Reader’s Links for November 23, 2020

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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  1. Yemen’s Houthis Claim to Have Targeted Saudi Aramco Facility in Jeddah (sputniknews, Nov 23, 2020)

    “Houthi military spokesman Yahia Sarea said that the strike came as a response to “the continuation of the siege and aggression”, advising citizens and foreign companies operating in Saudi Arabia to “stay away from vital installations” because the group’s military operations will continue.

    The Yemeni Houthi rebel group has targeted a Saudi Aramco Distribution station located in the city of Jeddah, launching a Quds 2 missile at it, according to Houhi spokesman Yahia Sarea.

    Sarea tweeted: “With God’s help and support, the missile force was able to target the Aramco distribution station in Jeddah with a winged missile, Quds 2, which entered service recently after successful operational experiments in the depths of Saudi Arabia, which have not been announced yet. Thanks to God, the injury was very accurate, and ambulances and firefighting vehicles rushed to the targeted place”.

    The spokesman went on to say in a follow-up tweet that the operation “comes as a response to the continuation of the siege and aggression, and in the context of what the armed forces promised days before the implementation of large-scale operations in the depths of Saudi Arabia”.

    He also urged Saudi citizens and foreign companies working in the country to exercise caution, warning that the group’s military operations will continue…”

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  3. And again!

    We have been soooo played. Meanwhile back at Ranch Wuhan the commies swim while our GDP sinks:

    Our President has his, and our, election victory STOLEN by a con. Herr Schwab the Slob crawls out of his cupboard like a midgitized mental fruit, dangling his Great Reset (an expression the left actually ripped off from Austrian-school economists describing a debt-coping requirement) like humanity’s newly-discovered prosthetic manhood.

    Schwab, blob, gob, rob, clog, knob, mob…just can’t find a nice word to rhyme with this guy. And I’m not being childish–you are. At least I don’t pretend to be a super villain disguised as a super villain. Clever as a meatball sandwich, this guy. If he’s so smart he’d take all those letters coming after his name and spell something useful with them. Talk about taking over the world. Oooooo, the Germans….wasn’t that a Simpsons episode? Can’t do it, Klaus? Can’t spell a word? Here’s one: “ykcfuuo”. And where are the world’s comedic geniuses to poke and mock this clown? Where’s Jerry Seinfeld, that great Jewish-Hungarian American? So what if you’re progressive, Jerry, where’s your humour for the world when it really needs you? I mean, could there possibly be a more important time for comedians in the history of PEOPLEKIND? I’ve got a word fer ya, Jerry: “esslaho”.

    Friggin’ Germans. Can’t live with ’em…

  4. UAE eases limits on foreign ownership to attract investors (abcnews, Nov 23, 2020)

    “The United Arab Emirates has relaxed and removed a range of limits on foreign ownership of companies, state-run media reported Monday, in the country’s latest bid to boost its global status and attract foreign investors.

    The overhaul signals yet another startling change for the federation of seven desert sheikhdoms as it grapples with the economic fallout of the pandemic.

    Earlier this month, the UAE announced a series of reforms to its Islamic legal code, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, improving protections for women and loosening restrictions on alcohol consumption.

    The dramatic changes come as the UAE has spent billions of dollars preparing to host some 25 million visitors for the World Expo, which was pushed to 2021 due to the pandemic. The emirates are also expecting Israelis will join the legions of foreigners who have opened businesses and bought apartments in the coastal cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi following a breakthrough U.S.-brokered normalization deal between the countries.

    The presidential decree changing the corporate law helps the UAE “strengthen its leading position regionally and globally as an attractive destination for projects and companies,” state-run WAM news agency reported.

    The reforms allow foreign entrepreneurs and investors to set up their own companies without involving local shareholders, the agency said. That’s a welcome development for the country’s many expatriates who long had their ownership capped at 49% in firms outside free zones. Other legal amendments remove quotas requiring that Emiratis hold the majority of board positions and serve as chairs for onshore companies. But the move deals a blow to longstanding rentier benefits for Emirati citizens, many of whom made their livings as figurehead company partners.

    State-linked newspaper The National reported the decree in further detail, saying the foreign ownership amendments would take effect within six months. Companies could take an entire year to start complying with the changes, it added.”

  5. Should America probe a potentially fraudulent election after it installs a president — or make sure that it doesn’t?
    By J.E. Dyer November 23, 2020

    hat question is the one that lurks over the proceedings as various factions duke it out over the proper way to move on this: not merely to investigate (or not), but to talk about what happened, what may have happened, and how to phrase what we want out of the action checklist.

    The first approach – let a new president be inaugurated – sees any investigation as being of collateral procedural interest. It wouldn’t be unimportant, per se. But it shouldn’t interrupt an outcome that is being framed as the conventional outcome: the one like all other outcomes, in which there may be some moaning and groaning from the loser, but the collegial assumption rules, that we have a unified national purpose keeping a lid on the consequences of getting it wrong.

    The second approach has a different premise. That approach – don’t accept the electoral outcome as controlling until it has been fully authenticated – amounts to waging a fight. It’s not a fight against the electoral outcome. It’s a fight for the electoral outcome. It’s a fight to make sure it’s valid and fair, before agreeing to be governed by it.

  6. German warship searches Libya-bound Turkish freighter (abcnews, Nov 23, 2020)

    “Turkey and Germany were at loggerheads on Monday after a German frigate enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean sea and carried out what a senior Turkish official dismissed as an “illegal” search.

    Turkey said personnel from the German frigate Hamburg were flown by helicopter aboard the freighter Rosaline-A on Sunday as its sailed off the Libyan coast to carry out an hours-long search.

    Germany’s Defense Ministry said Turkey ordered a halt to the search, forcing the German personnel to depart before completing their work. During their search, the German team had found no cargo that contravened the arms embargo, German Defense Ministry spokesman Christian Thiels told reporters in Berlin.

    This was the second incident between Turkey and naval forces from a NATO ally country enforcing an arms blockade against Libya. In June, NATO launched an investigation over an incident between Turkish warships and a French naval vessel in the Mediterranean, after France said one of its frigates was “lit up” three times by Turkish naval targeting radar when it tried to approach a Turkish civilian ship suspected of involvement in arms trafficking.

    A Turkish government official said the German warship’s personnel boarded Rosaline-A without Turkey’s permission in violation of maritime laws. They ended the search around dawn after “understanding that there was nothing but humanitarian aid, biscuits and other material such as paints on board,” the official said.

    The Rosaline-A continued on its way to Misrata after the search, the official said, adding that Turkey planned to lodge formal complaints about the incident. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government rules.

    Thiels, the German Defense Ministry spokesman, said the German crew requested permission to board.

    “Upon receiving no reply, a German search team was brought by helicopter to the freighter and commenced the search, and the crew was ‘cooperative’,” Thiels said.

    While the team continued its search, German authorities were notified by Turkey that they were disallowing it. The search was then ended and the team sent back to the frigate, Thiels said.

    The German official said the order to board the ship came from mission’s operational headquarters in Rome.”

  7. daily caller – Beijing-Controlled News Outlet Paid US Newspapers Millions To Publish Propaganda This Year

    An English-language newspaper controlled by the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda department paid U.S. media companies nearly $2 million for printing and advertising expenses over the past six months, even amid heightened scrutiny over Beijing’s disinformation efforts in the West.

    China Daily paid The Wall Street Journal more than $85,000 and the Los Angeles Times $340,000 for advertising campaigns between May and October 2020, according to a disclosure that the propaganda mill filed this week with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

    China Daily also paid Foreign Policy magazine $100,000, The Financial Times, a U.K.-based newspaper, $223,710, and $132,046 to the Canadian outlet Globe & Mail for advertising campaigns, according to the filing.

    The Beijing-based outlet paid several newspaper companies a total of $1,154,666 for printing costs, including $110,000 to the Los Angeles Times, $92,000 to The Houston Chronicle and $76,000 to The Boston Globe.

    Overall, China Daily spent more than $4.4 million on printing, distribution, advertising and administration expenses over the past six months, according to the FARA filing.

    China Daily, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party’s State Council Information Office, its propaganda agency, has for years paid newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and other Western countries to publish advertorials designed to look like legitimate news articles.

    China Daily paid The Washington Post more than $4.6 million from late 2016 through October 2019, according to a FARA disclosure China Daily filed in June.

    The Journal received $6 million for advertorials from 2016 through April 2020, according to the disclosure.

    So far in 2020, The Journal has received $461,489 in advertising revenue from China Daily.

    China Daily’s inserts, which are entitled “China Watch,” have typically offered a pro-Beijing spin regarding the Chinese economy, Chinese culture or China’s geopolitical views.

    The Journal, which maintains a website of its sponsored China Daily content, includes numerous articles first published by China Daily touting Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in Wuhan last year.

    “Apple CEO: China Getting Outbreak Under Control” is the title of one article on the Journal’s site.

    Several articles are critical of U.S. officials who have accused the Chinese government of misleading the West about the pandemic, and allowing the virus to spread globally.

    “Trump’s China Remark Rebuked” and “US Spin On Virus’ Name Condemned” are the headlines of two articles on the Journal’s site.

    The Journal has not published any articles on its sponsored page since July. China Daily’s FARA filing does not list any payments to the newspaper since the month ending June 30, 2020.

    Some American newspapers have cut ties with China Daily in response to the criticism of the pay-for-print arrangements. The Washington Free Beacon reported in August that The New York Times quietly scrubbed its website of advertorials it had published as part of a deal it had with China Daily.

    In February, the State Department designated China Daily and four other Beijing-controlled news outlets to be “foreign missions,” which treats them the same as foreign embassies because of their close ties to the Chinese government.

    The Wall Street Journal did not respond to a request for comment about its relationship with China Daily. The Los Angeles Times also did not respond to a request for comment.

  8. twitter @Prem_S

    So I’ve just read a CBC article saying a Manitoba hospital is overwhelmed and they are triaging in cars.

    Then there is a whistleblower taking a video of the same hospital.

    It’s empty.

    Trying to be able to post here so we can all ask questions.

    CBC – ‘Completely overwhelming’: Steinbach ER at capacity treating COVID-19 patients, nurse says

    Patient at Bethesda Regional Health Centre ER being triaged in their cars, union says
    Marina von Stackelberg, Aidan Geary – CBC News

    Posted: November 13, 2020

    A Manitoba emergency room nurse says her hospital is drowning and desperate for help, in the face of a flood of COVID-19 patients that is pushing staff and capacity to the brink.

    “It has been completely and absolutely overwhelming,” said Sarah Neufeld, who works at Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, Man.

    “We don’t just have a full waiting room. We have a full waiting room and a full ER, of very sick and sometimes rapidly declining patients that require a lot of one-to-one care nursing that we can’t give — we cannot safely give.”


    A Manitoba ER nurse says her hospital is drowning and desperate for help, in the face of a flood of COVID-19 patients that is pushing staff and capacity to the brink.


    video on facebook:


    • CTV news – NOV 14 2020

      Dramatic scenes in Steinbach as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

      …. Nurses triaging patients in their personal vehicles

    • CBC – NOV 16 2020 – Manitoba may use ice rinks as COVID-19 wards as hospitals run out of space

      Manitoba’s continued surge in COVID-19 cases has left the premier frustrated and doctors pleading with the public to follow public health directives. And with hospitals running out of space, health officials are considering turning hockey rinks into COVID-19 wards.

    • CBC – Manitoba sets new daily COVID-19 record

      ….the province’s Justice Minister Cliff Cullen publicly condemned the actions of more than 100 people who attended a protest in Steinbach against pandemic restrictions.

    • CBC – Doctor slams social media COVID-19 misinformation after hospital staff confronted in videos

      Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, is urging people to get their information about the coronavirus from credible sources and dispelling misinformation appearing on social media that he calls “nonsense.”

      His comments come after two videos circulated on social media, showing hospital staff confronted by someone asking about the capacity at their hospitals.

    • Private security for COVID-19 enforcement in Manitoba

      The province says they are already training 90 new COVID-19 enforcement officers in response to growing concerns around those opposing health orders.

      After a protest in rural Manitoba, the premier says, tickets are in the mail.

    • CBC – Manitoba tightens shopping restrictions to remove loopholes

      With cases still spiking, Manitoba has announced stiff new COVID-19 restrictions, including what officials call the toughest retail restrictions in Canada, meaning Manitobans will soon find it hard to buy anything not deemed essential.

    • MANITOBA – Pallister blasts COVID-19 rule-breakers: ‘Right to shop is not as important as the right to life’

      Premier Brian Pallister issued a stark warning to Manitoba residents ignoring health recommendations: ‘The right to shop is not as important as the right to life.’

    • global news – Coronavirus: Manitoba bans private gatherings, limits retail sales to essential items only

      Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and chief provincial health officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced new public health orders Thursday, enhancing the province-wide COVID-19 restrictions already in place, banning gatherings at private residences, with visitors only allowed for essential reasons, and limiting retail sales to essential items only.

      This comes a week after the entire province was put under level-red restrictions, which closed restaurants, bars, gyms, non-essential retail stores and other facilities.

      Under the new rules starting November 20, people will no longer be allowed to have visitors in their homes unless they are providing supports such as child care, tutoring and health services. Those who live alone may have one person over for social purposes.

      The government is also forcing retail stores that remain open to only sell essential items inside and close off sections that offer non-essential goods such as consumer electronics. The cap on customers inside big-box stores — the limit will be 25 per cent of capacity or 250 people, whichever is less.

      “Don’t game the system, the idea here is to put the right to life ahead of the right to shop,” Pallister said.

  9. Ready for a re-education program? New DNC member wants to put you there

    Michael Haverluck, One News Now | Nov 23, 2020 | Fresh Ink | 20

    A member of the Democratic National Committee is urging his Party and other leftist leaders to put the 75 million supporters of President Donald Trump in re-education programs.

    Anticipating Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to assume the White House in January as questionable vote tallies continue to lean in the former vice president’s favor, newly elected California DNC member David Atkins is seriously considering putting conservatives not aligned with Democrats’ radical socialist agenda into re-education camps.

    “How do you deprogram 75 million people who would literally die to stick it to the domestic enemies the teevee and youtube conspiracy vids told them to hate?” Atkins tweeted Tuesday, alluding to the 73-million-plus voters the Associated Press reported as casting their ballots for Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

    • One good thing about the liberals con job, they are showing the people who are capable of thought what the libs are really like and what their end goal is.

  10. the independent – Why Biden should consider the far right as grave a security threat as Isis

    Trump has repeatedly played footsie with the violent far right. The president-elect can use this opportunity to hang that albatross around the neck of the departing president’s movement, writes Borzou Daragahi

    The alleged plot described by prosecutors is terrifying. According to the indictment filed last week in a federal court in the state of North Carolina, the four men – three of them with ties to the United States military – hoped to galvanise an armed white supremacist uprising against the government. They described themselves as a modern-day “SS”, in reference to Adolf Hitler’s most fanatic stormtroopers, committed to “knocking down The System”.

    “Eventually we will have to bring the rifles out and go to work,” one member wrote on an online message board. “We are laying the framework for a guerilla organization and a takeover of local government and industry. This will be a ground war very reminiscent of Iraq as we will essentially be facing an insurgent force made up of criminals and gang members.”

    Prosecutors indicate that the plotters weren’t just popping off on the internet. They allegedly illegally moved guns between state lines and, in at least one incident, shadowed a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest and considered ways they could begin shooting members of the crowd.

    (the rest behind registration + paywall)

    • USA TODAY – We voted out racist rhetoric. Now we need to end the white supremacist terror threat.

      Twenty-five years after the Oklahoma City bombing, the white supremacist threat is more dangerous than ever. Biden must make this a national priority.

      When presidential administrations change, we have an opportunity to take stock of our national challenges. In homeland security, the chief threat is evident: white supremacy terrorism.

      For decades, the United States has slow-walked its way to an acknowledgement that the homegrown white supremacist threat is growing. It is mystifying why this brand of terrorism has received little response, relative to the vigor with which the United States pursues adherents to al-Qaida and ISIS. The data and analysis on white supremacy are clear.

      The FBI is required by the National Defense Authorization Act to produce a report specifying acts and ideologies relating to domestic terrorism and the government’s response. The 2020 report identifies the dominant terrorist threat as white supremacy, though the FBI is four months late in releasing the full findings.

      he Department of Homeland Security’s October 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment says white supremacist extremists “will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland.” Such a finding should set off alarms at every level of government.

      Arrests alone won’t end terrorism

      In 2020, white supremacists were responsible for 67% of terrorist plots and attacks in the United States, according to data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. They used firearms, explosives and vehicle-borne attacks. Using a vehicle to drive through a crowd is a tactic promoted by ISIS, and it has been employed in terror attacks in Nice (2016), Berlin (2016), London (2017), New York (2017) and Charlottesville, Virginia (2017).

      All of this was known when the FBI thwarted plots in October to kidnap the governors of Michigan and Virginia. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the 13 individuals arrested hailed from and collaborated with multiple white supremacist and anti-government groups.

      Do we need buildings to come down in a terror attack before we admit just how much of a problem we have? When the terrorist Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, his intention was to catalyze a race war. Twenty-five years later, the white supremacist threat he exemplified is more dangerous than ever.

      We must make this a national priority and take much stronger steps to stop it.

      Among the lessons learned from a 20-year campaign against al-Qaida and its ilk is that we will never arrest our way out of a terrorist problem. We can imprison every violent white supremacist and someone will take their place. Terrorism erupts at the nexus of an alienated individual, a legitimizing ideology and an enabling community. Of the three, the community is most susceptible to positive influence. In addition to law enforcement investigations, we need tools to intervene in communities from which extremist actors might emerge — and, critically, to do it before they commit violence.

      Biden must fight American terrorism
      The path to disrupting plots and preventing terrorism includes community-level work: nurturing dialogue between individuals to overcome ignorance and hate; providing awareness and education to families, educators, community leaders and others who can identify someone heading down a violent path; known outlets for communities to report warning signs; and the research and capacity to deliver effective de-radicalization programming to those who might benefit from it.

      To achieve this, the United States requires a clearly articulated domestic counter-terrorism strategy that is designed to diminish racially motivated extremist networks while also inhibiting violence. Executing the strategy will require the participation of local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as the intelligence community, the courts, health care providers, academic institutions and many others.

      The cooperation and sense of urgency we need to bring these stakeholders together in a concerted effort to fight this threat will come from American leadership, starting at the top.

      Much ink has already been spilled chronicling the dog-whistle racism that characterizes the outgoing presidential administration. Racist statements are fuel on the bonfire of hate. Just this past weekend, the Proud Boys and other far-right groups with white nationalist ties and philosophies turned out at a “Million Maga March” in Washington, D.C.

      When President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office in January, there is every reason to believe the “stand back and stand by” sentiments of the last four years will end. But voting out racist rhetoric is just a start. We are only at the end of the beginning when it comes to defeating American terrorism.

      Erroll G. Southers is a former FBI special agent, Professor of the Practice in National & Homeland Security at the University of Southern California, Director of the USC Safe Communities Institute, Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies, and a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors. Follow him on Twitter: @esouthersHVE

  11. WATCH: Protesters Gather In California Beach City To Defy Gov. Newsom’s Curfew Order

    What local media described as a “massive crowd” of protesters assembled in Huntington Beach, California, on Saturday night to defy Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s month-long curfew order that took effect for most of the state at 10 pm.

    The new mandate applies to counties in the state’s most restrictive “purple” tier of its reopening plan, in which about 94% of Californians reside. Officials said the objective is to discourage people from attending social gatherings and drinking alcohol, behaviors they claim contributed to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections throughout the state.

  12. BLM Founders Demand Joe Biden Support A ‘Roadmap’ To Abolition Of Police, Prisons
    By Emily Zanotti

    Nov 22, 2020
    Despite indications that the “Defund the Police” movement had a negative impact on Democrats’ election success, leaders of Black Lives Matter are petitioning for a meeting with an incoming Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, and demanding that Biden support the “BREATHE Act,” which includes a “roadmap’ to abolishing law enforcement and a demand for reparations.

    The Act, which BLM touts as “a radical reimagining of public safety, community care, and how we spend money as a society,” is its central legislative effort and represents a list of demands that align only with the aims of far-left legislators.

  13. Cooperate with China or World War 3: Kissinger

    by Gordon G. Chang
    November 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

    “I would think we need first of all a dialogue with the Chinese leadership in which we are defining what we’re attempting to prevent and in which the two leaders agree that whatever other conflicts they have they will not resort to military conflict,” Henry Kissinger told Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait on November 16 at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. “Unless there is some basis for some cooperative action, the world will slide into a catastrophe comparable to World War I.”

    Of course no one wants war of any type with China, but in a little over 14 minutes Kissinger managed to totally misinterpret Chinese history, support Beijing’s most important foreign policy goal, and give deeply misguided advice to Joe Biden. Kissinger has evidently learned nothing from years of dangerous Chinese behavior, which is partly the result of his policy formulations.

    We start with history, because Kissinger was once an accomplished historian and his incorrect opinions on China today appear to flow from his unsupportable views of the Chinese past. He makes the case that Americans cannot understand Beijing’s insecurity.

    “Americans have had a history of relatively uninterrupted success,” he noted. “The Chinese have had a very long history of repeated crises. America has had the good fortune of being free of immediate dangers. Chinese have usually been surrounded by countries that have had designs on their unity.”


    An independent non-profit alliance of doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and staff around the world who have united in the wake of the Covid-19 response chapter to share experiences with a view to ending all lockdowns and related damaging measures and to re-establish universal health determinance of psychological and physical wellbeing for all humanity.


    OCTOBER 10 2020 – Dr. Elke de Klerk of Doctors for Truth announces RT-PCR lawsuit in Netherlands Oct. 10th, 2020

    Doctors for truth are suing the Netherlands over the covid tyranny.

    We do not have a pandemic or epidemic.

    This is the normal flu.

    87,000 nurses have also stated that they don’t want the covid vaccine.

    If this is not a pandemic, why are kids in schools with masks on?

  15. twitter @Acosta

    Biden Transition announces:

    Blinken, Sec of State;

    Alejandro Mayorkas, Sec of Homeland Security;

    Avril Haines, Dir of National Intelligence;

    Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Amb to United Nations;

    Jake Sullivan, Nat Sec Adv; and

    John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

    +PIC :×900


    Biden Transition: “Former Secretary of State John Kerry will fight climate change full-time as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and will sit on the National Security Council.

    This marks the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change.”

    • twitter @TomFitton

      Biden, if he wins, proposes to put Clinton-linked national security risk in NSC post. Meanwhile, Barr DOJ moving to shut down all Clinton email inquiries.

      twitter @ChuckRossDC

      NEW: Jake Sullivan, who is reported to be Biden’s pick for national security adviser, sent hundreds of emails on Hillary’s server that contained classified info.

      He also hyped the since-debunked story that the Trump Org had covert link to Alfa Bank.
      DAILY CALLER – Biden’s Pick For National Security Adviser Sent Classified Emails On Clinton’s Server, Hyped Fake Trump-Russia Collusion Story

      Joe Biden has reportedly picked Jake Sullivan to serve as his national security adviser.
      Sullivan was a central figure in the Hillary Clinton email saga, having sent and received hundreds of emails housed on the server that contained classified information.
      As an adviser to Clinton’s presidential campaign, Sullivan hyped a since-debunked story accusing the Trump Organization of having a covert line of communication with Alfa Bank.
      Joe Biden’s likely choice for national security adviser sent more than 200 classified emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private email network, and touted a now-debunked allegation before the 2016 election which fueled the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump was in cahoots with Russian leaders.

      Biden will select Jake Sullivan to serve in the White House role, The New York Times and Bloomberg reported.

      Sullivan, 43, was one of Clinton’s top policy advisers when she served as secretary of state from 2009 through 2013. After Clinton left Foggy Bottom, Sullivan served as national security adviser to then-Vice President Joe Biden. He was a senior foreign policy adviser to both the Clinton and Biden campaigns.

      Sullivan was a key figure in the saga surrounding Clinton’s use of a private email network for government business. Clinton exclusively used the private server, eschewing guidance from the State Department to use government networks.

      Clinton and her group of top aides, including Sullivan, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, exchanged thousands of emails that the FBI and other agencies found to have contained classified information.

      As of March 2016, the State Department and FBI had determined that Sullivan sent 215 emails that were deemed to contain classified material. Politico reported in February 2016 that Sullivan sent emails to Clinton that contained information classified at the “top secret” level, the highest classification category.

      The FBI investigated whether Clinton mishandled classified information, but declined to recommend charges to the Justice Department.

      Sullivan was never accused of any criminal wrongdoing related to his email exchanges with Clinton and other State Department officials.

      James Comey admonished Clinton and her aides during a press conference on July 5, 2016, saying that she was “extremely careless” to send and exchange sensitive government documents on a private email network.

      Sullivan was involved in another saga related to email servers in the 2016 presidential campaign.

      As an advisor to Clinton’s campaign, Sullivan hyped a since-debunked story that alleged the existence of a covert email server that connected Trump’s real estate company, the Trump Organization, to Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s top private banks.

      twitter @HillaryClinton

      Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.

      + PIC
      “This could be the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow,” Sullivan said in a statement responding to a story published by Slate on Oct. 31, 2016.

      “This secret hotline could be the key to unlocking the mystery of Trump’s ties to Moscow.”

      The Alfa Bank allegation has since been debunked.

      A Justice Department inspector general’s report released in December 2019 said that the FBI investigated the allegation but found no evidence of a covert server arrangement between Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization.

      Robert Mueller, who investigated Trump’s possible links to Russia as special counsel, testified to Congress on July 25, 2019 that the Alfa Bank allegation was “not true.”

      Undisclosed in the Slate story was that a key source for the article was Michael Sussmann, a lawyer who represented the Clinton campaign and DNC at the law firm Perkins Coie.

      Perkins Coie hired the opposition research firm Fusion GPS in April 2016 to investigate Donald Trump’s possible links to Russia. Fusion in turn hired former British spy Christopher Steele, who produced a largely discredited dossier that the FBI later used to obtain warrants to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

      Sussmann shared allegations about Alfa Bank with reporters at The New York Times, then-FBI general counsel James Baker, and Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

      John Durham, a U.S. attorney in Connecticut, has reportedly presented evidence to a federal grand jury as part of an investigation into the origins of the inaccurate Alfa Bank allegation.

      Attorney General William Barr tapped Durham in 2019 to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

      President-elect Joe Biden has not said whether he will allow the Durham probe to continue once he takes office.

      The Biden transition team did not respond to request for comment.

    • CBC – Barack Obama says Trump fans ‘racist sentiments’

      Since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, views that were on the fringe of the Republican Party have gone mainstream, says former president Barack Obama in an interview with The Current’s Matt Galloway.

    • Biden-Harris “Transition” Team Releases Press Release Dated Sept 2020?×1536.jpeg

      the gateway pundit –GSA Approves Biden Transition Funds

      GSA Administrator Emily Murphy sent a letter to Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden informing him that she was authorizing the release of funds to him for a potential presidential transition. While Murphy, who is a President Trump appointee, was careful to say she was not declaring a winner in the presidential election which is being contested by Trump, she cited “recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results” for her decision Monday.

      Murphy said she was not pressured or given direction by anyone in the administration. However she said she received thousands of messages via phone, mail and online threatening herself, her family, staff and pets.

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  16. Fighting Words – Frontpagemag
    David Horowitz
    9-11 minutes

    It’s a war.

    By now it should be obvious – even to conservatives – that we are in a war. It is a conflict that began nearly fifty years ago when the street revolutionaries of the Sixties joined the Democrat Party. Their immediate goal was to help the Communist enemy win the war in Vietnam, but they stayed to expand their influence in the Democrat Party and create the radical force that confronts us today. The war that today’s Democrats are engaged in reflects the values and methods of those radicals. It is a war against us – against individual freedom, against America’s constitutional order, and against the capitalist engine of our prosperity.

    Democrat radicals know what they want and where they are going. As a result, they are tactically and organizationally years ahead of patriotic Americans who are only beginning to realize they are in a war. The Democrats’ plan to steal the 2020 election was hatched many years ago when Democrats launched their first attacks on Voter I.D.s, and then every effort to secure the integrity of the electoral system. Those attacks metastasized into an all-out assault on Election Day itself with early- and late-voting grace periods, and a flood of 92 million mail-in ballots, hundreds of thousands of which were delivered in the middle of the night to be counted behind the backs of Republican observers after Election Day had passed.

  17. Spain Deploys Police to West Africa as Canary Islands Migrant Influx Increases by 1,000 Per Cent (breitbart, Nov 23, 2020)

    “Spain will send law enforcement personnel into Senegal, Africa, to tackle people-smugglers after illegal migration from West Africa to the Canary Islands increased by 1,000 per cent on 2019.

    Around 17,000 migrants have made landfall on the Spanish islands, a popular destination for holidaymakers and retirees from Britain, Germany, and other more northerly European countries, so far in 2020 — a stunning increase on the numbers for the previous year.

    Well over 2,000 migrants surged into the archipelago over a single weekend earlier in Novemeber.

    This illegal migration route into Europe first became popular in the 1990s, with numbers rising exponentially in the mid-2000s — but deals with Senegal and Mauritania to deploy Spanish border control personnel and technology directly to the African countries, along with various inducements, were previously regarded as a model of crisis containment, with arrivals falling from 12,478 in 2007, to 196 in 2010.

    That has all changed under the current Socialist government, however, with the Canaries rapidly becoming one of the main points of entry for illegal migrants to Europe.

    Defense Minister Margarita Robles confessed earlier in November that there is now a “humanitarian crisis” in the Canary Islands.

    Local politician Ana Oramas offered an even grimmer prognosis, describing the islands as “a powder keg” and “a volcano waiting to explode”.

    Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya pledged Spain would increase the “presence of men and women from the Guardia Civil, the national police, fighting to dismantle criminal networks of human trafficking in [Senegal]” — but also suggested Spain would increase access to social security for Senegalese nationals in Spain legally, as if that would discourage illegal entry, somehow.

    The Socialist government’s Minister for Social Security, Inclusion, and Migration, José Luis Escriva suggested at he beggining of the year that Spain needs “eight or nine million people just to keep our working population at the same level”.

    “The demographic trajectories are there. It will happen, we will not escape it,” he insisted.

    The Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla, exclaves on the North African coast, have also come under increasing pressure from illegal migrants forcing or attempt to force their border fences, often violently, from neighbouring Morocco.

    Some have also crossed from Morocco directly to the Spanish mainland, disgorging into the middle of packed beaches and scattering into the country’s interior.”

  18. Brazilian Journalist Says Free World Depends on Trump’s Survival
    USA Survival – November 23, 2020

    Facing the same kind of threats and censorship against conservatives in the U.S., the popular Brazilian journalist Bernardo Kuster discusses how his home was raided by federal agents and his Twitter account suspended. He says Brazil is paying close attention to the United States, as President Bolsonaro has refused to recognize Biden’s “victory.” Kuster also discusses Biden’s threats of economic warfare against Brazil over its treatment of the Amazon rain forests and the need to form a united front against Red Chinese expansionism.

  19. Biden’s Transition Team Leans Radical Left

    “Progressives” cement their Deep State.
    Mon Nov 23, 2020 Joseph Klein
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    The Biden-Harris Transition website identifies the members of the transition’s government agency teams who are responsible, according to the website, for “ensuring a smooth transfer of power, and preparing for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and their cabinet to hit the ground running on Day One.” The list is full of leftist progressives as team leaders and members, presaging the left’s influence in cementing its own deep state to steer the Biden-Harris policy agenda its way.

    The transition team leader assigned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for example, is Ur Jaddou. After serving as chief counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under then-President Barack Obama, Jaddou became the director of DHS Watch at America’s Voice. This left-wing pro-amnesty group calls for reforms to “put 11 million undocumented Americans on a path to full citizenship.” Biden is already on record supporting this sweeping amnesty program.

    Jaddou was sharply critical of the Trump administration’s decision to deploy some agents from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to protect a federal court building in Portland Oregon from the rampaging mobs seeking to destroy it. Jaddou was upset by what she falsely claimed was CBP’s attacks on “peaceful protesters.“ Jaddou demanded that unless and until “Trump’s CBP” stops such attacks and there is “real reform and meaningful accountability, Congress should not appropriate any additional money to CBP or allow CBP to move its money around.”

    In other words, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security transition team leader wants a radically transformed DHS where the use of DHS resources to secure federal property on American soil from mob violence is out of bounds.

  20. Georgia Updates Voting Rules Before Jan. 5 Senate Runoff Races
    By Jack Phillips
    November 23, 2020 Updated: November 23, 2020

    The Georgia State Election Board approved two emergency rules about absentee voting: continued use of drop boxes and the requirement for counties to process absentee ballots starting one week before the upcoming election.

    The moves were made ahead of the Senate runoff races between Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Raphael Warnock, as well as Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Jon Ossoff in early January.

    “The number of absentee ballot requests that we’re seeing for the runoff is large as well, so if we want results at any time quickly, I think we’re going to need to do this,” general counsel Ryan Germany said, according to GPB. “The last week before the election, it becomes mandatory to do processing and scanning.”

    The board approved the rules on Monday in a meeting overseen by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has come under fire in recent weeks over how the election was handled in Georgia. Some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have said that he mismanaged various aspects of the vote-tabulation effort in the state, while also accusing him of lacking transparency.

  21. Masks Have No Significant Effect Against CCP Virus: Study
    By Meiling Lee
    November 21, 2020 Updated: November 21, 2020

    A recent study on surgical mask-wearing found no significant difference in CCP virus infections between those who wore a mask and those who didn’t. But the study will probably not have any impact on mask-wearing, as many places are imposing lockdowns and strict mask mandates due to increasing cases.

    The study, which was carried out in Denmark and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved more than 6,000 participants who spent over three hours outside their homes. They were divided into two groups and observed for a month from April to May or May to June, where half of the people in each group were provided 50 three-layered, disposable surgical masks and given instructions on how to properly wear them.

    At the time of the study preventative measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene were practiced, but mask-wearing wasn’t enforced by the Danish government outside hospital settings.

  22. Liberal Law Professor Alan Dershowitz Explains How Trump Could Come Out Victorious

    Liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz on Tuesday laid out the Trump campaign’s legal strategy for winning the White House through a number of legal challenges. According to Dershowitz, the strategy is to pull electoral votes away from former Vice President Joe Biden.

    “The clock is a double-edged sword in this election because if they don’t have enough time but if they can put forward a sufficiently strong case then they may be able to get some Republican secretaries of states or legislatures to say, ‘Look, we just don’t have enough time to certify these electors’ and if they can bring down the number of electors, 35 [to] 37, from the 305 and bring it down to 267 or 268 then the election goes to the House, where the Republicans win,” he explained.

    “If that happens, then yes, it will go to the Supreme Court,” Dershowitz said. “I think at least under the Constitutional challenge, the Article 2 challenge in Pennsylvania, they have a pretty good chance of winning.”

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  23. (Richard: The more episodes like this the better, they will scare the Judges into ruling in our favor.)

    Joe Biden Breaks Down On Live TV – Video Shows Joe Losing It When His Teleprompter Seems To Quit On Him

    Did you think Joe Biden would suddenly become coherent, post-Election?

    Sure, he was able to hide in his basement during the campaign. But if he does become president, there’s no hiding him, and any problems he might have been able to conceal.

  24. Pennsylvania Judge Reverses Court Ruling For Trump – He Just Ordered County To Throw Out Undated Ballots

    Joe Biden keeps urging Donald Trump to concede the 2020 election, but the President clearly has no plans to quit. His campaign’s lawsuits remain in full effect in multiple states.

    And one of the most important battleground states is Pennsylvania, where Trump held a sizable lead – reportedly as high as 800,000 votes – before many mail-in votes were counted.

  25. (Richard: The Dems think they have enough control of the Propaganda Media and the Deep State to start punishing the Trump Supporters while Trump is still President. If they are doing this while he is President think about what they will do if Biden is sworn in.)

    Democratic congressman wants Rudy Giuliani, other Trump lawyers disbarred for post-election work

    Giuliani ‘should face the severest sanction your body can mete out’

    New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell has filled paperwork requesting the disbarment of attorneys working on behalf of President Donald Trump’s campaign, citing “attempts to overturn the election and demolish democracy.”

    What are the details?

    Pascrell wrote the legal disciplinary authorities in five states — Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, and New York — last week requesting the “severest sanction” against Rudy Giuliani and 22 other Trump attorneys: “revocation of their law licensures.”

    Speaking about Giuliani specifically, Pascrell claimed the former New York City mayor has violated rules governing the professional conduct of lawyers by participating in “frivolous lawsuits,” using the court system to “assault public confidence in the United States electoral system,” and engaging “in conduct involving dishonest, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”

  26. Taliban Rigging Drones to Drop Bombs, Afghan Spy Chief Say

    “The Taliban have deployed small drones to drop bombs on government forces in some recent attacks, Afghanistan’s spy chief said Monday, illustrating a new fighting method used by the insurgents.

    Ahmad Zia Shiraj, who heads the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said Taliban fighters were using hobby drones and rigging them with explosives.

    “The drones they are using are sold in the market. They are basically camera drones,” Shiraj said in an address to parliament, adding the NDS wants to stop the import of the popular devices.

    In late October, the Taliban reportedly used a drone to bomb the compound of the governor of Kunduz province.

    Shiraj did not confirm the report, but he noted that the Taliban have used drones in Kunduz and Paktia provinces.

    While the technique is new to the Taliban, Islamic State (IS) jihadists operating in Iraq and Syria started using toy planes and hobby drones in 2016 to carry explosives.

    IS maintains a small but deadly presence in Afghanistan and have resisted years-long efforts by the US and Afghan forces to wipe them out.

    “We have destroyed their leadership circle but their second layer are young are still active,” Shiraj said.

    IS claimed three deadly attacks in recent weeks in Kabul that killed scores of people, including a rocket attack Saturday.

    The Taliban and Washington signed a deal in February paving the way for foreign forces to leave Afghanistan entirely by May 2021.

    In return, the insurgent group pledged to prevent transnational jihadist groups such as Al-Qaeda and IS operating inside Afghanistan.”

  27. Iraq Arrests IS ‘Administrative Chief’ Abu Naba at Baghdad Airport

    “Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) said on Monday it had arrested the “administrative chief” of the Islamic State group after his arrival at Baghdad airport.

    The man, known as Abu Naba, was detained in October as he was “getting into a taxi, just after landing in Baghdad,” CTS spokesman Sabah al-Noaman told AFP.

    Describing him as a “major target,” Noaman said Abu Naba had been steering financial support to IS, organizing meetings, and relaying messages between jihadist members.

    “He began his jihadist path in 2003 with Al-Qaeda, before joining various groups that eventually led to IS,” he said.

    But Noaman declined to reveal Abu Naba’s real name, where he had been flying in from, and how he managed to cross through airport security before he was apprehended.

    In 2014, the ultra-conservative and violent faction seized a third of Iraqi territory, which local troops backed by the US-led coalition only recaptured in late 2017.

    More than a year later, in 2019, IS lost its last foothold in neighboring Syria.

    Jihadist sleeper cells have continued to wage hit-and-run attacks, including one north of Baghdad late Saturday that killed six security forces and four civilians.

    They have also continued to transfer funds and personnel across Iraqi territory, Iraqi and Western officials say.

    “Abu Naba had been in contact with remaining members of IS in Iraq, and we were monitoring their conversations for a long time,” said Noaman.

    Since his arrest, Abu Naba has remained in Iraqi custody and is being interrogated.

    Noaman said he would be tried under Iraq’s counter-terror law, which carries the death penalty for “membership in a terrorist organization.”

    Iraq ranks fifth among countries that carry out death sentences, according to Amnesty International, which documented 100 executions in the country in 2019.

    Since declaring IS defeated in 2017, Iraq has sentenced to death hundreds of its own citizens for membership in the jihadist faction but only a small proportion has been carried out.

    On November 16, 21 men convicted of “terrorism” charges were hanged at the notorious Nasiriyah prison in southern Iraq, which the United Nations warned was “deeply troubling.””

  28. Gunmen Kill Five in Mosque Attack in Nigeria: Police

    “Gunmen have killed five worshippers and kidnapped 18 in an attack on a mosque during prayers in northwestern Nigeria’s Zamfara state, police said Sunday.

    Around 100 cattle thieves on motorcycles opened fire on a Muslim congregation in remote Dutsen Gari village in Maru district as residents were observing the weekly Friday prayers.

    “The bandits killed five worshippers and kidnapped 18 others, including the imam,” state police spokesman Mohammed Shehu told AFP.

    Residents however said more than 30 worshippers were abducted.

    “The gunmen attacked the mosque while the imam was delivering the sermon and took away more than 30 people, including the imam, after shooting dead five worshippers,” one resident, Ibrahim Altine, told AFP.

    Northwest Nigeria is a hotbed of criminal gangs who raid villages, stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom, and burning homes after looting food supplies.

    The gangs maintain camps in the Rugu forest which straddles Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, and Niger states from where they launch attacks.

    Troop deployments and peace talks with local authorities have failed to end the attacks.

    Unlike Boko Haram jihadists, the criminal gangs have no ideological leanings, but concerns are growing that the jihadists are gradually infiltrating the gangs.”

  29. Soros, Bloomberg-Funded Group Pushes Six Figures Into Georgia Runoff
    Black PAC’s canvassing cash is the first expense from outside liberal groups supporting Warnock, Ossoff

    A group bankrolled by liberal billionaires George Soros and Michael Bloomberg is pouring $300,000 into Georgia to back Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the runoff elections.

    The Black PAC, which works to push black voters to the polls, on Tuesday reported spending $300,000 on canvassing for the two Democratic candidates. This is the first significant expense from an outside liberal group in the pivotal Georgia runoffs that will determine which party controls Congress’s upper chamber next year. The elections are expected to garner tens of millions in outside spending from Democratic and Republican groups.

    The Black PAC is heavily financed by left-wing billionaires, dark money, and the Chuck Schumer-tied Senate Majority PAC. It received $1.5 million from the Democracy PAC, a super PAC created by Soros, and $6.32 million from Bloomberg. The Sixteen Thirty Fund, which has been used as an avenue to push $55 million in secret cash into the 2020 elections, gave $2.25 million, while the Senate Majority PAC added $1 million. Other liberal groups, such as America Votes, Unite the Country, and various union PACs, have added millions more.

    The Black PAC’s latest filings show the group raised $23.5 million and spent $12.5 million as of mid-October. It did not respond to a request for comment.

  30. Uranium Enrichment in Iran Enters New Phase: Envoy

    “Iran has begun a new stage of uranium enrichment activities, the country’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna said.

    In an interview IRNA, Kazem Gharibabadi elaborated on the latest developments in Iran’s nuclear program.

    He said Tehran adopts its positions on the IAEA and safeguards issues at the seasonal meetings of the IAEA’s Board of Directors based on three criteria: reports by the IAEA’s director general, the status of the implementation of the obligations of the other signatories to the nuclear deal, and the countries’ stances at the Board meeting, according to the government’s official website.

    “As the topic of discussions at the meeting is Iran, we generally elaborate on our stances as the last speaker, so that we would be able to show the necessary reaction to the issues brought up by countries present at the meeting,” he said.

    At the meeting, Gharibabadi said, the three European countries expressed regret over the United States’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and the reimposition of sanctions against Iran.

    “They also presented a long list of criticisms and concerns about Iran’s scaling down its JCPOA commitments, calling on Iran to return to the full implementation of its obligations,” Gharibabadi noted.

    He said the serious challenges facing the JCPOA include Washington’s unilateral and illegal pullout from the deal, the reimposition of sanctions and Europe’s inaction to compensate for this situation.

    “This comes as Iran remained fully and effectively committed to all its obligations for one year after the US withdrew from the agreement,” he said.

    The envoy then slammed the Europeans for simply expressing regret over Washington’s pullout but taking no action.

    “And when it comes to Iran, they voice serious concern over Iran’s reciprocal measures which are in keeping with the IAEA’s provisions,” he noted.

    Gharibabadi said the Europeans have, over the past two and a half years, failed to take any special action to make good on their obligations with regards to the lifting of sanctions and peaceful nuclear cooperation with Iran.

    He said Iran needs to see the “effects of the lifting of sanctions in practice.”

    “As for the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), the Europeans know themselves that it was not an effective tool,” the envoy noted.

    “So, the Europeans as well as member states of the IAEA and its Board of Governors should be reminded of these realities, which is, of course, always being done at different levels and on different occasions,” he said.

    Gharibabadi said if the Europeans want Iran to reverse its reciprocal moves, they should live up to their commitments under the JCPOA and work towards lifting sanctions.

    He then noted that the injection of the uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas is the last step the be taken before the start of the enrichment process and the separation of uranium 238 from uranium 235.

    “Accordingly, in addition to first-generation centrifuges, a cascade of 174 new IR-2M centrifuges will be enriching uranium at Natanz nuclear facility,” he added.

    “The three European countries had announced their stances on the development of new machines before,” the Iranian envoy said.

    “In response, we have kept telling them that Iran cannot return to the commitments that it has scaled down as long as it has not reaped the benefits of the JCPOA with the lifting of sanctions,” he said.

    Gharibabadi said it is neither logical, nor practical for Iran to implement the JCPOA unilaterally and at its own cost.

    Meanwhile, he underscored that Iran remains committed to the IAEA’s safeguards agreements.

    “Even if commitments under the JCPOA and the Additional protocol, which is being implemented thereto and on a voluntary and temporary basis, are scaled down in certain cases, safeguards agreements are still complied with,” he said.

    “In this special case, i.e., Iran’s injection of gas into centrifuges, the IAEA should be informed in advance as stipulated in the agency’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement,” he noted.

    On the media reports indicating Trump has suggested a possible military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, Gharibabadi said, “Such issues are mostly psychological warfare.”

    “Iran does not welcome conflict and will not initiate any war, either. But Iran knows well how to defend itself and its interests,” he said.

    “The US knows if it makes any wrong move, Iran will show a very strong reaction,” he added.

    The Iranian envoy noted that some have kicked up a fuss, claiming that Iran’s uranium reserves are twelve times as much as what is allowed under the JCPOA.

    “They are worried over this proliferation concern, as they put it,” he said.

    “If the US was worried about Iran’s moves, why did its pull out of the JCPOA?” Gharibabadi asked rhetorically.

    He made it clear the US cannot withdraw from the nuclear deal and, at the same time, expect Iran to remain committed to its obligations.

    “Before the JCPOA was signed, Iran possessed around 36 times as much uranium as is allowed under the JCPOA, but it never deviated from its peaceful activities,” he said.

    He noted the United States itself is in possession of thousands of nuclear warheads, has proliferated nukes, used nuclear weapons against innocent Japanese people, and is a supporter of the Israeli regime, which is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and has developed different types of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

    Hence, he added, is really ludicrous that a country like the US expresses concern over the activities of Iran which remains fully committed to its obligations and whose non-diversion in its nuclear program has been corroborated by the IAEA’s reports.”

  31. Biden Team, Most Americans Support JCPOA as Win-Win Deal: Ex-White House Official

    “A former assistant director for national security in the White House Office of Science and Technology said the administration of US President-elect Joe Biden and most American people support the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as a win-win agreement.

    “I expect that they, unlike the Trump Administration, will be interested in win-win solutions, including reentering the JCPOA if Iran comes back into compliance. They will not be willing to compensate Iran for the economic damage the Trump Administration has done. They, along with most of the American public, consider Iran an adversary but do support the JCPOA as a win-win deal in which both sides win,” Frank N. von Hippel, a senior research physicist and professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus, at Princeton University, told Tasnim in an interview.

    Following is the full text of the interview.

    Tasnim: What approach do you think Iran should take towards the new US government after Donald Trump failed to fulfill Washington’s demand to target the country’s economy as a result of the Islamic Republic’s resistance?

    Hippel: I hope Iran will be open to dialogue with the Biden Administration. I expect that they, unlike the Trump Administration, will be interested in win-win solutions, including reentering the JCPOA if Iran comes back into compliance.

    They will not be willing to compensate Iran for the economic damage the Trump Administration has done. They, along with most of the American public, consider Iran an adversary but do support the JCPOA as a win-win deal in which both sides win.

    They also will be interested in the possibility of other win-win deals. I have no access to the Biden Team’s thinking but one obvious deal could include Iran formalizing an international agreement to limit the missiles to a range of 2,000 kilometers. That would reinforce the credibility of Iran’s decision not to pursue nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction. I would hope other countries around the Persian Gulf would make that same commitment.

    I could imagine that the Biden Administration might also be interested in limiting to defensive weaponry the type of assistance Iran gives to Hezbollah – not offensive weaponry that threatens Israel.

    These are just my personal opinions.

    Tasnim: As you know the US withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018. Don’t you think that Iran’s hasty return to talks with Washington would be deemed as a sign of weakness? and this way the Biden administration will not be willing to compensate for the damage Trump has done?

    Hippel: The first step has to be that both sides return to compliance with the JCPOA. That has been Iran’s position ever since the US withdrew.

    The Trump position was that the JCPOA was a “bad deal,” that the Obama administration should have gotten more for raising US nuclear-related sanctions on Iran and that the Trump Administration would be able to get more concessions from Iran.

    Well, the Trump Administration was not able to get more and it appears that the future Biden administration will be willing to return to the JCPOA on the original terms. If that is the case, then Iran will have won this test of wills, and that could be seen as a sign of Iran’s national strength.

    If the US rejoins the JCPOA and Iran comes back into compliance, then both sides should be willing to explore whether there are additional deals they can agree on that will benefit both sides.

    It seems to me that this should be possible because neither country wants war, although there are minor elements in both countries who do want war.

    We have been dangerously close to war. The leaderships of both Israel and Saudi Arabia have been urging the US to attack Iran, which they see as a threat to them. It would be a win for both sides if, without war, we could reduce the threat to Iran and the threat that Iran’s neighbors perceive from Iran.

    I was involved in partially resolving such a situation before: the nuclear confrontation between Moscow and Washington, which came dangerously near a nuclear war at least twice. Both sides recognized the danger and made a succession of deals that reduced it – although here too, the Trump Administration took us backward.

    Those deals between Moscow and Washington involved reductions in both nuclear and conventional weapons on both sides. There are no nuclear weapons in the Persian Gulf region, but the US could introduce them and Iran could acquire them. I hope that it will be possible to reduce the risk of nuclear weapons being introduced into the Persian Gulf region and reduce the conventional weapons confrontation there as well. And I hope that we can develop more positive interactions between our two countries, starting with scientific collaborations, student exchanges, and trade.

    The Soviet Union and the United States demonized each other. The United States and Iran have been doing the same. Some of your people called the United States “the Great Satan,” and our government has indeed done terrible things – most notably helping overthrow the democratically-elected government of Iran in 1953 in the interests of British Petroleum. Iran too has done destructive things, such as holding US diplomats hostage during 1979-81.

    But, like Iran, the United States is a complicated country made up of “doves” as well as “hawks.” The “hawks” communicate easily with each other through threats. The “doves” have more difficulty communicating from a distance. But we must brainstorm about a better future. I see this exchange as a small piece of that effort.

    Tasnim: It seems that certain regional regimes including Saudi Arabia and Israel are opposed to any form of rapprochement between Iran and the US. They have reportedly pressured Joe Biden not to rejoin the JCPOA. Why? What are your thoughts on this?

    Hippel: I think that the current leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel see relations with Iran as a zero-sum game, that is, any gain for Iran is a loss for them. The Trump administration saw the situation in the same way. As indicated above, I think the Biden Administration will see the possibilities of win-win solutions.

    Tasnim: Do you believe that Republicans and Democrats really differ on their policy towards Iran and the Middle East?

    Hippel: There is a spectrum of views among Democrats – and also among Republicans. But there will be a big difference between the Biden and Trump administrations in their attitudes toward Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

    There is broad support in both parties for Israel but I do not expect the Biden Administration to align itself as closely with Prime Minister Netanyahu as the Trump Administration has – especially with regard to the future of the Palestinians and US policy towards Iran.

    I also do not expect the Biden Administration to blindly support Saudi Arabia in the way the Trump Administration has. There is a lot of outrage about the human rights violations that Saudi Arabia has committed in Yemen and also about the assassination of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, which is widely believed to have been ordered by Mohammed bin Salman. I expect the Biden Administration to decide whether to support Israel and Saudi Arabia on an issue by issue basis.

    In summary, I believe it will be worthwhile for Iran to try to negotiate with the Biden Administration. I hope the result will be a more peaceful, less dangerous world.”

  32. Trump blasts ‘ANTIFA SCUM,’ media after violence mars MAGA marches in DC
    The president also blasted Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, claiming the Democrat was not “doing her job”

    Trump blasts ‘ANTIFA SCUM,’ media after violence mars MAGA marches in DC
    The president also blasted Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, claiming the Democrat was not “doing her job”

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