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WATCH: Protests Emerge Across The U.S. Against Syria Airstrikes

WATCH: Protests Emerge Across The U.S. Against Syria Airstrikes

Posted: 08 Apr 2017 10:31 AM PDT

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Thousands took to the streets to protest against the U.S. airstrikes against Syria yesterday. Protesters from all across the country made it clear that they will not stand for U.S. aggression in Syria, in a direct clash with the recent actions ordered by the Trump administration.

One protester was interviewed and said:

“We don’t even have concrete evidence that it was Assad with the Gas attack… They’re not solving anything with just bombing more people… More people will die from this.”

Furthermore, the protester claimed that the U.S. had lied about previous attacks.

Another protester that was also interviewed said:

“[The] United States created Al-Qaeda before and then created Isis. If they want to fight Isis they [should] let the Syrian army fight it.”

Thousands of American protesters hit the streets across the United States to demand an end to the war on #Syria.#SyriaStrikes #SyriaHoaxpic.twitter.com/EAak2LX14V

— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) April 8, 2017

Pictures have emerged from all over social media. They depict an angry resistance against the war in Syria and the Trump administration for perpetuating the conflict by conducting more airstrikes on Syria. The latest airstrike was carried out today, which means we will probably see more protests emerge as the situation in Syria continues to unfold.

“We make the refugees we ban.”

Hundreds of people flooded New York City’s Union Square in protest of U.S. military intervention in Syria: pic.twitter.com/g6FBH12jRh

— Fusion (@Fusion) April 8, 2017

As the U.S continues to intervene in Syria, the majority of protesters expressed their concerns saying that money spent on these weapons of mass destruction, should rather go towards funding, “jobs, schools and healthcare.” The tomahawk missiles that struck Syria in the first wave of airstrikes reportedly cost $60 million USD in total as one tomahawk missile is valued at approximately $1 million USD.

#Syria_Protest Turns Violent in #Florida As Hundreds Hit The Streets In U.S. Cities ? https://t.co/mOIeZQwvKj pic.twitter.com/wicKJO6Gly

— boppinmule (@boppinmule) April 8, 2017

There was also a smaller protest yesterday outside of the White House, which was photographed and posted on Senator Bernie Sanders’ Twitter page. Senator Sanders reportedly said:

“I’m deeply concerned that these strikes could lead to the United States once again being dragged back into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East,” furthermore asserting “that it’s easier to get into a war than get out of one.”

Sanders had previously run for President and lost to Hillary Clinton in the nomination process.

https://t.co/G5SP0y2JUr Protesters gather outside The White House to protest against US military action in Syria #feelthebernpic.twitter.com/6u0gM2i25B

— bernie sanders (@BernieSNewschan) April 8, 2017




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Syrian Media: U.S. Airstrikes Kill 20 In Raqqa

Posted: 08 Apr 2017 06:28 AM PDT

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Activist groups claim airstrikes carried out in Syria on Friday and Saturday; now confirmed U.S. as the source.

New airstrikes in the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun, which suffered chemical attacks on Tuesday, have been carried out, according to “regional activist” groups in the country. The activist group did not confirm who carried out the airstrikes. An Arab news website Al-Masdar Al-‘Arabi reported that the U.S. airforce was the source of the strikes, with more than 20 killed and dozens more injured.

Al-Masdar called the attack by the U.S. a war crime.

The missiles hit an Internet coffee shop in Hanida a town in western Raqqa countryside according to Al-Masdar.

Eight victims names were released by the news agency:

Aboud Al-Share and his two sons.
Ibrahim Muhammad and his son.
Yaseen Huwidy and his son.
Hamoud Al-Aani.
Fouwaz Al-Aani.
Ahmad Al-Muhammad.
Abd Al-Baset Al-Muhammad.
Majd Al-Yaseen.

UPDATE: 11:30 A.M.  EST –

Reuters reported that the strike was the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State and killed 15 people including four children according to the Observatory for Human Rights.

The Observatory for Human Rights stated that one woman was killed and several others were wounded.

A Russian frigate carrying cruise missiles was recently stationed in the area in the wake of the U.S. airstrikes on Thursday as tension between the U.S. and Russia heats up.

[RELATED: Russia: Warship Steaming Towards U.S Destroyers In Response To Syrian Strike?]

[RELATED: Syrian Media: U.S Air Strike On Syria Kills Four Children]

The recent casualties add to the nine civilians and four Syrian servicemen killed and two missing from the initial U.S. airstrikes in the town. The uncertainty about who conducted the airstrikes is in light of a U.S.-Russian memorandum on Syrian air space being suspended by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

[RELATED: Russia Memorandum on Syria “Suspended” by Putin after Trump Attack]


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Russia: Warship Steaming Towards U.S Destroyers In Response To Syrian Strike?

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 08:49 PM PDT

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Following condemnation from Russia regarding the U.S. airstrikes on Syria, The Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494, was said to have just crossed through the Bosphorus Strait from the black sea, according to a U.S Defense official. Sparking news outlets to scramble for information concerning this controversial story.

The Russian warship, armed with advanced Kalibr cruise missiles, a missile defense system, Shtil-1 and a 100 mm artillery piece A-90, capable of reaching speeds up to 30 knots and endurance of 30 days, is now in the eastern Mediterranean appearing to be steaming in the same direction of the two U.S. Navy Destroyers, that launched missile strikes into Syria earlier this week.

Media reports indicated that six military and nine civilians casualties occurred. Including four children and several were wounded in the act of aggression from U.S led airstrikes in Syria, in response to the gruesome chemical attack that just took placing blame on Assad’s regime, despite the lack of evidence to support this accusation and retaliation.

While blaming Assad’s regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin, “regards the strikes as aggression against a sovereign nation,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, noting that the president believes the strikes were carried out “in violation of international law, and also under an invented pretext.”

The Kremlin spokesman also insisted:

“the Syrian army doesn’t have chemical weapons,” saying this had been “observed and confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a special UN unit.”

The Russian news agency TASS reported Friday, the warship was already bound for the Syrian port of Tartus on a routine voyage stating:

“The Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus, Syria.”

The ship was near the Black Sea Straits, TASS reported. After stopping at Novorossiisk for supplies, it is scheduled to enter the Mediterranean at approximately 14:00 Moscow time to take part in a joint exercise with Turkish ships that were also located in the Black Sea.

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The frigates presence is to be expected for approximately one month, just as it’s the previous voyage lasted for the entire month of March.

As many news outlets scramble for information to fear monger and push the topic of potential threats of war from Russia in retaliation to the U.S led Syrian airstrikes, earlier this week that resulted in civilian casualties and condemnation, it is important to do further investigation through alternative sources to confirm whether or not it was intentional retaliation or a mere coincidence of events.

Watch the video below:
Luke Rudkowski covers this story in greater detail.

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#FireKushner Becomes Top Trending Hashtag On Twitter As White House Feud Heats Up

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 07:07 PM PDT

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White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, the husband of Ivanka Trump, had an influence in Trump’s decision to bomb Syria on Thursday, according to reports from the Daily Caller and New York magazine. The reports state that Steve Bannon, who was recently removed from the National Security Council, said that he didn’t advise Trump to attack Syria because it didn’t fit an “America First” foreign policy.

BREAKING: Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council – White House official

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 5, 2017

Kushner, a senior Trump adviser, reportedly took an opposite stance to Bannon and promoted a strike on Syria to Trump. New York real estate news The Real Deal recently uncovered that George Soros has had a “long and productive relationship with the Kushner family,” and that he helped finance a real estate venture for them.

Soros has had a long and productive relationship with the Kushner family.

You want this in the WH? #FireKushner https://t.co/KW4pMW9moV

— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) April 7, 2017

NY Magazine indicates that there is division in the White House between the “democrats” Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Julia Hahn, and the “nationalists” Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Julia Hahn. This development illustrates the “nationalists” in the White House are starting to lose influence to the so-called “Democrats.”

This development has caused quite a controversy on the internet, with #FireKushner reaching the number one trending hashtag on Twitter. There is even a new website dedicated to the cause: www.firekushner.com which promotes firing Kushner stating seven reasons why to fire the wealthy businessman who many have deemed a globalist.

We Are Change’s Cassandra Fairbanks and other Trump supporters joined in on the discussion on Twitter many ran polls:

KellyAnne Conway did not deny Bannon called Kushner a democrat on CNN just now #FireKushner

— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 7, 2017

If this week’s events proved anything, it’s that Trump is not Putin’s puppet and Trump’s supporters aren’t his puppets.

See: #FireKushner

— Elizabeth ? (@BasedElizabeth) April 8, 2017

Let’s take a ride Jared #FireKushner pic.twitter.com/4gtyPmiHig

— /pol/ Daily News (@polDailyNews) April 8, 2017

Many Trump supporters now saying “#FireKushner.” Do you agree?

— NotRicky Vaughn? (@RickyVaughnX1) April 7, 2017

Who should remain in the Trump administration?
(You can only pick one)

— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) April 7, 2017

Earlier today rumors broke the internet that Trump was planning on firing Bannon and his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus AXIOS reported.

[RELATED: REPORT: Trump Considering Firing Reince Priebus And Steve Bannon]

The White House strongly denied reports of a Trump shake up.

A White House official called the suggestions “completely false” and claimed they were “driven by people who want to distract from the success taking place in this administration.”

If these allegations are true against Kushner, perhaps Trump supporters will put pressure on Washington to fire any advisor which doesn’t align with their “America First” policy, that they elected Trump to be President for in the first place. As the missile were dropped on Syria yesterday, the whole world was watching. With investigations still underway about Syria’s initial chemical weapon incident, the attack on Syria was pre-mature and unnecessary altogether.

With Trump’s latest action in Syria, the controversy in the White House, Russian condemnation of U.S. leadership’s actions, and the uncertain future path of the world, we are in for a bumpy ride right now. Hold on tight.

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Gorsuch Confirmed In Senate: What We Learned About Him During His Hearings

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 02:05 PM PDT

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One of the biggest issues from this past election is that the new president would select the next nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

After the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, many people were excited to learn of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Democrats secured enough votes to initially block Gorsuch’s nomination. However, Republicans have responded by setting a new precedent (or using the ‘nuclear option’) which allowed a Supreme Court nomination with a 51-vote majority. Gorsuch was confirmed on Friday by the Senate with a 54-45 vote.

A similar action had been done before by Democrats in 2013 to approve Obama-era nominations.

Rumors had previously circulated that the Republicans wouldn’t use the so-called nuclear option, but it seems that those rumors were put to rest Thursday when the rules were changed to allow a majority vote to confirm a Supreme Court Justice. This new precedent will have far-reaching effects in the future, meaning that whichever party holds the majority in the Senate will effectively control whether or not a new Supreme Court Justice is confirmed from now on.

The fight to confirm Gorsuch as a Supreme Court judge has not been won easily. After nearly 20 hours of hearings over the course of three days last week, Gorsuch answered question after question to the Judiciary Committee. During this time, we learned quite a bit about the judge Gorsuch would be.

Things We Learned About Gorsuch

For starters, Gorsuch should not expect to have any sort of privacy after a handful of his e-mails were published. In these e-mails, we can find a few things that stick out. For starters, it seems that Gorsuch supports the actions at Guantanamo Bay after a visit there, saying that “being able to see first hand all that you have managed to accomplish with such a difficult and sensitive mission makes my job of helping explain and defend it before the courts all the easier” in a letter that was sent to two military officials.

Furthermore, it seems that Gorsuch supported the use of torture under the Bush administration. According to a testimony by Elisa Massimino during Gorsuch’s hearing, she illustrated that Gorsuch helped undermine independent judicial review by drafting an amendment to the Detainee Treatment Act which would prohibit federal courts to hear the claims of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

After Congress acted to ban torture of detainees, Gorsuch seemed to think that his colleagues in the White House would “need cheering up.” In an e-mail Gorsuch sent to Brett Gerry after the passage of the Detainee Treatment Act, which prohibits “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment,” Gorsuch referenced a CBS News article which stated that the habeas corpus rights of detainees at Guantanamo would still be taken away because of the Graham amendment of the bill. He thought this would cheer up his friends in the White House, saying it was the “Administration’s victory”

Gorsuch also supported President Bush’s surveillance program. In several speeches that he drafted for other political leaders, we can get a taste of how Gorsuch was able to morally make this conclusion. It seems that since other Presidents like Clinton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt conducted warrantless surveillance, Gorsuch accordingly justified Bush’s surveillance program. As he wrote:

“Every court and every President throughout our history to decide the question has agreed that the Commander in Chief may conduct secret searches of enemy communications in this country without the prior approval of the other co-equal branches.”

In other words, according to a speech Gorsuch drafted for an Attorney General, the fourth amendment and habeas corpus rights don’t apply to anybody who is deemed as an ‘enemy.’ In a time when U.S. citizens are added to a federal kill list, it might be time to question what an enemy is, and what an enemy isn’t.

Regardless, one thing that Gorsuch seems to excel with is harboring an open-mind and looking at things from a bigger picture. During his opening speech on the second day of his hearings, Gorsuch said:

“putting on a robe doesn’t make me any smarter… Putting on a robe reminds us that it’s time to lose our egos and open our minds. It serves, too, as a reminder of the modest station we judges are meant to occupy in a democracy.”

As the Senate voted to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, let’s stay optimistic that the Neil Gorsuch we have evidence of (supporting torture, detainment, suspension of habeas corpus to detainees, and so on) doesn’t match with Judge Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court Justice who needs to uphold the amendments of the Constitution.

An excellent judge is one who is willing to make impartial judgments in the name of liberty and justice. An impartial judge is one who doesn’t make decisions based on party politics.

Which kind of judge will Justice Gorsuch be? Time will tell.

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Syrian Media: U.S Air Strike On Syria Kills Four Children

Posted: 07 Apr 2017 12:16 PM PDT

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Syrian state media has claimed that U.S missile strikes on an air base in Syria has killed nine civilians, including four children as Donald Trump launched the first direct American attack on Bashar Assad’s regime.

Four children are reported to be among nine civilians killed in the “targeted assault” on the air base, from where Trump said a devastating nerve agent strike was launched earlier this week. Six servicemen are believed to have also been killed. The British government has described the overnight assault as an “appropriate response” to this week’s chemical attack in Syria. The Russian government warned the U.S act of “aggression” will damage its relations with America.

An earlier report from the Syrian army’s chief of staff General Ali Ayyoub, said that the overnight cruise missile strike had killed six people and injured seven more.

World leaders praised the U.S strikes and persisted Putin to hold urgent talks with Trump to prevent the Syria crisis escalating into a world wide conflict. This morning, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, speaking alongside German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, said:

“We do not want an escalation. We have to stop the hypocrisy. If Russia is acting in good faith it should stop and negotiate.”

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem denied claims that the military used chemical weapons in the western city of Idlib. Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Muallem said an airstrike by Syrian military had targeted an arms depot where chemical weapons stockpiles were stored by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front militants.

He said it’s impossible that the army – which has been making significant gains in almost all theaters of the Syrian war – would use banned chemical weapons against its “own people” and even terrorists.

Trump ordered the strike against Syria early Friday local time in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people on Tuesday, he said.

Later, Homs governor Talal Barazi told The Associated Press there had been deaths from the missile strikes, but gave no number of casualties.

“I believe — God willing — that the human casualties are not big, but there is material damage. We hope there are not many victims and martyrs,” Barazi told Reuters by telephone.

A local man living near al Shayrat told a BBC producer that the blasts from the strike were “massive” and that he believed many civilians living near the airfield could have been killed. The strike caused extensive damage to the airbase, footage shot by Syrian and Russian state media showed.

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