Friday, April 19, 2019



At the top of the Newsump under the cover of the Mueller report fallout is the top story.

President Trump has talked to the eastern Libyan leader Khalifa Haftar.   Trump recognized Haftar as a fighter against terrorism and his efforts to secure Libya's oil.

The White House statement says that the two discussed:

"a shared vision for Libya's transition to a stable, democratic political system"

The leader ostensibly backed by the US and the UN,  Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj told the BBC in an interview that Western leaders who claim to be allies of the Government of National Accord have been "silent" since the military attacks on his government began a few week ago.

The "Wall Street Journal" reported last week that right before Haftar's Libyan National Army launched its attack on the Government of National Accord's territory in and around Tripoli Saudi Arabia pledged millions of dollars in support for Haftar.

General Haftar is also reported to have met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last month.

Saudi Arabia's close ally, the United Arab Emirates, is also providing military assistance to the Haftar forces.

Turkey arresting two men said to be intelligence operatives for the United Arab Emirates.

Turkey investigating links between the two men and the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The CIA has reported on the links between Khashoggi's murder and high level Saudi officials including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

US Marshals in Los Angeles arresting a former US Marine alleged to be part of a group that raided North Korea's embassy in Spain two months ago.

Christopher Ahn under arrest in a case that is under seal.

However, Spanish authorities are investigating the incident involving a break in by a group of ten people, striking embassy staff, handcuffing of embassy officials and the theft of computers and hard drives.

Matthew Cordova of the US Marshals office says the arrest was made on a warrant from Spain.

A Spanish court has named leaders of the Cheolima Civil Defense group, an organization to the North Korean regime.   Spain wants the group extradited.

Federal agents also conducted a raid on the apartment of Adrian Hong, a leader of the group which also uses the name "Free Joeson".

The February 22nd raid in Madrid on North Korea's diplomatic mission just days before the second summit meeting between President Trump and North Korea's ruler Kim Jong-un.

More than  60-thousand police mobilized in France Saturday for Week 23 of the Yellow Vests protests.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner believes there will be attacks on businesses tomorrow justifying the huge mobilization.

Yellow Vests protests in cities across France Saturday and especially in Paris for what is called "Ultimatum 2" according to social media posts.

Government and media reports ahead of the protests emphasized fear that militants ("black bloc" anarchists) will show up.

President Emmanuel Macron now set to speak Thursday night about concerns of the French people obtained through his series of "town hall meetings" called in response to the Yellow Vests protests.

The "Breaking News" Yellow Vests post is here.......LINK

Former Vice-President Joe Biden will announce he is a candidate for President next week.

"The Atlantic" quotes sources close to Biden as saying he has decided to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump.

Media reports say Biden will announce on Wednesday.

The presence of a huge number of candidates in the race is likely designed to split off and divide as many votes as possible from Biden's main rival in the Democrat race, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

In Ukraine Friday night the presidential runoff candidates in Sunday's election  debated before a crowd of more than 20-thousand at Kiev's Olympic Stadium.

Polling data shows a wide lead for actor-comedian Volodymyr Zelensky over the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

Corruption the big issue with Zelensky saying to Poroshenko:

"I am not your opponent, I am your sentence"

For his part Poroshenko seemed to accept the expected outcome of the election:

"On April 22 life goes on, and on April 22, we must unite to protect the country together.   The most important thing is not to lose it."

In California Friday what amounts to life sentences for David and Lousie Turpin, accused in the torture and starvation of their children.    They entered guilty pleas to most of the charges against them.    The Turpin's will not be eligible for parole for 25 years.

A victim impact statement from one of the children in court read by her brother says:

"I still love both of my parents so much"

"Although it may not have been the best way of raising us.  I am glad that they did because it made me the person I am today"

In London the climate change activists "Extinction Rebellion" protest continued .    106 more arrested Friday by police bringing the total number of those arrested to 682.

For days protesters have been blocking key locations like Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus.

Police moved in Friday to surround a pink protest boat in Oxford Circus.    Among those on the boat actress Dame Emma Thompson.

Also in London Friday a rally held by the Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans group.   The British government moved in recent weeks to prosecute two ex-British soldiers for deadly shooting incidents in Northern Ireland 47 and 50 years ago.

Pledging support to the veterans was United Kingdom Independence Party leader Gerard Batten, who spoke at the rally.

And that's the way it really is as we enter Saturday April 20th, 2019.


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