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Trump berates Obama and Dems for not doing enough to stop 'Russian interference'

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© J. Scott Applewhite/Pool / Reuters
US President Donald Trump has again taken to Twitter to lash out at his predecessor Barack Obama, blaming him for not doing enough to stop "Russian interference" in the 2016 elections.

In a series of fiery tweets from his Florida golf course, Trump criticized Obama and Democrats in general for using the Russian hacking narrative as an excuse to attack him, stating that, "Crooked Hillary was going to win and [Obama] didn't want to 'rock the boat,'" but "the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems" after he won the election.



Comment: See also: Trump wants Sessions to probe 'Russian meddling' on Obama's watch


Dollar

Trump mega-donor Sheldon Adelson may bankroll US embassy's move to Jerusalem

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© Jewish Business News
Sheldon Adelson, the magnate behind the money
Pro-Israel Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson has reportedly offered to foot some of the bill for the Trump administration's embassy move to Jerusalem. The US president formally recognized the city as Israel's capital in 2017.

The Trump administration's plan to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem from its current location in Tel Aviv has been encouraged by billionaire casino magnate Adelson. He has reportedly offered to bankroll at least some of the operation, the Associated Press reports.

Haaretz reports the offer was made around the time Trump announced the embassy move in December. The total cost of the move would reportedly cost over $500 million dollars.

Trump is said to have originally promised Adelson that he would move the embassy in a private meeting 10 days before his inauguration, the New York Times reported in December. Adelson, a close friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has since pressured Trump to make the move, particularly in light of the millions of dollars the billionaire has given to the Trump campaign.

Comment: The bottom line determines whether one supports a candidate or owns one. Money talks. It makes demands.


Info

Trump on 9/11 during campaign trail: 'You'll find out who really knocked down The World Trade Center'

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At a Wednesday morning campaign event in Bluffton, SC, Donald Trump takes his relitigation of the Bush administration's record on 9/11 and Iraq to the next level, seeming to imply that we don't currently know who "really" committed the 9/11 attacks.

Trump says if he is elected: "you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center."

"It wasn't the Iraqis," he explained. "You may find it's the Saudis."

"They have papers in there that are very secret," he also said, referencing the 28 still-classified pages of the 9/11 commission report. "But you will find out."
DONALD TRUMP: We went after Iraq, they did not knock down the World Trade Center. It wasn't the Iraqis that knocked down the World Trade Center, we went after Iraq, we decimated the country, Iran's taking over, okay.

But it wasn't the Iraqis, you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center. Because they have papers in there that are very secret, you may find it's the Saudis, okay? But you will find out.

But when I look at a guy like Lindsey Graham, you'll end up being over in that war forever, you'll start World War Three.

Comment: While Trump may not have all the ins and outs of what actually occurred on 9/11, he probably knows some things. But what's just as interesting is how clear he is on the fact that the Iraq war was big mistake, and his disdain for political monstrosities like Lindsay Graham who are behind the drive, effectively, for WWIII.

See also: Did Trump just call out Israel for supporting ISIS on MSNBC?


Eye 1

UK Home Office propaganda unit detailed in job advertisement

Theresa May (L), then the home secretary, appeared alongside Sara Khan at the 2014 launch of Making A Stand
© (screengrab) Simon Hooper
Theresa May (L), then the home secretary, appeared alongside Sara Khan at the 2014 launch of Making A Stand
The British government is seeking a new head for a Home Office communications unit responsible for producing a series of ostensibly grassroots counter-extremism campaigns targeting British Muslims.

A job advert posted earlier this month offers rare insight into the work of the Research, Information and Communications Unit (RICU), which is based within the Home Office's Office for Counter-Terrorism and Security.

It reveals that RICU, which has been described as disseminating "covert propaganda", has a £40m ($56m) budget and employs about 70 staff delivering a "national and international communications programme" to support the government's counter-terrorism and counter-extremism strategies.

Comment: When the majority of the 'terrorist' activity in one way or another leads back to the established powers in the West, it's not hard to image what message this 'network' will be pushing:


Chess

Erdogan says US is a 'double-faced, liar, crook' country, as he promises a 'hot summer' for the Pentagon

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American charm offensive fails to reassure Erdogan US won't keep driving a dagger into his back

After the latest series of US and Turkish threats, warnings and ultimatums, which culminated with Erdogan saying the Americans were in need of an "Ottoman slap", the US sent over a series of delegations headed by Tillerson, Mattis and McMster to try and repair the relationship:
The Trump administration has embarked on a new campaign to try to repair ties and pull Turkey out of its deepening alliances with Russia and Iran. As part of that, senior U.S officials including Mr. Tillerson, National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, have held intensive talks with Turkish leaders in recent days as they try to persuade Mr. Erdogan to step back from his warming relations with Moscow and Tehran.

Russian Flag

Lavrov calls out US & allies for refusing to amend UN draft to include guarantee Western-backed militants honor Syria ceasefire

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© Khalil Ashawi / Reuters / File
Washington and its allies refuse to amend a resolution drafted by the UN Security Council to include guarantees that militants will observe the ceasefire in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

Russia is ready to vote for the UNSC draft, but for the proposal to yield real results, it needs "a formula allowing the ceasefire to be made real, and based on the guarantees of everyone in Eastern Ghouta [province in Syria] and beyond." Moscow's top diplomat also cautioned that there are no guarantees that the militants will stick to the humanitarian pause instead of a continued shelling of residential areas in Damascus.

These guarantees should be supported by those who can influence "extremist groups" in Eastern Ghouta, Lavrov stressed, apparently referring to the US-led coalition. At the same time, Washington and its allies do not want to pass any amendment that would place responsibility on itself for the militants' failure to stop the hostilities, according to the diplomat.

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Info

US State Department warns Iraq of 'consequences' if it buys Russian S-400 missile systems

Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems
© Photo by Sputnik news agency
This file picture shows Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems on duty in the Crimea peninsula
The United States has warned Iraq, among a number of other countries, of the consequences of extending military cooperation with Russia, and striking deals to purchase advanced weaponry, particularly the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Neuert said on Thursday that Washington has contacted many countries, including Iraq, to explain the significance of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), and possible consequences that would arise in the wake of defense agreements with Moscow.

On August 2, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed into law the CAATSA that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

Briefcase

Mueller charges Manafort and Gates with new tax, bank fraud charges - no Russian connection

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Special counsel Robert Mueller turned up the pressure on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates, as a federal grand jury returned a new indictment Thursday charging the two men with tax and bank fraud.

The new 32-count indictment returned by a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia comes after Mueller separately charged the pair in Washington last year with money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents for their work related to Ukraine.

The new indictment accuses Manafort and Gates of dramatically understating their income on federal tax returns filed from 2010 through 2014. The pair is also accused of bank fraud totaling more than $20 million tied to three loans Manafort applied for in connection with various homes he owns.

In all, Manafort and Gates laundered more than $30 million in income, chiefly from their Ukraine work, the new indictment alleges.

None of the charges currently facing the pair appears to relate directly to the core of Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. But the special counsel has jurisdiction to pursue certain crimes he finds in the course of his probe and appears to have approval from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to pursue some matters the FBI was investigating before Mueller was named last May.

Some of the alleged bank fraud appears to have overlapped in time with the Trump campaign. Manafort and Gates joined the campaign in the spring of 2016 to help plan for the Republican National Convention, and Manafort was campaign chairman from May until he resigned on Aug. 19. But the White House has subsequently tried to distance itself from him, with Trump saying at one point that Manafort only worked for him for a "very short period of time."

Star of David

Palestinian detainee dies in custody after brutal beating in West Bank (VIDEO)

Palestinian demonstrator
© Mohamad Torokman / Reuters / File
A Palestinian demonstrator in the West Bank
A Palestinian man died hours after he had been severely beaten during an arrest by Israeli forces amid clashes in the West Bank. While the troops are accused of intentionally killing the man, the IDF say he tried to attack them.

The confrontation between the 33-year-old Yassin al-Saradeeh and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) took place in the city of Jericho at dawn on Thursday during a demonstration. The video posted by the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) on Twitter allegedly shows the moment when the man runs towards the Israeli troops after throwing some objects at them. As seen on the footage, the group of at least six soldiers knocks him to the ground, with some of them beating the Palestinian with their guns to the head, before arresting him.

Crusader

Rothschild propaganda rag The Economist portrays Putin as octopus - projection or envy?

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The title page of this weeks Economist
Now consider one of the earliest cartoons that used this image:

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The Rothschild banking family of England, Coin’s Financial School, (1894)

Comment: But it's mostly reserved for Russia. This is from 1877:

russia octopus