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Fake child refugee convicted of brutal rape and murder of German medical studentFake child refugee convicted of brutal rape and murder of German medical student
A man who posed as an Afghan child refugee has been convicted of the horrific rape and murder of a German medical student - the victim's father is Clemens Ladenburger, who was a lawyer for the European Commission. The killer, Hussein K, was actually convicted of assaulting a woman in Corfu in 2013...so how on earth was he allowed to enter Germany and rape and kill a vulnerable young girl? Well, EU open borders of course. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail in Greece for the attempted murder of a woman but released just 1 year into a 10 year sentence due to 'overcrowding'. Now he's been given a life sentence in Germany for his attack in Freiburg. Hussein told German officials he was 17, from Afghanistan and his father was killed fighting the Taliban. Actually, he could well be in his 30s, he's from Iran and, you guessed it, his dad's still alive.
'Not near our kids': Wealthy Californians fight temporary homeless shelters in their area'Not near our kids': Wealthy Californians fight temporary homeless shelters in their area
Three cities in affluent Orange County, California are suing over proposals to set up temporary homeless shelters in their area. California has the largest homeless population in the US and the plans have residents fearful. "This freaks me out. I moved to O.C. because I thought it would be a safe place. Now it's getting more and more like L.A.," Rob Howard, an office manager in Irvine, told the LA Times. "Who wants tons of traffic, high prices and all kinds of unwanted people around you?" As part of the $70 million plan temporary camps full of tents would be set up for homeless people in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, and on a former landfill in Huntington Beach. Homes in these districts are among the priciest in the county. Irvine City and Laguna Niguel councils voted on Tuesday to sue the county and put a halt to the proposal.
Loud house-rattling explosions heard in New Jersey, PennsylvaniaLoud house-rattling explosions heard in New Jersey, Pennsylvania
What caused explosions to be heard all over northwest New Jersey on Sunday night? The explosions were heard around Warren County and across the river in Northhampton County in Pennsylvania along the Delaware River near the Water Gap around 7:30 p.m. According to the Upper Mount Bethel Township Facebook page, they were "so strong they shook houses throughout the township and were observed as far away as Allamuchy, NJ." Portland Pennsylvania Mayor Lance Prator told New Jersey 101.5 the three explosions were "pretty loud but no one really seems to know where they are." An earlier Facebook post by Prator's municipality had said that according to "reports" the explosion was the result of three controlled explosions at a gun range in Upper Mount Bethel, but the name of the gun range was not disclosed.
Brit MPs race to the bottom competing to condemn Kremlin in ever more undiplomatic and insulting waysBrit MPs race to the bottom competing to condemn Kremlin in ever more undiplomatic and insulting ways
Theresa May arrived in Brussels with more doomsday warnings: Russia is not only a threat to the UK, but the whole of Europe. Her comments join a string of escalating accusations thrown at the Kremlin. Here are some of the others. Theresa May The UK PM arrived in Brussels, where it is understood she will try to convince fellow European Union leaders that Russia poses a threat to not just the UK, but the entire bloc. "Russia staged a brazen and reckless attack against the United Kingdom," May told reporters upon her arrival at the EU summit. "It's clear that the Russian threat does not respect borders and indeed the incident in Salisbury was a pattern of Russian aggression against Europe and its near neighbors."
From 'hero' to terrorist: Savchenko arrested in Ukrainian parliament for plotting terrorist attack and coupFrom 'hero' to terrorist: Savchenko arrested in Ukrainian parliament for plotting terrorist attack and coup
Ukrainian MP Nadezhda Savchenko, once glorified as a Ukrainian "hero" persecuted by Moscow, has been detained again - this time by her fellow countrymen. The former pilot is now suspected of plotting a coup and a terrorist attack. Savchenko was arrested by Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) officers right in the building of the Verkhovnaya Rada (the Ukrainian parliament) on Thursday. Moments before that, the MPs stripped Savchenko of her legal immunity that allows Ukrainian MPs to enjoy protection from prosecution and agreed to her arrest. The lawmakers were shown a video obtained by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office that allegedly shows Savchenko discussing details of a coup plot with her accomplices. According to the video, the MP even planned to assassinate Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. She is suspected of plotting a terrorist attack, planning to kill members of parliament, government, and the president, and organizing a coup.
Israeli teen arrested & fined for urinating on Auschwitz-Birkenau memorialIsraeli teen arrested & fined for urinating on Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial
An Israeli teenager was reportedly arrested at the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum for urinating on a victims' memorial in the former Nazi concentration camp. The unidentified 19-year-old was taken into custody on Wednesday. At around 1pm local time the student, who was part of a visiting tour, was spotted by a guide at the former death camp urinating on the steps of a monument. He was subsequently detained and questioned by police before paying a fine of more than €1,100 for the act, according to TVP Polonia. Auschwitz was the largest concentration camp built by Germany's Nazi Party as part of their effort to exterminate prisoners following the outbreak of World War II. The network of camps was a major cog in the Holocaust and Hitler's plan to murder Jews.
Lawsuits piling up as #DeleteFacebook movement gains tractionLawsuits piling up as #DeleteFacebook movement gains traction
After shaving more than $20 off its share price earlier this week, Facebook stock moved back into the green Wednesday as CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would publicly address the company's relationship with Cambridge Analytica some time during the next 24 hours. At the same time, another lawsuit has been brought against the company, the second since the New York Times and the Observer reported over the weekend that the company had failed to stop CA from using data improperly gathered from tens of millions of users, a Maryland woman sued Facebook Tuesday in a San Jose, Calif. court. Her suit was filed on behalf of other Facebook users whose data were accessed by CA without their explicit permission, Bloomberg reported.
Britain's ultimatum to Russia backfires as NATO & EU allies reject demandsBritain's ultimatum to Russia backfires as NATO & EU allies reject demands
Donald Trump's latest tweets saying that the US should aim for better relations with Russia underscores a crucial point about the Skripal case: the British are failing to win the support of their allies that they seem to have expected. At this point it is necessary to say something about the British diplomatic strategy last week, On Monday 12th March 2018 British Prime Minister Theresa May gave Russia a 36 hour ultimatum saying that unless it proved itself innocent the British government would deem it guilty of the attack on Sergey and Yulia Skripal
Censorship: YouTube bans firearm videos & begins suspending accountsCensorship: YouTube bans firearm videos & begins suspending accounts
Gun rights activists, bloggers and second amendment advocates are outraged at YouTube's ban on videos and channels which promote websites that sell firearms and accessories. And some believe Pornhub is the solution. Online gun vlogger InRangeTv has already begun migrating their videos to Pornhub. The group referred to YouTube's rule changes as "vague" and "one-sided." "PornHub has a history of being a proactive voice in the online community, as well as operating a resilient and robust video streaming platform," InRangeTv wrote in an online statement. RT.com has also contacted PornHub regarding InRange TV's decision to migrate to the platform.
US approves $1bn in arms sales to Saudi ArabiaUS approves $1bn in arms sales to Saudi Arabia
The US intends to sell a billion dollars-worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, including some $670 million-worth of anti-tank missiles, despite criticism of the Gulf state's war in Yemen, in which 10,000 civilians have been killed. In his meeting with visiting Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (also known as MBS) on Tuesday, President Donald Trump boasted about an imminent multi-billion-dollar sale of arms to the kingdom. According to the State Department, Saudi Arabia applied to buy over 6,500 TOW 2B anti-tank missiles on Thursday. The package deal also includes helicopter maintenance services and spare parts for military vehicles.
Russia's MoD site comes under DDoS attack during vote to name arms systemsRussia's MoD site comes under DDoS attack during vote to name arms systems
During the final stage of an online vote to select the names of new Russian military hardware, Russia's Defense Ministry website suffered a massive DDoS attack, with all hacking attempts repelled by cyber security services. "Attempts to attack the website were performed from the territory of Western Europe - the country is established, the North American continent and Ukraine," the Defense Ministry said in a statement. There was a total of seven attacks during the final day of voting on Thursday, with two of the most intensive of them coming in the closing hours. "The DDoS attacks were neutralized by the cyber security services of the Defense Ministry," the statement read.
Future of the Sea report: Ocean plastic projected to triple within seven yearsFuture of the Sea report: Ocean plastic projected to triple within seven years
If we don't act now, plastic pollution in the world's oceans is projected to increase three-fold within seven years, according to a startling new report. The Future of the Sea report, released Wednesday for the UK government, found that human beings across the globe produce more than 300 million metric tons of plastic per year. Unfortunately, a lot of that material ends up in our waters, with the total amount of plastic debris in the sea predicted to increase from 50 million metric tons in 2015 to 150 million metric tons by 2025. Roughly 70 percent of all marine litter is plastic, and the effect of this non-biodegradable waste can be devastating for marine biodiversity.
Election Meddling Hysteria: Did the UK interfere in the US elections?Election Meddling Hysteria: Did the UK interfere in the US elections?
Where is the outrage and UK hysteria? From UK Secret Intelligence Service MI6 agent Christopher David Steele peddling around a fake Trump-Russia dossier so as to swing the US election towards Hillary Clinton and the DNC, to the recent data mining/Facebook scandal driven by UK firm Cambridge Analytica, manipulating 50 million US Facebook users, to swing the US election in Trump's favor, what is now irrefutable is that the UK clearly, consistently and aggressively meddled in America's 2016 presidential elections. Where is the mainstream media hysteria? Where is the special counsel investigation? Where are the indictments? UK sanctions? Jimmy Dore exposes the hypocrisy...
New Study: Brain scans can read human emotions with 90% accuratelyNew Study: Brain scans can read human emotions with 90% accurately
How neuroscientists are learning to predict emotions with increasing accuracy. Brain scans can read human emotions with 90% accuracy, a new study finds. Researchers have been able to predict the intensity of negative emotions to evocative images. They found that negative emotions have a 'neural signature' which a computer could learn.
Two dogs maul child to death in ZimbabweTwo dogs maul child to death in Zimbabwe
A nine-year-old Beitbridge child yesterday died from injuries sustained after being attacked by two vicious Boerboel dogs while coming back from school. Nyasha Zaina was pronounced dead at around 10am yesterday after staff at Beitbridge District Hospital battled to save her following the attack at around 4pm on Wednesday. She was mauled all over her body, sutured on her head, thighs, backside and almost every limb. Medical staff said she lost a lot of blood. The Boerboel, also known as the South African Mastiff, is a large, Molosser-type breed bred for the purpose of guarding homesteads. Bred as working farm dogs, Boerboels are some of the most powerful dog breeds in the world.
Central and northern New South Wales floods as 13 inches of rain falls in 48 hours in AustraliaCentral and northern New South Wales floods as 13 inches of rain falls in 48 hours in Australia
In just two days, more than 300 millimetres of rain has fallen in parts of eastern New South Wales, resulting in flash flooding. A low pressure trough moving slowly along the NSW coast brought persistent rain and storms to parts of the Hunter and lower Mid North Coast during the last 36 hours. The heaviest falls so far have occurred on the Barrington Tops, where a rain gauge at Careys Peak received 339 millimetres during the 48 hours to 9am today, Weatherzone recorded.
Lightning bolt kills 4 family members in South AfricaLightning bolt kills 4 family members in South Africa
The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is on high alert after a warning of flash floods was issued by the South African Weather Services. Heavy rains fell on Thursday and is expected to continue in most parts of the province into the weekend. The inclement has already claimed the lives of a mother and her three children when lightning struck their home in eNgonyameni in the Jozini local municipality in the northern part of the province. The father was injured and taken to the nearest hospital and is in a critical condition. Reacting to the incident, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Cogta MEC, expressed her dismay at this occurrence as yet another family has lost its loved ones due to bad weather.
Mass stranding of over 150 pilot whales at Hamelin Bay, Western AustraliaMass stranding of over 150 pilot whales at Hamelin Bay, Western Australia
A mass stranding of more than 150 pilot whales overnight has led to the deaths of most of those animals, in one of the largest beachings on Western Australia's southwest coast in several years. After being alerted by a fisherman early this morning, wildlife officers discovered about 75 short-finned pilot whales already dead, with around 50 still alive but beached on the sand at Hamelin Bay, 10km north of Augusta on the state's southwestern tip. But many whales have since died, according to senior marine operations officer for Parks and Wildlife John Edwards. At midday, volunteers and conservation officers were struggling to save 15 whales still swimming in shallow waters by guiding them back out to sea. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development issued a shark advice and warned people to avoid the area.
Russian MoD: More than 5,000 civilians leave Eastern Ghouta as militants begin withdrawalRussian MoD: More than 5,000 civilians leave Eastern Ghouta as militants begin withdrawal
Over 5,000 civilians have left Eastern Ghouta through humanitarian corridors on Thursday, Russia's Defense Ministry said. The militants also reportedly began withdrawing from the area, as part of a deal with the Syrian government. "Starting from the early hours of March 22, more than 5000 civilians have come out through the checkpoints in Eastern Ghouta," Russia's Reconciliation Center in Syria said, adding that the evacuation of the population from the terrorist-held areas continues. Those fleeing the Damascus suburb, which recently became the new hotspot of the Syrian conflict, were provided with hot food, water and sleeping accessories by the Russian troops, it added. Earlier, the Reconciliation Center head, Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko, said that a total of 86,000 people have used the Russia-brokered humanitarian corridors to leave the besieged Eastern Ghouta since late February.
Trump replaces national security adviser McMaster with war hawk John BoltonTrump replaces national security adviser McMaster with war hawk John Bolton
Former United Nations ambassador and stalwart Republican hawk John Bolton will replace Gen. HR McMaster as the national security adviser on April 9, President Trump has announced. Announcing his decision, Trump thanked Herbert Raymond McMaster for his service, praising his "outstanding job" in his role as the National Security Advisor. McMaster "will always remain my friend," the US president tweeted. "After thirty-four years of service to our nation, I am requesting retirement from the US Army effective this summer after which I will leave public service. Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary servicemembers and dedicated civilians," McMaster said in a statement.
'Ugly diplomacy': EU recalls Russia envoy, backs UK belief Moscow 'highly likely' responsible for Skripal poisoning'Ugly diplomacy': EU recalls Russia envoy, backs UK belief Moscow 'highly likely' responsible for Skripal poisoning
EU leaders see "no plausible alternative explanation" for the Skripal poisoning and are set to recall their ambassador to Russia for consultations, pressured by the UK to hold the Kremlin responsible for it without due process. Following talks on Thursday, the leaders of 28 European nations agreed with the British assessment that it was "highly likely" that Russia was behind this month's poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The European Council "agrees with the United Kingdom government's assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible and that there is no plausible alternative explanation," the member states said in a joint statement.
Members from three letter agencies flocking to doomsday campsMembers from three letter agencies flocking to doomsday camps
A building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP or virus attack. Called Fortitude Ranch, the outposts promise protection and a year's supply of food for those unable to build their own bunker. What's more, until a crisis strikes, they are being used for prepper training and vacations. "We're seeing members from all the three letter agencies," said Fortitude creator Drew Miller, a retired Air Force colonel and intelligence officer, in a reference to the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Aborted fetus or Mystery Alien?Aborted fetus or Mystery Alien?
Genetic analysis reveals unusual remains belong to human foetus with severe and previously unknown mutations Scientists have revealed the origins of a mysterious skeleton long thought to have been extra-terrestrial. After five years of examination, a research team unravelled the genetic make-up of the bizarre specimen found in the Atacama Desert in 2003, and nicknamed "Ata". Led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University, forensic analysis of the remains revealed they undoubtedly belonged to a human, albeit one with severe and previously unknown genetic mutations.
Mark Zuckerberg's Fatal Error - Not Leaving Everyone the Hell AloneMark Zuckerberg's Fatal Error - Not Leaving Everyone the Hell Alone
Make no mistake, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are in trouble - not just here in America, but all over the world. The Tech Tyrant has only himself to blame. Had he just left us alone, he would not be so alone or widely viewed as a monopoly with all the inherent risks in that. He would also not be a national pariah. When you are in charge of something, be it a Girl Scout troop or one of the most powerful tech companies in the world, the only way to stay out of trouble is with simple and clear rules applied equally. By not doing this, Zuckerberg has wrapped himself 'round his own axle. Even a billion or so Facebook users are unhappy with him. They feel trapped on a platform that offends them. Much of this resentment comes from feeling swindled. After herding us all into his monopolistic public square, Zuckerberg changed the rules.
Breastfeeding For Just Two Months Dramatically Reduces SIDS Risk, Study FindsBreastfeeding For Just Two Months Dramatically Reduces SIDS Risk, Study Finds
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of infant death between the ages of one month and one year. A new international study offers hope for those parents who wonder whether there is something they can do to circumvent this rare, but catastrophic, event. It turns out breastfeeding can play a significant protective role for babies. Researchers at the University of Virginia found that breastfeeding for just two months reduces SIDS cases by nearly half. The good news is that mothers do not have to be limited to breastfeeding only for their babies to receive the health perks. A recent study found that breastfeeding for just two months reduces SIDS cases by nearly half. "These results are very powerful! Our study found that babies who are breastfed for at least two months have a significant reduction in their risk of dying from SIDS," says researcher Kawai Tanabe of the university's school of medicine in a media release. "Breastfeeding is beneficial for so many reasons, and this is really an important one."
WikiLeaks docs show Facebook brass was heavily biased towards Killary - how much 'help and support' did Facebook provide?WikiLeaks docs show Facebook brass was heavily biased towards Killary - how much 'help and support' did Facebook provide?
Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks expose how badly Facebook wanted Hillary Clinton to win the election. Recently resurfaced documents show top Facebook officials colluded with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential election, according to WikiLeaks. Following reports that Facebook suspended the data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, emails from the Clinton campaign show Facebook desperately wanted her to win. In an email dated Jan. 2, 2016, Clinton campaign manager John Podesta and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, made it clear how badly they wanted Clinton to win.
Poll: American public troubled by 'Deep State' (even though they don't know what it means)Poll: American public troubled by 'Deep State' (even though they don't know what it means)
Although most Americans are unfamiliar with the term 'Deep State,' according to recent polling they are nevertheless skeptical of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy "Public Troubled by Deep State" is the headline that the Monmouth University Polling Institute tags to its recent poll. Acknowledging that polling about the term "Deep State" is problematic because "few Americans (13%) are very familiar with the term 'Deep State,'" the pollsters at Monmouth defined the term as follows for their interviewees: "The term Deep State refers to the possible existence of a group of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy." Then they asked whether such a group exists.
Memo to the West: The Russian peoples' support for Putin is authentic and genuineMemo to the West: The Russian peoples' support for Putin is authentic and genuine
If the result of the 2018 Russian election proves anything it is that on the back of Vladimir Putin's landslide victory it is no longer tenable for Western governments to claim that their argument is with the Russian government and not the Russian people. Putin's popularity is genuine and authentic, regardless of the anticipated and entirely predictable attempt to pour scorn on the election and its result by those for whom Russia can only be conceived of as a vanquished enemy or a deadly enemy that needs to be vanquished. No democratic system is perfect, neither Russia's, the UK's, or that which underpins the United States - indeed, perhaps especially that which underpins the United States. Whereas in 2012 he took 63.6% of the vote on a 65.25% turnout, this time round, Putin garnered 76.68% of the vote on turnout of over 67%. No matter, commentators in the UK, consumed with anti-Russia fever over the Skripal case, have without any hint of irony made great play of the fact that the result means that Vladimir Putin is now the longest serving Russian head of state since Joseph Stalin.
Hospital allows couple's newborn baby to be kidnapped by tribal police on orders from tribal elder grandmotherHospital allows couple's newborn baby to be kidnapped by tribal police on orders from tribal elder grandmother
A smiling baby with a thick head of black hair, Ingrid Ronan Johnson was born to a Miccosukee mother and a white father, inside Baptist Hospital in Kendall. Two days later, police detectives arrived at the hospital acting on a court order to remove the baby from the new parents. The order was not signed by a Florida judge, but by a tribal court judge on a reservation 32 miles away in the heart of the Everglades. The cops were from the Miccosukee police force, a department whose jurisdiction covers mainly the reservation and properties owned by the tribe. The hospital on Sunday allowed the baby to be taken away.
China helps Pakistani missile program with advanced tracking systemChina helps Pakistani missile program with advanced tracking system
China has reportedly provided Pakistan with a highly advanced optical tracking system, which will be a boon to its missile program. The move is an apparent poke in the eye of India, which is becoming China's main regional rival. The delivery of the system was reported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in a statement, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Thursday. It was a rare occasion for Beijing to publicly confirm the export of sensitive military equipment that may stir controversy in other nations. The deal, the statement said, was the first of its kind supplied by China to a foreign buyer. The system, which was installed by Chinese specialists at an unnamed Pakistani military testing range, is a valuable tool for testing missile technology. It has four high-resolution high-speed cameras equipped with powerful optics, a laser ranger, and an automatic control system allowing it to track a target of interest. The cameras were installed in different locations and are synchronized with atomic clocks so that footage captured by them could be timed precisely against each other.
Walkout fallout: School districts hit with backlash over using kids for political activismWalkout fallout: School districts hit with backlash over using kids for political activism
The gun control movement notched a public relations coup with last week's massive school walkouts, but now school districts that pitched in to ensure the protest's success are stuck with the rising political and legal fallout. A week after the March 14 walkout, school officials are grappling with complaints from parents outraged by the specter of their kids engaged in political protesting on school time, as well as reports of criminal mischief committed by teens who treated the event as a get-out-of-class-free card. What's more, the students get to do it all again next month. A substantially identical event, also called the National School Walkout, is scheduled for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.
Russian ambassador Yavokenko: 'Highly likely' UK had Novichok nerve agent to be able to identify it so quicklyRussian ambassador Yavokenko: 'Highly likely' UK had Novichok nerve agent to be able to identify it so quickly
Alexander Yakovenko says Salisbury events 'so complicated' it would take someone like Hercule Poirot to solve Britain had stores of the Novichok nerve agent before the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, the Russian ambassador to London has claimed. In an extraordinary and lengthy press conference, Alexander Yakovenko said the accounts around the events in Salisbury were so complicated it would take someone like fictional detective Hercule Poirot to solve the crime. Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in a critical condition after collapsing on a bench on 4 March. Britain accuses Russia of attempted murder but Russia denies involvement and says Britain has no evidence.
Surge in Muslims being jailed for drug offences despite drop in overall prison populationSurge in Muslims being jailed for drug offences despite drop in overall prison population
'This increasing Muslim prison population is a symptom of a broken justice system and a gang problem that is rapidly getting worse,' says Dr Mohammed Qasim An alarming surge in the number of Muslims being jailed for drug offences has prompted accusations that the Government is failing to deal with growing social problems in Britain's impoverished Islamic communities. The number of Muslims in prison for drug offences in England and Wales has jumped by 63 per cent over seven years, rising from 2,089 in 2010 to 3,406 in 2017, according to figures obtained by The Independent using Freedom of Information laws. Over the same period, the number of non-Muslims in prison for drug offences has declined by more than ten per cent. More than a quarter of all Muslims currently in prison have been incarcerated because of drug offences, compared to 13 per cent of all non-Muslim prisoners.
Gaddafi's son, Saif Al-Islam, can unite Libyans in the national interest - Saif's lawyer tells RTGaddafi's son, Saif Al-Islam, can unite Libyans in the national interest - Saif's lawyer tells RT
Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Al-Islam, who plans to run in the presidential election this year, is widely supported by ordinary people hoping to rescue Libya from the chaos caused by the NATO-backed revolt, his lawyer told RT. While it is not yet certain when Libya will vote in a presidential election, due to varying interpretations of the electoral process by the power-seeking factions of the country, Saif Al Islam Gaddafi, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, announced on Monday his bid to run in the race as a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya (PFLL). His candidacy bid was confirmed to RT by his lawyer, Khaled Al-Ghwail, who believes that his client has a good chance of winning. "Saif Al-Islam has many supporters. They are ordinary people. Even those who have previously committed to the [Arab Spring] cause now support the comprehensive vision of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi,"Al-Ghwail told RT. "Saif Al-Islam is capable of uniting Libyans around himself on the basis of national interests and those decisions that the Libyans themselves will take," Al-Ghwail added. "This is a reform project, which should lead Libya into a calm harbor."
The costs of building privately vs publicly is absolutely astonishingThe costs of building privately vs publicly is absolutely astonishing
Boring story. The city I live in is along a river, and 6 years ago they wanted to build a park along the river. There was a proposal and a public hearing for the park. The park would consist of 1/2 miles of concrete sidewalks, 8 Benches, 1 Gazebo, 2.5 acres of grass (not sod, but that spry on seed mulch stuff), and a small play area for kids (~30′ x 30′) The plans were laid out, the art work was made public, and the city said that they had enough surplus to pay for it. It was voted on, passed, and the final budget was $7.5 Million. They hired a company to do the work, no questions asked, and the work begun. They said it would take 12 weeks to complete and the park would be opened before the 4th of July. Two years later, and another $5,000,000 the park was still not completed. The construction company disappeared and eventually the city sold the naming rights to a local company and they completed the park (slightly less then was first presented to the community). And it opened to no fanfare just over 3 years after it was scheduled to.
'We know they are liars, they keep lying': US Empire's propaganda war on Ghouta crescendos'We know they are liars, they keep lying': US Empire's propaganda war on Ghouta crescendos
We are currently witnessing truly remarkable developments in Syria, as the country's army and allies liberate more districts of Eastern Ghouta. Almost 80,000 people have been evacuated, with more still streaming out. The late February Syrian-Russian opening of humanitarian corridors out of Eastern Ghouta marked the beginning of the end in the tragedy that is Ghouta's occupation by terrorists including Jaysh Al-Islam, Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (Al-Qaeda), Ahrar Al-Sham, and Faylaq Al-Rahman. Syrian and Russian reporters on the ground have recorded countless testimonies of fleeing civilians. One such subtitled video shows women and children speaking of terrorists starving them - depriving them of food, beating and shooting at them, trapping them in cellars, and holding them hostage. Footage taken by Syrian journalist Wassim Issa included a woman sobbing that her children were still inside. But also, as with many of these videos surfacing with each new batch of evacuated, she praised the army, saying "May God protect you, you have liberated us from them. They took my house against my will and made me homeless."
Mysterious rumble shakes homes in San Diego, CaliforniaMysterious rumble shakes homes in San Diego, California
Several residents in San Diego County reported witnessing a strong rumble that shook their homes Monday morning. NBC 7 first heard calls from locals wondering what it could be just after 9 a.m. Other San Diego County residents have written on the NBC 7 Facebook page that they also noticed the strange occurrence. "My front door started rattling with no discernible wind," commented Pilar Shepard. "I thought maybe we'd had a small earthquake."
Truth is the first casualty in war - especially in cold warTruth is the first casualty in war - especially in cold war
I don't know why everyone's so hard on Putin these days. I mean, the Russian president is so kind and considerate that he waited until ex-spy Sergei Skripal had been strategically irrelevant for many years before poisoning him, and did so in a way that both failed to kill the target and strongly indicated that Russia was responsible for the attack. While other nations use highly trained killers to assassinate critical targets and make it look like a suicide, the Kremlin had the decency to use an attack that was simultaneously both ineffectual and the forensic equivalent of issuing a press release on RT saying "Yeah we totally poisoned that guy" for no conceivable benefit to itself. You can't buy that kind of charity from other western regime change targets. This is why Australians don't like Brits; they're such ungrateful whingers. The furor over the alleged Skripal poisoning has fit snugly into the pattern we've come to expect in the western empire's continual campaign to psyop the public into believing that escalations with a nuclear superpower are in their best interests. We're seeing the typical lack of evidence for the accusation, the typical one-sided reporting from all mass media outlets collaborating to weave the illusion of unanimous agreement about the accusation, and the typical escalation in cold war tensions as diplomats are thrown out, communications cut off, and European Union collaboration sought for tougher action against the Russian Federation.
McCain gets slammed on Twitter for condemning Trump's congratulatory message to PutinMcCain gets slammed on Twitter for condemning Trump's congratulatory message to Putin
US Senator John McCain has lambasted Donald Trump over his phone conversation with Vladimir Putin, in which the US president congratulated his Russian counterpart following his election win. 81-year-old Senator John McCain said that "an American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections." "And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future," McCain added. However, Twitter users were quick to react to McCain's verbal attack against Trump, with some urging the senator "to lean respect" and consider resigning.
After new Novichok revelations, it's time for UK to come clean: They're lyingAfter new Novichok revelations, it's time for UK to come clean: They're lying
A week ago we asked if 'Novichok' poisons are real. The answer is now in: It is 'yes' and 'no'. Several Russian scientist now say that they once researched and developed lethal poisons but they assert that other countries can and have copied these. 'Novichok', they say, is a just western propaganda invention. They see the British accusations as a cynical plot against Russia. The people who push the 'Novichok' accusations have political and commercial interests. The British Prime Minister Theresa May insinuated that the British-Russian double agent Sergej Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who collapsed on March 4 on a public bench in Salisbury, were affected by a 'Russian' nerve agent: It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. It is part of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok. Theresa May's claims are highly questionable. A highly potent nerve agent would hurt anyone who comes in contact with it. But the BBC reported that a doctor who administered first aid to the collapsed Yulia Skripal for 30 minutes was not affected at all. Another doctor, Steven Davies who heads the emergence room of the Salisbury District Hospital, wrote in a letter the London Times: "... no patients have experienced symptoms of nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury and there have only been ever been three patients with significant poisoning." Comment: Not only were several not affected by the alleged poison; the police officer has now been released from hospital Policeman Nick Bailey has been discharged from hospital after being exposed to the same military-grade nerve agent used in the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury earlier this month. The Detective Sergeant had been treated at the Salisbury District Hospital since the attack took place on March 4. The Wiltshire police officer was initially in a critical condition, but was able to sit up within days and talk to his family and nursing staff. Earlier on Thursday a judge gave the green light for doctors to take blood samples of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia so they can be tested by chemical weapons experts. He added it is unknown whether the duo will "regain mental capacity." ... The court heard the mental capacity of the duo may be compromised to "an unknown and unascertained" degree, and that is it is not possible to know the extent to which they will recover. ... It comes as it emerged that a second police officer investigating the Salisbury nerve agent attack was treated in hospital over suspected poisoning. He is said to have come into contact with an object that possibly had "secondary contamination". The PC reported minor symptoms such as skin irritation. A source told the Daily Mail: "He is receiving treatment at Salisbury General Hospital as an outpatient as his symptoms are not serious enough to warrant him being kept in."
Professors claim scientific objectivity reinforces 'whiteness ideology'Professors claim scientific objectivity reinforces 'whiteness ideology'
A newly published academic journal article argues that science educators must do more to combat "whiteness" and "White ideology" in the classroom. In their research essay titled "Towards a truer multicultural science education: how whiteness impacts science education," University of Colorado at Denver scholars Cheryl E. Matias and Paul T. Le seek to "have the field consider the theoretical frames of whiteness and how it might influence how we engage in science education such that our hope for diversity never fully materializes." "Whiteness embraces White ideology, and because Whites are at the apex of the racial hierarchy, whiteness becomes normalized and is invisible to those who benefit the most from it," the scholars observe. "This is particularly troubling because the normality of whiteness means that Whites do not believe that they are actively investing in White supremacy or racism, which keeps oppression intact." While "the [science] culture attempts to be unbiased through peer reviewing and consistent methods and methodologies," this interpretation "falsely makes us believe that science is an objective enterprise and transcends culture," the academics assert.
Special Counsel Mueller invested in hedge funds linked to Russia and SorosSpecial Counsel Mueller invested in hedge funds linked to Russia and Soros
Robert Mueller's complex financial entanglements include investments linked to George Soros and Russia. During Mueller's tenure at the FBI, high profile cases of financial wrongdoing within hedge funds that he invested in were ignored by federal law enforcement. An Offended America investigation has revealed that Robert Mueller's holdings in a fund of funds expose him to Russian investments and to hedge funds tied to George Soros. Mueller's exclusive hedge funds were not open to the general public, but rather wealthy private accredited investors. The minimum investment in several of the funds is $10 Million. Mueller's Russian Financial Interests Mueller has been an investor in Mellon Optima L/S Strategy Fund, LLC for many years, according to his financial disclosures. That fund consists of holdings of other hedge funds in a structure commonly referred to as a "fund of funds".
15 years post Iraq invasion, torture has a new address15 years post Iraq invasion, torture has a new address
Fifteen years ago this week, George W. Bush and his pack of unprosecuted murderers transformed the city of Baghdad into a bowl of fire, "Shock & Awe," in what was a massive war crime right there on live television. I call it a war crime justly: It was an act based entirely on lies founded in greed and lust for power, for which not one person has been called to account. Millions of human beings have been butchered, maimed, displaced and undone in those 15 years since the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq. The war there has actually been going on in one form or another for 27 years now. Yet no one is held accountable even as we slog, year after year, through the drifting ashes of aftermath. We simply don't talk about it. We are allowed, within the narrow confines of permissible debate, to rub our collective woes together and wonder how so much could go so wrong so fast. The physical shock of September 11 doesn't explain it, but the manner in which that day was used against us certainly fills in the blank spaces. They used it to start a war that has now become several wars, and a few people you'll never meet continue to swim in the profits.
Israeli military admits it carried out 2007 raid on Syrian nuclear reactorIsraeli military admits it carried out 2007 raid on Syrian nuclear reactor
The Israeli military has confirmed it carried out the 2007 airstrike in Syria that destroyed what was believed to be a nuclear reactor, lifting the veil of secrecy over one of its most daring and mysterious operations in recent memory. Although Israel was widely believed to have been behind the airstrike on September 6, it has never before commented publicly on it. In a lengthy release, the military revealed that eight F-15 fighter jets carried out the top-secret airstrikes against the facility in the Deir el-Zour region, 450 kilometres (about 300 miles) northwest of Damascus, destroying a site that had been in development for years and was scheduled to go into operation at the end of that year. Israel's involvement has been one of its most closely held secrets, and it was not immediately clear why the country decided to go public now. The military would not comment on its reasoning, but the move could be related to the upcoming memoir of former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who ordered the strike and has hinted about it for years, or it could be meant as a warning to arch-enemy Iran, which is active in Syria. Israel and Syria have always been bitter enemies. Throughout Syria's seven-year civil war, Israel has carried out well over 100 airstrikes, most believed to have been aimed at suspected weapons shipments destined for the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group. Both Iran and Hezbollah are allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
CNN: Trump, Kelly furious over leak that Trump was not to congratulate PutinCNN: Trump, Kelly furious over leak that Trump was not to congratulate Putin
President Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly are furious that details of the president's national security briefing materials telling him not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin were leaked to the press, according to a CNN report Wednesday. Trump was reportedly "fuming" on Tuesday night after The Washington Post reported that Trump's national security advisers specifically instructed him not to congratulate Putin on his electoral victory. The Post reported that the materials read "DO NOT CONGRATULATE." Only a small group of staffers would have access to those briefing materials and would have known what his advisers would suggest before the phone call to Putin on Tuesday morning, CNN reported. The network, citing an unnamed source, reported that the president was asking allies and outside advisers who they thought was responsible for the leak. The source told CNN that the incident has again given air to Trump's long-held belief that members of his administration are actively working against him. A White House official told the network that Kelly is furious that a confidential presidential briefing was made public just hours after the president's phone call with Putin. Kelly reportedly plans to address the leak on Wednesday as aides work to figure out how the information became public. Other White House staffers are irritated by the most recent leak as well. "This is unacceptable," one White House official told CNN.
FLASHBACK: Gaddafi was killed by French secret service on orders of Sarkozy, sources claimFLASHBACK: Gaddafi was killed by French secret service on orders of Sarkozy, sources claim
A French secret serviceman acting on the express orders of Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of murdering Colonel Gaddafi, it was sensationally claimed today. He is said to have infiltrated a violent mob mutilating the captured Libyan dictator last year and shot him in the head. The motive, according to well-placed sources in the North African country, was to stop Gaddafi being interrogated about his highly suspicious links with Sarkozy, who was President of France at the time. Other former western leaders, including ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, were also extremely close to Gaddafi, visiting him regularly and helping to facilitate multi-million pounds business deals. Sarkozy, who once welcomed Gaddafi as a 'brother leader' during a state visit to Paris, was said to have received millions from the Libyan despot to fund his election campaign in 2007. The conspiracy theory will be of huge concern to Britain which sent RAF jet to bomb Libya last year with the sole intention of 'saving civilian lives'.
Sarkozy indicted for illicit Gaddafi-Libyan financing of 2007 election campaignSarkozy indicted for illicit Gaddafi-Libyan financing of 2007 election campaign
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is reportedly under formal investigation over allegations that his 2007 election campaign received funding from the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. According to a source in the judiciary, Sarkozy is being investigated for illicit campaign financing, misappropriation of Libyan public funds and passive corruption, Reuters reports. According to Le Monde, several former senior figures in the Gaddafi regime have provided new evidence confirming the allegations of illicit financing. Sarkozy, who was president of France from 2007 to 2012, denies the allegations. The former French president faced two days of questioning before being released from judicial detention on Wednesday afternoon. The allegations against Sarkozy emerged in 2012 and a judicial inquiry was launched in 2013. In November 2016, middleman Ziad Takieddine said he transported €5 million from Tripoli to Paris in late 2006 and early 2007.
Russia leak prompts questions concerning staff undermining TrumpRussia leak prompts questions concerning staff undermining Trump
A furor erupted at the White House on Wednesday over a damaging leak that revealed President Trump defied his aides' advice during a congratulatory phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House raised the prospect of a staff purge over the disclosure, saying in a statement that it would be a "fireable offense and likely illegal" to give Trump's briefing papers to the news media. Chief of staff John Kelly was "frustrated and deeply disappointed" by the leak, a White House official told The Hill. The official refused to say whether the White House has launched a formal investigation into the incident.
Trump: 'I would like to testify', Mueller probeTrump: 'I would like to testify', Mueller probe
President Donald Trump said that he wants to testify before Robert Mueller as part of his Special Counsel investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election "Yes. I would like to," Trump said on Thursday when asked about an interview with Mueller during an event on trade. The president's pronouncement comes after the sudden resignation of John Dowd, his top lawyer who was leading Trump's handling of the Mueller probe. Dowd had opposed Trump's desire to be interviewed by Mueller. Despite denouncing the investigation as a "witch hunt," Trump had previously said that he would like to testify under oath. "I'm looking forward to it," Trump told the press in January. "I would do it under oath," he also reportedly vowed. Trump has consistently denied any collusion with Russia. The House Intelligence Committee voted on Thursday to formally end its Russia probe, after lawmakers found no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russia.
Israeli military courts are designed to detain and convict Palestinian children - reforms have been symbolic onlyIsraeli military courts are designed to detain and convict Palestinian children - reforms have been symbolic only
Israeli authorities have dedicated significant effort in recent years to highlighting the improvements allegedly made in the treatment of Palestinian minors within Israeli military courts in the West Bank. Among the ostensible achievements are the establishment a juvenile court in the military court system, allowing for the increased involvement of parents in the military justice system, decreasing the length of time a child can be detained before being brought before a judge, and even an abandoned experiment of issuing summonses to Palestinian minors instead of sending an invading force of soldiers to arrest them in their homes in the middle of the night - the common practice today. Comment: Geeze, those are the improvements? Even if they were implemented, it just goes to show what a barbaric country Israel is. Come on, guys, it's past time you entered the 21st century here. A report published by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem on Tuesday argues that these so-called improvements have improved very little. The juvenile military court system system, which uses the tactic of denying bail to pressure over 70 percent of juvenile defendants and their families into accepting plea bargains, has a startling conviction rate that exceeds 95 percent. The military juvenile courts do not come close to conforming to international standards and conventions signed and implemented by Israel, according to the B'Tselem report. And Israel's treatment of Palestinian minors contrasts starkly with the treatment Israeli children receive in Israel's separate, civilian juvenile justice system. The Israeli army prosecuted 1,046 Palestinian minors in 2014 and 2015, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. More than a quarter of those indictments were of children 15 and under. Already in the first two months of 2018, the army arrested 274 Palestinian minors who were thrust into the military court system, according to Palestinian human rights group Addameer.