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Iran Slams US Hypocrisy Over Potential Sale of Nuclear Secrets to Saudi Arabia

Published time: 20 Feb, 2019 11:47
Edited time: 20 Feb, 2019 12:49

Iran’s Twitter-savvy FM Javid Zarif took to his favored medium to call out US hypocrisy, noting how Washington’s ostensible concerns over human rights and nuclear proliferation disappear when it comes to Saudi Arabia.
House Democrats aren’t the only ones up in arms over the White House’s alleged attempt to fast-track ‘sensitive’ US nuclear technologies to Saudi Arabia, as Iran’s Foreign Minister made clear in his Tweet on Wednesday.

“Day by day it becomes clearer to the world what was always clear to us,” Zarif wrote.

Neither human rights nor a nuclear program have been the real concern of the US. First a dismembered journalist ; now illicit sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia fully expose US hypocrisy.

Trump heavily criticized and eventually canceled the Iran nuclear deal (known as the JCPOA) last year. Yet, members of his administration have reportedly been all too eager to bypass necessary congressional review and potentially provide Saudi Arabia with the information it needs to build a nuclear weapon, flagrantly violating the Atomic Energy Act in the process.


Supreme Court Strikes Blow Against States that Raise Revenue by Hefty Fines, Forfeitures

Richard Wolf, USA TODAY Published 10:17 a.m. ET Feb. 20, 2019 | Updated 10:30 a.m. ET Feb. 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that state governments cannot impose excessive court fees, fines and forfeitures as a means of raising money.

The decision, which united the court's conservatives and liberals, makes clear that the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against "excessive fines" applies to the states.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, just back from lung cancer surgery, wrote the court's majority opinion and announced it from the bench.

It was a victory for Tyson Timbs, who sold less than $400 worth of heroin to undercover police officers in 2013. Upon conviction, Indiana seized his Land Rover, which he had purchased for more than $42,000.

Liberals and libertarians alike have groused for years about what they see as increasingly greedy governments. A study by Harvard University and the National Institute of Justice found that some 10 million people owe more than $50 billion as a result of the fines, fees and forfeitures.


Iraq Says It Will Continue Sanctions-Busting Imports From Iran

• Neighbors close to energy payment deal, Iraqi official says
• Iraq won’t abide by U.S. restrictions on Iran: PM’s adviser

By Henry Meyer
February 20, 2019, 10:16 AM EST

Iraq is close to finalizing a deal that will allow it to import Iranian energy despite American sanctions by avoiding the U.S. dollar, an Iraqi official said.

“A big delegation came from the Iranian central bank and the idea was proposed to trade with Iran in euros,” Abdulkarim Hashim Mustafa, special adviser to Iraq’s prime minister, said in an interview Tuesday in Moscow on the sidelines of a Middle East conference hosted by the Kremlin-backed Valdai discussion club. “There are other ideas to pay in Iraqi dinars, or in oil.”

The U.S. has been pressuring Iraq to end its purchases of Iranian natural gas and electricity, which meet a large share of domestic energy needs. In the meantime, it has extended to Baghdad a temporary waiver from the sanctions targeting Iran that President Donald Trump reimposed last year after pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal. Mustafa said

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government has rebuffed the U.S. pressure to cut energy ties with Iran, adding to strained ties with Washington over Trump’s vow to keep troops in Iraq indefinitely to “watch” the Islamic Republic. The two majority Shiite neighbors have become close allies since the 2003 U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein.


Putin: We'll Target USA if Washington Deploys Missiles in Europe

By Polina Nikolskaya and Vladimir Soldatkin 3 hrs ago

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington's decision this month to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty.

But he said that Russia's reaction to any deployment would be resolute and that U.S. policy-makers, some of whom he said were obsessed with U.S. exceptionalism, should calculate the risks before taking any steps.

"It's their right to think how they want. But can they count? I'm sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing," Putin told Russia's political elite to strong applause.

"Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons which can be used not only in respect of those territories from which the direct threat to us originates, but also in respect of those territories where the centers of decision-making are located,” he said.


McCabe: 'I Think It's Possible' Trump Is A Russian Asset

By Kate Sullivan and Laura Jarrett, CNN 2 hrs ago

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said Tuesday it is possible President Donald Trump is a Russian asset.

"Do you still believe the President could be a Russian asset?" asked CNN's Anderson Cooper during an interview with McCabe on "Anderson Cooper 360."

"I think it's possible. I think that's why we started our investigation, and I'm really anxious to see where (special counsel Robert) Mueller concludes that," McCabe said.

It's another bombshell comment from McCabe, which comes days after he outlined on Sunday to CBS the reasons top US officials decided to open a counterintelligence probe and obstruction of justice investigation into the President.


Time for KKK to night ride again: Alabama paper calls for return of the Klan to fight DC & taxes

An Alabama newspaper editor has called on the Ku Klux Klan to ride back into town to fight taxes and hang “socialist communists” using hemp ropes.
Goodloe Sutton, the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama, called on the notorious white supremacist group to dust off their white hoods and “night ride again” because “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”

Locals angry after KKK robe fetches hefty $3,000 at Pennsylvania auction

The publisher and owner of the newspaper slammed Democrats in the column published last week, warning, “This socialist-communist idealogy sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.”

“Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there,” he wrote.

When Sutton was asked about his editorial, he doubled down, telling the Montgomery Advertiser, “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out DC, we'd all been better off.”


Shouldn't be long now, indeed. Khrushchev was prophetic it seems.

Jewish Cemeteries Vandalized In Poland


Local police are investigating possible anti-Semitic motives.

Two Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized in Poland amid a fresh diplomatic crisis between that country and Israel over complicity in the Holocaust.

In the city of Świdnica, a suburb of Wroclaw in southwestern Poland, at least 15 headstones were smashed last week at the local Jewish cemetery. Other headstones were painted with black graffiti, including one of a pentagram – a symbol associated with Satanism.

Local police are investigating possible anti-Semitic motives, the website Wmeritum reported.

The cemetery had seen previous incidents, Monika Krawczyk, chairwoman-elect of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.


Trumps Venezuela Gamble Is Turning Out To Be A Beaten Docket

Published time: 19 Feb, 2019 15:44

Trump’s bid for regime change in Venezuela is starting to look like a fatal overreach. With the South American country’s military remaining firmly loyal to President Maduro, embarrassing questions loom over US’ dubious game plan.

It is not just Washington’s reputation that will take yet another grievous hit. So too will those European states which have shamefully rowed in behind the tawdry attempt at destabilizing a sovereign nation.

US President Donald Trump was asked by reporters at the weekend if he had a “plan B” for Venezuela if President Nicolas Maduro does not stand down soon, as Washington is demanding. With his typical bluster, Trump said he had several backup options.

But, despite his bravado, it looks like Trump’s bet on effecting regime change in Venezuela is a losing venture. The US seems to be increasingly desperate to salvage its plan to topple the government in Caracas.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who has been doing much of the bidding for Trump’s White House on Venezuela, flew down to the border crossing with Colombia where US military transport planes have been delivering food and medical aid.

The PR stunt resembled scenes from another US-backed regime change operation in Ukraine back in 2014, when the late Senator John McCain and State Department official Victoria Nuland handed out cookies to protesters.


Putins Tiger Hunt Story By France 2 Wins Award For Fake News

Published time: 19 Feb, 2019 18:42

If you’re a media professional writing hit-pieces about Russia and your latest bombshell piece turned out to be fake news, don't worry, it can still win an award in France. This story about Vladimir Putin on a ‘tiger hunt’ did.

In a cheeky Bobards d'Or ('Golden Hoax') ceremony in Paris, organized by the Polemia Foundation think tank, some of the most ridiculous fake news stories of the past years were awarded fitting trophies: golden statuettes modeled after the Oscars but made in the image of the character synonymous with being caught in a lie: Pinocchio.


Out of 15 initial candidates narrowed down by an online vote, the judges ultimately picked three. The international ‘golden hoax’ winner, in line with the spirit of the times, was a story connected to Russia – though in this particular case, Russia wasn’t accused of fabricating fake news, but vindicated as its victim.

The golden Pinocchio went to France 2 for a story it had released in August 2018 about world leaders’ extravagant holidaying habits and which claimed that Putin had gone on a “tiger hunt”. It even provided pictures to prove the point – Putin with his hand on a motionless tiger sprawled on the forest floor, as though boasting over a prized kill.

FILE PHOTO: Vladimir Putin not hunting a tiger © Sputnik / Aleksey Druzhinin

Except the truth wasn’t what the pictures were showing. The images were taken from a 2008 report on a national tiger preservation program and Putin was doing the exact opposite of killing an endangered species. In a gesture of support for the preservation effort, he was putting a GPS tracking collar on the animal.

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