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Oct 18 18:55

62-minute ‘Is Trump for Real?’ documentary: ‘Drain swamp,’ ‘fake news,’ ‘Deep State,’ etc. contrived talking points with fake Truth hints for just another puppet-President VS 10-minute ‘Q - We are The Plan’: White Hat critical mass using Trump

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

I’m going to provide summaries of two polar positions of our world of the present:

1. President Trump is just another heartless, narcissistic, anti-leader to psychopathically lie Americans into at least allowing ongoing rogue state empire. Nothing has changed.

2. President Trump is commanded by White Hat Patriots about to open ~56,000 sealed federal indictments to arrest .01% rogue state criminals, restore honesty and the US Constitution, all for a future brighter than we can imagine.

1. Trump as just another chump

Friend, colleague, and retired AP US History teacher John Hankey created JFK Dark Legacy (featured here), that among ~100 film clips I show high school students when I teach US history has been their very favorite with demand to see the entire documentary. John turns his sharp mind and creativity in Is Trump for Real? Four-minute trailer:

Context and highlights:

Oct 18 18:27

The German Bankers who Helped Spain Conquer the Americas and Poison the Poor

From the late 1400’s to the early 1600’s, a German banking family influenced world events and quietly ruled over an extremely influential role in history. The Fuggers of Augsburg were among Europe’s leading merchant-bankers as they were called, combining financial services with long distance trade.

Oct 18 18:27

Infographic: Nazi vs. Antifa Member

Oct 18 16:54

Free Speech Victory: Atlanta Settles Lawsuit with Christian for $1.2 Million

The City of Atlanta agreed this week to pay former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit brought against city leaders who fired Cochran in 2015 for expressing his Christian beliefs on homosexuality and gay marriage.

“The government can’t force its employees to get its permission before they engage in free speech,” said Kevin Theriot of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Cochran in his lawsuit. “It also can’t fire them for exercising that First Amendment freedom, causing them to lose both their freedom and their livelihoods.”

Oct 18 16:32

Nancy Pelosi shouted out of a restaurant - by Cuban Americans in Miami

HOW'SIT FEEL YA OLD DRUNK BAG?

Oct 18 15:47

Tim Kaine fundraiser at home of convicted child molester and former head of local Democrat Party.

Just your average demonrat 'taking care of the children'.

Oct 18 15:33

White House aides worried after John Bolton and John Kelly erupt in profanity-filled shouting match: report

Donald Trump’s national security adviser and chief of staff got into a “profanity-laced” shouting match just outside the Oval Office on Thursday — and the president is aware of the tension between the two.

Bloomberg News reported that adviser John Bolton and chief of staff John Kelly got into the fight corroborated by three White House sources.

“The shouting match was so intense that other White House aides worried one of the two men might immediately resign,” the report noted, adding that neither are leaving the administration over the dispute.

Oct 18 15:32

‘It certainly looks like’ Khashoggi is dead, consequences will be ‘severe’ – Trump

The missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi appears to be dead, US President Donald Trump has told reporters, saying there would be “severe” consequences for whoever is behind it.

“It certainly looks that way to me,” Trump said when asked if Khashoggi was dead. “It's very sad.”

Oct 18 15:31

Russia & China preparing to ditch dollar for national currencies in trade – top official

Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development said on Thursday that Moscow and Beijing are working on an inter-governmental agreement to boost the use of the ruble and yuan in mutual trade settlements.

“The document is currently being prepared, the process is not easy,” said Deputy Minister of Russia’s Economic Development Sergey Gorkov, as quoted by TASS. “Russia and China have had some experience of using national currencies in bilateral trade.”

Gorkov added that Russia and China have been successfully implementing the terms of ruble-yuan currency swap agreement, clinched in 2014 to boost trade using national currencies and eliminate dependence on the dollar and the euro. The deal was extended at the end of 2017.

Oct 18 15:24

Tauranga City councillors clash with prostitutes over home-based sex worker cap

*The tough problems our Councils face.. Prostitution is legal here in NZ*

Councillors in Tauranga are clashing with prostitutes over a rule that would force home-based sex workers to operate alone.

Tauranga City councillors have asked the council's policy team to look for a way to enforce a rule that only one prostitute can operate out of a property in a residential area.

The New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective has slammed the move, saying it would put sex workers' safety at risk as well as unfairly limit a legal business.

The council had legal advice that its Prostitution Bylaw 2008, currently up for review, could be open to a court challenge on its treatment of small owner-operated brothels.

Currently, only one-person home-based commercial sex businesses were excluded from rules restricting brothels to parts of the city's CBDs not within 100m of schools, daycares or churches.

Oct 18 15:16

Ebola Alert: Congo’s Outbreak May Be Declared A ‘Public Health Emergency’

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s current Ebola outbreak is the nation’s 10th in 40 years. It was officially declared an outbreak on August 1, shortly after the end of a previous outbreak in the country that claimed 33 lives.

Oct 18 15:14

Paul Allen's gigantic Stratolaunch plane completes key taxi test ahead of first flight - just days after the billionaire behind it died

The massive plane has a wingspan longer than a football field and comes equipped with two cockpits, 28 wheels and six engines normally used to power 747 jumbo jets.

Eventually it will be used to transport rockets carrying satellites and even a newly revealed manned space plane into the Earth's upper atmosphere, where they will blast off into space.

Oct 18 15:10

Pompeo Tells Bin Salman He Should Take Responsibility in Khashoggi Case as His Future as King Is in Danger

TEHRAN (FNA)- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sternly told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) during a meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday that the first in line to the throne would have to take responsibility in disappearance case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to help the kingdom avoid the consequences of an international backlash, according to an informed source.
A person familiar with the meeting told The New York Times that Pompeo sternly told the crown prince that even if he did not know whether Khashoggi had been killed, he would have to take responsibility to help the kingdom avoid the consequences of an international backlash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Malice in the Palace is nothing new, particularly in Saudi Arabia.

I have to wonder if another Saudi Royal might be plotting "regime change" against Bin Salman, and using this incident as the justification to take him out of power.

Oct 18 15:01

Google Is Aiding China’s War On Muslim Uighurs And Its Citizens

By Aaron Kesel

Google will more than likely have to facilitate speech suppression for Muslims within "Project Dragonfly." This is due to new laws passed this week on how to crack down on the ethnic minority...

Oct 18 15:00

French Forces to Set Up Military Base in Raqqa

The Arabic-language Baladi News website affiliated to the terrorists reported on Thursday that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are busy with drilling operations in an area stretching from the Brigade 17 region to Sahlat al-Banat region in Northeast of Raqqa city and from Sahlat al-Banat region to the North of the Sugar plant in Northern Raqqa.

It added that operations to build the walls and construction of buildings in the area will start after drilling operations, noting that a military base is due to be set up for the French forces with the aim of supporting the SDF in Raqqa.

According to the report, the US military troops are in talks with the SDF to further equip al-Tabaqah airbase in Western Raqqa and turn it into their new military base in the region next year.

Sources in the past few months said that the French army has sent weapons, military equipment and forces to Raqqa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, let me get my head around this: The US military has invited the French military to further invade and disrupt life in Syria, and will not hesitate, against the will of the Syrian government, and their Russian and Iranian counterparts, to establish a permanent military base in Raqqa, in order to engage in military actions against all of them, as they see fit?!?

Folks, given that Russia is still very active here, and Israel has threatened to take out the newly installed S-300 self-defense systems, we may be a lot closer to war in Syria than many of us had wanted to believe

Oct 18 14:58

Is China already in a recession?

Oct 18 14:58

Is there any more pop after the drop?

Oct 18 14:52

ICC ISSUES HARSH WARNING TO ISRAEL OF POSSIBLE WAR CRIMES IN GAZA

Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda released a statement, warning Israel that it might invoke the Rome Statute on violations over war crimes.

Oct 18 14:50

A U.S. senator is demanding law enforcement go after a journalist for the sin of committing journalism

Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe has responded to the news of the complaint.

Oct 18 14:46

IDF attacks over 20 Gaza targets after rocket fire

With strikes still ongoing, Israeli aircraft hit Hamas military bases, rocket manufacturing sites, underground infrastructure including a terror tunnel and tunnel dig sites in retaliation for early morning rockets that landed on a home in Be'er Sheva and off the coast of central Israeli city; one Palestinian killed, 3 others wounded.

Oct 18 14:44

PROJECTVERITAS FALLOUT --- Missouri media is all over McCaskill undercover videos

Missouri media is ALL OVER McCaskill undercover clips of her campaign staff saying she has to hide her views from moderate voters.

Oct 18 14:40

Israel’s “psychological obstacles to peace”

Lawrence Davidson argues that Israelis’ “existentialist” fears are no excuse for the destruction of Palestine, its people, culture and international law, and that if those fears preclude the use of reason to end the conflict, then there is no choice but coercion – administered worldwide.>>

Oct 18 14:36

Mexican Riot Cops Deployed For Caravan Showdown After Trump Snaps Fingers

Mexico deployed hundreds of riot police on Thursday to intercept a caravan of more than 4,000 Central American migrants, following demands by President Trump that Mexio, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador intervene before he has to deploy US troops.

Oct 18 14:35

Paul Craig Roberts Fears "Western Civilization No Longer Exists"

The Cheney-Bush and Obama regimes destroyed due process, with the result that American citizens were detained in prison indefinitely without evidence and murdered without evidence or trial. In violation of US and international laws, the US government used torture to produce “terrorists,” who were not terrorists, in order to justify Washington’s wars, wars that have nothing whatsoever to do with “fighting terrorism.”

The Democratic Party’s Identity Politics’ successful demonization of white heterosexual males has made American universities unsafe for white heterosexual males. Any woman can accuse them of rape, and despite the absence of any evidence, and even in the face of complete evidence to the contrary, the university, in total violation of all known rules of due process, can convict the accused—indeed, conviction on accusation alone is mandatory in American universities—and destroy the reputation of the accused along with his ability to continue his education.

Oct 18 14:34

Supreme Court Takes Case That Could End Internet Censorship, Expand First Amendment

After the recent purge of over 800 independent media outlets on Facebook, the Supreme Court is now hearing a case that could have ramifications for any future attempts at similar purges.

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to take a case that could change free speech on the Internet forever.

Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, the case that it has agreed to take, will decide if the private operator of a public access network is considered a state actor, CNBC reported.

Oct 18 14:34

What's Going On In Idlib, Syria's Demilitarized Zone?

Full withdrawal of US-supported terrorists was to be completed by October 15, the deadline missed because al-Nusra and allied jihadists refuse to disarm and leave – likely at the behest of Washington, their paymaster.

According to AMN News, Syria’s military “demand(s) answers regarding the(ir) failed…withdrawal from the designated buffer zone,” adding:

“(T)he Syrian Arab Army’s High Command is in talks with the Russian military about the next steps to take in the Idlib, Aleppo, Latakia, and Hama provinces” in response to noncompliance with the buffer zone agreement – by US-supported terrorists.

A Syrian military source said jihadists in Idlib continue attacking government forces and civilians, explaining:

They’re “strengthening their positions, digging new trenches and expanding their network of underground tunnels,” digging in for continued battle.

Oct 18 14:32

As Portland Cracks Down On Violent Protests, Seattle Antifa Dox ICE Agents Over Twitter

Following a series of violent protests, the mayor of Portland has proposed new measures aimed at separating conservatives and liberals before anybody gets hurt.

On Monday afternoon, Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler proposed an emergency ordinance which would allow police to physically separate protesters and counter-protesters - corralling anyone with a history of violence into designated zones with enhanced police supervision .

"I will not allow continued, planned street violence between rival factions to take place in Portland, Oregon," said Wheeler at a Monday press conference.

His comments come two days after leftist members of Antifa brawled with right-wing activism groups Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer - which saw protesters beating and assaulting each other with pepper spray. Several injuries were reported.

Oct 18 14:31

Trump Threatens Military Action If Immigrant Caravan Continues Towards Border

As yet another caravan of prospective illegal immigrants marches towards the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure and threats, this time proposing military action.

It was only a few months ago in March and April that a caravan of thousands of illegal immigrants first attempted to travel through Latin America to the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to be accepted as asylum seekers. Trump sent the military to the border – and Mexican authorities also helped thwart that group of migrants from reaching the border.

Now that we’re facing caravan 2.0, this one including 4,000 people, Trump will look to repeat the same response that solved this problem the first time around. The caravan began with only 160 people, and when we wrote about it yesterday, it had an estimated 3,000 people part of it. Clearly, it has no signs of slowing down.

Oct 18 14:23

‘Disregard for Rule of Law & Human Rights’: Iran’s FM Zarif Slams US Sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the US, saying that its latest economic sanctions against Iranian banks and companies violated International Court of Justice (ICJ) orders.

Zarif said on Twitter Wednesday that the sanctions the US Treasury has recently imposed on two Iranian banks and companies allegedly linked to Iran’s Basij militia violated at least two ICJ orders: “not impede humanitarian trade & to not aggravate the dispute.”

Oct 18 14:22

New Yorkers Pay 30% More In Taxes Than The National Average

A new report from New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that New Yorkers pay 30% more in federal taxes than the national average as residents of the Empire State sent roughly $24 billion more to the federal government last year than the state received back in federal spending.

Oct 18 14:22

‘No Sovereignty': Central American Nations Buckle Under Trump's Aid Threats

The decision by some Central American nations to prevent migrants from crossing the US-Mexico border over fears of US economic aid being cut off illustrates that there's "no sovereignty" in the region, Juan Jose Gutierrez, executive director of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, told Sputnik.

US President Donald Trump tweeted the news earlier this week that Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador had been told economic aid would be withheld should citizens of their respective countries or others be allowed to pass through their territory in an attempt to make it to the US-Mexico border.

Oct 18 14:20

Putin: Russia Will Use Nukes Only if Someone Launches Strike on Its Territory

Russia's nuclear doctrine does not stipulate a preemptive strike, but Moscow is determined to respond to any first strike by a potential aggressor, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

"…about whether we are ready, whether I am ready, to use the weapons at our disposal, including weapons of mass destruction, to protect our interests. I will remind you what I said, and I said that in our concept of nuclear weapons use there is no notion of a preemptive strike," Putin said speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club forum.

Oct 18 14:17

Rep. Mark Meadows: New info from (Crooked Feds) shows Rod Rosenstein should resign "immediately"

Amid Baker Testimony, GOP Rep. Mark Meadows Calls For Rosenstein To Resign

Oct 18 14:06

_ISIS Took Nearly 700 Hostages Including Several US & European Citizens In US-Controlled Part Of Syria

Threatens To Kill 10 A Day

Russia’a Vladimir Putin said, criticizing American forces for “catastrophic” failure.

Oct 18 14:02

Hillary's Running mate Sen. Tim Kaine: ---- 'We've Got' to 'Fight in the Streets'

of course they don't mean literally

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Oct 18 14:00

USAF Frantically Stole Parts From One RC-135 To Get Another Airborne To Spy On A Missile Launch

t’s no secret that the U.S. Air Force’s aging, but vital RC-135 spy planes have been breaking down at an increasingly a worrisome rate for years now, often forcing the cancellation of important missions. Now, information from a declassified official unit history provides an especially clear example of how these problems can have cascading impacts on operational readiness and put the U.S. military’s ability to gather critical intelligence at risk when it matters most.

Oct 18 13:45

Fund Manager: Netflix’s Giant Ponzi Scheme

Oct 18 13:32

China May Have $5.8 Trillion in Hidden Debt With ‘Titanic’ Risks

China’s local governments may have accumulated 40 trillion yuan ($5.8 trillion) of off-balance sheet debt, or even more, suggesting further defaults are in store, according to S&P Global Ratings.

“The potential amount of debt is an iceberg with titanic credit risks,” S&P credit analysts led by Gloria Lu wrote in a report Tuesday. Much of the build-up relates to local government financing vehicles, which don’t necessarily have the full financial backing of local governments themselves.

Oct 18 13:31

Nikki Haley dishes on her time in Trump administration in private talk with conservatives

Days before her resignation as US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley gave a private talk to the Council for National Policy — the group the New York Times has called a “little-known club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country” — and she reportedly revealed behind-the-scenes details of her time in the Trump administration.

The talk was so secretive, the group’s president apparently told the gathering that unauthorized recording was forbidden, and joked, “If you’re caught, you will be taken to a room and be forced to watch Rachel Maddow.”

A Harper’s reporter, Max Blumenthal, managed to infiltrate the session and reported that Haley told the gathering that she was initially offered the job of secretary of state but that, “I thought the job should go to someone who didn’t have the same learning curve.”

Oct 18 13:08

Federal Judge "Shocked" To Find Obama State Dept Lied To Protect Hillary From Email Server Lawsuits

"I was actually dumbfounded when I found out... false statements were made to me by career State Department officials."

Oct 18 13:06

Henry Kissinger Heckled At NYU, Told To "Rot In Hell"-- videos

“He was the architect of programs which were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, the destabilization of several nations, and the enabling of brutal, genocidal regimes..."

Oct 18 13:00

EIGHT VIOLENT ATTACKS ON REPUBLICANS JUST THIS YEAR

Republican politicians, their staffers and the offices where they work have become a recurring target for political violence.

Here are eight times just this year that Republicans faced such attacks.

Oct 18 12:58

Israel working to spy on private social media messages

The Israeli occupation army has bid to obtain spying systems that monitor the private messages of social media users, Haaretz has revealed.

Haaretz said it had obtained a document showing that the Israeli army asked the cyber companies to present proposals for the spying system in 2016.

The newspaper also said that the system being sought was expected to trace and monitor all information posted or exchanged through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

The system would also monitor posts and information exchanged in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

The targeted keywords, the document showed, were terror, resistance, nationality and religion.

Oct 18 12:57

Israel limits Palestinian access to farmland

West Bank farmers seeking access to their farmland located behind Israel’s illegal Separation Wall are facing intimidation and further access restrictions by Israeli occupation forces.

“When you go to that gate, there is a group of Israeli soldiers and the settlement guards. They keep people’s ID cards when they enter and hand it back to them on their way out,” one eyewitness said of the treatment farmers get in Salfit.

Farmers are forced in the system of so-called “prior coordination” ahead of the olive harvest, meaning that they seek approval from the Israeli occupation authorities in order to access their farmland which is surrounded by illegal settlements or which is located behind the illegal Separation Wall.

Oct 18 12:56

Israel settlers destroy hundreds of trees in Palestinian villages

Hundreds of olive trees and vines were found destroyed on Sunday on land belonging to five different villages in the West Bank, reported Haaretz, citing Palestinians and Israeli human rights groups.

According to the paper, “in at least four of these cases, the trees were in plots Palestinians can only harvest under army supervision due to the plots’ proximity to settlements or outposts from which Israelis have attacked Palestinian farmers”.

Some 100 uprooted trees were discovered in the village of Mreir, 25 trees were damaged in Deir Nidham, and 59 trees were destroyed in Tal. In addition, 60 trees were damaged on land belonging to Far’ata, while in Al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, 370 vines and 30 olive trees were uprooted.

Haaretz noted that “in the last two months, ahead of the olive harvest, there has been an increase in the number of trees deliberately damaged.”

Oct 18 12:56

Israel to destroy Syria’s S-300 defence system, US general says

Former US Defense Attaché to Russia Brigadier General Peter Zwack has said that Israel is to destroy the S-300 defence system offered by Russia to Syria, Al-Wattan Voice reported yesterday.

Zwack said: “At the end, the time when the Israeli planes target S-300 defence system owned by the Syrian army is coming. This is an important issue for Israel. It will not remain silent.”

The presence of the S-400 defence system in the Russian military base in Syria’s Hmeimim is not a worry for Israel, but the Syrian regime owning the S-300 missile system is, according to Zwack.

“Based on my knowledge about the Israelis, they will tell Russia that the defence system is owned by Syria and then they will do their best to strike it and take it out of service,” he added of what he expects Israel’s plan to be.

Oct 18 12:53

More Honduran migrants seek to join U.S.-bound group in Guatemala

More Honduran migrants tried to join a caravan of several thousand trekking through Guatemala on Wednesday, defying calls by authorities not to make the journey after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off regional aid in reprisal.

The caravan has been growing steadily since it left the violent Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday. The migrants hope to reach Mexico and then cross its northern border with the United States, to seek refuge from endemic violence and poverty in Central America.

Several thousand people are now part of the caravan, according to a Reuters witness traveling with the group in Guatemala, where men women and children on foot and riding in trucks filled a road on their long journey to Mexico.

Oct 18 12:52

Mystery Donor Gives $131,000 to 4-Year-Old with Cancer for Treatment in the US

A mystery donor has given $130,000 to a four-year-old boy with cancer to help him get treatment in the US that could save his life.

Oct 18 12:20

Mueller’s man. - Junket justice: How special interests pay to schmooze DOJ and FBI officials

Of all the agencies in the federal government that should be immune to special-interest schmoozing, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its premier law enforcement agencies ... top the list.

Oct 18 11:54

China To Unveil Next-Generation Stealth Bomber In 2019 

Last week, the Global Times confirmed that the Hong-20, China's newest long-range stealth bomber was ready for imminent trial flights.

Now, it seems Chinese media, as per Defense Blog, has indicated that the stealth bomber will be unveiled during a massive military parade in 2019.

Oct 18 11:54

Why These Countries Are Dumping U.S. Treasuries and What It Means for the Dollar

U.S. Treasuries slumped in September, as the 10-year Treasury yield breached 3.2% -- worrying investors that rates would shoot too high to a level that could cause equities to reassess their valuations. If yields rise as a result of economic growth, it is deemed positive for equities. However, any sudden or relentless move higher on the back of inflation worries or aggressive tightening financial conditions, equities take as a headwind -- and investors get worried. But there is something more sinister behind the move seen in U.S. bonds in September.

Oct 18 11:53

ARE TRUMP’S POLICIES LEADING TO THE FORMATION OF AN EASTERN BLOC?

When the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran launched the Astana peace talks in January 2017 in an attempt to end violence and improve the humanitarian situation in Syria, few expected the unlikely alliance of historical rivals to be more than a sideshow to the UN’s Geneva process.

Almost two years after their inaugural meeting in the Kazakh capital, the trio of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have made meaningful progress in Syria and developed strong personal relationships, despite their divergent national interests.

Oct 18 11:52

Trump casts doubt on audio of Jamal Khashoggi's last known minutes, saying he will ask for it 'if it exists,' and refuses to say if FBI will aid in a murder probe

President Donald Trump cast new doubt on claims that an audio tape of Jamal Khashoggi's death exists on Wednesday, telling reporters that he hasn't heard it if it does.

He said in the Oval Office it's 'gonna be the first question I ask' when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returns from his fact-finding mission in the Middle East.

'We have asked for it, if it exists,' Trump said. 'I'm not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does.'

The president refused to tell a journalist whether or not the FBI is involved in the disappearance of the Virginia resident after noting that Khashoggi is not a U.S. citizen.

'He wasn't a citizen of this country for one thing,' Trump said during a Wednesday morning event.

Oct 18 11:49

German Secret Service BfV to Decide on Surveillance of AfD by 2019 - Reports

German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) will decide whether to place the right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) under partial or full surveillance before 2019, the Spiegel newspaper reported on Friday

BfV Vice President Thomas Haldenwang has told the internal affairs committee of the Bundestag that the agency was considering such move due to possible anti-constitutional trends within the party, the Spiegel reported.

According to the publication, 13 of the 16 German federal states sent extensive materials to the counterintelligence service regarding "possible anti-constitutional tendencies in AfD," most of the documents contained two-digit or even three-digit number of pages.

Oct 18 11:49

Moscow ‘ready for larger-scale provocations’ by the West, says Lavrov

Western provocation, the prospect of WWIII, and China’s closer stance with Russia are just some of the topics that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has spoken about with RT France.

“We will be ready for larger-scale provocations too. But our answer is very simple – if they talk to us through the media, we will respond through the media too, but specifically and in a correct manner,” Lavrov said, answering questions from RT France, Paris Match and Le Figaro.

Going further, he said a third world war is an unimaginable scenario, noting that “everybody would be sane enough not to let it happen.” However, an aggravating factor is the absence of any dialogue between the Russian military and NATO.

Oct 18 11:48

U.S. ENVOY HALEY: PALESTINE IS NOT ANY STATE AT ALL

The United States does not recognize Palestine as a state, its envoys said on Tuesday as they opposed United Nations General Assembly move to enhance the stature of the Palestinian Authority.

“The Palestinians are not a UN Member State or any state at all. The United States will continually point that out in our remarks at UN events led by the Palestinians,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.

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Oct 18 11:47

Another YEAR of Brexit? Fury over claims May 'will keep UK tied to the EU for 12 MORE months' - after bloc's leaders dismiss her compromise plea and DITCH crunch summit

Theresa May's desperate plea for EU leaders to show 'courage' to break the deadlock in Brexit talks fell flat tonight - amid claims she could keep Britain lashed to the bloc for another year to ease the Irish border standoff.

The PM was accused of having 'nothing new' to say after she urged counterparts to be 'creative' as negotiations threaten to collapse into disarray.

A summit pencilled in for next month to seal a divorce package has now been shelved, effectively ruling out any kind of resolution before December.

And to make matters worse Mrs May is facing a furious backlash from Brexiteers and the DUP after EU sources claimed the premier had said she was considering extending the mooted transition period for another year beyond the end of 2020.

Oct 18 11:45

'We're doomed': Social media users predict the worst for mankind after Trump says he has a 'natural instinct for science'

President Donald Trump’s claim that he has a ‘natural instinct for science’ is eliciting scorn, ridicule, and even dread on social media.

During an Oval Office interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, the president was asked about climate change.

Specifically, he was referred to a recent report issued by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which stated that the world has 12 years to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degree Celsius.

Failure to do so puts the globe at greater peril, significantly increasing the risk of devastating floods, droughts, and fires that will affect hundreds of millions of people, the report’s authors say.

Oct 18 11:44

Israel, US send secret delegation to Ukraine to train against S-300 – report

Israel and the United States sent a secret military delegation to Ukraine to test the Russian-made S-300 missile defense system, which Moscow recently provided to Syria, Hadashot TV news reported Monday, citing Syrian and Russian news outlets.

There was no comment on the reports from either Israel or the US.

According to the reports, members of the Ukrainian military instructed their US and Israeli counterparts on the capabilities of the system, as well as running through various possible scenarios.

Oct 18 11:39

Forgotten FBI Anti-Terrorism Entrapment Debacles

The owner of the limousine company that killed 20 people in New York last weekend was an FBI informant who helped carry out two big entrapment operations against Muslims after 9/11. Prior to being recruited by the FBI, he was caught helping people cheat on DMV tests. Before that, he was arrested for murder in Pakistan but escaped after someone bribed police. FBI officially permits its informants to commit 5000+ crimes a year. But running an illegal limousine service that kills 20 people was probably not pre-approved. Actually, the FBI provided luxury cars to help get this business started in 2008.

Here’s a piece I did 14 years ago on FBI and Justice Department entrapment and other debacles in the first years of the War on Terror.

Oct 18 11:38

Deadly floods hit Yemen, widespread destruction after Luban makes landfall

At least 3 people have been killed and dozens were injured after Tropical Cyclone "Luban" made landfall between Mukalla and Al Ghaidahnear, Yemen's Al Mahrah province on October 14, 2018. This is the 5th named storm of the 2018 North Indian Ocean cyclone season and the first to make landfall in Yemen. It is also the 5th named storm to make landfall in Yemen since 2015. The storm caused widespread destruction. The governor of the province declared the coastal districts a disaster area.

Luban was Very Severe Cyclonic Storm as it approached Yemen but was downgraded to a Tropical Depression several hours before landfall. However, the storm brought strong winds and caused widespread flooding and damage.

The worst of the rain hit coastal areas of Yemen and Oman, where up to 263 mm (10.35 inches) of rainfall fell in 24 hours of October 14. This is a desert... rain is welcome, but this much rain in just 24 hours is several years' worth and disastrous.

Oct 18 11:37

Liberman halts Qatar's $60 million fuel flow to Gaza Strip

Just days after fuel tankers began delivering much-needed diesel oil to the Gaza Strip on Oct. 9, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman halted the shipments in retaliation for Gazans' protests on the border with Israel.

Liberman tweeted Oct. 13, "As long as the events continue on the border and fire balloons continue to be launched toward Israel, no fuel shall be transferred to Gaza.” The protests continued, however, and on Oct. 16, an Israel Defense Forces plane fired on Palestinians allegedly launching the balloons. No casualties were reported.

Liberman's action was widely rejected by Israeli Security Cabinet members, who voiced concern that it would only aggravate the security situation on the border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is what Liberman wants!

Oct 18 11:37

Extreme rainfall, potentially deadly floods target Spain, worst sudden drop in temperature in a decade

The weather front is expected to arrive on October 18 and continue affecting the region through Sunday, October 21 plunging Spain into the worst 'gota fria' - a Spanish term meaning 'cold drop' that explains a sudden drop in temperature – in a decade.

Oct 18 11:36

Signaling war, Liberman urges cabinet to okay ‘serious blow’ to Hamas in Gaza

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday called on his fellow ministers to approve a large-scale military campaign against the Hamas terror group in Gaza in light of ongoing riots and violence along the Strip’s security fence.

“I’ve held a series of meetings with the head of the Southern Command, the head of the [Gaza] Division, the brigade commanders, the battalion commanders, also with soldiers. My impression is that they all have reached the understanding that the situation as it is today cannot continue,” Liberman said.

According to the defense minister’s assessment, a “serious blow” to Hamas would result in four to five years of calm along the Gaza border — akin to the quiet that persisted from the end of the 2014 Gaza war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge, until the start of the current round of clashes in late March, a few limited skirmishes notwithstanding.

Oct 18 11:35

Actual Descendant of Pocahontas Speaks Out on Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test – ‘I Feel Betrayed’

A descendant of the famed 17th-century Powhatan princess Pocahontas spoke out against Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test results Tuesday on Fox News “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” saying she felt “betrayed” by the senator’s claims of Native American ancestry.

Host Carlson asked Debbie White Dove Porreco about the Massachusetts Democrat’s test results, saying, “You’ve watched Elizabeth Warren, once again, put herself at the head of the ‘Me Sioux’ movement, and come out with this DNA test which you called for. Now that we have the results, what’s your response?”

“Well, first of all, I’m so glad she ended up taking one,” Porrecco said, “and it did prove that she wasn’t the Cherokee Indian that she’s been claiming to be for so long.”

“How did that make you feel as a descendant of Pocahontas?” Carlson asked. “Cultural appropriation is often in the news. Do you think she’s guilty of it?”

Oct 18 11:32

Afghan guards open fire at NATO meeting in Kandahar, injuring 2 Americans – reports

Two US citizens were wounded and a local police chief killed when Afghan guards opened fire at Austin S. Miller, the NATO and US forces commander in Afghanistan, after his meeting with Kandahar officials in the city.

The attack took place on Thursday afternoon after Miller’s meeting with Kandahar’s governor and the provincial police chief, General Abdul Raziq.

Raziq was killed in the attack at the governor's office, while two US citizens and several top Afghan officials, including the governor, were wounded, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. General Miller was safely evacuated from the area after the incident, NATO said.

Oct 18 11:31

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 18, 2018: ISRAEL IS PREPARING TO CHALLENGE S-300 IN SYRIA

Two F-15 warplanes of the US-led coalition accidentally struck a unit of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was involved in the SDF advance on ISIS in the Euphrates Valley, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported on October 17. The strike reportedly killed 6 SDF members and inured 15 others. ISIS terrorists also attacked SDF positions following the incident, according to the report.

Despite initial claims by the SDF leadership that the terrorists in the area will soon be defeated there are no signs that the operation will be finished in the near future. The Russian side even claims that the US-led coalition is using the Hajin pocket to justify its illegal presence in the country. So, nobody is hurrying to defeat the terrorists.

The Trump administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russian and Iranian companies involved in the reconstruction of Syria, NBC News reported on October 16 citing defense officials.

Oct 18 11:30

Dutch govt cancels trade mission to Saudi Arabia over missing journalist

The Dutch government on Thursday canceled a trade mission to Saudi Arabia next month due to concerns over the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a spokeswoman. “All trade missions to the country have been suspended for now,” a spokeswoman for PSPS Consultants, which had organized the trip for the government, told Reuters. The decision came minutes after finance minister Wopke Hoekstra said he was scrapping plans to attend a conference in Saudi Arabia next week.

Oct 18 11:29

Israeli defense minister wants war to keep Gaza under siege

Israel must launch another war on Gaza to enforce its blockade on the territory, defense minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters on Tuesday.

Lieberman’s comments came the day before Israel launched a series of airstrikes in retaliation for a rocket fired from Gaza that badly damaged a house in the city of Beersheba.

Lieberman also ordered the closing of crossings between Gaza and Israel and reduced the permitted fishing zone off of Gaza’s coast to three nautical miles – decisions described by the human rights group Gisha as “deliberate punishment of the residents of Gaza for no fault of their own.”

The health ministry in Gaza said that one Palestinian was killed as a result of an airstrike in the north of the territory. Three others were reported injured in Israeli attacks in Gaza’s southern and central districts.

Oct 18 11:28

Big BDS legal win in Germany

Supporters of the BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement in Germany have won a two-year court battle against a local authority that could set a legal precedent for BDS activism in the country.

On 27 September, the administrative court of the northwestern German city of Oldenburg ruled that the municipality’s decision to cancel a 2016 BDS event had been unlawful.

It determined that the city council had “undermined the fundamental right of the applicant’s freedom of assembly” as well as freedom of expression, which, it added, “was (and is) severely interfered with.”

“The fundamental right to freedom of expression is, as the most direct expression of the human personality in society, one of the most distinguished human rights of all.”

Oct 18 11:27

Beto O’Rourke: progressive except for Palestine

Beto O’Rourke has become Texas’ progressive golden boy in his fight to oust Senator Ted Cruz in the upcoming midterm elections. But when supporters of Palestine asked O’Rourke – a Democratic member of Congress – about his stance on the issue, he sent a response that could just have easily been issued by a Republican.

The email from O’Rourke’s campaign described him as “a proud advocate of Israel.”

Oct 18 11:27

Testing presidential waters? Haley spoke to secretive conservative group before resigning UN

A week before leaving the Trump administration, Nikki Haley spoke to the neocon group - Council for National Policy - lending weight to the prospect of a 2020 candidacy while touting her record as a warmonger’s warmonger.

The secretive, heavily evangelical CNP has developed a reputation for anointing Republican presidents. Donald Trump and George W. Bush both spoke in front of the CNP before setting out on the campaign trail, and Trump appointed several members to his cabinet in gratitude, including Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway.

Haley revealed that, while she began 2016 as a never-Trumper, a job offer from Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was all she needed to convert to a disciple of the Donald. Mercifully, she turned down that first offer, admitting she was completely underqualified to be secretary of state. She had no such qualms about becoming ambassador to the UN, however, even though she told Trump at the time, “Honestly, I don’t even know what the UN does.”

Oct 18 11:26

BREAKING NEWS ~~ MAJOR BDS VICTORY IN ISRAEL

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that an American student accused of advocating boycotts of Israel can enter the country, putting an end to a weeks-long saga that drew scrutiny of an Israeli law allowing alleged anti-Israel activists to be barred from entry.

Lara Alqasem, 22, has been held in detention for the past 15 days after arriving in Israel for a master’s program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The state alleged that Alqasem, who was a member of the pro-boycott Students for Justice in Palestine group while studying at the University of Florida, supported the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

In accepting her appeal, the Supreme Court overturned a ruling by a lower court that upheld the ban on her entry under a 2017 law forbidding BDS activists from entering Israel.

Oct 18 11:25

Breaking: Israeli warplanes stalk Lebanese-Syrian border

The Syrian military has been placed on high alert this evening after Israeli warplanes were spotted flying incredibly close to the Syrian-Lebanese border.

According to reports, the Israeli warplanes made their way from Lebanon’s Nabatieh Governorate to the Beqa’a Valley, where they flew close to the northwestern part of the Rif Dimashq Governorate of Syria.

Lebanon’s National News Agency has also reported a heavy Israeli air presence over the Nabatieh Governorate.

Oct 18 11:17

Exclusive: Women's March target of elaborate Facebook scam run from Bangladesh

In all, there were 1,700 separate Facebook pages designed to look like they were run by local Women's March organizers, a source familiar with Facebook's investigation into the issue told CNN.

While the vast majority of the pages and events had no followers or attendees, some of the fake events promoting the wrong march date became popular.

Fake events for Philadelphia and Chicago received more than 10,000 RSVPs; the event posted for Seattle picked up more than 20,000. (As ever with numbers on social media sites, it is possible that at least some of the RSVPs came from fake accounts used to make a page seem more popular).

The network of fake pages highlights the increasing challenges facing both American activists and companies like Facebook as bad actors, both foreign and domestic, use social media platforms to tap into the highly charged and partisan nature of American politics for financial or political gain.

Oct 18 11:15

Facebook Finds Hack Was Done by Spammers, Not Foreign State

Facebook Inc. believes that the hackers who gained access to the private information of 30 million of its users were spammers looking to make money through deceptive advertising, according to people familiar with the company’s internal investigation.

Oct 18 11:14

Breaking: Yesterday’s Indicted Leakers Are Linked to Mueller Team Member ANDREW WEISSMAN and DOJ Fusion GPS Collaborator BRUCE OHR

The indictment of US Treasury officials yesterday is more important than first thought. The individuals indicted have close ties to demoted DOJ lawyer Bruce Ohr and Mueller team corrupt attorney Andrew Weissman!

On Tuesday, 40-year-old Natalie May Edwards, the senior advisor in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, was arrested and criminally charged for leaking confidential financial documents relating to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, the Russian embassy and accused Russian spy Maria Butina.

Ms. Edwards, who leaked the documents related to the Manafort case, was interviewed by Ronan Farrow six months ago. It now looks like that was an attempt by her to set herself up as a whistle blower rather than the leaker she is

Oct 18 11:14

EBay Accuses Amazon in Suit of Poaching High-Value Sellers

EBay Inc. sued e-commerce rival Amazon.com Inc., claiming the world’s largest online retailer infiltrated EBay’s internal email system to recruit high-value sellers

Amazon’s illegal efforts "appear to be part of a larger pattern of aggressive, unscrupulous conduct," according to the complaint filed Wednesday in state court in San Jose, California.

Amazon, through a spokeswoman, declined to comment. The company has said it was investigating EBay’s allegations, which came to light this month after the internet marketplace’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to Amazon.

EBay has accused Amazon of poaching sellers on its site around the world by infiltrating and using EBay’s member-to-member email system. The San Jose-based company said the alleged practice violates its terms of service.

Oct 18 11:13

Nancy Pelosi on Democrat Agenda ‘If There’s Collateral Damage to People Who Don’t Share Our Views, Well So Be It’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined the New York Times’ Paul Krugman on Sunday to discuss various topics such as immigration, Kavanaugh and the Democrats’ strategy for the midterm elections.

Paul Krugman, who’s wrong about everything, sucked up to Nancy Pelosi as he nervously gushed about what a huge honor it was to sit down and interview her.

At one point, Pelosi stuttered and lost her train of thought as she spoke about the Kavanaugh confirmation.

Nancy Pelosi either forgot Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s name or couldn’t bring herself to say his name.

Oct 18 11:12

Savings – Not Tariffs Will Make America Great Again

While the farcical Kavanaugh confirmation hearings dominated the news cycle for the past couple of weeks, little mention was made of a disturbing economic headline – the August US trade deficit. Despite all the bluster from the Trump Administration about “winning trade wars” and “trade wars are easy,” America’s trade imbalances for August were the highest ever and its deficit with its most contentious partner – China – reached an all-time high.

Some highlights or low lights for the Trump Administration and the clueless economic nationalists were:

August imports of industrial supplies and materials ($49.7 billion) were the highest since December 2014 ($51.8 billion).

August imports of automobile vehicles, parts, and engines ($31.7 billion) were the highest on record.

August imports of other goods ($9.1 billion) were the highest on record.

August petroleum imports ($20.5 billion) were the highest since December 2014 ($23.6 billion).*

Oct 18 11:11

Claire McCaskill Demands Investigation Into Project Veritas Videos – O’Keefe Responds

Project Veritas has been focusing on the midterms by targeting Democrat candidates with its new series dubbed ‘Secrets and Lies.’

The videos released this week by O’Keefe were absolutely devastating to Claire McCaskill.

McCaskill’s campaign manager is now calling for Missouri Attorney General and opponent to McCaskill, Josh Hawley to recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Project Veritas.

Oct 18 11:10

Col. Larry Wilkerson: Unnecessary Wars Hurting Readiness to Fight Existential Wars

Given the array of really big threats out there, and the way we have spent our military on the peripheries of our empire, doing things less than existential — and in some cases, less than approved by the American people — can we do this or are we going to get caught short, and either have 10 or 15 or 20 times the casualties we should have?

“Or maybe, maybe even lose? That’s the ultimate question about what we’re doing today, and we aren’t ready yet to confront that question,”

Oct 18 11:09

China may 'ease up' on sanctions against North Korea as the trade war drags on 

As President Donald Trump continues to ramp up trade pressure on China, Beijing may be "less motivated to cooperate" with the U.S. over sanctions against North Korea, an expert told CNBC Wednesday.

"China has been taking steps to relax its enforcement of sanctions even before the trade tensions with the United States flared up," according to Scott Seaman director of Asia at political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group.

But as the trade war between the world's two largest economies drags on, China could find more reasons to relax its enforcement of sanctions against North Korea, he said.

Oct 18 11:08

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you

Apple customers in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can now download a copy of all the personal data Apple holds on them that's linked to an Apple ID.

Under GDPR, EU residents have the right to obtain a copy of data a company holds about them.

They can also withdraw previously given consent for a company to collect data about them and request that collected data be deleted. And consumers have the right to take data to another service, as well as to know how a company is processing it.

Oct 18 11:07

Kushner retreating from MidEast front amid Khashoggi crisis: Sources

US President Donald Trump’s son-in law and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are communicating through Whatsapp amid the crisis arising over the mysterious disappearance of a dissident journalist at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Jared Kushner, who has been appointed by his father-in-law to handle the Middle East, has therefore retreated from the front, CNN reported Wednesday citing unnamed sources.

The powerful Jewish figure at the Trump administration is “quietly leveraging his close relationship” with bin Salman as the two states engage in crisis management and “retreating to the sidelines when necessary.”

Oct 18 11:07

Close Call For Children Of College Students In California

The left’s disregard for human life is shocking, and they will go out of their way to demonstrate this.

Pro-abortion advocates have been pushing to have their death sentences infiltrate unsuspecting arenas.

Now, in the latest force-fed politics by liberals, college campuses are looking to provide a disturbing service for their students.

HuffPost reported:

“Senate Bill 320 — which called for the 34 University of California and California State University campuses to make the abortion pill available in student health centers — was born out of a grassroots campaign at the University of California, Berkeley, after a group of students there noticed it was not available at the campus’ health center.”

Oct 18 11:06

Judicial Watch: FBI Documents Detail Weiner Laptop / Clinton Email Find Just Before the 2016 Election

Judicial Watch announced today that it has received 45 pages of FBI documents that reveal a “significant number” of 340,000 emails on the laptop of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner were between the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents as the result of a September 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the Justice Department did not act on two FOIA requests for Anthony Weiner laptop investigation documents, including any Clinton emails found on the laptop

Oct 18 11:05

US drone allegedly seen spying on new Syrian S-300 system

A U.S. reconnaissance drone was allegedly spotted spying on the Syrian military’s new S-300 air defense system.

According to the Arabic-language section of Russia Today, a U.S. RC-135V reconnaissance drone flew hundreds of kilometers to the Syrian coastal province of Latakia to spy on the S-300 system.

The report said that the U.S. drone took off from the Souda Airbase in the Greek island of Crete.

No other details were released.

Oct 18 11:05

Money talks: Top US firms to visit Saudi business forum ignoring alleged grisly murder of critic

Senior executives of major Western corporations will still attend Saudi Arabia’s business forum despite the growing scandal over the disappearance and alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Goldman Sachs, Pepsi, Thales and EDF senior executives are all expected to attend Saudi Arabia’s business forum, dubbed as the 'Davos of the Desert' next week. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is also coming. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting the forum to hold talks Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Oct 18 11:04

High School Girls Admitted to Making False Sexual Assault Accusations Against a Male Student Because They ‘Just Don’t Like Him’

Seneca Valley School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is facing a lawsuit from a former male student who was forced out of school—and investigated for sexual assault—due to a series of false accusations made by female students.

The girls—dubbed "mean girls" in the lawsuit, a reference to the 2004 Lindsay Lohan film—admitted on tape that they made up the assault story. One said, "I just don't like him" and "[I] would do anything to get him expelled," according to The Toronto Sun.

The false allegations were life-derailing for the accused, who is referred to as "T.F." in the lawsuit. On October 3, 2017, one of the girls told other students that T.F. had sexually assaulted her at a pool; a Seneca Valley guidance counselor overheard the accusation, and reported it to Childline, the state's child abuse prevention agency, as required by law. T.F. was swiftly charged with indecent assault and harassment, and received six months of probation as part of a plea deal.

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Yes, women DO lie about sexual assault. Deal with it!

Oct 18 11:04

Ecuador tried to move Julian Assange to Russia, new files confirm

Newly released Ecuadorian government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a political counselor to the country’s embassy in Moscow.

Oct 18 11:03

Chop-chop: Saudis may cut billions in military contracts & petrodollar in response to US sanctions

RT talked to international oil economist Dr Mamdouh G. Salameh, who also serves as a consultant for the World Bank on oil and energy, and a technical expert with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, to explore what action Riyadh may take in retaliation to possible penalties.

“The US should not underestimate Saudi Arabia’s ability to retaliate against any punishment in the future. Remember there’s a lesson in history dating back to 1973, which shows Saudi Arabia never hesitated to retaliate,” Dr Salameh said, referring to an oil embargo on the US, which inflicted heavy damage on the American economy.

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