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Merkel leaves parliamentary session as AfD slams her migration quota system

Chancellor Angela Merkel
© Axel Schmidt / Reuters
Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the German parliament on February 22, 2018
German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked out of a parliamentary session after a leader from the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party criticized her support of a proposed EU refugee distribution system.

While Merkel and AfD have never been friends, one particular comment by the party's co-founder, Alexander Gauland, prompted her to leave the Bundestag on Thursday. That remark slammed the chancellor's support for an EU quota system for accepting refugees.

Countries want to decide for themselves who they take in. There is no national duty with regard to multiculturalism," Gauland said.

Comment: Go and never come back, because your place it's not in politics...Try fishing!


Propaganda

Kremlin spokesman Peskov: Russia denies role in deadly air strikes on Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Man walks with a pair of children
© AP Photo/ Save the Children
Man walks with a pair of children in hand hand through the rubble in Eastern Ghouta, Syria
The Kremlin on Wednesday denied involvement in air strikes on Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave that monitors say have killed at least 250 civilians since the start of the week.

"These are groundless accusations. It is not clear what they are based on. No specific data has been given. We do not agree (with them)," said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov in response to a US briefing saying that Russia was responsible for the attacks.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has also blamed Russian warplanes for the strikes.

Comment: Russia suspects that western countries want to shift focus away from the necessity of starting the Geneva talks to launching plan "B" in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated.
The minister went on by expressing concern over the proposed UN Security Council resolution on Syria, saying that it may aim to accuse Damascus of everything and to protect the militants.

The top diplomatic official noted, however, that Russia was ready to consider the draft resolution.

"The resolution that we are suggested to adopt ..., we are ready to consider this proposal," Lavrov said, noting that at the same time the ceasefire regime "must not at all" reach the Daesh and the Jabhat al-Nusra terror groups (both banned in Russia) and those factions that are cooperating with them and systematically firing on the residential areas of Damascus.

The minister was commenting on the draft resolution, on the introduction of a 30-day ceasefire in Syria for the delivery of humanitarian aid and medical evacuation, proposed by the delegations of Sweden and Kuwait to the Security Council. The voting on the draft is expected to take place on Thursday.

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He reminded that Russia had called for the Thursday UN meeting.

"We offered to consider the situation in Eastern Ghouta and the situation around it. If our arguments are ignored yet again, we will have no other choice but to believe that the authors of this initiative yet again want to blame Damascus and protect terrorist groups," he said.

Eastern Ghouta is one of four Syrian de-escalation zones created during the Astana talks on Syrian reconciliation. Three states: Russia, Iran and Turkey serve as guarantors of the de-escalation deals, which apply to all sides except those linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist group (banned in Russia).



Question

3 questions from Trump that Jeff Session(s) really needs to answer

trump sessions

President Trump and Attorney General Sessions
President Trump is not letting up in his efforts to see 'justice' with regard years of 'Russian meddling' accusations and Deep State intervention.

In a relatively calmly-worded tweet this morning, Trump pressured Attorney General Jeff Session (sic.) to open an investigation into the Obama administration over Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
"Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation?"

"Why didn't Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren't Dem crimes under investigation?

Ask Jeff Session!"

Comment:


Dollar

US Federal Reserve raises alarm about America's soaring debt

George Washington dollar bill
© Chris Helgren / Reuters
The US deficit stands at $20 trillion and will rise to $30 trillion in a decade. That should be a reason for concern, according to the US Fed.
"I believe the Federal Reserve should be gradually and patiently raising the federal funds rate during 2018," Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan said on Wednesday.

"History suggests that if the Fed waits too long to remove accommodation at this stage in the economic cycle, excesses and imbalances begin to build, and the Fed ultimately has to play catch-up."

Comment: US Wars Fund The Welfare State Which Finances The Liberal March Towards Totalitarianism


Bad Guys

US engaged in confirmed political interference in Thailand's upcoming elections

Thaksin Shinawatra

Thaksin Shinawatra, Former Prime Minister of Thailand
As the United States intensifies its accusations against Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the United States itself is found engaged in confirmed political interference worldwide.

This includes in Southeast Asia where Washington is attempting to rush elections in Thailand in hopes of returning their proxy Thaksin Shinawatra and his Pheu Thai Party (PTP) to power.

US efforts to rush elections have included a concerted effort to dismiss those pointing out Shinawatra's continued influence in Thai politics, his continued leadership role over PTP and his intentions to use PTP to return to power.

Bad Guys

Russiagate conspiracy theorists have failed to meet their burden of proof

clinton conspiracy theorist

Let us not tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories
The establishment Russia narrative is soul-wiltingly dull. Oh hey a shocking shocking bombshell revelation about something Russia did, everyone freaks out, then people actually look into the nature of the allegation and it turns out it's nothing. Lather, rinse, repeat. An interminable addition of zeros, day after day after day after day.

Boring.

One of the very few interesting specks of light on this scene has been Aaron Maté and his unusual knack for convincing promulgators of the establishment Russia narrative to debate him, shining a big spotlight on just how weak the argument is. In December he famously debated "Collusion" author Luke Harding in a beatdown that was the verbal equivalent of watching a prime Mike Tyson fight Bruno Mars, and he recently had a more low-key but equally revealing interview with John Feffer of Lobelog and Foreign Policy in Focus.

Mr. Potato

Clowns at MSNBC conclude US is 'supposed' to meddle around the world

Nicolle Wallace MSNBC
Citing dozens of well-documented cases of direct US interference in foreign lands is just Russian whataboutism and also very unfair, because democracy promotion is a "stated US policy," according to the sharp sticks at MSNBC.

During a not-at-all predictable discussion on MSNBC's 'Deadline White House', host Nicolle Wallace pressed her guests to weigh-in on former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul's recent twitter accusation.

McFaul said that Fox News host Sean Hannity was using "American alleged interference in other countries' elections" to deflect criticisms of alleged Russian attempts at "violating our sovereignty." According to McFaul, Americans who are naive enough to think that decades of US foreign meddling should factor into hysterical discussions about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections have fallen victim to a "whataboutism argument Putin's TV channels make."

Star of David

Confidant of Netanyahu turns state witness in corruption case: Israeli media

netanyahu
© Gali Tibbon / Reuter
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival, local media said.

Shlomo Filber's decision to testify for the state against his former boss is a dramatic turn for Netanyahu, whose inner circle had so far seemed watertight. Filber's change of heart could leave the tough-talking Netanyahu at his most vulnerable yet, with one critic writing him off as a "political corpse".

The development has also fueled speculation that Netanyahu, 68, will call a snap election to try to stall legal proceedings during the campaign and rally his right-wing power base behind him.

Israel's dominant political figure for a generation - in power since 2009 and for 12 years total since 1996 - Netanyahu calls the allegations against him a "witch hunt" and has said he will seek a fifth term in a national ballot due in late 2019.

Comment: We look forward to the day in which justice finally catches up with Netanyahu - although corruption is not the worst of his crimes.


USA

No lawyers working under Mueller are registered Republicans

Robert Mueller John Brennan
© REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller (2nd L) laughs with CIA Director John Brennan (L) after a farewell ceremony for Mueller at the Justice Department in Washington, August 1, 2013. On Monday the U.S. Senate confirmed former Deputy Attorney General James Comey to replace Mueller, who has led the bureau since shortly before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
None of the 16 publicly-confirmed lawyers on special counsel Robert Mueller's team are registered Republicans, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.

Voter registration records indicate that 13 of the attorneys are Democrats and three have no party affiliation. This is the first time the political affiliation of all 16 lawyers has been reported.

Gift

Obama spent 3 times more cash meddling in Israeli elections than Russian trolls spent on Facebook

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) talks with U.S. President Barack Obama
© Menahem Kahana / Reuters
The "Russian trolls" spent a $100,000 on Facebook ads during the US election.

Former POTUS Barack Obama spent $350,000 to interfere with the Israeli elections, and try to defeat incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu.

Via The Gateway Pundit...
Obama spent more than three times as much to interfere in the Israeli elections than the Russians spent on Facebook ads.

Barack Obama also interfered in the Kenyan, Egyptian, German and British elections.

Comment: Who gave the US the right to meddle in the elections of several other countries? Likewise, who gave Israel the right to interfere in US foreign policy via the powerful Israel lobby? But never mind that - it was a handful of Russian trolls who committed an act so despicable that it can only be compared to the attacks on Pearl Harbor or 9/11:

The new Idiocracy consensus is that Russia committed an "act of war" on par with Pearl Harbor and 9/11 - should the US respond accordingly?