…among our headlines of interest, mid to late April through May 1, 2017…
[Editor’s note May 3: we have updated since the May 1 posting – catching up with a very busy month]
In the the days just preceding and following Trump’s unexpected turnabout in his Syria policy (the 48 hour switch from ‘Assad can stay’ to ‘Assad must go’ following his alleged 4/4 sarin attack, whence POTUS 45 honored the August ’13 “red line” of POTUS 44), there were a series of incidents in the vicinity of the Joint Base Andrews (the home of Air Force One) that recall the specter of the “Angel is next” threats received by George W. Bush during the 9/11 attacks – the threats are examined in Chapter IX of Webster Tarpley’s 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, currently out of print, but copied at 911truth.org: “ANGEL IS NEXT” – THE INVISIBLE GOVERNMENT SPEAKS and summarized at 911blogger.
In early April of 2017, it sounded as if a small battle were taking place just outside of Washington D.C…
WUSA9 (April 5) – Pilot ‘did all he could’ before plane crashed near Joint Base Andrews
Baltimore Sun – F-16 crashes in Prince George’s near Joint Base Andrews
Some residents in the area told reporters that they heard what sounded like gunfire after the crash.
Military officials said the plane was armed with “training rounds,” which are real bullets that lack the armor-piercing and explosive capabilities of rounds used in combat…
Crystal Hollingsworth, who lives near the crash site and had to evacuate, said she heard a “huge crash” followed by the sound of “live rounds.” Crystal Hollingsworth’s husband, Tony Hollingsworth, said the “house shook” and he also heard the sound of gunshots in the woods, something that “sounded like a shootout.”…
Brady [Prince George’s County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady] said he tweeted pictures from the crash scene from his official account but then was asked by military police on the scene to delete those images. The military did not explain why it did not want the images to be published, he said. He deleted the images about 20 minutes after posting them. “
I simply was complying with the request from the military,” he said.
The pilot, whom military officials would not identify, had only seconds to find a safe place to drop tanks containing more than a ton of jet fuel,… The pilot safely ditched the tanks, which military patrols would later recover. The plane plunged into woods flanked by suburban cul-de-sacs. The crash was close enough to spray debris and set small brush fires in the surrounding neighborhood…
Patrick Dodson had just stepped out to his front porch Wednesday morning in Clinton, Md., when a noise made him glance up….“I’d never in my life thought that I would run toward a falling jet,” said Dodson, 38…
A fireball rose in the air. The blast knocked Dodson off his feet, he said. He jumped up and kept running, only to feel sharp stings in his arm and hand. He pulled a small piece of metal from his thumb, so hot he dropped it immediately. He could hear the whizzing of what sounded like bullets all around him, and he ducked momentarily around the corner of a house, wondering if a jet-load of ammunition was about to explode. Later, homeowners would report hearing the “pop” of exploding rounds for at least 10 minutes after the crash.
Infowars (NBC News rejecting link) – F-16 Military Plane Crashes Near Joint Base Andrews: Sources
The base added that the single-engine jet, which is part of the D.C. Air National Guard’s 113th Wing, carried only one person — an update from earlier reports that a second person was on board.
Days later, a close call with Air Force One?…
Voice of America (April 9) – Reporters Surprised When Another Plane Spotted Close to Air Force One
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MARYLAND — A U.S. military plane appeared to come unusually close to Air Force One moments before the jet carrying President Donald Trump landed at Joint Base Andrews on Sunday.
The sighting aboard Air Force One of a C-17 Globemaster occurred at 6:23 p.m. (2223 UTC) as the presidential aircraft was descending into its home base located in the state of Maryland, just outside Washington…
Several journalists, including a VOA correspondent aboard the flight witnessed the incident after being alerted by Associated Press staff photographer Alex Brandon who managed to snap a picture of the other plane after it approached at a slightly lower altitude from the north and veered off to the starboard (right) side of Air Force One. [photo]
Those from the media who saw the other plane, including a television audio technician who has been flying on Air Force One since the Carter administration, agreed they had never witnessed such a close encounter aboard the presidential aircraft…
Now back to the Masters…
Among others on the flight were the president’s chief strategist Steve Bannon; adviser Stephen Miller, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, Joe Hagin…
N.Y. Post (April 11) – Trump won’t definitively say he still backs Bannon
A week later, and a little further south…
Wayne Madsen Report – April 6-7, 2017 — Neocons now ascendant in Trump administration
On February 15, 2017, WMR warned that there was a civil war within the Trump administration between alt-right players surrounding presidential strategic adviser Stephen K. Bannon and neo-conservatives in Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s circle. With the removal of Bannon as a principle member of the National Security Council, the neocons have won the civil war. Henceforth, the United States and the world can expect a Trump administration foreign policy that differs little from that of George W. Bush.
There are reports coming out of the White House press corps that Bannon’s high-visibility irritated Trump, hence his dismissal from the NSC. It is not quite that simple, however. Trump, besieged by congressional investigations over his links to Russia, pivoted in foreign policy with the help of the neocons and American state security apparatus. The latter is represented by National Security Adviser Lt. General H.R. McMaster and his deputies K. T. McFarland, a longtime gadfly among the neocon Right, and Dina Powell, who is married to the managing director of the powerful and very-much “connected” DC public relations firm of Quinn, Gillespie & Associates.
Before Bannon could be demoted, the White House had to rid itself of McMaster’s predecessor, Lt. General Mike Flynn. Flynn’s entourage at the NSC have largely been purged. Reports of Blackwater founder Erik Prince meeting with a Russian government official in Seychelles in the Indian Ocean involved the government of Abu Dhabi acting as an intermediary. The goal was to establish a pre-inauguration back channel between the Trump team and Moscow. Prince now bases his mercenary company, Reflex Responses, in Abu Dhabi, courtesy of his chief patron, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the future president of the United Arab Emirates. It is now known that Bannon was likely involved in setting up the covert meeting between Prince and the Russian official in Seychelles.
The surprise decision by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes to step aside from chairing his committee’s investigation of the Trump White House’s and campaign’s relationship with Russia hands the gavel over to Representative Mike Conaway, who represents the Midland, Texas area and is a close friend of the Bush family. Chalk that up as another win for the neocons.
The effects of the Kushner-dominated White House have already been seen. Kushner’s ascendancy over the demoted Bannon was recently on display as Trump’s son-in-law, someone with absolutely zero experience in foreign policy or the military, accompanied Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford to Iraq on a fact-finding mission. In reality, this trip by Kushner was to prepare him for a higher-visibility role within the Trump White House in a multitude of areas. No sooner had Kushner and Dunford returned to Washington, Dunford, who had been dropped from the NSC, was reinstated as a full principle member. And simultaneous to Bannon’s demotion from the NSC, the Director of National Intelligence, former Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, a close friend of Vice President Mike Pence, was also restored to full membership on the NSC. The team of Kushner, Pence, and Coats ensures that the neocons are now fully in charge of Trump’s foreign policy apparatus…
The consequence however is not only to adopt the preventative intervention policy of Bush, but to embrace the Responsibility to Protect doctrine (R2P) of Obama – these two doctrines in fact are variations upon each other, working hand in hand in succession with the patina of “change” for the domestic audience particularly during election season. By either approach, the result of the removal of “evil dictators” has been the relinquishing of territory to regional Al Qaeda affiliates (AQ of the Arabian Peninsula, the Islamic Maghreb, Al Nusra in Syria) as well as to the Islamic State. Hence, Trump goes from calling Obama the “founder” of ISIS (NYT 8/10/16) to adopting his policy…
…Who are the likely perpetrators (with Saudi, Turkish, Israeli, and/or US/UK intelligence benefactors) of the atrocity blamed upon Assad…
Similar to the August 2013 chemical attack allegedly perpetrated by Assad, claims and counterclaims are muddying Trump’s justification for the “kinetic action” (the familiar euphemism for war). A fourteen page report (PDF) of Theodore Postol (Professor Emeritus at MIT) is enough to raise serious doubt upon the veracity of the claim…
Naked Capitalism (Gaius Publius) – New Evidence that Syrian Gas Story Was Fabricated by the White House
Radio Sputnik (Soundcloud) – False Flag Attack: Ex-CIA Officer Unravels Idlib Chemical Incident
Robert David Steele, a former CIA officer who personally managed false flag operations, told Radio Sputnik. “We now know from a source that serves on the staff of one of three American traitors that I will name: Senator John McCain, former CIA Director John Brennan, and National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Herbert McMaster — [that] they conspired with Israel and Saudi Arabia. The White Helmets were paid over $300,000 and this was a false flag attack and an MIT professor [Theodore A. Postol] provided superb analysis which says that it was a ground improvised-explosive device and that was not sarin gas,” Steele said.
Meanwhile, the usual suspects of the MSM – who only days previously doubted every utterance issuing from Trump’s twittering maw – now are backing him up in the dubious claim…
And from the home of Saddam’s yellow-cake uranium…
New Eastern Outlook – French “Investigation” in Syria Neither Impartial nor Independent
Consortium News (Robert Parry) – Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence
Electrospaces – Mysterious devices in Trump’s pop-up situation room
But other channels remain open…
Fort Russ (translating InfolPolk.ru) – US Air Force requests Russian permission for flights over Syria
We had to bomb the children in order to save the children…
Risk Hedge – Did Russia Shoot Down US Missiles in Syria?
ThereAreNoSunglasses – Did Trump’s Missiles Get Past Putin’s Air Defense Shield?
Fars News Agency – Syria’s Shayrat Air Base Resumes Operation against Terrorists
Antiwar (April 8) – US Airstrikes Kill 21, Mostly Civilians, in Northern Syria
Al Masdar News (April 9) – US, Jordanian forces break into Syria to rescue rebels surrounded by ISIS
Zero Hedge (April 10) – Assad Accused Of Dropping Incendiary Bombs In Idlib Days After US Strikes
AMN (April 15) – Death toll from west Aleppo terrorist attack rises to 70
(translating SANA) – No Pause: Syrian Fight Against Terrorism Goes on With Full Force
(translating Almayadeen) – Up to 75 Saudi and Jordanian Terrorists Killed in the Syrian Army Operations
Following an earlier clash in the same border region…
Times of Israel – Ex-defense minister says IS ‘apologized’ to Israel for November clash
Al Jazeera (April 27) – ‘Israeli strikes’ hit arms depot in Damascus
Though explosions were reported in SW part of airport, perhaps this was helpful to ISIS? which had recently retreated from area 6 km E of airport. We’ll append a very tentative question mark to this headline…
ThereAreNoSunglasses (citing April 25 AMN) – Israeli Air Forces Destroy Weapons Depot Left By Retreating ISIS In Damascus ?
Al Monitor – How the IDF is plotting Islamic State’s next move
Middle East Monitor – Israel seeks buffer zone on borders with Syria
N.Y. Times (April 25) – Turkish Strikes Target Kurdish Allies of U.S. in Iraq and Syria
Rudaw (April 28) – PKK threatens war with Turkish forces following deadly air strikes
Seafarer Times (April 28) – Russian Spy Ship ‘Liman’ Sinks in Black Sea after Collision with Freighter Loaded with Sheep
Antiwar – Turkish Warplanes Bomb Northern Iraq; 62 Killed Across Country –ISIS Mutilating Own Members; 165 Killed in Iraq – Civilian Casualties in Airstrikes Reported; 114 Killed Across Iraq – Turkish Friendly Fire Kills Kurdish Troops; 86 Killed in Iraq – New Zealand and Australia Deploying More Troops; 134 Killed in Iraq – Fresh Civilian Airstrike Deaths; 151 Killed in Iraq – Bomb Targets Baghdad Police Station; 221 Killed in Iraq
Voice of America – Dozens More US Troops Deployed to Somalia
Middle East Eye – Five Sudanese troops killed in Yemen war
Fort Russ (translating Al Mayadeen) – Saudis Kill Own Soldiers in Yemen
ThereAreNoSunglasses (Dispatch News des K) – Moscow’s 11-Nation Peace Conference Boycotted By Both Taliban and Pentagon
Citing 9/11/05 NYT…
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 14, 2017
Ariana News – ‘MOAB’ Reportedly Did Not Target ISIS Cave Complexes
ThereAreNoSunglasses – MOAB Near Achin, Nangarhar–(watch in full screen)
AFP (Yahoo) – US Marines return to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand
Arms race underway…
Telegraph – Russian army ‘tests the father of all bombs’
Timeline of developments on the Korean peninsula…
NBC News (April 7) – Trump’s Options for North Korea Include Placing Nukes in South Korea
Military.com (April 9) – Carrier Strike Group Sails Toward Korea After North’s Missile Test
As the United States announced its independent North Korean behavior and moved the United States Navy’s nuclear-powered Calvinus (CVN-70) carrier class to Singapore, the Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances…
Japan’s Sankei Shimbun reported on the 9th that the Syrian missile strike in the United States shocked China, suggesting that the People’s Liberation Army forces are moving toward the Yalu River…
Yonhap News Agency (April 10) – S. Korea, China warn of strong response to N. Korea nuke, ICBM tests
Fort Russ (RG.ru) – Russian missile cruiser Varyag arrives in Korea before Americans
FOX News (April 12) – Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly near Japan, US officials say
LiveLeak – Chinese troops amassing on North Korean Boarder [sic]
DPRK advancing in quantum communication…
Zero Hedge (April 13) – North Korea Said To Be Preparing Nuclear Device Detonation; Test Site Is “Primed And Ready”
Antiwar (April 14) – Pentagon Denies Reports US May Attack North Korea Over Nuclear Test Plans
Korean Central News Agency – U.S. Provocative Option Will Meet Toughest Counteraction of DPRK: KPA General Staff
All the brigandish provocative moves of the U.S. in the political, economic and military fields pursuant to its hostile policy toward the DPRK will thoroughly be foiled through the toughest counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK.
Our toughest counteraction against the U.S. and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive.
Under the prevailing grave situation, the U.S. has to come to its senses and make a proper option for the solution of the problem.
The army and people of the DPRK will as ever courageously counter those who encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and will always mercilessly foil all the provocative options of the U.S. with Korean-style toughest counteraction
The Sun – MISSION KIMPOSSIBLE North Korea’s embarrassing missile launch failure may have been caused by US cyber attack as Donald Trump warns his military may ‘have no choice’ to strike the rogue nation
Yomiuri Shimbun – China, Russia send ships after U.S. aircraft carrier
BBC (April 17) – North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC
Guardian (April 18) – US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests, sources say
Korea Herald – Carl Vinson to arrive next Tuesday: Seoul
Wayne Madsen Report – April 17-18, 2017 — Trump’s neocon cabal misses the boat on North Korea
Donald Trump’s neo-con cabal of National Security Adviser General H. R. McMaster and his assistants Dina Powell and Fiona Hill, the latter in charge of the National Security Council’s Russia desk, are poor choices to gauge subtle messages coming out of North Korea. McMaster, a student of professional Army pencil sharpener David Petraeus, fails to grasp that there are many more methods to ascertain the policies of a secretive country like North Korea…
If the CIA and NSC were doing their jobs, which they are not, they would have focused on Kim’s choice of wearing a black suit, along with a white shirt and white tie, at the Pyongyang military parade. It was a signal that he, a civilian, exercises control over North Korea’s notoriously paranoid and rigid military. The North Korean military high command has enjoyed privileges not even extended to civilian government officials. There is a reason why most of the North Korean defectors originate from the civil government: the military brass have it reasonably well-off in North Korea. Therefore, in order to send a subliminal message to Pyongyang-watchers around the world, Kim ditched the green military outfit and the Communist period “Mao jacket” for a Western business suit. Kim’s white shirt with the white tie are also significant. In North Korea, the color white symbolizes purity, strength, and dignity. In other words, Kim was sending a message that he is willing to open up to Western ways, while preserving North Korea’s unique system and philosophy of self-reliance (Juche)… [img 1, 2, 3]
Yet, the sabre-rattling continues…
Reuters (April 20) – North Korea warns of ‘super-mighty preemptive strike’ as U.S. plans next move
Nikkei (April 21) – Beijing may cut crude oil to Pyongyang, says Chinese expert
Yonhap (April 23) – Third U.S. citizen detained in North Korea: sources
Amid much dreadful anticipation of a nuclear test on the NK state holiday, all that happened was…
Zoom in Korea – USFK and Riot Cops Continue Excessive Force to Deploy THAAD
Trump will be a real “lady killer”…
The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet warmongers started joint military exercise in the East Sea of Korea on April 29 defying the repeated warnings of the DPRK.
Hurled into the saber-rattling were Carl Vinson nuclear carrier strike force, Aegis destroyer, sea-patrol planes, helicopters and other lethal operation means of the puppet navy.
The U.S. imperialists and the puppet warmongers claim the exercise is a missile warning drill for detecting, tracking and intercepting missiles of the DPRK.
Nikkei (Kyodo) – Japan issues 1st order to protect U.S. ships amid N. Korea tension
DoD Buzz (May 1) – B-1B Bombers Fly Training Missions Near Korean Peninsula
The situation on the Korean peninsula proves once again that the U.S. is the chieftain of aggression and war, and harasser of peace who is escalating tension and that the DPRK was just and far-sighted when it opted for bolstering its powerful nuclear deterrence for self-defence under the uplifted banner of the simultaneous development of the two fronts.
If the DPRK had not had access to the powerful nuclear force and had not gotten itself ready to counter the U.S. and its vassal forces’ provocation with merciless military counteraction, the U.S. would have committed without hesitation the same brigandish aggression act in Korea as what it committed against other countries.
In order to check such high-handed and arbitrary practices and defend the sovereignty and the right to existence of the country and the nation, and to contribute to regional peace and security and genuine international justice, the DPRK has been bolstering its nuclear deterrence despite manifold difficulties.
The recent confrontation with the U.S. reminds us once again of the iron truth that one has to build one’s own strength in order to defend oneself from the whirlwind of history in which it is neither aided nor sympathized by anyone.
Now that the U.S. is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called “maximum pressure and engagement”, the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence.
The DPRK is fully ready to respond to any option taken by the U.S., and unless it withdraws its hideous hostile policy toward the DPRK and nuclear threat and blackmail, the DPRK will continue to bolster its military capabilities for self-defence and preemptive nuclear attack with the nuclear force as a pivot.
The DPRK’s measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership. -0-
Cryptome (John Stanton) – War with North Korea: No Joke
Strategic-Culture (Finian Cunningham) – Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran… Falsifying History is Uncle Sam’s Way to War
Not so quiet on the Western Front…
Another Trump policy flip? – compare to WMR Jan. 25, Trump quietly orders Pompeo to sever all CIA ties with George Soros – the CIA is still working with Soros foundations in E. Europe…
Wayne Madsen Report – April 28-30, 2017 — Trump enabling Soros “color revolutions” in Macedonia and Serbia
The current destabilization campaign is not only targeting the governments of Macedonia and Serbia, but also the Srpska Republic of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Federation. The CIA destabilization and coup efforts are, according to Balkans sources, part of an overall program code-named OPERATION WIZARD OF OZ. The operation is being staged from a joint CIA-British MI6 special station in Milan. The short-term goal of WIZARD OF OZ is to replace governments friendly to Russia in Macedonia, Serbia, and the Srpska Republic…
The CIA and Soros want to ensure that the Macedonian nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party and its leader, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who was forced out of office amid Soros- and CIA-financed street demonstrations in 2016, and President Gjorge Ivanov are forced from office. Soros and the CIA have groomed the pro-NATO and EU and anti-Russian Social Democratic leader Zoran Zaev to replace the VMRO-DPMNE. There are also plans afoot to eventually purge the VMRO-DPMNE from Macedonian politics in the same manner that the U.S. neocons destroyed the Ba’ath Socialist Party in Iraq and the pro-Russian Party of Regions in Ukraine. The VMRO-DPMNE is the successor to the anti-Ottoman Macedonian political party, also called the VMRO, during the period of Ottoman occupation of Macedonia…
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who has faced street protests similar to those taking place in Macedonia over his re-election sees a wider conspiracy by Soros and the West to undermine Balkans stability. Although Vucic won re-election with 55 percent of the vote, Soros groups charge that the vote was rigged and that Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party stole the election. As in Macedonia, the Soros groups, backed by the CIA, are demanding that the Serbian Progressive Party government resign along with Vucic…
Another target of the neocons, Soros, and the Trump White House is Srpska Republic leader Milorad Dodik, who has also faced protests. There are demands from the Muslim-dominated Bosnia-Herzegovina federation government in Sarajevo for Dodik and his Serbs to give up constitutionally-guaranteed autonomy of the Srpska Republic and start taking orders from Sarajevo and cut ties with the Serbian government in Belgrade. Serbia and Russia have come to Dodik’s defense and warned Sarajevo and its masters in the EU and NATO against any attempt to curtail the Srpska Republic’s self-government.
Vucic is well-aware that before he left as CIA director, John Brennan visited Tirana, Albania on December 7, 2016, to give a green light for the establishment of a “Greater Albania” incorporating the Republic of Albania, Kosovo, Albanian regions of Macedonia, and Albanian pockets in Montenegro. The action would likely spell the end of Macedonia, with the remaining portions of the nation being absorbed by Serbia and Bulgaria. Greater Albania would become an important religious, military, and political ally of Erdogan’s recreated Ottoman Empire. The plan by Soros, the CIA, NATO, and the EU for a Greater Albania now has the active support of Pompeo and the neocons within the Trump administration, including national security adviser and one-time General David Petraeus understudy Lt. General H. R. McMaster, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
Not just “soft power,” but tip of the spear sabre-rattling advances on Russia’s western borders as well…
Fort Russ (translating Русская весна) – “We Will Respond” – Russia states it will respond to Norwegian deployment of NATO missile systems
Washington Examiner – US stealth fighters intercept two Russian bombers near Alaska
FOX News – Russian bombers again fly near Alaska
Prensa Latina – Guatemala Opens Regional Military Exercises with USA
Summary of press conference following the April 12 Tillerson & Putin/Lavroff meetings…
Al Monitor – Assad’s departure still non-starter for Putin
How about Trump’s departure?…
The Democrats would rather sacrifice one of their own…
The Hill – Gabbard: ‘We need to learn from Iraq’
But Iraq went, as Syria is going, according to the plan…
Free Thought Project – Declassified CIA Doc Reveals Plan to Destroy Syria for Oil Pipeline, Predicts Current Crisis
As applied in Libya by the first African-American president, the policy of destabilization has had the ironic consequence of reviving an ancient, ignoble institution…
Black Agenda Report – Trump, Moved by Blond-Haired Victims, Surrenders to War Party
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Strategic Message Of The Syrian Strike
Thierry Meyssan has a rather optimistic take on these events…
Voltairenet – Trump – two steps forward, one step back
Much of what follows below however makes us less so…
The Saker – Trump has lost control over the Pentagon
IISS alumnus comes to aid of ISIS: Hillary Rodham McMaster carried out the order…
Disobedient Media – H.R. McMaster’s Ties To Soros-Supported Think Tank Raise Questions
ThereAreNoSunglasses (N.Y. Post)- 666 Fifth Avenue–Centerpiece In Kushner Empire, Obstacle To White House Ambitions?
Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Jared Kushner: A Suspected Gangster Within the Trump White House
Politico (3/15/17) – Dina Powell to be named Trump’s deputy national security adviser
Powell, an Egyptian-American and an Arabic speaker, has taken a more prominent role recently in foreign affairs with Trump. She was seated at the head of the table during his lunch with the Saudi deputy crown prince this week…
The ultimate test in proving the authenticity of Donald Trump as an American president shall be his actions (or preferably his lack of action) in allowing the JASTA cases to proceed to their conclusions, without any invocations of State Secrets Privilege or the like in the discovery process, or any concession whatsoever to the Saudi regime in shielding it from full disclosure and from the execution of justice upon it for its role (along with that of any collaborators, foreign or domestic) in support of the 9/11 attacks. “Hillary Rodham” McMaster however is pressuring him to intervene…
Mike Cernovich (Medium) – Trump has Major Trip to Saudi Arabia Planned, will Discuss Massive Weapons Deal for Saudis
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act will also be on the agenda. McMaster is loybbing Trump to give Saudi Arabia an exemption from JASTA.
His actions in complement to the Saudis in Syria, and in Yemen, and with growing belligerence towards Iran, moreover, are not encouraging either…
U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Saudi Arabia (April 8) – Readout of the President Trump’s Call with King Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
RT (April 13) – Saudi Arabia’s first Islamic bond sale raises $9bn
Shia Post (April 17) – Riyadh offers financial aid to Trump for continued strikes on Syria
Saudi Arabia has sponsored the United States’ recent missile strikes on al-Shayrat airbase in the Syrian province of Homs, Arab diplomatic sources revealed, adding that Riyadh has even offered more financial aid to Donald Trump for continued attacks on Syria.
“The Saudi officials who were not optimistic following the election of Trump decided to coax the American businessman into cooperation by financial offers,” a diplomatic source close to the Saudi family said on Sunday.
Referring to the Saudi King’s initiative for a phone conversation with Trump immediately after the US missile attack on Syria, the source said the phone call was not just aimed at expressing pleasure in the attack, and the Saudi King expressed the hope that similar strikes on Syria would be repeated by the US.
According to the source, King Salman has also underscored his country’s preparedness to provide Washington with great financial incitements to continue airstrikes on Syria.
Other source close to the Saudi family also said that Trump has ordered his team to assess the whole costs of launching missile attacks and airstrikes against Syria to be submitted to Riyadh…
Fars News Agency (April 18) – Analyst: US Bribed into Yemen War with $200bln
Fort Russ (translating April 19 Кто в курсе) – Saudi Arabia trying to oust Russia from European oil market
For the second month, the largest state-owned oil company of the country – Saudi Arabian Oil – is utilising the policy of reducing prices for oil of all varieties for the North-West Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as some Asian countries. It is noteworthy that another company – Aramco – raised the prices for the United States.
Zero Hedge (April 20) – Tillerson: ‘Iran’s Provocative Actions Threaten the United States’
Another Day in the Empire (April 23) – Mad Dog Meets with Israeli Leaders on Iran
Doth he protest too much?
Reuters (April 28) – Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defense
Intelligence Online – Sauds back in favour at the White House
Other emissaries for the Wahabbist regime…
Aangirfan – PENCE IN JAKARTA TO PROMOTE ISLAMISATION
Wall Street Journal – White House Intervened to Toughen Letter on Iran Nuclear Deal
انجمن نجات ايران – IRAN: Senator McCain Meets Maryam Rajavi, PMOI/MEK Members in Tirana
Cronkite News – Guess who’s coming to dinner? Trump hosts McCains, Graham
Liberty Blitzkrieg – Iraq War Architect, Paul Wolfowitz, is Becoming Optimistic on Trump
Paul Craig Roberts – Trump Now a Captive of the Deep State
Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – NATO’s Emerging Outsourced Eastern Flank
Al Monitor – Fears of foul play hang over Turkish referendum
Moon of Alabama – Trump Enthrones Erdogan – Destroys Trust In U.S. Diplomacy
Penny for your thoughts – “Barkey-ing” the Turkish Referendum
The ever quotable…
“…just give me vinegar and salt, I’ll eat his liver.”
As we have previously covered, Spain is an entry point into Europe of ISIS munitions; evidently, this particular ratline continues…
IntelNews (April 19) – British tip helped French police foil ‘imminent’ terrorist attack
It’s Going Down – “Night of Barricades” Erupts Against French Elections
Jacobin – The Mélenchon Factor
Olive Press – Baron Rothschild indicted in France over fraud case
Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – The Sovereigntist Movement Is Not Going Anywhere
International Business Times – Trump’s Pick For Drug Czar Hauled In Thousands Of Dollars From Drug Distributors He Wrote Bill To Protect
Occurences – George Webb deserves your time and attention
George Webb’s daily Youtube series continuing now into its seventh month. Some have noted that a particular Middle Eastern country – Israel – known to host organized crime networks (which specialize in many of the ratlines discussed) goes largely unmentioned in this series. A case of investigatory distraction? Don’t look at our mob, look at their mob! Perhaps, but that caveat aside, it’s presents valuable information, annotated by…
911bodysnatchers322 (Reddit) – Part 29: Cliff Notes, “Awan Brotherhood / Hillary’s Hackers”
Henry Makow – Kushners Belong to Jewish Supremacist Doomsday Cult
New American – Trump Picks Neocon to Head Council of Economic Advisors
Liberty Blitzkrieg – Goldman Sachs and the Deep State Have Taken Over the Trump Administration
Wall Street Journal – Exxon Seeks U.S. Waiver to Resume Russia Oil Venture
U.S. News – DHS Lays Groundwork for Deportation Force
It’s Going Down – Notes on Recent FBI Activity in the Northwest
Infowars – Video: Anti-Trump Vs Pro-Trump Brawls
Stock Board Asset – Yesterday’s Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm
Pink News (citing Новая газета) – Chechnya has opened concentration camps for gay men
Fort Russ (URA.Ru) – Fake News Bust: There are no “Gay Gulags” in Chechnya
Talking Points Memo – Two-Thirds Of Military Supreme Court Cases Are About Child Pornography
On his computer, police discovered ‘violent child pornography ‘snuff films,’ and images of Mork having sex with ‘seemingly unconscious women,’ police said
Does “Pizzagate” have anything to do with the apparent uptick in official pedo prosecutions? Within corporate Internet fiefdoms, however, the messengers are being targeted…
Blacklisted News – How Vault 7 Tools Used by Private Contractors Build MSM News
Intercept (Glenn Greenwald) – Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms
Intercept – NSA Blimp Spied in the United States
R.I.P. Don Rickles, who kept slinging the mockery to the very end – at 90, he was booked into 2018.
Still kicking, Lyndon LaRouche…
Executive Intelligence Review – The Bitch Set Him Up!
LaRouchePAC – LaRouche Denounces British Propagandists as Liars
American Spectator – Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump
MIT Technology Review – The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
ENE News – Fukushima a “ticking time bomb” — Fires now “raging” near nuclear plant — Blaze doubles in size; “Smoke rising from wide areas” — Concern over fallout of highly radioactive material; Officials closely watching radiation levels
– Mass die-off ongoing along US West Coast — TV: “It’s just not clear why all the marine life is washing up like this… Reports coming in every day” — Experts: ‘Unknown’ organisms eating away brains, hearts… New infection never seen before
On a happier note…
The villagers with their torches and pitchforks lay siege to Dr. Frankenstein’s castle…
Counter Current News – Tribunal Finds Monsanto Violated Global Food, Health and Environmental Rights
Free Thought Project – Thousands Sue Merck for Shingles Vaccine “Causing What It’s Supposed to Prevent”
Updates on old news…
Mint Press News – Boston Bombers Claim To Have Been Contacted By FBI Before Attack
Boston Herald – Feds refuse to share secret files with Tsarnaev lawyers
Republican American – Newtown waiting for Trump’s answer on school shooting deniers
Politico – Will Trump Release the Missing JFK Files?