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Assange asserts 'most interesting and serious' Killary info is yet to come

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appeared on Fox & Friends on Friday morning and whet appetites with the revelation that the "most interesting and serious" information on Hillary Clinton is yet to come.

"What is the most shocking thing that you have found out about Hillary Clinton," co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Assange.

"Well, I think the most interesting and serious," he said, pausing to choose his words carefully, "relate to upcoming publications we have.

"A variety of different types," he continued. "But a lot of information that we have already published, I mean it may not be that apparent to most people who are sort of not specializing in your politics and national security," he said.

He called it a "major failure" by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders not to seize on Clinton's claim that she's qualified to run for president because of her judgement and experience in the State Department.

Bad Guys

War crimes as coup leader Poroshenko's Ukraine army bombs water purification plant in Donetsk yet again

Nazi Ukraine's army bombed the surrounding areas of the Donetsk water purification station, according to the Donetsk People's Republic's law enforcement agencies.

"At about 15:30, the Nazi Ukrainian side started shelling the Donetsk water purification station's area. Fire erupted due to the bombing, mortars and shells are falling in the immediate vicinity to the station," the source said. The station has since spring season, been considered one of the hottest spots on the disengagement line in Donbass. The station's employees are forced to regularly go down to bomb shelters.

The station last came under Nazi Ukrainian army fire in the evening of August 3 which also caused a blackout.

Comment: The water treatment plant has been a constant target for Ukraine:

July 23:
The Donetsk water purification installation has been disconnected the third time for three days as a result of the night shelling of the Yasinovataya part of the enterprise on the part of the Ukrainian military.

'Day before yesterday, on July 21, in the evening the Donetsk water purification installation was imposed by voltage. The personnel of the water purification installation started implemented the complex of measures on preparing waterworks for launching, however, at 24:00, the hostilities resumed in the district and the Donetsk water purification installation was one again disconnected,' informed the press office of the public utility the company "Water of Donbass".

Eye 2

Clinton's campaign lawyer trying to bury DNC vote rigging lawsuit while Shawn Lucas cause of death still unknown

Shawn Lucas, Process Server for One Source Process, Delivering the Lawsuit Against the Democratic National Committee and Debbie Wasserman Schultz on July 1, 2016
According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Washington, D.C., it has still not determined a cause of death for Shawn Lucas, the 38-year old process server who delivered the class action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and its then Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to the DNC headquarters on July 1. One month later, the girlfriend of Lucas came home to find him dead on the bathroom floor.

It has now been more than three weeks since Lucas died with no cause of death announced. We asked the Chief Medical Examiner's office if the delay was a result of toxicology tests being conducted. We were told it can make no comment beyond the fact that the cause of death is "pending."

The official report from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. indicates that officers Kathryn Fitzgerald and Adam Sotelo responded to a 911 call from the girlfriend of Lucas, Savannah King. The officers arrived "at 1913 hours," or 7:13 p.m. on the evening of Tuesday, August 2. According to the report, Lucas was "laying unconscious on the bathroom floor" and when "DCFD Engine 9 responded" there were "no signs consistent with life."

A video of the service of process, which has garnered over 474,000 views as of this morning, shows Shawn Lucas saying he was "excited" and "thrilled" to be the process server on this lawsuit. He comments later in the video that it is like his "birthday and Christmas" rolled into one.

Read the rest of the article here.


The childish and over-the-top vilification of Donald Trump

This pic comparing a young Donald Trump with a child figure in some old Nazi propaganda was posted by Doug Saunders, supposedly a serious international-affairs columnist at the Canadian Globe and Mail.

It is illogical, childish nonsense. But Saunders is by far not the only one disqualifying himself as serious commentator by posting such bullshit. Indeed, the villain-ification of Donald Trump is a regular feature which runs through U.S. and international media from the left to the right.

A few examples:

Pinochet. Chavez. Trump? - Politico, Cher compares Donald Trump to Hitler at Clinton fundraiser - Foxnews, Cher Slams Trump At Clinton Fundraiser; Likens Him To Stalin - CBS, Cher Compares Trump to Mao - Newsbuster, Trump is the GOP's Frankenstein monster - Washington Post, Biden on Trump: 'He woulda loved Stalin' - USAToday, Huffington likens Trump to Kim Jong Un - MSN, What Hugo Chávez and Donald Trump have in common - Reuters, The best way to thwart Trump Vader - CNN, Warning From the Syrian Border: Trump Reminds Us a Bit Too Much of Assad - Rolling Stone, News Quiz: Trump Rally or Erdogan Event? - The Intercept, Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing - TPM, Trump's not Hitler, he's Mussolini - Salon, Media ethics writer compares Trump to Hitler - Politico, Donald Trump's Insane Praise of Saddam Hussein - Daily Beast, Trump and Lenin - Miami Herald, Insult, provoke, repeat: how Donald Trump became America's Hugo Chávez - The Guardian, The Unstoppable Trump Monster - The Atlantic, Donald Trump is GOP's Dark Lord Voldemort - Townhall, Donald Trump is The Joker: Forget Mussolini and Hitler - Salon, Donald Trump's Mansions and Saddam Hussein's Palaces Are Basically the Same - Vanity Fair, Trump and Baghdadi Join Forces - Huffington Post, Echoes of Joe McCarthy in Donald Trump's Rise - RealClearPolitics, Donald Trump's bromance with Vladimir Putin - CNN, Trump's flirtation with fascism - Washington Post, The Maoism of Donald Trump - The New Yorker.

Comment: There are countless valid criticisms of Donald Trump. Instead, the media goes for this over-the-top demonization campaign. The thing is, even though it's easy to criticize Trump, as MoA points out, it's far easier and more justified to criticize Clinton. But the media ignores all that. And the things they do tend to criticize Trump for happen to be the most sane and reasonable things he has to say, e.g., re: NATO, Russia, Ukraine, etc.

Bad Guys

Daesh Takfiri militants execute over 25 young men in northern Iraq

Members of Daesh Takfiri militant group have reportedly executed more than two dozen young men in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk as the terrorists continue committing crimes against humanity in various parts of the crisis-hit Arab country.

Muhammed Tamim, a legislator from Kirkuk with the Arab Front for National Dialogue political party, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network that Daesh terrorists killed at least 25 people in secret prison in the town of Hawijah, located about 282 kilometers (175 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, on Thursday.

Tamim added that the victims were residents of al-Abbasi, al-Zab and Riyad districts of the town. They were executed either by firing squad or decapitation on charges of collaboration with Iraqi security personnel or attempts to escape from Hawijah towards areas under the control of Kurdish Peshmerga forces.


Kremlin has ceased all contact with Poroshenko since August 7th

Cont.ws - translated by J. Flores

President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine has not been in contact with the head of the Russian government Vladimir Putin since August 7th, when an attempted attack was thwarted in the Crimea, said the Ukrainian president's administration.

"After the Russian government's baseless accusations against Ukraine of conducting sabotage operations in the occupied Crimea, official conversations between the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin have not happened. Following with the August 7th, 2016 incident, there has been no official contacts between the administrations of the presidents of Ukraine and Russia " says the "Apostrophe" (newspaper), according to a statement of the presidential administration of Ukraine.


US-backed Kurdish militias say they were gassed by Turkish forces with chemical weapons

Elements belonging to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) say Turkish forces have shelled their positions with chemical weapons north of the Syrian city of Manbij.

The Rojava Defense Units released photos of the aftermath of the alleged attacks Thursday, though claims that chemical weapons were used have yet to be corroborated. Turkish state media agency Anadolu confirmed Turkish forces fired upon the YPG after allegedly obtaining intelligence that Kurdish forces were advancing on the nearby city of Jarablus. Turkey and its Free Syrian Army (FSA) allies, backed by U.S. air support, took Jarablus from Islamic State forces Wednesday in Operation Euphrates Shield.

Comment: Now Turkey is being accused of using chemical weapons. Will US start condemning Erdogan?

Gory pictures of blisters suffered by Kurdish fighters are the first evidence that Daesh jihadis are now deploying mustard gas in Iraq


Revisiting the Crimean referendum: The truth behind Crimea's reunion with Russia

© Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili
People celebrate as the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014.
The recent Crimean incident highlights the extent to which Ukraine is unable to control its own military whilst re-emphasising Crimea's historical connection to Russia which the West chooses to ignore.

The 7 August skirmish on the Crimean peninsula has ratcheted tensions between Ukraine and Russia, calling into question Kyiv's legitimacy and claims to the territory. Currently, both nations are on high alert as they boost their military defences following a terrorist plot sanctioned by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF).

RT reports:
"[The] FSB received a warning from Armyansk locals, who had reported on some suspicious people in military uniforms in their town," and "detected some 20 people in the area, who were loading explosives and weapons from their hideout. Once the suspects noticed the Russian security forces, they immediately opened fire, shooting to kill."


155 MKO terrorists escape Iraq to Albania on US passenger plane

A US passenger plane transferred 155 members of Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR) terrorist group, including ringleaders, from Iraq to Albania on Thursday morning.

According to Neday-e Haghighat Website, a sum of 676 terrorists were transferred of Camp Liberty (TTL) to Albania in August.

The recent flight included several high-ranking members of the group, and possibly the group's ringleader Massoud Rajavi, who are notoriously known for their inhumane attitude against low-ranking members taken as hostages in the cult. These terrorists have been under the arrest warrant issued by the Iraqi government so they fled the Iraqi territory by fake identities and passports.

The Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel reported that Iraq's Sha'baniyeh Intifada is likely to attack the Liberty Camp to prevent Rajavi's escape and take revenge for the MKO's crimes against the Iraqi people during Saddam's era.


Pirates of the Aegean: Who profited from the $440 billion Greek bailout? Not the Greeks

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Protesters wave Greek and EU flags in front of the parliament building, in Athens, Greece, June 30, 2015.
Hundreds of billions of dollars in loans haven't helped the Greek economy or its people.

This week marks the first anniversary of the 2015 Greek debt crisis, the third in that country's recent history since 2010. Last Aug. 20-21, 2015, the 'Troika'—i.e., the pan-European institutions of the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB), plus the IMF-imposed a third debt deal on Greece. Greece was given US$98 billion in loans from the Troika. A previous 2012 Troika imposed debt deal had added nearly US$200 billion to an initial 2010 debt deal of US$140 billion.

That's approximately US$440 billion in Troika loans over a five year period, 2010-2015. The question is: who is benefitting from the US$440 billion? It's not Greece. If not the Greek economy and its people, then who? And have we seen the last of Greek debt crises?

One might think that US$440 billion in loans would have helped Greece recover from the global recession of 2008-09, the second European recession of 2011-13 that followed, and the Europe-wide chronic, stagnant economic growth ever since. But no, the US$440 billion in debt the Troika piled on Greece has actually impoverished Greece even further, condemning it to eight years of economic depression with no end in sight.

To pay for the US$440 billion, in three successive debt agreements the Troika has required Greece to cut government spending on social services, eliminate hundreds of thousands of government jobs, lower wages for public and private sector workers, reduce the minimum wage, cut and eliminate pensions, raise the cost of workers' health care contributions, and pay higher sales and local property taxes. As part of austerity, the Troika has also required Greece to sell off its government-owned utilities, ports, and transport systems at 'firesale' (i.e. below) market prices.