Mar 17 18:47

Trump says the Mueller probe should NEVER have started and is a 'Witch hunt' hours after his lawyer backtracked on calls to END the investigation

President Donald Trump has again repudiated Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia, calling it a 'Witch hunt' that never should have started in the first place.

'The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime,' Trump tweeted on Saturday night.

'It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!' he continued.

Earlier in the day, Trump's lawyer backtracked on an earlier demand for the deputy attorney general to shut down the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the elections.

Mar 17 10:11

In torture we trust: Trump nominees Mike Pompeo & Gina Haspel signal return to medieval Bush days

Just when it appeared that orange jumpsuits and waterboarding were out of fashion, Trump called up fresh recruits from the dungeon to fill key posts in his administration. Needless to say, human rights groups are not impressed.
This week, in one fell swoop, Donald Trump announced to his 49.1 million Twitter followers a shakeup of epic proportions in his revolving-door administration.

Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is to replace Rex Tillerson as the secretary of state, while the seldom-seen CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel got sent upstairs as director of the agency, an American answer to Britain’s M, if you will – James Bond’s female boss.

Mar 17 10:10

Israeli-Backed Ouster of Tillerson Moves US Closer to Exit From JCPOA - Analysts

The Israeli-influenced sacking of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may draw President Donald Trump even closer to withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that governs Iran’s nuclear program, analysts told Sputnik.

On Friday, after a meeting of the JCPOA commission in Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi held separate talks with US officials, local media reported. On Tuesday, Tillerson was dismissed via Twitter and replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo — a move Trump said was over disagreements on policy issues, including the JCPOA.

Mar 17 10:06

In the USA/NATO grip

During the first half of March, two major war exercises are underway - one in the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily, the other in Israel - both led and supported by USA/NATO commands and bases in Italy.

At the Dynamic Manta 2018 - a submarine war exercise, supported by the Sigonella and Augusta bases and the port of Catania in Sicily - naval forces from the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Greece and Turkey participate with 5,000 men, surface ships, sub-marines, airplanes and helicopters.

The exercise is led by the NATO Command headquartered in Lago Patria (JFC Naples), under the command of US Admiral James Foggo. Appointed by the Pentagon as his predecessors, at the same time he commands the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa, whose headquarters are in Naples Capodichino.

Mar 17 10:04

CrossTalk: Pompeo The Terrible?

Mar 17 09:50

EU powers propose new Iran sanctions to keep Trump in nuclear deal

France, Germany and the UK have proposed new sanctions targeting Iran in an apparent attempt to keep the US within the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran. New restrictions would target Iran’s missile program and activity in Syria.

The sanctions would be particularly imposed against Iranian nationals involved in the development of the country’s ballistic missile progam, Reuters reported, citing a document it obtained.

"We will therefore be circulating in the coming days a list of persons and entities that we believe should be targeted in view of their publicly demonstrated roles," the document said, referring to the people involved in the Iranian missile program and support of the Syrian government, as reported by Reuters.

Mar 17 09:50

EU Powers Push Iran Sanctions to Placate Trump

With the deadline President Trump’s ultimatum to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal rapidly approaching, EU parties to the deal Britain, France, and Germany are proposing new sanctions against Iran. The move is seen as an attempt to keep Trump satisfied.

The new sanctions proposed are EU-wide sanctions that would target Iran for conducting missile tests, something President Trump has complained about. Getting the sanctions imposed would require unanimous EU approval.

The assumption among the EU nations is that the sanctions would show President Trump that there are alternative ways of going after Iran that don’t involve withdrawing from the P5+1 nuclear deal, and that this will convince Trump that such actions are continuing during the deal.

Mar 17 09:28

No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists

The media has focused not on K Street but on the Russian ties of President Donald Trump’s associates. They list the reprehensible Kremlin-associated figures for whom members of his inner circle worked, the most notorious being Viktor Yanukovich, the deposed president of Ukraine, and fugitive oligarch, Dymtro Firtash. But both of these “repulsive” figures were also advised by Democratic top dogs, who likely earned large multiples of what the “small fry” Trump associates took home.

In pushing its Manchurian-candidate-Trump narrative, the media fail to mention the much deeper ties of Democratic lobbyists to Russia. Don’t worry, the media seems to say: Even though they are representing Russia, the lobbyists are good upstanding citizens, not like the Trump people. They can be trusted with such delicate matters.

Mar 17 08:18

By Trump’s Logic on Death Penalty for Drug Dealers, Big Pharma Should Be First

On Thursday someone with ties to the Trump administration leaked information which indicates the president plans to execute drug dealers in an attempt to curb the national overdose death crisis. But absent from the president’s yet-unannounced policy is any accountability directed toward the billion-dollar pharmaceutical pain-killer industry >>>

Mar 17 07:55

9/11: Israel Didn’t Do It

9/11: Israel Didn’t Do It; The Plan Was Co-Led by U.S. & Saud Governments

(*BOOM! Trump was RIGHT , Again !)

Mar 17 07:05

The Talk Israel Tried to Censor at the European Parliament

By trading with Israel’s illegal settlements and supporting companies that are involved in the settlement enterprise, as defined by the OHCHR, the EU is violating both obligations of non-recognition and non-assistance.

The EU maintains a web of military relations, weapons research, banking transactions and settlement trade with Israeli companies, banks and institutions that are deeply implicated in human rights violations.

For instance>>>

Mar 17 05:26

In Memory: Rachel Corrie - Death of an Idealist

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace protestor who was crushed to death by Israeli occupation forces.

Reposted March 16, 2018

(*REMINDER: only 57 Days until President Trump moves The US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem , In Our Name)

Mar 17 05:03

Mattis Accuses Iran of Meddling in Iraq's Elections

(*Which , today , could be considered tantamount to tossing an un-crushed out , lit cigarette , from the window of a car , while driving through a Redwood forest , during California wildfire season )

Mar 17 04:47

Boris Johnson Accuses Putin of Murder, Kremlin 'Puzzled' (Video)

"Our quarrel is with Putin’s Kremlin and with his decision - and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision - to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K., on the streets of Europe, for the first time since World War II,”

Kremlin spokesman Peskov:
" ... Russia has nothing to do with this story" ... "any references to our president is nothing but shocking and unforgivable diplomatic misconduct."

He added that the Kremlin was "puzzled" by the behavior of British officials.


Mar 17 04:38

British Scientists Balked at Pressure to Link Nerve Gas to Russia

"It is very carefully worded propaganda. Of a type developed by liars."

I have now received confirmation from a well placed FCO (UK Foreign Ministry) source that Porton Down (Ministry of Defense science laboratory) scientists are not able to identify the nerve gas as being of Russian manufacture, and have been resentful of the pressure being placed on them to do so.

Porton Down would only sign up to the formulation “of a type developed by Russia” after a rather difficult meeting where this was agreed as a compromise formulation>>>

Mar 16 12:57


Iran's encroachment could pose a threat to Israel and could mean increasing Russian influence in Syria.

Mar 16 10:25

US and UK Trying to 'Iraq' Russia - What's Really Happening

Whether Theresa May comprehends the situation, whether she resolves the internal issues, whether she's the person who's being pushed towards this decision, to blow up this scandal, it's a whole different question. However, the fact that the UK and the US share the opinion that Russia basically posts a chemical weapon threat to practically the entire world is truly incredibly disturbing. Why? Because it's obvious they're trying to create a brand-new model for the demonization of Russia. They're trying to take the pressure on Russia to a whole new level, trying to convince the world that Russia is dangerous not just because of how they've "wronged Ukraine," or because they've "annexed Crimea," but because they threaten the world with chemical weapons.

Mar 16 10:23

Paris, Berlin, DC Rescue May From Having to Prove Her Accusations

Imagine an investigation for attempted homicide by gunshot without the gun, bullet, ballistics match, fingerprints, powder burns, witnesses, shooter, intention, motive. You can’t imagine? Neither could the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

On Wednesday Le Drian announced France’s “full confidence in the investigations that our British partners are carrying out” on the March 4 nerve agent incident involving Sergei and Yulia Skripal and a local police detective in Salisbury.

Mar 16 09:46

The Neocon Full Court Press For War Is Here

The events of the past two weeks have been stunning. Since Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled new ‘doomsday’ weapon systems at his State of the Union address, the West has gone completely bonkers.

In the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “I simply don’t have any normal terms left to describe all this,”

With the U.K. expelling Russian diplomats over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last week, the push to isolate Russia and create conditions for a World War is here.

The questions are Who is behind this? And Why?

Theresa May’s response is a joke. This is a woman who can’t stand up to EU shakedown artists over the mildest of disagreements in Brexit talks but can grandstand to high heaven over an incident with no evidence of Russian action.

Mar 16 09:19

Trump To Fire McMaster As National Security Adviser, WaPo Reports But White House Denies

Bloomberg reports that an official has said that Trump has not decided on McMaster's removal. And now Sarah Sanders tweets that she spoke to the president and there are no changes at the NSC...

Confirming the "purge rumblings" reported earlier, moments ago the Washington Post reported that President Trump has decided to fire H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, delivering the latest jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.

This latest termination from Trump's administration makes it 25 departures in Trump's first 419 days, or on average one every 17 days.

Mar 16 09:17

US Pacific Command ‘Fully Supports’ Arming India With F-35s

In welcome news for Lockheed Martin and its shareholders, a high-ranking US military official has said the US armed forces support selling the F-35 aircraft to India, a country that has not yet agreed to pay for the expensive jets.

While the extent of New Delhi's interest in acquiring Lockheed Martin's stealthy aircraft is not yet clear, the head of US Pacific Command (US PACOM) nonetheless supports the sale in theory, which is one of the more important preliminary steps for a deal actually happening.

"At the moment, India is considering a number of US systems for purchase, all of which US PACOM fully supports." The systems include F-16s, F/A-18s and MH-60 Seahawks, "and [the] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter," Admiral Harry Harris told the US House Armed Services Committee last month.

Mar 16 07:16

Trump sets sight on SINKING Merkel's economy: US-EU trade war could spark CRISIS

Mar 16 07:15

As Trump Moves Toward War, "The Resistance" Refuses To Resist

Tuesday’s post, It’s Impossible to Overstate How Terrible Mike Pompeo Is, laid out the view that Trump’s firing of Rex Tillerson represents a major shift toward war footing for the Trump administration, with Iran the specific target. This pivot was easily predictable, and I wrote numerous articles doing just that during 2017. Nevertheless, forecasting it and then seeing the disastrous pieces being moved into place are two different things.

Trump’s push to install Mike Pompeo as U.S. Secretary of State is a crystal clear indication that he’s begun the process of building his war cabinet. The next steps, likely to begin over the course of 2018, is to walk away from the Iran deal. I suspect relentless war propaganda to be unleashed simultaneously as the neocon/neoliberal/mass media war-monger alliance plays its well established role in selling the American public on another pointless and destructive war.

Mar 16 07:11

Report: McMaster Out, But White House Denies

National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster will depart the White House, following months of indications that President Donald Trump was seeking to replace him.

The Washington Post broke news of Trump’s decision Thursday night, citing five administration sources.

Strong evidence points to George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as a leading candidate to replace McMaster. Bolton canceled his appearance on Breitbart News Daily Thursday morning, just hours before news broke of the decision to dismiss McMaster.

Sources with knowledge of the job search told Breitbart News that others in consideration include retired U.S. Army general and Trump National Security Council member Joseph “Keith” Kellogg and current White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.

Mar 16 07:00

US to keep pressure on Russia 'until they decide to change their behavior'

Washington will continue to apply pressure on Moscow until it changes its behavior, the White House said on Thursday. "I think you can see from the actions we've taken up until this point we're going to be tough on Russia until they decide to change their behavior," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. Her statement was in response to a question about whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was "playing" President Donald Trump.

Mar 16 06:25


Mar 16 01:49

US and UK Trying to 'Iraq' Russia - What's Really Happening


Whether Theresa May comprehends the situation, whether she resolves the internal issues, whether she's the person who's being pushed towards this decision, to blow up this scandal, it's a whole different question. However, the fact that the UK and the US share the opinion that Russia basically posts a chemical weapon threat to practically the entire world is truly incredibly disturbing>>>

Mar 16 01:37

Haley: World Must Punish Russia or They’ll Chemical Attack New York City Next

Most people may not draw an immediate connection between Salisbury and New York City. US Ambassador Nikki Haley sees a direct route from the one to the other as part of a Russian chemical weapons plot for which no real evidence exists.

Speaking at an “emergency” UN Security Council session, Haley demanded “immediate, concrete measures” against the Russians based on Britain blaming them for poisonings in Salisbury. She claimed they amount to a chemical weapons attack, and UN credibility is at stake if a permanent council member can do that.


Mar 15 18:04

Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization, requesting documents on Russia - report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents, including some related to Russia, according to a new report.

It marks the first time that Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between Trump and Russia, has demanded documents directly related to President Donald Trump’s business. According to the NYT report, the subpoena was delivered in “recent weeks” and Mueller asked the organization to “hand over all documents related to Russia and other topics” that he is investigating.

Mar 15 15:43

Trump Suggests Withdrawing Troops From South Korea Over Trade Issues

President Trump’s Wednesday fundraiser in Missouri is raising eyebrows in the news, as he suggested to donors that he is considering withdrawing US troops from South Korea if he can’t get a better trade deal out of their government.

Trump didn’t go into tremendous details about whether this meant a full withdrawal or a drawdown, and a lot of analysts were very dismissive of the report, suggesting it was an empty threat and just a negotiating tactic.

Mar 15 13:25


Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden inked a billion-dollar deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China just 10 days after the father and son flew to China in 2013.

The Biden bombshell is one of many revealed in a new investigative book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer. Schweizer’s last book, Clinton Cash, sparked an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Mar 15 10:42

White House Blames Russia For "Abhorrent" Attack, As Haley Warns Of Russian Chemical Weapons In New York

The fearmongering then quickly escalated, with Haley next telling the UN Security Council that aying next that "if we don't take immediate concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used. They could be used here in New York, or in cities of any country that sits on this Council. This is a defining moment."

The specter of more Russian attacks - when there still isn't actual proof of the first one - was raised during an emergency council meeting, held at the request of British officials who have accused Russia of using “a military-grade nerve agent” to target a former military intelligence officer who committed treason. Russian diplomats have denied responsibility for the incident, but British investigators say they have identified the poison as a chemical weapon produced by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Mar 15 09:27

Christopher Steele As Seen By the New Yorker

The latest salvo in the Russiagate saga is a 15,000 word New Yorker article entitled “Christopher Steele the man behind the Trump dossier: how the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia” by veteran journalist Jane Mayer. The premise of the piece is clear from the tediously long title, namely that the Steele dossier, which implicated Donald Trump and his associates in a number of high crimes and misdemeanors, is basically accurate in exposing an existential threat posed to our nation by Russia. How does it come to that conclusion? By citing sources that it does not identify whose credibility is alleged to be unimpeachable as well as by including testimony from Steele friends and supporters.

Mar 15 09:13

Russia on brink of WAR threat: Kremlin warns UK is walking a 'dangerous' and 'INSANE' path

RUSSIA has described Theresa May’s claims that Vladimir Putin's Moscow was to blame for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia as “insane” as tensions between the UK and the Kremlin prompt fears of World War 3.

Mar 15 09:04

Nation Trying to Figure out Gun Violence to Hold Military Parade Glorifying War

Every time a mass shooting rocks the United States, Americans demand their government do something. Whether it’s confiscating guns, arming teachers, or turning schools into prisons, neither politicians or the public can agree upon a solution to the ongoing violence, but they know their government should act.

With last month’s Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, most Americans are consumed with outrage targeted at guns, and conversely, those who want to ban guns. They have largely forgotten about the massive celebration of gun violence — and worse — that their president is planning one in the capital city for later this year.

Mar 15 08:36

Rand Paul to oppose Pompeo, Haspel

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday he would oppose President Trump's nominations of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of State and CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency.

Paul said that he will oppose the nominations and "do everything I can to block" them.

"My announcement today is that I will oppose both Pompeo's nomination and Haspel's nomination," Paul said.

Paul is the first Republican to come out against the two nominations, which were announced by Trump on Tuesday. Last year, he was the only Republican to vote against Pompeo for CIA director.

Mar 15 08:32

US imposes new sanctions on Russia over 2016 election meddling

The Treasury Department on Thursday slapped new sanctions on two dozen Russian entities and individuals for interfering in the 2016 election and conducting a series of damaging cyberattacks.

“The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyberattacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “These targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia.”

Mnuchin added that Treasury is planning to impose additional sanctions “to hold Russian government officials and oligarchs accountable for their destabilizing activities by severing their access to the U.S. financial system.”

Mar 15 08:30

BEX ALERT - ‘Looks like Russians were behind spy poisoning’ - Trump

Speaking in the Oval Office, US President Donald Trump has said it appears that Russia was behind the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal.
Trump made the comments while speaking to the press during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. A member of the press corps asked the president if he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the attack, prompting Trump to respond that “it looks like it.”

“I’ve spoken with the [British] prime minister and we are in deep discussions. It’s a very sad situation,” he continued. “It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it. Something that should never, ever happen and we’re taking it very seriously as, I think, are many others.”

Mar 15 08:26

Germany: CIA deputy Gina Haspel must face arrest on travelling to Europe

ECCHR’s legal intervention filed with the German Federal Public Prosecutor (Generalbundesanwalt – GBA) is aimed at securing an arrest warrant for CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel. Haspel was appointed to the post by President Donald Trump in February 2017. The information submitted to the GBA by ECCHR on 6 June 2017 documents Haspel’s role in the torture of detainees in 2002 at a secret CIA prison in Thailand. In the dossier, ECCHR argues that Haspel oversaw the daily torture of detainees at the black site in 2002 and failed to do anything to stop it.

“Those who commit, order or allow torture should be brought before a court – this is especially true for senior officials from powerful nations,” said ECCHR’s General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck. “The prosecutor must, under the principle of universal jurisdiction, open investigations, secure evidence and seek an arrest warrant. If the deputy director travels to Germany or Europe, she must be arrested.”

Mar 15 08:25

Commentary: Tillerson's kick out the door damages Iran deal, but not North Korea talks

As far as firings under President Donald Trump go, Rex Tillerson's is not the most humiliating. That dishonor would have to go to former chief of staff Reince Priebus. He learned he was fired through three Trump tweets and soon after was decoupled from the president's motorcade.

But Tillerson's departure is nonetheless a slap in the face to a former CEO who advised and quarreled with a man who used to play one on TV. As Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein said in a statement Tuesday, "The secretary did not speak to the president this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve." Ouch.

Mar 15 08:24

English Lord Owen On Russia: Putin Saved The World Civilization; Trump Is New Reagan

Mar 15 08:18

Britain’s presumption of guilt towards Russia invites conflict and chaos

Britain’s abandonment of due process has taken a dangerous and reckless leap, with Theresa May declaring economic sanctions and diplomatic expulsions for Russia’s “failure” to respond to allegations over the Skripal poisoning.
Provocatively, Moscow was given a 24-hour deadline to “answer” charges leveled by the British government that it was responsible for the attempted murder of a Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, who had been living in England since 2010 after a spy-swap deal.

Skripal (66) and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were apparently stricken with a deadly nerve agent in his adopted hometown of Salisbury on March 4 while strolling through a public park. The pair have been receiving treatment in intensive care ever since.

Mar 15 08:17

BEX ALERT - France, Germany, US, UK say Salisbury incident a violation of UK’s territorial integrity by Russia

A joint statement by the UK, US, France and Germany says the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal was a violation of Britain’s sovereignty by Russia and was the first offensive use of a chemical agent since World War II.

The incident, in which Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury on March 4, involved “a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia,” said the statement issued on Thursday. The four countries said the incident constituted “the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Skripal the new Archduke Ferdinand?

Mar 15 01:40

Haspel Should Be In Dock At The Hague, Not Head Of The CIA

‘Godmother of Torture’ Haspel should be in dock at The Hague, not head of CIA

(*From The Outside Looking In , article comes from RT .)

Mar 15 01:29

White House backs UK decision to expel Russian diplomats over Skripal saga

“The United States shares the United Kingdom’s assessment that Russia is responsible for the reckless nerve agent attack on the British citizen and his daughter,” the statement, issued in the wake of the UN Security Council meeting called by the UK over the issue, reads.

The statement then proceeds to allege that there is a "pattern of behavior in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes."


(*EXCELLENT: The more "Hawkish" way to go , as to be expected , after 14 months)

Mar 15 01:12

Rejoice: The Neocon Full Court Press For War Is Here

Answer these questions. Where is Christopher Steele? Why asn’t he testified? If he refuses, why isn’t he being hounded by the media to answer questions about his Trump Dossier?
Now ask the more salient question, who benefits from this? Not Russia. Not the U.K. people. Not Europe.

The Neocon Cornered Snake

Look. The neocons are cornered. All of their major pushes to destroy Russia and Iran and control central Asia are collapsing. The EU is fast approaching a political crisis. The U.K. is still a loyal subject but the White House has a cancer at its center, Donald Trump. >>>

(*Article from Russia Insider .)

Mar 14 17:29

Breaking: Syrian Army enters East Ghouta suburb for first time in years

This is why Niki Haley has gone frantic.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – For the first time in years, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has entered the Al-Hamouriyah suburb of the East Ghouta after several days of fighting against the Islamist rebels in the area.

Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army was able to overpower the militants at the eastern axis of Al-Hamouriyah, paving the way for their units to enter the town.

Mar 14 15:52

Further Signs of More War: A Most Dangerous Game

Donald Trump’s days of playing the passive/aggressive host of a reality-television game show are coming to an end. Either he fires all the apprentices who might slightly hesitate to wage a much larger world war and lets the bombs fly, or he will be replaced by one who will. Signs are that he has learned what his job entails and the world will suffer more death and destruction as a result.

Back in the days of the first Cold War – the late 1950s to early 1960s when our little world came close to extinction – my very large family appeared on many American television shows. Their names told the story of those times: “Who Do You Trust,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Charades,” “Play Your Hunch,” and “Beat the Clock,” to name a few. It was as if those silly game shows were unconsciously suggesting we probe a little deeper behind the headlines to discover what was really going on before the Doomsday Clock ran out.

Mar 14 13:59

Trump Plans To Fire Jeff Sessions: Report

As if the abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - and countless others in recent weeks and months - wasn't enough of a surprise, President Donald Trump on Tuesday told an incredulous group of reporters that Tillerson's head wouldn't be the last to roll. The moment had all the hallmarks of a paradigm shift: with his approval rating at post-election highs (according to Rasmussen), an emboldened Trump is reworking the famous phrase "let Trump be Trump" by being more assertive on policy and personnel.

And today, Vanity Fair reported that Trump is planning to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions - a decision that would certainly complicate Robert Mueller's investigation (perhaps that's the intention). According to the report, the leading candidate to replace Sessions would be EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

Mar 14 12:36

BEX ALERT - U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria

The United States is monitoring information indicating that North Korea may be running a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for advanced weaponry and nuclear-related work, according to regional reports and U.S. officials tracking the situation.

From a Lost Age... HORROR Crawls from the Depths of the Earth!

Mar 14 12:24

Roberts: What Secretary of State Tillerson’s Firing Means

Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY) says Tillerson’s firing indicates that the Trump administration is disintegrating. I understand why Senator Schumer sees it that way, expecially following all the other dismissals and resignations.

I see it differently. The firing of Secretary of State Tillerson, the movement of CIA Director Pompeo to Secretary of State, and the promotion of Gina Haspel, who oversaw the secret CIA torture prisons in Thailand.
( https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/us/politics/cia-deputy-director-gin... ), indicate that the military/security complex has closed its grip on the Trump regime. There will be no more talk of normalizing relations with Russia.

The combination of the Israel Lobby, the neoconservatives, and the military/security complex have proven to be too powerful for peace to be established between the two nuclear powers. If you look at Trump’s administration, the above three forces are those in charge.


Mar 14 11:56

Neocon Specter of John Bolton Looms over Trump White House

Bolton is a staunch interventionist, which would appear at odds with the non-entanglement foreign policy espoused by Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. However, as Trump entered his second year in office, it was apparent that one branch of the neocons, the most hawkish element and one linked to the Christian fundamentalist wing of the Republican Party, had captured control of the foreign policy levers of the Trump White House. Bolton has called for the US to declare war on Iran and North Korea and he has advocated for a US troop deployment to Syria to combat the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

Mar 14 11:18

Pentagon caught falsifying paperwork for weapons transfers to Syrian rebels

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative ....

Mar 14 10:49

Time to Dissolve the Media’s Phony “Trump is Soft on Russia” Narrative

“I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. “Total Fake News!”

To many observers – even some who support the president – this message didn’t really seem right. When has he ever been “tough on Russia?” Say what you will about it, but you have to admit that Trump has never been one to criticize Russia or its leader, President Vladimir Putin. The reasons for this seem simple enough: One, he appears to think that the U.S. has gotten as much mileage as we can out of treating Moscow like a hostile power and that we can make better headway against terrorist organizations like ISIS and North Korea if we start playing a different set of cards. Two, he is outraged by the myth that he colluded with the Kremlin to win the election, so it’s second nature for him to defend Russia when critics bring up their interference in the 2016 race.

Mar 14 10:47

Trump: Want Tariffs Raised, Canada? Re-Negotiate NAFTA!

President Trump already said that there could be no exemptions to his steel and aluminum import tariffs, lest every country in the world come crawling after the exemption – but he said this week there might be a way for Canada and Mexico to get a special deal.

“Tariffs on steel and aluminum will only come off if new & fair NAFTA agreement is signed,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “We have large trade deficits with Mexico and Canada. NAFTA, which is under renegotiation right now, has been a bad deal for U.S.A. Massive relocation of companies & jobs. Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum will only come off if new & fair NAFTA agreement is signed.

“Also,” he continued, “Canada must treat our farmers much better. Highly restrictive. Mexico must do much more on stopping drugs from pouring into the U.S. They have not done what needs to be done. Millions of people addicted and dying.”

Mar 14 10:36

US Cowardice Prevents Middle East Peace

A majority of United Nations members support a just resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, but U.S. political cowardice and the influential Israel Lobby thwart it, says veteran UN correspondent Ian Williams

Mar 14 10:26

House Democrats say there’s ‘significant evidence’ of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia, push back on GOP report

Democrats on the House intelligence committee are sharply disagreeing with Republicans on the panel who say they don’t see any evidence of collusion or coordination between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

The top Democrat on the panel said Tuesday there is “significant evidence” of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. California Rep. Adam Schiff said Democrats are writing their own report with conclusions from the intelligence panel’s yearlong investigation into Russian meddling.

Mar 14 10:25

Krieger: "It's Impossible To Overstate How Terrible Mike Pompeo Is

When the director of the CIA, an unelected public servant, publicly demonizes a publisher such as WikiLeaks as a “fraud,” “coward” and “enemy,” it puts all journalists on notice, or should. Pompeo’s next talking point, unsupported by fact, that WikiLeaks is a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” is a dagger aimed at Americans’ constitutional right to receive honest information about their government. This accusation mirrors attempts throughout history by bureaucrats seeking, and failing, to criminalize speech that reveals their own failings…

Words matter, and I assume that Pompeo meant his when he said, “Julian Assange has no First Amendment freedoms. He’s sitting in an embassy in London. He’s not a U.S. citizen.” As a legal matter, this statement is simply false. It underscores just how dangerous it is for an unelected official whose agency’s work is rooted in lying and misdirection to be the sole arbiter of the truth and the interpreter of the Constitution.

Mar 14 10:20

China Is A Greater Threat To The US Than Russia, Pompeo Says

Assuming Pompeo's nomination sails through the Senate (in January 2017, he was easily confirmed as CIA director in a 66-32 vote), he cold officially take over for Tillerson as soon as the first or second week in April. Back then, Pompeo faced resistence from a small but vocal contingent of Senate Democrats, and - of course - Rand Paul.

Rumors that Pompeo would replace Tillerson at the State Department have been circulating since at least October, when we published a post entitled "Will CIA Director Mike Pompeo Replace Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State?"

As investors attempt to suss out what, exactly, Pompeo's nomination means for markets, Citi published a note breaking down his positions on several key issues while providing a brief biography of one of the most powerful men in Washington.

Mar 14 10:10

UN: US Attack On Syrian Civilians Violated International Law

Last week, war crimes investigators at the United Nations charged a U.S.-led coalition with violating international humanitarian law last year when it launched airstrikes on a school in Syria that killed at least 150 civilians.

The war crimes investigators reported that internally displaced families had been sheltering in the school since 2012. The investigators said that U.S.-led coalition forces failed to take proper precautions to avoid the loss of civilian life during the attack, which took place in al-Mansoura, near Raqqa.

The investigators disputed the claims of high-level U.S. military officials that 30 Islamic State (ISIS or IS) fighters had been targeted and killed in the attack.

Mar 14 10:04

Trump picks real-life Carrie Mathison to be CIA's first female boss after she ran a 'black site' where terrorist suspects were tortured and waterboarded 

President Donald Trump's choice to be the first female director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, is a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to a harsh interrogation technique that the president has supported.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and that he has selected Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo.

Haspel, 61, the current deputy CIA director, also helped carry out an order that the agency destroy its waterboarding videos.

That order prompted a lengthy Justice Department investigation that ended without charges.

Her nomination is already drawing opposition from Democrats, due to her role overseeing the torture of two terror suspects at a secret CIA prison in Thailand.

Mar 14 09:33

Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response

Russia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack.

Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia’s General Staff, said Moscow had information that rebels in the enclave of eastern Ghouta were planning to fake a chemical weapons attack against civilians and blame it on the Syrian army.

He said the United States intended to use the fake attack as a pretext to bomb the government quarter in nearby Damascus where he said Russian military advisers, Russian military police and Russian ceasefire monitors were based.

“In the event of a threat to the lives of our servicemen, Russia’s armed forces will take retaliatory measures against the missiles and launchers used,” Gerasimov said in a statement.

Mar 14 09:20

White House summit on Gaza aims to 'end Palestinian cause'

As the White House prepares to hold a conference aimed at resolving the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in the besieged enclave say the summit is an attempt at erasing the Palestinian cause and turning it into "an aid project".

Palestinian representatives, who declined the White House's invitation to attend, were absent at the conference happening on Tuesday in Washington, DC.

However, representatives from some 20 countries are among the attendees who will discuss Gaza's health challenges, its chronic contaminated water and electricity problem, as well as poverty and food security.

Countries and international bodies who attended the conference include Bahrain, Egypt, the European Union, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Nations, Japan, Cyprus, Canada and Israel.

Mar 14 09:17

When it comes to Jewish ties, no GOP candidate trumps Trump

Among the expansive field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates on display in the party’s first debates, Donald Trump may be the most closely connected to the Jewish people.

Trump is from New York, works in professions saturated with Jews and long has been a vocal supporter of Israel. His daughter and two grandchildren are Jewish, the executive vice president of his organization is Jewish – and Trump certainly has chutzpah.

But you won’t find Jewish donors of influence in Trump’s network of associates: The billionaire’s campaign is self-financed, not donor-funded. Forbes estimates Trump’s net worth at about $4 billion; Trump says he’s worth $10 billion.

Mar 14 09:06

The CIA's New Torturer-in-Chief

Gina Haspel, President Trump's new pick to head the CIA, has played a key role in the agency's torture program -- and in covering it up, says Marcy Wheeler

Mar 14 08:52

The War In Donbass In Context: The Bigger Picture Of US Insanity

The war in Donbass has become one of the central links in the geopolitical tug-of-war between the main driving force of multipolarity – the Russian Federation – and the declining American superpower which, contrary to many analysts’ forecasts, has not – or has not been allowed to – discard its far-away “Project Ukraine” since Trump was elected.

Mar 14 08:51

Pompeo & Haspel: ‘Hardliners that will do as Trump says’

The newly appointed US Secretary of State and CIA Chief are hardliners who will obediently follow President Donald Trump’s course for an even more confrontational foreign policy, former CIA officials told RT.

The appointment of Mike Pompeo as the US Secretary of State and “hardliner” Gina Haspel, who was picked to be his replacement as the head of the CIA, “confirms that the administration is moving to the right; to a more confrontational and a more aggressive foreign policy,” Philip Giraldi, a former CIA intelligence officer, told RT.

Mar 14 08:40

Instead of being in jail, Haspel is CIA director

Had President Obama prosecuted Gina Haspel and other CIA torturers, she would have gone to prison. But Obama said he wanted to look forward, not back. Now the past returns. The past has that tendency.

Mar 14 08:40

New CIA Head Might Face Arrest in EU Over Role in Torture Program

Former NSA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden speculated on Twitter that the nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, could face arrest if she sets foot in the European Union because she allegedly was involved in a torture program at a secret CIA prison.

“Interesting: The new CIA Director Haspel, who ‘tortured some folks,’ probably can’t travel to the EU to meet other spy chiefs without facing arrest due to an @ECCHRBerlin complaint to Germany’s federal prosecutor,” Snowden tweeted, while providing a link to a European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights’ report on a criminal complaint filed against Haspel in 2017.

Mar 14 08:29

Democrat claims win in Pennsylvania special election, but tight race not yet over

Regardless of the outcome — and a recount was possible — Lamb's showing in a district Trump won by 20 points in the presidential race was sure to stoke anxiety among Republicans nationwide and renewed enthusiasm among Democrats.

Wednesday morning, Lamb's lead stood at 641 votes — out of more than 224,000 votes cast, according to unofficial results. Election officials said there are about 200 absentee votes and an unknown number of provisional ballots still to be counted.

The four counties in the western Pennsylvania district have seven days to count provisional ballots.

In a race this close, either candidate's supporters can ask for a recount. However there are stiff requirements, including requiring three voters in the same precinct who can attest that error or fraud was committed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My money is bet that fraud did take place, knowing the history of the Democratic party!

If Trump doesn't clean up the election system and get a national voter ID law in place, the Democrats will steal Congress this November and Trump will be impeached!

Mar 14 08:24

Trump's Tariff Plan May Shatter Pillars of the World Trade Order – Academic

The Trump administration's decision to unilaterally increase import tariffs on steel and aluminum could trigger a domino effect worldwide thus affecting the global economy, Huang Weiping, professor at the People’s University of China, told Sputnik.

The US attempt to unleash a trade war on China creates a dangerous precedent which could undermine the very principle of free trade, Huang Weiping, professor at the People's University of China, warns.

Mar 14 08:16

President Trump Slams Hillary Clinton And Obama During Speech at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station

Is there any doubt that our fighting men and women are thrilled to have a commander-in-chief like President Donald Trump?

During a speech at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station base in California Tuesday, Trump was met with admiration and cheers, no more so than when he made comments savaging his former opponent Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama.

The President touted his plan to make space exploration great again, outlining a goal to send astronauts back to the moon and even looking at developing a mission to Mars, something he claims would never happen had Clinton won in 2016.

“Very soon we are going to Mars,” he announced. “You wouldn’t have been going to Mars if my opponent won. That I can tell you. You wouldn’t even be thinking about it.”

Mar 14 08:15

USS Iwo Jima (LHD7) Wasp-class amphibious assault ship in Haifa. Images Haipo.

Mar 14 07:35

Putin’s Missiles: Deterring an American Attack?

Putin’s March 1st presentation of new Russian weapons has been greatly misunderstood as a declaration of strategic parity or triumphalism. There was a much more urgent need, namely, to prevent an imminent strike. This danger is not over yet, for a week later, on March, 7, President Putin emphasised his readiness to employ the nuclear weapons for retaliation purposes, even if it would end the world.

The sharply raised stakes were a game-changer. Who knows what will be the Russian response on this or other action of the Western allies? The warlike neocons say Russia is all talk, all bluff. Realists say that the US may suffer the humiliating and painful loss of its CSGs with thousands of lives at sea. The US President had enjoyed the previous strike of Syria with dozens of Tomahawks before returning to his beautiful chocolate cake. If the strike were revisited upon the striking SCGs – this is totally different matter.

Mar 14 07:01

What Secretary of State Tillerson’s Firing Means

Trump will go down as the Man who destroyed America and maybe the Planet.

The firing of Secretary of State Tillerson, the movement of CIA Director Pompeo to Secretary of State, and the promotion of Gina Haspel, who oversaw the secret CIA torture prisons in Thailand (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/us/politics/cia-deputy-director-gin...), indicate that the military/security complex has closed its grip on the Trump regime. There will be no more talk of normalizing relations with Russia.

Mar 14 04:31

Meet Mike Pompeo, Trump's New Hardliner Secretary of State

Pompeo was an outspoken critic of former President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, Hillary Clinton's handling of the Benghazi attack and has said former National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a traitor who deserves a death sentence.

During an appearance on C-SPAN last February, Pompeo said Snowden should receive the death penalty for his actions
with regards to the Iran nuclear deal, "I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism."

As a lawmaker>>>

Mar 13 11:33

FLASHBACK: Elliott Abrams and Gina Haspel – ghastly choices

From the frying pan into the fire! Your new CIA director.
Gina Haspel, CIA Deputy Director

The other uninspiring appointee that unfortunately made it through the vetting process is Gina Haspel, who was named as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on February 2nd. She was reportedly involved in the rendition and torture programs ca. 2003-4 and actually was senior officer in charge of one of the overseas prisons located in Thailand, which was the epicenter of the “enhanced interrogation” program and the site where al-Qaeda prisoner Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times, “tortured so brutally that at one point he appeared to be dead.” In 2005 she also ordered the destruction of the video tapes made of the interrogations to avoid providing evidence to any congressional inquiry into what had gone on.

Mar 13 11:09

Russian-Born Businessman Linked To Trump Claims To Have Been US Spy

A businessman with links to President Donald Trump says he has worked for more than 20 years as a spy for the FBI, CIA and other U.S. government agencies.

Felix Sater detailed his cooperation in a statement released on Monday after BuzzFeed News published an in-depth profile of his work for the U.S. government.

BuzzFeed obtained government documents and conducted interviews with government officials who backed up Sater’s claims to have helped with clandestine operations around the globe. Sater has gathered intelligence on al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, La Cosa Nostra and various money laundering operations, according to the report.

Sater has helped with some of the government’s most important intelligence-gathering efforts, however, he is better known for his connections to Trump.

Mar 13 08:40

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels offers to return money over alleged Trump affair

The adult-film actress who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became US President offered on Monday to return $130,000 that Trump`s personal lawyer paid her in what she said was hush money to remain silent about the alleged relationship.

Actress Stephanie Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, has said the affair with Trump began in 2006 and lasted several months. Trump has denied he had an affair with Clifford.

Mar 13 07:11

Palestinian attendance unclear at White House Gaza conference

The White House will hold a conference on the humanitarian situation in Gaza on Tuesday, but it is unclear whether any Palestinian officials will attend.

President Donald Trump's "administration believes that deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza require immediate attention," US special envoy Jason Greenblatt said in a statement announcing the conference.

The meeting is expected to include top White House aide Jared Kushner, National Security Council staff and "many of the relevant parties," according to Greenblatt.

It is unclear whether Palestinians officials will break their de facto boycott of US officials to attend.

The Palestinians were enraged by President Donald Trump's decision to break with long-standing US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Mar 13 06:54

China Benefits From Slow US Military Acquisition Processes, DoD Official Says

After a run of mishaps in recent US military acquisition history, the US military’s new top weapons developer quipped that “the Chinese love our acquisition system. They are the biggest fans of our acquisition there could possibly be.”

Speaking to a defense industry group in Washington, DC, at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference on March 6, Pentagon Undersecretary for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin pointed out how slow US military development and acquisition processes are — more than 16 years from statement of need to operational capability, compared to China’s two or three years. “We used to do it in two or three,” the official deadpanned.

Mar 13 06:30

Nixon’s Ouster and the Attempt to Remove Trump

President Trump’s enemies are escalating their comparisons of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion to the resignation of President Richard Nixon after Congressional hearings that set the stage for his impeachment 4 ½ decades ago. Are these comparisons valid?

The answer is yes – and no. Notwithstanding the 45 years separating the two presidents, there are some major similarities and some obvious differences, as well.

I was a young student journalist in the nation’s capital during the Watergate investigations and impeachment period. Armed with an official D.C. Metropolitan Police press pass, I was able to cover and report on political events in Washington, D.C. like any accredited mainstream journalist – including on occasion the Nixon White House, and the Watergate hearings. With the energy of youth and an insatiable interest in politics and current events, I took full advantage of the access that the pass afforded me.

Mar 13 06:30

Questions surround Kim Jong-un’s “separate message” to President Trump

A senior South Korean government official’s remarks about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un conveying “another message” besides his summit proposal to US President Donald Trump through a special envoy’s delegation that recently visited Pyongyang is raising questions about what the content may have been. The remarks came during a talk with South Korean correspondents in Washington on Mar. 9, as the official responded to questions about the message Kim wanted communicated to Trump.

“There was a message that he wanted given to the US,” the official said, adding that they could “not disclose everything that was exchanged between the heads of state.”

When asked for specifics, the official said the message was “part of trust-building efforts to ensure that the summit happens.” When asked if it concerned denuclearization, the official replied only that it was “very comprehensive in content.”

Mar 13 06:25

Activist: Expect War with Iran, North Korea if Pompeo Becomes Secretary of State

The New York Times reported on Thursday morning that sometime in the near future, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be ousted in favor of sitting CIA Director Mike Pompeo - and Pompeo’s job will be taken by hawkish Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

The Times made the report with high confidence, citing "senior administration officials." Tillerson's exit has been long-rumored due to his numerous clashes with US President Donald Trump. Spokespeople for both the White House and the State Department refused to confirm or deny the reports when asked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other reports say Gina Haspel will become the head of the CIA.

Mar 13 06:25

‘Dilbert’ Scoops ’em All On the Inside Story Of Trump Korea Talks

For those who haven’t been following the political commentary of Mr. Adams, it’s worth going back and reading.

Mar 13 06:16

Trump Set To Release His No Peace-Peace Plan

albeit; we thought he was promising A Peace , Peace Plan .)

Mar 13 06:14

Trump sacks Tillerson as secretary of state

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job".

Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.

The president also nominated Gina Haspel to become the first woman director of the CIA.

Reports have swirled of a schism in the Trump administration between the commander-in-chief and his top diplomat, as the US faces a host of vexatious foreign policy conundrums, from North Korea to Iran.

Mar 13 05:45

US Carrier Strike Group Making Waves in the South China Sea

The United States aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, powered by twin nuclear reactors and accompanied by a formidable Carrier Strike Group of one guided-missile cruiser, two destroyers, eight aircraft squadron fighter jets, and a crew of 5,000 US sailors, sails into Da Nang’s port this week. Stretching more than three football fields with a beam of 252 feet and a displacement of 100,000 tons, the ship’s enormous wake signals to China and the region Washington’s resolve to defend its national interests and to conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea.

Its ceremonious arrival also underscores a closer comprehensive partnership with Vietnam, once an enemy and now a friend.

Mar 13 05:41

‘Fifty-Fifty’: Christopher Steele Is Unsure About Trump ‘Golden Showers’ Tape

Christopher Steele is not convinced that the most salacious claim in his infamous dossier is accurate.

Steele’s business partner at their private intelligence firm is even less certain, and the founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned the dossier, also has his doubts.

That’s according to a deeply reported section of “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” a new book by veteran investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn.

“Steele’s claim in the sensational sex claim would fade over time,” reads the book, which hit shelves Tuesday.

Mar 13 05:37

As Trump administration finalizes peace plan, Palestinian ambassador calls US embassy opening in Jerusalem a ‘media stunt’

As the rift between the White House and the Palestinian leadership grinds on, sparked by Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December, the Trump administration is reportedly days away from releasing their peace plan to Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Yet the head of the Palestinian Mission in Washington DC, Ambassador Husam Zomlot has already signaled the peace plan, whenever it will be released, has no chance.

Speaking at his office in the upscale Washington DC neighborhood of Georgetown last month, Zomlot told Mondoweiss the Palestinian negotiators need to see the U.S. commit to an international mechanism to solving the conflict, and support relevant United Nations resolutions, namely the calls for an independent state of Palestine, “And then we are willing to sit and cooperate if these two things materialize.”

Mar 13 05:22

MORE MONEY: Trump Seeks Congressional Funding For 60,000-Man Army To Overthrow Assad

ISIS, or ISIL, or Islamic State*, has been almost completely defeated in Syria, but the U.S. Department of Defense is requesting an increase instead of a decrease in funding to support “Vetted Syrian Opposition,” or fighters in Syria against Syria’s Government, and it refers to these fighters as being part of America’s “strategy to defeat ISIS,” instead of as being what they now obviously are: fighters for regime-change, or to overthrow Syria’s Government (which is headed by its President Bashar al-Assad, who received 89% of the votes cast throughout Syria in the internationally monitored 2014 Presidential election).


Mar 12 15:24

Haley: US Prepared To Act On Syria If UN Security Council Won't

US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has warned that the US will take action in Syria on its own if the UN Security Council fails to do so. The official cited last year’s attack on a Syrian airbase as an example of possible US action.
When the Security Council “failed to act” after the Khan Sheikhoun chemical incident last year, the US “successfully struck the airbase from which Assad had launched his chemical attack,” Haley stated>>>

(*Obama/Clinton were lying about it , but Team Trump wouldn't !)

Mar 12 09:31


Israel is in the process of plunging America into a war with Iran that could destroy what’s left of the Middle East and ignite a third world war, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, warned in Washington approximately a week ago. Wilkerson, a retired army colonel who now teaches at Washington-area universities, didn’t hold back in his critique of where the status quo is leading the United States via its client state, Israel.

Mar 12 08:45

Hezbollah Deputy Chief Pledges to Counter US, Israel Attacks on Lebanon

The deputy chief of Lebanon-based Hezbollah group, Sheikh Naim Qassem, asserted that his Shia organization would shield Lebanon from any US or Israeli schemes to destroy the country.

Qassem said that Hezbollah contributes to Lebanon's strength and stability, and that the group is a "pillar" in the country. Contrary to reporting by the western press, Hezbollah is "an integral part of empowering institutions, shaping future, maintaining independence and preventing the [Israeli] occupying regime."

"The United States is trying to subordinate Lebanon [to foreigners]. Israel and America spare no efforts to attack Lebanon and impose sanctions on us. Hezbollah, nevertheless, is an obstacle to the implementation of such policies," he declared in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatieh on Saturday.