Headlines of interest for August 2020 [Editor’s note: we have a few more items to digest, check for updates; see also our Minds page, evidently now requiring sign-in, our apologies]…

Al JazeeraDozens killed, thousands wounded in Beirut explosion: Live

AFP (Twitter) – #BREAKING Two explosions in Beirut port left dozens wounded: security sourceGustavo @Gu_rebel caught the second, larger explosion – also Rachael Venables @rachaelvenables

RTWATCH enormous Beirut blast from 15 synchronized camera angles as mystery surrounding its cause persists

NewsflareUnseen footage shows moment of Beirut explosion in 4K slow motion

BBCBeirut explosion: What we know so far

USA TodayTrump says massive explosion in Beirut appears to be an attack but local officials are still investigating

ReutersLebanon’s leaders were warned in July about explosives at port – documents

Lebanon sees possible ‘external interference’ in port blast

L’Orient-Le JourAoun évoque la possibilité d’un missile ou d’une bombe

Mehr News AgencyPossibility of US sabotage in ‌Beirut explosion

Richard SilversteinBREAKING: Israel Bombed Beirut

Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – Israel destroys East Beirut with a new weapon

Elijah J. MagnierThe Beirut Explosion: Who is responsible?

US-Israel meeting: When is the Hezbollah response expected?

Times of IsraelIsrael TV: Hezbollah apparently wanted Beirut’s ammonium nitrate for Israel war

Wayne Madsen Report – August 6-7, 2020 — There were two explosions in Beirut, one willful and the other an accident

WMR has learned that there were two explosions in the port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 5. The first explosion was caused by an Israeli special operations team that was targeting a Hezbollah arms depot in a warehouse at the port. However, the Israeli team failed to perform a survey of surrounding structures and it was unaware that 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored for the past seven years in a structure adjacent to the Hezbollah weapons warehouse. The first explosion was from the Hezbollah warehouse. The second and more devastating ammonium nitrate explosion and massive supersonic shock wave leveled the port of Beirut, killed hundreds, injured thousands, and caused severe damage throughout most of the city….

ThereAreNoSunglasses2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, 850 Tons Beyond MVRhosus Capacity

Noteworthy that the abandoned shipment of ammonium nitrate had arrived on September 20, 2013 -in the wake of Obama’s stand-down of overt military action in Syria. Pepe Escobar suggests that “moderate rebels” in Syria may have subsequently made use of this stockpile….

Asia Times (mirrored at Zero Hedge) – Who profits from the Beirut blast?

Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – Israel destroys East Beirut with a new weapon

South FrontDesperate Measures: Israel Deployed ‘Robot Soldier’ On Separation Line With Lebanon To Trick Hezbollah (Video)

ReutersFire breaks out at Iranian industrial area, no casualties: state TV

RudawIran strikes Kurdish opposition party base in Kurdistan Region territory

South FrontPro-Iranian Forces Attack US Convoys Withdrawing From Largest Base In Iraq

Al MonitorPro-Iran militias continue hitting military bases in Iraq

Iran arrests US-based leader of exile group

Exposure of Israel-UAE ties changes Middle East substantively

Agreement with UAE reveals Mossad chief’s ambitions

South FrontUAE And Israel Plan To Create Intelligence Bases On Yemen’s Socotra Island

A fly in the ointment…

Middle East EyeUAE cancels meeting with US and Israel over F-35 deal: Report

‘Nobody can see him’: Lawyers of detained Saudi prince sound alarm

Reliefweb Yemen: Women and children killed and injured in Khabb wa ash Sha’af District in Al Jawf Governorate

Press TVElliott Abrams — the worst choice for US special envoy for Iran

HaaretzKamala Harris: Biden White House Will Not Place Conditions on Aid to Israel

Al JazeeraIsrael carries out air strike on Gaza over balloon bombs, rockets

Palestine Post 24Gaza to plunge in full darkness in days

Times of IsraelSyria’s Assad briefly leaves parliament speech after ‘drop in blood pressure’

Al Masdar NewsMassive Turkish military convoy enters northwestern Syria after Russian airstrikes

Syrian Arab News AgencySyria condemns Turkish regime’s crime of cutting off water to Hasaka residents

Electricity Minister: Explosion on Arab gas pipeline leads to blackout in Syria- video

ThereAreNoSunglassesUS Special Forces Oil Company (Delta Crescent Energy) Looting Eastern Syria, Pillaging Oil

Turkish Gas Looting Spree Setting-Off Confrontation w/Greece, France, UAE, US

Malian Coup Leaders Special Forces Trained By Both Russian and US Militaries

Africa IntelligenceErdogan sets out to conquer Africa

New Zealand HeraldSouth China Sea: Beijing mobilises invasion craft along coast as Taiwan tensions escalate

ReutersChina protests U.S. spy plane watching drills

Wall Street JournalChina’s Xi Jinping Tightens Grip on Domestic Security Forces in First Broad Purge

Byline Times‘Death is Everywhere’Millions More Uyghurs Missing

Evidently the CCP has its own Qanon, and Pepe Escobar is its interpreter…

The SakerChina: everything proceeding according to plan

Japan TimesAbe’s resignation catches even Japan’s political insiders off guard

NK NewsRumors explained: Is Kim Jong Un really in a coma? Will Kim Yo Jong take over?

Yonhap News AgencyNK leader’s sister in control of key Workers’ Party unit, Seoul’s defense chief says

N. Korea broadcasts encrypted spy message on YouTube for first time – not so says NKNews

Global Research (Kira Zalan and Emmanuel Freudenthal) – Private U.S. Contractors Part of the ‘Kill Chain’ in East Africa “Anti-Terrorist Operations”

American Herald Tribune (Philip Giraldi) – American Troops to Leave Germany: Is It Goodbye or Just Auf Wiedersehen?

This should not be mistaken as a dovish move, however, as many of the troops have gone in the direction of Lebensraum

The DriveThe Pentagon To Beef Up Its Posture In Poland, Add 1,000 Troops

South FrontWhen A Missile Is A Message: Poland’s All-Encompassing “Information Ops” Doctrine

Euro-Atlanticists Prepare For War With Russia

ThereArenoSunglassesBelarus President Warns NATO Is Preparing Border Provocation

NBC NewsLukashenko says Belarus has deployed military on its western borders

The SakerPutin and Russia are facing a very serious crisis in Belarus

RTAlexey Navalny ‘in coma’ after falling ill on flight from Siberia, spokeswoman suspects Moscow protest leader’s tea was ‘poisoned’

Moon of AlabamaNavalny Was Not Poisoned

South FrontVenezuela’s Armed Forces Down Another Drug Plane With North American Registration (Photos)

Al MonitorUS government seizes control of websites allegedly involved in Iran-Venezuela oil deal

New York TimesU.S. Identifies Some of the Mysterious Seeds Mailed From China

AntiwarAs Trump Advances Ban, CIA Says No Evidence of TikTok Giving Data to China

Los Angeles TimesVisiting researcher at UCLA is arrested and charged with destroying evidence

WION (Lawrence Sellin) – Unless true origin of coronavirus is identified, another Chinese pandemic is in the offing

Professor Giuseppe Tritto claims to have identified that origin…

AsiaNews.it (Bernardo Cervellera) – Prof Tritto: COVID-19 was created in the Wuhan laboratory and is now in the hands of the Chinese military

The HillDOJ asks governors about coronavirus orders that may have resulted in nursing home deaths

c19studyGlobal HC Q studies. PrEP, PEP, and early treatment studies show efficacy, while late treatment shows mixed results.

One News Now (Bryan Fischer) – Fauci knew about HCQ in 2005 — nobody needed to die

Real Clear Politics (Steven Hatfill) – An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch – note Hatfill’s background as a falsely accused Anthrax bio-terrorist: WaPo 9/14/03 via UCLA

TASSRussia is first to register COVID-19 vaccine worldwide, Putin says

ABC8 (Richmond) – Virginia Health Commissioner says he’ll mandate a COVID-19 vaccine

WeblyfGerman Naturopathic Doctor wrote a Warning Letter about the coming Coronavirus Vaccine

Bulatlat (ROMEO F. QUIJANO, M.D.) – Hazards of the COVID-19 vaccine

Hidden in the CragCRISPR: Tests and Inoculations for ©¤^!d9+€€n

Global Research (Peter Koenig) – Agenda ID2020: The Diabolical Agenda within the Agenda. “Genetically Modified Humanity” – for what it’s worth, the provenance of the CIA “Funvax” video is disputed (Reuters) -though he resembles him, the speaker does not appear to be Bill Gates.

(Ron Paul Institute) – Anthony Fauci Is Out, “Sidelined” by Trump. Enter Dr. Scott Atlas to the Coronavirus Task Force

True PunditSpotlight Grows on Mysterious ‘Suicide’ of Dr. Fauci’s Right-Hand Man at NIAID; Dr. Judy Mikovits Says Top Scientist Was “Suicided” to Silence Him

RTPandemic profiteer: Jeff Bezos’ fortune skyrockets to nearly $200 BILLION

‘Famine of biblical proportions’ looms over humanity due to Covid-19, UN food chief warns

Truth BarrierRFK Jr Speaks To Massive Berlin Crowd at Historic Rally As Health Freedom Movement Breaks Its Chains: “I Look At This Crowd and I See The Opposite of Nazis”

Web of Debt (Ellen Brown) – From Lockdown to Police State: The “Great Reset” Rolls Out

21st Century WireFace-Pay? How COVID is Accelerating Facial Recognition Payment Systems

Unz Review (Philip Giraldi) – Managing the Narrative

American Intelligence MediaCoronavirus, QinetiQ, and the Rothschild Bombshell

Colombia Journalism ReviewJournalism’s Gates keepers

Continuing unrest in the U.S. As covered in our previous installment, Grand Master Jay of the Not Fucking Around Coalition gave a four week ultimatum (on July 25) for charges to be brought on the Breonna Taylor case, or else the NFAC would return to Louisville and ‘burn it down’… The wheels of justice go a bit slow, however, and while charges have yet to be brought, there has been some movement…

WLKY (Louisville) – FBI’s ballistics report in Breonna Taylor probe received by Attorney General Cameron

Making September 5 the day of reckoning…

NewsweekArmed Black Militia Returning to Louisville for Kentucky Derby

The UK version of the Not Fucking Around Coalition…

Daily MailWho are the ‘paramilitary-style force marching in the streets’? Anti-racism protesters wearing stab-vests are branded ‘terrifying’ by Nigel Farage as they demonstrate in Brixton – with one yelling ‘F*** the police’ as she confronts officers

Meanwhile, the unorganized miscellaneous fucking around clubs continue to be pawned across the nation…

Zero HedgeWatch: The Moment Secret Service Shoots Gun-Toting Man Outside White House

“They Would Have Killed Us” – Rand Paul Describes Attack By “Unhinged” Mob

Portland BLM ‘Revolutionaries’ Bring Guillotine Into Suburbs Where They Burn American Flags, Fling Poo And Demand Shelter

Gov Evers Declares ‘State Of Emergency’ As Wisconsin Braces For 3rd Night Of Violence

Kenosha Or Kosovo? Shocking Images Reveal Destruction After Race Riots Leave Buildings In Ruins

ABC 7 (Chicago) – Antioch teen Kyle Rittenhouse appears in court on murder charges for Kenosha protest shooting, lawyers say he acted in self-defense

Unz Review (Mike Whitney) – Rittenhouse

FOX69 arrested after ‘suspicious vehicles with out-of-state plates’ stopped on 4th night of protests in Kenosha

InfowarsTrump Supporter Shot Dead in The Street During Pro-Trump Rally in Portland

Oregon LiveMan under investigation in fatal shooting after pro-Trump rally allegedly took loaded gun to earlier Portland protest

The Post Millennial (Andy Ngo) – ‘I am 100% Antifa’: Alleged Portland shooter was previously arrested—and released—for bringing illegal loaded gun to a riot

Chicago TribunePolice shooting of Englewood man reignites political debate and looting as Mag Mile trashed, 13 cops injured, 2 people shot

FOX 32Chicago alderman says residents, businesses now looking to leave Magnificent Mile: ‘It’s really sad’

Gothamist49 People Shot In 72 Hours As Wave Of Gun Violence Continues In NYC

RTReports of shots fired at pro-Trump caravan in LA suburb, suspect on the run after standoff with police

WSOCTV (Charlotte NC) – Driver accused of shooting at Trump supporters along Fort Mill overpass

OCTheGreat TV (Youtube) – Armed coalitions of leftists and right wingers face off at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

American RiflemanMid-2020 Gun Sales Eclipse All of 2019 Sales

GuardianNew York attorney general sues to shut down NRA, alleging ‘brazen illegality’

Global Research (Mike Whitney) – Seattle’s “Bolshevik Revolution”

Spy-gate developments…

The HillIntelligence chief shifts election security briefings to written updates

Daily Caller (Chuck Ross) – Director Of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe Says He Has Filed Multiple ‘Crimes Reports’ Over Classified Leaks

Don’t count on the Durham prosecutions to target anyone much higher up than Kevin Clinesmith, the designated fall guy…

APEx-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review

National ReviewConnecting Dots in Clinesmith’s Russiagate Guilty Plea

How high do we believe this should go? To the top of the FBI, i.e. Comey? Sure, but that’s not high enough. To the top of the executive branch, i.e. Barack Obama? Sure, but even that is not high enough. To get to the top, the very top, we would zero in on the highest known co-conspirator, that would be John O. Brennan. He may cue us in to who was actually issuing the orders…

Red StateJohn Brennan, Part 1: “Super Spy?”Part 2: Super Sleaze!

As John Solomon has noted however, Brennan has been willingly talking to Durham’s team, which no good defense attorney would allow him to do. This seems to indicate that they have been assured no prosecution is forthcoming. Unless Brennan is a naif like Michael Flynn in trusting his “benign” FBI interview in early 2017, we don’t anticipate seeing Brennan behind bars any time soon.

Daily CallerRussian Oligarch’s Ties To Manafort, Steele Posed Intel Risks, Senate Report Says

Intelligence OnlineSteele’s activities for Deripaska questioned by Congress

 – Congress spotlights Soriano’s links with Deripaska, Rybolovlev

Just the News (John Solomon) – Senate panel releases memo showing FBI may have misled lawmakers about Russia probe

Sputnik‘All the Evidence’ Suggests Guccifer 2.0 is Linked to CIA, Not Russia, NSA Whistleblower Says

LaRouchePACRoger Stone and William Binney Speak Out: “To Keep the Republic, Defend the Presidency”

Breaking: British Intelligence And The Coup Against Trump; How Much Will Be Revealed?

Millie Weaver (Twitter) – Official Trailer – Shadow Gate

USSA NewsBreaking: Infowars Reporter Millie Weaver Arrested on Secret Indictment!

NewswarsShadowgate — Full Film

Consortium News (Caitlin Johnstone) – QAnon Is a Fake, Decoy Imitation of a Healthy Revolutionary Impulse

Epoch TimesHillary Clinton: Biden ‘Should Not Concede’ Election

Free Thought Project (Matt Agorist) – Florida Official Arrested for Using Govt Databases to Engage in Child Sex Trafficking

Daily MailMet Police destroyed records for the night Prince Andrew allegedly had sex with teenager in London, says former Royal protection officer

Wayne Madsen ReportJuly 31-August 2, 2020 — SPECIAL REPORT. Ghislaine Maxwell lawsuit documents unsealed and they are bad news for Donald Trump and Bill Clinton

New York

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied accused international underage sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell’s appeal of a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska to order the unsealing of over 2000 pages of documents related to the lawsuit against Maxwell brought against her by one of her and the late Jeffrey Epstein’s trafficking and abuse victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. The appeals court reached its decision late on July 30.

In 1999, Giuffre, after having been recruited at the age of 15 by Epstein and Maxwell to perform sex acts, recounted how she was forced to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, “model scout” Jean-Luc Brunel, and “many other powerful men, including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister, and other world leaders.” Giuffre was recruited as a “slave” by Maxwell while she was employed as a towel girl at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein and Maxwell were well-known habitués. Among the newly-released documents is a Social Security Administration print out showing Giuffre’s employment by Mar-a-Lago during 2000. [jpg]

Also among the newly-released documents is a letter of recommendation for Skye Roberts, Giuffre’s father, who was employed by Mar-a-Lago from 2000 to 2003. [jpg] The documents also include Mar-a-Lago’s Employment Policies, dated October 28, 1995. The policy prohibited Mar-a-Lago employees from commenting to the press “on the Club or it’s [sic] members.” At the time of the employment policies, Epstein was a member of Mar-a-Lago…

Giuffre alleged that Dershowitz received massages in a private upstairs room at Epstein’s Palm Beach estate. In the room was a laundry basket “full of toys” [vibrators]. Giuffre also claimed that Donald Trump had “flirted” with her while she was being trafficked by Epstein. Giuffre said during her encounter with Trump that he laughed and told Epstein, “You’ve got the life.”

John Alessi, an Epstein handyman who worked at the Palm Beach estate from 1990 to 2000, testified that he saw the following individuals at events at the Epstein estate: Brunel, Mark Epstein [Jeffrey Epstein’s brother], Daniel Estes, Matt Groening [creator of The Simpsons], retail magnate Leslie Wexner, former Senator George Mitchell, Prince Andrew, Princess Sarah Ferguson, Miss Yugoslavia, Miss Germany, Dershowitz, Princess Diana’s secretary with her children, Donald Trump, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Frederik Fekkai [a French celebrity hair stylist], Bill Clinton, and various Nobel Prize recipients. Alessi said that during his ten years working at the Epstein residence he saw “over 100” massage therapists enter the residence…

In sworn statements, Giuffre alleged that Brunel, the French modeling agency owner who provided entrees into fashion modeling careers to young girls — many of whom were impoverished and from poor countries — was an integral part of Epstein’s and Maxwell’s trafficking operations. Brunel would farm out the models to his friends, including Epstein, for sexual purposes. Giuffre states that she was forced to watch Epstein, Brunel, and Maxwell engage in sexual acts with “dozens of young girls.” Giuffre also states that she was forced to have sex with Brunel at Epstein’s Palm Beach estate, Epstein’s Little St. James Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, New York City, New Mexico, Paris, Nice, the Bahamas, and California. Giuffre also testified that she was forced by Maxwell to have sex with, in addition to Dershowitz, Brunel, George Mitchell, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and “another prince,” in addition to Prince Andrew, as well as a “foreign president” who was “Spanish.” Former Colombian President Andres Pastrana admitted to flying on Epstein’s Lolita Express after his name turned up in the plane’s flight logs. In September 2002, Epstein sent Giuffre to Chiang Mai, Thailand for massage training. The late Alfredo Rodriguez, Epstein’s house butler in Palm Beach from 2004 to 2005, revealed that Maxwell “kept a list of the local girls who were giving massages at her desk, and that Maxwell kept nude photos of girls on her computer.” On August 7, 2009, Rodriguez testified in a deposition that all the computers and video equipment that Epstein maintained at his Palm Beach home were serviced by someone who came down to Florida from New Albany, Ohio. Epstein’s financial patron, Les Wexner, lives in New Albany. Rodriguez was later prosecuted for shopping around Epstein’s “black book” to the media. Giuffre testified that the FBI told her that “Epstein had hidden cameras watching you the entire time, even when you were in the bathroom?”…

According to the newly-released documents, Epstein provided underage girls for sex to “another prince,” one in addition to Prince Andrew.

Sets of flight logs for Epstein’s Gulfstream and Boeing 737, the latter nicknamed the “Lolita Express” as a result of its frequent interstate and international trafficking of underage girls. In a deposition, Epstein’s pilot, David Rodgers, reveals that the Boeing 737 was formerly owned by Wexner, the retail magnate whose financial portfolio Epstein managed. Rodgers stated that the “JE” in the tail number for the Gulfstream, 909JE, and the Boeing 737, 908JE, stood for Jeffrey Epstein. However, when identifying the plane, the pilot used the alpha designation “Juliet Echo.” Rodgers identified Epstein’s flights with underage girls to destinations such as Paris; Granada, Spain; and Tangiers [sic] and Marrakesh, Morocco. Inasmuch as Spain and Morocco are monarchies, the “other prince” Giuffre claims Epstein provided young girls to may have been associated with either the Spanish or Moroccan royal families. It is noteworthy that Israel’s Mossad, with whom Ghislaine Maxwell, her father Robert Maxwell, and Epstein and his patron Wexner all have had close ties, has special access to the Moroccan royal family. Giuffre stated in a January 16, 2016 deposition that the other prince spoke English and a “foreign tongue.” The sexual act with the other prince took place in the south of France. …

OK!DNC Overshadowed: Hillary Clinton HIRED Ghislaine Maxwell’s Nephew At State Dept

LaRouchePACSteve Bannon Indicted; Good News For The Republic

Here we go again…

Newsweek (John C. Eastman) – Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility | Opinion

One American NewsN.Y. attorney general files lawsuit to dissolve the NRA

Wall Street Journal (Byron Tau) – U.S. Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps to Track Phones

WJRT (Flint MI)- Bishop airport police get Smart Helmets to screen for coronavirus, scan other info

Zero HedgeThe USPS Just Filed A Patent For A Blockchain-Based Secure-Voting System

Fed’s “Direct Money Transfers” Are Coming: Brainard Says Fed Collaborating With MIT On “Hypothetical” Digital Currency

Daily MailHuman organs could soon merge with computers as scientists create ‘cyborg technology’ to monitor health and track tumours

Wrench in the GearsTimpsila, Medicine for Tech-No-Logic

Updates on old news…

NBC NewsAG Barr promises to rule out death penalty for ISIS ‘Beatles’, victims’ families say

Jerusalem PostSpecial Court convicts 1 of 5 Hezbollah members of killing ex-Lebanese PM

Global Research (Rannie Amiri) – The Hariri Assassination: Israel ’s Fingerprints

Consortium News (Peter Kuznick) – ATOMIC BOMBINGS AT 75: Truman’s ‘Human Sacrifice’ to Subdue Moscow

Newly declassified Tsar-bomb film…

Росатом (Youtube) – Испытание чистой водородной бомбы мощностью 50 млн тонн

Strategic Culture (Matthew Ehret) – The Pentagon’s New UFO Disclosures: 75 Years of MK Ultra Psy Ops

Al Monitor22 mummies to parade across Cairo

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