FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW! May 22, 2018

Assange Team Lawyer: ‘It’s Important That Ecuador Maintains Independence From US’

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has blasted the country’s government for depriving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of access to the outside world. Meanwhile Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Maria Espinosa stated that she and the UK share the intention to solve the issue. Sputnik spoke with Greg Barns, a member of Julian Assange’s legal team. . . . Click article title to continue reading.

Trump Orders to Prevent Venezuelan Officials From Selling Off Public Assets Over ‘Fraudulent’ Election . . . and so it begins. . . 

US President Donald Trump has signed an order limiting the Venezuelan government’s ability to sell off public assets after its “sham” election, the White House stated.

The new order would prevent the selling off of the Venezuelan accounts receivable related to oil, according to the US official. 

“The President of the United States signed the executive order particularly in light of the recent activities of the Maduro regime, including endemic economic mismanagement and public corruption at the expense of the Venezuelan people and their prosperity, and ongoing repression of the political opposition; attempts to undermine democratic order by holding snap elections that are neither free nor fair; and the regime’s responsibility for the deepening humanitarian and public health crisis in Venezuela,” the White House representative said in a statement.

The senior administration official also said in the near future, the United States will work with the Lima Group in order to freeze proceeds from Venezuela.

The official said all potential tools the United States could use against Maduro in order to resolve the current situation in Venezuela remain on the table and are being reviewed. . . .Click article title to continue reading.

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With nothing much going on, I began to look around a little bit, and I came up with this very interesting video:

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Pompeo says ‘terrorist’ Iran turned Syria into ‘kill zone’. Or did the US?

Iran Announces Plan To Stay In Syria As Pompeo Issues Unprecedented Threats

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Tehran will struggle to “keep its economy alive” if it does not comply with a list of 12 US demands, including Iranian withdrawal from Syria.

Ex-Pentagon Adviser: Iraqi Citizens Voted for Independence From US, Iran

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Iraqi electorate voted to declare their independence from the United States and Iran in an election outcome that took US intelligence by surprise, former Department of Defense analyst Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski told Sputnik.

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Draghi Opened Pandora’s Box: Now Debt-Deflation Looms For Italy

“…agreement between the opposition parties in Italy means that the days of the Eurozone as we know it today may be numbered.  ..”

Isolated’ Russia welcomes investment funds worth over $13 trillion at St. Petersburg forum

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Trump Meeting With Rosenstein, Wray On Spying Concludes: Congress To See All “Highly Classified” Information

“White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested”

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

Propaganda! The Obamas team up with Netflix to pump out content

Supreme Court Crushes Unions By Limiting Collective Action Bargaining . . . down the line, this is going to be important.

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FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW! May 21, 2018, News . . . too much!

SPECIAL REPORT from Laura Walker of Oracle Report: IMPORTANT ASTROLOGY MAY 21 – 29, 2018. . .very strong energy this week!

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Skripal case no longer important: How Russia may soon become the EU’s darling, by Ekaterina Blinova

Former spy Sergei Skripal was discharged from Salisbury hospital on May 18. Speaking to Sputnik, Adam Garrie, director at Eurasia Future, opined that the British inquiry into the Skripals’ poisoning will end up with nothing to show and explained why Europe could soon ease anti-Russian sanctions and open its markets to China. 

No matter how much London wants to use the Skripal case as a stick to beat Russia with, it needs Moscow in its upcoming fight for the Iran nuclear deal abandoned by Donald Trump on May 8, Adam Garrie, a geopolitical analyst and director at Eurasia Future, opined.

“Now Europe will have to work with both Russia and China if it is serious about preserving the JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal), Europe (including Britain) may need to relax sanctions in a meaningful way because the JCPOA cannot be saved by Europe alone. Europe will need to work with Russia and China and this means dropping sanctions against Russia and opening up EU markets to China.” Click article title to continue reading. 

Scientists Revise Understanding Of Novichok After It Fails To Produce Expected Lethal Effects 🙂

” However, after studying the movements of the Skripals after being poisoned, we have now revised our understanding, and we now believe that one of its primary effects is to generate in its victims a strong desire to go out for a beer followed by a pizza…

Full stream ahead: Bulgaria wants natural gas pipeline directly from Russia

Iran nuclear deal signatories to meet in Vienna to save deal – report

The remaining members of the Iran nuclear deal are set to meet in Vienna in an effort to save the landmark agreement after Donald Trump pulled out earlier this month, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported. Germany, France, Britain, Russia, and China will reportedly meet in the Austrian capital in the next week, with the meeting being led by senior European Union diplomat Helga Schmid. They will discuss a new agreement similar to the 2015 deal, according to the newspaper. Any new deal is expected to limit Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its regional role, and may include financial aid to Iran. The countries are also expected to discuss EU measures to defend its interests against US sanctions. It is unknown whether Iran will be taking part in the meeting.

‘Strongest sanctions in history’: Pompeo issues 12 demands to Iran, vows ‘unprecedented pressure’

US ‘has bigger stick’ to hold EU hostage over Iran sanctions – ex-EU Commissioner to RT

Bypassing US sanctions, countering China: Why Modi’s ‘no agenda’ meeting with Putin is anything but

Narendra Modi arrives in Sochi for an “agenda-less” meeting with Vladimir Putin, but there won’t be time for chit-chat – the two men must save key arms deals left up in the air by US sanctions, and find common ground on China.

“This is a very different kind of meeting. Normally, we have a system of annual bilateral summits that are very structured, where you negotiate and you come out with documents, contracts and joint statements,” said Pankaj Saran, India’s ambassador to Moscow, ahead of his prime minister’s arrival in the Black Sea resort on Monday afternoon.

Instead, the one-day visit will provide a chance for the two leaders to develop “personal chemistry, build up their relationship” and “discuss issues important to their own countries,” said Saran. The trip was planned at short notice after Putin was re-elected for a fourth term in March, and will be conducted without honor guards, official dinners or other formalities.

‘US won’t dictate which weapons we can buy’

The issue that is equally important to both is the fate of Russia’s agreed weapons exports to India, estimated to be worth $12 billion. Ever since India declared independence, Moscow has sold far more arms to New Delhi than any other state.

But a major obstacle has risen in the shape of CAATSA, the anti-Russia, Iran and North Korea legislation passed by Congress last year. It not only penalizes Moscow’s own strategic industries, but is liable to sanction third-country companies working with Russian entities on the list, including Russia’s official arms trader Rosoboronexport.

On Saturday, US official Tina Kaidanow, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, who is herself traveling to India for talks later this month, warned New Delhi “to evaluate any potential large defense purchase from Russia seriously,” saying it must not “enable” Russia’s “malign behavior.”

So far, India has held steady in the face of this pressure, which Moscow views as an underhanded attempt to muscle into the largest arms import market in the world.

“We are not going to allow our defense requirement to be dictated by any other country. We have conveyed this to the Capitol Hill. Russia has been a reliable and trusted partner,” said a senior Indian official, quoted by multiple local media outlets last week. . . . Click article title to continue reading.

Major breakthrough: Syrian army declares Damascus area secure after clearing out ISIS-controlled pocket

Syria receives the latest anti tank missiles from Russia

NATO weapons discovered by Russian military in territories liberated from Syrian terrorists

Iraq’s new ‘Kingmaker?’ Nationalist, anti-American cleric scores big parliamentary win

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The US needs to apologize for its Korean massacre

Moon Jae-in

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Moon Jae-in at Jeju Uprising Memorial

To help make peace in Korea, the U.S. should follow South Korea’s lead and apologize for its role in the devastating Jeju massacre.

Singapore has been chosen to host the unlikely summit between U.S. president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in early June. The choice for the summit venue went against Trump’s preference for the meeting to take place at the Peace House in Panmunjeom, where the world had been captivated just weeks before by the amicable scenes of Kim walking hand-in-hand across the Military Demarcation line with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. 

Given that Panmunejom embodies of the division of the Korean Peninsula, it is regrettable that U.S. and North Korean negotiators opted for the southeast Asian city-state instead. This is because the root of the nuclear issue stems largely from the decision by American military officers to divide the Peninsula at the 38th Parallel in the aftermath of World War II. The arbitrary divide led to a devastating war, decades of hostility between a previously unified people, and heartbreak for families forever separated from loved ones. 

One of the most tragic results of the division was the 1948 Jeju Uprising, which began on April 3 of that year and resulted in the deaths of over 10,000 of the island’s inhabitants – many of whom were civilians, including an estimated 770 children under the age of five. . . .Click article title to continue reading.

How Quickly Will Results of Inter-Korean Summit be Annulled? . . . I’m thinking this will happen just as soon as Korea reads the sanctions now being placed on Iran — and when he reads the US’ plan for Venezuela (story below).

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Not too long ago as it seems, we remarked that the Olympic thaw bore its first fruit from a tactical point of view. Unfortunately, concurrent with quieting naysayers and other steps towards rapprochement, we are witnessing actions that could very soon return the situation to its former aggravated state.

First of all, the negotiations are far from over but their conditions are already being reviewed. There are already implications that if Kim decides to sacrifice his ICBM program, it is essential to squeeze him further to ensure he abandon his medium-range and even short-range missiles. So far, this is what the Japanese and some South Korean media sources are voicing.

While nuclear weapon destruction is already being touted as the eradication of all the weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Up to now, denuclearization has been American’s only topic of conversation but recently the US side began to signal in its official statements that their goal is “complete elimination of WMDs from the Korean Peninsula.” For instance, John Bolton, the National Security Advisor to the US President, mentioned this during the meeting with the member of State Council of China, Yang Jiechi, on May 4.

As soon as the US perceived that DPRK was not against denuclearization, they immediately began pressuring North Koreans to eliminate WMDs altogether. And we remember Iraq’s experience with searches and inspections of chemical and biological weapons, whereby any food or pharmaceutical manufacturers turn into dual-purpose sites capable of producing “something else.” After all, “it is well known” that the bloody regime used chemical weapons against its citizens. . . .Click article title to continue reading.

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Maduro wins Venezuelan election branded ‘illegitimate & undemocratic’ by US and opposition . . . 

. . . but I think it likely you will find it difficult to keep the following information down. I will print the entire, long article, because the site may be difficult to access — it was for me . . . 

The United States “Master Stroke” against Venezuela, by Stella Calloni at Voltaire.net . . . yesterday I read they were trying to pin drug trafficking on Maduro. Now I know why. I wondered what was the cause of the Cuban plane crash. Now I know why. What is laid out below is absolutely sick and diabolical; please share it widely. ~J

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Admiral Kurt Walter Tidd, Commander-in-Chief of US SouthCom

The United States and their allies are preparing in silence a brutal plan to « put an end to the dictatorship » in Venezuela. This « Master Stroke », which is already well under way, will see its first instalment become operational before the next elections, and, if they are unable to eliminate President Nicolás Maduro during the offensive, which will be accompanied by the total machinery of propaganda, the medias, and certain acts of violence « for the defence of democracy», then Plan B is ready, and will implicate several countries, in order to impose a « multilateral force » for military intervention.

Panama, Colombia, Brazil and Guyana will play a key role, with the support of Argentina and other « friends », under the control of the Pentagon. Neighbouring countries will provide bases for the combat forces, and direct support, including hospitals and stocks of supplies for the soldiers – everything is ready.

All this is set out in an 11-page document which bears the signature of Admiral Kurt Walter Tidd, the current Commander-in-Chief of US SouthCom, but has not yet been made public [1].

The document analyses the current situation and validates a war of counter-insurgency against Venezuela, supported by the paraphernalia of psychological warfare, revealing the use of persecution, harassment, belittlement, and lies used as means to get rid not only of the popular leaders, but also the People as such.

The report affirms that « the Venezuelan Chavista dictatorship staggers as a result of its frequent internal problems, there is a great shortage of foodstuffs, an exhaustion of the sources of foreign currency and a rampant corruption. The international support, won with petrodollars, becomes scarcer each time and the purchasing power of its national currency is in a constant downfall ».

They admit having created this situation out of whole cloth, with shocking impunity, and consider that it will not change. They justify their actions by claiming that the Venezuelan government will take new « populist » measures in order to stay in power.

We may be amazed at the treatment reserved for the opposition, which is manipulated, advised and paid for by the United States, because in the report we read that « Maduro’s corrupt regimen will collapse but regrettably, the divided opposing forces, legitimate defenders of democracy and the well-being of their people, do note have power enough to put an end to the Venezuelan nightmare », because of their internal quarrels, and a « corruption similar to that of their rivals; as well as the scarcity of rooting, do not grant them the opportunity to make the most of this situation and to give the necessary step to overturn the state of penury and precariousness in which the pressure group, that exercices the leftist dictatorship has submerged the country ».

They consider that we are facing « unprecedented criminal action in Latin America », although the government of Venezuela has never acted against its neighbours, but rather demonstrates intense solidarity, at both the regional and international level. The US plan claims that « democracy spreads out in America, continent in which radical populism was intended to take over ». Argentina, Ecuador and Brazil are given as examples of this. « This rebirth of democracy has the support of the most valuable determinations, and the conditions in the region run in its favour. It is the time for the Unites States to prove, with concrete actions, that they are implicated in that process, where overthrowing Venezuelan Dictatorship will surely mean a continental turning point ».

They are also pushing US President Donald Trump to act, on the grounds that « It is the first opportunity of the Trump Administration to bring forward its vision in reference to security and democracy. Showing its active commiment is crucial, not only for the administration, but also for the continent and the world. The time has come to act ».

This implies – apart from the definitive eradication of Chavism and the expulsion of his representative – working to « encourage popular dissatisfaction, by increasing scarcity and rise in price » in order to make the rejection of the current dictator irreversible.

If we should seek to understand the art of counter-insurgent perversion, it would suffice to read the part of the document which recommends « to besiege [President Maduro], ridicule him and to pose him as symbol of awkwardness and incompetence. To expose him as a puppet of Cuba ».

The document also suggests exacerbating the divisions between certain members of the group in power, by underlining the differences in the quality of life of the population compared with that of their leaders, and making sure that these differences are amplified.

The idea consists of carrying out lightning operations, in the same way that Mauricio Macri in Argentina and Michel Temer in Brazil had taken certain measures in their own countries. These two valets obey the orders of Washington, and are both corrupt, but now, by imperial grace, they are presented as « examples of transparency » – within a matter of hours, they took measures to ensure the destruction of nation states with the precision of a missile strike.

The document, signed by the head of SouthCom, demands that Maduro’s government be made unbearable, in order to force him to hesitate, negotiate or flee. This plan, which is intended to get rid of the alleged dictatorship of Venezuela in short notice, calls for an « increase the internal instability to a critical level, by intensifying the undercapitalization of the country, the leaking out of foreign currency and the deterioration of its monetary base, bringing about the application of new inflationnary measures ».

Another objective – « fully obstructing imports, and at the same time discouraging potential foreign investors in order to make more critical the situation for the population ».

We may also find in this 11-page plan « appealing to domestic alllies as well as other people inserted from abroad in the national scenario in order to generate protests, riots and insecurity, plunders, thefts, assaults and highjacking of vessels as well as other means of transportation with the intention of deserting this country in crisis through all borderlands and other possible ways, jeopardizing in such a way the National Security of neighbouring frontier nations ». It would also be useful to create « victims » and accuse the leaders for this by magnifying the dimensions of the humanitarian crisis before the eyes of the whole world – for that, it will be necessary to deal in lies, and talk of generalised corruption amongst the leaders and link the government to narco-trafficking in order to dirty its image not only on the internal level, but in the eyes of international opinion – without forgetting to « promote fatigue inside the members of the PSUV [Unified Socialist Party], inciting the annoyance and nonconformity among themselves, for them to break noisily away from the line of the Governement, for them to refuse the measures and restrictions which also affect them […] making it as weak as the opposition is. Creating frictions between the PSUV and “Somos Venezuela” ».

That’s not all. It is also necessary to structure « a plan to get the profuse desertion of the most qualified professionnals from the country, in order to “to leave it with no professionnals at all”, which will aggravate even more the internal situation and along these lines putting the blame on of Government ».

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Just like in a suspense novel, the document calls for « using the army officers as an alternative for a definitive solution » and « continuing hardening the conditions inside the Armes Forces to carry out a coup d’état before concluding 2018, if the crisis does not make the dictatorship to collapse and the dictator does not decide to move aside ».

Considering that all of the above may not succeed, and with outright contempt for the Venezuelan opposition, the plan suggests « continuing setting fire to the common frontier with Colombia. Multiplying the traffic of fuel and other goods. The movement of paramilitaries, armed raids and drug trafficking. Provoked armed incidents with the Venezuelan frontier security forces » and besides this, to « recruit paramilitaries mainly in the campsites of refugees in Cúcuta, La Guajira and the north of Santander, areas largely populated by Colombian citizens who emigrated to Venezuela and now return, run away from the regimen to intensify the destabilizing activities in the common frontier between both countries. Making use of the empty space left by the FARC, the belligerency of the ELN and the activities in the area of the Gulf cartel ».

And here is the template for the final blow – « to prepare the involvment of allied forces in support the Venezuelan army officiers or to control the internal crisis in the event they delay too much in taking the initiative. Establishing a speedy time line that prevents the Dictator to continue winning control on the international scenario. If it is necessary, act before the elections stipulated for next April ».

In fact, these elections will be held on 20 May, and the United States and their associates refuse in advance to recognise the result. The crux of the matter is « to get the support of the cooperation of the allied authorities of friendly countries (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Panama and Guyana); to organise the provisionning, relief of troops, medical and logistic support from Panama. Making good use of the facilities of electronic surveillance and signals intelligence, the hospitals and its deployed endowments in Darien [in the Panamanian jungle], the quipped airdromes for the Colombian Plan, as well as the landing fields of the old-time military bases of Howard and Albrook [Pananma], as well as the one belonging to “Rio Hato” in addition, the Humanitarian Regional Center of the United Nations, designed for situations of catastrophes and humanitarian emergency, which has an aerial landing field and its own warehouse ».

We are faced with the setting up of an intervention which includes « the basification of combat airplanes and choppers, armored conveyances, intelligence positions and specail military and logistics units (police, and military district attorneys and prisons) ». […] It will be necessary to « develop the military operation under international flag, patronized by the Conference of American Armies, under the protection of the OAS and the supervision, in the legal and media context, of the General Secretary, Luis Almagro ». lt will also be necessary to « declare the necessity that the continental commandement be strengthened to act, using the instrument of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, in order to avoid the democratic rupture», and above all it will be necessary to « bind Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Panama to the contribution of greater number of troops, to make use of their geographic proximity and experience in operations in forest regions. Strenghtening their international condition with the presence of combat units from the United States of America and the other named countries, under the command of a Joint General Staff led by the USA ».

One is astounded by the impunity in which all this is being plotted, behind the backs of the People, in absolute illegality, revealing as it does the reasons for recent US military manoeuvres at the border between Brazil and Venezuela (Brazil, Peru, Colombia), and in the South Atlantic (United States, Chile, United Kingdom, Argentina) – in the case of Argentina, these plans have been progressing since October-November 2017 without the slightest authorisation of the National Congress.

« Use the facilities of the Panamanian territory for the rear guard and the capacities of Argentina for the securing of the ports and the maritime positions,
- Lean on Brazil and Guyana to make use of the migratory situation that we intend to encourage in the border with Guyana. - Coordinate the support to Colombia, Brazil, Guyana, in Aruba, Curaçao, Trinidad and Tobago, and other States, in front of the flow of Venezuelan immigrants in the event of the crisis
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It is also planned to favour international participation in this effort, as part of the multilateral operation with the contribution of states and non-governmental and international organisations, and furnish whatever is necessary in terms of logistics and intelligence – it will also be necessary to « anticipate, specialy, the most vulnerable points of Aruba, Puerto Carreño, Inirida, Maicao, Barranquilla and Sincelejo in Colombia, as well as Roraima, Manaos and Boavista in Brazil ». So here we have laid out before us the map of an announced war of intervention.

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As far as the strategic perspective is concerned, it will be necessary to « silence the symbolic presence of Chavez-representative of unit and popular support » while pursuing the harassing of the dictator « as the only responsible, in the first place, for the prevaling crisis due to his inability to find the way out that the Venezuelans are in need of » as well as his closest executives, who will be blamed for the crisis and the impossibility of recovery.

In another paragraph, the text calls for the intensification of « the denouncement toward Maduro’s regimem, […] high-lighting the incompetence of the mechanisms of integration created by the regimens of Cuba and Venezuela, specialy the ALBA [Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America] and Petrocaribe ».

As far as the medias are concerned, the plan drawn up by the United States calls for an increase in the broadcasting, inside the country, by local media and foreign media, of invented messages based on witness reports and publications from the country itself, making use of all means of dissemination, including the social networks, of messages « claming, though the mas media, the need to put an end to this situation because of its unsustainable essence ».

In one of the last paragraphs of the document, there is mention of claiming or showing the use of violent means by the dictatorship, in order to gain international support, by using « all the capacities of the psychological war of the US ARMY ».

In other words, this means setting up the same scenarios based on lies, news montages, falsified photos and videos, everything that was used during the colonial wars of the 16th century.

Another question, « The United States should entirely back up the OAS, strenghtening the image of the OAS and offer multilateral institutions of the inter-American system, as instruments for the solution to regional problems. Promoting the respect of the dispatch of the UNO military force for the imposition of peace, only Nicolas Maduro’s corrupt dictatorship is defeated ».

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This video that I just discovered indicates things in Venezuela may not go quite as the US plans:

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It’s all coming together at one time. This means we are really going to have to stay grounded.

Contaminated Fukushima Water Storage Tanks “Close To Capacity”, TEPCO Admits

“It is impossible to continue to store [treated water] forever…”

Behind the ‘entire debacle’: Trump accuses ‘disgraced’ John Brennan of ‘political hit job’ in morning tweetstorm

NRA to recruit millions: Incoming chief, Oliver North

Paul Krugman cries ‘treason’ after media outs Stefan Halper as FBI infiltrato

Former CIA Agent to John Brennan: “Your Day of Judgement Is Coming”

John Brennan warned Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after Trump ordered the DOJ to review the FBI’s infiltration of his campaign.

Brennan tweeted: Senator McConnell & Speaker Ryan: If Mr. Trump continues along this disastrous path, you will bear major responsibility for the harm done to our democracy. You do a great disservice to our Nation & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump’s self-serving actions.

Senator McConnell & Speaker Ryan: If Mr. Trump continues along this disastrous path, you will bear major responsibility for the harm done to our democracy. You do a great disservice to our Nation & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump’s self-serving actions. https://t.co/uAhgL6wfIC

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) May 20, 2018

Sore loser Killary continues whining about losing election, takes pathetic jab at Russia at Yale graduation ceremony

Harvard To Give Hillary Medal For “Transformative Impact On Society”

She is, after all, a “champion for human rights,” a “skilled legislator,” and an “advocate for American leadership” on the world stage…

 

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FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW! May 20, 2018, Evening News

Hawaii Residents Trapped As Volcanic Eruption Intensifies, First Major Injury Reported After “Lava Bomb” . . . several videos

“Everything is so uncertain. It’s really nerve-wracking… You’re very on edge. You have to really see it to believe it.”

Arizona Preparing For Post-Earthquake Inflow Of 400,000 Californians

“The earthquake situation in California is actually more dire than most people realize…”

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120,000 people involved here, and we’ve heard nothing about it!

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Understanding the larger picture is just as important as the details. As always, David encourages us to think for ourselves, as he gives us factual information and shares his logical conclusion — and that is why I think his work is so important. ~J

Perhaps you might want to jump to the second video. . .

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Liberating the M5 [Highway] lifeline: The latest developments in Syria, by Moon of Alabama

EU companies may withdraw from Iran, words of support for nuclear deal not enough – FM Zarif

Iranian FM Javad Zarif told the EU energy chief that the bloc must take “practical steps” to strengthen economic ties with Tehran after Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, saying that “political support” was not enough.

“With the withdrawal of America, [Iran’s] public expectations of the European Union have increased in order to maintain the deal’s gains, and in the current context, the European political support for the accord is not sufficient,” Zarif said as he met Miguel Arias Canete, the EU’s energy commissioner, in Tehran on Sunday, the IRNA news agency reports.

To provide real support to Tehran, European countries should ramp up economic co-operation and increase investment in the country, Zarif said. While EU member states have expressed their continued commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he suggested that ongoing developments signal otherwise.

“The announcement of the possible withdrawal by major European companies from their co-operation with Iran is not consistent with the European Union’s commitment to implementing [the nuclear deal],” Iran’s top diplomat said. . . . Click article title to continue reading.

RELATED:‘US not economic gendarme of planet’: France suggests EU may compensate firms hit by US sanctions

‘Ice age’ must end: Anti-Russia sanctions harm EU companies, says chair of German Left Party

Russia’s Navy establishes a permanent presence in the Mediterranean Sea this article seems to indicate that although Putin may not have chosen a ‘war cabinet’, he has definitely prepared for a possible war. . . 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said a naval standing force, including warships with Kalibr long-range land attack cruise missiles, will be permanently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. The statement was made at a meeting with top military officials and defense industry leaders that took place in Sochi on May 16. One of the missions is delivering strikes against terrorist targets in Syria. 102 expeditions of ships and submarines are planned in 2018. The force will go through intensive training. 

The Russian Black Sea Fleet has become a much different force in comparison to what it was just three years ago. Since 2015, the year the operation in Syria was launched, it has received 15 new ships, including two frigates and six conventional submarines armed with Kalibr cruise missiles. With S-400 and S-300V4 air defense systems, Krasukha-4 electronic warfare systems and shore-based anti-ship Bastion batteries deployed on the Syrian coast, the ships in Eastern Mediterranean operate in a relatively safe environment. Kalibr missiles have already been fired from frigates and submarines at terrorist targets in Syria. 

Last July, a 15-strong Mediterranean Task Force was established to be based out of Tartus, Syria’s leased naval facility. The ships provide a buffer on the southern flank of NATO. Russia needs to counter aggressive activities of the bloc in the region, including the Black Sea. Maintaining robust presence in the Mediterranean is the best way to defend Russia’s Black Sea borders. 

All southern Europe, including such NATO military assets as Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, Combined Air Operations Centers in Larissa, Greece, and in Poggio Renatico, Italy, Headquarters Allied Land Command and Air Power Command in Izmir, Turkey, NATO Incirlik air base in Turkey, Graf Ignatievo and Bezmer air bases in Bulgaria used by US Air Force as well as a lot of other key NATO defense infrastructure sites happen to be within the range of Kalibr missiles installed on the platforms patrolling the Mediterranean Sea. They’ll all be knocked out with first salvos in case a Russia-NATO war starts. 

The Fleet’s operations are not limited to the Black Sea basin and the Mediterranean. It is on the way of transition from a green-water naval formation to a blue water force, demonstrating the Russian flag as the ships move beyond the Strait of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal on the way to the World Ocean. 

The establishment of permanent naval presence in the region can be explained by a number of rational calculations. . . . Click article title to continue reading.

The Palestinians are non-people: How long after this week’s Gaza massacre can Israel make us keep pretending that? by Robert Fisk

Turkey Repatriates All Gold From The US In Attempt To Ditch The Dollar

The Turkish central bank has withdrawn all of its gold reserves from the U.S. due to the “tense political situation

Mnuchin: US-China Trade War “On Hold”, But NAFTA Still “Far Apart”

“We’re putting the trade war on hold, right now…”

Which countries are dumping the dollar and why?

The European Union is considering switching payments from the US dollar to the euro after Washington threatened to target European firms working in Iran, according to reports.

The measure may help the EU to retain one of the world’s largest markets, which was opened for trade after the historic nuclear deal signed by Tehran and the P5+1 powers (China, France, Russia, UK, US, plus Germany) in June 2015.

The idea to eliminate the role of the greenback in international settlements is not new. Aside from the EU, a number of nations have been mulling the idea. RT discussed with analysts how realistic the prospect of countries ditching the dollar is. . . . Click article title to continue reading.

NATO troops reportedly killed in Donbass, war provocations suspected 

Italy Has A New Government As Populist Parties Agree On New Premier

Florence University professor Giuseppe Conte was chosen as prime minister, while Matteo Salvini would be proposed as interior minister, Luigi and Di Maio as labor minister.

The US Is Definitely “Meddling” In The Venezuelan Election

As Venezuelans go to the polls today, the U.S. is working to disrupt the re-election of Nicolas Maduro and rollback left-wing governments in the region.

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Sally Yates was the true blackmailer in the Flynn matter . . . sorry, but I think I’ve lost the thread in this matter. Can we now believe this as fact? ~J

Trump To Order Probe Into FBI, DOJ Surveillance Of His Campaign

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

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Devin Nunes to leaky DOJ: No more meetings until they cough up documents

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., on Sunday said he ignored an invitation by the Justice Department to continue talks Friday with government officials about documents he seeks related to the Russia investigation because he was sure someone at the agency was leaking

“We’re not going to go to another meeting where we don’t get documents, and then the meeting leaks out,” Nunes said during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo. 

In recent weeks, Nunes subpoenaed the Justice Department for documents concerning an American who was a confidential intelligence source for Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The subpoena came after the agency did not reply to a letter asking for details on Mueller’s probe. But the DOJ, backed by the White House, did not provide the documents, informing Nunes earlier this month that providing the information would threaten the life of the source and jeopardize national security. Instead he got a briefing with government officials, along with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. 

Though Nunes and Gowdy said they had a “productive” meeting and looked forward to future discussions, Nunes did not respond to an invitation from the DOJ to answer questions he posed last week in a follow-up meeting Friday. 

Nunes explained Sunday that he and Gowdy did not accept the invite because they found out they would not be receiving the documents they wanted

A Justice Department spokesperson told the Washington Examiner, “The FBI was prepared to answer his questions last week, but they can’t do that if he won’t talk to us.” 

During the Fox News interview, Nunes also said that had they gone, leaks about an supposed FBI informant who had contacts with President Trump’s campaign would be pinned on them. . . . Click title to continue reading.

When justice becomes politicized, desperate times call for disparate measures . . . the arrogance described by this author is on a scale that is difficult to believe. ~J

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Now, just a bit of this and that: 

Michigan sets precedent by passing law that effectively bans NSA’s illegal data collection practices

Bee gone: Scientists turn to robotic replacements as declining bee numbers threaten global food security

The devastating consequences of our declining bee population are being highlighted on the first ever ‘Bee Day.’ Around 80 percent of crops are pollinated by insects. RT asks if there are any alternatives to secure our food future. 

According to Greenpeace, some 40 percent of commercial honeybees have been lost across the US since 2006. The decline is attributed to a rise in colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon that occurs when the majority of a colony’s worker bees suddenly disappear. The cause is unknown, although some experts offer various explanations ranging from infections, increased urbanization, the loss of habitat, and the widespread use of pesticides.

Whatever the reason, insect pollination directly contributes to the production of a huge portion of the world’s food supply, so the dramatic decline of the honeybee should be a warning: either we get to the root of the problem or develop a technological alternative capable of performing the same function. 

But is a technological solution even viable? Click article title to continue reading.

Japanese victims of forced sterilization file three more lawsuits over inhumane eugenics law

SECRET HISTORY: Top Russian official: Churchill had Stalin killed, US bombed Russian Far East in 50s

 

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FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW! May, 20, 2018 . . . Good News! We are beginning to get there, bit-by-bit!

‘Submission to US’: Ex-Ecuador President Slams New Gov’t for ‘Torturing’ Assange

According to Correa, the new government in Ecuador, which has recently inked an agreement “focused on security cooperation [with the US] which implies sharing information, intelligence topics and experiences in the fight against illegal drug trafficking and fighting transnational organized crime,” is returning the country back to the days when it was dominated by the United States. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if Moreno submitted to American and British demands regarding Assange.

The former president also brought up the Swedish case, saying that from the very onset, Ecuador informed both Sweden and the UK that it would send Assange to Stockholm in exchange for a promise from the Swedish side not to use the sexual assault case as a pretext to extradite the whistleblower to the United States, where he could face the death penalty. Sweden, however, refused.

“We don’t agree with everything Assange has done or what he says. And we never wanted to impede the Swedish investigation. We said all along that he would go to Sweden immediately in exchange for a promise not to extradite him to the US, but they would never give that. And we knew they could have questioned him in our embassy, but they refused for years to do so,” he said.

Correa also touched upon a recent Guardian article, which claimed that “Ecuador bankrolled a multimillion-dollar operation to protect and support Julian Assange in its central London embassy.” The report suggested that at least $5 million was invested into a secret intelligence operation, dubbed “Operation Guest,” to employ international security and undercover agents to monitor Assange’s visitors.

Correa, however, said The Guardian did not give him a chance to respond to the allegations before publishing the material, and “seemed to want to make a sensationalized story, not any serious report to find out the truth.”[emphasis added ~J]

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As always, I have tried to group the news according to topic. Today, I have also put *** before the stories I suggest you find time to read in depth. They appear to be records of an important, positive turn in humanity’s direction. (We also saw some of this in yesterday’s stories, but today it almost feels like an avalanche! ~J 🙂

 * * * So Much Winning! Earth Has Cooled Half a Degree Since Trump Election (VIDEO)

Comment: There is so much good news today, and the fact that the earth is cooling is high on the list! I  have sensed physically — in my body, that we have turned the corner, and that in spite of all the earthquakes happening all over the planet, our awakening as a species is cooling down our beloved Mother Earth. The news today seems to back all this thinking/feeling up. Can you sense it?

This does not mean, however, that catastrophic earthquakes will not happen, or that we do not have very difficult times ahead of us. I believe, however, that we will all continue forward, bit-by-bit, one day at a time, as we gradually ease away from the danger zone of another war, which without doubt could be the end of our species. ~J

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Letter from Iran [Meeting] on Gaza massacre: Mr. Trump, you have been served, by Pepe Escobar

Top officials, including former CIA officers, Pentagon officials, US Army officers and former diplomats demand explanation of Israeli actions

Tayyip Erdogan

© Handout via Reuters  Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a protest on May 18, 2018 against the recent killings of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza-Israel border and the US embassy move to Jerusalem.


In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump, with copies to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the UN Security Council, four top former officials at the highest level of the US government have given him legal notice about his duty to advise the US Congress, the ICC and the UNSC, among others, about Israel’s actions coinciding with the “70th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes.” 

The letter is signed, among others, by former CIA operations officer Phil Giraldi; former Pentagon official Michael Maloof; former US Army officer and State Department coordinator for counterterrorism contractor Scott Bennett; and former diplomat and author of Visas For al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked The World, Michael Springmann. 

Maloof, Bennett and Giraldi, as well as Springmann and this correspondent, were among guests at the 6th International New Horizon conference in the holy city of Mashhad, eastern Iran. The top themes of the conference’s debates were Palestine and the Trump administration’s unilateral exit from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Comment: Unintended consequences: Will Trump withdrawal from Iran nuke treaty eventually end America’s role as global bully? 

As Maloof and Bennett separately confirmed to Asia Times, the letter was written by Giraldi and Maloof at an airport lounge as they were waiting for a flight from Mashhad to Tehran, where it was presented at a press conference this past Tuesday. This correspondent was on a reporting trip in Karaj. We all reunited on Thursday at Mashhad’s airport. The press conference in Tehran was virtually ignored by US corporate media. 

Visas for the visiting Americans were an extremely delicate matter debated at the highest levels of the Iranian government between the Foreign Ministry and the intelligence services. In the end, the visitors, under intense scrutiny by Iranian media, ended up finding a huge, eager audience all across Iran. 

A new psyops in the making 

The letter signatories make a direct connection about Israeli actions that may trigger “and escalate American military actions against Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Russia since these nations are opposed to the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem; and rising tensions already exacerbated by the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.” 

President Trump is also served legal notice that the letter “will be included as evidence in all matters relating to the US Embassy move to Jerusalem/Al Quds and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The letter is to be listed as “exhibit 1 in any war crimes investigation and prosecution (past, present, future) relating to this matter, at all times.” 

As Bennett told Asia Times, the main concern is that according to his military sources the current, volatile situation may establish the preconditions for “a new psyops campaign.” 

Trump has been served legal notice – pursuant to 18 US Code 4, and 28 US Code 1361 – of “national and international legal violations.” The letter also doubles as “a legal notice to the American people” – and is established as legal protection “against any retaliation, detainment, investigation, sequestration, interrogation, discrimination, imprisonment, torture, financial consequences, or any other negative or prejudicial consequences or actions.” 

Moreover, “any action taken against the undersigned will be interpreted as a violation of the following; 18 USC 242 (conspiracy to deny/violate constitutional civil rights); 42 USC 1983, 1984, 1985 (civil action for rights violations); 18 US 2339A (providing material support to terrorists)

The letter may also be interpreted as an olive branch; apart from requesting full whistleblower protection, the signatories offer themselves to fully debrief the President as well as Congress. 

The letter is copied to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani. 

There has been no White House response so far. 

Considering the US embassy transfer to Jerusalem; the unilateral abrogation of the JCPOA followed by a declaration of economic war against Iran; the new narrative on the DPRK – as in there’s only our deal, or you will be destroyed like Libya; not to mention the treatment of whistleblower Julian Assange, the prospects for a fruitful dialogue remain bleak.

Comment: See also:

Unintended consequences: Will Trump withdrawal from Iran nuke treaty eventually end America’s role as global bully? by Philip M. Giralidi

 * * * Brussels Rises In Revolt Against Washington: A Turning Point In US-European Relations

The process of shifting away from America does not boil down to just words of indignation and open defiance. Plans are underway to take practical steps…

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Pompeo to ‘attack’ Europeans over Iran deal: Analyst (Video interview, Keven Barrett)

“I don’t think the Europeans are going to be charmed by Mr. Pompeo,” Barrett said. “He is an extreme neoconservative; he was in the group that pushed for the Iraq war. He’s close to the people who are the leading suspects in the unsolved crime of September 11, 2001.”

“As such, he is not going to win many popularity points with the Europeans who have let it be known that they have absolutely no use for Trump’s decision to destroy the JCPOA, or to try to anyway,” he added.

 * * * Italy Is Forming The Epicenter Of The EU’s Fateful Shift

“Clarity is here in Italian coalition talks. And the markets hate what they see. So does Brussels…”

Hungary’s Unique Solution To The Soros Strategy

It is well-known that Hungary put up a border fence, but how does it really work to keep migrants out?

 * * * Putin is an Excellent Warrior: ‘The Saker’ isn’t just wrong, he’s Irrelevant, by Russell Bentley in Donbass – An American Living in Donbass

Putin with Gun

My take on the appointment of Medvedev was that Putin’s great intuitive foresight sees a likely situation in which he will not need a war cabinet, and that Medvedev would therefore be the appropriate leader. I also understand that the Saker appears to specialize in military tactics, which is not what I think Putin feels will be necessary. We can see the wind is changing and Putin’s ability to wait it out can quite possibly mean some adroit diplomacy — brain over brawn — as seen in the video above with Angela Merkel will eventually bring this to a peaceful end. ~J

“The greatest warrior is not he who wins every battle. The most excellent warrior is he who wins without fighting.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 600 B.C.

I have read The Art of War many times, and you can bet that Vladimir Putin has too. I found the quote above to be the most important maxim in that masterpiece, and I think Putin would agree. And when the “fighting” could potentially lead to the 3rd World War and the extinction of Humanity, then to avoid fighting becomes as important as avoiding defeat, because the 3rd World War is a war no one will win. Once it starts, we all lose.And so far, it is Putin who has prevented the war from starting.

The recent criticism of Vladimir Putin for “betraying” Syria or the Donbass Republics or even Russia itself is as impudent as it is misguided, and it comes from the usual collection of armchair warriors and self-styled pundits who actually seem to think they know more about geopolitics than Vladimir Putin does.  . . . Click article title to continue reading.

 * * * Will Oil End the American Century? by F. William Engdahl

The American Century, so triumphantly proclaimed in a 1941 Life magazine editorial by US establishment insider Henry Luce, was built on the control of oil and on an endless succession of wars for that control of global oil. Now, ironically, with the illegal and unilateral cancellation of the Iranian nuclear agreement by the US President, oil may be set to play a key, if unintended, role in the downfall of the global hegemony of that same American Century.

Iran And Russia Discuss Transacting In Crypto To Avoid International Sanctions

Yuan oil contracts to strengthen China’s currency status to compete with US dollar – analyst

US House Intelligence Committee declares China a pre-eminent threat to American values and security

Mnuchin: US-China Trade War “On Hold”, But NAFTA Still “Far Apart”

“We’re putting the trade war on hold, right now…”

China to buy more American goods, but not as much as Trump wants

 * * * India and China en Route to Harmonizing Relations

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 * * * Pakistan And America Are In The Throes Of A Serious Diplomatic Crisis

“This high-level intensification of the Hybrid War on Pakistan is intended to damage its target’s international reputation, but might counterproductively raise its soft power profile among its newfound multipolar partners…”

US attempts to smear Venezuela’s Maduro ahead of ‘fake’ elections by accusing him of drug profiteering

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. . . There are, however, still many difficult days ahead . . . 

Foul Play: US Violates INF Accord, But Blames Russia For It

As relations between the US and Russia deteriorate, a key Cold War arms control accord has come under threat of being nixed.

Emergency Meeting Called to Assess Global Risks of Ongoing Ebola Outbreak – WHO

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George already has four videos out today . . .  I will leave you to follow up on them.

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FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW! – May 19, 2018 . . . News . . . pull up your chair; it’s all coming out!

Dutch’s latest earthquake UPDATE –

You might find this video from last evening of interest. From looking at the comments, I don’t think this is over  . . . ~J



This is Dutch’s general earthquake update from last evening. Apparently, they have ‘wiped’ an earthquake — not sure what that means:

UPDATES as the news becomes available! ~J

FBI spy-op exposed: Trump campaign infiltrated by longtime CIA and MI6 asset . . . and he is named, but if you’ve followed George Webb, you’ve already heard his name!

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George Webb may be publishing a lot today . . . I’ll try to keep track!

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I think we have real problems!

At the same time as Russiaphobia fall apart, we have a President who . . .

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

US approves $45mn sale of 3,200 bombs & bunker busters to Bahrain

Slavish US Congress to consider recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Gaza shows there is a cost to a Trump administration’s worldview

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Hungarian Prime Minister Accuses George Soros Of Spreading Anti-Semitism Across Europe

“[Soros’ organizations] bear responsibility for the increase in anti-Semitism in Europe [because they’ve helped those whose] political and religious views markedly increased the sense of insecurity in Jewish communities…”

All 34 Bishops In Chile Suddenly Resign Over “Absolutely Deplorable” Pedophile Priest Scandal

Francis accused the bishops of destroying evidence of sex crimes, pressuring investigators, and showing ‘grave negligence’ in protecting children from pedophile priests.

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UPDATE on Zerohedge story from last night:

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The Stock Market is Literally a Ponzi Scheme

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China Resists Trump Deficit Demand, Agrees To Buy More US Goods

With the recent “elimination” of Peter Navarro from Trump’s inner circle of advisors, it appears that the trade war with China is about to return to its prior dormant state, as the status quo wins again.

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‘#BREAKING! Woman wears dress’: Royal wedding saturation sparks widespread fatigue

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UPDATE: FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW! – May 19, 2018 , Mid-Night Edition

UPDATE: John Pilger: Ecuador’s talks with UK over Assange ‘defame country’s good name’ . . . how are we allowing this to happen? 

john pilger

© AFP 2018 / CARL COURT

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa says Quito and London “have the intention and the interest” of reaching a “definite agreement” on the status of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Speaking to Sputnik, renowned journalist John Pilger, a personal friend of Assange, said that the move is a betrayal by Ecuador’s new president.

Sputnik: Julian Assange has been cut off from communications for a month and a half now. What is known about his physical condition?

John Pilger: His physical condition is not good at all. He hasn’t had natural light for almost six years. He has a persistent cough. He is suffering physically [much the same as] anyone who is imprisoned, effectively, [and] without even the opportunity to go outside and exercise.

He’s been denied even the right of passage to hospital. They say ‘yes you can go, but we’re not going to allow you back.’ So the examinations that he needs he hasn’t been able to get.

Sputnik: Ecuador’s foreign minister has said that the country is in talks with Britain about Assange’s fate. What can you tell us about this?

John Pilger: I can say that the new government in Ecuador led by Lenin Moreno is a disgrace. They have defamed the good name of Ecuador which under the previous president, [Rafael] Correa, had elevated itself to an extraordinarily moral position in granting Julian Assange political refuge.

Politically refuge is something that is internationally recognized. It’s not something you can then water down. Well that’s what Moreno’s government has done. He’s negotiated with the British government over the head of Julian, at times not even involving him and his lawyers.

It’s quite clear that this government has deferred to the United States, because it cut off Julian’s contacts – all internet, all phone, all visitors apart from food and lawyers on the day that US SouthCom deputy commander general Joseph DiSalvo arrived in Quito, Ecuador to renegotiate a US base that Correa had shut down. [This is] too much of a coincidence.

Ecuador has to take responsibility for Julian’s state now, because he is in their embassy, and indeed a citizen of Ecuador. But Ecuador is a tiny country, and in the historical pattern has been pressured massively by the United States, which of course is working its way right through the governments that might have challenged US interests in Latin America, from Venezuela to Argentina to Bolivia and now to Ecuador…

The US has a very, very clear agenda here. It has an indictment ready for [Assange], a draconian indictment that it has been working on for a number of years. The FBI apparently has the biggest file apparently in its history on him (God knows what’s in it).

The vindictive pursuit of Assange [is happening] for one reason only: he told the truth. He revealed through Chelsea Manning…the war crimes of the United States in Afghanistan and in Iraq; and of course last year revealing the machinations of the Democratic National Committee in trying to gerrymander the result [of the primary vote] in that country, which it successfully did…

Julian Assange is an editor, a publisher, and a journalist no different from if he was working for the New York Times or the Guardian in London. But they’ve been able to defame him as some kind of spy…As a result, their indictment is indeed draconian, and could well result in an extradition that puts him away in some hellhole for the rest of his life. And that of course is why he’s in the Ecuadorian embassy.

John Pilger is a veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker whose films have won major awards in Britain, Europe and the United States. The views and opinions expressed by Mr. Pilger are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.Comment: See also:

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The Oracle Report, 2018 – Taurus Cycle: Re-humanize Yourself . . . a fascinating audio overview of this cycle! ~J

Hawaii National Guard Whistleblowers Warn Friends, Family Of Imminent Power-Plant Explosion, Tsunami

“A friend that works with our Civil Defense shared to just be prepared [be]cause the data is going OFF THEIR CHARTS, setting off all kind [of] bells at work.”

[…]

The highly-controversial Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) geothermal power plant has become a major issue of concern among U.S. government insiders who fear an imminent explosion of the plant may cause a massive tsunami and wreak havoc in the region due to the recent uptick in volcanic activity on Mount Kilauea.

In Stunning Rebuke, UN Votes To Investigate Israel For Gaza Mass Shootings

29 votes in favor, two opposed and 14 abstentions. The U.S. and Australia opposed, the UK abstained.

US Embassy relocation could prove to be ‘the perfect storm’

‘Caged in toxic slum’: UN rights chief condemns Israel over deadly Gaza protests

The dark history of Israel’s independence

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© AP Palestinians driven from their homes in Galilee are on the road to Lebanon, November 1948.

On May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence. Each May 15, Palestinians solemnly commemorate Nakba Day. Nakba means catastrophe, and that’s precisely what Israel’s independence has been for the more than 700,000 Arabs and their five million refugee descendants forced from their homes and into exile, often by horrific violence, to make way for the Jewish state.  . . . Click article title to continue reading.

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The following two articles will be helpful to those interested in gaining insight into the sophistication of Russian diplomacy:

Why did Putin invite Netanyahu to Moscow for Victory Day?

A Russian view on US’ withdrawal from Iran deal 

. . . and perhaps we are also seeing in the next article another bit of diplomacy on the part of Russia, which has chosen to wait a long time — perhaps until the wind has changed . . . 

Putin, Merkel discuss defense against Trump’s sanctions drive

[…] President Donald Trump’s decision to break a nuclear deal with Iran by re-imposing economic sanctions poses a potential threat to European companies doing business in Iran.

Merkel said that the Trans-Atlantic partnership was valued by Berlin and that European nations are currently discussing ways in which the EU can provide a safety net to companies dealing with Iran. The German leader added she hoped Tehran would see the benefit of observing the terms of the deal despite Washington’s move.

European companies are similarly threatened by potential sanctions from the US over joint projects with Russia, particularly the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Putin sarcastically remarked that the attitude to the project demonstrated by the Trump administration is a remarkable example of continuation of the policies adopted by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

“[What Washington wants Russia to do] is to support Ukraine, which doesn’t really want to develop its relations with us, but is very pleased to get our money for the transit of the gas. About two to three billion dollars a year,” Putin said. “We are not against it, in fact. We are ready to keep the transit, if it is economically feasible. This feasibility may be reached through negotiations.”

Nord Stream 2 will deliver Russian natural gas directly to Germany, the biggest buyer of the fuel in Europe. With the pipeline working, the demand for transit services from Ukraine and other Eastern European countries would be reduced accordingly. Kiev and other nations, which would lose out from the change, claim that the pipeline is a political project that doesn’t make commercial sense.

The US, which wants the EU to reduce the share of Russian gas it imports in favor of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced in America, is threatening sanctions for European companies involved. “Donald is not just the president of the US. He is also a robust businessman, so he is furthering his business interests, I believe,” Putin explained, adding that American LNG is currently about 20 to 30 percent more expensive than Russian pipeline gas.

Merkel agreed that Nord Stream 2 is a commercial project, but said there were non-economic aspects in Ukraine transit and that Berlin wants to see that transit preserved.

Putin and Merkel expressed their nations’ commitment to the Minsk agreement, a roadmap towards peace for Ukraine, and said that a new meeting of the so-called Normandy format, which includes Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, may soon be convened, but refrained from providing a timeline. [emphasis added ~j] . . . Click article title to continue reading.

Related: Iran, Syria, energy: What’s in store for Putin-Merkel summit in Sochi (VIDEO)

Europe & Iran now have the perfect excuse to drop the US dollar – Max Keiser

The re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran and Washington’s threat to punish European companies for doing business there provides a good opportunity for ditching the dollar, according to RT’s Keiser Report host, Max Keiser.

“The US uses the dollar as a weapon to promote US dollar hegemony and the US Empire. The world now sees clearly that the US dollar is a Central Bank enabled Ponzi scheme backed by the extraordinarily violent Pentagon whose multi-trillion dollar budget can only be justified via wars of convenience, torture, and election meddling around the world,” Keiser wrote.

“Unfortunately, European corporations are defying the EU and EC by threatening to abide by the preposterous US sanctions and financially censor Iran in ways that will boost the fortunes of these CEOs, but endanger millions of Europeans and people around the world,” he added.

According to Keiser, if European companies continue to abide by US sanctions despite the EU decision to nullify them, authorities in Brussels should cut all credit lines to these companies, even if this means fully nationalizing banks in Europe and creating new, crypto-enabled banks.

“The message needs to be sent. Responsible governments need to free global trade and finance from the corruption of the Central Banks, their minions in the banking sector, and the intolerably rapacious US dollar-as-world-reserve-currency based system that bilks the world to pay for America’s military adventurism and US dollar Ponzi scheme,” he concluded.

On Friday, the European Commission enabled the Blocking Statute of 1996, which forbids EU companies from complying with the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions, allows companies to recover damages arising from such sanctions, and nullifies the effect in the EU of any foreign court judgements based on them. [emphasis added ~J]

RELATED, Op-Eds: Trump uses NATO to police ‘disloyal’ Europeans . . . and . . . With Iran sanctions Trump made Europeans look like the fools they are

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Putin: ‘If Novichok was used, Skripal would have died on the spot’, ex-double agent leaves hospital

This article/video strikes me as being very sick~

Selfish Ledger: Leaked video reveals Google’s vision of ‘total data collection’ (Video)

. . . as does this call to bomb the Crimea Bridge . . .

US pundit’s ‘Bomb Crimea Bridge’ article now subject of Russian criminal probe

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FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW! – May 18, 2018

I can’t begin to convey the amount of insanity being expressed in the world at the moment. Check the headlines at sott.netzerohedge,com – and rt.com, and you will see what I mean. I need a bit of a break!

The World Will Not Mourn The Decline Of US Hegemony

According to a global survey of 66,000 people conducted across 68 countries by the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research (WINMR) and Gallup International at the end of 2013, Earth’s people see the United States as the leading threat to peace on the planet. The U.S. was voted top threat by a wide margin.

Who killed more civilians than Islamic State? Coalition force 

Europe: National Sovereignty Vs. International Conquest, At Stake Over Iran, by Eric Zuesse

Europe now faces its ultimate ideological fork-in-the-road, which it has thus far ignored but can no longer ignore:

They need to decide whether they seek a world of nations that each is sovereign over its own territory but over no other (and this would not be a world at war);

or whether they seek instead a world in which they are part of the American empire, a world based on conquests – NATO, IMF, World Bank, and the other US-controlled international institutions – and in which their own nation’s citizens are subject to the dictatorship by America’s aristocracy: the same super-rich individuals who effectively control the US Government itself (see this and this — and that’s dictatorship by the richest, in the United States).

Iran has become this fateful fork-in-the-road, and the immediate issue here is America’s cancellation of the Iran nuclear deal that America had signed along with 6 other countries, and America’s consequent restoration of economic sanctions against Iran — sanctions against companies anywhere that continue trading with Iran. . . . Click article title to continue reading.

What is Really Happening Between Russia and Israel?

The fact that Russia didn’t object to or criticize Israeli strike on Syria, targeting Iranian elements, doesn’t simply make it a ‘friend’ of Israel and an ‘enemy’ of Iran. There is a lot more to the situation than meets the eye. Click article title to continue reading.

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This video is the one that flipped me as I  realize I need to take a break today! As fine a man as Larry Klayman is  . . . well, at least he is honest. I suggest you listen and see what you think! ~J

A bit of sardonic reality!

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Then there are George’s continuing efforts, a couple of which I’ve shared . .

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