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Obama Poisons the Swamp for Trump
Obama: « Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin »
As we are well and truly into the home stretch of Barack Obama’s failed, moribund presidency, the outgoing president is poisoning the swamp which Donald Trump pledged to drain. From a remarkable refusal to veto a resolution condemning Israeli settlements to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, Obama is doing everything he can to damage and delegitimise Trump before he assumes the presidency on 20 January.
First and foremost on Obama’s vindictive agenda are actions seeking to destabilise and isolate Russia, his imaginary foe. Obama gave forewarning of the coming actions when he said in an interview on NPR, « I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections . . . we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be. »
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Daesh militants surround Deir ez-Zor airbase in Syria
Daesh terrorists have surrounded the Deir ez-Zor military airfield in Syria northeast, al-Mayadeen TV channel reported.
According to the TV channel, terrorists have managed to approach the airbase, gaining control over the territory which had been earlier occupied by a Syrian army military unit.
Deir ez-Zor airbase remains the last line of defense of the Syrian army on the way to the city. Despite numerous terrorist attacks involving suicide bombers and military equipment, the Syrian Air Force managed not only to successfully defend the airfield, but also counterattacked terrorists fighting in nearby territories.
Comment: A video on the latest battle situations in Syria:
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Iraqi military releases footage of foreign Daesh militants’ passports found in Mosul
Iraqi servicemen on Monday released a video demonstrating the documents of foreign militants of Daesh terrorist group which had been found in the city of Mosul.
Passports of Azerbaijani and Russian nationals were captured on the video published by the Iraqi military on Twitter. Neither the authenticity of the documents nor their belonging to particular people have been verified to date.
The operation to liberate Mosul from Daesh terrorists began on October 17, 2016. Iraqi troops have managed to advance in the eastern part of the city, but the western part — on the right bank of the Tigris River — remains under control of the militants.
Comment: More proof the militants have nothing to do with a revolution but are merely hired guns spreading chaos.
Russia must be destroyed: John McCain, dodgy dossiers and demonizing narratives
Delanda est Cathargo (in English « Carthage must be destroyed ») are words that come down to us from ancient history. They were spoken by the famed Roman soldier, statesman and orator Cato the Elder, and have never been more relevant than now, today.
The Rome of our time is Washington, Russia is Carthage, and today’s Cato the Elder is US Senator John McCain, whose quest for conflict with Russia is unbounded. Indeed, for Mr McCain the belief that Russia must be destroyed has been elevated to the status of a self evident and received truth.
Comment: See also:
Behind the Headlines: American Political Meltdown: Fake News, Fabricated Dossiers and Russia Hating
Trump claims intelligence insiders admitted Russian dossier a ‘complete fraud’
The anti-Trump Steele dossier and its astonishing lack of credibility, or the Hitler Diaries Mark II
Deep state paranoia: Did concocted Trump dossier provide the impetus for the Russian hacking story?
The Atlantic slams BuzzFeed for revealing how stupid CNN’s ‘Trump Dossier’ story really was
Priceless! Politicians across Europe react to ‘shocking’ Trump interview
Politicians across Europe have been reacting to a wide-ranging Donald Trump interview, hitting back at the US president-elect’s « astonishing » statements on EU policies, NATO and the Iran nuclear deal.
In his interview with UK newspaper the Times and Germany’s Bild, published Monday, Trump said plenty of things Europe may not have wanted to hear, calling the Iranian deal « catastrophic, » labeling NATO as « obsolete, » applauding Brexit, and reiterating his intension to mend relations with Russia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that Trump’s position on NATO and the EU had « been known for a while. »
Comment: Further reading: Trump turns foreign policy inside out: Interview with London Times and Bild
Sainthood: The beatification of Barack Obama
As the eight-year term of America’s first black President draws to a close, the media are already in the process of myth-making. There’s room for an honest autopsy of a man who promised a new kind of world, and delivered merely warmed-over soundbites and a few fake tears.
« With Barack Obama’s exit the US is losing a saint. » writes Simon Jenkins in the Guardian, whilst Ann Perkins praises his « grace, decency and defence of democracy ». Lola Okolosie rhapsodises on his legacy of « warmth, love, resilience ». Already the storyline is set – Obama was a good man, who tried to do great things, but was undone by a Republican senate, and his own « sharp intelligence ».
These people, as much as anybody, reflect the cognitive dissonance of the modern press. « Liberals », to use their own tortured self-descriptor, now assign the roles of good guy and bad guy based purely on aesthetics, convenience and fuel for their vanity. Actions and consequences are immaterial.
For the sake of balance, here is a list of Saint Obama’s unique achievements:
Comment: A fitting tribute to say ‘the least.’
U.S.-Russian cooperation may (eventually) quell the fighting in Libya
Moon of Alabama
On January 20th Trump will be sworn in as President. US Foreign Policy will crystallize when the full cabinet is approved by the U.S. Congress. The Russians will try and make their moves on the world chess board during this transition period to further their interests.
As far as Libya is concerned will Russia’s now overt support for the LNA (Libyan National Army) and 74 years old General Khalifa Haftar, a former(?) CIA asset, cause a problem? The U.S. has up to now supported the UN installed GNA (Government of National Accord) which has little following in the country. Could Russia’s LNA support put it at odds with the incoming Trump administration or will this be a welcome and calculated play from Trump’s perspective?
Haftar and the LNA are also supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Last week Blackwater founder Erik Prince allegedly provided private mercenary pilots in armed agricultural aircraft to bomb Western Libya’s Islamist extremists. Prince’s mercenary air force is paid by the UAE. He is a brother of Betsy DeVos, the U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of education.
What will change as a result in the complicated ground war in Libya between the various warring factions in south, east and west Libya?
What of ISIS relatively small presence in the Sirte and Sabratha regions?
What of the tentative potential thawing of US/Russia relations put on edge by last week’s inevitably doubtful allegations of Trump’s being blackmailed by Russia.
The first three months following the inauguration will be the most telling.
China Daily warns it’s ‘gloves off’ if Trump continues his Taiwan line as president
China has hit out at US President-elect Donald Trump over his Taiwan policy again in an editorial in the state daily. This time it’s « gloves off » if Trump does not stop his support for the island’s independence-seeking leader.
Comment: Beijing responds to Trump: The ‘One China’ principle is non-negotiable
Everything continues to be about the One China principle for Beijing – the principle that Taiwan is Chinese territory. In this newly published message to the US president-elect, the China Daily warns Trump against dangling his disregard of that policy as a « trump card » against China.
On Friday, Trump once again reiterated to the Wall Street Journal that he is considering dispensing with the One China principle, as he repeated that « Everything is under negotiation, including ‘One China' » – a policy he previously questioned, shocking Beijing to its core.
Part I: Undercover investigation exposes groups plotting criminal activity at Trump inauguration
In the latest undercover video from Project Veritas, investigators uncovered a group of protesters known as the DC Anti-fascist Coalition plotting to disrupt President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration by deploying butyric acid (aka « stink bombs ») at the National Press Club during the Deploraball event scheduled for January 19th. In a dose of irony, the planning meeting for the attack was held at Comet Ping Pong, the DC pizza restaurant that recently gained infamy as the location of the Pizzagate controversy.
Apparently « Plan A » of the disaffected agitators was to set off « stink bombs » in the ventilation systems of the building hosting the « Deploraball. »
« I was thinking of things that ruin, that would ruin the evening, ruin their outfits or otherwise make it impossible to continue with their plans. Make sure they get nothing accomplished. »
« Yeah, if you had…a pint of butyric acid, I don’t care how big the building is, it’s closing…And this stuff is very efficient, it’s very very smelly, lasts a long time a little of it goes a long way. »
« If you get it into the HVAC system it will get into the whole building. »
Meanwhile, « Plan B » entailed an effort to simultaneously set off the sprinkler systems throughout the building which had the « added benefit » of sending party goers « outside in the freezing cold. »
« I’m trying to think through how to get all the sprinklers to go off at once. There’s usually a piece of like fusible metal or a piece of glass with liquid in it that will blow »
« And the added benefit, everybody is going to walk outside in the freezing cold. »
Because of the nature of the threats, Project Veritas notes that they notified the FBI, Secret Service and DC Metro Police of the content of this video prior to its release.
With that, here is the full video:
‘Special place’: Trump’s offer of quick post-Brexit trade deal welcomed by Downing Street
In his very first interview with the British press, US President-elect Donald Trump revealed the UK has a « special place » in his heart and that he believes the country will flourish after Brexit.
Interviewed by former cabinet minister and staunch Brexiteer Michael Gove for the Times, Trump pledged to agree a trade deal with Britain as soon as it leaves the European Union.
« We’re gonna work very hard to get it done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides, » the property tycoon said.
« I will be meeting with [Prime Minister Theresa May]. She’s requesting a meeting and we’ll have a meeting right after I get into the White House. I think we’re gonna get something done very quickly. »
Comment: Trump turns foreign policy inside out: Interview with London Times and Bild
Jeremy Corbyn accused of being Russian « collaborator » for questioning NATO troop build-up on Russian border
The leader of the UK’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called for a « de-escalation » of tensions between NATO and Russia, adding in a BBC interview on Thursday: « I want to see a de-militarisation of the border between them. » Along with the U.S., the UK has been rapidly building up its military presence in the Baltic region, including states which border Russia, and is now about to send another 800 troops to Estonia, 500 of which will be permanently based.
In response, Russia has moved its own troops within its country near those borders, causing serious military tensions to rise among multiple nuclear-armed powers. Throughout 2016, the Russian and U.S. militaries have engaged in increasingly provocative and aggressive maneuvers against one another. This week, the U.S. began deploying 4,000 troops to Poland, « the biggest deployment of US troops in Europe since the end of the cold war. »
Egypt-Saudi Arabia Red Sea islands transfer derailed by Egyptian court
A court in Egypt has overruled the government hand-over to Saudi Arabia of disputed islands in the Red Sea. The border change was part of short-lived thaw in relations between the Gulf monarchy and troubled Arab powerhouse Egypt.
The islands of Tiran and Sanafir are located at the southern entry to the Gulf of Aqaba, the eastern stretch of the Red Sea separating the Sinai Peninsula from Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They are of strategic importance for Israel and Jordan, which both have major ports in the gulf. When Egypt blockaded the waterway in 1967, it served as casus belli for Israel to launch first strikes in the Six-Day War.
In April last year, Saudi King Salman made a surprise visit to Egypt. His meeting with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi culminated in the announcement of a deal under which the two islands, which have been administrated by Egypt since the 1950s, would be transferred to Saudi Arabia as part of a maritime border demarcation. The kingdom has been claiming sovereignty over the islands for decades.
In exchange, Riyadh promised lucrative aid and investment deals, including the revival of a multibillion-dollar project to construct a bridge between the two nations running through Tiran. The cash injection was badly needed by Egypt’s economy which suffered amid the chaos brought by the ousting of its government in 2011 and the brief, but turbulent, rule of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed in a military coup in 2013.
The deal however prompted protests in Egypt, where opponents saw it as a land sell and a violation by top government officials of the oath to preserve the territorial integrity of the country. Two leading lawyers challenged the legality of the accord, ensuing in a lengthy court battle. On Monday, Egypt’s Higher Administrative Court, a powerful judicial body which deals with cases involving the government and public entities, ruled on a final appeal, striking down the agreement. « It’s enshrined in the court’s conscience that Egypt’s sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir is beyond doubt, » presiding Judge Yahya al-Dakrouri said, as cited by AP.
Comment: The KSA and Egypt delineated their sea border for the first time in 2010 and spent the next five years jockeying claims of ownership of the two uninhabited islands. The ‘no deal’ decision will assuredly increase tensions for Egypt, especially if the status quo of the US and Israel backing SA remains in play and Egypt moves closer to Russia.
See also: A new deal? Egypt to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
Flashback: Why terrorists don’t kidnap Russians – KGB deals with them at their own level
The Los Angeles Times
The KGB has adopted novel, brutal and apparently effective methods of dealing with terrorists who attack Soviet interests in the Middle East, an Israeli newspaper reported Monday.
The Jerusalem Post said the Soviet secret police last year secured the release of three kidnapped Soviet diplomats in Beirut by castrating a relative of a radical Lebanese Shia Muslim leader, sending him the severed organs and then shooting the relative in the head.
The incident began when four Soviet diplomats were kidnapped last September by Muslim extremists who demanded that Moscow pressure the Syrian government to stop pro-Syrian militiamen from shelling rival Muslim positions in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
The militiamen, the Jerusalem paper said, did not cease their attacks, and the body of one of the Soviet diplomats, Arkady Katkov, was found a few days later in a field in Beirut.
The KGB then apparently kidnapped and killed a relative of an unnamed leader of the Shias’ Hezbollah (Party of God) group, a radical, pro-Iranian group that has been suspected of various terrorist activities against Western targets in Lebanon.
Parts of the man’s body, the paper said, were then sent to the Hezbollah leader with a warning that he would lose other relatives in a similar fashion if the three remaining Soviet diplomats were not immediately released. They were quickly freed.
The newspaper quoted « observers in Jerusalem » as saying: « This is the way the Soviets operate. They do things–they don’t talk. And this is the language Hezbollah understands. »
Six Americans, missing for up to two years, are presumed to be kidnapping victims in Lebanon
Via the Guardian
Shocked Europe hits back at Trump over ‘obsolete’ NATO
Danny Kemp and Hui Min Neo
AFP / Yahoo! News
Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday after he branded the NATO alliance « obsolete » and criticized the German chancellor’s open-door refugee policy.
In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe, hailing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and saying more countries were going to quit the bloc.
With fears growing in Europe over Trump’s commitment to the transatlantic alliance and over signs he will pivot towards Russia, Merkel warned that the continent now had to take responsibility for itself.
Comment: Trump turns foreign policy inside out: Interview with London Times and Bild
Putin ‘kompromat plots’: Ex-Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant alerts Boris Johnson
The Kremlin may be plotting against UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and top diplomats, possibly by collecting compromising details on them, a former FCO minister claims, fanning the flames of ‘Russian influence’ hysteria already ablaze in the US. Chris Bryant, a Labour MP and a former minister for Europe at the Foreign Office, said he is « absolutely certain » that incumbent British politicians are being scrutinized by Russia’s intelligence agencies.
« Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, Alan Duncan who has the Russia brief, and [Brexit secretary] David Davis will have been absolutely looked at, » he told the Observer. « All of these people the Russians will be following very, very closely. They will have created a file and they’ll be attempting to watch everything they do. »
Bryant warned that Britain’s adversaries, including Russia, are so technologically advanced that they can conspire against Whitehall – even from within their own borders. « You can do a lot of the work by long distance now, you don’t physically have to be close to somebody to be able to track them, using their mobile phones and so on, » he said.
Comment: He know this is fact because the UK and the US have had that capability for years
Bryant’s remarks were widely circulated among British tabloids, which have frequently begun to use the word ‘kompromat’ – Russian jargon for compromising materials – in connection to Moscow’s alleged ‘influence ops’ against Western countries.
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Comment: When Bryant finally comprehends the scope of US/Israeli spying, subterfuge and blackmail from truly psychopathic sources, and who-all actually concocted the Trump dossier (versus who didn’t)…a bit of freakout?
UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon claims 2mn people freed from ISIS rule in last year
Two million people have been liberated from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) rule in the last 12 months, according to UK Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.
In a Ministry of Defense (MoD) statement, Fallon said the US-led coalition has made substantial progress in Syria and Iraq.
« In the last year, over two million people have been freed from Daesh [IS] rule by Iraqi and moderate Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by coalition air power, » Fallon claimed.
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« Britain is stepping up in the fight against Daesh: the Army has helped train over 32,000 Iraqi forces — and, in a controlled and precise manner, the RAF is taking out Daesh and working hard to minimize casualties in a very difficult, dense urban environment.
« Working with allies we will keep momentum, push Daesh out of Mosul, encircle Raqqa and eventually end Daesh’s reign of terror, » he said.
Corruption leads to governmental collapse in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government has collapsed triggering a second election in eight months as fall out from a botched energy scheme continues.
The Northern Ireland Assembly, the power sharing agreement between the region’s two biggest parties, the Unionist Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin which largely draw support from the and Nationalist communities, was teetering on the brink of collapse in the wake of the so-called ‘cash for ash’ scandal before it succumbed on Monday.
The scandal involves significant overspending on the long-running Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which subsidized businesses, and later homeowners, for using environmentally friendly heating methods. Subsidies paid to companies were not capped and it could end up costing taxpayers approximately £490 million ($591 million).
Teenager, 18, falls to his death from top of Europe’s tallest building
A teenager fell to his death from the 86th floor of Europe’s tallest building after reportedly slipping while he was taking a selfie.
The 18-year-old, named only as Alexander Sh, landed on a Mercedes G-Wagen parked below the 1,161ft OKO skyscraper in Moscow.
Russian reports gave two versions over the student’s tragic fall from close to a skating rink high above the Russian capital.
As well as the selfie version of events, when he fell, others suggested that he had a furious row with his father before running to a rooftop helicopter pad and falling off.
The OKO – meaning The Eye – is currently the tallest in Europe, at a height of 354 metres.
A source from Moscow emergency service: ‘A young man – 18 years old – fell from the 86th floor of the OKO tower in Moscow City.
The teenager landed on a Mercedes G-Wagen parked below the 1,161ft OKO skyscraper in Moscow
‘He fell right on a Mercedes car that was left in the outdoor parking lot.
‘One of the versions of what happened is that he tried to make a selfie.
‘According to the building’s security, the young man had been with his father at the skating rink.’
But news website Life.ru citing eyewitnesses said: ‘People said there was an argument between the young man and his father.
‘In the heat of the moment Alexander ran to a helicopter pad and jumped off.’
Comment: Condolences to the young man’s family.
New poll shows growing number of Americans see Russia as ‘imminent threat’
A new Reuters/IPSOS poll shows a growing number of Americans seeing US-Russia relations as « back to the old days of the Cold War, » with far more Americans seeing the Russian Federation as a bigger threat after the 2016 election campaign.
It should come as no surprise, of course, as the Clinton campaign spent the better part of the election claiming Russia was « hacking the vote, » and hysteria around US-Russia hostilities seemed to grow precipitously every day through the election, and continued as a headline story well after the vote itself.
The polls show exactly what the campaign did to the American psyche, however, with a nearly 10% increase in the number of Americans identifying Russia as a « threat to the United States » between early 2015 and today. It’s worth noting that the early 2015 figures were themselves already heightened by hype surrounding the East Ukraine civil war, and claims by US officials that a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe was imminent.
Distrust of Russians survived beyond the Cold War for many Americans, but in general US-Russia hostility hadn’t penetrated into the panic mode levels of current polling data since the fall of the Soviet Union. The growing US military buildups in Eastern Europe and conflicting strategies of the US and Russia in Syria led to a growing amount of vilification of the Putin government.
FBI arrests wife of Orlando nightclub shooter
Wife of the Pulse nightclub attacker Omar Mateen was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. The FBI concluded Noor Salman was not telling the truth about her husband’s plans for the June 2016 rampage.
Mateen declared allegiance to Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) during the attack in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured at the Orlando, Florida gay nightclub. Mateen himself died in a shootout with police.
Salman was arrested in San Francisco on Monday. She had moved several times since the shooting, citing hostility from the public.
Comment: Also see:
Orlando shooting: Victims’ families are suing Google, Facebook & Twitter for allegedly radicalizing attacker
‘Stop bombing Syria and Iraq’: Audio of Orlando nightclub shooter’s 911 call released
Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen told police he was ‘triggered’ by Pentagon drone strike in Iraq
Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s 911 call transcript finally released: But timeline doesn’t add up
Inquests open into deaths of 30 British tourists killed in Tunisian beach massacre of 2015
Inquests into the deaths of 30 British tourists killed in the Tunisian beach massacre of 2015 are due to start on Monday at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.
Presided over by judge and coroner Nicholas Loraine-Smith, the inquests are expected to last around seven weeks.
Islamist terrorist Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi opened fire at the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel and the adjoining beach at the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui on June 26, 2015, killing 38 people in total.
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) said it was behind the attack by the Tunisian student.
Comment: See also: At least 27 killed as gunmen attack beach outside 2 tourist hotels in Tunisia
Pink Zones: UK insurance company calls for gender segregated roadways
In the name of equality, justice and safe spaces, a car insurance firm in the United Kingdom is advocating for the creation and designation of gender split roadways to give women their own lanes and separate infrastructure in order to avoid the perils of sharing the road with men.
Shiela’s Wheels, a car and personal theft insurance company which bills itself as having a ‘different spin on car insurance,’ has assembled a fact sheet concerning the statistical differences between men and women in regards to highway safety, accidents and injury reports.
Their conclusion, in short, is that women are at a greater risk of accident and injury while traveling on roads occupied by men, and that in order to correct this societal imbalance, separate, pink roadways and lanes should to be funded and created by government to segregate men and women drivers in some of the more dangerous thoroughfares in the UK.
« To counteract these issues, the PinkZones design concept proposes two new types of roads. » ~Shiela’s Wheels, Pink Zones
Comment: This proposal, and the people who originated it, are absolutely bonkers.
Indian serial pedophile arrested after years of evading police
Delhi police have arrested a serial pedophile who sexually abused an estimated 500 children he mostly targeted walking alone after school over the course of the past 12 years.
While in police custody for sexually assaulting two girls, aged 9 and 10 years old, Sunil Rastogi admitted to the litany of sexual attacks on children – and claimed to have attempted assaulting many other minors during the period.
« He seems to be mentally sick as he has some very weird notions. He is very superstitious and said he came by Sampark Kranti Express only and cancelled his visit if he missed the train, » Deputy Police Commissioner Omvir Singh Bishnoi said in a press conference.
Rastogi was arrested and jailed for six months in 2006 for raping a minor, according to the Times of India, but his crimes continued unchecked by police years after his release.
Top Saudi cleric calls all vocal music & cinema ‘a depravity’
Saudi Arabia is ruled by an oppressive regime with one of the worst human rights records in the world, and it’s only getting worse.
I rarely need more reasons to dislike Saudi Arabia than I already have. After all it is the world’s most inhumane state. But RT has just reported that top Saudi cleric Grand Mufti Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh has just castigated vocal musical performance and cinema saying that « We know that singing concerts and cinemas are a depravity ».
Of course, in Saudi Arabia it is not a depravity to repress and murder Shia Muslims. It is not a depravity to ban Christian holy days and it is not a depravity to finance and encourage terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. It is also perfectly normal to stone women to death and behead people for things which in almost every other state in the world are not crimes.
Comment: For more on the West’s original ‘Islamic State’, see:
What’s behind Saudi proposal to join anti-Daesh fight in Syria and Iraq
Saudi Arabia Uncovered: ITV documentary exposes the West’s original ‘Islamic State’
Turkish cargo jet crash kills at least 37 near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – UPDATE
At least 37 people have been killed after a cargo plane belonging to Turkish MyCargo Airlines crashed into a residential neighborhood near Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek, according to the emergency ministry.
Among those killed are four crew members, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
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One of the pilots died at the scene of the accident, Kyrgyz Health Ministry spokeswoman Elena Bayalinova said.
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The aircraft was operating the flight route TK6491 from Hong Kong to Bishkek, and would have flown on to Istanbul.
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Comment: Wreckage engulfed in flames and heavy plumes of smoke – gruesome video shows the aftermath of cargo plane crash near Bishkek. At least 32 people were killed when the jet belonging to Turkish MyCargo Airlines crashed into a residential neighborhood.
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The crash injured 15 people, six of them children, according to Kyrgyz health officials.
Emergency Services personnel are currently searching the site for black boxes from the crashed jet.
Pro-Tibet activists arrested during protest at Swiss parliament
Swiss Police have detained 32 pro-Tibet activists, including one man trying to set himself on fire, protesting against a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Several protesters near a security zone set up ahead of Xi Jinping’s visit failed to comply with police instructions, Reuters reports. Police in riot control gear arrested protesters and also reportedly prevented one man from setting himself on fire.
Fourteen activists were detained outside the Swiss parliament on Monday afternoon as they continued to protest past the time limit. People were waving posters with messages such as « Free Tibet » and « Don’t Deal with Killers. » Swiss Police said they made the arrests « to secure safety. »
Poll shows trust in government, business and media has collapsed in Britain
Trust in major media institutions, the government, as well as the business community has plummeted to disturbing new lows over the last 12 months, according to an annual study by polling firm Edelman.
The figures show that trust in the government, which stood at only 36 percent at the start of 2016, plunged even further to 26 percent.
Among party leaders in the post-Brexit political climate, Prime Minister Theresa May is faring better at 35 percent than Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at 23 percent.
Comment: See also: UK Parliament to grill social media chiefs over ‘fake news’
Pedophilic former youth football coach pleads not guilty to eight counts of child sex abuse
Former youth football coach and convicted pedophile Barry Bennell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of child sex abuse at a hearing at Chester Crown Court, UK.
Each count relates to a boy under the age of 14 and occurred between 1981 and 1986.
Bennell appeared via videolink from HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, to plead « not guilty » to all the charges as they were read out to him.
One of the alleged offences is said to have taken place at a Butlins holiday camp.
Two offences were said to have occurred in Furness Vale, Derbyshire, while others were said to have happened in Nantwich, Cheshire.
Bennell was a highly respected coach in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. He ran several feeder teams in the north west of England, including for English Premier League side Manchester City, which launched an investigation into his involvement with the club following the allegations.
Comment: Football pedophile scandal: Premier league club Manchester City launches investigation
Bad cop shoots inmate in chest with tear gas canister; good cop releases video footage and is now facing jail time
The Free Thought Project
In May of 2015, Lt. Cody Waller sent a nonviolent inmate to the hospital after firing a tear gas canister at close range, into the center of his chest. Waller will not be fired and faced no charges. However, the Free Thought Project has just learned that the good cop who filmed the abuse and leaked the video of it is facing two to 10 years in prison for blowing the whistle.
In a clear case of retaliation for exposing violence in his department, Elderick Brass, the officer who filmed the abuse, was indicted late last month and appeared in court last week to face felony charges.
« You have right and you have wrong, and this is definitely wrong, » Brass told ABC13’s Ted Oberg in August 2015. « This type of behavior is unacceptable. It wasn’t warranted. You clearly see the offenders are not being aggressive; they’re not cursing at staff, they’re not doing any of that. »
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) also admitted to ‘several mistakes’ they made that night:
The tear gas round used in the incident never should’ve been used inside. It was designed for outside use.
The tear gas round never should have been aimed towards an inmate’s chest. Instead it is designed to be shot against a hard surface like the floor or a wall spreading the gas.
The prison system told ABC13 it should have been shot through a slot in the dormitory door, not feet away from two groups of angry inmates with numerous corrections officers in the room as well.
New frontier in the opioid crisis: People are now taking their pets’ pain meds
Law enforcement and veterinary officials are planning an outreach campaign to educate veterinarians about a new frontier in the opioid epidemic: people so desperate for drugs that they take medication that had been prescribed to pets.
« The misuse of pet medication has serious safety implications — for people and animals, » said Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, in a letter that will be printed in the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association newsletter this week. « Educating people about the signs of drug misuse, available treatment resources and how to properly store and dispose of all medications is a crucial part of helping to stem the tide of overdoses and death. »
In her letter, Ryan said she had only recently learned of the issue, when she met a pet owner who said she couldn’t understand why her pet was in pain despite having been prescribed medication. Then, the woman realized that a family member had been taking the animal’s pills.
« It suddenly became clear why the pet had not been getting better, » Ryan wrote.
Comment: Americans view opioids as biggest local drug epidemic in communities – poll
« We’re puppets on a string »: German journalist who spoke out about CIA control of media dies of heart attack
Nothing to see here….natural causes….move along
Udo Ulfkotte, a German journalist and former editor of Germany’s prestigous newpaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung who spoke out in recent years about the control of his profession by the CIA and US government, has died of a heart attack. He was 56.
Russia Insider conducted an exclusive interview with Ulfkotte in October 2014. Here is an excerpt:
We’re talking about puppets on a string, journalists who write or say whatever their masters tell them to say or write. If you see how the mainstream media is reporting about the Ukraine conflict and if you know what’s really going on, you get the picture. The masters in the background are pushing for war with Russia and western journalists are putting on their helmets.
I’m ashamed I was part of it. Unfortunately I cannot reverse this. Although my superiors at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung approved of what I did, I’m still to blame. But yes, to my knowledge I am the first to accuse myself and to prove many others are to blame.
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The Russian defector who convinced America to take ESP seriously
History’s spookiest spook.
On the afternoon of April 22, 1954, reporters massed at a press conference in Bonn, Germany. They’d been invited to meet one Nikolai Evgenievich Khokhlov, a captain in the Soviet Union’s newly minted security force, the KGB. Well, a former captain. Khokhlov had arrived in Germany tasked with assassinating the leader of an anticommunist organization. Instead he defected, tipping off the target and surrendering himself to U.S. agents. He was now no longer at the center of a murder plot, but a media event.
The 32-year-old Khokhlov was a « slight, scholarly-appearing blond young man. He was neatly dressed in a dark blue suit. He wore glasses, » reported,The New York Times. The Times reporter observed that the defector was self-possessed and calm, « adroitly » fielding questions in Russian.