on, to rebuild, add new housing, to add possibly an addition onto a school, add a recreation center, to create healing centers, not hospitals. We got enough of them. We need places that people can feel like they are being healed. Unfortunately, the hospital experience is not a comfortable one. For emergencies, yes. You want hospitals for that. That is what you want. You want the good ERs. Go to the hospital for that. For healing, you know we are going to try to create a more receptive environment for healing. Maybe we will do that with clinics or healing Centers. I think with what Bob knows, Sue knows, and even what I know we can do that.

Bruce: So that is something we can do as far as Rebuild America. Remember this is about jobs, creating employment opportunities, improving infrastructure and creating longevity with our projects. This is not a flash in the pan. This is not a one year, two year thing. This is something that should go on 10, 20, 50 years, whatever it takes, even indefinitely. The funding will be there to support it which it should be. Shouldn’t have any trouble with that.

Bruce: So, I am excited. You can tell I am excited. I am just champing at the bit. We all are kind of like race horses being queued in, ready to go at the starting gate. I am with you. Let’s just see happens, and see whether or not we even have a call Thursday. We could have one, a regular or a 25 minute Celebration Call. Let’s see what happens. Everybody have a great Hump Day tomorrow. Let’s see what transpires. I am excited. Thank you, Sue. Thank you, Bob. Thank you, Pastor Steven. A wonderful team. Thank you to all the Big Call listeners out there from Big Call Country all the way out to Big Call Universe.

Bruce: Remember our website is: bigcalluniverse.com. Remember praise reports and prayer requests go to bigcallministry@gmail.com. Thank you everybody. I appreciate you. Thank you for tuning in, and let’s see what happens between now and Thursday, as always, God Bless you. Good Night Everybody. God Bless you All.

THANK YOU BIG CALL AND BRUCE, HUGSSS
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Compiled 13 March 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces: the biography of Jenny Hill.”As a young child Jenny was tortured by a CIA Operative and forced to witness a child sacrifice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F626Lsrdwg4 Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it is valid. A Special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research efforts in discerning the Truth, Dale who keeps me in line and Ken who uncovers almost unlimited intel on pedophilia to help us Save the Children.

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. In all your giving, please don’t forget exploited children.


Judy Note - in my opinion nothing has changed since yesterday:

1. Reno received notice of the payment codes on Sun. March 10.

2. The payment codes were released to payers on Mon. March 11.

3. That same Mon. March 11 XI Ping was at Maralago signing papers with President Trump.

4. President Trump then released the codes for the “doors to open” on Tues. March 12.

5. Geopolitical issues have been handled behind the scenes and were not released to news outlets.

6. Some have said that we would receive information to set our appointments by Fri. March 15.

A. Apparent Global Currency Reset/GESARA Schedule:

Fri. March 1: The new USTNs were made live Fri. March 1 at 3pm EST.

Sat. midnight March 2: The debt ceiling was hit, the AIIB ended their fiat credit to the Federal Reserve and US Taxpayer monies were sent to the new US Treasury in Reno.

Mon. March 4: Zimbabwe demonetized their Zim Bond Notes, released them on Tues. March 5, at 1 pm EST - the same time that the green light was issued for payments to buyers and payers at the new US Treasury in Reno (Zim Bonds were backing the entire Global Currency Reset and they had just been demonetized for the RV).

Wed. March 6 at 8:15 pm EST some fines, penalties and a group known as the Big Boys were paid out. It was rumored that by Thurs. March 7 the Cherokee Nation had been paid and that by Sat. March 9 five Indian Nations had been paid out. Farm Claims and F&Ps were to be paid out the evening of Sat. March 9.

Friday March 8 intel behind the now over 82,324 sealed indictments began to be revealed when Hannity on Fox News broke the story on the Deep State FISA Conspiracy to Commit Fraud on a Court by the DNC, Clinton Campaign and FBI. Although other mainstream news outlets have yet to pick up the story, according to Pentagon sources, "The Ides of March should bring 85,000 sealed indictments and many arrests in the U.S.”

This Week: The European exit (Brexit) from the Euro would take away the Cabal’s last bastion of rule over the global financial system by closing the Queen’s Bank of London, though Brexit wouldn’t be made official until March 29.

Mon. March 11: Rumor was that on March 11 XI Ping was at Maralago with President Trump and that the codes had been released.

March 13: Zimbabwe to make gold announcement.

Fri. March 15: We should be able to obtain our appointments by Fri. March 15.

Fri. March 15: Back on Oct. 1 2018 the NY Stock Market lost all gains for the year and for the last six months has been on the brink of collapse, with no revival in sight. The Stock Market plummet would be a distraction to hide the RV, along with the Mueller report due out by the Ides of March 15.

March 19: Q tweeted that big things were happening on March 19.

March 20: Military Tribunals began in various secret locations on Jan. 2 and the 9/11 Tribunal began at GITMO on Jan. 28. The FISA Warrant Tribunal was set to begin on March 20. FISA Warrant declassification was expected to expose that the FBI, Justice Department, Obama, Clinton campaign and Democrats were in cahoots to take down duly elected US President Trump – an act of Treason.

March 20: According to a March 6 2019 Institute of Physics of the Earth Report sent to Prime Minister Putin, around March 20 the western coasts of the US, Mexico, Central and South America was set to experience a catastrophic 9 mega-earthquake that would unleash a deadly tsunami with 30 metric-high waves. Scientists were warning leaders to prepare the general population.

http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=118719&fbclid=IwAR1v_WKmlxdyCkSxFUPyGfo3a6sOAp3J8_ob8JJf4luv9u9BE9xA1HPJNzc

March 29: Some say that the Bank of International Settlements planned to announce the gold/asset- backed currency standard on March 29. Others say the new global asset-backed currency system would be announced on Aug. 1 and put in force Jan. 1 2020.

April 1: The transition into the new Quantum Financial System.

August 1: All countries were expected to be GESARA compliant by Aug. 1 2019.

Oct. 2019: The Federal Reserve and IRS would close their books in Oct. 2019. US Taxpayer monies were being sent from the Federal Reserve/IRS to the new US Treasury in Reno as of Sat. midnight March 2.

B. March 12 2019 The Big Call, Bruce: Thebigcall.net: 712-770-4016 pin123456#

1. Iraqi Dinar was supposed to be pre-traded by Sun. March 10 at a $6.73 start.

2. Dong started pre-trading Mon. morning March 11. Supposed to be within 5% of the Dinar.

3. Iranian Rial should come in close to the Dinar.

4. Dinar would be available at the new rate Thurs. morning March 14.

5. Native American claims have been settled. Farm claims have been notified. CMX settle out tonight. The core groups may go overnight tonight March 12.

6. The 800#s may go right after the core groups go.

7. Prosperity Packages have been paid out to those trustees so they can pay them to the recipients.

8. Paymasters were liquid, have release codes.

9. We should be there by the end of the week.

C. March 12 2019 8:48 am EST Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for March 12, 2019 Operation Disclosure (Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not be accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)

1. The entire world was waiting on Brexit to be passed as it would mark the end of the remaining Cabal structure.

2. Trump was expected to start making moves on removing the Fed after Brexit was passed.

3. The Fed was connected to the City of London and Brexit would relinquish the City of London from Cabal control.

4. This explained why the EU was doing everything in their power to prevent Brexit from being voted on. The EU continued to make profits from the City of London as they delayed Brexit. These profits were being used to fund the last Cabal/Deep State remnants.

5. If Brexit was not passed, the Alliance was prepared to temporarily crash European markets to force the EU to collapse.

6. Brexit was inevitable and it would happen either way, whether through a democratic process or a total collapse of the EU.

7. The fall of the City of London meant no more funding for the Cabal (in the EU) and the Deep State (in the US). This was the Cabal's last stand.

8. Sources expected everything to be settled (total GESARA compliance) by August.

9. The RV was expected to occur this month of March (after Brexit was voted on).

D. March 12 2019 Bluwolf:

1. We are about to receive a GO message in a short while (minutes, hours, days) for there is nothing out there obstructing or delaying this or anything.

2. The rates will be satisfying to all involved and things pertaining to the exchange will be as it was accorded with both banks elected or chosen for this important RV event.

3. All things expected of Iraq has been 100 % covered, written off in there Gazette and accepted by all governments involved.

4. The voice in charge of awarding the banks the GO permission to open up there envelopes which contains the 800 # they are all in agreement that we are finally heading to the desire end.

5. The PLAN has had a lot of obstacles by the money rich and the corrupted government individuals but according to those in charge that has been dealt with.

6. The system for this exchange has been tested and APPROVED 100% secure and safe with no flaws whatsoever.

E. March 12 2019 1:36 pm EST Update March 12: Restored Republic via a GCR as of the Morning of March 12, 2019

F. One Unknown Family Rules the World; Two Dueling Branches; w/ Dr. Dave Janda Pt 1 - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFFBDNraxS0

G. Q Decode NXIVM - What MSM isn't Reporting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q48-ZHhAX-g The Cult out of Clifton Park NY has a million connections that the mainstream media are ignoring. In this vid I first introduce the cult & a few of its practices, then I go over how the Clintons have a cozy relationship with a lot of NXIVM's members. Q mentioned NXIVM by name a week ago, but human trafficking has been a theme throughout the Q.

H. International Child Trafficking:

BOMBSHELL BEAUMONT TESTIMONY SET TO SHOCK THE WORLD! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W0aLPw1ZBk

Rachel Vaughan's testimony highlights the 1966 "Disappearance of the Beaumont Children" case in South Australia, unresolved after half a century. It also raises serious concerns regarding the Mullighan Report, (a 600-page Royal Commission report of sex abuse against Australia's children in state care over four decades).

The Child Abuse Cover Up: A Police Whistleblower Speaks... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-yHHMhFWns

In a courageous and explosive audio interview with UK Column "Despatches from the Front", a Metropolitan Police Detective Constable child protection specialist takes the lid off the scale of child abuse, trafficking and prostitution in London and UK. This criminal conspiracy seeks to deceive the public.

Hollywood's Satanic Roots - The Movie - Reloaded // Jason Cooley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1IAilcq3P0

A Sound the Battle Cry Production: Hollywood's Satanic Roots - The Movie, Reloaded

Ireland's forgotten mixed-race child abuse victims https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC_CpnwZPYM

Rosemary Adaser was one of many mixed-race children considered illegitimate who was brought up in institutions run by the Catholic Church in Ireland between the 1950s and 1970s. She tells of the abuse and racist treatment she suffered, and returns to her school in Kilkenny.

How the Catholic Church Hid Away Hundreds of Irish Children | Times Documentaries
: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoulaehrD_I


Ireland wanted to forget, but the dead don't always stay buried. One woman made it her mission to unearth the truth.

We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph's Catholic Orphanage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o13yTTAeM30 Read the full investigation: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/


This is the haunting story of children who survived horrors in American orphanages, and their fight to make the world believe them.

Documentary Nuns Abuse & Crimes against Thousands of Women Revealed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfDOrLnhNh8

Documentary Nuns Abuse & Crimes against Thousands of Women Revealed

Human Trafficking Survivor Story: Dellena, California
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OntjTAsfhpo


In California, many vulnerable women and young girls are held against their will and forced to sell their bodies. The victims are often girls as young as 12 who are sexually exploited for the financial gain of human traffickers.

POLITICIANS ASKED ABOUT BOHEMIAN GROVE COMPILATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=013tHIfnvi4

Answers from Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, David Gergen, Rush Limbuagh, Bill Richardson, Richard Nixon, and Larwrence O'donnel on the Bohemian club.

The Devil Of Little St. James: The True Jeffrey Epstein Story (Full Documentary 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WH406_rMIY

Jeffrey Edward Epstein is a billionaire American financier and registered Level 3 sex offender. The Palm Beach Police Department investigated the cases of over 30 underage females who had been sexually abused and/or commercially exploited by Epstein for the purposes of sex trafficking. To this day Epstein has been convicted of a single count.

TTB w/ @LizCrokin * The Hollywood Cesspool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFWwKrJmoL0

EXCLUSIVE Interview With Former Employee of Bohemian Grove https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsoNwUC-gLQ

Bohemian Grove, the place where the richest and most powerful MEN in the world go to dress up as women and poo and pee all over each other. Those that go fervently deny its existence but today we have an EXCLUSIVE interview with someone who was there in 2007 to witness all the hi-jinks and lo-jinks.

Updates for the week prior:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of March 12, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of March 11, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of March 10, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of March 9, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of March 8, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of March 7, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of March 6, 2019
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Dinarland Highlights - 3.12.19

Kaperoni (Dinar Alert)


Many think the dinar could never free float and must be some sort of manage float. They may be right! I ...do not really care what type of float it is other than that is how monetary policy works, floats are a tool that the CBI uses to counter pressure.Random acts like RV's RI's etc are not tools the CBI uses so we can rule such an event out. As well there are other reasons like money supply, economic shock that prevent such an event from ever happening. If they do float (which they will) the float will begin at whatever the current rate is at..such as 1190. The reason is simple...any other value would be a RV of sorts and not be within the tools the CBI uses. Not to mention, it would circumvent the CBI's ability to profit from the buy/sell of currency commissions. Which after all, is what the CBI is in the business of...making money. Central banks every single day control the sale of their currency to make money.

As for how fast the dinar could rise...just look back at 2004-2005 when the CBI under Dr. Shabibi unpegged for about 6 months and reduced inflation from about 33% to 5% or less raising the dinar exchange rate from near 3000 / $1 to 1170 /$1. This demonstrates the pace the dinar once again could have during the investment/market economy phase. But again, this process is up to how fast investors/investment comes to Iraq. It is not a random act. Again, many articles on this process to read from the IMF and other organization.

...Remember this is not some idea I came up with. The professionals at the IMF that work directly with Iraq have documented that is their intention for the CBI and the dinar.

There are two ways to interpret what the CBI is talking about when they mention "deletion of zeros. It may be honest and part of the plan (when they interpretation of what they really mean applies) or it may simply be the CBI trying to diffuse speculation and speculators from buying the dinar. There is no way to know for sure until they open the economy and we find out. I have read articles that imply deleting 3 zeros is a LOP and others that imply that they will raise the value gradually down to the day the dinar is worth the same as the dollar...which implies a float and exchange rate improvement. Personally, I believe from my research the dinar will improve in value via float and that seems to coincide with Dr. Bakri in Iraq who has written me several times to discuss monetary policy...
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DELTA (KTFA)

Article:
"Iran's economy receives the first installment of debt on Iraq"

...VERY HUGE...I WAS WAITING FOR THIS ONE... THEY GOT PAID...ALSO TRANSLATION IS MISSING A PART IT SHOULD SAY THE FOLLOWING..."This came during a meeting with HIS Iraqi counterpart Ali Al-Alaq" IRAN CENTRAL BANK GOV ALSO WAS IN IRAQ AGAIN AND DID MEET ALAQQ...
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MarkZ

[do we need to bring currency receipts to our exchange apts? Receipt invoice to prove date of purchase.]


I am taking every receipt I have. Its better to take it and not need it then to get to the exchange and need it and don’t have it.
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RayRen98 (TNT)

Parliament met on Monday and instead of concluding the 4 cabinet positions as allegedly planned, PM Madhi was supposedly given the authority to fulfill the remaining cabinet members within 3 weeks...Iraqi TV is broadcasting CBI's Alaq informing the joining of the IFC's (International Finance Corporation) international sustainability network.

...America's (used to be) second largest fast food chain, Hardee's Restaurant (a.k.a. Carl Jr's on the West Coast) has established a presence in a mall in Baghdad.
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Bluwolf

...On the concept of where we are in this current time frame. I can say that we are about to receive a GO message in a short while ( minutes, hours,days ) for there is nothing out there obstructing or delaying this or anything. The rates will be satisfying to all involved and things pertaining to the exchange will be as it was accorded with both banks elected or chosen for this important RV event. All things expected of Iraq has been 100% covered, written off in there Gazette and accepted by all governments involved...

The voice in charge of awarding the banks the GO permission to open up there envelopes which contains the 800# they are all in agreement that we are finally heading to the desire end to this wonderful and blessed ride, so please be tolerant and let this flow for it all shall be over very soon. The PLAN has had a lot of obstacles by the money rich and the corrupted government individuals but according to those in charge that has been delt with. The system for this exchange has been tested and APPROVED 100% secure and safe with no flaws whatsoever.

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Iraqi Dinar Revaluation and Global Currency Reset News | Dinar Chronicles

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Bluwolf

PLEASE SHARE 3.12.19


A brief message to all. I have not heard neither from HSBC nor from WF stating that they will impose a limit on the amount of Zim currency that can be exchanged, nor have I heard of any elimination of 6 zeros or anything around those lines. Nor have I heard about the bank stating that they will create some kind of ceiling on the amount of monies that they will place in any given account. I honestly sometimes wonder where these people get this type of propaganda from and to the why of there intentions to limit or cripple this blessing inspire by God. Let me tell you something friend God will not let that happen and honestly you and those who sent you should quit while you are ahead. On the concept of where we are in this current time frame. I can say that we are about to receive a GO message in a short while (minutes, hours, days) for there is nothing out there obstructing or delaying this or anything. The rates will be satisfying to all involved and things pertaining to the exchange will be as it was accorded with both banks elected or chosen for this important RV event. All things expected of Iraq has been 100% covered, written off in there Gazette and accepted by all governments involved, so please don't create any other stories of delays or what nots, enough already. The voice in charge of awarding the banks the GO permission to open up there envelopes which contains the 800# they are all in agreement that we are finally heading to the desire end to this wonderful and blessed ride, so please be tolerant and let this flow for it all shall be over very soon. The PLAN has had a lot of obstacles by the money rich and the corrupted government individuals but according to those in charge that has been dealt with. The system for this exchange has been tested and APPROVED 100% secure and safe with no flaws whatsoever. I want to wish you all well when you receive your 800#, but promise God and yourselves that you will do good by your brothers and sisters. Be loved, be safe, be prosperous, be in peace, make changes and stick with them no matter what, help your country, rebuild where needed,be responsible, put God always first in all that you do and live the vida loca for you deserve it.

God bless, Na'mastes, Bluwolf

"when I receive this I do not think of me for I am not greedy nor do I move by vanity. My thoughts are with my generation and my children and grandchildren's there forth. My heart is with the people of Puerto Rico and the world, with the Caribbean islands and its people and with the needy of the United States and the world. By helping the above I will inspire Gods work to take its toll in protecting and fixing our Earth and its its inhabitants. Be blessed drop a knee before the Lord and just say the following. " Lord I ask of thy to bless my journey on your behalf, my we succeed in every venture in your Name and may your Angels and Archangels be with us to protect us all of the way. May I inspire help everywhere that my eyesight may fall and may that help be imposed forever like the flow of water from a never ending river, in Jesus name I declare. Amen"
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MarkZ Update Tuesday 3-12-19: Notes by PDK-Highlights only-Not Verbatum

MarkZ Disclaimer: Please consider everything on this call as my opinion. People who take notes do not catch everything and its best to watch the video so that you get everything in context. Be sure to consult a professional for any financial decisions

MZ: I did not see the movement we wanted to see from Sunday into Monday….Still very excited this week. We will be watching every single day. The Progress is slow and steady and we want it to be fast, quick and efficient.. there is a whole bunch to watch for this week…

Mr. C has not been paid. No confirmation on the Indian Accounts…we have someone speak directly with a Chief. F&Ps not delivered until Indians are paid .

My contacts in Chicago are still excited that we are seeing progress….they are energized and rejuvenated this week and feeling very positive….I am still looking at “any day”

CMKX: we are sitting on “Go” and ready….I got some cool confirmations on where we are now sitting….I have been asked to not talk about this so I won’t.

Q: I know its early but i do have an important question MarkZ.I heard we should not get an interest bearing account, but if we dont get that, then how would we get interest?

MZ: I understand there will be accounts available for us……Wed. night we will have our Trust expert on to answer all your questions. Bob used to be a “Barr” attorney and he is now a “common Law Attorney”..

Member: the whole thing with the non-interest bearing account was that USG would insure an unlimited balance. It was a scam to suck deposits into the banks, because the banks had zero liquidity.

Member: The benefit of a non interest-bearing account is that the money has not been invested yet and is easier to move to a different bank etc….. when you have an interest-bearing account with a large sum of money that we will be placing in these accounts, to get interest it has to be invested therefore the theory goes that it would take a little while for them to liquidate and move it because your friends have been invested in something in order for you to receive interest. If you're planning on keeping

Q: Mark please explain, i thought this was a general revolution stream, are you all waiting to be paid by the Gov or sumfin?

MZ: We are looking for a Global reset and a New Republic/government .

Q: It Sounds like you are now feeling even BETTER....about the CMKX! So....does that mean you are feeling even BETTER about the RV being even CLOSER, as well??

MZ: I feel very positive…very positive…I am still looking for it this week.

Q: how many people are scheduled to receive 800# for distribution

MZ: I will make sure we give the 800 numbers on this call.

Q: What percent would you give MARCH being our month? Cannot Thank YOU enough!

MZ: Im about a 98% on March…I feel really good about.

Member: They are trying to beat the March 29th date because currencies are going to change on that date for sure

Member: BIS will be gold back on March 29

MZ: Bam……that one reason I am so positive in March.

Member: We are leaving the EU on the 29th March

Q: MarkZ Have you heard anything about April 15 being a new back wall?

MZ: I still hear the 29th is our back-wall date.

Q: Is there ANY possibility that BIS going gold-backed March 29 could be postponed?

MZ: I have no idea…….They may be waiting on the outcome just so they have the rates structured

Q: Are we back to waiting for the parliament positions to be filled?

MZ: Heck no………Absolutely not..I hear we are waiting on security on our end.

Q: so you are going back to the constitutuion?

MZ : I am told we are absolutely going back to the constitution and common law.

Member: Judge Anna Von Reitz is a pro for years- on Common Law - She has YouTube videos

Q: Is WF the main bank?

MZ: Yes it is

Q: what happens when the Fed and IRS closes…

MZ: I expect the fed to be folded into the Treasury….We still need a central bank to manage liquidity. .We still need rank and file employees but they will be under new management….us.

Q; When the China and Trump agreed to the trade deal the RV will happen

MZ: It may be true….I hear it’s a security issue right now between China and the US…

Q: BROTHER.......ANY MORE (CONFORMATION), THAT ZIM WILL GO AT THE SAME TIME OF THE RV??

MZ: Yes…I am feeling very confident that its going the same time as the other ones.

Member: Isnt Zimbabwe a economic and political mess?

MZ: Yes If they move forward with a stable currency the government mess will fix itself…… I hear sanctions on their currency go away after the reset.

Member: According to Fulford, the reason for Zimbabwe sanctions is to prevent the cabal from profiting from the reset.

MZ: Im not a big Fulford follower….but that makes sense to me.

Member: I have been told that due to the large amounts of Zim redemptions only HSBC will do them

Member: Mark Is it your opinion that gurus calling it for weeks/months/years was to deliberately throw off the cabal? we just got caught in the middle...

MZ: Yes…Many of us have been used for misinformation over the years.

Q: do you think we'll be waiting for the weekend?

Q: because of the financial magnitude, you think we have to wait for the weekend for timing?

MZ: It makes sense to me as we will be seeing a complete Global Reset. But Historically RVs have happened on a Tuesday or a Thursday .. We were told by Mayheu way back when that we would go to bed on a sat. night and rates would change and we wake up Monday to all new rates.

Member: Those that have profited thru Ill gotten means..will live to see the day when it is ALL taken away"~Bob Maheu

Member: Good Memory on the Mayheu thing.

Q: Did Hodges confirm with you the Dinar has to RV before CMKX is paid? He said it so long ago...

MZ: I did not ask AL that question……he always said the RV had to happen for everyone to get paid.

Member: Banks need our dough

MZ: they absolutely need us to exchange and our liquidity.

Q: Any fear from Bail-ins from Banks.

MZ: I was told specifically we will NOT have to worry about bank- bail-ins

Q: Gm, Mark. Does Cottrell have any leverage to get paid, or could this continue on forever ?

MZ: No not really except for a massive campaign in public to force exposure….sooner or later the fiat system will crash…..it is inevitable…. they can do it the hard way or the easy way.

If this doesn’t happen for us this month we are planning a yellow vest gathering in DC….they are terrified of this.

Member: We will reach out to Q people and Trump groups to join our yellow vest March

MZ: I am having mixed feelings about the Q thing…..they have mixed misinfo with real info into it….anytime the bad guys can meddle with something….its easiest to mix misinfo in with real intel.

Member: can see JFK JR alive. Lots of proof there to. I questioned at first. But anons showed could be. !!!

MZ: that would be wonderful……have no idea if any of that is true but with his family’s history fighting the central banks, I think it would be wonderful if it proves to be true. That would be the best story ever and turn the PTB on their ears……..

Member: REALITY..IS...found..in conspiracy theories..look closely

Q: Originally Mr. Hodges was going to announce to the shareholders and let us know we have Economic Reciept, do you know if he will still tell us... or will we just get a surprise knock on our door? Thanks

MZ: It is not his job to announce to the shareholders…he did his part….now its up to the paymasters and just like us- he is waiting for a knock on his door.

Q: Mark, with all respect....how many people do you think showing up in Yellow vests to Washington would make an impact? Without a GCR most of us could not even afford to go out there.....thoughts?

MZ: I would think 10,000 in yellow vests it would make a huge impact…….starting with 500 to 1,000 it would quickly grow IMO.

Member: Domino for sure! WWG1WGA