Thursday, May 31, 2018

ITALY BREAKING:  NEW FIVE STAR-LEAGUE GOVERNMENT EMERGES AFTER TALKS, SWEARING IN TOMORROW


The Italian President Sergio Mattarella has done an about face and given Giuseppe Conte the mandate to form a new government of the outsider parties.

Conte has presented a list of ministers for the new government.

Mattarella had balked at the idea of Euroskeptic Paolo Savona as finance minister, but Savona will now be minister of EU affairs.

The Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio will be industry-labor minister and League leader Matteo Salvini will be interior minister dealing with illegal immigration.   The new government has set a goal of 500-thousand deportations  (NOTE:  One report from Italy's ANSA news agency I have read says Salvini vows 600-thousand deportations.

A swearing in ceremony is set for 4pm tomorrow in Italy, 10am Eastern time.

New talks began within the last day or two to bring the two outsider parties together with the Italian president to find agreeement on a new government.

The new government was denounced by the interim leader of the Uniparty "Left" in Italy.  Democratic Party (PD) politician Maurizio Martyina is quoted by the ANSA news agency calling it "rightwing, populist and dangerous".

The  US State Department  told the Italian news agency "the Trump Administration is ready to work with the new Italian government as soon as it is formed."

The State Department's statement went onto say as quoted by ANSA:

"Italy has been  reliable ally of NATO for years, a global actor on the front of international security and an engine for the European economy."

The markets business and banking elites are afraid of the new government and markets fluctuated during the day as the talks were on to form the new government.

But the new government has appointed a finance minister not seen as a strong opponent of the Euro-EU.    Giovanni Tria is reported close to the Forza Italia party and its leader, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.












MR. PRESIDENT, YOU MET KIM KARDASHIAN BUT DO YOU REMEMBER MEETING JERRY DELEMUS


President Trump has met with Kim Kardashian at the White House to discuss "prison reform" in general and the case of a mother sent to prison on drug charges in particular.


It reminds me of a man Donald J. Trump met during the 2016 New Hampshire Primary campaign.


Marine Jerry DeLemus was the co-chair of the New Hampshire Veterans Coalition for Trump.


After the primary US Marshals showed up at Jerry's home early one morning to haul him off to jail.   DeLemus was accused for using his Second Amendment right to defend the First Amendment rights of the protesters at Bundy Ranch in April of 2014.


The Bundy's called for help because federal government snipers were aiming weapons at them and protestors supporting them when the federal government seized the cattle at Bundy Ranch in Nevada.


When Jerry got to Nevada his court appointed lawyer made it look like there was open and shut case against him so there was a guilty plea he later tried to withdraw, but couldn't.


The judge gave him an 87 month sentence.


When the time came for the trial of key defendants one of the key defendants, Ryan Bundy, acting as his own lawyer, got a federal official to admit the existence of a surveillance camera not disclosed to the defense lawyers by federal prosecutors.  The judge forced out more exculpatory evidence that was hidden by the federal government including the use of the snipers at the protest.


We ended up with a mistrial for the key defendants in the case because of the rigging of the evidence.


But Jerry DeLemus sits in a federal prison in Massachusetts right now in this case after his guilty plea and two other men are still jailed in the case after convictions by juries who were given rigged evidence as well (Greg Burleson and Todd Engel).


Mr. President, when do these men get "prison reform"?


When do these men get pardoned by you?



Link To Jerry DeLemus Pardon Story With Picture Of President Trump And Jerry together, along with his wife is below........



"Pardon for Jerry DeLemus?" Article "Manchester Union-Leader" 2016

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

ITALY LATEST:  "ELECTIONS NOW" PRESSURE BUILDS, PRO-EU INTERIM PRIME MINISTER HESITATES, EU OFFICIAL CAUSES ROW


The leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, has called for new elections as soon as possible.

Salvini expressed his concern about an interim government run by Carlo Cottarelli, a former International Monetary Fund official named as Prime Minister by President Sergio Mattarella.

ANSA News Agency quotes Salvini:

"One thing is sure and that is that we can't have a phantom government that hikes VAT and raises petrol duty and then goes away undisturbed after three or four months....."


Today Salvini  said:

"Sergio Mattarella give us a date for the vote and the Italian people will do justice for what has happened".


Cottarelli met President Mattarella today for what were described as "informal talks" as he continues to plan the interim government.   Mattarella, a former Uniparty politician of the "Left",  designated him as Prime Minister after rejecting an attempt by the outsider parties (Five Star and League) to form a government with a solid parliamentary majority.


Leaders of Italy's outsider parties, the Five Star and League and even some Uniparty politicians in Italy were disturbed by European Budget Commissioner Geunther Oettinger's statement saying the financial markets would tell Italians not to vote for the outsider parties in new elections.

It reinforces the view of the outsider parties that the "markets"-business and banking elites are really running Italy and that there is no "Left and "Right"  opposing each other for control of government, a view recently expressed to "Newsweek" by Five Star founder-leader comedian Beppe Grillo.

Link below to ANSA Italian news agency in English for later news........

ANSA News Agency In English



TOMMY ROBINSON:  FROM PRISON HE ENDORSES JUNE 9TH PROTEST AT DOWNING ST.


Tommy Robinson associate Caolan Robertson has been able to speak with Tommy Robinson and Robinson has endorsed a protest in his support at Whitehall in London Saturday June 9th.

The protest will be held outside the gates of Downing St. where the Prime Minister lives.

Robinson's wife was able to visit him yesterday.at Her Majesty's Prison in Hull.

Legal efforts to get Tommy Robinson out of prison can be supported at "Tommy Robinson Online".


The estranged half sister of Meghan Markle has called for Tommy Robinson's  release from  prison, sharing the petition for his release to her Twitter followers urging Tommy's supporters to "stand together, stand strong, and stand by his side".

There were some 481,000 signatures on the Change.org petition calling for Robinson's release as of yesterday afternoon.






Links below.......



Caolan Robertson-Tommy Robinson Associate Twitter


Meghan Markle sister calls for Tommy Robinson release


Tommy Robinson Online

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

BREAKING NEWS:  MEDIA OUTLETS IN UK NOW CAN PUBLISH COURT INFORMATION ON TOMMY ROBINSON


Journalists in the UK reportedly challenged the publication ban and can now report on what happened in court in Leeds last Friday.

Stories are now appearing online.

Contempt of court is cited as the reason Robinson was given a 13 month sentence.

The reports claim Robinson admitted to it but he did not have his lawyer with him only a court appointed one.  Sentence came just hours after his arrest and was done in a summary manner without due process.

The contempt of court sentence is based on the idea that Tommy Robinson published information that could prejudice a trial.

That is all for now.........

TOMMY ROBINSON UPDATE: FAMILY, LAWYER VISIT SET TODAY, MEDIA NOW CAN REPORT....... UKIP WARNING


Today Tommy Robinson's family and lawyer were set to meet with him at Her Majesty's Prison in Leeds.

Tommy reportedly released a message from prison.

Some media outlets started to report at around 130pm UK time, 830am Eastern that Robinson was sentenced to jail for contempt of court.   They say they are now allowed to reveal information that Robinson was sent to jail for publishing information that could prejudice a trial.

A supporter of Robinson said the judge admitted he had not watched the livestreaming video that he sent Robinson to jail for.

Robinson was arrested according to the police for 'breaching the peace" as he livestreamed the day of the verdict in the trial of 27 men and 2 women in a child rape case involving a Muslim ring.

"Do you feel good about doing this" he asked the police and told them he was exercising his right to "free speech".

On Sunday, the leader of the United Kingdon Independence Party (UKIP), Gerard Batten, tweeted that House of Lords member Lord Pearson of UKIP has warned the Conservative Party government's Home Secretary Sajid Javid, that any harm done to Tommy Robinson in prison will lead to him and others mounting a private prosecution.

The prosecution would be directed at Mr. Javid as an accessory or for misconduct in public office.

Canadian activist Ezra Levant said yesterday that he intended to hire a lawyer in the UK to take legal action to lift the publication ban imposed by Judge Geoffrey Marson in Leeds last Friday.

The judge imposed a ban on anyone including the media revealing that he had sentenced Robinson to 13 months in prison or any other details about what happened in his courtroom.

Monday, May 28, 2018

ITALY UPDATE: FIVE STAR CALLS FOR MASS PROTEST, BERLUSCONI LURKS IN THE WINGS, LEAGUE KEEPS OPTIONS


                                            (NEWS, COMMENT AND ANALYSIS)

"I went out this morning and I saw this depressing thing, people not speaking, with empty looks on their faces, as if they had been replaced by an alien like in a sci-fi film.  Why aren't people talking?   Why are people depressed?  Because they're talking in the place of millions of Italians: the market.  The market today is the pseudonym of the most depressing and predatory capitalism that we have in Italy"


Five Star Movement leader-founder Beppe Grillo reacts to Italian President's rebuff of a Five Star-League government in Italy-5/28/2018


Italy's Five Star Movement has called on Italians to take to the streets in mass protest Saturday against the President's refusal to accept a Five Star-League coalition government that commanded 50 percent of the popular vote in the last election and a majority of seats in both houses of parliament.

One of the more interesting and suspicious developments in Italy happened weeks ago when it became apparent a Five Star-League coalition was emerging.

There was the sudden Saturday decision of a Milan court to "rehabilitate" the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Until that decision, Berlusconi had been excluded from running from political office because of a corruption conviction.

The flamboyant Berlusconi was a big supporter of the old Socialist Party in Italy when he emerged as a media magnate in the 1980's but then in the 1990's as Berlusconi entered politics  he used the name "Forza Italia" for his political party and became a man of the "Right".

The style of the multi-billionaire has been compared to Donald Trump, but his policies are more Jeb Bush like.

Berlusconi rushed to the defense of the Italian President Sergio Mattarella when he vetoed the Five Star-League coalition by refusing to accept their finance minister designate and Five Star called for his impeachment.

Berlusconi is clearly the tool of the EU-Corporatists and Globalists in Italy and it is certainly their hope he can now run for office and get enough votes for his party to patch together a ruling coalition with the League to stop the even more anti-Establishment EU Five Star Movement from getting into power.

In the last election his Forza Italia party fell short of that goal with the only possible majority coalition being that of the Five-Star and League.

Now Berlusconi says the "only solution" for Italy is an alliance between his Uniparty "Right" FI party and the League.

League leader Matteo Salvini is quoted by the ANSA news agency saying he is keeping his options open as to future coalition partners for his party between FI and Five Star telling an Italian television program last night:  "I am thinking about it....I will not give up dignity and loyalty".

Today Salvini warned Silvio Berlusconi's FI party that they will not remain allies unless the FI commits to changing the European Union rules.  He said:

"I cannot be allied with someone who says Europe is fine as it is"


The Milan market spread on Italian debt bonds continued to rise to extremely high levels in fear of an anti-EU government emerging from the political turmoil.

Link below to ANSA Italian news agency in English for latest developments........






ANSA Italian News Agency In English

TOMMY ROBINSON UPDATE: PROTESTS AROUND  WORLD, THIRD DOWNING ST. PROTEST, PRISON VISIT TOMORROW



"Freedom of speech is being violated all over Europe and also in Britain.  The lights of freedom are going out."


"Party of Freedom" leader Geert Wilders speaks outside the British Embassy in Holland


"But an armed state militia, dressed for combat with its face set in a rigid frown and its hands ever reaching for gun, club or handcuffs, such as we now have, is a stranger to the people.  And as well as making us look like a foreign despotism, it will fail in its task."


Peter Hichens "Mail On Sunday" column  5/19/2018 on British police


Protests against the arrest of Tommy Robinson have been held in Australia's two major cities, Melbourne and Sydney, according to radio station 2GB
.
German politician Petr Bystron has taken action today to push for political asylum for Robinson in Germany.   His Twitter page in German is linked below and includes an "Asylum for Tommy Robinson, Journalism Is No Crime" poster auf Deutsch.

Indeed, Robinson's supporters note that he was reporting and live streaming from outside the courthouse in Leeds Friday to draw attention to the covered up trials of 29 Muslims  (27 men and 2 women) accused of sexually abusing young girls and forcing them into prostitution and operating as a gang on an "industrial scale".

These situations are happening in town after town, city after city in the UK with authorities sometimes covering up or refusing to intervene.

Robinson was acting as a 'citizen journalist' when seven coppers of the new "scowling army of the state" British police forces  (See Peter Hitchens column link for that quote and more) grabbed him and hauled him off to the paddy wagon.

Canadian libertarian activist Ezra Levant went live on Rebel Media at 12 Noon Eastern today to report more details on his case.

A lawyer was assigned to him for the summary trial last Friday and his regular lawyer was not there.
Levant called what happened last Friday to Robinson a "drumhead trial" a summary trial without due process.

Levant says that Tommy Robinson's family will meet with him in prison tomorrow along with his lawyer.

The judge handling the kangaroo court was Judge Geoffrey Marson QC who also imposed the ban on any reporting in the United Kingdom of what happened in his courtroom last Friday.

For the third day in a row, protesters have appeared at Downing St. in London outside  Prime Minister Theresa May's residence gates.   The protesters shouted 'shame on you' with large numbers of the state's "scowling army" in attendance.



Links below..........


Australian Protest In Support of Tommy Robinson 5/28/2018


Petr Bystron Twitter Page

ITALY BREAKING:  FIVE STAR CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT, UNIPARTY POLITICIANS DEFEND HIM



"I'm profoundly p***ed off , that after weeks of work, in half an hour they told us that this government should not come to life."


League leader Matteo Salvini reacts after Italy's President rejects government from the                                                                 outsider political parties 5/27/2018


"Why don't we just say that in this country, it's pointless that we vote, as the ratings agencies, financial lobbies decide the governments?'


Five Star leader Luigi DiMaio in Facebook video following the rejection of on outside party                                                   government by Italy's President 5/27/2018


Giuseppe Conte dropped his plans to form a new government in Italy comprising the outsider political parties (Five Star Movement and The League) when President Sergio Mattarella (a former politician of the Uniparty "Left") rejected the choice of Paolo Savona as the country's finance minister in a new government.

Savona is a known Eurosceptic (Euroskeptic) who is suspicious of the European Union and has said in the past that Italy may need to pull out of the Euro currency.  Mr. Salvini denied any intention of the new government planned but thwarted to do any such thing.

Savona was strongly supported by the anti-Establishment Five Star Movement and Five Star leader Luigi DiMaio reacted by calling for the impeachment of President Mattarella stating that:  " ,,,,I say that is necessary to put the president under a state of accusation"

DiMaio went on to say:

"It is necessary to parliamentarize everything, in part to prevent reactions from the people.  First we should activate Article 90 and then have elections because it is necessary to parliamentarize this crisis"


Under Article 90 of Italy's Constitution the President of Italy can be impeached by a majority of Parliament in a joint meeting of both Houses with all 945 members.

Meanwhile, Matteo Salvini of  The League expressed his disgust with the situation and the need for new elections: 

"But someone under whose pressure said No.  Never again slaves.  Italy is not a colony.  At this point with the honesty, coherence and courage of always, the words must go back to you."


Uniparty politicians in Italy were quick to rush to the defense of President Mattarella including the leader of his old party, the "Left" PD (Democratic Party) and with his always strong and passionate voice, the Uniparty "Right" leader and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi called talk of impeaching the president "irresponsible" and said the "savings" of Italians needed to be defended with financial markets reacting negatively to the prospect of an anti-European Union government taking power in Italy.

President Mattarella summoned a former International Monetary Fund official, Carlo Cottarelli, to form an "interim government" with Cottarelli saying he will hold new elections by early next year.

At best Cottarelli can only hobble together a minority of "mainstream political parties" in Parliament with the Five Srar-League majority moving in a different direction.

Also weighing in Five Star's founder-leader comedian Beppe Grillo:

"I went out this morning and I saw this depressing thing, people not speaking, with empty looks on their faces, as if they had been replaced by an alien like in a sci-fi film.  Why aren't people talking?  Why are people depressed?  Because they're talking in the place of millions of Italians: the market.  The market today is the pseudonym of the most depressing and predatory capitalism that we have in Italy."



(EDITED, EXPANDED MONDAY AM)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

ITALY BREAKING:  ATTEMPT TO FORM OUTSIDER GOVERNMENT DROPPED DUE TO OPPOSITION OF THE ITALIAN PRESIDENT


Giuseppe Conte dropped his bid to form a new government comprising the Five Star Movement and League parties after he was rebuffed by the Uniparty President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella.

Mattarella objected to the appointment of Paolo Savona as economy minister, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.  Mattarella is a former politician of the Uniparty "Left" in Italy.

Italy now faces the prospect of a new general election,

Mattarella said in part:  "The uncertainty about our position in the euro has alarmed Italian and foreign investors who have invested in our bonds and companies...."

I guess one could sing "EU UBER ALLES" after reading that.

The insiders cannot accept an outsider government in Europe.

In the last election the combination of Five Star and League picked up 50 percent of the popular vote and a majority in both houses of parliament,

TOMMY ROBINSON UPDATE:  DUTCH POLITICAL LEADER GEERT WILDERS ASKS QUESTIONS


"1. Have you heard about the arrest of British activist and Islam critic Tommy Robinson.....he was within a few hours convicted to 13 months imprisonment?

What do you think of this madness?"


First of five questions submitted by Geert Wilders and other Dutch parliament members to Dutch Foreign Minister regarding Tommy Robinson


In the Netherlands, Party of Freedom leader Geert Wilders and two other parliament members have submitted five questions to the Dutch Foreign Minister regarding the arrest of Tommy Robinson.

One of the questions asked is whether the foreign minister will contact their British counterpart (Boris Johnson) to inquire about Robinson and his safety in prison.

Answers to the questions are requested by Tuesday at 11am (5am Eastern time US).

His supporters are expressing concern for his safety in Her Majesty's Prison Hull in Hull, England where Robinson is being held.

A German parliament member Petr Bystron, has offered Robinson asylum in Germany.

Bystron came to Germany as a political refugee from Communism when he was 16.

Link below........



AND HERE'S TO MRS. ROBINSON: 50TH ANNIVERSARY


(WARNING: SOME READERS MAY FIND SOME PASSAGES TO BE DISTURBING)

"And here's to you Mrs. Robinson, Jesus Loves You more than you will know.....whoa whoa whoa"


At the end of May in 1968 I went into the kitchen, sat down and ate my breakfast before heading off to school hearing those words over and over again.

Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" was a hit song, at the top of charts, being played on the radio in my kitchen and radios everywhere.

It connected with me where I was, a child eight years old, with 'dee dee's' and 'dah, dah's', the 'hey' hey, hey' and "coo-coo-cachoo" mixed in with the  rest of the lyrics.

A phrase like "Jesus Loves You" had some connection to me, having experienced the summer Bible School's and some Sunday School visits as well.  I would eventually grow into a very good Pharisee and hypocrite with that phrase.

Having the song and its lyrics drilled into me, the indoctrination by radio versus hearing it as part of  "The Graduate" was probably key to my enjoying the song today.

If I had come across it in the context of the movie and its plot line with an older woman undressing and seducing a younger man I would have been startled and shocked.   As it was I would see the movie years later on television a number ot times.

The year before I had been in a movie theater watching a James Bond movie (only 7 years old) and seeing Sean Connery unzipping a woman's dress.   It got my attention.  The notion of female flesh being exposed was disturbing to my psyche..

Unfortunately the year before when I was six years old, an older female decided to deliberately expose herself to me and undress me and  'rub me the wrong way'.   I sure didn't know the "facts of life" yet.  The light bulb would go off in my head reading a book about sex when I was 11 years old.

Thinking about what was done to me and what happened in "The Graduate" it all seems so insane and as the song says.......

"We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files.   We'd like to help you learn to help yourself. Look around you all you see are sympathetic eyes.   Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home..."


In those times when this song was written, those considered insane or crazy or mentally ill etc. etc. were institutionalized.    In fact people considered as such were warehoused by the many thousands across the country.

A network of "state hospitals" were spread out across my state of Pennsylvania.   Seeing one of those places just from the outside of its buildings with the filth and squalor.........  Courts would rule that most of those living in such places should be released and they were en masse in the 1980's.

We live with such people and the consequences of their twisted mindsets today.  I accept that and the best I can do is to live a sane and sober life myself so I can be an example and be helpful to the 'crazy people' among  me. 

"God bless you please Mrs. Robinson, Heaven holds a place for those who pray, hey hey hey...."


A few years ago in Northern Ireland "life imitated art" when a prominent politician, Iris Robinson, who was nearly 60 years old had an affair with a man some 40 years younger than her.

Iris Robinson identified as a Christian big time and was a member of a Pentecostal church who defended traditional values in her public political life .

"Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes.  Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes. It's a little secret, just the Robinsons's affair, most of all you've got to hide it from the kids..."


When a family member discovered the matter, she attempted suicide and when the BBC decided to bring the whole affair out into the open she resigned from her political posts and went to a psychiatric clinic for nine months of treatment.

While that story was a very public one how many more such stories go on here there and everywhere some revealed to the public and some not so public, involving religious conservative people and others not so conservative and or religious.

And we have had such stories since the Beginning.   Heck, there's lust in the Good Book like David and Bathsheba, the rape of Tamar and so on.

My own religious hypocrisy is what comes out foremost in my mind.  I was wrong.  God certainly wasn't although I would suggest strongly that the hypocrisy of religious people helps inspire more non-belief than anything else I see out there.

I would rather be angry a bit with myself and seeking my own sanity and sobriety in thoughts, words and deeds than dare I say it live out the life of a 'religious drunk' slinging the arrows at the "apostates" or "idolators" or "sinners" etc. etc. etc. while my own heart was wrong.

Everyone regardless of religious or sexual identity is a wrong doer in the Good Book, like the campaigning to be former President Jimmy Carter told "Playboy" in 1976: "In my heart I have lusted after women."

In the end my pride, vanity and use of "the Lord's name in vain"  would do nothing to address the impact of that dark moment of sexual violation when I was six years old.

There's more to the song like this......

"....Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon going to the candidates debate laugh about it shout about it when you've got to choose every way you look at it you lose...."


Didn't understand that line as a child.   I had to live a life in and around politics to finally understand the deep truth here.  I utterly believe that 99 and 44/100 percent of politicians are corrupt and do the bidding of money from the business and banking elites locally, nationally, internationally and not the bidding of "We the People".  

There are no differences between the 'Party of Six" and the "Half Dozen Party" at the end of the day.

Is there a difference between a "RePUTZican " and a "SCHMUCKocrat"?

If I want to be a drunk living in fear and resentment of one of those parties so much that I choose to vote for the other when the differences are not there as the propaganda says, I choose to be a fool




"Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio our nation turns its lonely eyes to you, woo woo woo.  What's that you say Mrs. Robinson,, Joltin Joe has left and gone away...."


I read a lot of books when I was a child in the late 1960's-early 1970's including ones about baseball.

The story of Joe DiMaggio and his record breaking 1941 hitting streak stands out in the sport of baseball.

I also recall Joe DiMaggio showing up when his ex-wife (and a pretty crazy person herself IMHO) Marilyn Monroe was buried in 1962.  Seeing that scene always reminded me of whatever issues DiMaggio had in that marriage he was living life in that moment with class.   God Bless the memory of Joe DiMaggio and the right things he chose to do.

And there it is, a song that weaves life into it and has my life weaved into it, the key to a good hit song.

A song more powerful than ever 50 years later.


Link below with some pictures from "The Graduate" in the early part beware.....


MRS. ROBINSON WITH LYRICS




Saturday, May 26, 2018

SYRIA BREAKING:  US APPEARS TO BE THREATENING MILITARY ACTION IN HOLIDAY WEEKEND STATEMENT


"As a guarantor of this de-escalation area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations"


Heather Nauert of the US State Department speaks late Friday 5/25/2018


With the Syrian regime dropping leaflets in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights and Jordan urging rebel-jihadist forces to disarm and with the expectation of Syrian government military action in the region, the United States has begun to cry foul.

This going into a weekend statement reminds me of what President Trump did earlier this year when he discussed Syria on a Friday going into a weekend.

On the one hand the president said the only reason for United States involvement in Syria was ISIS, but before he said that he said this:

"what Russia and what Iran and what Syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace....."


President Donald J. Trump 2/23/2018 at news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull


What is coming if Syria launches military operations against rebel-jihadist forces in SW Syria?

Some US military response based on some alleged humanitarian crisis based on some alleged action by the Syrian regime side.

Any US response would contradict the continuation of President Trump's statement of February 23rd this year:

"We're there for one reason, we're there to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS and go home"


An analysis of the situation involving Syria, Iran, Russia, Israel etc. etc. and the window of opportunity for military action in the Middle East region by Israel (and the United States) I posted recently is linked below along another post on the February 23rd statement.

Links below.........







TOMMY ROBINSON LATEST: PROTEST AT DOWNING STREET,  NEWS BLACKOUT IN FORCE IN UK, PRISON DISCLOSED


"A 3212 London-A 3212 Whitehall in Westminster blocked in both directions at Downing Street junction, because of a demonstration"


BBC News Website Posting at 332pm London time 5/26/2018


That posting on the BBC News website was the only inkling that its readers had that something was amiss in the United Kingdom in the last 24 plus hours.

The BBC has imposed a total news blackout on the arrest of Tommy Robinson and his summary 13 month jail sentence without trial.

The "Hull Daily Mail" did report that Robinson is at the Her Majesty's Prison in Hull, England.

Some news sites have mentioned his arrest and noted the protest, but a court ordered "publication ban" is widely in force in the UK with no mainstream media reporting details of Tommy Robinson's summary punishment and for many media outlets even the arrest itself goes unreported.

The smattering of news reports about the protest indicate hundreds were there, shouting "Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy Robinson" with one poster on Twitter posting :

"Whitehall is at a standstill.  I imagine won't be on the news #FreeTommy"


Other protesters outside the gates at Prime Minister Theresa May's home (10 Downing Street) shouted "shame on you".

Many "Free Tommy" signs were displayed.

A speaker at the protest said among other things:

".....reporting on the case is banned so we have to be careful what we say, but what we really know for sure is that Tommy has not been released and we fear something very bad is happening.


And it's very important now that all Britain speak out whether you share his political views or not......"


The speaker went on to quote German Pastor Martin Niemoller's famous words "first they came for....but I did not speak out" alluding to what happened in Germany in the 1930s.




COMMENT:  


A COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE ARE PUNISHED WITH FINES AND OR JAIL FOR WHAT THEY SAY OR POST ONLINE AS VIOLATORS OF 'HATE CRIME' LAWS, A COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE ARE NOT ALLOWED ENTRY ON THE BASIS OF THEIR BELIEFS LIKE TALK SHOW HOST MICHAEL SAVAGE OR MORE RECENTLY ACTIVIST LAUREN SOUTHERN.

A COUNTRY THAT KILLS THE SICK CHILDREN LIKE CHARLIE GARD AND ALFIE EVANS, DENYING THEIR PARENTS THE CHOICE OF MEDICAL TREATMENT.

DONALD TRUMP WILL MEET ON JULY 13TH IN THE UK WITH THE 'MADURO OF LONDON' PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY.

MRS. MAY HAD ERDOGAN OF TURKEY, AN ELECTED AUTHORITARIAN LEADER, AS A GUEST RECENTLY AND SPOKE ABOUT 'HUMAN RIGHTS' IN TURKEY.

NOW THIS WITH TOMMY ROBINSON.....

WHAT MORAL AUTHORITY DOES THERESA MAY HAVE?

....ZIPPO, ZERO, NADA......

Links below.......


"HULL DAILY MAIL" ON SITE OF ROBINSON'S IMPRISONMENT 5/26/2018


The Protest: "The Tommy Robinson Choir sing for Theresa"



Free Tommy Robinson Protest and Speech 5/26/2018 London


BREAKING NEWS:  ENGLISH NATIONALIST TOMMY ROBINSON ARRESTED, JAILED, NEWS REPORTS  BANNED IN UK


...."an arrest, then the lawyers get involved; then a first court appearance, maybe bail and then disclosure of documents; then a trial; then a conviction; then a sentence.  Normally that takes months; maybe years.   It happened today in a few hours.  And while Tommy Robinson is the man who was condemned,  I think the UK courts committed murder of their own reputation for liberty and law....."


Canadian libertarian activist Ezra Levant comments 5/25/2018


The English nationalist anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson (founder of the English Defence League) was standing outside a courthouse where British Muslims were being tried on sex abuse (grooming) charges yesterday in Leeds.

He was chatting with friends and fellow activists.    He confronted two of the defendants shouting  "How do you feel about the verdict?" as they entered the courthouse an hour before his arrest. 

When the police surrounded him to take him away they said Robinson was in "breach of the peace".

He was taken into court and ordered jailed for 13 months.

In addition, media in the UK were prohibited from reporting the news of his jail sentence.

Some news stories about Tommy Robinson's arrest published early on yesterday in the UK were blocked from reading later on.

Is this North Korea or Cuba?

No this is the United Kingdom just hours ago.

Canadian libertarian activist Ezra Levant posted a video about what happened including video of Robinson's arrest.

A protest against Robinson's arrest is scheduled at 3pm today UK time (10am Eastern US) in London at Whitehall (the government section of the city).

Link below......


Ezra Levant Rebel Media Video 5/25/2018



OREGON STANDOFF:  FOUR LAWYERS TRY TO TEAR DOWN CASE AGAINST FBI AGENT ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT SHOOTING AT LAVOY FINICUM


"Ruling expected in 2 weeks on forensic experts in case of indicted FBI agent"


                                                   "OregonLive" headline 5/25/2018



The arguments wound up Friday (May 25th) as the defense lawyers for FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita,  charged with lying five times about shooting twice at Oregon Standoff protester LaVoy Finicum,  worked with their own experts and cross examination to discredit expert witnesses set to testify at trial.

The objective of their exercise may have been to remove evidence against their client but it also may have been designed to give a public airing to the discrediting of evidence before the jury pool ahead of Astarita's trial, set to begin July 24th.

The final decision about what evidence will be allowed rests with the judge in the case, Senior US District Judge Robert E. Jones.

Jones was involved in the detention of those arrested when LaVoy was killed on January 26, 2016 and told Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan, believed injured by one of the FBI agents bullets, that they would not be released on bail.

In an earlier court proceeding, Judge Jones told defense lawyers objecting to the five charges against Astarita claiming they were redundant that while he agreed with their assessment, he would not rule against the prosecution.

Prosecutors are charging Astarita with lying three different times to his FBI supervisors and two times to Oregon police investigating the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum.

Link below.......

"OregonLive" Story 5/25/2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

TRUMP TALKS NORTH KOREA, ISRAEL STRIKES SYRIA, IRAN TARGETED, IRAN, RUSSIA SQUEEZED


"Syria: Military Airport Near Homs Was Subject to 'Missile Aggression'

State media says missiles intercepted before reaching targets.  Earlier, 12 pro-Assad combatants were reported killed in an alleged U.S. strike"


HEADLINE AND SUBHEADLINE FROM STORY PUBLISHED BY ISRAEL'S "HAARETZ"                             MAY 24, 2018  402 PM EASTERN TIME-1002 PM ISRAEL TIME


While President Trump was making the big news cancelling a planned meeting with North Korea's ruler yesterday (Thursday May 24th), Israel was making a move striking a target at a Syrian air base in the Homs area.

It was apparently a Hezbollah base and "foreigners" were killed according to the anti-Assad British-Saudi backed Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Pro-Syrian government media also claim that US forces killed some pro-Syrian fighters in the eastern part of the country.

Israel often chooses holidays, weekends and times when there are distractions like the big news from President Trump to launch its military actions.

Israel often attacks it enemies in hopes of getting an attack in response from them so they can launch even greater military strikes against those enemies.   Israel can also appear to be the victim since the Israeli attacks that triggered the response were done at those 'off times' when people are distracted.

But Iran is probably going to keep a low profile while the diplomatic efforts continue with the European countries to counter the impact of US sanctions imposed in the wake of President Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran.

Russia, ally of both Syria and Iran, is looking forward to soccer's World Cup in Russia starting June 14th and ending July 15th.   

Russia will not want to provoke anything either but between the Europe-Iran diplomacy and the World Cup there is liable to be quite a bit of military action aimed at Syria in the next few months because Israel and or perhaps the United States both have a great window of opportunity.

Don't forget that Russia's enemies staged a coup in Ukraine during the Sochi Olympics in Russia in 2014 but that Russia responded with action to take Crimea afterwards and support a rebellion in Eastern Ukraine.

Russia is again coming under attack today over the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine in 2014 with an international investigation holding Russian backed rebels responsible.

Watch out for action on the "Syria-Iran-Russia Front" in the weeks ahead, especially when you're distracted by holidays, weekends, sports, major news events elsewhere.


Link Below.......


Haaretz story 5/24/2018



Thursday, May 24, 2018

ITALY LATEST:  PRIME MINISTER DESIGNATE MOVES FORWARD BUT CRITICS WORRY ABOUT FINANCE MINISTER


"The M5S and League have already agreed their government team and a government 'contract' including a basic income, flat tax, pension reform, and vows to renegotiate EU spending limits, expel half a million undocumented migrants, revise the TAV high-speed rail line with France, lift compulsory school vaccinations, scrap hundreds of 'useless' laws, and strike a new partnership with Russia"


Italian news agency ANSA report in English 5/23/2018


Prime Minister designate Giuseppe Conte, a law professor, stepped out of Italian President Sergio Mattarella's office last evening (Wednesday May 23rd) to proclaim that 'with reservations' he would move forward to organize a new government under the president's mandate.

Conte said he will be a "defense lawyer" arguing the case for the people of Italy.

His majority in both houses of parliament is a coalition of the outsider parties Five Star Movement and the League.

Latest reporting from the Italian news agency ANSA is that Conte is holding consultations with the political parties in Italy's lower house this morning.

Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio proclaimed the start of a "third republic" in Italy yesterday.   The 'first republic' was formed after World War 2 and the 'second republic' emerged out of political scandals engulfing Italy's major political parties in the 1990's.

League leader Matteo Salvini warned against any veto of Paola Savona as the finance minister in a new government.  

Savona has come under media scrutiny and attack with some reports saying that President Mattarella may veto Savona as finance minister.   Mr. Savona has suggested in the past that Italy may need to pull out of the Euro.

Reuters is reporting in an opinion piece published today that a source close to Italy's president says that he will not allow a Eurosceptic (Euroskeptic) to be finance minister.

Link below.......


Thomson Reuters Foundation Opinion Piece 5/24/2018




Wednesday, May 23, 2018

OREGON STANDOFF:  EVIDENCE HEARINGS MOVE ON FOR FBI AGENT ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT SHOOTING AT LAVOY FINICUM


                                "He won't spend one night in a jail cell"


Ammon Bundy weighs in on "Facebook" about the case of FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita                                                                               5/22/2018


Ammon Bundy started a conversation on Facebook Tuesday with his post about the hearings going on this week in Portland and replied that he doesn't expect W. Joseph Astarita to do any jail time.

The FBI agent is accused of lying about his actions January 26, 2016, not of attempting to murder LaVoy Finicum or injuring Ryan Bundy who apparently has inside him shrapnel from one of Astarita's bullets.

The killers of LaVoy were members of the Oregon State Police, who agreed to the FBI's stipulation to break their own policy of always wearing body cameras.   

Ammon Bundy remarked in his post noting defense lawyer Rob Cary's dissing of the "bad video" from the air of what happened that we could have had better video if the OSP hadn't bowed down to the FBI and not used their body cams.

Meanwhile, a battery of lawyers continued their attempts Wednesday (May 23rd) to tear down experts hired by the prosecution to bolster their case against the FBI agent.

One government animation expert, Toby Terpstra, admitted that his 3-D animation was nine frames or 3/10 of a second inaccurate.   A federal prosecutor asked if Terpstra would like to file a supplemental report correcting the error and he said yes.

The defense lawyers kept bringing up the grainy nature of the FBI drone video shot over the scene but Terpstra said the video helps to accurately locate all the people on the ground at the time of the shooting.

Another thing that the FBI agent's lawyers tried to use to discredit the 3-D animation was the statement from a detective on scene that LaVoy Finicum's truck settled into the snow 3 to 4 inches in the hours following the shooting but Terpstra said he relied on pictures of the truck close to the time of the shooting.


Link below..........



"OREGON LIVE" STORY 5/23/2018
(MORE TO COME)

ITALY BREAKING:  PRESIDENT ACCEPTS FIVE STAR-LEAGUE COALITION NOMINEE FOR PRIME MINISTER 

Law professor Giuseppe Conte will lead a new Italian government as President Sergio Mattarella gave consent for him to form a new government.


Conte appeared before the media outside the president's office at 130pm Eastern (730pm Italian time) to make the announcement.

News reports say that Conte will now draw up a list of cabinet ministers for presidential approval.

Link......

RAI NEWS 24 TV LINK IN ITALIAN

(EDITED TO CORRECT SPELLING, ADD CONTENT)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

OREGON STANDOFF-LAVOY FINICUM:  EVIDENCE HEARINGS FOR FBI AGENT MOVING INTO FINAL ARGUMENTS



Testimony from expert witnesses in the case of FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita that his lawyers don't want on the stand at trial was reported to have concluded today.

Astarita is charged with lying five times about firing two shots in the direction of LaVoy Finicum moments before Finicum was killed by Oregon State Police on January 26, 2016 in Harney County, Oregon. during the Oregon Standoff protest.

The two experts who are part of the prosecution's case were questioned about their methods by the defense.  One of them worked for the Oregon State Police in the initial shooting investigation and another was hired by the federal government to back up the findings of the first. 

"Oregon Live" reports that there is a three degree trajectory difference in their analysis of the area where a bullet was fired from.

The defense brought in witnesses of their own as well.   A former forensic scientist and college statistics professor Andrew Bray disputed the margin of error used by the prosecution's witness Michael Haag.

Senior US District Judge Robert E. Jones will make the final call on what evidence will be allowed at trial after hearing final arguments from the prosecution and defense in the case.

No word yet on when he will make a ruling

Links below..........

KOIN-TV REPORT ON SECOND DAY OF HEARINGS WITH MISLEADING HEADLINE: THE TRIAL HAS NOT BEGUN


"OREGON LIVE" MAXINE BERNSTEIN REPORT 5/22/2018



ITALY LATEST: PRO-EU FORCES ATTACK AHEAD OF FINAL CALL ON NEW GOVERNMENT 


"So the international press and Italian press are going wild over presumed qualifications that Conte has never claimed to have"


Statement from "Five Star Movement" in Italy May 22, 2018


The Italian President Sergio Mattarella may decide tomorrow (Wednesday May 23rd) whether to accept a new coalition government of outsider political parties (Five Star and League) led by Florence University law professor Giuseppe Conte.

The Italian president held consultations today with the speakers of both houses of Italy's parliament.

But Conte is being probed by mainstream media claiming he may have an "inflated resume" with the "New York Times" obtaining a statement from New York University saying "A person by that name does not show up in any of our records as either a student or faculty member."

The Five-Star Movement was quick to defend the Prime Minister choice Conte noting he did not claim to have received any degrees or taking any specific courses, only to have spent a summer at NYU to perfect his "English legal language skills".

There is a "Financial Times" report of an impasse between the parties and President Mattarella over the choice of a finance minister.

Media reports say the proposed new government will include Paolo Savona as the finance minister.

Savona is reported by the media to be staunchly anti-Euro and has said Italy may need to pull out of the currency for the sake of its working people.





Link below:

Monday, May 21, 2018

OREGON STANDOFF:  PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS BEGIN FOR AGENT ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT SHOOTING (LAVOY FINICUM)


Indicted FBI Agent W  Joseph Astarita was in a Portland, Oregon courtroom Monday (May 21st) with his defense lawyers led by Washington DC lawyer Robert Cary.  Cary once represented a US Senator accused of corruption (Ted Stevens) who was acquitted.

Prosecution experts testified about how they identified Astarita as the shooter when two bullets were fired in the direction of LaVoy Finicum, moments before Oregon State Police fired the shots that killed Finicum.

Mr. Cary said during the hearing that the aerial video from an FBI drone is fuzzy and proves nothing.

Cary also publicly stated (for the benefit of the jury pool in his July trial?) that Astarita has used up his personal savings to pay for his own forensic experts and sought federal funds to cover other expenses.

The government experts synchronized the FBI drone video with another video recorded by a passenger in LaVoy Finicum's truck, fellow Oregon Standoff protester Shawna Cox.  They also analyzed the impact of one bullet that went through the roof of the truck along with the placement of all the law enforcement officers in the area plus the bullet's angle and trajectory.

Defense lawyers cross examined prosecution experts and brought out one of their own to discredit the prosecution experts.

Astarita is set to go on trial July 24th charged with three counts of making a false statement and two counts of obstruction of justice.

He is not charged with either killing LaVoy Finicum or injuring Ryan Bundy, a passenger in Finicum's truck.

Bundy is believed to be carrying shrapnel from one of Astarita's bullets.


Link below..........

ITALY LATEST: OUTSIDER PARTIES PROPOSE PRIME MINISTER TO PRESIDENT, EU AND PRO-EU FORCES FURIOUS


"Italy's insurgents defiant as bond spreads surge and EU threats build"


Headline from "The Telegraph" in London May 21, 2018


"They have nothing to worry about.  The government that we want to form wants to make Italy grow and create jobs, to bring companies to Italy that invest, to make work more stable"


League Leader Matteo Salvini as quoted by the Associated Press May 21, 2018





The two political parties who combined achieved 50 percent of the popular vote and a solid majority of seats in Italy's two houses of parliament (Five Star and League) have told the President of Italy their choice to be the country's new Prime Minister.


Florence University law professor Giuseppe Conte was the choice according to Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio.   Conte is not an elected official and is not well known but has associated himself with Five Star in recent years.

League leader Matteo Salvini described Conte as an expert in trimming bureaucracy with the Associated Press quoting Salvini as saying cutting bureaucracy is exactly "what many companies are asking for".

The Italian president is set to meet on Tuesday May 22nd with the leaders of the two houses of parliament.

Conte is also described as the person who will mediate differences between the two parties which had decided in advance not to name any of their politicians as Prime Minister.

The Five Star wants pension reforms rolled back and a minimum income for the poor in southern Italy while the League wants to bring in a flat tax to stimulate economic growth and crackdown on the immigration tsunami with increased deportations and also deal with Islamists in Italy.

Manfred Weber, who heads the so-called "conservative group" in the European Parliament warned that "irrational or populist acts could cause a new euro crisis".

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Sunday:  "If the new government takes the risk of not respecting its commitments on debt, the deficit, but also on the consolidation of banks, then the entire financial stability of the eurozone will be threatened."

Word is that the new government wants EU debt forgiveness to the tune of around 225 billion dollars (250 billion euros).

We will await to see if the Italian president gives approval to the new prime minister.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

OREGON STANDOFF:  HEARINGS START MONDAY IN FBI AGENT CASE AS DEFENSE WANTS EXPERTS BANNED FROM TRIAL


The defense lawyers for FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita will be using four days of hearings in the coming week to tear down the prosecution's case against him.

Astarita is accused of lying about the shots he fired in the direction of LaVoy Finicum at a roadblock along Route 395 in Harney County, Oregon on January 26, 2016.   The shots were fired moments before Oregon State Police fatally shot Finicum alongside his truck.

Federal prosecutors are using the work of an Oregon shooting team investigation that includes both expert witnesses and a 3-D animation of the trajectory of a bullet the prosecution says was fired by the FBI agent.

Defense lawyers are trying to use the "Daubert hearings" set for May 21st to 24th (Monday thru Thursday) to knock out witnesses the prosecution wants to present at trial, set to begin at US District Court in Portland July 24th.


Senior US District Judge Robert E. Jones is handling the case and will rule on who will be allowed to testify at trial and what evidence will be allowed.

Judge Jones was responsible for detention of those arrested in connection with the Oregon Standoff protest in 2016, telling Ammon and Ryan Bundy in a courthouse jail cell that they were not eligible for release on bail.

Link below.......


Wikipedia on "Daubert standard"


(EDITED SATURDAY PM, EXPANDED WITH LINK SATURDAY PM)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

OREGON STANDOFF:  HEY FEDS, THIS IS REAL DOMESTIC TERRORISM THIS DAY IN 1974


"......now we need all the gas you can round up from Parker Center, any geographical division and we need it down here Code 3 as fast as you can get it down.  In addition to that we need all the ammo we've got in the safe.  We're taking automatic fire front and back from this location they're much better armed than we are..."


LAPD officer on radio May 17, 1974 during confrontation with SLA terrorists near 54th and Compton  (at around 10:24 in video link below)


During the Oregon Standoff protest in early 2016 we heard and saw phrases like "militants", "armed standoff","militia" and so on.

And all that verbiage was aimed at people led by Ammon Bundy, who was armed.

The only violence during the protest came from law enforcement with the first shots fired by an FBI agent on January 26, 2016 aimed at a man driving a pickup truck (LaVoy Finicum)  to a town hall meeting where the Constitution of the United States would be discussed.

The protest began because some ranchers in Harney County, Oregon (Dwight and Steven Hammond) were being sent back to a federal prison to serve mandatory five year "terrorism" sentences for lighting a backfire to protect their property from a brushfire.

The protestors were training people to use non-violent means to get the land in their area out of federal hands and back into the hands of local people.

And after others were arrested among the last four, David Fry, a non-violent man unloading any firearms and putting them in a car.

Some crazy people came with guns.  At one point Ammon Bundy asked some of them to leave.
Others among the "crazies" were informants for the FBI who staged and postured as violence minded people trying to lead others into violence even firing off thousands of rounds of ammunition in one case.

Then there's the detention of those arrested in Oregon and Nevada with their trials staged in an atmosphere of fear.

Massive law enforcement presence around the accused in the courtrooms.   In Nevada, helicopters overhead and a convoy moving at a high rate of speed.   Detention indefinitely without bail.  The notion that these people were like Al-Qaeda terrorists.

In fact, the hostility extended towards those who came to the courtrooms to observe and protested outside in support of those arrested.

Those people were harassed by the authorities and one marshal homeland security officer in Portland said to the face of supporter Kelli Stewart that she was a 'domestic terrorist'.

But today we see the historical record of what really happened when some real terrorists were operating on the West Coast back in the 1970's.

The Symbionese  Liberation Army were murderers, bank robbers, kidnappers and more.   Their kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, the heiress to the media family's fortune, was a major news story at the time and much attention was paid to whether she was in the firefight depicted in this video clip of the 11 PM newscast from ABC in Los Angeles (KABC "Eyewitness News").


Links below...........




ABC Los Angeles "Eyewitness News" 5/17/1974 11PM Firefight with SLA terrorists


Wikipedia on "Symbionese Liberation Army"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

ITALY UPDATE:  MORE TIME NEEDED TO FORM NEW GOVERNMENT, FIVE STAR LEADER INTERVIEWED


The word after talks with Italy's president today is that more time is needed for the Five Star Movement and League to finalize details of a new government program and agree on the name of a new prime minister.


Leaders Luigi Di Maio of Five Star and Matteo Salvini of the League have agreed not to be prime minister, another person will be named.

Reuters quoted Di Maio:  "We agree that we have to move quickly, but we are writing what will be the government program for the next five years, it's very important for us to do it as well as possible, so we told the president we needed a few more days."

Meanwhile the founder-leader of the Five Star Movement, comedian Beppe Grillo, has been interviewed by "Newsweek".

He answered a variety of questions including ones about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

"Donald Trump also came from show business.  Did it help him?


I observed that mainstream media was so totally against him that, at the end, they helped him. The same has happened with the Five Star Movement....(The media) achieved the opposite of what it aimed for.  Same happened with Brexit.


Is the Five Star Movement on the left or the right?

.  

Left, right, populism...all are meaningless concepts.  Unitelligible for the new generations.  Artificial intelligence is destroying the traditional world of work.  Old nation-states have been emptied from within, and we are going back to the age of city-states...........


"And immigration?


The immigration flows have to be controlled.  We have to know who comes into Italy.  The problem shouldn't be left to oversized, dysfunctional government groups.


How do you feel about Russian President Vladimir Putin?


He is certainly somebody who has clear ideas.  I don't fear Putin at all.  Russia wants to make commerce, not war.  Anti-Putinism costs us billions in sanctions............"


Links below........






Monday, May 14, 2018

ITALY UPDATE:  OUTSIDER PARTIES REACH AGREEMENT, PRIME MINISTER, CABINET TO BE NAMED BUT......


The two outsider parties, the Five Star Movement and  the League,  have reached agreement on a new government in Italy and plan to name a prime minister and cabinet within days.


They have also reached agreement on a common set of policies which will include standing up for Italy within the European Union seeking renegotiation of EU rules that hurt the country,

A crackdown on illegal immigration with increased deportations, a flat tax to help individuals and businesses, a repeal of the 2011 pension reform law and opposition to new sanctions on Russia are also part of the agenda of a new government.

The leaders of the two parties,  Luigi Di Maio of Five Star and Matteo Salvini of the League, will meet separately with the Italian president later today at 430 and 6pm Italian time (1030am and 12 Noon Eastern time US)

It will be up to Italian President Sergio Mattarella to approve the new prime minister and its possible that Mattarella, a former politician from the pro-EU "Left" coalition in Italy, may refuse to do so.

Mattarella has noted in recent days that a former president declined to approve the proposed prime minister in 1955.

Another new development over the weekend was the Saturday decision by a Milan court to "rehabilitate" high profile Uniparty politician Silvio Berlusconi.   The court ruled that the billionaire media magnate is now eligible to run for public office again after a 2013 conviction for tax fraud.

When Berlusconi first emerged on the public scene in the 1970's and 80' to dominate privately owned television in Italy, he called himself a socialist and supported the Socialist Party.

In the 1990's he emerged on the Italian political scene with his "Forza Italia" party named after a popular soccer team.  Berlusconi served three terms as Prime Minister and was considered to be the leader of the "Center-Right" in Italian politics.

His flamboyant and theatrical style including fainting on stage and being punched by assailants while walking in large crowds with cameras around him has caused some to compare him to President Donald Trump.

After the economic downturn of 2008, Berlusconi pulled out of politics to allow a "technocratic" government to move in to impose harsh austerity measures on the country, which in part has contributed to the rise of new political forces like the Five Star Movement.

For this year's election, Berlusconi revived his "Forza Italia" party that was part of the "Right" coalition  but finished second inside that coalition to the League, which now intends to form a government with the Five Star Movement.

We shall have to wait to see how Italy's president reacts to a new government proposed to him and if any roadblocks put up by him will lead to a new election or cirumstance where Mr. Berlusconi might be enabled to stir things up and thwart outsider political forces in Italy now on the verge of achieving power.

Some mainstream media reports describe the anticipated government emerging in Italy as "radical".

(EDITED MONDAY AM)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

OREGON STANDOFF: LAWYERS FOR FBI AGENT ACCUSED OF LYING ABOUT SHOOTING AT LAVOY FINICUM SEEK DELAY


The defense lawyers for FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita, accused of lying about shooting at LaVoy Finicum at a roadblock on January 26, 2016,  tried to get a federal judge to delay a series of hearings set to begin a week from Monday (May 21st).

They said they needed time to get a statistician to detail out math errors in the prosecution's case regarding the trajectory of a bullet.

But US District Judge Robert E. Jones said the hearing date of May 21st remains firm but that the defense can file additional reports on its contention,

A federal prosecutor said the defense lawyers can contest the math at the trial.

The trial is set to begin with jury selection on July 24th.

Defense lawyers have been working to tear down the prosecution case developed by an Oregon law enforcement shooting team with various experts prepared to testify and a 3-D animation also planned for use at trial.

Judge Jones intends to use the 4-days of hearings planned later this month (May 21st-24th) to sort out which experts and exhibits the prosecution will be allowed to use at the agent's trial.

Why have the FBI agent's defense lawyers sought a delay in pretrial hearings?

Perhaps the recent revelations of grand jury testimony by mainstream media in Oregon, where the jury pool is located for Astarita's federal trial on perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

One part of the transcripts released to the media include the testimony of an Oregon detective, who spoke with Agent Astarita just hours after LaVoy Finicum was killed,

An Oregon State Police detective, Scott Hill, was told by the accused agent that LaVoy Finicum almost hit one of his fellow FBI agents and intended to run him over and called Finicum uncooperative and verbally combative.

Those comments would seem to point to Astarita being very motivated to open fire on LaVoy Finicum, something he is denying with his 'not guilty' pleas to the five charges of lying about shooting.

The Oregon shooting team investigators discovered that two shell casings were unaccounted for.

W.  Joseph Astarita is only charged with lying about the shooting, not charged with killing LaVoy Finicum, attempting to kill LaVoy Finicum, attempting to kill the other three people in LaVoy's truck or injuring Ryan Bundy, one of the passengers in the truck.

Bundy has shrapnel inside him that federal prosecutors believe is related to Astarita's gun being used.

Ryan Bundy says he is willing to have surgery to remove the shrapnel but federal prosecutors claim Bundy is making 'outrageous demands'.

Links below..........


Friday, May 11, 2018

BREAKTHROUGH IN ITALY:  THE MOST 'OUTSIDER' PARTIES MOVE TO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT


"Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the right-wing League party say they have made significant steps to forming a government, more than two months after a general election..."


BBC News report May 10th, 2018


"Let me say I've worked with both of these parties in the European Parliament.  Both of these groups and I've been president of those groups and these people have served with me and I really want to see this coalition forming......."


Nigel Farage on "The Nigel Farage Show"-LBC May 10th, 2018


There was an "inconclusive" result in Italy's general election on March 4th with the standard 'coalitions' of the 'Left' and 'Right' failing, especially the 'Left' one which had ruled the country.

But emerging with the greatest percentage of the popular vote were the political outsiders of the Five Star Movement founded by stand up comedian Beppe Grillo.

Attempts to form a new government had faltered with the "Right" coaltion leader Silvio Berlusconi balking at the notion of his coalition governing with Five Star.

But now Berlusconi has relented to allow The League, a pro-free market European Union skeptic party in his coalition, to move forward and join Five Star in efforts to form a new government.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has given the two parties until Sunday to form a government, but not without offering some critical remarks saying it would be wrong 'to look to 19th Century solutions' to deal with '21st Century problems'.

Italian markets fell at the prospect of such a new government being formed with business elites fearful of anti-EU policies and the Five Star's promotion of 'income support' for poor Italians living in the South of the country.

But The League has a strong pro-business position including promotion of a 15 percent flat tax rate which would benefit big business.

On paper, the coalition of the 5 SM and League commands majorities in both houses of Italy's parliament (352 of 630 in the lower, 170 of 315 in the upper).

Links below........


BBC News story 5/10

The Nigel Farage Show 5/10 (Italy Discussion at 12:24)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

SYRIA UPDATE: MISSILES LAUNCHED AMID CONFLICTING CLAIMS,  IS REGIME CHANGE NEXT?


"After spending 10 hours in the company of President Vladimir Putin in Moscow at his guest of honor, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he believes that Israel's freedom to operate in Syria in its defense is not in jeopardy...."


Debkafile report May 9th, 2018 at 1:42 pm Eastern time


"Some of the missiles Israel launched into Syrian territory have broken through the defenses deployed by Damascus and hit radar and air defense positions, state media outlet SANA said, citing a military source.......

The Israeli army said it was attacking "Iranian targets" inside Syria..."


Russia Today Report May 10th, 2018


"Israel claimed that it will respond against Iran, but hit positions of the SAA (Syrian Arab Army) only......"


"WithinSyriaBlog" post May 10th, 2018


"Israel will 'eliminate' Syrian President Bashar Assad if he continues to let Iran operate from Syria, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Monday.....Steinitz told Israeli news site ynet that Assad needs to know it will be his end if he allows Iran to turn Syria into military base in order to attack Israel.....Steinitz later clarified his comments reflect his personal opinions."


Haaretz story May 8th, 2018


When the missiles began to fly in the Golan Heights late last night it came as no surprise with President Trump's announcement of withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal following days of reports, first from Israel, then US sources that there was an "imminent" Iranian threat from Syria.

In the last several weeks Israeli raids were launched into Syria with no response from either the Iranians or the Syrians aimed at Israeli controlled territory.

There were claims that Israel fired first last night from Syria but Israel says Iranian forces fired at their positions in the Golan first.

Soon missiles were flying in other parts of Syria with Israel claiming to have hit 50 Iranian targets in what was a major Israeli operation.

Syrian defenses were hit according to Syrian government media with pro-Syrian sources online saying only Syrian targets were hit, not Iranian ones.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's trip to Moscow Wednesday May 9th to be "guest of honor" at the World War 2 victory parade gave him an opportunity to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Israeli leader came away confident that Russia would not interfere with Israeli military action.

But while Israel insists Iran is its target, one wonders whether the comments made earlier this week (which were later walked back) by Israel's energy minister Yuval Steinitz stating that Israel would 'eliminate' Syria's ruler Bashar Assad if he continues to host Iranian bases  is the real end game for Israel in Syria.

Will Israel seek to do what its Saudi allies and their Al-Qaeda jihadists were unable to do, remove Assad from power in Syria?

Russia is apparently urging restraint from Syria for now in response to Israeli attacks so as to not fall into a trap of justifying even harsher attacks from Israel.

Russia among other things would like to successfully host the World Cup of soccer (football) starting next month but we shall see if there is more escalation in Syria in the hours and days ahead.

You might recall when Russia hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014 at Sochi, the pro-Russian government was overthrown in Ukraine.  That forced Russia to retake Crimea from the new anti-Russian government.   Ex-Israel Defense Forces were among those helping the anti-Russian coup in Ukraine.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF:  LEAD PROSECUTOR MOVED TO NEW POSITION, NEW US ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT EXTENDED


In secrecy the lead prosecutor in the Bunkerville Standoff case, Steven Myhre, was moved from his First Assistant US Attorney position to a new one in the Nevada US Attorney's office in recent months

His new position as "senior litigation counsel" includes duties like training new prosecutors in the Nevada office.

Myhre was roundly criticized by a federal judge (Gloria M. Navarro) for deliberately withholding evidence proving the innocence of defendants in the Bunkerville Standoff case.

The case involved rancher Cliven Bundy, his family members, and supporters who came to the family's defense in April 2014 when the federal government seized Bundy Ranch cattle, surrounded the area with snipers, and attacked family members.

Ammon Bundy posted on Facebook today word from Todd Engel who was convicted with evidence proving his innocence withheld and now remains in jail in limbo in connection with Bunkerville.

Engel says his lawyer (Warren Markowitz) has seen the second Larry Wooten whistleblower letter regarding misconduct by the federal government in the case.

"Wooten 1 now looks like a bedtime story"

Todd Engel's lawyer Warren Markowitz as quoted by Engel


Engel's lawyer wants the second letter to be made public and to overturn guilty pleas and convictions in connection with Bunkerville.  It is hoped that the second letter will be released to the public soon.

Todd Engel is trying to raise money (10-thousand dollars) so his lawyer can depose Larry Wooten under oath so his words can  become more than what the federal government now claims is "hearsay".

Engel is imprisoned at the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump and Greg Burleson at the Allenwood Federal Prison in Pennsylvania.  Both men convicted with Burleson sentenced to 68 years.

Jerry Delemus, who entered a guilty plea, is jailed at the Devens Federal Prison in Massachusetts on an 87 month sentence.

The interim US Attorney in Nevada, Dayle Elieson, has had her appointment extended by the chief federal judge in Nevada, US District Judge Gloria M. Navarro.  Navarro was the judge who presided over the Bunkerville Standoff trials.

Elieson's January appointment by Attorney General Jeff Sessions was for 120 days and Navarro's approval was required to extend the appointment.

She will serve as US Attorney for Nevada until a new US Attorney is confirmed by the US Senate.


Links below.......


LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL 4/12 STEVEN MYHRE REASSIGNED


NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO DAYLE ELIESON REAPPOINTED 4/19


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