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The White Helmets attempted to gain Roger Waters endorsement using Saudi cash

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Roger Waters on stage in Barcelona, April 13, 2018
During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as "a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists." Warning that the groups' unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience,
"If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings."
In fact, Waters had first hand experience with the powerful pro-war PR operation behind the White Helmets. Back in October 2016, a public relations firm representing the White Helmets called The Syria Campaign attempted to recruit Waters by inviting him to a lavish dinner organized by a Saudi-British billionaire, Hani Farsi. The rock legend and renowned activist was told that by signing on to the organization's mission, he could help "elevate the voices of Syria's peaceful heroes"


Russian ambassador: UN will see interview with Syrian boy lured into White Helmets' staged Douma attack video

Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya
A TV report about an 11-year-old from Syria's Douma who was snared into taking part in the White Helmets' staged chemical attack video will be shown to the representatives of the UN Security Council members, Russia's Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, told the Rossiya-1 television channel in an interview on Thursday.

Earlier, the Rossiya-24 round-the-clock channel aired an interview with the boy who was ensnared into participating in the staged video of an alleged chemical attack in Syria's Douma. In the TV report, the 11-year-old explains how he appeared in the faked chemical attack video spread by the NGO known as The White Helmets. In the same TV story the boy's father says that "the militants gave the boy some dates and cookies to eat" and then let everybody go home. The man says his son had been well all the time and there were "no chemical weapons at all."

Comment: The Russian Ministry of Defense commented on April 12:


How petty: Turkey 'may face sanctions' for buying Russian S-400 missiles and not toeing US line says US diplomat

S-400 battery
© Aleksey Malgavko / Sputnik
S-400 battery is being deployed in Russia on Jan 13, 2018
Ankara's decision to buy S-400 air defense systems from Russia exposes Turkey to possible US sanctions and may bar it from getting F-35 jets, a State Department official said, adding that Turkey should "align with the West."

The warning came on Wednesday from Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell, who spoke to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on behalf of his department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

"Ankara should be mindful of the risks in making strategic concessions to Moscow in order to achieve its tactical objectives in Syria. Ankara claims to have agreed to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system, which could potentially lead to sanctions under section 231 of CAATSA and adversely impact Turkey's participation in the F-35 program," he said.

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Russia tells OPCW that US publication of so-called 'Novichok' formula puts it in violation of Chemical Weapons Convention

skripal poisoning
© Ben Stansall / Reuters
The formula of the nerve agent A-234 ('Novichok') allegedly used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal, was published in the US in gross breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Russian mission to the OPCW said.

The name of Russian chemist Vil Mirzayanov, who was the first to publicly speak about the A-234 substance, has been recently circulated in the Western media following his claims of Russian complicity in the Salisbury case. He was among those scientists who left Russia and continued their work abroad.

"The publication of Mirzayanov's book ... facilitates the transfer of knowledge about chemical weapons, and this is indirect transfer of chemical weapons," the mission said speaking at the Executive Council Meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Wednesday.

Comment: Questions have even been raised as to whether 'novichok' was even involved.


US ally Iraq coordinates with US enemy Syria to launch strikes on ISIS

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© Jewel Samad / AFP
Iraqi air forces have launched strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria, the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. They were carried out in coordination with the Syrian government, the Iraqi military confirmed.

The airstrikes demonstrate the increased capacity of the Iraqi forces to "pursue and eliminate terrorism," the statement from Iraqi PM office added.

"Our heroic air force carried out, on Thursday, in Syria near the Iraqi border, deadly airstrikes against Daesh's [IS] terrorists gangs," the statement from the PM's Media Office on Twitter said.

Baghdad deployed F16 fighter aircraft to cross into Syria and conduct the strikes, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told Reuters.

Iraq supports the Syrian government in its crackdown against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists. When the US, the UK and France recently launched airstrikes on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma, Baghdad criticized the move, calling it "extremely dangerous." The actions taken by the trio of world powers will only "give terrorism a new opportunity to expand" after it was defeated in Iraq and mostly overpowered in Syria, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in statement.

Comment: Iraq is doing the job the U.S. is supposed to be doing. For months, the U.S. "coalition" has been sitting back doing nothing about the ISIS presence on the Syrian border with Iraq. As long as they do nothing they can justify staying in Syria because of the continued ISIS presence. Thankfully Iraq is not their puppet and has security concerns of its own, and the willingness to do something about it in concert with the legitimate government of Syria.


FBI cover-up: Comey's original Clinton memo released - references to "gross negligence" and felony violations were removed

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Ex-FBI Director James Comey's original statement closing out the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server was edited by subordinates to remove five separate references to terms like "grossly negligent" and to delete mention of evidence supporting felony and misdemeanor violations, according to copies of the full document.

Comey also originally concluded that it was "reasonably likely" that Clinton's nonsecure private server was accessed or hacked by hostile actors though there was no evidence to prove it. But that passage was also changed to the much weaker "possible," the memos show.

The full draft, with edits, leaves little doubt that Comey originally wrote on May 2, 2016 that there was evidence that Clinton and top aides may have violated both felony and misdemeanor statutes, though he did not believe he could prove intent before a jury.

"Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statute proscribing gross negligence in the handling of classified information and of the statute proscribing misdemeanor mishandling, my judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," Comey originally penned.

That passage, however, was edited to remove the references to "gross negligence" and "misdemeanor mishandling," leaving a much more generic reference to "potential violations of the statutes."

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Lindsey Graham's 'gay lifestyle' used as blackmail by Israel says investigative journalist

Lindsey Graham
© The Hill
Senator Lindsey Graham
Israelis have compromising material on US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's homosexual lifestyle which they are using to exploit him, an investigative journalist in Washington says.

Wayne Madsen, an author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on Senator Graham's statement about the recent US-led airstrikes on Syria.

The April 14 bombing by the United States, France and the UK was a "major step backwards" for President Donald Trump, Graham said on Monday, arguing that the strike failed to weaken Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.

"We're becoming the chemical weapons police, we don't have a strategy about why Syria matters," Graham said of the attack, which saw British, French and American warships and fighter jets fire 105 missiles at Syrian government targets over an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Eastern Ghouta.

Comment: No doubt congress and parliaments all over the Western world are rife with suitable victims for blackmail by Israel's Mossad. One wonders just how much of the chaos we see on the world stage is down to their dark antics: Also check out SOTT radio's:

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Full steam ahead! Russian Navy gets new nuclear sub, warships, and Kalibr cruise missiles

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Russia's Tula underwater missile cruiser
The Russian Navy has expanded its strategic capabilities by commissioning a nuclear submarine, three new warships, two helicopters and a number of home-made Kalibr cruise missiles.

"The Navy took delivery of the repaired Project 667BDRM strategic underwater missile cruiser Tula, three warships and support vessels of the auxiliary fleet, two helicopters and 46 Kalibr tactical cruise missiles," Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Wednesday.

First commissioned in late 1980s, Tula is a Delta IV class submarine capable of carrying 16 massive Sineva intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). With a range of over 11,000 kilometers (around 7,000 miles), the missile can deliver four nuclear warheads to its targets after being launched from Tula.

The Russian Navy has also accepted logistics support ship Elbrus built in Murmansk in northwest Russia and was looking forward to the delivery of another batch of seaborne Kalibr cruise missile, Borisov said.


Trump claims he'll 'walk out' on Kim Jong-un if talks aren't successful

Kim Jong-un
© KCNA via / Reuters
Donald Trump has vowed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "in the coming weeks," but has warned that he'll walk away from the talks if they're not "fruitful."

Although the US president has stated that a meeting between the two leaders to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be a "tremendous thing for North Korea and a tremendous thing for the world," he stressed on Wednesday that the plan to sit across from Kim could still end before it begins.

"If I think that it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we're not going to go," Trump said during a news conference at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, while standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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'Nobody's tougher on Russia!' Trump refuses new sanctions after 'precision strikes' in Syria

© Yuri Gripas / Reuters
Nobody has ever been tougher on Moscow than Donald Trump, the US President has proclaimed, promising even more sanctions if necessary and highlighting an alleged recent "severe" clash between the US and "Russian troops" in Syria.

Trump's urge to reassure the US media of his "toughness" forced him back to the podium at the end of the joint conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida on Wednesday.

"There has been nobody tougher on Russia than President Donald Trump," the US leader said. "With the media, no matter what I did, it is never tough enough, because that is their narrative. But Russia will tell you there has been nobody tougher than Donald Trump ... We will do sanctions as soon as they very much deserve it..." Trump added.