Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:01 UTC
"The media didn't think we would win. The pundits didn't think we'd win. The consultants that sucked up all that money... didn't think we would win. But they all underestimated the power of the people. And the people proved them all wrong," Trump said, to cheers from the crowd.
"I'm not against the media," Trump said, explaining what he meant when he called some media "enemies of the people" in a tweet. "I am against only the fake news media or the press. Fake," he stressed.
"I'm against the people who make up sources and make up stories," he said, while urging the media to stop quoting unnamed sources and cite people by name.
Middle East Monitor
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:57 UTC
According to a statement released by the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Palestine, Israeli authorities told the group that their entry was denied owing to the fact that only humanitarian workers and diplomats accredited by the Israeli government or the Palestinian Authority (PA) are allowed access to Gaza, which has been under an Israeli military blockade for a decade.
Heading to Gaza:
- Four members of the European Parliament
- Margrete Auken (Denmark)
- Brando Benifei (Italy)
- Ivo Vajgl (Slovenia)
- Angela Vallina (Spain)
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:25 UTC
Turkey "doesn't want to gain any control on Syria. It wants to finish off Daesh, the so called 'Islamic State' militants. It wants to wipe them out," Cevik said ahead of his visit to Moscow on February 26, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
He went on to say that "when we finish off Daesh, if the area is properly secured and we know that they will never come back, Turkey will not remain in that country."
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:41 UTC
The article comes on the heels of heightened tensions between the two world powers in the South China Sea, a strategic region that houses important maritime routes and rich natural resources.
"Aren't US carrier groups' constant patrols in the South China Sea the most prominent militarization in the waters? Aren't the public statements made by the US military, that all its moves were done to warn China, direct military threats?" the Global Times state-run daily wrote.
While saying Washington hopes Beijing "would grin and bear it," the newspaper added: "the South China Sea is quiet now," mentioning bilateral talks with neighboring Vietnam and the Philippines intended to mend ties.
'Extrajudicial execution': UN slams 1.5yr sentence for manslaughter of wounded Palestinian, "unacceptable" and "excessively lenient"
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:26 UTC
"We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian," UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said.
IDF Sergeant Elor Azaria's act was "an apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man, who clearly posed no imminent threat," Shamdasani added, as cited by Reuters.
In March of 2016, the soldier shot Abdel Fattah al-Sharif Elor, a Palestinian knife attacker, in the head after he had already been incapacitated.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:16 UTC
Russia's aircraft carrier group from the Northern Fleet inflicted significant damage to extremist groups in Syria, Putin said at a meeting with the officers who distinguished themselves during the operation in the Mediterranean near Syria's shores.
"You have fulfilled all the tasks that were given to you and inflicted significant damage to the international terrorist groups by hitting their bases, ammunition storages, equipment, and infrastructure," he said.
Comment: The aircraft carrier deployment was also a great opportunity as a training mission to work out bugs:
Most of the media has singled out for attention President Putin's claim the decision to send the Admiral Kuznetsov to join the fight in Syria originated with him.
Whilst that is no doubt true, Putin does not say that he took this decision entirely unprompted; nor does he say that he did not consult widely before making the decision, or that the naval staff opposed it.
What is actually more interesting is what President Putin had to say about the reasons why the Admiral Kuznetsov was sent to the coast of SyriaWhen I was formulating this task to the Minister and the Chief of the General Staff, I proceeded from several considerations. First, the aircraft carrier has been in the Armed Forces since 1991, and has always pursued, it seems, tasks related to training and demonstration. For this reason, the industry was instructed with the task to properly prepare it and to create a corresponding aviation wing. That is how the final version of the MiG-29 appeared.As it happens - and as Putin hints in his comments to the carrier's officers - the Admiral Kuznetsov did experience multiple teething problems during its deployment. Two aircraft - a MiG-29 and an SU-33 - were both lost because of problems with arrestor cables, and it seems that during the deployment some of the carrier's aircraft had to be redeployed to Khmeimim air base and actually carried out many of their sorties against the Jihadis fighters from there.
You spoke about the difficulties you encountered as you carried out the combat mission. I thought that those difficulties would arise, and that you would have to overcome them. And you have done all that.
The task was difficult and complex. I am glad that you coped with all of its elements, and this is undoubtedly a good step towards the development of the Russian Navy in all its parts.
The point is that by deploying the carrier for the first time operationally the Russians have now identified these problems, and can put them right.
The Corbett report
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:18 UTC
FARS News Agency
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:13 UTC
After photos surfaced in the media displaying US forces assisting ISIL terrorists, Javad al-Talaybawi said that the Americans are planning to take ISIL commanders away from Tal Afar that is under the Iraqi forces' siege.
In the meantime, member of Iraqi Parliament's Security and Defense Commission Iskandar Watut called for a probe into photos and footages displaying US planes airdropping aid packages over ISIL-held regions.
Watut further added that we have witnessed several times that US planes dropped packages of food stuff, arms and other necessary items over ISIL-held regions, and called on Iraq's air defense to watch out for the US-led coalition planes.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:57 UTC
The policy was revealed when authorities turned down a visa for HRW's new Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir, a US citizen, at the request of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In a letter, rejecting Shakir's application, Israel accused HRW of being "engaged in politics in the service of Palestinian propaganda, while falsely raising the banner of 'human rights.' "
Comment: Not to say Israel is correct but Human Rights Watch does seem to have an agenda:
- Russia debunks HRW alleged bombing of Idlib school as a Wag the Dog production by SOHR and White Helmet terrorists
- Syria: The 'barrel bomb' farce - consign it to the propaganda graveyard
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:40 UTC
The recent deposit to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault consisted of 50,000 seeds from several countries around the world including the US, Britain, and Pakistan. The area was chosen due to its lack of tectonic activity and permafrost, allowing for efficient storage of the seeds in temperatures below freezing.