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The worst of Times: UK propaganda rag stirs the pot over ironic RT adverts

'Provocative adverts for Kremlin-owned television channel' is the familiar opening for the Times' latest knickers in a twist article on RT, as the Murdoch-owned broadsheet joined the angry scrum to condemn a tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign on the London Underground.

A commenter under the Times article itself poses perhaps the most pertinent question: "What happened to our world-famous sense of humor?"

The thrust of the piece is that the Labour Party has asked broadcasting regulator OFCOM to look at the RT ads, which pose ironic (that is a key word here) questions such as 'The CIA calls us a propaganda machine. Find out what we call the CIA," or "Missed the train? Lost a vote? Blame it on us."

Gear

Protests in Kiev: Real Maidan 3.0 from 'new' opposition? Only if Washington says so

The last few days in the Ukrainian capital have been, to say the least, once again restless. Celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Nazi Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the military wing of Bandera's Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists which collaborated with the Nazis, have gradually escalated into street confrontations between the opposition and the ruling regime.

On Tuesday, October 17th, the ex-President of Georgia and ex-Governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, also plunged into the fray by gathering a so-called "anti-corruption rally," which observers have suggested gathered around 4-5,000 people.

The demonstrators' ranks have included supporters of Saakashvili's "New Forces Movement," Yulia Tymoshenko's Fatherland Party, Lvov mayor Sadovy's "Self-Help", as well as militants from the neo-Nazi Svoboda and National Corps (the political wing of the Azov Regiment), and other organizations.

Comment: However empty the Opposition is of viable solutions to the train wreck that is the Ukraine, they clearly mean business! From RT:
Ukrainian riot police have tried to enter a Maidan-style protester camp in Kiev, leading to clashes with tear gas being reportedly deployed at the scene. At least 11 people were detained.

The clashes erupted near the parliament building in Kiev on Wednesday, where a protest camp had been set up a day earlier.

Videos from the scene show riot police battling protesters, many of whom are dressed in military-style clothing and carrying police riot shields. The police can be seen spraying the protesters with some substance, which local media said was tear gas.


The altercation between the police and protesters reportedly began when law enforcement tried to move in and confiscate the riot shields. The shields had been previously "stolen," and the police had to act to get its equipment back, the chief of Kiev police told 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Following the scuffle at least 11 people were detained, RIA Novosti reported citing Kiev police.
And arming themselves to the teeth...
The Ukrainian police force has reported finding a cache of assault rifles, ammo and explosives in the capital Kiev. Security officials say the weapons could have been used during Tuesday's mass protest in the city center.

The weapons were discovered during an ongoing investigation, according to a statement from the deputy head of Ukraine's national police, Vyacheslav Abroskin.

Footage of the bust, uploaded to the police's YouTube channel, shows an AK-47 assault rifle, several bags of ammunition and disassembled hand grenades stashed away in a garage.

"The searches continue," Abroskin said, touting efforts by the Ukrainian police and national security service (SBU) to prevent "actions aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country."


The weapons could be intended for use during Tuesday's protests in central Kiev, according to SBU deputy head Viktor Kononenko.



Pirates

More reports of US and Kurds colluding with ISIS to stop Syrian army advances

The US and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reached an agreement with the ISIL to transfer a number of terrorists to oilfields in Northeastern Deir Ezzur for a new round of combat against government troops in the region, a Syrian media outlet reported on Wednesday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that a number of ISIL terrorists have been transferred to the al-Amu oilfield in Northeastern Deir Ezzur 12 km away from the town of al-Mayadeen to slow down the Syrian army advances after striking a deal with the US and the SDF.

In the meantime, al-Alam news website quoted sources as saying that the US has paved the way for the ISIL terrorists to leave the villages of al-Hosseiniyeh and al-Salehiyeh for the al-Amr oilfield.

Arrow Up

President Duterte declares major victory over ISIS in Marawi City

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday announced the liberation of Marawi City, after more than four months of battling ISIL-inspired terrorists.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence that marks the beginning of rehabilitation of the city," Duterte said, abs-cbn reported.

The Philippine flag was raised and soldiers in the strife-torn city cheered "mabuhay" (long live) as Duterte declared the liberation of the city, which was gripped by prolonged conflict that has left more than 1,000 dead and displaced hundreds of thousands.

Gold Coins

Russia and China are establishing alternative international monetary system to bypass US financial instability and attacks

The Peoples' Bank of China has just announced a payment-versus-payment (PVP) system for Russian ruble and Chinese yuan transactions. The stated aim is to reduce currency risks in their trade. The only conceivable risk would be from the US dollar and potential acts of US Treasury financial warfare to damage Russian-Chinese trade which is becoming very significant in volume and value. By December it should reach $80 billion, a 30% rise over 2016. Yet there is more to this seeming technical move by China and Russia than meets the eye.

The official announcement, posted on the website of the China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) adds the enormously significant note that CFETS plans to introduce similar PVP systems for yuan transactions with other currencies based on China's Belt and Road initiative.

This confirms what I discussed in an article I posted in April 2016, namely that the grand design behind China's Belt, Road Initiative (BRI) has an integral gold-based currency component that could change the global balance of power in favor of the nations of Eurasia, from Russia and the nations of the Eurasian Economic Union to China and across all Asia.

Attention

Facts don't matter: Why the fakestream media keeps reporting that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, when it does not

When it comes to Iran, do basic facts matter? Evidently not, since dozens and dozens of journalists keep casually reporting that Iran has a "nuclear weapons program" when it does not-a problem FAIR has reported on over the years (e.g., 9/9/15). Let's take a look at some of the outlets spreading this falsehood in just the past five days:
  • Business Insider (10/13/17): "The deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), aims to incentivize Iran to curb its nuclear weapons program by lifting crippling international economic sanctions."
  • New Yorker (10/16/17): "One afternoon in late September, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called a meeting of the six countries that came together in 2015 to limit Iran's nuclear weapons program."
  • Washington Post (10/16/17): "The administration is also considering changing or scrapping an international agreement regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program."
  • CNN (10/17/17): "In reopening the nuclear agreement, [Trump] risks having Iran advance its nuclear weapons program at a time when he confronts a far worse nuclear challenge from North Korea that he can't resolve."

Clipboard

New petition calls for appointment of special prosecutor to investigate criminal activity of Hillary Clinton

We the people ask the federal government to Propose a new Administration policy:

President Trump during the campaign pledged to "Drain the Swamp" and promised his DOJ would investigate the criminal activity of Hillary Clinton. On 10/9/2016 President Trump expressly stated: "If I win I'm going to Instruct my Attorney General to get a special prosecutor to look into your (Hillary Clinton) situation..." We the undersigned voted for President Trump based upon his pledge and respectfully demand he direct AG Sessions/DOJ appoint said Special Prosecutor as he promised. We ALSO urge said Special Prosecutor or other appointed Prosecutor(s) (consistent with a separate House Judiciary Committee request) investigate potential criminal activity of James Comey, Robert Brennan, Susan Rice, Samantha Powers, Barack Obama, George Soros, and Loretta Lynch.

Respectfully Submitted,


Comment: The Petition may be signed here. That she is still outside of prison for all she's done is a travesty of justice.


Passport

ICE plans major crackdown on employers of illegals immigrants

Here's another policy that conservatives have been clamoring for, and the Trump administration is actually gonna do it.

ICE is planning to increase law enforcement on employers of illegal aliens - by FOUR times as much.

From CNN:
The administration's top immigration enforcement official on Tuesday said his agency will vastly step up crackdowns on employers who hire undocumented immigrants - a new front in President Donald Trump's hardline immigration agenda.

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan spoke at the conservative Heritage Foundation and was asked whether his agency would do more to target not just undocumented workers, but their places of work.

Homan said he has instructed Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the investigative unit of ICE, to potentially quintuple worksite enforcement actions next year.

He said he recently asked HSI to audit how much of their time is spent on work site enforcement, and said he has ordered that to increase "by four to five times."

"We've already increased the number of inspections in work site operations, you will see that significantly increase this next fiscal year," Homan promised, saying the goal is to remove the "magnet" drawing people to enter the US illegally.
THAT is a huge deal. It's one thing to go after illegal aliens, but when you go after the employers, that's when you can really make a dent in the problem because illegals won't be able to find jobs to go to, and will return right back to where they came from. Belgium, mostly.

Laptop

Killary kept her private computer server for nearly two years after leaving State Dept - who let that happen?

© Gateway Pundit
Hillary Clinton's email activity has been subject to intense scrutiny (perhaps more so by the media than the FBI) and yet we still haven't received the answer as to who allowed the former Secretary of State to keep her computer server nearly two years after leaving government. Hedge fund manager Charles Ortel posed the question during an interview with Russia Today.

From RT:
RT: What do you make of this latest revelation on the Clinton email investigation?

Charles Ortel: I think it is a very dangerous sort of revelation. I would implore people to understand the real issue is not whether or not Hillary Clinton and others had classified information on this private server. The real issue is who allowed Hillary Clinton, while secretary of state, and the various cronies associated with her and employees and contractors, to operate this private server during her entire tenure and then to let her and her team continue to operate, and hold all of the contents that were on this server for almost two years after she had left the post. This is akin to deciding that what you are going to do is to take Air Force Two after you leave, and use it for 18 months and then give it back to the government at the end of the day. It is very damaging information.
Despite overwhelming evidence of Hillary Clinton mishandling classified information, the FBI and Department of Justice refuse to prosecute the former Secretary of State. As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, former FBI Director James Comey drafted a memo exonerating Clinton before the Bureau's investigation was complete.

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Snakes in Suits

Trump's drug control pick resigns following opioid scandal

© Wikipedia
Official portrait of US Rep. Tom Marino
President Trump's nominee to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Tom Marino, has withdrawn his name from consideration following whistleblower claims that he pushed a law that protects opioid drug distributors.

"Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!" President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, two days after CBS' 60 Minutes program featured several former employees of the Drug Enforcement Administration saying that the legislation that Marino (R-Pennsylvania) championed last year made it all but "impossible" for the government to go after unscrupulous distributors of addictive opioid pills.

The Justice Department, under which the DEA operates, said Tuesday it will review the law's impact on the government's enforcement powers.