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Bill Maher Lashes Out At Berkeley’s “Fucking Babies”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Apr 22 2017

It appears even the most liberal of Democrats are turning on their own as the virtue-signalling vacillations grow ever more mind-bending. After UC Berkeley officials decision to rescind an invitation for Ann Coulter to speak on campus, only to restore the invitation for a later date. HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher exclaimed on his show Friday night that.

Berkeley, you know, used to be the cradle of free speech, and now it’s just the cradle for fucking babies.

As the Hill reports, Coulter’s speech set for this Thursday was canceled due to anxiety by school officials that protests could spin out of control the same way they did in February when Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak. Riots resulted in more than $100k in damage to the campus and the speech was cancelled due to security concerns. But after scathing criticism, the school reversed its decision on Coulter on Thursday, and will host the speech on May 2. Maher said:

I feel like this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop. Howard Dean tweeted that hate speech isn’t protected by the First Amendment. Yes it is! Threats are not protected by the First Amendment! It doesn’t mean ‘just shut up and agree with me.’

Conservative commentator S E Cupp, a panelist on Maher’s show Friday, doubled down on Maher’s criticism. She said:

It’s a shame. Liberals are creating a fantasy land on college campuses that does not exist in the real world.

Maher and Coulter are long-time friends. She has appeared on his show on multiple occasions over the years. Coulter told Sean Hannity last year:

I obviously don’t believe in his politics, but I like him. He’s a true and loyal friend. He always has been.

Ironically, as The Hill notes, Maher was UC Berkeley’s 2014 fall commencement speaker, but students at the time started a petition to have him removed because of his views on Islam.

geriatric aunt thomasinas and graft merchants

Maxine Waters Loses Her Mind to “Anti-Russia Dementia,”
Like the Rest of the Black Caucus

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, Apr 19 2017

When Maxine Waters goes gung-ho crazy for the War Party, it tells us that the Black political class, overwhelmingly Democrats, are utterly useless to any movement for peace and social justice. In the throes of a terminal case of “Anti-Russia Dementia,” otherwise known as “Putin Derangement Syndrome,” she told a Tax March crowd in front of the Capitol that Trump and Putin somehow conspired to arrange both the chemical event that killed dozens in northern Syria and the Pindosi missile strike on a Syrian military airfield that followed. In a interview with a HuffPost reporter, Waters said:

I don’t believe there’s any real tension. I think they’re putting on a show. And I think Putin is gonna come back and make it look as if he’s gonna hold the line somewhat on Syria now, and then want something in exchange for that, and that exchange is, lift the sanctions.

Waters has clearly lost her mind, her brain operating at the cartoon level. But, her mental and moral disintegration differs only in degree from that of the Congressional Black Caucus as a body, which has been drifting to the dark side on war ever since the First Black President got his hands on the nuclear button. Even Barbara Lee, the only Congress crittur to vote against the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, appears to accept the manifestly false allegation that the Syrian military used CW in AQ-controlled Idlib province. She demands only that Congress be allowed to play its part in the aggression. Lee wrote in an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle:

There is no question that Assad must be held accountable for his heinous crimes against humanity. And the world community must do more to prevent the use of CW and barbaric attacks on innocent men, women and children. (Congress must be called back into session to) debate the costs and the consequences of war in Syria. If Congress does not act to rein in the president, he will pursue unsanctioned military action without our input. (I deplore Trump’s) turning away vulnerable families fleeing conflict and violence.

Keith Ellison and other leaders of the Progressive Congressional Caucus issued a similar statement, declaring that Trump “is not empowered to commit our troops to a new war on a whim, however brutal the actions of Assad.” However, Ellison simply wants the chance to cast his vote for more and deeper war against Syria. He described the 2011 Pindo/NATO attack on Libya as a “good example” of “international community intervention to protect civilians” and in 2012, he called for a similar approach in Syria, saying:

I think that if we set up a safe zone now and the international community stood together, that alone would cause Bashar al-Assad to be very reluctant to attack an internationally supported safe zone designed to protect civilians.

The next year, in 2013, when Pindostan falsely accused the Syrian government of a sarin attack on civilians, an attack staged at the precise moment when UN observers, summoned at the request of the Syrian government, were checking into a Damascus hotel only a few miles away, Ellison assumed Syrian guilt and backed Obama’s threatened bombing raid. He said:

If the facts warrant it, if the facts show that it was a gas attack authorized by the Assad regime, and if it’s true that there were 1,500 people killed, I just don’t think the world can stand by and say that’s ok, that’s not our business, we don’t have to worry about it.

In the summer of 2011, after allowing Libya’s infrastructure to be destroyed by months of non-stop bombing, Congress got its chance to vote on Obama’s unprovoked war against an African country. Only six members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted both to stop the bombing and to withhold further funding for the war: John Conyers, Jesse Jackson, Barbara Lee, Laura Richardson, Bobby Scott and Maxine Waters. Who knows how Maxine Waters would vote on Trump’s air strike on Syria, when Congress returns from recess, since she is under the crazed delusion that Trump and Putin are in cahoots on the gassing and the retaliation? Congress didn’t have an opportunity to vote on Obama’s threatened air strike against Syria in 2013, because Obama backed off, reportedly after hearing from DNI Clapper that the evidence of Syria’s guilt wasn’t “a slam dunk.” Polls showed that nearly six out of ten Pindosis opposed bombing Syria at that time. However, more Blacks than Whites, 40% v 38%, favored an air strike, the first time in polling history that Black public opinion was more warlike than White.

There is no doubt that the sea change in the Black stance on war had everything to do with newfound Black identification with Pindosi power (imperialism), in the person of the commander-in-chief. The current WaPo/ABC poll shows 54% of the public supports Trump’s bombing of Syria, with the results dramatically skewed by party. Only 37% of Demagogs approve of the air strike, while Rethugs seem jubilant at 86%. However, there is no racial breakdown in any of the major polls, and no wonder, since there is little organized Black fightback against Faschingstein’s (formerly) proxy war against Syria, and virtually no principled opposition among the Black Misleadership Class and its denizens on Capitol Hill. The corporate media perceive no Black peace opinion worth measuring.

Only 14 years ago, a Zogby poll, conducted only weeks before the start of the Iraq war, showed that just 7% of Black Pindosis favored an invasion “that would result in the death of thousands of Iraqi civilians,” compared with supermajorities of White males and a bare majority of White females. Has the Black worldview been so dramatically mangled by war, in such a short span of time? That’s highly unlikely, but there has surely been a whiplash effect in experiencing first a Black Demagog warmonger in the White House, followed by the orange personification of White supremacy. The Black radical tradition in pursuit of peace and global social justice has taken more than a few hits since MLK’s break with LBJ over the Vietnam War in 1967. “Putin Derangement Syndrome,” a mind-corroding epidemic in Demagog and therefore Black precincts, is just the latest deformity. A renewed Black peace movement is the only antidote to the corruption of Black Demagog office-holders, who are joined at the bank account to a party that is now positioned to the right of Trump on war with Russia and its allies. Ajamu Baraka, the veteran human rights activist and 2016 vice-presidential candidate for the Green Party (and an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report), says:

Most of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus have moved public opinion closer to the position that conflict with Russia is not only inevitable, but justified.

Baraka is spearheading the Black Alliance for Peace, “a people-centered human rights project against war, repression and imperialism” that seeks to “build a Black anti-war presence, and then connect to attempts to revive the anti-war movement in general in Pindostan.” Among the most visible signs that a peace movement still exists is UNAC, the United National Anti-War Conference, which is expecting the largest Black presence in its history at its national conference in Richmond, Va, Jun 16-18. The Black Is Black Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations immediately responded to the Pindo airstrike on Syria with a large demonstration in St Petersburg, Fla. Ajamu Baraka views Black Lives Matter as providing a basis for renewal of the Black Radical Tradition. He says:

One of the things that has to happen is a more explicit politics. Activists need to “make the connection between the national security state and the war agenda. There is little hope for a Black political class that by their silence on the militarism of the Pindosi state, are creating the conditions for the Trump proposals to be implemented. These folks have to be called out and made accountable for their collaboration with the Pindosi State. You’ve got to either step with the people, or align yourself openly with the power of White supremacy and imperialism.

you don’t need a gender neutral weather person to know which way the wind blows

Left Prepares For War After Berkeley Beat Down
Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan (Blog), Apr 18 2017

this-is-war

Last week Trump supporters and leftist social justice warriors met on the political field of battle in Berkeley, California. Words were exchanged, as were punches. And while an alt-right leader was punched in the face, by all accounts even the social justice warriors admit that they got a major beat-down. This prompted a reddit discussion among the left’s tolerant resistance movement, with many asking how they can more effectively go to war against anyone who disagrees with their social, political, and economic views. The anti-Trump protesters at the rally were ill-prepared for what they came to Berkeley to confront and now they are trying to figure out ways to ensure it doesn’t happen again. In short, as predicted, they are turning to militancy and mob action by mobilizing individuals and groups to attend combat training seminars, acquiring better equipment like baseball bats and helmets, and of course, if things really go bad … guns.

Yes, we seemed to have lost today. The alt-right held their ground. If we wanna take action against them, we need to be better organized and better trained. It doesn’t help that it’s only the far left opposing them, any trump supporter can be radicalized far easier than any liberal. I hope we learn from today … A shocking number of our comrades went in there with absolute no combat training. We need to set up seminars or something of the sort. We also need better equipment, I know the bandanna and hoodie look is our trade mark, but I saw the right wearing motorcycle helmets, and baseball helmets. A dude wearing a helmet is going to keep going if he get punched, our guys are going down.

And though they are, always have been and always will be “tolerant” and “peaceful protesters,” many are now discussing arming themselves so they can go head to head with the “fascist” and “racist” alt-right.

I honestly think we need a campaign to get more antifa armed. It seems that seems to be the biggest problem with our resistance. They’re mostly armed, why aren’t we? … Not getting disarmed is a big part of the problem, yes, but we need more than flags and bats. We need to take notes from the John Brown Gun Club and get firearms and training. I know getting firearms in states and cities we have a presence in is usually a hassle, but even handguns would help. It would certainly put a psychological element in while holding fash back. Who do you think a fascist is more afraid of? People with only flags and bats, or people with flags, bats, and guns?

Video report:

The “comrades” organizing against “fascists,” which basically means anyone and everyone who voted for President Trump, are quickly coming to the conclusion that to win this conflict they will need to be armed with more than just flags, banners, chants and pepper spray. And all this time we thought hugging it out would be the solution … Apparently, there is a realization among the left that whatever it is they are trying to accomplish will not come with peaceful assembly, but rather, with blood in the streets. As we and others like Brandon Smith of Alt-Market previously warned, the Left WILL Resort To Large Scale Violence … To Stop Fascism:

I believed at that time that the social-justice cult would lose mainstream influence but that the existing minority would resort to even more insidious tactics and greater violence to get what they want; and, the so-called “moderate left” would cheer them on.  As it turns out, I have been proven right so far. Not that extreme Leftists have been averse to violence over the past year, but I think it is safe to say that the volume on the cultural Marxist machine has been turned up a notch. … The social justice mantra is changing. At first, it was predominately about forming mobs to “shame” target political opponents into silence. Now, it is about forming mobs to do what they call “punching Nazis.” Leftists are now often seen regurgitating the claim — “This is only the beginning…”

Indeed, this is only the beginning. Ladies and Gentlemen, if you have a Trump bumper sticker, a Pindostani flag or a Gadsden decal on your vehicle, prepare to defend yourselves. There will be war.

she can snigger like a bitch

ANTIFA Upset For Not Being Able to Punch ‘Nazis’ Without Consequences
The_Real_Fly, Zero Hedge, Apr 22 2017

This is rich with irony. Here’s an active forum on Reddit where ANTIFA degenerates discuss committing acts of violence against nazis. Again, and for the record, Le Fly supports all forms of violence, especially for superficial reasons. The laughable part of what this homo is saying below, is that he’s upset that right wingers have unveiled the identity of a fellow criminal. He’s now so beset with anguish over there being consequences for his cowardly assaults, that he’s contemplating quitting altogether, until they can get their shit sorted out. This form of stupidity shouldn’t be tolerated. He deserves to be impaled by the Based Stickman.

This all stems from the incredible investigative work done by people on 4chan, who deduced the identity of the bike lock guy, potential mass murderer, just by the boots on his feet, the bag on his back, and the pen in his pocket.

By the looks of it, the Marxist potential mass murderer is now dutifully unemployed from the college he was gainfully employed.

Many of these Antifa scum are being unveiled as college professors. What a shock. Here’s a list of donors to an ANTIFA front group.

If you’re curious about the potential mass murder bike lock guy, here’s what he did.

chossudovsky had an author on here who was an anthroposophist

Trump’s “War and Chocolate” Reality Show
Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, Apr 19 2017

What kind of president do we have? Cynical and diabolical? The plush dinner event with China’s president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago on the evening of Apr 6 was carefully planned to coincide with Trump’s missile strikes against Syria. Xi and Trump were accompanied by their wives. Guests, family members and high-level officials from both countries were in attendance at the Palm Beach Mar-a Lago “replicate” of Rome’s Palazzo Chigi 16th Century dining room. Later that evening of Apr 6, it was dessert time. The Donald was at the dinner table, eating a delicious chocolate cake together with Xi Jinping, while also ordering Tomahawk missile strikes against Syria, in the presence of China’s president and his entourage. As he says in the TV interview with Fox News seen below:

I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We’re now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen, and President Xi was enjoying it.

Will this become a precedent in the conduct of Pindo foreign policy? Trump ran it as a “war and chocolate” reality show. Is it a shift in the mode of decision-making pertaining to Pindo aggression? The dinner event was also part of “publications relations” operation with the intent to boost a “pro-Pindo sentiment” by Pres Xi and the PRC delegation. Trump’s order to strike Syria had been carefully timed to coincide with the final “dessert stage” of the official dinner event with Pres Xi:

And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded. (They asked:) What do you (want us to) do? And we made a determination to do it. So the missiles were on the way. And I said: ‘Mr President, let me explain something to you.” This is during dessert. “We’ve just fired 59 missiles, all of which hit by the way, unbelievable, from, you know, hundreds of miles away, all of which hit, it’s so incredible it’s brilliant, it’s genius! Our technology is better than anybody’s by a factor of five!” So what happens is, I said we’ve just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq, heading towards Syria, I didn’t want him to finish his dessert and go home, and then they say: ‘You know the guy you just had dinner with just attacked (wherever).’ And he was eating his cake. And he was silent.

And then Trump intimates in his interview with Fox News that Pres Xi had endorsed his punitive airstrikes via his interpreter. According to Trump’s recount:

Xi said: “Anybody that was so brutal and uses gases to do that with young children and babies, it’s OK.” He agreed … He was ok with me.

China is with us! Visibly, Trump hasn’t the foggiest idea of the workings of international diplomacy. Nor does he understand that Chinese politicians never reveal their game at an official dinner venue. What they say is invariably intended to hide their real intentions. Xi’s spontaneous response, while finishing his chocolate desert, was not an “endorsement” from the PRC, which a few days earlier politely abstained in the vote of the UNSCR directed against Assad. China also joined the Russian initiative calling for an independent investigation into the CW issue. The UN in a 2013 report confirms that Syrian opposition “rebels” (supported by Washington) “may have used CW against govt forces.” The UN report refutes Trump’s accusations that Assad was using CW against his own people. What the UN mission findings confirm is that the Pindo-sponsored opposition “rebels” largely composed of AQ-affiliated groups, financed and supported by the Western military alliance were responsible for these 2013 CW attacks.

Moreover, as confirmed in an earlier report, the AQ rebels were being trained in the use of CW by specialists on contract
to the Pentagon. From the horse’s mouth: “Pindostan helping underwrite Syrian rebel training on securing CW”:

Atrocities were committed and Trump ordered airstrikes which have resulted in further deaths of innocent civilians, including children. Pindo intelligence is often based on the art of deceit, the fabrication of evidence, but in this case, there was no art of deceit. The White House report which Trump used to justify his airstrikes constitutes fake evidence and “sloppy intelligence.” Did it have the endorsement of the intelligence community? There is ample evidence of a Pindosi cover-up contained in this scanty White House “intelligence report,” which has been refuted: see Dr Theodore Postol’s incisive report Assessment of White House Intelligence Report About Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria. No credible evidence that Assad is killing his own people has been provided. The false flag does not hold up to scrutiny, yet this “sloppy intelligence” seems to have convinced the President and Commander in Chief of Pindostan, who’s eating a chocolate cake with the President of China, and the Chinese President knows that the intelligence is fake. Faschingstein, which supported the opposition rebels in the use of CW, is responsible for extensive crimes against humanity, not Damascus. Who is the butcher, Mr Trump?

it’s the jews, stupid

Afghan Ex-Pres Karzai: Daesh Is A Tool Of Pindostan
ZeroPointNow, Zero Hedge, Apr 21 2017

In an interview with VoA on Wednesday, ex-Afghan Pres Karzai made statements which go hand in hand with revelations from Wikileaks during the 2016 elections. Karzai criticized recent Pindosi foreign policy, including the “weak” attack on a Daesh stronghold using the largest ever non-nuclear weapon (MOAB) which failed to wipe out Daesh, calling Daesh a tool of Pindostan (VOA):

I do not differentiate between Daesh and Pindostan. … I consider Daesh their tool.

Prior to the election, such assertions would seem outlandish, considering the aggressive battle that Pindostan has waged against Daesh. But when one considers the revelations contained within the Wikileaks email releases, a startling picture begins to emerge: the Toads & Thanis were major donors to the Clinton Foundation, and the Toads & Thanis funded Daesh:

In a leaked email sent on Aug 17 2014 by Hillary Clinton to then-Obama counsellor John Podesta, she admitted that Toads & Thanis “are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Daesh and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”

Furthermore, Pindostan allegedly warned Daesh of pending attacks and gave them safe passage from Mosul, Iraq into Syria in order to violently co-opt the Arab Spring protests and ‘regime change’ Assad (RT):

More than 9,000 Daesh militants will be redeployed from Mosul to the eastern regions of Syria to carry out a major offensive operation, which involves capturing Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra.

Meanwhile, pictures of John McCain hopping around the Middle East to meet with Daesh leaders have been cropping up, and video has emerged of someone staging a beheading video:

Julian Assange provided historical context for how the CIA created Daesh in Nov 2016 comments (Express.co.uk):

In a statement to coincide with the release of the cables, known as “Carter Cables III,” Mr Assange explained how events which unfolded in 1979 had begun a series of events that led to the rise of Daesh. He said: “If any year could be said to be the “year zero” of our modern era, 1979 is it.”

If Daesh is in fact a “tool of Pindostan,” armed and funded by Toads & Thanis, perhaps that explains why they have never attacked Israel, their ideological archfoe. Wouldn’t it be easy for Daesh to at least loan some of their military hardware to the Pals? In fact, the “Daesh is a tool” theory makes even more sense when you consider the recent alliance between Pindostan, Israel, the Toads and a handful of Arab potentates organized by Netanyahu with the stated goal of fighting Daesh and taking out Iran’s ‘regional ambitions.’ Is an expedition to root out Daesh in Iran next? Perhaps Karzai was right: Toad-backed Daesh sets ’em up, Pindostan and its minions knock ’em down, and Daesh rebrands itself as a new enemy in the region after yet another successful destabilization campaign. Rinse and repeat.

mad dog mattis yet again revives the empty accusations

Pindo Sec Def targets Syria with CW allegation
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Apr 22 2017

Speaking on a visit to Israel on Friday, Mad Dog Mattis charged that the Syrian government has violated an agreement brokered by Moscow in 2013 by holding onto chemical weapons. Mattis said during a press conference alongside Avigdor Lieberman:

The bottom line is there can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons, in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all.

Mattis refused to provide any estimate of what quantity of chemical weapons he believes are in Syrian hands, claiming that it would compromise intelligence sources. He charged, however, that Damascus was in violation of UNSCRs and warned:

Assad would be ill-advised to use any again. We’ve made that very clear with our first strike.

The accusations come just two weeks after Pindo warships rained 59 cruise missiles on the Syria’s Shayrat air base, killing 15 people, the majority of them civilians. The Apr 7 strike was launched in supposed retaliation for a CW incident in the village of Khan Sheikhun in Syria’s Idlib province that reportedly killed scores of people. Within hours of the first reports of the incident, relayed to the West by Western-funded “media activists” linked to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian AQ affiliate that controls the area, Faschingstein and its minions pinned the blame on Assad. Since then, they have provided no substantive evidence that the Syrian government launched the attack, which served no rational motive, given the militarily inconsequential nature of the target and the inevitability that it would serve as a pretext for Western retaliation. Since then, they have systematically blocked demands by Syria, Russia and Iran for an objective investigation of the alleged chemical attack by the OPCW. Sergei Lavrov condemned them on Friday, saying:

They blocked a resolution on the OPCW executive council to send a fact-finding mission to establish whether chemical weapons were used in Khan Sheikhoun and how they were delivered to the site of the reported incident.

Assad also denounced them for blocking any impartial investigation of the Idlib chemical incident, telling Sputnik:

We formally sent a letter to the UN. We asked them in that letter to send a delegation, in order to investigate what happened in Khan Shaykhun. However, until this moment they didn’t send any group, since the West and Pindostan blocked any delegation from coming, because if they come, they will find out that their narrative about what happened in Khan Shaykhun … was a false flag and a lie.

It is apparent that Pindostan and the other Western powers backing regime change in Syria fear what such a mission would uncover. One Pindosi authority on missile attacks, the MIT physicist and national security consultant Theodore Postol, has issued a report based on evidence provided by Washington that establishes that the CW was not delivered by a missile fired from the air, but rather set off by an IED on the ground, meaning it was almost certainly the work of Nusra, who control the area. Like the allegations over this staged CW attack, Mattis’ charge that Syria has kept its CW is totally unsubstantiated and designed to provide the pretext for further military aggression. The chemical disarmament of Syria was carried out under a deal brokered by Moscow in 2013, when the Obama administration backed down from a threat to launch airstrikes against Syria over another alleged CW incident in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. That incident was also exposed as a deliberate provocation staged by Turkish intelligence in league with Islamist “rebels” for the express purpose of provoking a Pindosi attack. Pindostan participated directly in the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpiles, and the OCPW certified that all of the country’s CW had been destroyed in Jan 2016.

Mattis’ allegations against Syria came just a day after Pres Trump charged Iran with failing to live up to the “spirit of the agreement” with the P5+1. On Tuesday, the State Dept certified that Iran was in full compliance with the agreement, but indicated that the administration was conducting a full review of its sanctions regime, to determine whether its waiver of sanctions under the terms of the deal remained “vital to the national security interests of Pindostan.” Tillerson followed up on Wednesday with a bellicose denunciation of Iran and the clear indication that Faschingstein was prepared to abrogate the deal and escalate military confrontation. Mattis’ Middle East tour has essentially consisted of a consultation with an axis of regional enemies of Iran, including the Toads & Thanis and Israel. Netanyahu on Friday praised what he termed “a great change in the direction of Pindosi strategy,” which he said had been “made clear by Mattis’ clear and forthright words and very forthright deeds against the use of CW by Iran’s proxy Syria.” He said Israel welcomed the “strategic change of Pindosi leadership and Pindosi policy.” The Netanyahu government viewed the Obama administration as insufficiently supportive, even as it raised the annual military aid from Washington to some $3.8b. The main bone of contention was the Iran nuclear deal. Now, with the Trump administration’s escalating campaign of worldwide militarism and its bellicose denunciations of Tehran, the Israeli government is clearly hoping that it can scuttle the nuclear agreement and ratchet up military provocations against Iran. In the same statement charging Syria with keeping chemical weapons, Mattis also said that the Syrian army had “dispersed their aircraft in recent days.” Pindo intelligence officials have reported that Damascus has redeployed its warplanes to Russia’s Hmeimim airbase near Latakia on the Syrian coast, in order to intermingle them with Russian planes. Another Pindo strike against them would inevitably mean hitting Russian personnel.

suppose trump resents his cooptation by the pentagon & is slyly rebelling by petty sabotage

Furious South Koreans Blast ‘Ignorant’ Trump For ‘Distortion Of History’
Ed Mazza, HuffPost, Apr 21 2017

Many in South Korea are steamed at Pres Trump for saying their nation was once “part of China.” Trump told the WSJ Apr 12 that Chinese Pres Xi gave him a history lesson during their meeting earlier this month, which gave him a new appreciation of the difficulties of defusing the situation in North Korea. Trump was quoted as saying:

And you know, you’re talking about thousands of years … and many wars. And Korea actually used to be a part of China. And after listening for 10 minutes, I realized that it’s not so easy.

But South Koreans say their nation was never part of China. Arirang News in the video above called Trump’s remarks “ignorant” and quoted a government official as saying the comments are “clearly not true and not even worthy of response.” The nation’s politicians are also making it clear what they think of Trump’s comments. Youn Kwan-suk, spox of the main opposition Democratic Party, told the NYT:

The 50 million South Koreans, as well as many commonsensical people around the world, cannot help but feel embarrassed and shocked.

Hong Joon-pyo, a conservative Liberal Korea Party candidate, spoxed the Hill:

This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea’s sovereignty.

The Foreign ministry’s Cho Jun-hyuk briefed JoongAng Daily:

It’s a clear fact acknowledged by the international community that, for thousands of years in history, Korea has never been part of China.

The newspaper said that since Trump and Xi spoke through interpreters, it’s possible something was lost in translation. But if it wasn’t, there could be problems with China as well. A diplomatic source was quoted as saying:

If Pres Xi really did make such a remark, the Korean public would react sensitively, and because it is a historical issue, the government would need to take stern action.<

The WaPo reported that a foreign ministry spox didn’t clarify Xi’s comments, but said:

There is nothing for South Koreans to worry about.

South Korea Tells Trump It’s Actually Never Been a Part of China
Kanga Kong, Bloomberg News, Apr 20 2017

South Korea’s government wants to know whether Chinese Pres Xi gave ‘alternative facts’ on the nation’s history to Pres Trump. In an interview with the WSJ last week, Trump said Xi told him during a recent summit that “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” The comments sparked outrage in Seoul, and became an issue in South Korea’s presidential race, prompting the foreign ministry to seek to verify what Xi actually said. Foreign ministry spox Cho Jun-hyuk said at a briefing in Seoul on Thursday:

It’s a clear fact acknowledged by the international community that for thousands of years in history, Korea has never been part of China.

Trump has sought to get China to do more to persuade Kim Jong Un to stop conducting nuclear and missile tests. Xi’s explanation of the historical relationship, said Trump to the WSJ, made him realize that it’s “not so easy” for China to influence North Korea to give up its nuclear program. Candidates for South Korea’s May 9 presidential election weighed in on the issue. Liberty Korea Party candidate Hong Jun-pyo spoxed:

This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea’s sovereignty.

A representative for Democratic Party of Korea candidate Mun Jae-in demanded to find out the full context of Xi’s comment. Ahn Cheol-su’s People’s Party said that it would be regrettable if China were to distort history in an international diplomatic setting. Chinese dynasties invaded the Korean Peninsula repeatedly over the centuries and demanded tributes, but South Koreans reject the idea that their ancestors were ever ruled by their neighbor.

a thinly-coded way of pretending to rebel against pindostan

Turkey Says It’s Close to Deal With Russia Over S-400 Missile Defense System
Reuters, Apr 21 2017

Turkey’s talks with Russia about the purchase of the S-400 air missile defense system have reached a “final stage,” although this does not mean a deal will be signed immediately, Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday. Isik told a news conference that NATO countries have not presented a “financially effective” offer on an alternative defense system. Turkey in 2015 cancelled a $3.4b tender for a long-range missile defense system that had been provisionally awarded to China. Turkey then said it would consider developing a missile system locally. Isik told a news conference:

It is clear that Turkey needs a missile defense system, but NATO member countries have not presented one offer which is financially effective. Work on the S-400 has reached a final stage, but the final stage does not mean “Let’s sign a deal tomorrow morning.”

He said (he realized that) Turkey would not be able to integrate the S-400 (system) into the NATO system. Meanwhile, RIA reported, Dmitri Peskov said on Friday that Putin and Erdogan would meet in Sochi on May 3 to discuss the situation in Syria.

i got sarin in my eye

Russia complains to Pindostan over exclusion from Syria CW probe
Denis Pinchuk, Reuters, Apr 21 2017

Russia has told Pindostan that it regrets Faschingstein’s opposition to letting its inspectors take part in an investigation into the CW attack in Syria earlier this month, the foreign ministry said on Friday. It said that Lavrov spoke by phone to Tillerson and the two agreed to consider one more time an “objective investigation into the incident” under the aegis of the OPCW. The State Dept said that during the call Tillerson reiterated to Lavrov his support for the OPCW’s existing investigative mechanism. They also discussed a range of issues, including those covered during Tillerson’s Apr 11-12 visit to Moscow, the department said in a statement. Trump said last week that relations with Moscow “may be at an all-time low.” Referring to another irritant in the relationship, the Russian ministry said Lavrov called on Tillerson to hand back “Russian diplomatic property in Pindostan unlawfully confiscated by the Obama administration.” Obama expelled 35 ‘suspected Russian spies’ in December and ordered the Russians to depart two countryside vacation retreats outside Faschingstein and Jew York that he said were linked to espionage. The ministry said the parties had agreed to launch a working group soon “to seek ways to get rid of irritants in bilateral relations.”