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Over 100,000 people petition White House to declare ANTIFA a terrorist organization

The Soros-funed extreme-left group ANTIFA has already established a record of mayhem across Europe and America.

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A petition currently active on the White House website is asking President Trump to officially designate “Anti-Fascist Action” or ANTIFA, as a terror group.

ANTIFA is a extreme left militant movement which started in Germany and has been active in Europe for a number of years. They are known to receive funding from billionaire regime change and social engineering sponsor George Soros.

Their modus operandi is using loud noise, physical obstruction and outright violence to disrupt peaceful, lawful assemblies by any group or person they oppose. Since the inauguration of President Trump, ANTIFA has seen a membership boom and already have a list of violent riots to their credit across the United States.

The petition, which was started on August 17th, has already easily soared past the 100,000 signatures required for an official response from the White House.

The text of the petition reads:

Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims”. This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. AntiFa has earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States. It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.

The White House petition page was started by Barack Obama in 2011, but was criticized already at the time as a PR stunt. Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly considering abolishing the site. No petitions during Trump’s tenure have received responses so far.

ANTIFA has hit headlines again in recent days, after Donald Trump came under an avalanche of media attacks for laying blame on the “alt-left” as well as the “alt-right” following recent violent clashes in Charlottesville.

The normally peaceful Virginia college town played host to the “Unite the Right” rally which brought together alt-right and far-right groups to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

Chaos ensued when the right-wing protestors clashed with counter-protestors including ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter (BLM). There were scores of injuries, as well as one fatality when a car allegedly driven by a white nationalist protestor apparently ran over 32-year-old counter-protestor Heather Heyer.

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This is juicy. How does that definition of terrorism not make war nationally-sanctioned terrorism???? The military industrial complex is not going to like that logic…

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Well, AntiFa has already been declared an extremist organisation by the Department of Homeland Security, so that shouldn’t be too difficult to manage.

https://www.njhomelandsecurity.gov/analysis/anarchist-extremists-antifa

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Of course! We have nearly always had a fascist right-wing government, but especially since Bush 43 and the loss of habeas corpus. They call animal-rights activists “terrorists” too.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

The page photos:
They look like a bunch of terrorists. Honest people don’t hide their face.

cortisol
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cortisol

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”

So by definition of the US constitution, Antifa is already a terrorist group.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I must’ve missed where the KKK, Neo-Nazis and hundreds of militias snd hate groups around the country have been declared terrorists.

Melotte 22
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Melotte 22

Happy to sign any petition declaring White House and Pentagon terrorist organisations.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Because they have a Green Card for that, it’s like carrying Guns, intimidates others but is not Terrorism because it’s in the constitution (Green Card)…

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hestroy
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hestroy

Lol! You fucking retard. Just die.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Weird how Antifa, Ukraine Nazis and ISIS supporters all look the same, act the same and don’t they all wear similar uniforms?

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Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

White Supremacy is more like it, or are you intentionally missing that?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

White supremecy – ISIS????? Good friends of John McCain and didn’t Obama admit to fully funding, supporting and training his ISIS buddies?
White Supremecy – Nazi and fully funded, trained and equipped by the US and EU nations. Soros boys and girls, and very loyal to Uncle John McCain.
White Supremecy Antifa???? However, again funded by Soros and no doubt fully backed by McCain and his Clinton friends. Also, isn’t Obama involved with the Antifa Crowd. Typical Democratic Movement.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

You sound like Democracy is an Evil… I wonder why!

AM Hants
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AM Hants

National Socialism – was that a democracy when Adolf was in charge of the German version? ISIS – wearing the same uniform, carrying out the same script and is that democracy in action? Ukraine Nazi’s – which is the Ukraine version of the National Socialist Party, that was active in Germany, back in the 40s, is that Democracy? Antifa – funded by Soros and they must be so proud to mimic the actions of the Ukraine Nazis, National Socialist (German) Worker’s Party and of course the Middle East version, fully funded, trained and supported by McCain, Obama and their friends,… Read more »

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

How Soros being a Jew mixes with Nazis? Are you saying that Nazis are Far-Left like some nuts out there?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Why did he say that the best time of his life was when he was a Nazi Collaborator? Why was he more than happy to fund the Ukraine coup d’etat, which led to the Nazis back on the streets of Ukraine? Funnily enough, his good mate, the Head of the European Jewish Community, Igor Kolomoisky, who just happens to be the boss of Joe Biden’s son and John Kerry’s step-son, was the oligarch that funded the Azov Battalion, with their swastika ensign. HACKED | Hacking Group Cyber Berkut Reveals Ukraine Used Millions In IMF Loans To Fund Clinton Foundation… ‘…New… Read more »

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schmenz

I have sympathy for you, trying to talk common sense to ignoramuses like popart2015. It is impossible to get through to people like that who prefer snarky comebacks to any kind of serious discussion. If I were you I’d ignore him.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

I will be and have posted the links I wanted to share. It is crazy and wish you all the best in the US.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

And no one is paying any attention. Isn’t free speech great?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

That is so the sad part and the ones that think they know it all, because the MSM is always right.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

What was it Adolf said, on the 1 May 1927? Hitler to Rauschning Adolf Hitler (Speech of May 1, 1927. Quoted by Toland… “I have learned a great deal from Marxism, as I do not hesitate to admit. The difference between them and myself is that I have really put into practice what these peddlers and pen-pushers have timidly begun…. I had only to develop logically what Social Democracy repeatedly failed in because of its attempt to realize its evolution within the framework of democracy. National Socialism is what Marxism might have been if it could have broken its absurd… Read more »

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

All kisses and hugs! LOL Read history before you talk…

AM Hants
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AM Hants

I have. Believe what MSM happily feed you and ask no questions as you suck it all in.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Say that Nazis are the same as Communists to Russian people and they will laugh at you, try to give your silly explanation and they will laugh even more at best!

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Fabian Society. Russian people or do you mistake them for the old Communist Soviet Union tribe? Yes, Russia has every reason to hate fascism and hence the fact that they celebrate 9 May each year, in memory of the defeat of Fascism. Now why did the US and Ukraine, vote against Russia in the UN, when they wanted to outlaw the Nazi Party? Why did the US and Ukraine vote to support the Nazi Party? However, the people of Russia also remember the times of the old Communist Soviet Union, which fell in 1991 and 15 independent nations emerged. Now… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

“Although, with Russia, taking back control of her natural resources, keeping them out of the reach of the oligarchs, was a seriously good move.”

You mean to tell me that the oligarchs that NOW control Russia’s natural resources, including President Putin, if one is to believe the Panama Papers, don’t exist???

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Panama Papers, how many of Clinton’s mates were included? How many of Ukraine’s mates were included and then ask how few Russians that were connected to Putin were included? It backfired, that is why it did not hang around the MSM for long.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

So, you’re saying there are no oligarchs in Russia?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Have I ever said that? Are you saying that the rest of the world has no oligarchs? ‘Back when President Putin first took over a bankrupt Russia, one of the first things he did was to sort out the oligarchs. Those that stayed, paid 13% tax, just like the rest of the people of Russia, earning over a certain amount, and with no loopholes, to get around. They promised to stay out of politics and become good Russian citizens. The garbage, left for a life in exile, many flocking to support the Clinton Foundation and popping up here, there and… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Oh, by the way, you may believe that you are laughing at me, however, thanks for giving me a platform to post the links. Those that have minds of their own, might go away, find out more and come to their own conclusion. It does not bother me, if people laugh at me or not. However, I do like independent minded people, who have not come across the facts, to want to go away and discover more. Make up their own independent minds and not clone my beliefs. Whether they agree or disagree, they, have used independent thought, critical thinking,… Read more »

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

You like to live in a Bubble then!

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Welcome to the Fourth Reich!

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Lessons in socialism from HItler is like lessons in democracy from the Democratic Republic of North Korea (their actual name).

AM Hants
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AM Hants

More like the Democrats in the US and come to that most other PC driven nations.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Of course, you need to attack Democrats, rather than provide a rational explanation for your BS.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

There actions speak louder than words. They can speak for themselves as the world laughs on. What was it President Putin said, ‘Is America a great nation? Yes. Is America a banana republic’? That appears where the Dems wish to take it as they cannot handle Hilary lost.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Let me guess, they killed too many statues…!

Penrose
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Penrose

Let me guess. You think that Antifa is peaceful, benign, and engages in no violent activity against other people.

You should apply for a job with the MSM. You would do well there.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

You don’t like them… Is that it!

Penrose
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Penrose

On the contrary, I just love those like Antifa and the Ukrainian Nazis who commit gratuitous violence against anyone they disagree with.

What’s not to like about that?

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I can’t speak for Antifa and neither can you. What I know about them is from reading reports by researchers, such as the Anti-Defamation League. They don’t carry guns, they’re dis-organized, except they show up for protests. They’ve never advocated the exterimination of a group of people, UNLIKE RIGHT-WNG EXTREMISTS. If you can’t admit the truth to yourself, you’re a sorry POS.

What’s with The Duran anyway? This doesn’t appear to be a news site, more like propaganda.

Penrose
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RE: What I know about them is from reading reports by researchers, such as the Anti-Defamation League. LOL. Do you depend on AIPAC for your political viewpoints, too? RE: If you can’t admit the truth to yourself, you’re a sorry POS. Oh my. Moved into the name calling phase, have you? I’m surprised it took you this long. If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then name calling is the last (and often the first) resort of those who don’t have a legitimate argument. But remember, when Antifa bashes people with blunt objects or shoots pepper spray into… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I don’t depend on AIPAC ever. That doesn’t meant that the Anti-defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center don’t know what they’re talking about. Do you always engage in false equivalence? Second, I only called you a name IF you can’t admit the truth. So, the ball is in your court. And name-calling is certainly not unknown to your side, whatever the hell that is: White Supremacist? Neo-Nazi? KKK? just Right-Wing nuts? Trump supporters, because who doesn’t like a lunatic despotic klepocrat? At least you recognize that Antifa only uses pepper spray and blunt objects, which is a lot better… Read more »

Penrose
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Penrose

RE: “At least you recognize that Antifa only uses pepper spray and blunt objects, which is a lot better than guns, knives, and vehicles.”

Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not that naive. I suppose their weapons of choice for the job below will be wet noodles and cotton candy.

“Antifa Has A New Cell In Philly, And They’re Calling For Property Seizures, Violence On Police, And All-Out Revolution”

cascadian12
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cascadian12

If your last sentence is true, then I’m confident that the “Left” will completely denounce them, as the Left (without anarchists – who are not the Left) have generally been a non-violent movement. Since the 1960s, violence only erupts at Leftist protests because of Anarchists. Violence is completely counter-productive because the media will always focus on the violence and not the reasons for the protest. If this is what Antifa stands for, then I will be the first to reject them and to urge that they be prevented from joining any Leftist protest. I’ve given them the benefit of the… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I don’t know if you’re naive, ignorant or just delusional, but right-wing extremists commit 20x more violent acts than “left-wing extremists,” and, again, RW violence is more lethal. Just a fact, Jack. You can google it.

Penrose
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Penrose

Aww, trying to cast aspersions on my intellectual status again? Keep that up and I’m going to tell my mommy on you.

It is true that I find left-wing and right-wing political characterizations as rather simplistic. So one dimensional. Seems to me the world we live in is far more complex than that.

Let me guess. Do we assign the war crimes of the Clintons and Obama to left-wing violence and the war crimes of George Bush Jr. to right-wing violence? Is that how it works?

cascadian12
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cascadian12

You make a good point. For the record, I’ve always considered “anarchists” (the kind that destroy property at protests and who supposedly gave rise to “Antifa”) to be idiots and to give leftist protests a bad name, which they do not deserve (the last effective protests I’m referring to are the ones against free-trade agreements, such as the protest against the WTO in Seattle (1999). The latter was very successful in terms of turnout and clear focus, but once again, the anarchists marred what had been a peaceful protest. What I find disturbing is that The Duran promotes a petition… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Well, they don’t carry guns, like the Right-Wing hate groups you support. And they’ve never espoused the extermination of any group of people based on race or religion, like the hate groups you support, so I would say there’s a world of difference between them!

Penrose
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Penrose

Oh, Antifa is a hate group alright. They hate anyone who disagrees with them.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

People is starting to wake up so the regime needs to call them terrorists!

Curtis Bok
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Curtis Bok

Please change the font that you use for quotations. It is very difficult to read.

ignasi
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ignasi

It was to sign the petition

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

It’s the Jewish mafia Zionists that fund, organize, and train organizations such as antifa to divide and conquer America, that’s the protocols of zion, and the US mirrors perfectly the protocols of zion..

So, the real terrorists are the Jewish mafia Zionist bankers trying to divided and conquer the US by funding,organizing, and training terrorist groups used to topple the US.

This article is just more BS propaganda from the Jewish mafia owned media.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Curious to note that America, the Fat-I-Can, the Kazarian hierarchy, are using the original Babylonian means of warfare, Divide and Conquer. It has been the Jesuit program since their inception, is key to global success of Soros and his supposedly Illuminated cohorts, and has now completed their goals, conquered all nations, including Russia. Infiltrate and erode your enemies, using their politicians, etc., to destroy themselves, from the inside out. Fifth column media controlled programming, indoctrination, propaganda is the means used to turn a nation against itself, unions vs. workers, youth against the elders, men against women, black against white etc.… Read more »

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

There is nothing new under the sun. It’s the same old dog and pony show, but we ended all that on 11/8/16, it’s time to make the US useless to the Jewish mafia, boycott their usury banks and oil and cheap foreign junk and false flag foreign and civil wars, it’s time for them to suck wind.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Maybe they should check the Amnesian history books, learn that is was Abraham Lincoln’s decision to take control of the economy, ditch the English pound as their currency, and started printing Greenbacks.
Sadly it lead to his assassination.
Yes, that is why any one who tries to escape the bankers’ control, by starting their own currency, must rapidly be eliminated.
Once Amnezia got free of the English bankers controls they shot ahead, but now we see that same plot being repeated against any who strive to break free of the banker’s controls.
Nationalize all banks, then we will have freedom.

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

It’s real simple, boycott the usury bankers and their loans and credit cards and corporate malls, make the US useless to them.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Nearly all commerce is electronic now, except for a few holdouts. So it’s going to be difficult to do what you suggest. I do favor nationalizing the banks in principle, but now that our government has been taken over by kleptocrats, nothing would change.

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

We’re just not consenting to the theft and corruption involved in the fed tax and debt slavery war dollar. So, I guess it’s up to us holdouts to get things started.

Do you have anything of value you’d trade or barter? lol.

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Cranford Ducain

The best move Trump, or the rest of us, could make to eliminate antifa would be for him to come out in favor of them and for the rest of us to suddenly make them a mainstream group. There is nothing which is more discouraging or demoralizing to a group such as this than to be accepted into the rest of a social order. This makes them become a part of the very things which they wish to distroy.

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Meanwhile Tony Blair is cozying up to Brussels’ oligarchs, working his evil magic to derail the will of the British people, and keep the integrationist ambitions for the UK and Europe on track.

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The UK government led by Theresa May, has survived to fight another day, after winning a no-confidence vote, tabled by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, following parliament rejecting the PM’s Brexit deal, earlier on Tuesday evening.

The no-confidence vote was defeated by 19 votes – the government winning by 325 to 306. It’s a rare positive note for May’s Tory cabinet after the humiliating Brexit defeat.

Speaking immediately after the vote, a victorious May said she was “pleased” that the House expressed its confidence in her government. May said she will “continue to work” to deliver on the result of the Brexit referendum and leave the EU.

May invited the leaders of parliamentary parties to meet with her individually, beginning on Wednesday evening.

“I stand ready to work with any member of this House to deliver on Brexit,” she said.

Responding to the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the House had “emphatically” rejected May’s deal on Tuesday. The government, he said, must now remove “clearly once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit from the EU and all the chaos that would result from that.”

Labour will now have to consider what move to make next. Their official Brexit policy, decided by members at conference in September, states that if a general election cannot be forced, then all options should be left on the table, including calling for a second referendum.

Liberal Democrats MP Ed Davey also called on May to rule out a no deal Brexit.

The way forward for Brexit is not yet clear and May’s options are now limited, given that the Brexit deal she was offering was voted down so dramatically on Tuesday.

Gavin Barrett, a professor at the UCD Sutherland School of Law in Dublin, told RT that May will now have to decide if her second preference is a no-deal Brexit or a second referendum. Her preference will likely be a no-deal Brexit, Barrett said, adding that “since no other option commands a majority in the House” a no-deal exit is now “the default option.”

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The war of aggression against Syria is winding up, and this can be observed by the opening of a series of new embassies in Damascus.

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The situation in Syria evolves daily and sees two situations very closely linked to each other, with the US withdrawal from Syria and the consequent expansionist ambitions of Erdogan in Syria and the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) takeover in Idlib that frees the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian aviation to liberate the de-escalation zone.

Trump has promised to destroy Turkey economically if he attacks the Kurds, reinforcing his claim that Erdogan will not target the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) once the US withdraws from the area. One of the strongest accusations made against Trump’s withdrawal by his opponents is that no Middle Eastern force will ever trust the US again if they abandon the SDF to its fate, that is, to its annihilation at the hands of the Turkish army and its FSA proxies. This, however, is not possible; not so much because of Trump’s economic threats, but because of Damascus and Moscow being strongly opposed to any Turkish military action in the northeast of Syria.

This is a red line drawn by Putin and Assad, and the Turkish president likely understands the consequences of any wrong moves. It is no coincidence that he stated several times that he had no problems with the “Syrians or Syrian-Kurdish brothers”, and repeated that if the area under the SDF were to come under the control of Damascus, Turkey would have no need to intervene in Syria. Trump’s request that Ankara have a buffer zone of 20 kilometers separating the Kurdish and Turkish forces seems to complement the desire of Damascus and Moscow to avoid a clash between the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the SDF.

The only party that seems to be secretly encouraging a clash between the SDF and Turkish forces is Israel, criticizing Ankara and singing the praises of the SDF, in order to try and accentuate the tensions between the two sides, though naturally without success. Israel’s continued raids in Syria, though almost constantly failing due to Syrian air defense, and the divide-and-rule policy used against Turkey and the SDF, show that Tel Aviv is now weakened and mostly irrelevant in the Syrian conflict.

In Idlib, the situation seems to be becoming less complicated and difficult to decipher. Russia, Iran and Syria had asked Erdogan to take control of the province through its “moderate jihadists”, sit down at the negotiating table, and resolve the matter through a diplomatic solution. Exactly the opposite happened. The HTS (formerly al-Nusra/al-Qaeda in Syria) has in recent weeks conquered practically the whole province of Idlib, with numerous forces linked to Turkey (Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki) dissolving and merging into HTS. This development puts even more pressure on Erdogan, who is likely to see his influence in Idlib fade away permanently. Moreover, this evolution represents a unique opportunity for Damascus and Moscow to start operations in Idlib with the genuine justification of combating terrorism. It is a repeat of what happened in other de-escalation areas. Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly requested the moderates be separated from the terrorists, so as to approach the situation with a diplomatic negotiation.

In the absence of an effective division of combatants, all are considered terrorists, with the military option replacing the diplomatic. This remains the only feasible option to free the area from terrorists who are not willing to give back territory to the legitimate government in Damascus and are keeping civilians hostages. The Idlib province seems to have experienced the same playbook applied in other de-escalation zones, this time with a clear contrast between Turkey and Saudi Arabia that shows how the struggle between the two countries is much deeper than it appears. The reasons behind the Khashoggi case and the diplomatic confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia were laid bare in the actions of the HTS in Idlib, which has taken control of all the areas previously held by Ankara’s proxies.

It remains to be seen whether Moscow and Damascus would like to encourage Erdogan to recover Idlib through its proxies, trying to encourage jihadists to fight each other as much as possible in order to lighten the task of the SAA, or whether they would prefer to press the advantage themselves and attack while the terrorist front is experiencing internal confusion.

In terms of occupied territory and accounts to be settled, two areas of great importance for the future of Syria remain unresolved, namely al-Tanf, occupied by US forces on the Syrian-Jordanian border, and the area in the north of Syria occupied by Turkish forces and their FSA proxies. It is too early to approach a solution militarily, it being easier for Damascus and Moscow to complete the work to free Syria from the remaining terrorists. Once this has been done, the presence of US or Turkish forces in Syria, whether directly or indirectly, would become all the more difficult to justify. Driving away the US and, above all, Turkey from Syrian territory will be the natural next step in the Syrian conflict.

This is an unequivocal sign that the war of aggression against Syria is winding up, and this can be observed by the opening of a series of new embassies in Damascus. Several countries — including Italy in the near future — will reopen their embassies in Syria to demonstrate that the war, even if not completely over, is effectively won by Damascus and her allies.

For this reason, several countries that were previously opposed to Damascus, like the United Arab Emirates, are understood to have some kind of contact with the government of Damascus. If they intend to become involved in the reconstruction process and any future investment, they will quite naturally need to re-establish diplomatic relations with Damascus. The Arab League is also looking to welcome Syria back into the fold.

Such are signs that Syria is returning to normality, without forgetting which and how many countries have conspired and acted directly against the Syrians for over seven years. An invitation to the Arab League or some embassy being reopened will not be enough to compensate for the damage done over years, but Assad does not preclude any option, and is in the meantime demonstrating to the Israelis, Saudis and the US Deep State that their war has failed and that even their most loyal allies are resuming diplomatic relations with Damascus, a double whammy against the neocons, Wahhabis and Zionists.

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The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News.

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In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not “manually intervene” on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for “abortion.”

The term “abortion” was added to a “blacklist” file for “controversial YouTube queries,” which contains a list of search terms that the company considers sensitive. According to the leak, these include some of these search terms related to: abortion, abortions, the Irish abortion referendum, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and anti-gun activist David Hogg.

The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News by a source inside the company who wishes to remain anonymous. A partial list of blacklisted terms was also leaked to Breitbart by another Google source.

In the leaked discussion thread, a Google site reliability engineer hinted at the existence of more search blacklists, according to the source.

“We have tons of white- and blacklists that humans manually curate,” said the employee. “Hopefully this isn’t surprising or particularly controversial.”

Others were more concerned about the presence of the blacklist. According to the source, the software engineer who started the discussion called the manipulation of search results related to abortion a “smoking gun.”

The software engineer noted that the change had occurred following an inquiry from a left-wing Slate journalist about the prominence of pro-life videos on YouTube, and that pro-life videos were replaced with pro-abortion videos in the top ten results for the search terms following Google’s manual intervention.

“The Slate writer said she had complained last Friday and then saw different search results before YouTube responded to her on Monday,” wrote the employee. “And lo and behold, the [changelog] was submitted on Friday, December 14 at 3:17 PM.”

The manually downranked items included several videos from Dr. Antony Levatino, a former abortion doctor who is now a pro-life activist. Another video in the top ten featured a woman’s personal story of being pressured to have an abortion, while another featured pro-life conservative Ben Shapiro. The Slate journalist who complained to Google reported that these videos previously featured in the top ten, describing them in her story as “dangerous misinformation.”

Since the Slate journalist’s inquiry and Google’s subsequent intervention, the top search results now feature pro-abortion content from left-wing sources like BuzzFeed, Vice, CNN, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. In her report, the Slate journalist acknowledged that the search results changed shortly after she contacted Google.

The manual adjustment of search results by a Google-owned platform contradicts a key claim made under oath by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in his congressional testimony earlier this month: that his company does not “manually intervene on any search result.”

A Google employee in the discussion thread drew attention to Pichai’s claim, noting that it “seems like we are pretty eager to cater our search results to the social and political agenda of left-wing journalists.”

One of the posts in the discussion also noted that the blacklist had previously been edited to include the search term “Maxine Waters” after a single Google employee complained the top YouTube search result for Maxine Waters was “very low quality.”

Google’s alleged intervention on behalf of a Democratic congresswoman would be further evidence of the tech giant using its resources to prop up the left. Breitbart News previously reported on leaked emails revealing the company targeted pro-Democrat demographics in its get-out-the-vote efforts in 2016.

According to the source, a software engineer in the thread also noted that “a bunch of terms related to the abortion referendum in Ireland” had been added to the blacklist – another change with potentially dramatic consequences on the national policies of a western democracy.

youtube_controversial_query_blacklist

At least one post in the discussion thread revealed the existence of a file called “youtube_controversial_query_blacklist,” which contains a list of YouTube search terms that Google manually curates. In addition to the terms “abortion,” “abortions,” “Maxine Waters,” and search terms related to the Irish abortion referendum, a Google software engineer noted that the blacklist includes search terms related to terrorist attacks. (the posts specifically mentions that the “Strasbourg terrorist attack” as being on the list).

“If you look at the other entries recently added to the youtube_controversial_query_blacklist(e.g., entries related to the Strasbourg terrorist attack), the addition of abortion seems…out-of-place,” wrote the software engineer, according to the source.

After learning of the existence of the blacklist, Breitbart News obtained a partial screenshot of the full blacklist file from a source within Google. It reveals that the blacklist includes search terms related to both mass shootings and the progressive anti-second amendment activist David Hogg.

This suggests Google has followed the lead of Democrat politicians, who have repeatedly pushed tech companies to censor content related to the Parkland school shooting and the Parkland anti-gun activists. It’s part of a popular new line of thought in the political-media establishment, which views the public as too stupid to question conspiracy theories for themselves.

Here is the partial blacklist leaked to Breitbart:

2117 plane crash Russian

2118 plane crash

2119 an-148

2120 florida shooting conspiracy

2121 florida shooting crisis actors

2122 florida conspiracy

2123 florida false flag shooting

2124 florida false flag

2125 fake florida school shooting

2126 david hogg hoax

2127 david hogg fake

2128 david hogg crisis actor

2129 david hogg forgets lines

2130 david hogg forgets his lines

2131 david hogg cant remember his lines

2132 david hogg actor

2133 david hogg cant remember

2134 david hogg conspiracy

2135 david hogg exposed

2136 david hogg lines

2137 david hogg rehearsing

2120 florida shooting conspiracy

The full internal filepath of the blacklist, according to another source, is:

//depot/google3/googledata/superroot/youtube/youtube_controversial_query_blacklist

Contradictions

Responding to a request for comment, a YouTube spokeswoman said the company wants to promote “authoritative” sources in its search results, but maintained that YouTube is a “platform for free speech” that “allow[s]” both pro-life and pro-abortion content.

YouTube’s full comment:

YouTube is a platform for free speech where anyone can choose to post videos, as long as they follow our Community Guidelines, which prohibit things like inciting violence and pornography. We apply these policies impartially and we allow both pro-life and pro-choice opinions. Over the last year we’ve described how we are working to better surface news sources across our site for news-related searches and topical information. We’ve improved our search and discovery algorithms, built new features that clearly label and prominently surface news sources on our homepage and search pages, and introduced information panels to help give users more authoritative sources where they can fact check information for themselves.

In the case of the “abortion” search results, YouTube’s intervention to insert “authoritative” content resulted in the downranking of pro-life videos and the elevation of pro-abortion ones.

A Google spokesperson took a tougher line than its YouTube subsidiary, stating that “Google has never manipulated or modified the search results or content in any of its products to promote a particular political ideology.”

However, in the leaked discussion thread, a member of Google’s “trust & safety” team, Daniel Aaronson, admitted that the company maintains “huge teams” that work to adjust search results for subjects that are “prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content” – all subjective terms that are frequently used to suppress right-leaning sources.

He also admitted that the interventions weren’t confined to YouTube – they included search results delivered via Google Assistant, Google Home, and in rare cases Google ’s organic search results.

In the thread, Aaronson attempted to explain how search blacklisting worked. He claimed that highly specific searches would generate non-blacklisted results, even controversial ones. But the inclusion of highly specific terms in the YouTube blacklist, like “David Hogg cant remember his lines” – the name of an actual viral video – seems to contradict this.

Aaronson’s full post is copied below:

I work in Trust and Safety and while I have no particular input as to exactly what’s happening for YT I can try to explain why you’d have this kind of list and why people are finding lists like these on Code Search.

When dealing with abuse/controversial content on various mediums you have several levers to deal with problems. Two prominent levers are “Proactive” and “Reactive”:

  • Proactive: Usually refers to some type of algorithm/scalable solution to a general problem
    • E.g.: We don’t allow straight up porn on YouTube so we create a classifier that detects porn and automatically remove or flag for review the videos the porn classifier is most certain of
  • Reactive: Usually refers to a manual fix to something that has been brought to our attention that our proactive solutions don’t/didn’t work on and something that is clearly in the realm of bad enough to warrant a quick targeted solution (determined by pages and pages of policies worked on over many years and many teams to be fair and cover necessary scope)
    • E,g.: A website that used to be a good blog had it’s domain expire and was purchased/repurposed to spam Search results with autogenerated pages full of gibberish text, scraped images, and links to boost traffic to other spammy sites. It is manually actioned for violating policy

These Organic Search policies and the consequences to violating them are public

Manually reacting to things is not very scalable, and is not an ideal solution to most problems, so the proactive lever is really the one we all like to lean on. Ideally, our classifiers/algorithm are good at providing useful and rich results to our users while ignoring things at are not useful or not relevant. But we all know, this isn’t exactly the case all the time (especially on YouTube).

From a user perspective, there are subjects that are prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content. Now, these words are highly subjective and no one denies that. But we can all agree generally, lines exist in many cultures about what is clearly okay vs. what is not okay. E.g. a video of a puppy playing with a toy is probably okay in almost every culture or context, even if it’s not relevant to the query. But a video of someone committing suicide and begging others to follow in his/her footsteps is probably on the other side of the line for many folks.

While my second example is technically relevant to the generic query of “suicide”, that doesn’t mean that this is a very useful or good video to promote on the top of results for that query. So imagine a classifier that says, for any queries on a particular text file, let’s pull videos using signals that we historically understand to be strong indicators of quality (I won’t go into specifics here, but those signals do exist). We’re not manually curating these results, we’re just saying “hey, be extra careful with results for this query because many times really bad stuff can appear and lead to a bad experience for most users”. Ideally the proactive lever did this for us, but in extreme cases where we need to act quickly on something that is so obviously not okay, the reactive/manual approach is sometimes necessary. And also keep in mind, that this is different for every product. The bar for changing classifiers or manual actions on span in organic search is extremely high. However, the bar for things we let our Google Assistant say out loud might be a lot lower. If I search for “Jews run the banks” – I’ll likely find anti-semitic stuff in organic search. As a Jew, I might find some of these results offensive, but they are there for people to research and view, and I understand that this is not a reflection of Google feels about this issue. But if I ask Google assistant “Why do Jews run the banks” we wouldn’t be similarly accepting if it repeated and promoted conspiracy theories that likely pop up in organic search in her smoothing voice.

Whether we agree or not, user perception of our responses, results, and answers of different products and mediums can change. And I think many people are used to the fact that organic search is a place where content should be accessible no matter how offensive it might be, however, the expectation is very different on a Google Home, a Knowledge Panel, or even YouTube.

These lines are very difficult and can be very blurry, we are all well aware of this. So we’ve got huge teams that stay cognizant of these facts when we’re crafting policies considering classifier changes, or reacting with manual actions – these decisions are not made in a vacuum, but admittedly are also not made in a highly public forum like TGIF or IndustryInfo (as you can imagine, decisions/agreement would be hard to get in such a wide list – image if all your CL’s were reviewed by every engineer across Google all the time). I hope that answers some questions and gives a better layer of transparency without going into details about our “Pepsi formula”.

Best,

Daniel

The fact that Google manually curates politically contentious search results fits in with a wider pattern of political activity on the part of the tech giant.

In 2018, Breitbart News exclusively published a leaked video from the company that showed senior management in dismay at Trump’s election victory, and pledging to use the company’s power to make his populist movement a “hiccup” in history.

Breitbart also leaked “The Good Censor,” an internal research document from Google that admits the tech giant is engaged in the censorship of its own products, partly in response to political events.

Another leak revealed that employees within the company, including Google’s current director of Trust and Safety, tried to kick Breitbart News off Google’s market-dominating online ad platforms.

Yet another showed Google engaged in targeted turnout operations aimed to boost voter participation in pro-Democrat demographics in “key states” ahead of the 2016 election. The effort was dubbed a “silent donation” by a top Google employee.

Evidence for Google’s partisan activities is now overwhelming. President Trump has previously warned Google, as well as other Silicon Valley giants, not to engage in censorship or partisan activities. Google continues to defy him.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. You can follow him on TwitterGab.ai and add him on Facebook. Email tips and suggestions to [email protected].

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