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Some Might Call It A “Palace Coup”
By Ronald L. Feinman
Trump’s term will last less than 200 days — the second shortest ever. Continue

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The Stakes for Trump and All of Us
By Paul Craig Roberts
The liberal/progressive/left is allied with the deep state against democracy. Continue

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Flynn’s Head Rolls. Is Trump’s Next?
By Finian Cunningham
There seems little doubt that Flynn was set up in a sting operation. Continue

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Who Americans Consider Their Greatest Enemies
By Niall McCarthy
Iraq and Afghanistan were considered U.S. enemies by 29 and 23 percent of respondents. Continue

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War Criminal
John McCain Systematically Dismantled Donald Trump’s Entire Worldview
By Aaron Blake
John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard. Continue

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Who Rules the United States?
By Matthew Continetti
The last few weeks have confirmed that there are two systems of government in the United States. Continue

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Venezuela - Washington’s Latest Defamation - To Bring NATO to South America?
By Peter Koenig
NATO spreading all throughout Latin America. The Natoization of LATAM! – What a prospect! Continue

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Coming Soon to a City Near You: The U.S. Military’s Plan to Take Over America
By John W. Whitehead
No, this is not another conspiracy theory. Although it easily could be. Continue

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How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail
By Michael Shermer
This power of belief over evidence is the result of two factors. Continue

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The Great American Awakening?
By Robert C. Koehler
More people than ever before are becoming aware that “the way things are” must be challenged. Continue

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41 fighters executed in Syria: A Jihadist group has executed 41 fighters from al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate and allied factions in infighting between the extremists in Syria’s Idlib province

ISIS claims 30+ Kurdish fighters killed in northeast Syria: Using a VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive device), an Islamic State terrorist conducted a suicide attack against a group of fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the city of Al-Shaddad

21 Daesh members killed in northern Syria: At least 21 Daesh terrorists were killed in northern Syria in the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield by Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army and Turkish forces, according to a Turkish General Staff statement Saturday.

Syrian forces shelling in northeast Damascus kills 9: At least nine people were killed on Saturday when government forces launched a barrage of rockets that hit a funeral on the edges of the Syrian capital,

Desperate IS flee as 'crumbling' Raqqa defences are 'refortified': Islamic State group militants are fortifying their de-facto "capital" Raqqa, in northern Syria, as Kurdish-led forces advance on the city, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes.

Syria and monitoring group blast Turkey over civilian deaths: The Syrian government and an opposition monitoring group condemned Friday what they called Turkey's "crimes" against the Syrian people in the northern town of al-Bab that is controlled by the Islamic State group.

East Aleppo Liberation Testimonies: Hanano, Mohammed 13yrs old : Video - 13 year old Mohammed explains how he feels now that East Aleppo/Hanano is liberated from Nusra Front-led terrorist occupation. He describes life under occupation and tells us that his two brothers aged 8

Airstrike kills 62 IS members west of Mosul: “Today, US-led coalition warplanes bombarded the General Hospital building that was used by the Islamic State as a headquarters for foreign immigrants, west of Mosul.”

U.S. coalition says Islamic State command center destroyed in Mosul; IS says civilians killed; The militant group disputed the assertion, saying in an online statement that Friday’s strike killed 18 people, mostly women and children, and wounded 47.

15 killed in Islamic State attack west of Mosul : At least 15 Shia pro-government fighters were killed in a Islamic State attack in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, according to a militia fighter.

Air strike on mourners at a WAKE in Yemen kills seven women and a child ; Her face horribly burned and body pitted with shrapnel, Eman’s hands have had to be tethered to prevent her from scratching at her sickening wounds.

Palestinian, 25, dies after being shot by Israeli troops on his way to his last chemo session: No one bothered to keep the young Palestinian’s family informed

Meet the U.S. Nonprofit That Funds the Israeli Guards Who Terrorize Palestinians: Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal—but donations to the U.S. nonprofits that support them are tax-deductible

Aoun: Israeli threats to Lebanese sovereignty will meet 'appropriate response: Aoun's comments also followed warnings this week by the leader of the armed Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, a political ally of the president, against any Israeli aggression.

Algerian army kills 14 suspected extremists killed anti-extremist operation: And the defense ministry says security forces went on the operations this week in order bring to an end these criminal groups and the plague of terrorism in our country.

‘Look, They Are Dying’: Video Appears to Show Massacre by Congolese Soldiers;

Over dozen militants killed in Pak army attack near Afghan border; “15 to 20 terrorists have been killed and 10 to 12 camps of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (PPP) destroyed in the attacks launched by Pakistan army,” according to the TV.

UN condemns killing of 12 Afghans; United Nations (UN) condemned the killing of 12 Afghans, including eight children returning from school, by a roadside bomb in the country’s volatile east, the latest in a growing number of civilian casualties.

The most deadly Isis attacks in weeks is the one we've heard least about: Video - On Thursday night a suicide attack was made on a shrine at Sehwan, Pakistan, killing at least 75 people.

Russia’s Lavrov announces new Ukraine ceasefire; " We have actively supported this decision and obviously expressed a conviction that this time, failure should not be allowed to take place," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

Russia to recognize documents issued in rebel-held east Ukraine: The decision will enable people from the conflict-hit region to travel, work or study in Russia.

Merkel calls for joint efforts with Russia to battle Islamist terrorism: "The joint fight against Islamic terrorism is one area where we have the same interests and we can work together," Merkel said in a speech to the Munich Security Conference, where U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in the audience.

Pence Contradicts Trump on Russia, Repeats Iran Threats; U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told world leaders gathered at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that his administration will "hold Russia accountable" and that Iran is the "leading state sponsor of terrorism."

Lavrov: NATO expansion led to tension in Europe unprecedented in last 30 years : . “We need to resume [our] military cooperation. [And yet] NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, surrounded by his deputies yesterday, couldn’t say that NATO is ready for this. It's sad,” Lavrov said.

Top 3 lies told by Insane McCain at the Munich Security Conference: At the Munich Security Conference, US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) used the stage to deride President Trump, tell tall tales about the Russian aggression, and declare the West's superiority over everyone else.

Wilders vows to crack down on 'Moroccan scum': Dutch anti-Muslim, anti-EU party leader Geert Wilders promised to crack down on "Moroccan scum" who he said were making the streets unsafe and urged the Dutch to "regain" their country as he launched his election campaign on Saturday.

Elections In France - CIA Spies On Political Parties, NYT Claims "Russian" Interference; Wikileaks, February 16, 2017: CIA espionage orders for the 2012 French presidential election

Marine Le Pen 'admits' setting up £6000-a-month fake job in the EU parliament for her bodyguard: It was all part of a criminal scam worth up to £300,000 to Ms Le Pen's far-right National Front (FN) party that could now see the 48-year-old jailed

160,000 join pro-refugee protest in Barcelona: Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of refugees.

Climate Change Is A Far Bigger Threat To Wildlife Than We Thought, Study Says: A new global analysis finds nearly half of threatened mammals are at risk, up from just 7 percent.

Foreign-Funded NGOs in Ecuador: Trojan Horse for Intervention? NGOs may be seen as do-gooders, but that's not always the case. Rich in resources but export dependent, authorities are attempting to manage the many foreign hands trying to pull the country's development in their favor.

TSA Busted In Massive $100 Million, 40,000 lb Cocaine Smuggling Conspiracy: Twelve current and former TSA officers and airport staff were indicted for allegedly trafficking over 20 tons of cocaine — worth over $100 million — into the U.S. over an 18-years timeframe.

Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.

Trump Proposes Checking Chinese Visitors: Border Protection officials are proposing to ask Chinese visitors to disclose their social media ‘handles’ or other identifiers on common social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

Eight people flee U.S. border patrol to seek asylum in Canada: Eight asylum-seekers, including four children, barely made it across the Canadian border on Friday as a U.S. border patrol officer tried to stop them and a Reuters photographer captured the scene.

First Flight of Cuban Deportees Arrives in Havana from US; More than 680 migrants were deported to Cuba Friday, including 117 on a charter flight from the U.S., the first arrivals since the end of the “wet foot, dry foot" policy which guaranteed residency to almost every Cuban who reached U.S. soil.

Rogue Border Agents Resist Trump Policies: Some border patrol stations have been slow to carry out President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement executive order and instead have continued former President Barack Obama’s “catch-and-release” policies, according to a union official.

New U.S. travel ban to spare green card holders: Trump official: Asked whether green card residency permit holders would be allowed in, Kelly said: "It's a good assumption and, as far as the visas go, ... if they're in motion from some distant land to the United States, when they arrive they will be allowed in."

Raucous crowds overwhelm Reed town hall meetings: Huge crowds of raucous progressives and quieter conservatives overwhelmed Rep. Tom Reed's town hall meetings in Ashville and Cherry Creek Saturday morning, with the progressives repeatedly interrupting and shouting down the congressman

Trump reportedly shouted at CIA director after hearing intel reports are being withheld: CBS: According to previous reports, intelligence operatives were said to be holding back the information because they believe any information given to Trump will find its way to Russia.

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February 17, 2017

Blood in the Water: the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper
By Mike Whitney
This isn’t about the law and it isn’t about the truth. It’s about bare-knuckle geopolitics and global hegemony. Continue

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More About Russia and Less About Flynn?
By Philip Giraldi
Flynn is the stick that will be used to beat Vladimir Putin. Continue

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The Deep State Targets Trump
By Patrick J. Buchanan
The real crime is the criminal conspiracy inside the deep state to transcribe the private conversation of a U.S. citizen and leak it to press. Continue

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Greenwald: Empowering the "Deep State" is Prescription for Destroying Democracy
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The idea that Donald Trump is some kind of an agent or a spy of Russia, is an incredibly crazy claim that has been nowhere proven to be true. Continue

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The Western Roots of “Middle-Eastern” Terrorism
By Amir Nour
“Far from promoting democracy and security”, this policy, “ensures a future of blunders and blowback”. Continue

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Trump’s One-State Option
By Neve Gordon
Israel’s rejectionist stance will unwittingly lead to a bi-national solution. Continue

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US and Israel Join Forces to Bury Palestinian Statehood
By Daoud Kuttab
Trump and Netanyahu are trying to push a more blatant and legalised form of apartheid on the Palestinian people. Continue

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Lives In The Balance
Must Watch 3 Minute Video
“Far from promoting democracy and security”, this policy, “ensures a future of blunders and blowback”. Continue

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Syrian Islamists kills 150 fellow insurgents as battle becomes more bloody: Dozens of those murdered were members of a Free Syrian Army (FSA) faction, it said, citing a pro-al Qaeda social media outlet.

41 fighters executed in Syria jihadist infighting: monitor; A jihadist group has executed 41 fighters from Al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate and allied factions in infighting between the extremists in Syria’s Idlib province, a monitor said on Friday, February 17.

13 Daesh terrorists killed in northern Syria: The statement added that 70 Daesh targets, including shelters and weapon emplacements, were hit by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters with Turkish army support.

Turkish shelling 'kills 9' in IS-held Syria town: Nine civilians were killed in overnight Turkish bombardment of a jihadist-held town in northern Syria, a monitor said on Friday, but Ankara said the shelling killed 13 "terrorists".

Russian strategic bombers hit ISIS in Raqqa in coordination with Pentagon; In October 2015, Russia and the US agreed to a flight safety memorandum which regulates flight paths and to inform each other of an emergency situation in Syria

Mattis Not Ready to Recommend Ground Combat Troops for Syria, Iraq: Mattis did not rule out the possibility but said, "I first want to talk to the other allies and we'll decide where we're going."

US breached guidelines and used depleted uranium in air strikes against Isis in Syria; In breach of official guidelines, the United States military has fired thousands of rounds of depleted uranium (DU) while fighting Islamic State (Isis) in Syria.

Iraq: 14 militants killed as coalition jets pound IED factory in western Mosul: The militants were killed in an airstrike by aircraft from the U.S-led military coalition that targeted a textile factory in al-Somoud district,

Iraq: Official: IS kills 8 Iraqi militia near Tikrit: The Islamic State group attacked a battalion of state-sponsored militia southeast of Tikrit on Friday, killing at least eight militia members, an intelligence official said.

Iraq: Looting, Destruction by Forces Fighting ISIS: The Iraqi authorities should investigate allegations of war crimes and hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said.

Attack hits Yemen mourners, killing 9 women, 1 child: residents: the Saudi-led coalition struck a house north of Yemen's capital where a crowd of mourners was gathered, residents said on Thursday, killing nine women and a child and injuring dozens.

UAE says two of its soldiers killed in Yemen: General Command of the UAE Armed Forces offered its condolences to the family of the killed

Navy SEAL Raid in Yemen: Ally of U.S.-Backed President Killed: The main figure killed in last month's U.S. raid in Yemen targeting al Qaeda was a tribal leader who was allied to the country's U.S.- and Saudi-backed president and had been enlisted to fight Yemen's Shiite rebels

US drone carrying 'top-secret tech' shot down in Yemen; Local media released alleged images of the downed drone in flames, including pictures of the GILGAMESH geolocation system used by the US military's Joint Special Operations Command in its long-running drone war on Yemen.

Bomb kills at least five soldiers in Egypt's Northern Sinai": At least five soldiers were killed and two injured on Friday by a roadside bomb in Egypt's restive Northern Sinai where the government faces an Islamic State-led insurgency, medics and security sources said.

US ambassador to UN contradicts Trump's position on two-state solution; Nikki Haley said US upholds longstanding policy on Israeli-Palestine conflict, as French foreign minister finds Rex Tillerson’s proposal ‘confusing and worrying’

Trump nominee for Israel ambassador heckled, questioned at Senate: Trump's nominee apologized for his stinging criticism of liberal American Jews and promised to be less inflammatory in an official capacity.

Flynn Pressured U.N. on Israel Vote Before Taking Office: A month before inauguration, President Donald Trump’s would-be national security advisor sought to scupper a U.N. resolution condemning Israel.

11 killed as Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram suicide bombers; Battling multiple bombers strapped with suicide vests, Nigerian troops and civilian self-defense fighters on Friday repelled the fiercest Boko Haram extremist attack in months on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri.

ISIS thriving in Libya 6 years after revolt against Gaddafi: Today is the sixth anniversary of an uprising meant to usher in a new era of freedom. Instead, ISIS thrives in the chaos and misery of a broken nation

Tunisia army clashes with militants in mountains, two killed: ministry: The operation took place in Samamma mountains where the security forces since 2015 have been trying to contain small brigades of al Qaeda-linked militants who have used the remote region as a base.

Islamic State fighters kill 18 Afghan soldiers in attack on outpost: Operations by Afghan troops backed by international forces, had killed about 25 Islamic State militants in two districts of the province in the past 24 hours.

Apple to start India manufacturing in coming months with iPhone SE: source: Apple Inc will in the coming months start assembling its lower-priced iPhone SE models at a contract manufacturer's plant in the southern Indian technology hub of Bengaluru

'Donetsk People's Republic' seeks sense of nationhood: Self-proclaimed breakaway region teaches children about citizenship and issues passports as it aspires to recognition.

Russia’s Putin Leaps Into World’s Most Admired Men Top 10: Putin ranks as the sixth most admired man in the world in an annual survey by pollster YouGov.

NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea: NATO will step up naval war games and surveillance in the Black Sea to complement its increased presence of land and air forces near a "more assertive Russia".

WATCH: Mattis Rules Out Military Collaboration with Russia : Before military cooperation takes place, Russia must "prove itself" able to comply with international law, Mattis said.

Europe warns US against hurting cohesion, favouring Russia: European leaders Friday fired a salvo of warnings against Washington, cautioning it against hurting EU cohesion, abandoning shared values and seeking a rapprochement with Russia behind the backs of its allies.

In case you missed it: Trump faces American ‘war-making machine’ if he tries to strike deal with Russia – Pilger ; “The US’ biggest business is war. Lockheed Martin and all other major armament companies have a great halt on the US administration, on the US Congress.

Juncker: EU must resist US bullying on NATO spending: “It has been the American message for many, many years,” the European Commission president said in a speech on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference Thursday. “I am very much against letting ourselves be pushed into this.”

Wikileaks; CIA espionage orders for the last French presidential election: All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA's human ("HUMINT") and electronic ("SIGINT") spies in the seven months leading up to France's 2012 presidential election.

War criminal: Tony Blair tells the people to ‘rise up’ against Brexit: The former Prime Minister says the referendum result was based on ‘imperfect knowledge’ and to find a way to avert the present rush over the cliff’s edge

Ford sticks with plan to open two plants in Mexico; US car maker Ford is sticking with a plan to open two auto-parts plants in Mexico this year, despite earlier announcing it had scrapped plans for a separate factory there.

Mexican Consulates Flooded With Fearful Immigrants; First came the anxious calls in the days after the election of President Trump. Now, people begin lining up before 8 a.m. and crowd the waiting rooms inside the Mexican Consulate here.

ICE: Raid reports fake news, Obama grabbed 350% more; The agency this week said that had made 683 arrests of mostly criminal illegal immigrants, or those with multiple cases against them beyond illegally crossing the border.

Trump Weighs Mobilizing National Guard for Immigration Roundups; The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Homeland Security on AP’s National Guard: ‘Absolutely Incorrect’: The Department of Homeland Security is roundly condemning an Associated Press story that broke Friday morning about considering the use of the National Guard to “round up” undocumented immigrants.

Here Is The "Leaked" Memo Directing The National Guard To Arrest Illegal Immigrants: PDF: Here Is The "Leaked" Memo Directing The National Guard To Arrest Illegal Immigrants

Trump wouldn’t be first president to mobilize National Guard for immigration enforcement: In 2006, former President George W. Bush called up 6,000 National Guard troops to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.Obama said he would deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns: U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

Scott Pruitt, Trump's environment pick, gets Senate approval: Scott Pruitt has been a fierce critic of the agency he will now be running.

Vice Admiral Robert Harward turns down national security adviser job: Two sources close to the situation confirm Harward demanded his own team, and the White House resisted.

Trump Disapproval Reaches New Heights In Gallup Poll: 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as President, according to a Gallup's daily poll released Friday.

Trump Team’s Growth Forecasts Far Rosier Than Those of CBO, Private Economists: While there are often disparities between the White House and independent agencies on growth projections, they are rarely this large

Pew: Jews are best-liked religious group in America: Atheists and Muslims again had the lowest ratings. Atheists ranked at 50 degrees, up from 41, and Muslims were at 48, up from 40.

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German Intel Clears Russia on Interference
By Ray McGovern
When German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening. Continue

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Watch: Tillerson Has Awkward First Encounter With Lavrov at G-20
By Nick Wadhams, Patrick Donahue, and Ilya Arkhipov
“Why did you shush them out?” Lavrov asks as reporters removed. Continue

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Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying
By Ramzy Baroud
It is Israel’s obstinacy that is now leaving Palestinians (and Israelis) with one option, equal citizenship in one single state or a horrific apartheid. Continue

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Trump Goes on Marathon Rant Against the Media
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"I turn on the TV, open the newspapers, and I see stories of chaos, chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. Continue

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The Trump Presidency: RIP
By Paul Craig Roberts
The most obvious conclusion is that Trump is dead meat. Continue

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Loving America and Resisting Trump
By Frida Berrigan
We’re tying up the phone lines all over Capitol Hill, turning town halls into rowdy rallies for health care and human rights. Continue

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Governor of Jakarta: Get Re-elected or Die!
By Andre Vltchek
They call him “Ahok”, and according to many, he is the best thing that ever happened to Jakarta. Continue

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You Are Not In Control
By Dmitry Orlov
The technosphere doesn’t just control technology; it controls our minds as well. Continue

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Baghdad car bomb kills at least 48: A car packed with explosives blew up near car dealerships in the Shia area of Bayaa in the south of the city. More than 50 people were injured.

14 militants killed as coalition jets pound IED factory in western Mosul: The militants were killed in an airstrike by aircraft from the U.S-led military coalition that targeted a textile factory in al-Somoud district, which was used by the extremist group as a workshop for manufacturing explosives

24 civilians killed in bombing on Syria town: Turkish bombardment of an Islamic State group-held town in Syria has killed 24 civilians, a monitor said on Thursday, but Turkey's army said only "terrorists" died in the operation.

Fighting intensifies in Syria's Deraa: Heavy Russian attacks reported after rebels try to obstruct Syrian government bid to retake strategic border crossing.

The Pentagon is reportedly considering recommending ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS: There are currently hundreds of US troops in Syria offering training and assistance to US-backed local forces there.

Syria’s Assad lashes out at France’s Hollande : Accusing Francois Hollande of sponsoring terror in Syria and encouraging Western nations to reset their relations with his pariah government, after six years of civil war.

Nine women and a child reported killed in Yemen: The strike on the house near Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, was carried out by military aircraft deployed by a Saudi-led coalition.

Survivors in Yemen describe horror of U.S. attack which killed at least 26: Human toll included 10 children, 9 women and U.S. Navy Seal;

Palestinians tell Trump they are still committed to two-state solution; Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday demanded a halt to Israeli settlement expansion in occupied territory and said he was committed to a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel

Netanyahu asks Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over occupied Golan Heights: Most of the world considers the Golan, a high plateau between northeastern Israel and southwestern Syria, to be occupied by Israel, which annexed the territory in 1981

Palestine: Hamas elects new leader in uncertain time; Hamas members in the Gaza Strip have elected Yahya Sinwar to head its Gaza political bureau to succeed outgoing leader Ismail Haniya.

Trump shouts down ultra-Orthodox reporter who asks about anti-Semitism: Queried about bomb threats against Jewish centers, president says he hates the question and it’s insulting, and that the journalist is dishonest

Paperwork prevents fathers, babies returning to Israel from Mexico: Three single men who had babies in Mexico through surrogate mothers were unable to return to Israel because the Mexican Interior Ministry refused to issue birth certificates, Channel 2 reported Thursday.

Chart: Survey results of Canadian Attitudes on Israel/Palestine: When asked whether they believe Canada’s government was biased towards Israel or Palestinians, 61% of respondents said pro-Israel and 16% said pro-Palestinian.

Central African Republic: Rebel group 'killed 32 civilians':The Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) is said to have rounded victims up and executed them.

Suicide bomber kills at least 72 people at Pakistan shrine : Islamic State, the militant group which has a small but increasingly prominent presence in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack on the burial site of a Sufi saint

Roadside bomb kills 12 in Afghanistan's Paktika province: An Afghan official says at least 12 civilians were killed and three others wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the eastern Paktika province.

Donald Trump accuses Russia of taking Crimea by force: Trump has accused Russia of taking Crimea by force in a series of tweets seeking to distance himself from allegations his team has links with Russia.

Russia's Lavrov says 'pragmatic' talks with U.S.'s Tillerson did not touch on sanctions; "The meeting was pragmatic, business-like," Lavrov said. "We noted the existence of common interests, primarily in terms of the fight against terrorism."

Defense Secretary Mattis Tells NATO Allies to Spend More, or Else: NATO countries have committed to spending 2 percent of their G.D.P. on the military, but the only other countries that meet that criteria are Britain, Poland, Estonia and Greece.

War is a racket; U.S.-based companies continue to dominate the defense market: U.S.- and Western Europe-based companies account for 82.4% of arms sales by the 100 largest military procurement companies.

France Warns Russia Over 'Interference' In Presidential Election : "We will not accept any interference whatsoever in our electoral process, no more from Russia, by the way, than from any other state," Ayrault told parliament.

Wikileaks Exposes CIA Involvement In French 2012 Presidential Election: Named as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current President Francois Hollande

Anti-police riots spill over from Paris suburbs into city centre: The riots rocking the suburbs of Paris since early February spilled over onto the streets of the French capital on Wednesday evening.

Trump, Like Obama and Bush, Pursues 'Regime Change' in Venezuela: The U.S. government's targeting of Venezuela's vice president is just the latest episode in ongoing attempts to subvert Venezuelan democracy.

A Mexican populist rises to face Trump’s America: López Obrador, 63, can bring thousands into the streets on command. His critics worry that his penchant for stubborn resistance could provoke confrontation with the United States, while his fans see him as a defender of the common man.

Mexico's 'invisible wall', a migrant double standard: There's always been double talk - it seems that the Central American migrants don't matter, nothing is done to prevent the same human rights violations that Mexican migrants suffer in the US.

Mother Of 4 Defies Deportation Order, Takes Sanctuary In Church: Jeanette Vizguerra came to the United States illegally 14 years ago. She declined to meet with immigration officials in Centennial on Wednesday because of fears that she would be deported.

'Day Without Immigrants': Protest closes restaurants in US: Fine restaurants in New York, San Francisco and the nation's capital closed for the day. Grocery stores, food trucks, coffee shops, diners and taco joints in places like Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston shut down.

Trump Withdraws Appeal Of Travel Ban Suspension: "We are issuing a new executive action next week that will comprehensively protect our country," Trump said.

Former CIA official says having Trump in the White House is the gravest threat since Civil War: “We’re dealing with a man in Trump who doesn’t accept a fact-based reality

President Donald Trump Holds a Press Conference ; An exasperated President Donald Trump on Thursday gathered the media in the White House's East Room for a dressing down in which he claimed that he "inherited a mess" and that the "dishonest media" is not giving his presidency the credit it deserves.

Trump goes on marathon rant against the media: Video

Mick Mulvaney confirmed by Senate as Trump's budget chief; Rep. Mick Mulvaney squeaked through the Senate on a 51-49 vote. John McCain, who's emerging as perhaps the most vocal Republican critic of the Trump administration, opposed Mulvaney for backing cuts to Pentagon spending.

US Congress Moves to Strip Gun Ban for Mentally Disabled: The United States Congress voted on Wednesday to block a gun regulation that would prevent thousands of people with mental disabilities from purchasing weapons.

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President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu Joint News Conference
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"There is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish State than president Donald Trump" - Netanyahu. Continue

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Erekat: Only Alternative to Two States is One Single Democratic State
By WAFA
one single secular and democratic state with equal rights for everyone, Christians, Muslims, and Jews.” Continue

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The Swamp Strikes Back
By Pepe Escobar
“Draining the swamp” – the foreign policy section – is doomed if neocons and neoliberalcons continue to run riot. Continue

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The Dangerous Precedence Of The Hunt Against Flynn ... And Trump
By Moon Of Alabama
Kicking Flynn out of his office has hurt Trump. His standing is diminished. Continue

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U.S. Spies Took Down Michael Flynn. That is Deeply Worrying
By Damon Linker
Flynn's ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats. Continue

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‘He Will Die in Jail’
By David Edwards
Intelligence community ready to ‘go nuclear’ on Trump, senior source says. Continue

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"Wake Up America"
By Dennis Kucinich
Dennis Kucinich Says Intel Community Making 'Unprecedented' Effort to Upend Trump. Continue

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While Elites Played Empire, America Fell Apart
By Charles Hugh Smith
Dear Imperial America: the lifestyle you ordered is permanently out of stock. Continue

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Two Uninspiring Choices
By Philip Giraldi
Torturing people can be career enhancing if one works for the United States government. Continue

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NATO Accuses Russia of Fake News, While Hysterically Warning of WWIII
By Finian Cunningham
If British media reports were to be believed, then Europe should have gone up in nuclear smoke several months ago. Continue

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New Declassified CIA Memo Presents Blueprint for Syrian Regime Collapse
By Brad Hoff
Contents contain passages which seem remarkably consistent with events as they unfolded decades later at the start of the war on Syrian in 2011. Continue

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Islamic State execute 21 civilians in Mosul, Kirkuk over for helping police: The militants drowned 13 civilians to death in central Mosul over charges of collaborating with security forces, a local source in Nineveh told Alsumaria News on Wednesday

16 Islamic State militants killed as blast rocks southern Mosul camp: “a mysterious blast took place inside one of Daesh (Islamic State) encampment in al-Hawi, south of Mosul, leaving 16 militants dead and others seriously wounded.”

Iraq: 3 killed, 8 injured in Baghdad car-bombing: The bomb, which also left eight people injured, went off in an industrial part of the capital’s southern Bayaa neighborhood, Baghdad Police Captain Nazhan al-Khedr told Anadolu Agency.

Three civilians killed as IS drones bomb eastern Mosul market: The drones targeted a popular market in Nabi Yunus district, one neighborhood retaken during security campaigns that launched in October.

24 fighters killed in clashes in northern Syria: Turkish airstrikes and artillery shelling have killed 17 Daesh terrorists as part of the operation to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from terrorists, the military said Wednesday.

10 ISIL suicide bombers killed in Syria; A total of 10 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suicide bombers were killed in fierce clashes with Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) members during an attack on a temporary base belonging to the Turkish army in northern Syria

Video - Syrian Government Forces Make Strides Against ISIS Near Palmyra :

Syria talks restart in Astana as fighting continues: Talks to resolve the Syrian conflict organized by Russia, Turkey and Iran are set to begin today in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

Pentagon confirms its forces used depleted uranium in Syria, Iraq: The report runs contrary to earlier US claims that it had never used depleted uranium in its operation against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Yemeni officials say Saudi Arabia-led airstrike kills 5 civilians; At least one Saudi-led airstrike near Yemen’s rebel-held capital killed at least five people on?Wednesday, the country’s Houthi rebels and medical officials said.

US Ramps Up Refueling of Saudi Jets To Assist In Killing Yemeni Civilians: Since April 2015, the Air Force has logged 1,778 tanker sorties for the operation, Air Forces Central Command spokeswoman Capt. Kathleen Atanasoff told Military.com on Tuesday

Trump Administration Will Not Insist on Two-State Solution: Senior White House officials signaled the shift in a briefing to reporters late Tuesday in advance of the summit — the two leaders' first in-person meeting since Trump took office.

Trump promises Israel that Iran will never get bomb; President Donald Trump hailed the United States' "unbreakable" bond with Israel on Wednesday and promised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon.

Separatists claim to have killed Angolan soldiers: Separatists in an exclave on Africa's west coast ruled by Angola on Wednesday claimed to have killed several Angolan troops in a flare-up of a long-running territorial dispute

US kills 18 women and children in Afghanistan, UN says: “How could women and children be Taliban?” Majnoon, a resident of Sangin, who said 11 people were killed in his brother's house in a strike on Thursday, told Reuters news agency.

Afghanistan: UAE ambassador killed in Kandahar bombing: The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Afghanistan, injured last month in a bombing while on a"humanitarian" mission, has died from his wounds

Beijing Warns Washington Against Freedom Of Navigation Patrol In South China Sea: Washington should not carry out any action that challenges Beijing's sovereignty and security.

Are the Senkaku Islands Worth War Between China, Japan and America?: President Donald Trump should never forget these dangers as he confronts China’s growing ambition and power.

Nato told by U.S. Defence Secretary to increase military spending or US will 'moderate its commitment'; "There is no uncertainty about America's commitment to Nato. The president reassured our Prime Minister that he is 100 per cent committed to Nato," he said.

U.S., Russian military leaders to meet in Azerbaijan -statement; U.S. Marine Corps General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford will meet with the head of the Russian army's General Staff Valery Gerasimov on Thursday in Azerbaijan, Dunford's office said in a statement on Wednesday.

U.S. troops deploy in Bulgaria as Mattis meets NATO in Brussels: U.S. troops deployed in Bulgaria on Wednesday and armored vehicles and heavy equipment are to arrive by the end of the week under a planned NATO operation to support its Eastern European allies

US troops arrive in Romania with their tanks: The US embassy in Bucharest said on Tuesday that the troops had arrived in a Romanian Black Sea port with tanks and military hardware as part of a move to help bolster NATO’s eastern flank in the face of alleged "Russian aggression."

Ten Years On, Germany Comes Round to Putin's 'Wake-Up Call' in Munich: The speech laid out Russia's concerns about a "unipolar," dangerously high-handed approach to international relations, disdain for basic principles of international law, and the dangers of rising global inequality.

UK; Jewish Labour Movement director investigated for violent threat: Labour has investigated the director of one of its affiliated pro-Israel organizations for “threatening to attack” another member of the UK’s main opposition party.

Immigrant Workers, Families to Protest By Staying Home: Organizers in cities across the U.S. are telling immigrants to miss class, miss work and not patronize businesses Thursday.

Mortgage Delinquencies Rise Most In 7 Years As Rates Spike: For the first time since Q1 2013, mortgage delinquencies rose QoQ in Q4. The jump from 4.52% (of total loans) to 4.80% is the largest since Q1 2010 and hit as mortgage rates spiked following President Trump's election

Americans Just Broke the Psychologists’ Stress Record: If misery loves company, it should be thrilled: Americans left and right are under so much stress it's now registering on the American Psychological Association's anxiety meter.

Trump launches all-out war on his own intelligence agencies: Says malicious NSA and FBI leakers are 'illegally' giving out classified information to reporters 'like candy'

Glenn Greenwald; The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies: News Analysis - The only reason the public learned about Flynn’s lie is because someone inside the U.S. government violated the criminal law

Labor Secretary Nominee Andy Puzder Expected to Withdraw Nomination : The head of CKE Restaurants, which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr., came under harsh criticism from Democrats and liberal groups for his opposition to raising the minimum wage.

NBC News Appoints An Iraq War Cheerleader As Its New President; Oppenheim defended the Bush administration for misleading the public in order to make the case for war

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"When they put bombs in cars and kill people, they're uncivilized killers. When we put bombs on missiles and kill people, we're upholding civilized values. When they kill, they're terrorists. When we kill, we're striking against terror".  Norman Solomon
 
"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it".
Noam Chomsky 

 

When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. Thomas Paine

"He who knows the truth and calls it a lie is a criminal". Bertolt Brecht

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February 14, 2017

The Neocons and the “Deep State” Have Neutered the Trump Presidency, It’s Over Folks!
By The Saker
Flynn was is the cornerstone of Trump’s national security policy.  Continue

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The Flynn Defenestration Will Hamper Trump's Foreign Policy
Updated - By Moon Of Alabama
While I am certainly no fan of Flynn or of Trump I find this defenestration a dangerous event. Continue

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Eavesdropping on Michael Flynn
By WSJ
Did U.S. spooks have a court order to listen to his conversations? Why?  Continue

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Western Interests Aim To Flummox Russia
By Paul Craig Roberts and Michael Hudson
How the US intends to maintain and extend its hegemony by breaking up the alliance between Russia, Iran, and China. Continue

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Campaign to Impeach Trump Continues
By Stephen Lendman
Trump may or may not warrant impeachment. A few weeks in office is way too early to judge him this harshly. Continue

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Edward Snowden’s New Job: Protecting Reporters From Spies
By Andy Greenberg
A brief guide to becoming an anonymous source.  Continue

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Worst Joke Ever? U.S. Spy Chief Gives Saudi Prince Highest Award for “Fighting Terrorism”
By Mike Whitney
Saudis are actually a franchise that acts as Langley’s primary subcontractor?  Continue

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‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces
By David Axe
The notorious guns-for-hire firm just got a $204 million contract to support American troops in Africa.. Continue

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No Wall Could Hurt Mexico As Much as NAFTA Has
By Mark Weisbrot
Why did Mexico fare so poorly under NAFTA?  Continue

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Fighting between jihadist groups in Syria kills nearly 70: Two formerly allied jihadist groups clash in north Syria over influence in Idlib province, nearly 70 fighters dead

39 Syrian soldiers killed during IS offensive in Aleppo; At least 39 government soldiers have been killed over the past 36 hours, when the Islamic State (IS) unleashed a violent offensive on areas under the government control in southern countryside of Aleppo

More unsupported propaganda from HRW? Syria: Coordinated Chemical Attacks on Aleppo: Syrian government forces conducted coordinated chemical attacks in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during the final month of the battle for the city

Russian MoD Slams HRW's 'Amateurish' Claims Syrian Army Used Chemical Weapons: "Such reports, drafted by amateurs, citing data from social networks and stories by unknown anonymous eyewitnesses by phone, destroy the already controversial reputation of Human Rights Watch,"

Security forces kill 24 IS members after sneaking into eastern Mosul: A Counter-Terrorism Officer announced on Tuesday, that 24 members of the Islamic State, including two elite leaders, were killed, after sneaking into eastern Mosul.

Iraq: Baghdadi escapes, 13 commanders killed in bombing; Iraq fighter jets dropped bombs on a house in an orchard, in Anbar province, believed to be hosting a meeting of senior members of the Islamic State, including its leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi.

Trump moves spark Iraqi anger, calls against future alliance; Iraqi anger at Washington comes at a crucial juncture in a long and often contentious relationship. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are about to launch an assault aimed at retaking the western half of Mosul

Yemen conflict: Seven Saudi soldiers killed on border; At least seven Saudi soldiers have been killed in the past week in border clashes with Houthi rebels, state media says.

Yemen suicide car bombing kills three: officials; The attack targeted a sports and culture club in the Huthi-controlled town of Radaa, he said, in the central province of Baida where Al-Qaeda fighters are present.

Fact or fiction? Riyadh recruits 350 Comorian militias for Yemen war: Using the Comorian forces is part of the Israeli-US plan to recruit military men from different African countries, including Senegal, Djibouti and Eritrea, to fight against the Yemeni army and Ansarullah forces.

Turkey: Hundreds detained over alleged links to PKK: Police conducted simultaneous raids in 37 different provinces and taken 834 people into custody, state-run Anadolu Agency quoted police forces as saying on Tuesday.

Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem battle for their homes: Dozens of Palestinian families live with the constant threat of eviction by Israeli squatters groups in the occupied city.

Israeli president slams land grab law: “Israel adopts international law,” he explained, “which does not allow a state to impose its laws on areas not under its sovereignty. If a country does such a thing, it becomes a legal cacophony. It will cause Israel to be seen as an apartheid state.”

US President Donald Trump sons to launch Dubai golf course; DUBAI: US President Donald Trump's sons are to inaugurate a branded golf course in Dubai on Saturday, the first public launch for the business empire since Trump took office in January.

UN air strikes in Central African Republic kill several - militia; A top militant and three others were killed in Central African Republic when a UN helicopter fired on fighters advancing towards the town of Bambari

Congo Police Kill at Least Four in Dawn Raid on Separatist : This adds to wider tensions across Congo since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down after his mandate expired in December.

‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces: A corporate descendant of the notorious guns-for-hire firm just got a $204 million contract to support American troops in Africa.

US Kills 18 Civilians In Afghanistan: “Initial enquiries suggest that the airstrikes killed at least 18 civilians, nearly all women and children,” the U.N. said in a statement late Sunday, referring to its own investigation.8 Civilians In Afghanistan:

Afghanistan: 16 ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar air and ground operations; The provincial police commandment in a statement said the militants were killed in the past 24 hours in Haska Mina and Kot districts.

Seven killed in separate Kashmir clashes: Pakistani soldiers, Indian troops and one suspected rebel killed in separate incidents in disputed region.

Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam allegedly assassinated in Malaysia by 'female North Korean spies : The women are believed to be North Korean agents but have so far been able to evade a police hunt.

The Coming Showdown in Okinawa: Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga arrived at the National Press Club last Friday to address the media after spending three days in Washington talking about his opposition to a new U.S. Marine base on the island.

Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine: White House; U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear he expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Ukraine, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday.

Demonizing Russia? Russia sends spy ship near US coast: The Russian ship was in international waters, 70 miles off the coast of Delaware and heading north at 10 knots, according to one official. The U.S. territory line is 12 nautical miles.

Russia "Secretly" Deploys Banned Cruise Missile In "Latest Challenge To Trump"; The deployment of the missile - which may well be defensive in light of the recent build up of NATO forces on Russia's borders - could also "increase the military threat to NATO nations

Ukraine turns a blind eye to ultrarightist militia; Despite Kiev’s pledge to rein them in, rogue militias continue to fight against Moscow-backed separatists.

Climate change impact on animals 'under-appreciated': study: Nearly half of endangered mammals and a quarter of birds are already harmed by climate change -- a much bigger segment than previously thought, researchers have found.

Trump Turns Screws on Venezuela by Sanctioning Vice President: El Aissami is the son of Syrian and Lebanese immigrants, El Aissami was a student leader before assuming the post of minister of interior and justice in 2008 and then winning the governorship of Aragua state in 2012.

Sanctioned for drugs, Venezuela vice-president slams U.S. 'aggression': Vice President Tareck El Aissami on Tuesday called his blacklisting by the United States on drug charges an "imperialist aggression" in the first bilateral flare-up under the administration of U.S. President Trump.

‘Keep out, CNN’: Venezuelan President blasts network for ‘sticking nose in’: “CNN, do not get into the affairs of Venezuelans. I want CNN well away from here. Outside of Venezuela. Do not put your nose in Venezuela,” Maduro said, as cited by El Nacional.

30 Tons of Venezuelan Bolivar Bills Found Hoarded in Paraguay: The massive find is the latest example of the ongoing of hoarding Venezuela’s larger notes as part of the so-called currency war.

Declassified: How America Planned to Invade Italy (To Save It from Russia):: Some Americans are remembering that the United States also fiddled with elections in numerous nations during the Cold War, including Chile, Iran and Central America.

World’s 2nd largest stockpile of gold leaves the United States : Late last week the German government moved $13 billion worth of gold from New York to Frankfurt.

How Corporate Media Paved the Way for Trump’s Muslim Ban: Over the years, media unjustifiably reserve the word “terrorism”—and the corollary breathless coverage it entails—overwhelmingly for political violence leveled by Muslims.

Canadian school district won’t risk field trips to the U.S. after Trump’s executive order : : The local public school board is cancelling all student field trips to the United States because the current American political climate is considered too “unsafe” and unpredictable to permit cross-border travel.

Widespread Anti-Trump Protests Take Place Across Mexico; Anti-Donald Trump demonstrations were held in 18 cities across Mexico on Sunday, marking the country's first such protests since the U.S. president's inauguration less than a month ago.

Mexico is ready to hit the U.S. where it hurts: Corn.: Mexico is one of the top buyers of American corn in the world today. Mexican senator Armando Rios Piter, says he will introduce a bill this week where Mexico will buy corn from Brazil and Argentina instead of the United States.

Michael Flynn: Trump's national security adviser resigns: Mr Flynn is said to have misled officials about his call with Russia's ambassador before his own appointment. It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy.

Contradicting White House, Ryan Claims Trump Asked For Flynn's Resignation: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Tuesday that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was asked to resign from his position by the President

Trump knew Flynn misled officials on Russia calls for ‘weeks,’ White House says; The comments contrast with the impression given by Trump on Friday aboard Air Force One that he was not familiar with a Washington Post report that revealed that Flynn had not told the truth about the calls.

WikiLeaks: Flynn Leaving Due to 'Destabilization Campaign' by Dems: WikiLeaks on Tuesday blamed a “destabilization campaign” by the media and Democrats for national security adviser Michael Flynn's resignation.

Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail: The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States

The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies: The only reason the public learned about Flynn’s lie is because someone inside the U.S. government violated the criminal law by leaking the contents of Flynn’s intercepted communications.

Pelosi Calls On FBI To 'Accelerate' Probe Into Connections Between WH, Russia: "The American people deserve to know the full extent of Russia’s financial, personal and political grip on President Trump."

In Final Interview, Defiant Flynn Insists He Crossed No Lines, Leakers Must Be Prosecuted; Michael T. Flynn said he “crossed no lines” in his discussion with Russia’s ambassador, but ultimately he was most concerned about the steady stream of leaks to reporters based on classified information.

Russian lawmakers cry foul over resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn: “Even a readiness for dialogue is perceived by the hawks in Washington as thought-crime,” Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russia’s senate foreign affairs committee wrote.

February 13, 2017
Organized Campaigns Hit At Trump's Foreign Policy Plans
By Moon Of Alabama
The borg or deep state is way more concerned with keeping up its plans of global dominance than with the welfare of the citizens within the empire. Continue

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Donald Trump Will Spark a War With Iran – Which is Great News for Isis
By Patrick Cockburn
What are the chances of Trump becoming the next victim of the permanent state of crisis in the wider Middle East. Continue

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The Trump Administration’s Iran Obsession and Yemen
By Daniel Larison
If the Trump administration falls for this, they will be dragging the U.S. deeper into an unnecessary war. Continue

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The Elites Won’t Save Us
By Chris Hedges
We are in the twilight stages of the rolling corporate coup d’état begun four decades ago. Continue

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U.S. Special Forces Deployed To 70% Of The World In 2016
By Niall McCarthy
U.S. special operations troops deployed to 138 nations last year or 70 percent of the world's countries. Continue

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Israel's Settlement Law: Consolidating Apartheid
By Ramzy Baroud
Israel's obstinacy is leaving Palestinians with one option: Equal citizenship in one state or a horrific apartheid. Continue

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How the Trump Regime was Manufactured by a War Inside the Deep
By Nafeez Ahmed
This connects senior Trump officials to a grim history of neo-Nazi agitation in the US. . Continue

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Many Storms Gathering: Reflections on Trump
Must Read - By Fred Reed
Trump's relentless hostility to Mexico looks a lot like a quest for revenge. Continue

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None Of Us Are Free - If One Of Us Is Chained
Video - By Solomon Burke
And there are people still in darkness,
And they just can't see the light.
If you don't say it's wrong then that says it right.
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Video - Saturday Night Live
If the Trump administration falls for this, they will be dragging the U.S. deeper into an unnecessary war. Continue

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At least 51 dead in northern Syria fighting; At least 51 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and Islamic State in northern Syria over the past two days, a British war monitor says.

Turkish military says it has killed 30 ISIS militants in Syria: At least 30 ISIS militants have been killed by Turkish warplanes and more than 140 positions belonging to the group destroyed as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, according to Turkey’s military.

US coalition killing more civilians than Russia in Syria: Report: Conflict monitor Airwars says shift in balance comes amid increase in US-led operations and end of siege of Aleppo

Al-Bab capture imminent, Erdogan says: Turkish troops backed by Syrian rebel fighters have entered the center of the Daesh (ISIS) bastion of Al-Bab and will soon capture it, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.

Russia halted Syrian army, rebel clash in northern Syria - : Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels, sources on both sides said on Friday, the first confrontation between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area.

U.N. invites warring Syrian sides to Geneva peace talks: The United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, sent invitations on Monday for Geneva peace talks beginning on Feb. 23, after initial prior consultations beginning on or about Feb. 20

Iraqi air force 'kills 77' in strikes aimed at IS leader Baghdadi: The Iraqi air force has killed 13 commanders of so-called Islamic State in a strike on a building in Qaim where leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was thought to be, a statement said.

Federal Police repulses IS attack south of Mosul, 13 militants killed: “The security forces managed to repel the attack, as well as killing 13 members of the Islamic State, including Arab and foreign leaders,” Ahmed added.

Baghdad Tense After Clashes, Six Killed: Four of the five protesters killed were hit by bullets and the fifth died of unknown causes,. Most of the injured were treated for choking on tear gas, he said.

School yard bully: Trump to Iran's Rouhani: Better be careful: US President Donald Trump said on Friday that Iran President Hassan Rouhani "better be careful" after Rouhani was quoted as saying that anyone who speaks to Iranians with threats would regret it.

A warning to Trump? Russia floats return to Iran’s Hamadan air base: In further sign of Russia's backing for Iran, Russian ambassador to Tehran floats possibility of Russian air force deployments to Iran and Russian sales of SU27 fighters to Iran.

A sick joke! CIA awarded Saudi prince for fighting terrorism' : The award to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef by the CIA for fighting terrorism could be a US diplomatic overture towards Saudi Arabia, a message to Iran or a bad joke.

UN chief regrets US veto of Palestinian as Libya envoy: Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, vetoed the appointment, saying Washington did not support the message the move would send.

‘We see eye-to-eye’: Netanyahu enthusiastic on his way to Washington to meet Trump : With things in the international arena apparently changing in Israel’s favor with Obama gone, PM Netanyahu is heading to meet his long-time acquaintance, Donald Trump,

Israel endorses bill to mute mosques: Justice Ministry: Israeli ministers Sunday endorsed a contentious draft bill, which Muslims say is meant to silence the traditional call to prayer, information released by the Justice Ministry showed.

NFL Players Skip Trip to Israel to Be 'Voice for the Voiceless'; Michael Bennett said that he would not allow Israel to “use” him to cover up its abuses against the Palestinians.

Afghanistan: Officials Confirmed 22 Killed in US Air Strikes in Helmand: Afghan officials confirmed killing of 22 members of two families in foreign forces' airstrikes in Sangen district of Helmand.

14 killed, over 100 wounded in Lahore blast; At least 14 people, including DIG Traffic Ahmed Mobeen, were killed and over 100 wounded in a deadly suicide bombing outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore on Monday, policemen and rescuers said.

North Korea claims missile test success as China rejects US criticism: US calls for it to press Pyongyang to ditch nuclear programme are pointless unless Washington looks at own role, Beijing says

UN helicopter kills four militants in CAR: A UN helicopter fired upon militants advancing into the town of Bambari in the Central African Republic. MINUSCA troops said that the militants had crossed a "red line."

Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in northern port: The parliament of Somaliland on Sunday approved the UAE plan. The plan is controversial and the neighboring countries of Ethiopia and Djibouti are opposed to it, according to local reports.

Protected Skies: Russia Installs Three New Anti-missile Radar Stations: The radar system tracks all launches within a 6,000 km radius ?f Russia's borders Recently three new radar stations began operating in Orsk, Barnaul, and Yeniseysk

Ex-French Economy Minister Macron Could Be 'US Agent' Lobbying Banks' Interests: Macron has been an investment banker at Rothschild bank. Throughout his career, he has been acting as an agent of the big American banking system

The ACLU Is in Dublin, Ireland, Defending the Right to Privacy for Europeans and Americans Alike; The breadth of U.S. government spying is a problem for companies that want to move their users’ data from the European Union to the United States.

Boats, Borders, Brutality: Australia’s Refugee Policy: Australia is one of the world’s worst offenders when it comes to the maltreatment of asylum seekers.,

More Than 650 Whales Stranded in New Zealand: More than 650 pilot whales have beached themselves along a three-mile stretch of coastline over two days on Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island.

How Mainstream Media Got Venezuela's 2014 Violence Wrong: Three years ago, 43 people were killed in right-wing violence in Caracas, Venezuela, in a carefully orchestrated campaign to oust the democratically-elected government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Thousands March Against Trump in Mexico City: ‘Pay for Your Own Wall!’: Thousands of demonstrators hoisting signs denouncing President Trump marched through central Mexico City on Sunday, the largest mobilization so far here against what many label an anti-Mexican administration

Refugees cross to Canada to escape Donald Trump: Recently, hundreds of refugees have crossed the US border into Manitoba, braving snow and cold at great peril.

ICE Arrests 600 in Week of Immigration Raids: Last week’s raids, which saw 600 people arrested, continued the immigration policies of the Obama and Bush administrations.

Wave of fear strikes immigrant communities in Houston, across Texas: Border patrol cars circled a gym parking lot in Sugar Land. Federal agents descended on an apartment complex in northwest Houston. Teachers in Austin rode home with students to make sure their parents had not been deported during the school day.

U.S. Army to spend $300 million on bonuses and ads to get 6,000 more recruits: The Army’s new goal for the fiscal year is 68,500, up from 62,500 recruits. The addition of 6,000 recruits to the goal makes it the largest in-year increase in the history of the all-volunteer force that dates to 1973.

As Trust In Michael Flynn Erodes, Donald Trump Considers His Options: White House staffers are reportedly looking at possible replacements for Trump's national security adviser.

CIA freezes out top Flynn aide: The agency denied a security clearance for a key aide to the National Security Adviser — ratcheting up tensions between Flynn and the intel community.

Judge Won't Halt Dakota Access Pipeline Construction: A Native American tribe argued that the pipeline would desecrate water used in religious ceremonies.

Mass evacuation below Oroville Dam as officials frantically try to make repairs before new storms: Live updates:: More than 100,000 people were told to evacuate because of a “hazardous situation” involving the Northern California dam's emergency spillway.

Consumer Spending "Pothole" Ahead: IRS Refunds Tumble As New Law Delays Payments: A period of consumer spending, retail sales and housing weakness may be imminent, after federal tax refunds tumbled by 78% in the early part of February compared to 2016

$1,084,840,000,000: Taxes Set Record Through January; $7,133 Per Worker: That is up about $5,616,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars from the approximately $1,079,224,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars that the Treasury collected in the first four months of fiscal 2016.

 

 

February 11/12, 2017

Trump's Desperate Search For a 'Reichstag Fire'
By Hamid Dabashi
"Donald Trump needs a war," The only "Holy War" Trump can wage is of course against Muslims. Continue

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The World According to Bannon
By Alexander Livingston
Bannon warnings of a Muslim “fifth column” inside the US are not simply calls to prepare for the coming war. Continue

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Iran Hawks Take the White House
By Philip Giraldi
Inspired by fringe theories about Islamic civilization, Michael Flynn is leading Trump down a dangerous path. Continue

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Trump’s Refugee Ban – Made in Israel?
By Allison Weir
Syria seems to be a poster child for the destruction recommended by Israeli strategists. Continue

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Trump Won't Wont Accept Calls Or Meet With Palestinian Leaders
By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
"We have sent them letters, written messages; they don't even bother to respond to us." Continue

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UN's $2Bln Yemen Appeal? Send the Bill to Washington, London and Riyadh
By Finian Cunningham
Inspired by fringe theories about Islamic civilization, Michael Flynn is leading Trump down a dangerous path. Continue

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Its Foreign Greed And Delusion That Kills Yemeni Children
By Moon Of Alabama
The real geo-political fight is taking place within the U.S.-Saudi coalition. Continue

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Assad Says US Welcome to Join Fight Against “Terrorism”
By President Bashar al-Assad
"If the Americans are genuine, of course they are welcome, like any other country that wants to defeat and to fight with the terrorists." Continue

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Stop Millions of Western Immigrants!
By Andre Vltchek
They are fleeing Europe and North America in hordes. Deep down they cannot stand their own lifestyle, their own societies. Continue

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Syria: Turkish forces destroy strategic Daesh targets in al-Bab: irstrikes and shellings carried out by Turkish military destroyed key Daesh targets and killed 23 Daesh terrorists as part of the operation to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from terrorists, the military said on Friday.

Syria: Turkish forces 'push into IS-held al-Bab'; Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have captured the western outskirts of the Syrian city of al-Bab, held by so-called Islamic State (IS), reports say. They have been fighting to take the city, about 30km (20 miles) south of Turkey, from IS since late 2016.

Trump, Erdogan agree Syria cooperation, CIA chief visit: Ankara: In their eagerly awaited phone call late Tuesday, the presidents discussed acting together in Turkey's battle to capture the Syrian town of Al-Bab from Islamic State jihadists and taking the main IS stronghold of Raqa.

Assad tells Yahoo News some refugees are ‘definitely’ terrorists: He said he couldn’t estimate how many there might be, but he added that “you don’t need a significant number to commit atrocities.

Amnesty International Claims 13,000 Hanged by Syrian Government. ; Video - Syriana Analysis addresses the shortcomings of Amnesty report and reveals its poor methodology that does not even meet the lowest mark of scientific or legal veracity.

Bush/Blair legacy continues: 9 killed in car bomb attack in Baghdad; The attack occurred in the evening when a booby-trapped car detonated at a thoroughfare in Resalah district in southwestern Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Iraq: Suicide bombings kill five, wound 19 in eastern Mosul: A man believed to belong to Islamic State blew himself up inside the Sayidati al-Jamila restaurant at lunchtime

Under Trump US Kills More Civilians in Syria, Iraq than Russia; The U.S.-led Coalition killed significantly more civilians than it ever has in Syria and Iraq, surpassing Russia, whose civilian casualties have seen a decline.

Palestinians fear being sidelined by Trump White House: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who spent hundreds of hours on the phone and in meetings with U.S. presidents and secretaries of state in the past 12 years, has tried unsuccessfully to reach out to President Donald Trump.

Bullies will regret threatening Iranian nation: President Rouhani; “The nation will respond incisively in the face of threats…. The one, who proceeds to threaten our nation and Armed Forces, should know that our nation is united and vigilant, and will stand up to ill-wishers,”

Hundreds of thousands rally in Iran against Trump; State TV showed footage of people stepping on Trump's picture in a central Tehran street. Marchers carried the Iranian flag and banners saying: "Thanks Mr. Trump for showing the real face of America.

Trump Intends to Follow Up Botched Yemen Military Raid By Helping Saudis Target Civilians; Donald Trump’s first concrete decision as commander in chief was a major fiasco that killed nine children, eight women, and a U.S. soldier in a botched raid on al Qaeda in Yemen.

Yemen rebels call on U.N. to investigate bombings, dismiss peace envoy: "The United Nations should take a serious stance against the foreign aggression in Yemen and end the air and naval blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia," the letter quoted Saleh al-Sammad, a Houthi official, as saying.

Debunking the Myths That Underpin Britain's Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia: When the UK government is confronted with the terrible consequences of its arms exports, and of its uncritical political support for Saudi Arabia, its responses are as predictable as they are depressing.

 
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Boris Johnson urged UK to continue Saudi arms sales after funeral bombing: Boris Johnson pressed Liam Fox to continue exports of weapons to Saudi Arabia after the bombing of a funeral in Yemen last October that killed more than 140 people and was condemned by UN monitors.

Saudi Arabia: Intensified Repression of Writers, Activists; Saudi Arabia has stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today.

Over 50 killed by army in central Congo: - Democratic Republic of Congo's army on Friday killed at least 56 members of the Kamwina Nsapu militia in the centre of the country who were seeking to avenge the death of their leader, an opposition politician and an activist from the area told Reuters.

Boko Haram kills seven Nigerian soldiers in ambush; - Boko Haram fighters have killed seven Nigerian soldiers and wounded 19 more in an ambush on a road in the northeastern state of Borno, the military said on Friday.

Libya airstrikes kill two; Airstrikes carried out by the Libyan National Army (LNA) on the Jufra airbase in the centre of the country have killed two people and wounded another 13.

Libya sees new threat from ISIL after defeat at Sirte: ISIL militants have begun attacks on Libya’s oil and water pipelines, posing a deadly new threat to the country, Libyan defence officials say.

U.S.Kills At Least 19 Civilians In Afghanistan: U.S. airstrikes have left at least 19 civilians dead and no fewer than 20 wounded in Sangin district, in Afghanistan’s Southern Helmand province, locals claimed on Friday

11 Civilians Killed in Fighting in Southern Afghanistan; At least 11 members of a family were killed in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand when a bomb struck their house during clashes between U.S.-supported government forces and Taliban insurgents, local officials said Friday.

Russian foreign ministry says ready to cooperate with NATO in Afghanistan: TASS: Kabulov said Russia was concerned about insurgents' activity in Afghanistan and it was not the best time for Washington to withdraw troops from there.

Senate Foreign Relations takes hard line on Russia: There was bipartisan agreement, Thursday that the legislative branch should take decisive action against Russia, even if that means circumventing the White House’s expressed desire for a better relationship between the two nations.

Trump agrees to honour 'One China' policy despite threats: US President Donald Trump has climbed down on past threats and agreed to honour the so-called "One China" policy. He backed the long-standing agreement during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Trump Praises Japan-U.S. Alliance; Video - Trump thanked Japan for "hosting" the U.S. military, though he did not mention making them pay more for U.S. defense as he mentioned while campaigning for the presidency.

Fitch: Trump's economic plans represent a threat to the world: Fitch Ratings fired a warning shot Friday about President Donald Trump's economic policies, saying hard-line stances on trade and immigration pose potentially serious problems for the world.

Foreign Governments Dump US Treasuries as Never Before, But Who the Heck is Buying Them?; It started with a whimper a couple of years ago and has turned into a roar: foreign governments are dumping US Treasuries. The signs are coming from all sides.

Trump signals support for Ukraine in letter to Lithuanian president; U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed support for an undivided Ukraine in a letter to Lithuania's president that is likely to be welcomed in Kiev and by the NATO alliance.

Trump tells Ukrainian politician he won't lift Russia sanctions : Trump promised a Ukrainian opposition leader that the United States won’t lift sanctions on Russia until it pulls out of Ukraine, according to three people briefed on the meeting.

National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say: Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Trump took office

Republicans Demand Trump Get Tough with Russia; Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are leading a charge to get President Trump on a war footing with Russia.

Putin says he’s ready to meet Trump in Slovenian capital; Putin, who is currently welcoming Slovenian President Borut Pahor in Russia on an official visit, thanked his guest for his eagerness to host such a meeting, but said that the choice of venue did not depend on Moscow alone.

Peru says wanted ex-president likely in U.S., may flee to Israel: Peru said on Friday that it believes the country's fugitive former president Alejandro Toledo, wanted in connection with a far-reaching bribery probe, is now in San Francisco, California and will try to flee to Israel.

Gitmo Alive: Trump has no plans to close notorious prison: Video - The Trump administration is reportedly drawing up an executive order, which could see Islamic State terrorists being housed in Guantanamo Bay prison.

Canadian woman denied entry to U.S. after Muslim prayers found on her phone: Alaoui says she was asked about her thoughts on U.S. President Donald Trump. Border agents took her phone and fingerprints. Later she was told that her family wasn't welcome

Trump not planning to appeal travel ban ruling to Supreme Court: The Trump administration is not planning to appeal a temporary hold on the president's travel ban to the Supreme Court, a White House official said Friday.

Trump hints at new travel order coming next week; "We'll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country," Trump said during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "You’ll see something next week.”

Fear spreads in L.A. after immigration ‘raid,’ advocates claim. Officials say arrests are ‘routine.”: Immigrant advocate groups claim that more than 100 people had been taken into custody by federal immigration officials in Southern California Thursday

Protest Erupts in Downtown L.A. Following Reports of Immigration Raids : Those detained were either people with deportation orders but no criminal background or family members of those sought who were home during the raids and told officials they lacked documentation.

Mexico warns citizens after US deportation of undocumented mother: Mexico warned its citizens living in the United States on Friday to "take precautions" and remain in contact with consular officials a day after the deportation of an undocumented mother following a routine visit with US immigration authorities.

Muslim-American Olympian says she was detained by Customs; A Muslim-American Olympic medalist says she was detained by Customs for nearly two hours without explanation after President Trump's travel ban was instituted a few weeks ago.

First They Came For The Muslims, Then For Me : Trump has started his assault on all of us by attacking them. The racist travel ban targets Muslims. The forces of reaction and barbarism everywhere see Trump’s attack on Muslims as their path to power

Trump's fear-mongering isn't new: James Bovard; Obama also frequently invoked the threat from terrorism, using it to create a new prerogative for presidents to serve as judge, jury and executioner for suspected bad guys.

Americans 'Don't Buy' Media Criticism of Trump Following Years of Pro-Obama Bias: A new survey shows that the Americans trust President Donald Trump more than the news media. According to the recent findings, 49 percent of voters think that the Trump administration tells the truth.

More Americans Killed By Police In January Than Any One Month Since 2015: Donald J. Trump’s first month in office ended with at least 105 people killed by police, the highest number of people killed by U.S. police in any one month since 2015.

Trump Executive Order Sets Agenda For Police To Further Criminalize Protesters: This agenda will likely have a disproportionate impact on Black Lives Matter activists, immigrant rights activists, and Native Americans engaged in protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Protesters block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering D.C. school: DeVos turned away and left, ABC7 reporter Sam Sweeney told us. She did eventually get into the school, Sweeney confirmed.

Trump nixes Abrams for No. 2 State Department job: sources: Trump has nixed Elliott Abrams for the No. 2 position at the State Department. The Republican foreign policy veteran had criticized him during the election campaign, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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"The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them." -Gene Roddenberry
 
"There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience. "-Hartley Shawcross 
 
"Then it must also be admitted, my friend, that men who are harmed become more unjust. "-Plato

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May Refuses Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Request: British Prime Minister has resisted pressure to reexamine the viability of the international nuclear deal with Iran from, Benjamin Netanyahu, who urged her to follow US President Donald Trump's example by imposing fresh sanctions.

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Boris Johnson no longer has U.S. citizenship - U.S. Treasury list; Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has given up his U.S. citizenship, a U.S. Treasury Department list showed on Wednesday, a move the New York-born politician had said he would make.

Romania's Government Survives Vote of No Confidence Amid Protests: Ioana Bran, the parliamentary secretary said 161 lawmakers voted in support of the motion, short of the 232 votes needed for it to pass.

Paris protest after police officer 'raped black man'; Riot police made 24 arrests following a third night of violence on a troubled French housing estate today (wed) as it erupted in violence following a sexual assault on a black youth worker.

Ireland Challenges Facebook in What Could Become a Landmark Data Case: Ireland's privacy watchdog has launched a bid to refer Facebook's data transfer mechanism to the European Union's top court in a landmark case that could put the shifting of data across the Atlantic under renewed legal threat.

Can Mexico afford to tangle with Trump?: Stephen Sackur speaks to the former Mexican president Vicente Fox:

Companies Plow Ahead With Moves to Mexico, Despite Trump’s Pressure: Rexnord says moving the plant to Mexico is part of a plan to save $30 million annually. Workers have been packing up machines while their replacements, visiting from Mexico, learn how to do their jobs.

Mexico foreign secretary will meet Trump Cabinet officials in DC Wednesday : : The two administrations agreed not to discuss the border wall in public.

Canada says would respond if US imposed new border tariffs : Canada strongly opposes the idea of the United States imposing new border tariffs and would respond appropriately to any such move, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters Wednesday.

Activists Plan Emergency Actions to Protest Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline: On Tuesday the Army Corps of Engineers gave notice to Congress that within 24 hours it would grant an easement allowing Energy Transfer Partners to move forward with construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline

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Trump questions lawmakers' efforts to curb asset seizures by police: President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was "no reason" to curb law enforcement agencies that seize cash, vehicles and other assets of people suspected of crimes

Leaks Suggest Trump's Own Team Is Alarmed By His Conduct: “I’ve been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this,” said Eliot Cohen. “I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president.

Donald Trump's presidential approval ratings plunge to new low: A new poll suggests that the New York tycoon, who assumed the presidency with the low approval rating in modern political history, has now plumbed a new low.

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