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  • Father of Guatemalan girl who died in US custody has 'no complaints' about her treatment[TR]

    12/15/2018 5:39:08 PM PST · by McGruff · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | December 15, 2018 | Ed Lavandera and Ralph Ellis
    The father of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died after being detained by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said he has "no complaints about how Border Patrol agents treated him and his daughter," Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua told CNN on Saturday. The consul said the father, Nery Gilberto Caal, told him agents did everything they possibly could to help his daughter, Jakelin Caal Maquin, after she became sick on a a bus. The bus traveled from the Antelope Wells port of entry in New Mexico to a Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico, about 90 minutes away....
  • Australia Recognizes West Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

    12/15/2018 3:48:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/15/2018 | By Isabella Kwai
    SYDNEY, Australia — Australia announced on Saturday that it now recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and will move its Tel Aviv embassy once a peace settlement is reached. “Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australian said on Saturday. “It is the right of every country to determine its national capital,” Mr. Morrison said in a speech to the Sydney Institute, a public affairs forum. “We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when...
  • Climate change talks agree details to implement Paris deal

    12/15/2018 1:39:50 PM PST · by goldstategop · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/15/2018 | N/A
    Nearly 200 nations have agreed rules on implementing the 2015 Paris agreement. After marathon talks in Katowice, Poland, the rulebook was approved unanimously on Saturday evening. The agreement aims to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2C. The final session was delayed by more than 30 hours amid an ongoing stand-off over carbon markets to reduce emissions. Some accused the hosts of not shepherding the agreement through.
  • Europe must fight illiberal forces, Draghi warns

    12/15/2018 10:37:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 15, 2018 7:33 AM | Silvia Ognibene, Balazs Koranyi
    The spread of illiberal ideology is threatening the euro, but it is an illusion that leaving it would offer an easier path, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Saturday. Warning that a half-finished monetary union could be at risk in the next crisis, Draghi made the case for sweeping changes in how the currency bloc operates and spreads around financial risk. “The fascination with illiberal prescriptions and regimes is spreading; we are seeing little steps back in history,” Draghi said in Pisa, Italy. “Only by continuing to make progress, freeing up individual energies but also fostering social equity,...
  • Former Green Beret Charged In The Death Of Suspected Taliban Bomb Maker.

    12/15/2018 10:02:08 AM PST · by seekthetruth · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2018 | Greg Norman
    A former Green Beret who told Fox News in 2016 that he killed a suspected Taliban bomb maker nearly a decade ago during combat operations in Afghanistan is now being charged in the man’s death -- a move his lawyer says is an act of betrayal by the Army. The murder charge facing Maj. Matthew Golsteyn comes after years of on-and-off investigations by the Army following an incident said to have taken place during his 2010 deployment. A military tribunal that probed the killing years ago initially cleared Golsteyn -- but the investigation into him was re-opened after he spoke...
  • Weekly Update: JW Gives Testimony on Capitol Hill about Clinton Foundation

    12/15/2018 9:36:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 14, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    A House Committee Hears Our Clinton Foundation Scandal Evidence Obama’s State Department Worked to Undermine the Trump Administration Hillary Clinton Claims Her Email System Was for ‘Convenience’ Media Buries Key Facts to Conceal Migrant Health Threat — TB, Hepatitis, HIV A House Committee Hears Our Clinton Foundation Scandal Evidence When I was asked by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations to testify this week about the Clinton Foundation, I knew the challenge would be organizing the vast trove of information we have accumulated through court action over the past several years. That evidence,...
  • Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

    12/15/2018 8:22:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 15, 2018
    Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but won’t move its embassy until there’s a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. Morrison said in a speech that Australia would recognize east Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital only after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. The Australian Embassy won’t be moved from Tel Aviv until such a time, he said. While the embassy move is delayed, Morrison said his government would establish a defense and trade office in Jerusalem and would also start looking for an appropriate site...
  • USCIRF Applauds Canada’s Move Toward Abolishing Blasphemy Law

    12/14/2018 11:19:52 PM PST · by Simon Green · 4 replies
    USCIRF ^ | 12/14/18
    Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) applauds the passage of legislation in Canada’s Senate removing the offense of blasphemy from the country’s criminal code. The offense will be officially removed once the bill receives Royal Assent. The last time someone was convicted for blasphemy in Canada was almost 100 years ago. However, these laws are dangerous even when dormant in Western democracies, as they can unexpectedly be enforced to prosecute offenders for speech deemed blasphemous, as a recent incident in Spain shows. “Laws criminalizing blasphemy are detrimental to religious freedom and other human rights,...
  • Joe Lieberman joins China's ZTE to ease national security concerns mid lawmakers' distrust

    12/14/2018 7:46:20 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/14/18 | Kevin Breuninger
    ZTE reportedly hires former Sen. Joe Lieberman to spearhead a national security assessment of its products. "There are obviously still concerns about the safety of their products or the extent to which their products could be used to compromise American security in any way or even individual security," Lieberman tells Politico in an interview. ZTE has "decided to really try to get ahead of those concerns and be in a position to answer them," he says. Lieberman adds that while he will register as a lobbyist, he will be focusing on his national security evaluation and won't actually lobby for...
  • British Yellow Vest Protests spread, Occupying Tower, Westminster, and Waterloo Bridges

    12/14/2018 5:06:44 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 57 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/14/18 | Alexander Robertson
    Pro-Leave demonstrators donning yellow vests took over three bridges in central London today as they demanded Britain's exit from the EU. Campaigners chanting 'Brexit now' stopped cars from crossing Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge and then Waterloo Bridge as Theresa May held crunch talks with EU leaders in Brussels. The group wore yellow jackets, reminiscent of the gilet jaune movement in France, in which demonstrators donning yellow vests have brought Paris to a standstill on consecutive weekends this month over minimum wage and tax complaints.
  • Decorated Green Beret is charged with murdering Afghan bomb maker who he suspected was responsible

    12/14/2018 4:54:18 PM PST · by kiryandil · 59 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | December 14, 2018 | Snejana Farberov and AP
    Maj. Mathew Golsteyn charged with tracking down and killing Afghan man known as Rasoul on February 22, 2010 Golsteyn suspected that Rasoul was a bomb maker who was responsible for the deaths of two Marines Army report said the Green Beret previously confessed to burning Rasoul's body at the base Case first came to light in 2011, when Golsteyn told the CIA during a job interview that he killed the Afghan Army Criminal Investigation Command looked into the incident, but could never find anyone to corroborate Golsteyn's claim In 2016, Golsteyn appeared on a Fox News special and told...
  • Macron accused of treason by French generals for signing UN Migration Pact

    12/14/2018 4:46:55 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 31 replies
    General Antoine Martinez has written the letter signed by ten other generals, an admiral and colonel, and also includes former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon. They’ve given strong warning that Macron’s signing the U.N. Global Migration Pact strips France of even more sovereignty providing an additional reason for “an already battered people” to “revolt”. The highly decorated military co-signees assert that the beleaguered Macron is “guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation” for signing the migration pact without putting it to the people. “The French state is late in coming to realize the impossibility of...
  • Egyptian President: Migration is NOT a human right

    12/14/2018 4:41:55 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies
    Egypt’s President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi recently spoke at a forum, where he in plain language told those who have moved or want to move to Europe. “If you go to another country, you must follow their laws and culture, if not, don’t go there”, he said. In November, al-Sisi attended the World Youth Forum in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt. He was asked how he sees the fact that several European countries are now closing the door to those who want to migrate to Europe. His answer was clear: “Instead of asking me why Europe closes the door to us,...
  • EU’s Juncker takes aim at Hungary’s Orbán over fake news

    12/14/2018 3:19:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 9:57 AM | Alissa de Carbonnel, Gabriela Baczynska
    European Union leaders on Friday backed a plan to tackle fake news on the internet and the bloc’s chief executive rounded on one of the EU chiefs, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, as one of the main culprits in spreading disinformation. The EU plan endorsed by the bloc’s 28 national leaders is largely aimed at guarding against what the United States, NATO and the EU say are Russian attempts to undermine Western democracies. But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the bloc should also look within its own ranks in its fight against disinformation and he zeroed in on Orbán...
  • French generals accuse Macron of treason over UN Migration Compact

    12/14/2018 2:02:04 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 96 replies
    Free West Media ^ | Published: December 14, 2018
    Ten generals signed the open letter written by General Antoine Martinez. The signatories include top level figures, such as an admiral, a colonel, as well as the former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon. They are from the network of the Volontaires pour la France (VPF) The generals warned Macron that the deal will mean less sovereignty for France, providing yet another reason for “an already battered people” to “revolt”. They accuse Macron of being “guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation” for signing the Compact without allowing a public debate on the issue, or consulting...
  • The Rushed Mueller Investigation is Already Falling Apart

    12/14/2018 1:28:48 PM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    Front Page ^ | December 14, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Mueller investigation/coup reminds me of the Japanese tactics in WW2. Throw everything you have. Go all in. Don't bother with a backup plan. Just count on overrunning the enemy. It looks good until you start hitting snags. And the Mueller campaign to turn a Clinton campaign conspiracy theory into a series of convictions is hitting snags, even as it's managed to browbeat a bunch of shady characters to the point of being willing to say anything that Trump's Democrat opponents want them to. Mueller's team is known for aggressive tactics that backfire on closer scrutiny. And as Sara Carter...
  • Norwegian Air Boeing 737MAX 8 ‘Stuck’ In Iran

    12/14/2018 1:24:50 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Aviation Analyst ^ | December 14, 2018 | Alex Macheras
    Much like many brand new commercial aircraft, Boeing’s 737 Max’s entry-into-service hasn’t been the smoothest — and the latest incident (in what is a string of 737 Max related events) took place earlier this morning, with a brand new Norwegian Air jet. Flying from Dubai (DXB) to Oslo (OSL), Norwegian Air’s two-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 encountered engine trouble, and following around 20 minutes of flying at its cruising altitude of 32,000ft…the newly built American jet initiated an emergency descent to Shiraz International Airport, located in south-central Iran. Before its landing, the aircraft circulated several times over the region, after...
  • France and the Media During the Jihadist War

    12/14/2018 1:10:43 PM PST · by detective · 5 replies
    Front Page ^ | December 13, 2018 | Howard Rotberg
    It is safe to say that there are now two main fronts in what we need to term the Islamist War Against the West. The first has been for many years now the Western liberal democracy of Israel surrounded by genocidal neighbors; the second is France, followed closely by other European countries, Australia, and America. During the week of December 11th, 2018, two sad things happened and this essay shall attempt to enlighten by placing them together. The first is the recent terrorist attack in Strasbourg France, and the second is the signing by most of the world (with the...
  • Natalie Portman slams Israel’s nation-state law as ‘racist’

    12/14/2018 12:27:04 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 12/14/18 | JOSEFIN DOLSTEN
    JTA — Natalie Portman isn’t a fan of Israel’s controversial nation-state law, which defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people but does not specify equal rights for all Israeli citizens. The Jerusalem-born actress slammed the law, which was criticized as it was debated and adopted over the summer, in an interview with BBC’s Arabic language channel broadcast Sunday. “It’s racist and there’s nothing else to say about that,” Portman said. “It’s wrong and I disagree with that.” Israel passed the law, which was sponsored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, in July. It drew ire from Jews...
  • Yellow vests shutdown Tower Bridge as protest rages on (UK Brexit)

    12/14/2018 12:05:01 PM PST · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 12/14/2018 | Jamie Micklethwaite
    THE yellow vest protests which caused havoc in Paris have hit the UK with London Bridge at a complete standstill. The group of yellow vest protesters, believed to be pro-Brexit, completely blocked Westminster Bridge. The group have now moved down the river and blocked traffic at Tower Bridge, causing havoc in the capital. They are seen on Facebook Live chanting: "What do we want? Brexit. "When do we want it? Now?"