25 killed in Damascus suicide blast as Syria civil war enters 7th year :
The blast followed twin attacks on Saturday that killed at least 40 people in Damascus, an attack claimed by the Syria’s al-Qaida branch, formerly known as the Nusra Front.
U.S. military likely to send as many as 1,000 more ground troops into Syria;
The deployment, if approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and President Trump, would potentially double the number of U.S. forces in Syria and increase the potential for direct U.S. combat
Powerful Blast Kills 18 in Iraqi Capital:
A powerful blast hit Baghdad Wednesday, leaving at least 18 people dead, 22 injured, sources in the local law enforcement authorities told Sputnik Arabic. A car rigged with explosives exploded in the Northern part of Baghdad.
George Galloway : ‘Western bombardment of Mosul radicalizing Sunni Muslims around the world’ –
Nothing could more vividly demonstrate the sickening hypocrisy and double standards of the Western political class
Iraqi Forces Tracking Down IS Leader Al-Baghdadi in Mosul;
Iraqi forces are preparing to attack the leader of the so-called Islamic State (IS) as soon as his exact location is uncovered, the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command said on Wednesday.
Yemen: Saudi-led raids kill 12 Houthi rebels near Sanaa:
Coalition warplanes pounded mountainous areas in Nihm district, east of Sanaa
Trump Wins Saudi Praise for ‘Turning Point’ After Meeting Prince:
« Relations had undergone a period of difference of opinion, » a senior adviser to the crown prince said in a statement after Tuesday’s meeting. « However, today’s meeting has put things on the right track »
South Sudan gunmen ‘kill 28’ in Ethiopia:
South Sudanese gunmen killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in Ethiopia’s Gambella province, an Ethiopian official says.
Libya: LNA lose 21 dead in retaking oil terminals :
The bodies of 21 Libyan National Army soldiers have been brought to hospitals in Benghazi and Ajdabiya, local sources told the Libya Herald. All were killed in today’s fighting that saw the LNA recapture the Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil terminals.
Clashes erupt in Libya’s Tripoli with heavy gunfire, blasts:
The fighting is between two militias loyal to the two rival governments in Tripoli: the UN-backed government of national accord and the deposed government of national salvation that is attempting to take over the city
Nigeria: Female teenage suicide bombers kill 2, wound 16:
In a new tactic targeting an individual home, four teenage girls detonated explosives outside Maiduguri.
Dozens killed in fresh clashes on Myanmar’s China border:
Thousands of people have since fled to China to escape the ensuing gun battles, artillery strikes and fires, leaving Kokang’s capital Laukkai deserted.
China Prepares to Counter US THAAD Missile Defense System in South Korea:
China can disrupt the functionality of the THAAD system with the help of electromagnetic technologies.
Afghanistan: 11 suspected, rebels killed in Ghazni clash, drone strike:
Nearly a dozen Taliban militants were killed in a ground and air operation in central Ghazni province on Tuesday, officials said.
Dutch election: PM Mark Rutte’s party wins most seats in election – exit poll;
Mark Rutte is said to have beaten far-right leader Geert Wilders whose party reportedly came joint second with two others.
Justice Department charges alledged Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion:
The indictments target two members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, and two hackers allegedly, hired by the Russians.
Yahoo Hack: What US Mainstream Media Don’t Tell You About Russian ‘Spy’:
None of today’s US media coverage mentioned that one of the culprits is being suspected of cooperating with foreign intelligence services including, apparently, the CIA.
John McCain: Rand Paul ‘Is Now Working for Vladimir Putin’:
After the Kentucky senator objected to a bill advancing Montenegro’s push for NATO membership, McCain lost his cool and accused his colleague of being a Putin operative.
US senator wants to probe RT as a ‘foreign agent’..
« We have good reason to believe that RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process, » Shaheen said in a statement.
NBC the real meddler in election, not Russia : Video –
NBC did more to meddle in 2016 election than Russia by being behind the worst of all leaks – the infamous Access Hollywood Trump tape to WaPo, which could have swayed the elections more than Russian hackers.
Google employs army of censors « quality raters » to combat horrid things on the web:
The article in the Guardian covering this new development highlights its use against the usual suspect – « Holocaust denial », which is of course the thinnest and most entirely acceptable end of the wedge
US Senate passes resolution calling on Trump to escalate regime-change in Venezuela:
These moves are part of a concerted effort by American imperialism to oust the ruling chavistas and replace them with a right-wing regime more aligned with American interests.
Violence in Sinaloa surges after El Chapo is extradited:
The scene of a shooting in Culiacan, Sinaloa, shows what Mexico’s ‘war on drugs’ looks like at the ground level.
FBI Caught Manufacturing Terrorists to Justify Budget :
Trump Admin Ups Drone Strikes, Tolerates More Civilian Deaths: U.S. Officials:
The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to make it easier for the CIA and the military to target terrorists with drone strikes, even if it means tolerating more civilian casualties
The Problem With the CIA and Drones:
A CIA label is just an excuse to not have to give up any information. That is all it has ever been. »
The real shocker in the WikiLeaks scoop:
The dark side of this world exploded into view with WikiLeaks’ publication of the CIA toolkit
Snowden Has Some Advice for Donald Trump About Surveillance:
Snowden said that if Donald Trump is concerned about the government’s ability to listen in on his private communications, he should fix the NSA mass surveillance programs that collect data on every American.
Intelligence Sources Reveal: Obama Used British Agents For Trump Wire Tap Surveillance:
« He Didn’t Use the NSA, CIA or FBI »
Nunes: No Evidence of Trump Tower Wiretapping:
« We don’t have any evidence that that took place, » Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said in a press conference on Capitol Hill. « I don’t believe there was an actual tap of Trump Tower. »
Former congressman claims he was wiretapped :
Dennis Kucinich joins to discuss the recording of his congressional office
Trump ally Roger Stone says US intelligence tried to assassinate him:
Roger Stone – the Watergate-era GOP « dirty tricks » operative and longtime friend and confidant to Pres. Donald Trump claims that forces from the so-called « deep state » tried to kill him in a hit-and-run auto collision on Wednesday.
Justice Department Sued For Records About Lynch’s Tarmac Meeting With Clinton:
« The infamous tarmac meeting between President Clinton and AG Lynch is a vivid example of why many Americans believe the Obama administration’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton was rigged, »
Grassley Accuses FBI Of Withholding Information On Russia Investigations:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) accused federal law enforcement officers of withholding key information from lawmakers investigating Russia’s alleged interference into the 2016 election.
How Donald Trump’s Enemies Fell For A Billion-Dollar Hoax :
An elaborate hoax based on forged documents escalates the phenomenon of « fake news » and reveals an audience on the left that seems willing to believe virtually any claim that could damage Trump.
Businesswoman Who Bought Trump Penthouse Is Connected to Chinese Intelligence Front Group:
The president’s company won’t explain this $15.8 million deal.
Trump blasts release of 2005 tax form, reporter’s account; –
President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate, according to newly disclosed tax documents.
MSNBC publishes Trump’s 2005 tax returns ;
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Journalist who published Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns says he and his family have received threats :
David Cay Johnston, who runs a website called DCReport.org and won a Pulitzer Price for his work exposing loopholes in the US tax code
Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for E.P.A. and State Department;
President Trump’s budget would slash the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and cut State Department spending by a similar amount in a brash upending of the government’s priorities