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  1. 19 dead, 25 missing as migrant boat capsizes north of Cyprus (abcnews, Jul 18, 2018)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/claiming-mistrust-italy-aid-group-sets-sail-spain-56658054

    “Nineteen people drowned when a boat loaded with as many as 150 people who were thought to be migrants capsized off the northern coast of Cyprus, a Turkish Cypriot official said Wednesday.

    Tolga Atakan, the transport minister in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus, told The Associated Press that rescue crews were searching for 25 missing passengers in an area where a passing cargo ship reported spotting people in the water.

    The Turkish coast guard said it rescued 103 of the capsized vessel’s passengers and took them to Turkey. One seriously injured person was being treated at a hospital in the northern part of Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia, Atakan said.

    Atakan said the nationalities of the passengers have not been confirmed. When asked if they were thought to be migrants, Atakan said “most probably.”

    Aysegul Baybars, the interior minister in northern Cyprus, told Turkey’s CNN-Turk television that authorities were investigating if bad weather, sabotage or other factors caused the sinking.

    She said authorities don’t know where the vessel has set sail from or where it was heading.

    The capsizing occurred around 16 miles (26 kilometers) north of Cyprus’ Karpas Peninsula, but it’s not yet clear when…”

  2. Big League National Security
    Mandalay Bay Claims Vegas Shooting an ‘Act of Terrorism’ in Lawsuit Against Victims

    The owners of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino have filed a federal lawsuit against the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting, arguing that they are not liable. However, their argument against liability is based on a 2002 federal law that limits liability for terrorist attacks.

    On October 1, 2017, police and FBI say alleged shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay onto a crowd of thousands of concertgoers who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

    Paddock, who has been deemed a “lone shooter” by disgraced Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and Aaron Rouse, the Special Agent in Charge of Las Vegas FBI, killed 58 people and injured nearly 900 people.

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/mandalay-bay-claims-vegas-shooting-an-act-of-terrorism-in-lawsuit-against-victims/

  3. Richard: I don’t know how much to trust this video.

    CIA Whistleblower: Hillary Clinton Laundered Russian Money Through Uranium One

    Former CIA agent Kevin Shipp made bombshell revelations in an interview with Greg Hunter about the Hillary Clinton case. Is Hillary Clinton about to be indicted in connection with the Uranium One deal?

    Shipp calls the Operation Crossfire Hurricane plot “a subversive effort to undermine the Constitution,” and that funding came from overseas. According to Shipp:

    Russian intelligence easily duped Hillary Clinton into entering into the Uranium One deal. Hillary Clinton then used Uranium One to launder money worldwide as Russians pumped money into her deal. In fact, Russian intelligence “targeted” Hillary Clinton knowing she would be susceptible to corruption.

    Watch The Interview Here:

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/cia-whistleblower-hillary-clinton-laundered-russian-money-through-uranium-one/

    Kevin Shipp – Indictments Coming for Hillary and Co-conspirators

  4. NYT – George Soros Bet Big on Liberal Democracy. Now He Fears He Is Losing.

    His enemies paint him as all-powerful, but the billionaire philanthropist believes that his political legacy has never been in greater jeopardy.

    […]In person, Soros is quite charming, with a wry sense of humor.

    Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has reverted to autocracy, and Poland and Hungary are moving in the same direction. With the rise of Donald Trump in the United States, where Soros is a major donor to Democratic candidates and progressive groups, and the growing strength of right-wing populist parties in Western Europe, Soros’s vision of liberal democracy is under threat in its longtime strongholds. Nationalism and tribalism are resurgent, barriers are being raised and borders reinforced and Soros is confronting the possibility that the goal to which he has devoted most of his wealth and the last chapter of his life will end in failure.[…]

    […]in Paris, I had dinner with Soros in his suite at the Bristol Hotel, where he usually stays — and one of the city’s most elegant addresses, conveniently located just up the street from the Élysée Palace (although on this trip Soros had no plans to see France’s president, Emanuel Macron, whom he knows and admires). […]we talked over a first course of tomato-and-avocado salad

    […]In 2015, Putin expelled Soros’s philanthropic organization, the Open Society Foundations, from Russia, claiming it was a security threat, and Russian state media churn out a steady flow of anti-Soros content. (At a recent joint press conference with Trump in Helsinki, Putin spoke scornfully of Soros.)

    more :

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/magazine/george-soros-democrat-open-society.html

  5. Richard: Welcome to the civil war

    Welcome to the resistance says Uber driver as he kicks out Republican riders

    GOPUSA Staff Washington Times 11:55 am July 18, 201810 comments

    The ridesharing company Uber says it is investigating a case in which young Republicans were abandoned at a gas station and told, “Welcome to the resistance.”

    Chris Godbey, executive director of the Young Republicans National Federation, and his peers said they were abruptly told to exit an Uber driver’s car over the weekend after an event near Raleigh, North Carolina. The reason: an anti-Trump “resistance” driver wanted to deliver a message.

    “About halfway through the trip our driver said he needed to stop and get gas,” said Mary Russell, a federation volunteer, the Daily Caller reported Monday. “Then he quickly turned off and stopped the car and said, ‘your ride has been terminated and you’ve reached your destination — and I have the right to deny you service. And so, we were all shocked. … And then he drove off and said, ‘welcome to the resistance.’”

    http://www.gopusa.com/?p=50546?omhide=true

  6. Four liberal states sue government over tax cuts

    GOPUSA Staff Washington Times 11:30 am July 18, 20181 comments

    Several states followed through on pledges to sue over Congress’ $1.5 trillion tax cut law, saying in a long-shot lawsuit filed Tuesday that it infringes on their rights to set their own spending policies and unfairly singles them out for punishment.

    The lawsuit, filed in federal court by the attorneys general of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland, argues that a $10,000 limit on the amount of state and local taxes that residents can deduct from their federal returns exceeds Congress’ taxing authorities.

    “The federal government is hellbent on using New York as a piggy bank to pay for corporate tax cuts, and I will not stand for it,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We will fight back at every turn against President Trump and the federal government’s partisan assault to protect the people of New York.”

    http://www.gopusa.com/?p=50505?omhide=true

  7. Comey Meddles in Midterms

    Former FBI director James Comey has taken to Twitter to implore voters to choose Democrats in the all-important midterm elections.

    The longtime Republican left the GOP in 2016 citing his disapproval of then-candidate Donald Trump’s behavior. (New York Post)

    “This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must … counteract ambition,’” Comey wrote in a tweet Tuesday night.

    James Comey
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    This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that “Ambition must … counteract ambition.” All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.
    8:50 PM – Jul 17, 2018

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    Comey, who was fired by President Trump, was reacting to the president’s Monday press conference with Vladimir Putin where Trump refused to agree with US intelligence agencies.

    While testifying to Congress in 2016, Comey said “I have been a registered Republican for most of my adult life, not registered any longer.”
    Read more at http://americanactionnews.com/articles/comey-meddles-in-midterms#3STiHvKC188bUQDJ.99

  8. Intel Chair: FBI, DOJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hope of Dem Takeover in Congress
    Nunes says DOJ, FBI betting on Dems killing probe

    The chair of the House Intelligence Committee accused the FBI and Department of Justice of stonewalling a sprawling investigation into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia with the hope of running out the clock until the November elections, when they anticipate Democrats will regain control of the House and dissolve an ongoing probe that has uncovered evidence U.S. officials sought to cripple Trump’s campaign.

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), in a wide-ranging audio interview with his House colleague Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), accused top officials at the FBI and DOJ of “putting all their chips on the Republicans losing the House” so that their Democratic allies can “shut down” the longstanding Intelligence Committee probe, which has unearthed information disputing claims of collusion in recent months.

    Rep. Duffy interviewed Rep. Nunes for an upcoming episode of Duffy’s podcast, “Plaidcast.”

    Nunes also lashed out at the U.S. media, accusing “90 percent” of reporters covering the Russia probe of being “essentially an arm of the Democratic party,” according to an advance copy of the interview shared with the Washington Free Beacon.

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/intel-chair-fbi-doj-obstructing-trump-probe-hope-dem-takeover-congress/

  9. The Left’s Trump-Putin Meltdown
    Just another nail in the coffin of the Leftist establishment’s credibility.
    July 18, 2018
    Robert Spencer
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    In a press conference with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump refused to validate the findings of a deeply corrupt and compromised intelligence community that has been working assiduously since before he was even elected to discredit and destroy him, and now the sky is falling.

    Barack Obama’s CIA director John Brennan, who calls himself a “nonpartisan American” but who voted for Communist Party candidate Gus Hall for President in 1976, tweeted in all-out hysterical mode: “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) outdid even Brennan in hysteria, tweeting a call for a military coup: “Where are our military folks ? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy!”

    Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who once called the Muslim Brotherhood “largely secular,” said that the Trump/Putin press conference was “truly unbelievable. On the world’s stage, in front of the entire globe, the President of the United States essentially capitulated and seems intimidated by Vladimir Putin. So it was amazing and very, very disturbing.”

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/270775/lefts-trump-putin-meltdown-robert-spencer

  10. DOUBLE STANDARD: Obama Defended Russia in South Africa Speech
    July 18, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    The media may have left its heart in San Francisco, but it lost its mind in Helsinki.

    The varied accusations of treason all hinge on Trump not being sufficiently critical of Russia. Meanwhile Obama had delivered a speech in South Africa which was widely praised for its supposed covert attacks on Trump. But here’s a part of the speech that the media chose not to emphasize because it would only reveal the double standard of Russiagate.

    “Which is why, at the end of the 20th century, while some Western commentators were declaring the end of history and the inevitable triumph of liberal democracy and the virtues of the global supply chain, so many missed signs of a brewing backlash — a backlash that arrived in so many forms,” Obama says. Then he goes on to list various examples of the backlash to modernity.

    They include Islamic terrorism… and Russia.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/270786/double-standard-obama-defended-russia-south-africa-daniel-greenfield

  11. Is the Media the “Enemy of the People”?
    If an enemy controlled the media, would the news look any different?
    July 18, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield
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    Traveling on Air Force One to Helsinki, President Trump tweeted that the media was the “enemy of the people”.

    It wasn’t the first time that he had said or tweeted it. And it never fails to get a rise out of the media.

    President Trump had referred to the New York Times, CNN and NBC News as “the enemy of the American people” shortly after taking office. At CPAC, soon afterward, he declared, “I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are — they are the enemy of the people.”

    Trump’s comments inspired Washington Post and New York Times pieces comparing him to Stalin. Every marginal political figure looking for 15 seconds of slobbering media coverage, from Senator Jeff Flake to Khrushchev’s great-granddaughter, joined in with the silly Stalin analogies.

    CBS and NBC vet Marvin Kalb wrote a book ponderously titled, “Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy.” Despite the media’s outrage at being called names, it’s not at all shy about calling the President all sorts of apocalyptic names.

    “Mr. President, will you stop calling us the enemy of the people, sir? CNN’s Jim Acosta demanded during a recent tax anniversary reform event.

    That’s not too likely.

    In a USA Today poll, 34% of voters agreed that

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/270774/media-enemy-people-daniel-greenfield

  12. Ocasio-Cortez: Capitalism ‘Won’t Always Exist’
    The Democrats’ new folk hero gives a very revealing interview.
    July 18, 2018
    Matthew Vadum

    Democrat giant-slayer and soon-to-be Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came close to saying she supports abolishing the free enterprise system and the precious economic freedoms on which it is based that have made America wealthy beyond its founders’ wildest dreams.

    The so-called democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez whom DNC Chairman Tom Perez hails as “the future of our party,” breezily dismissed the current strength of the U.S. economy, claiming unemployment is low only because Americans are working two jobs.

    Capitalism is a fleeting phenomenon, she told PBS in an astounding display of historical ignorance that would no doubt endear her to anti-American conspiracy theorist Naomi Klein.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/270776/ocasio-cortez-capitalism-wont-always-exist-matthew-vadum

    • Read the full article to discover how scary the “New Democrat Party” (new in the fact that it isn’t hiding its Marxist goals) is, they are out to officially convert the Democrat Party into the Communist Party USA.

  13. Page Turning?
    Will deep-state darling Lisa Page become the “anti-Strzok”?
    July 18, 2018
    Lloyd Billingsley

    Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who during the 2016 texted FBI boyfriend Peter Strzok that “Trump’s not ever going to become president, right?!” testified again on Monday in a closed session. Page did not take questions from reporters but members of the House Judiciary Committee were signaling a new direction in their investigation.

    “In many cases, she admits that the text messages mean exactly what they say, as opposed to Agent Strzok, who thinks that we’ve all misinterpreted his own words on any text message that might be negative,” Rep. John Ratcliff told reporters. Rep. Steve King found Page “certainly more cooperative” than Peter Strzok, who texted Page that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president.

    Rep. Mark Meadows told reporters “Lisa Page today and again on Friday demonstrated a transparency that we didn’t see from Peter Strzok.” The Freedom Caucus chairman, a strong critic of the FBI and DOJ, remained more guarded than some of his colleagues.

    Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, one of Strzok’s harshest critics, told Fox News “She has given us more insights to who was involved in what.” Page had been “more cooperative,” and Gohmert indicated that former CIA boss John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper could have been involved, along with other FBI supervisors Gohmert did not name. Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who during the 2016 texted FBI boyfriend Peter Strzok that “Trump’s not ever going to become president, right?!” testified again on Monday in a closed session. Page did not take questions from reporters but members of the House Judiciary Committee were signaling a new direction in their investigation.

    “In many cases, she admits that the text messages mean exactly what they say, as opposed to Agent Strzok, who thinks that we’ve all misinterpreted his own words on any text message that might be negative,” Rep. John Ratcliff told reporters. Rep. Steve King found Page “certainly more cooperative” than Peter Strzok, who texted Page that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president.

    Rep. Mark Meadows told reporters “Lisa Page today and again on Friday demonstrated a transparency that we didn’t see from Peter Strzok.” The Freedom Caucus chairman, a strong critic of the FBI and DOJ, remained more guarded than some of his colleagues.

    Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, one of Strzok’s harshest critics, told Fox News “She has given us more insights to who was involved in what.” Page had been “more cooperative,” and Gohmert indicated that former CIA boss John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper could have been involved, along with other FBI supervisors Gohmert did not name.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/270777/page-turning-lloyd-billingsley

  14. Post-Obama Netflix Sees Stock Fall as Subscriber Growth Misses Target
    July 17, 2018
    Daniel Greenfield

    Netflix got into the Obama business. But bringing in Susan Rice and making a lucrative deal with Obama only alienated subscribers and potential subscribers. And it did little to compensate for Netflix’s central problem, that its expensive obsession with its mediocre original content at the expense of secondary movies and shows, was alienating subscribers who have plenty of other options.

    Even as HBO wants to turn itself into another Netflix (as does everyone else), its business model may be hitting a wall. Netflix’s stock fell as it missed its subscriber growth by a wide mark (and doesn’t appear to be releasing its overall numbers), and missed its revenue mark by a narrower margin. Domestic growth is slowing and international growth can only take it so far.

    Netflix is a brand. But the brand has emphasized its lefty politics at the expense of programming quality. The Obama deal was another example of that problem. Adding Susan Rice won’t get you more subscribers when your core content is lacking.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/270770/post-obama-netflix-sees-stock-fall-subscriber-daniel-greenfield

    • This is what I find amazing about leftist platforms. Do they not realize that HALF OF THEIR VIEWING AUDIENCE disagrees with their politics???
      It seems like a rather destructive business model when you alienate half your subscribers…
      I have been a Netflix subscriber for many years. More and more I call up movies and they are not available. I am not interested in their original productions, with some exceptions.
      Why doesn’t Netflix, a purely capitalistic enterprise, get this? They will tell you what to watch and, if you don’t like then well, …………..

      • Why don’t the Hollywood studios and the comic book publishers get this also? Both have taken their product so far left the audience is rejecting the new comics and many are leaving the old ones. Now look at what the Hollywood movies that are pushing the social justice/cultural Marxism line are doing at the box office. Look at the broadcast TV networks, the further left their shows go the fewer people watch them and the fewer people who watch the futhre left they go. Add in the fact that the Dems are seeing the #walkawy movement and think that it is because they aren’t moving far enough to the left.

        Any other questions.

  15. Germany’s Dysfunctional Deportation System

    by Soeren Kern
    July 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12723/germany-deportation-system
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    A court in Gelsenkirchen has ruled that deporting a self-declared Islamist — suspected of being a bodyguard of the former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden — was “grossly unlawful” and ordered him returned to Germany.

    The case has cast a spotlight on the dysfunctional nature of Germany’s deportation system, as well as on Germany’s politicized judicial system, which on human rights grounds is making it nearly impossible to expel illegal migrants, including those who pose security threats.

    The 42-year-old failed asylum seeker from Tunisia — identified by German authorities as Sami A., but known in his native country as Sami Aidoudi — had been living in Germany since 1997. Aidoudi, a Salafist Islamist, is believed by German authorities to have spent time in Afghanistan and Pakistan before the al-Qaeda attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. Since then, he was under surveillance by German intelligence for propagating Islamist teachings and attempting to radicalize young Muslims. He had “far reaching” relationships with Salafist and jihadist networks, according to an official report leaked to the German newsmagazine, Focus.

  16. John Brennan’s veiled threat could endanger the US if deep state acts on it

    GOPUSA Staff Washington Times 6:53 am July 18, 201824 comments

    Former CIA Director John Brennan continued Tuesday to criticize President Trump’s performance at the Helsinki summit, saying Mr. Trump could have potentially risked intelligence capabilities during his private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the intel community might begin to withhold intelligence from Mr. Trump.

    In light of Mr. Trump’s comments about the intelligence community, Mr. Brennan said “there very well might be” a shift in the covert community to “withhold vital intelligence” in order to protect that information.

    “Dan Coats and Gina Haspel need to be on top of their game now and speak truth to power,” he said, referring to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel. “And make sure Trump doesn’t get away with this.”

    Mr. Brennan said Mr. Trump was “way, way out of his depth” meeting one-on-one with the “master manipulator,” Mr. Putin.

    http://www.gopusa.com/?p=50469?omhide=true

    Richard: read the full article and remember that the Constitution and US Code says that Treason charges can only be filed in time of a declared war. Not that the Dems follow the law or the Constitution.

  17. Sebastian Gorka Blasts Trey Gowdy as ‘Grandstanding Fake’

    A national security strategist and former strategist for President Donald J. Trump blasted Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) over Gowdy’s statements to the media regarding Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland tomorrow.

    “This why I can’t take Gowdy seriously,” Gorka tweeted. “The ‘great prosecutor’ had Hillary testify on Benghazi & with what result? ZIP. Now his advice 2 [President Trump] is ask former KGB colonel Putin where he can “pick up” his GRU colleagues? What a grandstanding FAKE.”

    Sebastian Gorka DrG
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    This why I can’t take Gowdy seriously.

    The “great prosecutor” had Hillary testify on Benghazi & with what result? ZIP.

    Now his advice 2 @realDonaldTrump is ask former KGB colonel Putin where he can “pick up” his GRU colleagues? What a grandstanding FAKE.https://cbsn.ws/2uB827Y
    Sebastian Gorka DrG
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    @SebGorka

    This why I can’t take Gowdy seriously.

    The “great prosecutor” had Hillary testify on Benghazi & with what result? ZIP.

    Now his advice 2 @realDonaldTrump is ask former KGB colonel Putin where he can “pick up” his GRU colleagues? What a grandstanding FAKE.https://cbsn.ws/2uB827Y

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/sebastian-gorka-blasts-trey-gowdy-as-grandstanding-fake/

  18. Anthony Bourdain Final Interview: It Was ‘Really F— Frightening’ Criticizing Hillary Clinton

    Anthony Bourdain said that it was “really f— frightening” to criticize Hillary Clinton, which he did after her non-apology for her fundraiser Harvey Weinstein, who is charged with rape.

    CNN host Bourdain’s alleged suicide in Europe follows this interview at the Coliseum with the magazine Popula. It’s a long and interesting article entitled “Bourdain Confidential,” and it came out Monday.

    “Asia feels very strongly that you know, a puritanical or Victorian focus would be a monstrous outcome, um, you know, we have the Deneuve letter and all; it’s really tough finding the middle ground here,” Bourdain said of the MeToo movement.

    “But I will tell you that as frightening as that was at times, when I sat there with Asia, as she texted her sisters… watching the Clinton apology on Weinstein, and [Asia’s] watching this statement, there was a lot of anticipation. People were really hoping she’d come out with a… I don’t know. Let’s just say with something different. I immediately tweeted my disappointment, very much shaped by what I saw around me. And I will tell you, that was really fucking frightening, the reaction to that. You know, I voted for her,” Bourdain said, referring to Hillary.

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/anthony-bourdain-final-interview-it-was-really-f-frightening-criticizing-hillary-clinton/

  19. Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States
    Remote-access software and modems on election equipment ‘is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.’

    The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them.

    In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had “provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mb4ezy/top-voting-machine-vendor-admits-it-installed-remote-access-software-on-systems-sold-to-states

  20. Devin Nunes: Why Didn’t Mueller Indict Russians for Targeting Republicans?

    The answer is obvious: Russians targeting Republicans didn’t fit the narrative they used to frame Trump.

    Indicting Russians for hacking the DNC and other Democrats without mentioning the evidence of them targeting Republicans isn’t a a criminal prosecution but an act of political propaganda against the President! According to Devin Nunes, the Mueller indictments are exactly that, and their release on the eve of Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin were designed to make it difficult for him to negotiate.

    https://eaglerising.com/60773/devin-nunes-why-didnt-mueller-indict-russians-for-targeting-republicans/

  21. The Impact on India of the Collapse of the Iran Nuclear Deal

    BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 898, July 18, 2018

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal is likely to deal a blow to India’s strategic investments in energy-rich Iran and land-locked Afghanistan as the Chinese strategic footprint there grows. Maintaining good relations with both Riyadh and Tehran will also become more challenging for New Delhi. The Iran dilemma materialized at the wrong time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as India is preparing for parliamentary elections in less than a year. The pressure being exerted by the Trump administration on the Modi government to stop all oil imports from Tehran is set to complicate India’s diplomatic ties with Iran. It remains to be seen how India will secure its interests in Afghanistan and Central Asia without Iranian support.

    Following US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear drama continues to trigger geopolitical reconfigurations and strategic realignments.

    Washington’s latest decision to postpone the high-level inaugural 2+2 dialogue with New Delhi, scheduled for July 6 in Washington, is not helpful to the generally favorable atmosphere in Indo-US relations. The 2+2 dialogue format was one of the major takeaways from Modi’s landmark visit to the US in June 2017. India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman were scheduled to visit Washington to hold joint talks with their counterparts, Mike Pompeo and James Mattis.

    https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/india-iran-nuclear-deal/

  22. Richard: The Genocide is about to start

    South Africa Calls for 300,000 Gun Owners to Turn Over Their Weapons

    By: José Niño

    South Africa is opening the door for tyranny.

    The Constitutional Court of South Africa recently ruled that 300,000 gun owners must turn in their firearms.

    This judgement came in response to the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling in 2017 which said Section 24 and Section 28 of the Firearm’s Control Act were unconstitutional.

    A report from The Citizen explains what Section 24 and Section 28 entail:

    “Section 24 of the Act requires that any person who seeks to renew a licence must do so 90 days before its expiry date Section 28 stipulates that if a firearm licence has been cancelled‚ the firearm must be disposed of or forfeited to the state. A 60-day time frame was placed on its disposal, which was to be done through a dealer.”

    Now that the High Court’s initial ruling has been overturned, gun owners who failed to renew their firearms licenses must hand in their firearms to the nearest police station, where authorities will then proceed to destroy them.

    Many naïve political observers will paint this event as a casual gun control scheme, but any astute student of politics will recognize that the floodgates are now open for further encroachments – not only on the gun rights of South Africans, but also on others facets of theirs lives.

    A look at South Africa’s current political climate will give us an idea of the potential ramifications of this gun control scheme.

    Political Trouble Brewing in South Africa?
    Though South Africa witnessed rising levels of economic freedom shortly after Apartheid ended in 1994, the country has taken a more interventionist path to economic development in recent years.

    This situation is becoming more pronounced with the South African National Assembly recently voting 241-83 to amend the South African constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

    The socialist-leaning African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) parties are leading the charge for expropriation under the banner of fixing racial disparities that have supposedly remained intact since Apartheid’s conclusion.

    While land confiscation has not been officially finalized, South Africans should worry about the direction their country is going.

    And how does gun control fit into this equation?

    Gun Control: A Tool for Tyranny
    No matter how socialist apologists rationalize it, the redistributionist agenda the South African government is pursuing will not be implemented passively. Ultimately, it must be carried out by force.

    The kind of force socialists seek is a monopolized kind, which extreme forms of gun control like gun confiscation help facilitate.

    The history of gun confiscation is one of repeated cases of tyranny.

    From countries such as Cuba to the Soviet Union, aspiring demagogues have used gun confiscation to disarm the populace. Logically, an unarmed populace will put up little resistance against their tyrannical acts.

    In South Africa’s case, farmers and their workers are already suffering ongoing attacks against their property. One could only imagine what it would be like for these persecuted farmers once they are stripped of their right to self-defense.
    For many Americans who have enjoyed historically unprecedented gun rights, South Africa’s gun control experience may seem distant and strange.

    But make no mistake about it, South Africa’s latest flirtation with gun control is not based on good intentions, especially when considering the political climate the country is enduring.

    South Africa should serve as a fair warning to Americans of the dangerous consequences gun control poses.

    José Niño is a Venezuelan-American political activist based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

    https://gunpowdermagazine.com/south-africa-calls-for-300-000-gun-owners-to-turn-over-their-weapons/

  23. Pakistan judge chides intelligence agency over disappearances (gulfnews, Jul 18, 2018)
    https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-judge-chides-intelligence-agency-over-disappearances-1.2253741

    “Islamabad: A Pakistani high court judge Wednesday chided the country’s powerful intelligence agency and police over alleged abductions, in a rare public statement accusing security forces of lawbreaking.

    Pakistan has a long history of enforced disappearances, with the security establishment frequently accused of overseeing them to quell criticism from activists and media workers.

    “I am constrained to observe that local police is in league with the mighty agencies who have disrupted the civic fibre of the country,” Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court said in a written order concerning a petition about missing persons.

    Siddiqui was commenting on a case involving a man who was allegedly abducted by security officials. He later recanted and denied the incident.

    “From the mannerism, body language and complexion, he looks under immense fear and a lot of pressure of dire consequence, therefore his statement does not inspire confidence,” the judge added.

    The judge went on to publicly call out the country’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency, saying the group was “involved in corrupt practices including providing aid in the commission of offences and receiving their share from crime money”.

    Siddiqui urged the military’s top brass to rein in the intelligences service to protect both its reputation and that of the country at large.

    In recent years, a growing number of abductions have taken place brazenly in major cities such as Karachi, Lahore and even the capital Islamabad.

    They have increasingly targeted activists and journalists critical of the state and the military’s policies.

    The military routinely denies being involved.

    However major Pakistani media outlets have increasingly complained of censorship, kidnappings and intimidation during the run-up to nationwide polls on July 25.”

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