Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Alex Jones accused the Queen of converting to Islam and no one knew what to say

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The conspiracy theorist host of InfoWars Alex Jones, claimed that Queen Elizabeth II was being forced to convert to Islam.

The ridiculousness of the suggestion prompted some of the best reactions from her loyal subjects.

It began on Saturday, when Jones shared an article from InfoWars. The tweet accompanying the article read:

Muslims in England are now demanding that the Queen either convert to #Islam or leave the country! ... lol

Speaking on his show, Jones spoke about a CNN video that showed Muslims in the UK, led by Anjem Choudary.

In the clip, the group hold up a conceptual drawing of how they would turn Buckingham Palace into a Mosque.

When asked 'What about the Queen', one member says that she would have to choose between converting to Islam or 'leaving the countries [sic]'.

Jones introduced the video in a segment in which he discussed supposed 'responses' to the attack on Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament on 22 March 2017.

In fact, the CNN footage was broadcast in 2009.

Not suffering fools gladly, the public have come forward with some points for Jones.

People were also concerned about the number of Mosques appearing in England.

The condiments!



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Sean Spicer had something in his teeth and the internet freaked out

Sean Spicer was scheduled to appear behind his podium for a press briefing immediately after lunch.

However, the briefing appeared to take place in the middle of it, as Spicer briefed the press corps with a stubborn piece of leafy greens in his teeth.

Everybody started to make the same joke:

Others think it's likely to feature on SNL.

You probably shouldn't bet against them.

Spicer defended the President against calls to apologise for urging viewers to watch the Fox News show Judge Jeanine.

He replied:

For what? For supporting a show on Fox? No.

He’s a fan of the show, plain and simple.

Here's the full press briefing, you can watch for yourself:

http://youtu.be/wQh_z8fYAlQ

 



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New study: Higher achievers smoked more weed when they were teenagers

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A study published by the British Medical Journal has corroborated earlier findings that link academic aptitude with a proclivity for cannabis.

The research, by James Williams and Gareth Hagger-Johnson of University College London, found that 'high ability' students were more likely to have smoked cannabis in their teenage years compared to their lower ability contemporaries.

Looking at the English, Maths, and Science test results of 11 year olds, Williams and Hagger-Johnson split a cohort into high, and low achievers, and monitored their academic progress and bad habits.

The high ability teens were more likely to smoke cannabis, but also less likely to smoke cigarettes or engage in 'hazardous' consumption of alcohol.

The cannabis use ranged from regular, to occasional.

The likelihood that they would continue using cannabis into older age was also double that of the lower achieving group.

These findings corroborates analysis done in 2011 of participants in the British Cohort Survey.

BCS began in 1970, and the 2011 study looked at the higher IQ members of survey.

Those with high IQ scores at age 10 were found to be more likely to smoke cannabis by age 16, and to have used cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy by age 30.

Why?

All of the studies highlight 'likelihood' and correlation, rather than cause.

There are several theories for a smarter child's penchant for cannabis.

One is that cannabis and other drugs are used by intelligent teenagers because they're more open to new experiences.

The 2011 BCS study asserts that smarter children feel ostracised, and therefore may be more likely to turn to drugs or regular alcohol use as a coping mechanism.

Another theory, based on studies of 'anti-drug' education programmes, argues that more intelligent children are more sceptical of 'Just say no' style drug education taught in school.

1998 study found that students subjected to these sorts of 'Just say no' arguments were actually more likely to try drugs after the 'education'.

In addition knowing the dangers of drug has been found to have little effect on those who know more about it. Drug taking and alcohol drinking among medical students and doctors is particularly high.

HT British Psychological Society



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Donald Trump was caught on camera watching TV when he was supposed to be working

Pigs will learn to fly before Donald Trump learns how to lead says Robert Reich

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Robert Reich served in the Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter administrations and was Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton.

Time Magazine ranked him as one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century, and he is also a respected political commentator and author.

So it comes as no surprise that he's been keeping a close eye on the Trump administration - In in a blog post about the collapse of their Obamacare replacement, he decided to let loose.

As well as calling the replacement bill which failed to pass “terrible,” he hit at a harder truth: That after being the opposition for so long, the Republican Congress don’t know how to get bills passed.

Congress is in the hands of Republicans who for years have only said 'no'. They have become expert at stopping whatever a President wants to do, but they don’t have a clue how to initiate policy.

He continues:

Their chronic incapacity to govern didn’t reveal itself as long as a Democrat was in the White House. They let President Obama try to govern, and pretended that their opposition was based on a different philosophy governing.

Now that they have a Republican president, they can no longer hide. They have no philosophy of governing at all.

But it is Trump himself that he hits the hardest.

[The] President is an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego.

He says that this lack of experience is rife through his Cabinet.

His Cabinet is an assortment of billionaires, CEOs, veterans of Wall Street, and ideologues, none of whom has any idea about how to govern and most of whom don’t believe in the laws their departments are in charge of implementing anyway.

Meanwhile, he has downgraded or eviscerated groups of professionals responsible for giving presidents professional advice on foreign policy, foreign intelligence, economics, science, and domestic policy.

And he doesn’t see it getting any better.

It is of course possible that Republicans in congress will learn to take responsibility for governing. It is possible that Donald Trump will learn to lead. It is possible that pigs will learn to fly.

But such things seem doubtful.

Savage.



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Donald Trump mocked Obama for his 39 per cent approval rating. Trump is now at 36 per cent

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In 2011, during President Barack Obama's least popular time in office, Donald Trump fired off an opportunistic tweet.

Simpler times.

.

How the tables have turned.

Donald Trump is now the President of the United States.

He's also the one languishing in the polls, having clocked his worst ever daily approval rating in the latest Gallup poll.

He's a full 25 points behind Barack Obama's equivalent point in his first term.

If you compare their net approval ratings ('approve, subtracting 'disapprove'), the picture gets even worse.

Trump is in the negative already, while Obama was enjoying a healthy +32 net approval rating.

Trump v Obama approval ratings

Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.

In addition, Barack Obama's worst ever disapproval rating was 43 per cent, according to Gallup weekly averages.

Donald Trump has averaged 52.36 per cent disapproval for his time in office, and stands at 57 currently.

His approval rating is also currently lower than Barack Obama's lowest ever in office, of 38.

We have one question.

Why so high?



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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bahrain Crown Prince: Jews have a sacred right to Palestine; Bahrain willing to build Island at sea for Palestinians

He literally said: “As part of our plans to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict, we are prepared to build an artificial island in international waters so that Palestinians can stay there. We also have to locate where the new country would be in order for it to be 200 nautical miles away from other countries’ economic zones” The crown prince told al-Sharq al-Awsat daily: “Israel has a divine right to this land, and that is why we must do something to put an end to our Palestinian brothers.”

Salman, the first deputy prime minister, had concocted a strange plan to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict, by which the Palestinians would be deported from their own lands.



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After it used to export gas to it for free…Egypt wants to import gas from it

The radio station said that the previous round of negotiations on the same subject had taken place in the Egyptian capital a week ago.

Egyptian Daily “Masrawy” related from informed sources, after the end of the previous negotiations, that both Israeli and Egyptian parties spoke of the building of a new gas supply line from the “Tamar” offshore field to Egypt, which should cost around half a billion dollars.

Egypt has been suffering from major difficulty in delivering gas to busy factories, while also attempting to send it to power stations to limit blackouts on civilians.

Egypt had agreed in May 2015 to allow the private sector to import natural gas, and to use the national gas network to market it in exchange for a fee.

Although Egypt’s natural gas production has greatly declined since the early nineties, Egypt was exporting natural gas to the Zionist entity under President Mubarak’s administration for very low prices that would barely cover extraction and production costs.



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10th Al-Quds Conference for Palestinian Youth Held in Damascus

The conference’s opening ceremony was attended by representatives of Palestinian and Syrian factions and work groups; the Iranian Cultural Chancellory, the Palestinian Youth Organization, the PLO’s Student Office and General Leadership also took part in the conference, whose opening ceremony began with the Palestinian, Syrian, and Iranian national anthems, and a recitation of Surah Al-Fatiha.

Then, Dr. Nidal Hammad made his speech in the name of the conference, followed by the Iran-Palestine Friendship Association’s word by Dr. Mohammad Al-Bahisi, then Damascus’s Iranian Cultural Chancellory’s word by Chancellor Mostafa Najerian, and finally a word by Abdul Karim al-Sharqi, on behalf of the Resistant Youth.

PLO’s General Leadership’s Assistant Secretary General Talal Naji said his word on behalf of Palestine.

Thereafter, both Khaled Abdul Majid, the Secretary General of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Front, and Dr. Mohammad Al-Bahisi had two additional words, the first on Palestinian political developments, the second entitled “God is with us.”

A number of youth and guests also had a number of informative questions and interjections during the first portion of the conference.



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Controversial dance of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s daughter in the presence of an Israeli ambassador

Mona Abdel Nasser, the daughter of the former president of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser, has danced at Ahmed Ashraf Marwan his son’s wedding that Israel’s ambassador in Cairo, David Govrin, was invited too. It sparked social media activist and users.

According to the Palestinian Information Center, “Egyptian Society in Israel” website released a video that Mona Abdel Nasser was dancing with a folk song playing in the background while Israel’s ambassador to Cairo participated the ceremony.

A large number of movie characters and Arab singers were present at the wedding.

In this regard, the presence of the Israeli ambassador at the wedding of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s grandson was extremely controversial, especially after Mona Abdel Nasser had accused the Israeli intelligence agency of involvement in the assassination of her husband Ashraf Marwan in London.

Ashraf Marwan’s body was found in July 2007 at a hotel in Carlton House district, London.

Mona Abdel Nasser said that her husband confided that he was being pursued by assassins nine days before his death. She believes he was killed by the Mossad.

On the other hand, Zionist newspapers reported Marwan worked for Israeli intelligence agency and gave them many crucial and important information.

Uri Bar Joseph, an analyst and a professor at an Israeli university, wrote in his book “Ashraf Marwan, the Mossad and the Surprise of the Yom Kippur War” that ‘Marwan was Mossad spy for 3 decades. He has been an Israeli spy after 1973 war. He warned Israel that “war will start tomorrow”.

Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak called Marwan as a nationalist and loyal person. He claimed that Marwan carried out patriotic acts for Egypt. He even denied that Marwan was an Israeli spy.

TV presenters, who supported the military coup in Egypt, ignore the act of Abdel Nasser’s daughter and claimed that it was just a joyful moment and should not be politicized.

But Egyptian activists expressed regret over the dance of the daughter of Egypt’s former president and condemned it.



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Iran sanctions 15 US companies for human rights abuse

“To protect its sovereignty and existence, and to provide security for its people, the Islamic Republic of Iran observes no limitation for itself,” reads part of a statement issued by Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday in response to the new unilateral sanctions of the US against Iran.

“The new measures of the American government, in imposing unilateral sanctions beyond its borders against individuals and entities from Iran and other countries based on fabricated and unjustified claims, are unfit to the international laws and regulations and betray the letter and general spirit of the JCPOA.” The statement continues with condemning the acts of Americans and reiterates that Iran will never compromise over its defense programs and capabilities as a measure to conserve its legitimate right of self-defense in face of any foreign aggression and enhancement of its deterrence power against threats.

The announcement affirms that after the statement of the ministry on February 5, 2017, and to put into practice the decision passed by the high council of Iran’s Security, 15 American companies, who have been involved in infringing human rights, whose partnership in anti-humane crimes of the Israeli regime has been clearly proved for the Iranian government, or have been violating the UN resolution 2234, have been put under Iranian government’s sanctions since March 21, 2017.

“Henceforth, any contact with these companies and entities is illegal, their properties and possession within the reach of Iranian government’s jurisdiction will be confiscated, and no Iranian visa will be issued for the people who hold positions in these companies are in relation with them.”

The statement reassures that the Iranian foreign ministry will continue its monitoring of companies, entities, natural and legal persons of American nationality who are involved in the crimes committed by the Israeli regime, supporting terrorism, crackdowns in the countries of the region, or accomplice in destabilizing the region. The statement asserts that if needed more names will be added to the list of those under Iranian government’s sanctions.

The following companies are put into the blacklist of anti-humanitarian companies sanctioned by the government of Iran; BENI Tal, United Technologies produces, RAYTHEON, ITT Corporation, Re/Max Real Estate, Oshkosh Corporation, Magnum Research Inc, Magnum Research Inc., Kahr Arms, M? Aerospace, Military Armament Corporation, Lewis Machine and Tool Company, Daniel Defense, Bushmaster Firearms International, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, and H-S Precision, Inc.



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Not more than two wives and children for Muslims in India

Pravin Togadia, the international working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad party and a former RSS member has called for a ‘Hindu First Policy’ that seeks to give priority to Hindus at first place in India before any other religious groups such as Muslims. While addressing to his VHP party and Bajrang Dal (youth wing of the extremist VHP) conference, he has demanded some legal initiatives to control the Muslims in the country from growing or receiving welfare benefits.

He further said that the Muslims should not be allowed to have more than two wives and two children. He has demanded restriction on the construction of mosques on the name of Zaheeruddin Babar ( The first Mughal Emperor in India) and on the site of the demolished Babri Mosque, a temple should be built. Furthermore, he expressed his hatred for the Muslims of Kashmir by saying the Pundits (expert in Hindu religion) should be populated in Kashmir.



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Arab- Israeli relations under US auspices

The summit will be attended by the Egyptian, Palestinian presidents, Saudi and Jordanian monarchs, as well as the Secretary General of Arab League to discuss the Palestinian issue.

The summit, in the presence of four countries leaders – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – will also discuss the Iranian interference in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Bahrain.

There is some news that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to participate in the meeting in Jordan, according to the information source.

The presence of Netanyahu in Jordan at the same time is a message by some Arab countries to mitigate the anti-Zionism among Arab people replacing it with animosity towards Iran.

There are Arab Gulf efforts sponsored by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates to implement the Arab-Israeli relations project and to declare Iran as the first enemy of the Arabs in the region. The question that arises is ” who, for his interests, supports all these terrorist organizations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and other countries of the region ? Where did the green light come from for waging a brutal war of aggression against Yemen? And the Arab – Arabs war is in the interest of whom? And why the Palestinian issue and the liberation of Jerusalem is absent from all of them including the Arab League making Jerusalem a dramatic file?

The answer is very simple. Iran has become the incubator of resistance in the face of the Israeli enemy and all its supporters. Therefore, the Israeli entity and its Arab clients fantasize about the elimination of Iran. In that way to facilitate expansion of the Israeli state. Iran became a common enemy for Israel, US of America and Gulf princes.

For preserving their interests and the interests of the Zionist entity Gulf princes seek to eliminate Iran. Although Iran calls for unity of all Muslims, not just Shiite , to face the Israeli threat.

Israeli entity is responsible for engineering the war on Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon under the pretext of sectarianism deceiving Muslims of being the enemy of each other.
Iran openly declares that its main enemy is Israel and the United States that seek to strike and distort the image of Islam, and not Saudi Arabia or Arabs.

Sayyed Abdulmalik Badruddin Al-Houthi said in his speech that aggression misleading titles of their aggression is a cover and deceive from facts, such as the “Arab national security “and ” restoring legitimacy,” are lies and false claims. Moreover engagement with Israel is a threat to Arab national security . The common interests with Israel will only be a threat to the Arab nation and a threat to Arab national security . Their presence Myoun and Socotra focusing on the coast, ports and airports is an occupation. Wherever there is a UAE presence, they are serving as agents whose main task is US and Israel service. “Wherever Saudis are present in any areas of the south and the coast, they are in agent secret service intelligence for America and Israel,” he said.

He said that USA considers destroying and dismantling Arab nation and the plundering of its people and forces embody the implementation of its American agenda. On the economic level, US benefits greatly from the war of aggression . Sheikdom of desert-camel herds provide the USA with Hundreds of billions of dollars plundering the wealth of their country in the American and Israeli coffers instead of benefiting their people . These wars of aggression, a diversion for the Arab nation enhancing stability and sustainable investment with greater control on the region under the name of protection alliance.

Documents revealed secret diplomatic relations between Israel and Arab countries . besides, such documents indicate that Qatar has granted Al-Ada’id military base free of charge to the

United States, and 60% financed by Doha. A secret diplomatic cable dating back to 2009 indicated that there were close secret diplomatic relations between Israel and Gulf states, explaining that Israel and those traditional enemies in the Gulf states had extensive diplomatic relations and exchanged dangerous intelligence, especially on Iran.

In conclusion, Muslim nation shall be aware of its enemy that sheds the blood of its peoples, women and children, and destroy its infrastructure depriving them from their natural resources and dividing the region for its national security.



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A way out called as powerful Arab military!!

Before that and before Arab defeated in the Six-Day War, Arab ethnicity was the only prime mover of Arab armies. It could never have its origin, national support and even Arabism of Arab nations.

It is regrettably that even these demi-armies became an instrument for Arab dictators to ensure their political life. In many cases, the power of these armies only is as the power of police who suppress Arab citizens and don’t have guts to stand against Israel.

As the result, peoples of the region gave up their hope for getting out of crisis and achieving their aspirations. This loss led to the formation of resistance groups. It was right here that Arab States tried to resolve the disgraceful gap and at least their political stability to be maintained in the face of their nation.

Hence, they spent a lot on buying weapons and military equipment to cover the fact that they don’t have a powerful national army and undertake marketing for Western weapons.

In the meanwhile, microscopic states of the Persian Gulf felt the need to have such weapons for lacking the elements of national power based on Westerns division mission.

With the start of popular uprising in 1978 and after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in the region, they felt the need for military which hinder nations’ revolution and satisfy Arab political life. As a result, the need led to the formation of some regional coalition that most of them are led by Saudi Arabia. Its sole purpose has been to maintain their dictatorship.

Following the developments of Islamic Awakening, the necessity was raised. Fear of spreading the revolution to the borders of Saudi Arabia and losing the former regional position led Saudis to enter strongly in the case of Syria, Bahrain and Yemen.

Of course, Saudis involving in Bahrain and Syria has cost a lot due to the indirect intervention them, but it wasn’t turned into a swamp like the war on Yemen.

At first, it was supposed that Saudis were able to end the war in Yemen all by themselves and with determination, but the changes indicated hasty and incorrect assessments. They demanded Saudis to justify the destructive war which had international legitimacy.

So picking the term of coalition would bring international legitimacy and even would guarantee their victory.

At first, the proposal was introduced to Pakistanis, but it was rejected for insecurity situations in Pakistan and ruining its international image.

Why the proposal was raised now and why it is accepted?

Choosing a non-Arab state for what Saudis calls the coalition shows that Saudi Arabia don’t trust Arab commanders and technically don’t believe in existing of an Arab qualified commander for such a coalition.

There are intensive disputes between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which is actively involved in the war against Yemen.

Egyptians, said to have the strongest Arab army among Arabs, refused to join the coalition.

It was concerning for Saudi Arabia that other Arab states be centered in the coalition. In one hand Saudis are willing to win the war in Yemen and on the other hand they don’t tend to share their victory and centrality with another Arab country. This is why idea of creating an Arab NATO or similar suggestions to form a joint Arab military force was failed.

Saudis are trapped into Yemen’s swamp and they did what they did to Emirates out of desperation and changing the battle field.

They were totally aware that no wise country participates in a war that the result is clear now.

But why Pakistanis accept the offer?

Saudi Arabia made promises and gave bribes to Islamabad.

Raheel Sharif is a former commander. Although he had achievements in fighting terrorism in Waziristan region, Pakistan, but he isn’t currently a government official. Maybe Pakistan just gave Saudi Arabia someone useless.

The United States pushed Islamabad.

There is no doubt that both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan won’t benefit from the proposal. It certainly damage the international image of Islamabad.

Because Raheel Sharif is going to take over the command of a rental army that is going to fight with a bunch of women and starving children, not a classical army.



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Noam Chomsky: Trump could stage a ‘false flag’ terror attack and ‘change the country instantly’

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Author and political philosopher Noam Chomsky sounded a dire warning on Monday in an interview with AlterNet’s Jan Frel, saying that President Donald Trump could stage a “false flag” terror attack in an effort to consolidate his power and strip Americans of their constitutional rights.

Chomsky warned that eventually the people who voted for Trump will realize that his “promises are built on sand” and begin to lose faith in his presidency, at which point Trump will need someone to scapegoat, so he will say, “‘Well, I’m sorry, I can’t bring your jobs back because these bad people are preventing it.’ And the typical scapegoating goes to vulnerable people: immigrants, terrorists, Muslims and elitists, whoever it may be. And that can turn out to be very ugly.”

“I think that we shouldn’t put aside the possibility that there would be some kind of staged or alleged terrorist act, which can change the country instantly,” Chomsky said.

Chomsky — who has called Trump a “con man” who will drag civilization “down to the utter depths of barbarism” — also said that much of the world is amused at the outrage many Americans feel about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“I mean whatever the Russians may have been doing, let’s take the most extreme charges, that barely registers in the balance against what the U.S. does constantly,” he said. “Even in Russia. So for example, the U.S. intervened radically to support [Boris] Yeltsin in 1991 when he was engaged in a power play trying to take power from the Parliament, Clinton strongly supported him. In 1996, when Yeltsin was running, the Clinton administration openly and strongly supported them, and not only verbally, but with tactics and loans and so on.”

“All of that goes way beyond what the Russians are charged with, and of course that is a minor aspect of U.S. interference in elections abroad,” said Chomsky, adding that the U.S. operates under a philosophy of “If we don’t like the election, you can just overthrow the country.”

The White House is reportedly in turmoil after the collapse of the administration’s healthcare law, which was withdrawn before it could come to a vote on Friday. While the president’s poll numbers are at historic lows, Trump’s supporters are still largely loyal to the man they voted for.



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Jared Kushner flew to Aspen same day as ‘one of Putin’s closest confidants’ whose wife is pals with Ivanka

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Flight logs show that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, travelled to Aspen, Colorado on the same day as a Russian oligarch with strong ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As the president’s push for health care reform went down in flames last week, Kushner and his family were reportedly skiing in Aspen. Trump was said to be unhappy about the timing of the vacation.

Photojournalist Eric Rosenwald examined flight logs from airports in the area and found that Kushner arrived in Aspen on Saturday, March 18 — the same day as Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who has been described as “one of Putin’s closest confidants.” Abramovich is known to own a home in Aspen.

According to Politico’s Jake Sherman, Abramovich’s wife, Dasha Zhukova, attended President Trump’s inauguration as a guest of Ivanka Trump.

Rosenwald goes on to point out that two days later Abramovich’s plane flew to the Caribbean just as two planes linked to Michael Cohen, special counsel to the president, arrived at nearby airports.

On Thursday, March 20, Abramovich’s plane flew to the northern Lesser Antilles, a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. On the same day, two aircraft linked to Michael Cohen did the same – one via Palm Beach, Florida, home of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. It’s important to note that Caribbean nations are famous for their tax haven status, and it’s possible that these trips are purely coincidental.

Abramovich’s aircraft landed in St. Maarten, while two smaller Beauty Central LLC-owned Gulfstream jets landed in Anguilla (one of which stopped in Palm Beach, first.) St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barth and Anguilla are nearly the same destination. The islands lie several miles apart and have close economic and social ties. St. Maarten (formerly Dutch) and St. Martin (formerly French) are actually two sides of the same island. Each island has an airport, but they differ in their size and ability to serve large aircraft.

“It’s unclear whether or not any of these flights are related, but further investigation is certainly warranted,” Rosenwald concludes.



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REVEALED: Guiliani met with Turkish president on behalf of client charged with violating US-Iran sanctions

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Former New York mayor and prominent Donald Trump supporter Rudolph Giuliani traveled to to meet with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on behalf of his client Reza Zarrab—a Turkish gold trader jailed on federal charges of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran, the New York Times reports.

The United States attorney’s office in Manhattan said Giuliani and another prominent lawyer, Michael B. Mukasey, “have been retained by the defendant and are involved in, and will continue to be involved in, efforts to explore a potential disposition of the criminal charges in this matter.”

According to the Times, prosecutors contend Zarrab—who holds dual citizenship in Iran and Turkey—helped facilitate “millions of dollars in illicit transactions” in an effort to bypass U.S. sanctions on Iran and “allegedly tricked numerous U.S. financial institutions into processing barred transactions.”

Zarrab’s detention has been publicly criticized by president Erdogan.

Last year, a judge denied a motion to dismiss charges against Zarrab at the bequest of Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney for the Southern District of New York who was fired by Trump earlier this month.

Read the full story at the New York Times.



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New Gallup poll: Trump is the least-approved new president in history

President Donald Trump's approval rating is at a historic low following a failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare AP

Donald Trump’s approval rating has hit a new low of 36 per cent, according to the latest polling data.

The 36 per cent approval rating in the Gallup poll has was the average for the three days, 24 to 26 March, following Mr Trump’s failure to repeal and replace the health care legislation, Obamacare. 

Mr Trump's approval rating was hovering around 46 per cent in the days following his inauguration, also a historically low rating for an incoming president.

Former President Barack Obama’s lowest rating was 38 per cent, recorded twice - once in 2011 and once in 2014. 

Presidential approval ratings frequently fluctuate and depend on handling of national crises, pieces of legislation being passed through Congress, and political scandals. 

Gallup conducts telephone interviews of over 1,500 Americans of voting age on a daily basis to compile averages to gauge what people think of Mr Trump’s performance in office. There is a margin of error of three points. 

A poll done by Quinnipiac University, conducted before the attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare failed, shows that Mr Trump is also losing approval points in demographics he did well with in the 2016 election. 

According to the poll, 52 per cent of men surveyed disapprove of Mr Trump compared to 45 per cent in the month prior.

It also stated that nearly half of those surveyed - 48 per cent - think Mr Trump is less honest than most previous presidents. 

In October 2008 Republican George W. Bush reached his lowest rating of 25 per cent in the wake of the global financial crisis. 

Gallup reports that all presidents whose ratings have fallen to or below 36 per cent have seen them rise later in the year, except for former President Richard Nixon.



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The Daily Mail’s ‘Legs-it’ front page has made almost everyone angry

A Daily Mail front page focused on Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon’s legs rather than their politics has sparked anger and condemnation.

http://ift.tt/2ne1C92">British prime minister and Scottish first minister with the headline, ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!’" data-reactid="11" style="margin-bottom: 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The newspaper’s Tuesday splash showed a picture of the British prime minister and Scottish first minister with the headline, ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!’

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The two leaders met at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on Monday to discuss Brexit, the triggering of Article 50 on Wednesday and Scotland’s potential independence.

But judging by the Daily Mail’s front page, the newspaper was only interested in one thing.

Inside the paper, an article on the meeting by columnist Sarah Vine was headlined: ‘Finest weapons at their command? Those pins!’

In her column, Vine wrote: ‘But what stands out here are the legs – and the vast expanse on show.

‘There is no doubt that both women consider their pins to be the finest weapon in their physical arsenal. Consequently, both have been unsheathed.

‘May’s famously long extremities are demurely arranged in her customary finishing-school stance – knees tightly together, calves at a flattering diagonal, feet neatly aligned. It’s a studied pose that reminds us that for all her confidence, she is ever the vicar’s daughter, always respectful and anxious not to put a foot wrong.

‘Sturgeon’s shorter but undeniably more shapely shanks are altogether more flirty, tantalisingly crossed, with the dominant leg pointing towards her audience.

‘It’s a direct attempt at seduction: her stiletto is not quite dangling off her foot, but it could be.’

Politicians, journalists and commentators queued up on Twitter to lambast the front page.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband tweeted: ‘The 1950s called and asked for their headline back’.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper wrote: ‘It’s 2017. Two women’s decisions will determine if United Kingdom continues to exist. And front page news is their lower limbs. Obviously’.

Her fellow MP Harriet Harman simply called it ‘moronic’.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: ‘This sexism should be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail’.

In the Scottish edition of the Daily Mail, the front page carried the same photograph but a different headline: ‘Oh so frosty! Secrets of Nicola and PM’s talk-in’.

Later editions of the Mail ran the line, ‘Sarah Vine’s light-hearted verdict on the big showdown’.



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