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  • How an Oval Office meeting led to a Trump tweet that changed U.S. policy toward Venezuela

    10/06/2017 1:44:07 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | October 6, 2017 | David Nakamura
    President Trump’s decision to suddenly announce a major change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela in February began with an unexpected Oval Office meeting with Lilian Tintori, the wife of the country’s most prominent political prisoner. At the White House to meet Vice President Pence and press the administration to do more about human rights in her home country, Tintori was whisked in to see Trump, who seemed unfamiliar with her story but praised her past as a reality television star in Venezuela’s version of “Survivor.” Later, as Tintori made her case during the 40-minute meeting, first lady Melania Trump, who...
  • How Pope Francis Helped An Unrepentant Terrorist Get A Presidential Pardon

    02/13/2017 4:05:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 13, 2017 | Maueen Mallarkey
    On January 13, Robert González Nieves, archbishop of San Juan, revealed Pope Francis’ role in Barack Obama’s pardon of terrorist mastermind Oscar Lopez-Rivera. Speaking from the Cathedral of San Juan, Nieves announced that although the Holy Father made no public statement of his involvement, he had indeed worked behind the curtain on behalf of the unrepentant, bloody-handed Lopez-Rivera. The archbishop was pleased to say: “I know that there have been efforts made through diplomatic channels. The pope is very aware. We are grateful to the Holy Father for his support.” Papal complicity in this politically charged act received little notice...
  • Israeli NGO Wins Historic $330m. judgment against North Korea... (Shurat HaDin Wins Suit)

    04/12/2015 11:57:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/13/2015 | Yonah Jeremy Bob
    The case was over the abduction of Dong-Shik, a South Korean who was a permanent resident of the US and had spent seven years providing aid and proselytizing to North Korean defectors. An Israeli NGO announced on Monday that a US federal court in Washington, DC has granted it a historic $330 million default award judgment against North Korea in a civil damages trial for wrongful death, torture and kidnapping. The judgment, only announced Monday, but written on April 9, included $15 million dollars each to the son and brother of Reverend Dong Shik Kim, presumed dead, as well as...
  • Venezuelans staying the night outside stores for food

    01/12/2015 9:56:42 PM PST · by GeronL · 102 replies
    El Universal ^ | January 12, 2014 | Carrir, Abrer
    Monday January 12, 2015 01:40 PM Last Friday, dozens of people spent the night in the surroundings of the Andrés Bello square (north Caracas) to buy food in an outdoor market organized by the Venezuelan Ministry of Food. For taking home staples such as rice, pre-cooked corn flour, milk, oil, sugar, beef or chicken, people had to wait in line for at least twelve hours. Buyers had numbers written on their arms. With fear and anger, but with the need to buy food, they were waiting there since the day before. "No matter if I am very fond of this...
  • An ugly day of american diplomacy

    05/03/2012 6:25:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | benny avni
    The State Department painted it as an elegant way out of a ballooning crisis involving Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng — but by day’s end, it looked like a disgraceful performance by US diplomats. Initial reports had Chen so pleased by the deal that he told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “I want to kiss you.” The agreement Clinton negotiated with Beijing yesterday supposedly allowed Cheng to stay in China and get medical attention, with the authorities guaranteeing his future safety. But things started unraveling just hours after the compromise was inked. First, while State claims Chen never wanted to leave...
  • Emails: Obama Admin Planned Criminal Charges against Political Opposition

    07/08/2015 7:34:30 PM PDT · by upchuck · 29 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | July 7, 2015 | Tim Brown
    Via a Freedom of Information Act Request, Judicial Watch obtained several documents. Among those was a DOJ Recap with the following: On October 8, 2010, Lois Lerner, Joe Urban, Judy Kindell, Justin Lowe, and Siri Buller met with the section chief and other attorneys from the Department of Justice Criminal Division's Public Integrity Section, and one representative from the FBI, to discuss recent attention to the political activity of exempt organizations.The section's attorneys expressed concern that certain section 501(c) organizations are actually political committees "posing" as if they are not subject to FEC law, and therefore may be subject to...
  • Report: The Chinese Government Is Stealing 10,000 Organs From Live Political Prisoners Every Year

    04/09/2015 6:26:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/9/15 | Josh Fatzick
    A Canadian documentary has alleged that the Chinese state is aware and approves of the removal of organs from live political prisoners, often without anesthetic. Some 10,000 political prisoners are reportedly killed each year, and at least one former worker is willing to testify to atrocities. The documentary, produced by Australia’s SBS Dateline, purports to show the gruesome details of the multi-billion dollar “organs-on-demand” transplant program, and how these Chinese hospitals remove organs from live patients, in some cases putting the people in incinerators before they had even died. The filmmaker, Leon Lee, in an interview with Australia’s News.com, described...
  • Two of the 53 dissidents released by Cuba rearrested

    01/16/2015 9:24:53 AM PST · by don-o · 9 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | Januuary 16, 2015 | Andrew O'Reilly, Carmen M. Llona
    n a move that has angered lawmakers and activists in the United States, the Cuban government has rearrested two political prisoners from the list of 53 whose release had been negotiated by the U.S. According to independent media sources in Cuba, Ronaldo Reyes Rabanal and Luís Enrique Labrador – along with other activists – were arrested while attending a meeting of the opposition group, Movement for a New Republic. Lazara María Borrego Guzmán, a member of the Ladies in White opposition movement, was also allegedly arrested during the meeting and Cuban officials allegedly broke her arm.
  • Here Are 53 Political Prisoners Cuba Has Released

    01/12/2015 1:34:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    abc ^ | 1/12/15 | ABC NEWS
    The Obama administration has confirmed reports that Cuba has released all 53 political prisoners that it promised to free as part of the deal to re-establish diplomatic relations with the United States. “The Cuban Government has notified us that they have completed the release of the 53 political prisoners that they had committed to free. We welcome this very positive development and are pleased that the Cuban government followed through on this commitment,” National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. “Our Interests Section in Havana was able to verify these releases. These political prisoners were individuals who...
  • Surprise: Obama Administration Not Quite Sure If Cuba Has Released

    01/06/2015 6:55:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    When President Obama announced his plans to "normalize" relations between the United States and Cuba just before Christmas, he did so with few pre-conditions. However, one the conditions of normalizing relations with the communist country was for the Castro regime to release 53 political prisoners. When asked about their release yesterday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest could not say for certain if that release had occurred and said the Cuban government would be working on their own timeline. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki gave a similar answer during her daily briefing yesterday. "I don’t have any more updates to...
  • State Dept.: Yeah, we don’t know if Cuba has released the 53 prisoners we required they release

    01/06/2015 7:00:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Behold, the superior negotiating powers of President Barack Obama: State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki repeatedly refused to answer questions this afternoon about the 53 political detainees Cuba promised to release as part of a deal with President Obama to normalize relations with the United States.When asked about a lack of transparency in the prisoner exchange process, Psaki said, “Well, we know who’s on there. And the Cuban government knows who’s on there.” …After Psaki stated that she had no updates to provide, a befuddled Matt Lee asked, “Hold on — hold on a second. Can we — I mean,...
  • Liberals Want to Throw Us All In Jail. Or Worse.

    09/22/2014 7:57:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Poerline ^ | 9/22/14 | John Hinderaker
    The totalitarian impulse is all too familiar: since I represent Progress (and, of course, everyone who acts in the political realm fervently believes that he represents Progress) those who stand in my way are retrograde–evil, really–forces, that belong in the dustbin of history. Therefore, I might have to lock them up or kill them to ensure that Progress prevails. Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American politics. Now, however, the American left has caught the totalitarian bug that infected Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, and so many others. A case in point:...
  • As Biden Travels in Asia, Children of Chinese Political Prisoners Plead for Administration’s Help

    12/07/2013 9:35:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2013 - 4:38 PM | Penny Starr
    At a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Global Human Rights on Thursday, five young women testified about their fathers, all of whom have been jailed in Communist China for their activism, religious beliefs or political activities. The women asked for the Obama administration and Congress to intervene on their behalf. … Peng Ming, who was living in the United States on transitional refugee status, traveled to Thailand in 2004 and was kidnapped by Chinese agents and taken to China where he was sentenced to life in prison for “organizing and leading a terrorist organization,” according to information provided by...
  • Hillary Clinton, Political Prisoners, and Video trailers

    10/27/2012 5:17:59 AM PDT · by Ben Barrack · 4 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 10/27/12 | Shoebat
    We now have a firsthand account that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged the Innocence of Muslims filmmaker (Nakoula Basseley Nakoula) would be “arrested and prosecuted” for making the video the administration spent weeks blaming for the Benghazi attack. That means Hillary outwardly expressed a desire to make Nakoula a political prisoner. There is another individual in Hillary’s past who appears to be living the life of a political prisoner right this very second; his name is Peter Paul and his ordeal began in the year 2000. Paul was the individual behind a completely different video trailer. In 2007, a...
  • This Week’s Birthday Boy—“Cuba’s Elvis!” Fidel Castro

    08/18/2012 2:30:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    “Fidel Castro could have been Cuba’s Elvis!” (Dan Rather.) “Fidel Castro is one hell of a guy! “You people would like him!” (Ted Turner to a capacity crowd at Harvard Law School during a speech in 1997.) “Fidel Castro is old-fashioned, courtly—even paternal, a thoroughly fascinating figure!” (Andrea Mitchell.) “Castro has brought very high literacy and great health-care to his country. His personal magnetism is powerful, his presence is commanding.” (Barbara Walters.) “Viva Fidel! Viva Che!” (Jesse Jackson while arm in arm with Fidel Castro himself in 1984.) "Fidel Castro is very shy and sensitive, I frankly like him and...
  • Vietnam Arrests US Pro-Democracy Activist

    04/29/2012 6:39:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    AP via Newsmax ^ | Sunday, April 29, 2012 1:06 AM
    A Vietnamese-American pro-democracy activist has been arrested and accused of terrorism for allegedly trying to sabotage liberation celebrations commemorating the end of the Vietnam War, state media said Sunday. Nguyen Quoc Quan, 58, of California, was detained April 17 after arriving at the airport in southern Ho Chi Minh City, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported. He is accused of planning to hold protests for Viet Tan, a banned U.S. exile group, during this week's May Day festivities and the April 30 anniversary of the fall of the former U.S.-backed South Vietnamese capital, Saigon, to the northern communists in 1975. Authorities also...
  • The suicide of a great Iranian intellectual shames the Islamic regime

    05/06/2011 12:16:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 6, 2011 | Michael Weiss
    While Britons celebrated the royal wedding last Friday, one of Iran’s greatest intellectuals willingly fell to his death from the sixth-floor balcony of his Tehran apartment. Siamak Pourzand, aged 80, had held out long enough against the Islamic Republic..... Pourzand was an already prominent cultural commentator and foreign correspondent long before Ayatollah Khomeini boarded a plane from Paris, full of big ideas, in 1979.... Secular and cosmopolitan to the core, Pourzand had no time for the guardianship of the sadists and made a point of saying so, especially in the late 1990s when he began writing for various opposition newspapers...
  • N. Korea: Tunnels Built to Massacre Political Prisoners

    04/26/2011 5:27:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 04/25/11 | Cho Jong Ik
    Tunnels Built to Massacre Political Prisoners By Cho Jong Ik [2011-04-25 17:07 ] A claim has been made that the North Korean authorities have built tunnels in political prison camps in order to massacre prisoners if needed. Song Yun Bok from the Japanese NGO No Fence revealed today that, “The North’s regime has been preparing a massacre in the event there is a situation unfavorable for them,” and added, “They have built tunnels everywhere in camps to slaughter some 200,000 prisoners.” The claim came during North Korean Freedom Week in an event held by the Democracy Network against the North...
  • Hailing Violent Criminals as Political Prisoners (Duke Univ.)

    01/06/2011 10:15:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 6, 2011 | William R. Hawkins
    I was visiting Duke University earlier this week and picked up a poster for a January 12 rally to celebrate the birthdays this month of several "political prisoners" who are called 'freedom fighters" by the rally organizers, the Internationalist Prison Books Collective. A more accurate term would be violent criminals. The venue is a campus bookstore, which apparently remains in business despite its connection to anti-government protests during the alleged reign of a police state. The five supposed victims of oppression are listed as follows, with some additional information not given on the flyer. "William Africa, member of the eco-revolutionary...
  • DUIN: Jailed Iranians stand by God

    10/19/2009 8:53:39 AM PDT · by HKMk23 · 7 replies · 449+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 10, 2009 | Julia Duin
    There's a bookmark in my Bible that shows the winsome faces of two attractive 20-something dark-haired, brown-eyed Iranians with a kind of alluring beauty that makes Persian women some of the loveliest women on earth. What natural beauty Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, 30, had at the beginning of the year has certainly disappeared after a six-month stint in one of the world's worst jails.