Headlines of interest for April and May 2019 [updated]…

With two years of anticipation, Robert Mueller finally shoots his load. He misses the target, save for a few scattershot nicks and cuts…

ScribdThe Mueller Report

Eager to get out of Dodge, though not without a parting shot…

New York TimesMueller, in First Comments on Russia Inquiry, Declines to Clear Trump

Wall Street JournalDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Submits Resignation Letter

Now the turnabout…

Independent SentinelBarr’s Investigator John Durham Once Probed Mueller in a Shocking Case

There is much anticipation of arrests and indictments coming for very high VIPs of the previous administration, including even “The One” … We are not holding our breath, and would concur with Roger Stone; though not mentioning Barr’s history of cover ups, he observed the following on social media, May 28…

…Must say it sounds like the beginning of a cover-up to me. AG Barr has been reviewing the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign for weeks now. Not only has he tasked Durham with reviewing the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, but he has also enlisted the help of CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

This is problematic. Haspel is deeply involved in the British involvement in the spying on Trump arranged by her mentor Brennan. Wray is an apologist for the FBI’s excesses and Coats have [sic] the intelligence of a box of rocks.

President Trump must not be dissuaded in his demand for full declassification and Barr must be skeptical of the “help” of Haspel, Wray or Coats.

ABC NewsTrump gives attorney general Barr sweeping power to declassify intelligence in Russia probe review

Noteworthy that Barr’s role as gatekeeper came from his own initiative…

How the president granted the AG power to declassify documents: Analysis

…the attorney general reportedly asked the president for broad declassification authority to facilitate his review of the intelligence agencies’ involvement in the early stages of the Russia investigation, and be able to declassify certain aspects for the American people’s review.

The “certain aspects” will undoubtedly be carefully selected in such a way as to insure that the CIA comes out of this intact, even if it becomes necessary to sacrifice Brennan, along with Hillary’s “praetorian guard” in the FBI: Strzok, McCabe, Comey, etc…

Real Clear Politics (CBS News) – Barr: “Republics Have Fallen Because Of Praetorian Guard Mentality”

(Charles Lipson) – ‘A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall’ on Obama’s Bad Cops and Spies

It remains to be seen whether the hard rain will penetrate “The Hammer”…

American ReportHAMMERTIME: BAKER BURIED WHISTLEBLOWER MONTGOMERY’S TRUMP SURVEILLANCE EVIDENCE THEN SUDDENLY “REMEMBERED” FBI HAD IT

Meanwhile, across the pond… [scroll down a ways for more headlines on this matter]

Consortium NewsAssange Indicted Under Espionage Act on 17 New Counts

How Q spins these stories together… (archived at Qmap #3341)

Julian Assange Is under Protection; He Is the Key to the DNC Data Leak and Seth Rich Murder
Q
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23 May 2019 – 10:01:32 PM
>>6572364 (/pb)
Under protection.
Threat is real.
Key to DNC ‘source’ ‘hack’ ‘187’.
Q

It is not Assange that is under protection, it is rather that old stand-by, “sources and methods” – which could simply be defined as anything embarrassing to “The Company”. The CIA treats the trafficking of information much as it handles the trafficking of cocaine – control the monopoly by putting the competition in prison. Thus it puts Assange in jail, while letting Barr take the selective reigns as leaker in chief.

BloombergBarr’s Review of FBI ‘Spying’ on Trump Campaign Has Wide Reach

Zero HedgeBarr Forms Team To Investigate FBI Malfeasance During 2016 Election

Trump Orders FBI, CIA To “Fully Cooperate” With Barr; Grants “Full And Complete Authority To Declassify”

A question arises, however; will Barr protect the foreign agencies from embarrassment? The original announcement to declassify had been postponed by Trump in deference to others in the 5 Eyes alliance, particularly the UK. Will Barr continue to respect their wish to be sparred the embarrassment? Something Q notes of interest (at Qmap #3339 and #3343): GCHQ head Robert Hannigan had resigned only two days into the Trump presidency, amid suggestions that it was related to the sharing of intelligence concerning Trump (Guardian Jan. 23, 2017)

Trump Targets UK, Australia And Ukraine Over ‘Greatest Hoax In The History Of Our Country’

NYT: The Tables Have Turned — Time To Investigate The FBI, Steele And The Rest Of The ‘Witch Hunters’

Among them Stefan Halper…

Daily Caller (Chuck Ross) – Steele Identified Russian Dossier Sources, Notes Reveal

Barr Reportedly Working Closely With CIA To Review Russia Probe Origins

Recently Barr was in El Salvador, a country with which he has some familiarity, going back to his days with Southern Air Transport, whose Contra supplying flights originated in the Ilopango air base in El Salvador…

FOX News AG Bill Barr tells Fox News public must know if officials ‘put their thumb on the scale’ in Russia probe

Dispute erupts over whether Brennan, Comey pushed Steele dossier, as DOJ probe into misconduct begins

TelegraphTheresa May’s spy chiefs were briefed on explosive Christopher Steele dossier before Donald Trump

How former MI6 spy Christopher Steele revealed dossier details to old friend from espionage world

The Hill (John Solomon) – Steele’s stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election

ReutersBritish ex-spy will not talk to U.S. prosecutor examining Trump probe origins: source

Russia Insider2015 Email to John Podesta Reveals Plot To ‘Slaughter Trump’ by Linking Him to Putin and Russia

New York TimesF.B.I. Sent Investigator Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016

Consortium NewsThe Tale of a ‘Deep State Target’

One America News (Youtube) – Papadopoulos: Mueller wanted to charge me as an agent of Israel

George Webb (Youtube) – April 2nd, 2019. Late Breaking – Priestap Testimony, Low Intensity In Negev, and Imran’s Hacking Bag

Gateway PunditPAPADOPOULOS DROPS BOMBSHELL: UK Was Working With Obama in Spying on Trump Campaign (VIDEO)

AGT International – The Clinton Foundation Scandal Worse Than Uranium One – Covered Up by FBI/DOJ Before 2016 Election

RTNXIVM sex cult’s alleged illegal political contributions reportedly went to Hillary Clinton

Sara CarterSenate Leaders Want Information On ‘Highly Classified’ FBI Memo About Clinton

The New Yorker (Jane Mayer) – In the Mueller Report, Erik Prince Funds a Covert Effort to Obtain Clinton’s E-mails from a Foreign State

Judicial WatchFBI Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Found in Obama White House

Judicial Watch Uncovers ‘Cover-Up’ Discussions in Latest Production of Clinton Email Documents

Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Roger Stone Raid Documents

RTUS court sentences Russian gun activist Maria Butina to 18 months in jail

BBCA Russian honeytrap for Gen Flynn? Not me…

See also Svetlana Lokhova’s April 7 thread on Twitter: @RealSLokhova

But the text of her lawsuit takes the cake…

Zero Hedge‘Ratfu*ker And Spy’ Stefan Halper Sued By Cambridge Academic Smeared As Flynn’s ‘Honeypot’

“Stefan Halper is a ratfucker and a spy, who embroiled an innocent woman in a conspiracy to undo the 2016 Presidential election and topple the President of the United States of America,”…

The Hill (John Solomon) – How the Obama White House engaged Ukraine to give Russia collusion narrative an early boost

Ukrainian to US prosecutors: Why don’t you want our evidence on Democrats?

Joe Biden’s 2020 Ukrainian nightmare: A closed probe is revived

BreitbartPeter Schweizer: Joe Biden ‘Steered $1.8 Billion’ to Ukraine While His Son Bagged ‘Sweetheart Deal’ from Their Government

Real Clear InvestigationsNew Peter Schweizer Video Series Looks at Biden and Son: Government Accountability Institute

Kyiv PostLeaked memo shows prosecutors accuse Biden of getting ‘unlawful benefit’

With this we segue to international news…

RTTaxes of Ukraine’s Poroshenko show his income jumped 10,000% thanks to Rothschild Trust

He’s out, Zelinskii wins in a 73% to 27% landslide…

The SakerThe Ukrainian elections – a short preview of the coming attraction (UPDATED)

Live Leak (FT) – Kolomoisky Orders Bugsy to Bankrupt Ukraine

Fort RussZelensky admits: It’s impossible for Ukraine to break economic ties with Russia

OSCE: The intensity of shelling in the Donbas has doubled – Reality vs. Zelensky

Moscow TimesNew Ukrainian President Zelenskiy Takes Office, Calls to End War in East

Goose-stepping chickens to come home to roost…

Mint Press News (Whitney Webb) – FBI: Neo-Nazi Militia Trained by US Military in Ukraine Now Training US White Supremacists

World Beyond WarU.S. and NATO Buildup in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia And U.S. Military Bases and Exercises in Africa

Voltairenet (Manlio Dinucci) – Rand Corp: how to destroy Russia

Dances With BearsCIA DEPUTY DIRECTOR LIES TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, SHOWING HIM FAKE PHOTOGRAPHS ALLEGED TO BE FROM THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT OF DUCKS AND CHILDREN POISONED BY A RUSSIAN SPY OPERATION IN SALISBURY ON MARCH 4, 2018 – AND THE NEW YORK TIMES REFUSES TO CORRECT ITS RECORD

True PublicRogue State? – Britain railing against international norms and laws

Irish ExaminerUK Apache helicopters head to Estonia as deterrent to Russia ‘threat’

ReutersSerbia places forces on alert after Kosovo police operation in Serb-populated north

Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, UN arms research chief says

National InterestThis Might Be Where the Very First Total Nuclear War Starts

Wall Street JournalU.S. Says Russia Likely Conducting Low-Yield Nuke Tests, Defying Test Ban Treaty

Fort RussNATO to adopt new military strategy because of supposed Russian ‘nuclear threat’

Defense One (Anatoly Antonov) – America, You’re Not Listening to Us

POTUS admits he is hostage to MIC…

CNS NewsTrump: ‘You Do Have a Military-Industrial Complex. They Do Like War.’

“I said, I want to bring our troops back home — the place went crazy… you have people here in Washington, they never want to leave. I said, you know what I’ll do, I’ll leave a couple hundred soldiers behind, but if it was up to them they’d bring thousands of soldiers in.

Someday people will explain it, but you do have a group, and they call it the military-industrial complex.

They never want to leave, they always want to fight…”

BBCUS to send 1,500 extra troops to Middle East amid tensions

Meanwhile, “our adversaries” are building…

RTOn track: Russia & China start laying railway across Amur River bridge

Which only exacerbates the neocon urge to destroy – via proxy, if convenient…

5,000 terrorists amassed in Afghanistan close to CIS border – Russian FSB chief

WABEPresident Trump Called Former President Carter To Talk About China

Global TimesChina to be offered Russia’s ‘best warplane’ Su-57

ReutersTrump laments military spending by U.S., China and Russia, floats deal idea

He’s got a Nat-Sec team to kill that idea…

Pompeo calls on NATO to adapt to new threats from Russia, China

BloombergBolton Tests His Boundaries and Trump’s Patience in Growing Role

Consortium News (Patrick Lawrence) – Trump & the Bolton-Pompeo Axis

Press TV (National Interest) – Trump Considering Replacing John Bolton: Report

KCNA Watch (Rodong Sinmun) – U.S. Military Drill Aims at Ratcheting Up Situation on Korean Peninsula

Yonhap News AgencySpeculation mounts over N. Korea’s rocket site activity amid stalled denuclearization talks

38 NorthNorth Korea’s Newest Ballistic Missile: A Preliminary Assessment

Korea HeraldBolton says N. Korea missile tests violated UN resolutions

@realDonaldTrump (Twitter) – North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?

ReutersSpanish court returns stolen material to North Korea embassy: judicial source

NK NewsMystery group linked to North Korean embassy break-in says “major event” coming

…In a statement by the Cheollima Civil Defense group, also known as “Free Joseon,” released on its website at 2225 UST, the organization promised to work for the “dismantlement of prison camps” in North Korea and support “reform and opening” in the country.

“We are currently preparing for a major event,” a Korean-language statement said. “Until then, we will keep silent like the calm before the storm.”…

The Cheollima Civil Defense organization first emerged in March 2017 following the death of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam.

Their first public appearance came in a video featuring Kim Jong Nam’s son Kim Han Sol, with an accompanying statement saying that they were protecting Kim and his family.

They reemerged early this year, declaring the establishment of the “Free Joseon” government in exile and appearing to claim responsibility for a recent incident in which the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur was vandalized.

Last week, just hours after Spanish authorities named the U.S.-based human rights activist Adrian Hong as having led a break-in at the North Korean embassy in Madrid on February 22, the group took responsibility for the break-in.

U.S. makes first arrests in North Korean embassy raid case

A statement carried on the website of Free Joseon — the group that last month claimed responsibility for a raid on the DPRK embassy in the Spanish capital — expressed “dismay” at the decision…

Madrid will purportedly seek the extradition from the U.S. of the ten suspects, including Adrian Hong Chang and the Americans and South Koreans, and it remains unclear what, if any, criminal complaints have been filed by the North Korean government, as the Friday statement by Free Joseon’s attorney appears to suggest…

Friday saw the Washington Post report [April 19 WaPo], citing sources, that federal authorities had raided Hong’s home, as well as taken into custody Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. marine tied to the group.

U.S. authorities step up manhunt for North Korean embassy break-in ringleader

Kim Yo Jong potentially demoted from politburo position, state media suggests

North Korea calls on Trump to drop Pompeo as top DPRK-U.S. negotiator

The relationship between Kim and Trump however is still said to be good…

Korean Central News AgencyU.S. Secretary of State Slammed

Pyongyang, April 18 (KCNA) — Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the Department of American Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, gave the following answer to a question raised by the KCNA on Thursday as regards the fact that Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of the State, is letting loose reckless remarks and sophism of all kinds against us every day:

In his historic policy speech at the First Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly, Comrade Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has clarified the principled stand on the DPRK-U.S. relations and settlement of the nuclear issue and said he would wait in patience till the end of this year to see whether the United States makes a courageous decision or not.

Everyone has a clear interpretation of his speech which says that the U.S. should change its way of calculation and come up with responsive measures before the end of this year. Just at this time, only Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of the State, is talking nonsense that its meaning is to finish the working level negotiation between the DPRK and the U.S. by the end of the year, which subjects him to public ridicule.

We cannot be aware of Pompeo’s ulterior motive behind his self-indulgence in reckless remarks; whether he is indeed unable to understand words properly or just pretending on purpose. However, it is a very dangerous situation if he really did not grasp the meaning.

If his behavior is intended, I think it is none other than silly calculation to be free from the constraint that the U.S. should make a move until the end of the year, misrepresenting the meaning of our requirement as the finalization of the working level negotiation by the end of the year by help of his talented skill of fabricating stories like a fiction writer.

As our Chairman of the State Affairs Commission has clarified, the U.S. cannot move us one iota by its current way of thinking.

In his previous visits to Pyongyang, Pompeo was granted audiences with our Chairman of the State Affairs Commission for several times and pleaded for the denuclearization. However, after sitting the other way round, he spouted reckless remarks hurting the dignity of our supreme leadership at Congress hearings last week to unveil his mean character by himself, thus stunning the reasonable people.

I would like to take this opportunity to make clear once again to Pompeo the meaning of the stand towards the U.S. clarified by our Comrade Chairman of the State Affairs Commission in his policy speech.

The meaning is that the U.S. should get rid of the root cause that pushed us into a nuclear state and obstacles on the way to denuclearization by its own hands; otherwise no one can predict how the situation on the Korean peninsula will turn out.

While Pompeo is fabricating stories after his own taste and trying to raise his publicity stunt at the sacrifice of the DPRK-U.S. relations as a whole, it is fortunate that the personal relationship between our Chairman of the State Affairs Commission and President Trump is on good terms as usual and our Chairman is pleased to get on well with President Trump.

Hanoi summit gives us a lesson that whenever Pompeo pokes his nose in, the talks go wrong without any results even from the point close to success. I am afraid that, if Pompeo engages in the talks again, the table will be lousy once again and the talks will become entangled.

Therefore, even in the case of possible resumption of the dialogue with the U.S., I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo but other person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us. -0-

Bolton also gets a well deserved tongue lashing…

Answer by First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of DPRK

Pyongyang, April 20 (KCNA) — Choe Son Hui, first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA on April 20, in the light of the fact that John Bolton, national security adviser of the White House, gave himself airs with his own remarks on the 3rd round of DPRK-U.S. summit:

Bolton, national security adviser of the White House, in an interview with Bloomberg on April 17, showed above himself by saying such a nonsense that the U.S. needs to see a real indication from north Korea that it has made a strategic decision of giving up its nuclear weapons before the 3rd DPRK-U.S. summit and that it should be ready to discuss what President Trump talked on a “Big Deal”.

As it was before, we have never expected that adviser Bolton would ever make a reasonable remark. For all that, if he is a White House national security adviser, he should at least have understood about what kinds of substantive communications are made between the top leaders concerning the 3rd round of summit before he had ever opened his mouth.

But Bolton’s remarks make me wonder whether they sprang out of incomprehension of the intentions of the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. or whether he was just trying to talk with a certain sense of humor for his part, with its own deviation. All things considered, his word has no charm in it and he looks dim-sighted to me.

In this remark of Bolton, I can hardly find the tact and logic of the American style so common in American lingo.

I warn you that it would do yourself no good if you continue to throw away such remarks devoid of discretion and reason. -0-

Yonhap NewsN. Korea replaces top official involved in negotiations with U.S.

Arirang (Chosun Ilbo) – N. Korea carries out purge following Hanoi summit

Korea HeraldCheong Wa Dae cautious about reports of N. Korea’s post-Hanoi purge

NK NewsNorth Korea, Russia to deepen ties and cooperation: KCNA

North Korean foreign ministry delegation en route to Syria, Iran: KCNA

Global TimesChina to play vital role in third NK-US summit: expert

Washington Free BeaconSatellite Photos Show Chinese Anti-Satellite Laser Base

Maritime ExecutiveChina Tests Laser Weapon Similar to U.S. Navy Prototype

BloombergPhilippines Alarmed by Roughly 200 Chinese Ships Near Disputed Island

South FrontRadicals, Provocateurs, Fake News And Anti-Chinese Slogans: Riots Rock Indonesian Capital

South China Morning PostUS approves F-16 support for Taiwan in face of pressure from Beijing

Defense PostMissing Japan F-35 stealth fighter jet crashed into sea, Self Defense Force says

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – US Exposes Indian Lies Over F-16 “Downing”

Intelligence OnlinePakistan’s ballistic experts go to Riyadh

Anadolu AgencyIndia-Pakistan war would be ‘nuclear Armageddon’

ThereAreNoSunglassesPakistan Reels Under Series of Proxy Attacks In Past Week, Balochistan Primary Target BLA/TTP

Taliban Claim Bomb Assault On US NGO “Counterpart International” Because It Is Funded By USAID

Afghan Peace Talks Shut-Down By Taliban Or Qatar?

Press TVTerror groups seek to ‘contaminate’ Iran-Pakistan ties: Ayatollah Khamenei

RTIranian President Rouhani declares joint border ‘reaction force’ with Pakistan

Antiwar (Tolo News) – $7 Billion in Equipment Looted From Former US Base in Afghanistan

MuraselonTaliban claims it shot down US B-52 strategic bomber in Afghanistan

Economic TimesUS military allegedly promoting ISIS in Afghanistan

Intercept (Alex Emmons) – Secret Report Reveals Saudi Incompetence and Widespread Use of U.S. Weapons in Yemen

Virtually every one on the left and right (but for the small cadres of neocon vermin) wanted Trump to sign the defund Saudi bloodbath in Yemen bill. He vetoed it, further indication that likely, as we have reported (Compromised by Candid Camera), he is being blackmailed…

Daily Caller (Noah Wall) – It’s Time For President Trump To Get America Out Of Yemen

International Criminal CourtICC judges reject opening of an investigation regarding Afghanistan situation

RT‘Major international victory’: Trump cheers ICC decision not to probe US atrocities

CounterpunchDiego Garcia: The “Unsinkable Carrier” Springs a Leak

SputnikGo West! British Navy Сhief Сonfirms Iraq War WMDs Сharade

The current charade…

The HillTrump labels Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terror group

L.A. TimesNetanyahu says Trump named Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group at his request

Press TVIran puts US forces in West Asia region on its terror blacklist

Al MonitorTrump administration accuses Iran of potential new nuclear violations

US cuts Iran oil waivers in move to force Tehran out of nuclear deal

Seeking a thaw in relations? (Zarif had made a similar proposal, with no response, six months ago)…

US offers cautious response to Zarif call for prisoner swap

Trump admin vows US won’t be ‘hostage’ to ‘nuclear blackmail’ from Iran

Trump to Iran: Call me

Rocket strikes Baghdad’s Green Zone

Democrats have been making something of a show of opposition to Trump’s hawkish, if equivocating, bent towards Iran; when it comes to the actual casting votes on the question of war and peace, however, the neocons can count on a few key members to switch sides, to relinquish their constitutional mandate over war powers to the executive and his bloodthirsty advisers…

Congress forgoes Iran war restrictions to save anti-Assad bill

And so the stage is being set…

ReutersIran says ready for U.S. waivers end, as Guards threaten to shut Hormuz

Press TVIran quadruples production of 3.67% enriched uranium: AEOI

ABC NewsNew concerns Trump administration may be laying legal groundwork for military action against Iran

The neocons squabble among themselves over how hard-ass to be…

BloombergFresh U.S. Divide on Iran Emerges Over Expiring Nuclear Waivers

Yet they are pussy-whipped when it comes to the prospect of Saudi nukes…

First Images of Saudi Nuclear Reactor Show Plant Nearing Finish

FOX NewsIran’s top general tells Iraqi militias to prep for ‘proxy war’ amid US-Iran tensions

21st Century WireU.S. Embassy Staff Told to Leave Iraq as War Rhetoric Aimed at Iran Intensifies

Al Masdar NewsBritish special forces join US strike group against Iran

CBS News4 B-52s deploying to Middle East amid threat of “possible attack”

AxiosIsrael passed White House intelligence on possible Iran plot

RTNATO ally Spain pulls warship from US strike group ‘to avoid being dragged into conflict with Iran’

The DriveOil Tankers Supposedly Attacked In Persian Gulf As U.S. Carrier Group Approaches

ThereAreNoSunglasses2 Saudi Tankers Suffer Heavy Damage In UAE “Sabotage” Incident, Which Dubai Calls “Fake News”

Gulf Tankers Attack Just Another “False Flag” Provocation?

US Reports of “Explosives” and “Sabotage” At Fujairah Unsupported By Visual Evidence

France, UK and U.S. Navies Rehearse Underwater Sabotage/Defense, One Month Before UAE Sabotage, In Artemis Trident 19 Wargames

Elijah J MagnierFrom Karbala to al-Fujairah: an act of sabotage may end prospects of a summer war in the Middle East

Wall Street JournalU.S. Says Iran Likely Behind Ship Attacks

Al ArabiyaSaudi energy minister: Pipeline booster stations hit by explosive-laden drones

Saudi paper Okaz suggests Tehran and its allies want to bomb Mecca…

Mint Press NewsHouthis, Yemeni Army Deny Saudi Allegations of Attempted Missile Attack Near Mecca

Veterans TodayIran: “We can Turn an Aircraft Carrier into a Submarine in Seconds”..Just Test Us

Arab NewsChina calls halt to Iran oil orders

SputnikIndia Terminates Iran Oil Imports – Envoy to US

April 24 in NYC…

Asia SocietyIran: Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif (Complete)

Domestic U.S. mainstream media characteristically salivates with the whiff of war on the horizon…

FAIRMedia Setting Up Iran as New ‘Threat’ That Must Be Confronted

Trump says it’s “fake news”…

New York TimesWhite House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War

But twice already he bought into this fake news…

Fort RussHERE WE GO AGAIN: US says it has found signs of use of chemical weapons in Syria

Which illustrates that if war happens, it can be sparked anywhere, by virtually anything without regard to veracity (given the American proclivity to launch war on the flimsiest of pretense), and then quickly spread throughout the entire region of the Middle East (and beyond)…

Asia TimesSyria leases Mediterranean port to Iran

AntiwarUS Carries Out First Airstrikes With F-35 in Iraq

In a First, Israel Presents Gaza Airstrike as Retaliation for Cyberattack

21st Century Wire (Al Masdar) – Israel’s IDF Bombs Over 70 ‘Terrorist Targets’ in New Raid on Gaza

South FrontIsrael Strikes ‘Iranian Targets’ In Homs. Only Syrian Missile Launcher Found To Be Destroyed

teleSURIsraeli Air Force Strikes Syrian City Masyaf

Press TVIsrael attacks Syria’s defenses in SW, killing soldier

Al Masdar NewsISIS catches Syrian Army by surprise to capture mountain area near Raqqa border

Turkish Army, rebels launch simultaneous attack against Syrian Army, YPG troops in northern Aleppo

Al MonitorSyria Pulse US to ask Syrian Kurds to let Turkish forces through the door

Newsbud (Sibel Edmonds) – Breaking- Russia Provides Turkey with Needed “Justification” to Back Down from S-400 Deal While Saving Face!

Turkey-Syria-Russia: Finish Line & Turning Point

Times of IsraelTrump says he made snap decision on Golan after history crash course

Middle East MonitorIsrael to house 250,000 settlers to occupied Golan Heights

Israel launches massive recruitment drive for social media warriors

HaaretzFacebook Busts Israeli Campaign to Disrupt Elections in African, Asian and Latin American Nations

SputnikGerman Ex-Spy Chief: Mossad Behind Video Leak That Led to Austria Gov’t Collapse

The TimesIsrael: US ‘grand plan’ offers Palestinians cash to drop statehood

21st Century Wire (Patrick Henningsen) – Trump & Sons: Kushner’s ‘Deal of Century’ – Bribing Palestinians to Go Away

Middle East EyeHow the rule of the rabbis is fuelling a holy war in Israel

Geopolitics AlertSecret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion

Let us take this moment to remind of the “seven countries in fives years” plan that General Wesley Clark had revealed years ago (Global Research). The plan is running a dozen or so years behind, as Lebanon and Iran remain intact. Libya however is in shambles, as the civil war takes another round…

OilPrice.comNew Offensive Brings Libya To The Brink Of War

So much for the Marines’ Hymn…

The backstory to Hifter’s march on Tripoli

Al JazeeraLibya: Flight data places mysterious planes in Haftar territory

All Africa (VOA) – Libya: Airstrike on Tripoli Closes City’s Airport as Battle for Capital Rages

Maghreb ConfidentialThe Misratis take control in Tripoli

Haftar takes a small team to see King Salman

One of Haftar’s sons to meet Trump?

Wall Street JournalSaudi Arabia Promised Support to Libyan Warlord in Push to Seize Tripoli

Suspected U.A.E. Spy Found Dead in Turkish Jail

AntiwarSeveral of Khashoggi’s Killers Were Trained in US

ReutersEgypt withdraws from U.S.-led anti-Iran security initiative – sources

Indian Ocean NewsletterDJIBOUTI: Cargo ships get sucked into US-China trade war

All AfricaAl-Bashir Arrested, State of Emergency Declared in Sudan

ThereAreNoSunglasses (translation of Watanserb) – Saudis and UAE Responsible For Sudanese Rebellion, Taking Fight w/Qatar To Africa

Africa Energy IntelligenceAl-Bashir’s fall paves way for oil expert to take charge

Indian Ocean Newsletter‘The Fall of Political Islam’, Act One

Africa IntelligenceHemiti, kingmaker or future king?

President al-Bashir’s fall has weakened Ankara

RTTurkey must choose between remaining NATO partner or buying Russian S-400 – Pence

‘US must choose between Turkey and terrorists’: Ankara slaps Pence with counter-ultimatum

BloombergErdogan Says Russia Defense Deal ‘Done’ as Putin Urges More Ties

The Unz Review (Mike Whitney) – Trump’s Neocons See Erdogan as Their Ticket to a Region-Wide M.E. War

Hürriyet – Turkey launches “Operation Claw” in Iraq

SalonReporter Sharmine Narwani on the secret history of America’s defeat in Syria

Insurge Intelligence (Nafeez Ahmed) – Erdogan worked “hand in glove” with ISIS in Syria, claims former emir

Qaddafi tried this and soon was declared the new Hitler…

Channel News AsiaMalaysian PM Mahathir proposes new regional currency based on gold

Al JazeeraSri Lanka Easter bombings: Mass casualties in churches and hotels

The SunAIRPORT BOMB Colombo International Airport in Sri Lanka put on lockdown as six-foot pipe bomb found by air force after blasts kill 290

Alahed NewsSaudi Arabia Has, ‘Literally’, Sri Lankan Blood on Its Hands!

ThereAreNoSunglassesDark Forces Target Catholic Church, Hoping To Ignite Anti-Islam “Holy War”

Have Buddhist Militants Successfully Implicated Islamists In Anti-Catholic Sri Lankan Bombings?

SputnikBlaze Erupts at Jerusalem’s Historic al-Aqsa Mosque as Notre Dame Burns (VIDEO)

Le FigaroLes photos historiques de l’incendie de Notre-Dame de Paris

Ex-architect in cheif of Notre-Dame-De-Paris, Benjamin Mouton, is baffled: “the fire did not begin at a short circuit, at a simple point of origin. It must be a true calorific load at the outset to launch such a disaster. The oak is a wood particularly resistant.”…

Batiactu (also Youtube) – Notre-Dame : après l’incendie, “rien n’est fini” selon l’ex-architecte en chef

Le mystère sur les causes de l’incendie reste donc entier. Un expert du secteur de la construction, confie également son incompréhension auprès de Batiactu : “L’incendie n’a pas pu partir d’un court circuit, d’un simple incident ponctuel. Il faut une vraie charge calorifique au départ pour lancer un tel sinistre. Le chêne est un bois particulièrement résistant.”

Réseau InternationalIncendie de Notre-Dame : Un test vidéo montre que la thèse officielle de l’accident est dure à digérer

Leo Lyon ZagomiHaunting Figure at Notre Dame Cathedral fire could be a Knight Templar

EuronewsGilets Jaunes: 137 arrested in Paris as protesters clash with police

SputnikPolice Use Tear Gas as Clashes Erupt During Yellow Vests March in Paris (VIDEO)

The SakerYellow Vests get 1st game-changing win: A vote to stop denationalisation of airports

Off Guardian (David Studdert) – Tipping Point: The Gilets Jaunes are winning, what’s next?

BreitbartMogg: Theresa May Made ‘Active Choices’ to Stop Brexit, Will Be ‘Held to Account’

Tony Blair and George Soros conspire to manage Brexit…

West MonsterEU keep details of ‘discussions’ with Blair and Soros a secret

Zero Hedge“It Belongs To The People, Not The Bankers” – Italy Moves To Seize Gold From Central Bank

Marxist.comItaly: dockers strike against the imperialist war and win!

DWEuroskeptic, anti-immigrant parties team up for EU election

Daily WireEU Elections: Nationalists And Euroskeptics Are Here To Stay

This did not come about without a little help from NATO…

Consortium NewsHow the West’s War in Libya Spurred Terrorism in 14 Countries

In effect, they were unwittingly recruited as the new cadres of NATO’s secret armies. See Global Research about the old cadres, and this more recent publication…

Off Guardian (Antony C. Black) – Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA and the Mafia: Overview of the book by Paul L. Williams

Strategic Culture (Stephen Karganovic) – Mysterious Assassination Rocks the Serb Republic

ReutersSerbia places forces on alert after Kosovo police operation in Serb-populated north

West MonsterEU keep details of ‘discussions’ with Blair and Soros a secret

Humans Are FreeEuropean Royals Allegedly Killing Children in Human Hunting Parties — 4 Eyewitnesses Testify

Financial TimesBrazil’s rainforest warriors ready to battle Bolsonaro

Popular ResistanceNicaragua: The War Of 2018

ReutersEx-city police chief claims role in Venezuela drone attack

Blackwater founder’s latest sales pitch: mercenaries for Venezuela

 Internationalist 360° (translation of Misión Verdad) – Intervention in Venezuela: A Tour of US Military Bases in Curaçao and Aruba

SputnikFAA Prohibits US Air Operators from Flying Below 26,000ft Over Venezuela

GrayzoneUS Military Attack on Venezuela Mulled by Top Trump Advisors and Latin American Officials at Private DC Meeting

VenezuelanalysisGuaido Requests US Military ‘Cooperation’ to Oust Maduro as US Vessel Violates Venezuelan Waters

Moon of AlabamaVenezuela – Random Guyaidó’s New Coup Attempt Turns Out to Be A Dangerous Joke

teleSURWhy Was Guaido Barred from Holding Public Office for 15 Years?

Global ResearchThe Spontaneous “Military Coup” in Caracas was Meant to Fail?

(Stephen Lendman) – Pompeo Claims US Aggression Against Venezuela Would be Lawful

New York PostPompeo says Russia stopped Maduro from fleeing Venezuela

Global Research (translation of VTV) – Juan Guaidó Confesses Being Behind the Sabotage of Venezuela’s Electric System

ReutersBlackwater founder’s latest sales pitch: mercenaries for Venezuela

GranmaU.S. master plan to destroy Bolivarian Venezuela

South FrontRussian Nukes And Cuban Intelligence Threaten Venezuelan Democracy

Grayzone ProjectUS State Department publishes, then deletes sadistic Venezuela hit list boasting of economic ruin

Mint Press News (Whitney Webb) – How GMO Seeds and Monsanto/Bayer’s “RoundUp” are Driving US Policy in Venezuela

(Jeb Sprague and Alexander Rubinstein) – Who’s Behind the Pro-Guaidó Crowd Besieging Venezuela’s D.C. Embassy?

Consortium News (Ray McGovern) – ‘Turnkey Tyranny’ on the Streets of Washington

teleSURUS Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC

1,000 Israeli Soldiers To Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops, Police on Border Protection

RT‘Trolling Trump’? Pope donates $500k to help migrants trying to reach US

Breitbart1600 Migrants Released in One New Mexico City over 10 Days

Zero HedgeTrump Punts On Border Closure, Gives Mexico A Year To Stop Flow Of Drugs & Immigrants Into US

ReutersTrump vows rapid, high tariffs on Mexico unless illegal immigration ends

FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico

APHomeland Security Sec. Nielsen resigns amid border turmoil

Secret Service head Alles leaving, career official tapped

Defend WikiLeaksEcuador twists embarrassing INA Papers into pretext to oust Assange

RTWATCH Julian Assange dragged out of Ecuadorian embassy shouting ‘UK must resist’

Gateway PunditLeaked Assange Court Transcript Sheds Light on US-Backed Ecuadorian Expulsion Plans

Ecuadorian Government Websites Hacked and Taken Offline Over Julian Assange Arrest

Zero HedgeThe DOJ’s Entire Case Against Assange Hinges On This One Critical Piece Of Evidence

PoliticoAssange won’t face charges over role in devastating CIA leak

21st Century WireINTERVIEW: Joe Lauria explains Assange indictments and US Espionage Act

Consortium NewsWikiLeaks Expresses ‘Grave Concerns’ for Assange’s Health

(Elizabeth Vos) – Julian Assange’s Nightmarish Future

Assange to Extradition Court: ‘I Won’t Surrender to the US for Doing Journalism’

Caitlin Johnstone (Medium) – The US Government Won’t Care About Your Definition Of Journalism After The Assange Precedent Is Set

Greanville Post (John Pilger) – The Assange arrest is a warning from history

Intercept (James Risin) – Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say

ThereAreNoSunglassesWas Gift of IMF Loan To Ecuador the Motive For Assange Release?

Independent.ieEcuador arrests man alleged to have links to Assange at airport

Business InsiderAssange’s arrest was designed to make sure he didn’t press a mysterious panic button he said would bring dire consequences for Ecuador

The panic button?… https://file.wikileaks.org/file/

PolitcoAppeals court turns down Manning appeal over contempt in WikiLeaks probe

Assange is getting much attention, and indeed his case is unprecedented; but he is not alone. Wayne Madsen among others is coming under litigious duress…  https://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20190415_1

Wayne Madsen (Washington)
    The law firm for one of Donald Trump’s very good friends and top donors, who is also a prime subject of the Mueller investigation, has threatened me with a law suit. With Devin Nunes’s recent law suits against the Fresno Bee, McClatchy News, Twitter, and even a Twitter parody account for Nunes’s cow, we are seeing Trump’s longtime threats to sue journalists and other critics out of business coming to full fruition.
…As a survivor of attempted suits by those close to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, they, in comparison, now seem like minor occurrences.

Strategic CultureLatest ‘Dodgy Dossier’ Not Even Original in Context

TechCrunchHackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents

Daily CallerDocuments Detailing Google’s ‘News Blacklist’ Show Manual Manipulation Of Special Search Results

Press TVGoogle ‘disables’ Press TV’s YouTube account without prior warning

N.Y.TimesTracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc

Has it become obsolete?…

Wall Street JournalNSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program

The HillFacebook taps lawyer who helped write Patriot Act as new general counsel

National DefenseNEWS FROM ITEC: Army’s ‘Google Earth on Steroids’ to Include Inside of Buildings

GuardianUK businesses using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity

Education WeekSchools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming

MassPrivateIThe Feds 9,000 “Opportunity Zones” Will Allow Law Enforcement To Spy On 35 Million People

SHTFPlanWARNING: Widespread Facial Surveillance is an “Imminent Reality” – the report: America Under Watch – Face Surveillance in the United States

The Nation (Katie Fitzpatrick) – None of Your Business – The rise of surveillance capitalism.

How a musician and a hacker expose the surveillance industry…

C’tWie ein Musiker und ein Hacker die Überwachungsindustrie enttarnen – the website: Gallery of Surveillance

RT (Ben Swann) – ‘Dystopian approach’: SEC gives blessing to MasterCard’s idea of cutting off right-wingers

Human Rights WatchChina’s Algorithms of Repression – Reverse Engineering a Xinjiang Police Mass Surveillance App

BloombergU.S. Prosecutors Said Government Used FISA to Surveil Huawei

South China Morning PostHuawei founder Ren Zhengfei says clash with the US was ‘inevitable’

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – Why capturing Huawei is no victory in tech war

XinhuaChinese vice premier urges China-U.S. cooperation, vows no compromise on major principles

Nikkei Asian ReviewHow Xi Jinping’s colleagues rejected an ‘unequal’ trade deal

Zero HedgeXi Sends Trump A Message: Rare-Earth Export Ban Is Coming

Intelligence OnlineMichael Kuan fosters ties between US-Israeli tech industry and China

Interionet, former NSO team’s new offensive cyber firm

Mohammed bin Salman builds cyber-shield with Saudi Information Technology Company (SITC)

OneZeroIsrael’s Silent Cyberpower Is Reshaping the Middle East

Zero HedgeAn Unexpected Scandal Threatens To Cripple Amazon

BloombergVoting Machine Firms Add Lobbyists Amid Election Hacker Concerns

Mint Press NewsMicrosoft’s ElectionGuard a Trojan Horse for a Military-Industrial Takeover of US Elections

Organic PrepperREBELLION: Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and STATES Spring Up Across the Country

Information Clearing HouseTrump Moves To Withdraw U.S. From U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

BBC‘Asian female’ with malware arrested at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

N.Y. PostDA knew Jeffrey Epstein was a dangerous pedophile when arguing for leniency

Another curious aspect to William Barr’s biography…

Wayne Madsen ReportApril 4-5, 2019 — Another Trump Cabinet link to Jeffrey Epstein

Donald Trump’s problems vis a vis his relationship with convicted underage sex offender Jeffrey Epstein just got a bit worse. The former U.S. Attorney for South Florida, Alex Acosta, serves as Trump’s Secretary of Labor. Part of Acosta’s responsibilities include ensuring that federal laws against sex trafficking, including those involving minors, are adequately monitored for enforcement.

Acosta, as the chief federal prosecutor for South Florida, helped arrange the 2007 sweetheart federal and state of Florida secret non-prosecution agreement (NPA) for Epstein in return for his pleading guilty to two state solicitation of prostitution charges relating to a 14-year old girl. On April 3 this week a U.S. House Appropriations sub-committee called Acosta to account for his agreeing to the NPA, a deal that saw Epstein serve 13 months in a minimum-security wing of the Palm Beach County prison and his registration as a sex offender. If Acosta had prosecuted Epstein for violating federal crimes on trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation, the Wall Street billionaire could have been sentenced to life imprisonment…

There is another issue involving Epstein and a member of Trump’s Cabinet. After having left New York’s Cooper Union in 1971 and New York University in 1972 without graduating, Epstein was hired in 1973 to teach at the elite private K-12 Dalton School in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Barely out of his teens and without a college degree, Epstein was teaching mathematics, including calculus, and physics to students, who in many cases, were in the same age range as his future female sex abuse victims…

One might ask what school administrator in his or her right mind would hire a college dropout to teach math and physics to the children of some of New York’s wealthiest parents. The Dalton headmaster who hired Epstein was Donald Barr, who served as the school’s top administrator for a decade — from 1964 to 1974. Donald Barr’s son happens to be William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General, who also served as the Attorney General for George H. W. Bush…

Donald Barr worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, during World War II. Barr later taught English at Columbia University from 1955 to 1964. While at Columbia, Barr initiated the Columbia University Science Honors Program. The Columbia model honors program was adopted as a model by the National Science Foundation, a major research and development financial funnel used by the CIA. In 1959, Barr became the assistant dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia.

Donald Barr left Dalton in 1974 after a dispute with the school’s trustees arising principally from his hard-line approach on students using drugs. Barr then served as headmaster of the private Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York. The elder Barr also wrote book reviews for The New York Times.

After Barr’s son, William, graduated from Columbia in 1973 with a Master’s Degree in Chinese studies, he joined the CIA, where he worked until 1977. In 1977, William Barr received his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He eventually joined Ronald Reagan’s White House staff in 1982. Donald Barr worked at Columbia and Dalton during a time when the CIA had initiated a creative talent spotting program that mentored several private high schools and universities for future U.S. political leaders. Some of the financing for the program was laundered via a front called the Human Ecology Fund…

See the Powerbase entry for Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology

Ammo.comPrescription For Violence: The Corresponding Rise of Antidepressants, SSRIs & Mass Shootings

Ars TechnicaPurdue infiltrated WHO, manipulated opioid policies to boost sales, report finds

Chronicle of Higher EducationDuke to Pay $112.5 Million to Settle Scientific-Misconduct Lawsuit

Breitbart2016 Arizona Police Report: Cocaine Pipe Found in Car Rented by Joe Biden’s Son Hunter Biden, Authorities Declined to Prosecute

End of the American Dream100s Of Millions Of Dollars In Crops Destroyed By Flooding, And Farmers Are Being Told “There’s Nothing The U.S. Government Can Do To Help”

Zero HedgeBehold The Shit Map: Mapping San Francisco’s 132,562 Cases Of Human Feces

Cancer Cluster At California Elementary School Results In Removal Of Sprint Cell Phone Tower

Children’s Health DefenseThe Dangers of 5G to Children’s Health

Environmental Health TrustBrussels Belgium and Rome Municipality Oppose Wireless 5G Antennas

Activist PostPresident Trump, FCC Chairman, Ivanka Trump Promote Forced 5G Installation Despite Lawsuits, Municipal Opposition and No Studies Showing 5G Is Safe

Amazon to Launch 3200+ Satellites to Blast Harmful WiFi At Us Despite Expert Warnings About Excessive Amount of Dangerous Space Junk

Air Crap5G – S.M.A.R.T. = Secret Militarized Armaments in Residential Technology

Live ScienceThe Government Is Serious About Creating Mind-Controlled Weapons

N.Y. TimesA Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy

Recent spike in atmospheric ozone depleting agent CFC-11 coming from Shandong and Hebei provinces in northeastern China, in violation of Montreal Protocol of 1987…

NatureIncrease in CFC-11 emissions from eastern China based on atmospheric observations

MIT Technology ReviewChinese scientists have put human brain genes in monkeys—and yes, they may be smarter

Sky NewsRussian defence ministry claims troops are ‘trained to use telepathy in combat’

Updates on old news…

Free Malaysia TodayMalaysia wants evidence to show Russia shot down MH17

Veterans Today (Kevin Barrett) – Witness to World Trade Center “ghost visitors” (prepping controlled demolition?) goes on the record

Unz Review (Philip Giraldi) – Israel’s Role In 9/11

Intercept (Murtaza Hussain) – Israel Hated American Ban on Sharing Intel for Assassinations, So U.S. Made New Rules

Russia Insider (Laurent Guyénot) – Did Israel Kill Both Kennedy Brothers?

Unz ReviewThe CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s Is the Story of Our Times

MondoweissBritain says releasing a 1941 document about Palestine might ‘undermine security’

Project CensoredThe Deep State and the Doomsday Machine: A Conversation between Peter Dale Scott and Daniel Ellsberg

National Security ArchiveDeclassification Diplomacy: Trump Administration Turns Over Massive Collection of Intelligence Records on Human Rights and Argentina

Consortium News (Ivan Katchanovski) – The Buried Maidan Massacre and Its Misrepresentation by the West

Fort RussIran-Contra, MK-Ultra, the CIA Drug-Hustle & Chip Tatum’s Strange Internet Afterlife

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