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CNN host Alisyn Camerota is completely owned by these six Trump panelists (Video)

CNN’s Charlottesville panel defends President Trump.

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Fake news CNN hosted a panel of six Trump supporters Wednesday morning in an effort to continue to spin the Charlottesville protests into more bad press against POTUS Trump.

Unfortunately for CNN and host Alisyn Camerota, the panel completely pushed back against the CNN host, and her persistent argument that President Trump committed some sort of unforgivable sin by condemning both sides for violence in Charlottesville.

The segment was off to a bad start for Camerota when she asked how many panelists were troubled by President Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville.

Not a single panelist raised their hand, as panelist Bob Viera said…

“I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I mean he addressed the problem. Let’s face reality, there are problems on both sides.”

“I think it’s ridiculous to have me choose between Hitler and Stalin which is what I consider what both groups are.”

“If you’re willing to set fires and burn places to the ground, that doesn’t seem like a very peaceful group to me.”

Via The Daily Caller

One panelist, Daphne Goggins, said she is going to reserve judgement until the matter is fully investigated. Goggins said she is also convinced that not everyone at the rally was a neo-Nazi based on videos she saw on Facebook. When she tried to share those videos, she claims she was censored by the social media site.

After Camerota played a clip of angry white supremacists protesters chanting racial slurs against Jewish people, Goggins defended their right to free speech.

“Those crazy, I don’t know what else to call them. I probably can’t say it on TV. But they still have the right to say those crazy things,” she said.

Panelist Robert McCarthy blamed media bias and said, “The media is not covering it. They’re only focused on making neo-Nazis and white supremacists out to be Trump supporters.”

Trump supporter Amanda Delekta said it was unfair to insinuate that Trump voters are supporting neo-Nazis and said the coverage was negative and uncalled for.

“No one here is supporting the neo-Nazis or the white supremacists. And that narrative is really negative. but what we are talking about is President Trump’s response and he stood in front of America and he condemned the violence that occurred that day,” she said.

Panelist Jimmy Dozier pointed out that only a few hundred people were involved in the Charlottesville incident, but over 60 million people voted for Trump.

“You’re talking about three or four hundred people in Charlottesville. They’re sixty million people that voted for President Trump,” he said. “Why don’t we get a say? Those people aren’t nothing. Democrats have idiots, Republicans have idiots. But we’re talking about us, the sixty million that’s for Trump. We don’t do stuff like that.”

A female Trump supporter named L.A. Key suggested the violence may have been triggered on purpose and there may be ulterior motives behind the division. She too said her information came from Facebook, prompting Camerota to ask if the panel trusted Facebook more than traditional news media outlets.

Each panelist agreed that their trust in the mainstream media was slipping, and they trusted alternative internet sources more than cable news.

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A lot of sense listening to tRump voting Americans, let alone cnn to work out what’s going on in their country. Not! Yeah both condemn neo-nazis and “neo-stalinists” in Charlottesville while they are indifferent to the support of their govt to neo-nazis in the Ukraine and head chopping terrorists in the Middle East, Philippines and elsewhere. Support of genocide by saudi arabia and israel, easy to do when part of its DNA. A country born and bred in slavery and genocide ain’t going to change in a hurry. Even though that’s probably the only way to remove the cancer it… Read more »

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like Egypt you mean? When do you want to tear down the pyramids? You think every white person in America was a slave owner? Republicans freed the slaves, blck, hispanic, young, old, asian white women and men all voted for trump. he got 65 MILLION vote. Am in the UK and i support their president also. so worldwid he has more than the 65m who vote him in. In the ME they are not nations, they are tribes, nations are held togetherin ME by crushing the tribes. It is a different concept of life to how we live. This is… Read more »

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What does Stalin have to do with Charlottesville? The Americans have mixed everything in their heads. The Antifa – who were a just part of the counter-protesters – aren’t communists as a matter of course, but anarchists. These two groups aren’t going along either. And though they might have banded against neo-Nazis, there were hardly any communists to be found in Charlottesville (or the United States for that matter).

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It seems people can only interpret political actions through the lens of “Communist, Fascist, blah blah”. Rarely do they actually understand the meaning of the terms. Although I support everybody’s right to protest, the normalization of these nazis that is going on is comical. Some people have been feeling repressed with their racist views for a long time and are now feeling like it’s ok to come out of the shadows. We’ve been saying it for years, that racism is juuuust below the surface.

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Fully agreed. Plus, in the case that the article deals with, it is an effort of Trump supporters to defend the President’s lame statement. And while it’s obvious that Trump was full of crap on this one (almost certainly influenced by Bannon), the attempt by the CNN pundit to paint him as a closet Nazi is pitiful.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

18 Months Of Left-Wing Violence || The Alt-Left & Antifa red elephants. youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8QLT6tFWU

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

what normalisation of nazis? honestly where do you see this? on your tv? look outside, i bet you forgot to notice all the mosques springing up

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Where do I see it? We backed a coup in Ukraine and allowed neo-nazis to rise to power. We are currently engaged in a corporate media debate about which protesters, the nazi’s or the leftists, were responsible for the problems in Charlottesville. If you don’t think nazis have been normalized, grab a couple hundred of your friends and try walking down the street dressed in all black carrying ISIL flags and see what happens. I bet a lot of people just like you would want to punch you in the face. We supposedly fought a war against the nazis, people… Read more »

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oh yeah CNN was happy to show ukraine nazis as the good guys, you guys were supporting. US created ISIS. US told libya to give up their weapons of mass destruction and then unleashed ISIS on that country. The US are in Syria illegally, with no invitation from the legitimate government.US used phosphorous bombs and for 5 years were destroying syrian infrastructure under the pretense of hitting ISIS so they could award themselves reconstruction contracts upon regime chagne. CIA put erdogan in power, CIA organised the coup to remove him after he bought chinese weaponry and not exclusively US. we… Read more »

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So everything you said up until “daily attacks on white men” is completely accurate. I don’t call white people racist nazis, I call racist nazis racist nazis. I can tell the difference obviously, there are only a small number of nazis who get inordinate press coverage. White men have control of the entire western world, what exactly are these nazi’s so upset about? How did they develop a victim mentality while reaping every advantage in US society? They should go talk to a Native American if they want to hear about what it’s like to have everything taken from them.… Read more »

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You want to take western civlisation from the people who built it. not every white person was a slave owner.

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“The people who built” America were slaves, and nobody said all white people owned slaves. That said, for almost 400 years, white Americans benefited from the practice of slavery though, whether involved or not. Slavery was the backbone of the US economy.

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So are you going to condemn antifa and BLM violence against free speech? This is the disagreement. i suggest you look at this video. Why dont you condemn political violence? you keep avoiding it. you have been sold MSM BS. and you are regurgitating it .
am tired of trying to show you your fucking ignorance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S2TZOdXAtQ&list=PLywtE6-BvPsf-kmVdxgmlX6TrUHTibcbC&index=1

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So you should feel free to go ahead and fuck off if you are under the delusion that you are able to somehow convince me of something with your little YouTube links. This is getting boring.

Keith Smith
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even msm is denouncing antifa,

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What’s your point? I support everybody’s right to protest. I’m not a member of ANTIFA but I support their right to protest too. Did these nazis and klansmen finally get a taste of their own medicine? Were they scared that the state wasn’t stepping in to protect them? THE IRONY. I’m sure you defended BLM’s right to protest just as vigorously when the cops were breaking up the marches and thumping heads. That said, I don’t like nazis or racist good ‘ol boys trying to make people who look like me afraid to walk around their own town. What the… Read more »

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no support of VIOLENT protest. Antifa ALWAYS violent. BLM is allowed to talk as is Antifa if it is peaceful. MSM support violent protest which is out of order. Antifa were in Dover protesting against a peaceful EDL march, they turned the town into a sh1thole. They have no respect, they are funded by globalist george soros and claim to be anti globalist. Antifa have also been labelled a domestic terrorist organisation by the State of New Jersy, and the petition to have them labelled nationally as a domestic terrorist organisation has passed 250k signatures in the US. support their… Read more »

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I’m not the one that needs a history lesson. I do like the fact that you support peaceful BLM protests. At least there’s that.

Keith Smith
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BLM shoot black cops..

Keith Smith
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go to youtube and look at what antifa were doing to Trump supporters two days ago. BLM is BS

Keith Smith
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and am from the UK and have british grandparents and great grandparents etc… you are trying to tell me about fighting nazis? really? you need to wake the fuck up and see what is really going on.

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My Grandfather fought nazis. What did you think, you have exclusive rights to WW2?

Keith Smith
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then you know what a nazi is, also a lot of these so called ‘nazi group members’ were antifa members last year under obama administration. When are you going to condemn antifa and BLM violence? troll

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The irony is that you apparently do not know the behavior of a Tr0ll is exactly what you are doing.

Keith Smith
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as u reply to a post without argument 5 days later. reverse projection methinks

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As if I check Disqus comments when I actually have things to do. Methinks this Trolling session is over.

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condemning nazis is as obvious as condemning killing babies or dropping nukes on rainforests. so fucking obvious yet this thread proves people like you are running around pointing the finger demanding everybody ‘prove’ they dont support nazis. Why do you not condemn political violence against free speech by antifa? You are running around and accusing people of supporting nazism. you have done it to me, by default i support them because i dont state the obvious, i have fingers, i have toes, people have eyes, nazis are bad (smh you fucking spastic). How many people have you pointed the finger… Read more »

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The moral equivalencies you present are comical. Talk about spastic, try some punctuation.

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so you do not condemn political violence. nuff said. ANTIFA Another Name To Identify Failed Abortions

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Do I condemn political violence? Depends. The war the south lost was based on political and economic violence. The coal miners unions fought against Pinkerton machine guns, that was political violence. When the state infringes on the rights of the citizen, it’s time for political violence. It’s not a one size fits all proposition. Some people love brand names, I relate to ideas.

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You are lucky nobody thinks you should have your head kicked in for whta you think. you have no credibility supporting antifa and BLM . and you obviously not watching the videos

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You might be right, in that I might not be watching all the videos you post. LOL, no need. I already said I support free speech and protest. What I don’t do, is conflate neo-nazi’s and kkk’ers with people protesting police brutality. But hey, I don’t support terrorism and that’s exactly what those groups are.

Keith Smith
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my point is antifa beat up people who think differently, you perhaps would see that this left right BS is blowing up in everybodies faces. MSM forced to condemn antifa, why wont you?

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I’m not involved with left/right BS and am not a member of those parties. You want to think you’re some kind of enlightened person who doesn’t listen to the MSM? All you’re doing is following the alt-right meme instead. I’m an anarchist I don’t care what media says what, I’m perfectly OK with nazi’s getting their assess kicked anytime, anyplace. As soon as you join a domestic terror organization, you lose the right to whine about your safety.

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Antifa are a domestic terror organisation. Their right to safety should be removed? conversations are not trolling. losing an argument is not trolling, not watching simple videos which disprove your argument that antifa are justified makes you look foolish. Others read this post, others have seen the videos. and i dont do left and right, its a construct which creates a false democracy. And i do read M S M. i understand it, i certainly dont follow the narrative lol

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All out of tr0ll food. This is not a conversation, it’s you blasting alt-right BS and then trying to walk it back and hide behind a free speech argument with some ad-hominem’s tossed in. I’ve made my points, you’ve I guess attempted to make yours, obviously I’m not swayed.

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look past headlines, your points amounted to calling me a nazi you cretin

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You want people to apologise for being white because you see some sort of privilege, you are racist to white people if you believe they are all the same and of a certain class. What about white minorities within inner city areas? you racist

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Not sure WTF you’re talking about this time. Go ahead and re-read my posts, I am talking about fucking nazis. Just a quick piece of advice, if your premise is the defense of nazis as some kind of victim class, you’re a fool way out of your depth.

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free speech mate, just because your offended by what that scum says, doesnt deny their right to free speech. btw antifa stands for Another Name To Identify Failed Abortions

Keith Smith
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this is antifa Since when were 65m Trump suporters all nazis?
you fool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8QLT6tFWU

Keith Smith
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Antifa carry communist flags. they support both anarchy and communism. And are not anti fascists, they are domestic terrorist organisation. They have attacked business’s and targetted business owners, not because of their political views. but because antifa is a george soros funded terrorist organisation.

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Antifa have a history which is often murky. But whether one despises or supports them, one should have a touch with reality. There are hardly any communists to be found in the US and they aren’t part of the Antifa. That is a fact. That they may cooperate in the case of a conflict with neo-Nazis is a different thing, though, again, there were no communists to be found in Charlottesville. It is certainly touching though to see people like you indignant about the Antifa and the imaginary communists, but quite complacent when it comes to neo-Nazis and white supremacists.… Read more »

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proof?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8QLT6tFWU i am not supporting neo nazi’s i am supporting free speech. Antifa here attacking people who are normal trump supporters. You can stand behind minorities pointing the finger and screaming racist. but that is not an argument you idiot. Supporting somebodies right to free speech does not mean you support that persons views. Can you not understand this? Why do you not denounce political violence? And what will you do when what you are doing suddenly becomes unacceptable and the by default, it becomes acceptable to attack you? proof of these violent neo nazi’s causing destruction everywhere. and i… Read more »

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the support of free speech is not supporting what that speech stands for. I denounce neo nazis, KKK, BLM and Antifa violence. But i do not support people being attacked for voicing political views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bADdJuN-4Ag

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLA4lEtmH2A from people that were there

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This CNN presenter got butt *******d !

Brewerstroupe
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Much of the Vice footage has a staged, scripted look about it, as if it was shot at a different place and time.

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If they chant “Jews will not replace us”, they’re not attacking Jews; they’re not saying they’re going to threat the physical integrity of Jews. And as to physical violence, I haven’t seen any video in which any member of these groups started a fight, quite the contrary: people with bats following, insulting them… clearly trying to provoke them, and without having a permit to protest.

Keith Smith
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLA4lEtmH2A plz share this, also posted on this article another video 18 months of alt left violence

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

this was funny.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Keith Smith
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ISz3EaM9A M S M LIES ALL THE TIME ABOUT NEO NAZIS. 5 minutes, trying to help people understand who the enemy is.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bADdJuN-4Ag antifa are internationally stupid

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What about the group Antifa…a home grown American terrorist organization? Camerota’s contempt for truth is appalling. She is such a stupid liberal tunnel visioned fanatic that she is perfect working for CNN.

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Is this man the puppet master of Ukraine’s new president or an overhyped bogeyman?

Smiling to himself, Kolomoisky would be within his rights to think that he has never had it so good.

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It doesn’t actually matter if Ukrainian-Israeli billionaire Igor Kolomoisky is the real power behind Volodymyr Zelensky – the president elect has to get rid of the oligarch if he is to make a break with the country’s corrupt past.

The plots, deceits and conflicts of interest in Ukrainian politics are so transparent and hyperbolic, that to say that novice politician Zelensky was a protégé of his long-time employer was not something that required months of local investigative journalism – it was just out there.

Zelensky’s comedy troupe has been on Kolomoisky’s top-rated channel for the past eight years, and his media asset spent every possible resource promoting the contender against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, a personal enemy of the tycoon, who hasn’t even risked entering Ukraine in the past months.

Similarly, the millions and the nous needed to run a presidential campaign in a country of nearly 50 million people had to come from somewhere, and Kolomoisky’s lieutenants were said to be in all key posts. The two issued half-hearted denials that one was a frontman for the other, insisting that they were business partners with a cordial working relationship, but voters had to take their word for it.

Now that the supposed scheme has paid off with Zelensky’s spectacular victory in Sunday’s run-off, Ukrainian voters are asking: what does Kolomoisky want now, and will he be allowed to run the show?

‘One-of-a-kind chancer’

Born in 1963, in a family of two Jewish engineers, Kolomoisky is the type of businessman that was once the staple of the post-Soviet public sphere, but represents a dying breed.

That is, he is not an entrepreneur in the established Western sense at all – he did not go from a Soviet bloc apartment to Lake Geneva villas by inventing a new product, or even setting up an efficient business structure in an existing field.

Rather he is an opportunist who got wealthy by skilfully reading trends as the Soviet economy opened up – selling Western-made computers in the late 1980s – and later when independent Ukraine transitioned to a market economy and Kolomoisky managed to get his hands on a large amount of privatisation vouchers that put many of the juiciest local metals and energy concerns into his hands, which he then modernised.

What he possesses is a chutzpah and unscrupulousness that is rare even among his peers. Vladimir Putin once called him a “one-of-a-kind chancer” who managed to “swindle [Chelsea owner] Roman Abramovich himself.” In the perma-chaos of Ukrainian law and politics, where all moves are always on the table, his tactical acumen has got him ahead.

Kolomoisky’s lifeblood is connections and power rather than any pure profit on the balance sheet, though no one actually knows how that would read, as the Privat Group he part-owns is reported to own over 100 businesses in dozens of Ukrainian spheres through a complex network of offshore companies and obscure intermediaries (“There is no Privat Group, it is a media confection,” the oligarch himself says, straight-faced.)

Unsurprisingly, he has been dabbling in politics for decades, particularly following the first Orange Revolution in 2004. Though the vehicles for his support have not been noted for a particular ideological consistency – in reportedly backing Viktor Yushchenko, then Yulia Tymoshenko, he was merely putting his millions on what he thought would be a winning horse.

Grasp exceeds reach

But at some point in the post-Maidan euphoria, Kolomoisky’s narcissism got the better of him, and he accepted a post as the governor of his home region of Dnepropetrovsk, in 2014.

The qualities that might have made him a tolerable rogue on TV, began to grate in a more official role. From his penchant for using the political arena to settle his business disputes, to creating his own paramilitary force by sponsoring anti-Russian battalions out of his own pocket, to his somewhat charmless habit of grilling and threatening to put in prison those less powerful than him in fits of pique (“You wait for me out here like a wife for a cheating husband,” begins a viral expletive-strewn rant against an overwhelmed Radio Free Europe reporter).

There is a temptation here for a comparison with a Donald Trump given a developing country to play with, but for all of the shenanigans, his ideological views have always been relatively straightforward. Despite his Russia-loathing patriotism, not even his fans know what Kolomoisky stands for.

The oligarch fell out with fellow billionaire Poroshenko in early 2015, following a battle over the control of a large oil transport company between the state and the governor. The following year, his Privat Bank, which at one point handled one in four financial transactions in the country was nationalized, though the government said that Kolomoisky had turned it into a mere shell by giving $5 billion of its savings to Privat Group companies.

Other significant assets were seized, the government took to London to launch a case against his international companies, and though never banished, Kolomoisky himself decided it would be safer if he spent as long as necessary jetting between his adopted homes in Switzerland and Tel Aviv, with the occasional trip to London for the foreseeable future.

But the adventurer falls – and rises again. The London case has been dropped due to lack of jurisdiction, and only last week a ruling came shockingly overturning the three-year-old nationalization of Privat Bank.

Smiling to himself, Kolomoisky would be within his rights to think that he has never had it so good.

Own man

Zelensky must disabuse him of that notion.

It doesn’t matter that they are friends. Or what handshake agreements they made beforehand. Or that he travelled to Geneva and Tel-Aviv 13 times in the past two years. Or what kompromat Kolomoisky may or may not have on him. It doesn’t matter that his head of security is the man who, for years, guarded the oligarch, and that he may quite genuinely fear for his own safety (it’s not like nothing bad has ever happened to Ukrainian presidents).

Volodymyr Zelensky is now the leader of a large country, with the backing of 13.5 million voters. It is to them that he promised a break with past bribery, graft and cronyism. Even by tolerating one man – and one who makes Poroshenko look wholesome – next to him, he discredits all of that. He will have the support of the people if he pits himself against the puppet master – no one would have elected Kolomoisky in his stead.

Whether the oligarch is told to stay away, whether Ukraine enables the financial fraud investigation into him that has been opened by the FBI, or if he is just treated to the letter of the law, all will be good enough. This is the first and main test, and millions who were prepared to accept the legal fiction of the independent candidate two months ago, will now want to see reality to match. Zelensky’s TV president protagonist in Servant of the People – also broadcast by Kolomoisky’s channel, obviously, would never have compromised like that.

What hinges on this is not just the fate of Zelensky’s presidency, but the chance for Ukraine to restore battered faith in its democracy shaken by a succession of compromised failures at the helm.

Igor Ogorodnev

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Roger Waters – The People’s Champion for Freedom

In February 2019, Waters showed his support for the Venezuelan Maduro government and continues to be totally against US regime change plans there.

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Roger Waters is one of Britain’s most successful and talented musicians and composers but more importantly is an outstanding champion for freedom in the world, beyond compare to any other artist turned political activist.

By way of background, he co-founded the rock band Pink Floyd in 1965.

A landmark turning point of his political activism occurred in 1990, when Waters staged probably the largest rock concert in history, ‘The Wall – Live in Berlin’, with an attendance of nearly half a million people.

In more recent years Waters famously narrated the 2016 documentary ‘The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States’ about the insidious influence of Zionist Israel to shape American public opinion.

Waters has been an outspoken critic of America’s Neocons and particularly Donald Trump and his policies.

In 2017, Waters condemned Trump’s plan to build a wall separating the United States and Mexico, saying that his band’s iconic famous song, ‘The Wall’ is as he put it “very relevant now with Mr. Trump and all of this talk of building walls and creating as much enmity as possible between races and religions.”

In February 2019, Waters showed his support for the Venezuelan Maduro government and continues to be totally against US regime change plans there, or any place else for that matter.

Here below is a must see recent Roger Waters interview, via satellite from New York, where he speaks brilliantly, succinctly and honestly, unlike no other celebrity, about FREEDOM and the related issues of the day.

The only other artist turned activist, but purely for human rights reasons, as she is apolitical, is the incredible Carla Ortiz.

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ISIS Says Behind Sri Lanka Bombings; Was ‘Retaliation’ For New Zealand Mosque Massacre

ISIS’s claim couldn’t be confirmed and the group has been  known to make “opportunistic” claims in the past, according to WaPo. 

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Shortly after the death toll from Sunday’s Easter bombings in Sri Lanka climbed above the 300 mark, ISIS validated the Sri Lankan government’s suspicions that a domestic jihadi organization had help from an international terror network while planning the bombings were validated when ISIS took credit for the attacks.

The claim was made via a report from ISIS’s Amaq news agency. Though the group has lost almost all of the territory that was once part of its transnational caliphate, ISIS now boasts cells across the Muslim world, including in North Africa and elsewhere. Before ISIS took credit for the attack, a Sri Lankan official revealed that Sunday’s attacks were intended as retaliation for the killing of 50 Muslims during last month’s mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.

However, the Sri Lankan government didn’t offer any evidence for that claim, or the claim that Sunday’s attacks were planned by two Islamic groups (though that now appears to have been substantiated by ISIS’s claim of responsibility). The group is believed to have worked with the National Tawheed Jamaath, according to the NYT.

“The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene told the Parliament.

Meanwhile, the number of suspects arrested in connection with the attacks had increased to 40 from 24 as of Tuesday. The government had declared a national emergency that allowed it sweeping powers to interrogate and detain suspects.

On Monday, the FBI pledged to send agents to Sri Lanka and provide laboratory support for the investigation.

As the death toll in Sri Lanka climbs, the attack is cementing its position as the deadliest terror attack in the region.

  • 321 (as of now): Sri Lanka bombings, 2019
  • 257 Mumbai attacks, 1993
  • 189 Mumbai train blasts, 2006 166 Mumbai attacks, 2008
  • 151 APS/Peshawar school attack, 2014
  • 149 Mastung/Balochistan election rally attack, 2018

Meanwhile, funeral services for some of the bombing victims began on Tuesday.

Even before ISIS took credit for the attack, analysts told the Washington Post that its unprecedented violence suggested that a well-financed international organization was likely involved.

The bombings on Sunday, however, came with little precedent. Sri Lanka may have endured a ghastly civil war and suicide bombings in the past – some credit the Tamil Tigers with pioneering the tactic – but nothing of this scale. Analysts were stunned by the apparent level of coordination behind the strikes, which occurred around the same time on both sides of the country, and suggested the attacks carried the hallmarks of a more international plot.

“Sri Lanka has never seen this sort of attack – coordinated, multiple, high-casualty – ever before, even with the Tamil Tigers during the course of a brutal civil war,” Alan Keenan, a Sri Lanka expert at the International Crisis Group, told the Financial Times. “I’m not really convinced this is a Sri Lankan thing. I think the dynamics are global, not driven by some indigenous debate. It seems to me to be a different kind of ballgame.”

Hinting at possible ISIS involvement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a Monday press conference that “radical Islamic terror” remained a threat even after ISIS’s defeats in Syria.

Of course, ISIS’s claim couldn’t be confirmed and the group has been  known to make “opportunistic” claims in the past, according to WaPo. The extremist group said the attacks were targeting Christians and “coalition countries” and were carried out by fighters from its organization.

Speculation that the government had advanced warning of the attacks, but failed to act amid a power struggle between the country’s president and prime minister, unnerved citizens and contributed to a brewing backlash. Following the bombings, schools and mass had been canceled until at least Monday, with masses called off “until further notice.”

 

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