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  • France’s ‘Yellow Vests’ Only Have One Common Message: Anger at Government

    12/10/2018 2:43:59 PM PST · by Jagermonster
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 10, 2018 | Peter Ford and Dominique Soguel
    WHY WE WROTE THIS France’s “yellow vest” protesters have been highly visible, but their motives have been cryptic, thanks in large part to their lack of leaders and structure. We wanted to find out what's driving them. MULHOUSE, FRANCE For Rosa Larocca, a middle-aged headmistress who can switch from a warm smile to a stern look in seconds, it’s all about politics. “The people want a different type of republic and they want [French President Emmanuel] Macron to go,” she says. “What we want are referendums.” For Shanoon Redovanc, a bespectacled retiree sporting a black woolen hat, it’s about living...
  • YPG spokesperson says Turkey wants to destabilize Syria’s northeast

    12/10/2018 12:08:03 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Kurdistan 24 News (K24) ^ | December 09-2018 10:10 PM | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Nouri Mahmoud, a spokesperson for the People’s Protection Units (YPG), has accused Turkey of sending sleeper cells to areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).In an interview with Kurdistan24 last week, Mahmoud said Turkey directly supports all “jihadi groups.”  The spokesperson was referring to when the so-called Islamic State (IS) controlled Jarabulus and Tal Abyad, “when the borders were open and oil deals ongoing.”However, after the SDF controlled areas from IS in Tal Abyad, Manbij, Raqqa, and now also Deir al-Zor, Turkey, “through its intelligence, started to send infiltrators to Syria,” he added.“When we talk...
  • Iran deal architect is running Tehran policy at the State Dept.

    12/10/2018 12:07:57 PM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | March 14, 2017 | Jordan Schachtel
    A trusted Obama aide who once worked for an alleged Iranian regime lobbying group is one of the individuals in charge of Iran policy planning at the State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson. Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, the Iran director for former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), has burrowed into the government under President Trump. She’s now in charge of Iran and the Persian Gulf region on the policy planning staff at the State Department. To make matters worse, Nowrouzzadeh is a former employee of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a non-profit that is accused of being a lobbying group for...
  • Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

    12/10/2018 9:38:23 AM PST · by PeteePie · 44 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Dec 10, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela this week as part of an increasingly provocative pattern of bomber training flights, according to American defense officials. At least two Blackjacks will fly from a strategic forces air base in Russia to Venezuela as part of a series of training exercises that will include long-range refueling, said officials familiar with Russian plans for the flight. The bomber foray to South America will be Russia's seventh training flight for Blackjack bombers in the past three months. Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon official and specialist on the Russian military, said Tu-160 flights...
  • Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US

    12/10/2018 9:01:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2018 | Amira El Masaiti and Jamey Keaten
    Defying fierce opposition from the United States and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of the countries at the U.N. agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration. The debate over the Global Compact for Migration, the first of its kind, has proven to be a pivotal test of the U.N.-led effort to crack down on the often dangerous and illegal movements across borders that have turned people smuggling into a booming worldwide industry. “Unregulated migration bears a terrible human cost: a cost in lives lost on perilous journeys across deserts, oceans...
  • Caravan migrants break up to take work in Tijuana

    12/10/2018 8:48:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/09/2018 | Monica Showalter
    In Tijuana, you often hear hard truths that no one would dare express here.  Get a load of this bit of jarring advice from a Tijuana man to a caravan migrant who was seeking a job in Tijuana as he waited out his asylum claim to the U.S. "Don't come here with the mentality of Honduras," he said.  "This is a new country, a new state where you can change yourself if you want to." Cripes, what was that person talking about?  Was the Tijuana man suggesting that Hondurans are lazy?  I've never known any Latin American immigrants who had actual jobs who were lazy...
  • Former ISIS sex slave Nadia Murad urges world to protect Yazidis as she accepts Nobel Peace Prize

    12/10/2018 7:27:32 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | Published 1 hour ago, 10 Dec 2018 | OSLO (AFP)
    OSLO (AFP) - Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, a survivor of sex slavery by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), implored the global community to help free hundreds of women and girls still held by the militants in her Nobel acceptance speech on Monday (Dec 10), saying the world must protect her people. "The protection of the Yazidis and all vulnerable communities around the world is the responsibility of the international community," Ms Murad told the ceremony in Oslo.The 25-year-old shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who has spent more than two decades treating appalling...
  • Detention centers, past and present

    12/10/2018 7:16:33 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 12/9/2018 | ellen RATner
    We don’t know what migrants to the United States, now on our borders, have suffered. We know what we are being told. Is there any reason to suspect we are not being told the truth? Could it be possible there is gang violence and people are being subject to cruelty that we can only image? Why would someone want to leave their county, where they have family and speak the language, and come to an unknown country and an unknown language? Our low-paying jobs are not the only answer. We tend to think of America as a place to which...
  • European Court of Justice rules Britain can unilaterally cancel Brexit

    12/10/2018 6:05:19 AM PST · by saywhatagain · 20 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 10,2018 | By Alexander Smith
    On Monday, the E.U.'s top court ruled that the United Kingdom can change its mind and forget the whole thing — if it wants to. Anti-Brexit campaigners heralded Monday's decision as a game-changer, boosting their hopes of reversing the divorce altogether.
  • Criminal migrants should feel that they are not welcome here – Danish Integration Minister

    12/10/2018 5:27:47 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | 10 December 2018 | Emma R.
    UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet criticises the Danish government’s plan to place criminal migrants on a deserted island. According to her, it is not good to stigmatise migrants in this way.About a week ago Denmark’s Finance Minister Kristian Jensen announced that criminal foreigners in the future will be placed on an uninhabited island in anticipation of expulsion.After the island has been cleared of swine fever. The migrants will be allowed to leave the island during the day but must stay there at night. The decision was taken in conjunction with budget negotiations with the Danish People’s party. “Hooray!”, wrote...
  • 500-Year-Old Body of Man Wearing Thigh-High Boots Found in London Sewer Construction

    12/10/2018 5:22:36 AM PST · by vannrox · 45 replies
    livescience ^ | 5DEC18 | By Megan Gannon
    During the construction of London's massive "super sewer," archaeologists discovered something unusual in the mud: a 500-year-old skeleton of a man still wearing his thigh-high leather boots. The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) announced this week that the skeleton was unearthed on the shores of the Thames, near a bend in the river downstream from the Tower of London. "By studying the boots, we've been able to gain a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a man who lived as many as 500 years ago," said Beth Richardson, a finds specialist who analyzes artifacts at MOLA Headland, a consortium...
  • Brexit: Theresa May understood to be delaying key vote

    12/10/2018 5:02:48 AM PST · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/10/2018 | BBC
    Theresa May is to make a statement to MP's at 15:30 GMT amid reports Tuesday's vote on her Brexit deal is being delayed. That will be followed by a statement from the Commons leader Andrea Leadsom-and then a statement from the Brexit secretary on Article 50. Two cabinet sources have told the BBC's Laura Keunssberg Tuesday's planned Brexit vote will be delayed. There is not yet any official confirmation of the move. Downing Street had been insisting the vote would go ahead, despite Mrs. May being widely expected to lose it.....
  • Turkey Seeks Arrests Over 2013 Protests

    12/10/2018 4:33:56 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    VOA News ^ | December 08, 2018 6:02 PM | Dorian Jones
    ISTANBUL- A crackdown on political dissent in Turkey is widening to participants in a major civic unrest 5-years ago. Prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for a prominent actor, a leading journalist/civil society activists.The arrests are in connection with the 2013 protests known as Gezi. The unrest began over plans to turn Gezi Park in central Istanbul into a shopping mall. The protests quickly transformed into broader demonstrations opposing the government and, in particular, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At its peak, the unrest saw millions of people take to the streets across the country.For Erdogan, who is now president, the...
  • Armoured vehicles bearing EU flag STORM Paris in sign European Army ALREADY created

    12/10/2018 3:32:49 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 30 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Dec 9, 2018 | Rachel O'Donoghue
    ARMOURED vehicles bearing the European Union flag have stormed into Paris as protesters bring the city to a standstill.
  • Hedge Fund CIO: "327 Million Americans Now See China As Our Rival, Our Adversary, An Enemy"

    12/09/2018 9:10:42 PM PST · by cba123 · 5 replies
    Newsfeedgo ^ | 12/09/2018 | Tyler Durden/Eric Peters
    Submitted by Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Management by Eric Peters. -- Anecdote "What really matters?" he wondered, the Pacific Ocean far below, magnificent, the flawless symmetry of its swell. "Brexit doesn't really matter," he thought, which is not to say it won't create waves if it ever happens. "Italy matters more," he thought, delicate ice crystals creeping in from the edges of his oval widow, nature's order, grace. Europe's political project has been fraught from the start and will remain so till the end. But it remains superior to what came before. An Italian exit would spark...
  • Eiffel Tower, Louvre shut down as France braces for new riots

    12/09/2018 8:59:52 PM PST · by 867V309 · 39 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 12-07-18 | Samuel Petrequin and Sylvie Corbet
    Nationwide, about 89,000 police will fan out in the streets, an increase from 65,000 last weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 arrested as the protests degenerated into the worst street violence to hit the French capital in decades. In addition to the closure of the Eiffel Tower, many shops and museums across Paris, including the Louvre, the Orsay Museum and the Grand Palais, will be shut on Saturday for safety reasons. Music festivals, operas and other cultural events in the capital were canceled.
  • Khashoggi's final words: I can't breathe [per CNN source]

    12/09/2018 7:33:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    INN ^ | 12/10/18 04:33 | Ben Ariel
    “I can’t breathe” were the final words uttered by Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon by a Saudi hit squad at the country’s consulate in Istanbul, a source briefed on the investigation into his killing told CNN on Sunday. The source, who has read a translated transcript of an audio recording of Khashoggi’s painful last moments, said it was clear that the killing on October 2 was no botched rendition attempt, but the execution of a premeditated plan to murder the journalist. During the course of the gruesome scene, the source describes Khashoggi struggling against a group...
  • Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Is Going Down In Flame ... And She Might Follow It

    12/09/2018 6:40:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/09/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Back around Thanksgiving, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May was putting a sunny face on the “final” Brexit deal she had managed to push through the European Union Parliament, saying she was confident that she could get it approved back home and bring an end to this tumultuous process. Unfortunately, she seemed to be very nearly the only one expressing such a positive view. The British press was quick to jump on the fact Parliament was almost uniformly against it, though for differing reasons. The Remain contingent wasn’t about to approve any deal because they don’t want to leave the...
  • U.S. says March 1 'hard deadline' for trade deal with China

    12/09/2018 6:39:54 PM PST · by cba123 · 3 replies
    UNTV News ^ | Monday December 10, 2018
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S.-China trade negotiations need to reach a successful end by March 1 or new tariffs will be imposed, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday, clarifying there is a "hard deadline" after a week of seeming confusion among President Donald Trump and his advisers. Global markets are jittery about a collision between the world's two largest economic powers over China's huge trade surplus with the United States and U.S. claims that China is stealing intellectual property and technology. "As far as I am concerned it is a hard deadline. When I talk to the president of...
  • Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas

    12/09/2018 5:04:53 PM PST · by bitt · 28 replies
    WAPO ^ | 12/9/2018 | David Nakamura Darryl Fears
    The United States joined a controversial proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia this weekend to weaken a reference to a key report on the severity of global warming, sharpening battle lines at the global climate summit in Poland aimed at gaining consensus over how to combat rising temperatures. Arguments erupted Saturday night before a United Nations working group focused on science and technology, where the United States teamed with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to challenge language that would have welcomed the findings of the landmark report, which said that the world has barely 10 years to cut carbon emissions...