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BREAKING: Hezbollah leader Nasrallah slams Saudi aggression – says Israel will not invade Lebanon

Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah reiterated calls for Saad Hariri’s safe passage back to Lebanon.

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Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese party Hezbollah, has given a televised statement in which he addressed the pressing issues concerning the apparent captivity of “former” Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Saudi Arabia.

Whereas in last week’s address, Nasrallah speculated on Hariri’s condition, now, he stated that Hariri is clearly being detained against his will. Nasrallah affirmed that Saad Hariri is under “house arrest” on the orders of the Saudi regime and has been ever since he made a forced resignation address live on Saudi state-run television.

Nasrallah affirmed that like all other major Lebanese parties, Hezbollah demands the release of Hariri. He further stated that Hariri’s captivity is an insult to all of Lebanon including the Sunni dominated Future Movement whose top figures have also called for Hariri’s safe passage to Lebanon.

Hezbollah’s position, like that of Christian Lebanese President Michel Aoun, is that the forced resignation has no legal status in Lebanon and that until Hariri is allowed to resign of his own free will on Lebanese soil, he is considered the legal head of government, thus making his captivity an intentional diplomatic incident and act of war by the Saudi regime.

Although Saudi has absurdly stated that Lebanon declared “war” and now the Hezbollah leader said that it is Saudi Arabia that has declared war on the Lebanese state, Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah once again admonished all Lebanese to remain vigilant against any threats and further provocations, while urging for calm and unity among all Lebanese in spite of their party political affiliation and ethnic or religious background.

While many have suspected that Israel and Saudi have worked in collusion to provoke a crisis in Lebanon, Nasrallah stated that this collusion will not amount to a new Israel war on Lebanon. He stated that the Israeli regime is well aware of the international climate and will not likely enter into a new conflict that would be long, costly and ultimately unfruitful from the Israeli perspective.

However, Nasrallah warned that Israel is capable of igniting sedition in many places through the use of proxies. He cited the recent events in the Golan Heights where Israel allowed the safe passage of al-Nusra/al-Qaeda terrorists into the Druze village of Hader in order to create bloodshed. He stated that the only way for al-Nusra terrorists to reach Hader, was for Israel to allow them to pass from illegal Israeli occupied Syrian territory into Hader and surrounding areas.

Still though, he emphasised that Hezbollah, the Lebanese state and Lebanese military are following events closely but that ultimately, Israel’s self-interested caution will prohibit an Israeli attack in spite of Saudi provocations providing a possible pretext.

Nasrallah further stated that Saudi is angry due to its many recent failures and that because of this the regime in Riyadh is taking this anger out not just on Hezbollah, but on all of Lebanon. He further stated that if Saudi wanted to, it could singularly rage against Hezbollah, but like a blind man swinging a sword, Saudi has decided to inflict strife on all of Lebanon, which is why it is all the more crucial for Lebanon to maintain its dignity and sovereignty in the face of the “unprecedented intervention” from Saudi.

He also said that the primary target of Saudi’s anger is Iran and that Lebanon is merely ‘on the road’ of Saudi’s path of anger. Even though Iran is closer to Saudi than Lebanon, he expressed his assessment that Saudi is afraid of attacking Iran directly, knowing that this would be the biggest Saudi failure of all.

In respect of Saudi failures, Nasrallah pointed to the failure to destroy Syria and Iraq, the failure to establish a Kurdish statelet in Iraq, the failure to subdue Qatar, the failure to ‘win’ in Yemen and the failure to even secure Bahrain as the small island is now entirely dependent on Saudi and UAE direct cash injections after waging a costly internal war against Shi’a human rights activists.

Nasrallah further accused Saudi of being in a state of denial over Yemen. Saudi absurdly blames Hezbollah for trafficking weapons to Yemen, something which is impossible due to the Saudi imposed blockade which has starved thousands of Yemeni civilians.

Iran slams Saudi lies over Yemen missile strike

Nasrallah said that he is ready to swear before God, that Yemen’s Houthis are capable not only of building their own missiles but also their own drones and that Saudi knows this, but blames Iran and Hezbollah because it is afraid to admit its weakness in the face of impoverished and materially isolated Houthis who are largely autarkic. Nasrallah then laughed, stating that if Hezbollah is really doing as much in distant Yemen as Saudi Arabia claims, than “we are even more powerful than we know”.

The leader of Hezbollah then turned to interference in Lebanon’s domestic sovereignty. He stated that it is clear that both Iran and Saudi Arabia have influence in Lebanon. The difference, he pointed out, is that while Saudi meddles in Lebanon’s internal affairs, Iran does not. Iran is respected but Iran does not instigate sectarian crises, tell Lebanese businesses how to operate nor tell Lebanese which factions to support or proscribe, while Saudi has done and continues to do all of these negative things.

Nasrallah’s speech affirmed Hezbollah’s confidence that Saudi Arabia will not succeed in weakening Lebanon nor in reversing the victories of the Lebanese resistance and that of their allies in Syria and Iraq. He further stated that the only just solution to the present crisis is for Lebanon to continue and unite behind calls for Saad Hariri to return to Lebanon and either continue to government as part of the coalition or else legally resign on Lebanese soil.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career

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Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.

 

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Why Joe May be Courting Stacey

Joe Biden has a history on compulsory integration dating back to the 1970s that Sen. Jesse Helms called “enlightened.”

Patrick J. Buchanan

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Authored by Patrick Buchanan via The Unz Review:


Of 895 slots in the freshman class of Stuyvesant High in New York City, seven were offered this year to black students, down from 10 last year and 13 the year before.

In the freshman class of 803 at The Bronx High School of Science, 12 students are black, down from last year’s 25.

Of 303 students admitted to Staten Island Technical High School, one is African-American.

According to The New York Times, similar patterns of admission apply at the other five most elite high schools in the city.

Whites and Asians are 30 percent of middle school students, but 83 percent of the freshman at Bronx High School of Science, 88 percent at Staten Island Technical and 90 percent at Stuyvesant.

What do these numbers tell us?

They reveal the racial composition of the cohort of scientists and technicians who will lead America in the 21st century. And they tell us which races will not be well represented in that vanguard.

They identify a fault line that runs through the Democratic Party, separating leftists who believe in equality of results for all races and ethnic groups, and those who believe in a meritocracy.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has expressed anger and frustration at the under-representation of blacks and Hispanics in the elite schools. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have ignored his pleas to change the way students are admitted.

Currently, the same test, of English and math, is given to middle school applicants. And admission to the elite eight is offered to those who get the highest scores.

Moreover, Asians, not whites, are predominant.

Though 15 percent of all middle school students, Asians make up two-thirds of the student body at Stuyvesant, with 80 times as many slots as their African-American classmates.

The egalitarian wing of the Democratic Party sees this as inherently unjust. And what gives this issue national import are these factors:

First, the recent scandal where rich parents paid huge bribes to criminal consultants to get their kids into elite colleges, by falsifying records of athletic achievement and cheating on Scholastic Aptitude Tests, has caused a wave of populist resentment.

Second, Harvard is being sued for systemic reverse racism, as black and Hispanic students are admitted with test scores hundreds of points below those that would disqualify Asians and whites.

Third, Joe Biden has a history on compulsory integration dating back to the 1970s that Sen. Jesse Helms called “enlightened.”

Here are Biden’s quotes, unearthed by The Washington Post, that reflect his beliefs about forced busing for racial balance in public schools:

“The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with.

“What it says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.’ That’s racist!

“Who the hell do we think we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?

“I am philosophically opposed to quota systems. They insure mediocrity.”

That was 44 years ago. While those views were the thinking of many Democrats, and perhaps of most Americans, in the mid-’70s, they will be problematic in the 2020 primaries, where African-Americans could be decisive in the contests that follow Iowa and New Hampshire.

Biden knows that just as Bernie Sanders, another white male, fell short in crucial South Carolina because of a lack of support among black voters, he, too, has a problem with that most loyal element in the Democratic coalition.

In 1991, Biden failed to rise to the defense of Anita Hill when she charged future Justice Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment. In the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was a law-and-order champion responsible for tough anti-crime legislation that is now regarded as discriminatory.

And he has a record on busing for racial balance that made him a de facto ally of Louise Day Hicks of the Boston busing case fame.

How, with a record like this, does Biden inoculate himself against attacks by rival candidates, especially candidates of color, in his run for the nomination?

One way would be to signal to his party that he has grown, he has changed, and his 2020 running mate will be a person of color. Perhaps he’ll run with a woman of color such as Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the 2018 governor’s race in Georgia.

An ancillary benefit would be that Abrams on the ticket would help him carry Georgia, a state Donald Trump probably cannot lose and win re-election.

Wrote Axios this morning:

“Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president.”


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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