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If there’s one thing that brings a tear to #CaitlinJohnstone’s eye, it’s the inspiration she feels watching Republican-aligned #neoconservatives and Democrat-aligned neoconservatives find a way to bridge their almost nonexistent differences.
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In a conference at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, “Resistance” leader and professional left-puncher #NeeraTanden met with Iraq-raping neocon #BillKristol to discuss bipartisanship and shared values.

While leprechauns held hands and danced beneath candy rainbows and gumdrop Reaper drones, the duo engaged in a friendly, playful conversation with the event’s host in a debate format which was not unlike watching the Pillsbury Doughboy have a pillow fight with himself in a padded room after drinking a bottle of NyQuil.
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While there are exceptions, Central and Eastern #Europeans overall are more inclined to say their culture is superior. The eight countries where this attitude is most prevalent are all geographically in the East: Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Bulgaria, Russia, Bosnia, Romania and Serbia.
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Taken together, these and other questions about national identity, religious minorities and cultural superiority would seem to indicate a European divide, with high levels of religious nationalism in the East and more openness toward multiculturalism in the West.

Other questions asked on the survey point to a further East-West “values gap” with respect to key social issues, such as same-sex marriage and legal abortion.
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#Amazon is seeking to build a global “brain” for the #Pentagon called #JEDI, a weapon of unprecedented surveillance and killing power, a profoundly aggressive weapon that should not be allowed to be created.

Founded in 1994 as an online book seller, Amazon is now the world’s largest online retailer, with more than 300 million customers worldwide, and net sales of $178 billion in 2017.

Amazon has built a vast, globally distributed data storage capacity and sophisticated artificial intelligence programs to propel its retail business that it hopes to use to win a $10 billion Pentagon contract to create the aforementioned “brain” that goes by the project name Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, a moniker obviously concocted to yield the Star Wars acronym — JEDI.
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#Syria will adopt a new rule of engagement with Israel now that #Russia has taken a tougher and clearer stance on the conflict between #Israel and the “Axis of the Resistance”.

Henceforth, Damascus will be responding to any Israeli strike. If it damages a specific military target it will reply with a strike against a similar objective in Israel. Decision makers in Damascus said “Syria will not hesitate to hit an Israeli airport if Damascus airport is targeted and hit by Israel. This will be with the consent of the Russian military based in the Levant”.

This Syrian political decision is based on a clear position taken by Russia in Syria following the downing of its aircraft #Il20 on September 18 this year.
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The U.S. government fears for the safety of #MariaButina, the 30-year-old Russian who's cooperating with U.S. prosecutors after admitting she failed to register as a foreign agent, according to a court filing.

The disclosure late Friday appeared briefly on the public court docket for the case before it was removed.

In the filing, stamped with the words "Under Seal," prosecutors asked a judge for a court order that would ensure Butina's safety as she's transported from an Alexandria, Va., jail to the venues where she'll be debriefed as part of her cooperation agreement.
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The #Syria/n Arab Army #SAA will respond to any #Israel/i attack on its bases as a part of a new policy, which was adopted by the Syrian leadership following the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane last September, the Kuwaiti al-Ra’i newspaper reported on December 15 citing a high-ranked Syrian official.

“Damascus is waiting for any Israeli strike on specific military targets to retaliate with a similar strike, this means that a strike on an airport in Syria will be met with a strike on an airport in Israel and so on,” the unnamed official told al-Ra’i.

According to the official, Moscow has given Damascus a green light to respond to any Israeli strike that would destroy Syrian military capabilities or kill foreign advisers supporting the SAA. Tel Aviv was reportedly warned of this new policy.
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'Pressured into plea': Intl Law Attorney on #MariaButina case

Witch hunt: Professor Bruce Marks - International Law Attorney, Marks & Sokolov law firm talks Butina case
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#PetroPoroshenko and #TheresaMay: failed leaders on the same disastrous trajectory -- http://theduran.com/petro-poroshenko-and-theresa-may-failed-leaders-on-the-same-disastrous-trajectory-video/

The Duran’s #AlexChristoforou and Editor-in-Chief #AlexanderMercouris take a quick look how UK PM Theresa May and #Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko are willing to destroy their country in the pursuit of pleasing their globalist masters, while retaining what little power they still hold.
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Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation, made a great point in October that Washington is now treating Ukraine as if it were a NATO member, donating warships and military equipment to the country for use against Russia. This is the latest indication that America’s military-industrial complex is shifting to Ukraine as the epicenter to start World War III, and from which the nuclear war is to be sparked against Russia.

There is a reason why Russia is amassing hundreds of main battle tanks on the Ukranian border, that is because the next geopolitical flare-up is right around the corner, likely to occur during the next global recession.
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The former Ukrainian envoy to NATO, Major General Petro Garashchuk, recently stated in an interview with Obozrevatel TV:

“I’ll say it once more. We have the ability to develop and produce our own #NuclearWeapons, currently available in the world, such as the one that was built in the former USSR and which is now in independent #Ukraine, located in the city of Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovsk) that can produce these kinds of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Neither the United States, nor Russia, nor China have produced a missile named Satan … At the same time, Ukraine does not have to worry about international sanctions when creating these nuclear weapons.”
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Special counsel Robert #Mueller is reportedly preparing to shift the focus of the interminable #Russiagate investigation to the Middle East, where at least three countries may have tried their hands at “election meddling.”

Claiming indictments will start dropping in early 2019, sources close to the matter say that Mueller’s team has been discussing the possibility of filing charges pertaining to election meddling by Israeli, Emirati, and Saudi nationals.

These well-connected figures not only offered US President Donald #Trump assistance on his way to the White House – a report by the Daily Beast claims – they also tried to meddle in policies once he was there.
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