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  1. Gezza

     /  25th November 2018

    >b>Turkish media: CIA has recording of MBS ordering Khashoggi murder
    Turkish news website says Saudi crown prince gave instructions to ‘silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible’.

    • Gezza

       /  25th November 2018

      don’t attempt html in the dark when you can’t see your keyboard properly.

  2. Gezza

     /  25th November 2018

    Interesting summary of the constantly-changing Saudi narratives on the Khashoggi murder being shown on Aljazeera tv today. It shows how there even seemed to be some collusion between MBS, Kushner, Pompeo and Trump (who seems to have suggested the “rogue element” idea before the saudis did) on the story.

    (Mind you, to be fair, if you check back you’ll find that I posted here on YNZ that rogue elements would get blamed before any of those dodgy blighters above made that claim, so
    there’s a remote possibility I might have given them the idea.)

  3. Jerome Corsi, a confidant of Trump associate Roger Stone and the former Washington bureau chief of conspiracy theory site InfoWars, told CBS News on Friday that he is negotiating with the special counsel’s office for a plea deal. Corsi said he had been contacted by the special counsel about possible charges, and the special counsel and Corsi’s attorney had been in ongoing discussions. The Washington Post first reported Corsi’s plea negotiations Friday.

    Earlier this month, Corsi said that he expected to be indicted, and according to the Associated Press, he has been cooperating with the Russia probe since late August. He has turned over two computers and a cell phone and has given Mueller’s office access to his emails and tweets.

    Among the issues the special counsel has been looking into is whether Stone knew in advance that WikiLeaks would publish Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails. On Aug. 21, 2016, Stone tweeted, “Trust me, it will soon [be] the Podesta’s time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary.” WikiLeaks began releasing Podesta’s emails on Oct. 7, 2016.

  4. Missy

     /  25th November 2018

    Today the EU leaders are meeting to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the EU and UK, after some last minute talks yesterday to try and stop it completely breaking down.

    It seems that Theresa May has conceded further to EU bullying, specifically Spanish bullying. Spain was threatening to veto the Withdrawal Agreement and any future trade deal if they did not include the future status of Gibraltar with possible future shared sovereignty, or at least aligning Gibraltar more closely with Spain. The EU have allowed Spain to use Gibraltar as a bargaining chip, and yesterday Theresa May formally agreed in writing that the status of Gibraltar would be discussed in the trade negotiations.

    This is very poor from May, she has now potentially given away future sovereignty over both Northern Ireland & Gibraltar, whilst agreeing to a deal that will make it extremely difficult for the UK to extract itself from the Single Market and Customs Union. Worse, she is still trying to claim she has honoured the referendum result when the reality is she has not done anything of the sort.

    It is hoped by many that the House of Commons will vote down the deal.

    On May’s leadership, despite many letters going in after the last attempt to oust her (and failing to get the full 48), there is still time for more to go in, the problem some have is that if there was a leadership challenge, there aren’t too many potential candidates they would trust to do Brexit correctly, and if they were to fail then they have to wait 12 months for another go. I would not be surprised if some are waiting for the vote to see how that goes.

    The House of Commons will vote on 10 December on the deal, there are at least over 100 MPs expected to vote against the deal, ironically the Conservative extreme Brexiteers (as the media are labelling them) may be helped by many Remainers. At 90 Conservative MPs could vote against the deal, all 10 of the DUP MPs are expected to either vote against or abstain, it is expected the SNP could vote against the deal as they want something similar to what Northern Ireland has in the backstop (basically remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union), Labour have indicated that whatever the deal is they will vote against it however that position has shifted in the last few days or so, some Labour Leave MPs are expected to vote against the deal. May is struggling to get the numbers to pass her legislation, and she is reliant on Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs.

    Many Leave supporters are enjoying the irony that Gina Miller’s court case – designed to try and stop Brexit – may actually be what saves it, as without that there would not be a vote in Parliament on the deal before being signed with the EU, it would just have been ratification.


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