Web Research Links for the Week of 11/4/19

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“Deep Equity” Program Indoctrinating Kids Across US, Tells Teachers To Reject Parents Who Disagree (4 min) – from Tucker Carlson

Heather Mac Donald & Tucker Carlson On CA Schools Teaching Bigoted Neo-Marxist Ideology To Kids (4 min)

From the WTF-Happened-To-Global-Research? Desk: China’s Vision for the Future: “Give Peace a Chance” – by Peter Koenig – https://www.globalresearch.ca/china-vision-future/5694334 – “The ten-year Cultural Revolution (1966 – 1976) was Mao’s sociopolitical movement aiming at cleaning socialist China from infiltrated capitalist elements and influences. Then, and to some extent still today, China was full with so-called Fifth Columnists, a term coined during the Spanish Civil war, when General Franco’s Nazi-party, the “Falange”, were able to defeat the legitimately elected Republicans, because the “Falange” had what they called a “Fifth Column” clandestinely embedded among the Republican defense forces in Madrid. Today Fifth Columnists are everywhere. They come in all shapes and forms, including disguised as western NGOs, in every country that Washington and its western allies want to dominate and provoke ‘regime change’.  It was clear that the west, predominantly the emerging US empire, wanted to disrupt Mao’s revolution; they would not let China flourish under her own political, communist values and believes (sic).” – Comment: Contrast this politically correct view from Koenig with the information from Warren Pollock (below). Apples to Oranges…

Warren Pollock – China: The New Nazis of Our Time (30 min) – from Greg Hunter, USA Watchdog.com

Turkish Drone Strike Kills, Injures Several Civilians In Northeastern Syria (Video) – https://southfront.org/turkish-drone-strike-kills-injures-several-civilians-in-northeastern-syria-video/ – “Turkish UCAVs are highly active over northeast Syria, targeting Kurdish forces, Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops and even first responders… Earlier, Kurdish sources reported that a Turkish UCAV targeted an ambulance near the town of Tell Tamr in northern al-Hasakah with what is believed to be a precision-guided munition.”

US Threatens Sanctions On Serbia, Scrambles To Thwart Possible S-400 Purchase – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-threatens-sanctions-serbia-scrambles-thwart-s-400-acquirement – ” “You know, when you have such a weapon, no one would attack you. Neither US nor any other pilots fly where S-400s are operational: Israeli pilots do not fly either over Turkey or Syria, except for the Golan Heights. We have aviation, which the strongest than ever before. We will be strengthening the air defense with Pantsyr systems and other things, which are not on the sanctions list,” Vucic said in the interview…The US was quick to respond to Vucic’s statement. US Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer warned in an interview with the Macedonian television during his visit to Skopje that the purchase of S-400 systems from Russia would entail US sanctions against Belgrade… The sanctions threat worked, according to some Russian sources; however, the spat appears to be ongoing, given Reuters reported Friday that a US diplomat was promptly dispatched to meet with Serbian authorities over the issue.” – Comment: Seems like the U.S. is having a Bad Hair Year.

Grand Ayatollah Sistani Warns Against U.S. Coup Plot In Iraq – by Moon of Alabama – https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/11/grand-ayatollah-sistani-warns-against-us-coup-plot-in-iraq.html – “Sistani, who is not pro-Iran, is fully supporting the Hashd al-Shaabi. The external actors who want to use the protest to put Hashd down will fail… After the U.S. invaded Iran its viceroy Paul Bremer planned to install a proxy government without any elections. It was Ayatollah Sistani who prevented that when he publicly decreed that the U.S. had to let the Iraqis decide for themselves. The Marja had spoken, the U.S. had to back down and elections were held. His statement today is of similar importance and weight.”

Brennan’s plot to takeover US gov’t, mole placed in Trump White House – from The Duran (w/video 39 min) – https://theduran.com/brennans-plot-to-takeover-us-govt-mole-placed-in-trump-white-house-video/

There Are Things Worth Fighting For, And Fates Far Worse Than Death – by Brandon Smith – http://www.alt-market.com/index.php/articles/3987-there-are-things-worth-fighting-for-and-fates-far-worse-than-death – “There comes a moment in the life of many liberty movement activists or analysts when they are confronted with this reality: The reality that we are not fighting a faceless “system” that was built passively by mistake, or built in the name of mere random greed. No, the system is only an extension of a greater agenda and the weapon of a conspiratorial army. What we are really fighting are very evil people with psychopathic desires to dominate and destroy. Attempt to change the system without removing the cabal behind it, and you will fail every time… This is where we hit a wall of indecision and find ourselves at an impasse on solutions within the movement. There are even some people who argue that “nothing can be done”… This is, of course, a lie. Something can indeed be done. We can fight and remove the elites from the equation entirely. In fact, we have no choice but to fight if we hope to retain any semblance of our sovereignty or foundational principles. But sadly, there are people in the movement with some influence who do not seem to understand the difference between fighting to survive, and fighting to succeed… And while building alternatives to the mainstream system and removing yourself from the grid is a step in the right direction, this alone is only a stop-gap. One day, the establishment will come to take what you have. There is no way around this. Narcopaths are like ravenous parasites feeding on every last morsel of humanity. They take whatever can be taken… The question is, when they come to digest that which you hold precious, how will you respond? Is fighting back impossible, or is it preferable to slavery? Is dying for a better tomorrow a fool’s errand, or the only errand we are put on this Earth for? These are questions that need to be answered and answered soon. The time left to ponder them is running out.”

Turkish-Backed Militants Launch New Attack In Northern Raqqa, Capture Two Villageshttps://southfront.org/turkish-backed-militants-launch-new-attack-in-northern-raqqa-capture-two-villages/ – “The Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) launched on November 7 a new large attack on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Raqqa countryside… In a press release, the SNA announced that its militants had captured Beir Issa and Sharaqiq. Both villages are located near the key town of Ain Issa. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed that Turkish combat drones backed the new SNA attack, conducting several airstrikes on Kurdish forces in the northern Raqqa countryside… Last week, Russian forces established a coordination and operations center in Ain Issa. The attack near the base could pose a threat to Russian troops deployed there.”

Russia Reinforces Newly-Established Coordination Center In Northern Raqqa (Photos)https://southfront.org/russia-reinforces-newly-established-coordination-center-in-northern-raqqa-photos/ – “Fresh Russian reinforcements arrived on November 6 in the newly-established coordination and operations center near the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa… According to the North Press Agency (NPA), the reinforcements included several military vehicles and dozens of trucks loaded with ammunition and equipment.” Comment: The Russians have trucked in a massive amount of materiel to the Ayn Issa Base, which was formerly occupied by the U.S. military. It seems they are anticipating serious trouble with the Turkish proxies (SNA/NSA – formerly the Free Syrian Army), who are Takfiri Wahhabist terrorists.

How the Deep State ‘Justifies’ Itself in America – by Eric Zuesse – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/11/06/how-the-deep-state-justifies-itself-in-america/ – “On October 30th, there was a panel discussion broadcast live on C-Span from the National Press Club and the Michael V. Hayden Center. The discussants were John Brennan, Michael McCabe, John McGlaughlin, and Michael Morrell. They all agreed with the statement by McLaughlin (former Deputy CIA Director) “Thank God for the ‘Deep State’”, and the large audience there also applauded it — nobody booed it. John Brennan amplified upon the thought, and there was yet more applause. However, that thought hadn’t been invented by McLaughlin; it instead had evolved recently in the pages of the New York Times. Perhaps the discussants had read it there. Instead of America’s ‘news’-media uncritically trumpeting what government officials assert to be facts (as they traditionally do), we now have former spooks uncritically trumpeting what a mainstream ‘news’-medium has recently concocted to be the case — about themselves. They’ve come out of the closet, about being the Deep State. However, even in that, they are lying, because they aren’t it; they are only agents for it. ”

The Cult of Russia-Hate: Unquestionable Doctrine, Magical Thinking Primes US Citizenry for Total Security State – by Helen Buyniski – https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/cult-russia-hate-unquestionable-doctrine-magical-thinking-primes-us-citizenry-total – “Cultists are kept from straying too far into “wrongthink” through thought-stopping techniques they are taught by other members early on. For Russiagate, this manifests in buzzwords like “fake news” and the smearing of all non-mainstream sources as unreliable. True cultists will cut entire websites out of their news diet, lest they be exposed to “Russian disinformation” carefully disguised as, say, American conservatism (Breitbart, Infowars) or peace activism (antiwar.com, the Ron Paul Institute). Even aggregators like Drudge Report have been smeared by the PropOrNot list later used, more disturbingly, by more authoritative voices like the Poynter Institute in an attempt to smear entire sections of the web as disinformation and “fake news.” Such “milieu control” keeps cultists safe in their echo-chambers… By controlling a person’s information environment, it becomes much easier to control their thoughts. Brainwashing cults demand purity from their members, and both impure thoughts – perusing “fake news” or having civilized online chats with dissenters – and impure people must be jettisoned. If you can’t convert your friends (or family, or spouse!) to see things your way politically, ditch them, a surprising number of articles recommended around the 2016 election. This is no different than a cult demanding followers cut off family members who frown on its activities. Cults know that without a strong support system, it can be difficult to leave.”

Syrian Kurds OK US-led oil mission – by Jack Detsch – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/11/syria-kurds-sdf-pentagon-oil-mission-kobane.html – “Nor was it immediately clear what prompted the SDF reversal, as the group still has not won American commitments to a no-fly zone in northern Syria or to halt the Turkish incursion. A source close to the SDF said that American forces photographed by Agence France-Presse near Rmeilan oil field cannot stay there or at the Faysh Khabour border crossing with Iraq, as new US policy will limit American areas to south of the M4 highway. The group hopes that French and British forces will backfill that role… But as US special representative for Syria Jim Jeffrey is set to depart for Turkey on Friday to meet with senior officials in Ankara and Syrian opposition groups trying to broker a UN-backed deal for new constitution, experts say the SDF is aiming to get leverage for an eventual deal to rejoin a consolidated Syrian state as the civil war winds down.” – Comment: And the “Kurds” (whatever that identity really means) wonder why they end up getting shafted over and over…

Amazon Co-opting Homeowner’s Ring Cameras To Police – by Patrick Wood – https://www.technocracy.news/amazon-co-opting-homeowners-ring-cameras-to-police/” ‘The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is excited to announce our partnership with Ring and the Neighbors App. Detectives and station personnel from across the county completed their training today and our stations are now live. Station staff are able to receive information and interact with residents through the app. Customers with a Ring camera will be able to share videos with their local Sheriff’s station. The Neighbors App connects communities with the goal of creating safer and stronger neighborhoods and one of the benefits is you do not need to own a Ring device to use the app.”.. I could find no public notice of the training that is mentioned above, but it clearly was nationwide and it clearly took place. The result is that the system has gone live… Other Georgia law enforcement agencies partnering with Ring including police departments and sheriff’s offices in Chamblee, Cobb County, Duluth, Forsyth County, Garden City, Gwinnett County, Sandy Springs and the Savannah Police Department… ‘This partnership is another way for us to engage the community and share information in a timely manner,’ Sandy Springs Deputy Chief of Police Keith Zgonc said in an email. The department teamed up with Ring in April… For some, the rising number of police partnering with Ring is chilling. They say Ring is creating a nationwide surveillance network that raises serious concerns about privacy and the blurring of police departments with corporations.”

$10M Lawsuit Filed in New York Against Motels that Allegedly Allowed Child Sex Trafficking of Foster Children – by Brian Shilhavy – https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/10m-lawsuit-filed-in-new-york-against-motels-that-allegedly-allowed-child-sex-trafficking-of-foster-children/ – “Andrew Denney and Gabrielle Fonrouge of the New York Post have reported on a $10 million lawsuit filed recently alleging that a 10-year-old foster girl was raped, tortured and beaten as she was sold for sex at two New York motels while staff turned a blind eye to what was happening… The plaintiff, now an adult, reportedly was in the foster care system at the time when she was being sexually abused… The young girl was trafficked through motels, according to the lawsuit, with the full knowledge of the motel staff who did nothing to try and stop this kind of sex trafficking of children… According to the NY Post article, 45% of all sexual exploitation in New York City happens in hotels.”

UK’s National Health Service To Deny Treatment To “Racists” And “Sexists” – by Paul Joseph Watson – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/uks-national-health-service-deny-treatment-racists-and-sexists – “The North Bristol NHS Trust said that “threatening and offensive language,” as well as ‘racist or sexist language, gestures or behaviour’ and ‘malicious allegations’ would all be punishable offenses… Patients who commit such an infraction will be subject to a ‘sports-style disciplinary yellow card and then final red card in which treatment would be withdrawn as soon as is safe.’.. ‘We have staff from many different backgrounds, from all over the world, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to equality which is a fundamental value of the NHS,’ said Andrea Young, Chief Executive for North Bristol NHS Trust… ‘We’re sending a strong signal that any racism or discrimination is completely unacceptable – we want staff to challenge and report it and we want everyone to know that it will have consequences,’ she added.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Can this be healthy?

Trump Jr. Outs CIA Whistleblower Over Twitter – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-jr-outs-cia-whistleblower-over-twitter – “Don Jr. then tweeted ‘The entire media is #Triggered that I (a private citizen) tweeted out a story naming the alleged whistleblower. Are they going to pretend that his name hasn’t been in the public domain for weeks now? Numerous people & news outlets including Real Clear Politics already ID’d him.’.. Trump Jr.’s ‘outing’ of Ciaramella comes one day after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he was considering releasing the whistleblower’s name, and claimed that he may be involved in Ukraine corruption.”

‘Coup Has Started’: Whistleblower’s Attorney Vowed To ‘Get Rid Of Trump’ In 2017 – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/whistleblowers-attorney-vowed-get-rid-trump-2017 – ” Mark Zaid, the John Podesta, Clinton and Schumer-linked attorney who founded the anti-Trump nonprofit ‘Whistleblower Aid’ in 2017, tweeted ‘It’s very scary. We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters. We have to.‘.. (from Zaid’s Twitter feed):#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/826255624610729985  …‘ ”

From the Grounds-For-Speculation-and-Further-Research Desk: Henry Makow: “Soul Scalping” Report Matches Secret Majestic Docshttps://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/11/05/henry-makow-soul-scalping-report-matches-secret-majestic-docs/ – “In their insane desire to have human bodies as their own, Aliens have perfected the ability to take a person’s soul out of their body and put it ‘elsewhere.’ This gives them access to a human body devoid of a soul. The body is a shell, a carcass, and they can take over and possess this body and use it for themselves.  This is termed as “walking-in.” There are two types of walk-ins. Aliens can walk-in and possess a live human body, and/or a dead human, or in this instance, a live human who had their soul removed and then their body was taken over and walked-in by an alien.” – Note: I don’t take any of this at face value. This are, IMO, dangerous to “dig into” without both serious inner development (truth and discernment) work and the capacity to deal with extreme paradoxes.

Russia Considers To Set Up Air Base In Northeast Syria: Reporthttps://southfront.org/russia-considers-to-set-up-air-base-in-northeast-syria-report/ – “The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) maintained control of the Qamishli airport throughout the war, despite existing security threats. The airport was repeatedly targeted by Syrian militants, Jihadist groups and even sometimes threatened by Kurdish forces… The airport, which is located southwest of the border city of Qamishli, has a 3,7 km airstrip, suitable for most Russian cargo planes, and several service facilities… If SOHR’s claim is confirmed, Russia will be able to impose full control of the airspace over northeast Syria from Qamishli airport. This will allow to to project its influence on both US and Turkish operations in the nearby area.”

Burisma Pressured Obama Admin Weeks Before Joe Biden Got Ukrainian Prosecutor Fired – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/burisma-pressured-obama-admin-weeks-joe-biden-got-ukrainian-prosecutor-fired – “During that February 2016 contact, a U.S. representative for Burisma Holdings sought a meeting with Undersecretary of State Catherine A. Novelli to discuss ending the corruption allegations against the Ukrainian firm where Hunter Biden worked as a board member, according to memos obtained under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. (I filed that suit this summer with the help of the public interest law firm the Southeastern Legal Foundation.)Just three weeks before Burisma’s overture to State, Ukrainian authorities raided the home of the oligarch who owned the gas firm and employed Hunter Biden…’.. By early 2016 the Ukrainian investigation had advanced enough that then-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin authorized a court-ordered seizure of Zlochevsky’s home and other valuables, including a luxury car. That seizure occurred on Feb. 2, 2016,  according to published reports in Ukraine… The same day that the Zlochevsky seizure was announced in Ukraine, Hunter Biden used his Twitter account to start following Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, a longtime national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden who was promoted to the No. 2 job at State under Secretary John Kerry… The Feb. 4, 2016 Twitter notification from Hunter Biden to Blinken was captured by State email servers and turned over to me as part of the FOIA release… The (multiple) emails (between Hunter and Blinken over several months) don’t indicate whether the meeting had to do with Burisma or one of Hunter Biden’s other interests… But they clearly show that Hunter Biden, his business partner and Burisma’s legal team were able to secure contacts inside the State Department, including to one of his father’s most trusted aides, to Secretary Kerry and to the agency’s top energy official… The question now is: Did any of those contacts prompt further action or have anything to do with Joe Biden’s conduct in Ukraine in March 2016 when he forced Shokin’s firing?”

China Is Weaponizing Water And Worsening Droughts Across Asia – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-weaponizing-water-and-worsening-droughts-across-asia – “Asia, the world’s driest continent in per capita terms, remains the center of dam construction, with more than half of the 50,000 large dams across the globe. The hyperactivity on dams has only sharpened local and international disputes over the resources of shared rivers and aquifers… Last summer, water levels in continental Southeast Asia’s lifeline, the 4,880-kilometer Mekong River, fell to their lowest in more than 100 years, even though the annual monsoon season stretches from late May to late September. Yet, after completing 11 mega-dams, China is building more upstream dams on the Mekong, which originates on the Tibetan Plateau. Indeed, Beijing is also damming other transnational rivers… China is central to Asia’s water map. Thanks to its annexation of the water-rich Tibetan Plateau and the sprawling Xinjiang province, China is the starting point of rivers that flow to 18 downstream countries. No other country in the world serves as the riverhead for so many countries… By erecting dams, barrages and other water diversion structures in its borderlands, China is creating an extensive upstream infrastructure that arms it with the capacity to weaponize water.”

Rebuilding Syria – without Syria’s oil – by Pepe Escobar – http://thesaker.is/rebuilding-syria-without-syrias-oil/ – ” ‘Events’ seem not to be that incandescent, so far, even as Erdogan, predictably, releases the whiff of a threat in the air: ‘We reserve the right to resume military operation in Syria if terrorists approach at the distance of 30km to Turkey’s borders or continue attacks from any other Syrian area.’.. Erdogan also said the de facto safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border could be “expanded,” something that he would have to clear in minute detail with Moscow… Those threats have already manifested on the ground. On Wednesday, Turkey and allied Islamist factions launched an attack against Tal Tamr, a historic Assyrian Christian enclave 50km deep inside Syrian territory – far beyond the scope of the 10km patrol zone or the 30km “safe” zone… Poorly-armed Syrian troops pulled out under fierce attack, and with no apparent Russian cover. The Syrian military on the same day issued a public statement calling on the Syrian Democratic Forces to reintegrate under its command. The SDF has said a compromise must be reached first over semi-autonomy for the northeastern region. Thousands of residents in the meantime fled farther south to the more protected city of Hasakeh.”

Brennan’s Spy? New Theories Emerge About Trump-Ukraine Whistleblower – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/brennans-spy-new-theories-emerge-about-trump-ukraine-whistleblower – “…let’s take a deeper look at the whistleblower, reported by investigative reporter Paul Sperry to be Eric Ciaramella (EC)… Sperry reported that ‘federal records show Biden’s office invited Ciaramella to an October 2016 state luncheon the vice president hosted for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Other invited guests included Brennan, as well as then-FBI Director James Comey and then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper.’  (Sperry: Several U.S. officials told RCI that the invitation that was extended to Ciaramella, a relatively low-level GS-13 federal employee, was unusual and signaled he was politically connected inside the Obama White House.) -RedState… And now he won’t testify, while another witness in the case, Alex Vindman (likely Ciaramella’s source), had to be reprimanded by his superior officer for ‘inappropriate and partisan behavior in the military.’.. The emerging image of EC shows him to be a hyper-partisan Democrat, well-connected within the ranks of the deep state, who was possibly spying on the Trump White House for the FBI. As voters see the individual behind the whistleblower complaint which has triggered an impeachment inquiry, they will “have thoughts” about the Democrats… Perhaps we’ll find out more about Ciaramella from John Durham, the prosecutor appointed by Barr to investigate the origins of the “Russiagate” counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign. As Rush Limbaugh puts it, this is a race between impeachment and a Durham indictment.”

Are ‘Green Bonds’ The “But It’s For The Children” Trojan Horse For MMT? (Modern Monetary Theory…) – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/are-green-bonds-its-children-trojan-horse-mmt – “However, as Bloomberg notes, pricing and liquidity are still limiting factors. As green bonds become more mainstream, investors are offered little additional incentive to buy them as they price comparably to non-green debt… ‘As soon as the green-bond market becomes sizable you’ll see central banks investing more in green bonds,’ according to Massimiliano Castelli, head of sovereign strategy at UBS Asset Management… Of course, as most are aware, “green”-bonds are largely a marketing gimmick, and if central banks really do escalate their buying, then you don’t need a crystal ball to forecast that there will be a rise in companies’ “Greenwashing” their issuance – using green labels to spend on not so green things!”

San Jose, CA to become largest US city to ban natural gashttps://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/san-jose-ca-to-become-largest-us-city-to-ban-natural-gas/563219/ – “San Jose, CA Mayor Sam Liccardo and other city council members approved a proposal to prohibit natural gas infrastructure from being installed in many new residential buildings. The measure covers single family homes, accessory dwelling units and low-rise multi-family buildings… The ordinance would require all new multi-family buildings to have 70% electric vehicle (EV) capable parking spaces, at least 20% EV ready spaces and at least 10% EV supply equipment spaces… A final ordinance is expected to be approved in October, going into effect on January 1. The council’s intention is to expand the ban to include more buildings, and it has requested check-ins from city staff over the next several months with recommendations for the expansion, a mayor’s office spokesperson told Smart Cities Dive. They are also examining offsetting the cost of solar and battery storage installations in affordable housing.”

From the War-By-Other-Means Desk: Rioters Attempt To Storm Iranian Consulate, As Anti-Government Protests Continue In Iraq –  https://southfront.org/rioters-attempt-to-storm-iranian-consulate-as-anti-government-protests-continue-in-iraq/ – “Demonstrators reportedly scaled the concrete barriers surrounding the Iranian consulate in the city of Karbala… Security forces fired in the air to disperse the crowd, who threw stones and burned tires around the building on a street corner in Karbala, south of the capital, Baghdad… Mustafa Saadoon, director of the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera that three protesters were killed during the assault on the Iranian consulate… In his weekly sermon, top Iraqi Shia leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned of ‘civil conflict, chaos and destruction’ if the security forces or paramilitary groups crack down on the protests… ‘No person or group, no side with a particular view, no regional or international actor may seize the will of the Iraqi people and impose its will on them,’ he said… His calls came one day after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khomenei addressed the situation in Iraq… ‘I seize this opportunity to tell those who care about Iraq … to remedy insecurity as their priority,’ Khamenei said. The supreme leader blamed the United States its allies (Israel) for spreading “insecurity and turmoil” in Iraq and Lebanon… Feisal Istrabadi, a former Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations and director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University, warned the situation could deteriorate… ‘I am very much afraid that is what’s coming next,’ he told Al Jazeera, saying it is ‘nearly impossible’ for the current leaders in Iraq to quell the ongoing protests.”

Israeli Caretaker Government Tries To Annex Further Parts Of West Bank And Jordan Valleyhttps://southfront.org/israeli-caretaker-government-tries-to-annex-further-parts-of-west-bank-and-jordan-valley/ – “The situation is ideal, since the peace process is frozen, but the Parliament can pass legislation, furthermore the Trump administration doesn’t condemn any further annexations by Israeli, it rather even supports them… ‘There is a diplomatic window of opportunity and willingness on the part of the US for this kind of annexation that will not return,’ Shaked said. ‘We cannot afford to hesitate or wait. We must take advantage of this window of opportunity immediately and begin to apply sovereignty over these areas. It is for this reason that the State of Israel cannot be dragged into another election cycle.’ ”

More on a potential Clinton (shudder) run: The Hillary Clinton Resentment Machine – by Dr. Binoy Kampmark – https://southfront.org/the-hillary-clinton-resentment-machine/ – “Only a sadomasochist would consider it a genuine prospect.  A failed presidential candidate, the louse in the locks of the Democratic Party, keen to make yet another vain tilt at the White House.  But in the rogues’ gallery of the defective and disturbed, Hillary Clinton can count herself as pre-eminent, a historical creature who should be preserved as a warning for the party faithful.  But she refuses to lie (and lie) quietly, and has given ventriloquised clues via her husband that she might be readying for a return to competition… The way Clinton disturbs the news bubble is through complaint heavy with spite.  She gazes at the mirror in self-loathing, and claims to spot the faults of others.  (The loathing is understandable to some degree: it was Clinton and her circle who decided, disastrously, to elevate Donald Trump as electable material ahead of rival Bernie Sanders.)  The story she bores her audience with lacks variation: The 2016 loss to Trump could never be put down to her, veteran political figure, establishment doyen.  No, that would be inaccurate for a person with the credentials for office.”

Further thoughts on the potential for a Hillary Democrat nomination: The candidates need to get enough delegates in order to, at a minimum, attain a brokered nomination convention. If Ms. Clinton-Body-Count were to launch a full-bored campaign, it’s certain that she would gather most if not almost all of the “super delegates,” that is to say, the delegates appointed through various channels in the DNC, who are not subject to the primary process. My guess is that Hillary will need to start the process of getting onto primary ballots soon – she can afford not to be in maybe 2 or 3 of the first primaries, but would have to have qualified for being on the ballots of all after that to have a chance for the nomination. I would assume that she (and her team) are at work behind the scenes to make that happen. She will need a synthetic campaign as I doubt she has the health to do press conferences or real campaign rallies – same methods as applied in 2016, only even more tightly controlled. Without a major recession before next November, I don’t think she’ll have a chance – Unless, they have powerful control over the voting system (machines, voting dead people, illegals bussed to multiple venues, etc.).

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