Headlines of note for July 2018 [updating]…

On the eve of the Trump-Putin summit, shades of the “chatter” that preceded 9/11; scary bed-time tales brought to you by Dan Coats, director of national intelligence,  via the “paper of record,” the usual venue for false flag foreshadowing. The bogeyman is back, though now instead of the Arab kufiya, he dons a Russian ushanka…

New York Times‘Warning Lights Are Blinking Red,’ Top Intelligence Officer Says of Russian Attacks

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top intelligence officer said on Friday that the persistent danger of Russian cyberattacks today was akin to the warnings the United States had of stepped-up terror threats ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks…

While Mueller piles on…

Business InsiderCongress to Trump: Cancel Putin summit after new Mueller indictment

The Nation (Stephen F. Cohen) – Summitgate and the Campaign vs. ‘Peace’

Information Clearing HouseReflections on Media Gone Russia-Wild

As it was, the fill-in-the-blank-gate of the month, “treason-gate,” drowned out virtually any coverage of the substance of the talks, save this…

BloombergTrump Rejects Putin Offer on Vote in Disputed Ukraine Region

To add injury to the insult…

U.S. Department of DefenseDoD to Provide $200 Million in Security Cooperation Funds to Ukraine

But not without a slight against NATO’s Article V…

DWNATO hits back at President Trump’s Montenegro World War III remarks

UNIANMFA Ukraine to summon Italian Ambassador over Minister Salvini recognizing Crimea annexation

If only the occasional sensibility of their words weren’t betrayed by the provocations that rule the day…

Strategic Culture (Alex Gorka) – Sea Breeze 2018: Who Wants to Disrupt Strategic Balance in the Black Sea Region?

Consortium News (Daniel Lazare) – Corporate Media’s About-Face on Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis

Electronic IntifadaIsrael is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

HaaretzRights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Meanwhile, back in Washington, fallout following the summit…

Vanity Fair“This Was the Nightmare Scenario”: The West Wing Revolts After Trump Embraces Putin

According to three sources familiar with the situation, Kelly called around to Republicans on Capitol Hill and gave them the go-ahead to speak out against Trump.

Is General Kelly the General Al Haig of the Trump administration? -Not the “I’m in control” Haig of the Reagan administration, but the chief of staff Haig of the final acts of Watergate, the Haig who, as Len Colodny persuasively argues in Silent Coup (Trine Day), sabotaged Nixon every step of the way. But Kelly is not alone…

Wall Street JournalTrump, Aides Diverge Further on Russia

And yet…

Kelly Agrees to Remain Chief of Staff Through 2020 at Trump’s Request

Moon of AlabamaEither Trump Fires These People Or The Borg Will Have Won

Club OrlovUS Intelligence Community as a Collapse Driver

Unz ReviewThe Untouchable Mr. Browder?

Consortium News (reprint of the late Robert Parry) – Guardians of the Magnitsky Myth

Real.VideoBANNED DOCUMENTARY – The Magnitsky Act: Behind The Scenes (FULL / In English)

Daily MailPollen on bottle which contained Novichok that killed mother ‘could prove it was used by Russian agents in attack on former double agent and his daughter’

Zero HedgeRussia Liquidates Its US Treasury Holdings

In the wake of the Trump-Kim summit in June, evidently not everyone in the DPRK leadership is on board…

ReutersNorth Korea slams ‘gangster-like’ U.S. demands after satisfied Pompeo leaves

KCNA WatchFM Spokesman on DPRK-U.S. High-level Talks

Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) — A spokesman of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Saturday released the following statement:

International society has focused its expectation and attention on the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks for the implementation of the Joint Statement of the DPRK-U.S. summit after the first historic summit meeting and talks were held between the DPRK and the U.S.

We expected that the U.S. side would bring itself with a constructive proposal which would help build up trust true to the spirit of the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks. We, on our part, were also thinking of doing something which corresponds with it.

It was, however, so regretful to mention what the U.S. side had shown in its attitude and stand at the first DPRK-U.S. high-level talks held on 6 and 7 July.

The DPRK side, during the talks, put forward the constructive proposals to seek a balanced implementation of all the provisions of the Joint Statement out of its firm willingness to remain faithful to the implementation of the spirit and agreed points of the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks.

These include taking wide-ranging proactive steps of simultaneous actions in a respective manner such as realizing multilateral exchanges for improved relations between the DPRK and the U.S., making public a declaration on the end of war first on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement to build a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, dismantling the test ground of high thrust engine to make a physical verification of the suspension of ICBM production as part of denuclearization steps and making an earliest start of the working-level talks for recovering POW/MIA remains.

Before the talks, Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, who is also a chief delegate from our side to the talks, was authorized to convey with a due respect to U.S. State Secretary Pompeo a personal letter sent from Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK Kim Jong Un to President Trump.

Chairman Kim Jong Un expressed his expectation and conviction that good personal relations forged with President Trump and his sentiments of good faith built towards the latter at the Singapore summit and talks would be further consolidated through the process of future dialogues such as high-level talks this time.

But, the U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks.

The U.S. side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war. It took the position that it would even backtrack on the issue it had agreed on to end the status of war under certain conditions and excuses.

As for the issue of announcing the declaration of the end of war at an early date, it is the first process of defusing tension and establishing a lasting peace regime on the Korean peninsula, and at the same time, it constitutes a first factor in creating trust between the DPRK and the U.S. This issue was also stipulated in Panmunjom Declaration as a historical task to terminate the war status on the Korean peninsula which continues for nearly 70 years. President Trump, too, was more enthusiastic about this issue at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks.

The issues the U.S. side insisted on at the talks are all roots of troubles, which the previous administrations also had insisted on to disrupt the dialogue processes, stoke the distrust and increase the danger of war.

The U.S. side, during the talks, made a great publicity about suspension of one or two joint military exercises. But suspension of one action called exercises is a highly reversible step which can be resumed anytime at any moment as all of its military force remains intact in its previously-held positions without scraping even a rifle. This is incomparable with the irreversible step taken by the DPRK to explode and dismantle the nuclear test ground.

The results of the talks can’t but be so apprehensive.

We thought that the U.S. side would come with a constructive proposal which accords with the spirit of the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks. But expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be foolish.

Conventional ways can never create new things. Treading on trite stereotype of all the failure would invite another failure only.

Valuable agreement was reached in such a short time at the Singapore summit talks first ever in the history of the DPRK-U.S. relations. This is attributable to the fact that President Trump himself said he would move towards resolving the DPRK-U.S. relations and the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a new way.

If both sides at the working level reneged on the new way agreed at the summit and returned to the old way, the epoch-making Singapore summit would be meaningless, which was held thanks to the determinations and wills of the two top leaders to open a new future for the interests of the two peoples and peace and security of the world.

The first DPRK-U.S. high-level talks this time brought us in a dangerous situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust between the DPRK and the U.S.

In the last few months, we displayed maximum patience and watched the U.S. while initiating good-will steps as many as we can.

But, it seems that the U.S. misunderstood our goodwill and patience.

The U.S. is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that the DPRK would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, the demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset.

A shorter way to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula is to remove deep-rooted mistrust and build up trust between the DPRK and the U.S. For this, both sides should be bold enough to be free from old ways which had only recorded failures and resolve the problem in a fresh manner which is never bound by the existing ways. A shortcut to it is also to take a step-by-step approach and follow the principle of simultaneous actions in resolving what is feasible one by one while giving priority to creating trust.

But, if the U.S., being captivated in a fidget, tries to force upon us the old ways claimed by the previous administrations, this will get us nowhere.

If the objective situation does not stand in favor of the denuclearization against our wills, this would rather cast a heavy cloud over the atmosphere of developing bilateral relations which had shown its good movement in its beginning.

Should the headwind begin to blow, it would cause a great disappointment not only to the international society aspiring after global peace and security but also to both the DPRK and the U.S. If so, this will finally make each side seek for another choice and there is no guarantee that this will not result into yet another tragedy.

We still cherish our good faith in President Trump.

The U.S. should make a serious consideration of whether the toleration of the headwind against the wills of the two top leaders would meet the aspirations and expectations of the world people as well as the interests of its country. -0-

NK NewsNorth Korean criticism of U.S. attitude part of Pyongyang’s “strategy”: Moon

The words may be discouraging, but the actions seem to be encouraging…

North Korean test site dismantling in line with Singapore commitments: Pompeo

38 NorthNorth Korea Begins Dismantling Key Facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

Or not?…

Washington PostU.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles

Moon of AlabamaHawks Renew Their Attacks On North Korea Talks

ReutersTrump thanks Kim as North Korea hands over Korean War remains

Yonhap news AgencySeoul to begin process this year for inter-Korean transport links

The venom shall continue to be spat at others…

KCNA WatchKCNA Commentary Blasts Anti-DPRK and Anti-Chongryon Actions of Japan

Pyongyang, July 23 (KCNA) — Japan, a matchless political dwarf, showed again its childish appearance to the world.

At dawn of July 18, Japanese rogues shattered into pieces windows of Korean kindergarten in Tsurumi under the Kanagawa Prefectural Headquarters of the General Association of Korea Residents in Japan (Chongryon)…

…Enraged at the news of Japan samurais’ rude action, the army and people of the DPRK are now burning their hearts with revenge on island barbarians, the sworn enemy of the Korean nation.

ChosunilboKim Jong-un’s Plane Spotted in Vladivostok

APCIA: China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US

South China Morning PostSouth Korea scrambles jets to intercept Chinese warplane in its air defence territory

China military develops robotic submarines to launch a new era of sea power

Beijing launches live-fire drill to ‘test combat strength against Taiwan’

RTUS to bolster its Marines presence in Australia to tackle ‘China threat’

Tom LuongoTurkey is Getting off the U.S. Reservation

First Kim, then Putin, now Rouhani?…

FOX NewsTrump offers to meet with Iranian President Rouhani, without preconditions

Bourse & BazaarIran Says Talks With Trump Would be ‘Humiliation’

This amidst escalating rumors of war…

ABCDonald Trump could be ready to order a strike against Iran, Australian Government figures say

…and shit-stirring…

IndependentMike Pompeo announces US government to increase broadcasting in Iran while likening country’s rulers to the mafia

ReutersU.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran’s leaders

…and sabre-rattling…

Bloomberg (ISNA) – Iran Warns Trump Not to Threaten Country’s Oil Exports


Navy TimesUS military to keep Persian Gulf waterway open despite Iran threats

Jerusalem Post (Maariv) – Report: U.S. considering military options to keep strait of Hormuz open

Al MonitorIran’s Soleimani continues war of words with Trump

Evidently the earlier efforts to tone down the rhetoric are not working…

Netanyahu, Putin talk Iran before Helsinki summit

Iran supreme leader’s top aide in Moscow to ‘deliver message’

Jerusalem PostThe Putin-Trump news conference that made Netanyahu smile

Zero Hedge (@kann_news) – Leaked Netanyahu Tape: We Made Trump Cancel The Iran Deal

N.Y. TimesNetanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria

She loves me… she loves me not….

ReutersIsrael rejects Russian offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km from Golan – official

Elijah J. MagnierUS message to Assad: “We will pull out of al-Tanf and the North if Iran withdraws from Syria”

Us forces leaving al-Tanf…and Syria: Russia remains in the Levant

South FrontIran To Remain In Syria To Keep Israel Out: Top Official

ISIS Claims Four U.S. Service Members Killed In IED Attack In Deir Ezzor

Foreign PolicyRussian Jamming Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Troops in Syria

Al Masdar NewsJihadists set ablaze UN post in Golan Heights ahead of evacuation

HaaretzNine Syrian Soldiers Killed by Israeli Strike Near Aleppo, Report Says

Gaza Flare-up: 2 Palestinian Teens Killed, 4 Israelis Wounded After Widest Strikes Since ’14 War

Common DreamsAfter Warning of ‘Large and Painful Military Operation,’ Israel Begins Massive Bombing of Gaza

Consortium NewsGaza Flotilla Ship Al Awda Violently Seized by Israelis; USS Liberty Survivor Amongst Those Captured

Al JazeeraIsrael passes controversial ‘Jewish nation-state’ law

Jerusalem PostErdogan: ‘Hitler’s spirit’ lives in Israel’s Nation-State Law

Al MonitorTurkey and Israel spar over Jerusalem

Israel prepares for Assad’s return to the border

MEMRIIRGC Deputy Commander Salami On Qods Day 2018: ‘We Are Creating Might In Lebanon – Because We Want To Fight The Enemy From There With All Our Strength’

Moon of AlabamaSyria – OPCW Issues First Report Of ‘Chemical Weapon Attack’ in Douma

How a headline is chosen often depends on who does the choosing; note the same factual content in each of the following stories, yet the headlines support opposing narratives…

BBCSyria war: ‘Possible chlorine’ at Douma attack site – watchdog

SputnikOPCW Found No Trace of Nerve Agents in Syria’s Douma – Preliminary Report

Independent (Robert Fisk) – I traced missile casings in Syria back to their original sellers, so it’s time for the west to reveal who they sell arms to

Fars News AgencyYemeni Army Captures US Commander

ReutersSaudi Arabia halts oil exports in Red Sea lane after Houthi attacks

Middle East SoccerSaudi oil shipment halt: A potential watershed in the Yemen war

Washington TimesTrump administration sets sights on Libya’s oil reserves in behind-the-scenes power play

Al MonitorOil installations hit by protests in southern Iraq

World Socialist Web SiteUS-backed Iraqi government guns down protesting workers

Anadolu AgencyEthiopia: Head engineer of $4.8B dam project found dead

InterceptU.S. Secret Wars in Africa Rage on, Despite Talk of Downsizing

Daily MailBoys are forced to rape their MOTHERS and little girls are told witchcraft will allow them to catch bullets: UN report reveals mass rape and cannibalism in Congo war

Moon of AlabamaU.S. Negotiates Retreat From Afghanistan

ReutersSuicide bomber kills 128 in attack on Pakistani election rally

GefiraLarge scale riots in France, expect more to come.

Zero HedgeCo-Founder Of FEMEN Commits Suicide In Paris

Miami HeraldAs violent protests continue over gas prices, U.S. airlines cancel all flights to Haiti Saturday

teleSURBrazil: Lula Kept in Jail by Regional Court

GuardianNicaragua: Ortega blames ‘satanic sect’ for uprising against his rule

Oriental Review (Andrew Korybko) – Nicaragua’s 10-Military Training Deal Is Really A Pro-US Sell-Out

Strategic Culture (Finian Cunningham) – US ‘Super Spy’ Program May Explain Mysterious Diplomat Brain Injuries

Eurasia FutureJulian Assange Scores Major Legal Victory as Court Orders Safe Passage of Wikileaks Founder Out of Embassy

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Trump’s Regime Change: Soros-style

Madsen of late however seems to be OK with a Soros-style regime change – even by assassination – in the good ol’ US of A. This is his: Von Stauffenberg Group

Probably a good idea to avoid D.C. come August 10-12… Shut It Down D.C.

In other domestic U.S. news…

BloombergMueller Taps More Prosecutors to Help With Growing Trump Probe

Mueller Charges 12 Russians on Hacking Before Trump-Putin Summit

Consortium News (Joe Lauria) – Evidence Will Probably Never Be Produced in Indictments of ‘Russian Agents’

ForensicatorGuccifer 2.0 NGP/VAN Metadata Analysis

NGO Group? Francisco Partners? (see towards the bottom of our June 1, 2017 edition and specifically the link to Reuters 2/18/17)…

Guccifer 2’s West Coast Fingerprint

Unicorn RiotHackers on Planet Earth Convention Unlocks Digital Secrets in NYC

MotherboardTop Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States

WSJRussian Hackers Reach U.S. Utility Control Rooms, Homeland Security Officials Say

FOX NewsTony Podesta offered immunity to testify against Paul Manafort

True PunditMueller Plagiarizes Right-Wing YouTube Journalist’s Lawsuit Against Podesta in New Russian Indictments; DOJ’s Big Splash Appears Fabricated

PoliticoHouse conservatives prep push to impeach Rosenstein

The HillFormer FBI lawyer Lisa Page gets closed-door grilling from House Republicans

Consortium News (Ray McGovern) – Moon-Strzok No More, Lisa Page Spills the Beans

Daily Caller (Luke Rosiak) – Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’

ReutersAccused Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials

New York Daily NewsA look at Paul Erickson, alleged contact of accused Russian agent Maria Butina

Zero HedgePutin Claims U.S. Intelligence Agents Funneled $400 Million To Clinton Campaign – sic, $400,000

Clapper: Obama Was Behind The Whole Thing

N.Y. TimesCarter Page FISA Documents Are Released by Justice Department

American Digital NewsPeter Strzok, Mission Ridge, and Integrity Applications Incorporated

Big League PoliticsEXPOSED: Peter Strzok Grew Up In Iran, Worked As Obama and Brennan’s Envoy To Iranian Regime

WSJ (Kimberley Strassel) – Brennan and the 2016 Spy Scandal – mirrored at Zero Hedge

Consortium News (John Kiriakou) – The Case for Stripping Former Officials of their Security Clearances

NewsmaxStone: Dismissal of Lawsuit a ‘Crushing Defeat’ for Brennan, Clapper

BloombergMichael Cohen Prosecutors Get 12 Audio Recordings to Review

CNBCTrump lays into the Federal Reserve, says he’s ‘not thrilled’ about interest rate hikes

Sovereign ManIRS to revoke 362,000 passports from US citizens

Town Hall (Bob Barr) – Congress Colluded With IRS to Strip Citizens of Passports

WFTS (Tampa) – More than 450 people in Florida ordered to surrender guns months after new gun law took effect

Daily WirePolice Try To Take Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant. He Didn’t Let Them.

The Last RefugePresident Trump Grants Full Pardon for Dwight Hammond (76) and Steven Hammond (49) – Oregon Ranchers…

It’s Going DownJ20 Prosecutions Crumble: Down with the Courts, Up with Defiance

It’s getting ugly…

Brutal Oakland Murder Takes Place Amidst Backdrop of Far-Right Meetup and August 5th Berkeley Rally

Indy BayHundreds Rally for Nia Wilson, Black Girl Slain in Oakland by White Man at MacArthur BART

Chicago Sun TimesAuthorities identify man fatally shot by CPD officer in South Shore

The RootChicago Neighborhood Explodes After Officer Kills Popular Black Barber; Police Say He Was ‘Exhibiting Characteristics’ of an Armed Person

BreitbartRap Sheet: ***538*** Acts of Media-Approved Violence and Harassment Against Trump Supporters

Facebook Admits to Shadowbanning News It Considers ‘Fake’

Daily MailBBC airs report about Trump called ‘Is the President a Sex Pest?’ featuring new allegations from the 1980s and 90s

NBC NewsPowerful GOP Rep. Jim Jordan accused of turning blind eye to sexual abuse as Ohio State wrestling coach

Chicago TribuneWisconsin Badgers wrestler, nephew of Jim Jordan, killed in Illinois vehicle crash

Washington TimesNurse to stand trial in death of H.R. McMaster’s father

G.H.W. Bush’s cardiologist murdered in broad daylight. Bicyclist road rage or shall we add another to the Bush body count?…

ABC 13Dr. Mark Hausknecht identified as Houston cardiologist shot to death by gunman on bike

Houston ChroniclePolice release new photo, video of suspect in slaying of Houston doctor

PopulaBourdain Confidential

Though Alex Jones has walked backed his allegations of murder (saying now that Bourdain’s nose was a vacuum cleaner for cocaine), in his Infowars report of June 8, he brought up a Marrakesh connection between Bourdain and Elon Musk, plotting together there to expose elite pedophilia and whatnot. The subject has indeed been on Musk’s mind of late…

GuardianBritish cave diver considering legal action over Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack

Marrakesh has been a locale where a nexus of curious names seem to converge, including embattled (and now resigned, NYT July 5) EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, who was in Morocco in December of last year in a vaguely official capacity (Bloomberg May 2); Hannah Bronfman, who was married there last year (Brides, 30/5/17); and Sir Richard Branson, who held the fourth annual Blockchain Summit at his Kasbah Tamadot near Marrakesh in early July…

ForbesBeyond Blockchain: Richard Branson Faces Hard Realities Of Building A Borderless World

The names of Branson and Bronfman also converge on the NXIVM scandal…

CBCSeagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman charged in connection with alleged sex cult NXIVM

Also involved with the cult was Clare’s sister Sarah Bronfman. In a previously cited April 23 Frank Parlato article at Art Voice, we find an image of an inebriated Sarah and Sir Richard at a NXIVM seminar held on his Necker Island. Sister Hannah was apparently not involved with the cult, however a particular Instagram post of hers may arouse Pizzagaters: Order for pick up 🍕🍕🍕🍕.

Another island paradise…

Daily MailSun, sea, sand and sex cults: Inside the $47 million Fijian island paradise bought by billionaire Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman while she oversaw branding cult

Earlier stories on the sisters from 2010…

ObserverPoor Little Rich Girls: The Ballad of Sara and Clare Bronfman

Vanity FairThe Heiresses and the Cult

For the rest of us, we need not join a cult for sex abuse, we need only go to the airport…

Zero HedgeTSA Agents Can Now Grope Travelers Without Fear Of Pesky Lawsuits

(Коммерсант) – Mole Inside Russian Hypersonic Weapons Lab Smuggles Top Secret Files To West: Report

Defense BlogRussia for the first time shows assembly line of new nuclear-powered cruise missiles Jul 19, 2018 in Missiles & Bombs

Pentagon playing catch up with China in this field (see our August 31 2016 edition)…

Space NewsPentagon sees quantum computing as key weapon for war in space

Warrior MavenArmy Starts Prototyping “Breakthrough” Iron Man Exoskeleton for 2030s & 2040s

Idaho StatesmanINL specialists left plutonium in their car. In the morning, it was gone

Free Thought ProjectDocuments Reveal Two US Soldiers Overheard Plot To Kill JFK—and Were Committed After Reporting It

InterceptWilderness of Mirrors


The good news of the month is that the bad news we anticipated last month did not happen, with the European Parliament voting 318 to 278 against the copyright reform Articles 13 and 11. This is only a temporary respite however…

Electronic Frontier Foundation: A Key Victory Against European Copyright Filters and Link Taxes – But What’s Next?


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