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30.07.2018 - 09:45 [ New York Times ]

Trump to Invite Putin to Washington, Blindsiding His Intelligence Chief

(19.7.2018) President Trump plans to invite President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to visit Washington in the fall, the White House said Thursday — an invitation that stunned the nation’s top intelligence official, who said he was still groping for details of what the two leaders had discussed in their encounter this week in Helsinki, Finland.

“Say that again,” the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, replied when Andrea Mitchell of NBC broke the news while interviewing him at a security conference in Aspen, Colo.

28.07.2018 - 14:58 [ ABC.net.au ]

Donald Trump could be ready to order a strike against Iran, Australian Government figures say

Senior figures in the Turnbull Government have told the ABC they believe the United States is prepared to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, perhaps as early as next month, and that Australia is poised to help identify possible targets.

27.07.2018 - 09:25 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Trump: „Don’t Believe The Crap You See From These People On Fake News“

„I mean, I saw a piece on NBC today. NBC — not just CNN. CNN is the worst. But I saw a piece on NBC; it was heart-throbbing. They were interviewing people — they probably go through 20, and then they pick the one that sounds like the worst. But they went through a group of people. In fact, I wanted to say, “I got to do something about this Trump.”

Terrible.

And that piece was done by the lobbyists and by the people that they hire. It was a total setup.“

25.07.2018 - 14:53 [ Yonhap ]

Probe team raids military unit over martial law allegations

The probe team is seeking to verify who directed the DSC to devise the martial law plans and if the unit really had an intention to put them into action.

The unclassified version of the DSC document included steps to hold sway over media, parliament and the spy agency under martial law. These steps were heavily criticized as a potential threat to the country’s democracy.

14.07.2018 - 14:07 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

Gaza Flare-up: Netanyahu Resists Pressure for War, but Flames Getting Higher

However, the prime minister had to make it look like something was being done, in light of the fires that keep raging in Israeli border communities. The media and right-wing critics have already pushed Netanyahu into a military operation he didn’t want in the Gaza Strip, twice: Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) and Operation Protective Edge (2014). This time, he looked better prepared to stand firm in the breach, but not to take responsibility.

14.07.2018 - 12:18 [ Wikipedia ]

Megaphone desktop tool

The tool has received a wide range of reactions, from praise to criticism. Amir Gissin, head of the Public Affairs Department of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, praised the tool,[citation needed] noting its efficacy during the Adnan Hajj photographs controversy in obtaining an admission from the Reuters news agency that a photograph by Adnan Hajj had been improperly edited with photo editing software. The tool has similarly been praised by a number of pro-Israel organizations[citation needed] for helping to fight what they perceive to be anti-Israel media bias. At the same time, it has been criticized by Independent Television News, and others for stuffing the ballot of online polls, generating excessive comments and ’spam‘ on internet message boards, and stifling online discussion and what is seen by some as a mass, participatory form of propaganda.

09.07.2018 - 01:11 [ RINF ]

Interim OPCW Report on Alleged April 7th Gas Attack in Syria

On Friday July 6th, the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is tasked to determine whether there was a gas or other chemical attack on April 7th in Douma Syria (and which alleged occurrence the U.S., French and British forces launched 105 missiles into Syria to punish on April 13th), issued its interim report, and this report states that no conclusive evidence has yet been concluded to confirm that such an attack occurred. Here is the complete main portion of this interim report:(source)

24.06.2018 - 07:38 [ New York Post ]

North Korea erasing most anti-US propaganda

“All the anti-American posters I usually see around Kim Il-sung Square and at shops, they’ve all just gone,” Rowan Beard, a tour manager at Young Pioneer Tours, told Reuters. “In five years working in North Korea, I’ve never seen them completely disappear before.”

04.06.2018 - 14:41 [ Times of Israel ]

US envoy to reporters: ‘Keep your mouths shut’ on criticizing Israel over Gaza

“It would seem to me that in a journalistic environment where nine out of ten articles that are written about the Gaza conflict are critical of Israel, you’d think that some journalists would take the time and go and meet with experts and try to understand what could have been done differently or better before they criticize. And I just haven’t seen it,” Friedman said at a media conference in Jerusalem.

04.05.2018 - 09:05 [ Washington Post ]

Analysts: Giuliani’s media blitz gives investigators new leads, new evidence

Rudolph W. Giuliani’s media blitz to convince the public that neither Donald Trump nor his lawyer had violated the law by paying a porn star to keep quiet about an alleged affair might have backfired, giving investigators new leads to chase and new evidence of potential crimes, legal analysts said.

02.04.2018 - 14:07 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Watching on as Islamist fighters are evacuated from war-torn Eastern Ghouta

(29.3.2018) That fearful footage we had seen on social media, night after night, circulated around the world on television news, genuine film, to be sure but – while containing the suffering civilians, the wounded children, the real civilian corpses – never showed us the men who held weapons and machine guns and mortars and who fired back into eastern Damascus and who were now parading before us, a dozen at a time, to leave the towns and villages they had helped to destroy. Were the anonymous cameramen of this hell forbidden to show its defenders? And if so, why did they not say so? And why did we not say so?