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29.07.2018 - 12:24 [ businessinsider.com ]

Former CIA director asks what Trump is ‚hiding‘ by meeting with Putin alone

(16.7.2018) John Brennan, the former director of the CIA, on Monday asked what President Donald Trump was „hiding“ by meeting alone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

Trump sat with Putin alone with only translators for roughly two hours on Monday. This was reportedly the first time in history a US and Russian president have met alone.

07.07.2018 - 18:52 [ Yonhap ]

Military had plans to mobilize tanks, troops to quell candlelight protests last year: civic group

„The plan for armed crackdown on candlelight protests has been confirmed to be true,“ the group said. „This is clearly a self-coup d’etat plan and all involved in this are believed to have committed the crime of conspiracy to commit rebellion.“

The martial law plan, which calls for seizing regions with tanks and armored vehicles and crackdowns on civilians with paratroopers, is similar to the military’s bloody crackdown of the 1980 pro-democracy uprising in the southwestern city of Gwangju, the group said.

07.06.2018 - 09:33 [ Haaretz ]

Public Security, Justice Ministers Snub Meeting of Police Brutality Lobby in Knesset

(4.6.2018) The lobby brings together groups from the whole political spectrum, from minority communities such as the Arabs and Ethiopians, the ultra-Orthodox, LGBTQs, settlers, the disabled, representatives of people slated for eviction from the Tel Aviv neighborhood Givat Amal, and more.

At the meeting on Monday, protesters, their families and representatives of social organizations testified on cases in which police officers allegedly used excessive force.

30.05.2018 - 11:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘It’s a financial coup!’ Five Star RAGES as President makes Italy ‘colony of Germany’

ITALY has become “a colony of Germany”, according to a Five Star MEP who lashed out after President Sergio Mattarella brought in his own unelected europhile Prime Minister to keep a eurozone crisis at bay.

29.05.2018 - 16:58 [ Ansa.it ]

Di Maio calls mobilisation, tricolours

Anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio on Monday called for mass mobilisation in support of the party’s announced bid to impeach President Sergio Mattarella for allegedly sinking an M5S-League government bid.
„I call citizens to mobilise, make yourselves heard, it’s important that you do it right now. We will organise peaceful and symbolic demonstrations“, Di Maio said, urging „everyone“ to come to Rome for a big demo on June 2, national Republic Day.

28.05.2018 - 09:45 [ NPR.org ]

In Italy, Populists‘ Bid To Form Government Fails After Presidential Veto

Speaking to the nation later Sunday evening, Mattarella was firm in outlining his constitutional role as guarantor of the cabinet lineup. He said he vetoed Savona out of concern for the negative effect that pick would have on financial markets and on the Italian economy.

13.05.2018 - 12:15 [ NPR.org ]

The Russia Investigations: Another Oligarch Becomes Embroiled In The Imbroglio

A senior FBI agent in the Boston field office wrote a highly unusual newspaper column in 2014 warning that a Russian foundation that Vekselberg controlled might be a clandestine siphon for Russia’s intelligence services to steal cutting-edge technological secrets from American companies, as NPR’s Tim Mak reported.

The column in the Boston Business Journal appeared in April 2014 and sought to warn Boston-area tech companies and researchers to steer clear of the Skolkovo Foundation, launched by Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev and run by Vekselberg.

07.05.2018 - 09:23 [ DailyDot.com ]

What is Black Cube, the Cambridge Analytica-linked intelligence firm?

(7.4.2018) In his testimony last month to the U.K. Parliament, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie threw an Israeli private intelligence firm known as Black Cube under the bus.

Wylie claimed that Cambridge Analytica hired Black Cube to hack Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.

06.05.2018 - 12:06 [ President of the Islamic Republic of Iran ]

President addressing the large gathering of people in Sabzevar:

Speaking at the large gathering of people in Khorasan Razavi’s Sabzevar city, President Hassan Rouhani said that all political groups and people are united against Trump and the Zionist Regime, adding: “ We proved to the world that the people of Iran are the people of peace“.

„We don’t favour war and tension, but will strongly defend our rights“, said the President adding: “ The US will not be able to do anything against the Iranian nation“

Stating that „from months ago, the necessary instructions have been issued to the Atomic Energy Organisation and economic sectors,“ Dr Rouhani said: „We are ready for any decision about the JCPOA“.

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.

25.04.2018 - 08:54 [ Saeid Golkar / Al Jazeera ]

Is a military coup possible in Iran?

If the situation gets worse and the stability of the clerical regime is endangered, Ayatollah Khamenei has the power to overthrow Rouhani’s administration. Hardliners in the Iranian regime believe that self-reliance and resistance against the hegemonic powers of the West can solve Iran’s problems. Ayatollah Khamenei could decide that the best plan of action at this time is to remove moderates from power and install hardliners.

15.04.2018 - 06:50 [ ThinkProgress.org ]

Republicans and Democrats blast Trump for bombing Syria without legal authority

In a briefing after Trump’s announcement, Secretary of Defense Mattis argued that the President relied on his Article II powers under the Constitution to authorize the strike. This is the same authority Trump claimed to authorize his 2017 attack.

15.04.2018 - 06:47 [ theAtlantic.com ]

The Unconstitutional Strike on Syria

“To see what is under one’s nose,” George Orwell wrote in 1946, “requires a constant struggle.” Orwell didn’t add that trying to point out what is under our noses can turn one into a kind of Ancient Mariner at whose approach both friend and foe are tempted to flee.

But here goes: Trump did not have the authority to order any kind of strike on Syria. Congressional authorization was needed before any use of force against Syria; Friday’s attack was unconstitutional.

14.04.2018 - 15:12 [ Daily Mail ]

‚Should we go back to 16 years?‘ Trump jokes about getting Congress to change the U.S. Constitution so he can serve more than two terms as president

(12.4.2018) – President Trump jested about a constitutional amendment that would allow him to serve more than two terms as president today
– Suggested that Congress repeal the Twenty-Second Amendment so he could rival Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four terms in office
– FDR was elected to four, four-year terms but he died in office after 12 years
– Trump joked last month at a closed-door fundraiser that he’d like to be ‚president for life‘ like China’s Xi Jinping, who’d just greatly expanded his powers
– Comment set off alarm bells, because he’s also praised multiple authoritarians

14.04.2018 - 14:37 [ Ted Lieu, Abgeordneter des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Use of force by @realDonaldTrump against Syria is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. This is not self defense & no AUMF covers it.

Use of chemical weapons is horrific. But our Constitution does not allow @POTUS to attack a country–which has not attacked the US–without Congressional approval.

12.04.2018 - 11:56 [ Ansa.it ]

Second round of government consultations

Later on Thursday Mattarella meets members of the centre-left Democratic Party and then has a meeting with the three parties of the centre-right coalition, the League, Forza Italia (FI) and Brothers of Italy (FdI).
The first day will finish with a meeting with representatives of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S).

09.04.2018 - 09:21 [ Elysee Palast (Präsident von Frankreich) ]

Communiqué – Entretien téléphonique entre le Président de la République Emmanuel Macron et le Président des États-Unis Donald Trump

(9.4.2018) Le Président de la République Emmanuel Macron s’est entretenu le dimanche 8 avril 2018 avec le Président des États-Unis d’Amérique à propos de la situation en Syrie. Le Président de la République française a condamné avec la plus grande fermeté les attaques chimiques le 7 avril contre la population de Douma dans la Ghouta orientale.

Le Président de la République et le Président des Etats-Unis d’Amérique ont échangé leurs informations et leurs analyses confirmant l’utilisation d’armes chimiques.