Web Research Links for the Week of 7/8/19

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Boots on the Ground – Australian Delegation to Damascus debunks Fake Media – We came back to Sydney feeling truly humbled that we were so well received, and have seen the true spirit of the people of Syria – by Lou Louis MD – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/07/13/australian-delegation-to-damascus-debunked-fake-media/

Palantir’s Software For Fusion Centers Exposed In California FOIA – by Aaron Kesel –  https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/palantirs-software-for-fusion-centers-exposed-in-california-foia.html – According to DHS, “Fusion centers operate as state and major urban area focal points for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between federal; state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT); and private sector partners” like Palantir. Further, Fusion Centers are locally owned and operated, arms of the “intelligence community,” i.e. the 17 intelligence agencies coordinated by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). However, sometimes the buildings are staffed by trained NSA personnel like what happened in Mexico City, according to a 2010 Defense Department (DOD) memorandum… Founded with early investment from the CIA and heavily used by the military, Palantir is a subcontracting company in its own right. The company has even been featured in the Senate’s grilling of Facebook, when Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell asked CEO Mark Zuckerberg, “Do you know who Palantir is?” due to Peter Thiel sitting on Facebook’s board… Motherboard shows how Fusion Center police can now utilize similar technology to track citizens beyond social media and online web accounts with people record searches, vehicle record searches, a Histogram tool, a Map tool, and an Object Explorer tool. (For more information on each and the applicable uses see the Vice News article here.).. Police can then click on an individual in the chart within Gotham and see every personal detail about a target and those around them, from email addresses to bank account information, license information, social media profiles, etc., according to the documents.”

Maduro Pens Powerful Response to UN High Commissionerhttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Pens-Powerful-Response-to-UN-High-Commissioner–20190712-0004.html – ” ‘By injuring the truth of what happens in Venezuela, your Office has placed itself on the side of those who harm our people.’.. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro penned on July 11th a powerful response to U.N. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, who accused the government of the Bolivarian Republic of killing nearly 7,000 people… President Maduro slammed these allegations from Bachelet, pointing out that these unfounded accusations were harmful to Venezuela and its people. ‘The report presented by your Office to the Human Rights Council on 5 July has come to my notice. Its content is deeply harmful to the dignity of the Venezuelan people and the truth of the human rights situation in Venezuela. Unfortunately, it is quite clear that you DID NOT LISTEN TO VENEZUELA.’ ”

Proof That the Clintons Are Tied to Epstein, Cartels but the Fix Is In -No Justice for the Victims – by Dave Hodges – https://thecommonsenseshow.com/conspiracy-economics-tragedy/proof-clintons-are-tied-epstein-cartels-fix-no-justice-victims – “The Clinton ties become obvious as one delves into the details. As we know that CEMEX paid the Clintons $100 million, we can consider this to be a middle man fee paid to the Clinton Initiative, aka the right to do business, which is a common cartel practice in their version of pay to play. On the other side of CEMEX-Clinton association is Epstein. NXIVM tied into this central hub of sex trafficking as a result. Some of my sources have indicated that this is the largest business on the planet. It is bigger than nuclear arms production, drug sales and gun running. HSBC banks launders the money for these groups as revealed on the CSS by John Cruz, former HSBC Vice President… The names associated with this unholy operation are beginning to leak out as evidenced by excerpts from the following article…”

Maduro Pens Powerful Response to UN High Commissionerhttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Pens-Powerful-Response-to-UN-High-Commissioner–20190712-0004.html – ” ‘By injuring the truth of what happens in Venezuela, your Office has placed itself on the side of those who harm our people.’.. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro penned on July 11th a powerful response to U.N. High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, who accused the government of the Bolivarian Republic of killing nearly 7,000 people… President Maduro slammed these allegations from Bachelet, pointing out that these unfounded accusations were harmful to Venezuela and its people. ‘The report presented by your Office to the Human Rights Council on 5 July has come to my notice. Its content is deeply harmful to the dignity of the Venezuelan people and the truth of the human rights situation in Venezuela. Unfortunately, it is quite clear that you DID NOT LISTEN TO VENEZUELA.’ ”

strong>Trump’s Huawei Reprieve Is a National Security Debacle – by Gordon G. Chang – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14534/trump-huawei-exemptions – “The concern is that the Chinese government and military will be able to use Huawei equipment to remotely manipulate devices networked on the Internet of Things (IoT), no matter where those devices are located. So, China may be able to drive your car into oncoming traffic, unlock your front door, or turn off or speed up your pacemaker… On Tuesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross echoed earlier administration comments when he promised his department would only issue exemptions “where there is no threat to U.S. national security.” That sounds reassuring, but it is not possible to divide Huawei into threatening and non-threatening components. Huawei management can take profits from innocuous-looking parts of the business to support the obviously dangerous parts.”

Trump Continues Obama’s War On Whistleblowers, Arrests Another Alleged Intercept Source – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/trump-continues-obamas-war-on-whistleblowers-arrests-another-alleged-intercept-source-36c60a13f124 – ” ‘The Trump admin is on pace to shatter the record for the most prosecutions of journalistic sources,’ reads a statement by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. ‘Hale is at least the sixth alleged journalistic source charged by the Trump administration in just over two years in office. The Justice Department has previously indicated dozens more leak investigations are ongoing.’ ”

Bombshell Claim: Scientists Find “Man-made Climate Change Doesn’t Exist In Practice” – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-11/scientists-finland-japan-man-made-climate-change-doesnt-exist-practice – ” ‘The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has discussed the impact of cloud cover on climate in their evaluations, but this phenomenon has never been considered in climate predictions due to the insufficient physical understanding of it,’ comments Professor Hyodo in Science Daily. ‘This study provides an opportunity to rethink the impact of clouds on climate. When galactic cosmic rays increase, so do low clouds, and when cosmic rays decrease clouds do as well, so climate warming may be caused by an opposite-umbrella effect.’.. In their related paper, aptly titled, “No experimental evidence for the significant anthropogenic [man-made] climate change”, the Finnish scientists find that low cloud cover “practically” controls global temperatures but that “only a small part” of the increased carbon dioxide concentration is anthropogenic, or caused by human activity.”

Lies About Iran Killing US Troops in Iraq Are a Ploy to Justify War – by Gareth Porter – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51893.htm – “Around the time Lieberman was introducing that resolution (in partnership with four Republican senators), Cheney proposed in a meeting with other senior officials if the United States obtained hard evidence of Iranian support for Shiite militias killing U.S. forces in Iraq, such as fighters or weapons crossing into Iraq from an IRGC base in Iran linked to that assistance, it should carry out a retaliatory attack on an IRGC base in Iran… Defense Department officials quashed the proposal, however, by demanding that Cheney’s staff explain how this military escalation would unfold, and how it would end, according to J. Scott Carpenter former deputy assistant secretary of state, in a 2008 interview with this writer. Cheney’s staff couldn’t provide satisfactory answers… When officials of the Trump administration claim that Iran is responsible for U.S. deaths in Iraq, they are following Dick Cheney’s playbook. As the Bolton-Pompeo team tries to steer the U.S. toward attacking Iran, it is important to draw that parallel to Cheney’s strategy, and understand the history behind this push for war.”

UN Report on Human Rights in Venezuela Faulty by Design – by Nino Pagliccia – https://www.globalresearch.ca/un-report-human-rights-venezuela-faulty-design/5682848 – “The headline of the New York Times said, “Venezuela Forces Killed Thousands, Then Covered It Up, U.N. Says.” Reuters said, ‘UN details Venezuela torture, killings to neutralize opposition.’ The Washington Post said, ‘UN: 5, 287 killings in Venezuela security operations in 2018.’.. The reaction of a typically unsympathetic media towards Venezuela is all too predictable, which makes all wonder if there was a second motive for the release of the report on this date and with this content… To be clear, the UNHCHR is an independent entity and its report [1] is not short on details of violations committed by the government of Venezuela. However, we must question the UNHCHR undiplomatic disclosure with uncorroborated facts. Not to imply that the UNHCHR should have hidden the facts it believed to be true, albeit alleged, but also balance those with many other facts that the government of Venezuela claims to have provided but were omitted in the report.”

NYT: US Middle Class Families Must Surrender Their Suburbs for ‘Poor Immigrants’ – New York Times calls for American middle class areas to be used for low income housingby Jay Greenberg – https://neonnettle.com/news/8082-nyt-us-middle-class-families-must-surrender-their-suburbs-for-poor-immigrants- – “The federal government should force suburban voters to sacrifice their houses’ value, give up their quiet schools, and their green neighborhoods so investors can build more homes for immigrants with cheaper rent, the NYT argues. The federal government is an irresistible force when it chooses to prioritize an issue,’ declares the July 7 editorial, titled ‘A New Approach on Housing Affordability.’.. ‘It is past time to prioritize the availability of affordable housing’ for immigrants, the article adds. After starting with a complaint about housing prices, the editorial fails to note the connection between mass-immigration and the soaring costs of living in the US.”

Alphabet’s plans to track people in its ‘smart city’ ring alarm bellshttps://www.cnn.com/2019/07/09/tech/toronto-sidewalk-labs-google-data-trust/index.html – “Last month, Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, released a 1,524-page report detailing plans for developing a portion of Toronto’s waterfront… The report, weighing more than 14 pounds, exhaustively detailed the perks of Alphabet’s vision, including streets without traffic congestion and air pollution, as well as inventive ways of dealing with harsh weather… But when it came to discussing the handling of people’s data, Alphabet offered only a handful of pages with few new details. Sidewalk Labs describes the creation of an independent agency to manage data collection agreements with companies and make sure the collection is beneficial for the community… Pedestrians walking in the neighborhood shortly after it launches will likely be tracked as they walk down streets, enter certain stores and spend time in parks… But it’s not just about the data that will be collected about any given visitor on day one. It’s the risks we don’t even know about yet, the ones that may accrue over time as data collection broadens and gets more powerful.”

“The Mood Is Pretty Hopeless”: Scene Outside Deutsche Bank Offices Evokes Lehman Collapse – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-09/scene-outside-deutsche-bank-offices-evokes-lehman-collapse – “At the end of the day, all of the frenzied whispers in the press about Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing’s sweeping restructuring hardly did it justice. Instead of moving slowly, the bank started herding hundreds of employees into meetings with HR, first in its offices in Asia (Hong Kong, Sydney), then London (which got hit particularly hard) then New York City… By some accounts, it was the largest mass banker firing since the collapse of Lehman, which left nearly 30,000 employees in New York City jobless. Although the American economy is doing comparatively well relative to Europe, across the world, DB employees might struggle to find work again in their same field.” – Comment: On the brighter side, maybe those guys are holding Dinar, Dong or Zimbabwe Dollars and are “Ready” for the Reset!  

European association said to nix Jerusalem conference, fearing BDS pressure – Members resign in protest of cancellation by European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation; Israeli association calls move ‘startling, dishonorable’ – https://www.timesofisrael.com/european-association-said-to-nix-jerusalem-conference-fearing-bds-pressure/ – “In a letter sent to board members, Mike Slade said his decision came after several members complained about the location, and that he was trying to preempt the resulting outcry from boycott supporters, the report said, citing sources who had read the letter… Had he gone forward with the plans to hold the next conference in Israel, Slade contended, ENMESH’s work over the next two years would have been dominated by dealing with the controversy and the pressure from anti-Israel activists.”

Watch as Cops Taser, Pepper Spray Dad in Front of His Kids, for Filming – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/07/watch-as-cops-taser-pepper-spray-dad-in-front-of-his-kids-for-filming.html – “Once he began recording, an officer approaches Ramirez and tells him to “back away.”.. ‘You’re interfering with our crime scene. Back away,’ the officer says. But as the video appears to show, Ramirez is several feet away from the officers. Nevertheless, the officers approach him and physically attempt to push him back… ‘Don’t touch me,’ he says several times before the cops deploy tasers… ‘You’re making my kid cry,’ Morentin says as she and her children watch their father/husband get abused and kidnapped… “Daddy!” one of Ramirez’s children screams as they watch in horror… ‘Why are you doing that to him?’ a passenger asks… ‘Are you recording the whole thing?’.. ‘I’m recording everything,’ Morentin says… ‘What was he doing? He was recording. He wasn’t doing anything but recording,’ the passenger tells abusive cops as Ramirez lies on the ground in handcuffs.”

25 Senators in Secret Meeting With Jewish Leaders to Plot Strategy Against Growing Anger Over Influence of Jewish Elites – Who is representing the American people in this secret conclave with pro-Israel groups? – by Philip Giraldi – https://russia-insider.com/en/25-senators-secret-meeting-jewish-leaders-plot-strategy-against-growing-anger-over-influence-jewish – “The meeting was by design not a public event, and, to a certain extent, it was a secret. Its time, place, and participants were not announced, and it was only reported at all in the Israeli and Jewish media. According to after-the-fact  coverage of the event by Alison Weir of the “If Americans Knew” website, even staffers in the congressional offices were not aware that the meeting was taking place… No statement was issued afterwards, but it is believed that the principal topic under discussion was how to contain and reverse pro- Palestinian sentiment among progressive Democratic voters, who, to the horror of the participants, actually have been embracing the possibility that Palestinians are human beings with plausibly the same rights as Israelis. A particular focus would have been the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which has become a growing force on college campuses and in progressive circles.”

Upcoming Election Pits East Ukraine Which Wants Peace, With West, Which Wants War – by John Helmer – https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/upcoming-election-pits-east-ukraine-which-wants-peace-west-which-wants-war/ri27416 – “The author is the longest serving foreign correspondent covering Russia. He published his fascinating memoirs in December of 2018. They are full of insights into what has really been going on in Moscow over the past 30 years. RI wrote about it here. He is the author of 12 books, 3 of them about Russia.” – Very good article if you want more understanding about what’s going on in Ukranian society before the upcoming election.

UK Marks Media Freedom Conference By Banning RT, Sputnik From Ithttps://southfront.org/uk-marks-media-freedom-conference-by-banning-rt-sputnik-from-it/The British government just banned Russian news agencies RT and Sputnik from from attending a media freedom conference in London this week… ‘We have not accredited RT or Sputnik because of their active role in spreading disinformation,’ the Foreign Office said in a statement… Around 1,000 reporters, journalists, and members of civil society as well as 60 government ministers are set to be at the two-day Global Conference for Media Freedom. Nonetheless, RT and Sputnik did not receive accreditation becase of their alleged role in “spreading disinformation.”.. ‘It takes a particular brand of hypocrisy to advocate for freedom of press while banning inconvenient voices and slandering alternative media; sadly, the world has learned to expect just that from the UK Foreign Office,’ RT said in a statement on the situation… The Russian Embassy in London described the move as a ‘direct politically motivated discrimination.’ It added that it had complained to the foreign office accusing it of conducting a ‘months-long smear campaign’ against RT…’What better illustration of the real situation with media freedom in the UK does one need? Yet the organizers of the Conference, as far as we understand, wish to discuss the situation with media freedom anywhere in the world, but not in this country,’ the Russian embassy said.”

Lendman: ‘Israel Redefines Chutzpah’ – by Stephen Lendman – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/07/10/lendman-israel-redefines-chutzpah/ – “In 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled the West Bank occupied. The same holds for Gaza and East Jerusalem… According to the ICJ, ‘Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development (and) have been established in breach of international law.’.. The ICJ also ruled against Israel’s Separation Wall, calling it illegal, ordering completed sections dismantled, and “all legislative and regulatory acts relating thereto” repealed or rendered “ineffective forthwith.”.. In its ruling, the ICJ mandated reparations for the ‘requisition and destruction of homes, businesses, and agricultural holdings (and) to return the land, orchards, olive groves, and other immovable property seized,’ obligating member states to reject the illegal construction and demand Israel comply with international law… Israel spurned the ruling, the way it treats all international law. Clearly it’ll dismiss other international court rulings against its actions, but they matter longterm — establishing a judicial record of Israeli lawlessness.”

Report: Alex Acosta Said He Was Told Jeffrey Epstein ‘Belonged to Intelligence’ And ‘To Leave It Alone’ – by Chris Menahan – http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=60461 – “After the one meeting with then-U.S. Attorney Acosta, where presumably “intelligence” was mentioned, the indictment was shelved and, instead, Epstein signed a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors… Epstein’s pals include heads of state, entrepreneurs, academics and research scientists, celebrities, and numerous beautiful women, notably Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell (né Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch). Robert Maxwell, head of the Mirror Group Newspapers, was alleged to be a Mossad agent by Seymour Hersh in his 1991 book on Israel’s nuclear program, The Samson Option. Maxwell denied the charge and sued Hersh for libel, but he died in November 1991, and the suit died with him. Hersh countersued and eventually received an apology and a settlement… This has led to the speculation that Ghislaine Maxwell has Mossad connections as well.”

Netanyahu Compares Iranian Uranium Enrichment to Nazi Invasion of the Rhineland – by Kurt Nimmo – https://www.globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-compares-iranian-uranium-enrichment-nazi-invasion-rhineland/5682957 – “Thus, we have come to expect over-the-top exaggeration by Netanyahu on Iran and its purported nuclear weapons program that has yet to be confirmed. His remark about the Iranians and Nazi Germany is intended to move the Europeans to impose strict sanctions. it was specifically crafted to exploit their history… Bibi and the Zionists have little concern for the energy needs of the Europeans. In 2017, EU nations imported 66.5 million barrels of crude oil, or (about 182,000) barrels per day, from Iran, according to Eurostat, the official news portal of the European Commission. Netanyahu, Donald Trump, and his gang of neocons would have Europe suffer for the sake of Israel.”

Jewish Elites Want to Make ‘Holocaust’ Brainwashing Mandatory in US Schoolshttps://russia-insider.com/en/jewish-elites-want-make-holocaust-brainwashing-mandatory-us-schools/ri27422 – “It refers to statistics found in the 2018 Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study which surveyed 1,350 Americans aged 18 and over and found 49 percent of millennials and 45 percent of adults couldn’t name a concentration camp or ghetto in Europe during the Holocaust. It also revealed that 41 percent of millennials think the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust was two million or less, rather than six million… ‘The Never Again Education Act’ would create a grant program run by the Department of Education to provide teachers with training and tools to teach students about the Holocaust ‘and the repercussions that hate and intolerance can have on our society.’ ”

The Expanding Global Footprint of U.S. Special Operations (w/video 21min) – Written and Produced by SF Team – https://southfront.org/the-expanding-global-footprint-of-u-s-special-operations-3/ – “Not only has SOCOM fostered closer ties with the Department of State, but with the monolithic U.S. security apparatus as a whole. In an attempt to “be everywhere and know everything”, SOCOM has moved further away from its subordinate position in the Department of Defense, and pursued a more independent and unaccountable path, similar to that of the CIA or NSA, two organizations that it has increasingly worked closely with. SOCOM has even forged close ties with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose prevue is supposed to be limited to U.S. domestic crime investigations and the enforcement of federal laws… There should be some apprehension at both the Pentagon and in the halls of Congress, of the growing power of this new military within the military. In a constitutional republic that clearly delineates, compartmentalizes, and limits government power, the growth of a largely unaccountable, secretive and influential new military organization should be viewed as a threat to the very foundations of political and social order. A number of former special operations members have run for political office in recent years and won…. A strengthened SOCOM, deployed across the planet, establishing relationships with the foreign militaries of most of the world’s nations, and stationed in an ever growing number of U.S. embassies is a dream come true for the Deep State. There is little chance that SOCOM will reverse its course of expansion and accumulation of power at the expense of U.S. national security anytime in the immediate future. Just as the FBI, NSA and CIA have grown in power, influence and unaccountability since their creation, SOCOM seems poised to follow the same model to the detriment of the Republic that it was created to serve.” (emphasis added)

US Call for German Troops in Syria Angers Berlin – by The New Arab – https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-call-german-troops-syria-angers-berlin/5682990 – “The US appeal comes after Trump has repeatedly urged Berlin to increase its defence spending, last month calling Germany “delinquent” over its contributions to NATO’s budget… But such criticisms have more often hardened resistance to forking out more on the military rather than loosening the country’s purse strings… Former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told business newspaper Handelsblatt on Saturday that Trump wanted “vassals” rather than allies.”

Hong Kong artist criticizes China at the UN – Chinese delegates twice interrupt the singer’s speech at Human Rights Council in Geneva – by Kamaran Malik – https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/07/article/hong-kong-artist-criticizes-china-at-the-un/ – “About 30 seconds into her speech, Chinese delegate Dai Demao interrupted her, pointing out to the council that her words violate the one-China principle in the UN Charter when she mentioned the city alongside China… When she continued her speech she said that the city’s people have been frustrated as China has been backtracking on its  promise of “One country, two systems”, citing six lawmakers being disqualified, booksellers going missing and activists being jailed… Dai interrupted her again, saying that Ho was attacking the two systems principle and asked the council to stop her “insulting” speech… She concluded her speech by urging the Human Rights Council to arrange an emergency meeting for the protection of Hong Kong and to remove China from the council if it continued to disrespect and disregard human rights.”

Insects Are Dying Off in Europe in Apocalyptic Wildlife Omen, New Study Suggests –  https://sputniknews.com/science/201907011076115268-insects-dying-off-europe-apocalyptic-omen/ – Amateur German researchers have been collecting bugs in the industrial area along the Rhine for decades. Their findings, which have been independently verified by other scientists, suggest that the world may witness its worst die-off since the dinosaurs were wiped out. Scholars have confirmed that over 40 percent of insect species could vanish… The Amateur Entomology Society of Krefeld, located in northern Germany near the Dutch border, has conducted research in the Rhine countryside which suggested that the total biomass dropped by drastic 76 per cent over the recent 30 years. The enthusiasts, who gathered over 80 million bugs and various insects, caught them with single traps over certain periods, putting every catch in a certain box… “Since 1982, the traps we manufacture ourselves have been standardised and controlled, all of the same size and the same material, and they are collected at the same rate at 63 locations that are still identical,” the society’s president Martin Sorg told the website Phys.org.”

Rescuing ‘Skripal Case’ Narrative: Bellingcat Comes With ‘Revelations’ On Another ‘GRU Officer’https://southfront.org/rescuing-skripal-case-narrative-bellingcat-comes-with-revelations-on-another-gru-officer/ – “A new speculation, released on June 28, claimed that there was evidence suggesting that a senior Russian military intelligence officer worked from a hotel in central London to coordinate the March 2018 ‘nerve agent attack’ against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal… The latest Bellingcat claims that the organization ‘identified a third GRU officer who travelled to London during the Salisbury poisoning operation under the cover identity of Sergey Fedotov.’.. ‘We established that his real name is Denis Sergeev, and that his rank was at no lower than colonel, and possibly Lt. General or Major General.’.. Do they really believe that a Russian intelligence operative would really particiapte in a secret cover mission to poison a former spy carrying own phone? (especially if his wife uses this phone to call him over personal things)”

Ukrainian Authorities Are Alarmed By New Grave Threat To National Securityhttps://southfront.org/ukrainian-authorities-are-alarmed-by-new-grave-threat-to-national-security/ – “Ukrainian authorities and security services are terrified by a new grave threat to the Ukrainian national security: a Russia-Ukraine TV link-up announced by Ukraine’s NewsOne TV channel and Russia’s Russia-24 TV channel… And this is not a joke… Earlier this week. NewsOne TV announced that it’s planning to host a TV link-up [“Need to Talk”] between Ukrainians and Russians to discuss the current situation and ‘non-political questions’ by ordinary people. This idea caused an outrage among the current Ukrainian political establishment and government-linked media organizations and activists… Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk reacted to the move by calling it a provocation and stressed that the government is ready to react. He also adviced his counterparts to not panicking over this… President Zelensky came with an emergency statement on the matter. In the video adress, Zelensky called it “dangerous” PR trick ahead of the snap elections to the Parliament. He added that  TV link-ups between Ukrainian and Russian TV channels “during the war” are unacceptable. ”

Voices from Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting – Eva Bartlett visited refugees in Syria escaping the horrid conditions in the Rukban Refugee Camp, a desolate outpost in the US administered deconfliction zone. What she found was very different than the ‘reality’ depicted by the Western press – by Eva Bartlett – https://www.mintpressnews.com/voices-syria-rukban-refugee-camp-media-reporting/260197/ – “A common theme emerged from the testimonies of those civilians: starvation as a result of jihadist control over aid and food supplies, and the public execution of civilians.

Their testimonies echoed those of civilians in other areas of Syria formerly occupied by armed anti-government groups, from Madaya and al-Waer to eastern Aleppo and elsewhere… Despite those testimonies and the reality on the ground, Western politicians and media alike have placed the blame for the starvation and suffering of Syrian civilians squarely on the shoulders of Russia and Syria, ignoring the culpability of terrorist groups… In reality, terrorist groups operating within areas of Syria that they occupy have had full control over food and aid, and ample documentation shows that they have hoarded food and medicines for themselves. Even under better circumstances, terrorist groups charged hungry civilians grotesquely inflated prices for basic foods, sometimes demanding up to 8,000 Syrian pounds (US $16) for a kilogram of salt, and 3,000 pounds (US $6) for a bag of bread.”

RenTech Pulls Cash From Deutsche Bank As Insider Warns Of “Lehman-Style” Scene – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-05/expect-lehman-style-scenes-outside-deutsche-bank-offices-monday-mass-firings-begin – “…DB has been rocked by some unexpected news that could revive the sense of fear and panic that sent investors running for the exits back in 2016, when many believed a massive DoJ fine might sink the bank… Echoing a mini-bank run from late 2016 when hedge funds that cleared derivatives trades with the bank started withdrawing excess cash and positions held with the lender, Renaissance Technologies, the giant hedge fund that has been one of DB’s largest prime brokerage clients, has reportedly been taking money out of its prime brokerage accounts with the German lender over the past few months, according to people familiar with the move… According to Bloomberg, while the secretive quant fund giant remains a major client of Deutsche Bank, it has been quietly moving business to Barclays, Bank of America, and others, according to several sources who weren’t identified. Reps for both DB and RenTech declined to comment when approached by BBG reporters… Though some believe the job cuts will take place slowly over the course of the next year, one former MD told efinancialcareers that mass firings could happen as soon as Monday, when “Lehman-like” crowds might form outside the bank’s offices in London, New York City and elsewhere… ‘You could see Lehman-style scenes outside Deutsche Bank on Monday…It’s very sad what’s happening.’ ”

Goodbye Dollar, It Was Nice Knowing You! – by Philip Giraldi – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/07/04/goodbye-dollar-it-was-nice-knowing-you/ – “Trump has already been “threatening penalties against the financial body created by Germany, the U.K. and France to shield trade with the Islamic Republic from US sanctions.” The Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Israeli Sigal Mandelker, warned in a May 7th letter that ‘I urge you to carefully consider the potential sanctions exposure of Instex. Engaging in activities that run afoul of US sanctions can result in severe consequences, including a loss of access to the US financial system.’.. It is perhaps not unreasonable to wish the Europeans success, as they are supporting free trade while also registering their opposition to the White House’s bullying tactics using the world financial system. And if the dollar ceases to be the world’s trade and reserve currency, what of it? It would mean that the Treasury might have to cease printing surplus dollars and the US ability to establish global hegemony on a credit card might well be impeded. Those would be good results and one might also hope that some day soon the United States might once again become a normal country that Americans would be proud to call home.” (emphasis added)

Navy arms destroyers with new high-powered laser, changes war tactics – by Kris Osborn – https://www.foxnews.com/tech/navy-arms-destroyers-with-new-high-powered-laser-changes-war-tactics – “Developers are now working on a handful of technical challenges known to make it difficult for mobile lasers to operate on certain platforms, without finding a way to accommodate large amounts of power. The Navy’s Program Manager for the Zumwalt-class destroyers, Capt. Kevin Smith, addressed this recently at Sea Air Space, explaining that a “power surge” is needed to operate lasers on ship… ‘For directed energy weapons you need a surge. There is technology we are looking at right now to assess how the ship can have the energy storage that would facilitate that surge capacity,’

“Pretty Please” – Trump Asked Iran To Allow Him To Bomb It – by Moon Of Alabama – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51886.htm – “Elijah Magnier reported that Trump had asked Iran to allow him to strike back, but was rebuffed: ‘According to well-informed sources, Iran rejected a proposal by US intelligence – made via a third party – that Trump be allowed to bomb one, two or three clear objectives, to be chosen by Iran, so that both countries could appear to come out as winners and Trump could save face. Iran categorically rejected the offer and sent its reply: even an attack against an empty sandy beach in Iran would trigger a missile launch against US objectives in the Gulf.’.. An Iranian general yesterday confirmed Magnier’s take (also here)… The Trump administration seems to have genuinely thought that Iran would not react to its ever tightening sanctions by exceeding the technical limits of the nuclear deal, which it now does. Back in November Secretary of State Pompeo opined that Iran would not do this: ‘Asked what the administration would do if the Iranians restart their nuclear program, Pompeo replied, ‘We’re confident that Iranians will not make that decision.’ ‘.. That was of course nonsensical. Why was Iran expected to stick to a deal it does not benefit from? Such wishful thinking has no base in reality.. ”

7 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know About the ‘Justice System’ – by Gary ‘Z’ McGee – https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/07/08/7-things-youre-not-supposed-to-know-about-the-justice-system/

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