White House blocks several MSM orgs from press gaggle, others boycott in solidarity . . . who knows where this will lead? The article is worth a look in order to compare it with what the MSM says on the subject. .
A press “gaggle” is an off-camera meeting, in this case in Spicer’s office, rather than the daily on-camera briefing that takes place in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.
If an American diplomat dropped dead in Moscow we’d already be at war, by Russia Insider Editorial Board
No evidence Trump’s banned Muslim states pose threat to US: DHS . . . no surprise here!
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi fighter jets have pounded the positions of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria. A source close to the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the airstrikes were conducted in “complete coordination” with the Damascus government.
News Line at RT – It looks like it’s going to get very ugly/brutal before it comes to an end. Hopefully, no one who is sane will continue to deny the truth.
Jordanian F-16 crashes in Saudi Arabia
A Jordanian F-16 fighter jet has crashed in the southern part of Saudi Arabia, Turkish Anadolu news agency reports, citing a statement issued by the Saudi-led coalition. The crash reportedly occurred due to a “technical error,” the statement said, adding that the pilot survived. At the same time, Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV channel reported that the plane was shot down by the Yemeni Shia Houthi militia. According to the coalition, the incident occurred in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Najran region near the border with Yemen.
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Russia will veto sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons – Deputy envoy to UN
Russia is ready to veto a draft resolution calling for sanctions against Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians, Vladimir Safronkov, Russia’s deputy UN envoy, said after the document was discussed at the Security Council. “We will veto it,” Safronkov said, adding that the document put together by US, UK and France “contradicts the fundamental principle of presumption of innocence before the investigation is over.” The draft resolution seeks to blacklist 11 Syrian military commanders and officials and 10 government and related entities involved in the development and production of chemical weapons. Earlier, two diplomats told Reuters the resolution could be put up for a vote as early as next week.
OSCE monitors warn of possible environmental disaster in E. Ukraine
An environmental disaster is possible after the filtration station in Yasynuvata village in Ukraine’s Donetsk region was shelled overnight, Ertugrul Apakan, the head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, said on Friday. People on both sides of the contact line are dependent on the station for drinking water, while “chlorine tanks at the plant [are] potentially exposing the wider area to the release of poisonous gas,” he said, while stressing that the shelling of the station “shows a complete disregard for human life.” The OSCE monitor urged both Kiev and the rebels to cease hostilities and withdraw weaponry, as was agreed upon in the Minsk deal.
Cannon Ball, N.D. — Dave Archambault II, chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, today refuted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s statements that the White House has been involved in any way with the Tribe.
“Spicer claimed that the Trump administration has been ‘constantly’ in contact with our Tribe. That claim is absolutely false,” Archambault said.
“We repeatedly asked for meetings with the Trump administration, but never received one until the day they notified Congress that they were issuing the easement. I was on a plane to Washington, D.C. when the easement was issued. It was an insult to me and to the Tribe. I cancelled the meeting upon hearing this news. We have since filed a lawsuit for the immoral and illegal issuance of the easement and suspension of the environmental impact study.”
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe remains adamant that the Dakota Access Pipeline is a dangerous project that threatens our water. The tactics to divide our fight against the real enemy, Energy Transfer Partners, are counterproductive and detract from the goal to stop the denigration of our sovereign rights to protect our treaty resources.