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  • We're Listening to the Wrong Voices on Syria {Why Tulsi Gabbard is silenced}

    08/23/2019 4:10:37 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Truthdig ^ | 22 August 2019 | Danny Sjursen
    Once upon a time, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard traveled to Syria and met with the strongman President Bashar Assad. She considered her willingness to engage all sides of the country’s bloody civil war to be an important step toward peace. For this bold action, she was widely pilloried at the time and considered by some an authoritarian apologist or outright traitor. The claim was repeated again recently by the ever-so-mainstream California Sen. Kamala Harris, a fellow Democratic presidential hopeful. The attacks on Gabbard’s Syria record have been quite regular among Washington insiders, who considered the congresswoman foolish. But was she?...
  • Erdogan Lays Foundation Stone for First Church to be Built in Turkey in Almost 100 Years

    08/06/2019 6:14:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    i24 News ^ | 8/3/19 | AFP
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the first new church in Turkey since it became a modern republic in 1923. The church in the Istanbul suburb of Yesilkoy will serve the 17,000-strong Syriac Christian community, which is also paying for the new building. "It is the Turkish republic's duty to meet the need for space to worship for the Syriac community, who are the ancient children of this geography," Erdogan said during the stone-laying ceremony. Syriac Christians are part of the eastern Christian tradition and pray in Aramaic, which Jesus is believed to have spoken....
  • Erdogan lays stone for modern Turkey's first new church

    08/03/2019 6:54:52 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 21 replies
    AFP ^ | August 4, 2016
    Ankara (AFP) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the first new church in Turkey since it became a modern republic in 1923. The church in the Istanbul suburb of Yesilkoy will serve the 17,000-strong Syriac Christian community, which is also paying for the new building. "It is the Turkish republic's duty to meet the need for space to worship for the Syriac community, who are the ancient children of this geography," Erdogan said during the stone-laying ceremony.
  • Syrian offensive puts Turkish troops and border plans in peril

    08/22/2019 10:29:40 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 18 replies
    WTVB Michigan (Reuters) ^ | August 22, 2019 | Dominic Evans
    Syrian army advances in northwest Syria are putting Turkish troops in the firing line and threaten Ankara's hopes of preventing a new wave of refugees on its southern border. The offensive around Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria, has already forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee towards Turkey. It has also cut off a Turkish military post deep inside Syria as the deal to limit fighting in the region, which the Turkish troops were supposed to be monitoring, collapses. The breakdown of that deal would be a significant blow to President Tayyip Erdogan, who has steered...
  • Exclusive: Russia's Rosneft to switch to euros in oil products tenders - traders

    08/21/2019 7:38:34 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    Reuters by Yahoo ^ | August 21, 2019
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Rosneft, one of the world's top oil producers and exporters, has notified customers that future tender contracts for oil products will be denominated in euros not dollars, five trading sources told Reuters. The move, which could come as soon as this year, is likely to be seen as an attempt to offset any potential negative impact of U.S. sanctions on Russia. Rosneft, which accounts for over 40% of oil output in Russia, produced 45.8 million tonnes of oil products at home in the first six months of this year - from diesel and gasoline to fuel...
  • Al-Assad Asks for Russian Language Teachers in Syria to Counter Western Culture and Wahhabism..

    08/21/2019 5:21:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/20/19
    Moscow, August 20, Interfax - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has asked Russia to help train Russian language teachers for Syria, according to the State Duma's liaison with the Syrian parliament Dmitry Sablin. "Al-Assad said at a meeting on Tuesday that broader studies of the Russian language in Syria will accomplish an important task of diverting Syrians from Western culture," Sablin told the press over the phone on Tuesday after he met with the Syrian chief of state. "In the words of al-Assad, the problem of Arab countries is that half of them are influenced by extremist ideas, and the other...
  • Ukrainian historians launched a website to debunk the myths of Russian propaganda

    09/22/2014 10:29:27 AM PDT · by · 2 replies ^ | September 22, 2014 1991
    Timur Crow September 22, 2014 1991 375 111 14 A group of Ukrainian historians has launched a website "Educational program. Historic Front ", which debunk the myths created by Russian propaganda. Scientists have denied more than 50 distortion of Ukrainian history and popular stereotypes created by Russian propaganda. In the project team consists of about 20 historians from the Institute of History of Ukraine National Academy of Sciences, Kiev National University. Shevchenko, Ukrainian Institute of Archeology and others. One of the authors of the project historian Cyril Galusko told "New time", which is mainly the myths of Russian propaganda devoted...
  • CHURCHILL was a WAR CRIMINAL - BBC historian David Olusoga in astonishing attack

    03/30/2018 6:11:49 AM PDT · by granada · 53 replies
    the Express UK ^ | March 20, 2018 | CIARAN MCGRATH
    David Olusoga has claimed Winston Churchill was a war criminal. And David Olusoga, who co-presents the BBC’s new Civilisations series, said those who criticised tributes to various historical figures should not be derided as “snowflakes”. Mr Olusoga made his sensational claims during a speech to the Oxfordshire Literary Festival. Suggesting that "almost all historical figures did good and bad", Mr Olusoga said academics were entering a period of ‘history wars’ in which accepted versions of Britain’s past are being challenged. He explained: “So while I’m personally glad that Churchill overcame Halifax in early 1940 and it was Churchill who faced...
  • Mike Pompeo: ISIS 'more powerful today' in some areas of the world despite losing Syria caliphate

    08/20/2019 7:22:47 PM PDT · by rintintin · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 20 2019 | Guy Taylor
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the Islamic State remains a “complicated” foreign policy challenge and is actually stronger in some corners of the world today than it was before having its self-proclaimed “caliphate” decimated by U.S.-backed forces in Syria and Iraq. “There are certainly places where ISIS is more powerful today than they were three or four years ago,” said Mr. Pompeo, who asserted that President Trump “is very focused on making sure that we apply the right resources against the problem.” Mr. Pompeo’s rare acknowledgment of the Islamic State’s threat, a group President Trump has claimed...
  • Man Plotted to Kill Children Because Their School Was Painted Like American Flag

    08/16/2019 1:32:02 PM PDT · by Monrose72 · 49 replies
    NN ^ | 08-16-19 | Jay Greenberg
    A man has been arrested in Florida over allegations he was planning to kill elementary schoolchildren because their school is painted to look like an American flag.Authorities say 22-year-old Andrew Ivan Aman was plotting to stab "as many children as possible" at Bellamy Elementary School in Tampa, Florida.The suspect reportedly told police that he has a dislike for the United States and its citizens' "obnoxious pride in America."
  • When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down?

    08/20/2019 5:08:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | August 20, 2019 | Pat Buchanan
    Friday, President Donald Trump met in New Jersey with his national security advisers and envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is negotiating with the Taliban to bring about peace, and a U.S. withdrawal from America's longest war. U.S. troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, in a war that has cost 2,400 American lives. Following the meeting, Trump tweeted, "Many on the opposite sides of this 19 year war, and us, are looking to make a deal -- if possible!" Some, however, want no deal; they are fighting for absolute power. Saturday, a wedding in Kabul with a thousand guests was...
  • Donald rejects Boris Johnson request to remove backstop without alternative proposal

    08/20/2019 5:41:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 Aug 2019 | Jennifer Rankin
    ec President says call for removal without alternative proposal signals support for hard border Donald Tusk has rejected Boris Johnson’s request to strip the backstop out of the Brexit deal, with a thinly-veiled message that the British government was refusing to admit the lack of realistic alternatives. ...Tusk wrote: “The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found. Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support re-establishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”...A spokeswoman for the commission welcomed the UK...
  • ISIL is building a new caliphate...

    08/17/2019 1:55:26 PM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 47 replies
    The National Post ^ | 8/16/2019 | Josh Rogin
    ISIL has largely taken over control of a huge camp in northeast Syria, and there’s no plan for what to do with the 70,000 people there (including more than 50,000 children). The United States and Europe must immediately address this urgent national security and humanitarian crisis, before a new caliphate is established while we watch. After the fall of Raqqa and the coalition defeat of ISIL’s strongholds, President Donald Trump announced that “100 percent” of the caliphate had been destroyed. But the tens of thousands of ISIL fighters and family members left over were herded into massive fenced internally displaced...
  • Infighting kills 40, wounds 260 in Yemen's Aden: UN

    08/12/2019 6:36:45 AM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Iran Press TV via Global security ^ | Sun Aug 11, 2019 01:28PM
    Infighting kills 40, wounds 260 in Yemen's Aden: UN Iran Press TV Sun Aug 11, 2019 01:28PM The United Nations (UN) says at least 40 people have been killed and 260 others wounded in Yemen's southern port city of Aden during infighting between groups of militia receiving support from either Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates (UAE). "Scores of civilians have been killed and wounded since August 8 when fighting broke out in the city of Aden. Preliminary reports indicate that as many as 40 people have been killed and 260 injured," UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande...
  • Lyudmila Pavlichenko - Battle for Sevastopol [English]

    08/11/2019 1:06:23 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    A trailer for an interesting Ukrainian-Russian movie from earlier 2010s. A story of the World's top sniper and an alleged dyke girlfriend of Mrs. FDR.
  • Hollywood Sick Fatso Weinstein Referred to Black Cube by ex Prime Minister and Jeff EPSTEIN...?!

    08/11/2019 11:15:42 AM PDT · by gaijin · 59 replies
    Red Ice TV on YouTube ^ | August 11th, 2019 | me
    Remember when Hollywood low-life Harvey Weinstein was trying to payoff or shutup the girls decrying his sexual behavior..? Remember that BLACK CUBE, the IDF-affiliated, Blackwater-style private intel group was what Weinstein used to fakeBefriend and then spy on and harass the girls into silence..? HOW did the services of Black Cube come to Harvey Weinstein’s attention..? The freaking ex-Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak, introduced them to Weinstein..! Can you believe this..? Barak, left And how did Ehud Barak know Weinstein? Via EPSTEIN..!! Yes, Ehud Barak was visiting Epstein’s NYC mansion and flying out to Rape Island. Isn’t this amazing?...
  • Yemen separatists say they've seized the key port of Aden

    08/11/2019 11:21:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun August 11, 2019 | Ivana Kottasová and Sarah El Sirgany,
    Yemeni separatists have taken control of the strategic city of Aden after days of fighting with forces backing the internationally recognized government. A spokesperson for the Southern Transitional Council (STC) told CNN the group took over the city including its presidential palace, port and airport. Aden has been the seat of the Saudi-backed government since Houthi fighters took over Sanaa in 2014. "We are not inside the presidential compound, which is on an island, but we have secured its entrances and exits," Nizar Haytham, the STC spokesperson, told CNN. CNN wasn't able to verify the claims. However, the interior minister...
  • ''I Should Have Screamed More'' - Saakashvili on 2008 War

    08/10/2019 5:30:50 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 7 replies
    Institute for War&Peace ^ | August 7, 2019 | By Vazha Tavberidze
    Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili opens up over the disappointments, betrayals and deals made in the run-up to the 2008 war. This is a full transcript of the exclusive interview the former president of Georgia gave IWPR. IWPR: Looking back at things from a decade-long perspective, do you think the West has learned any lessons from the 2008 war? Saakashvili: The thing is, the West is motivated by several instincts and one of the main instincts is appeasement. They always want to delay the problem, they always want to refer to the past, to the future, anything but the...
  • Putin marks 20 years in power

    08/09/2019 11:19:47 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    France24 ^ | Aug 9, 2019
    Twenty years ago on Friday, Russian president Boris Yeltsin appointed his fourth prime minister in less than 18 months: Vladimir Putin, then a relatively unknown security services chief with scant experience of politics. The departing Yeltsin was casting around for a successor and few could have predicted that two decades later Putin would still be ruling Russia, having taken on a dominant role in world affairs. But the anniversary comes at a time of uncertainty in the leader's reign. Putin's approval ratings remain at a level most Western leaders would envy but they have taken a hit from a stalling...
  • A scathing new Pentagon report blames Trump for the return of ISIS in Syria and Iraq

    08/09/2019 6:01:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/09/2019 | Ellen Ioanes
    A report from the Pentagon inspector general found that President Donald Trump’s decision to rapidly pull troops out of Syria and divert attention from diplomacy in Iraq has inadvertently aided the Islamic State’s regrouping in Syria and Iraq. The Department of Defense’s quarterly report to Congress on the effectiveness of the US Operation Inherent Resolve mission said that “ISIS continued its transition from a territory-holding force to an insurgency in Syria, and it intensified its insurgency in Iraq” — even though Trump said ISIS was defeated and the caliphate quashed, The Wall Street Journal reported. Many officials and experts have...