President Donald Trump said that his administration has reached a “phase one deal” with China, adding that the two countries will immediately start negotiating a “phase two” trade agreement.
“We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China. They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more.,” Trump said on Friday.
The United States will maintain 25 percent tariffs on approximately $250 billion of Chinese imports, he said, adding that there would be 7.5 percent tariffs on about $120 billion of Chinese imports—marking a 50 percent reduction in those tariffs.
Trump said that U.S. tariffs set to take effect on Sunday on about $160 billion of Chinese consumer goods will not be imposed in light of the deal.
“The Penalty Tariffs set for December 15th will not be charged because of the fact that we made the deal. We will begin negotiations on the Phase Two Deal immediately, rather than waiting until after the 2020 Election. This is an amazing deal for all. Thank you!” he added.
United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer confirmed the deal, writing in a statement: “President Trump has focused on concluding a Phase One agreement that achieves meaningful, fully-enforceable structural changes and begins rebalancing the U.S.-China trade relationship. This unprecedented agreement accomplishes those very significant goals and would not have been possible without the President’s strong leadership.”
Protesters hold up their hands in a sign of calling for their five demands in a march in Hong Kong on Dec. 8, 2019. (Sung Bi-lung/The Epoch Times)
800,000 Hongkongers Take to the Streets to Mark Human Rights Day
Boris Johnson’s Brexit envoy to US resigns with furious attack on government ‘peddling half-truths’
Alexandra Hall Hall says civil servants being asked to be not ‘fully honest’ with the public
K’s embassy in Washington has resigned, saying she can no longer “peddle half-truths” on behalf of political leaders she does not trust.
Alexandra Hall Hall sent a resignation letter earlier this week, warning that there were increasing demands being placed on civil servants not to be “fully honest” with the public.
It comes as leaked internal documents show there will be customs checks and controls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, despite claims by Boris Johnson that there would not be.
Sumaira a Pakistani woman, shows a picture of her Chinese husband in Gujranwala, Pakistan on May 22, 2019. Sumaira, who didn’t want her full name used, was raped repeatedly by Chinese men at a house in Islamabad where she was brought to stay after her brothers arranged her marriage to the older Chinese man. (K.M. Chaudary/AP Photo)
Pakistan Halts Investigation Into Sale of 629 Pakistani Brides to China, Fearing Retaliation From Beijing
Leaders of all NATO member states held a plenary meeting on Dec. 4 in London, in the place where NATO was founded 70 years ago.
According to doorstep remarks by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, there were plans to discuss at the plenary session “the fight against terrorism, arms control, and NATO’s relationship with Russia.” For the first time in NATO’s history, according to Stoltenberg, the NATO leaders planned to discuss the rise of China.
Among other issues to be addressed were the readiness of forces, space as an operational domain, and resilience of critical infrastructure including 5G.
The “London Declaration” adopted by NATO leaders at the plenary meeting affirms allies’ commitment to upholding Article 5 of the Washington Treaty (the legal basis of NATO) whereby an attack against one ally shall be considered by all members as an attack on all allies.
Threats and challenges that NATO faces include “Russia’s aggressive actions,” terrorism, challenges to “the rules-based international order,” cyber and hybrid threats. In addition, instability taking place beyond NATO’s border contributes to irregular migration, states the Declaration.
The Declaration also points out that NATO will continue to be a nuclear alliance,“ to deter and defend, “as long as nuclear weapons exist.”
It emphasizes the need to “remain open for dialogue, and to a constructive relationship with Russia when Russia’s actions make that possible,” and recognize the need to address opportunities and challenges that are the result of “China’s growing influence and international policies.”
The Trump administration is set to announce changes to the federal food stamp program that would strengthen eligibility requirements for certain categories of aid recipients, cutting benefits while encouraging self-sufficiency …
Most Americans probably don’t know anything about it because the mainstream media prefers to keep it under wraps, but communist China is right this moment detaining untold numbers of political and religious prisoners in concentration camps that reports indicate are being monitored and controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) robots.
Uighur Muslims, which we’ve drawn attention to in the past, as well as other minority groups throughout China basically have to conform to the communist government’s demands, or else face indefinite detention or even death for their disobedience.
Described by former detainees as “forced ideological and behavioral re-education centers” operated in secret, these communist Chinese concentration camps are designed to rewire prisoners’ brains, including the thoughts they have and the language they speak. Prisoners are also forced to follow a strict set of rules for everything they do, including bathing and using the toilet.
Classified documents that recently went public reveal that communist China is utilizing AI and other advanced technologies to implement its social control agenda, which includes assigning residents social credit scores that are used to determine their respective levels of “freedom” in Chinese society.
Those with low social credit scores, or those whom the communist Chinese government deems to be a threat, are targeted, surveilled, and graded as part of a plot to forcibly assimilate and subdue them under communism. And the most targeted group are the Uighurs, which are about 10 million strong and trying to maintain their own language and culture within greater Chinese society….
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) France’s President Emmanuel Macron react as they talk during their meeting at Winfield House, London on Dec. 3, 2019. (Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images)
Macron’s ‘Brain Dead’ Comments on NATO ‘Disrespectful:’ Trump
French President Emmanuel Macron was being “very insulting” when he called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “brain dead,” President Donald Trump said.
“NATO serves a great purpose … and I think that’s insulting to a lot of different forces, including a man that does a very good job at running NATO. I was very surprised,” Trump told reporters in London as he appeared with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House.
Macron’s remark was a “very, very nasty statement essentially to 28 countries” and was “very disrespectful,” Trump added. He noted that Turkey responded by saying Macron was “brain dead.”
“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump alleged. “It’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”
Critics have accused Trump of undermining NATO by seeking to cut down U.S. funding for the largely European treaty group, but Trump has said he just wants the countries part of NATO to pay the funding they committed to years ago…..
Ukrainian President Zelensky Shoots Down Impeachment Claim, Denies Quid Pro Quo
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky again denied a primary allegation foisted by House Democrats amid their impeachment inquiry into …
President Donald Trump addresses his remarks prior to pardoning “Butter” the turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House on Nov. 26, 2019. (Andrea Hanks/White House)
White House Will Not Participate in House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearing
American flags were flying high on polls while Hongkongers sung to the U.S. national anthem around noon on Dec. 1.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at Charter Garden in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district before together they marched to the U.S. consulate at around 1:50 p.m. local time.
The rally, held with the theme of “Thank You America for Protecting Hong Kong,” was organized by the local social group Hong Kong Autonomy Action.
The event marked the second time that Hongkongers have held a public event to show their appreciation to the U.S. government.
On Nov. 28, thousands held a rally at Edinburgh Place, also located in Central, after President Donald Trump signed into law two Hong Hong bills.
One of the bills, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, requires the U.S. Secretary of State to annually review whether the former British colony is “sufficiently autonomous” from mainland China to justify its special economic privileges granted under the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.
Organizers at the rally stated that U.S. officials would not have so quickly passed the bills if they had not felt Hongkongers’ passion for democracy and freedom. They spoke of their appreciation to all of the U.S. lawmakers who had assisted in passing the bills and Trump for signing.
Joshua Wong, activist and the iconic figure from the 2014 Umbrella Movement, said at the rally that the next step in protecting Hong Kong was calling on the United Kingdom and other Western countries to follow what the United States has done, in an effort to get more global support for the local democracy movement.
At the rally and the ensuing march, protesters could be heard shouting, “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong,” and “Resist Beijing, Liberate Hong Kong.”
One protester told The Epoch Times that he would like to thank President Trump for helping Hongkongers’ fight for freedom.
“If China or Hong Kong doesn’t answer our five demands, we won’t give up,” he said, referring to protesters’ demands for universal suffrage and an independent commission to investigate instances of police violence against protesters since June.
Another female protester thanked President Trump for his support and then went on to voice her displeasure with the regime in Beijing.
“CCP [Chinese Communist Party] and communism is cancer on Earth,” she said.
Outside the U.S. consulate, a protester dressed in a suit with a full-face Trump mask accepted a petition letter from the protesters. Organizers explained that they were not able to hand the letter directly to someone at the consulate because of police arrangements.
Protesters then marched from the U.S. consulate back to Charter Garden.
Hong Kong bureau of the Epoch Times contributed to the article.
All King Bibi’s Men: Netanyahu’s Inner Circle Key To Criminal Cases
PHOTO: Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protest outside his residence following Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s indictment ruling in Jerusalem November 21, 2019. The placards in Hebrew read, “Mandelblit you are getting a positive coverage this evening, tomorrow you are a suspect “. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo
November 23, 2019 By Maayan Lubell
JERUSALEM, (Reuters) – Secret recordings, powerful media moguls, illicit gifts of cigars and champagne, betrayals by trusted aides. The three corruption cases against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu have all the makings of a political thriller.
On Thursday, after more than three years of investigations, the most dominant Israeli politician of his generation was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust……..
Prof. Steve Hanke
Protestors burn down the Central Bank In Behbahan, #Iran. This violence has more to do with than a simple gas price hike. The Iranian people are fed up with the Islamic Republic.
Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a free and balanced trading relationship with China. In an interview Thursday, the Florida Republican said the president’s tariffs against Beijing are not undermining free trade because the U.S. has never had free trade with China. As the Trump administration continues to negotiate a ‘phase one’ trade deal with Beijing, Rubio said fixing the trading relationship is not just a “one-time issue.”
The claim alleges that Hunter Biden and his partners received $16.5 million for their ‘services’
Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden took a lucrative post on the Burisma Board in 2014.
Hunter Biden was making millions from the corrupt Ukrainian oil and gas company.
New memos released earlier this month reveal Burisma Holdings, Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian natural gas company, pressured the Obama State Department to help end the corruption investigation during the 2016 election cycle just one month before then-Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor probing his son Hunter.
Joe Biden bragged about getting Viktor Shokin fired during a 2018 speech to the Council on Foreign Relations.
The media immediately covered for Biden and said his targeting of Mr. Shokin was totally unrelated to the prosecutor’s corruption investigation into Hunter and Burisma Holdings.
A university in Hong Kong saw some of the worst violence since pro-democracy protests began, as protesters faced off with police, shooting arrows and hurling petrol bombs as the latter fired volleys of tear gas and deployed water cannons.
Clashes at the embattled Polytechnic University (PolyU) on Nov. 17 also saw police deploy sonic devices for the first time
The Long Range Acoustic Device, intended to send warnings over long distances, was fixed atop an armored truck that arrived at the university at around 2:42 p.m. It emitted a loud, shrill sound that lasted for about three seconds.
In a press release, the police said that the device was only a broadcasting system and not a weapon, saying that it would not “generate ultra-low frequency which will cause dizziness, nausea or loss of sense of direction,” as some local media had reported. They also warned the public not to “assist rioters in any way,” or risk committing the offense of “Taking Part in a Riot,” which is punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
Protesters stand off with the police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Nov. 17, 2019. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images)
Earlier in the week, protesters started to occupy the university, using it as a base to block the city’s central cross-harbor road tunnel, in an effort to pressure the Hong Kong government into fulfilling their demands.
Mass protests began in June in direct response to an unpopular extradition bill that would have allowed the Chinese regime to seek transfer of criminal suspects. Many saw it as an erosion of the city’s autonomy, as promised when the territory reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
The bill has since been withdrawn, but protests have continued, evolving into wider resistance against what demonstrators see as growing control of Hong Kong by communist China, along with calls for full democracy for the territory.
Venezuela Opposition Protests Revive, Demonstrators Call For New Leadership
Opposition politician Juan Guaido speaks to supporters at an anti-government rally, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Guaido called nationwide demonstrations to re-ignite a campaign against President Nicolas Maduro launched in January that has lost steam in recent months. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
Trump’s Indo-Pacific Vision Aims to Contain ‘Authoritarian Revisionist Powers:’ State Department
The State Department recently released a report on how it is working with allies and partners to implement …continue
Adam Schiff’s kangaroo court is a disgusting display of skewed justice and partisanship. The Democrats made sure the rules of the game were changed in order to help sway the case against President Trump.
Hearsay evidence is suddenly golden.
Documents Released by Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office Reveal MILLIONS Funneled to Hunter Biden and the John Kerry Family
by Joe HoftNovember 13, 2019
Oh My. Documents released this evening tie millions from foreign sources to the Hunter Biden, Devon Archer and John Kerry and his family!
Documents reportedly leaked from the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s office show complex money transfers from foreign sources into former President Obama’s Vice President and Secretary of State’s families –
According to counter intelligence in Latvia around $4 million was obtained by Burisma Holdings Limited which was then transferred to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer –
Burisma Holdings then sent $3.5 million via Morgan Stanley to Hunter Biden and the John Kerry family –
Money was transferred and then Burisma was no longer under investigation.
As The Gateway Pundit reported last night the payments from Burisma to Hunter Biden and the Kerry family from Burisma Holdings included 38 payments for $83,000 totaling over $3.1 million.
The Burisma investigation was shut down after Biden withheld $1B in aid to the Ukraine
The quid-pro-quo with the Ukraine involved Joe Biden and John Kerry – not President Donald Trump –
The real crimes involving the US involve John Kerry
As The Gateway Pundit reported last night the payments from Burisma to Hunter Biden and the Kerry family from Burisma Holdings included 38 payments for $83,000 totaling over $3.1 million.
The Burisma investigation was shut down after Biden withheld $1B in aid to the Ukraine –
The quid-pro-quo with the Ukraine involved Joe Biden and John Kerry – not President Donald Trump –
The quid-pro-quo with the Ukraine involved Joe Biden and John Kerry – not President Donald Trump –……Read more documents and receipts and video
The real crimes involving the US involve John Kerry, his family and the Bidens, not President Donald Trump!
U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland poses ahead of a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner (unseen) at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on June 4, 2019.
Ukraine Foreign Minister Says US Aid and Biden Investigations Were ‘Never’ Linked
Ukrainian foreign minister Vadym Prystaiko said Thursday that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland “never” linked aid to Ukrainian investigations into the 2016 elections or former Vice President Joe Biden, which are allegations at the center of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
His comment comes a day after the House held its first public impeachment inquiry hearings, with testimonials from diplomats George Kent and Bill Taylor. Taylor alleged that a staffer told him he overheard Sondland speaking to President Trump on July 26. Trump on Wednesday denied the new claim from Taylor during a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying, “I’ve never heard this.”
“Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigations. You should ask him,” Prystaiko said about Sondland, reported Reuters.
“I have never seen a direct relationship between investigations and security assistance,” Prystaiko also said. “Yes, the investigations were mentioned, you know, in the conversation of the presidents. But there was no clear connection between these events.”
The Trump administration is accused of withholding about $400 million in military aid unless Ukraine cooperated.
On July 25, Trump had a phone call with Ukraine President Zelenskiy and asked him to look into a Crowdstrike server that was allegedly being held in Ukraine and also asked him to look into Biden and his son, Hunter, who had sat on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings while his father was the vice president. Trump denied there was any quid pro quo and has said the entire inquiry is a witch hunt.
Meanwhile, Sondland, during his closed-door testimony to House Intelligence Committee, told the panel that he had spoken many times to Prystaiko and other Ukrainian officials during the period that was in question, according to a transcript released (pdf) several days ago. He is slated to testify in a public hearing next week.
Zelenskiy, for his part, denied that Trump tried to pressure him during the July 25 phone call.
U.N. Urges Lebanon To Form Government Of ‘Competence’, Banks Close
A demonstrator stands near burning tires during ongoing anti-government protests in Tripoli, Lebanon November 12, 2019.
By Nadine Awadalla and Tom Perry
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s banks and schools were shut on Tuesday in a new wave of disruption as politicians struggled to agree on a new government to steer the country out of its worst economic crisis since the 1975-90 civil war.
The top U.N. official in Lebanon called for the urgent formation of a cabinet made up of people known for their competence, which he said would be in a better position to appeal for international support…..Continue
Are you aware of just how much electromagnetic pollution is impacting your body on a daily basis?
The problem isn’t just wireless internet, by the way: it’s also fifth-generation mobile telecommunication technology, also known as 5G, as well as every other source of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) that exists all around us.
A review published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research draws attention to the many threats of WiFi in terms of human health – and they’re pretty serious.
In addition to spurring the death of healthy cells and damaging human DNA, WiFi signals can lead to psychiatric damage in those who are persistently exposed to them – think depression, difficulty thinking clearly, mood swings, and other behavioral abnormalities.
Neuropsychiatric damage is a common adverse effect of wireless exposure, and it could explain why many people in the modern age suffer from chemical imbalances in the brain that negatively impact their ability to function consistently.
One of the studies included in this review suggests that WiFi exposure during pregnancy could cause impaired neurodevelopment in unborn babies. WiFi is also associated with increased cholinesterase and changes in GABA and cholinergic transmission, decreased special learning, and a “greatly lowered” ability to “distinguish familiar from novel objects.”
Spontaneous abortion is another common effect of wireless exposure that stems from chromosomal mutations. Besides lowering fertility in both males and females, wireless signals cause oxidative stress that, in pregnant woman, can cause them not to have healthy deliveries…..continued
The Hong Kong protest movement is one built on online organizing, and the police are working to find out the identities of individuals who are using social media apps to spread information on the protests.
Since mass protests began in June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill that many Hongkongers feared would be the final straw in Beijing’s encroachment over the city’s affairs, protesters have used encrypted messaging app Telegram to plan demonstrations, initiate crowdfunding efforts, and spread information about police action during protests.
The app has also been used as a doxxing ground, where users post information that could identify police believed to have acted against protesters.
One Telegram channel, “dadfindboy,” has doxxed police officers by collecting and releasing their photos and personal information: name, badge number, home address, their school background, and social media handles. It has over 202,000 subscribers.
Another account, “tanakayotsuba,” self-described as a “hotline for scoops,” has been accused of releasing personal information about police officers and their relatives.
North Korea Criticizes ‘Hostile Policy’ As U.S. Diplomat Visits South Korea
FILE PHOTO: Residents hold US and North Korean flags while they wait for motorcade of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un en route to the Metropole Hotel for the second US- North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019.
November 5, 2019
SEOUL (Reuters) – A U.S. report calling North Korea a sponsor of terrorism shows a “hostile policy” that prevents progress in denuclearization talks, the isolated nation said on Tuesday, as a senior U.S. diplomat was set to arrive in the neighboring South.
North Korea accused the United States of failing to show flexibility after a breakdown last month in the first talks between their officials since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed in June to reopen negotiations.
“The channel of dialogue between the DPRK and the U.S. is more and more narrowing due to such attitude,” North Korean state news agency KCNA said, citing a Foreign Ministry official, and using the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
German Foreign Minister: Iran Must Reverse Nuclear Enrichment, Engage In Talks
FILE – This frame grab from the Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting state-run TV shows three versions of domestically-built centrifuges in a live TV program from Natanz, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant in Iran. Iran announced Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, it would inject uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges it previously kept empty under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. (IRIB via AP, File)
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is urging Iran to draw back its nuclear activities. While speaking in Budapest Monday, Maas said the Ayatollah regime must go back to complying with the 2015 nuclear deal and engage in talks with world powers to resolve disagreements. The German diplomat went on to say Iran now risks breaking the entire accord and risks tougher sanctions by the European Union.
Earlier this week, Tehran rejected any possibility of talks with the U.S. and called on the European Union to maintain business ties despite U.S. sanctions. However, Maas says Iran cannot enrich uranium while having economic ties with the West at the same time.
UK Accused Of Withholding Report On Russian Meddling To Spare Embarrassment
Britain’s Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove is seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain October 29, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
November 5, 2019
LONDON (Reuters) – The British government was accused by opponents of sitting on a parliamentary report examining alleged Russian meddling in British politics because it might contain embarrassing revelations about Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his party.
The report by parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has been cleared by the security services but it has not yet been given approval for publication by Johnson’s Downing Street office, meaning it cannot be released before a Dec. 12 election.
Britain has accused Russia of meddling or trying to interfere in western elections, accusations denied by Moscow. The ISC was examining allegations of Russian activity aimed at the United Kingdom, including in the 2016 referendum on EU membership, when Johnson was a leading campaigner to leave.
President Donald Trump(L) speaks next to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Cabinet Meeting at the White House on Oct. 21, 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)
US Formally Announces Withdrawal From Paris Climate Deal, Pompeo Says
U.S. Condemns Chinese ‘Intimidation’ In South China Sea
FILE – An airstrip, structures and buildings on China’s man-made Subi Reef in the South China Sea are seen from a Philippine Air Force plane. (AP Photo)
UPDATED — Monday, November 4, 2019
The U.S. is condemning China for intimidating other nations in the South China Sea. While attending the annual ASEAN summit in Thailand Monday, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien accused China of militarizing the region to bully smaller Southeast Asian countries.
O’Brien went on to say the region has no interest in a new imperial era:
“We think those disputes ought to be handled peacefully. We don’t think they should be handled through intimidation or through maritime militias or by ramming ships or by surrounding islands. And that’s just not how things should be done in the 21st Century. Those are things that happened hundreds of years ago, and it shouldn’t happen between neighbors in Southeast Asia.”
‘Order!’ – UK Parliament To Elect New Speaker For Brexit Hot Seat
LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers will elect a new Speaker on Monday to take on the role of refereeing the next parliamentary instalment of the country’s protracted struggle over Brexit.
In the three years since Britain voted to leave the European Union, the Speaker has played an increasingly influential role in the process of debating the rights and wrongs of Brexit and passing the laws needed to implement it.
The Speaker is the arbiter of procedural disputes in the House of Commons, parliament’s lower chamber, and has the power to decide which challenges to the government’s plans are allowed to proceed…….Read story here
Scores Injured, One Critical In Chaotic Weekend Of Hong Kong Protests
A man walks past anti-government posters and graffiti at a underground passage in Hong Kong, China, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
November 4, 2019
By Twinnie Siu and Jessie Pang
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Scores of people were injured in Hong Kong during a chaotic weekend of anti-government protests that left one man in a critical condition, authorities said on Monday, and China called for a tougher stance to end months of unrest.
Twelve police officers were also injured during the weekend clashes, with more than 300 people ranging from 14 to 54 years of age arrested between Friday and Sunday, police said..,.read story Here
Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran on Aug. 21, 2010. (IIPA via Getty Images)
Iran Announces New Violations of Nuclear Deal on 40th Anniversary of US Embassy Takeover
White House notes anniversary, says Tehran ‘continues to target innocent civilians’
Iran has announced more violations of its nuclear deal on the 40-year-anniversary of the 1979 student take over of the U.S. Embassy and hostage situation that lasted 444 days.
The head of Iran’s nuclear program, Ali Akbar Salehi, said on Monday that the country is operating 60 IR-6 advanced centrifuges in violation of its 2015 atomic deal with other world powers, according to the state-run Tasnim News Agency.
“Today, we are witnessing the launch of the array of 30 IR-6 centrifuges,” Salehi, who heads Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told state television as reported by Reuters. “Iran now is operating 60 IR-6 advanced centrifuges. It shows our capacity and determination.”
Under the deal, Iran is allowed to enrich uranium with just over 5,000 with its IR-1 centrifuges. An IR-6 centrifuge can enrich uranium about 10 times after than IR-1s.
“Our scientists are working on a prototype called the IR-9, that works 50 times faster than the IR-1s,” Salehi was quoted as saying by the news agency.
The move drew swift rebuke from other foreign powers, including a statement German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas that said Iran’s latest step away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers risks breaking the entire agreement.
Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for the European Commission, said Monday that the European Union is still committed to the 2015 deal with Iran, AP reported, but she added that the deal still “depends on the full compliance by Iran.”
When the US “withdrew” from Syria, Donald Trump announced that he had secured Syria’s oil from ISIS and was protecting it. Further announcements indicated the US was leaving 500 troops there and would be moving in heavy armor, this being done well outside the purview of agreements with Russia and certainly in violation of Syria’s sovereignty………. The rest of the story
Chinese Bid for Ukraine’s Aerospace ‘Jewel’ Could Knock Kyiv Out of NATO’s Orbit
The fate of Motor Sich, one of the world’s top makers of helicopter and airplane engines, hangs in …
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pictured at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on Oct. 18, 2019. (Francisco Seco//Pool via Reuters)
Pompeo Says US Must Confront China’s Communist Party
October 31, 2019
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Oct. 30 stepped up recent U.S. rhetoric targeting China’s ruling Communist Party, saying Beijing was focused on international domination and needed to be confronted.
Pompeo made the remarks even as the Trump administration said it still expected to sign the first phase of a deal to end a trade war with China next month, despite Chile’s withdrawal on Wednesday as the host of an APEC summit where U.S. officials had hoped this would happen.
Pompeo said the United States had long cherished its friendship with the Chinese people, adding the Communist government was not the same thing as the people of China.
“They are reaching for and using methods that have created challenges for the United States and for the world and we collectively, all of us, need to confront these challenges … head on,” Pompeo said in an address to a gala dinner in New York of the conservative Hudson Institute think tank.
“It is no longer realistic to ignore the fundamental differences between our two systems, and the impact that … the differences in those systems have on American national security.”
Last week in a major policy speech, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attacked China’s record on human rights, trade and methods used to expand its global influence.
Pompeo said President Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, had sounded the alarm about China from his very first day in office.
“Today, we’re finally realizing the degree to which the Communist Party is truly hostile to the United States and our values … and we are able to do this because of the leadership of President Trump.”
China has been consistently irritated by Pompeo, whether over his remarks on China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR, also known as Belt and Road) project or allegations of Chinese rights abuses in the far western region of Xinjiang, and in many other areas.
In a speech in Houston on Monday, China’s ambassador in Washington signaled his country would not take any criticism of the Party.
“To draw a line between the Party and the people is to challenge the entire Chinese nation,” Cui Tiankai said, according to a copy of his remarks on the Chinese embassy’s website.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Thursday that Pompeo’s comments expose the “political bias and anti-Communist mindset of some U.S. politicians.”
“Unfair and Predatory”
Rep. Devin Nunes walks near the Longworth House Office Building in Washington on Oct. 28, 2019. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The leaks of the details of the calls between President Donald Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Australia in 2017 were the products of intelligence gathering, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told The Epoch Times in an exclusive interview.
Nunes said that sources confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee that the leaks of the calls between Trump and foreign leaders were based on intelligence products, prompting Nunes to investigate the matter.
“We knew right away in January that unmasking was occurring. Well, we knew the big one, the major one, was the Flynn transcript that was given out. And then you slowly had the Australian prime minister, you had the Mexican president, plus stories that we were seeing out in the mainstream news media. It was clear that somehow people were getting information from what appeared to be intelligence products,” Nunes said on Oct. 28.
“We had some sources that had come to us to tell us that this was happening. So finally we were able to finally piece it together and I was able to review it. And then once I saw what it was and it was much more than what I expected. And it had nothing to do with Russia.”
Nunes had previously revealed, in March 2017, that he had confirmed that the intelligence community incidentally collected the communications of Trump’s transition team and unmasked the names of individual officials. His comments to The Epoch Times on Oct. 28 show that intelligence gathering on Trump and his associates continued beyond the Inauguration Day and resulted in major leaks to the media.
“And then the media had no interest in that. Not only were they never interested in the unmaskings that occurred, they continue to be against it. They said that I did all kinds of things wrong and they only wanted to know where I got it from. And then they made up a total phony story about how somehow I was going over to the White House at midnight, which was complete completely nuts,” Nunes said, referring to the disproven allegations that he was coordinating his investigation with the White House.
The Trump administration was subjected to a barrage of leaks from the president’s first day in office. A Senate investigation determined that during Trump’s first 126 days in office, leaks flowed at a rate of one per day. Many of the leaks contained information meant to damage or ridicule Trump or his associates. Roughly half of the leaks went to The New York Times and The Washington Post.
The revelation that the intelligence community was spying on a sitting president is the latest development in the scandal surrounding the spying on Trump’s campaign. The claim by Nunes aligns with reports that U.S. Attorney John Durham—who is investigating the spying scandal—has extended the timeline of his criminal investigation to include the early months of Trump’s presidency. Fox News reported earlier this month that the timeline of Durham’s inquiry now extends up until the spring of 2017.
It is not known whether Durham is looking into the unmaskings of the president. Attorney General William Barr assigned Durham to investigate the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. Barr told Congress that he believes spying occurred on the Trump campaign and that he is looking to determine whether the surveillance was legal and free of improper motivation.
In a wide-ranging interview in his office in Washington, Nunes also confirmed that the FBI investigators failed to brief the Congressional Gang of Eight about their probe of the Trump campaign. In addition, Nunes disclosed that the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign started earlier than late July, the time listed in the final report by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The special counsel’s investigation concluded in March, finding insufficient evidence to establish that anyone colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election…………
The U.S. flag flies at a welcoming ceremony between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Thomas Peter/Pool via Getty Images)
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The Clinton Foundation reportedly milked over $130 million from Australians over the past couple decades. After the 2016 election, Clinton Foundation directors in Australia bailed and left the Australian headquarters – a shack on a dirt road outside Melbourne.
An Internet sleuth posted an incredible story regarding the Clinton Foundation in Australia. The story is another shocking example of the corrupt sham that the Clintons used to pillage individuals and countries around the world.
President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) in the Roosevelt Room where they issued a joint statement, at the White House in Washington on May 16, 2017. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
Thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets in the afternoon on Oct. 20 despite a police ban just days after a prominent activist was brutally attacked by thugs who are still at large.
The march’s participants, many of them dressed in black while some holding an umbrella, set off from Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui at around 1:30 p.m. local time. One hour later, the first section of the march arrived at the destination, West Kowloon Station, which is about 1.5 miles away.
Protesters could be heard shouting slogans such as “five demands, not one less” and “Hong Kongers Resist.”
The march was originally planned by the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the organizer behind some of the city’s biggest protests to date. But the group lost an appeal against a police ban on Oct. 19. According to Hong Kong media, police prohibited the march citing fears of violence.
CHRF planned the march to call for the abolition of a controversial anti-mask law, which Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam put in place on Oct. 4 after she invoked a colonial-era emergency law. The law bans people from wearing facial masks during large public gatherings.
Four activists decided to lead the march despite the police ban, facing the possibility of being arrested by the police. The four were Figo Chan, 22, deputy convener at CHRF; Leung Kwok-hung, 63, of the League of Social Democrats; Albert Ho, 68, former chairman of the Democratic Party and current chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China; and Cyd Ho, 65, vice chairman of the Labour Party.
At the time of writing, CHRF has not released estimates of the number of people taking part in the march.
Prior to the march, organizers had been unsure about how many people would join, given that CHRF’s convener Jimmy Sham, 32, was brutally attacked by thugs wielding arms on Oct. 16, leaving him in a pool of blood on the sidewalk. According to CHRF, the attackers targeted Sham’s head, knees, and elbows during the assault.
Mexican Army Reinforcement Arrive in Culiacán, Sinaloa
The government of Mexico deployed 230 Mexican Army Special Forces personnel who arrived in Culiacán, Sinaloa, on Friday night in response to cartel violence that broke out throughout the city on Thursday afternoon. The deployment of additional security elements resulted from a cartel rampage that exploded in Culiacán after the capture of the son of the notorious and imprisoned drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The Mexican government released the drug lord’s son after security forces became overwhelmed by the cartel response.
The Mexican government announced the arrival of 230 Mexican Army Special Forces Personnel late Friday night in the beleaguered city of Culiacán. The personnel from the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) is part of a unit with specialized weapons, tactics, and quick response training.
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)
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‘We’ve Got a Great New Deal’: Brexit Treaty Agreed by Boris Johnson and EU
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.”
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.
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 #Manbij will be handed over to #Russia as Russian journalist Oleg Blokhin films a video of the abandoned #US military base in the town.
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.
“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.
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.
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 ridiculousEndless 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.
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.
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.
Roh gave the deposition both to Durham and to some members of Congress, he said.
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.