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American convicted of killing UK teen Harry Dunn is CIA spy - reports

Harry Dunn
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Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles and her husband Bruce Charles.
The family of road traffic victim Harry Dunn has called for a full public enquiry after a report that the US woman who fled the UK after hitting the teen with her car is a high-ranking CIA spy.

The Mail on Sunday reported that multiple sources, both in London and Washington, said that fugitive Anne Sacoolas had a CIA background. Her husband is also believed to be an intelligence officer and the new report suggests she even might be of a higher rank than he.

Harry's mother, Charlotte Charles, told the PA news agency that she and the whole family were "full of anger" after hearing the news reports. "How could they do this to us?" she wondered.

Comment: See also: Epstein's victims and lawyer for killed UK teen join forces to demand US swap Prince Andrew for convicted diplomat's wife


People 2

Finland's birthrate plummets to lowest level since 1868 famine

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Births in Finland plummeted for the ninth consecutive year in 2019, dropping to a mere 45,600 and reaching their lowest level since the country's nationwide famine in the 19th century.

Despite its painfully low birthrate, mass immigration from the third world was able to drive the country's overall population increase in 2019. Last year, the Finnish population grew by over 9,600 to around 5.5 million as 18,000 more migrants came to Finland than emigrates who left the country, Finland's national broadcaster Yle reports.

According to figures released by Statistics Finland, about 2,000 fewer children were born in 2019 than the previous year. Finland's national fertility rate in 2019 marked the lowest ever recorded at just 1.35 children per woman - down from 1.40 the previous year and 1.50 in 2017.

Comment: Like Hungary, Russia is also aware of the need to provide favorable conditions for families and, in turn, is providing "maternal capital" disbursements for families with two or more children. Having witnessed the deleterious effects of mass migration, to think that some are considering the 'need to increase immigration tenfold' seems like a suicidal trajectory for any country.

Despite this foreseeable future little action is being taken by many countries in the West, with infant mortality in the UK amongst the poorest is rising; life expectancy for the poorest females decreasing, and birth rates in the US and France have been shown to be falling year on year.

Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Weapons of Mass Migration: Interview with Michael Springmann on Europe's Migrant Crisis


NPC

Social justice lunatics celebrate Jordan Peterson's struggles

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Dr. Jordan B. Peterson's personal troubles are celebrated by his detractors. After his daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, opened up about the difficulties her father faced during this past year, a torrent of ill-wishes were released to social media.

A data scientist, engineer and social justice activist had this to say: "do I think he deserves sympathy despite him not extending it to others? Also no."


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'For Sama' nominated for an Oscar - yet another propagandumentary that pushes Al Qaeda's narrative in Aleppo

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Screenshot from the trailer for For Sama (2019) PBS distribution.
Oscar-nominated 'For Sama' is a gritty, well produced "documentary" claiming to present the reality of the five-year siege of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Just how deceptive is this portrayal?

The 90-minute video directed by UK Channel 4's Waad Al-Kateab and English filmmaker Edward Watts has been unanimously praised in the mainstream media and it might win this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. But does the film present a truly unbiased picture of the Syrian conflict or, rather, just the side of the story that fits the Western narrative about the war?

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
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Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, February 4, 2020

Comment: See also:


Pistol

Second shooting in Bronx: NYPD cop shot as gunman opens fire in precinct hours after 'assassination attempt' on patrol car

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A New York police officer has been shot in the arm at a precinct building and a suspect has been taken into custody, just hours after an unknown assailant opened fire on a marked patrol vehicle.

Shots were fired at the NYPD 41st Precinct building in the city's Bronx borough early on Sunday. The force has confirmed that a female lieutenant at a desk was wounded in the arm and the attacker was apprehended by her colleagues.


The injured officer was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where medics say her life is out of danger. Another policeman also suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Pistol

Thai soldier goes on shooting rampage, killing at least 20 people - UPDATE: Hostages rescued, suspect dead

Thai security forces enter in the shopping centre
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Thai security forces enter in the shopping centre as they chase a shooter hidden in after mass shooting
A Thai soldier has killed at least 20 people and wounded 31 in a shooting rampage in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, according to the health ministry.

The suspect of Saturday's attack, identified by police as Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma, remains at large, and Thai police entered a shopping centre he was hiding in.

Dozens of terrified shoppers were evacuated from the centre as armed police said they had "taken control" of the ground floor of the complex.

But authorities did not give any firm details on the whereabouts of the attacker.

"There are about 20 dead," Kongcheep Tantravanich, defence ministry spokesman said.


Comment: The hostages in the shopping mall have been rescued, though some were wounded:
Security forces in Thailand have finally managed to neutralize a heavily armed and highly trained gunman who killed at least 30 people during a shooting rampage that lasted for nearly 17 hours.

"The police have killed the perpetrator and rescued eight hostages. Some were wounded," a security source told Reuters on condition of anonymity pending an official press conference.


Civilians fled the mall as the police closed in:


The apparent motive for revenge over a land deal gone bad, though the gunman's social media posts also indicated his anger over corruption in the Thai military:
A soldier who went on a deadly shooting spree at a mall in northeastern Thailand was disgruntled over a land deal, the country's prime minister said. The gunman was killed by special forces after an overnight siege.

Thomma killed his commander and two fellow soldiers, before stealing weapons, ammunition and a Humvee from his military base. He then drove to a Buddhist temple and then a busy shopping center, Terminal 21, in Korat, northeastern Thailand. He opened fire on shoppers and pedestrians before taking hostages, triggering a 17-hour standoff with security forces before he was shot and killed.



Heart - Black

Former drone operator: Dropping a missile on Afghan children, the military is 'worse than the Nazis'

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Under fire from afar, the damage done.
A former US drone operator is speaking out against the atrocities he says he was forced to inflict during his time in the armed forces and says the American military as 'worse than the Nazis'.

Brandon Bryant was enlisted in the US Air Force for six years. During his time with the military, he operated Predator drones, remotely firing missiles at targets more than 7,000 miles away from the small room containing his workspace near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mr Bryant says he reached his breaking point with the US military after killing a child in Afghanistan that his superiors told him was "a dog." Mr Bryant recalls the moment: After firing a Hellfire missile at a building containing his target, he saw a child exit the building just as the missile struck. When he alerted his superiors about the situation after reviewing the tape, he was told "it was a f***ing dog, drop it."

Following that incident, Mr Bryant quit the military and began speaking out against the drone program.


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'Unhinged': Hyped up Chris Matthews' bizarre rant on Sanders includes mass executions and 'the Reds'

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MSNBC host, Chris Matthews
MSNBC host Chris Matthews is facing backlash on social media after he launched into a heated rant about socialism and appeared to suggest a Bernie Sanders presidency could somehow lead to mass executions in the streets.

During a post-debate special Friday evening, Matthews said his personal views on socialism go back "to the early 1950s" before drawing comparisons between Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and former leader of Cuba Fidel Castro.

"I believe if Castro and the Reds had won the Cold War there would have been executions in Central Park and I might have been one of the ones getting executed — and certain other people would be there cheering."

Matthews then told viewers he doesn't really know what Sanders means when he talks about socialism.


Comment: The brain-dumping rapid-fire tirade by Matthews leaves the panel absolutely dumbfounded. Check out their expressions and reactions!


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Tribune Publishing: New CEO fires execs in a brutal one-day bloodbath

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Copy of the New York Daily News at a newsstand
Even the ax men are getting axed at Tribune Publishing.

The struggling newspaper giant's new boss has unleashed a bloodbath in the executive ranks — and casualties include a former New York Daily News publisher who himself had halved the paper's staff in a brutal, one-day bloodbath in 2018, The Post has learned.

Former financial chief Terry Jimenez — who was promoted on Monday to replace Tim Knight as chief executive of the owner of papers including the Daily News, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun — has swiftly executed a series of cuts that wiped out at least a half-dozen executives with the rank of vice president or higher, sources close to the company said.

Among the highest-ranking executives to get fired was Grant Whitmore, the chief digital operations officer and former publisher of the Daily News. He did not return calls or emails.

Comment: It seems 'greed' is more important than 'read' - especially if the news product is a cookie cutter version of MSM and rising executives are eating into profits. Conglomerate news organizations are foremost a business, with service to the public a distant second.


Family

Populist wave reaches Ireland: Sinn Fein stuns establishment, becoming first left-wing party to win Irish general election


Comment: Sinn Fein is definitely 'left', but there's more to it than that. It's also nationalist, and wants a referendum on Irish reunification ASAP. But the primary source of its support is likely drawn from a decade of austerity measures and the failure of neo-liberalism.

Needless to say, the entire media-political establishment spent the entire election campaign warning the Irish people that voting for Sinn Fein would mean certain DOOM!...


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Polls have closed in Ireland's general election and, with no party securing a strong lead, confusion abounds as voters wait to see which parties will agree to do business with each other to form a coalition.

An Ipsos MRBI exit poll published by Ireland's state broadcaster RTE at 10pm shows FG [Fine Gael], SF [Sinn Fein] and FF [Fianna Fail] tied with a statistically insignificant (given a margin of error of 1.3 percent) difference of 22.4, 22.3 and 22.2 percent of the vote respectively.

A Sinn Fein surge in the run up to election day looks to have translated into votes at the ballot box, allowing party leader Mary Lou McDonald to head into post-election discussions with some serious clout - and possibly even form a coalition either with another major party, or with the Green Party, the Social Democrats and independents - though the 'grand left coalition' still looks like one of the least-likely outcomes.

Comment: It'll be a few days before results are counted, but so far Sinn Fein actually appear to be doing better than even the exit poll suggested, approaching 25% of the popular vote as of 22:00 CET this Sunday February 9th.

Ironically, Sinn Fein themselves apparently didn't believe they were going to do this well, as they didn't field enough candidates to translate their large vote share into a corresponding number of seats!

This means that the two establishment parties, if they hinder Sinn Fein efforts to form a coalition government this time around, will almost certainly lose more seats to them if another election were held later this year.

Ireland still has some way to go before its fractured polity of multiple small parties and independent candidates reunite under strong leadership, as in the 1918 election when (old) Sinn Fein won the vast majority of seats, but something historic may indeed be in motion here.

One thing is certain: Ireland's current leader, Leo Varadkar, is out.