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Former Twitter employee convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia

Ahmad Abouammo
Ahmad Abouammo, shown in 2019, was accused of accessing confidential Twitter data about users, their email addresses, phone numbers and IP addresses.
A former Twitter employee has been convicted of failing to register as an agent for Saudi Arabia and other charges after accessing private data on users critical of the kingdom's government in a spy case that spanned from Silicon Valley to the Middle East.

Ahmad Abouammo, a US citizen and former media partnership manager for Twitter's Middle East region, was charged in 2019 with acting as an agent of Saudi Arabia without registering with the US government. A jury found him guilty on six counts, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. The jury acquitted him on another five charges involving wire fraud.

The case marked the first time the kingdom, long linked to the US through its massive oil reserves and regional security arrangements, has been accused of spying in America.

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Why Hungary's Viktor Orban is hated by US Democrats but loved by Trump and Republicans

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. There are few international political figures as divisive as the right-wing leader in Budapest.
After the 1998 victory of a coalition of parties led by Fidesz, Viktor Orban formed a centre-right government in Hungary. In the same year, he visited Washington on a working visit as prime minister.

However, the further centralisation of power in Hungary, the increasing power of the prime minister in the local political system and the social orientation of politics with a strong right-wing bias deterred President Bill Clinton's government from further contact. American democrats were much more sympathetic to the liberal administrations of Péter Mediész and then Ferenc Gyurcsány. The final rift with the Democrats was the updated Hungarian constitution adopted during Orban's second term in 2011, as it enshrined the dominant role of Christianity in the Hungarian state and banned same-sex marriage.


Washington steals over 80 percent of Syria's oil output per day, totaling at least $100bln

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FILE PHOTO: The losses incurred by the trafficking campaign surpass $100bln, according to Syria's oil ministry
The Syrian Oil Ministry released a statement on 9 August accusing US forces occupying Syria of being responsible for the theft of most of the country's oil.

"The amount of oil production during the first half of 2022 amounted to some 14.5 million barrels, with an average daily production of 80.3 thousand barrels, of which 14.2 thousand are delivered daily to refineries," the oil ministry's statement said.

The statement went on to say that "US occupation forces and their mercenaries," referring to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), "steal up to 66,000 barrels every single day from the fields occupied in the eastern region," amounting to around 83 percent of Syria's daily oil production.

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Ukraine breaks promise to ship grain to Africa - NYT

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FILE PHOTO: A ship being loaded with grain for export
None of the grain ships that have departed from Ukrainian ports as of Tuesday were headed for African countries most at risk of starvation, according to the New York Times. The first ship to leave via the "grain corridor" arrangement saw its cargo rejected by the buyers in Lebanon, who cited the delivery delay.

Since the arrangement took effect on August 1, ten ships have left Ukrainian ports, mainly carrying animal feed. One is headed to England, another to Ireland, while several are on their way to Turkey, Italy and China. None of them are bound for Yemen, Somalia, or other countries facing "catastrophic levels of hunger," the Times reported on Tuesday.

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Mar-a-Lago raid - It was a trap

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Alright, now that we have waited just about 48 hours to let the details surface about the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, let's analyze the situation from 40,000 feet.

Let's look at the facts as of now. The FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, looking for alleged classified documents, while Donald Trump was not present. The FBI reportedly did not find the alleged "classified" documents they were looking for, but they did take 15 boxes of documents from Trump's home. The FBI did not reveal the reasonable cause to Trump's legal team, Trump must sue for the right to see that apparently.

Most importantly, Eric Trump was present on the property and facilitated the situation. He reported that the Mar-a-Lago staff did NOT turn off security cameras, despite instructions from FBI. So for those who are concerned about the FBI planting anything, Trump had that base covered. And for those who are concerned they will "plant evidence" back at FBI HQ, thats not how that works, they have to take photos and document everything at the scene. They won't be able to successfully plant anything while under surveillance. Eric event went so far as to say that they have already "captured FBI acting improperly".

At first, this event enraged the overwhelming majority of the Trump base. But after the facts unfolded and the media narratives were established, we can see this event has not only caused ZERO net damage to Trump, its benefitting him immensely.

This blatant Gestapo-like act of fascism by the Biden DOJ/FBI, has done nothing but prove Trump's entire overarching narrative since the beginning; that the Deep State exist and the DNC are deranged totalitarian psychopaths who will abuse government by any means necessary to achieve their nefarious agenda. That there's a two-tiered "Justice" system. Just look at how the FBI slapped Hillary on the wrist for her egregious handling of classified material that threatened NATSEC; as compared to the alleged mystery documents that the Biden admin didn't care about until America First candidates started sweeping primaries.

This raid was so outrageous and so unprecedented, that conservatives, liberals, and centrists alike, have all expressed malcontent for the actions of the Biden DOJ/FBI. Former DNC Presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, and disgraced former DNC New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, spoke out about this madness. Even left-wing MSM, they are admitting this raid has established a dangerous new precedent. This is a colossal normie-waking red pill. Trump looks like the victim/martyr.


'Punish the bastard Russians': Mayor of Madrid caught out on prank call saying Ukrainian refugees should be deported so that they're forced to fight

Madrid mayorJosé Luís Martínez-Almeida

The Spanish capital could help Kiev deal with shortage of manpower on battlefield, the official suggested
Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, prank calls in which anonymous individuals have impersonated Ukrainian politicians and gained access to leaders at the highest level have proliferated around the world. In Spain, one of the victims, it transpires, has been the mayor of Madrid, José Luís Martínez-Almeida. As can be seen from a video circulating on social media this Wednesday, the municipal leader from the People's Party (PP) was completely taken in by two Russian comedians, one of whom claimed to be the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, in a video which captures some compromising statements about Russia. It seems that the video prank now doing the rounds on social media (in English, with Spanish subtitles) is the same one that was revealed by German media a month ago, which the Madrid city council itself ended up recognizing, although it is suspected that the authors are the comic duo Vovan and Lexus, who also managed to completely bamboozle another PP politician, María Dolores de Cospedal, worryingly, when was Spanish defence minister. Be that as it may, Almeida's heartfelt exclamation "Russians bastards" and his agreement with "punishing them in Spain and Madrid" have unleashed a barrage of criticism on Twitter, where he has been accused of xenophobia.

Comment: Is this the type of person who Madrid wants as their representative? Someone who admittedly wants to punish innocent people who have nothing to do with what's happening in Ukraine? That said, his type riddle positions of power throughout much of Europe, it's just that he, and just a few others, were foolish enough to get caught.

"Punish the bastard Russians"

Almeida came out in favour of "punishing" Russian citizens living in Spain for the war in Ukraine during his call with the fake mayor of Kyiv. Asked by the pranksters about the possibility of expropriating the homes of Russian tycoons and using them as accommodation for war refugees, the Madrid mayor replied, in precarious English, that he was applying European sanctions relating to the properties of holders Russians, but that his personal opinion about Russian citizens living in Spain is that "it is necessary to punish the Russian bastards", both in Spain in general and in its capital, and that they are "fighting" to achieve this.


Russia summons UN over Ukraine's attacks on Zaporozhye nuclear power plant

Zaporozhye Power Plant

Zaporozhye Power Plant
Russia has summoned an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation at Ukraine's Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which has been the subject of regular shelling attacks. Moscow wants the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to brief the council on the situation.

The move, which was reported by Russian media on Tuesday, was confirmed by the deputy head of Russia's mission to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, who said the public needed to learn about "Ukrainian provocations." The meeting is expected to take place on Thursday.

Russia says Ukraine has been responsible for a series of drone attacks and artillery strikes at the nuclear site. The latest shelling was reported last weekend.


Republicans blast Mar-a-Largo raid, vow investigation

Christopher Wray
Republican candidates are slamming the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unprecedented raid of former President Donald J. Trump's Mar-a-Largo estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Former Fox 10 Phoenix anchor Kari Lake, the GOP gubernatorial nominee in Arizona, called the raid an "incredibly horrendous abuse of power."

In a statement, she wrote in part:
This is one of the darkest days in American history: the day our Government, originally created by the people, turned against us. This illegitimate, corrupt Regime hates America and has weaponized the entirety of the Federal Government to take down President Donald Trump.

Our Government is rotten to the core. These tyrants will stop at nothing to silence the Patriots who are working hard to save America. This is an incredibly horrendous abuse of power.

Comment: US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also condemned the raid, saying:
"The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization," McCarthy said on Monday night, hours after FBI agents executed a search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence. "When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General [Merrick] Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar."
Jim Jordan's response:
"Why don't Chris Wray and Merrick Garland come in front of us this Friday and answer our questions?" Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked. "If this is so important to go after President Trump in this unprecedented way, come and answer our questions in the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives."

Jordan argued that Democrats have used intelligence and law enforcement agencies to go after their political enemies, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) warned they would after Trump was elected in 2016. "First it was the Mueller investigation, then it was impeachment one, then it was impeachment two. And now it's January 6 committee, and none of that's working, so they go to this step. They raid a president's home."

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Ukraine and its Western backers should be held accountable for the 'suicidal' attack on Europe's largest nuclear power plant

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Zaporizhzhya Power Plant
Even as UN Secretary-General António Guterres addressed survivors of the World War Two US atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, halfway around the world, the armed forces of Ukraine seemed hellbent on unleashing a modern-day nuclear holocaust on Europe by firing artillery rockets at the Zaporozhye power plant.

This week's assault, which damaged safety equipment and disrupted power to the facility, the continent's largest, was characterized by Guterres as "suicidal."

Kiev was quick to blame Russia for the attacks, accusing Moscow of conducting "nuclear terrorism," and calling for the international community to send in a delegation of "international peacekeepers" to "completely demilitarize the territory."

The Zaporozhye nuclear facility has been under the physical control of Russia since its forces occupied the site back in March. Since then, the plant has been operated by Ukrainian technicians working under the supervision of Russian atomic energy experts. The facility contains six nuclear reactors which, before the start of the military operation, generated approximately one-fifth of Ukraine's electricity. Three of these reactors ceased operation after the Russians took control the site, and another one was forced to shut down after the facility was shelled on August 5. The two remaining reactors were likewise compelled to reduce their output to half as a safety precaution.


The Masque of Pandora

taping freedom
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What happens when people awake to the deceit of Totalitarian-Lite posing as liberty and individualism (let alone democracy)? Well, this piece is from the leading Establishment journal from the Deep-State-linked, Anglosphere, the Daily Telegraph:
"This is the summer before the storm. Make no mistake, with energy prices set to rise to unprecedented highs, we are approaching one of the biggest geopolitical earthquake in decades. The ensuing convulsions are likely to be of a far greater order of magnitude than those that followed the 2008 financial crash, which sparked protests culminating in the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring ...

"Carnage has already arrived in the developing world, with power outages from Cuba to South Africa. Sri Lanka is just one of a cascade of low-income countries where leaders face being driven out of power in an ignominious blaze of petrol droughts and loan defaults.

"But the West is not going to escape this Armageddon. In fact, in many ways, it looks set to be its epicentre - and Britain, its Ground Zero. In Europe and America, a technocratic élite system built on mythology and complacency is crumbling. Its founding fable - which prophesied the nation states' glorious enmeshment in world government and supply chains - has metastasised into a parable of the perils of globalisation.

"This time, élites cannot shirk responsibility for the consequences of their fatal errors ... Put simply, the emperor has no clothes: The Establishment simply has no message for voters in the face of hardship. The only vision for the future it can conjure up is Net Zero - a dystopian agenda that takes the sacrificial politics of austerity and financialisation of the world economy to new heights. But it is a perfectly logical programme for an élite that has become unhinged from the real world."
Yes, the western sphere has become so prone to a 'head-spinning' disorientation (as was intended), through the constant rain of disinformation labels, stuck haphazardly across anything critical of the 'uniform messaging', and by outrageous, obvious lying, that a majority in the western world has begun to question their own and surrounding levels of sanity.