CIA assassinated JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King

Minister, Civil Rights Activist………..a darn Dangerous business

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) murdered former US President John F. Kennedy, his brother, Robert F. Kennedy (RFK), and Martin Luther King, an American author and political analyst in Chicago says.

Stephen Lendman made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV while commenting on the release of documents related to the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy (JFK) in November 1963.

On Friday night, President Donald Trump said he will release all the files related to the Kennedy assassination, with some redactions, in order “to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest.”

He said he talked to White House chief of staff John Kelly, officials at the CIA and other federal agencies, about this issue.

On Thursday, Trump allowed the release of about 2,800 documents related to the Kennedy murder, but delayed the publication of some “sensitive” files at the request of the CIA.

Trump said that he had “no choice” but to withhold information as requested by the CIA, FBI and other agencies, which argued that releasing all of the JFK assassination files would jeopardize US national security.

Lendman said actually releasing all of the Kennedy assassination documents “might jeopardize the CIA through exposing it for having assassinated John Kennedy, and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King.”

“We need to get thousands of files released on them as well,” he stated.

“Sirhan Sirhan is still alive, in prison. He had nothing to do with the killing of Bobby Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald had nothing to do with the killing of Jack Kennedy. The CIA killed Jack Kennedy,” Lendman said, referring to the 35th president of the United States.

“And Kennedy was not shot twice from behind as the official report said. He was shot at least four times, from the front and from the back. And there was a bullet hole in the windshield of his limousine, and that was covered up, rather poorly, but it was covered up,” he noted.

Trump only released files that were worthless, the analyst said, adding “anything incriminating the CIA would have been eliminated.”

Lendman said that Oswald “was set up” and then “he was assassinated. He was assassinated by Jack Ruby, who was eliminated also.”

“And the moral of that story is: ‘dead men tell no tales,’” he observed.

Kennedy served as the president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.

The President’s Commission on the Assassination of Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission, was established by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in November 1963 to investigate the assassination of JFK.

The commission’s final 888-page report released in September 1964 concluded that Oswald acted entirely alone in assassinating Kennedy.

However, many researchers are unconvinced by the official government account and argue that Oswald was part of a conspiracy to kill the charismatic 46-year-old president. The assassination of Kennedy has been the subject of conspiracy theories for more than 50 years.

Democratic Congressman John Lewis, a friend of Kennedy, told The Hill recently that he did not believe the selected release would end questions about the former president’s death.

US Democratic Congressman John Lewis

“I think there will be people — be historians or scholars and writers — [who] would raise some questions about what happened and how it happened,” the 77-year-old politician said. “There will be people saying, like they were saying 50 years ago, ‘Why did [Kennedy] go to Texas, why Dallas?”

Millions of Yemenis in desperate shape

Odds stacked against these innocents being used as pawns in some big boys game

The international medical charity Doctors Without Borders has warned that millions of Yemenis face a “desperate” health situation on top of the ravages of war as Saudi Arabia continues its military aggression against its impoverished neighbor.

Doctors Without Borders, known by the French acronym MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), warned on Thursday that thirty months of war have had a devastating effect on the lives of civilians, including a large number of children.

“Thirty months of war, high prices for consumer goods and unemployment have had a massive impact on people,” MSF said, adding that a “great number of children” suffered from malnutrition.

Meanwhile, Ghassan Abou Chaar, head of the MSF mission in Yemen, said in a statement that “millions of Yemenis who cannot access primary health care (are in a) desperate situation.”

According to MSF, health workers have not been paid for the past 13 months across the conflict-ravaged country.

Mark Lowcock, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who visited the Middle East’s poorest country last week said “it has been shocking to see the terrible impact of this man-made conflict.”

The United Nations has already described the ongoing conflict in Yemen as the “largest humanitarian crisis in the world.” The war has left seven million people at risk of famine and an estimated 17 million, or about 60 percent of the overall population of the country, food insecure.

On Sunday, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that food was being used as a “weapon of war” in Yemen at a time when millions of people faced an impending famine in the country.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of the regime in Riyadh.

Recently, the United Nations added Riyadh and its allies to a blacklist for the “killing and maiming of children.”

Riyadh’s deadly campaign has seriously damaged Yemen’s infrastructure. Local Yemeni sources have put the death toll from Saudi airstrikes at over 14,000 people.

Another 2,100 people have died of cholera since April as hospitals struggle to secure basic supplies across the country.

Yemen’s army spokesman, Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman, has recently said that Saudi Arabia’s massive bombing campaign with poison gas is to blame for the humanitarian crisis and cholera epidemic in the Arabian Peninsula country.

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US pushing world toward apocalypse

With the United States expanding its nuclear arsenal and developing so-called usable nukes, “the world will be on the edge of a nuclear apocalypse for years to come,” says Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Etler, a professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday while commenting on reports which say the administration of US President Donald Trump is working on a new nuclear weapons policy that would end the post-Cold War disarmament and allow Washington to expand its arsenal.

Trump and his top national security advisers discussed the matter in September at the White House, where the first draft of the new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) was presented.

Etler said these reports “should come as no surprise. During the Obama administration a program of nuclear modernization that would cost $1 trillion over 30 years was announced. That comes out to more than $30 billion per year. Enough to help make public higher education tuition free for the foreseeable future. It’s obvious that that amount of money could be put to many other constructive uses.”

“Forgetting about the cost of such a program, how does it enhance US national security? As it is, the US has near parity with Russia in nuclear warheads with about 7,000 each, far surpassing the number of the other nuclear powers combined. Both the US and Russia can destroy the world many times over with their current arsenal, modernized or not. So what purpose does the new nuclear buildup have?” he asked.

“For one, the Russians will feel that they have to respond in kind, initiating a new nuclear arms race which neither country can well afford. This makes the Military-Industrial Complex happy as they will be getting billions in new contracts, but the bill is being footed by the US taxpayer while the US national debt continues to rise at an ever accelerating pace,” he stated.

“But US politicians while decrying deficit spending indulge in it on an annual basis, as they can just print more money and sell more bonds to finance the debt that’s incurred. At least that’s how it has been financed to date. But more importantly there is a shift to a policy that will make the use of nuclear weapons more feasible. Smaller, low-yield, tactical nuclear warheads will be deployed that could be used for surgical nuclear attacks. Weapons of that sort could be used to take out an adversary mitigating the threat of an all-out nuclear exchange,” he added.

‘US won’t hesitate using nuclear weapons’

Professor Etler said the United States “has never hesitated to use or contemplate using nuclear weapons. The US has never pledged not to use nuclear weapons for a first strike capability. During the Obama administration the US said it would use nuclear weapons only in ‘extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States or its allies and partners.’”

“Given Trump’s rhetoric and temperament it can be assumed that he would be more willing than not to have a broad interpretation of what constitutes ‘ the vital interests of the United States or its allies and partners,’” he said.

“A case in point is the volatile situation on the Korean Peninsula. The US either already has or will soon have the ability to use low-yield tactical nuclear weapons to take out the North Korean regime,” the analyst said.

“Given US nuclear doctrine that allows for a first strike capacity and proposals to enhance the capabilities of its nuclear arsenal, countries such as North Korea and Iran are under increased threat and have a sovereign right to defend themselves with a nuclear deterrent if they so decide,” he noted.

“It may be asked, what gives the US the right to defend and protect its vital national interests while denying it to others? As things now stand the world will be on the edge of a nuclear apocalypse for years to come,” the scholar concluded.

Trump campaign officials now under house arrest

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US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, Manafort’s close associate and business partner, have been put under house arrest after they pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s extensive probe into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.

Gates, 45, and Manafort, 68, are accused of conspiracy, money laundering, failing to register as foreign agents and making false statements to investigators — even as they worked for Trump’s presidential campaign. Both pleaded not guilty Monday.

In addition to Manafort and Gates, George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, has been charged by Mueller, alleging that he had “close connections with senior Russian government officials.”

Papadopoulos, circled, at a meeting with Trump in March 2016 (Trump campaign photo).

Papadopoulos was charged back in July and ultimately pleaded guilty in October to lying to federal agents investigating Russian interference in the presidential election about contacts he had with people he believed had ties to the Russian government while he was affiliated with Trump’s campaign.

Court papers of the case released on Monday revealed those contacts included an unnamed overseas professor whom Papadopoulos met in Italy in March, the same month he joined the campaign. In April 2016, the professor told him the Russian government had “dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including thousands of emails.

According to court filings, Trump was aware of Papadopoulos’s claims that he had pipeline to Moscow. During a March 2016 meeting in Washington of the campaign’s national security advisers, Papadopoulos said he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between the then-candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

White House rejects indictments

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was “not sure that the president recalls specific details of the meeting,” calling it “brief.” She described Papadopoulos’s role with the campaign as “extremely limited.”

Commenting on Manafort and Gates, she said they were not connected to Trump’s campaign or his presidency.

The charges had “nothing to do with the president, nothing to do with the president’s campaign or campaign activity” and proves there is “no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion,” said Sanders.

She also said there is “no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel” when asked about the possibility of Mueller being fired.

“We have been saying from Day 1 there has been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing from the indictment today changes that at all,” she said.

Who is Manafort?

During Manafort and Gates’ time at the Trump campaign, Manafort forged close relationships with Trump’s children and quickly earned their internal support. Manafort’s authority over the campaign grew and, with the strong backing of the Trump family, he soon was named the campaign chairman.

Manafort feuded internally with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as the two men jockeyed to gain control over campaign strategy and operations. In June 2016, Trump fired Lewandowski at the urging of Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.

Donald Trump (L), Paul Manafort (C) and Ivanka Trump are seen at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. July 21, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

Manafort assumed full control of the campaign, with Gates operating as his right hand. Together, they orchestrated the GOP convention in Cleveland, oversaw Trump’s vice presidential selection process and devised the campaign’s strategy for the general election against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

After the 2016 presidential election Gates planned the inauguration, including fundraising, under Tom Barrack, Trump’s close friend and adviser.

Indictment details

The indictment against Manfort and Gates alleges that the two worked from 2006 to 2015 as unregistered agents for former ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych – a close Russian ally who is currently in exile in Russia and wanted by Ukraine for high treason.

The two are also accused of trying to hide their involvement in lobbying efforts on behalf of the pro-Russian Yanukovych government to lobby members of Congress.

Manafort and Gates allegedly arranged for a third-party organization to be listed as the client of those lobbying services, when in reality it was controlled by the Ukrainian government, and made false statements to the Justice Department when asked about their role in late 2016 and earlier this year.

Then Republican candidate Donald Trump accompanied by Richard Gates July 21, 2016. (Photo by AP)

The 12 charges against the two men also include the laundering of millions of dollars that the two partners earned in order to hide their profits from US authorities.

“Manafort used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying taxes on that income,” prosecutors alleged. “Manafort, without reporting this income to his tax preparer or the United States, spent millions of dollars on luxury goods and services for himself and his extended family through payments wired from offshore nominee accounts to United States vendors.”

Money laundering, the most serious of the charges, carries a potential prison sentence of up to 20 years. However, the total maximum sentence for Manafort and Gates, if found guilty of all 12 counts, is 115 years in a federal prison.

What happens next?

Politico has asked legal experts including former federal prosecutors, law professors and practicing attorneys to consider where Monday’s developments would lead. Many of those asked said the three indictments are just the beginning of a long game that could potentially close in further on Trump’s inner circle.

Paul Rosenzweig, former deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security said “Everyone who sails into Trump’s orbit eventually gets burned. Today it is Manafort and his colleague Gates… In short, the game has just begun. Don’t expect a resolution anytime soon—this is just the bottom of the second inning in a long game.”

David Sklansky, a professor at Stanford Law School, said “the charges will make it a good deal harder for Trump and his supporters to dismiss the allegations of Russian involvement with his campaign,” leading to further charges against Trump confidants.

Lori E. Lightfoot, former assistant attorney in the criminal division of the US Attorney’s Office says the indictments do “not bode well for others associated with Trump’s campaign who have allegedly made similar false statements.”

Mark S. Zaid, a national security attorney in Washington, DC said “the indictments today of Manafort and Gates, along with Papadopoulos’ unsealed guilty plea, sends a potentially devastating message to Trump and his inner circle.”

“Given Trump’s history with legal matters, especially depositions, the danger for him to create criminal liability for himself seems astounding,” he noted.

Trump distances himself

US President Donald Trump has distanced himself from his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort who was indicted with conspiracy against the United State and other charges as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. 

Shortly after the indictment was announced on Monday, the president took to Twitter to say the charges belonged to misdeeds that happened “years ago.” Trump also denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and the Russians.

The president also tried to deflect attention by asking why Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival in last year’s election, and other Democrats were not the focus of the Russia inquiry.

“Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????” he tweeted.

“Also, there is NO COLLUSION!” the president added.

Manafort, 68, arrived at the FBI’s Washington field office on Monday morning and surrendered to federal law enforcement authorities.

Manafort and his longtime business associate Rick Gates are facing a total of 12 charges, which also include conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading statements and violating federal lobbying and banking laws.

The charges are related to work done by Manafort and Gates on behalf of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

Trump and his legal team have tried to discredit Mueller and his investigation about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

‘Charges have nothing to do with Trump’

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 30, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The White House said Monday that the charges against the two former campaign officials were not connected to Trump’s campaign or his presidency.

The charges had “nothing to do with the president, nothing to do with the president’s campaign or campaign activity” and proves there is “no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion,” said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Sanders also said there is “no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel” when asked about the possibility of Mueller being fired.

“We have been saying from Day 1 there has been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing from the indictment today changes that at all,” she said.

Democrats warn Trump against meddling 

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer warned the president not to interfere with the Russia investigation after Manafort was indicted.

“The president must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way. If he does so, Congress must respond swiftly, unequivocally, and in a bipartisan way to ensure that the investigation continues,” Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in a statement.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (file photo)

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also called on Congress to take steps to protect the “independence of the special counsel.”

“Members of Congress … must also make clear to the president that issuing pardons to any of his associates or to himself would be unacceptable, and result in immediate, bipartisan action by Congress,” Warner added.

Another senior Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein of the Judiciary Committee, said she would “continue to support Bob Mueller as he follows the facts — his independence must remain sacrosanct.”

“Congress must get to the bottom of possible obstruction of justice and collusion as well as Russia’s interference with our democratic institutions,” Feinstein said.

In addition to Mueller’s investigation, several congressional panels, including the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees, are looking into allegation of Russia’s interference.

Al-Nusra terrorists may have received Syria ‘aid’ sent to rebels by Qatar, US, Saudis – Qatari ex-FM

Some of the military aid sent to the Syrian opposition by Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the US may have ended up in the hands of Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra terrorists, the Qatari foreign minister has admitted.
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The revelations, which are the first of their kind to emerge, were contained in a statement by Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, who served as Qatari foreign minister between 1992 and 2013. When the conflict started in Syria back in 2011, Hamad bin Jassim said that he went straight to the late Saudi King Abdullah, who then supported Doha’s plan on Syria.

While Qatar is now being accused by the Gulf kingdoms of backing terrorism, Hamad bin Jassim insists that when the Syrian crisis broke out, Doha, Riyadh and Washington were “in one and the same trench” in their vision on supporting anti-Assad militants. He made the comments during a television interview with Qatar TV in October.

According to the former minister, all aid destined for the Syrian rebels passed via Turkey and was coordinated with the US forces. “All aid distributed on Syrian territory was also coordinated by the US forces,” said Hamad bin Jassim who also served as Qatari prime minister between 2007 and 2013.

He did not specify who exactly was to receive the aid, but the US – together with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have repeatedly voiced their support for Syrian opposition and issued both humanitarian and military aid to anti-government militants.

READ MORE: US using Al-Nusra terrorists to undermine Astana peace talks progress – Syrian FM

Distributing aid wasn’t always smooth and on at least one occasion the shipment might have fallen into the hands of terrorists, which the former official suggested were from the group formerly known as Al-Nusra Front. 

Maybe there was some ‘interaction’ with Al-Nusra militants,” Hamad bin Jassim said. He did state that Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) terrorists were not the ones who received this unspecified aid.

At the same time, he stressed that Qatar “stopped” all interactions with Al-Nusra Front after the group was formally recognized as a terrorist organization by the international community. However, he did not specify whether the group had been supported by Doha and its allies prior to this decision.

The politician apparently likened Assad and his government to “prey” that was hunted by the Gulf monarchies and their allies but eventually got away: “We’ve all focused on liberation of Syria, but we all were fighting over the prey [Syria] and now the prey is gone. And many people in Syria died,” he said.

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With Syrian President Bashar Assad still in power after years of war, many countries have suggested that he should remain, the Qatari ex-minister said. He voiced his frustration that the then-allies did not coordinate their policy shift with Doha: “I don’t object to one changing his mind if he finds that he was wrong, but at least inform your partner.”

The Syrian war, which triggered a major refugee crisis, entered its sixth year last March. The Damascus government has repeatedly dubbed the US-led campaign in the region as “illegitimate.” In September, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that the US was enabling former Al-Nusra jihadists to subvert the Astana peace process.

According to data from Russian Defence Ministry, an offensive launched by Al-Nusra terrorists and their allies in Syria in September was orchestrated by US security services, aimed at derailing the Syrian Army operation near Deir ez-Zor.

READ MORE: US security services behind Al Nusra offensive in Syria’s Idlib – Russian MoD

This is not the first time that US aid has been found to have ended up in the wrong hands. In May, a declassified audit from the US Department of Defense showed that negligent accounting by the US military had resulted in the Pentagon not knowing what happened to more than $1 billion in arms and equipment meant for the Iraqi Army. The findings were made public as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from human-rights group Amnesty International.

Meanwhile war and dying continues as America and others play their game

 

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ow~err North Korea make unusual Wartime Preparations

Itchy trigger fingers and nervousness will only lead to catastrophe in a milisecond! Too many nervous officals. Prepare, folks.

North Korea taking very proactive moves with full scale drills including total black out and mass evacuations. Meanwhile the US sends military planes closer to North Korea’s borders making Kim Jung Un a bit nervous. Russia suffers 130 soldiers killed in action in 2017 alone only confirming Russia’s close alliance with President Bashar al-Assad.

The “No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea” bill would prohibit an attack on North Korea without Congressional approval.

Instead of military action, the bill calls for President Trump and the White House to pursue a diplomatic resolution to ongoing tensions between the US and North Korea.

However the bill makes exceptions when it comes to repelling a sudden attack, defending the US’ allies and rescuing US personnel.

The bill was launched by Democrats John Conyers in the House of Represenatives and Ed Markey in the Senate.

Supporters of the bill have acknowledged that it will not pass without more backing from Republicans.

At present, the bill has only two Republican co-sponsors in Congress.

Congressman Conyers said: “As a veteran of the Korean war, I am ashamed that our commander-in-chief is conducting himself in a reckless manner that endangers our troops stationed in South Korea and our regional allies.”

Senator Markey added: “President Trump’s provocative and escalatory rhetoric, with threats to unleash ‘fire and fury’ and ‘totally destroy’ North Korea, cannot be allowed to turn into reality.

“As long as President Trump has a Twitter account, we must ensure that he cannot start a war or launch a nuclear first strike without the explicit authorisation of Congress.”

Meanwhile, US defence chief James Mattis yesterday warned that North Korea should prepare for a US onslaught if it continues to escalate its war rhetoric.

Mr Mattis, speaking after visiting the demilitarised zone on the Korean border, said North Korea could not be allowed to repeatedly “threaten others with catastrophe” with its fast-growing nuclear war programme and that his aim was to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

He added: “We are doing everything we can to solve this diplomatically, everything we can.

“But ultimately our diplomats have to be backed up by strong soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.”

The Map of Death

What North Korea’s missiles are really aimed at.

It is hard to say when the disparagement of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program started, but I like June 2000 as my cultural ground zero. That month, the venerable news magazine the Economist put a picture of a Kim Jong Il on its cover with the headline ”Greetings, Earthlings.”

After that, Kim Jong Il became funny. There were internet memes (“Kim Jong Il looking at things“), T-shirts courtesy of The Onion, and, oh yes, that song-and-dance number in Team America: World Police: “I’m So Ronery.

Even academics got into the act. Bruce Cummings famously opened a chapter in North Korea: Another Country by asking:

What can he possibly be thinking, standing there in his pear-shaped polyester pantsuit, pointy-toed elevator shoes, oversize sunglasses of malevolent tint, an arrogant curl to his feminine lip, an immodest pot-belly, a perpetual bad-hair day? He is thinking: get me out of here.

The North Koreans deserve some of this. North Korea’s propaganda is so vitriolic that it can be hard to take seriously, a point that we Westerners make to North Koreans in many Track II meetings. When the Colorado legislature passed a harmless resolution urging North Korea to return the U.S.S. Pueblo, the U.S. ship seized in 1968, the North Koreans sent the sponsor of the bill a postcard inviting him to come and get it. (What’s Korean for molon labe?)

The tendency to see North Korea as vaguely ridiculous has helped make the country’s nuclear weapons program seem silly, too.

Which brings us to Kim Jong Un, son and successor to Kim Jong Il, and his bizarre wall map of nuclear death and destruction.

The initial response has been mirth. Wits in the Southwest, noting that one of the targets appears to be near Austin, Texas, immediately started a twitter hashtag: #whyaustin, suggesting that maybe Kim is irritated about missing Prince perform at SXSW or with his barbecue options in Pyongyang (although bulgogi is awfully tasty). Texas Governor Rick Perry even took the opportunity to shill for Austin, arguing that North Korea targeted the city because of its excellent business climate. ”The individuals in North Korea understand that Austin, Texas, is a very important city in North America, as do corporate CEOs and others who are moving here in record numbers,” he said. You can’t make this stuff up.

Maybe, though, it is time to take all this just a bit more seriously. At the very least, when another country is making an overt threat to use nuclear weapons against specific places, it might be worth asking.

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Russia ready to mediate over Idlib

above~Turkish soldiers position their vehicle a few hundreds meters from the border line near Suruc, Turkey.

Russia is ready to act as a mediator between the Syrian government and Turkey on the situation in Idlib, the head of the Russian delegation at talks in Astana, Alexander Lavrentyev, said on Monday.

“At the present stage, we are not speaking about coordination between the government of Syria and Turkish military. Most likely Russia will act as a certain mediator on the issue,” said the diplomat, who is also Russian president’s special envoy for Syria.

Russia expects to coordinate issues on stabilization of the situation around Idlib in the seventh round of negotiations on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan, he went on.

“This is already a seventh meeting, much water has flown under the bridges, the situation ‘on ground’ has drastically changed,” Lavrentyev said. “However, the issues that must be settled persist,” he added.

The head of the Russian delegation at Astana talks said active consultations of working groups at the expert and high levels have already started. “A wide range of issues is discussed, first of all as concerns the situation in de-escalation zones,” the diplomat went on. “Iranian, Turkish and Russian observers are present in the area of Idlib. Now the process of coordinating the sites for the deployment of Iranian and Turkish observers continues,” he said.

“A broad range of major issues is brought up, which I think we will manage to coordinate for seeing stabilization in this difficult region, where a lot of gunmen from Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia terrorist organization) are concentrated,” Lavrentyev added.
He expressed confidence that the current round of negotiations will be successful, and will offer an opportunity for “laying the groundwork for future rounds of talks”.

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SYRIAN ARMY ENTERS DEEP INSIDE ISIS-HELD PART OF DEIR EZZOR CITY

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and their allies have entered deep inside the ISIS-held area in the city of Deir Ezzor.

According to pro-government sources, government troops reached the Khadijah School area in the disctrict of Hamidiyah in the northern part of the city.

Previously, the SAA liberated Arfi district, the workers aera and the nearby stadium.

In coming days, the Tiger Forces supported by Russian military advisers will likely increase pressure on ISIS terrorists inside Deir Ezzor. The SAA seeks to liberate the entire city as soon as possible to redeploy the elite forces for an advance towards al-Bukamal.

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‘Iron-ass’ Cheney and ‘arrogant’ Rumsfeld damaged America, says George Bush Sr

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Former president claims hawkish reaction to 9/11 attacks and desire to ‘get our way in the Middle East’ hurt his son’s administration, says new biography.

Former US president George HW Bush has hit out at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, two of the most senior figures in his son’s administration, labelling them too “hardline” and “arrogant” in their handling of the September 11 attacks.

A new biography of the 41st president – Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey Of George Herbert Walker Bush – reveals that Bush Sr held Cheney and Rumsfeld responsible for the hawkish stance that “hurt” his son’s administration, Fox News reported on Wednesday.

The book, by Jon Meacham, is based on audio diaries that Bush recorded during his time in the White House, as well as interviews with the former president and his wife, Barbara.

Cheney served as defence secretary during George HW Bush’s 1989-1993 presidency and later as vice-president under President George W Bush. After 9/11, Bush Sr told his biographer: “I don’t know, he just became very hardline and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with.

“The reaction [to 9/11], what to do about the Middle East. Just iron-ass. His seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East,” Bush told Meacham in the book, which is due to be published next week.

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Treachery and Treason…in Henry VIII’s day they would be in the Tower awaiting execution.

The treasonous times which have been cast, we now live in an age if likened to WW2 submarine escorts would torpedo their “own” ships, or if in Bomber command would take off for Germany turn their transponders off and bomb Coventry. reported of course the next day as a deadly Nazi raid.

 

How they get servicemen to do all this stuff, I guess it’s like the dilemma the Germans faced out in the East in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. The usual excuse

“only obeying orders“, “only doing my job

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Post war kids get very confused…we are used to playing for “our side” not scoring own goals.

Lets hope the treason and poisonous evil in the American deep state ignited by Bush will collapse sometime soon

 

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