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UN warns against foreign interventions in Venezuela after US threatens military action

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This July 7, 2017 file photo provided by the United Nations shows Secretary General Antonio Guterres addressing a press conference in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has stressed that Latin American countries must be safeguarded from foreign intervention after US President Donald Trump threatened military action in Venezuela.

On Friday, Trump said his administration was considering many measures, "including a possible military option if necessary," to repair what he referred to as a "dangerous mess" in Venezuela in the wake of the formation of the country's Constituent Assembly.

Apart from being rejected by the government in Caracas and Venezuela's opposition coalition, the statement was also rejected by all Latin American countries - not only allies to President Nicolas Maduro such as Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, but even those strongly opposed to Maduro, including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile.

Snakes in Suits

Pelosi demands all 'reprehensible' Confederate statues be removed from Capitol

As the nation's left attempts to out-virtue-signal one another, Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi just one-upped New York Governor Cuomo's street-name-removal demands, by calling for all Confederate statues to be removed from The Capitol.

Pelosi Calls for Removal of Confederate Statues From Capitol

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement calling on Speaker Ryan to join Democrats in supporting legislation to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol:
"The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation.

"The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.

"Under the leadership of Democrats in Congress, we have recognized more women and people of color in Congress's collection of statues, including Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth and Helen Keller. As Speaker, we relocated Robert E. Lee out of a place of honor in National Statuary Hall - a place now occupied by the statue of Rosa Parks.

"There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country."

Megaphone

Latest 'Economist' cover shows Trump speaking through megaphone that resembles KKK hood

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The Economist is making a strong statement on the president with its most recent cover, showing him speaking through a megaphone that resembles a Ku Klux Klan hood.

The latest cover of the magazine has no headline mentioning Trump or words describing the president's recent actions.

Trump has taken heat and faced widespread condemnation from Democrats and Republicans for his comments on a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, after he said twice that more than one side was to blame for violence that erupted.

White supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK leaders gathered in Charlottesville last weekend for a "Unite the Right" rally to protest the planned removal of a Confederate statue, leading counterprotestors to arrive and oppose them.

Star of David

Mossad Chief heads delegation to White House for talks on Syria

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Netanyahu with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen
Official says Israeli delegation will try to persuade White House that cease-fire deal should be amended to make sure Iranian forces, Hezbollah and Shi'ite militias are kept out of Syria.

A delegation of Israeli defense officials will visit Washington later this week for talks with senior White House and American defense officials. Haaretz has learned that the delegation will be headed by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, and he will be joined by the head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi, as well as the head of the Defense Ministry's political-security department, Zohar Palti.

A senior White House official said that the Israeli delegation will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Power, Trump's special Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt, as well as other officials.

Nuke

Washington's policy of nuclear annihilation is the problem

The threats from US President Donald Trump and the Pentagon to "destroy the North Korean people" - said with such casual cold heartedness - shows that the American ruling class has no compunction about committing the supreme crime of genocide against innocent civilians.

Those threats to North Korea, coming in the same week that the world marked the 72nd anniversary of the Americans dropping two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 killing over 200,000 people, are deeply connected. An understanding of the connection is essential to achieving a peaceful resolution of the current crisis and the avoidance of a catastrophic war.

Speaking from his New Jersey private golf club, Trump glibly said the power that the US would unleash against North Korea would be "like something the world has never seen before". This bravado utterance of carrying out such devastation demonstrates the genocidal mentality that underpins the American rulers. Trump's words were repeated by his Pentagon chief James Mattis who warned the North Korean people of imminent "destruction".

Bad Guys

The deep hate of the deep state

The deep state has deep hate towards Trump. The deep state has been trying to take down President Trump from the very beginning. Former Ambassador to the United Nations: Samantha Power had unprecedented POWER, in the waning days of the Obama administration when she requested hundreds of names to "unmask". Ben Rhodes, former National Security Advisor to former President Obama has also been reported to be a person of interest, in the House Intelligence Committee regarding unmasking.

Disgraced ex-FBI Director Jim Comey is allegedly writing his memoir and cashing-out on his time in the swamp. Comey admitted to leaking classified intelligence to a colleague, and no one in Congress investigates that? No one investigates Susan Rice unmasking hundreds of names either?

Jet5

Israel's Air Force Chief: We attacked Syrian arms convoys almost 100 times in last 5 years


Israel's Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel
Providing the most specific details yet on Israel's ongoing series of military strikes inside war-torn Syria, Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel revealed today that Israel has carried out nearly 100 distinct military actions over the last five years specifically related to what they believed were Hezbollah-bound arms convoys.

This comes less than a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught on an open microphone admitting to "dozens" of strikes in Syria, though obviously this is far greater, because many Israel strikes on Syria clearly were not Hezbollah related.

Comment: One day, soon perhaps, Israel's cowardly and conniving approach to destabilizing Syria and it's allies is going to come back at them. Big time.

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Alarm Clock

Traditional Conservatives: It's time to deal with the cancer of the Alt-right

I've had a few days to think about the horrific events we saw in Charlottesville over the weekend. I did a Periscope speaking candidly about the issue, wrote a veritable storm of tweets, lost about 100 followers, shared my prior article about the start of all this "free speech rally" idiocy, the usual. I write this article knowing that it will not get very many retweets, or hearts, or positive comments. I write this knowing I'll be called a cuck, weak, on the wrong side of history, and of course "punching right".

Oh well. The non-right alt-right deserves to be hit, and hit hard.

And no, I don't mean literally "punching nazis".

I have a prediction to make, knowing full well that I might be entirely wrong, and look silly for the rest of my career:

Identitarianism, particularly the adoption or rejection of white identitarianism, is going to be the defining issue on the right within the next 25 years. Furthermore, we need to tackle this issue head-on ideologically, sooner rather than later.

I've said so publicly before.


No one wants to hear it, for several reasons.

Comment: 7 things you need to know about the Alt-Right following Charlottesville


Stock Down

The tweet is mightier than the sword: Trump temporarily cuts down Amazon value by $5.7bn with single tweet

Donald Trump briefly wiped around $5.7bn off the stock market valuation of Amazon on Wednesday, with a tweet attacking the online retail giant for "doing great damage to tax paying retailers".

Amazon's shares lost 1.2 per cent of their value in two hours of pre-market trading after Mr Trump's comments. They regained the lost value after markets opened in New York, trading down up 0.33 per cent by lunchtime.

The President tweeted: "Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the US are being hurt - many jobs being lost!"


Newspaper

"Grown-ups" versus "ideologues"? The MSM narrative of the White House may be all wrong

The Democrats and the media love the Pentagon generals in the White House. They are the "grown ups":
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., had words of praise for Donald Trump's new pick for national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster - calling the respected military officer a "certified, card-carrying grown-up,"
According to the main-stream narrative the "grown ups" are opposed by "ideologues" around Trump's senior advisor Steve Bannon. Bannon is even infectious, according to Jeet Heer, as he is Turning Trump Into an Ethno-Nationalist Ideologue. A recent short interview with Bannon dispels that narrative.

Who is really the sane person on, say, North Korea?