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Tuesday, 22 May

23:50

Malaysians agog as tables turn on Najib Nile Bowie

Expedited probes into ex-premier's alleged corruption could reach beyond 1MDB scandal to a dodgy submarine deal to the murder of a Mongolian model


Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is under heavy fire as new premier Mahathir Mohamads government quickly launches and widens investigations into alleged corruption at the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state development fund that may have cost the nation billions of dollars in pilfered losses.

Najib, whose once-dominant Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition lost resoundingly at May 9 polls, is implicated in an embezzlement racket after suspicious transfers allegedly linked to 1MDB were discovered in his personal bank. He has denied all wrongdoing at the fund he created and oversaw, claiming the US$681 million found in his account was a gift from a Saudi royal.

In recent days, Malaysians have watched agog as Najibs properties were raided by armed police. Authorities have seized and carted off luxury items, confiscating 284 designer handbags presumably belonging to his wife Rosmah Mansor, and 72 suitcases containing cash in various currencies, watches and jewelry.

Mahathirs office has quickly established a special taskforce, comprised of members of Malaysias anti-graft agency, police and the central bank, to investigate 1MDB. A similar investigative body was established in 2015, but was halted by Najib, who was widely seen as interfering with the domestic probe by removing the attorney general and other probing officials.

Read the full story at Asia Times.
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23:03

The Balkan Vlachs III OrientalReview.org

In the modern history of the Balkans as a result of the national liberation movements and national liberation wars, important changes took place in the life of the Vlachs since the free migration across the peninsula was impossible because of the new state borders and cross-border restrictions.

The post The Balkan Vlachs III appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

21:59

The case against dismantling the Iran deal: A view from Israel +972 Magazine

All those arguing that the deal wasnt working or that it wasnt good enough are misrepresenting the facts. Heres how theyre doing it and why theyre wrong.

By Shemuel Meir

American President Donald Trump speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and advisor Jared Kushner at the White House, May 22, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

American President Donald Trump speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and advisor Jared Kushner at the White House, May 22, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Making good on his ultimatum, the American President trumpeted  Americas withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) earlier this month. This was the opening salvo in a drive to crush the deal that has blocked Irans path to nuclear weapons. The U.S. abandoned an agreement to which it was a signatory without as much as a single breach on Irans part. Netanyahu rushed to hail Trumps bold decision, considering this the materialization of his dream to dismantle the bad nuclear deal. Trumps announcement was likely coordinated with Netanyahu.

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20:55

President Trump to Unveil New Middle East Peace Plan Strategic Culture Foundation

Donald Trump likes to make deals. Perhaps he views the Palestinian problem as essentially an economic issue, not a political one. Because of this perspective he has adopted a you make concessions to get economic benefits in return approach.

20:36

Deep State Coup Exposed: CIA Infiltrated Trump Campaign Strategic Culture Foundation

Do we have actual elections in the US, or does the CIA and deep state do the deciding? The news that longtime CIA operative Stefan Halper infiltrated the Trump campaign at the behest of the FBI should be the biggest news in the country. To the extent that the media is covering it, they are furious that the CIA infiltrator was exposed in the media. Do we even care anymore that we are manipulated by the secret government?

20:25

Israel Is at the Height of Its Power, but the Palestinians Are Still There Strategic Culture Foundation

The Palestinian issue is back on the international agenda more than at any time over the last 15 years. If the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was intended to demonstrate that the Palestinians were powerless and there was nothing they could do about it, then it has failed.

19:55

Iran Nuclear Deal Survives Trump"s Vandalism Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump hopes to position the US to hit Iran as hard as it possibly can by destroying the prospects of any European companies to remain engaged with Iran so as to get rid of the other participants in the 2015 multilateral deal and to force Tehran down on its knees to deal with Washington bilaterally.

19:25

Russia Is in the Middle East to Halt the War, Not Take Part in the Iran-Israel Conflict Strategic Culture Foundation

Without Russia, we most probably would have bombs flying about the Middle East between Iran and Israel, and Hezbollah and Israel, and Syria and Iraq and most probably some Arab countries would have been in flames, particularly with a US president who takes war decisions over piece of chocolate cake and cant tell the difference between Iraq and Syria.

18:55

Washington Holds Gun to North Korea"s Head Strategic Culture Foundation

Pyongyang is just right to give Washington short shrift due to the latters bad faith and arrogant ignorance about its obligations. Trumps backsliding on the Iran nuclear deal is another object lesson for North Korea.

16:41

NGOs Are The Deep States Trojan Horses The Corbett Report

The Trojan horse was the earliest recorded military psyop. That psyop continues to be deployed on unsuspecting populations and it is just as useful as ever, but todays tricksters have donned the mantle of philanthropy, and their Trojan horses are not wooden statues but non-governmental organizations offering aid to foreign nations. In todays edition of The Corbett Report, well learn about how NGOs are the deep states Trojan horses.

15:44

Georgias Rave Revolution Began In Armenia And Might End in Azerbaijan OrientalReview.org

Any serious unrest in Georgia, let alone an outright regime change, might disrupt its connectivity prospects and negatively impact on the emerging Multipolar World Order, which is why the Azerbaijani authorities must prepare themselves for what might be this regional protest movements inevitable expansion inside their borders.

The post Georgias Rave Revolution Began In Armenia And Might End in Azerbaijan appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

12:49

How the "Skripal Effect" Was Stopped Land Destroyer

May 22, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - A few years ago the story of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal allegedly being poisoned with a deadly nerve agent in the UK supposedly by the Russian state, would have shook geopolitics and placed immense pressure on Moscow.


Today, while it certainly did shake geopolitics, it was more from the narrative hitting a brick wall than from its desired impact toward cornering the Kremlin.

While the United Kingdom's credibility unraveling played a major role in the UK's own narrative failing, it has been the growing global alternative media that has exposed and diminished the true nature of British credibility in the first place.

Analysts have linked the Skripal affair with a series of other Anglo-American geopolitical maneuvers including staged chemical attacks in Syria and the subsequent missile attack launched against the Syrian state.

However, all of these pretexts failed to find their mark, leaving Western capitals increasingly exposed without the cover of legitimacy they have manufactured and enjoyed in the past.

Russia's Own, Modern Media 

Russia's own international media played a significant role in publicly informing global audiences of alternatives to the UK's Skripal narrative, as well as challenging the UK directly.

The growing influence of Russia's international media helped provide balance to global discourse that was once solely dominated by US and European media organizations.

Long gone are the days of clumsy Soviet state media. Russia's modern media has performed an act of public relations judo, using the most effective techniques of the Western media, and directing them back against the West.

When this involves some of the most dishonest and aggressive agendas driven by Western special interests, they resonate with a global public increasingly disillusioned by the Western media.

For the time being, the global alternative media comprised of small independent media organizations and even individuals, have benefited from working with modern Russia media.

Despite claims of "Russian influence" and "Russian propaganda," it should be noted that citizens and organizations around the globe contributing to, being interviewed by and app...

09:14

In Haifa, a display of Palestinian grassroots power +972 Magazine

The combined efforts of Palestinians in using their bodies, cameras, and voices to support detained protesters made it impossible for the police to hide the severity of their actions.

Palestinians and Israelis demonstrate in support of Gaza outside the Bah' Gardens, Haifa, May 20, 2018. (Haggai Matar)

Palestinians and Israelis demonstrate in support of Gaza outside the Bah Gardens, Haifa, May 20, 2018. (Haggai Matar)

The release of 19 Palestinian citizens of Israel on Monday, who had been arrested since Friday, after police violently dispersed a demonstration in Haifa against last weeks mass killings in Gaza, is a fleeting speck in the context of recent events in the conflict. As the detained activists have emphasized, their experiences are nothing compared to what Palestinians are subjected to in the blockaded Strip. But after weeks of tragic news, the past three days have offered a moment of strength and hope that should not be overlooked.

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The polices response to Fridays demonstration is hardly exceptional, even in the purported capital of coexistence. Harassment and repression are frequent features of pol...

Monday, 21 May

23:38

Episode 338 NGOs Are The Deep States Trojan Horses The Corbett Report

[audio mp3="https://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/episode338-lq.mp3"][/audio]The Trojan horse was the earliest recorded military psyop. That psyop continues to be deployed on unsuspecting populations and it is just as useful as ever, but today's tricksters have donned the mantle of philanthropy, and their Trojan horses are not wooden statues but non-governmental organizations offering "aid" to foreign nations. In today's edition of The Corbett Report, we'll learn about how NGOs are the deep state's Trojan horses.

21:49

Police broke my knee, threatened my doctors, Arab civil society leader tells court +972 Magazine

Seven require medical treatment for injuries sustained during their arrests or while in custody, including Jafar Farah, who says an officer broke his knee inside the police station. Police file criminal complaint against Arab MK Ayman Odeh for calling the officers who refused to let him visit a hospitalized protester losers.

By Oren Ziv, Yael Marom, and Meron Rapoport

Israeli riot police arrest a protester in downtown Haifa during a demonstration against the mass killings in Gaza, May 19, 2018. (Nadine Nashef)

Israeli riot police arrest a protester in downtown Haifa during a demonstration against the mass killings in Gaza, May 19, 2018. (Nadine Nashef)

Israeli police arrested 21 people over the weekend at a protest in Haifa against the mass killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza days earlier. Most of the 300 protesters were Palestinian citizens of Israel, although two of those arrested were Jewish Israelis.

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Several of the protesters required hospitalization due to police violence, including the head of the Arab civil rights organization Mossawa, Jafar Farah, who says an officer broke his knee while he was in custody.

Officers later intimidated doctors at the Haifa hospital where he was being treated, Farah alleged, threatening the medical staff and insisting that they release him from the hospi...

20:55

The Baltic States Ask the US for a Bigger Military Presence on Their Soil Strategic Culture Foundation

Exercises in the former Soviet republics are being staged to allow the forces to hone their skills for conducting offensive operations against Russia, not for fending off attacks from trenches dug along the lines of defense.

20:25

Italy Sets Course for Left-Right Populist Surge Strategic Culture Foundation

Italy is wrapped up these days in the efforts of its two strongest political parties to forge a coalition government. Presumably they will succeed, though whether the resulting civic structure will have any staying power remains an open question. But in terms of the broad political trends in Italy, Europe, and the entire West (including the United States), it doesnt really matter much. Whatever happens with the emerging Italian government, Italy has set itself upon a new course. Its the path of populism, fueled by many things but primarily by the Wests immigration crisis.

19:55

Trumpism Folds into Netanyahu-ism, or "Neo-Americanism" Strategic Culture Foundation

Now that Trump has embraced the new neo-Americanism (per Russell-Mead), what will be the US strategy if neither North Korea nor Iran submit? Are military strikes then, on the agenda?

19:25

The Other Art of the Deal, Tehran-style Strategic Culture Foundation

The Iranian governments response to the Trump administration boils down to a Sun Tzu variant; silence especially after the Fall of Flynn, who had put Iran on notice after a ballistic missile test that did not infringe the provisions of the Iranian nuclear deal, and the idea of an anti-Iran, Saudi Arabia-UAE-Egypt-Jordan mini-NATO. The Iranian naval drills from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean had been planned way in advance.

18:55

How Russia and China Gained a Strategic Advantage in Hypersonic Technology Strategic Culture Foundation

A hot topic in military prognostications regarding China, Russia and the United States revolves around the development and use of hypersonic technology for missiles or UAVs as an invulnerable means of attack. As we will see, not all three countries are dealing successfully with this task

16:04

Mahathir Will Continue Malaysias Multipolar Course OrientalReview.org

Malaysia under the returned leadership of Prime Minister Mahathir is expected to remain multipolar, even if it changes the manner in which it has hitherto expressed this geostrategic vision by rebalancing its relations with China and the US.

The post Mahathir Will Continue Malaysias Multipolar Course appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

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