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BREAKING: On Same Night as Soleimani Strike US Also Targeted Iranian Al-Quds Leader in Yemen!
On the same night the United States took out al-Quds leader Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad airport the US carried out another secret mission to take out another Iranian al-Quds leader in operating in Yemen. Read more…
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Re-elected in Landslide Victory
‘Australia is on fire’ because of ‘climate change,’ said the left. Turns out it was two dozen arsonists.
More than 180 people have been arrested in Australia for bushfire-related offenses — including 24 for arson — since November, the New South Wales Police Force announced in a news release Monday.
“Of note, 24 people have been charged over alleged deliberately-lit bushfires, 53 people have had legal actions for allegedly failing to comply with a total fire ban, and 47 people have had legal actions for allegedly discarding a lighted cigarette or match on land,” the release stated.
Australia has been engulfed with flames since late July as part of the worst wildfire season in decades. The state of New South Wales has experienced the deaths of at least 18 people, the destruction of millions of animals, and the scorching of 4.9 million hectares of land.
The fires prompted two Australian states — New South Wales and Queensland — to declare states of emergency last November. Since then, the fires have continued to worsen, eventually garnering international attention.
Climate change? Not so fast
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HORROR! Iranian-backed Militias Open Fire on Civilians Refusing to Go to Ceremony for Dead Terrorist Soleimani (VIDEO)
On Friday morning the United States killed General Qassim Soleimani, a top commander of Iran’s al-Quds Force, in an airstrike at Baghdad’s International Airport. The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Seven people were reportedly killed in the airstrike.
The Iranian regime is threatening retaliation against the United States following the death of their terror leader.
Soleimani was behind at least 600 US soldier deaths in Iraq.
On Sunday Iranian-backed militias opened fire on civilians who refused to attend a ceremony for the dead terrorist Soleimani.
Via Heshmat Alavi.
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In Apparent Slip, Netanyahu Reveals Israel as Nuclear Power
Sunday, 05 January 2020 07:37 AM
In an apparent slip of the tongue on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as a nuclear power before correcting himself with a bashful nod and an embarrassed smile.Israel is widely believed to have an atomic arsenal but has never confirmed or denied that it has nuclear weapons, maintaining a so-called policy of ambiguity on the issue for decades.
Netanyahu stumbled at the weekly cabinet meeting while reading in Hebrew prepared remarks on a deal with Greece and Cyprus on a subsea gas pipeline.
“The significance of this project is that we are turning Israel into a nuclear power,” he said, before quickly correcting himself to say “energy power”.
He then paused for a beat, acknowledging his mistake with a smile, and then ploughed on with his comments.
The rare blooper from one of Israel’s most polished politicians swiftly proliferated on social media.
Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival in a March 2 vote after two inconclusive elections in April and September. In November, he was indicted on corruption charges, which he denies.
US Killing of Iranian General Sends Strong Signal to Iran’s Key Ally, Chinese Regime, Say Experts
Updated: January 4, 2020
The recent U.S. air strike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani will send a strong message to Iran’s key ally, the Chinese regime, according to a China expert.
It signals that Washington will take resolute action to deal with “bad actors,” including the Chinese communist regime—one of Iran’s top economic and military partners.
“Bad actors take their cues from our reactions to other bad actors,” Gordon Chang, China expert and author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” told The Epoch Times in an email. “A resolute response to one of them results in the others shrinking back into the shadows—and vice versa.”
The attack came as the United States and the Chinese regime are on the cusp of signing a “phase one” trade deal that has eased tensions in a trade war initiated by the United States 17 months ago to combat a raft of China’s longstanding trade abuses…..Read here the rest of the story
Iranians Celebrate! Thank President Trump for Killing Soleimani Using Hashtag #TnxPOTUS4Soleimani
Iranians online are cheering the assassination of Iran Quds Force leader Major General Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad early Friday local time, with many thanking President Trump with a hashtag that reads: #TnxPOTUS4Soleimani. Many observers regarded Soleimani as the second most powerful person in Iran behind the Supreme Leader.
Breaking Report: Before U.S. Drone Strike, Fears Soleimani Was in Iraq to Lead Coup, Arrest President Salih and Takeover U.S. Embassy
A report by Al Hurra reporter Steven Nabil shows that sources close to the Iraqi government said to him hours before the U.S. attack that killed Iran Quds Force leader Major General Qassem Soleimani as he arrived at the Baghdad airport–reportedly from Syria–that there were fears in the Iraqi government that Soleimani was going to lead a coup and overthrow the government, arrest President Barham Salih and takeover the U.S. embassy.
Qassem Soleimani, before and after.
“What if the strikes were meant to stop a plan, this morning I was hearing from trusted sources close to the government leadership that they were worried of an Iranian backed plan by the Militias and Sulaimani to seize power and arrest the president and declare a new Iraqi norm.”
Trump Says He Doesn’t Want War with Iran
Marines Deploy to Defend US Embassy in Iraq After Breach
Updated: December 31, 2019
U.S. Marines were set to arrive in Baghdad on Dec. 31 to defend the U.S. embassy after its outer walls were breached by militia and protesters, including supporters of an Iran-backed terrorist group.
The Marines, part of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command, deployed from Kuwait and were due in Baghdad as thousands gathered outside the embassy and hundreds breached the outer wall, threatening the lives of Americans inside.
Some Iraqi security forces were keeping the groups at bay as the crowd scrawled slogans on walls, hurled stones at buildings, and chanted “death to America.”
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The Marines were due to arrive hours after the Department of Defense announced it was sending additional forces to support American personnel and after the U.S. military sent two Apache helicopters up to help protect the embassy.
“The Department of Defense is working closely with the Department of State to ensure the security of our embassy and personnel in Baghdad. As in all countries, we rely on host nation forces to assist in the protection of our personnel in-country, and we call on the government of Iraq to fulfill its international responsibilities to do so. The U.S. continues to support the Iraqi people and a free, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a statement.
“We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens, military personnel, and diplomats in-country, and to ensure our right of self-defense. We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the embassy,” Esper said.
Early reports said the U.S. embassy was being evacuated but the State Department later said all U.S. personnel at the embassy were safe and that there were no plans to evacuate.
The groups who breached the embassy were ostensibly angry after Americans conducted military strikes against the Iranian-backed terror group, Kaitaib Hezbollah, after the group killed an American civilian contractor.
“Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!” President Donald Trump said in a statement earlier Tuesday.
“To those many millions of people in Iraq who want freedom and who don’t want to be dominated and controlled by Iran, this is your time!” Trump wrote in another missive.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and President Barham Salih by phone and “made clear the United States will protect and defend its people, who are there to support a sovereign and independent Iraq,” according to spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.
Iraqi leaders assured Pompeo that they would guarantee the safety of American personnel and property.
But a day prior, leaders there condemned the U.S. air strikes on the Iran-backed forces.
“The prime minister described the American attack on the Iraqi armed forces as an unacceptable vicious assault that will have dangerous consequences,” Abdul-Mahdi’s office said.
Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said it was going to summon the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad to voice Baghdad’s disapproval.
Pompeo said in a call with António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, that the strikes “were aimed at deterring Iran.”
US Embassy Evacuated After Iranian Backed Group Breaches Compound
Updated: December 31, 2019
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq and other staff were evacuated from their embassy in Baghdad for their safety on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said, as thousands of protesters and members of the Iranian backed Hashed al-Shaabi group thronged the gates in fury at U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
U.S. planes on Sunday attacked bases belonging to an Iranian-backed terror group, killing at least 25 and wounding dozens of others. The attack on the Kataib Hezbollah terrorist group was in response to the killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base.
Kataib Hezbollah flags were seen among the protesters at the U.S. embassy. Some threw stones, others burned the outside wall surrounding the embassy, and chants of “No, no, America! … No, no, Trump!” were heard. After breaching the outer wall, they smashed the bullet-proof glass of the U.S. embassy’s windows with blocks and cement.
One protester dressed in military fatigues said “we will not spare a single employee” if they breached the building.
Two Iraqi foreign ministry officials did not say when the U.S. ambassador or other staff had left but added that a few embassy protection staff remained.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday morning that the United States carried out the military attacks because Iran killed an American contractor and wounded others.
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Watch: Operation Holiday Express Delivers Christmas Joy to U.S. Forces in Syria
U.S. forces on overseas active service might be out of sight, but they are never out of mind, especially at Christmas.
To that end hundreds of American troops based in Syria have received Christmas gifts thanks to Operation Holiday Express, launched by U.S.-led coalition forces from across the border in neighboring Iraq. >>>>>
Three Ukrainian Officials Swear Under Oath that Ukraine Interfered in the 2016 US Election Against Donald Trump (VIDEO)
The liberal #FakeNews mainstream media continues to play defense for Democrats insisting that Ukraine did NOT interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.
Of course, this is fake news.
The Gateway Pundit was the first publication to interview Ukrainian whistleblower and former embassy official Andrii Telizhenko back in December 2018.
In early 2016 Telizhenko was approached by DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa. She is still working at the DNC. She wanted dirt on Trump and his campaign manager Paul Manafort.
The Ukrainian embassy in Washington DC worked VERY CLOSELY with DNC operative and Hillary supporter Alexandra Chalupa.
Chalupa told Andrii she wanted Russian “dirt” on the Trump campaign.
Mueller has no interest in hearing Andrii’s story. It doesn’t fit his narrative.
Mueller and his angry Democrat lawyers are not interested in the truth.
They only want to destroy Trump.
Andrii is speaking out about his experiences with DNC operatives.
He believes he is safe as long as he speaks out.
The Gateway Pundit spoke with former Ukrainian Embassy official Andrii Telizhenko on the DNC Russia-Gate Scandal.
Andrii Telizhenko worked in Washington DC at the Ukraine Embassy in 2016. Today Andrii is a political consultant. Andrii was approached by a DNC operative during the 2016 election (March-April 2016).
This past week Andrii Telizhenko joined two other Ukrainian officials who all swore under oath that Ukraine was meddling in the 2016 US election.
American hero Rudy Giuliani tweeted out this report.
The Summit sends NATO into space – at exorbitant cost
Just like the Atlantic Alliance, the NATO Summit of 4 December will be a staged event during which the vassals will sign up for even greater expenditure imposed by their overlord. No-one knows what the Pentagon has prepared, but they will all have to approve it.
The Hong Kong example unnerves Singapore
The protest movement in Hong Kong now appears to be at a dead end and its popular support shows signs of dwindling.
None of the grievances on the protesters’ list addresses the real issues: overpopulation and unsanitary housing, unemployment and working conditions, difficult access to care and education. Instead, the five key demands formulated by the movement aim first and foremost to humiliate the regional government:
repeal of the bill allowing the extradition of criminal offenders to mainland China;
implementation of full universal suffrage in the head of government election;
release of the violent elements, no longer to be referred to as “rioters”;
condemnation of police violence and the role of the “triads”;
resignation of the head of government, Carrie Lam.
Aware that the movement could spill over into the other British-framed city-state in the region, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sounded an alarm at his country’s trade union conference (photo): ” If we were to face riots like in Hong Kong, it will become impossible to govern Singapore, to take action and implement difficult decisions, to plan anything in the long term … Our international reputation….
Trump Signs Defense Policy Bill That Establishes Space Force, Addresses China Threat
Updated: December 20, 2019
MARYLAND—President Donald Trump signed a $738 billion defense bill Dec. 20, calling it “the largest-ever investment” in the U.S. military.
The bill authorizes the creation of a Space Force and the first-ever paid family leave for federal employees. It also addresses a wide range of potential threats from China.
Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) during a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews before flying to Mar-a-Lago in Florida where he is expected to spend his Christmas holiday.
“Today’s signing of the 2020 NDAA is a watershed event in the truest sense of the word,” Trump said.……
The legislation establishes the Space Force as a sixth branch of the military, one of Trump’s top priorities for the Pentagon.
“With my signature today you will witness the birth of the Space Force,” Trump said, calling it “a big moment.”
“Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital,” he added.
Congress approved the NDAA in a strong bipartisan vote. The bill cleared the House on Dec. 11 by a vote of 377-48. And on Dec. 17, Senate voted 86-8 to approve the legislation and send it to Trump’s desk.
The NDAA sets the budget, expenditures, and policies for the Pentagon for the fiscal year 2020, from Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020.
The bill prioritizes the modernization of the military and the expansion of its workforce. It provides $22 billion more money to the armed forces in 2020 compared to last year, plus another $5.3 billion for disaster recovery.
It also grants 12 weeks of paid parental leave to the federal government’s 2.1 million employees. The provision will cost $3.3 billion from 2021 to 2024, according to the Congressional Budget Office estimates. The legislation also provides a 3.1 percent pay increase for both members of the military and federal civilian employees.
“This will be the largest pay raise in more than 10 years,” Trump said.
Second China aircraft carrier enters service
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Dec 17, 2019
The carrier officially entered into service after a ceremony in Hainan on Tuesday. Photo: Handout
China’s second aircraft carrier entered service on Tuesday, adding major firepower to its military ambitions as it faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the US and regional neighbours around the disputed South China Sea.
The commissioning of the warship, named the Shandong, puts China in a small club of nations with multiple aircraft carriers, and the country is reportedly building a third.
China’s first domestically built carrier was delivered to the People’s Liberation Army navy in Sanya, on the southern island of Hainan, at a ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping, state media said.
China has one other carrier — the Liaoning — a repurposed Soviet vessel bought from Ukraine that went into service in 2012.
Around 5,000 people attended Tuesday’s ceremony, singing the national anthem as the national flag was raised, state broadcaster CCTV said.
Xi inspected an honour guard during the ceremony and met with service personnel on board the warship.
Hainan province is in the South China Sea east of Vietnam, which has competing claims in the waterway along with China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei.
The 700-metre (2,400 feet) long carrier dock in Sanya is able to service multiple carriers simultaneously and is the largest port of its kind in Asia.
It is also home to the Yulin nuclear submarine base.
In November China confirmed that the Shandong aircraft carrier had sailed through the Taiwan Strait for “routine” training and tests, drawing the ire of Taipei.
China, which sees democratic Taiwan as part of its territory, has stepped up military drills around the island since Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016.
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Report: Trump Signs Off on Trade Deal With China
Thursday, 15 December 2019 updated
The White House has agreed to suspend some tariffs on Chinese goods and reduce others in return for Beijing’s pledge to hike purchases of U.S. farm products in 2020, sources said on Thursday, taking a step towards de-escalating the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.A sourced briefed on the status of bilateral negotiations said the United States would suspend tariffs on $160 billion in Chinese goods expected to go into effect on Dec. 15 and roll back existing tariffs.
In return, Beijing would agree to buy $50 billion in U.S. agricultural goods in 2020, double what it bought in 2017, before the trade conflict started, two U.S.-based sources briefed on the talks said.
Trump: ‘We Have Agreed to a Very Large Phase One Deal With China’
December 15, 2019
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.”
800,000 Hongkongers Take to the Streets to Mark Human Rights Day
Iran Frees American Student Xiyue Wang After 3 Years in Detention
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.
Pakistan Halts Investigation Into Sale of 629 Pakistani Brides to China, Fearing Retaliation From Beijing
NATO Leaders Insist on Unity Despite Differences in Views
Updated: December 5, 2019
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.”
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Leaked documents show how China is using AI and mass surveillance to commit “cultural genocide” and put people in concentration camps
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 by: Ethan Huff
Tags: AI, artificial intelligence, China, communism, concentration camps, cultural genocide, mass surveillance, Tyranny
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….
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…..
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Hong Kong Protesters Hold Second Rally in Less Than a Week Thanking US Government
December 1, 2019
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.”
A protester stands in front of U.S. flags at a rally at Charter Garden in Hong Kong on Dec. 1, 2019. (Sun Pi-lung/The Epoch Times)
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.
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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
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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.
BREAKING: FBI Official Under Criminal Investigation for Altering Surveillance Document of Carter Page – Allowing Agency to Spy on Trump Campaign
Protesters Left On Besieged HK Campus Weigh Their Options
. Rubio: Fixing Trade Relationship With China Is Not A ‘One-Time Issue’
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.”
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Grinning Andrew returns to Buckingham Palace after Queen sacked him over Epstein scandal – losing him his £250k salary
SCANDAL-ridden Prince Andrew smiled today as he was seen for the first time since the Queen sensationally sacked him.
The Duke of York, 59, put on a brave face just hours after releasing a bombshell statement revealing he was stepping down from his royal duties.
Prince Andrew waved from behind the wheel of a car as he left his home in Windsor, Berks, this morning on his way to Buckingham Palace.
But he appeared more downtrodden as he arrived shortly after.
The embattled prince was stripped of his royal duties and £249,000 sovereign grant in the wake of a car-crash Newsnight interview over his relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
He released a statement yesterday confirming the Queen had “given her permission” for him to “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future”.
The Queen, who yesterday celebrated her 72nd wedding anniversary, is understood to have come to the decision after consulting Prince Charles.
Andrew has been accused of sensational claims he bedded a 17-year-old and has faced mounting criticism for his friendship with the disgraced tycoon.
He will conduct no royal or public duties and will step back from all patronages.
Today he was forced to retire as Chancellor of Huddersfield University after students passed a motion for him to resign with immediate effect.
The University said in a statement that he had “decided to step down immediately to allow the University to appoint a successor”.
“The Duke has informed the University that he continues to unequivocally condemn Jeffrey Epstein’s activities and regrets his ill-judged association with him,” it read.
The Duke has also pledged to co-operate with authorities investigating Epstein – opening him up to serious criminal risk.
It was a drastic decision for the Queen because Prince Andrew is her favourite son. And he is unlikely to return to a frontline royal role.
The Queen appeared determined not to allow the saga to overshadow her duties as she greeted recipients of the Chatham House Prize for 2019.
As she signed the visitors’ book at the end of the evening, she asked Chatham House director Robin Niblett the date. When he replied, Her Majesty laughed and said: “Oh I knew that!”
Last night, a friend of Prince Andrew revealed: “The Queen summoned the Duke to Buckingham Palace to tell him her decision.
“It was a devastating moment for both of them. His reputation is in tatters.
“It is unlikely he will ever perform royal duties again. He is disgraced.”
‘THE QUEEN IS HORRIFIED’
BREAKING! TRUMP WAS RIGHT!… Head of Burisma Holdings Indicted in Ukraine! …Claims Hunter Biden and Partners Paid $16.5 MILLION
REALITY STRIKES DEMOCRAT SHOW TRIAL!
The head of Burisma Holdings was indicted this week in Ukraine!
Ukrainian Prosecutor General indicted Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky.
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.
MASS PROTESTS IN IRAN: Protesters Rise Up Against Regime, Block Roads, Take Over City Halls, Torch Police Bus (VIDEO)
Hong Kong Police Escalate Aggression in Violent Clashes at University Campus
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.
Campus Siege…..continue rest of story
HUGE! After Removing Ukrainian Prosecutor Shokin, Obama’s State Department Plotted with Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella in White House – Then Pushed Steele Dossier to FBI
Venezuela Opposition Protests Revive, Demonstrators Call For New Leadership
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Hong Kong Campus Protesters Fire Arrows As Unrest Spreads Across Kowloon
HUGE! Dems Went All-In on Schiff Impeachment and Now It’s a SCHIFF SHOW – Unconstitutional, No Crimes and 73% of Americans DON’T TRUST DEMOCRATS!
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
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!
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.
“There was no blackmail,” Zelenskiy told reporters last month in Kyiv. “It wasn’t a subject of our talk.”
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
Violence Brings Hong Kong To ‘Brink Of Total Breakdown’: Police
WiFi, 5G and EMF pollution can cause PSYCHIATRIC effects in humans, plus spontaneous abortions, infertility and cellular DNA damage
11/10/2019 / By Ethan Huff
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
Violence Spreads Across Hong Kong’s New Territories On 24th Weekend Of Unrest
Report: Yovanovitch Committed Perjury According To Newly Discovered Emails
YOUR NEXT MR. PRESIDENT
Hong Kong Police Seeks to Hack Telegram, Key Tool in Protests: Source
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.
Cracking Telegram….REST OF STORY HERE
Exclusive: Iran Briefly Held IAEA Inspector, Seized Travel Documents – Diplomats
German Foreign Minister: Iran Must Reverse Nuclear Enrichment, Engage In Talks
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.
US Formally Announces Withdrawal From Paris Climate Deal, Pompeo Says
U.S. Condemns Chinese ‘Intimidation’ In South China Sea
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
MP John Bercow speaks at the House of Commons Chamber for the final time as Speaker, in London, Britain October 31, 2019. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS
November 4, 2019
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
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.
An Iranian woman walks past a giant poster showing supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (L) on Feb. 1, 2015 in a suburb of Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
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.
Maas stated that “ultimately Iran is doing nothing less than putting the entire nuclear agreement at risk,” The Associated Press reported.
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.”
NEO: Something stinks in Syria’s oil fields
– First published … October 28, 2019 –
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
Pompeo Says US Must Confront China’s Communist Party
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”
Early Leaks of Trump’s Calls With Foreign Leaders Were Intelligence Products: Devin Nunes
CommentsOctober 29, 2019 Updated: October 29, 2019
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…………
China’s Invasive New Cybersecurity Law Another Back door to American Intellectual Property
In Another Weekend of Protests in Hong Kong, Police Make Arrests Before Rally Begins
ISIS LEADER KILLED
Confirmed: Robert Mueller Tried to Tie Trump Team to Russia – And SIX OF EIGHT Events Were Deep State “Set Ups”
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.
US-Turkey Tie-Up Important to Stabilize Multi-Faceted Conflict in Syria: Insider…..>
Thousands of Hong Kongers March Despite Police Ban, Days After Assault on Prominent Activist
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.”
People take part in a pro-democracy march in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on Oct. 20, 2019. (Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images)
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.
Impeachment Inquiry Might Not Fly With Judges After Pelosi Refuses to Hold Authorization Vote
Cybersecurity Firm Details How China Hacked Western Firms to Steal Aviation Tech
‘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.”
SDF Chief: ‘Washington Has Sufficient Leverage to Mediate a Sustainable Peace Between Us and Turkey’
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.”
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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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?
Ukrainian government planned in February to RE-open probe into corrupt gas company that paid both Bidens
10/10/2019 / By JD Heyes
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
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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, 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.
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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
10/03/2019 / By JD Heyes
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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