Saturday, March 9, 2019



At the top of the newsdump.

The Wikileaks source, Chelsea Manning, has been jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury.

US District Judge Claude Hilton of Eastern Virginia ordered Manning to jail until she is willing to testify or until the grand jury probe is over.

Manning was already tried convicted and imprisoned for revealing the information and stands by previous testimony.

Manning  issued a statement saying in part:

"I will not participate in a secret process that I morally object to, particularly one that has been historically used to entrap and persecute activists for protected political speech"

Manning being held at a detention center in Alexandria, Virginia.

In recent months we've learned that the Justice Department is probing Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

In Venezuela the massive power outage affecting most of the country continued into its second day Friday afternoon with at least one death in Caracas attributed to it.

A patient at a hospital died because a respirator became inoperative.  At least one social media posting says there were nine deaths at another hospital because of the power failure.

The Maduro government blaming Interim President Juan Guaido and foreign governments that support him as President.

Guaido urging people to come out and protest the incompetence of the regime that has left the country in the dark.

Supporters of Guaido plan to protest today, Saturday, across the country with the Maduro regime planning a rally.

Week 17 of the Yellow Vests protests in France.  Here is a link to the Breaking News post....HERE

In Algeria Friday what are called the largest protests yet against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.  Protests in multiple cities.

Riot police in Algiers firing tear gas to drive protesters away from a road leading to the presidential palace.

Reports from the country say almost 200 people were arrested.

The protests started in connection with Bouteflika's decision to run for a fifth term in the presidential election next month.

When it comes to Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May is saying "lets get it done" ahead of next week's votes she promises on the issue.

But for the supporters of a real and meaningful exit from the European Union, a sense that May is betraying the 17 plus million Britons who voted "Leave" in the 2016 referendum.

Activist Katie Hopkins posting a video saying the "Leave" side is about to "get the shaft".

Turkey's Defense Minister says Turkish troops are now patrolling in Idlib province in northern Syria while Russian troops operate patrols to the south in Hama province.a.

Hulusi Akar spoke on Friday.

There have been months of violent acts coming from the deconfliction zone which is supposed to be jointly guaranteed by Turkey and Russia.     They are perpetrared by the jihadist Al-Qaeda HTS group operating there.

Late word is that the first Turkish patrols are over.  Also Turkish pro-government media critical of the Syrian government of Bashar Assad blaming it for violence in northern Syria.

Akar also said the Russian S-400 air defense system will become operational in Turkey this October.

The Turkish Defense Minister addressed the issue of the US keeping Turkey out of the F-35 program if it buys the Russian air defense systems by saying that Turkey is working on the matter with the United States.

The satellite images from North Korea are being discussed and the consensus is that no weapon launch is being planned, but a satellite launch is likely.

President Trump said Friday he would be "very disappointed" if any weapons testing were to take place.

16 more indictments handed down by a Chicago grand jury against actor Jussie Smollett.   These new disorderly conduct charges are follow up to the original disorderly conduct charge for filing a false police report about a "racist-homophobic" attack in January.

Smollett now being accused in connection with statements he made to police detectives about the hoax attack.   The attack was attributed to people who support President Trump.

Its the weekend we move the clocks forward one hour, Daylight Savings Time.   2 am Sunday is the hour.

The Space X Dragon capsule splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean Friday after a test flight to the International Space Station.   Two astronauts projected to travel in the capsule this coming July.

In Washington, US Senator Marco Rubio proposing legislation to keep the clocks on Daylight Savings Time year round in an apparent move to help business.

And that's the way it really is on this Newsdump Saturday morning March 9th, 2019.

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