Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Pigeons finally coming home to roost? Referring potential criminals!


See: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/18/congress-sends-criminal-referral-to-sessions-wray-and-prosecutor-huber/comment-page-4/

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Eleven (yes 11!) Congressmen have signed a letter of referral to the American Attorney General, Jeff Sessions; the Director of the FBI, Christopher Wray; and to the Utah State Attorney, John Huber, referring the following for investigation:

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Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., June 8, 2017

1. Former FBI Director, James Comey, for failure to properly investigate Hillary Clinton's misuse of classified information when she was Secretary of State, insofar he came to decisions not to proceed before he had interviewed Clinton and others in the investigation.

Further for sharing "secret" and "classified" material with a reporter and others, intended to 'create a paper trail' in relation to President Donald Trump and being involved with a Steele document implicating the President in Russian events that was later shown to be largely fraudulent.

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Hillary Clinton photo via Getty Images

2.  Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton for involvement in a process that allowed a National Democrat Party (NDP) lawyer to pay Washington firm Fusion GPS and disguising them, to initiate investigations that led to the 'Steele Dossier'. (This could be the earnest of much more and worse)

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Loretta Lynch

3.  Former Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, for trying to silence with threats an FBI informant on the potentially illegal 'Uranium One Deal' involving the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

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Andrew McCabe

4. Former Acting Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, for reportedly "lacking candour on multiple occasions, including under oath" and for leaking confirmation of a Clinton Foundation investigation.

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5.  FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Counsel, Lisa Page, for interfering with the wording of investigative reports to 'water down' reference to President Obama and another 'senior official' in involvement with Mrs Clinton's compromise of high level communications.

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Sally Yates. CNN.com

6.  All Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI personnel including in addition to the above, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Acting Deputy Attorney General, Dana Boente regarding the treatment of  false and/or unverified information from the Steele Dossier to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as part of the Carter Page Warrant application.

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Dana Boente listens during a county sheriff listening session with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

The full letter of referral is here:


Monday, 23 April 2018

The intractable problem that is Israel.

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"The combination of blue and white as the colors of the Jewish flag was derived from an 1860 poem, “Judah’s Colors,” by Austrian Ludwig August Frankl, which explained that the blue symbolized “the splendors of the firmament,” and the white represented “the radiance of the priesthood.” The blue stripes on the Zionist flag were also inspired by the stripes on the tallit (prayer shawl). They provided “religious and ritual symbolism of Jewish life guided by precepts of the Torah, while the Star of David reflected the unity of the Jewish people.”" From: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/israeli-flag/

The Israeli position has never been neutral or honest. From the outset it was aggressive, acquisitive and discriminatory.

Never content with the original boundaries, from the al-Nakba ("the Catastrophe") as Palestinians refer to it.  It has always aimed to expand to a 'Greater Israel' set between the Tigress and the Nile, which its modern flag indicatively denotes.

To do so it has used terrorism consistently from the King David Hotel to the Twin Towers; expulsion and a refusal to repatriate; military superiority in battles; domestic repression and injustice; and a blatant programme of settlement, land theft, economic and social strangulation, to make life as difficult and uncomfortable for the indigenous people, who possess a greater legal right to live where they do than the largely foreign newcomers.

As such it is just a modern example of classic imperialism, constructed on a very dubious claim that has been in abeyance for two millennium. Britain the great imperial power of the 19th Century is deeply implicated in both the theory and practice of the current situation and uncomfortably so.

Where would we be if the whole world sought to re-establish borders and populations based on AD 70? For a start over 300 million Americans would need to return to where they came from!

Perhaps this is a factor in the fawning and irrational support America has afforded this nascent, but deeply flawed state, which from the late 1970's has been taken over by un-apologetic professional terrorists. The results are today obvious to everyone: children being removed from their beds at night by heavily armed soldiers; authorisation to shoot dead and injure unarmed demonstrators with live rounds; fences and 'Berlin' walls entrench political apartheid; badly injured children refused medical attention; assassination and agitation abroad.

Imagine what political capital the West would make of this if it had been Russia doing it? Remember that the West went to war to so say defeat this sort of tyranny in Germany, yet is largely silent and impotent now Israel does the self-same thing!

The League of Nations collapsed largely because it failed to respond effectively to Mussolini's invasion of Abyssinia. Israel is now the acid test of the United Nations, inexcusably neutered by the United States, owing to a disproportionately influential Jewish lobby and fundamentalist Christian Right. Both of these groups are obsessed with a prophetic but different Messianic vision, of which a Jewish Israel is an essential prerequisite.

In reality this just the age-old phenomenon of a human lust for power and domination; an hegemonic exercise in which all human values and empathy is blown to the wind. Men become monsters and no suffering is too great to achieve the desired end by those with the bombs and bullets.

Meanwhile the whole world stands aside as if nothing evil has happened or is happening. That is where we all share part responsibility as elsewhere we eat and drink and party our short lives away.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Why Do Russian Journalists Keep Falling from Buildings?

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ArtistJan Matejko
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions120 cm × 88 cm (47 in × 35 in)
LocationWarsaw National MuseumWarsaw

Stańczyk during a ball at the court of Queen Bona in the face of the loss of Smolensk) is a painting by Jan Matejkofinished in 1862.

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta%C5%84czyk_(painting)
Stańczyk (c. 1480–1560) (Polish pronunciation: [ˈstaɲt͡ʂɨk]) was the most famous court jester in Polish history. He was employed by three Polish kings: AlexanderSigismund the Old and Sigismund Augustus.

Stańczyk, the male figure depicted in the painting, was the court jester when Poland was at the height of its political, economic and cultural power during the era of the Renaissance in Poland, during the reign of King Sigismund I the Old (reigned 1506–1548).[1][2] He was a popular figure; besides his fame as a jester he has been described as an eloquent, witty, and intelligent man, using satire to comment on the nation's past, present, and future.[1][2] Unlike jesters of other European courts, Stańczyk has always been considered as much more than a mere entertainer.[3] Stańczyk's fame and legend were strong in his own time and enjoyed a resurgence in the 19th century, and he remains well-known to this day

He is remembered as a man of great intelligence and a political philosopher gifted with formidable insight into Poland's current and future situation. He used his job to criticize and warn his contemporaries by the use of satire. His witty jokes often pertained to current political or court matters. Stańczyk's remarks and jokes were preserved by numerous contemporary writers and historians, including Łukasz GórnickiJan KochanowskiMarcin Kromer, and Mikołaj Rej who praised him for fighting hypocrisy in the name of truth. Some sources even go as far as to call him a "personal friend to Marcin Kromer, to the dislike of the bishops".

From: https://www.npr.org/2018/04/21/604497554/why-do-russian-journalists-keep-falling

April 21, 2018   Scott Simon

Russian journalist Maxim Borodin, who died from a fall from a fifth-floor balcony, had written about crime and political corruption the local Novy Den website.
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Maybe Maxim Borodin was depressed in ways his friends just didn't recognize and threw himself off of his fifth-floor balcony this week in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Maxim Borodin was 32 and a reporter for the local Novy Den website, for which he had done tough stories about crime and political corruption, including Yevgeny Prigozhin, an oligarch indicted by the United States for running the "troll factory" that helped Russia try to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Maxim Borodin wasn't just reporting on the latest craze in spa treatments.
Reporters for the website say there were no signs of a struggle in his apartment. But he had been previously threatened for his stories, and Paulina Rumyantseva, his editor, told CNN, "As Maxim had big plans for his personal life and career, there is nothing to support a verdict of suicide."
Journalism is a dangerous trade in Russia.

Dozens of Russian journalists have been murdered since 2000, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Glasnost Defense Foundation. They weren't covering shooting wars or riots but powerful Russian institutions. A surprising number have implausibly fallen or slipped to their deaths.
In March 2007, Ivan Safronov, who was investigating the sale of Russian arms to Iran and Syria, died after falling from a fifth-floor window. It was ruled a suicide.
In November 2009, independent broadcaster Olga Kotovskaya fell to her death from a 14th-floor window. She had been battling for control of her station with a member of the government. Her death was also ruled a suicide.
In February 2012, Victor Aphanasenko, editor of a newspaper that had been investigating paramilitary raids in southern Russia, died after slipping in his home.
In November 2015, Mikhail Lesin, who was often described as President Vladimir Putin's state media czar but who had fallen out of favor with him, was found dead after a fall in his hotel room in Washington, D.C. The FBI says he fell from extreme drinking and had "blunt force trauma to the head" and injuries to his neck, arms, legs and torso. That must have been some fall.
In March 2017, Nikolai Gorokhov, the lawyer for Sergei Magnitsky, who was the source of reporting on Russia's largest tax fraud, fell from a fourth-story window while trying to move a bathtub. Russian authorities made that explanation with a straight face.
Their names are on a roll of honor with almost 30 more dauntless Russian reporters. Let us hope brave Russian journalists stay away from windows.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Mossad accused of yet another targeted assassination abroad.

Palestinian engineer 'killed by Mossad' in Malaysia, says family

Fadi Mohammed al-Batash was gunned down by two shooters outside a mosque near the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur

A revered Palestinian academic and engineer from Gaza was shot dead in Malaysia on Saturday (21.4.2018) morning outside a mosque, according to local police. 
Dr Fadi Mohammed al-Batash, 35, who was married and had three children, was shot by two people on a motorcycle near Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, local police said in a statement. 
Malaysian authorities said they were treating the murder as an act of terrorism and that they had begun an immediate investigation. 
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Police said that Batash, also known as Fadi Albatsh, was shot in the "body and head" and that CCTV footage showed him being targeted by assassins who had waited for him for almost 20 minutes.
Pictures on Palestinian media outlets showed that police had cordoned off the area where Batash died. Bullet shells can be seen lying on the floor. 
Batash's father told Al Jazeera it was suspected that Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency, was behind Batash's murder. 
In a statement from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, his family said: "We accuse the Mossad of being behind the assassination."
An Israeli official refused to comment when contacted by AFP. 
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said one of two suspects on a high-powered motorcycle "fired 10 shots, four of which hit the lecturer in the head and body. He died on the spot."
The family said Batash, who had lived in Malaysia for 10 years, had intended to fly to Turkey for a science conference on energy. Israeli news outlet Haaretz said he was due to fly to Turkey this weekend.
Hamas, the group that controls the Gaza Strip, said in a statement that Batash was one of its members.
Before travelling to Malaysia to take up a post as a lecturer at a private university, he was employed by the Energy Authority in the Gaza Strip. Israel's YNet news reported that he was a lecturer at the British-Malaysian Institute at the University of Kuala Lumpur. 
In a statement released on Twitter, Hamas described Batash as a "martyr" and a "distinguished scientist who has widely contributed to the energy sector".
Palestine's ambassador to Malaysia, Anwar H Al-Agha, told the New Straits Times that Batash was the second imam at the mosque near where he was killed. Jalan Gombak, where he is reported to have been killed, is immediately to the northeast of Kuala Lumpur. 
Batash was active on Twitter and voiced support for Palestinians in Gaza taking part in the Great March for Return, the series of protests held near the Gaza-Israeli border since the end of March demanding the right of Palestinian refugees and their dependents to return to Israel.
As of 20 April, at least 43 Palestinians had been reported killed and more than 4,000 injured in the protests, which are scheduled to continue until 15 May. No Israeli casualties have been reported.
Batash recently retweeted several eulogies commemorating journalist and photographer Yaser Murtaja, a 30-year-old Palestinian who left behind a wife and one child when Israeli security forces shot him dead when he was covering the Great March for Return protest on 6 April.
The Mossad is believed to have assassinated Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, but it has never confirmed such operations.
Hamas has accused Mossad of assassinating one of its drone experts - Mohamed Zouari - in Tunisia in 2016, and the spy agency is also believed to have been behind the 2010 murder of top Hamas militant Mahmud al-Mabhuh in a Dubai hotel

Friday, 20 April 2018

Is this the real reason for the  theatrical Syrian bombing display?

Merely to distract from the massacre of Palestinian protesters by Israeli troops?

By remaining silent, western leaders are implicated in this outrage and proved to be moral and legal hypocrites.



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If Palestinians don't fight back, they remain under a brutal occupation for life & lose EVERYTHING.
If Palestinians DO fight back, Israel uses it as validation to kill them.
What the fuk are they to do?
Why does the world allow this modern-day holocaust to continue?

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Meanwhile, back in Gouta, NO SIGN of chemical attack. It is all a concoction of lies except the true suffering, which of course is IGNORED!


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I'm leaving Syria now, heading back to the US. I have a strong feeling this won't be my last visit. It's such an incredible country. And this isn't just pandering or pro-Assad worship. I'm really just blown away by how simple and honest the people are here. A homeless man would give you the shirt off his back and be glad to do it. I've just never seen such generosity and openness, except maybe in Ukraine. But this is a place that resembles what you see on TV as much as a politician resembles their campaign promises.
Yes, Syria has its problems. It struggles with pollution, and the air has a constant smell of motor fumes and diesel oil. Trash is a problem too, and man, you don't EVER want to have to drive in Syria: God help you if you have a car you actually like, cause driving here is really just a low-stakes game of bumper car.
But these problems are minor when you consider what really matters: the heart of the country. Syrians are tough as nails, and even amid the ruins, and the bomb craters and the simply unimaginable poverty, they are rebuilding! Road crews are slowly repaving, buildings blown up by terrorists and Western missiles are being torn down and reconstructed.. the people here are trying... SO HARD... to have a normal life. They just want a normal life! They just want to live, just like we do. And from what I have seen, they support their president and government because they know what the alternative is like.
What makes me really sad to see are all the old ruined shopping centers, the western stores that are now abandoned. Ford and GM dealerships, Dell and Apple stores... These people gave our way a chance, and we bombed and sanctioned the hell out of them. But even so, they LOVE America! They love it! And our culture is everywhere here. From the clothes to the food to the music even---they love the same kinds of freedoms that we do, and I think if we give them half a chance, we'll find out just how much we have in common.
But maybe that's exactly what our governments are afraid of.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Mogg on Parliament's Role on Bombing Syria

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See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CU8WnyOC9E

Impressive summation of the constitutional position regarding a standing armed force and its control. However everything of importance turns on whether Parliament adequately fulfils its role to hold the Executive decisions to account and to represent the prevailing public opinion. 

In both the case of the illegal bombing of Syria and the diplomatic response to the Skripal poisoning, it seems to me to have spectacularly failed. 

Despite there being over 600 MP's, barely a voice of dissent or critical analysis was raised against the action of the Prime Minister and her cabinet despite in neither case either the circumstances of the case are properly know, let alone guilt being reliably apportioned. In both cases as time passes, the allegations, rather than being strengthened, are undermined. 

Nor do the reasons for, or description of, the bombing attacks on Syrian targets stand up to examination. 

First to bomb alleged chemical weapons producing facility would not only defeat the object but replicate the very thing being complained of, i.e. the dissemination of poisons and their dastardly consequences. However given the obvious absence of these must mean that the sites were what they were claimed to be. 

Yet another Iraqi WMD moment perhaps?  

Neither as to the alleged Gouta incident, or the reason for choosing the target sites, does the evidence stack up, leaving aside that under no stretch of the imagination did a casus belli or legal legitimacy exist. 

The claim that this was a "humanitarian gesture" and a warning to future despots, is shown to be fatuous by the absence of any similar action against Burma, Saudi Arabia or Israel, where equally horrendous barbaric acts have been carried out against civilians.

Yet despite all this, the House was almost unanimous in its approval of the policy. That I fear proves either that Members despite all their brains, lack even the objectivity of just one individual on the Clapham Omnibus.


We have a Parliament of "representative" MP's who largely supported May and her decision, in cohort with France and the US, to bomb Syria, on the back of its illogical and un-proven claim, "It was Assad who dunnit". 

This supine tribal jingoism, that potentially could have precipitated a nuclear exchange, proves the gulf that exists between the elected and electors. 

Mrs May pretends that it was not America that decided events; that the timing was not chosen to avoid a Commons debate (and possible defeat); that the Gouta event was proved to be carried out by Assad; that the targets were chemical manufacturing sites; that the action has made more such events less likely; that it was done for humanitarian reasons, whilst events in Palestine and Yemen prove this to be hypocritical and clearly untrue. 

So on the back of a "farrago of lies and misinformation", May is portrayed as some kind of brave Boudica, rather than the toadying promoter of unjustified aggression that she has become. It is indicative of the sad moral state of our 'representative' legislature, full of empty sound and fury but quite devoid of reason or honesty.

Jeremy Corbyn opens the Emergency Debate on the Parliamentary approval of military action overseas [Full speech]


Poor old Jeremy. His heart may be in the right place and his intentions good but he lacks the rhetorical eloquence and fluency required to make a cogent case. Without it, the verbal contest flounders, even if the arguments are sound. The leader of any political party needs a degree of gravitas and deportment commensurate with the role, task and subject in hand, and this is perhaps even more essential in opposition than it is in government - although Mr Trump may be the exception that proves the rule! His popularity with the public rests on his principles and common touch. His failure to impress his own party and the House of Commons has more to do with his indifferent oratory. Where Rees Mogg excels, Corbyn fails to compel.

Interview with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on BBC HARDtalk.

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Интервью Сергея Лаврова на телеканале "Би-Би-Си" для программы «Хард ток»


"DOUMA HOAX CHEMICAL ATTACK - Syria answers the deception"

"This is a copy of a film that I have received from Syria. It shows the White Helmets panic stricken video of the alleged effects on children and others of the chemical attack in Douma recently.
"It also shows testimony from the members of staff featured in the video. They say that they were treating the people for dust inhalation in the basements when a White Helmet operative rushed into the emergency room and frightened everyone by screaming "Chemical weapons!". This caused panic. The ambulanceman, nurses and doctors explain exactly what is actually going on here and how the video was shot without them knowing about it.
"The first they knew was when they saw it released on the media.
"Please share this video to help people understand that the US, UK and French governments have been deceived by the White Helmets who are affiliated with Al Qaeda and have been funded by our governments to create these hoaxes.
Bashar al Assad has not used chemical weapons.
Nobody died. Nobody was gassed with chlorine.
It has all been a terrible trick."