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  1. N. Korean FM: Netanyahu a ‘stinking Zionist’ who ‘kills Gaza’

    While the North Korean leadership prepares for Kim Jong-un’s historic meeting with US President Donald Trump, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho found the time to lash out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday morning.

    Ri shared the Israeli leader’s offer to help Iran with its water tech on Twitter, and wrote in response: “Stinking Zionist Netanyahu offer water to Iran; he’s criminal/liar so wouldn’t deliver. Meanwhile he can’t be bothered giving water to Gaza; he kills them instead.”

    Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon replied to the tweet, saying: “On the bright side—you follow us on Twitter and react. On the negative side—you insult us with no reason. Israel is a peace seeking nation, defending itself against a brutal and hate filled Iranian regime seeking our destruction.”,7340,L-5284343,00.html

    • This agreement has the potential to allow us to spend more time on the Iranian threat, the Turkish threat and the Chinese threat. Right now Russia is a poor fourth on the threat list and seems to be moving down and not up. In the long run Russia is the major threat but we are facing other graver threats in the short and medium run.

    • Hollywood is finding via dropping revenues that Asians will not pay to watch Africans starring in movies as Asians are blatantly racist but that is Ok as they are not white. Watch 007s income drop if Luther gains his wish.

  2. German authorities arrest suspected Islamic State member (abcnews, Jun 12, 2018)

    “German authorities say they have arrested an 18-year-old Iraqi man on suspicion of being a member of the international extremist organization, the Islamic State group.

    Federal prosecutors say Aqram A., whose full name was withheld on privacy grounds, was preliminary detained Wednesday in the southwestern Rhine-Neckar district.

    Prosecutors said Thursday the man is suspected of joining the Islamic State group in 2014 in Mosul where he completed military training for approximately four weeks. During the ensuing period, he worked as a guard and prepared fighting positions for the Islamic State group. In the summer of 2015, the suspect took part in fighting near the Iraqi town Beiji.

    He allegedly left Iraq in late 2015 and entered Germany in February 2016.”

  3. Turkish jets strike PKK targets in northern Iraq stronghold (abcnews, Jun 12, 2018)

    “Turkey’s military says its warplanes have struck 12 Kurdish rebel targets in cross-border raids in northern Iraq, where it is broadening its operations and vowing to destroy a stronghold of the fighters.

    The military says Tuesday that jets overnight hit shelters, weapon positions and ammunition depots used by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq’s Hakurk, Avasin-Basyan and Qandil regions.

    The Qandil mountain region is where senior PKK leadership is believed to maintain headquarters.

    Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli says Ankara has reinforced its military bases in northern Iraq and will remain in the region until the PKK ceases to be threat to Turkey.

    Canikli denied that Turkey’s operations against Qandil were aimed at stoking nationalist sentiment ahead of the country’s June 24 elections.”

  4. Hungary PM welcomes Italy’s refusal to let migrant rescue ship dock (reuters, Jun 12, 2018)

    “BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcomed a decision by Italy not to allow a charity vessel crammed with rescued migrants to dock in Italian ports, saying it showed a will to protect maritime borders “at last”.

    Italy plans to transfer the migrants onto other vessels and sail them all to Spain, despite appeals from humanitarian groups to let the group disembark immediately.

    “It was so depressing to hear for years that it is impossible to protect maritime borders,” Orban told a news conference. “Will power has returned to Italy.””

  5. Youth Gang Violence Set to Have ‘Unprecedented Rise’ During Summer (breitbart, Jun 12, 2018)

    “There is set to be an “unprecedented rise” in gang violence and knife crime in London this summer because children are out of school, a report has warned.

    Blaming cuts to youth services, London child poverty charity The Childhood Trust warns that without the structure, care, and adult supervision provided by schools, young people from “deprived communities” will become “susceptible to violence and abuse as well as an increased tendency to participate in anti-social activities due to boredom and lack of fulfilment”.

    “Not having positive opportunities to participate in healthy activities during the holidays amongst children in deprived communities is contributing to an unprecedented rise in gang violence and knife crime,” authors of A Summer from Hell: Experiences of Children Living in Poverty in London write.

    “Faced with loneliness, insecurity and disconnection from their families, many find a sense of community with others in the same situation. This leaves children particularly vulnerable to gang exploitation and abuse.”…”

    • ” Faced with loneliness, insecurity and disconnection from their families, many find a sense of community with others in the same situation. This leaves children particularly vulnerable to gang exploitation and abuse.”…”

      Awww Next I will be crying. Life is what you make of it and that paragraph is the standard leftist excuse for scum behaviour. The miracle is that some realize this and actually make a life for themselves. I have no sympathy here at all as until they realize that London isn’t Lagos(yet) it wont stop.

  6. Europe Uses Immigration to Force Acceptance of Gay Marriage (breitbart, Jun 12, 2018)

    “The European Court of Justice has ruled that all member states must overlook their same-sex marriage laws by recognizing gay couples married in other territories.

    According to last week’s case, six former Soviet-bloc countries, which do not recognize same-sex marriage, will now be forced to attribute marriage status to same-sex immigrant couples, if at least one of the partners is an EU citizen.

    While the six European Union nations are free not to legalize same-sex marriages or civil unions, the court ruled, they may not “obstruct the freedom of residence of an E.U. citizen by refusing to grant his same-sex spouse, a national of a country that is not an E.U. member state, a derived right of residence in their territory.”

    The decision referred to a lawsuit filed in Romania by Adrian Coman and marks the latest legal precedent in the ever-increasing number of European Union (EU)-imposed regulations that override the sovereign laws of individual nations…”

  7. French Far-Left Extremists Vandalise War Memorial, Call for ‘No Nation, No Borders’ (breitbart, Jun 12, 2018)

    “Far-left extremists are believed to be responsible for the vandalisation of a memorial to France’s war dead, writing slogans including “anti-France” and “No Nation No Border”.
    Far-left slogans were also written on the town hall, a nearby restaurant, and a recently renovated building in the village of Saint-Jean-du-Gard on Saturday, radio broadcaster France Bleu reports.

    According to Gendarme investigators, the attack on the war memorial may be linked to the proposed removal of far-left activists from the La Borie site which was occupied in the 1980s in opposition to a dam project along the nearby river. A court ruling on the eviction is expected this week…”

  8. Lagarde Sees Darker Clouds Over World Economy After G-7 Tiff

    (Bloomberg) — IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the risks to the global economy are rising as major industrial nations sharpen threats of a trade war.

    “The clouds on the horizon that we have signaled about six months ago are getting darker by the day — and, I was going to say, by the weekend,” Lagarde said at a news conference in Berlin on Monday.

    Her remarks follow a chaotic two-day meeting of the Group of Seven in which President Donald Trump shocked fellow leaders with his disregard for U.S. allies. After leaving the summit early, Trump tweeted he was pulling U.S. support from a joint statement and he accused the host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of being weak and dishonest.

    • Venezuela’s hyperinflation at new dizzying high
      AFP•June 11, 2018

      Caracas (AFP) – Venezuela’s sky-high inflation soared to 24,571 percent in the past 12 months, lawmakers said Monday.

      President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government controls most of the country’s economy and is in the midst of an ever-deepening crisis with food and medicine in short supply.

      Analysts blame what they call mismanagement of a state-led economy. That includes its control over hard currency, as well as low oil prices. Venezuela depends on crude oil for its earnings.

      The government blames US sanctions and businessmen speculating on the problems.

      The latest figure comes from a National Assembly finance committee report looking at the period May 2017 to May 2018.

      Meanwhile, the consumer price index in May surged 110.1 percent. It was the first time the index topped 100 percent in one month.

    • Ortega stays mum as Nicaragua continues violent downward spiral

      Managua (AFP) – Armed riot police and pro-government paramilitaries on Monday attacked barricades manned by anti-government activists in the Nicaraguan capital, plunging neighborhoods into violence and chaos in an attempt to stamp out a two-month-old uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

      The government offensive launched overnight into the early morning comes as Ortega enters his fifth day of silence regarding the Roman Catholic Church’s proposal to restart talks aimed at calming the political crisis.

      Cracks of gun fire resounded through the streets of Managua as television footage showed turbulent scenes of armed security forces on foot and in trucks chasing young men away from street barricades.

      Activists attempted to push them back by throwing rocks and setting off homemade mortars.

      The violence appeared to have cooled by mid-afternoon, a few hours after Silvio Jose Baez, an auxiliary bishop of Managua, had urged residents to stay inside their homes.

      • Mexico candidate shot while posing for selfie as killings of politicians continue

        Country braces for further bloodshed as Fernando Purón said to be 112th political candidate killed since September

        Fernando Purón had just finished an election debate with his rival congressional candidates in the Mexican border city of Piedras Negras, when a well-wisher asked to join him for a selfie.

        But as he posed for the photograph outside the auditorium in the border city of Piedras Negras, a bearded gunman stepped up behind the pair and shot Purón in the head.

        The cold-blooded murder on Friday – captured by a CCTV camera – has cast a harsh light both the stunning levels of violence in Mexico, and the risk taken by those who run for elected office in the country.

        Purón was the 112th political candidate murdered in Mexico since September 2017, according to Etellekt, a risk analysis consultancy.

        And the country is bracing for more bloodshed before 1 July elections, when voters will pick a new president, renew congress and fill hundreds of state and local positions.

        The motives for the murder remain uncertain, although Purón had received death threats during his stint as mayor of Piedras Negras, where he had 10 bodyguards and was said to have incurred the displeasure of the city’s dominant crime group, the notoriously ruthless Zetas.

        During the debate just before his death, Purón had pledged again to defy organised crime, according to the newspaper Vanguardia. “You take on delinquency head-on – you don’t fear it, you call it for what it is,” he said. “Unfortunately, not all those in power do their job – some are even in cahoots with criminals.”

    • Lagarde – I just saw her name in my MB file from 2012:

      Lagarde assures Mursi IMF ready to help Egypt
      They just couldn’t do enough for that MB pos.
      While we [0, et al.] let Russia – !! – move in on Sisi.

      All the big-money contracts this article mentions don’t translate into reality, though. Russia simply has no money. They’re scrounging to pick up China’s leftovers. It’s embarassing.

        • Russia simply has no money. They’re scrounging to pick up China’s leftovers. It’s embarassing.

          It has advantages for us, if Trump plays it right we will have several years with Putin helping us, granted we will have to watch him like a hawk but his help can ensure that at least a portion of Western Europe remains free. And he will probably be happy to help us keep China out of Europe.

          • It’s pretty awful for my Russki to watch China treat Russia as the very inferior power in public get-togethers. He knows both countries well.
            No matter what, we’re far better off as co-belligerents with sorta-European Russia than as colonies of the Middle Kingdom.

            • That we are, we have a lot more in common with Russia then China. That is one reason that I have always thought that if push comes to shove the US and Russia will ally against China.

              • All those Chinese, such a tempting border. Like fear of locusts. I watch Russian friends shudder thinking about it.
                It’s visceral.
                Like if you say “Afghanistan”, they blanch. So many dead, so many disfigured walking, the hobbling miserable everywhere.

  9. Murky U.S. drone-strike policy threatens to backfire as other nations acquire technology

    On the surface, it may sound inconceivable: a foreign nation dispatching an armed drone to assassinate a fugitive or a political dissident on American soil.

    But such a scenario may not be as far-fetched as it seems, analysts and legal scholars say.

    The rapid proliferation of military drone technology is reaching the point that other nations — and even non-state actors such as Mexican drug cartels — could engage in the kinds of deadly strikes that the U.S. pioneered more than a decade ago and has increased under presidents of both political parties.

    “It’s not outside the realm of possibility that someone flies a drone across the border from Mexico and takes someone out,” said Rachel Stohl, managing director at the Stimson Center, a leading Washington think tank.

    “I think that’s the reality we’re going to face,” said Ms. Stohl, who specializes in drones and international arms policy. “I think we will see countries more emboldened to cross borders, and maybe they’re taking out a terrorist actor who happens to be on our soil and they say, ‘Look, you’ve done that as well.’ That’s the tension.”

    Critics contend that American policy on drone strikes is murky at best and that the U.S., perhaps unintentionally, has laid out a blueprint that the rest of the world could follow — with potentially chaotic results.

  10. A meeting in Singapore that no one imagined two years ago (or even one); *UPDATE* Significant document signed
    By J.E. Dyer June 12, 2018

    It might have been one thing if Donald Trump had run in 2016 on a platform emphasizing North Korea. But on the other hand, it probably wouldn’t have (been one thing). It would still have been this thing: the thing we’re seeing, which is that everyone is confounded by the improbable reality of the Trump-Kim meeting, with nothing sophisticated, complex, or smarter-than-the-president to say about it.

    It is what it is. It’s simple to the point of banality. Trump and Kim Jong-Un are meeting, on the clear understanding that establishing a further dialogue is about Kim completely dismantling his nuclear weapons program. If it ceases being about that, Trump walks.

    This seems unbelievable to many observers, who caution that Kim will do everything in his power to push the envelope and try to fudge things on the margins.

    Well, yes. It’s not clear to me why these observers still seem to think Trump doesn’t understand that. It’s actually crystal clear that he has understood it from the very beginning.

  11. Targeted retribution against the faithful seems to survive SCOTUS review
    By Benny Huang June 12, 2018

    This week, Christian baker Jack Phillips won the narrowest of victories at the Supreme Court when seven justices sided with him in a case involving a Colorado private sector nondiscrimination law.

    As many commentators have noted, the court seems to have dodged the Big Question at the heart of the matter — whether private sector nondiscrimination laws can be used to compel artisans to create messages that they object to. In one of the greatest cop-outs of all time the court ruled in Phillips’s favor only because members of the Colorado “Civil Rights” Commission (chortle) displayed clear bias against his religion.

    “The neutral and respectful consideration to which Phillips was entitled was compromised here,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy. “The Civil Rights Commission’s treatment of his case has some elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs that motivated his objection.”

  12. ‘Hostage situation’ in Paris – armed police seal off street in French capital (express, Jun 12, 2018)

    “A POSSIBLE hostage situation is underway in Paris with armed police sealing off a street in the French capital.

    An armed man is believed to have seized at least one hostage in Rue des Petites Ecuries, with armed police and firefighters at the scene.

    Shocking photos show police decked out in body armour with a local reporter warning of “an armed man”.

    A journalist for BFM Paris said two hostages had been taken.

    He said: “An armed man is entrenched rue des Petits Stables, Paris 10th. He’s holding two hostages. Cordoned off by law enforcement.”

    This is a breaking story, more to follow…”

    • Hostages in Paris Released, Kidnapper Arrested – French Interior Minister (sputniknews, Jun 12, 2018)

      “One person has been released as an armed man remains holed up with several other hostages in the 10th district of Paris, Sputnik’s correspondent reports. A major police operation is underway, the mayor’s office has confirmed on Twitter.

      The people taken hostage by an armed man in a northern district of the French capital on Tuesday have been released as a result of a police operation, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said, adding that the perpetrator has been detained.

      “Paris, X district: the man is detained and the hostages are safe. I welcome the professionalism and speed of the police and rescue services, ” Collomb said on Twitter.

      ?The motives of the man remain unknown. The area is sealed off, Sputnik’s correspondent reports from the scene. Police are at the scene and are saying that this doesn’t appear to be terrorism-related…”

  13. France urges ‘cynical’ Italy to rethink stance on migrant ship (reuters, Jun 12, 2018)

    “PARIS (Reuters) – France denounced Italy’s refusal to take in more than 600 migrants stranded aboard the rescue ship Aquarius, accusing the government of “cynicism” and asking Rome to reconsider its position…”

    • Stranded migrant rescue boat unable to make voyage to Spain as weather deteriorates

      Bad weather in the area means three-to-five-day voyage is dangerous

      A rescue boat loaded with hundreds of refugees which has been stranded in the Mediterranean Sea after Italy and Malta refused to allow the boat to dock, is unable to make the journey to Spain where the government has said it can land.

      Bad weather in the area is forecast to get worse, making the three-to-five-day voyage dangerous, according to French humanitarian group SOS Meiterranee France.

      According to the organisation, 629 migrants have been taken on board the Aquarius rescue boat, including 123 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women.

      On Monday evening the group put out a message which read: “Reaching Spain would take several days. With 629 people on board and weather deteriorating, the situation could become critical.”

      “Priority must remain the safety of all survivors. It is the responsibility of the Italian maritime authorities to find a safe and fast solution for the 629 people aboard the #Aquarius.”

      The boat was refused entry to Italian ports after Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini, who is also leader of far-right party Lega Nord (Northern League) said that all Italian ports were closed the Aquarius. In a Facebook post he called on Malta to take in the vessel.

      He said: “Malta takes in nobody. France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier with weapons. From today, Italy will also start to say no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration.”

      But the new Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, who took office just over a week ago, then said Spain would allow the rescue vessel to dock in the city of Valencia, where the rescued migrants and refugees could finally disembark. Despite the offer, it now looks unlikely the boat will attempt to reach Spain.

      The Aquarius patrols the sea route between Libya and Italy. According to the UN there have been more than 30,000 sea arrivals of refugees in the Mediterranean so far this year.

      This number has been decreasing dramatically in recent years. In October 2015 alone there were 221,454 sea arrivals in the area.

      A spokesperson from Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), said in an earlier statement: “MSF is concerned that again politics are being placed above people’s lives. The priority must be the importance of the well being and safety of the people on board.”
      BBC – Stranded migrants: Macron scolds Italy over Aquarius ship

      French President Emmanuel Macron has accused the Italian government of “cynicism and irresponsibility” for refusing to let a stranded rescue ship packed with migrants dock in Italy.

      A charity looking after the 629 migrants on the Aquarius, stranded off Malta, says two Italian ships will help take them to Spain’s port of Valencia.

      But Spain is at least three days’ sailing away. Mr Macron said Italy was “playing politics” with the migrants.

      They were picked up off Libya’s coast.

      The migrants, mainly sub-Saharan Africans, were found in inflatable boats at the weekend. They are now being looked after by Doctors without Borders (MSF) and the Franco-German charity SOS Méditerranée aboard the Aquarius.

      Mr Macron’s spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said the French president recalled that “in cases of distress, those with the nearest coastline have a responsibility to respond”.

      “There is a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility in the Italian government’s behaviour,” he quoted President Macron as saying.

      Most migrants who survive the perilous voyages from North Africa end up in overcrowded Italian camps, and Italy says its EU partners must ease the burden.

      The plan is for the Aquarius to be joined by an Italian coastguard ship and a warship, which will take on board most of the migrants. Then all three vessels will head for Valencia.

      SOS Méditerranée tweeted photos of fresh supplies arriving on board on Tuesday.


      euronews – Safety concerns prevent Aquarius migrant rescue ship going to Spain

    • Cynical !? That’s funny.

      On a German forum, a whistle blower wrote in the comment section that the government is aware that France just puts people with out proper paper work and who wouldn’t be able to stay in France legally on trains to Germany.

    • EU REBELLION: French MPs back Italy decision to trash EU rules and TURN-AWAY migrant ship (express, Jun 12, 2018)

      “EU MIGRANT policy suffered another body blow today after senior FRENCH politicians applauded Italy’s shock move to refuse to let a migrant ship carrying 629 refugees dock in Italian ports.

      French conservative lawmaker Eric Ciotti said no French port should take in the Aquarius, the humanitarian ship stranded in international waters in the Mediterranean since Saturday.

      “No French port – not Corsica, not Nice, not Marseille [should take in the Aquarius],” Mr Ciotti told the French television channel CNews, adding that the migrant ship should “head back towards the Libyan coast”.

      “Do we want Nice to become the next Lampedusa?” he said, referring to the Italian island which has become a popular landing point for migrants. “I hope France will hold firm on this issue”…”

      • Little Napoleon is delusional.
        Maybe all the fuss PT made over him and his mommy sent him over the edge.
        Mating with Baby-Doc T over the G-7 was ugliness itself.

    • Troubled Waters: Italian govt closes port to migrants as influx continues

      After two weeks in power, Italy’s new governing parties are sticking to its campaign promises. The Interior Minister has closed a port to a vessel carrying migrants. The country’s new goal is to protect its borders, he says.

    • Islam Question and Answer

      What is the hair that it is permissible to remove and the hair that it is not permissible to remove?

      […] plucking the eyebrows is haram

      […]The evidence for that is the hadeeth of Aïcha who said: The Messenger of Allah said: “Ten (actions) are part of the fitrah [natural inclinations of man]: trimming the moustache, letting the beard grow, using the siwaak (tooth-stick), rinsing the nose with water, clipping the nails, washing the finger joints, plucking the armpit hairs, shaving the pubes and washing oneself with water after relieving oneself.”

      […]Hair which we are forbidden to remove, which includes the eyebrows. The action of removing the hair of the eyebrows is called al-namas.

      […]As for plucking the eyebrows, this is haraam and is a major sin, because the prophet cursed those who do it.

      Ruling on plucking the eyebrows

  14. Austria’s Kurz receives death threats after shutting down mosques

    An anti-terrorism probe has been opened into death threats Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz received on social media after his government announced a crackdown on hate preaching and “political Islam.”

    The Austrian government’s decision to close seven mosques and expel as many as 60 imams as part of their campaign against radicalization has provoked a wave of outrage online. Some people on social media went as far as to threaten Sebastian Kurz personally. While some posts accused the chancellor of wanting a “war,” others openly said he should “prepare” for death, according to the Austrian national Oesterreich daily. Some posts also said that the head of the Austrian government “will find himself in a rubbish box,” while others just read: “Allahu Akbar!”

    The chancellor’s office confirmed to Oesterreich that Kurz received “many” death threats, particularly on Facebook and Instagram, as well as in some “instant messaging services.” The situation was considered to be so grave that the Austrian domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism agency, the BVT, launched a counter-terrorism investigation into the issue, according to the interior ministry.

    Additional measures were also taken to enhance the personal security of Kurz, who is currently on his visit to Israel, as well as of some other ministers.

    In the meantime, the chancellor’s office spokesman said that the government would not let itself to be “beaten out of reason” and would proceed with its policy as planned.

    The mosque closures and imam expulsions were announced on June 8. “Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalization tendencies have no place in our country,” Kurz said, commenting on the government’s decision at that time.

    Some of the mosques are suspected by authorities to have been influenced by Turkish ultra-nationalist organization called the ‘Grey Wolves.’ The spiritual leaders, who can be subjected to expulsion, are currently under investigation for violating the 2015 Islamic Law that prohibits any religious communities from receiving overseas funding or acting against the Austrian state and society.

    Vienna’s move was immediately slammed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who warned it could even lead to a “war between the cross and the crescent.” Earlier, the Turkish leader’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, branded the move as “Islamophobic” and said it was made solely for political reasons.

    On Sunday, the Islamic Religious Authority of Austria, the IGGO, also lambasted the government’s move by saying it was aimed at “discrediting” the Austrian Muslim community to score “political points.” It particularly condemned the timing of the government’s move, as it said that announcing the closure of mosques on the last Friday of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan just hours before the prayers was “an affront to all Austria’s Muslims.”

  15. The Latest: US Navy confirms Mediterranean rescue operation (abcnews, Jun 12, 2018)

    “The U.S. Navy has confirmed that one of its ships was involved in a rescue operation in the Mediterranean.

    The U.S. Sixth Fleet, which is based in Naples, Italy, said in a brief statement to The Associated Press that the USNS Trenton on Tuesday “rendered assistance to mariners in distress that it encountered while conducting routine operations in the Mediterranean Sea.”

    It said 40 people were rescued and are being given food, water and medical care on board the ship. The Navy statement didn’t say where the survivors would be taken but that “U.S. authorities are coordinating with our international partners to determine their ultimate disposition.”

    The incident was first reported by German migrant aid group Sea-Watch, which said 41 people were rescued and 12 bodies recovered during the operation.”

  16. First gas arrives in Turkey through pipeline from Azerbaijan (abcnews, Jun 12, 2018)

    “The Turkish and Azerbaijani presidents on Tuesday inaugurated a key pipeline carrying natural gas from Azerbaijan’s gas fields to Turkish markets and eventually to Europe, part of a wider Southern Gas Corridor project that aims to diversify gas supplies and reduce countries’ dependence on Russia.

    The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, or TANAP, is also part of Turkey’s ambition of becoming a major energy hub.

    “We are taking a historic step,” Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a ceremony in central Eskisehir province with Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev marking the delivery of the first gas. “We are inaugurating a project that is the ‘Silk Road’ of energy.”

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic also attended.

    Erdogan said the pipeline would not only ensure energy security but also increase the “welfare of the people on its route.” It will deliver 6 billion cubic meters of gas per year to Turkey and 10 billion cubic meters to Europe.

    Although it has no financial involvement, the United States has strongly supported TANAP, said Sandra Oudkirk, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy, who also attended the ceremony.

    “We take energy security for ourselves and allies and partners really seriously and we see this as an important component of the bigger energy diversification and energy security picture,” she told a group of journalists in Ankara earlier.

    The pipeline will eventually be connected to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, or TAP, at the Turkey-Greece border. Erdogan said that could take place in June 2019.”

  17. VoA – Amid a Boom in Mosque Construction, Builders Turn to Italy’s ‘White Gold’

    Demand has been on a constant rise for the prized white marble from the Italian town of Carrara, as orders of blocks and slabs have been increasing for the construction of new mosques and palaces in Gulf states.

    China’s newly prosperous magnates are also big clients.

    Mining of the Carrara quarries began more than 2,000 years ago. With advances in technology, extracting large quantities of the stone has become simpler than in past times.

    • same thing in Greece :


      F.H.L. Group, starting from 2008, is continuously providing Thassos White marble of first choice quality to the foreign company SAUDI BIN LADIN GROUP.

      The special sizes plates of dimensions 1.20 x 0.40 x 0.05 / 0.04m are used in the worldwide known religious places of worship Mecca and Medina. The plate’s dimensions are chosen respectively to the space necessary to a religionist to kneel on the ground and execute his prayers.

      The Thassos marble is furthermore worldwide known to be the marble with the highest reflection to the sun beams and this for the one with the lowest heat absorbance, which secures to the religionists a well tempered ground to kneel on. It also has to be remarked that the colour white is considered to be holy in the Muslim religion


      F.H.L. I. KIRIAKIDIS Marbles & Granites S.A. is active from 1991 in quarrying, elaborating and trading of marbles and granites.

      Our worldwide reputation in the natural stone sector has been gained mainly through our dominance in the white marble field. Owning different quarries in Greece from where the all-white marbles THASSOS SNOW WHITE, PRINOS, VOLAKAS, BIANCO VENUS, BIANCO M & BIANCO VENATINO are excavated, as well as being the biggest distributor of the SIVEC ® all white marble, provides us, together with our specialized workforce and latest technology machinery equipment, the capability to take over huge and challenging projects all over the world and to bring them to success!

      The F.H.L. I. KIRIAKIDIS GROUP consists of its various quarries, the headquarters with the marble processing plant, a dry mortar and adhesive production plant named MARMODOM, as well as it’s logistic company named AETOS, which are all located nearby Drama, Greece ensuring like this, that the whole workflow can’t be interrupted by exterior factors. Another subsidiary of the group is the marble trading company MARMI BIANCHI, which is located in Marina di Carrara, Italy.

      Few companies worldwide have the experience, know-how and the capacity to take over huge projects and to fulfill them successfully on time. F.H.L. I. KIRIAKIDIS GROUP surely proved many times in the past that it is one of them, by delivering prestigious high scale projects with white marbles, either artificially elaborated or in cut-to-size and tile sized shapes.

      The entirely white marble which covers the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, the National Parliament and Conference Hall in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and the pilgrim of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, can surely prove this!

  18. Defiant Trump Administration: “No More” Will U.S. Be the World’s Piggy Bank

    There is probably no one still laboring under the delusion that Donald Trump is “just another” world politician at this point, but if was still anyone fooling themselves into thinking that this administration was another Establishment tool, this weekend’s G7 Summit destroyed their mythology.

    President Trump was on fire during his brief stay in Quebec City, and he unleashed even more fire after he left. For Germany, France, Canada, and other U.S. allies who thought they could walk all over our new leader, this weekend’s conference was a rude awakening. Trump isn’t playing around, he isn’t using trade as a rhetorical device, and he isn’t kidding when he says it’s time to shift international trade agreements back to the favor of the United States. And if these leaders don’t wake up soon, they could find out just how serious our president is.

  19. History Made In Singapore
    Will the world soon see a denuclearized North Korea?
    June 12, 2018
    Lloyd Billingsley

    President Trump has assured North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that the long awaited summit that started today in Singapore is a “one-time shot” and repeatedly told reporters “we’ll see what happens.” Democrats couldn’t stand the wait. Before the two men even met, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh told Fox News the summit was “a win for Kim.”

    Trump and Jong-un shook hands in an historic meeting and the president told reporters “we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.” At this writing, the two have entered a meeting with only translators present, to be joined later by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

    It remains unclear whether Kim will dump his nuclear program, as Trump wants, or whether the United States will reduce its military presence with ally South Korea, as Kim Jong-un wants. Sanctions and economic issues are also in play. As the negotiations play out, observers might keep some realities in mind.

    North Korea is the first hereditary Stalinist dictatorship, the most oppressive regime ever to exist, with the possible exception of Enver Hoxha’s Albania and the Cuba of Fidel and now Raul Castro. Under Kim Il Sung, who launched the 1950 invasion, North Korea built up nuclear reactors, but it was his son Kim Jong Il, who took over in 1994, who advanced the nuclear weapons program while denying that the regime even had one.

  20. Trump Loosens Gulliver’s Ropes
    Strong American leadership puts the world in shock.
    June 12, 2018
    Bruce Thornton

    Donald Trump left the G7 meeting early to head for Singapore and meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. He left behind a disgruntled gaggle of Lilliputian states who have grown accustomed to U.S. leaders accepting the institutional ropes binding the world’s greatest power, and now are shocked and angry that an American leader is putting America’s interests first.

    We don’t know how Trump’s high-stakes negotiating on trade and tariffs will turn out, or whether the American people can take any economic pain that may attend the correction of trade imbalances that have tended to favor our partners and rivals at the expense of our own economy. But we have long needed to concentrate our partners’ minds on the wisdom of changing their assumption that the United States will put itself second in order to uphold the “postwar world order” that frequently camouflages the subordination of our interests to theirs.

    This “global order” is made up of the transnational institutions built on the rubble of two World Wars. The most important include the UN, NATO, the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the G7 group of the world’s richest economies representing 62% of global wealth, a total of $262 trillion. These multinational groups are supposed to keep the global peace, and manage the globalized economy so that it runs smoothly and equitably

  21. Here’s the Trump-Kim Statement (TEXT)
    June 12, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    No bowing or scraping. And no freebies. Trump’s biggest give thus far was temporarily dropping military exercises, but those are easy enough to restart again. And South Korea is clearly comfortable with that. (Japan may be another issue.)

    Statements like these are ‘agreements to agree’. They tend to be general and broad. And just signal a willingness by both sides to talk. The significance here is that the statement exists, not its contents, but it still contains the seeds of any possible agreement.

  22. Federal Court Orders Secret Podesta Ties Uncovered

    Judicial Watch today announced that, in an unusual Saturday ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney L. Friedrich ordered the U.S. Justice Department to provide more information about its search of former top Obama DOJ Official Peter Kadzik’s communications with then-Clinton presidential campaign chairman John Podesta, Clinton campaign officials, and others. The court order, issued in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, requires the Justice Department to provide additional details by June 15, 2018.

    According to Wikileaks, on May 19, 2015, Kadzik, using a Gmail account, sent Podesta an email appearing to tip off Clintons’ campaign about the Justice Department’s review of Clinton’s emails:

    There is a HJC oversight hearing today where the head of our Civil Division will testify. Likely to get questions on State Department emails. Another filing in the FOIA case went in last night or will go in this am that indicates it will be awhile (2016) before the State Department posts the emails.

    • I’ve been waiting for this to happen since “ze” and “zer”.
      Romance Languages, Hebrew, Russian, Japanese…
      …you can’t do them gender-neutral.
      Just not do-able.
      We’re gonna be down to grunts, groans, hoots, howls.
      Mewling like kittens being drowned.

  23. The wrong color

    The transformation of Western societies caused by mass immigration is the big issue of our time. Every day, one way or another, we meet it and whatever the authorized hucksters of the media system say, diversity is not always a richness.


    It can be a source of tension, especially when some defenders of multiculturalism divide the population into racial categories, paradoxically in the name of anti-racism. It is even more so when it places these groups in competition and gives special privileges to the newcomers, which are then tried to pass for positive discrimination
    We learned yesterday that Quebec solidaire (QS)intends to massively favor minority people for new hires in the public service. They would not be sufficiently represented. They should therefore be given preferential treatment. For QS, do not hire people on the basis of competence, but to fill quotas. As for the “old-fashioned” Quebeckers, they will have to agree not to be really in the running. They have the wrong skin color. Sorry! Too many white people! If it’s not racism, what is it?
    The City of Montreal is moving in the same direction. To promote diversity candidates, it will revise its traditional hiring rules. According to City officials, current hiring practices would be guilty of encouraging systemic discrimination.

    Here we find the detestable process of racism against the host society. Although the population may have expressed its opposition to the concept of systemic racism in a myriad of ways, the multicultural bureaucracy continues to operate in institutions, particularly in Montreal, where the mayor is in favor [of such policies].

    In the name of diversity, natives are told they are too many. If they protest, they will be accused of racism. As usual.

      • The French colonists in North America have always been a pain to those who want to form a stable nation, this is why the US spent so much time and money to get the Cajans to speak English, they were succeeding until the Clinton administration stopped the program.

  24. Al Quds Day at Queen’s Park: Toronto or Tehran? | David Menzies

    David Menzies of The Rebel.Media reports: Al Quds Day is allegedly about showing solidarity for the Palestinian people, but it’s nothing more than a hate-fest directed against Israel and Jews, and this odious spectacle returned to Toronto last Saturday.

  25. Andrew McCabe sues FBI and DOJ

    Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is suing the DOJ, FBI for wrongful termination and defamation; Ed Henry reports.

    • Rosenstein threatened to subpoena House Intelligence staffers in January

      Wall Street Journal editorial board member Kimberley Strassel on how Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to subpoena lawmakers.

  26. Al-Azhar: Demands to omit Quran verses leads to terrorism (memo, Jun 12, 2018)

    “Demands for the Quran to be altered in order to omit some verses are “one of the causes of terrorism”, the Grand Mufti of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayeb, warned yesterday.

    “It is normal for the Quran to be exposed to many distortion campaigns and false accusations,” El-Tayeb said.

    Last April, some 300 public figures, intellectuals and politicians in France signed a joint statement calling for the removal and revocation of some of Quranic verses.

    “Such boldness on others’ sanctity is one of the major causes of terrorism,” the Islamic scholar reiterated.

    “It is regrettable that those who publish these statements do not know how much hatred these words could create in the hearts of over 1.5 billion Muslims,” he added.

    “There is no single verse in the Quran that calls for killing Jews or Christians,” El-Tayeb stressed, pointing out that verses which call for fighting “call for combating any aggression”.”

    • There is no single verse in the Quran that calls for killing Jews or Christians-
      No- in fact many, many verses. Something like a third of the damnable thing is about slaying us wherever we may be found.

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