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Tillerson gives warning of US ethical crisis

Rex Tillerson
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Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
"American democracy as we know it is entering it's twilight years"

In an apparent swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday decried what he called "a growing crisis in ethics and integrity" in American public life.

"If our leaders seek to conceal the truth or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom," Tillerson said in a graduation address at the Virginia Military Institute.

Tillerson, who was fired by Trump in March after little more than a year on the job, did not mention the U.S. president by name during his address to cadets at the school in Lexington, Virginia. But he warned that a crisis involving truthfulness and integrity is threatening U.S. democracy.
"When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth, even on what may seem the most trivial of matters, we go wobbly on America," Tillerson said. "If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society, and among our leaders in both public and private sector - and regrettably at times even the nonprofit sector - then American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years," he said.

Comment: The speech was geared to the attending audience and America in general, not the president.


Today, I am Julian Assange

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'The Raven' -Carl Spitzweg, 1845
Julian Assange appears to be painfully close to being unceremoniously thrown out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. If that happens, the consequences for journalism, for freedom of speech, and for press freedom, will resound around the world for a very long time. It is very unwise for anyone who values truth and freedom to underestimate the repercussions of this.

In essence, Assange is not different from any journalist working for a major paper or news channel. The difference is he published what they will not because they want to stay in power. The Washington Post today would never do an investigation such as Watergate, and that's where WikiLeaks came in.

It filled a void left by the media that betrayed their own history and their own field. Betrayed the countless journalists throughout history, and today, who risked their lives and limbs, and far too often lost them, to tell the truth about what powers that be do when they think nobody's looking or listening.

Julian is not wanted because he's a spy, or even because he published a number of documents whose publication was inconvenient for certain people. He is wanted because he is so damn smart, which makes him very good and terribly effective at what he does. He's on a most wanted list not for what he's already published, but for what he might yet publish in the future.

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White House says enough! US is choking on 10.7M legal immigrants, 11.3M illegals

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In a stiff pushback against claims the administration's immigration policies are inhumane, the White House today said that the nation is choking on the 10.7 million legal immigrants and refugees allowed in over the past 10 years that are in addition to the 11.3 million illegals here.
"Our expansive humanitarian-based, family-based, and lottery-based immigration system fails to consider the needs of American workers and taxpayers, who have been burdened by decades of low-skilled immigration that has suppressed wages, fueled unemployment, and strained federal resources," said the White House.
It cited reports that many come here and end up on taxpayer funded welfare.
"Census data shows that current U.S. immigration policy admits large numbers of individuals who struggle to become financially independent and instead rely on a vast array of government benefits paid for by U.S. taxpayers. For instance, roughly half of all immigrant-headed households use one or more welfare program," said the statement.
It provided staggering numbers of legal immigration under former President Barack Obama.

The number of "lawful permanent residents," totaled 1,761,927 from fiscal 2008 to 2017. The White House said that is "a population of foreign nationals that is larger than the entire population of Philadelphia."

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US to support Kurds in Manbij against Turkey, while France seeking to set up security base in Raqqa

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The Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted the military command council of Manbij as saying that a meeting was held between an official delegation of the US-led coalition forces' command center and a number of Kurdish commanders in Manbij.

The meeting on the political and security situation of Manbij was held in the presence of William Urback, a representative of the US state department, Commander of the US-led coalition General Jimmy Gerrard, Commander of the Kurdish forces in Manbij Mohammad Mostafa, Spokesman for Manbij's military council affiliated to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Sharfan Darwish and Deputy Commander of Manbij military council Ibrahim Banawi.

It added that the US forces have underlined their continued presence in cooperation with the Manbij military council until they prevail control over the entire region.

Comment: Smart news reported that the French Forces paid a visit to Kandal Field in Western Raqqa in Northeastern Syria that is under the control of Washington-backed militias.
It further said that the French forces left their base in the town of Manbij in Northern Aleppo to set up a security base in western Raqqa, adding that almost 140 militias will go under intelligence- security trainings under the French forces' supervision.

Meantime, other reports said the French are running talks with ISIL in Eastern Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website quoted militant-affiliated sources as disclosing that the talks between the French forces and the ISIL meant to reach an agreement for the release of 5,000 captives in ISIL's jails, adding that the French forces, in return, would insure the ISIL terrorists' safe evacuation from the villages and towns of Hajin, Albu Hassan, al-Sha'afa, al-Shouseh and al-Baqouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.


Cincinnati deputy faces 10 years for shoving an old man and breaking his hip

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A Cincinnati cop is actually being held accountable this week after a disturbing video showed him shove an elderly man so hard that he smashed his face on a concrete bench and broke his hip.

On Thursday, former Hamilton County sheriff's deputy Jason Mize was arrested after he was federally indicted on a charge of deprivation of rights under the color of law. The now-former deputy was seen on video attacking 61-year-old Mark Myers, who was only in jail after being falsely accused of a crime.

According to Cincinnati.com, Myers was arrested Aug. 20, 2016 after being accused of walking out of a Columbia Township Home Depot without paying for $120 in lighting and electrical equipment - a charge that ultimately resulted in an acquittal. He said there had been a computer error related to an online payment he'd already made.

In the video, Mize is seen throwing the elderly man into a holding cell so hard that he went flying into the concrete bench, suffering multiple lacerations to his head and a broken hip.

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Peace will come only when Israel ends the Nakba

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A young Palestinian looks at a poster listing the villages that demonstrators at the Great March of Return plan to return to once the Palestinian right of return is honored, March 30, 2018.
On Monday, the Trump administration broke with more than 70 years of official US policy and the position of the international community by moving its embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As if to rub salt in their wounds, it was be inaugurated the day before Palestinians commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (the Catastrophe), when nearly a million Palestinians were displaced and became refugees during Israel's establishment. In Israel, the Nakba is not only ignored, it is outright denied or even justified. Yet if there is to be peace in this region - and I think it is possible - it begins with acknowledging the Nakba, understanding it, and working to reverse it.

Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948, which saw the transformation of half of Palestine's population into stateless refugees, is not a mere historic event: it has persisted unabated until today. Since 1967, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were either expelled from or denied re-entry when they traveled outside the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, inside Israel's recognized borders, its policy of "Judaizing" the south and north of the country often result in a quiet transfer of Palestinians through expropriation of land and demolition of villages, as is occurring in Umm al-Hiran today, where an entire Palestinian community is being destroyed so a town for Jewish Israelis can be built in its place.



Santa Fe school shooter wore ANTIFA hammer and sickle pin

Dimitrios Pagourtzis
At least 8 people are dead, several injured after a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas Friday morning.

This is who is responsible for killing 8-10 people this morning at Santa Fe High School. Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

Dimitrios had a Facebook page but it is already deleted.

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The left is currently screaming that he wore an Iron Cross and is therefore a "right-wing Nazi" and the right is yelling back that he had a Communist lapel and must be "Antifa."

Both sides are probably wrong.

The most logical explanation for the inconsistency is that Pagourtzis, 17, was a member of the True Crime Community (TCC) - more specifically a Columbiner. Across social media there are hundreds of groups where people who are either fascinated by killers, have varying levels of hybristophilia, or generally idolize them, gather to share information about their murderers of choice.

Fans of Dylann Roof are generally referred to as "Roofies," those who adore James Holmes are dubbed "Holmies" - and arguably the largest and most active fandom is the "Columbiners."


Italian politician slams Russia sanctions as useless, questions motives and says only Europe's economy "suffers"

Paolo Grimoldi

Paolo Grimoldi
Sanctions imposed by Brussels on Russia over its alleged role in the Ukraine crisis have so far only managed to make European economies "suffer," an Italian Lega Nord regional leader told RT as his party strikes a coalition deal.

"How long do we have these sanctions already?" Paolo Grimoldi, a secretary for the Lega Nord party in the Italian northern region of Lombardy rhetorically asked, referring to restrictions imposed by the EU back in 2014. "What was the result? Nothing," he emphatically stated as he commented on the call for an immediate lifting of sanctions imposed on Russia, which is included in the government program presented by his party and its coalition ally, the Five Star Movement (M5S).

"We are not the only ones in Europe that consider sanctions against Russia useless," Grimoldi said. He also said that he does not understand why the Italian economy as well as the economies of other European countries have to "suffer" because "some people in Crimea held a referendum and decided to join Russia."

Comment: That the results of the sanctions has actually backfired on the West, with businesses skirting the rules where they can, and demonstrates just how baseless they are and what little support they have and that, really, they're there to satisfy the demented, ideologically driven chaos creators in the Western establishment: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Actor Terry Crews strikes out at Hollywood for protecting abusers

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Famous actor and former NFL linebacker Terry Crews was one of the few men who spoke out during the height of the #MeToo movement and revealed that he had been sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive. He is now speaking out and giving insight into the ways in which the establishment enables predators who use their money and influence to silence their victims.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly on the Today Show, Crews used the analogy of "If the police rape you, who do you go to?" to describe the way he was treated after he was assaulted by an executive within his own agency, and he attempted to report the incident to superiors the day after it happened.

Crews was represented by William Morris Endeavor at the time and he said he was at an industry event when the head of the motion picture department, who has since been identified as Adam Venit, walked up to him and groped him.

"I was groped-publicly, with my wife-at an industry event, and this guy comes at me and he gropes me, in front of everybody. I smacked the guy's hands back and I'm like, 'What are you doing? Leave me alone,' and he comes back and does it again," Crews said.


Ecuador's former president Rafael Correa denounces treatment of Julian Assange as "torture"

Assange 2012
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Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks makes a statement from a balcony of the Equador Embassy in London, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, in an exclusive interview with The Intercept on Wednesday morning, denounced his country's current government for blocking Julian Assange from receiving visitors in its embassy in London as a form of "torture" and a violation of Ecuador's duties to protect Assange's safety and well-being. Correa said this took place in the context of Ecuador no longer maintaining "normal sovereign relations with the American government - just submission."

Correa also responded to a widely discussed Guardian article yesterday, which claimed that "Ecuador bankrolled a multimillion-dollar spy operation to protect and support Julian Assange in its central London embassy." The former president mocked the story as highly "sensationalistic," accusing The Guardian of seeking to depict routine and modest embassy security measures as something scandalous or unusual.

Comment: RT follows up:
The president of Ecuador has ordered the withdrawal of enhanced security from the country's London embassy, which was assigned to protect Julian Assange, who remains holed up there to avoid possible deportation to the US.

The Ecuadorian government "will maintain normal security similar to the level of security at all other Ecuadorean embassies in the rest of the world," Lenin Moreno, national secretary of communication, said in a statement. He added that "additional security at the Ecuadorian embassy" in London will be withdrawn immediately.

The Australian native, whose WikiLeaks whistleblowing website published secret documents pertaining to US national security, feared that Sweden would extradite him to the US. There, he could face a similar fate as Chelsea Manning, who was court-martialed and sentenced to 35 years behind bars for violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses. Manning was subsequently pardoned by former president Barack Obama after seven years in prison.

Eventually, Assange became an Ecuadorian citizen but remains trapped inside the walls of the embassy, despite the fact that Sweden has abandoned its extradition request. The UK authorities still have an active arrest warrant against the 46-year old for skipping bail back in 2012.

Earlier this week, The Guardian reported that Ecuador has spent $5 million accommodating Julian Assange in its UK embassy. Moreno's predecessor, Rafael Correa, blasted the report as a "sensationalized story," and said that there is "nothing unusual" about providing extra