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Lavrov responds to Turkey's whining, says they were warned HTS would be crushed in IdlibLavrov responds to Turkey's whining, says they were warned HTS would be crushed in Idlib
The Turkish Defence Ministry said a day earlier that three civilians had been killed and 12 more had been injured in an attack on its convoy moving toward an observatory point in Idlib Province. Attacks by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham militants in Idlib will be crushed, Turkey has been notified about that, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "Jointly with our Turkish colleagues, in order to stop regular violations by these terrorists of the cessation of hostilities regime, although it does not extend to them, we have made it clear that if they carry out attacks from this zone, they will be severely suppressed. Throughout this year, these provocations have not stopped", Lavrov said at a press conference, held after his talks with Ghanaian counterpart, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS or the "Organisation for the Liberation of the Levant") is an alliance of militant groups active in Syria. The group, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra is a part of this broader...
Troll Trump promises not to build Trump Tower in Greenland if he buys itTroll Trump promises not to build Trump Tower in Greenland if he buys it
US President apparently hasn't given up on buying Greenland, promising the island's residents they won't end up with a giant gleaming Trump Tower in their backyard... and posting a photo of how that might have looked like. Trump tweeted a magnificently garish rendering of Trump Tower Greenland on Monday afternoon, promising the reluctant Danes that if he owned their massive island, it would certainly not look like that. (Presumably, the building would be black with gold accents, instead of solid gold, and several stories higher, with a golf course). Twitter exploded. "Make Greenland Great Again!!!" one supporter tweeted. "All in favor of invading Greenland?" another followed up.
Good advice: Iran warns North Korea not to trust USGood advice: Iran warns North Korea not to trust US
Iran has advised its allies in Pyongyang not to trust the US and revealed that the Islamic Republic's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has plans to visit Pyongyang. "The US has proved unreliable for dialogue, both at the exit of the JCPOA [Global Joint Action Plan] and in negotiations with North Korea," said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abas Araqchi on Monday, during a meeting with a North Korean parliamentary delegation. The main US instrument against independent countries such as Iran and North Korea is economic sanctions, the deputy minister said, adding that the restrictions were unable to break the two states' resolve in any way. In addition, Araqchi also announced that Tehran would be available to develop political ties between the two countries and willing to prepare Zarif's visit to Pyongyang. This proclamation was made after Tehran completed the creation of the Bavar-373 air defense system. Iranian authorities compare the new system with the Russian S-300, reports...
Hailstones the size of grapefruits fall in Colorado, including largest ever recordedHailstones the size of grapefruits fall in Colorado, including largest ever recorded
The sky wasn't falling, but it might have felt like it in Colorado this week. Indeed, a storm there delivered a record-breaking hailstone that measured 4.83 inches in diameter -- roughly the size of a grapefruit, weather services said. The hail came down in Bethune on Tuesday, and it was measured by the Colorado Climate Center and the National Weather Service's office in Goodland, Kan. "Update: along with [the National Weather Service in Goodland], today we measured the hailstone that fell NW of Bethune, CO on Tuesday, 13 August. The maximum diameter was 4.83 [inches], which exceeds the long-standing state record of 4.5," the Colorado Climate Center tweeted Wednesday.
Severe storms hit Germany, disrupting transport networksSevere storms hit Germany, disrupting transport networks
Commuters in parts of Germany faced disruption Monday after storms lashed the country. Thunderstorms, heavy rain and hailstones caused flooding and trees to fall, affecting rail and air travel in central, eastern and southern regions of the country. The rail network in the state of Hesse was particularly badly hit due to the weather conditions, a Deutsche Bahn (DB) spokesman said. In Walldorf - south west of Frankfurt - lightning struck a signal box, DB reported on Twitter. Trains between the main stations of Mannheim and Frankfurt had to be cancelled due to a line closure. DB said the closure would be in place until around 3pm on Monday. On the routes between Darmstadt and Frankfurt and between Hanau, east of Frankfurt, and Aschaffenburg, in Bavaria, passengers faced disruption because of overhead line problems.
Turkey turmoil: As floods inundate Istanbul region, nearby Izmir battles raging wildfiresTurkey turmoil: As floods inundate Istanbul region, nearby Izmir battles raging wildfires
Forest fires have consumed some 500 hectares (over 1,200 acres) of land in Izmir on Turkey's Aegean coast, an official said Monday. On Sunday, the fires broke out in four different regions -- including two in the southwestern Muğla province and others in Izmir province, according to Agriculture and Forest Ministry. Speaking to reporters in Izmir, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said that the fire in Karabağlar district of Izmir has so far destroyed some 500 hectares of forestland and firefighters are still battling to contain the fire.
FLASHBACK: Trump's top intelligence and military personnel held unusual meeting at CIA on IranFLASHBACK: Trump's top intelligence and military personnel held unusual meeting at CIA on Iran
Comment: Keep in mind that the following article is from last May, but points to just how much the CIA is still a part of influencing foreign policy towards Iran. In a highly unusual move, national security adviser John Bolton convened a meeting at CIA headquarters last week with the Trump administration's top intelligence, diplomatic and military advisers to discuss Iran, according to six current U.S. officials. The meeting was held at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 29, and included CIA Director Gina Haspel, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, five of the officials said. National security meetings are typically held in the White House Situation Room. The six current officials, as well as multiple former officials, said it is extremely rare for senior White House officials or Cabinet members to attend a meeting at CIA headquarters. The officials...
Jordan Peterson tweets video trashing deepfakes as 'threat to Western democracies'Jordan Peterson tweets video trashing deepfakes as 'threat to Western democracies'
A neural network, called "NotJordanPeterson", has been trained to produce deep fake audios that mimic the voice of the Canadian psychologist, making him say things he never actually said - and people are already freaking out. Canadian clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and culture warrior Jordan Peterson has tweeted a YouTube video revealing the danger of deepfakes for current and future generations just days after an audio spoofing website replicating his voice was discovered online. Aside from the fact that the video, posted on the YouTube channel The Thinkery, addressed the "NotJordanPeterson" neural network that can make the AI model say anything one wants in the professor's voice, it also took a look at some potentially disturbing consequences of the further development of such technology.
Huawei blasts US move to expand blacklist of its affiliates as 'politically motivated'Huawei blasts US move to expand blacklist of its affiliates as 'politically motivated'
Chinese telecom giant Huawei has said the US decision to blacklist another 46 of the firm's affiliates is 'unjust.' The list now includes more than 100 entries. The US Department of Commerce (DoC) initially blacklisted Huawei itself in May, forbidding US firms from selling technology or equipment to the Chinese tech giant, while also banning US state agencies from buying products and services from Huawei unless granted a waiver. Washington alleges that the Chinese company is involved in activities that pose a threat to US national security and foreign policy interests, suggesting, for example, that Huawei's smartphones could be used by China to spy on Americans, an allegation the firm has repeatedly denied. The ban, however, was delayed by the DoC for the second time on Monday, allowing Huawei 90 more days to do business with US firms. However, it announced it would add 46 more Huawei subsidiaries and affiliates to its blacklist, which now puts the total number of companies...
Meat tax will take food off poor people's tables so that wealthy eco-socialists can feel virtuousMeat tax will take food off poor people's tables so that wealthy eco-socialists can feel virtuous
This is how you impose an unpopular and ineffective environmentalist policy that will hit the poorest citizens hardest, is bound to create a host of unintended consequences, and is founded on speculative science to begin with. You are a centrist government in a democratic Western country. You want to be seen to be taking action on the environment, but you believe in consumer capitalism, and therefore wouldn't dare to dismantle the profit-making machinery that actually contributes most of the CO2 within your economy. You praise the ideals of the Green New Deal, only because you know it will never become reality. Your target must be insignificant economically, yet high-profile in its symbolic value. Meat works perfectly. Eating it already has an aura of hedonistic licentiousness, and restricting consumption covers several bases - animal cruelty, public health, and most importantly, climate change resulting from intensive livestock farming. You will get years of headlines, just as...
Mercedes caught 'spying on drivers with secret tracking devices'Mercedes caught 'spying on drivers with secret tracking devices'
Mercedes-Benz has found itself at the center of an apparently illegal spying operation, following reports that it installed tracking devices on thousands of vehicles and shared customer location data with third parties. According to the Sun, Mercedes-Benz fitted secret sensors to all new and used vehicles sold through its official dealers from as far back as 2018. These sensors can pinpoint a vehicle's location and the data is then transmitted to a central location. Both the driver and car information can then be passed to bailiffs who can then seize and repossess the vehicle from indebted drivers at will. The company sold more than 170,000 new cars in Britain this year, roughly 80 percent of which are reportedly sold on finance plans.
Real-life SkyNet? Pentagon wants to use AI to develop new weapons and vehiclesReal-life SkyNet? Pentagon wants to use AI to develop new weapons and vehicles
Despite numerous science fiction stories and famous scientists cautioning humanity against using artificial intelligence in various weapons systems, it seems that the Pentagon has disregarded these warnings. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which operates under the US Department of Defence, has devised a new four-year project aimed at developing artificial intelligence (AI) for military purposes. This AI, in turn, is expected to help the Pentagon in its development of new vehicles, weapons, and equipment embedded with various cyber systems. In papers related to the project, DARPA explains that currently the development of such "cyber physical systems" (CPS) takes an enormous amount of time and resources, whereas the AI would reduce the gap between the system's inception and its deployment "from years to months". CPS development currently involves contractors coming up with alternative designs for certain CPS sub-systems, each of them solving the tasks with...
Kremlin: Putin fully briefed on Arkhangelsk accident, rumors of 'radioactive cloud' absurdKremlin: Putin fully briefed on Arkhangelsk accident, rumors of 'radioactive cloud' absurd
Five Rosatom employees died in a blast that rocked a military site in the Arkhangelsk Region on 10 August during tests of a liquid-propellant rocket engine. They will receive posthumous government honours. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is fully briefed on all details surrounding the accident in the Arkhangelsk region and dismissed rumours of a "radioactive cloud". "I suggest you focus on the statements made by the president yesterday, who said that there is no danger and, all the authorities are working to prevent the slightest risk to the citizens of Russia in connection with that emergency," Peskov responded when asked why radiation monitoring stations in Kirov and Dubna stopped submitting reports after the 8 August explosion in the Arkhangelsk region.
Miss Nevada claims she was banned from competing in Miss America over pro-Trump posts on social mediaMiss Nevada claims she was banned from competing in Miss America over pro-Trump posts on social media
Miss Nevada says she was banned from competing in the upcoming Miss America beauty contest because of her refusal to hide her support for President Trump. "I was officially disqualified from competing in the Miss America pageant for 2019," said Katie Jo Williams in an Instagram video. She says organizers told her she was "too political" to be involved. Williams asked what she could do to resolve the issue, and was told the only recourse was to delete everything she had posted on social media. The director of the pageant sent screenshots which included pictures of Williams in her Trump 2020 hat, professing her love for America and her opposition to Antifa, making it clear that they all needed to be erased.
DTP vaccine associated with increased rate of total mortality in low-income countries - reportDTP vaccine associated with increased rate of total mortality in low-income countries - report
DTP is one of the most common vaccines used in the world. In 2012, SAGE requested that the WHO review the evidence concerning the possible effects of DTP vaccines on mortality1. In a new expert report, Peter C. Gøtzsche, Professor, DrMedSci, MSc analyzed the WHO systematic review as well as any studies published after the WHO report that assessed the effect of DTP vaccine on total mortality. This new expert report concludes that the "evidence tells us that it is likely that the DTP vaccine increases total mortality in low-income countries." 2 This echoes the conclusion by Peter Aaby - a highly acclaimed scientist renowned for studying and promoting vaccines in Africa - that "all currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis. Though a vaccine protects children against the target disease it may simultaneously increase susceptibility to unrelated infections." 3 Dr. Aaby's recent...
UK: Pub landlord gives away 100 free meals a day to children facing holiday hungerUK: Pub landlord gives away 100 free meals a day to children facing holiday hunger
A pub is to give away 100 free meals to hungry children every day for the rest of summer, in an attempt to help poor families struggling through the six-week holidays. The hot dinners will be cooked up and dished out at the Crown Inn in Keynsham, Somerset. The initiative is aimed at helping families who receive free school meals during term time and find themselves struggling with the extra economic burden during the elongated break. Comment: Feeding your children ONE extra meal is an actual 'economic burden' for many in the UK in 2019.
Pig hearts could be used in human transplants 'within just three years' says surgeon who performed first ever op 40 years agoPig hearts could be used in human transplants 'within just three years' says surgeon who performed first ever op 40 years ago
Pig hearts could be used for human transplants within just three years, according to the surgeon who performed the first op in Britain 40 years ago. Sir Terence English said his protege from the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979 will first try to replace a human kidney with a pig's this year. And the pioneer believes this could pave the way for more complicated animal-human organ transplants - a process called "xenotransplantation". Sir Terence, 87, told the Sunday Telegraph: "If the result of xenotransplantation is satisfactory with porcine kidneys to humans then it is likely that hearts would be used with good effects in humans within a few years.
The purpose of Netanyahu's visit to UkraineThe purpose of Netanyahu's visit to Ukraine
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived in Ukraine on an official visit. Most experts claim that the visit is motivated by two points: Israel noted that Ukraine is the only state in the world except Israel itself where the Prime Minister and the President are Jews; Netanyahu has elections on September 17th, and Israel is home to many people from Ukraine. I think both said reasons for the visit are false. However, the goals named by Netanyahu himself can hardly be considered true either. He, apparently, was going to sign an agreement on a free trade zone, settle humanitarian problems (Banderists started to be denied entry to Israel on a massive basis, and Ukraine periodically send Jews back, preventing them from entering) and, in addition, Zelensky invited him a couple of months ago.
Russian pensioner 'eaten alive' by brown bear after joking about being mauled by oneRussian pensioner 'eaten alive' by brown bear after joking about being mauled by one
A pensioner has been eaten alive by a bear just hours after joking about being attacked and killed by one. Alexander Korneyev was out picking wild mushrooms when a brown bear savagely mauled him in eastern Russia, just outside the village of Suluk, about 5,300 miles east of Moscow. The 66-year-old had only a penknife to try and defend himself against the powerful animal, but was unable to do so and was 'eaten alive'. When the retired railway construction worker was found, it's said that not a single spot was left untouched.
A raccoon was 'living his best life' in a school's snack machine. Then came the copsA raccoon was 'living his best life' in a school's snack machine. Then came the cops
Deputies from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office were called to a Deltona, Florida, high school on Wednesday over an issue that had nothing to do with the student body. It had to do with the vending machine. Rather, something that had crawled inside of it. Apparently, a raccoon had managed to make its way into the machine, located on the premises of the Pine Ridge High School.
Triage: What happens when you run life until the tank is emptyTriage: What happens when you run life until the tank is empty
How do you know you are sick? We call the manifestations of disease "signs and symptoms." We know them by their hallmarks of pain, swelling, redness, and heat. These signs and symptoms are synonymous with what we call "inflammation." The signs and symptoms of disease can be debilitating, and life must quickly recover, or die. How does life maintain its functions in the face of the stresses of our external environment? Life triages resources to meet threats and counter stress, in order to prevent signs and symptoms of disease from manifesting. Life does this until it exhausts all available resources.
Study raises questions about fluoride and children's IQStudy raises questions about fluoride and children's IQ
A study of young children in Canada suggests those whose mothers drank fluoridated tap water while pregnant had slightly lower IQ scores than children whose mothers lived in non-fluoridated cities. But don't dash for the nearest bottled water yet. Health experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association cautioned that public policy and drinking water consumption should not change on the basis of this study. "I still stand by the weight of the best available evidence, from 70 years of study, that community water fluoridation is safe and effective," said Brittany Seymour, a dentist and spokeswoman for the American Dental Association. "If we're able to replicate findings and continue to see outcomes, that would compel us to revisit our recommendation. We're just not there yet." The American Academy of Pediatrics, likewise, recommends fluoride in toothpastes and tooth varnishes for children because the mineral prevents tooth decay. In drinking water,...
UK: Murdered newlywed officer dragged under burglars getaway van then hit by police vehicleUK: Murdered newlywed officer dragged under burglars getaway van then hit by police vehicle
A police officer attending a burglary was dragged beneath a van for several hundred yards before being hit by a police dog vehicle responding to the incident, according to reports. PC Andrew Harper, 28, was attending the scene in Sulhamstead, near Reading, before being dragged down the road when he was hit by a Seat 'getaway' van at 11.30pm on Thursday. The newlywed officer, who married fiancée Lissie four weeks ago, was thrown from the vehicle's undercarriage before being struck by a police vehicle thought to have been part of a dog unit taking part in the pursuit, The Times reported. A witness said he heard an officer yelling: 'Stay with me, stay with me, keep breathing,' as PC Harper lay fatally injured in the road. Ten people - including a boy of 13 - have been arrested after what Prime Minister Boris Johnson described as a 'mindless and brutal' crime. Yesterday officers were seen attending a nearby Travellers' site near Burghfield, where inquiries were carried out in relation...
Biologic medications for arthritis and psoriasis have flooded the market — and been linked to 34,000 deathsBiologic medications for arthritis and psoriasis have flooded the market — and been linked to 34,000 deaths
With her kidneys and liver failing and a 106-degree temperature that had smoldered for days, Helen Tschannen was being kept alive on a ventilator. Doctors were not certain what was happening, but the family knew this: Tschannen, 77, did not want to be kept alive by machines. After 21 days in an Illinois hospital, they gathered at her bedside and wrestled with whether they were doing the right thing. A nurse unhooked the equipment. Tschannen took one breath on her own and died. It was Oct. 19, 2004.
Sugary western diets fuel newly evolving superbug - Clostridium difficileSugary western diets fuel newly evolving superbug - Clostridium difficile
And it's becoming increasingly resistant to disinfectants. A diarrhea-causing bacterium is evolving into a new species, one that thrives on your sugar-rich Western diet, according to a new study. The Clostridium difficile bacteria produce spores that spread through contact with feces, and so can commonly be found in bathrooms or on surfaces that people touch without properly washing their hands. What's more, this bacterium is becoming increasingly resistant to disinfectants used in hospitals, said study lead author Nitin Kumar, a senior bioinformatician at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Patients taking antibiotics face the greatest risk of developing diarrhea from C. difficile, because antibiotics clear away healthy gut bacteria that typically fight off the infection, Kumar told Live Science.
The oligarchy's plans for our future keep getting dumberThe oligarchy's plans for our future keep getting dumber
It's rare to get a billionaire to share their grand plans for the future, which is weird because billionaires pretty much rule the world. Whenever they do, though, it's always something incredibly sociopathic, like replacing all jobs with billionaire-owned automation/AI and giving people a Universal Basic Income set by the billionaire-owned government. Or loading all the humans onto rocket ships and sending them to live on Amazon Space Dildos. Billionaire Elon Musk, who hates unions and wants to implant AI into human brains, has been continuing this trend of idiotic plutocratic futurology with a new campaign to detonate nuclear weapons on the planet Mars. This is not because Musk hates Mars, but because he wants to colonize it; the idea is to vaporize the red planet's polar ice caps and throw carbon dioxide into the air to ultimately make the planet more habitable. Scientists are voicing skepticism that such a plan could even work, before even opening up the "Just because you can...
Controversial study links fluoridated water during pregnancy to lower IQControversial study links fluoridated water during pregnancy to lower IQ
A study published Monday linked consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, a finding at odds with decades of public health messaging extolling the mineral's benefits in reducing cavities. Several outside experts expressed concern over the research's methodology and questioned its conclusions, though some found the results compelling enough to merit further investigation. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named community water fluoridation one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century because of its contribution to the steep decline in tooth cavities in the United States over several decades. But although high levels of fluoride have been found to be toxic to rat brains, the concentrations seen in fluoridated tap water are deemed safe. "We realized that there were major questions about the safety of fluoride, especially for pregnant women and young children," Christine Till, an associate professor at...
Underwater eruption discovered near Fonualei Island, TongaUnderwater eruption discovered near Fonualei Island, Tonga
A new eruption, likely submarine, has occurred (or is still in progress) during the past days west of Vava'u Island in the Tonga archipelago. Its origin volcano is still a bit unclear, but the eruption, evidenced by fresh pumice rafts and steam plumes is most likely from a submarine volcano near or a vent of the small Fonualei volcano. On 7 Aug, an observer sent us the following report: "At around 10:40am on Wednesday 7 August, we noticed large clouds of smoke on the horizon at the location of Fonualei volcano. The plume continued to get larger over the next few hours. It seemed to pause and then erupt again."
Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: No ice except there is ice, relax the mindAdapt 2030 Ice Age Report: No ice except there is ice, relax the mind
Complete Version 3 data sets from 1880 are only 174 of 2082 ets to give consistent thermometer readings showing a warming planet, the rest of Earths surface to 1979 was estimated temps, so much for warmest year ever. Prince Charles said in 2009 that the Polar Ice Caps would be completely gone, charts from DMI show otherwise. Cup of tea anyone, time to calm the mind in a Twilight Zone world. Climate Revolution is a 'Must Read' for understanding our Sun driven climate as we progress deeper into the new Eddy Grand Solar Minimum. Weather extremes leading to Global food scarcity and high food prices are here now, and this book describes the expected changes, how to survive & thrive during future challenging times with practical preparations. Winter is Coming Cycles of Change Presentation: A comprehensive PDF slide presentation with accompanying MP3 narration of the slides by David DuByne, author of Climate Revolution. Over an hour of detailed explanation and documentation of the...
Know how Jeffrey Epstein methodically manipulated vulnerable young girls - so you can protect your children from predatorsKnow how Jeffrey Epstein methodically manipulated vulnerable young girls - so you can protect your children from predators
This article contains content that some may find distressing. Jeffrey Epstein "was" apparently a serial molester of children. He had manipulation down to an art form, as many molesters do. He seemed to be an expert at figuring out a girl's weak point, whether it was poverty, a deceased family member, or feeling alienated from her peers. This is a common ploy. Many molesters seek out children or teens who have lost a parent and use this as a way to build a friendship. Then, because children don't think like adults, they are manipulated, coerced, or threatened into sexual activity. The story below could be told a hundred thousand times with only tiny changes. The names and the faces would be different. The settings might not be a mansion in Manhattan or in Palm Beach but rather a quiet part of a church, a school, or some kind of activity for teens. The setting could be in the house next door to you, where someone with evil intent befriends a vulnerable young person with the stated...
Political upheaval over Tlaib and Omar's denial of entry to Israel demonstrates the power of BDSPolitical upheaval over Tlaib and Omar's denial of entry to Israel demonstrates the power of BDS
We are in the middle of a political upheaval on Israel/Palestine in the United States, and Americans who are concerned with Palestinian human rights live for these moments. They are the moments of potential change: When more tarnish is added to Israel's image, and Americans get a clearer picture of what the Jewish state actually means for non-Jews under its sovereignty. Since I've been covering the issue there have been several such moments. The Israeli assault on Gaza in 2008-09. The Israeli assault on Gaza in 2014. Netanyahu's showdowns with Obama over settlements, the Iran deal (2011, 2015). The move of the embassy last year with Israel's slaughter of some 60 nonviolent protesters at the Gaza fence. Most of these moments have involved a lot of bloodshed. Palestine had to have a lot of martyrs for anyone over here to even start paying attention. 2200 Palestinians died five years ago — over 500 of them children. Hundreds of brave Gazan protesters have died over the last year (with...
Trump wants Google sued as tech company 'manipulated up to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 election'Trump wants Google sued as tech company 'manipulated up to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 election'
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election in which she was running as a Democratic candidate. US President Donald Trump has stated that Google should be sued based on a report about the alleged manipulation of millions of votes in favour of Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump did not cite the report to support his accusation but referred to the watchdog group Judicial Watch in his tweet.
5 years later: NYPD fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo in 'chokehold' death of Eric Garner5 years later: NYPD fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo in 'chokehold' death of Eric Garner
NYPD cop Daniel Panatelo has been fired for causing the death of Eric Garner, Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced Monday. "The unintended consequence of Mr. Garner's death must have a consequence of its own," O'Neill said. "It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer." O'Neill's widely expected decision to fire the embattled cop endorsed the recommendation of a deputy commissioner who presided over Pantaleo's departmental trial earlier this year. It also came after Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed that Garner's family was "going to get justice ... in the next 30 days" during a Democratic presidential primary debate on July 31. Garner's July 17, 2014, death became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement after cellphone video captured him repeatedly yelling "I can't breathe!" while being arrested on suspicion of illegally selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island.
Bojo rejects Corbyn's call to end MPs' holiday early to deal with looming No Deal BrexitBojo rejects Corbyn's call to end MPs' holiday early to deal with looming No Deal Brexit
Boris Johnson has slapped down Labour's call to cut short MPs' summer holiday in "the next few days" to sort out Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn, and his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, backed more than 100 MPs' plea to recall Parliament after a leaked report showed the chaos of a No Deal Brexit . The Operation Yellowhammer briefing said petrol and medical supplies could be disrupted and up to 85% of lorries using Channel ports may not be ready for French customs checks. It added 15,000 workers who cross daily from Spain to Gibraltar face delays of more than four hours "at least for a few months".
Heavy summer snowfall hits northern British ColumbiaHeavy summer snowfall hits northern British Columbia
It's been a long, cold night in parts of northern B.C. As Environment Canada promised, a heavy dump of snow has fallen on parts of the Alaska highway and a total accumulation of 20 to 30 centimetres is expected to be on the ground when all is said and done. "The combination of an unseasonably cold arctic airmass and Pacific moisture associated with a low on the North Coast will result in continued heavy snow for higher elevations between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake," read the report from Environment Canada.
55yo Indian woman murdered with trident during exorcism55yo Indian woman murdered with trident during exorcism
A 55-year-old woman was murdered by witch doctors during the process of exorcism in Sapahi village under Ramana police station, around 35 kilometres away from the district headquarter, on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Rudani Devi, a native of Kon Mandra village under Ramana police station. Son of the deceased, Binesh Oraon lodged an FIR against exorcist Alama Devi and her son Sakendra Oraon. Binesh mentioned in the FIR that on August 15, his mother was taken to a witch doctor at Sapahi village by his two brothers Dhanesh Oraon and Dinesh Oraon and their wives Vinita and Guddi and his own wife for exorcism. He informed that on Saturday night during the exorcism, the witch doctor took his mother to a separate room and stabbed her with a trident. Ramana thana in-charge Gosnar Dhan confirmed the information and said, "Police has taken both the accused into custody and are interrogating them."
Is Hong Kong's showdown with Beijing inevitable?Is Hong Kong's showdown with Beijing inevitable?
This reckoning with Beijing's authority was baked into the cake 22 years ago when the Union Jack came down over Government House. It is impossible not to admire the bravery and commitment pro-democracy demonstrators display daily as they clog Hong Kong streets, shut down its airport, and disrupt the territory's beating heart in Central, the commercial and financial district. But neither can one deny the tragic fate that appears near as Beijing stiffens its resolve and signals the threat of military intervention. The futility of all action, the necessity of any: Maybe those protestors building barricades and hurling Molotov cocktails at tear-gassing riot police are reading Camus in their off-hours. Comment: Reading Camus in their off-hours in no way endears them to us. All we see are British-flag waving, US anthem-singing deluded rich kids. There is no question of Chinese President Xi Jinping compromising Beijing's authority to mollify those now in their third month of protests...
All along the watchtower and the follies of historyAll along the watchtower and the follies of history
The ultimate American imperial dream is to engineer a Chinese vassal state There must be some kind of way outta here Said the joker to the thief There's too much confusion I can't get no relief Business men, they drink my wine Plowmen dig my earth None were level on the mind Nobody up at his word -Bob Dylan, All Along the Watchtower (immortalized by Jimi Hendrix) Nothing beats the beguiling, stony smiles at the Bayon temple near Angkor Wat in Cambodia's Siem Reap to plunge us back into history's vortex, re-imagining how empires, in their endless pursuit of power, rise and fall, usually because they eventually get the very war they had sought to avoid.
Trump privately floats the possibility of a naval blockade against VenezuelaTrump privately floats the possibility of a naval blockade against Venezuela
President Trump privately suggested stationing Navy ships around Venezuela to block goods from entering and exiting the country multiple times, Axios reported Sunday. Five current and former officials told the outlet they had either directly heard the president discuss the idea or been briefed on it. Trump has reportedly raised the idea for at least a year and a half, and as recently as several weeks ago. Earlier this month he answered "Yes, I am" when a reporter asked whether he was mulling a blockade, according to Reuters. However, he did not elaborate on the idea. "He literally just said we should get the ships out there and do a naval embargo," one source who heard the president's comments in private told Axios. "Prevent anything going in." The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A blockade would be a significant escalation of the Trump administration's efforts to force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro out of office.
Iranian oil tanker released by Gibraltar (UK) is on its way to Greece - If it docks there, US will consider Greeks 'aiding & abetting terrorists'Iranian oil tanker released by Gibraltar (UK) is on its way to Greece - If it docks there, US will consider Greeks 'aiding & abetting terrorists'
Gibraltar authorities rejected a US request to extend the seizure of the Grace 1 tanker, citing differences in US and European sanctions against Iran. Gibraltar reportedly released the vessel after receiving assurances from Tehran that the ship would not deliver its cargo to Syria. Iran's Ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, confirmed on Sunday that the Grace 1 oil tanker set course for international waters. Baeidinejad wrote in Twitter: "At this juncture, we confirm that, finally, seven days after stopping in Gibraltar waters, the Iranian oil tanker began to move toward international waters. The overwhelming attention of global and regional politicians and public opinion reflects the important political, international and legal consequences of the actions taken in these few days." Earlier, the GBC News broadcaster said that "the Adrian Darya, formerly the Grace 1, is leaving" the territorial waters of Gibraltar. A marine traffic monitoring site also showed that the Iranian...
Kiev: Netanyahu greeted with slogan of Jew-slaughtering Nazi collaboratorsKiev: Netanyahu greeted with slogan of Jew-slaughtering Nazi collaborators
Grandfathering a slogan of past-era nationalists who took part in ethnic massacres makes for awkward moments when you have to use the slogan to greet a foreign leader of said ethnicity during an official visit. Take Benjamin Netanyahu's ongoing visit to Ukraine. The Israeli prime minister was greeted by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy with a lot of decorum. There were red carpets, flags, ceremonious signing of important documents, and a small military parade to treat the former Israeli commando. And of course Zelenskiy used the official greeting, which Ukraine adopted last year, "Glory to Ukraine," to which his loyal troops gave the regulation response, "Glory to heroes." The exchange is new for the Ukrainian military, but relatively old in itself.
Duterte to visit China despite claims from Manila hawks he 'kowtows' to BeijingDuterte to visit China despite claims from Manila hawks he 'kowtows' to Beijing
Philippine President Duterte earlier admitted that Beijing controls most of the South China Sea, urging every state, including those outside the region, to avoid creating tensions with Beijing. Prior to his visit to China this month, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he would finally claim his country's rights in the South China Sea in accordance with a 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. "The arbitral ruling, we will talk about [it] ... That's why I'm going to China", Duterte said during a speech this month at the Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Manila. The statement was made after weeks of rising bilateral tensions between the two Asian nations as Filipino generals question Duterte's warming relations with its northern neighbour. Last month, Filipino Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana accused China of "bullying" smaller claimant states in the South China Sea. Furthermore, the country's navy has recently criticised...
US tests a cruise missile banned by the expired INF treatyUS tests a cruise missile banned by the expired INF treaty
The US military has tested a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of over 500km, the Pentagon confirmed. Such weapons were banned under the INF arms control treaty, which the US exited this month. The flight test of a "conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile" was conducted on August 18 at a range on San Nicolas Island, California, the US Department of Defense said Monday. After a successful launch, the missile struck its target more than 500km (310 miles) away. Weapons with a range of between 500km and 5,000km were banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, a key arms control mechanism that helped de-escalate Cold War nuclear tensions when it was signed in 1987.
Bernie Sanders unveils his proposal for massive overhaul of the criminal justice systemBernie Sanders unveils his proposal for massive overhaul of the criminal justice system
Bernie Sanders, who was criticized by liberal activists in 2016 for not focusing more on racial injustice, is unveiling a sweeping plan on Sunday aimed at slashing the country's prison population in half and ridding the criminal justice system of "institutional racism and corporate profiteering." The ambitious, nearly 6,000-word proposal seeks to remake the nation's prisons, police departments, courts, drug laws and treatment of people who have mental illnesses with a full-throated progressive agenda. Sanders' left-wing allies have argued he has "evolved" in recent years on the issue of criminal justice. The plan calls for banning cash bail, solitary confinement and civil asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement officials to seize people's homes and other property even if they are not convicted of a crime. The plan also looks to legalize marijuana and abolish the death penalty, a practice Sanders has long opposed.
Iran's high-risk deterrence policy: Trading tankers, withdrawal steps from the JCPOA - MagnierIran's high-risk deterrence policy: Trading tankers, withdrawal steps from the JCPOA - Magnier
The UK acknowledged its first defeat by Iran when it released the Iranian super tanker Grace 1 captured by 30 Royal Navy commandos in the first week of July in response to a US request, as the Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell revealed. In response, Iran will release the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, captured by the "Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps" (IRGC) Special Forces before Saturday mid-day. This tit-for-tat response by Iran showed its determined deterrence policy towards the west: Iran is ready to accept any consequences, including a possible war if necessary. Moreover, Iran is prepared for another partial withdrawal from the nuclear deal three weeks from today as a counter reaction to the insufficient response of western signatory countries and their failure to effectively oppose the illegal actions of US President Donald Trump. The US unilaterally decided to revoke the deal, persuaded by Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu - even though its Chief of Staff...
UK's Royal Navy to 'go big' as it joins US-led maritime coalition against IranUK's Royal Navy to 'go big' as it joins US-led maritime coalition against Iran
The United Kingdom has agreed to join a US-led maritime mission to patrol the Persian Gulf region in the wake of a series of "attacks" on oil tankers there that was unfoundedly blamed on Iran. The British Navy has already dispatched three warships, HMS Montrose and HMS Kent, Type-23 submarine-hunters, and HMS Duncan, a Type-45 air-defence destroyer, to the Gulf as it has officially signed up for the US-proposed Operation Sentinel against a purported Iranian threat. Incidentally, HMS Kent left Portsmouth earlier this week together with another Type-45 air-defence destroyer, HMS Defender, which is set to start a mission in the Asia-Pacific region, but can potentially cover a wide area, including the Indian Ocean, meaning that it would be within an easy reach of the Gulf if needed. The UK government said in a statement on 5 August: "Following constructive discussions at an international conference in Bahrain last week [31 July], the UK has agreed to join an international mission...
Pacific states discuss kicking out 'neo-colonial' Australia from the blocPacific states discuss kicking out 'neo-colonial' Australia from the bloc
Australia announced a new policy in 2017 called "Pacific step-up" that is aimed at boosting the country's ties with the small island nations in the region, a move reportedly intended to serve as a countermeasure to China's growing influence in the Pacific. The latest Pacific Islands Forum that recently took place in Tuvalu has resulted in major backlash against one of its participants, Australia, over the country's stance on climate change. Some of the Pacific island states alleged that Canberra doesn't fully realise the challenges that the region faces. Tuvaluan Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga said in an interview with Radio New Zealand: "The spirit of the Pacific way is not understood by these guys, I don't think they understand anything about (it). And if that's the case, what is the point of these guys remaining in the Pacific Island Leaders' Forum?" The dispute arose when the countries were negotiating a joint communique with Australia. While supporting the overall goal of...
Hypocrite Macron has the gall to lecture Putin on protests despite his violent crackdown on Yellow VestsHypocrite Macron has the gall to lecture Putin on protests despite his violent crackdown on Yellow Vests
Emmanuel Macron took the opportunity to tell Russia's Vladimir Putin that a "true democracy" should treat protesters with respect. In France, anti-Macron protesters have been met with police batons for the past 40 weekends. The two leaders met ahead of the G7 summit, which Russia will not be part of, to talk about issues both bilateral and international. Amid the mostly-amicable exchange, the French president scaled the moral high ground to admonish Putin for his treatment of protesters at home. "We called this summer for freedom of protest, freedom of speech, freedom of opinion and the freedom to run in elections, which should be fully respected in Russia like for any member of the Council of Europe," Macron said at a joint press briefing at his summer residence on the French Mediterranean coast ahead of 3.5-hour-long talks with Putin. Comment: Macron lecturing Putin on freedom, isn't that rich. One has to imagine Putin wonders if Macron can't possibly be serious: Fouquet's...
Work till you die: Tory think tank proposes raising pension age to 75Work till you die: Tory think tank proposes raising pension age to 75
The state pension age should be raised to 75 within the next 16 years to help boost the UK economy, according to a Tory think tank. In a new report, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has proposed an increase of the pension age to 70 by 2028 and 75 by 2035. The pension age is already set to increase to 67 by 2028 and to 68 by 2046 - but the organisation, co-founded by former Conservative leader and work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan-Smith, wants to see a faster increase. Comment: So it's hardly an unbiased organization. As for Ian Duncan-Smith, he's known to have presided over the revamped and botched UK's benefit system that deemed thousands of disabled people 'fit for work' who subsequently died, many while still waiting to receive their benefits: UK: Man declared 'fit for work' by Jobcentre dies on way home from assessment The CSJ's latest report said evidence suggested the UK was "not responding to the needs and potential" of an ageing workforce, with hundreds of...
Putin and Macron discuss possibility of holding Ukraine summitPutin and Macron discuss possibility of holding Ukraine summit
French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for talks expected to focus on efforts to advance negotiations to curb the conflict between Ukrainian forces and Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Macron, who held talks with Putin at the Palace of Versailles near Paris in 2017, this time welcomed him at his summer retreat at Bregancon Fort, near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas. At the start of the meeting, Macron said he hoped his talks with Putin will lead to a four-way summit on the crisis in Ukraine over the coming weeks, instating that there was a "real opportunity" for peace. The Russian president voiced support for the Normandy format for negotiations aimed at putting an end to the Ukrainian conflict and involving France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia.