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Sarah Sanders: 'We cannot guarantee there's no tape of Trump using the N-word'

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Sarah Sanders says she can't guarantee there's no tape of Trump using N-word
As the remarkable public spat between Donald Trump and former adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman continued on Tuesday, the White House was unable to guarantee that no recordings exist of the president using the "N-word".

At a White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if she could say no such recordings would emerge.

"I can't guarantee anything," she said.

Sanders cited the president's tweets on the matter and said: "I can tell you that the president addressed this question directly." On Monday, Trump wrote: "I don't have that word in my vocabulary and never have."

On Tuesday morning, he added to earlier tweets when he wrote: "When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out. Good work by General [John] Kelly for quickly firing that dog!"

Manigault Newman, a former contestant on the reality TV show The Apprentice, is promoting a memoir, Unhinged. She has released two secret recordings related to her firing from the White House late last year and another related to the claims that Trump used the "N-word" during his career in reality TV.

Comment: Will be interesting to see if such tapes surface but don't hold your breath. See also:


No Entry

The end of the US unipolar world is unstoppable

The past weeks have shown how part of the American establishment is weighing the pros and cons of the Trump administration's strategies around the world. I have a strong feeling that in the coming weeks we will see the destabilizing effects of American politics, especially towards its closest allies.

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A disastrous flip of events appears to be on its way, in case Trump were to lose the November midterm elections (the House and Senate elections). If this were to happen, the Trump administration would probably exploit the Russia gate conspiracy claiming that Moscow had now acted in favour of Democrats. Trump could argue that Moscow was disappointed by the lack of progress in softening US sanctions against Russia; indeed, by Trump's measures against Russia (expulsions, sanctions, property seizures) and its allies (China, Iran and Syria).

Trump would not hesitate to claim Russian interference in the midterms to aid the Democrats, citing intelligence reports. He would say that Russia aims to create chaos in the US by placing roadblocks in the way of attempts to "Make America Great Again" and handing the House and Senate to the Democrats. He would use the electoral defeat to blame his accusers of getting aid from Russia. In doing so, he would be accelerating the implosion of his administration in an all-out war with the establishment. The mainstream media would dismiss Trump's accusations against the Democrats of collusion with Russia as a conspiracy theory of an unravelling presidency. All this, summed up, would lead to the Democrats having majority in both houses, easily proceeding to the impeachment of Trump.

Comment: See also:


Stock Up

Russia proposes lira-ruble trade deal with Turkey amid sanctions and currency crisis

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Russia proposes deal with Turkey to ditch US dollar for lira-ruble trade amid currency crisis
Moscow is still interested in trading with Ankara using the Russian ruble and Turkish lira, according to the Kremlin. Both currencies have been falling against the greenback, with lira setting new record lows every day.

"The issue of using national currencies in bilateral trade operations is a topic that has been raised by the Russian side for a long time and consistently at various levels, including at the top level," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

"This is what we are striving for in our bilateral trade and economic relations, and what has been repeatedly mentioned at the bilateral Russian-Turkish talks," he added.

Comment: Even though many countries had known the dollar as the world's trading currency couldn't last, with the illogical and endless sanctions coupled with the tariff and trade war, the US leaves most countries with little choice but to find alternatives:


Arrow Up

'Mutually beneficial cooperation': Putin ready to meet N. Korea's Kim soon

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The Kremlin has sent a message to North Korea, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with Kim Jong-un soon and discuss three-way projects with both Koreas. The telegram is quoted by the North's state media.

The Kremlin's missive was sent to congratulate Kim on National Liberation Day, a holiday celebrated in both Koreas that marks the end of their occupation by Japan in 1945, which was assisted by Soviet and American troops.

According to the North Korean state news agency KCNA, Putin said he was confident that North Korea, South Korea and Russia can work together on joint projects in "mutually beneficial cooperation." He also said he would be willing to meet Kim "soon" to discuss urgent issues, both bilateral and regional. No specific date has been set.


Comment: Putin's telegram came in reply to Kim's congratulatory message on the 73th anniversary of the liberation of Korea from Japan.
"I confirm that I am ready to meet you in the near future, to discuss the pressing issues regarding bilateral ties and important regional matters," the telegram read.

The Russian president congratulated Kim and North Koreans, adding that he appreciated Kim remembering that the Soviet soldiers and the Koreans fought together in the WWII.

"I am certain that through a joint effort we, Russia, North Korea and South Korea, can further develop mutually beneficial cooperation, starting from the implementation of trilateral projects," the telegram read.

Comment: Moon said the community would include six Northeast Asia countries and the United States, while the president's office specified that the community would include North, South Korea, China, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, and the United States, according to the Yonhap news agency.
"This community will lead to an energy bloc and economic bloc in Northeast Asia by expanding our economic area to the northern continent and becoming the foundation of co-existence and prosperity in Northeast Asia. And this will mark the start to a multilateral security system in Northeast Asia," Moon Jae-in was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.

Moon added that he hoped for the full denuclearization of North Korea. When the peace has been established, the countries may set up at least two special economic zones next to Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces, Moon said, according to the Yonhap.



Eagle

Big tech companies are just contract mercenaries for US intelligence agencies

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The Big Profits Driving Online Censorship

This summer we have witnessed the increasing demand by mainstream media, Democratic Party legislators, and even former disgraced intelligence agency heads, for the silencing of dissenting viewpoints. Although the most recent wholesale ban on Alex Jones and Infowars on just about every social media platform out there is the most glaring and chilling example of outright censorship, the efforts of the Deep State to silence any voices of dissent or for presenting a narrative counter to that being peddled by the almost complete monopoly of social and mainstream media that serves them has been building in intensity for quite some time. The claims that the big tech companies that control all social media platforms through virtual monopoly are not required to meet the constitutional protections of the 1st amendment, because they are not governmental agencies, but private businesses, is patently false.

Bad Guys

DNC breaks silence on Keith Ellison domestic abuse allegations. Here's what it said

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  • The DNC is "reviewing" domestic abuse allegations against Minnesota Rep. and Deputy DNC Chairman Keith Ellison.
  • Ellison is accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend, Sierra Club activist Karen Monahan.
  • The DNC should have suspended Ellison "at a minimum," according to the former DNC communications director.
After more than 72 hours of silence, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) weighed in Tuesday evening on domestic allegations against deputy chairman and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.

Propaganda

British Media is drowning in a sea of its own mendacity

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"Israel has taken out a contract on Jeremy Corbyn" writer Gideon Levy wrote in Ha'aretz. As the contract crescendos, what does it tell us about Corbyn, the media, and Israel?

"The Jewish establishment in Britain and Israeli propaganda have taken out a contract on him (Corbyn), to foil his election..." Levy wrote in an opinion piece last week. This remarkable piece by Israel's finest journalist Gideon Levy, published in Israel's finest newspaper Ha'aretz, is remarkable not just in that it is a fine piece of writing on a par with what he writes every other day.

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Twitter storm erupts as Netanyahu & Corbyn face off over 'anti-Semitism' charges

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Jeremy Corbyn (L), Benjamin Netanyahu (R)
Twitter has turned into a battleground after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waded into the UK Labour Party's anti-Semitism row, trading barbs with Jeremy Corbyn over Palestinian terrorists and Israeli killings in Gaza.

Corbyn has had to fend off fresh accusations of anti-Semitism after the right-wing Daily Mail reported Friday that, during a visit to Tunisia in 2014, the Labour leader laid a wreath on the graves of a Palestinian group that killed 11 Israeli athletes and a German policeman at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The report said that the cemetery contained both a memorial to the 47 people killed by an Israeli airstrike on a Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) building in 1985, as well as the graves of members of Black September - a militant group that splintered from the PLO before carrying out the Munich attack. The Daily Mail published pictures purporting to show Corbyn holding a wreath of flowers close to the graves of Black September members.

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The US infowar on China and its One Belt One Road project

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The US' Hybrid War on OBOR doesn't stop at the military phase but importantly continues into the informational domain in order to undermine China's New Silk Roads through the planting of Trumpist "time bombs" in strategic transit states that can only be neutralized by a comprehensive perception management strategy that breaks from the centralized model that Beijing is known for.

Two of the top three global trends that the author analyzed in his latest piece for Eurasia Future are Hybrid War Balkanization and Trumpism vs. Globalism, both of which are weapons of asymmetrical warfare against China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) global vision of New Silk Road connectivity. The first actually contributes to the proliferation of the second, however, through the transition of a failed unconventional war to an indefinitely prolonged infowar that seeks to accomplish a pair of complementary objectives that will be explained in this analysis, the point of which is to draw attention to a little-known but very "politically incorrect" vulnerability afflicting the Silk Road. Simply put, China has a poor handle on perception management techniques outside of its borders, and it's accordingly ill-equipped to confront the multitude of informational challenges that will inevitably confront its global OBOR ambitions.

The Phased Transition Of Anti-OBOR Operations

Comment: Russia has proven that, while it won't be easy, countering Western propaganda is certainly possible:


Propaganda

Corbyn's 'anti-Semite' crisis continues as MSM attacks him for 'terrorist wreath laying'

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The latest anti-Semitism story to hit Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has polarised debate. His critics want him to resign immediately, while supporters are rushing to his defence, denying the accusations and crying 'fake news.'

Photographs, taken in 2014 and published by the Daily Mail on August 11, show Corbyn holding a wreath at a service in Tunisia close to the graves of the Black September terrorists, who were implicated in the Munich attacks, in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed in 1972.

The original story is headlined "Corbyn's wreath at Munich terrorists' graves," goes on to accuse the Labour leader of attending a "tribute event for Palestine 'martyrs' including plotters behind 1972 slaughter of Israeli Olympic athletes."

Comment: Also see: Israel is running a campaign against Jeremy Corbyn