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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Flynn’s Saudi Nuclear Deal; What do we know so far? | Neutron Bytes

Flynn’s Saudi Nuclear Deal; What do we know so far? | Neutron Bytes

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, A Country Addicted to War | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, A Country Addicted to War | TomDispatch

In push for Yemen aid, U.S. warned Saudis of threats in Congress

In push for Yemen aid, U.S. warned Saudis of threats in Congress

The good, bad, and ugly of binary thinking . . . | Center for Internet and Society

The good, bad, and ugly of binary thinking . . . | Center for Internet and Society

Michael Flynn’s Indictment Exposes Trump Team’s Collusion With Israel, Not Russia | Alternet

Michael Flynn’s Indictment Exposes Trump Team’s Collusion With Israel, Not Russia | Alternet

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: A Fatal and Fateful Blow – LobeLog

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: A Fatal and Fateful Blow – LobeLog

North Korea is a nuclear state. But can the U.S. accept that? - The Washington Post

North Korea is a nuclear state. But can the U.S. accept that? - The Washington Post

Saturday, December 9, 2017

White House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi — ProPublica

White House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi — ProPublica

U.S. Diplomat’s Resignation Signals Wider Exodus From State Department – Foreign Policy

U.S. Diplomat’s Resignation Signals Wider Exodus From State Department – Foreign Policy

The Engineers and the Political System - Los Angeles Review of Books

The Engineers and the Political System - Los Angeles Review of Books

A moment of truth arrives for Rick Perry’s widely hated coal bailout - Vox

A moment of truth arrives for Rick Perry’s widely hated coal bailout - Vox

California wildfires: Businesses face ruin as blaze rages - BBC News

California wildfires: Businesses face ruin as blaze rages - BBC News

Trump Tower’s Murky History and Murkier Future: Slumping Sales, Pentagon Leases, and Shadowy L.L.C.s | Vanity Fair

Trump Tower’s Murky History and Murkier Future: Slumping Sales, Pentagon Leases, and Shadowy L.L.C.s | Vanity Fair

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific | Asia Times

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific | Asia Times

US Delivers Ultimatum to NATO Regarding Russian Missiles - SPIEGEL ONLINE

US Delivers Ultimatum to NATO Regarding Russian Missiles - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Donald Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will bring peace – it will do quite the opposite | The Independent

Donald Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will bring peace – it will do quite the opposite | The Independent

Is Trump Prepared for His Jerusalem Gambit to Backfire?

Is Trump Prepared for His Jerusalem Gambit to Backfire?

Does Trump Want a New Middle East War? - Rolling Stone

Does Trump Want a New Middle East War? - Rolling Stone

DNC's Unity Commission Further Dividing the Party | naked capitalism

DNC's Unity Commission Further Dividing the Party | naked capitalism

Trump fiddles with phone as US burns out in Asia, and China gives a lesson in leadership | South China Morning Post

Trump fiddles with phone as US burns out in Asia, and China gives a lesson in leadership | South China Morning Post

Welcome to the Hell Hole that is Brussels

Welcome to the Hell Hole that is Brussels

U.S. Faces Blunt Criticism at U.N. Over Jerusalem Decree - The New York Times

U.S. Faces Blunt Criticism at U.N. Over Jerusalem Decree - The New York Times

How You Kiss Under the Mistletoe and Other Changes in 2017

How You Kiss Under the Mistletoe and Other Changes in 2017

Second thoughts about romance in the #MeToo age

Second thoughts about romance in the #MeToo age

Friday, December 8, 2017

Department of Justice Launches Federal Investigation into Planned Parenthood - Breitbart

Department of Justice Launches Federal Investigation into Planned Parenthood - Breitbart

U.S. Made Secret Deal With ISIS to Let Thousands of Fighters Flee Raqqa to Battle Assad in Syria, Former Ally Says

U.S. Made Secret Deal With ISIS to Let Thousands of Fighters Flee Raqqa to Battle Assad in Syria, Former Ally Says

White House Names Trump Loyalist to Iran Policy Job at State Department – Foreign Policy

White House Names Trump Loyalist to Iran Policy Job at State Department – Foreign Policy

The U.S. Is Stockpiling Nuclear Arms, and the Cost Is Astonishing - FPIF

The U.S. Is Stockpiling Nuclear Arms, and the Cost Is Astonishing - FPIF

White House urges Saudis, Yemeni rebels to 'immediately cease hostilities' | TheHill

White House urges Saudis, Yemeni rebels to 'immediately cease hostilities' | TheHill

President Trump: Do you have any idea of what America First means? | Non-Intervention.com

President Trump: Do you have any idea of what America First means? | Non-Intervention.com

FBI head seems to confirm Russia probes have asked for wiretap warrants - NBC News

FBI head seems to confirm Russia probes have asked for wiretap warrants - NBC News

DOJ Official Demoted During Investigation Into Contacts With Trump Dossier Firm

DOJ Official Demoted During Investigation Into Contacts With Trump Dossier Firm

Top Mueller Attorney Attended Hillary's Election Night Party

Top Mueller Attorney Attended Hillary's Election Night Party

We’re All Mad Here: Weinstein, Women, and the Language of Lunacy


We’re All Mad Here: Weinstein, Women, and the Language of Lunacy

“He has demons.” The language of madness is the last resort for a society that can no longer deny the evidence of structural oppression and violence.

https://longreads.com/2017/10/23/weinstein-women-and-the-language-of-lunacy/?utm_source=Weekly+Longreads+Email&utm_campaign=75a3f46b87-Longreads_Top_5_December_8_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd2ad42066-75a3f46b87-239031537&mc_cid=75a3f46b87&mc_eid=9528811089

Is Aquaculture the Solution to World Hunger? | WCAI

Is Aquaculture the Solution to World Hunger? | WCAI

San Francisco to robots: Don’t crowd our sidewalks - San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco to robots: Don’t crowd our sidewalks - San Francisco Chronicle

The Demise of Net Neutrality Will Harm Innovation in America


The Demise of Net Neutrality Will Harm Innovation in America

Congress needs to move fast to limit the damage.


https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609594/the-demise-of-net-neutrality-will-harm-innovation-in-america/?utm_source=newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_content=12-08-2017&utm_campaign=the_download&utm_source=MIT+Technology+Review&utm_campaign=f59d1673a0-The_Download&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-f59d1673a0-153856085

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips • The Register

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips • The Register

Weinstein’s Complicity Machine

 

Weinstein’s Complicity Machine


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/05/us/harvey-weinstein-complicity.html?src=longreads&utm_source=Weekly+Longreads+Email&utm_campaign=75a3f46b87-Longreads_Top_5_December_8_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd2ad42066-75a3f46b87-239031537&mc_cid=75a3f46b87&mc_eid=9528811089

GE laying off 12,000 in power division internationally - Electric Light & Power

GE laying off 12,000 in power division internationally - Electric Light & Power

The New Water Wars Reshaping America | Politics & Power | OZY

The New Water Wars Reshaping America | Politics & Power | OZY

Pope Francis: Meaning of ‘Full of Grace’ The Church Congratulates Mary Today



Pope Francis: Meaning of ‘Full of Grace’

The Church Congratulates Mary Today

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-francis-meaning-of-full-of-grace/

Angelus Address: On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

 

Angelus Address: On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Let Us Ask Mary to Help Us Say ‘No’ to Sin, and to Live a Beautiful Life Saying ‘Yes’ to God

https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-the-feast-of-the-immaculate-conception/

North Korea: Nuclear war on Korean Peninsula inevitable

North Korea: Nuclear war on Korean Peninsula inevitable

Broad Majority of Americans Support Moving Trump to Jerusalem | The New Yorker

Broad Majority of Americans Support Moving Trump to Jerusalem | The New Yorker

The scariest tech of 2017, period, end of sentence | ZDNet

The scariest tech of 2017, period, end of sentence | ZDNet

The year's best gifts: Our favorite tech for work and play | ZDNet

The year's best gifts: Our favorite tech for work and play | ZDNet

Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come

Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come

Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come

Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come

Islamist Regimes Take Over UNESCO

Islamist Regimes Take Over UNESCO

Will Trump’s Tax Victory Lead to Historic Defeat? - The Globalist

Will Trump’s Tax Victory Lead to Historic Defeat? - The Globalist

Germany and the Return of the Holy Roman Empire - The Globalist

Germany and the Return of the Holy Roman Empire - The Globalist

Doha and Abu Dhabi’s Incompatible Visions for the Arab World – LobeLog

Doha and Abu Dhabi’s Incompatible Visions for the Arab World – LobeLog

In Syria, Peacemaking is No Longer Made-in-America | The American Conservative

In Syria, Peacemaking is No Longer Made-in-America | The American Conservative

In Era of Trump and Tillerson, Students Lose Faith in Foreign Service Careers

In Era of Trump and Tillerson, Students Lose Faith in Foreign Service Careers

Jerusalem embassy move has zero upside for America - NY Daily News

Jerusalem embassy move has zero upside for America - NY Daily News

The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years - The Washington Post

The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years - The Washington Post

Ford Now Plans to Move Production of Electric SUVs From Michigan to Mexico - Bloomberg

Ford Now Plans to Move Production of Electric SUVs From Michigan to Mexico - Bloomberg

Los Angeles, the Combustible Megacity - Bloomberg

Los Angeles, the Combustible Megacity - Bloomberg

Tillerson, Mattis Warned Trump Against Embassy Move | The American Conservative

Tillerson, Mattis Warned Trump Against Embassy Move | The American Conservative

Netanyahu Ditches US Jews for Alliance with Christian Evangelicals and the Alt-Right

Netanyahu Ditches US Jews for Alliance with Christian Evangelicals and the Alt-Right

Jerusalem Explained

Jerusalem Explained

North Korea ready to open direct talks with US, says Russia's Sergei Lavrov | World news | The Guardian

North Korea ready to open direct talks with US, says Russia's Sergei Lavrov | World news | The Guardian

Big Rocket Man | by Garry Wills | The New York Review of Books

Big Rocket Man | by Garry Wills | The New York Review of Books

Canola oil linked to worsened memory and learning ability in Alzheimer's

Canola oil linked to worsened memory and learning ability in Alzheimer's

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Daniel Ellsberg: U.S. Military Planned Nuclear First Strike On Every City In Russia and China … and Gave Many Low-Level Field Commanders the Power to Push the Button

 

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/12/daniel-ellsberg-u-s-military-planned-first-strike-every-city-russia-china-gave-many-low-level-field-commanders-power-push-button.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

The Balfour Declaration a Century Later: Accidentally Relevant


The Balfour Declaration a Century Later: Accidentally Relevant


http://mepc.org/journal/balfour-declaration-century-later-accidentally-relevant

Global warming is worse than most models predict, data-driven new study warns - Science & Health - Haaretz.com

Global warming is worse than most models predict, data-driven new study warns - Science & Health - Haaretz.com

Bravo, President Trump, for standing up to Palestinian blackmail on Jerusalem - Middle East News - Haaretz.com

Bravo, President Trump, for standing up to Palestinian blackmail on Jerusalem - Middle East News - Haaretz.com

Trump just upended the entire history of Middle East diplomacy - and delivered Netanyahu's ultimate coup - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

Trump just upended the entire history of Middle East diplomacy - and delivered Netanyahu's ultimate coup - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

Netanyahu after Trump recognition: Other nations now looking into moving embassies to Jerusalem - Israel News - Haaretz.com

Netanyahu after Trump recognition: Other nations now looking into moving embassies to Jerusalem - Israel News - Haaretz.com

A new report debunks stories about the Charlottesville riot

A new report debunks stories about the Charlottesville riot

Oxfam reaction to President Trump's call for Saudi Arabia to end blockade of Yemen | Oxfam America

Oxfam reaction to President Trump's call for Saudi Arabia to end blockade of Yemen | Oxfam America

With Jerusalem Move, Trump Sabotages His Own Mideast Peace Process | The New Yorker

With Jerusalem Move, Trump Sabotages His Own Mideast Peace Process | The New Yorker

Trump’s Arrogant Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel | Tikkun Magazine

Trump’s Arrogant Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel | Tikkun Magazine

Tomgram: Todd Miller, The Market in Walls Is Growing in a Warming World | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Todd Miller, The Market in Walls Is Growing in a Warming World | TomDispatch

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific | Asia Times

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific | Asia Times

Outside-In Won’t Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – LobeLog

Outside-In Won’t Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – LobeLog

Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump's announcement - BBC News

Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump's announcement - BBC News

Why did Turkey Issue an Arrest Warrant Against Me? | Graham E. Fuller

Why did Turkey Issue an Arrest Warrant Against Me? | Graham E. Fuller

Blocking nuclear war would be a win for both the U.S., North Korea - Washington Times

Blocking nuclear war would be a win for both the U.S., North Korea - Washington Times

Jerusalem and the Follies of Trump's Embrace | The National Interest

Jerusalem and the Follies of Trump's Embrace | The National Interest

Moody's: Stable Outlook for Gulf Banks with Prospects for Economic Growth in 2018 | Asharq AL-awsat

Moody's: Stable Outlook for Gulf Banks with Prospects for Economic Growth in 2018 | Asharq AL-awsat

Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi | Opinion | The Guardian

Why Trump Is Right in Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Why Trump Is Right in Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Contemporary Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of Breast Cancer — NEJM

Contemporary Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of Breast Cancer — NEJM

New study links birth control and breast cancer—Aleteia

New study links birth control and breast cancer—Aleteia

California Firestorms: Geoengineered Catastrophe » California Firestorms: Geoengineered Catastrophe | Geoengineering Watch

California Firestorms: Geoengineered Catastrophe » California Firestorms: Geoengineered Catastrophe | Geoengineering Watch

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Nuclear Negotiations with North Korea: In Brief - R45033.pdf

Nuclear Negotiations with North Korea: In Brief - R45033.pdf

Negotiating with North Korea: History and Options |

Negotiating with North Korea: History and Options |

Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade 'immediately' | TheHill

Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade 'immediately' | TheHill

Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade - The Washington Post

Trump calls on Saudis to immediately end Yemen blockade - The Washington Post

North Korea and the Potential for a Nuclear Catastrophe

North Korea and the Potential for a Nuclear Catastrophe

Reaction To President Trump's Decision To Recognize Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel

Reaction To President Trump's Decision To Recognize Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel



http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2017/12/reaction-to-president-trumps-decision.html

Global Warming’s Worst-Case Projections Look Increasingly Likely - MIT Technology Review

Global Warming’s Worst-Case Projections Look Increasingly Likely - MIT Technology Review

Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He Was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter and Global Starvation

Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He Was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter and Global Starvation

How Corporate Power Killed Democracy

How Corporate Power Killed Democracy

As Trump moves to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, pope appeals to keep status quo

As Trump moves to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, pope appeals to keep status quo

Pope concerned by US move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital | National Catholic Reporter

Pope concerned by US move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital | National Catholic Reporter

Millions of Americans would prefer student loan payments over gifts - Business Insider

Millions of Americans would prefer student loan payments over gifts - Business Insider

California Fires Live Updates: Blaze Breaks Out Near Getty Museum in Los Angeles - The New York Times

California Fires Live Updates: Blaze Breaks Out Near Getty Museum in Los Angeles - The New York Times

The Price of War With North Korea - The New York Times

The Price of War With North Korea - The New York Times

Rex Tillerson: More a Washington Victim Than a Villain | The National Interest

Rex Tillerson: More a Washington Victim Than a Villain | The National Interest

San Francisco rent is so expensive that firm flies lawyers in from Texas - Business Insider

San Francisco rent is so expensive that firm flies lawyers in from Texas - Business Insider

The Breakthrough Institute - The Pasture Problem

The Breakthrough Institute - The Pasture Problem

Conspiracy or Not, Turkey’s Ties to West Are at Risk - Bloomberg

Conspiracy or Not, Turkey’s Ties to West Are at Risk - Bloomberg

Statement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Attorney General on the proceedings of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee


Statement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Attorney General on the proceedings of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee

https://www.saudiembassy.net/news/statement-kingdom-saudi-arabias-attorney-general-proceedings-supreme-anti-corruption-committee

Fr. Warren's Week Reflection: The Peace of Christ


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THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION from Fr. Bob Warren, SA
The Peace of Christ
A man took his son to the top of a mountain, and showed him everything around. He pointed out the trees, the flowers, the expansive sky above, and the tiny houses below.
He told his son there was something else down there as well, and asked if he could see it? The boy screwed up his eyes, and looked and looked, yet could still only see the distance.
And the father said, "There is peace down there. Can't you feel it? Look hard, and do not forget it...."
The child looked up at his father and said, "What is peace?"
What is peace? Is it an idea you have when there is a war on, to make you fight well? Or an idea that gets lost when there is not a war?
We all need peace in our lives. Not to fight well, but to live well.
Words like suicide bombers are in the news every day. Our nation is still fighting a war. So what were the angels thinking when they sang, "Peace on earth...."
What is this peace of Christ? What does it mean? Perhaps St. Paul explains it best when he says, quite simply, "Christ is our peace." It was through Him that God was pleased to reconcile to Himself all things, making peace by the blood of His cross. Jesus' peace is not just the absence of war; His peace is deeper than that.
It is a peace the world cannot give. It is the presence of God within you, all around you, a sharing in the life of God's only son.
This peace of Christ can coexist with war and hatred. This coexistence Christ predicted; "I have said this to you, that in Me you may find peace. In the world you find suffering, but have courage, I have conquered the world." But for the Christian, coexistence with the world's troubles is not enough. We do not clutch the peace of Christ and just endure the world's distress.
You come here every week, and you receive Christ. His life flows through you like another bloodstream. It is the same Christ that tells us to spread His peace. Christ came to make other Christs, other peacemakers.
Usually we say that world problems begin at home, and they do. The greedy child who gets what he wants is in training for the greedy corporation, which gets what it wants, no matter the human cost.
A family, or school, or neighborhood that nourishes hatred instead of love poisons the very air and makes peace impossible, divided. The battling family does not prepare the children for the battles of life, but conditions them to violence. It makes them think that the way to solve problems is not to talk, to listen, to give a little... but to scream, and fight! We might not think of our family as violent because we do not use weapons, but we forget that the Book of Wisdom tells us that the tongue is more dangerous than the sword.
If a word of peace is spoken, it has to be through the mouth of a human. If the wounds of the world are touched, it is through our hands. If the needs of the earth are responded to, it is because we have seen them with our eyes and heard them with our ears.
Today we begin our preparation for the birth of the Prince of Peace. It may be a good time to ask ourselves a few questions: What wars have you ended in your own backyard? What mines of envy or hate, or discord or dislike, have you diffused? Who hurts less because you love more? Or, who hurts more because you love less? Who was depressed, but has come alive at your touch? Who is hungry for food or affection, and is fed by your faith? Who thirsts for justice, and feels more human because you are there? Who experiences God's absence, and finds the image of God in your face?
It is indeed a paradox, that if you want to feel the peace of Christ, you must also give it away. The night that Christ was born the angels sang, "Peace on Earth." And two thousand years later there is still so much violence in the world. Is it God's fault?
No, He never fails.
We do not have to go to a mountain top to find peace. We find it in our relationship with God. As St. Paul says, Christ is our peace. We find peace by nurturing relationships with God and those around us. It is an old, worn sentiment we have heard many times, but it is true, and I paraphrase.... If there is to be peace on earth, and at school, work, in our families and church, it has to begin with me.
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
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Commentary: The problem with a post-Tillerson State Department

Commentary: The problem with a post-Tillerson State Department

“I just needed to be reminded.” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37 for Advent 1B | Interrupting the Silence

“I just needed to be reminded.” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37 for Advent 1B | Interrupting the Silence

How to Save Trump's State Department | The National Interest

How to Save Trump's State Department | The National Interest

Will Trump’s Tax Victory Lead to Historic Defeat? - The Globalist

Will Trump’s Tax Victory Lead to Historic Defeat? - The Globalist

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks Chinese supply chain, censorship and more in interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks Chinese supply chain, censorship and more in interview

How Russia-gate Rationalizes Censorship


How Russia-gate Rationalizes Censorship


https://consortiumnews.com/2017/12/04/how-russia-gate-rationalizes-censorship/

US to test new Microwave missile that could 'fry North Korean nuclear weapons before they're even fired'

US to test new Microwave missile that could 'fry North Korean nuclear weapons before they're even fired'


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/test-new-microwave-missile-could-11647603#ICID=nsm

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Cost Basis Of Our Economy Is Spiraling Out Of Control | Zero Hedge

The Cost Basis Of Our Economy Is Spiraling Out Of Control | Zero Hedge

Why America Must Learn to Live with North Korea's Nukes | The National Interest

Why America Must Learn to Live with North Korea's Nukes | The National Interest

Mueller investigation looking more and more like The Revenge of James Comey

Mueller investigation looking more and more like The Revenge of James Comey

'Has America lost its moral center?' asks Fordham panel | National Catholic Reporter

'Has America lost its moral center?' asks Fordham panel | National Catholic Reporter

Women religious, bishops denounce US withdrawal from UN talks on migration | National Catholic Reporter

Women religious, bishops denounce US withdrawal from UN talks on migration | National Catholic Reporter

Trump drastically cuts national monument sacred to Native Americans | National Catholic Reporter

Trump drastically cuts national monument sacred to Native Americans | National Catholic Reporter

Church teaching is clear: 'Fake news,' other untruths are wrong, dangerous | National Catholic Reporter

Church teaching is clear: 'Fake news,' other untruths are wrong, dangerous | National Catholic Reporter

Germany must stop relying on U.S. for foreign policy: foreign minister

Germany must stop relying on U.S. for foreign policy: foreign minister

Mueller's Deputy Applauded Sally Yates | The Daily Caller

Mueller's Deputy Applauded Sally Yates | The Daily Caller

Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies

Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies



https://theintercept.com/2017/12/04/trump-white-house-weighing-plans-for-private-spies-to-counter-deep-state-enemies/?link_id=0&can_id=6a6eb51f46e96549d0b6f425242d255d&source=email-trumps-private-cia-and-an-idiotic-msnbc-decision&email_referrer=email_271486&email_subject=trumps-private-cia-and-an-idiotic-msnbc-decision

Why is Trump undoing decades of U.S. policy on Jerusalem?


Why is Trump undoing decades of U.S. policy on Jerusalem?


https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2017/12/05/why-is-trump-about-to-declare-jerusalem-the-capital-of-israel/

Why Did Flynn Lie and Why Did Mueller Charge Him with Lying?

Why Did Flynn Lie and Why Did Mueller Charge Him with Lying?

France: Islamism in the Heart of the State

France: Islamism in the Heart of the State

Supreme Court Says Trump Travel Ban Can Go Into Effect for Now - WSJ

Supreme Court Says Trump Travel Ban Can Go Into Effect for Now - WSJ

Trump travel ban: Supreme Court lets restrictions take full effect - BBC News

Trump travel ban: Supreme Court lets restrictions take full effect - BBC News

Jerusalem: Turkey warns Trump against crossing 'red line' - BBC News

Jerusalem: Turkey warns Trump against crossing 'red line' - BBC News

Ocean plastic a 'planetary crisis' - UN - BBC News

Ocean plastic a 'planetary crisis' - UN - BBC News

They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story | TomDispatch

They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story | TomDispatch

Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa | TomDispatch

Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa | TomDispatch

Tomgram: John Feffer, Drowning Liberalism in the Bathtub | TomDispatch

Tomgram: John Feffer, Drowning Liberalism in the Bathtub | TomDispatch

Saleh's Murder Unites Yemenis | Asharq AL-awsat

Saleh's Murder Unites Yemenis | Asharq AL-awsat

Saudi Crown Prince Chosen as Person of the Year in TIME Magazine Reader Poll | Asharq AL-awsat

Saudi Crown Prince Chosen as Person of the Year in TIME Magazine Reader Poll | Asharq AL-awsat

Syrian Opposition: Regime Withdrawal from Geneva Talks Embarrasses Moscow | Asharq AL-awsat

Syrian Opposition: Regime Withdrawal from Geneva Talks Embarrasses Moscow | Asharq AL-awsat

Trump's Jerusalem ploy could ruin the 'ultimate deal' - LA Times

Trump's Jerusalem ploy could ruin the 'ultimate deal' - LA Times

The Drama Over ‘Rexit’ is All About Iran | The American Conservative

The Drama Over ‘Rexit’ is All About Iran | The American Conservative

Saudi strikes pound Yemeni capital after ex-president slain - The Washington Post

Saudi strikes pound Yemeni capital after ex-president slain - The Washington Post

Heritage Foundation + the War Industry: What a Pair | The American Conservative

Heritage Foundation + the War Industry: What a Pair | The American Conservative

ANALYSIS: How the US helped to defuse Saudi Arabia's dangerous gambit with Lebanon - ABC News

ANALYSIS: How the US helped to defuse Saudi Arabia's dangerous gambit with Lebanon - ABC News

Taking Russia’s Stark Warning on North Korea Seriously – LobeLog

Taking Russia’s Stark Warning on North Korea Seriously – LobeLog

From an unexplored desert to a $2 trillion IPO: The 84-year history of Saudi Aramco in pictures, Business Insider - Business Insider Singapore

From an unexplored desert to a $2 trillion IPO: The 84-year history of Saudi Aramco in pictures, Business Insider - Business Insider Singapore

Is Flynn's Defection a Death Blow? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Is Flynn's Defection a Death Blow? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Monday, December 4, 2017

EP371 | Mueller's 'Silent Coup' Not So Silent Anymore! - CRTV

EP371 | Mueller's 'Silent Coup' Not So Silent Anymore! - CRTV

Prosecutors say longtime Manafort colleague has ‘ties’ to Russian intelligence - The Washington Post

Prosecutors say longtime Manafort colleague has ‘ties’ to Russian intelligence - The Washington Post

Germany Offers Migrants Money To Leave | The Daily Caller

Germany Offers Migrants Money To Leave | The Daily Caller

Germany Offers Migrants $3,500 To Leave Voluntarily


Germany Offers Migrants $3,500 To Leave Voluntarily


http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/03/germany-offers-migrants-3500-to-leave-voluntarily/?utm_campaign=thedcmainpage&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social

Whither State, With or Without Rex? - The Atlantic

Whither State, With or Without Rex? - The Atlantic

Rex Tillerson Isn’t the Problem. It’s Trump. - POLITICO Magazine

Rex Tillerson Isn’t the Problem. It’s Trump. - POLITICO Magazine

US withdraws from UN Global Compact on Migration | News | Al Jazeera

US withdraws from UN Global Compact on Migration | News | Al Jazeera

Trump's Middle East Policy: Sound, Fury, Drama — But Strategy? | Opinion | OZY

Trump's Middle East Policy: Sound, Fury, Drama — But Strategy? | Opinion | OZY

Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape | TheHill

Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape | TheHill

Netanyahu has been interfering in U.S. politics for a long, long time – Mondoweiss

Netanyahu has been interfering in U.S. politics for a long, long time – Mondoweiss

AI and jobs: Where humans are better than algorithms, and vice versa | ZDNet

AI and jobs: Where humans are better than algorithms, and vice versa | ZDNet

Electric cars already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel – study | Environment | The Guardian

Electric cars already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel – study | Environment | The Guardian

Passage of Senate Tax Bill Puts R&D Tax Credit in Doubt - WSJ

Passage of Senate Tax Bill Puts R&D Tax Credit in Doubt - WSJ

Apple’s Tax Game Is Hurting Economic Growth


Apple’s Tax Game Is Hurting Economic Growth

Parking billions overseas lowers tax bills, but it can also damage economies.


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tomgram: Erin Thompson, Curating Guantanamo | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Erin Thompson, Curating Guantanamo | TomDispatch

Risk of Korean Peninsula clash rising, Chinese experts warn - Global Times

Risk of Korean Peninsula clash rising, Chinese experts warn - Global Times

Angelus Address: On the Meaning of Advent – ZENIT – English

Angelus Address: On the Meaning of Advent – ZENIT – English

How the Republicans Broke Congress - The New York Times

How the Republicans Broke Congress - The New York Times

Why is Robert Mueller even investigating the presidential transition?

Why is Robert Mueller even investigating the presidential transition?

Washington Post: Is Russia covering up a nuclear accident? | KyivPost

Washington Post: Is Russia covering up a nuclear accident? | KyivPost

Saudi -6 Factors for MbS's Changes & 5 Against | Tarek Osman

Saudi -6 Factors for MbS's Changes & 5 Against | Tarek Osman

“US, UAE, Saudi Arabia Forming Alliance against Iran”

“US, UAE, Saudi Arabia Forming Alliance against Iran”

Daniel Ellsberg on ‘The Doomsday Machine’

Daniel Ellsberg on ‘The Doomsday Machine’

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Cost $1.5 Trillion | Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Cost $1.5 Trillion | Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

December Legislation Could Bring Back Trillion-Dollar Deficits | Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

December Legislation Could Bring Back Trillion-Dollar Deficits | Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Morningstar's Sunny Outlook For Nuclear Power Suddenly Clouds Over

Morningstar's Sunny Outlook For Nuclear Power Suddenly Clouds Over

What Was Once Hailed as First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Is No More - Bloomberg Quint

What Was Once Hailed as First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Is No More - Bloomberg Quint

Inside the secretive nerve center of the Mueller investigation - The Washington Post

Inside the secretive nerve center of the Mueller investigation - The Washington Post

Jared Kushner Can’t Pass His Security Clearance Investigation, Officials Say

Jared Kushner Can’t Pass His Security Clearance Investigation, Officials Say

Jared Kushner Failed to Disclose He Led a Foundation Funding Illegal Israeli Settlements Before U.N. Vote

Jared Kushner Failed to Disclose He Led a Foundation Funding Illegal Israeli Settlements Before U.N. Vote

Peter's Brother | Word On Fire

Peter's Brother | Word On Fire

Cardinal Cupich to pay visit to Puerto Rico on behalf of Pope Francis

Cardinal Cupich to pay visit to Puerto Rico on behalf of Pope Francis

Bishop Barron on Social Justice and Evangelization | Word On Fire

Bishop Barron on Social Justice and Evangelization | Word On Fire

National Geographic unveils new discovery in 'The Secrets of Christ's Tomb' | National Catholic Reporter

National Geographic unveils new discovery in 'The Secrets of Christ's Tomb' | National Catholic Reporter

Beware of Zombie Christmas!

Beware of Zombie Christmas!

Catholic liturgies avoid Christmas decorations, carols in Advent

Catholic liturgies avoid Christmas decorations, carols in Advent

Advent is a time to prioritize God, overcome indifference, Pope says

Advent is a time to prioritize God, overcome indifference, Pope says

Saudi Arabia is the Cause of Yemen's Atrocities Yet The U.S. Continues to Exacerbate the Conflict | Alternet

Saudi Arabia is the Cause of Yemen's Atrocities Yet The U.S. Continues to Exacerbate the Conflict | Alternet

North Korea Won’t Be Denuclearized | The American Conservative

North Korea Won’t Be Denuclearized | The American Conservative

From the Caucasus to the Balkans, China's Silk Roads are rising | Asia Times

From the Caucasus to the Balkans, China's Silk Roads are rising | Asia Times

Lawmakers have carte blanche to cut secret harassment settlements - POLITICO

Lawmakers have carte blanche to cut secret harassment settlements - POLITICO

The Recruiters: Searching For The Next Generation Of Warfighters In A Divided America

The Recruiters: Searching For The Next Generation Of Warfighters In A Divided America

The middle class is struggling, even on six figures

The middle class is struggling, even on six figures

How far $1 million goes in every state

How far $1 million goes in every state

Even a $1 million retirement nest egg isn't enough anymore

Even a $1 million retirement nest egg isn't enough anymore

One in five American households have ‘zero or negative’ wealth - MarketWatch

One in five American households have ‘zero or negative’ wealth - MarketWatch

Q & A: What Price Do We Put on Our Oceans? | naked capitalism

Q & A: What Price Do We Put on Our Oceans? | naked capitalism

Libyan Deputy PM Calls on Russia to Participate in Reconstructing Country | Asharq AL-awsat

Libyan Deputy PM Calls on Russia to Participate in Reconstructing Country | Asharq AL-awsat

Things to Never Say to Your Aging Parents

Things to Never Say to Your Aging Parents

Bishop Schneider: Catholics must be prepared to be martyrs for their faith | News | Lifesitenews

Bishop Schneider: Catholics must be prepared to be martyrs for their faith | News | Lifesitenews

Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come

Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come

Re: Turkey seeks arrest of ex-CIA officer Fuller over coup plot - Statement by Graham E. Fuller, 1 December 2017

Re: Turkey seeks arrest of ex-CIA officer Fuller over coup plot
 
Statement by Graham E. Fuller, 1 December 2017
 
The government of Turkey has issued an arrest warrant against me—according to the charge—for having been personally involved on the scene directing the coup attempt against the Erdogan government on 16 July 2016. According to earlier Turkish press accounts a few months ago, I was “spotted in Istanbul” and later that night, following the failure of the coup, was “exfiltrated by chopper across the border into Greece.” I have often been accused in the Turkish press of being “Fethullah Gülen’s CIA handler.” 
 
A few inconvenient facts for the Turkish “case” against me.
 
-I retired from CIA exactly 30 years ago.
 
-I have not set foot in or even near Turkey in five years.
 
-I never heard the name Fethullah Gülen while working in Turkey in the 1960s. I met him exactly once in my life, long after retiring from CIA, in an interview conducted 15 years ago in Istanbul. I have never seen him since, although I have followed his movement with interest.
 
-The night of the coup attempt in Turkey I happen to have been addressing a group of 100 people or so right here in the town in western Canada where I have been living for the last 15 years,
 
-I have written a good bit about Gülen’s movement HIzmet (Service) in the context of a broader study on movements in political Islam from Indonesia to Morocco in my book “The Future of Political Islam.” I was impressed then, and am still impressed now, that HIzmet represents one of the most progressive and tolerant visions of Islam and its contemporary social role anywhere in the Muslim world.
 
-Far from being an opponent of Erdogan, my last book: “Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East” speaks in very positive terms about the dramatic changes that Erdogan and his colleagues introduced into Turkey starting in 2002 in nearly every sphere of life, including a bold and innovative new foreign policy vision. Only in the final chapter did I begin to express misgivings about the apparent onset of Erdogan’s sudden more erratic behavior, his paranoia, his loss of political touch and his megalomania.
 
-I am apparently a choice target for Erdogan because of my 25 year career with CIA. My very first tour of duty abroad was as a very junior officer in Istanbul in the late 1960s—although the Turkish press likes to promote me to having been “CIA Station Chief in Ankara.” Some have even called me a “former chief of CIA.”  I never returned to Turkey as a CIA officer after that tour.
 
-Many Turks and other foreigners are willing to believe almost any story about CIA; political leaders routinely use it as a bogey man to bolster their own positions. Unfortunately, these suspicions are not always without foundation. US government policies have much to answer for over the years in their many directives to the CIA to engage in damaging and foolish political intervention and even coup-making in a number of countries. Many of those “regime change” policies still obtain today.
 
That said, I doubt very much the CIA had anything to do with this pathetic, ill-conceived and amateurish coup attempt —that unfortunately cost over 350 lives—against Erdogan in July 2016. I doubt even more that Gülen was involved in “ordering” a coup, a view shared by many European intelligence organizations and within the US government. For what it’s worth, Gülen condemned the coup attempt in the strongest terms. HIs movement has had had zero involvement in any political violence prior to the coup attempt accusation.
 
I am only marginally swept up among many Turks in the ongoing wave of arrests, persecutions and cashiering of tens of thousands of Turks—journalists, judges, academics, military officers, police officers—all perceived as enemies of Erdogan’s state. Most of them have suffered grievously. I, at least, am lucky not to be living there, a country I have long admired.
 
Sadly, all this only provides further evidence of the extent to which Erdogan has become a nasty (but elected) authoritarian engaged in a national witch hunt that has intimidated his country, alienated virtually all foreign leaders, produced hundreds of thousands of domestic victims of arrests, and cashiering from jobs in all walks of life among any whom Erdogan perceives as enemies. His growin

6 Non-negotiable Skills Every Human Resource Person Must Have | HR Software

6 Non-negotiable Skills Every Human Resource Person Must Have | HR Software

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Trump’s campaign: Big Macs, screaming fits and constant rivalries - The Washington Post

Trump’s campaign: Big Macs, screaming fits and constant rivalries - The Washington Post

Watch for Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent | St. Paul Center

Watch for Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent | St. Paul Center

John Paul II’s Prescient 1995 Letter to Women - WSJ

John Paul II’s Prescient 1995 Letter to Women - WSJ

Letter to Women (June 29, 1995) | John Paul II

Letter to Women (June 29, 1995) | John Paul II

"I am not American," said the Islamist; "I am Muslim"

"I am not American," said the Islamist; "I am Muslim"

Pope's High-Risk Visit to South Asia: Opposition in Catholic Hierarchy

Pope's High-Risk Visit to South Asia: Opposition in Catholic Hierarchy

Flynn's plea on Russian influence reveals... Israel's influence!

Flynn's plea on Russian influence reveals... Israel's influence!

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Read the charges against and plea deal from former national security adviser Michael Flynn - The Washington Post

Read the charges against and plea deal from former national security adviser Michael Flynn - The Washington Post

Fighting Israel's Wars, by Philip Giraldi - The Unz Review

Fighting Israel's Wars, by Philip Giraldi - The Unz Review

Turkey seeks arrest of ex-CIA officer over ties to coup plot

Turkey seeks arrest of ex-CIA officer over ties to coup plot

Palestinian farmer shot dead by Israeli settler


Palestinian farmer shot dead by Israeli settler


http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/palestinian-farmer-shot-dead-israeli-settlers-171130192826712.html

Friday, December 1, 2017

High-Level Contacts Between North Korea And Iran Hint At Deeper Military Cooperation

High-Level Contacts Between North Korea And Iran Hint At Deeper Military Cooperation



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One Third of Food Lost, Wasted – Enough to Feed All Hungry People | Inter Press Service

One Third of Food Lost, Wasted – Enough to Feed All Hungry People | Inter Press Service

Would ‘Rexit’ Mean First Step Toward War With Iran? | The American Conservative

Would ‘Rexit’ Mean First Step Toward War With Iran? | The American Conservative

AMEU - Anti-Zionism Is Not Anti-Semitism, And Never Was

AMEU - Anti-Zionism Is Not Anti-Semitism, And Never Was

Kushner Is Said to Have Ordered Flynn to Contact Russia - Bloomberg

Kushner Is Said to Have Ordered Flynn to Contact Russia - Bloomberg

The Upside of Giving Up on North Korea - Bloomberg

The Upside of Giving Up on North Korea - Bloomberg

Fooling all the people all the time | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Fooling all the people all the time | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Congress and the President in Wartime - Lawfare

Congress and the President in Wartime - Lawfare

Does Congress Care That the President Controls International Law? - Lawfare

Does Congress Care That the President Controls International Law? - Lawfare

A Plan To Start Disentangling Israel And The Palestinians | Hoover Institution

A Plan To Start Disentangling Israel And The Palestinians | Hoover Institution

Trapped: The Grenfell Tower Story | GQ

Trapped: The Grenfell Tower Story | GQ

Fighting for My Son With Cystic Fibrosis

Fighting for My Son With Cystic Fibrosis

Why a Generation in Japan Is Facing a Lonely Death

Why a Generation in Japan Is Facing a Lonely Death



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The Making of an American Nazi


The Making of an American Nazi

How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/the-making-of-an-american-nazi/544119/?src=longreads&utm_source=Weekly+Longreads+Email&utm_campaign=3c014aabcc-Longreads_Top_5_December_1_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd2ad42066-3c014aabcc-239031537&mc_cid=3c014aabcc&mc_eid=9528811089

Assertiveness Training

Assertiveness Training

How a Government Shutdown Works, and More from CRS |

How a Government Shutdown Works, and More from CRS |

When Will Campus Mega-Donors Address the Student Loan Debt Crisis? — Inside Philanthropy

When Will Campus Mega-Donors Address the Student Loan Debt Crisis? — Inside Philanthropy

Are We Living in a Golden Age of Charitable Giving? Hardly — Inside Philanthropy

Are We Living in a Golden Age of Charitable Giving? Hardly — Inside Philanthropy

Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gamble May Pay Off

Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gamble May Pay Off

This is the smartest robotics company in the world (and soon to be one of the most important) | ZDNet

This is the smartest robotics company in the world (and soon to be one of the most important) | ZDNet

Are iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 at $1,000 really 10 times better than $100 Nokia 2? | ZDNet

Are iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 at $1,000 really 10 times better than $100 Nokia 2? | ZDNet

AWS launches translation, transcription, video intelligence tools

AWS launches translation, transcription, video intelligence tools

Supreme Court's cake case pits gay rights versus Christian faith

Supreme Court's cake case pits gay rights versus Christian faith

How—and why—to end the war in Yemen - The war the world ignores

How—and why—to end the war in Yemen - The war the world ignores

US putting off planned ban on its use of cluster bombs

US putting off planned ban on its use of cluster bombs

China pumps billions into Iranian economy as Western firms hold off | South China Morning Post

China pumps billions into Iranian economy as Western firms hold off | South China Morning Post

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Prospects and Pitfalls | The Diplomat

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Prospects and Pitfalls | The Diplomat

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince wants to reengineer his country. Is that even possible? - The Washington Post

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince wants to reengineer his country. Is that even possible? - The Washington Post

Russia Negotiating Deal For Its Warplanes To Use Egyptian Bases

Russia Negotiating Deal For Its Warplanes To Use Egyptian Bases

Yemen: National Reconciliation Without Foreign Intervention

Yemen: National Reconciliation Without Foreign Intervention