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China urges US to drop sanctions against its companies over N. Korea

China urges US to drop sanctions against its companies over N. Korea

Beijing has urged the US to drop the new batch of sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals, saying that the restrictions do not contribute to defusing the Korean standoff.

The sanctions were imposed by the US Treasury on Tuesday. They affect 16 mainly Chinese and Russian individuals and companies over alleged "support of the North Korean regime" and assisting Pyongyang in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

"China opposes the imposition of unilateral sanctions outside the framework of the UN Security Council, especially the 'long-arm jurisdiction' imposed on Chinese entities or individuals by other countries in accordance with their domestic laws. Our position is clear and consistent," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular press briefing.

Source: China urges US to drop sanctions against its companies over N. Korea
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BEST OF THE WEB: Eva Bartlett's Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under "Moderate" Rebel Rule

BEST OF THE WEB: Eva Bartlett's Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under "Moderate" Rebel Rule

Since the liberation of Aleppo, and the restoring of peace to Madaya and al-Waer, most Western media have gone silent on the areas, even though it is now possible to visit all of them and hear from civilians who lived under the rule of "moderate rebels," which is exactly what jounalist Eva Bartlett did.

In early 2016 the hillside town of Madaya, just northwest of Damascus, was the focus of sudden Western and Gulf media campaigns featuring harrowing photos of emaciated elderly and children splashed widely across print, online and social media. Throughout 2016, these stories continued in Madaya, as well as in al-Waer, Homs, and in eastern-Aleppo areas.

The Syrian government was accused of not allowing in food and medical aid, of deliberately starving its people; the terrorists' presence was largely unmentioned. On Madaya, The Telegraph ran a headline, "Starving Syrians in besieged town of Madaya are reduced to eating cats and dogs," and subheadline, "The people of Madaya outside Damascus - besieged by regime forces and Hezbollah since July - are surviving on boiled leaves and street animals," with no mention of al-Qaeda or Ahrar al-Sham.

The Independent accused the "Assad regime" of deliberately starving 40,000 civilians and, while citing the Red Cross in the article, neglected to cite that organization stating it had sent in food aid in October 2015, and also failed to mention al-Qaeda's presence in the town. In the same vein, the New York Times ran a piece stating aid was denied from coming in, while also ignoring the realities on the ground and prior aid deliveries.

Source: BEST OF THE WEB: Eva Bartlett's Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under "Moderate" Rebel Rule
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Video of teenage gang sexually assaulting female bus passenger sparks outrage in Morocco

Video of teenage gang sexually assaulting female bus passenger sparks outrage in Morocco

Outrage has spread across Morocco after video surfaced this week of a young woman being sexually assaulted by a group teenagers on a bus, while onlookers do nothing to prevent the attack.

The disturbing video was shared on social media on Sunday, Middle East Monitor reports. It shows a group of young men undressing the woman on a Casablanca bus and forcing themselves on her as others cheer on the assailants.

Six young men between the ages of 15-17 were arrested by Tuesday, Reuters reports. The suspects were arrested in their homes in Sidi Bernouss.

The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement: "Investigations are underway to establish the truth about the circumstances of this case and arrest other individuals involved in these criminal acts and bring them before justice," Morocco World News reported.

Source: Video of teenage gang sexually assaulting female bus passenger sparks outrage in Morocco
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The left embraces Antifa, America's anti-free speech 'Taliban'

The left embraces Antifa, America's anti-free speech 'Taliban'

The liberal media is pushing the idea that any violence committed on the part of Antifa, the so-called 'anti-fascist' leftist group, is acceptable if it is directed at the political right. Such delusional thinking will only lead to civil war.

Following the recent spate of violence that rocked Charlottesville after right-wing groups assembled to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, it became quickly apparent the US media had a dog in this fight. And a vicious dog at that.

Liberals howled in pain after Trump called out not only the aggressive tactics of the 'alt-right,' but of the 'alt left' as well, saying there was "blame on both sides."

Source: The left embraces Antifa, America's anti-free speech 'Taliban'
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Melania Trump and Chelsea Clinton fire back at critics of Barron's casual style

Melania Trump and Chelsea Clinton fire back at critics of Barron's casual style

Barron Trump was the subject of a scathing op-ed for his clothing choices, but Chelsea Clinton and his mom have come to the rescue.

Source: Melania Trump and Chelsea Clinton fire back at critics of Barron's casual style
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Trump's richest campaign donors are being left out of the stock market's surge

Trump's richest campaign donors are being left out of the stock market's surge

Trump's wealthiest campaign donors have seen their fortunes lag the S&P 500's gains since the presidential election in November.

Source: Trump's richest campaign donors are being left out of the stock market's surge
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Fear monger Graham warns Congress 'will be responsible' for domestic attack if it blocks Trump Afghan plan

Fear monger Graham warns Congress 'will be responsible' for domestic attack if it blocks Trump Afghan plan

According to Senator Lindsey Graham, US Congress would be responsible for a domestic terror attack if they do not pass Trump's proposal on Afghanistan strategy.

US Congress would be responsible for a domestic terror attack similar to that of September 11, 2001, if they do not pass President Donald Trump's proposal on Afghanistan strategy, Senator Lindsey Graham said in an interview on Tuesday.

"I am most proud of the fact that [Trump] shows the will to stand up to radical Islam," Graham told Fox News. "To my colleagues in Congress: you will own a no-vote. The next [September 11, 2001 terror attack] will be your fault, if you shoot down this plan, because this is a solid plan."

Graham praised Trump for making a "national security, not political" decision and predicted the proposal will garner bipartisan support.

On Monday, Trump unveiled a revised US strategy for Afghanistan. The president vowed to continue US support for the Afghan authorities in their fight against Islamic extremists, and called on Pakistan to expel at once all terrorist groups.

Source: Fear monger Graham warns Congress 'will be responsible' for domestic attack if it blocks Trump Afghan plan
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BEST OF THE WEB: The Sinister War On Cash As A Means of Eliminating Our Privacy and Autonomy

BEST OF THE WEB: The Sinister War On Cash As A Means of Eliminating Our Privacy and Autonomy

An operation that began as a seemingly obscure academic discussion three years ago is now becoming a full-blown propaganda campaign by some of the most powerful institutions in the industrialized world. This is what rightly should be termed the War on Cash. Like the War on Terror, the War on Cancer or the War on Drugs, its true agenda is sinister and opaque. If we are foolish enough to swallow the propaganda for complete elimination of cash in favor of pure digital bank money, we can pretty much kiss our remaining autonomy and privacy goodbye. George Orwell's 1984 will be here on steroids.

Let me be clear. Here we discuss not various block-chain digital technologies, so-called crypto-currencies. We are not addressing private payment systems such as China's WeChat. Nor do we discuss e-banking or use of bank credit cards such as Visa or Master Card or others. These are of an entirely different quality from the goal of the ongoing sinister war on cash. They are all private services not state.

What we are discussing is a plot, and it is a plot, by leading central banks, select governments, the International Monetary Fund in collusion with major international banks to force citizens-in other words, us!-to give up holding cash or using it to pay for purchases. Instead we would be forced to use digital bank credits. The difference, subtle though it may at first seem, is huge. As in India following the mad Modi US-inspired war on cash late in 2016, citizens would forever lose their personal freedom to decide how to pay or their privacy in terms of money. If I want to buy a car and pay cash to avoid bank interest charges, I cannot. My bank will limit the amount of digital money I can withdraw on any given day. If I want to stay in a nice hotel to celebrate a special day and pay cash for reasons of privacy, not possible. But this is just the surface.

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Trump’s speech on Afghanistan: The military in command

Trump’s speech on Afghanistan: The military in command

  Trump’s speech on Afghanistan: The military in command 23 August 2017 Trump’s new policy in Afghanistan, unveiled in a nationally televised address Monday evening, is a declaration of open-ended and unrestrained military violence against a country that has suffered sixteen years of unbroken American aggression. Since the Bush administration launched the US invasion of […]

Source: Trump’s speech on Afghanistan: The military in command
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Follow the Money: They Say It Was About Russian Orphans. They’re Lying.

Follow the Money: They Say It Was About Russian Orphans. They’re Lying.

Another Trump cover-up collapses. Like its predecessors, it involves Russia. Also like its predecessors, Trump is at the center. People lie for a reason. What was Trump’s reason this time? Perhaps President Trump had hoped that the public would never learn about the three Russian participants at the infamous June 9, 2016, meeting with his […]

Source: Follow the Money: They Say It Was About Russian Orphans. They’re Lying.
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Egypt snubs Trump envoy after U.S. cuts, delays aid

Egypt snubs Trump envoy after U.S. cuts, delays aid

Egypt's president and foreign minister met with White House adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cairo over human rights concerns.

Source: Egypt snubs Trump envoy after U.S. cuts, delays aid
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Princes William and Harry speak candidly about Diana's death

Princes William and Harry speak candidly about Diana's death

Princes William and Harry have spoken candidly about the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in an interview marking 20 years since she was killed in a car crash in Paris, paying tribute to the actions of their father in breaking the tragic news.

Source: Princes William and Harry speak candidly about Diana's death
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