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Is Trump Dangerous? The unelected deep state trying to overthrow him is far worse

There is a proverbial shit storm brewing in Washington D.C. right now, and it is separate from the one created by President Donald Trump. Since Trump took office, his executive orders have enraged Americans from coast to coast. While some of them were beneficial, such as ending the US involvement in TPP, others such as the travel ban have caused unnecessary turmoil for innocent people. However, all those orders were conducted in the open and for all Americans to see — unlike the soft coup being carried out against Trump in secret by the deep state.
A game is being played with the security of our country. Pls watch & share this is important. #DeepState https://t.co/zh8yRbyhjb

— Dennis Kucinich (@Dennis_Kucinich) February 14, 2017
As Jay Syrmopolous pointed out last week, giving a clear admission of a soft coup in progress, John Schindler, a former professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, who spent nearly a decade with the super-secret National Security Agency as an intelligence analyst and counterintelligence officer — and who still maintains deep connections to the intelligence community — readily admitted that senior elements of the intelligence community (IC) are engaging in treason against Trump.


Putin urges FSB to counteract Ukrainian terrorism and foreign destabilization efforts

On February 16th, at his annual meeting with the Collegium of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russian President Vladimir Putin named the main threats to Russia's security to be: international terrorism, foreign intelligence services, and the instability of neighbors, particularly Ukraine.

Putin also drew attention to the fact that at the NATO summit in Warsaw in July last year, for the first time since 1989 Russia was recognized to be the main threat to NATO's security and deterring Russia was officially declared to be the new mission of NATO.

"The bloc's further expansion is being carried out with this goal," the president continued. "This was done before, but now they have found what they think to be more serious justification. The deploying of strategic and conventional weapons beyond the borders of its member-states has been accelerated. They are provoking us with this and striving to drag us into confrontation. Attempts at interfering in our domestic affairs with the aim of destabilizing the socio-political situation in Russia itself have not ceased," the president stated.


'Won't stand to scrutiny': Former British Ambassador to Syria questions Amnesty International report on Saydnaya prison executions

© AP Hassan Ammar
Amnesty International's latest report on mass extrajudicial killings in Syria would not stand scrutiny, according to former British ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford.

On February 7, the organization issued an explosive report titled 'Human Slaughterhouse, Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydhaya prison, Syria,' alleging that the Syrian authorities were responsible of killing 13,000 opponents of President Bashar Assad at the Saydnaya prison on the outskirts of Damascus.

In an interview with Sputnik, Ford pointed out that it was interesting how the report was coincidentally released after the Syrian city of Aleppo was liberated by the government forces two months ago, after successful negotiations in Astana and as it appears that Syria is coming closer to a political solution for the ongoing war.

"It's very strange after this report has been over a year in gestation — you have to ask, why now?" He said.

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Mr. Potato

Lunatic John McCain tells 'Meet the Press' that President Trump is morphing into a "dictator"

"President Trump is trying to be a Dictator." Senator John McCain.

If anyone in the world knows about creating dictators it would be John McCain.

The US Senator has overthrown countless governments, and even consulted with ISIS terrorists before launching a war against the sovereign government of Assad in Syria.

McCain and "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, were referring to Trump's ever growing "fake news" list the President tweeted yesterday.

Snakes in Suits

"Without the filter of the fake news": Trump briefs Florida rally on US security, NATO & Syria safe zones

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U.S. President Donald Trump at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2017.
Rich NATO members must pay their fair share for its security, while Gulf states should cough-up for the creation of "safe zones" amid the mess the US left in Syria, Donald Trump told supporters in Florida, where he once again blasted MSM for their 'fake news' campaign.

In his first post-inauguration campaign-style rally, President Trump told the crowd inside an airplane hangar in Melbourne, Florida, that the purpose of the event was to speak to the American people "without the filter of the fake news."

Trump continued his attacks on the "dishonest media," which he said, "published one false story after another, with no sources."

"They are part of the corrupt system," Trump said of the media, just days after Thursday's 76-minute press conference where he attacked the media for spreading 'fake news.'

Apart from speaking on the need to curb illegal immigration as part of his national security strategy, Trump also touched on his new administration's commitment to NATO, urging all member states to contribute 2 percent of their GDP to the alliance's budget.

"We are fighting battles that no longer help us. I'm a NATO fan but many of the countries in NATO, many of the countries that we protect, many of these countries are very rich countries - they are not paying their bills," Trump said.

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United States urges China to keep pressure on N. Korea, as Beijing stops coal imports from Pyongyang

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
The US has called on Beijing to keep the pressure on North Korea, as Chinese authorities announced they were suspending all coal deliveries from Pyongyang.

"All countries should fully and transparently implement all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions on the DPRK," a US State Department spokesperson said, referring to North Korea, as cited by Reuters.

"We continue to urge China to exert its unique leverage as North Korea's largest trading partner to convince Pyongyang to return to serious talks on denuclearization," the official added.


Insanity of a NATO 2.0 for Middle East

© AP Photo/ Evan Vucci
As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week, on the agenda is the formation of a "NATO-style" alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Instead of combating alleged Russian aggression, the putative US-led Middle East alliance - which one could designate as NATO 2.0 - is defining Iran as the top regional threat.


'Post-truth' & 'post-fake' crossroads: Sergey Lavrov Russia's FM top quotes at Munich Security Conference

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Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov walks before delivering his speech during the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich
Mankind is at the "crossroads," with the so-called "liberal world order" having failed to adjust to post-Cold War reality, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov told the Munich Security Conference, adding that only cooperation could take the current post-truth era to the age of post-fake.

On world order
"They say that all wars begin in the minds of people, and by this logic, that's where they are supposed to come to an end. However, this hasn't been the case with the Cold War yet, [at least] judging by some speeches of politicians in Europe and in the US, including statements that were made yesterday and today at the beginning of our conference."

Light Saber

"You're fired!" - White House dismisses NSC aide after harsh criticism of Trump

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Craig Deare complained in particular that senior national security aides do not have access to Donald Trump.
Official complained about the president at a closed-door think tank gathering.

The White House abruptly dismissed a senior National Security Council aide on Friday after receiving reports that he had publicly laced into the president and his senior aides, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump at an event hosted by a Washington think tank.

The aide, Craig Deare, was serving as the NSC's senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Earlier in the week, at a private, off-the-record roundtable hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center for a group of about two dozen scholars, Deare harshly criticized the president and his chief strategist Steve Bannon and railed against the dysfunction paralyzing the Trump White House, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Comment: How to drain the swamp.

Bizarro Earth

Syria Update: Turks Fail To Take Al-Bab - "Rebels" Die In Infighting

East Aleppo battle lines February 15, 2017
This week the Turkish President Erdogan visited the Gulf states. He asked for bigger investment in Turkey and for cash for his project to occupy more parts of Syria. A week ago Erodgan had claimed:

"Al-Bab is about to be captured. Manbij and Raqqah are next," Erdogan said, adding their number one priority was to form a safe zone in the country. This week he brought his Army Chief of Staff Arak to the Gulf to declare victory. Several Erdogan friendly media outlets in Turkey (any other left?) reported:
Operation Euphrates Shield has entered a new phase in al-Bab, as the offensive stage is over now that the town has largely been recaptured from Daesh.

"The operation in al-Bab is over," Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar said at a press conference in Qatar on Wednesday during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's trip to Gulf countries.
Silence now dominates the area that was once scene to heavy clashes. Turkish tanks patrol al-Bab's streets and the Syrian opposition has pressed a major advance.
That claim was a huge lie. While Turkish forces had earlier taken some outskirts of Al-Bab and claimed to own 40% of the city they were by then stuck and later in full retreat.

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