Headlines of note for June into July 2018 [updating]…

We begin with the abysmal EU copyright reform directive, which threatens the very format of this web log…

Electronic Frontier FoundationThe Crucial Next Few Days In the EU’s Copyright Filter and Link Tax Battle

Vice MotherboardEurope’s New Link Tax Will Enshrine Big Tech’s Stranglehold Over the Internet

If the proposal is adopted, a service that publishes a link to a story on a news website with a headline or a short snippet would have to get a license before linking. News sites could charge whatever they want for these licenses, and shut down critics by refusing to license to people with whom they disagreed. And the new rule would apply to any service where a link to a news story can appear, including social media platforms, search engines, blogging platforms

EFFThe EU’s Copyright Proposal is Extremely Bad News for Everyone, Even (Especially!) Wikipedia

Fuck Wikipedia. We are more concerned about Auribus Arrectis and everything we link, cite, and quote here (which is scarcely ever Wikipedia).

June 12 letter of Tim Berners-Lee et al to Antonio Tajani MEP, President of the European Parliament (Pdf) – Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive Threatens the Internet

…By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users…

TechdirtUN Free Speech Expert: EU’s Copyright Directive Would Be An Attack On Free Speech, Violate Human Rights

Onto geopolitical events… After 65 years, may we soon declare the Korean War to be out of limbo and over?…

KCNA WatchKim Jong Un Leaves for Singapore

South China Morning PostKim Jong-un arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Donald Trump

NK NewsNorth Korea will learn from Singapore’s economic development: Rodong Sinmun

Kim, Trump meet for historic summit in Singapore

It’s probably nothing, but meanwhile this happens…

Zero Hedge (NHK) – US Fighter Jet Crashes Into Sea Near Japan; Pilots Ejected, Condition Unknown

And this, not far from Everett, Washington (where Trump’s grandfather had once set up shop – or brothel – many years ago)…

Cliff Mass Weather and Climate BlogWas there an unannounced missile launch on Whidbey Island early on Sunday morning?

The debunking, it was a helicopter…

The DriveLet’s Talk About That Mysterious ‘Rocket Launch Over Whidbey Island’

Known disinfo sand thrower Hal Turner has a yarn about how Trump launched the missile as a warning to Kim to not get cold feet on the eve of the summit, while the ‘white hats’ of Q subtly suggest the missile was an assassination attempt as Trump was en route to Singapore – at time stamp 10:19 of the Youtube video, Q – The Plan To Save The World

Back across the very big pond…

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – Has Japan Lost Its Last Excuse for Re-Militarisation?

Islamic Republic News AgencyIran urges NKorea’s vigilance in talks with US

‘The US has a history of sabotage, violation and withdrawal with respect to bilateral and multilateral international commitments,’ Qasemi cautioned Pyongyang…

National Interest (James Robbins) – This is Trump’s Opportunity to Uncover the Iran-North Korea Connection

BloombergThese Are the Dealmakers Behind Trump and Kim

Trump Says U.S. to Suspend ‘War Games’ in Korea

Asahi ShimbunTrump: Summit is ‘very, very good,’ Kim calls it prelude to peace

However…

38 NorthInfrastructure Improvements at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Research Facility

Should we believe 38 North? Noted, from…

Disobedient MediaCIA Teams Up With Defense Industry To Undermine Korea Negotiations

38north is a project run by the Henry L. Stimson Center. The Stimson Center’s Board of Directors includes individuals associated with organizations such as Northrop Grumman, the Boeing Company, Warburg Pincus, the Carnegie Endowment, Mercy Corps, The Council on Foreign Relations, the Department of Defense, the CIA and US Department of the Treasury. Their Partners include the George C. Marshall Foundation, Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Research Center and the Jinnah Institute.

American Military NewsNorth Korea cancels annual anti-US rally for first time in years

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – Sexy metal: the missing element in the Korean puzzle

The key word in the Trump-Kim show

By reaffirming the Panmunjom Declaration, the US President has committed to bringing its military back from South Korea and thus a complete denuclearization of the South as well as the North

Those nukes will have someplace else in the hemisphere to go to…

SCMPChina puts missiles back on contested South China Sea island as United States pushes allies for bigger military presence in waters

Wall Street JournalAmerican Military Aircraft Targeted By Lasers in Pacific Ocean, U.S. Officials Say

China’s Xi Tells CEOs He’ll Strike Back at U.S.

WiredChina Escalates Hacks Against the US as Trade Tensions Rise

Strategic Culture (Federico Pieraccini) – As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity

Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – What Donald Trump is preparing

AxiosA leaked Trump bill to blow up the WTO

U.S. and Israel formed joint team to internally pressure Iran regime

Middle East EyeRevealed: How Trump confidant was ready to share inside information with UAE

28 PagesLeaked Emails Suggest Trump Campaign Duplicity on 28 Pages

Has he been keeping the 9/11 card as his Ace of Spades?…

InfowarsTrump to Go After Mueller For 9/11-Saudi Cover-Up

President about to drop the hammer on former FBI Director for burying Saudi involvement in attacks

Intelligence OnlineIPPO facilitates rapprochement between Putin and Netanyahu

Khamenei.irAEOI must urgently make preparations for achieving 190K SWU within JCPOA

Middle East MonitorIran warns US ship carrying chemical material docked in the region

Press TV (RT) – Hersh suggests Saudi role in 2013 gas attack in Ghouta

Zero HedgeArmed Clashes In Iran As Guiliani Calls For Regime Change: “End Is Near”

Y-netIMS, IAI develop missile undetected by enemy

SputnikUnknown Force Shells US Military Advisers, Allies in al-Tanf – Coalition

Jerusalem PostIsrael will hit Iran throughout Syria, not only along border

And so it did, but not without again making it look as if the U.S. were striking… Zero Hedge notes: “Syrian military sources initially told Reuters that the strikes were conducted by attack drones flying from the direction of U.S. lines.

Al Masdar NewsUS official says Israel was behind attack on Syrian, Iraqi troops – CNN

Times of IsraelFormer Israeli minister Gonen Segev charged with spying for Iran

HaaretzIsrael Forms Team With U.S. to Enforce Iran Sanctions

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – Russia is Now Closer to Israel Than to Iran When it Comes to Syria

Executive Intelligence ReviewTrump’s Battle To Meet with Putin

ThereAreNoSunglasses Two Princes and the Emperor’s Son-In-Law – What Have These “Princes” Got Up Their Collective Royal Sleeves?

Jerusalem PostU.N. expert: Israel moving closer to formal West Bank annexation

Al Monitor – Is Riyadh really pushing for control of Jerusalem holy sites?

Saudi Arabia bails out Jordan

PA worried by potential Hamas-Israel truce

Is Israel going easy on Hamas?

(Fars) – Assad says he’s open to establishing Iranian bases in Syria

Kurdish rebels move to gain US support for operations against Iran

Turkey tries to legitimize incursion in northern Iraq

Elijah J. MagnierThe Kurds have lost the chance to decide their fate: only Damascus can save them

Academia (Edith Szanto) – “Zoroaster was a Kurd!”: Neo-Zoroastrianism among the Iraqi Kurds

Al Masdar NewsErdogan furious over Austria’s shutdown of Turkish-funded mosques

Real NewsUS-Backed Coalition Bombs Yemen’s New Cholera Treatment Center, After Unleashing World’s Largest Outbreak

Al JazeeraSaudi Arabia, UAE conduct air strikes on Yemen’s Hudaida airport

Mint Press NewsYemen’s Houthis Strike Back Amid Saudi-led Bombardment of Hodeida

He’s not dead…

Maghreb ConfidentialPrince Salman puts pressure on Sarraj

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Khaama Press) – ISIS Acquires Escape Route From Syria To Afghanistan Next Week, When Air Corridors Open From Saudi Arabia and Turkey

(VOA) – How Many Times Must The Pentagon/CIA Claim To Have Just Killed Terrorist Leader Fazlullah?

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – The Taliban Will Soon Be Back in Power in Afghanistan – The Question is How to Manage This Re-Transition Peacefully

Interview with Obama’s deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes, in which, as Zero Hedge highlights, admission is meekly given to U.S. support of ISIS in Syria…

InterceptConfronting the Consequences of Obama’s Foreign Policy

Intelligence OnlineSaudi Arabian largesse delivers French weapons to Africa

Al MonitorHifter may be pushing his luck by manipulating Libya’s oil

The DiplomatSatellite Images: A (Worrying) Cuban Mystery

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Plan Colombia Version 2.0

TASSTwo hospitalized near Salisbury, exposure to unknown substance suspected

It’s Going DownConcerning the Recent Raids across Europe and Ongoing Repression from the Hamburg G20

Gold TelegraphCountries Around the World Have Begun Pulling Their Gold from U.S Vaults

Strategic CultureRussia Sells Off Record Amount of US Treasury Bonds

Economic TimesIndia, Russia weigh rupee-rouble trade for defence deals

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin Wins Potential $928 Million Contract to Develop New Hypersonic Missile for the Air Force

Washington PostChina hacked a Navy contractor and secured a trove of highly sensitive data on submarine warfare

New York TimesEx-Senate Aide Charged in Leak Case Where Times Reporter’s Records Were Seized

AxiosInside the State Department’s hunt for leakers

Real Clear InvestigationsSeven Mysterious Preludes to the FBI’s Trump-Russia Probe

Disobedient MediaMaltese Professor Interacted With Institutions Known For Propaganda Peddling

The Hill (John Solomon) – How Comey intervened to kill WikiLeaks’ immunity deal

Daily CallerFBI Sat On Weiner Probe For A Month To Prioritize Russia Probe

Recall that it was Erik Prince who went public late in October 2016 on allegations of Clinton pedophilia crimes revealed on Wiener’s laptop…

ABC NewsSpecial counsel obtains Trump ally Erik Prince’s phones, computer

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting ProjectSteppe to Soho: How Millions Linked to Kazakhstan Mega-Fraud Case Ended up in Trump Property

Zero HedgeHorowitz Reveals That Comey Is Under DOJ Investigation Over Mishandling Classified Info

Bombshells Everywhere During Horowitz Day 2 Testimony

FBI Agent Strzok Was Escorted Out Of FBI Building

(Crowdsource the Truth) – Why Does Imran Awan Work At His Clinton-Linked Attorney’s Law Firm?

(Mornings on the Mall) – Congressman Investigating FISA Abuse, Awan Says DOJ Spying On Him

Imran Awan Gets Sweetheart Plea Deal; DOJ Won’t Prosecute Alleged Spy Ring, Cybercrimes

Daily CallerDem Chief Of Staff Tried To Expose Suspected Theft Ring On Capitol Hill, Was Met With Resistance

Mint Press NewsReality Winner to Sign Plea Deal on Espionage Charge

Maghreb ConfidentialRichard Branson and his sister hit problems in Marrakesh

Art VoiceJudge denies bail package for Raniere, Bronfman identified as co-conspirator

Maghreb ConfidentialRichard Branson and his sister hit problems in Marrakesh

Millennium ReportAnthony Bourdain Murdered: Everything points to all the usual suspects

Crazy Days and NightsShe Didn’t Go

@AsiaArgento (Twitter) – For nothing is concealed that won’t be revealed, and nothing hidden that won’t be made known and brought to light.

Skip Chasey is a VP at William Morris Endeavor (home of the Miss Teen USA Trump dirty talk tape); he likes it rough…

Hollywood ReporterDeath in a Hollywood Sex Dungeon: How a Top Agency Executive’s “Mummification” Ritual Ended in Tragedy

Disobedient MediaHead Of Charity Against Sexual Violence Charged For Attempting To Arrange Rape Of Children

Who Is Joel Davis, Really?

Zero HedgeFormer Secret Service Agent Files RICO Suit Against Clintons, Soros, Podesta, Brock

DOJ Indicts “Vault 7” Leak Suspect; WikiLeaks Release Was Largest Breach In CIA History

(NextGov) – NSA Launches Amazon-Backed Cloud-Computing Service For Sharing “Top Secret” Info

The HillNSA deletes scores of call records over ‘technical irregularities’

InterceptThe Wiretap Rooms – The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

GGI NewsAadhaar, Skynet & Death By Glitch

CNBCFacebook denies building eye-tracking software

Wall Street JournalFacebook Gave Some Companies Special Access to Additional Data About Users’ Friends

Business InsiderGoogle reportedly allows outside app developers to read people’s Gmails

NBC NewsCalifornia passes digital privacy bill that could have impact across U.S.

Common Dreams‘Groundbreaking Victory’ for Privacy as Supreme Court Rules Against Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

It is also an extremely rare occasion when the U.S. Congress does something laudable; this is one…

ForbesU.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban Under Marijuana Prohibition

But this shall go down as a vote of infamy…

The Atlantic (Conor Friedersdorf) – Congress May Declare the Forever War

Mary Ferrell Foundation2017 & 2018 JFK Releases: Progress, Issues, Recommendations

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Revealing McCain’s Subcommittee Staff Director Urged IRS to Engage in “Financially Ruinous” Targeting

PJ Media‘About 60 Organizations’ Are Considering a Lawsuit Against the SPLC Following $3M Nawaz Settlement

47 Groups Weighing SPLC Lawsuit Warn ‘Editors, CEOs’: ‘You Are Complicit’ in Hate Group ‘Defamation

WaPo (Marc A. Thiessen, op-ed) – The Southern Poverty Law Center has lost all credibility

New York TimesGoodbye, Denver Post. Hello, Blockchain.

Business InsiderMore than 400 Washington Post staffers wrote an open letter to Jeff Bezos calling out his ‘shocking’ pay practices

Free Thought Project (Jay Syrmopoulos) – Council on Foreign Relations Tells Gov’t They “Have To” Use Propaganda on Americans

Alex Jones Channel (Youtube) – Trump Prepares Rex 84 Martial Law Plan To Stop Fall Of US

Organic PrepperIs the Media Deliberately Trying to Spawn Civil War 2.0?

Oregon LivePortland Police revoke permit, declare riot as protesters clash downtown

It’s Going Down#OccupyICE Explodes, Bloody Portland

SHTFPlanWorld Domination: UN Continues Fight To Disarm All Americans

Baltimore SunAlleged Annapolis Capital shooter Jarrod Ramos had long-running feud with paper

Zero HedgePolice Warned Multiple Times About Annapolis Shooting Suspect; Gazette Employee Took Out Restraining Order

BBCUS-Israeli teen convicted of threats against Jewish centres

Strategic Culture (James George Jatras) – Atrocity Porn and Hitler Memes Target Trump for Regime Change

The HillBrzezinski says Trump complains he can’t watch porn in White House

That’s OK, with his “beautiful military” he can draw porno sketches in the sky…

Task and PurposeIs That Another Sky Penis Above Another US Military Base?

On a much more serious note…

RT‘Way to disaster’: Moscow warns US against deploying WMDs in space, threatens with ‘tough response’

BloombergRocks Under I-95 Present Odd, and Scary, Threat to Power Grid

ExpressFreak weather storm HITS UK: Snow, twisters and lightning fireballs wreak HAVOC

Sky NewsGuatemala’s Volcano of Fire: Deadly eruption ‘one of the biggest in 500 years’

Daily MailIncredible images show devastating lava flows from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano which wiped out ‘hundreds’ of houses in just ONE night – including Big Island mayor’s home

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Headlines of interest for May and early June 2018 [still updating… see belated addition of Wayne Madsen on Trump’s “TV lawyer” Giuliani below…]…

The month began with a dread of immanent Armageddon; and while things for the most part seem to be careening in this direction, May came and went without the horrid climax. Our summary takes the form of a timeline [which we will fill out as we catch up] of these events in the various arenas of war and sabre rattling (but also of a hopeful peace in the Korean peninsula)…

May 1

NBC NewsIsrael seems to be preparing for war with Iran, U.S. officials say

Times of IsraelIsrael postpones Alaska test of Arrow 3 missile interceptor

We noted last month – with the first bombings following the Ghouta chemical attack – at the hints of Israeli false flags to be pinned on the U.S. Was it so later in the month?…

The DriveLet’s Talk About This Rumor That Israeli F-15s Mimicked US Jets To Strike At Iran In Syria

If Netanyahu manages to entangle the U.S. into his war with Iran, he will do so recruiting many young American Christians who believe that support of Israel is in conformity to God’s will; yet they are blithely ignorant of how their coreligionists are treated in the Holy City…

GuardianChristians in Jerusalem’s Old City ‘under threat’ from settlers

Déjà vu to the false claims of Iraqi complicity in 9/11 prior to that war…

Al JazeeraUS judge: Iran must pay $6bn to victims of 9/11 attacks

On the North front…

Fort RussUS spy aircraft intercepted near Russia- and they don’t like it

(translation of Eduard Popov) – Ukraine Ends ‘Anti-Terrorist Op’ Against Donbass: What’s Next?

May 2

Financial Times (archive.is) – North Korea set to release US prisoners at summit

Al MonitorPentagon blows deadline to pry Iraq off US military aid

Netanyahu’s expansion of war powers raises concerns in Israel

Morning ConsultPublic Support for Iran Deal Returns to Record High Ahead of May 12 Deadline

May 3

CBS NewsU.S. freezes funding for Syria’s “White Helmets”

HaaretzIsraeli Defense Chief Tells Russian Daily: If Air Defense Systems Fire on Us, We Will Respond

Sputnik2 killed as Russian Su-30SM jet crashes off Syrian coast

Military TimesUS, French troops seen conducting joint patrol in Manbij, Syria

Middle East EyeUK drones in Syria using controversial ‘vacuum’ bombs

ThereAreNoSunglasses (translation of April 22 Zaman Al Wasl) – Army of Islam Acquired Quantity of Long-Range M600 Chemical-Armed “Maysaloun” Missiles Taken From the Regime

New York TimesArmy Special Forces Secretly Help Saudis Combat Threat From Yemen Rebels

ViceMassive military base buildup suggests the U.S. shadow war in Somalia is only getting bigger

Washington Free BeaconPentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

U.S. Department of DefenseCybercom to Elevate to Combatant Command

May 4

Press TVUAE forces land in Socotra amid rift with Saudi-led forces

Express (BBC Radio 4) – World War 3: UN chief fears Saudi Arabia & Israel will FIGHT Iran unless Trump acts

Boston GlobeKerry is quietly seeking to salvage Iran deal he helped craft

May 5

Guardian (Observer) – Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal

BBCUS Navy resurrects Second Fleet in Atlantic to counter Russia

May 6

Jerusalem PostIran planning to launch a barrage of missiles against Israel

May 7

AntiwarIsrael Threatens to Topple Assad If Iran Retaliates Over Recent Israeli Strikes

Middle East Eye (Dan Glazebrook) – The war on Iran has begun. Russia must end it

NZ HeraldNorth Korea’s unexpected warning to US before Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet

May 8

BloombergChina’s Xi Meets Kim Jong Un for Second Time in Two Months

LobeLogFollow the Money: Three Billionaires Paved Way for Trump’s Iran Deal Withdrawal

May 9

Middle East EyeThe view from Iran: Treacherous America, spineless Europe

Mondo WeissBy wrecking Iran deal, Trump politicized Israel

Al MonitorTrump, Netanyahu coordination goes beyond Iran deal

“There is only one thing that isn’t clear,” one of the people closest to Netanyahu told Al-Monitor, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “That is, who works for whom? Does Netanyahu work for Trump, or is President Trump at the service of Netanyahu?”

The latter, of course, as is the case with the Israel-firsters of the U.S. Congress…

Congress prioritizes smart bombs for Israel despite US shortages

May 10

Al Masdar NewsDeveloping: Rebels take advantage of Israeli attack to launch offensive against Syrian Army

NewsweekAngela Merkel: Europe Can No Longer Rely on U.S. Protection

May 11

DWGermany seeks Russian support after Donald Trump’s Iran decision

Consortium News (Enrico Carisch) – Iran Deal Partners Mull How to Confront ‘Renegade’ U.S.

(Alexander Mercouris) – The EU Will Not Stand by Iran

Washington PostChina’s new train line to Iran sends message to Trump: We’ll keep trading anyway

ReutersRussia, after Netanyahu visit, backs off Syria S-300 missile supplies

HaaretzIsrael Launches Most Extensive Strike in Syria in Decades After Iranian Rocket Barrage

May 12

The Saker (Sayed Hasan) – Syria Imposes New Rules of Engagement on Israel

Penny for your thoughtsSDF/YPG/PKK Under Attack From “Unknown Aggressors”?

ReutersU.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska

May 13

Al Masdar NewsRussian airstrikes pound rebels in north Aleppo for first time in a year

Popular ResistanceHigh Alert For Palestinian Slaughter & Conflict With Iran

Jerusalem PostWATCH: Clashes break out on Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day

May 14

Daily MailBloody Monday: Israeli snipers kill scores of Palestinians and wound 2,400 and fire teargas at 35,000 protesters rallying against the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem overseen by Trump’s Middle East envoy Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka

Middle East Eye‘Burn them, shoot them, kill them’: Israelis cheer in Jerusalem as Palestinians shot in Gaza

Daily SabahPalestine’s Abbas vows to continue struggle against Israeli oppression, says US no longer a mediator

Zero HedgeMoscow’s “Eye In Turkey”: Transfer Of S-400 Missiles Will Open Turkey To Russian Spying, NATO Warns

Al MonitorIraqi election results shock political class

Indian ExpressIndonesia church attacks: Family of bombers ‘had been to Syria’

38 NorthNorth Korea has Begun Dismantlement of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Strategic-Culture (Alex Gorka) – US, Sweden and Finland Boost Military Cooperation to Form New Alliance

May 15

DWAngela Merkel hints at increased military spending

Wall Street JournalSoros’s Foundation Quits Hungary Under Government Pressure

May 16

Strategic Culture (Kremlin) – Russia’s Navy Establishes Permanent Presence in Mediterranean Sea

Fallout of Iran deal-kill extending into other arenas?…

Yonhap News AgencyN. Korea cancels high-level talks with S. Korea over military drill

AntiwarPentagon Tried to Keep South Korea War Games Quiet

BloombergBolton Emerges as Potential Wrecking Ball for Trump’s Kim Summit

Popular ResistanceNorth Korea Says It Will Not Become Libya Or Iraq, Stops Peace Process

May 17

TASSSource: Russian Poseidon underwater drone capable of carrying 2 megatonne nuclear warhead

South FrontIsraeli Battle Tanks And Jets Strike Multiple Targets In Gaza Strip

DWEU to reactivate ‘blocking statute’ against US sanctions on Iran for European firms

May 18

Al MonitorAssad in surprise Sochi visit as Russia continues Iran-Israel mediation

France 24UN votes to send international war crimes probe to Gaza

HaaretzKuwait Urges UN to Deploy ‘International Force to Protect Civilians’ in Gaza

Baltic TimesLithuania: Baltics ask for NATO battalions to be reinforced with air, naval forces

May 19

Zero Hedge (Красная звезда) – Russian Supersonic Bombers Head To Arctic Borders, 500 Miles From Alaska

As if Bolton’s “Libya model” allusion (FOX News) wasn’t enough of a hint as to the end-game intentions for Kim…

RTTrump taps ex-Gitmo commander & Navy chief in 2011 Libya bombing as new envoy to S. Korea

May 21

Andalou AgencyIran says to keep forces in Syria upon Assad’s request

RTRussian air defenses down drone in Syria’s Khmeimim in suspected air attack

GuardianSweden distributes ‘be prepared for war’ leaflet to all 4.8m homes

May 22

Zero HedgeNetanyahu Orders Cabinet Meet In Secret Underground Bunker, Fears Leaks On Syria And Iran

May 23

Middle East EyeIran’s Khamenei outlines demands for Europe to save nuclear deal

Al MonitorIran rejects removing forces from Syria

Oil Price (Sputnik) – Syrian Diplomat Accuses US-led Coalition Of Bombing Oil Wells

South FrontIsraeli Jets Strike Gaza Destroying Boat Preparing To Meet Aid Flotilla – Reports

May 24

South Front – Israeli, US Strikes On Government Forces. What Is Going On?

Al Masdar NewsIsrael warns Damascus not to use air defenses against Israeli jets inside Syria

May 25

AdalahIsraeli Supreme Court gives green light to continued use of live fire, snipers against Gaza protesters

Middle East MonitorIsrael bill seeks to criminalise documentation of soldiers’ actions

May 26

Asharq Al-AwsatIsrael Expands Scope of Attacks in Syria

ReutersWhite House team to leave for Singapore to prep for possible North Korea summit

Consortium News (Ray McGovern) – South Korean President Moons Bolton

May 27

Times of IsraelNetanyahu: Israel taking action against arms manufacturing in Lebanon

Syrian Arab News AgencySyria to head UN Conference on Disarmament

May 28

SputnikDaesh-Linked Terror Groups Seen in Syrian al-Tanf Controlled by US – Lavrov

Jerusalem Post (Zaman al-Wasl) – Report: Syrian Air Force bars Iran from using its bases

(Elaph) – Report: Israel, Iran engage in indirect negotiations over Syria fighting

South China Morning PostChina steps up pace in new nuclear arms race with US and Russia as experts warn of rising risk of conflict

May 29

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – The Night of The Living Summit: How Kim Gave Trump a Lifeline Against John Bolton

ReutersGaza militants launch barrages across border, Israel hits back with air strikes

May 30

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Ynet) – Israel Apparently Source of Rumor About Iranian Pullout From Syrian Border

June 1

U.S. military looking at deploying anti-missile system in Germany – sources

June 2

Jerusalem PostNATO chief: Alliance won’t defend Israel in war with Iran

Other events around the world…

South China Morning PostTrump Indonesia project is latest stop on China’s Belt and Road

Al MonitorGadhafi supporters arrested during peace talks in Tripoli

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – Libya’s Main Rival Governments Agree to Hold Election on 10 December

Al JazeeraLibya: Deadly car bomb explosion rocks Benghazi

How Iraq’s elections proved ‘status quo’ expectations wrong

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – Iran diary: bracing for all-out economic war

ThereAreNoSunglassesSaudis/Emiratis Inadvertently Expose Cover-Up Of Probably Dead Crown Prince, Posting Old Photos As New News

Are these plans now spoiled?…

Intelligence OnlineMbS takes control of Saudi Arabia’s construction sector

The Art NewspaperThe blueprint for Saudi Arabia’s multi-billion-euro project with France

IndependentEbola outbreak: Health risk raised to ‘very high’ in Democratic Republic of Congo after case confirmed in major city

Ebola patients escape quarantine unit on motorbikes to attend busy prayer meeting

TASSLavrov: Obama asked Putin not to deter ousted Ukrainian leader from 2014 opposition deal

ReutersSanchez takes charge in Spain as tarnished Rajoy departs

U.S. will not recognize Venezuela election result: State Department

The CanaryThe media is failing to tell us the whole story about the latest unrest in Latin America

Consortium NewsEcuador Hints It May Hand Over Assange

RT (archive.is) – Tommy Robinson arrested for ‘breach of the peace’ after chasing down accused child abusers

Zero HedgeBritons Rage Over Robinson Arrest As Mass Protests Break Out Worldwide

Domestic news…

Wall Street Journal (Kimberley Strassel) – About That FBI ‘Source’ – mirrored at Zero Hedge

American Spectator (George Neumayr) – John Brennan’s Plot to Infiltrate the Trump Campaign

The London-to-Langley Spy Ring

Subtitle: The roots of Obamagate become clearer. Indeed, but allow us to crow for a moment in citing our June 2011 article at Wxxx News, Compromised at Birth, part II, which identified the business relationship that John Brennan – a previous CEO of the Analysis Corporation and not yet Director of CIA – had had with the British defense company Global Strategies Group, of which the Analysis Corporation was a subsidiary. More details of the parent company, GLOBAL, concerning the potential conflicts of interest as relates to the securing of U.S. intelligence are in this Feb. 6 2013 article, on the eve of Brennan’s confirmation as DCI…

CNBCIn Brennan’s Private Sector Stint, a Chinese Connection

It is noted that Analysis contracted with the State department, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI, but CNBC fails to mention a breach which occurred in the passport offices at State in the early presidential primaries of 2008, when a trusted employee of Analysis compromised candidate Barack Obama’s passport records – records that would potentially answer certain questions of Obama’s citizenship and eligibility for the office of POTUS. One of the questions which has been raised is whether Obama was born a British subject (inasmuch as his father’s native Kenya was still a British colony at the time). Was the answer ascertained through this breach? And did Brennan, and by extension, his boss Damien Perl at GLOBAL, become aware of it? As such, consider then that the roots of “Obamagate” – particularly as concerns British collusion and meddling in U.S. elections – extend much deeper, not just to 2016 but to 2008 as well, with Brennan in the center of both.

The timing of the British meddling in 2016 is of interest, however, in as much as it came quickly on the heels of Trump’s sealing the delegate count for the nomination with the defeat of Ted Cruz in Indiana. See our May 3, 2016 edition for the curious circumstances surrounding his victory.

The Hill (John Solomon) – London ‘bridges’ falling down: Curious origins of FBI’s Trump-Russia probe

According to documents and government interviews, one of the FBI’s most senior counterintelligence agents visited London the first week of May 2016. Congress never got the FBI to explain that trip — but, soon after it, one of the most consequential moments of the scandal occurred: On May 10, Australian diplomat Alexander Downer met in a London bar with Trump adviser George Papadopoulos, who boasted of knowing that Russia would release dirt on Clinton.

Wall Street Journal (archive.is) – Report Nears Release on Justice Department’s Handling of Probe Into Clinton Email Use

Daily Caller (Chuck Ross) – Cambridge Prof With CIA, MI6 Ties Met With Trump Adviser During Campaign, Beyond

He also has ties (a million’s worth, no less) to a more obscure 3-letter agency – the Office of Net Assessment – which, since its founding in 1973 until 2015, had been under the directorship of the Pentagon “Yoda,” Andrew Marshall, among whose protégés included Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz (see Feb. 2003 Wired, also Feb. 28, 2004 Portland Indymedia -both courtesy of Wayback Machine)…

Zero HedgeFBI Informant Stefan Halper Paid Over $1 Million By Obama Admin; Spied On Trump Aide After Election

IntellihubDoxxed FBI Trump spy also spied on Carter Admin while a campaign aide for Reagan

AxiosPeter Navarro pushed Stefan Halper for Trump job

Daily WireMueller Indicted A Russian Company That Didn’t Even Exist, Court Transcripts Say

Consortium News (Ray McGovern and Bill Binney) – Robert Mueller: Gone Fishing

Real Clear Investigations (Paul Sperry) – Two Colleagues Contradict Brennan’s Denial of Reliance on Dossier

New York Times MagazineThe Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio

Gateway PunditROGER STONE EXCLUSIVE: Mueller Can Indict a Ham Sandwich But I’m Not Interested in Being His Lunch

We figured as much way back in January 2017, now confirmed…

Art VoiceNew York Radio Host Confirms He Was Roger Stone’s Wikileaks Source

Roger Stone had role in taking NXIVM down; was never in cult

N.Y. PostAlbany doctor allegedly ran sick human experiments for Nxivm

Ed Opperman makes this observation (fb) worth noting…

A shot across the bow?
Same day FBI forced to go to WH and reveal confidential informants FBI releases highly redacted FBI reports related to Trump pal convicted child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. . Expense reports, news articles, search warrants. There’s one mention of Trump but many references to ‘other suspects and arrests’ ‘target letters” (Plural)
FBI visits and interviews with victims and witnesses in NYC, San Juan, Santa Fe, Tampa.

– in ref. to Jeffery Epstein parts 1-8 at FBI.gov

Wayne Madsen ReportMay 16-17, 2018 — How Trump’s “TV lawyer” almost ended up “sleeping with the fishes” in the East River

Unhappy with the popularity on MSNBC and CNN of Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump appointed former New York mayor and notorious cross-dresser Rudy Giuliani as his personal attorney to represent him on television. During the Reagan administration, Giuliani earned his prosecutor chops as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) going after organized crime. Much of the evidence acquired by Giuliani against New York’s five La Cosa Nostra crime families — the Bonnanos, Genoveses, Luccheses, Gambinos, and Colombos — was gathered through the use of court-approved wiretaps.

Using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Giuliani ordered wiretaps placed on money laundering and other criminal operations at mob-owned pizza parlors in New York, Italian social clubs like the Palma Boys Social Club and the Wimpy Boys Social Club, labor unions, and construction contractors. The mafia-run “Concrete Club” was an extortion racket involving Gambino boss Paul Castellano and other mobsters getting a piece of the action on cement transactions for construction projects in Manhattan in return for “peace” from mob-controlled unions. One of those who agreed to pay the Concrete Club was Donald Trump.

In 1985, Giuliani got indictments against Bonanno family boss Phil Rastelli, Colombo boss Carmine Persico, Gambino boss Castellano, Genovese boss Anthony Salerno, and Lucchese boss Anthony Corallo. Their chief lieutenants were also indicted. Shortly after his indictment, Castellano was gunned down outside Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan. Giuliani’s strategy was to prosecute all five families as a single entity, and it worked.

In the end, Giuliani managed to curb the influence of the five families, only to hand over New York’s criminal operations to another mob, the Russian-Jewish mob based in Brooklyn. The “Kosher Nostra,” as it is known to members of the New York Police Department and FBI, saw its ranks increased as the Reagan administration pressed the Soviet Union to allow more and more Soviet Jews to emigrate, not to Israel, as was demanded, but to Brooklyn. Giuliani and his lieutenants were not so interested in prosecuting the identifiable Jewish crime families that were moving in to take control of the bookmaking, construction, taxi and limousine, prostitution, murder-for-hire, loan sharking, gambling, art theft, narcotics, “protection insurance,” cigarette smuggling, and other rackets from La Cosa Nostra.

It was the massive influx of Soviet Jewry that resulted in the politically-powerful organized crime elements that now pervade the Trump administration. And it was Giuliani, who, by aggressively prosecuting his fellow Italians, permitted Soviet Jewish emigrés to take over all the New York rackets previously controlled by La Cosa Nostra. Out of this milieu came Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, Trump business associate Felix Sater, and Cohen associates Semyon Shtayner, Boris Nayfeld, Vadim Finkelchtein, and father-in-law Fima Shusterman.

Castellano’s replacement as head of the Gambino family, John Gotti, understood what Giuliani was doing. Gotti saw that the five families were losing out to other families who had recently arrived in Brooklyn and were being handed control of the New York rackets by none other than Giuliani and his three assistant U.S. Attorneys: John Savarese, now a partner with the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; J. Gilmore Childers, who later prosecuted the 1993 bombers of the World Trade Center and eventually joined Goldman Sachs; and the most problematic of all, Michael Chertoff, who was long suspected of acquiescence to and outright connivance in the interests of Israeli and Russian organized crime/intelligence interests in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

On September 17, 1987, the heads of the five La Cosa Nostra families held a summit in New York. They discussed ways to deal with Giuliani. Gotti and Persico favored a hit on Giuliani. The bosses of the Lucchese, Bonnano, and Genovese families rejected the proposal. Had one of the three no votes gone over to Gotti and Persico, Giuliani would have never become the so-called “America’s mayor,” a moniker he earned after the 9/11 attack. Nor would Giuliani have ever had a chance to become Trump’s TV lawyer. In fact, had Gotti’s and Persico’s idea been accepted by the other three crime bosses, it is doubtful that Trump would have ever benefited from being bailed out of severe debt by “loans” from the Kosher Nostra and some of the newly-enriched Russian Jewish oligarchs. These oligarchs, who are now the focus of Mueller’s investigation, had looted the Soviet and Russian treasuries of their wealth.

There is some speculation among knowledgeable New Yorkers that had Gotti remained the top La Cosa Nostra crime boss in New York, Chertoff’s friends in the Mossad would have never been able to move the amount of explosive materials into buildings 1, 2, and 7 of the World Trade Center for their ultimate demolitions on September 11, 2001. Their reasoning is simple. If La Cosa Nostra was able to control every fresh tomato trucked into Manhattan and every fish that arrived at the Fulton Fish Market, not to mention every construction item brought into Manhattan, it would have certainly been aware of large amounts of explosives arriving at the World Trade Center in vans and trucks belonging to Israeli-owned moving companies. John Gotti may have been a mobster, but he was a patriotic Italian-American, who would not have dealt kindly with Russian-Israeli intelligence operatives and mobsters planning on the mass murder of thousands of Americans and other innocents in Lower Manhattan on 9/11.

Gotti died in prison in 2002 and Persico is currently serving a life term. One of Trump’s Atlantic City-Philadelphia mob associates, Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo, Sr., died of a sudden heart attack in the Camp Butner, North Carolina federal prison — known as “B’nai Butner” because of its kosher kitchen and relatively large Jewish inmate population — just a week prior to Trump’s January 20, 2017 inauguration. Bureau of Prisons authorities claimed Scarfo’s death at the age of 87 was from “natural causes.”

By a single vote, Giuliani avoided “sleeping with the fishes in the East River.” The East River is known as the final resting place for many La Cosa Nostra victims, who were outfitted with “cement overshoes” to keep their bodies from floating to the surface.

Haaretz (mirror at ThereAreNoSunglasses) – Analysis // The Countless Israeli Connections to Mueller’s Probe of Trump and Russia

Jewish Telegraphic AgencyCharity headed by David Friedman, US envoy to Israel, gave money to extremist group

New YorkerIsraeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information on Former Obama Administration Officials

972 MagazineChallenging Israel’s secret information warfare campaign

Mentioned in this article, NSO Group, Francisco Partners…

Intelligence OnlineIsraeli SIGINT firms caught between unsteady IPOs and fund-raising

Black Cube prospects in Paris under French intelligence’s watchful eye

New York Review of Books (Trita Parsi) – Who Ordered Black Cube’s Dirty Tricks?

Antiwar (Grant Smith) – Israel Uses Intelligence Cutouts To Target the US

Disobedient MediaNew Analysis By The Forensicator Examines ‘Russian Fingerprints’ Left By Guccifer 2.0

American ConservativeRand Paul: Congress Moves to Give the President Unlimited War Powers

InterceptNew Bipartisan Bill Could Give Any President the Power to Imprison U.S. Citizens in Military Detention Forever

Consortium NewsHaspel Says CIA Won’t Torture Again as Ray McGovern is Dragged Out of Hearing

Mises WireJames Comey’s Forgotten Rescue of Bush-Era Torture

BloombergNew York Attorney General Schneiderman Resigns After Abuse Allegations

IntellihubMan with large weapons cache, body armor, found posted up in Waikiki hotel, claimed to be federal agent on a mission

Zero Hedge (CBC) – “Their Lives Were Ruined”: Victims Of CIA MK-Ultra Brainwashing Plan Class-Action Suit

New DARPA Program Plans To Patrol Cities With AI Drones

Google Employees Revolt, Refuse To Work On Clandestine AI Drone Project For The Pentagon

The VergeGoogle’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering

Wall Street JournalCambridge Analytica Closing Operations Following Facebook Data Controversy

National Geographic – Planet or Plastic? We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We’re Drowning in It.

Yomiuri ShimbunStorage capacity for radioactive water at Fukushima power plant nears limit

SHTFPlanRing Of Fire On ALERT After Philippines Earthquake: California Is WARNED

Hawaii News NowToxic gases continue releasing into the air as lava pours into the ocean

IntellihubHawaii National Guard/Civil Defense whistle-blowers notify friends and family of imminent power plant explosion, tsunami

DiggJaw-Dropping Photos Of Kilauea’s Lava Flows From Space

Science AlertScientists Say Earth’s Magnetic Field Isn’t About to Flip, But It’s Definitely Doing Something Weird

Headlines of interest for April 2018 [updated]…

Foreign Policy In FocusThe Pentagon Is Planning a Three-Front ‘Long War’ Against China and Russia

Washington’s Blog (Eric Zuesse) – U.S. and Russia Making Preparations for World War III

Zero HedgeAir Force Awards $1 Billion Contract For “Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon”

Fort RussRussia to open military base in Africa

Strategic CultureRussian Navy Gets New High-Tech Vessel

RTTrump suggested meeting with Putin in Washington, DC

Islamic State in Syria completely defeated – Putin

Washington TimesCIA chief confirms U.S. strike killed ‘hundreds’ of Russian mercenaries in Syria in February

ThereAreNoSunglassesAnother Pointless Syrian Chemical Massacre Gives Trump “Green Light” To Bomb Assad

He wasn’t eager enough for Netanyahu…

Antiwar (source: Stratfor) – Israel Attacks Syrian Airbase in Homs

The Kremlin concurs…

TASSSyrian T-4 airfield hit by Israel’s F-15 jets, Russian Defense Ministry says

But had not been given advance notice…

Fort RussIsrael did not warn Russia directly that it would attack Syria

As it was happening the U.S. was being blamed…

Zero Hedge“Massive Explosions” Heard Above Syria Amid Reports Of Fighter Jets Airstrikes; Pentagon Denies

US Says No Evidence Assad Behind Chemical Attack; But Will Retaliate Regardless Of UN Decision

U.S. Navy Destroyer Armed With Tomahawks Arrives Off Syrian Coast, “Harassed” By Russian Warplanes

Pravda – USS Donald Cook brings Tomahawk missiles next to Russian base in Syria’s Tartus

SputnikUS Reportedly Sends 2nd Missile Destroyer to Syrian Coast As Tensions Shoot Up

Moscow Warns Against Foreign Attack in Syrian Areas Where Russian Troops Located

Russia to Respond Instantly, If Its Troops in Syria Hit by US Strike – Official

South FrontUS Navy Moves Destroyers And Subs With Hundreds Of Cruise Missiles Closer To Syria

U.K. Prepares To Join Trump’s Strikes On Syria

The NationalFrance warns Syria it will strike if chemical attacks proven

Nothing was proven, but who cares?…

Breaking DefensePentagon: Syria Struck From All Sides, No Missiles Intercepted

Pentagon lying or is this video of an intercept faked?…

Ruptly (Youtube) – Syria: Gov. forces mount defence of Damascus following US-led airstrikes

Syrian Arab News ServiceRodzkoy: Syrian Air Force downed more than 70 missiles of tripartite Western aggression – article has been removed but is mirrored at ThereAreNoSunglasses

These claims were considered doubtful, in as much as Syria purportedly only had Soviet era defenses to work with; however…

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Sputnik) – Russian Military Shows the Recovered Tomahawk and JASSM Cruise Missiles That Were “NOT INTERCEPTED”

Meanwhile, other systems of the “humanitarian bombers” were being compromised…

Business InsiderRussian military jamming in Syria is seriously affecting US drones

The DriveAmerican General Says ‘Adversaries’ Are Jamming AC-130 Gunships in Syria

In any case, if the Russian Federation should make its advanced S-300 air defense systems available to the Syrians, this would change everything, the prospect of which is making Israel very nervous…

Zero HedgeUS CENTCOM Chief Makes “Secret And Unprecedented” Visit To Israel As Russia Mulls Arming Syria

The fabled atrocity falls apart…

IndependentThe search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack

Truth in MediaAmerican Journalist in Douma: Residents Say Chemical Attack Staged by ‘Terrorist Rebels’

Fort RussWar correspondent: We found no signs of a chemical attack in Duma

SputnikRed Crescent Found No Trace of Chemical Weapons in Syria’s Douma – Doctor

Zero Hedge“No Attacks, No Victims”: Syria Chemical Attack Video Participants Speak At OPCW Briefing

aetchmiadzin (Youtube) – Syrian chemical attack – terrorists teach children how to fake it

Hindustan TimesAt destroyed Syria lab, workers say they produce antidotes to snake venom not toxic weapons

Consortium News (Ann Wright) – Beware of White Helmets Bearing News

TASSRussian top brass reports it has proof of UK’s involvement in Douma chemical incident

nsnbc (June 2013) – Dumas, “Top British Officials Confessed to Syria War Plans Two Years before Arab Spring”

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

That Friday night of the bombing, Alex Jones jumped off the Trump train (but was back on board by Monday morning)…

Alex Jones Channel (Youtube) – TRUMP LAUNCHES WAR ON SYRIA! POTENTIAL WW3! Russia Vows To Strike Back!

Moon of AlabamaSyria – Manipulated Videos Fail To Launch World War III

N.Y. TimesMattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled.

Demolition job hastened courtesy of the Pentagon?

Russia InsiderSyria Planned Demolishing Barzah Facility — Trump Fired 76 $2-Million Cruise Missiles at It (Pentagon Says)

ThereAreNoSunglassesThe Latest Syrian Attack Upon ISIS In Deir es-Zaur Is Reported As Syrian “Support for ISIL” By Western Media

Fars News AgencySyrian Army Captures British Military Men in Eastern Ghouta

Zero HedgeUS Opens New Military Base In Former ISIS Stronghold

Al MonitorPentagon acknowledges US contractor presence in Syria for first time

– Saudi king uses Arab Summit to adjust Riyadh’s stance toward Trump

ExpressDonald Trump asks SAUDI ARABIA and others to establish ‘Arab ARMY’ to replace US in Syria

Eurasia Future (Andrew Korybko) – The Syrian “Show” Must Go On

Left Hook by Dean HendersonRothschild’s Syria Oil Play

Foreign Policy JournalNewly Translated WikiLeaks Saudi Cable: Overthrow the Syrian Regime, but Play Nice with Russia

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Bloomberg) – Embracing Saudi Spitefulness–Digging A Moat Around Qatar and Filling It with Nuclear Waste

RTQatar govt. must send troops to Syria or lose US support and be toppled – Saudi FM

Inside the vast web of PR firms popularizing the Saudi crown prince

Intelligence OnlineMohammed bin Salman shakes up communications contracts

AtlanticSaudi Crown Prince: Iran’s Supreme Leader ‘Makes Hitler Look Good’

Zero HedgeSaudi Crown Prince Admits Saudis “Financed Terrorist Groups”, Blesses Israeli Statehood

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – Here’s How “Israel” Can Get Trump Supporters to Stop Backing Assad

Middle East EyeSyrian-German linked to 9/11 ‘captured by Syrian Kurdish forces’

South FrontTrump’s Troops Withdrawal Means More Military Bases In Syria

Andalou AgencyUS setting up 2 bases in Manbij, northern Syria

Mint Press NewsHow the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas

Gilad AtzmonOil Vey

Times of IsraelUS officials: Trump-Netanyahu call grew tense over plans to leave Syria

Al MonitorIsrael ‘alone in fight’ against Iran in Syria

Until Macron intervened?…

Trump emerges from Macron meeting ready to take on Iran in Syria

Is Israel-Iran clash imminent?

It’s on…

Zero Hedge (April 29) – Massive Fireballs Light Up Syrian Sky After Israeli Strike; “Dozens” Of Iranian Soldiers Reportedly Killed

Syrian Army: “Enemy” Rockets Strike 2 Bases, 11 Iranians Killed

South FrontIsrael Carries Out Missile Strikes On Syria As Government Forces Gain Momentum In Southern Damascus

Battling on two fronts simultaneously, while striking Syria…

Arutz Sheva (April 9) – IDF attacks Hamas target in Gaza

Meanwhile, within Israel, the demographic shift from majority Jew to majority Arab is underway…

Al MonitorIsrael faces historic decision as new population figures emerge

The resemblance to South African Apartheid can no longer be denied…

Israeli defense official threatened owners of Gaza bus companies in days before protest

HaaretzVideo Shows Motionless Palestinian Shot by Israeli Sniper to Sound of Soldiers’ Cheers

Craig Murray (transcript of April 21 Kan radio broadcast) – Condemned By Their Own Words

Middle East MonitorIsrael using ‘strange gases’ against protesters in Gaza

Jewish News SyndicateCampaign calls New Israel Fund ‘subversive political organization operating as opposition in Israel’

Al Jazeera (WAFA) – Hundreds of Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa compound

Meanwhile, fog of Royal coup in Riyadh?…

World Tribune PakistanCoup in Saudi Arabia reversed

RIYADH-UNS- Coup reversed in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to oust King Salman,on Sunday night.

According to information received here that the coup reversed and the drone were shot down at Royal Palace in Riyadh.

Earlier ,AP reported that Lt.General Allukas Nepils of Royal Saudi Land Forces KSA is led the military push to oust King Salman.

During the attack and guns fire around King Palace the Crown prince of Saudi Arabia Muhaamad Bin Salman has been evacuated and were shifted to near air base.

‘Reports are coming out that the gunfire in Riyahd is in fact part of a coup attempt by disgruntled officers in the Saudi National guard loyal to prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and are currently led by colonel Sa’amuyil Al-Khayit #SaudiArabia #coup’

According to reports many people were killed and arrested in the operation.The official sources said that the coup reversed and the situation is under control by the royal forces.

Eurasia Future (Andrew Korybko) – Saudi Arabia’s Drone Scare Might Have Really Been A Coup Attempt

Likely it is not a coincidence that the resurgence of sabre-rattling against Iran comes with this move…

MEMIran switches from dollar to euro

Zero HedgeTurkey Will Repatriate All Gold From The US In Attempt To Ditch The Dollar

Qaddafi’s plan for a gold backed dinar is most likely the primary motivating factor for his overthrow, though other reasons may exist…

InterceptWhy Did the U.S. and Its Allies Bomb Libya? Corruption Case Against Sarkozy Sheds New Light on Ousting of Gaddafi.

Amity UndergroundPassage to Libya: how the Manchester bomber’s militant family were outsourced to kill Gaddafi. Twice.

Al JazeeraLibyan commander Khalifa Haftar ‘in a coma’ at Paris hospital

Times of India – Government plans 14,000 bunkers to shield civilians from Pakistan fire

Though full scale regional war is looking ever more inevitable in the Middle East, is there cause for hope in the Far East?…

Washington PostCIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend

Yonhap News AgencyN.K. announces freeze on nuclear, missile tests, shutdown of nuke test site

Full text of joint declaration issued at inter-Korean summit

ReutersNorth and South Korea start to dismantle border speakers, fulfilling summit pledge

Wall Street JournalNorth Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Is Largely Unusable, Chinese Scientists Say

South China Morning PostChina to stage surprise live-fire navy drill ‘to warn Taiwan and show support for Russia’

US keeps close watch as Chinese navy puts on show of force in live-fire South China Sea drills

US air force bombers carry out drills ‘in vicinity’ of South China Sea

Middle East EyeIsrael denies claim Mossad killed Palestinian engineer in Malaysia

RT‘If my plane explodes, ask the CIA’ – Duterte after requesting arms from Russia & China

Lavrov: Swiss lab says ‘BZ toxin’ used in Salisbury, not produced in Russia, was in US & UK service

Craig MurrayYulia Skripal Is Plainly Under Duress

Where They Tell You Not to Look

teleSURBrazil’s Supreme Court Votes to Jail Former President Lula

(Bruno Sgarzini) – Lula’s Conviction Turns Brazil Into Model of Regional Control

Miguel Diaz-Canel Elected as Cuba’s New President

Ecuador Signs Security Deal with US, Military Presence Expected

New MatildaYolŋu Leader Gives Prince Charles A Treaty Letter Stick… And A Diplomatic ‘Middle Finger’

Eurasia Future (Andrew Korybko) – The Yerevan Protests Might End Armenia’s Unconvincing “Balancing” Act

As the world turns, the D.C. soap opera continues…

CBS NewsTrump freezes out chief of staff John Kelly, says he’s “tired of being told ‘no'”

AxiosJohn Kelly blew up at Trump in Oval Office meeting, threatened to quit

NBC NewsKelly thinks he’s saving U.S. from disaster, calls Trump ‘idiot,’ say White House staffers

Wayne Madsen ReportApril 3-4, 2018 – John Bolton: a pervert and physical assaulter of women blackmailed by foreign intelligence agents, just like his boss

While an official in the Reagan administration’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bolton, according to divorce papers served by his ex-wife Christina Bolton, allegedly forced her to engage in group sex activities at New York’s Plato’s Retreat, a swingers’ sex club, in the 1970s and 80s. The Boltons were married in 1972 and they had no children. They separated on August 15, 1982, while Bolton was on a trip for USAID to Vienna, Austria.

WMR has learned that during the time Bolton frequented Plato’s Retreat, the sex club was a popular haunt for Soviet KGB and Czechoslovak StB intelligence agents, who were on the lookout for blackmail information on Americans holding sensitive jobs. In Bolton, these agents nabbed a huge Cold War prize, an official with USAID, an agency that had close ties to the Central Intelligence Agency. Plato’s Retreat advertised that, for a price, it would make videotapes of customers’ orgies. Apparently, the KGB and StB made their own tapes and photographs of sexual trysts involving Americans of interest, people like Bolton.

Interestingly, StB files in 1988 contained information about one Donald Trump, a habitué of Studio 54, another problematic New York club — a night spot known for drug use and underage prostitution.

After interviewing Milos Zelnicek, father of Trump’s Czechoslovak-born wife, Ivana Zelnickova Trump, the StB concluded that Trump planned to run for president of the United States in 1996. The StB report stated, “Even though it looks like a utopia, D. TRUMP is confident he will succeed.”

New York PostDeath of H.R. McMaster’s father deemed ‘suspicious’

N.Y. Daily NewsTrump Tower blaze kills man on floor without sprinklers

“Dennis Shields, a resident who said he lived on the 42nd floor, said there were no orders to evacuate. But he rushed outside after receiving a private text message from Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

The pair grew up together, Shields said.

“He said, ‘Are you in the building?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘You better get out ASAP,’” Shields recalled. “That’s how I knew to get out, otherwise I’d still be in there.”

Random events? Two days later, Mueller launched an offensive raid against POTUS, via Cohen…

ReutersFBI raids offices, home of Trump’s personal lawyer: sources

Civil War II as “lawfare”…

New York TimesF.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen; Trump Calls It ‘Disgraceful’

…an “attack on our country in a true sense.”

Mueller Investigating Ukrainian’s $150,000 Payment for a Trump Appearance

What Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What It Means

WaPoTrump attorney Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud, campaign finance violations

Global Research (Kevin Ryan) – Former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s History of Cover-Ups

Greg Hunters’ USA WatchdogTrump is Doing What Kennedy Tried To Do – Kevin Shipp

Prison PlanetWhy Paul Ryan Is Resigning

WB DailySpeaker Paul Ryan Embraces Top Muslim Brotherhood Lobbyist

Judicial WatchClinton, Comey, Uranium One: Who Is John W. Huber?

BloombergMob Boss, ‘Slime Ball’: Trump, Comey Trade Barbs Ahead of Book Release

Zero HedgeNunes, Gowdy And Goodlatte Go Nuclear After Comey Memos Released

WikiLeaks To Countersue Democrats; “Discovery Is Going To Be Amazing Fun”

Wall Street Journal – How Tony Podesta, a Washington Power Broker, Lost It All

InterceptSecretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Leadership Pressuring Progressive to Leave Race

Daily Caller44 Dems, Including Wasserman Schultz, Exempted Pakistani IT Aides From Background Checks

‘Pakistani Mystery Man’: Awans’ Father Transferred Data To Pakistani Government, Ex-Partner Claims

For a summary of Luke Roziak’s coverage of the Awan story: Fifteen Things To Know About ‘Pakistani Mystery Man’ Imran Awan

They were good buddies at one time, not so anymore. Jason Goodman wonders if the suspected Mossad agent George Webb is in fact, shall we say, a ‘reconstructed’ something else?…

Crowdsource the Truth 2 (Youtube) – The Sinister Psychological Operation of George Webb Sweigert

Pedo news…

Crazy days and Nights (April 18) – Blind Item #12

Apparently that really rich/knows everyone/has recordings which is how he got away with the stuff that he did teen trafficker/pimp/island owner recently got served with a search warrant.

Posted by ent lawyer at 11:30 AM

-Apparently this is in reference to Jeffery Epstein, and perhaps to matters relating to “Katie Johnson” and/or “Maria” and the Trump/Epstein rape allegations? Also in the unconfirmed rumor mill…

News Media Watchdog (Steemit) – Massive Fire Reportedly Seen On Private Island Owned By Billionaire, And Sexual Predator, Jeffrey Epstein

Art VoiceSir Richard Branson endorsed NXIVM sex-slave cult leader Keith Raniere

Radar Online‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Recruited Women For NXIVM Sex Cult, Authorities Say

Major donors to the Clinton Global Initiative, Clare and Sara Bronfman, and Nancy Salman, are members of the cult…

N.Y. Post (October 1, 2007) – HILLARY’S $30,000 FANS ARE HER ‘CULT’ FOLLOWING

As was Clinton associate Richard Mays; and, from the other side of the aisle, Roger Stone was a consultant…

New York Magazine (Oct 4, 2007) – All About NXIVM, the Cultlike Organization With Ties to Albany

Stone discusses his contact with NXIVM while interviewing Frank Parlato of Art Voice, cued at Youtube – note the eyes avert after he claims no knowledge of the sexual activities of the cult.

Ella CruzModern Art Scandal Uncovered: Are Children shipped in boxes as “LIVE ART” under the “ART FOR EMBASSIES PROGRAM” to feed Pedophiles and Cannibals?

ExoPoliticsQAnon reveals Vatican Rothschild Reptilian Connection behind the Deep State

The WrapSaudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Buys Out Four Seasons Hotel for Hollywood Visit

WaPoSaudi prince denies Kushner is ‘in his pocket’

For all of his whining about the violation of his Fourth Amendment, Trump retains the capacity to do unto others, as had been done unto him…

EFFA New Backdoor Around the Fourth Amendment: The CLOUD Act

American ConservativeSenators Offer Up Unprecedented War Powers to President

Immigration ImpactTrumps Calls in the Troops to the Border—But No One Knows What For

ColorlinesHow One American Muslim Woman’s Instinct Led to the Uncovering One of the Largest FBI Probes in U.S. History

Project SouthPrivate Prison Company Uses Forced Labor of Detained Immigrants in Georgia to Boost Profits

Free Thought ProjectSupreme Court Rules Cops Can Kill Non-Threatening People As Long As They Say They Were Scared

Greg PalastCambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust

N.Y. Times‘Big Brother’ in India Requires Fingerprint Scans for Food, Phones and Finances

Abc.net.auChina’s Social Credit System seeks to assign citizens scores, engineer social behaviour

Stratergic Culture (Eric Zuesse) – How Facebook, Etc., Suppress Key Truths

Daily MailNo more secrets! New mind-reading machine can translate your thoughts and display them as text INSTANTLY

US government accidentally sends a strange conspiracy theory file describing ‘remote mind control’ and ‘forced memory blanking’

ForbesDepartment Of Homeland Security Compiling Database Of Journalists And ‘Media Influencers’

Zero Hedge“It Was Wall Street Meets Apocalypse Now”: Why Palantir “Knows Everything About You”

Trump Triples Down In Amazon Feud: “Deal With Post Office Will Be Changed”

All talk no action, and now walking back one of his first acts as POTUS?…

BloombergTPP Nations Welcome Trump’s Interest, Don’t Want Renegotiation

BreitbartDonald Trump Vows to Stay Out of TPP Unless ‘They Offer Us a Deal That We Cannot Refuse’

Justice-Integrity Trump Postpones Some JFK Documents At Deadline For Three Years, Releases Others

WaPoWho killed Martin Luther King Jr.? His family believes James Earl Ray was framed.

Atlanta Black StarDecomposing Body Found In Chattahoochee River Identified as Missing CDC Employee Dr. Timothy Cunningham

On February 27, CBS News had reported

His next door neighbor, Viviana Tory, says Cunningham said something odd to her husband the day he went missing, reports CBS News’ Omar Villafranca. “He told my husband to tell his wife – me – to erase his cellphone number from my cellphone,” Tory said.

Your News Wire (a site which has had more than its share of unretracted blunders, and hence one we generally do not link) claims that Cunningham was the source for a January 15 story where he is allegedly quoted as saying…

“Some of the patients I’ve administered the flu shot to this year have died,” the doctor said, adding “I don’t care who you are, this scares the crap out of me.” “We have seen people dying across the country of the flu, and one thing nearly all of them have in common is they got the flu shot.”

Given his area of expertise, it is not plausible that he would be administering common flu shots; however, he may have been considering whistle-blowing on other matters…

Wayne Madsen ReportApril 6-8, 2018 — Another scientist, another suspicious death

Cunningham, a commissioned U.S. Public Health Service officer, was involved in leading-edge research on viruses like Zika and Ebola. Cunningham focused on the vectors between such viral outbreaks and race, gender, and geography. With controversial research being conducted by a number of countries into developing genetic-based biological weaponry, Cunningham’s work may have posed a threat to certain quarters…

In other science and environment news…

World Mercury Project (ScienceDirect) – New Animal Study Reveals Aluminum Adjuvants Can Impair Social Behavior

Natural NewsArkansas court rules with Monsanto, grants farmers right to spray toxic Dicamba herbicide that causes horrific crop damage to nearby farms

Straits TimesIndonesian city of Balikpapan declares state of emergency after oil spill

ReutersKeystone pipeline leak in South Dakota about double previous estimate: paper

Zero HedgeRussia Launches “Floating Chernobyl” Bound For The Arctic

SatTrackCam Leiden (b)log – Tiangong-1 reentry forecasts – it plunged into the South Pacific

Truth in MediaUS Army Developing Drones With AI Targeting

Army TimesArmy researchers are developing a self-aware squid-like robot you can 3D print in the field

Space.comSecretive X-37B Military Space Plane Wings Past 200 Days in Orbit

Natural BlazeRain Tests Again Confirm 4 Geoengineering Related Metals: Skies are being Sprayed

Geophysical Research Letters (D. P. Colón, I. N. Bindeman, T. V. Gerya) – Thermomechanical modeling of the formation of a multilevel, crustal‐scale magmatic system by the Yellowstone plume

Bozeman Daily ChronicalThird eruption in six weeks reported at Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser

Famous last words?…

EurekAlertEarth’s magnetic field is not about to reverse

 

Compromised by Candid Camera

What happened to America First?

On what appears to be the eve of military strikes against Syria – and by ominous extension, Russia – as a retaliation over alleged chemical attacks supposedly perpetrated by Assad (though no proof is offered), how are the interests of the people of the United States served? They aren’t, of course. Other nations in the region however – two in particular, as well as the economic interests associated with them – have had a consuming interest in overthrowing Assad since the launch of the so-called Arab Spring in 2011. For a refresher on that historical moment and the role the then U.S. president played in it, as regards the fate of Libya, see our two part article at our old home, Wxxx News, Compromised by Birth I and II. There we examine factors that may very well have been exploited to compel Barack Obama to do that which he was not necessarily inclined to do.

In the present circumstance, we appear to be in an analogous situation, with the current president Donald Trump disinclined to have any more involvement in the Syrian civil war, in as much as the Islamic State has been essentially defeated – a campaign promise fulfilled (even if Russia deserves the greater share of credit). This desire to pull out came to a head in a recent confrontation with his generals. Out of frustration over the options presented to him which amounted to an either/or choice of varieties of continued engagement or abrupt and withdrawal, a flabbergasted Trump chose the latter…

Daily MailTrump’s furious Situation Room row with his top general is LEAKED: Chairman of joint chiefs reprimanded him on Syria – so the president demanded immediate pull-out

But cold turkey was not what they were counting on. Neither was Netanyahu…

HaaretzNetanyahu Had ‘Tense’ Call With Trump Over U.S. Plan to Leave Syria, White House Officials Say

Then a game-changer happened, saving the day…

ReutersDozens reported killed in suspected Syria gas attack; Damascus denies

Jerusalem PostIsraeli officials: U.S. must strike in Syria

By current reports, such a strike is immanent…

Zero Hedge“Imminent Announcement” Of US Action In Syria Coming Amid Expectations Of Air Strikes “Within Hours”

How did we get here? Consider our December 25 2107 edition, where we quoted the following from a Wayne Madsen Report of Dec. 9

Trump reportedly made lewd comments in the dressing room of the Miss Teen USA pageant, which was, along with the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, owned by Donald Trump. The tapes from all the pageants were bought, along with the Miss Universe Organization, by WME-IMG, whose co-chief executive officer is Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel, the brother of Chicago’s Democratic mayor Rahm Emanuel. Ari Emanuel has refused to release any outtakes or other recorded material from Trump’s appearances in the dressing rooms of all three pageants, including Miss Teen USA, where Trump barged in where girls between the ages of 15 and 17 were dressing and undressing…

More recently, in a somewhat unrelated WMR report of last week concerning the YouTube shooter – Nasim Aghdam — Bahai, Iranian, Persian satellite personality, and what else? – Madsen notes the following of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS)…

Just a day before Aghdam shot up YouTube headquarters, MbS and his royal party were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in nearby East Palo Alto. While in the Bay Area, MbS and senior Saudi officials met with high tech business executives, including those from Apple and Google, the parent company of YouTube. MbS then traveled to Los Angeles, where he met with Hollywood executives and stressed that Israel has a right to “their own land,” claimed Saudi Arabia has common interests with Israel, and told The Atlantic’s uber-Zionist reporter and one of Israel’s favorite polemicists, Jeffrey Goldberg, that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, is “worse than [Adolf] Hitler.”

While in Beverly Hills, California, MbS met with such pro-Israeli luminaries as News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News; Disney CEO Bob Iger; WME (William Morris Endeavor) boss Ari Emanuel (brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel); producer Brian Grazer; tabloid publisher and close Trump friend David J. Pecker; actor Michael Douglas; and Oprah Winfrey. MbS hammered out a deal with Emanuel that sees the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia invest $400 million (equaling a 10 percent share) in Endeavor, the holding company of WME…

See also…

The WrapAri Emanuel’s Endeavor Close to Investment by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince

Which puts Trump on “candid camera” (in footage said to be far more embarrassing than the Billy Bush-whack tapes released in October 2016) not only in the palm of Ari Emanuel – son of the Irgun ultra-Zionist Benjamin Emanuel – but also in that of the future king of Saudi Arabia, MbS, who presently is in France, preparing to get his way…

Zero HedgeSaudis Prepare For Regime Change In Syria

Smile Donald, as the world prepares to wail…

Headlines of interest for March 2018 [updating]…

We usually end with science news, but for this edition we begin…

arXiv.org (S. W. Hawking, Thomas Hertog) – A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?

Science Alert (The Times) – 2 Weeks Before Death, Hawking Submitted a Mind-Melting Paper on Parallel Universes

Washington Post (Christopher Mellon) – The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?

To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science2015 GO FAST FOOTAGE

Noted, a common theme to be found in the Overview statement of the To The Stars Academy

The public interest in the outer edges of science and the understanding of phenomena has always been suffocated by mainstream ideology and bureaucratic constraint.

We believe there are transformative discoveries within our reach that will revolutionize the human experience, but they can only be accomplished through the unrestricted support of breakthrough research, discovery and innovation.

To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science has mobilized a team of the most experienced, connected and passionately curious minds from the US intelligence community, including the CIA and Department of Defense, that have been operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades. The team members all share a common thread of frustration and determination to disrupt the status quo, wanting to use their expertise and credibility to bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows and collaborate with global citizens to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits humanity.

Without the restrictions of government priorities.

And Vladimir Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly…

President of RussiaPresidential Address to the Federal Assembly

Finally, the world is now accumulating a tremendous technological potential making it possible to achieve a real breakthrough in improving the people’s quality of life and modernising the economy, the infrastructure and state governance and administration. How effectively we will able to use the colossal potentialities of the technological revolution, and how we will respond to its challenges depends on us alone. In this sense, the next few years will prove decisive for the country’s future. I reiterate, these years will be decisive…

The speed of technological progress is accelerating sharply. It is rising dramatically. Those who manage to ride this technological wave will surge far ahead. Those who fail to do this will be submerged and drown in this wave.

Technological lag and dependence translate into reduced security and economic opportunities of the country and, ultimately, the loss of its sovereignty. This is the way things stand now. The lag inevitably weakens and erodes the human potential. Because new jobs, modern companies and an attractive life will develop in other, more successful countries where educated and talented young people will go, thereby draining the society’s vital powers and development energy.

As I have said, changes concern the entire civilization, and the sheer scale of these changes calls for an equally powerful response. We are ready to provide it. We are ready for a genuine breakthrough…

That to which he may be referring…

OilPrice.comThe New Atomic Age: Nuclear Fusion And Beyond

Towards the end of the address, Putin reveals one Russian breakthrough in military technology which subsequently has gotten much press, particularly with those outlets which specialize in pimping fears of Russian bogeymen. Now we truly have something to fear. What hasn’t gotten much attention however are the conditions which helped to bring about this development. Let this be a lesson in the perils of uni-polar hubris, as Putin explains:

Back in 2000, the US announced its withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Russia was categorically against this. We saw the Soviet-US ABM Treaty signed in 1972 as the cornerstone of the international security system. Under this treaty, the parties had the right to deploy ballistic missile defence systems only in one of its regions. Russia deployed these systems around Moscow, and the US around its Grand Forks land-based ICBM base.

Together with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the ABM Treaty not only created an atmosphere of trust but also prevented either party from recklessly using nuclear weapons, which would have endangered humankind, because the limited number of ballistic missile defence systems made the potential aggressor vulnerable to a response strike.

We did our best to dissuade the Americans from withdrawing from the treaty. All in vain. The US pulled out of the treaty in 2002…

For a certain time, the question was not whether we would be able to develop a strategic weapon system – some wondered if our country would even be able to safely store and maintain the nuclear weapons that we inherited after the collapse of the USSR. Russia had outstanding debts, its economy could not function without loans from the IMF and the World Bank; the social sphere was impossible to sustain.

Apparently, our partners got the impression that it was impossible in the foreseeable historical perspective for our country to revive its economy, industry, defence industry and Armed Forces to levels supporting the necessary strategic potential. And if that is the case, there is no point in reckoning with Russia’s opinion, it is necessary to further pursue ultimate unilateral military advantage in order to dictate the terms in every sphere in the future.

Basically, this position, this logic, judging from the realities of that period, is understandable, and we ourselves are to blame. All these years, the entire 15 years since the withdrawal of the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, we have consistently tried to reengage the American side in serious discussions, in reaching agreements in the sphere of strategic stability…

Despite our numerous protests and pleas, the American machine has been set into motion, the conveyer belt is moving forward. There are new missile defence systems installed in Alaska and California; as a result of NATO’s expansion to the east, two new missile defence areas were created in Western Europe: one has already been created in Romania, while the deployment of the system in Poland is now almost complete. Their range will keep increasing; new launching areas are to be created in Japan and South Korea. The US global missile defence system also includes five cruisers and 30 destroyers, which, as far as we know, have been deployed to regions in close proximity to Russia’s borders. I am not exaggerating in the least; and this work proceeds apace.

So, what have we done, apart from protesting and warning? How will Russia respond to this challenge? This is how…

New York TimesPutin’s ‘Invincible’ Missile Is Aimed at U.S. Vulnerabilities

i24 (AFP) – Russia test-fires ‘ideal’ hypersonic missile

RT Goodbye ‘Satan’: Russia to get rid of iconic ICBM & get top replacement

Russian nuclear subs quietly reached US coast & left undetected – Navy officer

Consortium News (Gilbert Doctorow) – Missile-gate: U.S. Intel Misses Russia’s Big Advances in Nuclear Parity

Calling for Arms Talks with Russia, is the U.S. Raising a White Flag?

FOX NewsUS Navy’s Virginia attack submarines will now fire nuclear weapons, marking dramatic shift

TimeMikhail Gorbachev: The U.S. and Russia Must Stop the Race to Nuclear War

Club OrlovBetter Nukes for a Safer Planet

Washington ExaminerOfficial Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps

 China’s hypersonic weapons could sink US aircraft carriers, Pentagon official says

Reuters‘Significant’ consequences if China takes key port in Djibouti: U.S. general

Zero HedgeNorth Korea Ready To Denuclearize “If Regime Safety Is Guaranteed”

US Imposes More Sanctions On North Korea Despite Diplomatic “Breakthrough”

FOX NewsTrump-Kim summit plan draws positive reactions from key players

Antiwar (David Stockman) – Trump’s Spur of the Moment ‘Yes’ Unmasked 68 Years of Washington Duplicity

Strategic-Culture (Peter Korzun) – With World Focused on North Korea, Japan Quietly Expands Its Military Might

Taiwan NewsTaiwan receives direct threats of war from China over US passage of Travel Act

ReutersXi warns Taiwan will face ‘punishment of history’ for separatism

BBCChina’s Xi allowed to remain ‘president for life’ as term limits removed

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Tolo News) – Pak/US Historical Sabotage of ANY Afghan Peace Efforts

Eurasia Future (Andrew Korybko) – The FSA’s Victory In Afrin Exposed Alt-Media’s Fake News About Syria

Rudaw (March 7) – Turkey boosts tank defences in Afrin as SDF claims 96 armoured vehicles destroyed

(March 30) – Afrin civilians claim targeted by Turkey-backed militias when returning

Turkey commences Tal Rifaat operation

Al MonitorDeciphering Russia’s delivery of Tell Rifaat to Turkey

Yazidis in Iraq’s Sinjar brace for possible Turkish attack

SputnikIranian General Wants to ‘Slap West in Face’ With Proof of US-Daesh Cooperation

Global Research (Eric Zuesse) – Trump Seeks Congressional Funding for 60,000-Man Army to Overthrow Assad

WaPo –  After reports of chemical attacks, White House considers new military action against Syrian regime

TASSRussia vows to retaliate against militants’ possible provocations in Syria

By the end of the month – after Putin’s address and Tillerson’s exit – Mr. mixed-messages Trump was doing an about face…

Wall Street JournalTrump Freezes Funds for Syrian Recovery, Signaling Pullback

Meanwhile, however, a warm up for Armageddon?…

Breaking DefenseUS, Israel Begin Joint Anti-Missile Operations In Juniper Cobra

Jerusalem PostU.S. and IDF troops, in major joint drill, simulating battle on 3 fronts

“The United States and Israel enjoy a strong and enduring military-to-military partnership built on a trust that has been developed over decades of cooperation,” said USAF Third Air Force commander Lt.-Gen. Richard Clark, who also serves as the commander for the deploying Joint Task Force – Israel…

And those US troops who would be deployed to Israel, are prepared to die for the Jewish state, Clark said.

Unmentioned were the 34 Americans who already gave their lives for Israel, at the hands of the IDF, in 1967…

American Free PressUSS Liberty Memorial Planned for Visible Site Near Jerusalem

HaaretzIran, Syria and Saudi Arabia: Top Three Stunning Admissions From the Top U.S. General in the Middle East

MondoweissIsrael is trying to ‘suck America into’ Iranian war that could lead to world war — Lawrence Wilkerson

Al MonitorThe story behind Israel’s secret strike on Syria’s nuclear reactor

Israeli security forces posing as journalists endanger press

Videos expose shocking IDF cruelty

Experts speculate on causes of rising birth defects in Gaza

Israelis, Palestinians consider alternatives to two-state solution

Intercept“Rise and Kill First” Explores the Corrupting Effects of Israel’s Assassination Program

Times of IsraelLiberman: Abbas trying to force Hamas into conflict with Israel

Fuming at US, Abbas calls ambassador a ‘son of a dog, settler’

CounterpunchWill We Ever See Al Jazeera’s Investigation Into the Israel Lobby?

Middle East EyeSaudi corruption prisoner ‘died with swollen body and twisted neck’

BloombergPrince Alwaleed Reveals Secret Deal Struck to Exit Ritz After 83 Days

Israel HayomSaudi Arabia, Egypt set up $10B fund for planned mega-city in Sinai

NBC NewsU.S. sells 6,700 missiles to Saudi Arabia as part of $1 billion deal

U.S. officials: Saudi crown prince has hidden his mother from his father, the king

ThereAreNoSunglasses (a rough google translation of Ad-Diyar) – Saudi Boy-King A College Dropout and A Loser, Leading King’s Vanity Army To Hell

(Business Insider) – Saudis Boast of 7 Missile Interception, But Videotape Says Otherwise

Al ArabiyaSaudi embassy hosts first annual Saudi-US partnership dinner in Washington

Al Jazeera (Mohamed Elmenshawy) – JASTA: Still a thorn in the side of US-Saudi relations

Justice-Integrity (Les Jamieson) – 9/11 Case Against Saudis Moves Forward: The Tide Has Turned

GuardianUS investigation into BAE Saudi arms deal watered down, leaked memo suggests

Al MonitorUS still pouring weapons into Yemen war

Thousands forced from Libyan town stopped just short of home

Maghreb ConfidentialMisrata Free Zone declares independence from Tripoli

Husni Bey makes stealthy return to the port of Benghazi

Africa NewsGaddafi’s son, Saif al Islam welcomes Sarkozy arrest, offers evidence

RaialyoumQadhafi’s Revenge

N.Y. TimesU.S. Strikes Qaeda Target in Southern Libya, Expanding Shadow War There

INTERNATIONALIST 360°US Military Base in Ghana Sparks Nation Wide Protests

Popular ResistanceWestern Sahara Calls For Independence In Historic Symbolic Referendum

ReutersItaly’s League, 5-Star vie for power after inconclusive vote

EurozineSlovakia’s prime minister sets his sights on ‘Soros’

Zero HedgeU.S. Spy Drone Spotted Near Crimea After $47 Million Defense Purchase By Ukraine: Report

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Kyiv Post) – MH17-Linked Ukrainian Pilot Shoots Himself In Ukraine

Breitbart (Court News UK) – UK Court Hears of Plot To Rape, Dissolve in Acid Children For Pleasure of Unnamed ‘Top Politicians’

TelegraphRussian spy fighting for life after being ‘poisoned’ by unknown substance in Salisbury

GuardianRussian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead at his London home

Oriental ReviewFatal Quad: Who Is Assassinating MI6 Assets On British Soil?

Fort RussRussia shuts down undercover MI6 operation in Moscow

Craig MurrayThe Novichok Story Is Indeed Another Iraqi WMD Scam

Medium (Nafeez Ahmed) – The UK government is manufacturing its nerve agent case for ‘action’ on Russia

ExpressRussia WILL RESPOND! Kremlin issues NEW THREAT to UK as world braces for war rhetoric

Moon of AlabamaThe British Government’s ‘Novichok’ Drama Was Written By Whom?

Hillary Clinton Ordered Diplomats To Suppress ‘Novichok’ Discussions

The Duran14 questions for London on ‘fabricated’ Skripal case

The PostillonBritish police find Putin’s passport at scene of Salisbury poison attack

For the tone-deaf, Snopes sets the record strait – Did British Police Find Putin’s Passport at Scene of Salisbury Poison Attack?

Regrettably, this story is not a spoof, though it ought to be…

Washington ExaminerNikki Haley warns: Russia could use chemical weapons in New York

Across the pond, the D.C. Merry-go-round…

WaPoTrump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo

BBCEmails show UAE-linked effort against Tillerson

N.Y. TimesGina Haspel, C.I.A. Deputy Director, Had Leading Role in Torture

Pro PublicaCorrection: Trump’s Pick to Head CIA Did Not Oversee Waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah

Democracy Now“She Tortured Just for the Sake of Torture”: CIA Whistleblower on Trump’s New CIA Pick Gina Haspel

Law & CrimeProsecutors Reviewing Request to Issue Arrest Warrant for Trump’s New CIA Director

Steemit (Caitlin Johnstone) – Trump Promotes Longtime Russia Hawk Just As Russiagate Loses Momentum

The American Conservative (Gareth Porter) – The Untold Story of John Bolton’s Campaign for War With Iran

Just prior to his appointment as National Security advisor…

Wayne Madsen ReportMarch 13-14, 2018 — John Bolton seen more frequently around the White House

John Bolton, the only unconfirmed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to have ever represented his country in the international organization, has recently been seen more frequently around the White House. There are strong rumors that Donald Trump’s next purge will claim the National Security Adviser, Lt. General H. R. McMaster, and that Bolton has the inside track to replace him. Bolton taking over the National Security Council will, after a nine-year hiatus, put the neo-conservatives back in the foreign policy and national security driver’s seat in Washington…

Bolton, like Trump, is plagued by allegations of bizarre sexual activities. Bolton’s first wife, Cristina Bolton, claimed in court filings in Virginia that Bolton forced her into having group sex at Plato’s Retreat, a Manhattan swingers club that catered to heterosexual couples and bisexual women and operated between 1977 and 1985. The club was located in what had been a gay bathhouse known as Continental Baths. Plato’s Retreat moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where it changed its name to “321 Slammer” and is now a gay male sex club. On August 15, 1982, while John Bolton was on a two-week trip in his position as assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Mrs. Bolton fled their residence at 918 Grand Court, Vienna, Virginia, taking with her all of her personal possessions and most of the furniture…

Trump may not be the only top U.S. official with a blackmail problem over sex claims. A photograph of a bulletin board at Plato’s Retreat clearly offers customers the videotaping of their sex acts. [Pictured] Whether or not Bolton knows it, his “swinging acts” may have been captured on video, which may explain his subservience to Israel. Plato’s Retreat was founded by a high school friend of New York pornographer Al Goldstein. Goldstein had something in common with Trump’s convicted child molester friend, Jeffrey Epstein: they both shared the same criminal defense attorney, Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz has also been an ardent defender of Trump and his policies

March 28-29, 2018 — Worry at NSA that Kushner gave away the store to Israel

There are increasing worries that Donald Trump’s special adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, specifically requested Top Secret intelligence files to pass gleaned information to Israeli intelligence. WMR has learned from knowledgeable sources that Kushner’s compromise of National Security Agency and allied FIVE EYES partners’ intercepts of foreign leaders led to his losing his temporary access to Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (SCI).

According to our sources, NSA intelligence analysts became suspicious when Israeli companies specializing in not only gathering signals intelligence (SIGINT) information, but also protecting against such collection, began aggressively marketing their services to particular countries, especially those in Africa.

Kushner has already been accused of passing NSA communications intercept transcripts on key government and business leaders in Saudi Arabia to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). After determining who in the House of Saud and Saudi business community were opposed to his rise to power, MbS singled them out for arrest and torture. In a few cases, MbS’s targets were executed.

NSA fears that not only transcripts of its intercepts of Saudi officials were passed by Kushner to MbS, but also to the Israeli government. [right, Kushner pictured with his Israeli handlers in Jerusalem] This not only compromised targets of NSA’s wide surveillance net, but also the agency’s sensitive sources and methods for collecting such intelligence.

What alarmed NSA officials more than anything else is their observation that Israeli signals intelligence (SIGINT) companies, comprised of former SIGINT officers with Israel’s Unit 8200 communications intercept agency, began aggressively marketing offensive and defensive SIGINT capabilities to other countries. These countries are routine targets for NSA collection efforts. Through the use of the joint NSA-Central Intelligence Agency Special Collection Service (SCS), intercepts of diplomatic, military, and other official communications are provided in either full or abridged transcript form to cleared U.S. policymakers. These are the files that were routinely requested by Kushner for no apparent reason, raising eyebrows within the upper echelon of the National Security Council. One of those who raised concerns about Kushner’s “curiosity” for such information was Lt. General H. R. McMaster, who was recently fired by Trump, largely at the urging of Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump. National Security Adviser John Bolton, a pro-Israeli neo-conservative, has vowed to fire those who questioned Kushner’s motives and those of his father-in-law in not taking immediate steps to curtail Kushner’s access to such intelligence.

Kushner, who has no intelligence or military experience, specifically requested intercept transcripts on governments that are now on the receiving end of aggressive Israeli marketing efforts. Although Kushner has reported responsibilities for U.S. relations with the Middle East, Mexico, and China, there is no valid reason for him to have requested and read NSA transcripts of intercepted communications of such African leaders as Senegal’s President Macky Sall, Cote d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouatarra, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, or Gabon’s President Ali Bongo.

Many African countries use low-level forms of encryption, mostly supplied by French firms, that are easy to break. NSA is able to decrypt foreign communications, including those transmitted over Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), using a system code-named BIRDWATCHER, which forwards such coded communications to other NSA systems for code-breaking. However, Israeli firms are now able to sell more sophisticated systems to such governments. What the foreign governments do not realize is that Israeli intelligence has the decryption keys. Upgrading foreign government encryption with Israeli products also makes it that much harder for NSA to decrypt the communications, including e-mail. By providing such information on communication security vulnerabilities to the Israelis, Kushner has caused irreparable harm to U.S. national security. If such a security violation resulted in a criminal indictment, Kushner could be looking at multiple life terms in federal prison.

One such Israeli company that has moved into Africa to the chagrin of NSA and its partners in Britain and Canada is SAFNA, a firm headquartered in Israel’s “intelligence city” of Herzliya, where Unit 8200, [pictured left] the lesser known Unit 8100, and various Mossad operations are located. The company’s president is a Moroccan-born Jew named Didier Sabag, who also runs two Israeli firms based in Hong Kong, Hamsa Ltd. and Orot Ltd., both of which appear to be Israeli intelligence fronts. NSA is concerned that SAFNA will stymie its ability to monitor governments in the Sahel region that are also targets for the Islamic State and Al Qaeda jihadists. Governments courted by SAFNA include Morocco, Guinea-Bissau (a major transshipment point for narcotics from Latin America to North Africa and Europe), Benin, and the Central African Republic.

Another Israeli firm, A.D. Consultants of Nes-Ziona, Israel is marketing communications intercept and security equipment to President Alpha Condé of Guinea. Guinea is the location of mining resources coveted by Kushner’s real estate business partners, the Steinmetz family of Israel. Other African countries receiving full-court presses from A.D. Consultants, include Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, Cabo Verde, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Gabon, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Niger.

Other Israeli SIGINT firms are marketing their services in India. A recent visit by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to India cemented growing military and intelligence links between Tel Aviv and Delhi. Similar aggressive Israeli SIGINT marketing is being reported from Azerbaijan, which shares a border with Iran; Angola; Mozambique; Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; and the United Arab Emirates.

The compromise of SIGINT by Kushner followed the revelation that Lt. General Michael Flynn, Trump’s short-lived National Security Adviser, had a contractual relationship with another large Israeli cyber-warfare firm specializing in hacking computer systems. The firm was NSO Group Technologies, also located in the Herzliya espionage metroplex. Trump –whose presidential campaign’s links to the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica have been established — may also be linked to another Israeli electronic surveillance firm, Black Cube, primarily consisting of ex-Mossad officers. Black Cube cyber-spies were retained to penetrate the email and medical records of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, while he was a presidential candidate; and to dig up dirt on Kenyan opposition politicians; Mexican, United Arab Emirates, Moroccan, and Bahraini human rights activists; and women who accused disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.

NBC NewsHope Hicks told House Intelligence Committee she was hacked, sources say

USA Today (Gregory Korte) – A pardon expert emailed me his life’s work. Then he killed his two sons and himself.

Mint Press NewsIsrael’s Online Shadow Operations

Zero Hedge (citing Forbes) – Israeli Firm Can Now Hack Into Virtually Any Cellphone, Tablet

Electronic IntifadaHow “Russiagate” helps the Israel lobby

N.Y. TimesKushner’s Family Business Received Loans After White House Meetings

Mueller’s Focus on Adviser to Emirates Suggests Broader Investigation

WaPoMueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin

Al MonitorThe dealmaker: Mueller witness helped broker $4.2 billion Iraq-Russia arms deal

InterceptGeorge Nader, Cooperating Witness in Mueller Probe, Was Arrested for Child Pornography in the 1980s

BloombergMueller Subpoenas Former Trump Aide, Who Says He’ll Ignore It

Politico (citing Buzzfeed) – Felix Sater, businessman linked to Trump, claims to have been U.S. spy

CNBCTrump administration sanctions ‘Putin’s chef,’ other Russians over 2016 election hacking

TelegraphPoisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal was close to consultant who was linked to the Trump dossier

The HillAustralian diplomat whose tip prompted FBI’s Russia-probe has tie to Clintons

PoliZetteAussie Complaints Headed to FBI on Clinton Foundation’s Dealings Down Under

Channel FourRevealed: Trump’s election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians

WaPoRoger Stone claimed contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, according to two associates

Zero HedgeContradictions In Seth Rich Murder Continue To Challenge Hacking Narrative

– Brennan, Holder, Comey Rage After McCabe Fired; Veiled Threats And Temper Tantrums Fly

Sara A. CarterRobert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann, the FBI and the Mob

AL.comWho is Cameron Ross Burgess? 26-year-old Alabama man fatally shot himself near White House

As we’ve previously noted, this man has a knack of finding himself in the general vicinity of D.C. skullduggeries and the corpses left in their wake…

George Webb (Youtube) – Day 134.8. Don’t Rush North Gate at White House – Day 135.3 Marine Ones Become Attack Helicopters – Fiddler Knocked Off WaPo Roof? – Day 136.5. Two Loud Booms, Not Pistol Shots.Day 138.4 Why Go To DC From Florida To Commit Suicide When You Are Happy?Day 140.5. Children Protective Services Needs More Scrutiny

KVUETIMELINE: Bombs, explosions rock Austin over 19 days

InfowarsAre Austin Bombings Zodiac Part 2?

HuffPostCalifornia Cops Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man Stephon Clark In His Own Backyard

InterceptFBI Tracked an Activist Involved With Black Lives Matter as They Travelled Across the U.S., Documents Show

Disobedient MediaTexas Man Facing Weapons Charges Said He Was On Classified Government Mission “Dealing With A Virus”

State of the NationOPERATION HOGG WASH: Phase I of Deep State’s Psyop to Impose Strict Gun Control Measures Nationwide

James FetzerFOI Request reveals March for Our Lives planned MONTHS before shooting took place

Orlando SentinelPolice seize first firearms under Florida’s new gun-control laws

SHTFPlanSeattle Police Begin NAZI STYLE Gun Confiscation: No Laws Broken, No Warrant, No Charges

Trump Administration To Release Obama-Era Fast And Furious Documents

ThereAreNoSunglassesOrlando Gunman’s Afghan Father Collecting Money For Terrorism Against Pakistan

Newsbud (Kurt Nimmo) – Gun Control Mass Murder: The 25th Anniversary of the Waco Siege.

Who What WhyWhat’s Buried in the Missing JFK Documents?

APUS sets new record for censoring, withholding gov’t files

World Socialist Web SiteThe CIA Democrats

Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program

ReutersTrump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies – sources

InterceptThe Powerful Global Spy Alliance You Never Knew Existed

The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal

RT‘NSA-proof’ Tor actually funded by US govt agency, works with BBG, FBI & DOJ – FOIA docs

American Intelligence MediaDOJ SeS 500 DISCOVERED – THE PAYMASTERS OF THE DEEP STATE

Since October a mysterious, purportedly deep-state-white-hat oracle has been keeping the alt-blogosphere occupied with cryptic missives on 4/8chan; we haven’t been keeping up with it all, but thanks to “Rose” we can find it collated here…

roseramblesdotorgFind then here…all QAnon posts ~ March 7, 2018

A Russian version of the same?…

Newsbud (Philip Kovacevik) – Top General Reveals Russian Intelligence Documents: Secret Technology, Antarctica & the “Escape” of Hitler

Radio Free Europe/Radio LibertySuspected Russian Cocaine Trafficker Blames U.S. For Argentina Bust

CBS NewsEx-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress

Times UnionFBI raids NXIVM president’s house as Raniere appears in federal court

Crypto InsiderPuerto Rico: Crypto-Utopia or Crypto-Cult?

NPRAn Anarchist Explains How Hackers Could Cause Global Chaos

ReutersIn a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

Former Israeli spy chief and team of elite hackers form cybersecurity firm

New York Review of BooksThe New Military-Industrial Complex of Big Data Psy-Ops

GuardianRevealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

HaaretzIsraeli Spies, Ukrainian Honey Traps: The Dirty Tricks Used by Cambridge Analytica, the Firm Behind Facebook Data Breach

Bella CaledoniaSCL – a Very British Coup

Daily BeastMark Zuckerberg AWOL From Facebook’s Data Leak Damage Control Session

Zero HedgeObama’s Former Campaign Director Makes Bombshell Claim: Facebook Was “On Our Side”

CNN Reports From Stormy Daniels’ Latest Strip Club Performance

N.Y. Daily NewsSecond porn star claims President Trump invited her to hotel room wearing only ‘his tighty-whities’

Headlines of interest for February 2018 [updating]…

New York Daily News (AP) – Trump administration’s new nuclear policy falls short of campaign promises, takes tougher stance on Russia

Paul Craig RobertsThe Nuclear Posture Review

ReutersNorth Korea sends rare announcement to all Koreans, calls for unification

U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders – sources

KCNA WatchU.S. Hit for Bringing Clouds of War to Hang over Korean Peninsula

Alex Jones, at the “tip of the spear,” goes full neo-con…

InfowarsUS Intel: North Korea Planning Preemptive Strike Between March 28th And April 2nd

As old skeletons come out of the closet…

Medium (Jeffery S. Kaye) – REVEALED: The long-suppressed official report on US biowarfare in North Korea

(Caitlin Johnstone) – Gabbard: North Korea Has Nukes Because They Saw What The US Did To Libya

Libya Holocost

Libya War the Truth43,000 Tawergha People Returning Home Trapped by Misurata Terrorist Militiasn

Truthout (Gareth Porter) – How the Pentagon Enlisted Trump to Continue Its Perpetual “War on Terror”

Russia InsiderTurkey-Backed Rebels and US Troops Have Been Clashing for Months, but Pentagon Has Been Keeping It Under Wraps

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Asharo Al-Aswat) – Turkey Opens Fire on Regime Forces In Afrin

(SANA) – Syrian Press Reports US Occupiers Defend Al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda) Against Syrian Army Assault…100 Syrian Soldiers Killed

Today’s Drama Centers Around the Syrian Al-Tabiya Gas Field, 100 Syrian Soldiers Killed For Gas

SputnikMoscow Raises Questions About US Attack Against Pro-Damascus Forces in Syria

Zero HedgeRussian Fighter Jet Shot Down By Syrian Rebels, Pilot Killed

Video Captures Cruise Missile Strike On Militants That Shot Down Russian Fighter Jet In Syria

ThereAreNoSunglasses (SANA) – Israeli Press Confirms Syrian Shoot-Down of IDF F-16s Over Syria

SputnikWATCH Syrian Anti-Air Forces Shoot Down Israeli Combat Jet

Al MonitorNetanyahu focuses in on new archenemy

Israel moves forward with gradual annexation of West Bank

Trump opposes Netanyahu on annexation plans

Is Israel prepping its public for third Lebanon war?

Al Masdar NewsIsraeli DM claims eastern Mediterranean gas field belongs to them, not Lebanon

Press TVYemenis destroy Saudi-led missile system in Ta’izz with ballistic missile: Report

ReutersU.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. veto

Amity Underground (Conflict Armament Research) – International arms watchdog finds that most ISIS weaponry was purchased by the United States and Saudi Arabia before being shipped to opposition forces in Syria and Iraq.

Intelligence OnlineMohammed bin Salman prepares international roadshow

BBCSaudi king replaces military chiefs in shake-up

Al Monitor Saudis recruit legal muscle for leverage in US nuclear negotiations

With countering migration in mind, Italy to deploy troops to North Africa

ReutersMigrant boat capsizes off Libya, 90 feared dead, mostly Pakistanis

AntiwarPakistan Condemns Unilateral US Drone Strike on Their Territory

ThereAreNoSunglassesPakistan Lends Thousands of Troops Saudi Arabian Anti-Iranian Forces, Commanded By Former Pak. Army Chief

Washington’s Islamist Assets Being Relocated Once Again, This Time To Southeast Asia

Oriental Review (Andrew Korybko) – RAND Corporation Proves Link Between US Military And Hybrid War

Intelligence OnlineBusy times for the CIA’s favourite airline

Global Research (F. William Engdahl) – Washington’s Quad Alliance Targets China

IndependentIndia to build major military facility in Seychelles amid growing China influence

Eurasia Future (Adam Garrie) – Keeping Them Guessing: Duterte Has Secured a Weapons Deal For The Philippines, But He Won’t Say From Where

Venezuela’s “El Petro” Has Raised $732 Million As President Maduro Vows to Take On “Superman” – the US Dollar

teleSURMexico Arrests Ex-Chief of Israeli, US-Trained Elite Unit Over Disappearances

DWInvestigative journalist Jan Kuciak killed in Slovakia

Slovak SpectatorKuciak investigated links between politicians and mafia

Intelligence Online‘Oligarch list’ causes City headaches

The SakerUS sanctions, baffled Russians, hot air and history

ReutersRussia says U.S. ‘hunting’ for Russians to arrest around the world

North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas – sources

Refiner goes belly-up after big payouts to Carlyle Group

Zero HedgeRothschild Set To Crown Dynasty Heir As Head Of Legendary Bank

(Feb. 5) – Dow Crashes As Much As 1500 Points As Bond Yields Flash-Crash

“Termination Event” Arrives: Traders Panic As XIV Disintegrates -90% After The Close

Meanwhile, the memo war commences…

FISA Memo Released: Here’s What It Says

GOP Reps Seek Criminal Prosecution Of FBI, DOJ Officials For “Full Throated” Illegal Misconduct And “Treason”

Grassley: “2nd Dossier” Fed To Christopher Steele By Obama State Dept, Routed Through Clinton Crony

Steele Goes Dark; Ditches London Court Appearance Following Criminal Referral By US Senate

LaRouchePACNew “Grassley” Memo Exposes More on Coup Against Trump; Stakes Are War or New Paradigm of Development

FOX NewsClinton associates fed information to Trump dossier author Steele, memo says

Wall Street JournalFBI Officials Knew of New Clinton Emails Weeks Before Alerting Congress

Former Trump Aide Carter Page Was on U.S. Counterintelligence Radar Before Russia Dossier

Yahoo NewsMichael Isikoff describes crucial meeting cited in Nunes memo

VoxRead: Democrats’ response to the Nunes memo

Informed Comment (Juan Cole) – Spying on the Wrong People: The Hypocrisy of the Nunes Memo & FISA

Judicial WatchDocuments Reveal Obama State Department Provided Classified Records to Sen. Ben Cardin to Undermine President Trump

GaurdianMueller files new charges against ex-Trump aides Manafort and Gates

Disobedient MediaLawyers For The DNC Argue That Primary Rigging Is Protected By The First Amendment

Rense (Yoichi Shimatsu) – FL Valentine’s Massacre Saves DWS Dems From Awan Probe

FL School Attack Exposes Pedophile Jewish Vigilantes

Commando Strike In Parkland Is A Polygon Puzzle

‘March for Our Lives’ Is The Spearhead For A CIA Coup

Hogg-Tied To The Gunfire At Parkland School (Pt 5)

American EverymanFather of New Anti-Gun Crusader Works for Major CIA-Linked GWoT Defense Contractor

Parkland Shooting: Witness Says “3 Shooters” and Indicates They Were Wearing Masks

IntellihubTeacher grazed by Parkland shooter’s bullet: ‘Shooter was in full metal garb, helmet, face mask, bulletproof armor, shooting a rifle I never seen before’

News agencies sue for Parkland school shooting video footage captured on cameras outside school but not inside

SeemorerocksThe crisis industry spawned by the 2012 NDAA

Public Intelligence BlogMongoose: Parkland False Flag School Shooting — Chabad, Broward County, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Pedophilia Judges, and More…

Revisionist Review (Michael Hoffman) – Necromancy in Parkland at Stonemason High – The Ceremonial Aspects of our National Death Trip

AangirfanFlorida School False Flag

BloombergFlorida Teachers’ Pension Fund Invested in Maker of School Massacre Gun

Oddly, less than two weeks before the Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day massacre at Parkland, Fla. the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018 was introduced, but it has seen no action since the attack (Congress.gov).

Daily BellDomestic Terrorism Bill Targets Patriot Groups and Citizen Militias

Of course, when the feds “target” far right terrorists, as with radical Islamists, it usually means they are cultivating the same…

Free Thought Project (August 17, 2017) – Parents Catch FBI in Plot to Force Mentally Ill Son to Be a Right Wing Terrorist

Jon RappaportWorld famous psychiatrist says: more psychiatric drug treatment means more mass shootings will happen

Trump will meet his political Waterloo if he keeps up with this kind of talk…

USA TodayTrump says take guns first and worry about ‘due process second’ in White House gun meeting

Defense OneUS Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

NBC NewsSen. Tim Kaine demands release of secret Trump war powers memo

NewsbudRQ Construction to Build A Contingency Mass Migration Complex In Guantánamo Bay!

Unicorn RiotIcebreaker Pt 1 – Secret Homeland Security ICE/HSI Manual for Stripping US Citizenship

Pt 2 – Confidential Homeland Security Asset Forfeiture and Search and Seizure Handbooks

The NationThe FBI Is Setting Up a Task Force to Monitor Social Media

AntiwarState Dept Gets $40 Million to Fund Troll Farm

PJ MediaSharyl Attkisson Explains the Origins of the 2016 ‘Fake News’ Narrative in TedX Talk

Corbet ReportYouTube is Now ThemTube: Time to Flee the Failed Platform

We are entering the age of epistemic burlesque…

ViceAI-Assisted Fake Porn Is Here and We’re All Fucked

Evergreen DigestUS Military and Intelligence Agencies Have Turned Over 1,800 Movies and TV Shows Into Pro-War Propaganda.

But Russian click-bait is the real threat…

Moon of AlabamaMueller Indictment – The “Russian Influence” Is A Commercial Marketing Scheme

Unz Review (Philip Giraldi) – Russiagate Suddenly Becomes Bigger

(Mike Whitney) – Is John Brennan the Mastermind Behind Russiagate?

Medium (Caitlin Johnstone) – Ex-CIA Director Thinks US Hypocrisy About Election Meddling Is Hilarious

Hilarious: the fine art of Russian pranksterism…

Daily MailAdam Schiff sent his staff to try and collect ‘classified materials for the FBI’ after Russian pranksters told him Putin has NAKED blackmail pictures of Trump

N.Y. TimesU.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russian Peddling Trump Secrets

USA Today3 arrested after SUV crashes main gate of NSA headquarters; 3 injured

MotherboardKey iPhone Source Code Gets Posted Online in ‘Biggest Leak in History’

ARLnowHazmat Situation at Marine Corps Headquarters

He specialized in Zika and Ebola, and in emergency response…

NBC NewsCDC employee Timothy Cunningham went missing more than a week ago

Daily StarUS nuke dome LEAK: Fatal RADIOACTIVE waste from 43 tests POURING into ocean

ENENewsReport: Massive radiation leak at Fukushima plant — Extremely high levels being detected outside reactor — Officials can’t explain why — Expert warns of global threat: “It’s a disaster of unseen proportions”

Government.no (Norway) – The government proposes to allocate 100 million NOK to upgrade the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Space NewsAir Force Chief Goldfein: ‘We’ll be fighting from space in a matter of years’

CBS NewsHawaii man who sent alert says he was “100 percent sure” attack was real

World Socialist Web SiteFalcon Heavy launch marks new stage in the privatization—and perversion—of space exploration

Headlines of note for January 2018 [updating]…

A dated but timely read?…

Commentary (Henrik Bering-Jensen / Dec. 1, 1984) – Dezinformatsia: Active Measures in Soviet Strategy, by Richard H. Shultz and Roy Godson

Empty WheelOn Disinformation and the Dossier

Gordon M. HahnRussian Propaganda Machine: Much Ado About Little as Compared with Western Stratcomm

Dances with Bears (John Helmer) – THE CIA BULL IN GLENN SIMPSON’S RUSSIA SHOP

FOX NewsHouse Intel votes to release controversial surveillance memo to the public

Zero HedgeSecond “Trump Dossier” Emerges One Day After FISA Memo Vote

FBI Director Wray “Shocked To His Core” By FISA Memo, McCabe ‘Removed’ Next Day, More Heads To Roll: Report

Trump Refuses To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

SputnikRussia Intercepts US Spy Plane in International Airspace Over Black Sea

Washington Free BeaconPentagon: China, Russia Soon Capable of Destroying U.S. Satellites

Earlier in the month…

Bloomberg (Jan. 8) – Classified Military Satellite Goes Missing After SpaceX Launch

Digital TrendsDid SpaceX lose the classified Zuma payload during its latest launch?

Washington Post (Jan. 13) – ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,’ the alert screamed. It was a false alarm.

Hawai’i Free Press38 Minute Delay–State EMA Got Permission from FEMA Before Retracting False Alarm

Daily Mail (Jan. 16) – Japanese broadcaster issues false North Korea ballistic missile alarm urging people to take shelter just three days after alert caused panic across Hawaii

Wayne Madsen Report (Youtube) – January 15-16, 2018 — Why was MSNBC reporter inside Hawaii emergency center just before missile warning was sent?

What was an MSNBC reporter, who is normally based in New York and Los Angeles, doing at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency just hours before “mistake” was made in transmitting missile alert warning? Jacob Soboroff has close links to Israel and the Los Angeles Police Department.

NJ.com (Jan. 18) – TV crew tried to sneak fake explosive device through Newark Airport security, feds say

Live ScienceIs America’s Spy Plane Back — and Hypersonic?

IS largely defeated in Syria, and yet the war continues…

RTRussian army repels attack by 13 militant drones on its Syrian compounds – MoD

Russia knows who staged attacks on Syrian base & it’s not Turkey – Putin

South FrontRussian Military Advisors Are “Attached To Nearly All Units” Of Syrian Government Forces – General Staff

Fort RussTurkey begins invasion of Kurdish-held Afrin in northern Syria as Russian personnel withdraw

Al Masdar News‘We saw them with our own eyes’ – SDF fighters share footage of IS convoys leaving Raqqa

Al MonitorIs Islamic State back in Kirkuk?

Is Turkey aligned with al-Qaeda affiliate in Idlib? 

Turkey is becoming new hub for Salafist-jihadi exodus from Syria

Israel National NewsErdogan: Assad is a terrorist

AntiwarSyria Confirms Major Israeli Attack on Damascus

Sputnik (ФАН) – Russian Journalists Blow Lid Off Alleged US Terrorist Training Network in Syria

Times of IsraelReport: US, Israel sign secret pact to tackle Iran nuclear and missile threat

Israel and the United States have secretly signed a far-reaching joint memorandum of understanding providing for full cooperation to deal with Iran’s nuclear drive, its missile programs and its other threatening activities, an Israeli TV report said.

The document was signed on December 12 at the White House, culminating intensive talks between representatives of the major Israeli and American intelligence and defense hierarchies, headed by the US and Israeli national security advisers, H. R. McMaster and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, the Channel 10 report said Thursday.

IndependentWhy is Trump’s man in Iran, Michael D’Andrea, missing from conversations about the protests?

SputnikIran Envoy to UN: Tehran Has ‘Hard Evidence’ Protests Incited From Abroad

Wall Street Journal (archive.is – June 2 2017) – CIA Creates New Mission Center to Turn Up the Heat on Iran

The Iran Mission Center will bring together analysts, operations personnel and specialists from across the CIA to bring to bear the range of the agency’s capabilities, including covert action. …

Trend News Agency (Dec. 13) – Iran’s intelligence forces disband counterfeit money gang

Moon of AlabamaIran – Regime Change Agents Hijack Economic Protests

Consortium NewsIntel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor

Mondo WeissA foreign leader — Netanyahu — set Trump’s agenda in Middle East, Michael Wolff book says

ReutersTrump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote

Al MonitorTrump’s Jerusalem decision opens Israeli expansionism floodgates

Israel seeks to revive long abandoned railway to Gulf

Israeli nationalists’ messiah complex

HaaretzPreacher Pence’s Speech to Israel’s Knesset Had Everything but Fire and Brimstone

Ruptly (Youtube) – Israel: Brawl disrupts Pence’s address to Israeli parliament

Times of IsraelSettlers filmed destroying 100 Palestinian olive trees as IDF appears to look on

Middle East MonitorIsrael assassinates more people than any Western country, concludes new book

ThereAreNoSunglasses (ANSAmed) – Judge indicts Israeli agents for MP Hariri assassination plan

(Yeni Şafak) – U.A.E., Mohammed Dahlan and Zionist Terrorist Conspiracies Called “DAESH”

(Al Bawaba) – Bomb Under Seat of Hamas Official In Sidon 1st. Military Action By Dahlan’s Terrorist Forces?

(Hurriyet) – US Announces Plans For 30,000 Man Terrorist Army In N. Syria, Turkey Declares Intention To Destroy Same Force

Turkey launches ‘Olive Branch Operation’ against ‘PKK threat in Syria’

Zero HedgeUS, Turkish Troops Headed For Military Showdown In Syria

Stars and StripesPentagon budget calls for $143 million buildup at Jordan air base

Al SuraJordan’s King arrests brothers and cousin in suspected Saudi-led coup

Intelligence OnlineWashington and Riyadh proceed with plans to make Morocco an ISR heavyweight

Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – What Is ‘Safari Club II’ and How It Can Change Middle East Dynamics

KhameneiRecent damage inflicted on Iran by U.S. will gain a response

Al ManarShamkhani: Saudi Launching Proxy War against Iran

American ConservativePropaganda Aiming to Prove Iran Supplied Missiles Backfires

Middle East MonitorYemen’s Houthis control 100 miles of Saudi Arabia’s territory

(Basler Zeitung) – Swiss Newspaper reveals: Secret military cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel

Mondo WeissHow Zionism helped create the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Al MonitorSaudi Arabia uses aggression abroad to calm clerics at home

Libyan slave trade feeds on endless supply of migrants

Erdogan’s Ottoman dream causes storm in Red Sea

Indian Ocean NewsletterThe Turkish crescent arcs across Egypt and Saudi Arabia

ThereAreNoSunglasses (Pajhwok) – Turkey hosts Afghan talks with Rebel Taliban faction, Loyal To Mullah Rasoul

TelegraphBritish 15-year-old gained access to intelligence operations in Afghanistan and Iran by pretending to be head of CIA, court hears

XinhuaIran’s top leader says U.S. relocates IS to Afghanistan

AntiwarPentagon Considers Sending Another 1,000 US Troops to Afghanistan

Times of India‘From our bases, you attacked Afghanistan 57,800 times’, says Pak foreign minister to US

SputnikPakistan’s State Bank Green Lights Yuan-Based Trade With China

Russia Truth (Adam Garrie) – The Yuan Brings About Pakistan’s Second Declaration of Independence

Wall Street JournalWith U.S. Aid Cut, Pakistan Drifts Closer to China

Huawei, Seen as Possible Spy Threat, Boomed Despite U.S. Warnings

Intelligence OnlineMacron scores top marks with Chinese intelligence

Beijing pursues plan to dominate GEOINT sector

South China Morning PostChina ‘warns off’ US destroyer near South China Sea’s strategic Scarborough Shoal

The DiplomatWhen a North Korean Missile Accidentally Hit a North Korean City

ReutersU.S. hails Korea talks, despite North’s rejection of denuclearization

Medium (Caitlin Johnstone) – Gabbard: North Korea Has Nukes Because They Saw What The US Did To Libya

AntiwarCar Bombs Hit Mosque in Libya’s Benghazi, Killing Dozens

Klagemauer.tv« Les crimes atroces contre le peuple libyen » (mémorandum du Dr. Saïf Al-Islam Kadhafi)

The DuranSaif al-Islam Gaddafi to run for President of Libya in 2018

Global Research Obama’s Trojan Horse: America’s Cuban Soft Coup

(Tony Cartalucci) – Sanctions, Subversion, and Color Revolutions: US Meddling in Cambodian Elections

GuardianFive Britons arrested for ‘pornographic dancing’ in Cambodia

Fresh News –  36 Illegal Foreigners Arrested, No Passport but Drug

NDTV“Marriage Made In Heaven”, UN Vote Won’t Affect Ties: Netanyahu On India

ThereAreNoSunglasses Imperial Plan To Use Civil War As Gas and Oil Valve–PART II

Daily MailRussia simulated invading Europe and bombing Germany with massive drills just months ago, analysts reveal

Consortium News (Gilbert Doctorow) – A Coming Russia-Ukraine War?

ABC NewsUS to send anti-tank missiles to Ukraine

Oriental ReviewUkraine’s future Nazi leader?

New Low of Ignorance: Nikki Haley Targetted by the Russian Pranksters

Moon of AlabamaSlapstick In Kiev

Domestic U.S. news…

Sputnik (Loud & Clear) – DC Political Elite Form Circular Firing Squad as “Russiagate” Unfolds

GefiraBannon’s target isn’t Trump, it’s still Kushner

Disobedient MediaCourt Order Confirms DNC Fraud Lawsuit Appeal Will Proceed

The Hill (John Solomon) – Comey’s original Clinton memo released, cites possible violations

FBI launches new Clinton Foundation investigation

TMZBill and Hillary Clinton House Fire!!!

Washington TimesClintons’ ‘Mr. Fixer,’ ally Sidney Blumenthal emerge on list of Russia collusion figures

George Webb (Youtube) – Day 102.4 Uranium One, Andrew You Stole For Hillary

(Dec. 9) – Day 50.7. Final Thoughts on Mark Lambert

Zero HedgeDOJ Unseals Indictment Involving Uranium One Scandal

GOP Senators Ask For Criminal Probe Of British Spy Who Wrote “Trump Dossier”

FBI Agents Discussed “Secret Society” Within DOJ And FBI Working To Undermine Trump

Daily CallerFBI ‘Failed To Preserve’ Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Agents

Gateway PunditCONFUSION: FBI Claims Five Months Of Strzok-Page Texts Missing — Yet DOJ IG Says He Received Them In August

N.Y. Post (Judicial Watch) – Classified documents among newly released Huma Abedin emails found on Weiner’s laptop

Politico – NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve

InterceptNSA Surveillance Bill Would Legalize Loophole That Lets FBI Spy on Americans Without a Warrant

ReutersSenate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

Free Thought ProjectAs No One Watched, Trump Pardoned 5 Megabanks For Corruption Charges—Who He Owes Millions

Sessions Wages War on Natural Weed, As He Grants Maker of Fentanyl a Monopoly on Synthetic THC

USA TodayIn stark reversal, Trump administration removes Florida from offshore drilling targets

AxiosTrump team considers nationalizing 5G network

Project VeritasSr Network Security Engineer Reveals Twitter Ready to Give Trump’s Private DMs to DOJ

UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Twitter Engineers To “Ban a Way of Talking” Through “Shadow Banning,” Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions

HIDDEN CAMERA: HUNDREDS of Twitter Employees Paid to View “Everything You Post Online” Including Private “Sex Messages”

International Business TimesJulian Assange says Google and Facebook have become an ‘existential threat to humanity’

GuardianGeorge Soros: Facebook and Google a menace to society

InterceptFacebook Says it is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

ReutersHow a researcher hacked his own computer and found ‘worst’ chip flaw

WaPoU.S. military reviewing its rules after fitness trackers exposed sensitive data

The NationThe Disturbing Parallels Between US Policing at Home and Military Tactics Abroad

Unicorn RiotMinneapolis Unrolls Corporate Red Carpet & Largest Security Op for Super Bowl LII

Zero HedgeAlarming Rise In The Number Of Gun-Store Burgalaries Across America

IntellihubStephen Paddock’s brother Eric is furious at the coroner’s decision to cremate, not deliver, alleged shooter’s body

Body autopsied by doctor likely not Steven Paddock’s, official LVMPD report reveals

Stephen Paddock requested a suite in another wing of hotel before being internally reassigned to 32-135

Free Market ShooterLas Vegas Update: Irregularities Cause Story Behind Massacre To Stink To High Heaven

Las Vegas Review JournalSearch warrant document names 2nd ‘person of interest’ in Las Vegas shooting

Top Secret WritersCIA Agent Says Agency Supplies Pedophiles With Children

CBC NewsBarry and Honey Sherman were murdered by multiple killers, private investigators believe: source

Rest in Peace, Robert Parry…

Consortium NewsRobert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews