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German FM suggests Saad Hariri was detained - Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador from Berlin


German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel
Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Germany.

This move was made in response to comments by German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel suggesting that Saudi Arabia has detained Saad Hariri.

The German foreign ministry quoted Gabriel on its website as telling his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil "Germany stands firmly by Lebanon's side". He reportedly added: "Another trouble spot is the last thing that people in the Middle East need now."

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Cult

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán says Soros plans to weaken nations and destroy Christian culture

During a party congress speech in Budapest last Sunday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán presented his vision on the migrant crisis and the 'Soros plan'.

Orbán talks about more subjects but says about Soros:

Comment: See also: ACTUAL international collusion: Nigel Farage exposes massive Soros network of MEPs spreading 'gender theory', open borders and russophobia (VIDEO)


Bad Guys

'Some mistakes cannot be committed by fools but only by vile people': Insulted Erdogan rebuffed NATO apology

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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rebuffed a NATO apology for what he called "impudence" during the alliance's drills in Norway, where he was depicted on an "enemies chart." The scandal led to the withdrawal of Turkish troops from the exercise.

On Friday, Ankara ordered its troops to pull out of NATO military games in Norway after the incumbent Turkish leader and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish state, appeared in an "enemy" list. Following the scandal, both NATO and Norway offered their apologies for the incident, saying that the message did not reflect their views.

"There can be no alliance like that," Erdogan said on Friday, adding that even the removal of those names would not change the decision. On Saturday, despite the officials' apologies and affirmations, the insulted leader remained steadfast, saying that NATO cannot easily get away with the incident.

Comment: See also: Erdogan withdraws troops from Norway after he is listed as 'enemy' during NATO drills (UPDATE)


Light Saber

Meet the multi-confessional IRAQI (not Iranian) Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) that liberated Iraq from ISIS

© Suhaib Salem / Reuters
Members of Hashd al-Shaabi celebrate as they cook for displaced and Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq.
On a sandstorm-swept morning in Baghdad earlier last week, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the legendary deputy leader of Hashd al-Shaabi, a.k.a. People Mobilization Units (PMUs) and the actual mastermind of numerous ground battles against ISIS/Daesh, met a small number of independent foreign journalists and analysts.


Comment: Escobar is calling them 'People' Mobilization Units, but the more common translation into English is Popular Mobilization Units.


This was a game-changing moment in more ways than one. It was the first detailed interview granted by Muhandis since the fatwa issued by Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani - the immensely respected marja (source of emulation) and top clerical authority in Iraq - in June 2014, when Daesh stormed across the border from Syria. The fatwa, loosely translated, reads, "It is upon every Iraqi capable of carrying guns to volunteer with the Iraqi Armed Forces to defend the sanctities of the nation."

Muhandis took time out of the battlefield especially for the meeting, and then left straight for al-Qaim. He was sure "al-Qaim will be taken in a matter of days" - a reference to the crucial Daesh-held Iraqi border town connecting to Daesh stronghold Abu Kamal in Syria.

Comment: Well done, Iraq. You've been an extraordinary journey through hell since 1990, and have come through it intact.


Gear

Ankara-Washington rift deepens as Erdogan accuses US of financing ISIS, breaking promises in Syria

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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Washington of betraying Ankara and providing "a lot of dollars" to the Islamic State terrorists. The allegation comes just days after the US acknowledged that it allowed hundreds of armed ISIS militants to escape the besieged Syrian city of Raqqa.

"That's the headline. But what did you do? You paid a lot of dollars to [ISIS]," Erdogan said, as cited by AFP.

It's not the first time Erdogan has called out Washington for enabling terrorists. Last December, the Turkish president caused quite a stir in the media, claiming that Turkey had "confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos," of the US supporting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and Kurdish militias, outlawed as terrorist in Turkey.

Comment: See also: Turkish President Erdogan accuses US-led coalition of supporting ISIS & other terrorist groups in Syria


Red Flag

Twitter to start sanctioning verified users for their offline behavior

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Twitter will start sanctioning users for their offline behavior starting Saturday, according to a report.

According to the Verge, "What's new is that Twitter now plans to do at least some monitoring of verified users' offline behavior as well, to determine whether it is consistent with its rules."

"If it isn't, users can lose their [verification] badges. And so a hypothetical verified user who tweeted nothing but pictures of kittens but organized Nazi rallies for a living could now retain his tweeting privileges, but lose his verification badge," they explained.

In their own article, Mashable added that Twitter has "given users until December 18, 2017, when it will then begin enforcing the rule."

Comment: See also: Twitter suddenly updates rules, no longer believes in "speaking truth to power"


Stock Down

Robots will rule the markets

© Steemit
The Corbett Report community held a vigorous discussion on the future of Artificial Intelligence this past summer, and the results are in: No one understands the question (myself included). Now, to be fair, I didn't do a very good of framing the debate so, as is typical with this particular topic, it quickly became the standard AI argument about whether or not toasters have souls ("I toast therefore I am!"). I exaggerate only slightly.

I understand why the conversation inevitably steers in this direction. The nature of consciousness and the question of the soul are topics that have fascinated us as a species for thousands of years, and the advent of robotic consciousness threatens to upend the deeply-held beliefs of billions of people.

Perhaps inevitably, the prophets of the technological singularity have brought this issue directly to the fore by creating their own religion with "a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software". It's called "Way of the Future" and was founded (with a large degree of MSM fanfare from the usual suspects) by...wait for it...an ex-Google engineer. That's right, after developing our modern-day, real-life Big Brother's self-driving car, this Silicon Valley dropout has started a church for people to worship our coming robot overlords.

You can't make this stuff up.

But, generally speaking, this is not the kind of thing that people researching in the field think about. So what do they think about? Oh, things like "What will the financial world be like when Skynet runs the markets?"

Think that sounds crazy? Well take that up with our good friends over at the shadowy Bank for International Settlements' even shadowier little brother, the Financial Stability Board. They just published a white paper on that very subject.

Well, OK, they don't quite phrase it like that. Their paper has the considerably less snappy title "Artificial intelligence and machine learning in financial services: Market developments and financial stability implications." But come on. These are the minions of the central banksters. It's their job to make even the most incredible things sound eye-wateringly boring.

Info

Ned Ryun suspects McConnell camp planted Roy Moore story

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American Majority founder Ned Ryun talked about Roy Moore and the Alabama Senate race with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon and SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Friday's Breitbart News Daily, broadcast live from the Restoration Weekend event.

Bannon asked Ryun about celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred's involvement in the Roy Moore case, representing a woman who accuses Moore of assaulting her in 1977 when she was 16 years old.

Ryan said Allred is "basically a human vulture when you look back at some of the things she's been involved in."

"Remember the incident with Arnold Schwarzenegger?" Ryun asked. "She brought all these women in front of him, said they're going to sue, they're going to file suit against Schwarzenegger. Guess what? After the election, absolutely nothing happened."

"I think a real turning point was that press conference when they pulled out the yearbook and the signature," he said of Allred's entry into the Moore controversy, referring to an interview with MSNBC's Katy Tur where Allred did not come off well.

Ryun said this interview demonstrated that the best way to respond to sensational allegations is to "just throw facts back at them."

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Alarm Clock

UN Chief Guterres: Yemen war is "stupid", time to end it

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has referred to the ongoing Saudi-Yemeni conflict as "stupid", calling on the regime in Riyadh and its allies to put an end to hostilities.

In his address to reporters on Thursday Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief had written a letter to the Saudi UN envoy Abdallah al-Mouallimi asking the Saudi authorities to reopen Yemeni land and sea borders, shut down earlier this month over security and arms smuggling concerns.

Guterres and his officials are "heartbroken at the scenes we are seeing from Yemen and the risk of continued suffering of the Yemeni people," Dujarric added. He called the war "man-made", underscoring the unprovoked conflict has caused an enormous death toll of over 12,000 Yemenis since it began in March 2015.


Comment: The death toll is probably closer to 100,000: Having lost the war against Yemen, Saudis try genocide


In his letter to Mouallimi, Guterres demanded that the Saudis allow UN flights to the Yemeni capital Sana as well as Aden, and to end the blockade of the key ports of Hudaydah and Salif. He also spoke in favor more thorough inspections at the Hudaydah port, after Saudi Arabia claimed that ships docking there were smuggling arms into rebellious Houthi-controlled areas.

Light Sabers

The Saker: Israel, Saudi Arabia setting preconditions for war with Hezbollah

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SouthFront has just released a very interesting video analysis warning about the possibility of a war involving Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and, possibility, Syria, Iran, and Israel. That, of course, also means that Russia and the US would be involved. First, please see the video here: