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  1. Gezza

     /  December 19, 2018

    Airbnb to stop Israeli listings in the occupied West Bank
    Global online rental marketplace Airbnb has denied a claim by Israel’s tourism minister that it had reversed a decision to stop listings in the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

    The statement on Monday comes after former Public Security Minister of Israel Yariv Levin said in a Facebook post that Airbnb pledged “not to implement” its decision during a meeting between the two sides.

    But the San Francisco-based company said that the comment was inaccurate, and said it is developing the tools needed to implement its policy while it continues to talk to stakeholders. Airbnb had announced in November that it would “remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”

    The company said it came to the conclusion based on an internal framework used to judge how it handles listings in occupied territories around the world. The move will lead to about 200 listings being removed from the popular accommodation website, which allows home-owners to rent out rooms, apartments and houses to people.

    In response to the announcement, Levin at the time threatened legal action against Airbnb in the United States and Israel.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/airbnb-denies-israel-claim-reversed-settlement-ban-181218080049964.html

  2. Gezza

     /  December 19, 2018

    Twitter detects ‘unusual activity’ from China and Saudi Arabia
    Twitter Inc shares fell almost 7 percent after the company said it was investigating unusual traffic that it said might be from state-sponsored hackers.

    In what appeared to be an unrelated issue, a security firm also said that hackers used the platform to try to steal user data.

    Twitter said in a blog that it discovered suspicious traffic to a customer-support forum while investigating a security bug that exposed user data, including users’ phone country codes and details on locked accounts. It said the bug was fixed on November 16.

    Twitter said it observed a large amount of traffic to the customer support site coming from individual internet IP addresses in China and Saudi Arabia.

    “During our investigation, we noticed some unusual activity involving the affected customer support form API. Specifically, we observed a large number of inquiries coming from individual IP addresses located in China and Saudi Arabia,” Twitter said in a press release.

    “While we cannot confirm intent or attribution for certain, it is possible that some of these IP addresses may have ties to state-sponsored actors,” the blog said.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/twitter-detects-unusual-activity-china-saudi-arabia-181218060300041.html

  3. Gezza

     /  December 19, 2018

    Erdogan: New military operation in Syria to ‘start at any moment’
    Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding US President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Turkey’s plans.

    Erdogan’s remarks on Monday came days after he announced Turkish forces would launch a new cross-border operation against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

    The YPG is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara. American troops are also located to the east of the Euphrates River.

    Erdogan spoke on the phone with Trump on Friday and they agreed to ensure “more effective coordination” between their countries’ military operations in Syria. “I spoke with Trump. The terrorists must leave the east of the Euphrates. If they don’t go, we will remove them,” Erdogan vowed during a televised speech in the central province of Konya.

    Turkey views the YPG as an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has battled against the Turkish state since 1984. The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by the US and European Union, while the YPG is not. “They [YPG] are a source of discomfort with their terror corridor” along Turkey’s border, Erdogan said.

    Although Erdogan said Turkey could start an operation “at any moment”, he appeared to indicate there was room for negotiation with the US. “Since we are strategic partners with America, then we must do what is necessary,” said Erdogan. But he added the US “must fulfil promises” without giving further details.

    US support for YPG
    The YPG spearheaded Washington’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Syria under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which it leads.

    However, American support for the armed group strained relations with Turkey. Ankara has warned the US about observation posts Washington has been setting up in northern Syria to prevent any altercations between Turkish forces and the YPG.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/erdogan-military-operation-syria-start-moment-181217153154007.html

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  December 19, 2018

    Well here is a surprise, the Trump Foundation is to be shutdown due to its illegal actions.

    “Donald Trump has agreed to shut down his personal charity, the Trump Foundation, in the wake of a succession of scandals and a looming lawsuit which exposed a “shocking pattern of illegality””

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/18/trump-foundation-shutdown-lawsuit

  5. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced that – following a court decision in favor of the Attorney General – the Trump Foundation has signed a stipulation agreeing to dissolve:

    * dissolution is under judicial supervision
    * funds are to be split evenly between registered charities
    * recipients must be approved by Barbara Underwood
    * dissolution does not end the existing law suit against the Trump Foundation and its directors, who are to be “held to account for their clear and repeated violations of state and federal law”

    Directors of the Foundation are:
    Donald J. Trump,
    Donald J. Trump Jr.,
    Eric F. Trump, &
    Ivanka Trump

    A link to Barbara Underwood’s statement:
    https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-underwood-announces-stipulation-dissolving-trump-foundation-under-judicial

    and a link to the Stipulation:
    https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/stipulation_re_dissolution_execution_version.pdf

  6. Michael Flynn’s court appearance debunks protestations that he was entrapped by the FBI.

    Judge Sullivan says the circumstances of Flynn’s FBI interview, as raised by his attorneys last week, “concerned the court” as they raise “issues that may call into question his guilty plea.”

    Sullivan asks Flynn if he wishes to challenge the circumstances under which he was interviewed.
    Flynn says NO.

    Sullivan asks Flynn if he was aware that lying to the FBI was illegal.
    “I was aware,” Flynn says.

    Sullivan asks if Flynn is ready to accept responsibility
    “I am, your honor,” Flynn answers.

    Sullivan asks if Flynn would rather postpone the proceedings.
    Flynn declines the offer.

    Sullivan now asks Flynn’s attorney if he believes his client was entrapped by the FBI.
    “No, your honour,” says the lawyer.

    Sullivan continues, asking Flynn’s attorneys:
    “My question is, how is raising those contentions about the circumstances [of the FBI interview] consistent with his acceptance of responsibility?”
    Defense Attorney Robert Kelner says Flynn “fully accepts responsibility” and “stands by his guilty plea.”

    Sentencing is deferred until a status hearing in March 2019 so that Flynn may continue to cooperate with Special Counsel Mueller.

  7. Blazer

     /  December 19, 2018

  8. Blazer

     /  December 19, 2018

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 19, 2018

      When is the latest Lefty prediction Trump will be impeached by, B? I seem to recall after not being selected or elected he wouldn’t survive 12 months?

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  December 20, 2018

        what a piece of work your boy turned out to be Alan.

        A lying, grifting, piece of shit who’s surrounded himself with sycophants, neo-nazis, petty criminals, sex offenders and traitors.

        Drain the swamp? All as he’s done is double its dirty contents

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  December 20, 2018

          Just to mention Brennan, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page …

          Quite a few ex-Obama-swamp corpses drying in the sunlight.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  December 20, 2018

            But not a single charge or conviction amongst any of them. Nor Benghazi, nor Uranium One, nor Hill’s emails,…

            That must get your g-string in a real twist.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  December 20, 2018

            Anyway, it’s lovely to be back and thank’s for the welcome. Feels like I’ve never been away.