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  • Duarte and Herrera governments provided children with cancer with fake medicines

    01/22/2017 6:54:53 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 4 replies
    Aristegui Noticias ^ | 16 January 2017 | NDS Periodismo
    Xalapa, Veracruz (NDS) — During the six years of former governors Fidel Herrera Beltrán and Javier Duarte de Ochoa, the Secretary of Health of Veracruz provided fake medicines to children with cancer, said Governor Miguel Angel Yunes Linares at the conference he offered This Monday in Xalapa. "The investigation has not been concluded, but we have the result of a laboratory that pointed out that a drug that was given to children on chemotherapy was not a drug, but an inert compound, it was distilled water. This really seems to me a brutal sin, an attack on the lives of...
  • Israeli leader accepts invitation from Trump to visit US

    01/22/2017 3:22:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2017 5:09 PM EST | Josef Federman
    Israels prime minister on Sunday accepted an invitation to visit the White House next month in hopes of forging a common vision for the region with President Donald Trump that could include expanded settlement construction on occupied territories and a tougher policy toward Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plans to head to Washington in early February hours after delaying a vote on an explosive proposal to annex one of the West Banks largest settlements, apparently to coordinate his policy toward the Palestinians with the new administration. The move put on hold legislation that threatens to unleash fresh violence...
  • Trump to begin renegotiating NAFTA with leaders of Mexico, Canada

    01/22/2017 2:29:38 PM PST · by Innovative · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 22, 2017 | Eric Bradner, CNN
    President Donald Trump said Sunday he will begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement when he meets with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. A central promise of Trump's campaign was that he would revamp the 23-year-old trade pact. At a White House event Sunday, Trump said he had scheduled meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto. "We're going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA," Trump said. "Anybody ever hear of NAFTA?" he said. "I ran a campaign somewhat based on NAFTA. But we're going to start renegotiating on NAFTA,...
  • Trump speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    01/22/2017 2:09:49 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 22, 2017 | Karen DeYoung
    President Trump spoke Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a brief conversation that Trump described as very nice, and Netanyahu called very warm. Netanyahu, in a statement issued by his office, said Trump had invited him to visit the White House in February, although a final date was not yet set. They discussed the Iran nuclear deal, the peace process with the Palestinians, and other issues, the Israeli leader said, adding that he had expressed his desire to work closely...with no daylight between the United States and Israel.
  • Anger in Russia as Bill Aims to Decriminalize Some Domestic Violence

    01/22/2017 1:52:46 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    NBC News and Propaganda ^ | January 22, 2017 | Mark Hanrahan
    Just days after huge crowds of demonstrators took to the streets in cities around the world to voice their support for women's rights, Russia is set to advance legislation that would decriminalize domestic violence. The bill would remove criminal liability for assaults against family members, which were first-time offenses, caused no injury that required hospital treatment and excluded rape. Instead, such assaults would become an administrative offense, meaning they would result in fines rather than jail sentences. The legislation was introduced by ultra-conservative lawmaker Yelena Mizulina, who gained international notoriety as the architect of Russia's controversial law banning "gay propaganda".
  • 'Hero professor' saved lives despite son, daughter dying in fiery bus crash

    01/22/2017 12:46:01 PM PST · by xp38 · 1 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | Jan 22 2017 | AP
    BUDAPEST, Hungary It could take days to officially identify the 16 people killed when a bus carrying Hungarian students returning from a ski trip crashed in Italy and burst into flames, Hungarys foreign minister said Sunday. There were 54 passengers and two Hungarian drivers on the bus that crashed on an Italian highway near Verona just before midnight Friday, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said. Two adults hospitalized in critical condition also have yet to be identified. Szijjarto, visibly shaken by news of the accident, said the days ahead would remain emotionally challenging. A day has passed since the tragedy,...
  • Obama administration chose not to act on pardon request in Bowe Bergdahls desertion case

    01/22/2017 12:21:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 20, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who faces court-martial on a charge of desertion after walking away from his base in Afghanistan and spending five years in militant captivity, sought and failed to receive a presidential pardon by President Barack Obama before he left office, according to Bergdahls attorney Eugene Fidell. The attorney acknowledged the effort Friday after Berghdahls legal team filed a new motion to dismiss the Armys case against their client, citing past harsh rhetoric against Bergdahl by newly sworn-in President Trump. The New York Times previously reported the pardon effort was considered, but Bergdahls legal team...
  • Pres Trump Will Sign Executive Order Sunday to Defund International Planned Parenthood

    01/22/2017 12:17:29 PM PST · by NYer · 58 replies
    Life News ^ | January 20, 2017 | STEVEN ERTELT
    FULL TITLE: President Donald Trump Will Sign Executive Order Sunday to Defund International Planned Parenthood A new report out today indicates President Donald Trump will sign an executive order to defund International Planned Parenthood. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Most pro-life Americans are anxiously awaiting Congress to pass a bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. While that defunding legislation concerns the domestic-based Planned Parenthood abortion corporation, president Trump has the ability to put in place an executive order that would revoke funding for its International affiliate.When pro-abortion former President Barack Obama took office, Obama overturned a policy that prevented funding of...
  • One lesson from Trump: Focus on own citizens

    01/22/2017 12:13:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Sunday, January 22, 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta
    There is a cynical expectation, at least among the global punditry, that wise politicians employ any expedient rhetoric to win elections and that, once victorious, do precious little to unsettle a cosy consensus. There was a quiet expectation in some quarters that the 45th President of the United States would do precisely that. Even after he made a joke of the entire polling industry and beat Hilary Clinton on November 8, there was a belief that Donald Trump should be allowed his indulgences -- such as engaging with Taiwan and describing NATO as 'obsolete' -- till his inauguration on January...
  • Speech by Geert Wilders at the "Europe of Nations and Freedom" Conference

    01/22/2017 11:50:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 22/1/17 | Geert Wilders
    Hello Germany. Is everything alright? I'm doing well. Yesterday a new America, today Koblenz and tomorrow a new Europe! It's really a great honor for me to be here today in the beautiful city of Koblenz, at a meeting of the ENF Group, in the presence of so many German patriots. And what you stand for is extremely important. Not only for Germany, but for all of Europe. Europe needs a strong Germany, a self-conscious Germany, a proud Germany, a Germany that stands for its culture, identity and civilization. Europe needs Frauke [Petry], instead of Angela [Merkel]! My friends, that...
  • White House confirms relocation of US Israel embassy to Jerusalem

    01/22/2017 11:40:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Business Standard ^ | January 23, 2017 | ANI
    In a highly controversial move, President of the United States Donald Trump will on Monday announce to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The White House has confirmed that Donald Trump's team is in the "beginning stages" of a plan to relocate US Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. An Israeli news outlet earlier reported an anonymous source as saying the announcement on America's embassy moving from Tel Aviv would be made by a member of Trump administration on Monday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to speak with Trump by telephone on Sunday regarding the move....
  • German FM warns of 'turbulent times' post Trump

    01/22/2017 10:12:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 January 2017 08:45 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germanys foreign minister on Sunday predicted turbulent times ahead for the world following Donald Trumps accession to power in the United States. With the election of Donald Trump, the world of the 20th century has definitely been overtaken, Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in a commentary published in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Steinmeier, 60, has emerged in recent months as the German governments most strident detractor of Trump. [] But Steinmeier said he would seek dialogue with the Trump administration and outline our position, our values and our interests.
  • Trump's Speech affirms promises, Trump's plan for Mid East [radio]

    01/22/2017 9:13:14 AM PST · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 21, 2017 | USA Transnational Report
    President Donald J. Trump Our Final Show. LIVE Saturday (1/21) 8 AM EST On Friday, Donald J. Trump will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States of America. During the darkest days of the Obama administration, it was at times hard to believe that the system could be overcome. But America came together once more to elect a fiercely patriotic man who loves this country, and has vowed to Make America Great Again! We at the USA Transnational Report could not be happier! This Saturday, well bring you the latest news about Trumps cabinet nominees,...
  • Trump Fires Up Europe's Anti-Establishment Movement "This year will be the year of the people."

    01/22/2017 8:51:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 22, 2017 | Soeren Kern
    The genie will not go back into the bottle again, whether you like it or not." Geert Wilders, MP and head of the Party for Freedom, the Netherlands. A growing number of Europeans are rebelling against decades of government-imposed multiculturalism, politically correct speech codes and mass migration from the Muslim world. Europe's establishment parties, far from addressing the concerns of ordinary voters, have tried to silence dissent by branding naysayers as xenophobes, Islamophobes and neo-Nazis. "In many respects, France and Germany are proving they do not understand the meaning of Brexit. They are reflexively, almost religiously, following exactly the...
  • Trudeau Makes Emergency Call To Premiers After Trumps Inauguration

    01/22/2017 8:13:13 AM PST · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/21/17 | David Krayden
    President Donald Trumps America first inauguration speech prompted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make an emergency conference call Friday night to his provincial and territorial counterparts. Trudeau was reportedly trying to convince Canadian premiers that his Liberal government is prepared to meet the formidable trade challenges that a Trump presidency presents, most importantly renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • New US Ambassador to Live in Jerusalem, Palestinians Furious

    01/22/2017 7:47:38 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 32 replies
    Israel Today ^ | Sunday, January 22, 2017 | Israel Today Staff
    The new US Ambassador to Israel under President Donald Trump will reside and work in Jerusalem, even if the embassy is still officially in Tel Aviv. David Friedman is yet to receive Senate approval for his new posting, but has already confirmed that hell spend most of his time in Israels real capital.
  • Bill To Withdraw The US From The United Nations Has Been Submitted To Congress

    01/22/2017 7:12:58 AM PST · by Fennie · 141 replies
    Twitter ^ | January 22, 2017
    UNITED STATES: Bill to withdraw the US from the United Nations has been submitted to Congress as the 'American Sovereignty Restoration Act'
  • Trump returns Churchill bust to the Oval Office

    01/22/2017 6:44:35 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/20/17 | Gabby Morrongiello
    President Trump has returned a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the Oval Office, which had been removed by his predecessor in 2009. *snip* A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed last week that Trump had personally asked if England would loan the bust of Churchill to the U.S. once he took office.
  • Security Is Job No. 1

    01/22/2017 5:59:46 AM PST · by randita · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/21/17 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Say this much for Washington: The Swamp knows how to do pageantry. Beginning on Thursday afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery, the solemn and joyful rituals of a presidential inauguration overwhelmed the clown show on Capitol Hill, where brickbats aimed at Trumps cabinet nominees left marks mainly on the Democrats who hurled them, and on the streets, where the radical Lefts tantrums couldnt even sour the mood, much less spark the revolution. As Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States, American pride in peaceful transfers of power, so historically remarkable, seemed to melt away the rancor....
  • Billionaire George Soros Has Ties to More Than 50 Partners of Womens March on Washington

    01/22/2017 4:55:29 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 78 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1-20-2017 | Asra Nomani
    By my draft research, which Im opening up for crowd-sourcing on GoogleDocs, Soros has funded, or has close relationships with, at least 56 of the marchs partners, including key partners Planned Parenthood, which opposes Trumps anti-abortion policy, and the National Resource Defense Council, which opposes Trumps environmental policies. The other Soros ties with Womens March organizations include the partisan MoveOn.org (which was fiercely pro-Clinton), the National Action Network (which has a former executive director lauded by Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett as a leader of tomorrow as a march co-chair and another official as the head of logistics). Other Soros...
  • Donald Trump plans new deal for Britain as Theresa May becomes first foreign leader to meet (tr)

    01/21/2017 11:14:48 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 21, 2017 | Christopher Hope and Ben Riley-Smith
    Donald Trump plans new deal for Britain as Theresa May becomes first foreign leader to meet new president since inauguration Donald Trump is planning a new deal for Britain this week as Theresa May becomes the first foreign leader to meet him since the inauguration... The new relationship - which comes with both countries redefining their roles in the world - is due to be cemented with a state visit for Mr Trump in the summer. The US Presidents team has made clear he wants a full Monty visit that will eclipse the trips of his predecessors in pomp and...
  • Three-month-old boy becomes Melbourne rampage killer's fifth victim...

    01/21/2017 9:48:13 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 22nd January 2017 | Riley Morgan and Freya Noble
    The tragic fallout from the horror rampage in Melbourne continued on Saturday with a three-month-old boy succumbing to his injuries, becoming the fifth person to die in the attack. Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 26, has been identified as the man who drove an allegedly stolen maroon Holden Commodore along Bourke Street on Friday afternoon, ploughing through people on the packed sidewalk as they desperately ducked for cover. Four people died at the scene, and police said on Saturday 37 were rushed to hospital. At least ten of them are still in a serious condition, and there are fears the the death toll...
  • Sierra Vista designated as a Great American Defense Community

    01/20/2017 7:49:55 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    tUCSON NEWA NOW ^ | Elizabeth Walton, Digital Content Producer
    SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The City of Sierra Vista has received designation as a Great American Defense Community member by the Association of Defense Communities. The Arizona city is one of eight across the U.S. that received the designation for 2017. Our community has always supported and welcomed the soldiers and families who call Fort Huachuca home. Its just part of who we are, Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller says. This honor celebrates the efforts of the entire Sierra Vista community and the many local organizations that ensure our service members and their families have all their...
  • David Frum: Trump is worst person to take office of President

    01/20/2017 6:29:04 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 87 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/20/2017 | David Frum
    "The worst human being ever to enter the presidency, and I include all the slaveholders."
  • REVEALED: Secret plot to give Falklands to ARGENTINA & send islanders to live in SCOTLAND

    01/20/2017 5:49:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Express ^ | 1/20/17 | Will Kirby
    The US came very close to stepping in to help Argentina take the islands after they invaded in 1982. US security bosses were ready to offer Falkland Islanders the option of moving to British territory, with Scotland being touted as a potential new home, or being allowed to stay on the Islands. However, if they opted to stay they would automatically become Argentinian citizens. The option of moving abroad would have been sweetened with the promise of a $100,000 grant per person. The proposed plan, entitled Solution to the Falkland Islands crisis, was put together by Henry Rowen, the then...
  • Norwegian bank tests 'Islamic loan' concept

    01/20/2017 4:59:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Norwegian bank Storebrand is offering new halal loans based on Islamic principles. The bank recently created a website promoting ethical loans for home financing without interest. The bank writes that it is testing the idea of interest-free loans in part to appeal to Muslim home buyers who may not want to accept a traditional loan because of their faith. Islam prohibits charging interest or fees on financial loans. We wanted to find out if there could be another way to enter a housing market with rising prices. The product could appeal to young people, new graduates or people...
  • Obama names aide Ben Rhodes to Holocaust Memorial Council

    01/19/2017 11:10:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 17, 2017, 8:32 pm | Eric Cortellessa
    Wiith three days left in his presidency, Barack Obama made his final appointments to administration positions, including adding 10 members to the Holocaust Memorial Council. Most notable on that list is Ben Rhodes, a long-time Obama aide and speechwriter who managed the White House messaging on selling the Iran deal and explaining the US decision to abstain on a United Nations Security Council resolution last month that condemned Israeli settlements as illegal. Rhodes, whose official title is deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, was a source of controversy after a New York Times Magazine profile portrayed him as bragging...
  • Islamic countries condemn planned U.S. embassy move

    01/19/2017 10:50:14 PM PST · by Lera · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/20/17 | Elad Benar
    Organization of Islamic Cooperation rejects actions that could undermine PA's ability to claim Jerusalem for a state. Foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday indirectly condemned plans by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, reports The Associated Press. A statement issued after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur did not specifically mention the United States or Trump by name, but said the OIC rejected any actions that could undermine the ability of Palestinian Arabs to claim part of Jerusalem in a future state. It also called on governments...
  • Donald Trump The Revolutionary

    01/19/2017 9:58:03 PM PST · by Simon Foxx · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 01/19/2017 | Charles Hurt
    Not since 1980 or perhaps 1932 has such a political revolution hit the banks of the Potomac River. Donald Trump comes into the White House with a bright, clear mandate to make wholesale changes to every aspect of the federal government. From the darkest corners of the bloated federal bureaucracy to the bright marble columns of the Supreme Court, Mr. Trumps mandate is as broad as it is dramatic. Illegal immigration, international trade, education, Obamacare and Americas war against terrorism are all on the table for complete overhauls. Refreshingly, Mr. Trumps mandate is not a partisan one. He...
  • New president, new world

    01/19/2017 7:49:14 PM PST · by Mariner · 40 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | January 19th, 2017 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Dont make any sudden moves is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs. Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to anticipate the consequences before tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or shooting down a missile being tested by Kim Jong-Un. In arguing against rash action, Haass is correct. Where the CFR and the establishment are wrong, and Donald Trump is right, however, is in recognizing the new...
  • The Inside Story of How John Kerry Secretly Lobbied to Get CAIR Removed From UAE's Terror ... List

    01/19/2017 6:49:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 1/19/17 | Steven Emerson
    On Nov. 16, 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the unusual step of designating the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim American Society (MAS) as terrorist organizations.They were among 83 groups named for their connections to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.This outraged CAIR officials, who immediately began efforts to get their organization removed from the list. They found a powerful ally in Secretary of State John Kerry, who authorized State Department officials to meet regularly with UAE officials to lobbying on behalf of CAIR and MAS .CAIR already had a sympathetic ear in the Obama administration, including...
  • 'Stay tuned for announcement on US embassy'

    01/19/2017 5:40:52 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2017-01-19 | Staff
    Sean Spicer, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for White House Press Secretary, told reporters Thursday to expect an announcement soon on the incoming administration's intentions regarding the relocation of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • Soros: Trump a 'would-be dictator' who will rattle markets

    01/19/2017 5:07:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2017 6:43 PM EST
    Billionaire investor George Soros said Thursday he views President-elect Donald Trump as an impostor and con man and a would-be dictator who will rattle financial markets. Soros, a big supporter of Hillary Clintons failed presidential campaign, said he is confident Trump will be checked by Congress and the Constitution. [] I personally am convinced that (Trump) is going to fail, Soros said. Not because of people like me who would like him to fail, but because the ideas that guide him are inherently self-contradictory.
  • Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Extradited to US, Where He Faces Drug Charges

    01/19/2017 5:06:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/19 | Peter Orsi and Bradley Klapper
    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested last January after almost six months on the run following his escape from a maximum-security prison in MexicoThe convicted Sinaloa cartel boss had been held most recently at a prison near Ciudad Juarez. He was recaptured a year ago after escaping from a second maximum-security prison through a tunnel dug to his cell. The 2015 escape was highly embarrassing for the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, and Mexican officials were seen as eager to hand the headache off to the United States afterward. Guzman's lawyers have fought extradition since his recapture. Guzman, who...
  • The Philippines: Whatever it takes

    01/19/2017 4:12:18 PM PST · by LadyDoc · 16 replies
    StrategyPage ^ | January 18,2017 | Jim Dunnigan
    The war on drugs continues to enjoy popular support in the Philippines despite condemnation from many outside the country. Recent opinion surveys show 85 percent of Filipinos approve of the violent crackdown on illegal drugs but at the same time 78 percent are fearful they, or someone they know, may become a victim of the increased violence. Despite that 89 percent of people have noted a decline in crime since the anti-drug campaign began and find that overall they are safer.
  • Obama Commutes Life Sentences of Four Mexican Cartel Leaders

    01/19/2017 3:47:04 PM PST · by Rockitz · 64 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 19 Jan 2017 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    ROMA, Texas Four family members who ran one of the largest cartel smuggling operations in south Texas had their life in prison sentences commuted and will likely be returning to this border city from where they ran their criminal empire. One of the main destinations that the criminal organizations delivered drugs to was Chicago, Illinois. This week, outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 209 convicted criminals and pardoned 64 others. The majority of the convictions were from drug trafficking or production offenses. Four of those convicted criminals who had been sentenced to life in prison will be...
  • Concerned About Anti-Israel Bias, Republicans Introduce Another Bill Targeting U.N. Funding

    01/19/2017 2:58:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 19, 2017 | 4:18 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced yet another bill targeting United Nations funding, this time including a special focus on the U.N. Human Rights Councils heavily anti-Israel agenda. [] It calls specifically for U.S. funding to be withheld until the president certifies that no U.N. agency or affiliated agency grants official status or recognition to any organization promoting or condoning anti-Semitism. American taxpayers account for 22 percent of the regular budget of the U.N., plus almost 29 percent of the separate peacekeeping budget. The U.S. additionally provides billions of dollars more each year in voluntary contributions to a spread of U.N....
  • Brazil Supreme Court judge handling graft probe killed in plane crash

    01/19/2017 2:22:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/17 | Raquel Stenzel and Brad Brooks | SAO PAULO
    Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki was killed in a plane crash on Thursday, raising questions about who will take over his investigation into dozens of politicians in the country's biggest ever corruption scandal. Rescuers found three bodies in the wreckage of the small, twin-prop plane that crashed off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state amid heavy rains, firefighters said. Zavascki, 68, had in recent weeks been reviewing explosive testimony from executives at engineering group Odebrecht, expected to implicate hundreds of politicians in a scandal involving kickbacks on contracts at state-run enterprises. The dual-propeller Hawker Beechcraft C90GT carrying Zavascki...
  • Fake News CNN Versus President Donald Trump: Networks Top Executive Makes Veiled Threat

    01/19/2017 11:05:21 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 81 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | January 19, 2017 | Matthew Boyle
    Fake news outlet CNNs top executive, Jeff Zucker, is threatening the incoming president of the United States Donald J. Trump. Its just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy, Zucker, CNNs president, said in an interview with NY Magazines Gabriel Sherman, when asked about how Trump denounced CNN as fake news at his press conference last week in New York City....-snip- ... Zucker specifically noted that Trumps adversarial relationship with a network seen in foreign capitals is a mistake. I think...
  • Talibans Leading Bomb Maker Accidentally Blows Himself And Four Sons Up

    01/19/2017 10:40:58 AM PST · by b4its2late · 92 replies
    Geller Report ^ | January 19, 2017 | By Laura Loomer
    Some would call this pure Karma. Kamal Khan, who was described as one of the Talibans leading experts on constructing road side bombs and explosives experienced poetic justice when a bomb he was making in Afghanistan detonated too early, killing himself and his four sons. Khan was making explosives in his home, which have been frequently used to attack government security personnel and international troops in Afghanistan.
  • Bosnian Serb nationalist leader [DODIK] rejects US sanctions on him

    01/19/2017 10:36:51 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2017 | By Amer Cohadzic | AP
    <p>SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik has dismissed U.S. sanctions imposed on him for obstructing the peace accords that ended Bosnias war two decades ago, calling it a reversible act of revenge by the departing Obama administration.</p>
  • Iraq: Retreating ISIS leaves behind unfinished fighter jet in Mosul

    01/19/2017 10:23:11 AM PST · by llevrok · 36 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 1/19/2018 | Arkadev Ghoshal
    The Islamic State group also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was seemingly building a fighter jet it intended to use against the Iraqi security forces capturing Mosul from the terrorist group. However, with the forces pushing them back, ISIS has left the unfinished aircraft in Mosul. The fighter jet seems to be one of the many ways in which ISIS was planning to mount an offensive against the US-backed Iraqi security forces. Recently, evidence has surfaced showing that the terrorist group was looking to develop...
  • Mexican Border State Governor Destroys 500 Fast and Furious Guns

    01/19/2017 9:54:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/18/19 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    According to Nuevo Len officials, the weapons had been seized from criminal organizations and from crime scenes. Rodriguez Calderon stated that the weapons had been smuggled into Mexico by criminal organizations from other countries. More than 500 of the seized weapons were traced back to the failed Fast and Furious Operation where the U.S. Department of Justice allowed Mexican cartels to illegally purchase weapons in the U.S. in order to move them into Mexico. The weapons were supposed to be traced to high ranking cartel figures, however the U.S. Department of Justice lost track of thousands and bolstered the arsenals...
  • SYRIAN REFUGEE SEXUALLY ASSAULTS 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL AT SCHOOL DANCE (tr)

    01/19/2017 9:46:02 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 45 replies
    A 14-year-old Canadian girl was sexually assaulted at a high school dance by a Syrian refugee, who was also enrolled in the school. The incident occurred when two Syrian refugees began grinding on the 14-year-old girl. Soon, one of the Syrian boys began groping the girls breasts before sticking his hand inside her underwear and touching her vagina. Perhaps the most troubling part of the story occurred after the incident, when documents obtained in a freedom of information request revealed school officials standing up for the Syrian boy. Particularly vice-principal, Elaine Kilfillen, who expressed sympathy for the alleged attacker. He...
  • Kremlin Tells Ukraine That the Status of Annexed Crimea Is Non-Negotiable

    01/19/2017 9:38:20 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 66 replies
    Newsweak ^ | January 19, 2017 | Damien Sharkov
    The Kremlin has declared the status of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine nearly three years ago, non-negotiable, after a Ukrainian lawmaker suggested Kiev could discuss the peninsulas status during negotiations about eastern Ukraine. Russia has backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, since Ukrainian protesters toppled their pro-Russian government in 2014, though Moscow denies any official military operation in its neighbor. Speaking to TV channel 112 Tuesday, Ukrainian member of parliament Nadiya Savchenko suggested that Kiev could restore control over eastern Ukraine if it temporarily renounced its claim over Crimea. Russian President Vladimir...
  • How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction Argument

    01/19/2017 9:32:03 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 13 replies
    http://gking.harvard.edu/files/gking/files/50c.pdf ^ | 14JAN2017 | Gary King, Jennifer Pan, Margaret E. Roberts
    The Chinese government has long been suspected of hiring as many as 2,000,000 people to surreptitiously insert huge numbers of pseudonymous and other deceptive writings into the stream of real social media posts, as if they were the genuine opinions of ordinary people. Many academics, and most journalists and activists, claim that these so-called 50c party posts vociferously argue for the governments side in political and policy debates. As we show, this is also true of the vast majority of posts openly accused on social media of being 50c. Yet, almost no systematic empirical evidence exists for this claim, or,...
  • Barnicle Gossips: On Foreign Policy, 'Nikki Haley Makes Sarah Palin Sound Like Henry Kissinger'

    01/19/2017 8:34:19 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 63 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle might not bring much to the table, but he is still capable of passing along nasty remarks from unnamed sources. On today's Morning Joe, discussing Nikki Haley's preparations for her confirmation hearing as UN Ambassador, Barnicle said, "I was told by somebody within the world of diplomacy and international relations that Nikki Haley makes Sarah Palin sound like Henry Kissinger." Joe Scarborough seemed to have intentionally teed Barnicle up to take his anonymous shot at Haley, asking him "what are you hearing about her?" After Barnicle's gossip, Scarborough weighed in, saying that he'd been hearing for weeks "real...
  • World has changed, establishment hasnt woken up

    01/19/2017 8:28:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Westmonster ^ | 19 January 2017 | Nigel Farage
    As Donald Trump prepares to swear in as the 45th US President tomorrow, the results of the US elections on November 8th still seem to have left this government flat footed to say the least. It was an extraordinary sight to see Conservatives (and indeed Eurosceptic ones at that) not just being abusive about a potential leader of the free world, but in some cases even calling for Hillary Clinton to win. 2016 was a year of huge surprises for the establishment. A series of events that none of the so-called experts saw coming led us to the triple whammy...
  • My story is an American story, says Nikki Haley at confirmation hearing

    01/19/2017 8:14:05 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Agencies
    If confirmed by the US Senate, Haley, 44, would be the first Indian-American to serve in a Cabinet-level position in any presidential administration. "My story is an American story", Indian American Nikki Haley said as she shared her experience of growing up in the United States and challenges faced by her family over the years, during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations. "I was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, the daughter of immigrants from Punjab, India. My parents had comfortable lives in India, but they chose to give up those comforts...
  • WATCH: BBC report on Westmonster launch [Westmonster.com BRITISH DRUDGE BEGINS JANUARY 20, 2017]

    01/19/2017 7:48:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Westmonster ^ | January 19, 2017 | by Westmonster
    BBC report on the launch of Westmonster.com