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  • The End of China Inc?

    12/17/2017 7:20:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 18 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Sep 16, 2016 | Unknown
    There's a magic formula to becoming a millionaire in China - borrow big to earn big. For years, individuals, state-owned companies and municipalities have taken massive loans
  • BOMBSHELL: Obama Protected Hezbollah Drug and Human Trafficking Rings To Appease Iran

    12/17/2017 6:55:47 PM PST · by blueyon · 55 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/17/17 | by Joshua Caplan
    In a bombshell report by POLITICO‘s Josh Meyer, the Obama administration is accused of protecting Hezbollah drug and human trafficking rings to help ensure a nuclear deal with Iran was achieved. POLITICO reports: Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial...
  • Chinese PLA holds loyalty oath ceremony near North Korean border

    12/17/2017 6:02:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2017-12-14 | Kim Sung Il
    Chinese PLA holds loyalty oath ceremony near North Korean border Kim Sung Il | 2017-12-14 17:26 Hundreds of Chinese PLA soldiers take part in a ‘loyalty oath ceremony’ close to the North Korean border near Changbai, Jilin Province. Image: Daily NK source Daily NK has acquired images showing Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers participating in a loyalty oath ceremony near the border with North Korea. The event is thought to be in response to military tension on the Korean Peninsula. According to the source who provided the images to Daily NK, hundreds of soldiers attended the event recently held...
  • Institutes set up across China to study Xi’s thought

    12/17/2017 4:48:02 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2017/12/17 | Zhao Yusha
    Institutes set up across China to study Xi’s thought By Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/17 20:38:39 Studies of Xi thought guide China's future, drive modernization The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has approved the establishment of 10 research institutes to study and interpret Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and studying the leader's thought will guide the future development of the country, said experts. The research centers and institutes, set up to study and interpret Xi Jinping's thought, were established by the CPC Central Committee's Party School, the Ministry...
  • Chile election: conservative Piñera elected president

    12/17/2017 3:58:17 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | December 17, 2017 | bbc
    A conservative billionaire and former president, Sebastián Piñera, has won Chile's presidential election run-off. It is a marked move to the right for the country, which is currently led by socialist President Michelle Bachelet. She had backed Mr Guillier.
  • Trump: "My people are very upset" about Mueller obtaining emails

    12/17/2017 3:57:58 PM PST · by smileyface · 66 replies
    Axios ^ | Dec 17, 2017 | Mike Allen
    Officials of President Trump's transition team plan to ask Special Counsel Robert Mueller to return "many tens of thousands" of transition emails they contend were unlawfully provided to him. But the prosecutor's office says emails being used in the investigation were properly obtained. President Trump, returning to the White House on Sunday, said when asked about the emails: "Not looking good. It's not looking good. It's quite sad to see that. My people are very upset about it. I can't imagine there's anything on 'em, frankly, because as we said, there's no collusion. There's no collusion whatsoever. A lot of...
  • A War Trump Won

    12/17/2017 2:40:17 PM PST · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    NYT ^ | 17 Dec 2017 | Ross Douthat
    There is nothing more characteristic of the Trump era, with its fire hose of misinformation, scandal and hyperbole, than that America and its allies recently managed to win a war that just two years ago consumed headlines and dominated political debate and helped Donald Trump himself get elected president — and somehow nobody seemed to notice. I mean the war against the Islamic State, whose expansion was the defining foreign policy calamity of Barack Obama’s second term, whose executions of Americans made the U.S.A. look impotent and whose utopian experiment drew volunteers drunk on world-historical ambitions and metaphysical dreams. Its...
  • Venezuela has the largest oil reserves. In the last three years its economy has collapsed (tr)

    12/17/2017 2:08:49 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 51 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 17, 2017 | MERIDITH KOHUT and ISAYEN HERRERA
    Kenyerber Aquino Merchán was 17 months old when he starved to death. His father left before dawn to bring him home from the hospital morgue. He carried Kenyerber’s skeletal frame into the kitchen and handed it to a mortuary worker who makes house calls for Venezuelan families with no money for funerals. Kenyerber’s spine and rib cage protruded as the embalming chemicals were injected. Aunts shooed away curious young cousins, mourners arrived with wildflowers from the hills, and relatives cut out a pair of cardboard wings from one of the empty white ration boxes that families increasingly depend on amid...
  • Sweden Forced to Raise Retirement Age To Pay For Mass Immigration Policy

    The increasing costs of population growth in Sweden, driven almost entirely mass migration, have forced the government to seriously consider raising the national retirement age to pay for the additional costs. Swedish Socialist party Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson announced that the retirement age would likely be raised in the near future in order to offset increased welfare costs, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports. “Looking at those who start working at 30, there should be opportunities to work longer than 65,” Andersson said. The minister made her remarks following an economic report from the Local Authorities and County Council (SKL) released earlier...
  • Suicide bombers attack Pakistan church, killing at least 9, officials say

    12/17/2017 1:16:06 PM PST · by Lera · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/17/17 | Katherine Lam
    Two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan where hundreds of worshippers were attending service ahead of Christmas, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens of others, officials said. One of the suicide bombers was shot dead outside Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, but the other assailant made it to the church's entrance hall as Sunday services opened, said Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province. The gunman — who didn’t gain access to the main building — opened fire at the churchgoers before detonating his explosive vest. “There were nearly 400 people inside the church,...
  • What California needs from Santa: immigrants

    12/17/2017 10:20:55 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2017 | Joe Mathews
    I know most letters you get are from kids. So let me start by saying there is no toy that I need. But there is something I want for Christmas — not for myself but for my state. Most Popular UC regent who asked to hold actress’ breasts is considering... Ed Lee cared deeply about San Francisco. Maybe too deeply The Ball family: When exasperation leads to the wilderness In Stephen Curry’s absence, Kevin Durant shows he’s a leader GOP tax bill could trigger $25 billion in cuts to Medicare SF Aquatic Park closed to swimmers after third sea lion...
  • Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings

    12/17/2017 9:50:19 AM PST · by be-baw · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | December 17, 2017 | CBS/AP
    <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said.</p> <p>Putin expressed gratitude during the call for information provided by the CIA that allowed Russia's top domestic security agency to track down and arrest a group of suspects that was planning to bomb Kazan Cathedral and other crowded sites, the Kremlin said.</p>
  • Palestinians won’t meet with Kushner, Greenblatt or any US officials on peace

    12/17/2017 9:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 17, 2017, 2:32 PM | Dov Lieber
    The Palestinians will not meet with any United States officials regarding the peace process in the future, in response to US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a senior diplomatic adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told The Times of Israel on Sunday. The open-ended boycott includes Trump’s top peace envoy Jason Greenblatt, who is due here this week, as well as the US leader’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. “No one from the American administration will be met to discuss peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, because the [PA]...
  • Putin phoned Trump to thank him for CIA intel that foiled a planned terrorist attack in Russia

    12/17/2017 9:06:43 AM PST · by NRx · 112 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12-17-2017 | Staff
    <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned President Trump to thank him for information from the CIA that foiled a terrorist attack being planned in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said.</p> <p>The information helped “find and detain a group of terrorists who were planning explosions” at Kazan Cathedral as well as other centrally located and crowded places in Russia’s second-largest city. This is a developing story. It will be updated.</p>
  • [Former Chief of UK Border Force]: ‘Child migrants Britain let in were balding and bearded'

    12/17/2017 8:47:31 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 17 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | GILES SHELDRICK
    Dozens of adult migrants posed as children to get into Britain, a former Border Force chief admitted last night. After the Jungle refugee camp in Calais closed last year, 750 “vulnerable minors” were granted sanctuary in the UK as part of a deal struck with France. Concern was raised at the time that a number of them appeared to be over 18. Tony Smith, former director-general of the UK Border Force, said: “I am not confident all the vulnerable minors brought over from Calais were children. In fact, I am confident some of them were not and were actually adult...
  • DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen takes up Trump's immigration battle

    12/17/2017 8:39:33 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 17, 2017 | Anna Giaritelli
    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made it clear during her first full week on the job that border security and the enforcement of immigration laws is her top priority, and said those priorities came directly from President Trump. "The president has made it clear that my number one priority as secretary of Homeland Security is to protect America from all threats," Nielsen told the Washington Examiner on Friday. "As I discussed this week, making America safe starts with securing our borders, increasing interior immigration enforcement, protecting our communities, and dismantling transnational criminal organizations." "We have accomplished much, but to fully...
  • Suicide Bombers Kill 8 in Attack on Pakistan Church

    12/17/2017 8:09:00 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 6 replies
    Time ^ | Dec. 17, 2017 | ABDUL SATTAR
    (QUETTA, Pakistan) — Two suicide bombers attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday, killing eight people and wounding 42 others, officials said. The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the attack. Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshippers were attending services at the church ahead of Christmas. He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside. [snip]
  • Austria: New Government to Resist "Islamization"

    12/17/2017 7:56:40 AM PST · by yoe · 9 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | December 17, 2017 | Soeren Kern
    A coalition between the anti-immigration Austrian People's Party and the anti-establishment Austrian Freedom Party, which will be sworn into office on December 18, is poised to catapult Austria to the vanguard of Western Europe's resistance to mass migration from the Muslim world. The massive demographic and religious shift underway in Austria, traditionally a Roman Catholic country, appears irreversible. Austria has also emerged as a major base for radical Islam. "We have a lot in common [with Israel]. I always say, if one defines the Judeo-Christian West, then Israel represents a kind of border. If Israel fails, Europe fails. And if...
  • Justin Trudeau unexpectedly gushes about President Trump: He was elected ‘make America great again’

    12/17/2017 7:49:07 AM PST · by x1stcav · 39 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 12/17/17 | Samantha Chang
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had nothing but praise for President Donald Trump even though the U.S. leader’s political views are the polar opposite of his own ultra-liberal stances. “Donald Trump has demonstrated that he’s a bit of a disruptive force. He does unpredictable things,” Trudeau told CTV. “He’s a deal-maker. He’s a negotiator.” Justin Trudeau praised President Donald Trump Proving that the U.S. president doesn’t have to be a conciliatory apologist for American exceptionalism (like Barack Obama was) to be respected by other world leaders, Trudeau said he’s optimistic about his relationship with the tough-talking Trump. Trudeau said he...
  • Japan CPAC: In Searing Defense of ‘Trump Miracle’, Bannon Calls Out Chinese Regime

    12/17/2017 6:52:17 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Dec 2017 | Robert Kraychik
    The United States and East Asian allies must unify to constrain China’s “frightening, “audacious,” and “global” ambitions, said Breitbart News’s Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon on Sunday. President Donald Trump, he added, has begun ushering in an American resurgence toward this end.Bannon’s remarks came as he headlined a J-CPAC event in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by the The American Conservative Union.