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Interview with Whitney Webb: Epstein is one node in a network of sexual blackmail by CIA, Mossad and Mafia

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Journalist Whitney Webb's MintPress series looks at the sordid history tying together mobsters, oligarchs, and government intelligence agencies in a web of blackmail, exploitation, and profit


Comment: Webb's series on Epstein's links to crime syndicates:


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State Department cuts Pakistan's handouts by $440 million, but Islamic state still receives billion$ from US taxpayers

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"Nice to meet you! So, er, can I have more cash please?..."
The United States has further cut Pakistan's aid by $440 million, bringing down its commitments under the Kerry Lugar Berman Act to just $4.1 billion, which is slightly over half of the total amount that Washington had promised to give nine years ago.


Comment: Why?

Why do US banksters (and, ultimately, US taxpayers) pay Pakistan so much money?


The decision to cut Pakistan's economic assistance, being disbursed under the Kerry Lugar legislation of 2009, was officially conveyed to Islamabad about three weeks before the planned visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the United States, sources in the Ministry of Economic Affairs told The Express Tribune.

The aid was being disbursed under the Pakistan Enhanced Partnership Agreement (PEPA) 2010. PEPA, which was going to lapse, was extended by Pakistan last week, aimed at facilitating the disbursements of the remaining $900 million grant, said sources in the ministry.

PEPA was signed in September 2010 to make operational the Kerry Lugar Berman (KLB) Act that was passed by the US Congress in October 2009 to disburse $7.5 billion to Pakistan over a period of 5 years.

Comment: And what are those political priorities?

Trump gets it, yet the cash still flows to that terror-haven...


We really need to talk about Pakistan.

The success of Modi's development initiatives in India are soon going to be applied in Indian-controlled parts of Kashmir. Pakistan cannot compete with that, so people in Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir - and in Pakistan itself - are going to be looking to New Dehli for funding, jobs and other opportunities.

On the one hand, Pakistan cannot function without being propped up by the Western alliance (much like zombie state Ukraine). On the other, it has major developmental potential. Its population is 250 million! But this potential can only be realized by acknowledging fundamental realities.

India is developing at break-neck speed. The Kashmir regions will likely soon join it on this trajectory. Millions in Pakistan will begin migrating to India. Pakistan will crumble fast, and not even Chinese investment can save it. War is out of the question because both countries have nukes.

The only way out is reintegration in some form or another with India, and a gradual undoing of the criminal partition of 1947.


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UK officials' contradictory messages over likelihood of 'chaos' following no-deal Brexit: Scaremongering or worst-case scenario?

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Anti-Brexit badges are seen on display in London, Britain June 26, 2019.
British officials are struggling to stay on message after the publication of a leaked report warning of food and fuel shortages in the event of a hard Brexit, contradicting one another in their attempts at damage control.

The Sunday Times revealed that a report prepared by the British government predicts serious supply problems with food, medicine and fuel if the UK leaves the European Union without securing an exit deal with Brussels.

Codenamed 'Operation Yellowhammer,' the UK's plan for a hard Brexit could result in a transportation standstill sparking mayhem, according to the leaked report.

Comment: The thing to keep in mind about anything reported in the media in the UK is that it's all coordinated. There are no 'contradictions' when it comes to British information.

It's all part of one grand effort: to keep Britain in the EU, while convincing sufficient numbers of English voters that they have actually left.

'Leaked' docs like the one above (which is actually being 're-leaked') are intended spread fear that leaving the EU means 'the end of the world'. But fear not, the British establishment is about to 'save' the British people from that calamity...


Hiliter

Moscow signs warship treaty with Caracas

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Defense Ministers Sergey Shoigu • Vladimir Padrino Lopez
Russia is the strongest supporter of Venezuela's independence. The Russian military personnel, although officially not deployed to the country, are there as advisors. Apart from humanitarian aid, loans, help with the reconstruction of Venezuela's aging oil industrial equipment, etc, Russia also sent military advisors to help Venezuelan troops in setting up an integrated air defense network, aimed at deterring Washington's aggressive actions, especially the use of airpower to force Venezuela into submission.

The post-Cold War experience has shown the importance of advanced air defense systems. Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria learned this the hard way. However, Venezuela has another key issue. It has to do with its long stretches of coastline, as well as with the proximity of the US mainland, especially with America being a premier naval power. Unlike the upgrade of the Venezuelan Air Force and Air Defense Forces, this issue was not addressed properly. Until now.

Russia and Venezuela have signed an agreement on mutual warship visits. The document was signed by Defense Ministers Sergey Shoigu and Vladimir Padrino Lopez. At their meeting in Moscow, they discussed cooperation in the field of the defense industry. Outside interference in the situation in Venezuela was also mentioned at the meeting.


Attention

Pundit tells why sanctions against Nord Stream 2 could damage the US

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The US Congress has introduced a bill set to impose sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, despite criticism from Washington's allies in Europe. The White House claims that the goal is to ensure Europe's energy security from Russia, but major EU politicians have rejected such claims, saying the project is purely economic in nature.

In an article published in Forbes, Anna Mikulska, a fellow at the Centre for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute, has indicated that the intended US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project might not only be ineffective at accomplishing the intended purpose, but also damaging to the US.

Mikulska argued that despite hopes in the White House, the sanctions are unlikely to force Western European countries to abandon the project, which, as the pundit believes, will be completed by Russia, even "if for the sheer desire to show its resolve". She further stated that while Central and Eastern European countries would welcome such sanctions, US allies in Western Europe would not.

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Dollars

Greenbacks for Greenland? US may attempt acquisition in rush to locate in the Arctic region

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Tasiilac, Greenland
A recent report alleges US President Donald Trump may use his upcoming trip to Denmark to negotiate for the acquisition of Greenland. While many laughed off 45's reported interest in the autonomous island, the military-industrial complex of the US may make his dream become reality.

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing "people familiar with the discussion," claimed Trump has repeatedly asked advisers whether Washington can purchase Greenland.

The article claimed the US president "listened with interest when they discussed its abundant resources and geopolitical importance." Two individuals also told the WSJ that Trump even requested White House counsel look into the logistics of the island's acquisition.

As perhaps could be expected, politicians from both Denmark's Conservative People's Party and the liberal Venstre party were not too happy with Trump's alleged desire.

Segment begins around the 2:12 mark.



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Arrow Up

China and North Korea 'boost military ties, provide Asia-Pacific security' amid US-fed tensions

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China and North Korea will boost military cooperation and work together to assure security in the Asia Pacific, a high-ranking Chinese commander has said. Both Beijing and Pyongyang view US activities in the region as a threat.

Days after North Korea made headlines with fresh missile tests, a delegation from Pyongyang has met with Chinese officials in Beijing. It was headed by a high-ranking military official, Kim Su-gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army.

Quoted by the media after the meeting, the Chinese general who spoke to Kim signaled that Chinese-North Korean military ties only look to strengthen further.

"The Chinese People's Liberation Army is ready to work along North Korea to implement the important consensus, which was achieved by the leaders of our nations," Gen. Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, said, adopting an official tone.

He also assured his audience that Beijing is "ready to contribute to peace and stability in the region together" with Pyongyang. Kim responded by saying that North Korea is eager to expand military ties and exchange experiences with their large neighbor.

Green Light

Taliban: Death of leader's brother in the August 16 mosque attack won't derail peace talks

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The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Haibatullah Akhundzada
Afghanistan's Taliban says the killing of the brother of their leader in an August 16 bomb attack in Pakistan will not derail peace talks with the United States.

Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada was not in the mosque when the bomb went off but his younger brother, Hafiz Ahmadullah, was among those killed, according to Afghan Islamic Press and Reuters.

"If someone thinks martyring our leaders would stop us from our goal, they're living in a fool's paradise," a senior Taliban figure told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location on August 17. "We are close to our goals," the Taliban leader said, referring to the talks with the United States.

Pakistani police say four people were killed and more than 20 injured in the explosion at the mosque about 25 kilometers outside of Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's restive Balochistan Province. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb attack.

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Boat

Caspian Sea: Iran to create ferry link with Dagestan, Russia

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Naryn-kala Citadel museum, part of the Derbent State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve in the city of Derbent, Republic of Dagestan, Russia.
Tehran is in talks with Moscow over plans to establish a ferry service across the Caspian Sea that would link Iran with Russia's Dagestan.

The Iranian ambassador to Russia, Mehdi Sanai, had earlier arrived in Derbent to discuss the development of relations between Iran and Russia's Republic of Dagestan. During the visit, the two sides discussed the question of increasing cargo traffic through Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port, as well as the launch of direct passenger and cargo flights between Makhachkala and Tehran.

Among the issues discussed was a plan to set up a direct ferry service linking the two states, with the head of Dagestan's republic, Vladimir Vasiliev, highly optimistic about the prospect.

"Derbent attracts Iran like a magnet and [the ferry service] will work. [Tehran] is ready to establish sea links with us, and we are ready to cooperate - and everything will work," Vasilyev told journalists at a press briefing on Sunday.

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Attention

Attorney for Joseph Mifsud confirms he is a western intelligence operative — NOT a Russian operative

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Joseph Mifsud
In other words, Mueller's team lied.

Investigative reporter John Solomon from The Hill joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.

The two discussed John Solomon's latest interview with CIA operative Joseph Mifsud's attorneys.

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