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Biting the hand that feeds: Report claims up to 1,750 jihadists back in Europe from warzones, ready for attacks

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A third of the 5,000 European jihadists who traveled to fight in Syria and Iraq are now back in Europe, with some on "specific missions," a new EU report warns. The bloc's authorities are raising the alarm over further Islamist attacks on European soil.

EU anti-terrorist chief Gilles de Kerchove will present the findings of the report, which has been already seen by the AFP, to European ministers on Friday.

It says that out of 5,000 Jihadists who joined terrorists in Iraq and Syria, around a third are now back in Europe. Although the document itself gives no exact figure, the number could reportedly be as high as 1,750.

Comment: From the mouth of a jihadist: Interview with a French ISIS member: "We'll stop when France stops bombing the Middle East", beheading enemies of God is "a pleasure"


Ex-Trump adviser on his way to Moscow for talks with business men and 'thought leaders'

Carter Page, who served as a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, told Sputnik he will have several meetings in Moscow with businessmen and 'thought leaders.'

"I will be meeting with business leaders and thought leaders," Page, who used to work with Russian energy giant Gazprom and is an American oil industry consultant, said.

Page said his trip to Moscow will last until December 13.

During the presidential campaign, Trump's foreign policy adviser said that Washington and Moscow share common goals, but the US' "arrogant" foreign policies have often ignored these interests.

Speaking to Sputnik in October, Page said that "many of America's core national interests overlap significantly with the strategic priorities of Russia. But unfortunately, an arrogant foreign policy in Washington has quite often failed to consider America's own fundamental priorities."


NATO short of officers in Turkey after Erdogan's post-coup crackdown

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Turkey Chief of Defense, Gen. Hulusi Akar, and US Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander in Split, Croatia, Sept. 16, 2016.
NATO remains understaffed after Turkey initiated a massive crackdown on its military, a top alliance general said, voicing concerns about the wellbeing of the purged servicemen and insisting that the talented and capable officers had nothing to do with the failed July coup.

Turkey, a major NATO member, launched a massive manhunt spanning all levels of society following the failed July 15 plot to topple the government. Authorities went on to detain close to 38,000 people while purging more than 100,000 employees from government jobs.

The military has also witnessed a large-scale crackdown on alleged followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by the government of masterminding the plot. Ankara on a number of occasions has also accused the West of possibly being behind the coup.

Commenting on the purges and the impact the crackdown is having on NATO operations, Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, said that half of the 300 or so Turkish military staff assigned to NATO were detained, recalled or retired from the alliance from mid-July. About 75 of them have been replaced so far, Reuters reports.


House unanimously passes bill to include FBI whistleblower protection

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The House bill amends a loophole in a whistleblower protection law to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI was the only federal agency without whistleblower protection.

"HR 5790 would clarify Congress's longstanding intent to protect whistleblowers when they make disclosures to the same supervisor who has the power to take personnel action against them," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R, Utah), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government reform Committee, and lead sponsor of the bill, on Thursday.

The bill passed a house vote and had bipartisan support from co-sponsor Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D, New York).

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Support for Ellison signals end of the era of political assassination by Israel lobby

Rep. Keith Ellison
The most remarkable thing about the attack on Rep. Keith Ellison as an enemy of Israel and anti-Semite, led by the Anti Defamation League and Haim Saban at the Brookings Institution, is that it has not KO'd the Minnesota congressman's bid to be chair of the Democratic National Committee.

We are used to seeing such campaigns gain traction and inevitability till the heretic falls into an abyss. Public servants such as Chas Freeman, Chuck Hagel, Charles W. Percy, Earl Hilliard, Paul Findley and Cynthia McKinney have all been marked and cashiered by lobby groups over criticisms of Israel. Both Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush are thought to have lost a second term as president in part because they crossed the pro-Israel crowd.

This time the narrative is playing out in a different fashion: Ellison is gaining broad support from leftleaning Democrats and liberal Zionists. He does not appear to have been undone by the smear campaign against him. One rightwing website says Ellison has a "clear path" to victory because pro-Israel forces are no longer strong enough to stop him inside the Democratic Party, while the Washington Post says that while Ellison has a "far rockier road" than he projected, he still might get the job.


BBC under investigation by Thai govt for its divisive exposé on the new King

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The government of Thailand has launched an investigation into the BBC's Thai office following its publication of a profile on the country's new king.

A mere week after King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended to the throne following the death of his father, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the BBC's relatively new office ran a profile which immediately drew criticism due to the inclusion of biographical details that opened the new king up to public criticism.

A day after the publication of the article on the BBC Thai website, both the police and army reportedly talked to the broadcaster multiple times. The office was shut down this week, but its website and Facebook page are still operational - save for the offending article, which has been taken down.

As punishment for ignoring Thailand's lese-majeste laws, offenders can find themselves imprisoned up to 15 years. Recently authorities seized an anti-government activist for reposting a Facebook link to the exposé.

Comment: Further reading: Since it was created in 2014, BBC Thai has, according to Tony Cartalucci, "worked ceaselessly toward undermining the government, the military, as well as attacking the nation's ancient and revered institutions in an effort to bolster Western-backed opposition fronts":
This includes several notable stunts including the BBC's Jonathan Head visiting the 2015 Bangkok bomb blast scene to tamper with evidence in an effort to undermine the investigation and humiliate investigators as well as the government. Head would confiscate evidence from the scene and carry it to a near by police station - all on camera - in a very public and staged attempt to depict investigators as incompetent. Despite what is a chargeable offense in even the most liberal nations, Thai police attempted to downplay the incident.

During the deluge of leaked documents and emails over the past year, information regarding the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) of which the BBC's Jonathan Head is a senior figure, revealed ties to convicted financial criminal George Soros and Open Society.

Head would flatly deny the accusations first published by Bangkok-based alternative news site "The New Atlas," before admitting to "a one-off media seminar in Myanmar." However, further investigation revealed that the FCCT included in its Bangkok office, and headed by the FCCT's own president - Dominic Faulder - "The Indochina Media Memorial Foundation" (IMMF) whose actives were indeed funded for years by Open Society.

Disrupting Thailand's Sensitive Transition
King Maha Vajiralongkorn has already appointed a new Privy Council, containing several members from his father's inner circle as well as several new advisers who were central in maintaining national unity and stability amid Thailand's recent political crisis.

The appointment of this Privy Council reveals that rumors intentionally spread by the Western media - including the BBC - were categorically false in regards to the "turmoil" and even "civil war" they attempted to promote for years before the anticipated transition in an effort to stoke fear and division among the Thai public.


Fox News' Tucker Carlson demolishes US Congressman Schiff, who claims Tucker is now under the control of Putin

A stunned Adam Schiff
Carlson tells this US House Rep, "I need to take a call from Vladimir Putin...so I need to put you on hold for one second."

Russian hacker hysteria is consuming the anti-Trump establishment in Washington.

The Duran today reported on Senator Lindsey Graham's plan to launch two separate probes into Russia's "hacking", in an effort to "persuade" President-elect Trump from actually having constructive dialogue with Russia on various foreign policy matters.

Comment: Is FOX News starting to punch through the 'fake news' and expose the Washington memes?

More on the staunch interventionist Schiff:


Aleppo: World's biggest hostage crisis comes to an end - but the fake news continues

As Syrian government forces recapture more parts of eastern Aleppo, many civilians are risking their lives to flee the besieged opposition-controlled areas, telling the world that the so-called "rebels" stop at nothing to prevent people from leaving.

The Syrian government and its Russian allies have long accused armed opposition groups in Aleppo of holding civilians hostage, whereas western governments and media have been promoting a different narrative in tune with "rebel" and "activist" sources. This narrative is now falling apart.

When government forces first managed to encircle the opposition-held districts of Aleppo in July of this year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the opening of humanitarian corridors "to aid civilians held hostage by terrorists and for fighters wishing to lay down their arms."[1]

Bashar Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, said in a July 26 letter to the Security Council that "the Syrian Army informed the civilian residents of those neighborhoods that it has secured safe passages, for those who want to safely exit those areas, and that it has allocated temporary accommodation for them."


U.S. Navy Admiral: We may increase Black Sea patrols

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The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun
Washington may send more ships to the Black Sea in order to extend the amount of time they can patrol the area, according to a senior US Navy officer.

The US has sent a string of warships into the Black Sea since the Ukraine crisis broke out in 2014, and NATO refused to recognize Crimea's reunification with Moscow or Russia's military presence on the peninsula.

"It depends on whether or not the challenges in the region become more or less urgent," Vice Admiral James G. Foggo III told Sputnik on Wednesday, on the margins of the Defense Forum 2016, organized by the US Naval Institute in Washington, DC. "Obviously, when things become more intense you see the presence of additional ships."

Extending the length of US operations would require additional ships, since the 1936 Montreux Convention limits vessels of outside states to 21 consecutive days in the Black Sea.

Comment: What's most interesting is how these think tanks, military types, and representatives from the military-industrial-complex all put their heads together in an effort to justify purchasing more arms, and preparing for more war. That's all they do; they are the well manicured, well spoken, and well paid dregs of humanity. This is now the definition of "Freedom": Made in America!

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Japanese billionaire plans to invest $50bn in US, create 50,000 new jobs because of Trump

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Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son speaks to the press after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 6, 2016.
Japanese telecom giant SoftBank is going to invest $50 billion in the United States toward businesses and create 50,000 new jobs during Donald Trump's tenure. The investment is a "celebration" of Trump's "new job", SoftBank's CEO said.

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is Masa from SoftBank of Japan, and he's just agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and 50,000 jobs," the President-elect told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower, intruding SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son.

Trump also broke the news on Twitter, adding that Son told him that he would never have done it if Trump had not won the presidential election.