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  • China’s new diplomacy in Europe has a name: broken porcelain

    10/20/2018 1:24:16 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct. 17, 2018 | David Bandurski
    Two days after Sweden’s election in September, a bizarre statement appeared in English on the website of the Chinese embassy in Stockholm. A “small handful of Swedish forces, media and individuals”, it said, had made “unwarranted claims” of Chinese interference in the Swedish vote. These were “groundless accusations”, and a “malicious attack and smear against China”. The strangest thing of all: no one in Sweden  had the slightest inkling what the statement referred to.(snip) (snip) Pengci refers to the practice of manufacturing drama to obtain a desired outcome.(snip) (snip) Now, pengci often refers to the act of throwing oneself into oncoming...
  • Thousands of anti Brexit March in London

    10/20/2018 1:01:28 PM PDT · by Aquamarine · 18 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10-20-2018 | Charlotte Dean & Connor Boyd
    More than half a million anti-Brexit campaigners gathered for a protest dubbed 'The People's Vote March' in central London today calling for a second referendum. Organisers, who originally expected around 100,000 expected to attend, said 670,000 demonstrators marched from Park Lane to a rally in Parliament Square. If true, today's demonstration would be the biggest since 2003 when an estimated one million people protested against the Iraq War in the streets of London. About 150 buses ferried thousands of activists from across the country to the capital this afternoon while thousands dressed in royal blue clothing emblazoned with gold stars,...
  • Trump afirma (sin pruebas) que los demócrata ... [Check out the photo]

    10/20/2018 11:18:15 AM PDT · by edwinland · 22 replies
    CNN Espanol ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Pedro Prado (photographer)
    Photo from the story: Check out the tee shirt on the first guy through the fence, on the right. Here's the shirt for sale online: And here's how the tee shirt seller describes their product: Join the march on Washington, and stand up for equal rights for woman. The future is here, and the future is FEMALE The goal of The Future Is Female movement is to show girls that they can accomplish anything, and that there are no limits to what women can achieve. Expression Tees encourages everyone to get involved, to help make a difference and to help...
  • Weekly Update: ISIS in Central America?

    10/20/2018 9:29:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 19, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    One Hundred ISIS Terrorists Caught in Guatemala as Caravan Heads to U.S. The FBI Sat on Clinton / Abedin Emails Just Before the Election Judge Court Criticizes State Department for Providing False Statements on Clinton Emails Now It’s Up to President Trump and His Secretary of State One Hundred ISIS Terrorists Caught in Guatemala as Caravan Heads to U.S. If you have a sense that there is more to this march of people toward our southern border than meets the eye, you may be right. Not everyone seeking to cross our border is from South America, as our Corruption...
  • Insects invading Virginia and Pennsylvania could be 'most destructive species in 150 years'...

    10/20/2018 8:20:18 AM PDT · by caww · 77 replies
    .foxnews ^ | 10/20/2108 | Madeline Farber
    An invasive insect species native to China, India and Vietnam is posing a problem in at least two states.... 'The Spotted Lanternfly' is harming crops in Winchester, Virginia, WDVM reported. The Pennsylvania-based Churchville Nature Center said the creatures were also spotted for the first time on its property Thursday. "If it is new to you, this invasive plant hopper is threatening the forests of the northeast as well as the lumber and agricultural industries. Please keep an eye out for the insect." The species poses a threat to agriculture and “has the ability to greatly impact the grape, hops and...
  • Train kills at least 60 people watching fireworks in India during festival

    10/20/2018 4:56:19 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 37 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/19/18
    Railway police said 60 people died in a "freak accident" which happened when the sound of fireworks at the Dussehra festival on the outskirts of Amritsar made it impossible for people to hear the commuter train bearing down on them. At least 50 injured people were admitted to hospital. A witness said the train did not even sound its whistle as it sped past the site. "Why did authorities allow the fireworks display so close to the railroad track?'" he asked. Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he was rushing to Amritsar to supervise relief and rescue operations. "District authorities...
  • Migrants camp on bridge between Guatemala and Mexico as U.S. pressure mounts

    10/20/2018 12:46:36 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 86 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 Oct 18 | Delphine Schrank
    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (Reuters) - Hundreds of Central American migrants bedded down overnight on a bridge separating Guatemala and Mexico, many squeezed against a metal border gate, as efforts to halt a trek north by a caravan of thousands of people gathered pace under U.S. pressure. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned the Central American caravan must be stopped before it reaches the United States, and Honduras and Guatemala said late on Friday they were mobilizing to return Honduran migrants to their homeland. Earlier in the day, hundreds of migrants at the head of the caravan had poured through Guatemalan...
  • Voters head to the polls in the Wentworth by-election (Australian governments loses its majority)

    10/20/2018 2:35:42 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 20th October 2018
    IN A shock result, the Wentworth by-election has already been called in favour of Kerryn Phelps after a 27 per cent swing against the Liberal Party.
  • We Are Hungry!' Migrants Wail at Mexico-Guatemala Border

    10/19/2018 9:50:17 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 262 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/20/2018 | AP via NYT
    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala — A standoff between thousands of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States and Mexican police stretched through the night with some migrants hanging from the closed border gate wailing "there are children here" while others slept on the crowded bridge linking Guatemala to Mexico. But they were met Friday by a wall of police with riot shields on the Mexican side of the bridge. About 50 managed to push their way through before officers unleashed pepper spray and the rest retreated, joining the sea of humanity on the bridge. Police and immigration agents began...
  • Iran providing Hezbollah with GPS-equipped weapons

    10/19/2018 9:13:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 10/19/18 20:43 | Elad Benari
    American and western intelligence sources believe Iran has been increasing its shipments of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, and that the deliveries now include Global Positioning System (GPS) components to make previously unguided rockets into precision guided-missiles, increasing the threat to Israel, Fox News reported on Friday. One of the Iranian flights arrived in Lebanon three days ago, officials told the news channel. Iran’s Fars Air Qeshm flight number QFZ-9950 departed Tehran International Airport on Tuesday at 9:33 a.m. local time, and flew to an unknown destination, according to flight data obtained by Fox News. Later in the day, the Boeing...
  • Washington lets Delhi know: Buy our F-16s, can give Russia deal waiver

    10/19/2018 8:47:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Indian Express ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2018 | Sushant Singh
    With India signing a pact with Russia to purchase the S-400 missile defence system, Washington has informally conveyed to Delhi that it could avoid sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) if India were to give an assurance that it would buy the F-16 fighter aircraft from the United States. Not keen on buying an aircraft already in service with Pakistan, India has refused to give any such assurance till date. The fallout of the Trump administration’s reaction to the S-400 deal featured in the wide-ranging discussion between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US counterpart James Mattis...
  • Canada Chooses BAE-Lockheed Proposal To Build Frigates Based On U.K.'s Type 26 Design

    10/19/2018 8:31:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 19, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Canada has chosen a BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin-led team as the “preferred bidder” for a potential contract worth more than $45 billion to build new frigates for the Royal Canadian Navy. The two major defense contractors had pitched a proposal centered on BAE’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship design, which it is already building for the United Kingdom and Australia. On Oct. 19, 2018, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), the Canadian government’s internal services and administration arm, and Irving Shipbuilding, a Canadian firm that would actually build the ships, announced the decision in separate statements. BAE and Lockheed...
  • Apple's Tim Cook demands Chinese spy chip story to be retracted by Bloomberg

    10/19/2018 8:30:42 PM PDT · by cba123 · 36 replies
    MSN News ^ | 8 hrs ago | Christopher Carbone
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has upped the ante in its denial of an investigative report claiming a Chinese spy chip was embedded into the tech giant's servers, telling BuzzFeed News that Bloomberg must retract the story--"This did not happen. There's no truth to this." "I was involved in our response to this story from the beginning," Cook said according to Buzzfeed. "I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell who was then our general counsel. We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions. ... Each time they brought this...
  • San Antonio approves $450M Alamo redevelopment project

    10/19/2018 4:34:05 PM PDT · by bgill · 47 replies
    keye ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 | AP
    The San Antonio City Council approved a $450 million redevelopment plan for the Alamo, marking a new chapter for the nearly 300-year-old site. The council voted for the proposal on Thursday, signing off on disputed changes, including moving the 1930s Cenotaph memorial, the San Antonio Express-News reported. The vote comes after months of debate by city officials and residents over elements of the redevelopment plan, such as closing streets to vehicle traffic, moving the Cenotaph, and using fences or barriers to control public access. The council approved a 50-year lease that gives the Texas General Land Office management and control...
  • Why Is Khashoggi Being Made The Defining Issue Of U.S. Foreign Policy?

    10/19/2018 4:13:16 PM PDT · by detective · 57 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 19, 2018 | Ben Weingarten
    Why has the media and much of the political establishment made the presumed murder of an Islamist Saudi dissident on Turkish soil a defining issue in American foreign policy? Jamal Khashoggi is not a U.S. citizen, despite his past residence in Virginia, nor is he a lover of liberty, despite his criticism of Saudi Arabia’s despotic regime. He previously served that regime as a mouthpiece for, and adviser to, the alleged al-Qaeda-tied Saudi intelligence leader Turki bin Faisal. Khashoggi mourned the death of Osama bin Laden, whom Khashoggi had been granted unusual levels of access for numerous interviews. Khashoggi was...
  • August 2018: The U.S. is wrong about the Muslim Brotherhood — and the Arab world is suffering for it

    10/19/2018 3:41:17 PM PDT · by detective · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2018 | Jamal Khashoggi
    During the Obama presidency, the U.S. administration was wary of the Muslim Brotherhood, which had come to power in Egypt after the country’s first-ever free elections. Despite his declared support for democracy and change in the Arab world in the wake of the Arab Spring, then-President Barack Obama did not take a strong position and reject the coup against President-elect Mohamed Morsi. The coup, as we know, led to the military’s return to power in the largest Arab country — along with tyranny, repression, corruption and mismanagement. That is the conclusion that David D. Kirkpatrick arrives at in his excellent...
  • Saudi Arabia says Khashoggi died in consulate after fight

    10/19/2018 3:34:11 PM PDT · by outofsalt · 81 replies
    Reuters via MSN ^ | 10/19/2018 | Reuters
    "A fight broke out between Khashoggi and the people who met him in the consulate and lead to his death, they say."
  • The Secret History Of The Saudi Consulate Affair: Turkey's Counter-Attack

    10/19/2018 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 18, 2018 | Melik Kaylan
    Almost everything we know about what actually happened in the Saudi Consulate comes from the Turks. Make that everything we know. And make that what we think we know. One thing is certain at this point. The US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi is dead. The rest, down to how long it took for the Saudi executioners to kill him – seven minutes – we have from Turkish sources. Now ask yourself – why are the Turks so determined to be so informative? The regime in Ankara is hardly a champion of human rights for journalists. Hardly a paragon of selfless...
  • In Khashoggi Disappearance, Turkey’s Slow Drip of Leaks Puts Pressure on Saudis

    10/19/2018 2:28:02 PM PDT · by detective · 51 replies
    MSN News ^ | 10/19/2018 | CARLOTTA GALL
    Since the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared over two weeks ago, details from the police investigation, including gory descriptions of audio recordings that reveal he was killed in Tarantino-like fashion, have been leaked, drip by drip, to keep the world suspended as the mystery unfolds. The calculated media strategy has proved remarkably effective for the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ensuring that the case remains front-page news around the world. But it has also served a deeper agenda — to push the United States to pressure Saudi Arabia — while shielding the government behind the news media to avoid...
  • Swedish student who grounded deportation flight faces prosecution

    10/19/2018 12:14:57 PM PDT · by Del Rapier · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | David Crouch
    Sweden is to prosecute the 21-year-old student who single-handedly grounded an aircraft preparing to deport an Afghan asylum seeker. Elin Ersson broadcast her one-woman protest on Facebook in July, during which she refused to sit down on the flight from Landvetter airport in Gothenburg, thereby preventing it from taking off. The video has been watched 13m times. Several other passengers, including an entire football team, joined her protest and an asylum seeker was removed from the plane – to applause from passengers. On Friday, Swedish prosecutors announced that Ersson would be prosecuted at Gothenburg district court “for crimes against the...