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gotta keep beating those drums for julian

For Our Rulers, Smearing A Dissident Journalist Is As Good As Killing Him
Caitlin Johnstone, Jun 20 2018

As I write this, demonstrations around the world are taking place in protest of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange’s arbitrary detention and silencing by the Pindocentric power establishment that has been actively pursuing his destruction for over a decade. The demonstrations will be well-attended, but not a fraction as well-attended as they should be. They will receive international attention, but not a fraction as much attention as they should. This is because the manipulators and smear merchants who have made their careers paving the way for oligarchic agendas have been successful in killing off sympathy for the plight of Assange. As we discussed yesterday, sympathy is key for getting narratives to take hold in public consciousness. This is why western corporate media will circulate pictures of dead children all day long when it’s in the interests of advancing longstanding imperialist agendas, but never when those children were killed by western weapons. If you can tug at someone’s heart strings while telling them a story, the story you tell them will slide right in with minimal scrutiny. And it works the other way, too: if you can prevent someone’s heart strings from being plucked while hearing about a legitimately heartbreaking story, you can prevent that story from taking hold. Kill all sympathy for a dissident journalist and you kill all belief in his side of the story. And Assange’s side of the story is indeed devastating to the preferred narrative of the Pindocentric empire. A journalist (yes, journalist, per definition) who publishes 100% authentic documents exposing the inner mechanics of power structures all over the world, who was forced to seek political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to avoid extradition by the same government which brutalized Chelsea Manning, is on its face a highly sympathetic story. And it does tremendous damage to the narrative that Pindostan and its close network of vassals are freedom-loving democracies whose systems of government are nothing like those naughty, oppressive regimes they seek to topple.

So they smear him. As often as possible, using whatever they can, they smear his reputation. Because if they can kill all sympathy for him and his outlet, it’s as good for their agendas as actually killing him. The smears work because the social engineers know how to manipulate people. In Pindostan, for example, people are herded into two isolated ideological holding pens and encouraged to identify as much as possible with whichever pen they’re in so that narratives can be slipped into their consciousness in a smooth, streamlined way. Are you in the ‘R’ pen and upset about the hand you’ve been dealt? You should blame the ‘D’ pen, and those foreigners who are of no strategic consequence to your rulers. Are you in the ‘D’ pen and upset about the hand you’ve been dealt? You should blame the ‘R’ pen, and those Russians whose downfall would advance the longstanding geopolitical agendas of your rulers. In the same way, those in the ‘R’ pen were fed narratives against Julian Assange in 2010 which they lapped up because believing them was easier than believing that the pen they’re so tightly identified with had enabled the evils revealed in WikiLeaks releases about Pindo war crimes. And in exactly the same way, those in the ‘D’ pen were fed narratives against Julian Assange in 2016 which they lapped up because believing them was easier than believing that the pen they’re so tightly identified with is pervasively corrupt. By enforcing a strong sense of identification with a particular ideological tribe, they ensure that the psychological discomfort known as cognitive dissonance will arise from any revelation which can be spun as detrimental to that tribe. They then create a narrative which alleviates that discomfort, and that narrative always damages the reputation of the enemies of the power establishment. It’s a snake oil cure for an ailment that they deliberately caused.

Nobody actually thinks that Julian Assange is a Russian agent, or a rapist, or a “hostile non-state intelligence service,” or any of the other absurd smears I’ve seen circulating about him throughout all political sectors of the Pindocentric empire. Those are not ideas that anyone has taken on board because they sincerely believe there’s enough evidence for them to outweigh the undeniable fact that many extremely powerful and influential people stand to benefit from tarnishing his reputation on false pretenses. At best, they’re just fairy tales people tell themselves because they’re easier than believing that their favorite country/political party persecutes journalists for telling the truth and is as corrupt and evil as the various WikiLeaks publications of their communications would indicate. At worst, it’s a fairy tale they are deliberately seeding into public consciousness so that people will believe lies instead of truth. People find all sorts of ways to wiggle their way around the cognitive dissonance that unedited, authentic documents can create in them when it challenges their deeply treasured identity structures. People who present themselves as anti-establishment progressives often say things like “Well, you can be critical of Assange and still support WikiLeaks for providing a valuable service.” And sure, that may be technically true, but it’s never actually true for the people who say it: look at their writings and social media posts and you won’t see them aggressively defending WikiLeaks, you’ll only see them smearing Assange as often as they can get away with. They’re just trying to retain their anti-establishment cred (another treasured identity structure) while promulgating smear campaigns which advance the agendas of the CIA and the State Dept. They pay lip service to the image they’re trying to convey, but their actions tell you where they really stand. People who disrupt dominant narratives will always be attacked and vilified, because those narratives often form the building blocks of people’s identity structures, their egos. An ego is just a collection of believed “I” stories; they typically include believed ideas about really basic things like “I am this body,” but they also include a bunch of other “I” stories like “I am a Demagog” or “I am a patriotic Pindo” as well. Attacking dominant narratives on a large scale will cause intense cognitive dissonance in everyone who has a lot of identity wrapped up in the power structure which is weakened by that attack, to such an extent that it can feel as though you yourself are being personally attacked. The way Demagogs have talked about Assange since 2016 you get the distinct impression they feel like he may as well have walked up and stabbed them.

As this webcomic from The Oatmeal brilliantly explains, the brain is hardwired to protect strongly valued belief systems in the same way it’s hardwired to make sure the body protects itself from a physical attack. This serves a useful function in that it gives us a cognitive strategy for making sense of the world that isn’t blown to pieces every time you encounter a new idea, but it can also be malformed in a way which does not accurately represent reality. When that happens, it really is worthwhile to tough it out through the brain’s distress signals of cognitive dissonance and consciously restructure your sense-making apparatus in a way that accommodates a more accurate perspective. This is the invitation whenever you’re looking at a WikiLeaks drop which challenges your existing worldview. It’s just raw information sitting there, and you can choose to believe a story which allows you to comfortably dismiss it, or you can stick it out through the psychological discomfort and allow it to restructure your worldview. You have defense mechanisms in place to prevent random bits of information from tearing apart your sense-making apparatus that haven’t been properly audited for reliability, but a publishing outlet with a 100% perfect record for releasing authentic documents is as reliable a source of information as you will ever find. If your goal is psychological comfort, you have plenty of good reasons to loathe Julian Assange and spend all day helping plutocrats and secretive government agencies damage his reputation so that nobody will ever pay attention to him or his publications. If your goal is the truth, however, it is to your benefit to ignore the smears, to accept the reality of how and why Assange is being targeted, and to allow the truths that have been revealed by WikiLeaks publications to reshape your understanding of how the world works.

killing the yemeni people as a people, making daesh out of the human dust remaining

Drawings expose sexual abuses in UAE-run prisons in Yemen
Maggie Michael, AP, Jun 20 2018

CAIRO — The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind head dresses, but their accents were clearly foreign, from the UAE. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of each prisoner, claiming that they were looking for contraband cell phones. The men screamed and wept. Those who resisted were threatened by barking dogs and beaten until they bled. Hundreds of detainees suffered similar sexual abuse during the event on Mar 10 at Beir Ahmed prison in the southern city of Aden, according to seven witnesses interviewed by AP. Descriptions of the mass abuse offer a window into a world of rampant sexual torture and impunity in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen.

800“This is how they transport the prisoners from and to the coalition. Blindfolded and handcuffed
in the back of a Land Cruiser pickup in large numbers as if they are animals and under gunpoint.”

The UAE is a key Pindo vassal whose secret prisons and widespread torture were exposed by an AP investigation last June. AP has since identified at least five prisons where security forces use sexual torture to brutalize and break inmates. AP first asked the Pentagon about grave rights abuses committed by the UAE one year ago. But despite well-documented reports of torture reported by the AP, human rights groups and even the UN, Pentagon spox said:

Pindo forces are required to report credible allegations of detainee abuse. We have received no credible allegations that would substantiate the allegations put forth in your line of question/story.

Pindo boxtops have acknowledged that Pindo forces receive intelligence from UAE vassals and have participated in interrogations in Yemen. But the spox said he could not comment on intelligence-sharing with vassals.

800-2“Anti-terrorism – Innocent citizen – Real terrorism behind their back, they don’t look at.”

800-3“with water after beating.”

UAE forces that are purportedly fighting on behalf of Yemen’s government have overtaken wide swaths of territory, towns and cities in the south. They have swept up hundreds of men into a network of at least 18 hidden prisons on suspicion of being AQ or Daesh militants. The prisoners are held without charges or trials. Witnesses said Yemeni guards working under the direction of Emirati officers have used various methods of sexual torture and humiliation. They raped detainees while other guards filmed the assaults. They electrocuted prisoners’ genitals or hung rocks from their testicles. They sexually violated others with wooden and steel poles. One father of four said:

They strip you naked, then tie your hands to a steel pole from the right and the left so you are spread open in front of them. Then the sodomizing starts.

From inside the prison in Aden, detainees smuggled letters and drawings to the AP about the sexual abuse. The drawings were made on plastic plates with blue ink pen. The artist told the AP that he was detained last year and has been in three different prisons. he said:

They tortured me without even accusing me of anything. Sometimes I wish they would give me a charge so I can confess and end this pain. The worst thing about it is that I wish for death every day and I can’t find it.

The drawings show a man hanging naked from chains while he is being electrocuted, another inmate on the floor surrounded by snarling dogs as several people kick him, and graphic depictions of anal rape. “Naked after beating,” one Arabic caption says. Another drawing shows a man’s rectum being forced open. “This is how they search the prisoners,” the caption reads. Of the five prisons where the AP found sexual torture, four are in Aden, according to three Yemeni security and military officials who spoke to AP. One is at the Buriqa base, the headquarters for the Emirati forces. A second is at the house of Shallal Shaye, the Aden security chief closely allied with the UAE, and a third is at a nightclub-turned-prison called Wadah. The fourth is at Beir Ahmed, where the March atrocities occurred. Pindo personnel have been seen at the Buriqa base, along with Colombian mercenaries, according to two prisoners and two security officials. The detainees could not say whether the Pindos, some of whom wear military uniforms, are members of the Pindo armed forces or mercenaries.

800-4“forcing against the wall.”

But it is the UAE that has taken the lead in southern Yemen. The humiliation of the entire prison population in March may have been triggered by a series of hunger strikes among prisoners, who are held for months or years. At least 70 detainees were ordered released earlier this year by state prosecutors but most remain in detention. The Yemeni government has said that it has no control over the UAE-run prisons and Hadi has ordered an investigation into reports of torture. The incident in March began when soldiers opened cells at 8 am, ordered all detainees out to the prison yard, then lined them up and forced them to stand under the sun till noon. When the Emirati force arrived, the detainees were blind-folded, handcuffed and led in groups or individually into a room where the Emiratis were present. The Emiratis told them to undress and lie down. The UAE officers then spread their legs open, touched their genitals and probed their rectums. one prisoner was heard crying:

You are killing my dignity!

A second screamed to the Emiratis:

Did you come to liberate us or strip our clothes off?

The Emiratis shouted back:

This is our job!

One prisoner said:

All I could think of was Abu Ghraib.

Another witness told the AP:

They were searching for mobile phones inside our bodies. Do you believe this! How could anyone hide a phone in there?

In the same city, at the UAE-run prison inside the Buriqa military base, two prisoners told the AP t they think that American personnel in uniform must be aware of the torture – either because they have heard screams or seen marks of torture.” Prisoners said that they haven’t seen Americans directly involved in the abuse. one senior security official at the Riyan Prison in the city of Mukalla said:

Pindos use Emiratis as gloves to do their dirty work.

Two other security officials, who were once close to the Emiratis, said that mercenaries including Pindos are present at all the Emirati military camps and sites, including the prisons. Their mission is mainly to guard. The father of four said:

Sometimes the screaming from the beatings is so intense that I can feel my cell shake. It’s beyond imagination.

A former security chief who himself was involved in torturing detainees to extract confessions told the AP that rape is used as a way to force detainees to cooperate with the Emiratis in spying. He said:

In some cases, they rape the detainee, film him while raping, use it as a way to force him to work for them.

Based on the AP investigation last year, the House of Representatives voted on May 24 to require Mad Dog Mattis to determine whether Pindo military or intelligence personnel violated the law in interrogations of detainees in Yemen. The House adopted the measure as part of the 2019 defense authorization bill. The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California. The DoD has to submit a report within 120 days to Congress. Khanna said:

We hope for a clear answer. This is not the Pindo way of doing business.

Pindostan provides arms worth billions of dollars in addition to logistical and intelligence support to the Toad coalition. Pindostan has also intensified its drone campaign against AQ and Daesh in Yemen. The Pentagon has said that Pindo forces are helping UAE and Yemeni forces in driving AQ from southern Yemeni cities. The war has left over 10,000 people dead, displaced millions, and pushed the already poor country to the edge of famine. Yet instead of restoring President Hadi’s power in the southern Yemen regions liberated from the Houthis, the Toads kept him in Riyadh for more than a year. He was only allowed to return to Yemen Thursday at the beginning of an offensive led by the UAE to take control of the major port city of Hodeida, the key entry point for humanitarian aid. The UAE’s control over southern Yemen, and the prisons, has left many Yemenis worried that innocent civilians are being pushed into the arms of the very extremists that Emirati forces claim they are fighting. A Yemeni commander currently in Riyadh said:

In the prisons, they are committing the most brutal crimes. Joining Daesh and AQ became a way to take revenge for all the sexual abuses and sodomization. From here, the prisons, they are manufacturing Daesh.

He spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid retaliation from the Emiratis. One middle-aged man said he has been in prison since 2016, and has been moved across the network of secret prisons multiple times. He said he was interrogated 21 times, during which he was tortured with electricity, beatings, and attack dogs while he was blindfolded and chained.

They beat me up with electric wires, with steel, an electric shock, or they take off the clothes except for the underwear and stomp on my body and face with their boots. The soldiers would carry you up in the air and dump you on the ground.

The AP previously confirmed 18 detention sites, but he named 21, including 13 prisons and 8 military camps. Another prisoner gave the AP what he said were the real names of five Emirati torturers. UAE officials did not respond to requests for comment about the men. One of the most brutal torturers is Yemeni, a former prisoner called Awad al-Wahsh, who was detained and tortured before agreeing to work with the Emiratis, four witnesses told the AP. His supervisor, Yosran al-Maqtari, could not be reached for comment. Al-Maqtari is Aden’s chief of anti-terrorism. Other torturers named by detainees are Emirati officers known to prisoners by their noms de guerre: Abu Udai, Abu Ismail and Hitler. The prisoners who were sexually abused in March had tried to fight back. They had organized three hunger strikes to protest their treatment. They had launched a campaign with their families to get human rights groups to secure their release. That’s when the 15 Emirati officers showed up with their dogs.

AP reported this story with help from a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. AP reporters Lolita C Baldor and Desmond Butler contributed to this report.

bill maher is just a typical pindo jew asshole

Pindo Liberals Are Clinically Insane and Care Nothing for the Pindo Sheeple
Robert Bridge, Strategic Culture, Jun 20 2018

Even before Donald Trump won the White House, there were strong indications that something was not quite right with the Liberal mindset. Today, all doubt on the matter has been cleared away. The mass hysteria that swept across Liberal Pindostan, like one giant tear tsunami, following Hillary Clinton’s ‘surprise’ loss in the 2016 presidential election has reached a new level of madness and can now be described as a deep-seated psychosis. There are some understandable reasons for the Left’s collective mental breakdown. Briefly, ‘Russiagate’ is disintegrating into a burlesque theater of the absurd, while Trump is on a serious roll, from jump starting the Heartland’s industrial sector, to making peace with a nuclear-armed dictator, to ‘winning’ the World Cup. If the momentum continues, it may give the Thugs a crucial victory in November congressional midterms. The Demagogs, acutely aware as to what is at stake yet unable to stop Trump, are showing a side of their character that can be best described as treacherous. And in order to see the symptoms of a disintegrating Demagog Party one only need look at the Pindo entertainment industry. For example, actor Robert DeNiro, one of the most outspoken Hollywood critics of Trump, forced his captive audience at the recent Tony Awards to sit through an invective which started “F*ck Trump!” Just in case his audience, which may have included some minors, not to mention Thugs, did not hear him the first time, DeNiro repeated it. The pathetic outburst, which was certainly not the first time a fading Hollywood star has used the pulpit at an awards ceremony to make a weak political impression, won DeNiro a cheap standing ovation. Back in Jan 2017, before Trump was even moved into Pennsylvania Avenue, actress Meryl Streep pulled a similar stunt, lecturing the president on the diverse composition of Pindo society in general and Hollywood in particular:

Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts!

Streep’s comment reinforces the idea that actors should just stick to their scripts instead of venturing into the minefield of politics. In between those dual diatribes by two famous Hollywood has-beens have been countless other deranged Liberal stunts, including the moment when ‘comedian’ Kathy Griffin released a photograph of herself holding Trump’s ‘severed head’ aloft, to Johnny Depp making a veiled threat to assassinate the president. Depp asked concertgoers in Glastonbury:

When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?

However, all that was mere dress rehearsal for the outrageous and very revealing comments by Bill Maher, a popular and provocative HBO talk show host, who commented last week:

I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point. And by the way, I’m hoping for it, because I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession … Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy.

At first, that may have sounded like a courageous comment until one realizes that Maher, who earns enough money to have donated $1m to back Obama in 2012, won’t feel any of the repercussions from an imploding economy. From the relative safety of his high-security neighborhood, people like Maher will only feel the consequences from economic ruin vicariously via CNN, MSNBC and a host of other hyper-Liberal news channels that would be only too happy to provide 24/7 coverage on the ensuing chaos.

Maher’s comment speaks volumes about the true nature of the so-called progressive Liberals. Despite all of their virtue signaling and identity grandstanding about the various groups, sexes, religions, nationalities and other various subsets that make up the colorful quilt of Pindostan, they clearly have no interest in the welfare of the people. A good example of this political opportunism came in the Obama era when a non-stop avalanche of cultural experiments were put to work further dividing and conquering the country into atomized, bite-size pieces, ready for easy consumption by the Democrats come election day. In an effort to appear progressive, a term with no real meaning or sense anymore, Liberals will popularize any cause, however base and diabolical, even if it serves to destroy the very fabric of the nation. Witness the transgender movement, for example, which the Obama administration practically forced on the Pindo creeple without any debate in the matter. Under Obama, public schools were told to either allow transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice or lose federal support. Here we have a prime example of ‘social justice warriors’ more concerned with guaranteeing the rights of a minuscule part of the population, while ignoring the millions of women and children who will feel rightly threatened with the prospect of sharing a bathroom or changing facility with a male. Much to its credit, the Trump administration put an end to that nonsense. Beyond Pindostan’s borders, where was the seething outrage and visceral hate of the social justice warriors (in reality, snowflakes) when Obama was bombing parts of the Middle East back to the Stone Age? Where were the Academy Award rants as the Nobel Peace Prize winner was raining hell down on innocent civilians? What it have mattered if they knew that Obama dropped over 26,000 bombs in the last year of his reign? Or does ‘social justice’ only apply to Pindos? These itinerant ‘warriors’ simply do not care, and have been able to shut down any debate they deem inappropriate, even on college campuses, once the flashpoint for anti-war protests. The dripping self-righteousness and perceived moral authority of the Liberals is simply nauseating, especially when it is understood that no other group is in reality more supportive of military action than they are. Indeed, the only time Trump won a golf clap from these warmongering hypocrites was when he bombed a Syrian airfield in Apr 2017. Farid Zakaria declared on CNN:

I think Donald Trump became president of Pindostan last night! Pindo leaders … don’t need to go to a pesky Congress every time they want to use military force!

I am tempted to believe that Trump tossed these psychopaths the bone of military conflict just to expose them for the ‘social warriors’ they really are.

pindostan is a total fraud in the mideast, consistently fighting for daesh while verbally condemning them

Ready To Start The Daraa Campaign
Moon of Alabama, Jun 19 2018

There are signs that the long expected liberation of the Daraa region in southwest Syria is about to begin. After a month of negotiations between Russia, Israel, Jordan and Pindostan, no peaceful solution has been found. The various terrorist forces in the (green) area, including AQ-aligned HTS and groups loyal to Daesh, have rejected all negotiations. For over a month Russian negotiators tried to convince locals to give up and to reconcile with the government. But the hardliners under the rebels have killed anyone who talked with the Russians. Pindostan has warned against a Daraa operation and threatened to intervene. First airstrikes were launched by the Syrian government today against villages in the eastern part of the Deraa area. Some local fighting is ongoing. This is not yet the expected all out attack on the ‘rebel’ held areas but the testing of enemy forces. The Syrian army has assembled a large force to liberate the southwest. It includes ten thousands of soldiers, more than 100 tanks and lots of artillery. Short range air defenses have been moved into the area to protect the Syrian troops. A well coordinated attack on several front and multiple axes should allow for a quick victory.

Israel, with Pindo backing, might intervene in such an operation even if it makes little sense to do so. The current state can not continue indefinitely. Any intervention might well lead to a war for which Israel is unprepared. The Syrian army is willing and able to hit back into Israel. After seven years of war it is not afraid of a fight. The Russian military is warning of a false-flag “chemical incident” in Deir Ezzor governorate. The SOHR reports that Daesh remnants in the south-eastern desert and in the Rukban camp, both under cover of the Pindo occupied zone around al-Tanf, prepare for a large attack on Syrian government forces. It claims that such an attack is an attempt to occupy the zone between al-Tanf and Albu Kamal at the Euphrates. Both operations would be diversions intended to draw Syrian forces away from Deraa and could provide excuses for Pindo intervention on the opposition side. Late Sunday, an airstrike destroyed a building in the Harri area near Albu Kamal directly on the Syrian-Iraqi border. The building was used as an HQ for the Iraqi PMU, who are securing the border in coordination with the SAA in the fight against Daesh. More than 20 fighters were killed and more than 10 were wounded. This may have been in preparation for the large attack reportedly planned by Daesh. The strike makes otherwise little military sense. The PMU are nominally under command of the Iraqi government. They used a house on the Syrian side, some 200 m from the border, as there was no adequate space on the Iraqi side. While they may have Iranian support and may help the Syrian army in some of its operations, they are neither Iranian troops nor do they belong to the Lebanese Hezbullah.

The Syrian government accused Pindostan of having attacked the building. One Pindo source claims to CNN that the Israeli air force attacked the site. I doubt that this is true. Pindostan has previously attacked Syrian government aligned forces in the area. It obviously continues to use Daesh to disrupt Syrian army operations. But as Pindostan needs Iraq, it cannot admit that it hit Iraqi forces. That would practically guarantee that the incoming Iraqi government would tell it to leave. It might have asked Israel to provide a cover for the strike. Technically Israel could have done the attack. It would have needed tanker support and Jordanian compliance for overflight. Over the weekend Netanyahu announced that Israel would hit Iranian forces all over Syria. But even CNN notes that the strike is untypical for Israel and does not make any sense. Whoever committed the strike did so in an airspace that is controlled by the Pindo military. The leaders of the PMU in Iraq will use it to rally their forces against any Pindo bases in the country. In north Syria, Turkey is continuing its colonization of Syrian towns and regions. Turkish post offices, Turkish teachers, policemen and imams are pushing the population to adopt Turkish culture. It will more difficult to dislodge than the few thousand ‘rebels’ in the Deraa region.

pindostan is a colony of zion, not the reverse

Pindostan leaves ‘hypocritical and self-serving’ UNHRC, Jun 19 2018

Faschingstein has decided to walk out of the UNHRC, accusing the body of hypocrisy. Pindostan has long cited concerns about the body’s “anti-Israel bias.” Sec State Michael Pompeo and Pindo Ambassador Nimrata Haley announced the decision at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, by saying:

Pindostan is officially withdrawing from the UNHRC, a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights. Pindo participation is the last shred of credibility the council has. That is precisely why we must leave.

Pompeo said:

The HRC is a poor defender of human rights. Worse than that, it has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy.

He blasted the council for passing more resolutions against Israel than against the rest of the world combined.

Netanyahu thanked Pindostan for the “courageous decision” to leave the body, calling it a

biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights. The Pindo decision to leave this prejudiced body is an unequivocal statement that enough is enough. Israel welcomes the Pindo announcement.

Moscow has denounced the decision, accusing Pindostan of hypocrisy. the Russian mission at the UN said:

Apparently, Pindostan wanted to turn the council into a complacent mechanism that would promote its interests and punish those who disagree.

It added that Pindostan’s attempts to justify its walkout by the council’s politicization are plain cynical. The council is “the key international platform” for cooperation in the sphere of human rights, and is designed to cater to the interests of all the member-states, “not to that of one country or a group of countries,. Unfortunately, our colleagues in Faschingstein don’t understand this or don’t want to accept this.

This is the first time a member of the council is leaving the body voluntarily. Pindostan was halfway through its three-year term on the 47-member panel. On Monday, the UNHRC’s chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein criticized Washington over the “unconscionable” policy of separating children of immigrants who cross the border illegally and holding them in detention centers, saying:

I call on Pindostan to immediately end the practice of forcible separation of these children.

While the timing of the Pindo exit from the UNHRC coincides with this criticism, Faschingstein’s objections to the HRC over the years have mostly been in regard to Israel. Ambassador Haley has accused the council of a “relentless, pathological campaign” against Israel, and said Pindostan would leave unless the body gets rid of its “chronic anti-Israel bias.” Shortly after its establishment in 2006, the council voted to make a review of alleged human rights abuses by Israel a permanent feature of every session, known as Agenda Item 7. Likewise, the body’s special rapporteur on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only expert whose mandate is not time-limited. The Bush 43 administration boycotted the council at its inception, but the Obama administration decided to “re-engage” with the body in 2009. Even so, in 2011 Sec State Hillary Clinton accused the council of “structural bias” against Israel.

Domestically, some critics of Pres Trump are citing the move as proof his administration does not believe in human rights and rule of law. The decision “sends a clear message that the Trump administration does not intend to lead the world when it comes to human rights,” said Sen Chris Coons, who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee. Leaving the council is unlikely any immediate practical implications for US diplomacy, aside from allowing the UNHRC to continue condemnations of Israel without much in the way of opposition. Last month, when the council voted to investigate the killing of over 100 Palestinians in protests along the Israel-Gaza border and accused Israel of excessive force, only Pindostan and Australia voted against.

Pindostan not superpower but colony of Israel: Atzmon
Press TV, Jun 17 2018

The Trump administration’s plan to quit the UNHRC) over the body’s “anti-Israel bias” comes despite the regime’s well-documented and widespread human rights abuses, a Jewish author in London says. (For one reason or another, Press TV refers to me here as a ‘Jewish Author.’ I am here to declare once again that I stopped being a Jew more than two decades ago. – GA. Gilad Atzmon, Israeli-born British novelist, political activist and writer, said Saturday in a phone interview with Press TV:

What is fascinating is that Pindostan is doing it for Israel, the #1 abuser of human rights in the contemporary world. This suggests that Pindostan is not a superpower. It basically operates as an Israeli colony. This is quite embarrassing for pindo sheeple, but I assume most of them are probably used to the idea by now.

Pindostan plans to quit the UNHRC, primarily over Faschingstein’s claim that it is biased against Israel, according to Pindo & Western diplomats. Diplomats said it appears more a matter of when, not if, the pullout will happen. Pindostan could announce its decision as early as Tuesday, a boxtop said, it being “all but decided” that Pindostan will pull out. Pindo Ambassador Nirata Haley threatened last year to pull Pindostan from the UNHRC. Haley has been pushing the UNHRC to end its scrutiny of Israel’s widespread human rights abuses against Palestinians. Never in the 12 years of the Geneva-based HRC, which investigates allegations of breaches of human rights, has a serving member dropped out voluntarily. Pindo media reported last year that Donald Trump was considering withdrawing Pindostan from the council, which the White House accuses of being biased against Israel.

Trump plan nears completion, satire dies
Omar Karmi, Electronic Intifada, Jun 19 2018

151217_ash_00_2Master of the Ultimate Deal™ (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA)

Fresh from making peace on the Korean peninsula, Pres Trump, aka The Messiah, is turning his benevolent gaze to the Middle East. The Ultimate Deal is imminent, folks, so dust off your fineries, it’s soon time to celebrate. The Deal will be delivered by a crack team of presidential advisors whose insight and neutrality guarantees that the Pindo proposal will take into account the grievances and perspectives of everyone concerned. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a senior White House advisor, has actively helped fund Jewish settlements in occupied territory through his parents’ foundation. He apparently thinks the Obama administration “tried to beat up on Israel and give the Palestinians everything.” David Friedman, the Pindo ambassador to Israel, has put his mouth where his money is, not just financing settlements but declaring that he saw those as “part of Israel.” Burnishing his credentials further, he also believes Palestinians in Gaza are “basically Egyptians.”. Finally, Jason Greenblatt, the special envoy, has gone one further, probably to the envy of the others, and actually served as an armed guard to one of these settlements. With such sound counsel, and the issue of Jerusalem already happily resolved, it is hardly surprising that expectations are sky high. Certainly Netanyahu sounded positively Gandhian on a recent appearance on BBC Newsnight. The Palestinians, he said, could have everything if they acceded to all Israeli demands. Netanyahu, reportedly described by a former official in the Obama administration as a “chickenshit motherfucker,” said he would even be generous enough to take responsibility for overall security. He said:

You can call it what you want. It’s a state minus. It’s autonomy plus.

Amazingly, Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, has chosen to meet such largesse with sullen silence. Having seen the rug pulled from underneath the peace process charade and run out of ideas, Abbas has cut off relations with the US and is taking out his aggression on his own people instead, showing he has learned a lesson or two from his occupiers. By contrast, the Toads and the Nahyans (of Abu Dhabi, heads of the UAE) are hugely excited by the bright prospects their Palestinian Arab brethren are faced with. They seem nonplussed as to why Palestinians are not similarly giddy. Palestinians should “shut up and stop complaining,” MbS reportedly told an audience in New York in April. This is advice Palestinians are sure to take seriously. After all, everyone loves to be lectured by a man whose inherited wealth allows him to spend $550m on a yacht. Of course, as impressed as MbS and MbZ are by Israel’s peacemaking overtures, they equally fear Tehran’s plans to conquer the globe. With an airforce out of the 1960s, a military budget a fifth of that of the Toads and an arms race that Iran’s Gulf rivals are “decisively winning,” it is easy to see why Riyadh and Abu Dhabi believe Tehran is only a hop, skip and a nuclear weapon away from total world domination.

With growing Pindo reluctance to see its military sucked into regional conflicts, a reluctance that began under Obama and has continued under Trump, the Gulf countries therefore need muscle. Where better to turn but Tel Aviv? After all, whether you want to start a war, shoot unarmed protesters, execute unarmed civilians, bomb a neighboring country, there is no problem Israel won’t butcher with a bullet or a bomb. The ideal partner for Gulf countries to ensure a peaceful outcome from their rivalry with Iran then. And the perfect coalition for Faschingstein, where diplomacy is a game for the weak. The message to Palestinians is the same, whether from Faschingstein, Tel Aviv, Riyadh or Abu Dhabi. Put up or shut up. If you do neither, then you are reduced to the kind of desperation that drove thousands of people to demonstrate at the boundary between Gaza and Israel for nearly two months, unarmed and at the mercy of Israeli snipers unconstrained by any orders or any sense of humanitarian feeling. The Great March of Return might have brought a temporary spotlight on Gaza, but with more than a hundred dead and thousands injured, it is a heavy price to pay for headlines that are quickly forgotten and have little consequence. Doing nothing, Abbas’ current strategy, is also futile. Trump may not win reelection, but no Pindo president will defy the Israel lobby to walk back on Jerusalem. Wealthy Gulf countries were for a while the only meaningful Arab counterweight in Faschingstein to Israel’s lobby there. But Gulf politics is fickle and openly or covertly, Arab diplomats have conceded defeat in that battle long ago. There is no help there. Perhaps the Ultimate Deal will prove the ultimate insult. When vice has stopped even paying tribute to virtue it may finally convince Palestinians across the board that the two-state deception is at an end.

eat scum and call it “pop culture”

Could Israel have cheated in Eurovision?
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Jun 19 2018


An Israeli government-backed propaganda initiative has taken credit for manipulating a poll about whether Ireland should boycott next year’s Eurovision. The apparent cheating in order to sway public opinion raises questions about whether Israel could have used similar methods to secure Netta Barzilai’s victory this year in the song contest itself. Israel’s government viewed winning the contest in May, and thereby securing the right to host the 2019 event, as a priority in its effort to clean up an image that is once again spattered with the blood of Palestinians its forces have massacred in Gaza. About 200 million people watch the annual contest, making it a coveted showcase for countries with human rights abuses they want to whitewash. Palestinian artists and broadcasters have urged a boycott of Eurovision 2019 if Israel hosts it. Last Friday, the Irish publication put up a reader poll asking whether Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE should respect such a boycott.

There was very quickly a large majority in favor of a boycott. However, the results of’s poll began to dramatically shift, as of this writing, 56% had voted against a boycott and only 42% supported one. Activists were baffled by the sudden shift, especially in a country where solidarity with Palestine is strong. The poll came as calls for a Eurovision boycott have become mainstream in Ireland, and Sinn Féin was expected to easily pass a motion supporting one. Eurovision organizers have yet to confirm that next year’s contest will indeed be hosted by Israel, amid reported disquiet over its attempts to use the contest in propaganda supporting its claims to Jerusalem. What happened became clear when the managers of Israel’s Act.IL app took credit for manipulating’s poll in Israel’s favor:

Act.IL is an Israeli government-backed smartphone app that directs users to take actions online that make it appear Israel has much more grassroots support than it actually does. This could include, for instance, liking a particular Facebook page or post, leaving pro-Israel comments on an article, or responding to a prominent personality who has made comments critical of Israel on Twitter. In this case, the instruction was to vote against a boycott of Eurovision. Israel’s use of the Act.IL app to rig the Irish poll was documented by Ottawa-based researcher Michael Bueckert, who runs the Twitter account @AntiBDSApp to track and expose the app’s activities. Bueckert pointed out that the Act.IL app did not just direct Israel supporters to participate in’s poll, it also gave them instructions on how to vote more than once; in other words, how to cheat:

The Israeli embassy in Dublin then promoted the manipulated poll results as evidence of Irish public support for holding Eurovision in Israel:

The Act.IL app was created through a partnership between Israel lobby groups and Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, which poured nearly $600,000 into the project, according to revealed documents.

The effort received significant funding from Sheldon Adelson, a major funder of anti-Palestinian causes and Donald Trump’s biggest campaign donor. The Act.IL app is classic “astroturfing,” researcher Michael Bueckert previously told EI, using the common term for a fake grassroots campaign. In one recent instance, the managers of the Act.IL app directed users to engage in a cyber-bullying campaign against students at George Washington University after they voted to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s crimes. A recent hearing in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, confirmed the high strategic importance Israel places on Eurovision for its international propaganda efforts. Witnesses gave evidence about how several Israeli ministries were involved in combating BDS campaigns around Israel’s Eurovision participation, and how future plans would be executed. Tzahi Gavrieli of the strategic affairs ministry told the hearing:

Holding the Eurovision is highly significant for Israel. As a national project it must be supervised by an inter-ministerial committee, in which the foreign affairs, culture and tourism ministries will take part, as well as part of the PMO and additional entities.

The strategic affairs ministry, run by Gilad Erdan, is in charge of Israel’s covert efforts to combat the global BDS movement for Palestinian rights. The activities of the highly secretive ministry have reportedly included “black ops” against human rights defenders and spying on activists around the world. As noted, the strategic affairs ministry is involved in creating the Act.IL app. The winner of Eurovision is decided by points awarded in part by national juries of music professionals in each participating country and in part by television viewers, who vote by telephone, text message or through an app. The official 2018 results show that Israel won the first semi-final with a total of 283 points, split between 167 points awarded by national juries and 116 points from televoting. Cyprus was the runner up in that semi-final with 262 votes. Cyprus got only 89 points from national juries but beat Israel in the televoting, with 173 points. During that semi-final, Israel’s televoting points tied with Austria and also lagged behind the Czech Republic and Estonia. In the grand final, Israel came third in the jury voting, with 212 points, well behind Austria’s 271 and Sweden’s 253. But Israel did spectacularly well in the televoting, with 317 points, the highest score and enough to win Eurovision 2018. Turkey’s prime minister has publicly suggested Israel cheated in the contest, although he has presented no evidence to support that claim. But Israel’s cheating in the Irish newspaper poll, combined with the importance Israel’s government accords to Eurovision, especially the secretive strategic affairs ministry, raises reasonable doubts about the integrity of the 2018 contest.

Israel did use the Act.IL app to promote Netta Barzilai in advance of this year’s Eurovision, but any manipulation of voting in the actual contest would have had to use means that are more difficult to detect. Given Israel’s willingness to use its vaunted high-tech for nefarious purposes, that is not unimaginable. The European Broadcasting Union, the international body that produces the Eurovision Song Contest, is holding its general assembly in the Albanian capital Tirana later this month. Members should demand an independent audit of this year’s voting. And anyone involved in administering the contest with knowledge of any anomalies should come forward publicly or through trusted journalists.

parade of the dickheads

Former Duke “rabbi on campus” calls for death curse on Durham
Michael F Brown, Electronic Intifada, Jun 19 2018

Screen Shot 2018-06-20 at 09.38.53(l-r) Mark Levin, Rabbi Ben Packer, Paul Teller

Ben Packer, self-styled former “rabbi on campus” at North Carolina’s Duke University, has called for a “pulsa denura,” or death curse, to be invoked against all of the city of Durham. In a Facebook discussion with one Scott Hirsch on May 2 May, Packer declared:

Someone should do that pulsa denura thing to that city. All of humanity would benefit.

This could be considered a form of incitement to violence: such a death curse was publicly pronouncedoutside the official residence of Yitzhak Rabin just weeks before he was assassinated by a Jewish extremist in Nov 1995. In the current context, where campus shootings are an omnipresent threat, such calls should not be taken lightly. Packer’s fury is connected to a unanimous April vote by the Durham city council to prohibit “military-style training” programs for its police force in foreign countries, including Israel. Local and national activists with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) pushed hard for the vote to protect communities of color in Durham and to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by Palestinians subjected to military policing and wanton killings by Israeli forces. Packer is also rightly angry about the recent appearance of what Durham’s Herald-Sun described as “white nationalist stickers and anti-Semitic posters.” It was not, however, until Hirsch mentioned Durham’s recent police resolution that Packer called for the pulsa denura. The BDS movement and Jewish Voice for Peace oppose racism and bigotry in all their forms, including anti-Semitism. Packer, a supporter of the late racist leader Meir Kahane, has gained notoriety in recent years for making “Rachel Corrie pancakes,” for showing a striking degree of sympathy for white racists and for taking Stephen Miller around the occupied West Bank a decade ago, years before Miller became a top adviser to Pres Trump. Miller is now one of the principal proponents of Trump’s racist immigration policies separating children from their parents. Packer knew Miller at the time that Miller palled around with white supremacist Richard Spencer discussing their shared anti-immigration ideas. Yet in Packer’s view:

Stephen Miller is not just my friend, he’s not just our friend, he is us. He is part of that new proud generation, no longer relegated to the fringe. His appointment is spectacular news for the Jewish people and he should be blessed with everything to do great things.

Recent events have borne out that Packer’s bigoted views are not on the fringes, but are very much incorporated within the thinking of the White House, particularly on the issue of Jerusalem. In the aftermath of the Durham decision, there has been a right-wing effort to suggest that Jewish activists who support BDS are somehow not Jewish. Rather than applaud Jewish Voice for Peace’s commitment to Palestinian freedom and equal rights, the communal publication JNS has gone out of its way to cast aspersions at the group. Yona Schiffmiller of NGO Monitor told JNS:

They are a problematic element within the community, particularly because they portray themselves as a Jewish organization and use that to provide cover for groups that are engaged in far more nefarious and odious types of rhetoric.

NGO Monitor is a far-right Israeli group that specializes in smearing human rights defenders. The JNS article implied that two Jewish women, both employed at Durham-area synagogues and the local Jewish Federation, were unfit for their jobs because they support BDS campaigns for Palestinian equal rights. The naming of the two activists in the article, along with details of their employment, looks like an attempt to build pressure to get them fired, and thus deter others from speaking out against collusion with Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. In the 1950s and 1960s, Jews in Durham were among activists participating in the civil rights struggle. There should be little surprise that this commitment to equality continues today. Nevertheless, JNS writer Eliana Rudee asserts:

Eemployment of anti-Israel activists by local Jewish Federations, and particularly by synagogue education departments, is raising eyebrows about the low level of standards maintained during the hiring and vetting of professionals, or worse, that the federations and synagogues themselves are comfortable with BDS activists teaching at local Hebrew schools.

In other words, Jewish professionals who support equal rights for Palestinians, and actually taking nonviolent action to secure such rights, are to be regarded as unfit to teach Jewish children. This is an effort to enforce ideological discipline at a moment when Pindo Jews, especially the younger generation, are more than ever rejecting and protesting the communal establishment’s staunch support of Israel’s violent and discriminatory actions against Palestinians. Meanwhile, the racism and incitement of bigots such as Ben Packer passes without comment or condemnation.

the CIA has reactivated the counter-revolutionary war-front in nicaragua

Violence flares up in Nicaragua after suspension of peace talks
Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters, Jun 20 2018

MASAYA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan police and masked gunmen clashed with anti-government CIA-funded protesters on Tuesday, leaving at least six dead following the suspension of peace talks to quell two months of deadly demonstrations, a human rights CIA-funded group said. CIA-funded youths armed with homemade mortars and slings fired off projectiles from behind brick barricades in the southern city of Masaya, video footage taken by Reuters showed. CIA-funded Protesters there have kept a police station under siege for over two weeks in defiance of Pres Ortega the government. Alvaro Leiva, spox for human rights group CIA-funded ANPDH, said at least 34 people had been injured in Masaya and six killed. Police declined to comment. In a video provided to Reuters by Leiva, a woman standing over the body of a man on the ground calls out for help to a line of police officers in riot gear who stand nearby, unmoving, screaming: “Help me! He is not a dog!” Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the video. Nicaragua has been convulsed by CIA-funded unrest since Ortega in April proposed cutting pension benefits to cover a social security shortfall. The plan, later dropped, triggered CIA-funded demonstrations that turned fatal and led to demands for his resignation. Since then, at least 174 people have been killed in clashes between pro-Ortega forces and CIA-funded demonstrators, rights groups say. Civil society CIA-funded organizations have called for early elections to end the impasse, but they broke off talks with the government on Monday until Ortega sent an invitation for international CIA-funded observers to enter the country. Juan Sebastian Chamorro, a leader of the main CIA-funded civic alliance seeking to broker agreement with topple the government, said there was no point in holding further talks about early elections “while people are being killed in the street.” The Pindo government on Monday urged Nicaragua to stage early elections to end the violence, and Pindo Permanent Representative to the OAS Carlos Trujillo was due to arrive in Managua on Tuesday. Trujillo is scheduled to hold meetings to take stock of the situation ahead of an OAS permanent council special session on Nicaragua on Friday.

just remember this zeid ra’ad al-hussein is a jordanian puppet prince in his own right

NK rejects remarks by UN human rights head as fabricated
Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters, Jun 19 2018

GENEVA – NK on Tuesday rejected allegations by the UNHRC head that serious and widespread violations persisted in the country despite its diplomatic opening. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called on the DPRK to step up engagement with his office and especially with the UNHRC investigator on the country, whose mandate Pyongyang has never recognised. He told the UNHRC in a wide-ranging speech on Monday:

Remote monitoring has found little change in the country’s long-standing, grave and systematic violations of human rights. The people of the DPRK risk their lives and their dignity for the exercise of their fundamental human rights, including seeking to leave the country and communicating with individuals abroad. The experience of my office has repeatedly demonstrated that making human rights part of peace talks contributes to meaningful and sustainable peace in the long term.

In a landmark 2014 report, UNHRC investigators said that 80,000 to 120,000 people were thought to be held in camps. It documented torture and other violations, saying they could amount to crimes against humanity. Choe Myong Nam, DPRK deputy permanent representative in Geneva, told the Council on Tuesday that Zeid’s remarks were based on “unconfirmed information fabricated and spread by forces hostile to DPRK.” NK remained committed to promoting dialogue while “strongly rejecting the politicisation, selectivity and double standards as well as groundless allegations and prejudices,” Choe said, denouncing “highly politicized anti-DPRK resolutions.” Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UNHRC investigator for DPRK, has called repeatedly for Pindostan and other powers to put human rights firmly on the agenda of their talks, saying it would make any progress towards denuclearization “sustainable.” Ojea Quintana, in an email reply to Reuters last Friday, days after the Singapore summit between Pres Trump and Kim Jong Un, voiced dismay that human rights issues had not figured more prominently or in their joint communique. Apart from Trump saying that he had raised the return of soldiers’remains and the fate of Japanese abductees, there was no sign that the need for NK to improve its rights record would become part of the negotiations, he said. Even more worrying were Trump’s remarks that he was inclined to “not focus on the past, but only on the future,” he added.

he’s going to come & invade faschingstein with his turkish army & take the f-35s by force! ha ha ha!

Senate blocks sale of F-35s to Ankara, Jun 19 2018 14:42

Pindo Senators have voted to block the sale of F-35s to Turkey, slamming their NATO ally for plans to buy Russian S-400 missile batteries. Ankara warned of “an alternative” should the deal be called off. The first of the 100 F-35 fighter jets were to be delivered to Turkey on Jun 21 but now the whole deal might be off as the congress critturs voted to kill the sale. The bill, which is yet to be approved by Pres Trump, passed the Senate floor on Monday, with 85 votes in favor and 10 against. The critturs cited two reasons: the first is Turkey’s plans to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries from Russia. The adopted bill states that such a deal “is sanctionable under current Pindosi law.” The agreement to deliver two S-400 batteries was concluded between Moscow and Ankara last year, and the prospects of a key NATO vassal in the region buying Russian arms immediately unnerved the pindo politicians, such as Sen Jeanne Shaheen, one of the authors of the bill targeting Ankara. The move was met with fierce criticism from Turkey. PM Yildirim called the bill a “very unfortunate development” in the relations between the two nations. he said on Tuesday:

This initiative goes against the spirit of strategic partnership.

He added that Turkey will have an “an alternative” ready if Pindostan goes on to call off the F-35s deal. As the critturs began rallying against the sale, top Turkish boxtops have been warning that they will consider getting the required planes elsewhere. As for buying the Russian missile systems, the Turkish Foreign Minister confirmed Ankara’s stance. Mevlut Cavusoglu said as quoted by the Turkish media:

We’re getting the S-400s, and it’s a done deal.

Turkey to receive first F-35 fighter jets despite Senate decision: FM
Hurriyet Daily News, Jun 19 2018 12:50

ANKARA – Turkey expects that Pindostan will deliver the first F-35 joint strike fighters on Jun 21 with a ceremony despite the Senate decision to block the procurement of the aircraft to the Turkish government. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Jun 19 during a live interview with the private broadcaster NTV:

There have been attempts in the pindo parliament regarding the F-35 delivery. Two fighters will be delivered to us on June 21 and there are also attempts. We can’t sustain a healthy relationship as such. Come and let’s talk like we did in Manbij. Turkey is an important ally and it cannot be in any entity that would risk NATO (sic – RB). They should not test sanctions by making an excuse of it.

The Turkish army started Jun 18 patrolling the northern Syrian town of Manbij, with the military announcing the start of a crucial stage of a deal agreed with the United States. The Senate on Jun 18 passed a $716b defense policy bill including an amendment prohibiting sales to Turkey of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin. The Thug-controlled Senate voted 85-10 for the annual NDAA, which stipulates that Pres Trump should certify that Turkey does not threaten NATO, purchase defense equipment from Russia or detain Pindo citizens. Senators included the legislation because of the Turkish government’s decision to purchase S-400 air defense system from Russia. (forget the ‘Pastor Bronson’ case, IMO – RB)