World Watching Geo- Politics #28

 

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Mike Pence Announces Turkey Ceasefire in Syria



Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at a press conference about the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 2, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Impeachment Inquiry Might Not Fly With Judges After Pelosi Refuses to Hold Authorization Vote

October 16, 2019



 

Cybersecurity Firm Details How China Hacked Western Firms to Steal Aviation Tech

BY FRANK FANG, EPOCH TIMES
October 16, 2019



Spygate Investigation



‘We’ve Got a Great New Deal’: Brexit Treaty Agreed by Boris Johnson and EU

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson waits to welcome NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to 10 Downing Street on October 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a new Brexit deal has been brokered between the UK and the EU.

The prime minister announced Thursday morning: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime, and our environment.”



October 14, 2019

SDF Chief: ‘Washington Has Sufficient Leverage to Mediate a Sustainable Peace Between Us and Turkey’

BY VENUS UPADHAYAYA, EPOCH TIMES



Confirms Manbij Handed Over To Russia As US Forces Filmed Departing

A stunning development in the key northern Syrian city of Manbij — the Pentagon has confirmed a planned handover to Russian military forces is underway amid a Turkish military assault on the region. This also hours after President Trump tweeted that Assad “wants naturally to protect the Kurds” and that the problem should be left to local powers.

Late Monday the main US base in Manbij was filmed empty of US forces, and American convoys were also spotted hastily pulling out of the city as Syrian national forces entered, following Sunday’s historic deal between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Assad government. Newsweek reports the developments follows:

The U.S. military has begun a hasty exit from Syria’s northern city of Manbij, and is set to help Russia establish itself there amid a Turkish attempt to defeat Kurdish-led, Pentagon-backed fighters at the strategic location, Newsweek has learned.

Russian troops in Syria, illustrative file image.

As the Syrian national flag went up over multiple previously US-backed SDF towns on Monday, it was as yet unclear what Russia’s role in all this would be. Through Monday there were also widespread rumors that Russian jets were circling over key border posts as Turkish forces shelled Kurdish positions below.

The Newsweek report suggests, as we predicted, the blistering fast developments clearly are being driven by significant Russian deal-making among all parties, surprisingly including the US, apparently:

A senior Pentagon official told Newsweek that U.S. personnel, “having been in the area for longer, has been assisting the Russian forces to navigate through previously unsafe areas quickly.”

A Pentagon official says will be handed over to as Russian journalist Oleg Blokhin films a video of the abandoned military base in the town.

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And the US coalition spokesman has now confirmed much of Newsweek’s reporting, announcing a “deliberate withdrawal” from Manbij and northeast Syria, saying, “We are out of Manbij”.

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This will of course make it impossible for pro-Turkish forces to take the town, and it’s likely that Erdogan may have been privy to Russian plans from the start.

“It is essentially a handover,” the official continued to Newsweek. “However, it’s a quick out, not something that will include walk-throughs, etc., everything is about making out with as much as possible of our things while destroying any sensitive equipment that cannot be moved.”

Local footage aired by RT showed the unprecedented moment a retreating column of US forces from Manbij passed a truck full of Syrian Army troops, headed the opposite direction. 

US forces had helped its SDF partner force administer Manbij since liberating the mixed majority-Arab town from ISIS in 2016.

It’s remarkable that President Trump has apparently ordered the rapid handover to Russian and Syrian national forces, which is likely to bringer a quicker end to the now over eight-year long war than was expected.

Meanwhile it appears that after five years Raqqa is also now back under Syrian government control.

Raqqa. the Islamic State’s capital for three years before US & SDF forces drove it out, is back under Syrian government control – witnesses. Military vehicles driving around.

This just as the White House has authorized sanctions on Turkey over the “destabilizing actions” related to its ‘Operation Peace Spring’ in northeast Syria.



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President Trump RIPS Paul Ryan: He Refused to Allow Subpoenas to Investigate Deep State Corruption (VIDEO)

President Trump RIPS Paul Ryan: He Refused to Allow Subpoenas to Investigate Deep State Corruption (VIDEO)



WILL LIBERAL MEDIA REPORT THIS? — VIDEO and PHOTOS — Ukrainian Parliamentarian Andriy Derkach Reveals Burisma Holdings Paid JOE BIDEN $900,000 for Lobbying

Ukrainian Pariamentarian Andriy Derkach (pictured) held a press conference on Wednesday in Ukraine.

In his press conference Derkach revealed that Joe Biden was paid $900,000 for lobbying efforts from Burisma Holdings in Ukraine.

Derkach even brought charts and images as proof during his presentation.

This is the same organization that paid Hunter Biden over $50,000 a month to sit on their board in an obvious pay-for-play maneuver.

Cristina Laila reported on this development on Wednesday…

Burisma Holdings Paid Joe Biden $900,000 For Lobbying Activities

Former Vice President Joe Biden was personally paid $900,000 for lobbying activities from Burisma Holdings, according to Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach.

Derkach publicized the documents at a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine agency Wednesday as he said the records, “describe the mechanism of getting money by Biden Sr.”

“This was the transfer of Burisma Group’s funds for lobbying activities, as investigators believe, personally to Joe Biden through a lobbying company. Funds in the amount of $900,000 were transferred to the U.S.-based company Rosemont Seneca Partners, which according to open sources, in particular, the New York Times, is affiliated with Biden. The payment reference was payment for consultative services,” Derkach said.

During his press conference Derkach even displayed images and a timeline of Joe Biden’s nefarious dealings in the Ukraine.

The entire press conference by Andriy Derkach was recorded and posted online.

For some strange reason the liberal mainstream media has no interest in this story?
Weird, huh?

 



Ukrainian government planned in February to RE-open probe into corrupt gas company that paid both Bidens

Long before President Donald Trump spoke to Ukrainian President Zelensky about Obama-era corruption, that government was planning to reopen an investigation into a corrupt gas company that once employed Joe Biden’s son Hunter as an “adviser” and paid the former vice president $900,000 through a straw firm.

“I can confirm to you tonight, the U.S. government had open source intelligence and was aware that as early as February in 2019 that the Ukrainian government was planning on reopening the Burisma investigation,” investigative reporter and Fox News contributor John Solomon told Sean Hannity Tuesday night.

“This was long before the president ever imagined to have a call with President Zelensky. In fact it’s before President Zelensky was even elected. This is a significant shift in the factual timeline. This is information that was omitted from the whistleblower’s complaint,” he added, referencing the deep state CIA official who claimed to have second-hand information that President Trump made threats against Ukraine and solicited ‘dirt’ on the Bidens during a call to Zelensky in July.

Neither of those claims is true according to a transcript of that phone call released last month by the White House.

Solomon noted that while the request to reopen the probe was made in February, it wasn’t until late March when the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office agreed to it.

The prosecutor general’s office “filed a 15-page Notice of Suspicion alleging that there may be illicit funds running through Burisma from 2010 all the way through 2015,” Solomon said.

“That’s important because Hunter Biden is on the board for two of those years — 2014 and 2015. And specifically, that Notice of Suspicion said they were looking at the possibility that the $3.4 million paid to Hunter Biden’s firm may have been part of the illicit funds that were moving through the company,” he added.

In April, the following month, the prosecutor general made a request of another Ukrainian investigative agency to go through bank records tied to the movement of all that money — another development Solomon said the U.S. government was aware of based on open-source intelligence.

There is more corruption with Ukraine, China

 



BREAKING: UN Helped Fake Kenyan Refugees Resettle Inside the US for Years — Until Trump Put an End to It

BREAKING: UN Helped Fake Kenyan Refugees Resettle Inside the US for Years — Until Trump Put an End to It



Senator Who Employed Chinese Spy Endorses Joe Biden for President

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden shakes hand with President Barack Obama as Diane Feinstein looks on from the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of …

A high-profile U.S. Senator with professional and personal ties to China — including once employing one of its spies — is backing former Vice President Joe Biden, amid mounting questions over his son’s business dealings with the communist regime.

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We salute the president for removing troops from Syria. We have no business being the world’s policeman and the Middle East has suffered war and conquest for countless centuries. We don’t belong there in the middle of it.

We no longer need their oil. It’s time to let those countries take care of themselves. They are not extensions of our 50 states. Too many lives and too much taxpayer money have been wasted. Sure, we have allies all over the world, but that kind of foreign entanglement also led to a gigantic, disastrous and pointless conflict known as World War I. We don’t need to keep repeating such events.“I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” stated President Trump.


We must also end the war in Afghanistan. No more empire. Take care of America first. Bring the troops home.



Troll Armies out in Force to Discredit ‘Freedom of Expression’

394375 05: A worker wipes his brow in the wreckage of the World Trade Center September 13, 2001 in New York City, two days after the twin towers were destroyed by two hijacked passenger jets. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

China’s Global Times defended Chinese internet users allegedly acting independently of the government for praising the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as revenge for an NBA executive expressing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.



 

  • OCT 7, 2019

 



Joseph Misfud Went Into Hiding Following Release of Mueller Report, Lawyer Says

October 3, 2019 Updated

The lawyer to Joseph Mifsud, one of the central figures of the 2016 Russia investigation, said his client had until recently lived in Italy, but that Mifsud went into hiding again after the release of the final report by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mifsud’s whereabouts had been unknown since about May 2018, after his name was outed by media in connection with the Russia investigation that was started by the FBI and taken over in 2017 by Mueller.

According to the official narrative, Mifsud allegedly told a Trump campaign aide in April 2016 that Russians had “dirt” on then-presidential candidate Trump’s rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the form of “thousands of emails.” This information was ultimately used by the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation that involved extensive spying on Trump campaign staff.

Mifsud’s lawyer, Stephan Roh, said he lost contact with his client in recent months, but that a “private friend” had been in contact with Mifsud until about March, “just before the Mueller report came out.”

“Mifsud told the friend he was in Italy, that he is not able to travel. He then explained to that friend that things will be soon ok, and he can return,” Roh told The Epoch Times in an email. “Finally, [after] the Mueller report [came] out, I understand Mifsud continued to stay hidden.”

Mueller concluded that the investigation was unable to establish that Trump or anybody from his team conspired or coordinated with Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has been reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation and whether the spying was adequately predicated. At least part of that task, it appears, is being handled by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who’s reportedly requested a recorded May 2018 deposition that Mifsud entered at Roh’s law firm in Zurich. There, on May 21, 2018, Mifsud also signed power of attorney to Roh, as documented by a picture provided by Roh.

Joseph Mifsud in Zurich, Switzerland. The photo shows a signed power of attorney document
Joseph Mifsud in Zurich, Switzerland, in May 2018. The photo shows a signed power of attorney document dated May 21, 2018. (Courtesy of Stephan Roh)

Roh gave the deposition both to Durham and to some members of Congress, he said.

Mifsud held positions at several entities in London and Rome and in those capacities frequently rubbed shoulders with people in the Western political, diplomatic, security, and even counterterrorism circles, including with former Italian Interior Minister Vincenzo Scotti, former Vice President of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella, and former British prosecutor Arvinder Sambei, who used to work with the FBI on counterterrorism extradition cases. There’s also some evidence that Scotti has supervised, or at least been aware of, Mifsud’s establishing contacts in Russia.



Battle For The Arctic: Russia To Install New Missile Warning Systems To Monitor New Frontier

The radar systems have a range of 3,700 miles, enough distance to monitor planes in parts of Alaska.



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US Pulls Troops Clear of Turkish Offensive in Syria, Hands Over Burden of ISIS Prisoners

BY SIMON VEAZEY
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Military Aid to Ukraine Sent on Schedule, Budget Office Confirms

 October 3, 2019 Updated: 



China unveils “doomsday” hypersonic missiles that can strike any U.S. city in 30 minutes, while the Pentagon is focused on making sure transgenders feel safe in the military

There are very stark differences in military priorities between the United States and some of our most likely enemies we are liable to face at some point over the next couple of decades that could, frankly, make the difference between winning and losing a war.

Most of the major and global powers are not benevolent countries, so losing a war to them would have huge life-altering implications for Americans who are accustomed to enjoying a set of freedoms and liberties virtually no one else on the planet enjoys.

Imagine for a moment if the U.S. and NATO had lost a world war to the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact; Moscow headed an authoritarian communist regime at the time and would have spread that form of government to the conquered territories.

The same is true of China, the world’s most populous and powerful Communist country. If the U.S. were to lose a conflict to China, any peace deal could very well include forcing Americans to live under that system of government. 

Which begs some questions: Why do we seem to have our priorities messed up in the face of such dangers?

China recently celebrated its National Independence Day with a parade featuring a lot of the country’s newest military hardware and defense systems. Included in the parade was a new ICBM with global range that can strike anywhere in the United States within 30 minutes. Fair enough; these weapons have been around for decades, right?

True, but this missile — the DF-41 — carries ten independent warheads so it can blanket our most populous cities within that half-hour time frame. Armageddon, to be sure. 

This missile is a big deal to the Chinese; beforehand, their nuclear-tipped ICBMs mostly carried a single warhead, so by perfecting this technology they have effectively expanded their nuclear arsenal by a factor of 10 every time they build a DF-41.

At the same time, China has expanded its Marine Corps, transferred its Coast Guard to command of the navy, and built a “maritime militia” to help enforce its own laws in international waters (the South China Sea). The army has gotten a makeover in that it is leaner but more professional and capable. (Related: U.S. missile defenses rendered totally obsolete by Mach 10 hypersonic missile developed by China.)

We need warfighters, not social justice warriors

In summary, the Chinese military is rapidly becoming a peer to the U.S. military. And what is the Pentagon doing?

Spending precious time and resources ensuring that “transgender” troops are comfy. 



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