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13 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 23, 2018

    Peeling back the cover over the Intel Swamp’s ‘gators:
    https://sharylattkisson.com/2018/05/22/the-sensitive-matter-team/

  2. Blazer

     /  May 23, 2018

    Russia builds Europes longest bridge in…27 months…
    https://www.rt.com/news/427036-crimean-bridge-time-lapse/

  3. MaureenW

     /  May 23, 2018

    Informant Stefan Halper paid over $1 million

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-21/fbi-informant-stefan-halper-paid-over-1-million-obama-admin-spied-trump-aide-after

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  May 23, 2018

      Watch out for all that frothy right indignation Maureen, you might burst a valve or something.

      trump’s attempt to “put this out there” is so transparent. If the FBI did this …, if the FBI did that … straight out of trump’s standard character assassination playbook…

      Back to reality:
      “Informant Halper” has had contracts with the Defense Department since 2012, and has worked for Washington think tank Office of Net Assessment, which has ties to the Pentagon.

      Halper’s also a life-long staunch Republican who worked as an operative for Nixon, Ford, Reagan and H.W., and he ran the Debategate operation against Jimmy Carter in 1980 to help Reagan win.

      Funny how all trump’s arch enemies turn out to be Republicans.

  4. MaureenW

     /  May 23, 2018

    Not frothy nor indignant. Entertained.
    I know all of that about Halper, and its no surprise he’s hated by Republicans and Democrats alike (theres not much difference between them Joe, they’re interchangeable both Bush and McCain both had a hand in this spying cluster**** as well).
    I’d be confident persons already know exactly what happened, who and how much. Trump is just trolling.

  5. Gezza

     /  May 23, 2018

    Showing this week on Aljazeera tv

    How Cambridge Analytica got voter data & used it, & how the Trump Campaign used Cambridge Analytica data to screw the scrum & screw democracy in the US.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2018/05/unfair-game-trump-won-180509085131784.html

    47.30 minutes

  6. Gezza

     /  May 23, 2018

    US says ambassador tricked over Al-Aqsa compound picture

    US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has faced criticism for posing next to a doctored aerial image of Jerusalem showing the Third Jewish Temple where the Dome of the Rock stands today.

    The photo was taken on Tuesday during a visit by Friedman to the Israeli city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv organised by Achiya, an NGO that aids students with learning disabilities.

    Achiya apologised for the poster, calling it a “cheap political act” by a staff member. The US embassy in Israel, which moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last week, also said Friedman was not aware of the poster when he was photographed.

    “The US policy is absolutely clear: we support the status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount,” the embassy said in a statement.

    “Ambassador Friedman was not aware of the image thrust in front of him when the photo was taken. He was deeply disappointed that anyone would take advantage of his visit to Bnei Brak to create controversy.”

    What’s missing in the photo of Jerusalem that US Ambassador David Friedman is looking at is The Dome of the Rock & Al-Aqsa Mosque. Removing the Islamic holy sites is a long-term goal of far-right Israeli Jewish extremists who want to erase Palestinians from Jerusalem.

    More…
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/envoy-slammed-posing-doctored-image-removing-al-aqsa-180523072043060.html

  7. Gezza

     /  May 23, 2018

    After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1bn in business.

    He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter US foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that he dubbed “the snake”.

    To do that, the California businessman had helped spearhead a secret campaign to influence the White House and Congress, flooding Washington with political donations. Broidy and his business partner, Lebanese-American George Nader, pitched themselves to the crown princes as a backchannel to the White House, passing the princes’ praise – and messaging – straight to the president’s ears.

    In return for pushing anti-Qatar policies at the highest levels of US government, Broidy and Nader expected huge consulting contracts from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to an Associated Press investigation based on interviews with more than two dozen people and hundreds of pages of leaked emails between the two men.

    More:
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/princes-president-fortune-seekers-180522050034343.html