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Libyan slave trade booming thanks to western 'intervention', French protest outside wrong embassy

© Zakaria Abdelkafi / AFP
Demonstrators taking part in a march against "slavery in Libya" on the Champs-Elysees avenue face antiriot police in Paris on November 18, 2017
Hundreds of activists flocked to the Libyan Embassy in Paris on Saturday, outraged with the government's failure to tackle people smuggling after a CCN report unveiled a network of migrant slave auctions in Libya.

About a thousand people turned up to the protest following calls by several prominent anti-slavery groups and a number of celebrities of African origin, including soccer star Didier Drogba and former Miss France Sonia Rolland.


Carrying signs reading "No to slavery in Libya," the demonstrators gathered in front of the Libyan Embassy on Saturday afternoon before marching towards the Champs-Elysees, where they were stopped by riot police cordons.


Comment: They're protesting in the wrong place; they should be at the doors of those responsible for the current state of affairs in Libya, which would be the US or UK embassies. Libya's leader, Muammar Gaddafi was brutally murdered in the street by terrorists with full support of the corrupt western nations. This may have had something to do with Gaddafi's plan for independence from the yoke of the demented leaders in the west, and Libya's strategic and national wealth:

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Snakes in Suits

'Fake diplomacy': Haley says US ready to 'fight for justice' in Syria without UN approval

© Brendan McDermid / Reuters
The US does not consider itself constrained by the United Nations Security Council and might seek "justice" in Syria on its own terms, the US representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said. The US took similar action in Libya in 2011.

"With the unity of this council, or alone, unrestrained by Russia's obstructionism, we will continue to fight for justice and accountability in Syria," Haley said, blasting Russia's vetoing of the draft resolution on the extension of the Syrian chemical weapons probe on Friday.

The draft, proposed by Japan, envisioned the "technical extension" of the probe for another 30 days. Explaining Russia's decision to block the resolution, Russian UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya said that there is no sense in prolonging the mission if some glaring flaws in its work are not amended.

"There can be no other way after the JIM's [the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism] leadership disgraced itself with its fictitious investigation into the sarin use incident in Khan Shaykhun and signed off on baseless accusations against Syria," he said.

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More emails surface showing Hillary Clinton pay-to-play scheme

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has discovered more classified emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showing even more pay-to-play activity from the Clinton mafia.

Judicial Watch reports...
On January 6, 2012, Clinton can be seen "expediting" a citizenship request so the requestor can get a government job in policy or law enforcement:

"I am told by Citizenship and Immigration (CIS) caseworkers that it may be at least another 8 months before they get to me, making the total time more than a year (they advertise 6 months total turnaround time).

Would you consider helping me by reaching out to DHS Secretary Napolitano or CIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas who reports to her on my behalf? The ask is to simply consider moving up my applications for review ASAP. My application is complete, straight forward and I have nothing to hide."

Comment: And the case against Killary just keeps on piling up! At this point, it would behoove Ms. Clinton to never use email again.
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Attention

Hezbollah forces on high alert in response to Israeli, Saudi threats

Hezbollah has raised its military readiness on the whole Lebanese territory in the last few days and put its forces on high alert in the light of the threats it has received from a number of countries, and especially from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah forces have been mobilised in the event of any hostile activity on the borders or in the country, notwithstanding the ongoing conviction of its leadership that Israel will not wage war in the near or distant future.

According to well informed sources, Hezbollah fears the possible assassination of a well-known Lebanese figure, Sunni or Christian, similar to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The aim would be to re-mix the cards on the Lebanese scene, accuse Hezbollah and to embarrass President Michel Aoun.

Aoun has raised the challenge against Riyadh during the recent events related to the televised resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and he has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri as a hostage (for more than two weeks), defining the Prime Minister's submission to this act as "unconstitutional and illegitimate."

Star of David

Top Israeli official admits boycotting just the settlements is meaningless


Ron Brummer, executive director of operations for the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, speaking at Bnai Torah synagogue in Atlanta in 2016.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is huge. A professional Israeli propagandist - Ron Brummer, chief of operations in Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Hasbara, has said recently:
"Israel does not have two different economic ecosystems, like, Israel within the green line and Israel over the green line. If you want to divest from the West Bank, Judea and Samaria, you have to divest from Israel, which means you boycott Israel completely."
Brummer spoke at the Israeli American Council on November 5 - an organization funded by Sheldon Adelson - in a panel titled "The Real BDS: Bigotry, Discrimination and Slander."

Brummer's affirmation cuts through a discussion that has certainly divided waters.

Eye 1

US Senators endorse renewing NSA's most controversial spying powers

© Rafael Marchante / Reuters
Edward Snowden
Senators are pushing to reauthorize some of the US Intelligence agencies' most sweeping and controversial spying abilities exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden with some token 'improvements' as privacy advocates are already crying foul.

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced the Liberty Act bill which will reauthorize the controversial Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This gives US intelligence agencies permission to spy on and store internet metadata and communications of foreign people living outside the US, along with communications of US citizens which get "swept up" in the data collection. This data can then be searched at a later date without a warrant.

The authorization for the George W Bush-era program is set to expire on December 31 if Congress doesn't renew it. The Liberty Act would extend Section 702 for six years, with a number of small improvements.

The bill will "enhance accountability, and increase protections for queries of Section 702 metadata, among other important reforms," the senators said.

Star of David

Israel uses families as pawns to pressure Palestinians into exile through foreign spouse visas


Sam Bahour of of the organization Right to Enter
Like many young married couples across the world, Claire and her husband have a five-year-plan. But instead of their main concern being how to deal with the imminent arrival of their first child, Claire's family is facing the very real possibility of expulsion and exile.

Like scores of other foreigners married to Palestinians in the occupied territory, Claire - whose name has been changed to protect her identity, like all other women interviewed for this article - has struggled to navigate the labyrinthine Israeli bureaucratic process to obtain the necessary paperwork to reside in the West Bank with her husband.

While foreign spouses, both Arab and non-Arab, have long described the process as opaque, the situation has worsened for Western spouses since 2016 with more and more women and men being denied visas, leading many to fear for the fate of their families amid ever-increasing Israeli policies targeting both Palestinians and foreigners standing in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

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Palestine warns if its DC office is shut down then US is disqualified to mediate peace talks

© Nicholas Kamm / AFP
The reported US intention to shut down the Palestinian office in Washington "disqualifies" America as mediator between Israel and Palestine, a spokesman for the Arab nation's leader has said. The move could undermine the entire peace process, he warned.

In response to reports suggesting that the US State Department is about to shut down the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, which acts as the nation's diplomatic mission in the US capital, the Palestinian president's spokesman said the move could damage US relations throughout the Middle East.

Having called the reported decision "unprecedented in the history of US-Palestinian relations," Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said it "could have serious consequences on the peace process and US-Arab relations," Palestine News Agency WAFA reported Saturday.

Compass

'Undertrained and overworked': Japanese boat crashes into US Navy destroyer in Pacific Fleet's fifth collision this year

© Reuters
USS Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer.
A US Navy destroyer has collided with a Japanese tugboat in Sagami Bay, off the east coast of Japan, making it the fifth such incident involving the Pacific Fleet this year.

An official statement from the US Navy's 7th Fleet said the tugboat lost its propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold on Saturday, sustaining minor damage.

"No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment," the statement read. The USS Benfold remains at sea while the Japanese boat was towed to a port in Yokosuka. The Navy said that the incident would be investigated.

Comment: US Navy destroyer crashes into Philippine container ship near Japanese coast - Update: 7 found dead, at least 3 injured

5 injured and 10 missing after US destroyer USS John S McCain collides with oil tanker off Singapore - Update: Remains of US sailors found in flooded compartment


Pharoah

'The President is gone': Zimbabwe ruling party votes to oust Mugabe

Initial media reports about Mugabe's ouster were confusing: While the country's ruling party had voted to expel him, several sources quoted by western media outlets said the vote was only the trigger to start the process of removing Mugabe, and that he is still technically president of Zimbabwe.

Fortunately, the ruling Zanu-PF party have issued a quick clarification: Mugabe - who has obstinately refused to officially abdicate in accordance with the military's demands - has until noon tomorrow to resign. If he doesn't, he will be impeached.