On a recent trip to Chisinau to investigate the political situation in the tiny former Soviet republic, I had the pleasure of meeting with a very distinguished gentleman, a former colonel in the Moldovan armed forces, who fought in the war against pro-Russian separatists in the early 1990s during the Transdniester conflict, a small strip of land bordering Ukraine which currently houses a large Soviet weapons depot and a few thousand Russian troops. I’ll just call him “the Colonel". ”He told me a fascinating story. It seems over the last decade, after being moved into the internal affairs division of the Moldovan security services, he began noticing suspicious financial transactions.
Comments: Very interesting idea. Makes one wonder if US old war horses have one big battle left in US.
Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani broke his silence Sunday on the widespread protests in the Islamic Republic while blasting President Donald Trump for his tweets on the unrest. Rouhani said in a speech Sunday night -- his first since the protests began Thursday -- that people have the right to demonstrate, but those demonstrations should not make the public "feel concerned about their lives and security." The Iranian president also criticized Trump over his tweets on the protests, saying he "has forgotten that he had called Iranian people "terrorists´ a few months ago," the Associated Press reported. Trump had weighed in earlier
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) called on President Trump to lay out his strategy toward Iran as the country faces its largest protests since 2009, saying such a move would help bolster the United States in its conflict with North Korea. Predicting that the new year will be one of “opportunity and extreme danger,” Graham said Trump should withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement in 2018 and give a national address explaining his approach. Graham warned that North Korea is watching how the United States conducts itself as protests in Iran continue for a third day, and he said that Trump’s tweeting of support for the Iranian people
Washington - US President Donald Trump tweeted right to the end of the year Sunday, boasting of his accomplishments in his turbulent first year in office and throwing down the gauntlet for the US midterm elections. (Snip) "Why would smart voters want to put Democrats in Congress in 2018 Election when their policies will totally kill the great wealth created during the months since the Election," he said. "People are much better off now not to mention ISIS, VA, Judges, Strong Border, 2nd A, Tax Cuts & more?" "2nd A" appears to refer to the constitutional right, under the Second Amendment, to keep and bear arms,
Police in a Colorado city just outside of Denver say at least one deputy has been killed Sunday following a shooting during a domestic disturbance check. Five deputies and two civilians were shot in total by the suspect, who is now believed to be dead and no longer a threat to the public, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said. DCSO is working an officer down call in the area of County Line Rd between Colorado Blvd and University Blvd. This is an active event, please avoid the area. — DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017 - #Breaking: we just heard gunshots in the distance. Police are now closing Colorado at otero.
President Trump gave an impromptu half-hour interview with the New York Times on Dec. 28. We combed through the transcript and here’s a quick roundup of the false, misleading or dubious claims that he made, at a rate of one every 75 seconds. (Some of the interview was off the record, so it’s possible the rate of false claims per minute is higher.) “Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. .?.?. I saw Dianne Feinstein the other day on television saying there is no collusion.” (Snip) She did not flatly say there was no collusion and instead was more nuanced. Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Nov. 5
Baghdad - The two Turkish men shuffled into the courtroom, their closely cropped hair, clean-shaven faces and chubby waistlines hardly the look of fearsome fighters of the Islamic State. (Snip) After an 18-minute trial, they were sentenced to death by hanging. The men are among hundreds of foreigners detained in Iraq on terrorism charges after the toppling of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate. The defendants — men, women and children hailing from Asia, Europe and Africa — are coursing their way through Iraq’s criminal justice system, often receiving harsh sentences in rapid-fire trials. The trials and capital sentences
Egypt’s Health Ministry spokesman says at least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, have been killed in a shootout outside a south Cairo church. Khaled Megahed says Friday’s attack took place when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire outside Mar Mina church. One gunman was shot dead as was a security officer, he said. Egypt’s state-run MENA news agency, citing an unnamed Interior Ministry official, said the other assailant fled the scene and was being pursued. Earlier, security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said two police were killed. The spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church said
At first glance, the gaming apps — with names like “Pool 3D,” “Beer Pong: Trickshot” and “Real Bowling Strike 10 Pin” — seem innocuous. One called “Honey Quest” features Jumbo, an animated bear. Yet these apps, once downloaded onto a smartphone, have the ability to keep tabs on the viewing habits of their users — some of whom may be children — even when the games aren’t being played. It is yet another example of how companies, using devices that many people feel they can’t do without, are documenting how audiences in a rapidly changing entertainment landscape are viewing television and commercials.
Washington - President Trump was already revved up when he emerged from his limousine to visit NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels last May. (Snip) His Twitter posts, delivered without warning or consultation, often make a mockery of his administration’s policies and subvert the messages his emissaries are trying to deliver abroad. Mr. Trump has pulled out of trade and climate change agreements and denounced the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. He has broken with decades of American policy in the Middle East by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And he has taunted Kim Jong-un of North Korea as “short and fat,”
Apple has apologised for apparently secretly slowing down phones and promised to try and win back its customers´ trust. The company will offer huge discounts on replacement batteries and provide new warnings to iPhones users when their phones are being hit by the slowdowns. It also said that it would continue to work hard to avoid the need to slow down the phones at all, by improving its batteries and other components. The changes are part of the company's attempts to limit the effects of a growing scandal about the way that it limits the performance of older phones, to ensure that they don't suffer when their batteries become
Moscow - President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, speaking a day after an explosion in St. Petersburg, said on Thursday that he had ordered security agents to “take no prisoners” during terrorist attacks, and authorized the police to “liquidate the bandits on the spot.” Mr. Putin has long burnished his image as tough on terrorism, and the comments were noteworthy not so much for signifying a change in policy — Russian counterterrorism forces have shot and killed dozens of terrorism suspects over the years — as for displaying the antiterrorism swagger he was known for early in his tenure.
A pair of northern Italy´s largest cities have introduced traffic restrictions in a bid to tackle air pollution and smog. Bans on certain types of vehicle have been introduced temporarily in Milan and Turin, both of which have exceeded safe limits for pollution in recent days. Despite hopes that rain and lower levels of traffic during the holiday season would help combat smog, air pollution has crept to dangerous levels in recent weeks. A daytime traffic ban has been extended to include relatively clean Euro 5 diesel cars in Turin, as the city raises its air pollution alert level to “red”. As a result, half-a-million cars and vans will not be
Everyone suspected the sketchy Steele Dossier was what corrupt FBI and DOJ officials used to get the October 2016 FISA warrant against Trump. FBI and DOJ officials refuse to answer that question publicly. Despite a hundred different ways congressional investigators have asked the question, and despite numerous on-camera questions to FBI and DOJ officials about the 2016 FISA process, no-one had definitively confirmed the Christopher Steele ‘Russian Dossier’ was the underlying evidence for the 2016 FISA application to gain wiretaps and electronic surveillance upon presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Ed Rendell says if former Vice President Joe Biden runs against President Trump in 2020 he would "win overwhelmingly." In an interview with New York´s AM 970 radio host John Catsimatidis, Rendell said Biden is the Democrats´ "superstar" and has a real chance of winning in 2020. "There´s only one person I can say who will definitely win the election and has a superstar appeal in almost every state in the union, and that´s Vice President Biden," Rendell said. "Of course, people say he´s too old. But he´s only a year and a half
Two would-be thieves were found dead Friday inside a Detroit public lighting facility after they were electrocuted by 24,000 volts. Officials said the pair was found at a substation of the Detroit Public Lighting Department on the city´s east side around 6.50am on Friday. The thieves were attempting to steal copper wire when one of the men came in contact with a 24,000-volt transformer and transferred the current along to the other, reported WDIV. Police said the bodies were badly burned and that the current was so strong that they bodies were fused together
Washington — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear. But two months
President Trump’s love for all things gold apparently doesn’t extend to the Golden State. Trump is about to become the first president since Dwight D. Eisenhower 64 years ago to skip a visit to California during his first calendar year in office. And he doesn’t appear to have any plans to take Air Force One to the country’s most populous and economically powerful state before he marks his first full year in office Jan. 20. Even past presidents who, like Trump, didn´t win the state´s electoral votes made it a destination, if only for California’s allure as the Golden State
Roseanne Barr threatened to retire after a Twitter feud on Friday.The comedienne - who is scheduled to return to ABC this March with her sitcom reboot - called it quits after a series of tweets involving varying political views.´i won´t be censored or silence chided or corrected and continue to work. I retire right now. I´ve had enough. bye!,´ read one of her tweets that have since been deleted according to USA Today. (Photo) She followed up with this tweet: ´do not expect to hear anything more from me. Its a waste of time to oppose fascists here. bye!´ And
(New York) The Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner has died, after a week in hospital following a heart attack. She was 27. Garner was the daughter of Eric Garner, a man who died in a police chokehold in New York in 2014. Among tributes, Senator Bernie Sanders said that although Garner “didn’t ask to be an activist, she responded to the personal tragedy of seeing her father die … by becoming a leading proponent for criminal justice reform and for an end to police brutality”. Announcing Garner’s death in New York on Saturday morning, the Rev Al Sharpton said she was “a warrior to the end” and said “her heart was
My big fat shoplifting spree. Actress Lainie Kazan, who played Maria Portokalos in the 2002 film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," was reportedly a known shoplifter in the supermarket where she was arrested on Christmas Eve, TMZ reports. Kazan, 77, was arrested after she walked out of Gelson´s supermarket in San Fernando Valley on Dec. 24with $180 of unpaid groceries, according to reports. Employees of the store told TMZ that Kazan would often pull the same trick by filling up her basket, walking toward the checkout line and then make a quick exit as other shoppers were leaving the store.
The Trump administration announced on Friday it will not be sending military aid totaling $255 million to Pakistan. The monetary aid was denied to the Pakistan government in response to its ineffective action against terrorists and militants on its soil. The Hindustan Times reported: The Trump administration on Friday announced the United States will deny Pakistan military aid amounting to $255 million as it expects Islamabad to take decisive action “against terrorists and militants on its soil”. “The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in FY 2016 in Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time,”
Attendees at the Valero Alamo Bowl booed the Stanford University Band during its halftime performance after the bandsmen mocked the border wall, Whataburger, and all things Texan. The performance came during the California university’s bowl game versus Texas Christian University (TCU). TCU responded by defeating the Stanford Cardinals. The Stanford marching band, known for satirical halftime performances, poked fun at Texan’s state pride, the border wall proposed by President Donald Trump, horned frogs (the TCU mascot), and Whataburger (the iconic Texas hamburger chain), KSAT reported. Audience members booed
Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera and his wife have moved into their new $2.8 million mansion in Ohio. The host has officially ditched his native New York City and is now settling down in his wife Erica Levy´s hometown in Cleveland. According to the listing on Zillow, the stately mansion sits on ´one of the truly iconic estates in Shaker Heights´. (Snip) According to Variety, Rivera and his wife had sold three of their residences located in Edgewater, New Jersey, by the end of 2016. Their new Ohio home was purchased this past summer and around the same time, they sold their apartment
Bret Stephens writes in the New York Times that even though he is happy with the policy achievements of the Trump Administration in its first year, he will never support Donald Trump because he is offended by the president’s personality: Tax cuts. Deregulation. More for the military; less for the United Nations. The Islamic State crushed in its heartland. Assad hit with cruise missiles. Troops to Afghanistan. Arms for Ukraine. A tougher approach to North Korea. Jerusalem recognized as Israel’s capital. The Iran deal decertified. Title IX kangaroo courts on campus condemned. Yes to Keystone. No to Paris. Wall Street roaring