Crises create opportunities for leaders to more easily do what otherwise would be harder, not feasible or practicable.
Turkey’s Erdogan is taking full advantage - mass arresting regime critics in the wake of last Friday’s real or state-sponsored rebellion - practically stillborn when launched. Perhaps it was planned this way.
He and prime minister Binali Yildirim vowed retaliation against US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his “movement,” accusing him of orchestrating Friday events - despite no corroborating evidence.
Calling his supporters a “parallel terrorist organization,” he vowed to “dig them up by their roots so that no clandestine terrorist organization will have the nerve to betray our blessed people again.”
Cleveland is occupied GOP territory, the area around the Quicken Loans Arena convention site taken over from city residents.
Thousands of heavily armed state and local police, DHS and federal secret service agents, along with National Guard and federal troops available if needed to control things. Police states operate this way.
What’s orchestrated resembles a militarized event as much as a party unifying one to choose its standard bearer. Monday’s theme was making America safe again.
Rogue states like France, other NATO nations, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and regional ones allied with America’s imperial project represent the greatest threat to world peace - committing genocidal high crimes in waging war on humanity.
Syria’s Foreign Ministry repeatedly appeals in vain to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and rotating Security Council presidents.
On July 19, it sent them identical letters, saying “French unjust aggression claimed the lives of more than 120 civilians, most of them are children, women and elderly, in addition to tens of wounded citizens, the majority of them are also children and women as reports say that the fate of scores of other civilians who still under debris are unknown too.”
The German government has called for EU-wide gun controls in the wake of the Munich shootings, as it emerged the teenage attacker bought a gun on the “dark web”.Police now believe he bought the gun on the so-called “dark web”, an area of the internet not accessible without special software, used by criminals and paedophile networks, according to Süddeustche Zeitung newspaper. Germany has relatively tough gun laws and there is no way the teen could legally have obtained the gun in his own country.
Mentally-ill loner, 18, killed nine including teenagers outside a McDonald's . Munich massacre has triggered the new security debate on use of troops. Soldiers on streets in peacetime have not been common since Nazi rule. Ministers say soldiers must join anti-terror fight just as they do in France.
In Costa Rica, a makeshift camp has sprung up housing hundreds of Africans and Haitians. Elsewhere in the country Afghans and Pakistanis are biding their time to head north.They are being stalled by Nicaragua, which strictly closed its border eight months ago to migrants without visas, mainly to stop the flow of thousands of US-bound Cubans through its territory. But that closed-door policy has also trapped those coming from outside Latin America. There are an estimated 2,000 such migrants in Costa Rica.
The world’s energy markets continue to be held down by Saudi Arabia’s death march of overproduction in its bid to strip market share from competition nations and faces a host of potential geopolitical tremors that could send prices into a free-fall.
A video was anonymously posted online this week showing a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy involved in a standoff with police after he decided to pull his gun on a Jack in the Box employee. Benjamin Lee, 33, was arrested about 2:40 a.m. earlier this year after he drunkenly drove into the Jack in the Box order line. .According to witnesses, Lee became frustrated the drive-through line was taking so long. When he finally reached the window to order his food, he pulled out his gun instead of his wallet, employees called 9-1-1. When officers arrived, a standoff ensued as they pinned their AR-15s on Lee’s car and his passengers. Eventually police would take them in without incident. Lee was arrested on suspicion of DUI and brandishing a weapon. When the vice president of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Roger Winslow, released a statement on the incident, he conveniently failed to mention the assault with a deadly weapon. He then cautioned the public not to rush to judgment.
Donald Trump was right when he said Hillary Clinton wants “a 500 percent increase in Syrians refugees” in his Manchester, New Hampshire speech on Monday. During a Sept. 20 appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, Clinton was asked if President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the number allowed into the United States to 10,000 was enough. (The United States had accepted about 2,000 in 2015.) “Look, we’re facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II, and I think the United States has to do more, and I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in,” Clinton said. “A jump to 65,000 would be a 550 percent increase.”
At least one person has been killed and two more injured in the German town of Reutlingen. A man wielding a machete apparently randomly attacked passersby in the street.The man was identified as a Syrian asylum seeker, aged 21, who was previously known to law enforcement, the local police department said in a statement. he motives of the man are still unclear. The perpetrator apparently had no links to any terrorist organization, according to police. "Given the current evidence, there is no indication that this was a terrorist attack," police said.
Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to an indictment unsealed Friday. Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Leslie Caldwell:“This is the largest single criminal health care fraud case ever brought against individuals by the Department of Justice. Philip Esformes,ran 30 nursing homes and assisted living facilities, joined with two conspirators and a complex network of corrupt doctors and hospitals to refer thousands of patients to their facilities even though the patients did not qualify for the services. Some of the treatments were harmful, they added.
Brazil has arrested 10 people on suspicion of belonging to a terror group and preparing acts of terrorism during next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the justice minister says. The ten individuals, all Brazilians, were arrested in the southern state of Parana. According to the country’s Justice Ministry, the operation to arrest the suspects spanned nine states in Brazil.
Democrats use media to disperse anti-Russian propaganda in a bid to bloody Trump’s campaign with far-fetched suggestions including that the billionaire real estate tycoon is conspiring with Putin to invade his wife’s hometown.
A member of Russia’s parliament accused the Obama administration of essentially spending a year bombing the Syrian desert as opposed to Islamic State group targets, that American-trained “moderate rebels” had all run off to join terrorist organizations. “(Senator John) McCain accused us of striking out at US-trained insurgents… However, since they have either run away or joined al-Qaeda, hitting them is a mission impossible,”
Video preview: They Killed Him October 25 marked the 10th anniversary of Wellstone's death. Was it accidental or an assassination to silence a sadly missed principled voice? Convincing evidence suggests foul play. More on that below. On October 25, 2002, The New York Times headlined "Minnesota Senator Is Among 8 Dead in Crash," saying: Wellstone "was killed today when his campaign plane crashed approaching a small airport in a wooded region in the northern part of his state." Campaigning for a third term, he "perished along with seven other people when the chartered King Air A100 went down near Eveleth around 10:20 a.m. Central Time, the Federal Aviation Administration reported."
After exploring the Caribbean, Columbus returned to the island of Hispaniola in 1498, known today as the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He had left his brothers Diego and Bartholomew in charge and according to Columbus, conditions had deteriorated in his absence. He decided to increase the terror campaign against the Taino people, ruling with excessive cruelty, causing resentment from the colonists and local indian chiefs alike. Complaints of his brutality reached the Spanish monarchs and in 1500 a Chief Justice was dispatched to bring him and his brothers back to Spain in chains. But Columbus was soon forgiven for his atrocities and granted a fourth and final expedition back to the island of Hispaniola. Upon his arrival Columbus conducted an unparalleled campaign of torture and mass murder. By the time he finally left the island in 1504, the Taino had been reduced from eight million down to 100,000, making Columbus the most prolific serial killer in history. He and his men committed some of the cruelest atrocities against another race ever recorded. Columbus used any pretext as an excuse to kill and torture. Those poor souls who could not pay tribute to him had their hands cut off and were left to bleed to death. Columbus was documented by the chronicles of Las Casas, know as Brev’sima relaci-n, to have partaken in mass hangings, roasting people on spits, burnings at the stake, and hacking young children to death as punishment for the most minor of crimes. He and his men massacred the natives, sometimes hundreds at a time for sport, making bets on who could split a man in two, or cut a head off in one blow. By 1542 there were only 200 Taino remaining on the island and soon afterwords they were considered extinct. The truth about Christopher Columbus - Video
FULL SPEECH: Donald Trump - Republican National Convention
"Hungary borrowed €20 billion loan to avoid becoming insolvent during the economic crisis in 2008. But the debtee debtor relationship has not been smooth sailing… Paying the loan back early has meant Hungary have saved €11.7 million worth of interest expenses, but Gordan Bajnai, leader of the electoral alliance E14-PM, claimed that they had actually lost €44.86 million by March 2014 because of the early repayment as all they did was replace the loan from the International Mafia Federation (another nickname, we’re still talking about the IMF here) with a more expensive one, labelling the stunt as Propaganda."
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