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  • Trump imposes 30 percent tariff on solar panel imports

    01/23/2018 7:13:40 PM PST · by · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/22/18 | Timothy Cama
    President Trump on Monday imposed tariffs of 30 percent on imported solar panel technology in a bid to protect domestic manufacturers while signaling a more aggressive approach toward China. The move is a major blow for the $28 billion solar industry, which gets about 80 percent of its solar panel products from imports. The Solar Energy Industries Association predicted the tariffs would increase prices and kill 23,000 jobs. The group represents manufacturers as well as installers, sellers and others in the field. "While tariffs in this case will not create adequate cell or module manufacturing to meet U.S. demand, or...
  • Pence aims to counter North Korea 'propaganda' at Olympics: White House

    01/23/2018 6:46:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | JANUARY 24, 2018 | Jeff Mason
    Pence aims to counter North Korea 'propaganda' at Olympics: White House Jeff Mason ABOARD AIR FORCE TWO (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to use his attendance at the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month to try to counter what he sees as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s effort to “hijack” the games with a propaganda campaign, a White House official said on Tuesday. Pence will be present at the games not just for ceremonial purposes but to try to offset the “charade” he expects the North Koreans to put on when they send a team...
  • Americans more likely than Europeans to stand up against anti-Semitism, experts say

    01/23/2018 6:37:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | January 23, 2018 7:20am | Ron Kampeas
    It’s better here: That was the message of a panel of experts considering the rise of the extreme right and of anti-Semitism in the United States and Europe. That was the good news at the forum Monday sponsored by Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization. No one, however, could quite pin down why Americans were more resistant to anti-Semitism than Europeans. “It’s far from perfect,” said Ira Forman, until January the international anti-Semitism monitor for the State Department. “We do it now better than we did 50 years ago, there’s no guarantee we will continue to do it, and frankly,...
  • ‘The Pyongyang Olympics’ - Backlash in South Korea over plans to march with North at Winter Olympics

    01/23/2018 6:36:43 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 19 JANUARY 2018 | Nicola Smith
    ‘The Pyongyang Olympics’ - Backlash in South Korea over plans to march with North at Winter Olympics By Nicola Smith, in taipei 19 JANUARY 2018 • 9:54AM A landmark decision to unify the Korean Peninsula under a common flag and by fielding a joint ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics in February has sparked a sharp public backlash in the South. The symbolic gestures, agreed by North and South Korean negotiators earlier this week, during the first diplomatic talks in over two years, were intended to add to hopes of an eventual easing of international tensions over Kim Jong-un’s...
  • President of Uganda praises Trump, while U.S. ambassador condemns him

    01/23/2018 5:36:52 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Spero News ^ | 1/23/18 | Martin Barillas
    The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni declared his "love" for President Donald Trump. This came after Trump was accused of referring to African nations as "shithole" countries during a meeting with members of Congress about immigration policy. Trump denied making the remarks, but the African Union demanded that he apologize for his "clearly racist" comments.  "America has got one of the best presidents ever," Museveni said during the opening of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. "I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems, the Africans are...
  • Don’t abandon the Kurds to the ‘mercies’ of Turkey’s tyrant

    01/23/2018 4:22:38 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 22, 2018 | 7:13pm | Ralph Peters
    The United States has been the protector and ally of the Kurds for a quarter-century. And the Kurds have proven to be, man-for-man and woman-for-woman, the best fighters in the region. Without Kurdish boots on the ground, we would not have made the sweeping progress achieved against the Islamic State caliphate. Now, with ISIS crushed (but still wriggling and snapping), we’re turning our backs on our Kurdish allies in Syria as they’re attacked by a NATO ally gone rogue — Turkey, which is led by an Islamist strongman, the odious “President” Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kurds have been butchered en masse,...
  • Russia is attempting to influence Mueller investigation in an 'ongoing attack,' Democrats say

    01/23/2018 3:51:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1-23-2018 | Kevin Breuninger
    California Democrats Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff released a letter to the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook warning of possible Russian influence on the special counsel's investigation. A website monitoring Russia-linked Twitter accounts found that their use of #releasethememo increased nearly 300,000 percent in just a few days. The politicians urged the CEOs to conduct their own examination and submit their findings to Congress Two top Democrats sent a plea for help on Tuesday to the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook, warning of Russia-linked social media accounts' attempts to influence investigations into Russian election meddling. "It is critically...
  • In Afghanistan, Putin Courts China In Search of ‘Another Syria’

    01/23/2018 2:53:33 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Jan 2018 | Tom Hussain
    A Russia-led initiative involving China and Pakistan that seeks a political settlement to Afghanistan’s civil war has the makings of a diplomatic alliance that could supplant the United States as the leading power in Central Asia. The grouping was unveiled after a third meeting in Moscow late last month and may be expanded to include regional powers Iran and Turkey, which formed a separate tripartite grouping on Syria with Russia in talks preceding the parleys on Afghanistan. The Afghan government reacted angrily to the Moscow meeting, to which it had not been invited, because the meeting proposed the relaxation of...
  • Syrian president Assad says Jerusalem to be Palestinian capital

    01/23/2018 1:05:42 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 2017
    The Palestinian cause will stay alive among Arabs until the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, the Syrian president’s office said... “The future of Jerusalem is not determined by a state or a president but is determined by its history and by the will and determination in the Palestinian cause,” President Bashar al-Assad’s office said on an official social media feed.
  • Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan agree on creation of Palestinian state

    01/23/2018 12:55:56 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 21 replies
    The New Arab ^ | Dec 2017
    Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan agree on creation of Palestinian state In a phonecall, the two leaders "discussed the situation of Middle East peace talks in the context of the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on the status of Jerusalem," the Kremlin said in a statement. They "confirmed the mutual disposition to continue to assist in resolving the Palestine-Israeli conflict on the basis of international norms and realisation of the right of the Palestinian people to create an independent state," it said. US President Donald Trump decided on December 6 to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump's move...
  • Current FBI Chief Has Lost Texts Before,

    01/23/2018 12:54:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Jan 23, 2018 | The Still Report
    Couple video clips.******************************Synopsis: Oh my, now this is bad. Have you ever wondered why Trump’s new FBI Director, Christopher Wray, hasn’t fired a single person. The top echelon of FBI management is obviously riddled with corruption. Is Wray actually doing something good and the firings will come, or has he joined the coup and is now working against the president? Well guess what? Wray was Chris Christie’s lawyer when Christie’s cell phone turned up missing during the Bridgegate scandal. Guess where it was later discovered to be? In the law firm’s safe. Judge Nap laid it out on Fox &...
  • North Korea nuke EVACUATION plan for BRITS as Kim capable of hitting UK ‘within 6 months'

    01/23/2018 12:26:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 23rd January 2018 | Douglas Patient
    NORTH Korea will have missiles capable of reaching and striking Britain “within six months” as the UK draws up evacuation plans, it has been revealed. Hermit kingdom dictator Kim Jong-un’s regime in recent months has conducted several increasingly sophisticated nuclear tests as it expanded its missile programme. And Britain now fears it is a matter of months before North Korea will have the capability of hitting the UK. It has even drawn up evacuation plans which are “under constant review”. This comes as it was revealed North Korea are mere months away from developing nuclear weapons. Defence minister Earl Howe...
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Massive New Search Begins Using Drones

    01/23/2018 12:22:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 23rd January 2018 | Paul Harper
    A MASSIVE new search for the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 using underwater drones has begun today.The aircraft vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 in one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. The southeast Asian nation has now agreed to pay US firm Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it finds the plane within 90 days. Its search vessel, the Seabed Constructor, today reached the remote spot in the Indian Ocean where Australian scientists believe the plane went down. Eight drone-like underwater vehicles will now scour the ocean floor for wreckage in an area...
  • 'Executed' North Korean Pop Diva Takes Olympic Spotlight

    01/23/2018 12:12:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    US News ^ | 01/23/2018 | ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press
    Just a few years ago, she was reportedly executed by a North Korean firing squad. Now, Pyongyang's top pop diva is a senior ruling party official and a surprise headliner in the run-up to the South Korean Winter Olympics. Hyon Song Wol, the photogenic leader of Kim Jong Un's hand-picked Moranbong Band, has made two excursions across the Demilitarized Zone as a negotiator and advance team leader working out the details of Kim's surprise offer for the North to participate in the Pyeongchang Games. South Korea's media have been treating her like a true K-pop celebrity. On Monday, as she...
  • Slain SEAL’s dad wants answers: ‘Don’t hide behind my son’s death’ (February 26, 2017)

    01/23/2018 12:09:05 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Miami Hurled ^ | 3/1/17 | Julie K Browm
    When they brought William “Ryan” Owens home, the Navy SEAL was carried from a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket, onto the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base, as President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and Owens’ family paid their respects. ....“I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him,’’ Owens recalled telling the chaplain who informed him that Trump was on his way from Washington. “I told them I don’t want to meet the President.” It had been little more than 24 hours since six officers in dress uniform knocked on the door to Owens’ home in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.... ...Owens...
  • As FBI Director Mueller Helped Cover Up Fla. 9/11 Probe, Court Docs Show

    01/23/2018 12:04:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 23, 2018
    Court documents recently filed by the government further rock the credibility of Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller because they show that as FBI Director Mueller he worked to cover up the connection between a Florida Saudi family and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The documents reveal that Mueller was likely involved in publicly releasing deceptive official agency statements about a secret investigation of the Saudis, who lived in Sarasota, with ties to the hijackers. A Florida journalism nonprofit uncovered the existence of the secret FBI investigation that was also kept from Congress. Under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI tried to discredit the...
  • Democratic Party Leaders Lobby To Save Brazil's Ex-President Lula From Prison

    01/23/2018 12:00:01 PM PST · by John_in_MD · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/21/18 | Repoza
    magine for a second if the party leadership of United Russia — the party of Vladimir Putin — sent a letter to the American ambassador in Moscow in support of Donald Trump, or any of his former cohorts caught in the crosshairs of a somewhat fantastical conspiracy investigation. The Democratic Party would go absolutely bonkers.
  • Hawaii Governor Couldn’t Remember Twitter Password As Fake Missile Alert Wreaked Havoc On State

    01/23/2018 11:46:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/23/2018 | Eric Lieberman
    Hawaii Democratic Gov. David Ige said Monday that one of the reasons it took so long to inform the public that a ballistic missile alert in the state was in fact a false alarm was because he couldn’t remember his Twitter password. Ige was notified two minutes after the alert was sent to mobile devices across the state, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, but was unable to send out communications stating the illegitimacy of the original alert for 17 minutes. “I have to confess that I don’t know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that’s one...
  • Boeing-Embraer Deal Could Affect Brazilian Air Force Fighter Jet

    01/23/2018 9:40:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Folha de S.Paulo ^ | 1/23/2018 | IGOR GIELOW FROM SÃO PAULO
    Swedish airplane manufacturer Saab could cancel its contract to supply Gripen jet fighters to the Brazilian Air Force if it believes that an eventual tie-up between American company Boeing and Brazilian company Embraer could put technological secrets of its aircraft at risk. Folha has learned that this is the message that Saab is going to deliver on Tuesday (the 23rd) in a meeting scheduled with Defense Minister Raul Jungmann. The Swedish delegation will be headed up by the company's President, Hakan Buskhe. In 2013 the Swedish aircraft won a long running international competition against the French Dassault Rafale and the...
  • Nope: William Hague Claims 'Allies Fear Britain Is Retreating From the World'

    01/23/2018 9:27:42 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-23-2018 | Michael van der Galien
    Former Tory party leader/Foreign Secretary William Hague has penned a column for the Daily Telegraph in which he claims Brits must let allies know the country is not "retreating from the world." He argues that allies fear Britain is opting for isolation: Be in no doubt that we benefit enormously from the international presence and reputation of the United Kingdom, be it diplomatic, humanitarian, military or educational. And our friends everywhere are currently looking at us, quizzically and rather searchingly as we negotiate Brexit, to assess whether we are shrinking back from them as well. Is this the UK sorting...