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Here's why Trump should fire Rosenstein immediately

Here's why Trump should fire Rosenstein immediately

Does Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly hacking Hillary's emails and interfering in the US election have any purpose other than to throw a monkey wrench in President Trump's upcoming summit with Putin? Don't forget that Rosenstein is implicated in the orchestration of Russiagate as a weapon against Trump, a weapon that serves the interests of the Democratic Party and the military/security complex about which President Eisenhower warned us 56 years ago to no avail. Rosenstein's indictment of 12 Russians for allegedly hacking computers is a political indictment aimed at President Trump. The indictment is otherwise pointless as the Russian government will certainly not turn over its military personnel to a Washington kangaroo court. The indictment serves no purpose except to poison the atmosphere of the summit.

How Sacha Baron Cohen made a fool out of Republicans with fake 'pro-Israel award'

How Sacha Baron Cohen made a fool out of Republicans with fake 'pro-Israel award'

Sacha Baron Cohen duped leading Republicans into reciting absurd endorsements of a fake program to arm toddlers in his premier of Showtime's "Who is America?" last night. One angle that seems to have baited Republicans into participating was no-holds-barred support for Israel. Like in his "Da Ali G Show," Cohen wearing a disguise met with senior politicians under the premise of filming an unknown foreign news show. But where his infamous Borat and Bruno played off of stereotypes that punched down, in this series he impostures hardline characters whose influence has increased under the Trump administration, namely a right wing blogger and a terrorism expert.

Mexico's President-elect will cut own salary by 60% in effort to finance health social programs

Mexico's President-elect will cut own salary by 60% in effort to finance health social programs

It's part of the president-elect's "republican austerity" plan aimed to finance health, education, and other social programs. Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he will cut his own salary by 60 percent once he is sworn in. After a meeting with his future cabinet, Lopez Obrador told the press that the country's president earns about US$14,270 a month, according to the treasury department. "I will earn 108,000 pesos a month [about US$5,700], 40 percent of what president Peña currently gets. I choose to earn less than half, complying with my promise," he said.

The FBI and DOJ as Praetorian Guard: The beginning of the end

The FBI and DOJ as Praetorian Guard: The beginning of the end

After Caesar Augustus gained complete control in 27 B.C. and became the first Roman Emperor, he established the Praetorian Guard for his personal protection. Over the next three centuries, the Guard exploited its nexus to the seat of power for its own interest and aggrandizement. Most notably, the Praetorians schemed and interfered with Roman politics to the point of overthrowing emperors and proclaiming their successors. In 193 A.D., Emperor Septimius Severus tried to disband the Praetorian Guard, but his reorganization of the Guard did not last as it regained power after his death. In 306 A.D., amidst turmoil among a tetrarchy of Roman emperors, the Praetorians turned to Maxentius and proclaimed him their emperor. In 312 A.D., Constantine the Great defeated Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge to gain control of the Western Roman Empire. After the death of Maxentius at the battle, Constantine put an end to the Praetorian Guard by destroying their barracks and dispatching their soldiers to the outskirts of the Roman Empire.

Soros-linked nonprofit led by Clinton & Obama alum spending millions to "stop" Kavanaugh's confirmation

Soros-linked nonprofit led by Clinton & Obama alum spending millions to "stop" Kavanaugh's confirmation

Today's edition of "George Soros Meddles" is brought to you by ten-week-old political advocacy group Demand Justice - a Soros-linked organization which has pledged $5 million towards a "multi-platform" campaign to stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the US Supreme Court. Headed by former Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon and longtime Obama aide Christopher Kang as chief counsel, Demand Justice was created and financed by nonprofit organization the "Sixteen Thirty Fund," which has received millions from the Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), according to the Daily Caller's Kevin Daley and Andrew Kerr. As we reported two weeks ago, Demand Justice intends to fight "Trump's hateful vision for America" by opposing his Judicial picks across the country - including the Supreme Court.

SOTT FOCUS: Joe Quinn on Sputnik: 'They're Not Really Fighting Against Russia, But Against Reality Itself'

SOTT FOCUS: Joe Quinn on Sputnik: 'They're Not Really Fighting Against Russia, But Against Reality Itself'

A Russian national has been charged in Washington accused of being an agent of the Russian Federation at the same time as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were meeting in Helsinki, a summit that has angered American politicians. Maria Butina was charged Monday by the US Department of Justice with conspiring to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States, a criminal allegation that may be designed to draw attention away from Monday's meeting between the US and Russian heads of state. The charges are not related to the Mueller probe that is examining alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. She allegedly worked at the direction of a high-level Kremlin official. Sputnik spoke to political commentator Joe Quinn about the fallout from the Putin/Trump summit.

Gov. Mike Huckabee drops the MOAB on Hillary Clinton after she questions Trump's loyalty

Gov. Mike Huckabee drops the MOAB on Hillary Clinton after she questions Trump's loyalty

As TGP's Kristinn Taylor reported, sore loser Hillary Clinton still cannot get over being defeated by Donald Trump for the presidency nearly two years ago now. Sunday night, on the eve of President Trump's summit in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Clinton trolled Trump on Twitter, questioning his loyalty to the Unites States. Hillary had the nerve to tweet this after she paid millions of dollars for a fake Russia dossier and sold 20% of our Uranium to Russia in exchange for $150 million to the Clinton Foundation. Hillary tweeted, "Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?"

Multiple ancient sites discovered on land parched by heatwave in UK

Multiple ancient sites discovered on land parched by heatwave in UK

A Bronze Age cemetery has been discovered in Wales following the recent scorching temperatures. The cemetery is one of dozens of finds that have emerged due to the hot weather which include a Roman villa, prehistoric animal enclosures and an iron age farmstead. The "crop marks" for the large Bronze Age barrow cemetery were discovered on the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd by Senior Aerial Investigator Dr Toby Driver from Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW). What are crop marks? Cropmarks are a way which archaeological features below the soil can be visible from the air or a high vantage point.

British policy leaves drone operators wide open for murder prosecution

British policy leaves drone operators wide open for murder prosecution

UK military personnel engaging in US-led drone operations in Syria and Iraq are at risk of being "liable to prosecution for murder" due to the government not setting a "clear policy and sound legal basis," a report warns. There is a growing concern that the UK was complicit in civilian deaths by supporting a US-led drone program that was committing unlawful acts - making British personnel open to prosecution, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report said. "In its current form, assistance to partners is putting the UK and its personnel at risk of criminal liability. UK use of force or assistance to partners in drone strikes outside situations of armed conflict are not protected by combatant immunity, therefore making personnel liable to prosecution for murder." Britain has been a key player for the US-led campaign in Syria and Iraq - assisting in their drone program since 2014 - involvement that had "raised some serious questions about the legality, efficacy and strategic coherence," according to the APPG report. The chair of the parliamentary drones group, Professor Michael Clarke, said the UK was working with countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar that "do not work on standard NATO rules."

Bombshell revelation! Russian woman charged with being a lobbyist in Washington, DC

Bombshell revelation! Russian woman charged with being a lobbyist in Washington, DC

A Russian gun-rights activist who developed close relations with leaders of the National Rifle Association as well as conservative activists working with Donald Trump's presidential campaign was arraigned Monday on charges she conspired to influence American politics on behalf of the Russian government. Maria Butina, 29, who founded the Russian gun group "The Right to Bear Arms" and worked as the executive assistant to a top official of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, was arrested Sunday by the FBI in Washington, D.C., where she had been living. The charges allege that she visited the United States in 2015 and 2016 for the purposes of acting "as an agent" of the Russia, according to a criminal complaint released by the U.S. Justice Department on Monday afternoon, a few hours after President Trump and Russian President Putin met in Helsinki. Comment: What fortuitous timing for the so-called 'Russian collusion investigation' (witch-hunt). Butina conspired to "exploit personal connections" with U.S. political figures and to "infiltrate organizations active in U.S. politics" and establish "back channel lines of communication" in an effort to advance Russian government interests, the complaint charges. Comment: 'Back channel lines'... are they connected to the Dark Web?

SOTT FOCUS: Helsinki Peace Talk Between Nuclear Superpower Leaders Putin and Trump Offends America's Assholes and Morons

SOTT FOCUS: Helsinki Peace Talk Between Nuclear Superpower Leaders Putin and Trump Offends America's Assholes and Morons

When I was a little girl I used to end all my nightly prayers with the words, "And please no nuclear war, and peace on earth. Amen." This was in the early eighties. The knowledge that weapons existed armed and ready which could annihilate all life on earth, including my Mum and my Dad and everyone I loved, kept me up at night. I still marvel at the fact that these weapons exist, just as armed and just as ready, and we just go about our lives like it's perfectly normal. They're even more prone to malfunction than they were back then, because so many parts of the system are much older now. All it would take is something failing to work the way it's meant to or somebody making a mistake or miscommunication that hadn't been adequately anticipated and prepared for, and it could set into motion a chain of events from which there is no coming back. We've already come within a hair's breadth of nuclear annihilation on more than one occasion due to such occurrances, and yet people still act like preventing that from ever happening isn't the single most important priority for our entire species.

SOTT FOCUS: For the Western Establishment, Detente is Bad and Cold War is Good

SOTT FOCUS: For the Western Establishment, Detente is Bad and Cold War is Good

The entire "liberal" media and political establishment of the Western world reveals its militarist, authoritarian soul today with the screaming and hysterical attacks on the very prospect of detente with Russia. Peace apparently is a terrible thing; a renewed arms race, with quite literally trillions of dollars pumped into the military industrial complex and hundreds of thousands dying in proxy wars, is apparently the "liberal" stance. Political memories are short, but just 15 years after Iraq was destroyed and the chain reaction sent most of the Arab world back to the dark ages, it is now "treason" to question the word of the Western intelligence agencies, which deliberately and knowingly produced a fabric of lies on Iraqi WMD to justify that destruction. It would be more rational for it to be treason for leaders to blindly accept the word of the intelligence services.

Newly revealed documents: Two US soldiers were committed after reporting overhearing plot to assassinate JFK

Newly revealed documents: Two US soldiers were committed after reporting overhearing plot to assassinate JFK

Despite receiving little attention in the mass media, the November 2017 and April 2018 release of more than 35,000 and 18,000 documents by the Trump Administration, relating to the assassination of former President Kennedy-which had been withheld from the public for more than 50 years-sheds new light on the president's murder and the two soldiers who attempted to stop it. While the mainstream media did cursorily cover the two releases, virtually none of the coverage was aimed at the most damning revelations, which included the fact that two U.S. soldiers in separate locations uncovered cryptographic messages indicating that President Kennedy was going to be assassinated, prior to his murder in Dallas. Ominously, both of these soldiers were subsequently institutionalized after attempting to get the information they had uncovered to authorities. The first case involves an army code breaker named Eugene V. Dinkin. U.S. Army Private First Class Eugene Dinkin served in Metz, France, in the 599th Ordinance Group and worked in the cryptography section of his unit. His duties at Metz reportedly included deciphering cable traffic from the European Commands, NATO, etc.

Bioethics council approves genetically-edited embryos

Bioethics council approves genetically-edited embryos

Genetically modifying an embryo's DNA to prevent heritable diseases could be "ethically acceptable", a landmark report has claimed. Critics, however, say it would pave the way for 'designer babies'. The Nuffield Council of Bioethics, an independent charitable body investigating the ethics of certain biological and medical developments, said in a report that while it does not support overhauling current legislation so that embryo gene editing can be carried out, it does not mean the UK should fall short of doing so in the future. "Whilst there is still uncertainty over the sorts of things genome editing might be able to achieve, or how widely its use might spread, we have concluded that the potential use of genome editing to influence the characteristics of future generations is not unacceptable in itself," said Karen Yeung, a professor of law, ethics and informatics at Britain's Birmingham University, who chaired the panel.

Soundwaves reveal over a quadrillion tons of diamonds miles beneath the Earth's surface

Soundwaves reveal over a quadrillion tons of diamonds miles beneath the Earth's surface

There are over a quadrillion tons of diamonds waiting to be found - the only problem is that they're 160km beneath the Earth's surface, according to researchers, who used soundwaves to reveal the massive precious stone deposit. The incredible discovery was made by scientists at MIT, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley after they analyzed seismic records. "Diamond in many ways is special," Dr. Ulrich Faul, a research scientist at MIT, said. "One of its special properties is that the sound velocity in diamond is more than twice as fast as in the dominant mineral in upper mantle rocks, olivine." The team found that sound was moving much faster than expected within sections of rock known as cratonic roots. According to the study, up to two percent of these roots may be composed of diamond - meaning there could be a whopping quadrillion tons (a staggering 15 zeroes) of diamonds scattered below our planet's surface.

Cop who killed bipolar mother having a manic episode charged with manslaughter

Cop who killed bipolar mother having a manic episode charged with manslaughter

Mother and wife, Evin Olsen Yadegar had her life stolen from her last year by Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Justin Wall who publicly executed her for no reason. The senseless killing was captured on dashcam and was so unnecessary that Wall has just been charged with manslaughter. Evin Yadegar, according to her husband Hanibal, was undergoing a manic episode due to her bipolar disorder on February 26, 2017. He explained that she never would've hurt anyone and was merely trying to find a safe place after a confrontation with a hotel security guard. According to Sheriff Adam Christianson, the security guard reported that Evin Yadegar had begun an argument and a subsequent physical altercation occured. When a deputy arrived, he saw Yadegar's vehicle pulling out of the parking lot. According to the release from the San Jaquin County District Attorney's Office, the killing came after a low speed chase when Yadegar left the hotel during the argument with a security guard.

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Global delivery chain chaos

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Global delivery chain chaos

Delivery of food and medicine to your city or town relies on the Just In Time logistics system. This interwoven movement of good can be disrupted in several ways, truckers strikes, shipping company bankruptcies or labor protests, all of which you have little control over. We are seeing instances of this globally and the news dove-tailing to absurd distraction factor as food prices begin rising, its as if there is an excuse being put in place to explain away the increases. Sources

Curtains for CRISPR? New study says DNA-editing technology can cause cancer

Curtains for CRISPR? New study says DNA-editing technology can cause cancer

Researchers have raised alarm over the king of genome-editing tools, CRISPR, after major DNA deletions were detected during the gene-editing process, suggesting the risk of genetic damage is much greater than previously thought. CRISPR/Cas9 is one of the newest genome-editing tools and is considered very powerful. It can alter sections of DNA in cells by cutting at specific points and introducing changes at that location. While the tool is already extensively used in scientific research, it is also poised to become the gene editor of choice in clinical contexts with potential for treating diseases such as HIV, cancer or sickle cell disease. However, this new study, carried out at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the UK, suggests the technique is not as safe as previously thought and could lead to dangerous changes in some cells and, potentially, even cause cancer.

Putin deals blow to Deep State, says Mueller's indictment of Concord Management is for the courts to settle

Putin deals blow to Deep State, says Mueller's indictment of Concord Management is for the courts to settle

Russian President Putin today in his press conference with President Donald Trump destroyed the Mueller investigation. He pointed out numerous items, including that he provided the US information on the Russian company Mueller indicted, Concord Management, and that the courts should decide the fate of the Mueller investigation and not the Deep State. I'd like to add something to this. After all I was an intelligence officer myself. And I do know how dossiers are made up. Just a second. That's the first thing. Now the second thing. I believe that Russia is a democratic state and I hope you're not denying this right to your own country. You're not denying that the United States a democracy. Do you believe the United States is a democracy? And if so, if it is a democratic state then the final conclusion in this kind of dispute can only be levered by trial, by the court, not by the, executed by the law enforcement. For instance the Concord Company that was brought up is being accused of interference but this company does not constitute the Russian state and does not represent the Russian state and I brought several examples before. Well, you have a lot of individuals in the United States, take George Soros for instance, with multi billion capitals but it doesn't make him, his position, his posture, the posture of the United States. No it does not. Well it's the same case. There is the issue of trying a case in the court and the final say is for the court to deliver. We're now talking about the individuals and not about particular states.

Not again! 'Summitgate' and the campaign vs. 'peace'

Not again! 'Summitgate' and the campaign vs. 'peace'

Not surprisingly, Trump's meetings with NATO and Putin are being portrayed as ominous events by Russiagaters. Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. As Cohen pointed out in previous discussions, US-Russian (Soviet and post-Soviet) summits are a long tradition going back to FDR's wartime meeting with Stalin in Tehran in 1943. Every American president since FDR met with a Kremlin leader in a summit-style format at least once, several doing so multiple times. The purpose was always to resolve conflicts and enhance cooperation in relations between the two countries. Some summits succeeded, some did not, but all were thought to be an essential aspect of White House-Kremlin relations. As a rule, American presidents have departed for summits with bipartisan support and well-wishes. Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian President Putin, in Helsinki on July 16, is profoundly different in two respects. US-Russian relations have rarely, if ever, been more dangerous. And never before has a president's departure - in Trump's case, first for a NATO summit and then the one with Putin - been accompanied by allegations that he is disloyal to the United States and thus cannot be trusted, defamations once issued only by extremist fringe elements in American politics. Now, however, we are told this daily by mainstream publications, broadcasts, and "think tanks." According to a representative of the Clintons' Center for American Progress, "Trump is going to sell out America and its allies." The New York Times and The Washington Post also feature "experts" - they are chosen accordingly - who "worry" and "fear" that Trump and Putin "will get along." The Times of London, a bastion of Russophobic Cold War advocacy, captures the mainstream perspective in a single headline: "Fears Grow Over Prospect of Trump 'Peace Deal' with Putin."

Israel briefs US media on an Iranian archive heist by Mossad agents

Israel briefs US media on an Iranian archive heist by Mossad agents

Leading US media have reported new details about a Mossad operation to break into an archive of nuclear-related documents in Iran, which the Israeli PM showcased in April as proof of Iran's evil intentions. The two articles published on Sunday by the New York Times and the Washington Post, both of which contain over 2,000 words, offer new details of the Mossad operation. The mission had previously been reported when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pushing the Trump administration to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Israeli officials briefed the two newspapers last week on the details of the operation and handed over some of the documents stolen by Israeli agents from the Iranian warehouse. According to the NYT report, the Mossad operation on January 31 was made possible by the fact that the building was not guarded overnight. Iran had used the facility to store documents relating to its nuclear research since the 2015 deal was signed. Israeli agents used a seven-hour window to disable alarms, break through two doors, and cut open 32 pre-selected Iranian-made safes with blowtorches to steal materials weighing half a ton. The report says the Israelis knew which safes to crack and which not to, implying that they had help on the inside. The operation was compared to the Ocean's Eleven heist film by Israeli officials.

'Knows nothing about treason': Brennan is called out for anti-Trump grandstanding

'Knows nothing about treason': Brennan is called out for anti-Trump grandstanding

Ex-CIA chief John Brennan was among the first on Twitter to slam President Trump for his press conference performance with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Brennan has a history of questionable political decisions himself. After the much-anticipated Helsinki summit on Monday, Presidents Trump and Putin faced the press. Trump declined to goad his Russian counterpart on allegations of election meddling, and took Putin's denial at face value. Brennan called this decision "nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic," Brennan added, "he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???" Brennan's comments were echoed by the vast majority of the US political and media establishment, always keen to stir up tension with the big bad Russians. To some observers, though, Brennan's tweet was all noise and no substance. "Whenever John Brennan opens his mouth or tweets he removes all doubt about his ignorance," said Fox News analyst Gregg Jarrett. "He clearly knows nothing about treason. The U.S. is not at war with Russia."

IMF warning: US trade war may cost global economy $430B

IMF warning: US trade war may cost global economy $430B

The risk of current trade tensions escalating further is the greatest near-term threat to global growth, said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest World Economic Outlook report. "Our modeling suggests that if current trade policy threats are realized and business confidence falls as a result, global output could be about 0.5 percent below current projections by 2020," the IMF said, adding that the cost to the global economy could reach $430 billion. Growth remains generally strong in advanced economies, according to the IMF, which warns it has slowed in many of them, including in the United Kingdom, Japan and countries in the euro area.

Iran sues US at International Court of Justice for leaving JCPOA

Iran sues US at International Court of Justice for leaving JCPOA

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has confirmed that Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States over the reimposition of sanctions against Tehran by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, claiming the move violates the nuclear treaty Tehran signed with the United States and five other world powers. Confirmation by the court on July 17 came a day after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter that the case was filed at the ICJ to hold the United States "accountable for its unlawful reimposition of unilateral sanctions. Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of U.S. contempt for diplomacy and legal obligations," Zarif tweeted. "It's imperative to counter its habit of violating international law."

Trump reports NATO meeting 'great', Putin meeting 'even greater', all else is 'fake news'

Trump reports NATO meeting 'great', Putin meeting 'even greater', all else is 'fake news'

He may have been called an ally-betraying Putin-loving traitor by the US liberal media, but Donald Trump is not making any apologies after his European tour that culminated in ground-breaking talks with the Russian president. "While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way - the Fake News is going Crazy!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday. In a message twenty minutes previously, the US president said the mainstream media was not reporting the extra funding commitments he secured from other members of the alliance to bolster collective defense. "I had a great meeting with NATO. They have paid $33 Billion more and will pay hundreds of Billions of Dollars more in the future, only because of me. NATO was weak, but now it is strong again (bad for Russia). The media only says I was rude to leaders, never mentions the money!" tweeted Trump. Trump had also been complimentary about his face-to-face talks with Vladimir Putin, during which the American leader appeared satisfied with the Russian president's assurances that the Kremlin did not meddle in the 2016 US election. The US president also praised military cooperation between the two countries, and vowed to better relations that he accused his predecessors of letting lapse.

Months prior to his death, Anthony Bourdain blasted 'Rapey' Bill Clinton, exposed Hillary's complicity

Months prior to his death, Anthony Bourdain blasted 'Rapey' Bill Clinton, exposed Hillary's complicity

An interview which took place just a few months before his tragic death, shows Anthony Bourdain was unafraid of calling out the establishment. The celebrity chef, TV personality, and staunch antiwar advocate sat down with Popula's Maria Bustillos for a hard hitting interview during which he blasted Bill Clinton as "Rapey," and noted how Hillary helped him get away with it. During the interview, Bourdain was asked whether or not he thought Bill Clinton should have been removed from office after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Bourdain said that despite Clinton being "A piece of sh*t," who was "Entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting" should have still kept his job. This was despite "the way that he - and she [referring to Hillary Clinton] destroyed these women and the way that everyone went along" was "screaming in apparent hypocrisy and venality." Bourdain went on to note how "When you're in the room, you think wow, she's [Clinton] really warm and nice and funny." However, Bourdain explained, "but the way they efficiently dismantled, destroyed, and shamelessly discredited these women for speaking their truth." Bourdain noted that the sex Clinton had in office was "unforgivable," but was minor compared to every thing else and he noted that the sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky wasn't enough to get Clinton thrown out of office.

Police search for stolen nuclear material comes to a close

Police search for stolen nuclear material comes to a close

US authorities have been accused of hushing up an incident in which officials lost plutonium and cesium samples after their car was looted. Police have long-since given up on efforts to locate the nukes, a new report says. The security experts from the Idaho laboratory were in Texas to take dangerous radioactive materials from a non-profit research lab in the area. For that purpose, they'd brought tiny disks containing plutonium and cesium with them, for calibration. However, when the two had retired to their hotel rooms for the night, the car they left in the parking lot was raided. When they returned in the morning, their rented Ford Expedition's windows were shattered and the nuclear materials gone. An immediate police investigation, assisted by the FBI, failed to produce any clues as to the whereabouts of the stolen radioactive materials. Police have not come up with any clear fingerprints on or inside the car, nor they were able to retrieve any usable surveillance footage. On top of that, law enforcement also failed to find any witnesses to the crime.

No Cold War II - because Trump

No Cold War II - because Trump

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have "never been worse." He then added pointedly, that just changed "about four hours ago." It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency. He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia, not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely on the U.S. establishment. In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of both parties: "Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway.

Helsinki results: Russian military 'ready to work with US' after Trump & Putin talk Syria, nuclear arms

Helsinki results: Russian military 'ready to work with US' after Trump & Putin talk Syria, nuclear arms

The Russian military is ready to work with the US colleagues on all the areas discussed by the two presidents during the Helsinki summit, namely cooperation in Syria and mutual reduction of the strategic nuclear arsenals. "Russian Defense Ministry is ready to implement the agreements on the international security, reached by Russia's President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump during the Helsinki summit yesterday," Ministry's spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Tuesday. On Monday, Russian and the US leaders agreed to revitalize the military cooperation in several fields. During the press conference in the aftermath of the summit, Trump stated that Russian and US militaries proved to actually get along better than the politicians of the two countries over the past few years, naming deconfliction communication in Syria as an example.

Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?' takes aim at Republicans

Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?' takes aim at Republicans

Sacha Baron Cohen is back to the business of eliciting embarrassing commentary all right. A 10-minute-long sampling of his new series Who Is America?, which finds major political figures, including Sarah Palin and disgraced former Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, saying things they might not ordinarily say about politics in front of the camera, has been released online ahead of the show's Sunday premiere. In the clip (below), Cohen introduces his newest alter ego: Col. Erran Morad, a self-proclaimed anti-terrorism expert who believes the NRA's suggestion to arm school teachers falls short, and the organization should instead be focused on arming children themselves.

Israel's Denial of Entry policy - the real targets are Palestinians

Israel's Denial of Entry policy - the real targets are Palestinians

Two weeks have passed now since I was standing in the Ben Gurion airport office of Israeli Border Control being told that I had been denied entry. Israeli Minister for Internal Security Gilad Erdan stated that I was barred due to my actions of the previous summer: "Gold has distributed videos on social networks, in which she harasses IDF soldiers and Border Police officers in Hebron, accusing the soldiers of apartheid and oppression, and that their actions do not conform to Jewish values." My denial of entry received an enormous amount of coverage in Israeli and American Jewish media. Though I am disappointed I was not able to get into the country, I am glad that what happened to me contributed in a strong and positive way to the conversations that are taking place right now in Israeli and diaspora Jewish communities around Palestinian rights and democracy. But, refusing to allow me into the country is only a small glimpse of Israel's border policies. Since Israel's founding in 1948, predicated on the forced displacement of around 750,000 Palestinians, it has been an official policy of the state to deny re-entry to those who were expelled.

Human rights lawyer who complained to UN about Lithuanian CIA black sites wants leaders indicted

Human rights lawyer who complained to UN about Lithuanian CIA black sites wants leaders indicted

A human rights lawyer, who sent complaints to the UN against Lithuania for allowing the CIA to host secret prisons on its soil, is sure he will see the country's leadership indicted. He talks exclusively to RT. In May of this year, Lithuania and Romania were found responsible for knowingly allowing the torture of prisoners at secret CIA facilities on their territories, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled. The ECHR decision referred to the cases of Saudi-born Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, both of whom are currently held at the US Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The two governments will have to pay €100,000 ($117,000) to each man, the court decided. Lithuania and Romania have three months to file an appeal, should they wish to contest the ruling.

Archaeologists find oldest evidence of bread in Jordan

Archaeologists find oldest evidence of bread in Jordan

At an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, researchers have discovered the charred remains of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago. It is the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date, predating the advent of agriculture by at least 4,000 years. The findings suggest that bread production based on wild cereals may have encouraged hunter-gatherers to cultivate cereals, and thus contributed to the agricultural revolution in the Neolithic period. A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen, University College London and University of Cambridge have analysed charred food remains from a 14,400-year-old Natufian hunter-gatherer site - a site known as Shubayqa 1 located in the Black Desert in northeastern Jordan. The results, which are published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provide the earliest empirical evidence for the production of bread: "The presence of hundreds of charred food remains in the fireplaces from Shubayqa 1 is an exceptional find, and it has given us the chance to characterize 14,000-year-old food practices. The 24 remains analysed in this study show that wild ancestors of domesticated cereals such as barley, einkorn, and oat had been ground, sieved and kneaded prior to cooking. The remains are very similar to unleavened flatbreads identified at several Neolithic and Roman sites in Europe and Turkey. So we now know that bread-like products were produced long before the development of farming. The next step is to evaluate if the production and consumption of bread influenced the emergence of plant cultivation and domestication at all," said University of Copenhagen archaeobotanist Amaia Arranz Otaegui, who is the first author of the study.

Treasure hunters release photo of sunken Russian cruiser that may have huge amount of gold reserves aboard

Treasure hunters release photo of sunken Russian cruiser that may have huge amount of gold reserves aboard

A South Korean firm made a splash on Tuesday after publishing, what it says, is a Russian Imperial Navy cruiser which was sunken during the Russo-Japanese War and may have had an entire flotilla's treasury on board. The Dmitrii Donskoi was an armored cruiser in the Russian Imperial Navy's Baltic fleet which was deployed to the Pacific along with several other ships to fight in the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War. It took part in the Battle of Tsushima, which was disastrous for Russia. It fled crippled and chased by Japanese warships and was eventually scuttled by its crew to avoid surrender off the coast of what is now South Korea's Ulleung Island, or Ulleungdo. The cruiser is a coveted target for treasure hunters. According to some historical accounts, the Dmitrii Donskoi carried the treasury of the entire flotilla, meant to cover port expenses and pay the salaries of sailors and officers. Individual gold reserves of several other ships damaged in the battle may have been transported to the warship as well. Whoever manages to find the wreck site may become a very wealthy person.

Chinese team sets new 'quantum entaglement' record

Chinese team sets new 'quantum entaglement' record

A new 'quantum entanglement' record has been set which could see computing speeds ratcheted up. Chinese scientists successfully interwove 18 qubits - the most basic unit of quantum computing - into just six connected photons. "It's as if you took six bits of the computer, but each of them tripled in the amount of information it could contain and can do it quite quickly and efficiently," quantum physicist Sydney Schreppler from the University of California explained. In theory, the ability to pack in an unprecedented three qubits per photon will allow quantum computers to perform a wide range of calculations that are simply not possible with conventional computers. However, we won't know the full potential of the leap for some time as quantum computing is still in the early stages of development.

SOTT FOCUS: Heaven to Hell Timeline: Kilauea's Ruthless Eruption: 18,000+ Earthquakes and so Much More

SOTT FOCUS: Heaven to Hell Timeline: Kilauea's Ruthless Eruption: 18,000+ Earthquakes and so Much More

Kilauea, a volcano along the southern shore of the island of Hawaii has been erupting almost continuously since 1983. On May 17th, its eruption however was one of the strongest ever recorded, throwing ash 30,000 feet in the air. This article shows a chronological summary of events - volcanic activity and earthquakes - that led up to the massive eruption, with events that occurred afterwards. This is followed by what we can expect for the future, and lastly, a short mention of disastrous flooding and a 'rare' phenomena that preceded the event.

Astronomers discover 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter

Astronomers discover 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter

Astronomers have discovered a dozen new moons orbiting Jupiter, but one could spell disaster for the others - 1km-wide "oddball" moving in the opposite direction to the other 78 objects circling the gas giant. A team led by Scott S. Sheppard from Washington DC's Carnegie Institution for Science first spotted the moons in 2017 while on the hunt for a possible massive planet beyond Pluto. Sheppard's discovery brought the total number of objects orbiting Jupiter to 79 - but he said one discovery stood out in particular. "Our other discovery is a real oddball and has an orbit like no other known Jovian moon," Sheppard explained. "It's also likely Jupiter's smallest-known moon, being less than 1km (0.6 of a mile) in diameter."

Russiagate moron thinks Trump's tweets are being written by Russia

Russiagate moron thinks Trump's tweets are being written by Russia

Donald Trump has long been accused of colluding with the Kremlin, but one authoritative Russiagate disciple has now suggested that even Trump's tweets are linked to Russia - exemplifying the sharp analysis that permeates Twitter. According to Leah McElrath, a writer and activist who worked as a senior writer and director of social media for Shareblue Media, Trump's tweets ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki "definitely" weren't written by him because they contained fishy vocabulary like "retribution" and "sins and evils" - huge red flags. After "going down a rabbit hole," McElrath returned to Twitter to declare that the "very feudal, Eurasian concept" of Trump's tweets could possibly be attributed to Aleksandr Dugin - a Russian philosopher and former professor at Moscow State University.

British rescue diver claims 'this isn't over' after being labeled a 'pedo' by Elon Musk

British rescue diver claims 'this isn't over' after being labeled a 'pedo' by Elon Musk

A British diver who was allegedly labelled a "pedo" by Elon Musk over his criticism of the billionaire's unexpected bid to rescue children stuck in a Thai cave using a tiny submarine, has threatened to sue. Vernon Unsworth told 7 News Sydney that he's considering taking legal action after Elon Musk called him a "pedo guy" in a series of now-deleted tweets. "Yes, it's not finished," Unsworth said. "I'm not going to make any further comment about him, but I think people realise what sort of guy he is."

Trump brushes off charges of Russian election meddling during meeting with Putin

Trump brushes off charges of Russian election meddling during meeting with Putin

President Trump expressed doubt about the accuracy of U.S. spy agencies and prosecutors that accuse Russia's government of intervening in the 2016 U.S. election to help him win. Trump, speaking at a joint press conference in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiantly said he retains an open mind about possible Russian culpability. "I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russia. I will say this. I don't see any reason why it would be," Trump said. Later, Trump said, "As you know, the whole concept of that came up perhaps a little bit before, but it came out as a reason why the Democrats lost an election, which frankly they should have been able to win because of the Electoral College." Trump opened the press conference saying Putin had an "interesting idea" relating to alleged Russian interference, potentially referring to a subsequent Putin offer to facilitate interrogations of 12 Russian officials indicted last week for allegedly hacking Democratic emails.

Russian prosecutor general: Russia wants to question Chris Steele, Michael McFaul, top politicians for aiding criminal Bill Browder

Russian prosecutor general: Russia wants to question Chris Steele, Michael McFaul, top politicians for aiding criminal Bill Browder

Russia's prosecutor general will demand interviews with American congressmen, security services staff, and other high-profile individuals as it seeks to involve the US in its investigation into convicted financier Bill Browder. Moscow accuses Browder of illegally taking $1.5 billion out of Russia and fabricating evidence that led to the passing of the sanctions-imposing Magnitsky Act. As part of the investigation, the prosecutor general wants to speak to ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, author of the notorious Trump dossier, and former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, who campaigned on behalf of Browder. Other persons of interest on what Russia said was an incomplete list included David Kramer, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and president of think tank Freedom House, and the billionaire Ziff brothers, who are described as "Browder's long-standing partners in crime." This was announced by Aleksandr Kurennoy, the head of the mass media department of the prosecutor general's office in Moscow, who said that Russia was ready to share its findings with US law enforcement agencies "on even terms." The announcement follows hot on the heels of a proposal made by Vladimir Putin during his press conference with Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, in which he offered to "meet US authorities half-way" and allow the Mueller investigation into Moscow's election meddling to interview suspects in Russia, "on the condition" that Russian investigators could speak to suspects in the Browder investigation.

Beijing files complaint with WTO over planned US tariffs on Chinese products

Beijing files complaint with WTO over planned US tariffs on Chinese products

Beijing has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against planned US duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese products, China's Ministry of Commerce announced on Monday. Last week, the ministry said it would immediately file a complaint to the WTO against what it called US unilateralism. In July, Beijing responded with mirror measures after Washington imposed 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. After China retaliated, the US Trade Representative proposed an additional $200 billion in tariffs. The first round of the US tariffs was introduced on July 6 after Washington accused China of hurting American companies by stealing or pressuring foreign enterprises to hand over technology.

Brother of Amesbury victim claims poisoning came from perfume bottle

Brother of Amesbury victim claims poisoning came from perfume bottle

The Novichok nerve agent which allegedly killed a woman and left her partner seriously ill in hospital came from a perfume bottle, according to the brother of a victim. Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill with girlfriend Dawn Sturgess in Amesbury, Wiltshire after allegedly being exposed to Novichok on June 30. Sturgess, 44, subsequently died on July 8. His brother Matthew claims Charlie told him that the source of the nerve agent was a perfume bottle which he had picked up, according to the BBC. The incident happened near Salisbury - where former Russian double agent spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia were supposedly poisoned with a nerve agent, which British labs apparently identified as Novichok, in March. Matthew, who made the visit to see his brother in hospital on Wednesday, said that he is "absolutely not the brother I know."

Putin: Russia stopped nearly 25mln cyber attacks during World Cup

Putin: Russia stopped nearly 25mln cyber attacks during World Cup

Russia has come under nearly 25 million cyber attacks targeting its critical information systems and infrastructure during the FIFA World Cup tournament, Vladimir Putin revealed. "Throughout the duration of the World Cup, we neutralized almost 25 million cyber attacks and other criminal activities against the information infrastructure of Russia, which, in one way or another, were associated with the holding of the World Cup," the Russian president said. Speaking at a meeting dedicated to the security of the World Cup, Putin thanked the representatives of 55 special services and law enforcement agencies from 34 countries which helped ensure security during the month-long tournament.

Evidence will likely never be produced in indictments of 'Russian agents' - issued for anti-Trump propaganda purposes only

Evidence will likely never be produced in indictments of 'Russian agents' - issued for anti-Trump propaganda purposes only

The indictment of 12 Russian 'agents,' which included no collusion with Trump's team, is essentially a political and not legal document because it is almost certain the U.S. government will never have to present any evidence in court. Charges against 12 Russian intelligence agents for allegedly hacking emails from the Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential election were announced by the U.S. Justice Department on Friday at the very moment President Donald Trump was meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and just days before a summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. A central claim of Russia-gate has been that the Russian government with help from the Trump campaign stole emails from the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign and then gave those emails to WikiLeaks for publication to damage Clinton's quest for the White House.

Trump: NATO summit was 'great', leaders thanked me for bringing them together

Trump: NATO summit was 'great', leaders thanked me for bringing them together

US President Donald Trump claims he got many calls from NATO leaders thanking him for bringing them together during a tense summit in Brussels last week. He also changed his tune towards the bloc, moving from disdain to praise. "We had a truly great summit that was inaccurately covered by much of the media. NATO is now strong and rich!" Trump tweeted on Monday. The US president also claimed that he had taken "many calls" from NATO leaders thanking him for "helping to bring them together" during the annual meeting in Brussels on July 11-12. The allies did their best to display signs of unity last week, but the summit was dominated by clashes between the US and other NATO member states. As expected, President Trump hammered home his longstanding belief that his country is treated unfairly within the alliance, and other nations should do more burden-sharing in terms of defense spending.

Putin: US intelligence agents funneled $400 million to Clinton campaign

Putin: US intelligence agents funneled $400 million to Clinton campaign

Vladimir Putin made a bombshell claim during Monday's joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, Finland, when the Russian President said some $400 million in illegally earned profits was funneled to the Clinton campaign by associates of American-born British financier Bill Browder - at one time the largest foreign portfolio investors in Russia. The scheme involved members of the U.S. intelligence community, said Putin, who he said "accompanied and guided these transactions." Browder made billions in Russia during the 90's. In December, a Moscow court sentenced Browder in absentia to nine years in prison for tax fraud, while he was also found guilty of tax evasion in a separate 2013 case. Putin accused Browder's associates of illegally earning over than $1.5 billion without paying Russian taxes, before sending $400 million to Clinton. After offering to allow special counsel Robert Mueller's team to come to Russia for their investigation - as long as there was a reciprocal arrangement for Russian intelligence to investigate in the U.S., Putin said this: For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder, in this particular case. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia and never paid any taxes neither in Russia or the United States and yet the money escaped the country. They were transferred to the United States. They sent [a] huge amount of money, $400,000,000, as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Well that's their personal case. It might have been legal, the contribution itself but the way the money was earned was illegal. So we have solid reason to believe that some [US] intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions. So we have an interest in questioning them.

Putin reportedly tells Netanyahu: "Israel's concern about Iran in Syria must be postponed until terrorism totally defeated"

Putin reportedly tells Netanyahu: "Israel's concern about Iran in Syria must be postponed until terrorism totally defeated"

Much speculation and many "positive outcome" comments were released about a "secret deal" alleged to have taken place during the meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week in Moscow. The Israeli media described it as "successful", like the last visits (three in the last six months). However, Russian sources say the opposite, despite the hints of positiveness Putin mentioned. These hints were exaggerated and interpreted by Netanyahu as "an achievement". Russian envoys informed the Syrian leadership about the outcome of Netanyahu visit, stating the positive points Putin granted to his Israeli guest: The Russian president received the Israeli Prime Minister warmly and emphasised the good relationship between both leaders. He said that he recognised the 1974 line respected by the government of Damascus for over 40 years.Putin said he "understands Israel's concerns about the Iranian military presence in Syria".Putin conveyed to his guest that any discussion about the Iranian presence in Syria will be postponed until terrorism is defeated in Syria, over the entire Syrian territory.Putin said to Netanyahu that he understood from the Iranians they were not interested in staying in Syria once the danger to the Syrian government is over and all Syrian territory has been liberated - to the last inch.Sources within the Syrian leadership said the Russian President "was clear with the Israeli Prime Minister that discussion of his concerns are postponed until the dossier related to terrorism is closed". "If terrorists hide in an Israeli controlled area (the occupied Golan Heights) we (Russia and its allies) will eliminate them one by one", said the source.

Journalist for The Economist mocked for rehashing debunked Kremlin 'hacking' allegations against Macron

Journalist for The Economist mocked for rehashing debunked Kremlin 'hacking' allegations against Macron

The Economist's senior journalist Jeremy Cliffe has been mocked after rehashing the debunked story about the Kremlin 'hacking' Emmanuel Macron's campaign. Observers reminded him it was rubbished by the French secret service. Cliffe, who runs The Economist's Berlin Bureau, tweeted about French President Macron when he was celebrating his country's victory at the FIFA World Cup on Sunday. The French leader had simply tweeted "thank you" to the French football squad right after its players claimed a spectacular win over Croatia in the final to become world champions. The journalist, who also does punditry on channels such as BBC, CNN and NBC, used it as a pretext to write a long tweet to Macron about watching his team play in Russia in light of the Russian-hacking stories circulating during Macron's election campaign last year. "Putin loathed Macron's liberal pro-Europeanism so much he hacked his presidential campaign to help [his then-main opponent] Marine Le Pen. But Macron laid traps, exposed the hack, became French president and is now celebrating his country's World Cup win in Russia. So let's really enjoy this moment," Cliffe wrote.

US suicide rate up 28% in 18 years - blame the fading American dream?

US suicide rate up 28% in 18 years - blame the fading American dream?

Sobering statistics published earlier this month show that the annual rate of suicide in the US has risen by almost 28 per cent between 1999 and 2016. A number of explanations have been put forward, including the 2008 economic crash, the upsurge in addiction to opioid painkillers and the migration of manufacturing jobs to other countries. But none alone explains why the suicide rate is rising so fast in the US as it falls in other rich countries. Is something uniquely American at work? Figures from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show the country's rate of suicide was 15.6 per 100,000 population in 2016, up from 12.2 in 1999. Of all the states, Montana fares worst, with a rate of 29.2 per 100,000. The global average rate in 2016 was 10.6, according to the World Health Organization. For comparison, the rate for the UK in 2016 was 8.9 per 100,000, down from 9.1 in 2000, according to the latest WHO data. And although rates are much higher in Russia, at 31 per 100,000 in 2016, this is a dramatic fall from 52.6 in 2000. Clearly, the US is something of an outlier. Comment: And clearly - contrary to American prejudice - Russia is doing something right, i.e. at least they're moving in the right direction. Globalisation and automation, which are driving job losses in the US, may partly be to blame, but the same pressures have affected all Western economies without a similar increase in the suicide rate.