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Trump Blasts Germany in First Tweet of the Day

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 17:29

So much for Trump’s lawyers gaining control over the president’s tweeting habits.

Just three after the Italian G-7 meeting ended in an unprecedented lack of consensus over the Paris climate deal, prompting Angela Merkel to announce one day later that …

Video: Syrian Army Tiger Forces Prevail against ISIS in Aleppo

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 17:28

The Bazreh area in eastern Damascus has been fully liberated from militants.

On Monday, the last batch of militants and their supporters left the area and Barzeh was taken under full control by government forces.

With the liberation of Bazreh, …

YPG/PKK to Move on Raqqa- Tribulation for Civilians to Follow

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:38
Soon enough the US backed PKK/YPG Kurds are going to move on Raqqa.
What will this mean for the civilian population still present? The ones that actually do survive the bombings & displacement forced upon them by the US and their Kurdish proxies?

 Tribulation: Sorrow or Suffering due to Persecution

The US is already dropping bombs aplenty on Raqqa. It’s being reported today that the US is supplying an abundance of weapons to be employed against “ISIS” in Raqqa

You know the same ISIS that was leaving Raqqa last week to head to Palmyra? 

Clearly  the arms are actually for forcing an exodus of civilians, already occurring,  and of course the taking/annexation by force of Syrian territory as the US assists PKK/YPG in their goal of Greater Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0

Pentagon spokesman Pahon told RT there were safeguards in place to prevent misuse of the weapons.

"Wherever possible, our advisors will monitor the use of the weapons and supplies we give the Kurdish elements of the SDF, ensuring use only against ISIS," he said. "Any alleged misuse or diversion of U.S. support will be taken seriously and lead to the possible curtailment of support, if verified."
Smoke and Mirrors. Smoke and Mirrors. 

There is no monitoring of weapons and supplies to the Kurds. There has been misuse, abuse and diversion and the US has done nothing.  Hell US weapons, supplied to YPG, have ended up in Turkey, in the hands of PKK. Expect more of the same.

If Manbij is any example, and I’m sure it is, we can expect the remaining persons to be exposed to the ruthless dominance of the PKK/YPG

Atlantic Council:

You will notice that the Atlantic Council author calls the Kurds SDF by their correct name- PKK. Cause that's what they are.

The SDF governance model for Raqqa mirrors the governing arrangements put in place in the city of Manbij after its capture by the SDF in August 2016.  The Manbij civilian and military councils are now in charge of the city’s administration and the rural countryside. But according to a recent report by the International Crisis group (ICG), the SDF efforts to include Arabs in the Kurdish-led “Democratic Self-Administration” model have been superficial and do not amount to a meaningful share in governance. “Arab figures willing to participate in the Self-Administration are handed impressive titles but no real authority. Local governance bodies function as channels to convey complaints and petitions rather than as platforms for effective participation, while the ultimate power of decision rests with the Qandil-trained PKK cadres.”I'll repeat the facts:
efforts to include Arabs - have been superficial and do not amount to a meaningful share in governance having no real authority,  while the ultimate power of decision rests with the Qandil-trained PKK cadres.”

The SDF sponsored model for Raqqa aims to ensure their control over the territories they capture from ISIS as a first step to integrating it in the Self-Administration project. The co-chair of the ruling Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) stated in March that Raqqa could become part of the Kurdish-led democratic federal system. “We expect [this] because our project is for all Syria…and Raqqa can be part of it,” he then added that “the people of Raqqa are the ones who take the decision on everything.”

A similar conversation came up in a meeting with a senior Kurdish politician whom I met under the Chatham House rule, which prevents me from revealing his identity or affiliation.(PKK) The official clearly hinted that the SDF plan to include both Manbij and Raqqa in the Kurdish-led federal government in northern Syria that was adopted in March 2016. But he avoided giving a clear answer about their response if the people of Raqqa and Manbij refuse to join the Self-Administration model.Tribulation
The implementation of the SDF plan is unlikely to foster meaningful local participation in governing Raqqa, which will increase tension and may lead to confrontations. According to the aforementioned ICG report, the Self-Administration model becomes fragile outside majority-Kurdish areas. “If the YPG and its allies do indeed capture Raqqa, stabilizing and controlling it with the organization’s current model could backfire, enabling the post-ISIS re-emergence of a jihadist insurgency (and accompanying racketeering networks) in asymmetric form – the very method that allowed the organization’s predecessor (al-Qaeda in Iraq) to survive and rebound from apparent defeat ten years ago.” In other words, ISIS will attempt to exploit the SDF’s reputation as a Kurd-dominated force to recruit and mobilize locals to fight against them.A recent study by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy showed that all four major tribes of Raqqa are hostile to the Kurdish YPG and skeptical of the SDF which is likely to hinder the implementation of the SDF model in Raqqa. The study mentions locals’ concerns about a Kurdish territorial expansion at the expense of Arab tribes, mandatory conscription, arbitrary arrests, and retribution for associating with ISIS. Understand the why of all those US weapons?
The expanded Kurdish influence in the future running of the city is also sensitive for Turkey, which has fought its own Kurdish insurgency for three decades and fears growing Kurdish ascendancy just over the border in northern Syria. As a result, more extensive Turkish action against the SDF in Syria is possible, especially if tensions soar further.

Post-ISIS governance in Raqqa could only be successful if it allows locals to meaningfully develop and run their city separately from the YPG-PYD’s Self-Administration and reflect the city’s social composition. Doing so could also assure Turkey and other skeptical Syrians that the SDF’s capture of territory no longer means the arrival of single-party rule. 
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Rep. Darrell Issa Cowers On Roof Of His Office Rather Than Facing Constituents

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:07

Rep. Darrell Issa isn't a favorite with his constituents these days. Not at all. His votes for the dreadful ACA replacement and more have mobilized constituents to show up and challenge him.

The only problem is, he doesn't want to be challenged. Not at all.

Here is one of his challengers mocking him earlier today for hiding out on the roof of his office.

Yes, this is really @DarrellIssa on the roof of his district office building. Too afraid to come speak with assembled constituents below.

— Mike Levin (@MikeLevinCA) May 30, 2017

He is apparently afraid of these people:

Several hundred in front of @DarrellIssa's office this AM. Issa came out for 5 minutes but refused to engage with those across the street.

— Mike Levin (@MikeLevinCA) May 30, 2017

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The US Has Released 417 Alleged Terrorists Since 9/11. The Latest Owned an Islamic Bookstore. - The Intercept

Google News 9/11 Feed - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:02

The Intercept

The US Has Released 417 Alleged Terrorists Since 9/11. The Latest Owned an Islamic Bookstore.
The Intercept
Farhane will be the 417th defendant to be released following a conviction on terrorism-related charges after the 9/11 attacks. He pleaded guilty to his role in what the government described as a plot to send money to fighters in Afghanistan and Chechnya.

Categories: 9/11 & False Flag

Will Ivanka Bring Champagne Popsicles To The Parental Leave Signing?

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:00

By now you've heard that Ivanka Trump's official company Twitter, which she did not write and would never write, stepped in this over the Memorial Day Holiday:

And of course, Twitter had a field day over it.

It's not just that Ivanka is commemorating our fallen war dead with picnic activities -- it's that her class NEVER participates in America during times of national loss. War time? Other people serve. Financial crisis? Borrow money from the Russians. Release tax returns to the public? That's for non-'business people.'

Stand still for the national anthem?

Watch President Trump sing along to the national anthem

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 30, 2017

And I particularly liked this one, and not just because it's from a C&L colleague:

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9/11 Memorial: First responders to receive dedication - Fox News

Google News 9/11 Feed - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:10

Fox News

9/11 Memorial: First responders to receive dedication
Fox News
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City will build a permanent dedication to remember workers who aided the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in 2001. In a press release on Tuesday, the 9/11 museum announced plans ...

Categories: 9/11 & False Flag

Memorial Glade 'commemorative space' to honor 9/11 rescue workers at Ground Zero - amNY

Google News 9/11 Feed - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:04


Memorial Glade 'commemorative space' to honor 9/11 rescue workers at Ground Zero
They were the women and men who spent more than eight months spearheading rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, and they have long garnered the greatest honor and respect. Soon, the efforts of the first responders, iron and ...
Ground Zero workers to get their own monument at 9/11 memorial ...New York Daily News
9/11 rescue workers will be honored at the World Trade Center site ...Curbed NY
9/11 First Responders To Get Dedication At Sept. 11 Memorial ...CBS New York
WABC-TV -Newsday
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Categories: 9/11 & False Flag

L’«ordine» del G7 è quello Nato

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:50

«Un ordine internazionale basato sulle regole, che promuova la pace tra le nazioni, salvaguardi la sovranità, l’integrità territoriale e l’indipendenza politica di tutti gli stati e assicuri la protezione dei diritti umani»: questo dicono di volere i leader del G7 …

Yemen descending into total collapse as world watches: UN

American Everyman - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:43

Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia…

from Press TV

The United Nations says impoverished Yemen is on the brink of total collapse, as the country is facing an ongoing bloody military aggression by Saudi Arabia, an emerging famine, and an outbreak of cholera.

“Crisis is not coming, it is not looming, it is here today, on our watch and ordinary people are paying the price,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien in a speech on Tuesday, addressing the UN Security Council.

“The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches,” he said, adding that the crisis is triggering “total social, economic and institutional collapse” in the Arab country…

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Syrian government had no role in Idlib chemical attack: Putin

American Everyman - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:38

from Press TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed confidence that the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had no role in the April chemical attack in Idlib Province, describing the incident as the West’s pretext to continue its pressure against Damascus.

“According to our information, there is no proof that chemical weapons were used by Assad. We are convinced that he did not do it,” Putin said in a Tuesday interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro.

The allegation was a way of “explaining to the international community why it was necessary to continue to impose measures to pressure Assad, including militarily,” Putin added.

The remarks came a day after new French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country blames Assad for the attack, slammed the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a red line for Paris which would result in reprisals…

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Sean Spicer Booed By White House Reporters After Cutting Presser Early

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:00

Holding his first press briefing in nearly two weeks, Sean Spicer used around eight minutes of it to rewrite the overseas trip in a long boring monologue, and then he took a few questions.

And by a few, I mean a very few.

In response to what was to be the final question, Spicer scolded reporters. "The reason the president is frustrated is because there is a perpetuation of false narratives, use of unnamed sources over and over again about things that are happening don't ultimately happen."

And then he cut them off entirely.

As he left the room, one reporter shouted, "Is Kushner fake news?" while others booed.

So propaganda, then a few lies, then cutting the press off entirely. I think maybe those boos should have been even louder.

The longer version of the video:

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The Manchester Bombing: A Case of State Criminal Negligence or Worse?

globalresearch - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:33

The news that the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had warned Britain’s security service (MI5) about Salman Abedi, the man accused of the recent suicide bombing atrocity in the English city of Manchester, once again raises the issue

Rep. Ted Lieu: Jared Kushner Needs To Resign

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:20

Rep. Ted Lieu told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that since Jared Kushner repeatedly lied on his security forms about having contact with the Russians, he should resign from the Trump administration.

With all the news swirling about Jared Kushner's seeking secret meetings with the Russians before Trump took office, Rep. Ted Lieu joined CNN to discuss Kushner's fate.

Wolf Blitzer asked, "Why do you believe there's enough evidence for [Kushner] to resign?"

The California congressman coolly replied, "It's very clear that Jared Kushner lied on his security clearance form. The white House does not deny he omitted multiple Russian meetings, now we know those meetings were significant."

He continued, " One dealt with a secret back channel to Russia. A second dealt with the head of a bank that was being sanctioned by the u.s. at the time. You don't just forget about these meetings. Jared Kushner deliberately omitted those on his security clearance form. That's a felony and it also puts in a compromised position."

Remember when the former acting AG Sally Yates told the White House that Gen. Flynn's contacts with Russia also put him in a compromised position? What happened afterwards?

Oh, she was fired.

Blitzer said that Jared's lawyer says he's ready to answer all these questions because he has nothing to hide.

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Jack Kingston: Nevermind Trump's Trip Because The EU Is Librul!

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:09

This morning on CNN, Alisyn Camerota asked Trump apologist and former GOP Congressman Jack Kingston about Trump's apparent friendliness with the Saudis versus his coldness towards our longtime allies France and Germany.

What he should have said is, "Look, Angela Merkel isn't going to invest in golf courses, now, is she?"

But what he did say was a bunch of garbage about how Trump is more comfortable with autocrats than our European allies because the European Union is "to the left of Bernie Sanders" and some of their leaders have criticized Trump.

"I don't think it's that chilly, but if you look at what the EU has become, it's to the Left of Bernie Sanders....extremely liberal...said that Trump was a bigger disaster than China and Russia. That's an irresponsible discussion for any great country that's an ally."

So this is about Donald Trump's personal qualities and private grudges. Which is all any of Trump's so-called presidency is about. He's only about un-doing everything Obama and being a bully with no guiding principle. And shame on you, Jack Kingston and the Republican Congress, for backing him up. No retreat for you, no lifeboats, no "Tea Party" rebranding, when he falls.

Categories: Crooks And Liars

Ground Zero recovery workers to be honored with their own monument at Sept. 11th Memorial - New York Daily News

Google News 9/11 Feed - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:52

New York Daily News

Ground Zero recovery workers to be honored with their own monument at Sept. 11th Memorial
New York Daily News
"Fifteen years after 9/11, we still feel the pain and loss as if it were yesterday," Cuomo said. "This new tribute will be a poignant reminder of the selflessness and courage of our first responders, who embody the best of New Yorkers, and ensure their ...

Categories: 9/11 & False Flag

Sean Spicer Press Briefing, May 30, 2017

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:12

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Let us know when he quits his job and goes to see the Pope on his own dime.

Or anything else that strikes you about this dismal ritual.

Presser-related open thread below...

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Fox & Friends Attack 'Anonymous Sources', Then Use One To Defend Trump

crooksandliars - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:55

Trump's most trusted news source, Fox and Friends, attacked multiple reports on Jared Kushner's attempt to set up secret meetings with Russia and then turned around and used one anonymous source to defend Kushner's actions and dispute the story.

And Trump retweeted it, so bonuses for Doocy and Co.

A persistent theme coming from Fox News' morning program is that you can't trust anonymous sources unless they unmask themselves. That is unless Fox News needs that anonymous source to defend a Republican.

After the Jared Kushner/secret Russian meeting story broke on the Washington Post, the White House was mum on it until they sent surrogates on TV Sunday morning to defend Kushner's actions - which implicitly confirms the WaPo story.

Then on Memorial Day, a Fox News report came out citing one source, (Sean Spicer?) that denounced the accuracy of the WaPo story.

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