Web Research Links for the Week of 4/9/18

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Lavrov: Swiss lab says ‘BZ toxin’ used in Salisbury, not produced in Russia, was in US & UK servicehttps://www.rt.com/news/424149-skripal-poisoning-bz-lavrov/ – “Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, citing the results of the examination conducted by a Swiss chemical lab that worked with the samples that London handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW)… However, the UN chemical watchdog limited itself only to confirming the formula of the substance used to poison the Skripals in its final report without mentioning anything about the other facts presented in the Swiss document, the Russian foreign minister added.”

US-led missile strike on Syria was criminal, OPCW to determine – What happened right after the second direct U.S.-missiles invasion of Syria, which had occurred on the night of April 13th, could turn out to have momentous implications — far bigger than the attacks themselves – by Eric Zuesse –  http://theduran.com/us-led-missile-strike-on-syria-was-criminal-opcw-to-determine/ – “The OPCW is based not on the U.N. Charter but on that specific treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, which was formally approved by the U.N.’s General Assembly on 30 November 1992 and was then opened for signatures in Paris on 13 January 1993. According to the Convention’s terms, it would enter into effect 180 days after 65 nations signed it, which turned out to be on 29 April 1997… So, although the treaty itself received U.N. approval, the recent Russian-sponsored resolution at the U.N.’s Security Council to have the U.N. endorse the OPCW investigation of the 7 April 2018 Douma incident, did not receive U.N. approval. It was instead blocked by the U.S. and its allies. Nonetheless, though without a U.N. endorsement, the OPCW investigation into the incident will move forward, despite the invasion… This fact is momentous, because a credible international inspection, by the world’s top investigatory agency for such matters, will continue to completion, notwithstanding the effort by the U.S. and its allies on the U.N. Security Council, to block it altogether. This decision was reached by the OPCW — not by the U.N… Among the 192 signers of the Chemical Weapons Convention are U.S., Russia, and Syria, as well as China, Iran, and Iraq, but not Israel, nor North Korea and a very few other countries. So: all of the major powers have already, in advance, approved whatever the findings by the OPCW turn out to be.” (emphases added)

Syria: Western Allies launch diplomatic offensive in wake of strikes – Pressure grows on Russia to stop protecting Assad as US, UK and France press for inquiry into chemical weapons stockpiles – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/15/western-allies-launch-diplomatic-offensive-in-wake-of-syria-strikes – “The aim is to show that the western military intervention is part of a wider political and diplomatic strategy to drive chemical weapons from Syria once and for all… A draft resolution will call on the whole of the UN to try to reinvigorate the stalled peace talks, accept a ceasefire and restore humanitarian access to besieged areas… OPCW inspectors set to investigate site of Douma chemical attack…The UN security council’s 15 members will meet on Monday to discuss the call for a wider push to eliminate the covert Syrian government stockpiles, placing pressure on Russia to stop protecting Bashar al-Assad’s regime from a UN inquiry into its use of chemical weapons… Haley told Fox News the troops would stay until Islamic State was defeated, Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile could not be used to harm US interests, and until there was a good vantage point to watch what Iran was doing inside Syria… ‘We are not going to leave until we have accomplished those things,’ she said… She announced fresh US sanctions would be applied on Monday against companies linked to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. The diplomatic initiative came as the US appeared to have decided to maintain a 2,000-strong US troop presence in Syria indefinitely.” (emphases added) – Comment: There is still no evidence to suggest that Syria has ever used chemical weapons, not against the Western-supported insurgents, and certainly not against Syrian civilians, whom support the Syrian government by about 80% or so. The Western powers know this well. Anything they say that mentions “chemical weapons” is deliberate prevarication for propaganda purposes. Also, please be aware that sanctions are a form of violence or war by other means. They have real-world consequences. The Russian people have had to face extreme privation and to make major efforts to overcome these actions from groups associated with banking interests.

US Vice President Warns Of Further Strikes On Syria, Threatens Damascus Forces, Criticizes Russia –  https://southfront.org/us-vice-president-warns-of-further-strikes-on-syria-threatens-damascus-forces-criticizes-russia/ – “Later, Pence criticized the Russian attitude towards the conflict in Syria and called on Moscow to distance itself from the Damascus goverment during an interview with the CBS News TV. The US Vice President even held Russia the responsibility for the alleged “failure” of the 2013 agreement for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons… ‘Our message to Russia is, you’re on the wrong side of history’ … ‘It’s time for Russia to get the message that President Trump delivered last night. That you’re known by the company you keep,’ Pence told CBS News.”

20 Dead After Israeli Warplanes Reportedly Attack Iranian Military Base In Syria – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-14/unidentified-warplanes-strike-iranian-military-base-southern-syria-skynews-arabia – “While it is too early to determine who launched the attack, since none of the western forces have claimed responsibility, the most likely party is Israel which as a reminder, was also the first to strike Syria last Monday, almost a week before the US-coalition forces also unloaded on Syria.”

The U.S. Corp is at war in Syria – The Donald speaks: https://twitter.com/TwitterNews/status/983444157330087937 – “Targeting the chemical production facilities of the Syrian ‘regime’ ”  –  https://twitter.com/Partisangirl –  https://twitter.com/search?q=%23syria&src=typd

Monika Schaefer: Letter from a German Prison – https://www.darkmoon.me/2018/monika-schaefer-letter-from-a-german-prison/#more-95860

Letter #4 (12 min)

Monica, a Canadian, was visiting the first day of the current free-speach trial of Sylvie Stoltz for asking questions about “The Holocaust” on January 3, when the trial was put on recess in the opening hour so that Monica could be arrested by the court for a youtube video (6 min) Sorry Mom, I was wrong about the Holocaust:

that she made in Canada in 2016. Since then Monika is being held in prison in Germany without any charges being filed. – Note: I had to replace the link to this video because the previous video had been removed by YouTube. That may happen with this one too.

Dr. Willie Soon on polar bears, sea level, computer models and other hypehttp://www.cfact.org/2018/04/13/dr-willie-soon-on-polar-bears-sea-level-computer-models-and-other-hype/ – “I have argued that too much ice will be the ultimate enemy for polar bears. Polar bears need less sea ice to be well fed and to reproduce. Why? Think about this for a minute: Polar bears eat a lot. Any large colony will need a great deal of food. The bears’ staple diet is seal blubber. But seals are a long way up the food chain. So a fully functional and healthy eco-system is required. And that means oceans warm enough to support the lower links in the food chain from plankton all the way up to seals… Sea level has risen by 400 feet over the past 10,000 years. For the past 200 years it has been rising at about 8 inches per century, and that rate may well continue. It has very little to do with global warming and much more to do with long-term climate cycles. In fact, so slowly has sea level been rising that environmental-extremist scientists have tampered with the raw data by adding an imagined (and imaginary) “global isostatic adjustment”, torturing the data until they show a rate of sea-level rise that has not in reality occurred.”

Russian Defense Ministry Releases Testimonies Of Doctors From Syria’s Duma (Video)https://southfront.org/russian-defense-ministry-releases-testimonies-of-doctors-from-syrias-duma/ – “Moreover, the two doctors stressed in the video that there had been no symptoms proving a chemical weapons use. Both doctors were also able to prove their presence in the emergency room of Duma hospital during the incident via a video published a Syrian opposition news outlet.”

Enemy Construct AlertWhat Price for Collapse of the Empire? – by The Saker – http://www.unz.com/tsaker/what-price-for-collapse-of-the-empire/ – “Does anybody seriously believe that Trump, May, Macron or Netanyahu would be willing to risk an apocalyptic thermonuclear war which could kill several hundred million people in just a few hours because Assad has used chemical weapons on tens, hundreds or even thousands of innocent Syrian civilians (assuming, just for argument’s sake, that this accusation is founded)? Since when do the AngloZionist care about Arabs?! This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!” – Comment: If you only read one detailed article this week…

IDF: Gazans hurl explosives, firebombs, burn Israeli flags, try to damage fence – One Palestinian said killed, more than 100 hurt as 10,000 Palestinians demonstrate at 5 points along border; Hamas official says ‘it’s time for return’ – https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-gaza-protesters-hurl-explosives-firebombs-try-to-damage-fence/  – (emphasis added)

Russia spied on Skripal and daughter for at least 5 years: UKhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-russia-skripal-spy/russia-spied-on-skripal-and-daughter-for-at-least-5-years-uk-idUSKBN1HK1OR – “Russia’s intelligence agencies spied on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia for at least five years before they were attacked with a nerve agent in March, the national security adviser to Britain’s prime minister said… Mark Sedwill said in a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday that email accounts of Yulia had been targeted in 2013 by cyber specialists from Russia’s GRU military intelligence service… Sedwill also said in the letter, which was published by the government, that it was ‘highly likely that the Russian intelligence services view at least some of its defectors as legitimate targets for assassination.’.. The Skripals were (note: allegedly) targeted by what London says was a nerve agent attack that left both of them critically ill for weeks. British Prime Minister Theresa May has said it is highly likely that Moscow was behind the attack.” (emphasis added) – Comment: the drumbeat continues. Apparently “highly likely” is the new standard for intenational censure and sanctions.

There is NOT Just a US “Opioid Crisis” – There is Something Far Worse Happening… Here it is…- by Jonelle Elgaway – http://bolenreport.com/not-just-us-opioid-crisis-something-far-worse-happening/

Turkey’s running out of time to pick a partner in Syria – by Fehim Tastekin – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/turkey-syria-russia-reaches-road-junction.html – “There are factors that may force Turkey to pick a side in this critical time. First, its partnership with Russia and Iran in the fragile Astana peace process might not meet Turkey’s expectations. Then, there are growing economic issues and the seemingly unstoppable loss of value of Turkey’s currency. Negative economic signals are forcing Turkey to think hard about the costs of taking on the West. Erdogan, who has problems with so many countries, must be careful to protect his country’s economy… Erdogan’s outburst to  Lavrov that Turkey — and not the Russian foreign minister — will be the one to decide when to hand over Afrin was a clear sign that Ankara could still revert to its former policy dedicated to toppling Assad… Actually, an April 11 statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu may well be the harbinger of Turkey’s return to that policy... ‘The time has come for the Bashar Assad regime in Syria to go,’ Cavusoglu said. ‘The Assad regime must leave Syria. This is not the first time the Assad regime has used chemical weapons. It has killed nearly 1 million people with airstrikes and barrel bombs.’ ”

FDA now wants to eliminate side effect warnings from drug ads in latest collusion with Big Pharma – by Isabelle Z. – https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-07-10-fda-now-wants-to-eliminate-side-effect-warnings-from-drug-ads-in-latest-collusion-with-big-pharma.html – “These efforts appear to be paying off in more ways than one because now the FDA is considering scrapping them altogether on the grounds that TV viewers simply don’t listen to the side effect lists. With this move, it appears the FDA cares less and less about making their collusion with Big Pharma obvious.”

Anti-GMO activist found dead in hotel pool, hours before planned delivery of 200,000 petition signatures to the EPA – by Derrick Broze and Mike Adams – https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-04-13-anti-gmo-activist-found-dead-in-hotel-pool-hours-before-planned-delivery-of-200000-petition-signatures-to-the-epa.html – “According to Napoles, de Mier called her on Thursday April 5 to announce her intention to drive from Florida to Washington D.C. to file her petition with the EPA. The two headed to Washington on Sunday, arrived on Monday, and planned to deliver their petition on Tuesday morning. Around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning de Mier left Napoles to go for a quick swim at the hotel’s rooftop pool before heading to the EPA. This was the last time Napoles saw de Mier alive. Regarding the possibility of death by accidental drowning, Napoles said Mila de Mier was not known to be a weak swimmer and had swum with whale sharks in the past. Napoles said the two also had plans to go swim with dolphins in June… ‘She wanted the people of Houston to have time to comment on the release of GE mosquitoes. She would want people to continue the fight,’ Napoles stated.”

Trump orders officials to look at rejoining TPP: Senatorshttp://www.atimes.com/article/trump-orders-officials-look-re-joining-tpp-senators/ – “Trump directed his top economic adviser Larry Kudlow and top trade official Robert Lighthizer to talk to the 11 member nations of the TPP trade pact about the possibility of rejoining the deal. Formally abandoning the agreement was one of Trump’s signature campaign promises and one of his first acts as president… ‘The president multiple times reaffirmed in general to all of us and looked right at Larry Kudlow and said, “Larry, go get it done,” ‘ Republican Senator Ben Sasse told reporters at the White House…”

DISTURBING video shows Syrian kids learning how to fake a chemical attack – The footage shows a group of adults in Syria orchestrating what appears to be a rehearsal for a chemical gas attack –   by Vladimir Rodzianko – http://theduran.com/disturbing-video-surfaces-of-syrian-rebels-teaching-kids-how-to-fake-chemical-attack/ – “The video below begins with an alarm sounding, with adults directing local Syrian schoolchildren to lay on the floor, while others in gas masks administer fake white foam to the children’s’ mouths, convulsing as though they were really experiencing symptoms of ingesting toxic chemicals.”

From the Military-Grade-Propaganda Desk: Syria attack: nerve agent experts race to smuggle bodies out of Douma – by Martin Chulov – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/12/syria-attack-experts-check-signs-nerve-agent – “In the five days since, intelligence technicians have pored over satellite images, radio intercepts and flight paths to try to establish what happened in Douma. In Jordan, officials prepared to receive biological samples from some of the estimated 42 dead and the hundreds more who survived… Smuggling routes in and out of Damascus are well travelled, and makeshift crossings along the watertight Jordanian border can suddenly open whenever there’s a need. Getting samples, especially corpses, to laboratories has been a top priority this week as the US has tried to establish if the gas that was dropped contained more than chlorine… ‘Blood and urine will show that for up to a week, maybe longer,’ said one official who had examined samples taken from patients after the sarin strikes in Ghouta in August 2013 and in Khan Sheikhoun in April last year. “[Nerve agents] degrade very quickly in situ though. If there was going to be a productive fact-finding mission, they would need to get there immediately.” – Comment: I recommend a close reading of this whole article. It is written very authoritatively, and the final impression it leaves me with is that there will be an “official explanation” created that will serve to contest the actual evidence gathered by Russian investigators, and, in the next few days, the OPCW team from the UN. Anyone without a context for this, and with a trust in the information from The Guardian will come away with the impression that this “gas attack” must have happened and that the Russians are lying.

From the This-Guy-May-Be-Alright Desk: US Defense Secretary: No Decision To Strike Syria, Washington Waiting Evidence Of Chemical Attack https://southfront.org/us-defense-secretary-no-decision-to-strike-syria-washington-waiting-evidence-of-chemical-attack/ – ” ‘We are not engaged on the ground there, so I cannot tell you that we have evidence, though we certainly had a lot of media and social media indicators that either chlorine or sarin were used,’ Mattis said.” – Comment: This is the second time that Mattis has come out and blunted a propaganda assault on a “chemical attack.”  I know I dunno nuttin’ about nuttin’, but from my prejudiced view it’s looking like Jimbo may be one of those “White Hat” types…

Syria Diplomatic Front: New Macron’s Claims, German Rejection To Participate In Attackhttps://southfront.org/syria-diplomatic-front-new-macrons-claims-german-rejection-to-particiapte-in-attack-and-other/ – “France has already stated that they will respond to the chemical attack when they collect all the “proof”… ‘We have proof that chemical weapons were used last week, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad,’ the French President Emmanuel Macron said at the French TF1 channel… French media has reported that Macron is claiming to respond ‘at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective’. However, during his interview the President stressed that he wanted to avoid “an escalation”:.. ‘France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes that believe they can act with impunity to violate international law in the worst possible way.’ ”

Trump tweet early this morning (April 11, 4am DC time): ” Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

Russian veto ends U.N. probe of chemical weapons use in Syriahttps://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-veto-ends-un-probe-of-chemical-weapons-use-in-syria/2017/11/16/7ece5bf6-cb10-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html – “To investigate the sarin attack it (the UN Joint Investigative Mechanism) blamed on the Syrian military, the JIM investigators looked at photos, conducted interviews and analyzed soil samples. But they never visited the village where the attack occurred… Russia called the work “amateurish” and charged the investigators’ reports are routinely biased against the Syrian government… Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., said Russia supported the idea of renewing the mandate but insisted that flaws be corrected. He proposed a draft(actually, two drafts)purporting to do that, but it did not get enough votes to pass… ‘There is nothing balanced about the U.S. draft resolution,’ he said, charging that none of the flaws were addressed. ‘You bear the responsibility if the mechanism cannot be salvaged.’ ” (emphasis added) – Note: None of the articles on the Security Council session that I could find covered the actual language of either the U.S. resolution Russian vetoed or the two Russian-amended resolutions that were voted down by the Council. There has so far been no public analysis of what was actually done at the Security Council.

From the Official-State-Propaganda Desk: READY TO STRIKE Syria – US-led coalition warplanes ‘seen flying over Iraqi border’ as nerve gas counter attack loomshttps://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6021889/syria-airspace-cleared-us-coalition-warplanes/ – “European air traffic controllers issued a “rapid alert” for airlines in the Eastern Mediterranean over the possibility of air strikes into Syria within the next 72 hours… The European Aviation Security Agency’s (EASA) warning of possible launches of air-to-ground strikes or cruise missiles comes as the US, Britain, France and allies weigh up retaliatory measures to a suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria… Nafiseh Kohnavard, a reporter for the BBC, tweeted: “Airlines that are still using Syria’s airspace have received a request to change their corridors for the next 48 hours… ‘Sources say that all military bases and important centres of the Syrian government are on high alert as a US attack is expected.’..” (and from the SAME ARTICLE): “The attack in Douma happened late on Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group… Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government… Families were reportedly found suffocated in their homes and shelters, with foam on their mouths.” (emphsis added)Comment: The “article,” from the UK The Sun, contains not only the bald assertions of the factuality of “the gas attack” in Douma, but several pictures released by the White Helmets with their claims of an attack. Russian investigation at the purported scene of the incident found “zero evidence” of use of chemical weapons. Additionally, no patients were found in the Douma hospital or anywhere in liberated Eastern Ghouta with symptoms of exposure to chemicals. BTW, the headline above says “nerve gas counter attack.” Perhaps they’ve confused this with the purported attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, but the “Douma attack” was reported as being chlorine gas.

Trump: “Get Ready Russia”, Missiles “Will Be Coming”https://southfront.org/trump-get-ready-russia-missiles-will-be-coming/

Saber Rattling: Israeli Officials (threaten to) Attack Syriahttps://southfront.org/saber-rattling-israeli-officials-vow-to-assassinate-assad-attack-syria/ – ” ‘If the Iranians act against Israel from Syrian territory, it will be Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government that will pay the price,’ senior Israeli defense officials were quoted by the country’s media on April 11. ‘Assad’s regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map and the world if the Iranians do try to harm Israel or its interests from Syrian territory.’.. ‘Our recommendation to Iran is that it does not try to act, because Israel is determined to continue on this issue to the very end.’ ”

Iranian media posts photos of Syrian base allegedly bombed by Israel – by Stuart Winer – https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-media-posts-photos-of-syrian-base-allegedly-bombed-by-israel/ – “The Tasnim media outlet, which has been affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, specified that seven IRGC members were killed in the strike, including one high-ranking officer, Col. Mehdi Dehghan, who reportedly served in one of the group’s drone units.”

Macron: Any French Strikes Will Target Assad’s Chemical Weapons Stockshttps://southfront.org/macron-any-french-strikes-will-target-assads-chemical-weapons-stocks/ – “On April 10, Macron said he supports a ‘strong and joint response’ to the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7, which the US and its allies blamed on the Assad government… ‘Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime’s chemical capabilities,’ he said, insisting he did ‘not want an escalation’.” – Comment: That will be quite a trick for the French, as the “Assad Regime” doesn’t have any.

3,627 Militants And Members Of Their Families Left Douma – Russian Military – https://southfront.org/3627-militants-and-members-of-their-families-left-douma-russian-military/ – “On April 10, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA revealed that all hostages taken by Jaish al-Islam had been released from Douma on April 9 evening… ‘SANA correspondent said that two buses carrying dozens of liberated abductees arrived in one of the Syrian Arab army checkpoints near al-Wafedeen Camp corridor at 11:00 pm, after which they headed for al-Faihaa stadium in Damascus where their relatives and thousands of citizens have been waiting to welcome them… The first batch of abductees, most of them were women and children who have been kidnapped from Adra Industrial City since January 2013, was released on Sunday after an agreement was reached earlier in the day to release all the abductees in exchange for the exit of all terrorists,’ the SANA’s article reads.”

Tucker Carlson: Would war against Assad make US safer? (7 min)

Israel just lost American Jews – by Philip Weiss – http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/israel-just-american/ – “David Rothkopf responded eloquently: Until every resident of the land over which Israel enforces control has equal rights and protections under the law it’s not a democracy… Rothkopf is as Jewish establishment as they come. The former head of Foreign Policy magazine, he once tarred Walt and Mearsheimer as gentile anti-Semites…  But Rothkopf was enraged : Israel’s brutal treatment of the demonstrators in Gaza…and Gaza itself…is the anti-Passover. It represents the height of hypocrisy: A supposedly Jewish state violating the most basic concepts of the religion in order to defend its ‘right to exist.’ “

From the Not-MY-Title Desk: Conflict In Syria Is About To Turn Into Global Warhttps://southfront.org/conflict-in-syria-is-about-to-turn-into-global-war/ – “Responding to Haley’s statement during the UNSC meeting, Russian representative Vassily Nebenzia called the accusations against Damascus “fake news”. Nebenzia once again warned the US and its allies of the possible “grave consequences” of a military action against Syria… ‘Do you now understand what you have done?’ Nebenzia repeated Putin’s question about the US-led reckless games in the Middle East. ‘No, you do not.’.. ‘Everywhere you go, everything you touch, you leave behind only chaos. You try to fish in those murky waters, but the only thing you catch is mutants… ‘What [the] military misadventures of the West bring about is well known, as shown by the examples of Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. Nobody has vested you with the power to act like the world’s policeman, or to act like the prosecutor, judge, and executioner either,’ he said.” – Questions: I’m wondering, is it mere ignorance to take note of what I take it must be only posturing within the international diplomatic milieu? Does anyone think that Nikki Haley and Vassily Nebenzia are just a tag-team operating like they’re in the World Wrestling Federation?

President Trump Cabinet Meeting Making Decision on Syria 4/9/2018 (10 min) –  https://youtu.be/CFCy-5c_imc – “According to media reports, Pentagon is currently providing Trump with various military options, like a cruise missile strike or a massiive airstrike on crucial Syrian faclities, which could be implemented.” (emphasis added)

UN Security Council holds emergency summit over alleged Syria chemical attack – Several countries have accused Syria of using chemical weapons against civilians in a deadly attack on the rebel town of Douma. US President Donald Trump has vowed to “forcefully” respond, further heightening tensions – http://www.dw.com/en/un-security-council-holds-emergency-summit-over-alleged-syria-chemical-attack/a-43315566 – “Despite denying the use of chemical weapons in Saturday’s attack, Russia said it was ready to co-operate with the OPCW. Nebenzia said OPCW investigators should fly to Syria as early as Tuesday to investigate the attack, and offered them protection… A draft resolution circulated ahead of Monday’s Security Council meeting suggested that Russia and the Western nations were proposing the creation of a new body to assess the blame for chemical attacks. However, the West objects to Russia’s demand for the Security Council to have veto rights over the new body’s findings… ‘We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done,’ said Haley. ‘History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria.’.. However, Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia was quick to deny that chemical weapons had been used in Douma. According to Nebenzia, Russian investigators were sent to Douma over the weekend and found no evidence that a nerve agent or chlorine had been used in an attack… The Russian envoy said claims that there was a chemical weapons attack and that it was perpetrated by Damascus are  “contradictory.” The “fake news” from Douma was intended to deflect attention from the UK’s muddled case regarding the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, Nebenzia said… During the Security Council session, the Israel Foreign Ministry issued a statement accusing Syria of committing “crimes against humanity” in the attack in Douma.” – Question: As far as “the moment” when the UN demonstrated its “failure to protect the people of Syria,” could it perhaps have been the day that they decided not to see the U.S. and British involvement in creating their ISIS proxy armies?

Syrian Air Defense Forces Repel Missile Attack On T4 Airbase. Casualties Reported (Map, Video) – https://southfront.org/syrian-air-defense-forces-repel-missile-attack-on-t4-airbase-casualties-reported-video/ – “The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) rejected to comment on the reports about the missile strike in Syria. However, a video appeared online showing unidentified fighter jets in Lebanese airspace prior to the strike. Considering that the IDF often uses Lebanese airspace to launch missiles at targets inside Syria, Israel is the main suspect in the last night attack.”

Trump official: football fans should ‘think twice’ about Russia World Cup – by David Smith – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/08/trump-official-football-fans-russia-world-cup – “Football fans should “think twice” about travelling to the World Cup in Russia this summer as consular services are threatened by the diplomatic crisis between Vladimir Putin and the west, a senior White House official has warned… The tournament kicks off on 14 June under the shadow of tit-for-tat expulsions and what some describe as a new cold war. Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, has suggested Putin will seek to exploit the showpiece in the way Adolf Hitler milked the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.”

The Corrupt Foster Care and Adoption System: Why Aren’t More Foster and Adoptive Parents Speaking Out? – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/the-corrupt-foster-care-and-adoption-system-why-arent-more-foster-and-adoptive-parents-speaking-out/ – “The data is very clear. A very small minority of children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) are removed because they live in “abusive” homes… The vast majority, anywhere from 75% to 85% or more, are removed for other reasons, usually under the umbrella term of “neglect.” This would include “medical neglect” where one can lose custody of their children simply for disagreeing with a doctor, or seeking a second medical opinion.. Based on large scale research studies conducted at MIT by Joseph Doyle in 2007 and 2008, the data also clearly shows that children in foster care fare far worse than even children left in “troubled homes,” which begs the question as to why we even have a child welfare system that takes children out of families and makes them wards of the State.”

From the But-Wait-There’s-More Desk: Is Senator Richard Pan the Democratic Party’s Dream Candidate to Face President Trump in 2020? – by Kent Heckenlively – http://bolenreport.com/senator-richard-pan-democratic-partys-dream-candidate-face-president-trump-2020/ – “Which brings me to the latest madness of Senator Pan, his proposed Senate Bill, 1424, the “On-Line False Information Act“ which would require anybody who posts news on the internet to verify their posted information with “fact-checkers.” ”

Trump promises decision ‘very quickly’ on response to Syria – by Robert Burns , Matther Lee and Jonathan Lemire – http://www.startribune.com/trump-weighs-response-after-sick-syria-attack/479113363/ – “President Donald Trump said Monday he will decide “probably by the end of today” on a U.S. response to the apparent chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians. He suggested Syria’s main military ally, Russia, would “pay a price.”.. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting, Trump condemned the “heinous attack” Saturday that killed at least 40 people, including children. Asked by a reporter whether President Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, Trump said, ‘He may, yeah, he may. And if he does it’s going to be very tough, very tough.’ He added, ‘Everybody’s gonna pay a price. He will, everybody will.’ ”

Astonishing California Bill Would Shut Down Free Speech, Require Fact-Checkers – by Jon Rappoport – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/astonishing-california-bill-would-shut-down-free-speech-require-fact-checkers.html – “California used to be trumpeted as the cutting edge of American culture… It still is, except the culture is now all about censoring free speech… California Senator Richard Pan, who was behind the infamous 2015 law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren (SB277), has stepped up to the plate and introduced another bill… This one would clamp down on criticism of ANY Official Story… The bill is titled ‘SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.’.. It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.”

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