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Trump has some explaining to do: Israeli ministers concerned over 'troubling' US arms deal with 'hostile' Saudi Arabia

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Several Israeli ministers expressed concern over the arms deal signed by the US and Saudi Arabia during US President Donald Trump's visit to Riyadh, saying Israel should maintain military superiority and demand an explanation from Washington.

"This is a matter that really should trouble us," Israeli Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Minister Yuval Steinitz said ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting, Reuters reports.

"Hundreds of millions of dollars in arms deals is something we need to get an explanation for," he also said, adding that Saudi Arabia "is a hostile country and we need to ensure Israel's qualitative military edge is maintained."

Arrow Up

Duterte slams America on eve of Putin meeting

The former American colony is embracing multi-polarity.

This week Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The meeting should be understood as part of Duterte's efforts to take his country out of America's geo-political and economic orbit and engage in countries that constitute the other end of the multi-polar world.

Duterte has all ready engaged in an historic rapprochement with China, something which looks set to calm tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Last year, Duterte welcomed a Russian Navy group to Philippines to engage in a friendly military demonstration. At the event Duterte spoke of his desire to foster closer and better relations with the Russian Federation.

Chess

Trump uses anti-terrorism speech in Saudi Arabia to condemn countries actually fighting terrorism

In a speech directed at the wider Muslim world, Donald Trump criticised two Muslim majority nations that are on the front line against the war on terrorism.

Donald Trump spoke at the Saudi organised Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh. He spoke in front of leaders of most Muslim majority countries in the world with two notable exceptions: Syria and Iran.

His speech focused on the typical Trump themes of self-reliance in respect of an Arab and wider Muslim world that Trump called on to rely less on America to fight its battles.

However, all of Trump's broad condemnations of terrorism fell short of approaching realism when he condemned Iran as a country which foments, enables and finances of terrorism.

Key

Does Assange have a get-out-of-jail card over the 'Russia-gate' scandal?

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
The surprise dropping of an alleged rape case by Swedish prosecutors against whistleblower/publisher Julian Assange paves the way, possibly, to his eventual freedom. It raises an intriguing question: did Assange play an ace card in a backchannel deal?

It seems highly significant that the apparent loosening of the legal vendetta against Assange comes at the same time that the "Russia-gate" scandal embroiling the US president is reaching a critical state.

Powerful political opponents of US President Donald Trump are intensifying their attempts to impeach him over allegations that he in some way colluded with Russia to win the US election last November.

Assange's possible 'ace card' is that he threatened to release so-far undisclosed information that would expose the allegations of Russian collusion as bogus.

Snakes in Suits

Don't have it? Steal it! Kiev moves to confiscate coal shipments from Donbass

© Sputnik/ Sergey Averin
While Ukraine threatens to start confiscating Russian coal shipments to the country, claiming that they're in fact originating from the restive Ukrainian region of Donbass, it remains unclear whether Kiev will actually follow up on these threats.

Earlier Ukrainian Energy Minister Igor Nasalik issued directives to revenue and customs agencies to confiscate coal shipments originating from Donetsk and Lugansk regions - a decision prompted by an energy crisis that erupted following the economic blockade imposed against these territories by Ukrainian forces.

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Behind the Headlines: Leaky Swamp Plagues Trump: The Saga of Nutjob Comey and Israeli ISIS - Plus Seth Rich

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After the lull in anti-Trump hysteria courtesy of his mega Tomahawks, the never-Trumpers are back in action. Trump met with Lavrov in the Oval Office. Ergo, the Kremlin is now in full control of the White House. Or so the hysteroidal media no-brainers would have us believe. The sight of a Russian - nay, more than one Russian! - in the White House was enough to provoke ecstatic heights of gleeful agitation among those who seem to derive some perverted sense of satisfaction that their deepest nightmares are true. This form of pathological masochism would be hilarious if it weren't for the fact that it is tearing the United States apart.

First, some anonymous somebody criminally leaked details of an Israeli intelligence operation involving ISIS to the Washington Post, but mendaciously blamed Trump for doing just that. Only Trump didn't, and the Russians have the transcripts to prove it. But the Americans don't want those transcripts. They derive too much pleasure from seeing their fearful fantasies come true, thus justifying even more leaks that don't bear any resemblance to reality. Thus, second, some anonymous somebody leaked that Trump called Comey a nutjob to Lavrov, hinting that Trump had political motivations for firing him. This on the heels of the alleged Comey memo suggesting Trump tried to get Comey to back down on his investigation of Flynn - despite the fact that Comey already testified under oath that no such thing happened. Oh, and the Russians apparently bragged that they had total control of Flynn's mind using Soviet-era ESP technology, or something like that.

But it's not all bad news. The unsolved murder of DNC staffer is back in the news, with several individuals claiming they know that he was the leaker of the DNC emails. If true, that would reflect somewhat poorly on Mrs. Clinton and her team of ne'er-do-wells. After all, one of the Podesta emails has him writing "I'm definitely for making an example of a suspected leaker whether or not we have any real basis for it." And if there was a basis for it? What then, Mr. Podesta?

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Chess

Tillerson: 'In all likelihood' will eventually speak with his Iranian counterpart


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (file photo)
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it is likely he will eventually speak to his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, "at the right time," although he has no plans to talk to him at this point.

Tillerson's comments came on May 20 in Riyadh during President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, the first leg in the president's first foreign trip.

It also came a day after moderate Iranian President Hassan Rohani was reelected by a wide margin, defeating a more hard-line opponent - a victory that could reinvigorate efforts for an economic and diplomatic thaw with the West.

Comment: Is this a potentially positive step towards cooperation with Iran? See more: Is Rex Tillerson a 'realist' in Washington?


Black Magic

Forget #PizzaGate this is #PedoGate - The Farm is now mainstream 2017


Great video - encapsulates the whole picture! Will the monsters be brought to justice?

Bullseye

They killed the Tsar - now the globalists set their crosshairs on Putin

While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State." Vladimir Lenin

In today's crises centered around Russia, world historians seem to have forgotten that it was American President Woodrow Wilson who made it possible for Leon Trotsky to enter Russia with an American passport. Observed in an historical context the underlying intent of western-eastern détente today should be seen in crystal clarity, but it is not. The reality is what it was. Russia is once again in the crosshairs of a fearsome globalist assault, and the only real course toward peace and cooperation is to view the current situation through the truth of an historic lens. The harsh reality of today's crises can be traced to amoral and apolitical "internationalist" bankers, the reincarnated cabal of subversionists replying the same deadly tactic they did upon Tsarist Russia.

MIB

China 'dismantled entire CIA operation': Killed and jailed 'scores of CIA spies'

New York Times report confirms that between 2010 and 2012 China dismantled the entire CIA spying operation in China, jailing and executing a score of spies.

A report in the New York Times sourced to 10 'current and former officials' says that between 2010 and 2012 China dismantled the entire CIA operation in China, rounding up, executing and jailing up to 20 spies working for the CIA.

It seems that in one case the Chinese executed one of the captured spies in the courtyard of a government building in front of his colleagues of whatever institution he was working for in order to impress on them the risks of spying for the CIA.