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Cultural genocide? Ukrainian region bans Russian language songs, films, books... and more

Cultural genocide? Ukrainian region bans Russian language songs, films, books... and more

A region in western Ukraine has decided to ban public displays of pretty much anything in Russian, claiming the move is necessary to preserve unity in the country. The authors want the ban to go nationwide. The Lvov region's legislature voted on Tuesday to impose a moratorium on the "public use of Russian-language cultural products in all forms," with 58 votes in favor, exceeding the 43 necessary. The "moratorium" is to remain in place until there is "a full de-occupation of Ukrainian territory," practically making it a permanent ban. In addition to banning Russian songs, films, books and... whatever else, the lawmakers said they would recommend a similar ban to the national parliament. They said rooting out the Russian language was necessary "to protect the Ukrainian information space from hybrid action by the aggressor-state [Russia] and reverse the consequences of many years of Russification." Comment: Just imagine if the language in question was Hebrew, or Yiddish... The ban is the latest in a long string of attacks on the Russian language in Ukraine, where it continues to be the largest minority language, used by millions in daily life, despite years of antagonism with Moscow.

Hysterical: UK Sun hypes low-profile Russian model's claim that Putin "wants her dead" after rat poison incident

Hysterical: UK Sun hypes low-profile Russian model's claim that Putin "wants her dead" after rat poison incident

A 30-year-old Russian model, whose husband may have been poisoned by rat poison at a Salisbury restaurant, has claimed "Vladimir Putin wants me dead." Even more astonishingly, a British tabloid decided this was front page news. When the story was first breaking on Sunday, the excitement in the Sun's newsroom must have been palpable. Another reported poisoning in a knock-off Italian eatery in Salisbury, and a Russian was involved as well. Almost too good to be true, this was the Skripal poisoning all over again. Anna Shapiro, a 30-year-old Russian model (although a part-time model, which one assumes is a bit like a part-time actor) and event organizer, described to The Sun how she found her husband Alex King fighting for his life in the toilet at restaurant Prezzo and "foaming at the mouth." Police closed the restaurant and the streets surrounding it, and investigators in HAZMAT suits went in to check it out. Understandably, the local force was a bit jumpy, but later confirmed "we were able to rule out the presence of Novichok quickly [and]... at this stage, it is unclear as to whether or not a crime has been committed," adding also that "we would remind everyone that speculation is not helpful."

Don't hold your breath! Justice Dept likely to slow-walk declassification

Don't hold your breath! Justice Dept likely to slow-walk declassification

Don't hold your breath. While the media is breathlessly describing yesterday's order by President Donald Trump's "to provide for the immediate (emphasis added) declassification" of Russia-gate materials as a "showdown," any likely showdown is months away, if it comes at all. The word "immediate" can mean different things to different people. Had the President set a deadline, or had he given the declassification task to his own National Security Council, the word "showdown" might be closer to what to expect. The tragic-comedy now on stage in Washington is beyond bizarre. Can President Trump be unaware that those he "ordered" to do the declassification - top officials of the Justice Department, the FBI, and the intelligence agencies - have zero incentive to comply "immediately." And they have minus-zero incentive, as the top echelons see it, to throw their former bosses, colleagues, and co-conspirators under the bus by releasing the family jewels. Most of today's commentary by anonymous officials on declassification are transparently bogus. To suggest, for example, that "death could occur," as one MSNBC pundit predicted this afternoon, is beyond ludicrous. Do not expect Establishment media, however, to stop its feeding frenzy at the Deep State trough.

Thousands of spiders descend on Greek town and cover it with 300-meter-long cobweb

Thousands of spiders descend on Greek town and cover it with 300-meter-long cobweb

Those suffering from Arachnophobia or who are just not fond of the eight-legged creatures should, for a while, stay clear of visiting Western Greece, where a 300-meter-long cobweb covered the coastal area in the town of Aitoliko. The breathtaking scenery of clear blue Mediterranean Sea waters in Aitoliko has been spoiled by a massive spiderweb, which has sprung up next to a lagoon on the shores of the town. Footage of the phenomenon shows endless layers of mesh covering the trees, the ground and all the objects in the immediate vicinity of the beach. Locals blame Tetragnatha spiders - and their quest to create large nests for mating - for spoiling the majestic scenery. Humidity and the spread of mosquitoes, providing excessive nutrition to the eight-legged creature population, may also have contributed to the unusual cobwebs smothering the plateau and its flora.

Video shows fire tornado in British Columbia, Canada

Video shows fire tornado in British Columbia, Canada

For some B.C. residents it may seem like the wildfire season is over for this year, but fire crews are still battling blazes across the province. Video captured and posted to social media shows firefighters dealing with a huge blaze near Vanderhoof on Aug. 19, including a fire whirl or fire tornado. The firefighters were battling the Chutanli Lake wildfire, currently estimated at 20,813 hectares. It is now 95 per cent contained. The video, posted on Instagram, was shot by a wildland firefighter, who is part of the Mackenzie Unit Crew. "Fire tornado destroyed our line," she writes. "It threw burning logs across our guard for 45 minutes and pulled our hose 100-plus [feet] in the air before melting it. That's definitely a first." In the video, a firefighter can be seen grabbing their hose, which is being pulled high into the air by the fire. A second firefighter rushes in to help.

Satellite images show Syria strike as Israeli Air Force chief goes to Moscow to explain Il-20 incident

Satellite images show Syria strike as Israeli Air Force chief goes to Moscow to explain Il-20 incident

Timely released satellite images have revealed the destruction left by IDF air strikes in Syria's Latakia after Israel was forced to make a rare admission to the raid which resulted in the downing of the Russian Il-20 recon plane. On Wednesday, Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat released three photos of an "ammunition warehouse" in Latakia, showing it before and after the Monday night attack. The three photos, posted on Twitter, show the building was completely destroyed in the strike. Israel does not normally acknowledge its airstrikes in Syria, at least not until much later. However, the IDF made a rare immediate admission of responsibility on Tuesday, after the Russian Defense Ministry identified Israeli F-16 jets as taking part in the attack, and said the Il-20 aerial observation platform vanished from radars during the strike.

The stakes just rose thanks to Bill Browder: EU threatens Cyprus with Article 7, censure for allegedly violating Browder's human rights

The stakes just rose thanks to Bill Browder: EU threatens Cyprus with Article 7, censure for allegedly violating Browder's human rights

It's been quite a week for Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty. First Hungary and now Cyprus. And all because of some guy named Bill Browder? Despite numerous warnings and obstacles, Cyprus continues to assist Russia in investigating the finances of Bill Browder. This has resulted in letters of warning to Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades as well as lawsuits by Browder citing the investigation violates his human rights. Like everything else in this world, just ask Browder. Last fall Browder and 17 MEP's launched a two-pronged assault on Cyprus to end their assisting Russia's investigation into Browder. Browder with the lawsuit. The MEP's with a letter of warning. The lawsuit has failed, however. The Nicosia District Court handed down a ruling recently which allowed for Browder to sue for damages to his reputation but not putting an injunction on the investigation. More than a month ago the Nicosia District Court said that the cooperation with Russia in its politically motivated probe would violate the human rights of Bill Browder and his associate Ivan Cherkasov and the two would have good prospects in claiming damages from the government. Still, the court rejected Browder's application for an order preventing Cypriot authorities from cooperating with Russia in its proceedings against him on the grounds that any damage would not be irreparable. And this is where this gets interesting.

Will we see 'swamp critter' heads roll when Trump's declassified order of specific FISA documents is fulfilled?

Will we see 'swamp critter' heads roll when Trump's declassified order of specific FISA documents is fulfilled?

Judicial Watch Director of Investigations and Research Chris Farrell appeared on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on the Fox Business Network to discuss the Department of Justice's response to President Trump's FISA declassification request. Listen to what Dobbs and Farrell think may happen regarding President Trump's order to declassify specific documents. The Deep State players now are in a Catch 22 position: How can, or do they, protect themselves / each other, plus not disclose an apparent treasonous [a violation of the allegiance owed by somebody to his or her own country] or possible seditious [actions or words intended to provoke or incite rebellion against government authority, or actual rebellion against government authority] agenda? Recall the famous Hillary Clinton quote after her massive meltdown from being interviewed by Matt Lauer. "If that f - - - ing bastard [Trump] wins, we all hang from nooses!" 7:57 minutes

The Federal Reserve is the committee to destroy the financial world

The Federal Reserve is the committee to destroy the financial world

The general belief among average citizens is that the purpose of central banks is to help the economy by fighting inflation and mitigating financial crisis. It's a fairy tale that politicians like to encourage. If there were any truth to it, however, where was the Federal Reserve during the crisis of 2007? Rather than helping, it was widening the crisis with its easy money policies. While central banks are not a government entity, their primary purpose is to create money for the benefit of the government. By mindlessly printing fiat currency, central banks create a shaky illusion of financial stability. In reality, each central bank is a monopoly that controls the production of distribution of currency and interest rates. Most importantly, it also controls gold reserves. While paper currency allegedly has the backing of the government, it is the central bank that controls the value of the currency at any specific time. The first central bank, the Central Bank of England, was created in the 17th century as a scheme to enable the king to pay off his debts. As each country established its own central bank, it has been used by its government as a personal bank account.

'Terrifying' new documents show secret government regulations for spying on US journalists

'Terrifying' new documents show secret government regulations for spying on US journalists

Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government's secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations "important" and "terrifying." The documents-obtained and released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed last November-confirm long held suspicions that federal officials can target journalists with FISA orders.

New Jersey child predator sting operation arrests top SWAT cop, firefighter, and gov't employees among the dozens busted

New Jersey child predator sting operation arrests top SWAT cop, firefighter, and gov't employees among the dozens busted

A SWAT leader, firefighter, and public works employee were among 24 child predators arrested in a New Jersey sting operation. As TFTP reported earlier this month, Howell police Sgt. Richard Conte, the head of Monmouth County's emergency response team, was arrested and charged with attempting to lure a child into a motor vehicle. The veteran cop, in a supervisory position, has since been suspended without pay and the state Attorney General has since released the disturbing details of the case. Conte was busted earlier this month in a state-wide sting operation setup to catch child predators. This pillar of the community and "protector of the innocent" - whose base salary tops $140,000 - was caught attempting to lure who he thought was a young female child for sex. Conte, 47, has since been locked up and charged with second-degree attempted luring or enticing of a child and is being held in the Ocean County jail in Toms River. On Tuesday, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal gave the details to the public during a press conference. They are nothing short of disgusting.

Decline of Swedish education is a direct result of 'post-truth' subjectivity

Decline of Swedish education is a direct result of 'post-truth' subjectivity

In the last 15-20 years, Sweden has suffered a downturn in several important aspects of the elementary and secondary education system. To begin to illustrate the state of Sweden's schools, we can make a comparison with the heavily criticized American education system. It is a common and understandable belief, in the U.S. and elsewhere, that Swedish schools compare favorably with American schools in terms of educational outcomes. But the weakest American students in 8th grade performed significantly better than the weakest Swedish 8th graders in the TIMSS Mathematics assessment in 2011, one of the international comparative tests that have existed since the 1990s. In the latest cycle of the TIMSS Mathematics assessment, conducted in 2015, the weakest U.S. and Swedish students performed identically, but American students outperformed Swedish students in all other percentiles. In contrast, Swedish students outperformed their U.S. peers across the entire distribution in 1995. A similar negative development can be observed in Swedish students' performance in the PISA. Swedish 9th graders performed above the international average in the first cycle of PISA in 2000, but then Sweden's results steadily deteriorated in each of the three PISA core areas-reading, mathematics, and science - until a low point was reached in 2012. Another PISA assessment conducted in 2012 revealed shortcomings in creativity, critical thinking, curiosity, and perseverance, and ranked Sweden 20th out of 28 countries. The findings in the TIMSS and PISA assessments suggest that there has been a significant decline in knowledge among Swedish students in recent years.

Masked Antifa protesters fight Greek police on anniversary of left-wing activist's murder (VIDEO)

Masked Antifa protesters fight Greek police on anniversary of left-wing activist's murder (VIDEO)

Clashes broke out in some Greek cities on Tuesday as masked protesters confronted police on the fifth anniversary of the death of Pavlos Fyssas, who was killed by a member of the right-wing Golden Dawn party. Fyssas, a left-wing activist and hip-hop singer, was stabbed to death in 2013, sparking public outrage and casting a spotlight on Golden Dawn. Five years on, thousands of fellow members of the Antifa movement gathered in the capital Athens and other Greek cities to commemorate his life.

$5.7 Million in taxpayer funds for study to justify sterilizing children who are gender confused

$5.7 Million in taxpayer funds for study to justify sterilizing children who are gender confused

A taxpayer-funded study launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is on course to conclude that "affirming" young children with gender dysphoria by providing dangerous puberty blockers and ultimately sterilizing them is both safe and necessary for them to be happy. The study is "very much under wraps and it's coming into its fifth and final year," said Dr. Quentin Van Meter, an Atlanta pediatric endocrinologist who trained at Johns Hopkins University when "transsexualism" was first studied. He added that the study is: affirming gender change with family and environmental support in children as young as five years, and using puberty blockers and cross sex hormone treatment in children at the initial onset of puberty which could be as young age 8-9 years, and then following them for only five years. The study is titled The Impact of Early Medical Treatment in Transgender Youth. Van Meter maintained those claiming to be transgender have significant underlying mental health issues that activists are desperately trying to bury.

Child porn investigation caused solar observatory closure - Court docs

Child porn investigation caused solar observatory closure - Court docs

The FBI was investigating child pornography when it closed down the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico on September 6, Reuters reports, citing court documents. As the FBI remained tight-lipped about the situation, the incident caused many on social media to form conspiracy theories to explain the mystery behind the closure. Reuters reports that a 39-page application for a search warrant finally solved the mystery, quelling the numerous conspiracy theories that have popped up on social media. According to local news station KRQE, federal agents found child porn linked to an IP address at the Sunspot observatory in July. In August, they spoke to the chief observer at the facility, who said he found a laptop running in empty offices over the past months. He told the FBI that what he found on the computer was "not good" and that it looked like child pornography.

Mysterious infrared signal from a neutron star detected by researchers

Mysterious infrared signal from a neutron star detected by researchers

Space is filled with bizarre signals that we scramble to put meaning to - and now, researchers have detected yet another mysterious signal. This one emanated from near a neutron star, and for the first time, it's infrared. So, what's nearby that could have created the weird signal? Scientists have a few ideas. When a star reaches the end of its life, it typically undergoes a supernova explosion- the star collapses, and if it has enough mass, it will form a black hole. But if the star isn't massive enough, it will form a neutron star. Neutrons stars are very dense and, as their name suggests, are made up mostly of closely packed neutrons. Neutron stars can also be called "pulsars" if they are highly magnetized and rotate rapidly enough to emit electromagnetic waves, according to Space.com. Typically, neutron stars emit radio waves or higher-energy waves such as X-rays, according a statement released by NASA yesterday (Sept. 17). But an international group of researchers from Penn State, the University of Arizona and Sabanci University in Turkey observed something interesting in NASA's Hubble Space Telescope data: a long signal of infrared light emitted near a neutron star, the researchers reported yesterday in The Astrophysical Journal.

Philadelphia forced to abolish civil asset forfeiture - must pay back victims the millions it stole from them

Philadelphia forced to abolish civil asset forfeiture - must pay back victims the millions it stole from them

The innocent family that had their home seized by police through civil asset forfeiture fought back, and their victory will affect other residents for years to come. The city that has gained a reputation for the egregious civil asset forfeiture practices committed by its police department, will now be forced to dismantle the program altogether, as a result of a lawsuit filed by a family who had their home seized by police after their son was accused of a minor drug crime. Residents who have been harmed by the Philadelphia Police department's civil asset forfeiture practices could also receive part of $3 million in compensation. Markela and Chris Sourovelis initially filed a lawsuit in 2014 after their son was caught trying to sell $40 in heroin on the street.

"Ashamed and afraid": EU delegation chairman slams Israel for barring them entry to Gaza

"Ashamed and afraid": EU delegation chairman slams Israel for barring them entry to Gaza

Israel on Tuesday denied a European Parliament (EP) delegation access to the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to an official EP statement. "The Israeli authorities have once again refused the EP's Delegation for Relations with Palestine permission to enter the Gaza Strip," the statement read. The delegation, it added, had requested permission to enter the strip as part of a three-day planned mission to the Palestinian territories. Stating that the purpose of the visit was "to monitor the humanitarian situation caused by a decade of blockade", the statement asserted that Israel had barred successive EP delegations from entering Gaza since 2011.

Ten years after the crash, we've learned nothing

Ten years after the crash, we've learned nothing

Ten years ago, on Saturday, September 13th, 2008, the world was about to end. The New York Federal Reserve was a zoo. Imagine NASA headquarters on the day a giant asteroid careens into the atmosphere. That was the New York Fed: all hands on deck, peak human panic. The crowd included future Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, then-Treasury Secretary (and former Goldman Sachs CEO) Hank Paulson, the representatives of multiple regulatory offices, and the CEOs of virtually every major bank in New York, each toting armies of bean counters and bankers. The asteroid metaphor fit. In the twin collapses of top-five investment bank Lehman Brothers and insurance giant AIG, Wall Street saw a civilization-imperiling ball of debt hurtling its way.

Syrian army forces find Israeli-made medicine in militant field hospital in Quneitra

Syrian army forces find Israeli-made medicine in militant field hospital in Quneitra

Syrian government forces have uncovered a considerable amount of Israeli-made medicine and medical supplies in a field hospital belonging to foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the country's strategic southwestern province of Quneitra. Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria's official news agency, SANA, that army soldiers made the discovery in the village of Bariqa on Wednesday as they were combing the area for hidden ordinance and improvised explosive devices, which Takfiri militants had planted there. The report added that the hospital had modern CT scan, X-ray medical imaging machines, laboratory equipment and a pharmacy containing various types of antibiotics, vaccines and painkillers.

India prepares $2.2 billion Russian frigate purchase

India prepares $2.2 billion Russian frigate purchase

India has cleared the way for its biggest deal yet with Russia, with Delhi reportedly set to sign a deal to purchase $2.2 billion worth of Russian ships. It comes despite US sanctions aimed at deterring business with Moscow. After revitalizing defense ties with the US earlier this month, India has now turned to Russia to acquire four new warships for its Navy, sources quoted by the Economic Times said. The deal is expected to be signed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Delhi on October 5. The deal will see India acquiring advanced Talwar-class frigates, also known as Project 11356 frigates.

Explained: Manafort's mysterious Israeli connection and everything we know so far

Explained: Manafort's mysterious Israeli connection and everything we know so far

How did Israel get involved in the plea deal Paul Manafort signed with special counsel Robert Mueller? And how is Russian President Vladimir Putin related to this affair? Your guide to the controversial case... Paul Manafort is an international political consultant and lobbyist who managed the election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016. At the end of last week he signed a plea bargain in which he is expected to serve as a key witness in the affair of the suspicions of Russian involvement in that election in Trump's favor. So how is all that now connected to Israel? In the indictment in which he confessed as part of the plea bargain with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, there is also mention of Manafort's lobbying activity for former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, who was the pro-Russian candidate in the country's 2012 election. According to the document, Manafort worked at the time to smear the image of Yanukovych's rival Yulia Tymoshenko, in order to undermine the support for her by the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama.

Jonathan Cook: Why we're blind to the system destroying us

Jonathan Cook: Why we're blind to the system destroying us

I rarely use this blog to tell readers what they should believe. Rather I try to indicate why it might be wise to distrust, at least without very good evidence, what those in power tell us we should believe. We have well-known sayings about power: "Knowledge is power", and "Power tends to corrupt, while absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely." These aphorisms resonate because they say something true about how we experience the world. People who have power - even very limited power they hold on licence from someone else - tend to abuse it, sometimes subtly and unconsciously, and sometimes overtly and wilfully. If we are reasonably self-aware, we can sense the tendency in ourselves to exploit to our advantage whatever power we enjoy, whether it is in our dealings with a spouse, our children, a friend, an employee, or just by the general use of our status to get ahead. This isn't usually done maliciously or even consciously. By definition, the hardest thing to recognise are our own psychological, emotional and mental blind spots - and the biggest, at least for those born with class, gender or race privileges, is realising that these too are forms of power. Nonetheless, these are all minor forms of power compared to the power wielded collectively by the structures that dominate our societies: the financial sector, the corporations, the media, the political class, and the security services.

Here's what the Putin-Erdogan deal means for idlib

Here's what the Putin-Erdogan deal means for idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Sochi Sept. 17 for what was initially seen as a final showdown over Idlib. The situation in the northern Syian province has been in the spotlight of all Middle East watchers for well over a month, with escalations between the two sides threatening a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Al-Monitor reported on earlier efforts between Russian and Turkish diplomats as well as military and intelligence officials to work out a "peaceful scenario" for Idlib, but it took a meeting between the two presidents to reach the agreement on a buffer zone. In fact, the Sochi meeting was the third personal encounter between the two presidents over the last three weeks. "There is a lot to discuss and some issues are complicated. I am glad to see you, to be able to exchange opinions on this whole set of issues, and to search for solutions to matters still unresolved," Putin noted in his opening remarks.

Russian Defense Chief: New security system for Idlib de-escalation zone in progress

Russian Defense Chief: New security system for Idlib de-escalation zone in progress

Work on a new security system in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation zone began on Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a ministry board meeting. "Our Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Mr. Erdogan held talks yesterday as part of efforts to resolve the situation in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation zone. The talks also involved defense ministers, foreign ministers and general staff chiefs," he said. "Following long negotiations, the parties agreed on a decision, which makes it possible for us to say that the construction of a new security system in the Idlib de-escalation zone begins today," Shoigu added. He pointed out that a memorandum on stabilizing the situation in Idlib, signed by Russia and Turkey, "implies that by October 10, heavy weapons must be withdrawn from the demilitarized zone, which will be 15 to 20 kilometers wide. In addition, all the radical groups will have to leave the zone by October 15. That includes the ISIL [the former name of the Islamic State terror group - TASS], Jabhat al-Nusra [both outlawed in Russia - TASS] and those on the United Nations' list of terrorist organizations," the Russian defense chief said.

Trump slams Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney-general!'

Trump slams Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney-general!'

US President Donald Trump has once again criticized Jeff Sessions, telling The Hill in an exclusive interview that he "doesn't have an attorney-general" and that he's "very disappointed" with Sessions. "I don't have an attorney-general. It's very sad." Trump told Hill. TV in an exclusive interview in the Oval Office on Tuesday. He went on to say that he "didn't see" what was coming when he nominated Sessions for the role. "I'm so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney-general, and I didn't see it," he said. In true Trump fashion, he then went on to state that Sessions performed "very poorly" in the nominating process. "...I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him."

British government report says US is currently winning the trade war with China

British government report says US is currently winning the trade war with China

China has already declared its intent to retaliate against US President Donald Trump's new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, a move set to raise prices on consumer goods for both countries. Several analysts have demonstrated how Trump's tariffs will blowback on the US economy. Moody's Investment Service previously warned that the tariffs would reduce US GDP [growth] by 0.25 percent in 2019, to about 2.3 percent. The American economy could take an even bigger hit if Trump proceeds with tariffs on $200 bn worth of Chinese products, Moody's warned. But whatever the impact on the American economy, an assessment by the British government's Foreign Office (FCO) confirms that China's stock market has indeed taken a direct hit from Trump's tariffs, that so far is much worse than anything the US has experienced.

Just one more? Trump considers permanent US military base in Poland, Warsaw 'likes it very much'

Just one more? Trump considers permanent US military base in Poland, Warsaw 'likes it very much'

US President Donald Trump is eyeing a permanent military presence in Poland, saying the country "likes the idea very much." Warsaw had stated earlier it was ready to pay up to $2 billion to have a US military base on its soil. "Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland, and certainly it's something we'll discuss," Trump said on Tuesday while speaking at the White House before meeting his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda. Poland "likes the idea very much," according to Trump, who has been looking at the prospect of putting a permanent military base in Poland "very seriously." Duda's statements at the Tuesday briefing indicate Warsaw is indeed more than eager to have a permanent US base on their soil. "Ladies and gentlemen, I was smiling when talking to Mr. President. I said that I would very much like for us to set up a permanent American base in Poland, which we would call 'Fort Trump' and I firmly believe that this is possible," Duda said, after expressing hope that Trump "will make a decision to deploy to Poland more US units together with equipment."

Trump: US to sharply cut refugee admissions

Trump: US to sharply cut refugee admissions

President Donald Trump's administration has proposed sharply cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000. The announcement, made on September 17 by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, came despite calls from humanitarian groups that the 2018 cap of 45,000 was already too low. Trump's administration has consistently voiced opposition to accepting refugees and other immigrants, which has helped drive refugee admissions to their lowest level in a decade. The new figure will go into effect October 1. "The improved refugee policy of this administration serves the national interest of the United States and expands our ability to help those in need all around the world," Pompeo said in a statement. By comparison, the administration of Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, allowed in 85,000 refugees in its final year in office.

Erdogan's talking 'Turkey not America' in his crackdown on USD in favor of lira

Erdogan's talking 'Turkey not America' in his crackdown on USD in favor of lira

There is no economic crisis in Turkey, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey will extend the use of the domestic currency, the lira, as a substitute for the US dollar, he said. "Don't believe in this crisis. We don't have such a thing. These are all [part of a] manipulation," Erdogan said Wednesday. "This is Turkey, not the United States," he said. "You rent your store and shop with Turkish liras here. Otherwise you will pray a price." The lira has lost more than 40 percent of its value since the beginning of the year, which has stirred a number of economic difficulties in the country. Inflation is soaring, goods and services have become more expensive. The Turkish central bank has raised the interest rate to 24 percent despite sharp criticism of this measure from the president himself. The last time the rate was that high in Turkey was 2004. However, this measure has helped to stabilize the lira exchange rate against the dollar.

Region head predicts cloned woolly mammoths will roam Siberia again within a decade

Region head predicts cloned woolly mammoths will roam Siberia again within a decade

Russia's answer to 'Jurassic Park' will be inhabited by born-again woolly mammoths in less than ten years, said the acting head of Russia's Sakha Republic, Aisen Nikolaev. This 'miracle' will happen within a decade, Nikolaev said at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, pointing to the country's collaboration with Korean and Japanese scientists. "We are actively working with South Korea," he said, predicting that the resurrection of the extinct woolly beasts is imminent. "Back in 2014, a group of my friends and I proposed a project to create an Ice Age Park with mammoths - everyone laughed then, but they're not laughing now." The Sakha Republic -also known as Yakutia- is home to Pleistocene Park, an ice-age version of Jurassic park that is seeking to recreate the ecosystem that was dominant when mammoths thrived.

President Trump says he's set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un soon

President Trump says he's set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un soon

President Donald Trump has said that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un soon. The announcement comes hours after Trump praised Kim's move to dismantle a nuclear test site and allow inspections. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump was asked whether he will be meeting with Kim soon, to which the President replied "we will be." North Korea said earlier on Wednesday that it would demolish key missile facilities in the presence of international observers. President Trump welcomed the announcement, along with the news that North and South Korea would file a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympic games. Kim made the announcement while meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang. There, both leaders agreed to strengthen relations, and proposed measures like building railway connections between the two countries and starting joint economic projects.

India criminalizes 'triple talaq' or instant divorce for Muslim men

India criminalizes 'triple talaq' or instant divorce for Muslim men

Muslim men in India who try to break free of their marriage contract by simply repeating the word 'Talaq', or divorce, three times, will face jail for up to three years after the government criminalized the practice. In what is being hailed as a major win for Muslim women's rights, the government cleared an ordinance banning the triple talaq practice on Wednesday. The Union Cabinet issued the executive order as the practice had continued "unabated"despite it being ruled unlawful in August last year by the Supreme Court. The five-judge bench decided the practice is un-Islamic. Addressing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there was a "compelling necessity and an overpowering urgency" to approve the ordinance.

Russian state agencies to get exclusive cellular network

Russian state agencies to get exclusive cellular network

Russia may get a dedicated cellular network servicing only civil servants and law enforcement agencies, Vedomosti reports, quoting a national plan framework for developing the digital economy. The proposal to create a separate network for state agencies has been included in the passport of the 'Digital Economy' program recently approved by the government, Vedomosti daily reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the deadline for the project is set for 2024. The newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying that the new network will likely using the LTE-450 standard that allows both the work of cellular phones in push-to-talk regime and high-quality video streaming.

White Alabama students slammed online after photo surfaces of them standing on black teen 'as a joke'

White Alabama students slammed online after photo surfaces of them standing on black teen 'as a joke'

A group of white Alabama high school students are at the center of a racism storm after a photo of them standing on a black pupil surfaced online with the caption 'We got us one.' Participants insist the stunt was a "joke." The snap sparked fury on social media after it was handed over to a left-wing Instagram account, @agirlhasnopresident, which claims it contacted the school in question - Moody High School (MHS) in Alabama - to report the incident. According to the whistleblower's post, "every Friday during football season the students dress up." On the day the photo was taken, the whistleblower alleged that students were dressed up for 'Redneck Day.'

Flexible standards: Democrats pick & choose sex assault abusers to believe - 'Rules for thee, not for me'

Flexible standards: Democrats pick & choose sex assault abusers to believe - 'Rules for thee, not for me'

A woman accusing Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison (Minnesota) of abuse says the party abandoned her - a far cry from top Democrats' public show of support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser. Karen Monahan said that she was "smeared, threatened, (and) isolated" by the Democratic party when she came forward with allegations of physical and emotional abuse against Rep. Ellison, the Democratic National Committee deputy chair and Minnesota attorney general candidate. "I've been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party," Monahan tweeted Monday. "I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse."

Active shooter reports at office building in Middleton, Wisconsin

Active shooter reports at office building in Middleton, Wisconsin

Police are responding to reports of an active shooter at a software company in Middleton, Wisconsin. Multiple ambulances have been sent to the scene. The Greenway Station Mall in the area is also on lockdown due to incident, according to reports. Schools in the area are also reportedly on lockdown. One local reporter from WISC-TV has said that several ambulances were loaded up and driven away from the scene. The status of the shooter is not yet known.

Project Veritas releases first installment of Deep State expose - UPDATE

Project Veritas releases first installment of Deep State expose - UPDATE

Project Veritas has released the first installment of its exposes on the Deep State "resisters: Some of the highlishts: Federal Employee for State Department: "Resist everything... Every level. F**k sh*t up." Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Embedded in Federal Government Positions, Actively Resisting Stuart Karaffa Does Work for DSA While on Taxpayer's Dime: "I'm careful about it. I don't leave a paper trail." "I have nothing to lose. It's impossible to fire federal employees." Ethics Officer Fails to Recognize Breach on Ethics Form: "somebody just rubber stamps it and it goes forward..."

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters at confirmation hearings admit to being funded by Soros groups

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters at confirmation hearings admit to being funded by Soros groups

Left-wing groups funded by George Soros and other major Democratic donors hand out cash to protesters arrested for disrupting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, the activists revealed Monday night. A coalition of activist organizations including Women's March, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and Housing Works have scheduled the near-constant disruptions at the Kavanaugh hearings as part of an organized effort to derail the confirmation process in a series of meetings since he was first nominated. The cash from the donor-funded groups goes toward the protesters' post-and-forfeit payments - a small cash sum paid to resolve low-level misdemeanor crimes and avoid jail time. Those are just some of the details representatives from the three groups revealed in a Monday night conference call planning their next two anti-Kavanaugh protests, one on Thursday and one next Monday.

Study suggests lutein-rich diets may help preserve cognitive function as the brain ages

Study suggests lutein-rich diets may help preserve cognitive function as the brain ages

Eating leafy greens helps preserve intelligence over the lifetime, research finds. Leafy greens and other foods contain lutein, a plant pigment that protects the brain from aging. People with more lutein in their blood did better on intelligence tests, the study found. Lutein collects in the cell membranes of the brain, playing a 'neuroprotective' role. Foods that contain high levels of lutein include leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach as well as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.

Pope Francis shares benefits of 'passionate' love, slams pornography

Pope Francis shares benefits of 'passionate' love, slams pornography

Sex is not taboo, but is rather a "gift from God" which is designed to show love and to create life, Pope Francis has stated, while criticizing pornography as part of an "industry of lies." "Sexuality, sex, is a gift of God. Not taboo," Pope Francis told a group of young people from the Diocese of Grenoble-Vienne in France on Monday. That particular comment was in response to a 16-year-old who asked how to navigate in a world that "desecrates" the human body. "Love between a man and a woman, when it is passionate, it leads you to give your life forever. Forever. And to give it with your body and soul," the pontiff explained, as quoted by the Catholic news website Crux.

China denies ridiculous Trump claim that it's meddling in US mid-term elections

China denies ridiculous Trump claim that it's meddling in US mid-term elections

Beijing doesn't interfere in other nations' internal affairs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, rebuffing President Donald Trump's earlier tweet accusing China of meddling in US elections. The spokesperson, Geng Shuang, voiced China's position while talking to reporters on Wednesday. A day earlier, Trump wrote on Twitter that China is "actively trying to impact and change" the election "by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me." Shuang's comments come on the heels of reports that Washington has ordered two Chinese state-run media outlets, Xinhua News Agency and Global Television Network to register as foreign agents in the US.

Manhunt intensifies for 'survivalist' who threatened to 'put a bullet in Trump's head'

Manhunt intensifies for 'survivalist' who threatened to 'put a bullet in Trump's head'

Scores of state and federal officers on his trail, a $10,000 bounty on his collar, more than 100 days on the run and still the 'armed and dangerous' fugitive, a self-styled survivalist, has evaded police. "Keep it up Morganelli, I promise I'll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J. Trump," the fugitive wrote on Facebook back in June, as cited by The New York Times, making criminal threats against the district attorney of Northampton County and the US president - and triggering a major manhunt in the process. The so-called 'Bush Crafter' also threatened to use "full lethal force on any law enforcement officer that tries to detain me." In a federal warrant issued on June 19, authorities named Shawn Richard Christy, 26, of McAdoo Pennsylvania as the 'armed and dangerous' suspect. Christy already had multiple state warrants out for his arrest for failing to appear in court and aggravated assault and violating probation.

Pope Francis says accused pastors are like Jesus on 'Good Friday'

Pope Francis says accused pastors are like Jesus on 'Good Friday'

Bishops who are accused should remain silent like Jesus on Good Friday when the crowds called out for his crucifixion, Pope Francis said Tuesday. When people insulted Jesus on Good Friday and shouted, "Crucify him," the pope said in his morning homily at the chapel of the Santa Marta residence, "he remained silent because he had compassion for those people deceived by the powerful." "He was silent. He prayed," Francis said. "In the same way, the pastor, in difficult times, in times when the devil is unleashed, where the pastor is accused-accused by the Great Accuser through so many people, so many powerful ones-suffers, offers his life and prays," the pope said.

Trump says exposing 'corrupt' FBI probe could be 'crowning achievement' of presidency

Trump says exposing 'corrupt' FBI probe could be 'crowning achievement' of presidency

President Trump in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV said Tuesday he ordered the release of classified documents in the Russia collusion case to show the public the FBI probe started as a "hoax" and that exposing it could become one of the "crowning achievements" of his presidency. "What we've done is a great service to the country, really," Trump said in a 45-minute, wide-ranging interview in the Oval Office. "I hope to be able to call this, along with tax cuts and regulation and all the things I've done ... in its own way this might be the most important thing because this was corrupt," he said. Trump also said he regretted not firing former FBI Director James Comey immediately instead of waiting until May 2017, confirming an account his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, gave Hill.TV earlier in the day that Trump was dismayed in 2016 by the way Comey handled the Hillary Clinton email case and began discussing firing him well before he became president.

India suggests setting up special economic zone for Russian companies

India suggests setting up special economic zone for Russian companies

New Delhi wants to encourage Russian investments and has invited the country's companies to explore business opportunities and strengthen bilateral economic ties, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has said. "We can set up a special economic zone for Russian companies," he told reporters. Prabhu invited the governors of the Russian Far East to explore partnerships with local businesses. He has recently met with his Russian counterpart to discuss enhancing bilateral trade and investment. They also talked about the possibilities of mutual cooperation in sectors such as mining, agriculture and tourism. According to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, "two-way investments have already crossed the $30 billion target" which the countries have set for 2025.

China slashes US Treasury securities to six-month low as trade tensions mount

China slashes US Treasury securities to six-month low as trade tensions mount

The biggest holder of US Treasury bills, notes and bonds - China - has dropped $7.8 billion worth of US sovereign debt as a large-scale trade conflict, launched by Washington earlier this year, breaks new ground. The latest statistics released by the US Treasury Department showed that China's share of US sovereign bonds hit a six month low of $1.171 trillion in July, from $1.178 trillion in the previous month. Brazil, the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Hong Kong followed suit. China's July outflow of treasuries was the third in the past four months.

Historian: 'Ukrainian authorities deliberately sent MH17 airliner into warzone'

Historian: 'Ukrainian authorities deliberately sent MH17 airliner into warzone'

Russia's Ministry of Defense has presented audio proof of Ukraine's links to the downing of Flight MH17 in 2014. During the press briefing in Moscow, the ministry said that Kiev could destroy documentation for the missile that shot down the MH17 flight in order to conceal the truth. It also said that the missile came from Ukraine's arsenal. Sputnik talked about the new evidence emerging in the MH17 case with Bjorn Ditlef Nistad, who holds a doctorate in Russian history and founded the independent Russian Information Center in Norway.

Live long & prosper: Real-life Planet Vulcan orbiting 'Star Trek' sun & could host life

Live long & prosper: Real-life Planet Vulcan orbiting 'Star Trek' sun & could host life

Astronomers have boldly gone where no man has gone before in announcing that Star Trek's fictional planet Vulcan is real - and even has a sun just like ours. The planet is twice the size of Earth and has a 42-day-long year. Since the show's writer associated Vulcan with a real star, named 40 Eridani A, curious scientists and sci-fi fans alike have wanted to find out if there actually is a planet equivalent to Vulcan in the star's orbit.

Analyst to RT - Idlib buffer zone will help Russia & Turkey clear area of radicals

Analyst to RT - Idlib buffer zone will help Russia & Turkey clear area of radicals

The demilitarized zone in Syria's embattled Idlib Province will help Russia and Turkey to clear out radical militants, as both sides will be patrolling the area, a professor of international relations told RT. The deal to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib is "best military and diplomatic solution today" for Russia and Turkey, since they can remove the radicals from the province and avert mass civilian casualties, Huseyin Bagci says. The agreement was reached on Monday between presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the leaders held hour-long talks in Sochi, south Russia. According to the plan, the radical militants, including an Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front), and their heavy weaponry must be withdrawn from the DMZ before October 10. Bagci, who teaches in the Ankara-based Middle East Technical University, emphasizes that the agreed DMZ is not an "everlasting" solution, but a temporary measure.