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Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser in collusion investigation

Brittany Kaiser Cambridge Analytica
© Hardy Wilson/The Observer
Brittany Kaiser is said to be cooperating fully with the Mueller inquiry.
Second former employee of controversial data firm to be questioned by special counsel's inquiry into Russia collusion

A director of the controversial data company Cambridge Analytica, who appeared with Arron Banks at the launch of the Leave.EU campaign, has been subpoenaed by the US investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica - which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data - confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation.

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Bad Guys

Reshaping the Middle East: Why the West should stop its interventions

Tomb of Imad Mughniyeh and Mustafa Badreddine in Beirut, Lebanon.

Tomb of Imad Mughniyeh and Mustafa Badreddine in Beirut, Lebanon.
Part 1

Every single foreign intervention has made the Middle East reconfigure itself against the interventionists. It has harshly counter-attacked, creating the opposite of the insurgents' desired effect. When we look at recent history (the last four decades since the PLO was expelled from Lebanon), the list is cataclysmic. We find the formation of Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, ISIS, the ousting of the Taliban regime, Saddam Hussein, Moammar Ghedaffi, the attempt to topple the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the attempt to divide Iraq, and the war on Yemen. The list bears witness to the unbelievable resources brought to bear by the US, Israel, Europe and their Middle Eastern allies in attempts at "regime change", and their total failure at creating a "new Middle East".

In fact, they have managed instead to create generations of powerful non-state actors (or quasi-state actors). They strengthened Iran's influence in the Middle East and brought Russia back into the international arena after the lull of Perestroika. But they have wrought huge destruction, completely destroying the basic infrastructure of many countries and severely regressing this part of the world, creating more migration, misery, lack of services, trauma - and anger toward the west. A huge amount of money has been paid by Middle Eastern countries, mainly at the request of and with the agreement of the US, debilitating Middle Eastern inhabitants and governments with one clear result: a poorer, unstable region - and hostile to the West.

Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982 (successful in its objective to remove the "Palestinian Liberation Organisation" (PLO) a state within a state) helped give birth to an organised irregular army called Hezbollah, the "party of God". Lebanon was under the control of the Christian Maronites on one hand and the Palestinians on the other. The PLO and other minor Palestinian groups had attacked Israel sporadically from South Lebanon with blind soviet-made rockets (Katyusha) or even with a timer linked to small calibre blind-rockets abandoned in an olive-grove or orange field in the south of Lebanon, directed and launched in the direction of Israel.

Attention

As US withdraws from Syria, Trump tells European 'allies' to take back 800 of its terrorists - Otherwise, they'll just be set free

isis wife
© Middle East Eye/Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Aisha Kadad, 30, is a former English teacher from Homs in Syria. Her French-Moroccan second husband is being held for joining IS
In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has said European countries should take back and put on trial hundreds of ISIS fighters who have been captured in Syria.

"Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing," the US President tweeted late Saturday night.

He warned that as ISIS is "ready to fall," more than 800 prisoners could make their way to Europe.

"The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them," Trump tweeted.

"The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go."

Comment: Great, 800 welfare queens with a penchant for decapitation - and their broods - want to come 'home' to western Europe. What could possibly go wrong?


Handcuffs

Mueller recommends Manafort serve at least 19 years in prison

mueller manafort
Prosecutors working in special counsel Robert Mueller's office are recommending a federal judge in Virginia sentence President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to at least 19 years in prison.

Manafort was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia last summer. Prosecutors have recommended that Manafort, 69, serve a sentence of 19.5 to more than 24 years in prison for the crimes.

Mueller's office is also recommending a fine range of $50,000 to $24.4 million, a term of supervised release of up to five years, restitution in the amount of $24.8 million and forfeiture in the amount of $4.4 million.

Comment: Notice that Manafort's prosecution still has nothing to do with "Russian collusion".


Bad Guys

Iran says suicide attack on Revolutionary Guards was 'planned and carried out from inside Pakistan'

suicide attack Iran Revolutionary Guards

The deadly attack took place in the Chanali area of the Khash-Zahedan road, between the cities of Zahedan and Khash - an area not far from the border with Pakistan, where drug smuggling and military activities are quite frequent.
Iran's parliament speaker has said that an attack that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was "planned and carried out from inside Pakistan."

In the remarks carried by the state-run IRNA news agency on February 17, Ali Larijani said that Pakistan should answer for its involvement in the attack.

The comments come as Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Pakistani ambassador on February 17 to protest the assault, one of the deadliest attacks on Iranian security forces in years.

Islamabad condemned the bombing but has not commented on Tehran's allegations.

Comment: See also:


NPC

Ukraine's neo-Nazis suddenly a problem for western sponsors as their power grows

azov battalion
The central role right-wing extremists and literal Neo-Nazis played in Ukraine's "Euromaidan" protests was obvious from the beginning. The square in Kiev the protests unfolded in were filled with the flags of ultra-right party, Svoboda as well as the red and black banners of the Neo-Nazi Right Sector movement.

The Western media never scrutinized who these political parties and militias were leading the protests and often times the violence that eventually overthrew the elected Ukrainian government in 2014. This was a deliberate attempt to portray the protests as spontaneous and popular rather than the efforts of fringe extremists merely portrayed as spontaneous and popular.

Since the NATO-organized coup in 2014, right-wing extremists and Neo-Nazis have played a growing role in the Ukrainian government. From holding public positions to filling up the rank and file of regular and irregular military units with their members, so bad has it gotten that many involved in initially covering up their role in the 2014 Euromaidan protests are now speaking up.

Ian Bond of the Centre for European Reform (CER), a think-tank funded by some of the largest Transatlantic corporate interests, would recently post on social media that:
Ukraine needs to get these people out of Interior Ministry, police & other official structures. They will do more to help Russia, by reinforcing its propaganda about Nazi influence in Kyiv, than Ukraine - regardless of any good that Azov did on frontlines.

Comment: In other words, the Russians are actually telling the truth about Nazi influence in Kiev? And what good did Azov do on the frontlines? How is torturing and murdering Ukrainian citizens and civilians "good"?


Even as part of Bond's admission, he still attempts to salvage "Azov" (Azov Battalion), a heavily armed Neo-Nazi militia now formally incorporated into Ukraine's National Guard.

Comment: For a brief discussion of Right Sector and their insane ideology, check out: The Truth Perspective: Mafia Politics: How Political Movements and Ideologies Break Bad


No Entry

Selective censorship? Twitter hides Iranian leader's post recalling Rushdie fatwa in rare policy move

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
© Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazl/Illustration/Dado Ruvic
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Twitter has said it hid a tweet attributed to the Iranian supreme leader, which cited an execution order, in line with its anti-violence rules. It has previously faced wrath for sparing US President Donald Trump similar censure.

The micro-blogging service confirmed on Friday that it had enforced its policy against violent threats and glorification of violence on the platform, when it made inaccessible a tweet by @khamenei_ir, an account that is widely associated with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Although lacking the blue tick of a verified account, it boasts almost 550,000 followers and posts "regular updates and news" from Khamenei. The account occasionally posts links to Khamenei's speeches, official photos, as well as statements on foreign and domestic policy.

Comment: The ayatollah's tweet, though mainly directed at his followers, was ill-judged considering the world-wide platform that is social media. Still, Twitter has not shown itself reluctant to silence voices on behalf of the Deep State.


Gold Bar

US reportedly making deals with Daesh to smuggle stolen gold from Syria

US heicopters transporting stolen gold from Syria

Local sources reported that the US forces that are present illegally in Syria have used helicopters to transport large boxes full of the “spoils” of Daesh terrorists from al-Dashisha area in Hasaka province’s southern countryside.
As it is trying to convince the world of its imaginary victory over Daesh,(ISIS) Washington is still cooperating with the terrorist organization, with the latest and possibly last chapter of this cooperation involving a deal involving stolen gold.

Local sources reported that the US forces that are present illegally in Syria have used helicopters to transport large boxes full of the "spoils" of Daesh terrorists from al-Dashisha area in Hasaka province's southern countryside.

The sources said the boxes contained large amounts of gold that Daesh had been stashing in al-Dashisha area east of al-Shadadi city, which is in line with other sources that had reported that Daesh transported around 40 tons of gold bullions stolen from Mosul and other areas in Syria to al-Dashisha.

Comment: Payment for the wealth of assistance Washington has given to its terrorists over the years?


Megaphone

Chaotic scenes in Albania as opposition attempts to storm PM's residence over accusations of corruption

Albania protest
© REUTERS/Florion Goga
Police surrounds supporters of the opposition party protesting in front of a government building that houses the office of Prime Minister Edi Rama in Tirana, Albania, February 16, 2019.
Albania's capital, Tirana, was plunged into chaos on Saturday as thousands of people swarmed the square in front of Prime Minister Edi Rama's residence, clashing with police and storming the building with metal poles.

Violence erupted at the protest against Rama's Socialist Party government, with hundreds of demonstrators breaking through police cordons set up around the residence.

Footage filmed by the Ruptly video agency shows angry protesters tearing down a green safety net around the scaffolding erected over the building's entrance to protect its illuminated marquee - an artwork by renowned French artist Philippe Parreno.

Comment: Movements calling for the removal of corrupt officials are springing up all over the place, but particularly in Western Europe, is what's happening in Albania another to add to the list? And check out SOTT radio's:


Megaphone

West claims it wants a "normalization of relations" with Russia - Lavrov at Munich Security Conf

Federica Mogherini
© Sputnik / Vitaly Belousov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on February 15, 2019.
Europeans want relations with Moscow to go back to normal, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said after a long chain of meetings in Munich, Germany, adding that Europe is increasingly ready to listen to what the Kremlin has to say.

The Russian delegation has held more than two dozens of "nonstop negotiations" with foreign officials over just two days at the Munich Security Conference. Those included even some European nations that talk hard on the Kremlin publicly, Lavrov told journalists after meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono.

"All talks were constructive, including those with the politicians, who otherwise make tough statements about Russia when they hold speeches in the European Parliament or elsewhere," the senior Russian diplomat said.

"Everyone assured us that they want normalization of relations."

Comment: Duplicitous politicians in the West will say one thing but then do another, although for the future of their countries it is in their best interests to work in partnership with Russia rather than remain reliant on it's allegiance to the belligerent, ailing US hegemon: