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- ‘You The Jury’: Fox To Air Reality Court Show Where Viewers Decide The Verdict
- Gateway Pundit Reporter Attacked During White House Press Briefing
- People Are Asking Their Devices If They Are Connected to the CIA (VIDEOS)
- Iceland Passes Law Requiring Equal Pay For Men And Women
- Turkey vs. Greece: Will Russia Be Able To Ease Tensions?
- Trump Resumes Arms Sales To Saudis Previously Frozen Under Obama
- Russia’s Largest Bank Confirms Hiring Podesta Group To Lobby For Ending Sanctions
- Centcom Commander Expects More U.S. Troops Will Be Sent To Afghanistan
- White House: Trump Not Aware That Michael Flynn Was A Foreign Agent
- In First Trade War Shot, Mexico Cancels Sugar Export Permits To U.S.
- Luke Rudkowski Breaks Down How To Be The Media
- Soros’ Ukrainian Intervention May Lead To Violent Conflict
- DEVELOPING: ‘Drudge Report’ Banned From Facebook
- VIDEO: Amazon Echo Turns Off When Asked If It Has CIA Connections
- JFK’s Revenge: WikiLeaks Referenced JFK In Its Passphrase, Was He Killed By The CIA?
|‘You The Jury’: Fox To Air Reality Court Show Where Viewers Decide The Verdict
Posted: 10 Mar 2017 11:42 AM PST
Fox has ordered an unscripted reality TV show called “You The Jury” which will allow viewers to text in their verdict deciding civil cases.
The show will be hosted by Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro the show premieres Friday, April 7 at 9/8c on Fox TheWrap reported.
Pirro will be joined by six attorneys: Jose Baez, who defended Casey Anthony; Benjamin Crump, who fought for justice for Trayvon Martin; celebrity attorney Joseph Tacopina, Areva Martin, Mike Cavalluzzi and Charla Aldous.
The attorneys will present their case to a former judge of the Superior Court of California LaDoris Cordell.
Each case will touch on hot-button issues, such as online trolling, gay rights and religious freedom according to Fox.
Here’s how the show will work:
NBC ordered a similar reality show with roughly the same title in 2015 called “Law & Order: You the Jury.”
Like Fox’s new show “Your The Jury” NBC’s “Law and Order: You The Jury” was set to be a one-hour show that would air live civil cases and allow viewers to vote on the outcome of the verdict.
The status of NBC’s program whether or not it’s still in production is not known. Although Entertainment Weekly noted that the producer Dick Wolf’s bio on NBC listed the show as “upcoming.”
You can watch a preview for Foxs’ new show You The Jury below.
“Welcome to the new face of American justice,” Pirro says in the promo for the series (above.)
What do you think about Americans being able to decide the fate of people through a text message?
Is this a new revolutionary way to the court system, or is it dangerous?
Let us know in the comment section below!
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|Gateway Pundit Reporter Attacked During White House Press Briefing
Posted: 10 Mar 2017 11:33 AM PST
Lucian Wintrich, who is reportedly the first openly gay White House correspondent, was attacked by an unhinged Fox News Radio reporter while attending the administration’s press briefing on Friday.
The “Twinks for Trump” artist was at the White House to do his job on Friday, when Jon Decker of FOX News Radio assaulted him multiple times in front of his peers. According to Wintrich, the radio host pushed him in the break room before approaching him and assaulting him a second time in the press briefing room.
Decker also pointed Wintrich out and began shouting to everyone in briefing room that Gateway Pundit “hates blacks, Jews, Hispanics,” Buzzfeed’s White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo reported on Twitter.
The Gateway Pundit is not a neo-Nazi website, but simply a right-wing outlet with a pro-Trump perspective.
Decker’s actions were denounced by other White House correspondents on Twitter, including Andrew Feinberg of Sputnik News.
Shortly after the incident took place, Wintrich announced that he will be pressing charges against Decker over the assault.
Fox News Radio has not yet publicly responded to the incident.
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|People Are Asking Their Devices If They Are Connected to the CIA (VIDEOS)
Posted: 10 Mar 2017 07:53 AM PST
In the wake of the WikiLeaks “Vault 7” revelations, worried citizens are now asking their internet-connected devices if they are working with the Central Intelligence Agency, and their answers are fascinating.
A Twitter user named Stephen Beard asked, “Google Home, are you connected to the CIA?”
“I have to admit, I’m not sure,” Google Home responded.
Another user asked their Amazon Echo, “Alexa, do you work for the CIA?”
The user next asked, “Alexa, does Amazon work for the CIA?” This prompted the Echo to turn off, dodging the question.
Another user asked their Alexa, “are you connected to the CIA?” Their device also refused to respond.
Seemingly every user who attempted to ask their Amazon Echo the question received the same response, the device shuts down. While some have argued that it may be due to the virtual assistant not being able to find the answer to the question, the device is actually programmed to respond with “sorry, I can’t find an answer to the questions I heard,” if that is the case.
Virtual assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Google’s Now and Assistant yielded similar responses from the same line of questioning, Reddit users found.
The 8,761 documents released by WikiLeaks are said to have been obtained from an “isolated, high-security network” at the CIA Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia. Included in the files were details about a shocking CIA program called “Weeping Angel,” which allows Samsung televisions to be used as recording devices even when they appear to be off.
Another detail included in the disclosure is that the agency has the capability to record sounds, images and private text messages sent on smartphones, even if the person is using encrypted apps to avoid hacking and surveillance. So, even if you are using Signal, Telegram, or WhatsApp, the CIA has direct access to your device, and your original pre-encrypted information.
In 2013, it was revealed that Jeff Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post and retail behemoth Amazon, had secured a contract for $600 million with the intelligence agency.
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|Iceland Passes Law Requiring Equal Pay For Men And Women
Posted: 10 Mar 2017 12:41 AM PST
The Nordic nation is the first in the world to require companies to pay men and women equal salaries for completing the same work.
Article via True Activist
On International Women’s Day, most people were occupied and in awe of the fact that a $2.5 trillion asset manager installed a statue of a young girl staring down the iconic bull on Wall Street. While that news was applaudable, an important milestone was missed at the same time.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Iceland passed a law which requires companies to pay men and women both equal and fair wages. It is the first country in the world to require both public and private firms with 25 or more staff to obtain a certificate demonstrating that they pay all employees equally, “regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or nationality.”
This change comes partially as a result of Icelandic women leaving their workplaces at 2:38 PM in October to demonstrate outside parliament. Tens of thousands gathered to protest the gender pay gap and to proclaim that it isn’t fair that individuals of different sexes receive different wages for completing the same work. It’s important to note that the time the activists departed was significant, as it represented the moment during a 9-5 workday women, on average, begin working for free.
Even though the World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland to be a top location in terms of gender equality for the past eight years, women in the Nordic nation still earn up to 18% less than men on average. The new law was passed to help combat the pay gap. One might hope that in the process, a new precedent is set for other countries to follow.
According to NPR, Iceland intends for the legislation to go into effect by 2020. The pay equity proposal has widespread support in parliament, which is nearly equally divided between male and female lawmakers.
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|Turkey vs. Greece: Will Russia Be Able To Ease Tensions?
Posted: 10 Mar 2017 12:23 AM PST
Turkey vs. Greece – Russia To Ease Tensions?
Article via Strategic-Culture
Turkey came very close to crossing Greece’s red lines in the Aegean last week, when a Turkish coast guard vessel fired shots in Greek territorial waters east of the islet of Farmakonisi, said Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in an interview with Kathimerini newspaper on February 21, calling on Ankara to “rethink again these games”.
“Some people in Turkey think that Greece could be like Syria or Iraq. The ‘game’ they played at Farmakonisi is a serious violation of international law and I think they should know that we will not always be tolerant, that our response will not only be the one that we gave then, that it will be much harsher”, the minister warned leaving no doubt Greece is ready to take action if need be. “We are not Syria, which has been destroyed, nor a disorganized Iraq… Turkey is making a mistake if it thinks that because we have an economic crisis we are weak as regards our country’s security”, he added.
The tensions between the two nations have exacerbated recently over the Cyprus question and the disputed Imia (Kardak) islands in the Aegean Sea. Ankara believes the islands are in «gray zones» — meaning «undetermined sovereignty by Turkey» — and therefore Greece cannot claim them. Incidents at sea have become routine to sour the bilateral relationship. Dogfights have taken place over the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos and the Dodecanese archipelago.
The Aegean dispute has been a major source of tension between Greece and Turkey since the 1970s, bringing the two countries to the brink of military confrontation in 1987 and 1996.
The dispute revolves around a set of issues involving the delimitation of territorial waters, airspace, demilitarized zones and the status several Aegean Sea islands. Since oil was found on the Aegean Sea’s continental shelf, the disputes over the uninhabited islands flared up.
Both Greece and Turkey issued permits to their companies to extract oil in the disputed waters. No international effort has been able to mitigate the tensions.
The UN-sponsored talks to reunify Cyprus in Geneva have got stalled in January without tangible progress achieved. According to Al Jazeera, the process hit a hard wall recently after the Turkish Cypriot side decided not to attend a scheduled meeting between the island’s rival leaders over a Greek Cypriot decision to celebrate a nationalist commemoration at schools.
Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci were scheduled to meet on February 21 in the divided island’s buffer zone. But tensions rose in recent days after the February 10 vote by Greek Cypriot MPs for public schools to honor the anniversary of a 1950 referendum for union with Greece. Ozdil Nami, the Turkish Cypriot negotiator in the peace talks, said a decision to commemorate such an event is at odds with the ongoing peace negotiations.
A Greek court’s decision to not extradite military officers who had fled the country as suspects in the July coup attempt was perceived as an unfriendly gesture in Turkey. All told, the situation is so tense that a single spark is enough to start a big fire.
The rising tensions with Greece could negatively affect Turkey’s relations with the EU, which are already strained because of the refugee crisis, the EU’s refusal to fulfill its promise to liberalize its visa requirements for Turkish citizens and disputes over human rights issues. The EU’s relationship with Turkey is complicated, but the last thing the Union wants is the breakup of the agreement on refugees.
The tensions between Greece and Turkey – both NATO members – have always been a headache for the alliance. If push comes to shove, NATO will face an unprecedented situation with two member states shooting at each other. The Washington Treaty does not foresee such a scenario. The US is too busy with domestic policies to effectively mediate an international dispute.
Russia is in a unique position to act as an intermediary. True, its relationship with NATO is at fairly low ebb, but nothing is absolutely black and white in international affairs.
Moscow’s enjoys a special relationship with Greece – a NATO member. The countries are incredibly close. Inside the EU, Greece has joined a group of countries comprising Hungary, Cyprus and the Czech Republic, which openly calls for lifting the anti-Russia sanctions. Last May, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Athens to sign a host of bilateral agreements. The bilateral agenda includes military cooperation. Athens is negotiating with Moscow for the purchase and maintenance of the Russian-made S-300 air defense systems delivered in the late 1990s.
Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos Greece will seek to obtain a license to manufacture Kalashnikov assault rifles in Patra as soon as the EU lifts ends its trade embargo against Russia. The co-production in a factory in Aigio in northern Peloponnese is expected to be a major boost for Greece’s defense industry.
Top NATO officials have even raised concerns that attempts by Greece to forge a defense pact with Moscow could seriously undermine the united front against Russia.
Turkey is Russia’s close ally in the fight against terrorists. Russian aviation supports the Turkish forces conducting the offensive to retake al-Bab, Syria, from Islamic State militants. No Turkey’s NATO ally has done it. Both nations have joined together in launching the Astana process aimed at achieving peaceful settlement in the war-torn Syria. Turkey is another NATO member willing to develop military cooperation with Russia. It is in talks with Russia regarding the purchase of advanced S-400 long-range air defense missile systems. The countries study the prospects for procurement deals in electronic systems, ammunitions and missile technology.
Unlike other major European powers, Moscow is really interested in maintenance of peace in the Aegean Sea due to its geographic position. Russia has mediated between Syria’s government and Turkey.
Perhaps, it is best suited to accomplish the mission after NATO and the EU have proven to be inferior to the task.
This article first appeared on Strategic-Culture.org and was authored by Andrei Akulov.
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|Trump Resumes Arms Sales To Saudis Previously Frozen Under Obama
Posted: 10 Mar 2017 12:14 AM PST
Article via Geopolitics Alert
The US State Department under Donald Trump announced yesterday that they will green-light the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that were previously frozen in the final months of the Obama administration.
The State Department announced the resumption of the sale of arms yesterday, that will primarily be used by Saudi Arabia to fight their ongoing war in Yemen. The problem is that the announcement did not include any conditions that would require the Saudis to improve the standards used in this war that have already led to a host of war crimes and human rights violations.
This move comes at a time where Trump is stepping up operations by US forces in Yemen, fighting the al Qaeda branch; al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP however, has not been the primary target of the Saudis who are currently engaged in fighting with the Houthis allied with the segments of the Yemeni army who have rejected the Saudi backed government that was installed before the war.
Saudi Arabia has already been accused of committing war crimes in their attacks on Yemen by the United Nations, in a campaign that has been facilitated by the US since its inception. Obama previously supplied the Saudis with weapons for this military venture but even after his mostly symbolic halt of arms shipments, US planes were still refueling Saudi bombers and US intelligence was providing targets to the Saudi Air Force.
The weapons shipment will primarily consist of technology used to carry out more precision air strikes, but even with that in mind there is cause for concern. The U.K., which has already been providing technology like this, have had concerns that they’ve sold more bombs than there were actual targets for in the small country. So despite the “precision” of these weapons, it’s know the Saudis continue to intentionally target civilian infrastructure.
This is just the latest step in Trump’s growing relationship to the Saudis, despite his promises to flip US foreign policy upside down. Instead the new administration has decided to further prop up the number one terror exporter in an attempt to apply more pressure to Iran, who Trump blames for the hostility in Yemen.
This also goes against the criticism Trump had of Hillary during the presidential campaign for accepting millions of dollars from the oil kingdom via the Clinton Foundation. Trump has also moved to reinstate Hillary Clinton’s disastrous plan for ‘safe zones’ in Syria that he says the gulf states would pay for, which are also likely to become places for extremists backed by the Saudis to seek refuge.
The foreign policy shift that a lot of people were hoping for from Donald Trump is unlikely to come as long as he keeps with traditional allies like the Saudis or Israel. Aiding the nation that is most responsible for terrorism across the Middle East and the globe is unlikely to set the conditions for change anytime in the near future.
This article first appeared on GeopoliticsAlert.com and was authored by Jim Carey.
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|Russia’s Largest Bank Confirms Hiring Podesta Group To Lobby For Ending Sanctions
Posted: 10 Mar 2017 12:03 AM PST
“The Podesta Group is a lobbying and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C.. It was founded in 1988 by brothers John Podesta and Tony Podesta.” – Wikipedia
Article via Zero Hedge
Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, has confirmed that it hired the consultancy of Tony Podesta, the elder brother of John Podesta who chaired Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, for lobbying its interests in the United States and proactively seeking the removal of various Obama-era sanctions, the press service of the Russian institution told TASS on Thursday.
“The New York office of Sberbank CIB indeed hired Podesta Group. Engagement of external consultants is part of standard business practices for us,” Sberbank said.
Previously, The Daily Caller reported that Tony Podesta was proactively lobbying for cancellation of a range of anti-Russian sanctions against the banking sector. In particular, he represented interests of Sberbank and was paid $170,000 for his efforts over a six-month period last year to seek to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country.
Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms.
His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Former President Barack Obama imposed the Russian sanctions following the break out in violence in east Ukraine in 2014.
Both Sberbank and VTB Capital have faced severe cash shortages due to plunging oil prices, plus the U.S. sanctions. If Obama’s sanctions were lifted, however, both banks could legally seek funds from American financial institutions.
The lobbying campaign targeted Congress and the executive branch, with Podesta and other lobbyists arranging at least two meetings between Sberbank officers and Department of State officials, according to Elena Teplitskaya, Sberbank’s board chairman, who spoke to House aides in August.
As the Caller puts it, “the discovery of high-profile Democrats like Podesta being paid lucrative fees for lobbying to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia contrasts with charges from Democrats that President Donald Trump and his key aides are soft on Russia while the Obama administration was tough on Moscow.”
Podesta is one of the Democrat’s highest profile lobbyists who enjoys close personal and business connections to former Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton. John Podesta was chief of staff in Clinton’s White House and special counselor in the Obama White House.
Some more details on the meeting: joining the Podesta lobbying campaign was David Adams, who describes himself on the Podesta Group website as a “trusted adviser” to Hillary Clinton, serving as her as assistant secretary of state for congressional affairs. Another Podesta lobbyist was Stephen Rademaker, a former Department of State official in the George W. Bush administration.
The Podesta Group represented Sberbank and its subsidiaries, Troika Dialog Group in the Cayman Islands, SBGB Cyprus Ltd in Nicosia, Cyprus, and SB International in Luxembourg. Troika Dialog also was related to Klein, Ltd., a Cayman Island organization that once funneled tens of millions of dollars to environmental groups to oppose low-cost fracking in the U.S., which was hurting the Russian oil industry.
Regular readers will recall that the Sberbank-Podesta relationship goes back many years. Sberbank was the lead financial institution in the Russian deal to purchase Uranium One, owned by one of Bill Clinton’s closest friends, Frank Giustra. Giustra and Bill Clinton lead the Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an integral part of the Clinton Foundation.
Giustra has additionally donated $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Giustra sought to sell his stake in uranium reserves that included ore deposits in the Western United States, and Hillary Clinton, who as secretary of state, approved the sale. And in one felled swoop, 20 percent of America’s uranium ore was sold to the Russian state atomic agency.
During the pending sale, the Podesta Group represented Giustra’s company and tried to advance the transaction.
We do not expect to read about the Podesta lobbying relationship with Russia’s largest bank in such truth-seeking, at least according to their ad campaigns, publications as the NYT and/or WaPo.
This article first appeared on ZeroHedge.com and was authored by Tyler Durden.
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|Centcom Commander Expects More U.S. Troops Will Be Sent To Afghanistan
Posted: 09 Mar 2017 11:51 PM PST
Gen. Nicholson Sought ‘A Few Thousand’ More Ground Troops
Article via Antiwar
Speaking today to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Centcom Commander Gen. Joseph Votel confirmed that he “expects” that more US ground troops will be deployed to Afghanistan soon, though he insisted the exact details are still being worked out.
Votel indicated that the additional troops, once sent, would be used to “improve” the capabilities of Afghan forces on the ground. He said he also agrees with Gen. Nicholson, who last month said he wants “a few thousand” more troops in Afghanistan.
The US was supposed to have completed its pullout from Afghanistan by now, though this was repeatedly pushed back during the Obama Administration’s waning years, and ultimately halted. All indications from Pentagon figures since are that they envision troop levels growing from this point.
This reflects the reality of how poorly the war is going, with recent assessments showing the Taliban has more territory now than at any time since the 2001 occupation began, and that Afghan security forces continue to lose ground at an alarming rate.
US officials were previously hyping vague “progress” in Afghanistan, but are now more worried about preventing an outright loss of the country, which means continuing to throw more troops at the situation.
This article first appeared on Antiwar.com and was authored by Jason Ditz.
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|White House: Trump Not Aware That Michael Flynn Was A Foreign Agent
Posted: 09 Mar 2017 11:26 PM PST
Flynn’s Position Was Well Established Before Appointment
Article via Antiwar
The White House is once again scrambling to do damage control today, as National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned last month, registered this week as the agent of a foreign government related to his company’s lobbying on behalf of Turkey.
White House officials were quick to insist that President Trump was ‘unaware’ this was the case when he appointed Flynn, which was announced almost immediately after the November election. Yet Flynn’s status as a lobbyist for Turkey was already well established by then.
On election night, Flynn penned a high-profile opinion piece in The Hill praising the Turkish government as a vital ally, and condemning the US media for not supporting Erdogan’s post-coup crackdown.
He also urged the US to “help” Turkey by extraditing cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey accused of being behind the coup.
Days later, Turkish officials were openly cheering Flynn’s appointment to the key position, and in the context of the known lobbying contract Flynn’s company had with Turkey at the time, Turkish officials insisted that The Hill piece was not “explicitly solicited” from Flynn as part of the contract.
This article first appeared on Antiwar.com and was authored by Jason Ditz.
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|In First Trade War Shot, Mexico Cancels Sugar Export Permits To U.S.
Posted: 09 Mar 2017 08:35 PM PST
Article via Zero Hedge
While the Trump administration has in recent days withdrawn from calls for an all-out trade war with Mexico, and is seeking to re-establish calmer relations with the Mexican presidency after a sharp fallout over his plan to build a wall on the Mexican border and crack down on illegal immigrants arriving from Mexico, it appears that it is Mexico that has taken a pre-emptive step in the imminent trade dispute by canceling existing sugar export permits to the US in a dispute over the pace of shipments, Reuters reports citing a letter. The trade flare-up could temporarily disrupt supplies industry sources were cited as saying.
Reuters adds that the letter was sent by Mexico’s sugar chamber to mills on Monday, partly blaming the situation on unfilled positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, which it said has led to a “legalistic” interpretation of rules with no U.S. counterparts in place in Washington for Mexican officials to negotiate with.
Monday’s letter made no mention of the political tensions between the two nations, instead saying that permits were “suspended” to comply with accords with the United States because the export limit for the six months up to March 31 was reached ahead of time, said Juan Diaz Mazadiego, director of foreign trade at Mexico’s Economy Ministry. The move affects 54 permits from 23 mills, although the amount of sugar affected was not mentioned. Existing permits would be reissued in April, the letter said.
U.S. sugar prices have soared since late last year when Washington said the 2014 deal that suspended large duties on sugar from Mexico after a trade investigation may not be working as intended. The U.S. domestic raw sugar contract on ICE Futures U.S. settled at 31.71 cents per lb on Tuesday, the highest in nearly five years. Nonetheless, with Mexico still responsible for over a third of US sugar imports, down from over half 4 years ago, any disruption in the supply-chain threatens to cause a transitory surge in US sugar prices.
The letter also described as “absurd” an interpretation by “low-level” U.S. Commerce Department officials of a clause in so-called suspension agreements. The dispute centers on an interpretation of how the Mexican government issues export licenses to ensure supplies enter the United States at a regulated