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Trump administration ‘happy’ with new Russia sanctions bill: White House

Trump administration ‘happy’ with new Russia sanctions bill: White House

The administration of US president Donald Trump is “happy” with the latest congressional push for more sanctions against Russia, says the White House. “The administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting the sanctions in place,” Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC News on Sunday. The comments came […]

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Pentagon says Syria has not used chemical weapons since US strike in April, neglects to mention Syria didn’t use them then either

Pentagon says Syria has not used chemical weapons since US strike in April, neglects to mention Syria didn’t use them then either

Syrian government forces have not used chemical weapons since April, when the United States carried out a missile attack on a Syrian military airbase near the city of Homs, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said on Sunday.

“I like to think that [Syrian President Bashar] Assad has received the message loud and clear that the use of chemical weapons in unacceptable and that there will be consequences for the use of chemical weapons against his own people. Time will tell. He hasn’t used them since that day,” Dunford said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

Source: Pentagon says Syria has not used chemical weapons since US strike in April, neglects to mention Syria didn’t use them then either

SOTT FOCUS: The Truth Perspective: Explaining Postmodernism – Interview with Stephen Hicks

SOTT FOCUS: The Truth Perspective: Explaining Postmodernism – Interview with Stephen Hicks

This week we’re interviewing Professor Stephen Hicks. Stephen is a Canadian-American philosopher who teaches at Rockford University, where he also directs the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. He is the author of two books: Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault argues that postmodernism is best understood as a rhetorical strategy of intellectuals and academics on the far left of the political spectrum developed in reaction to the failure of socialism and communism and Nietzsche and the Nazis, an examination of the ideological and philosophical roots of National Socialism, particularly how Nietzsche’s ideas were used, and in some cases misused, by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis to justify their beliefs and practices.

Stephen maintains a personal website at stephenhicks.org

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Source: SOTT FOCUS: The Truth Perspective: Explaining Postmodernism – Interview with Stephen Hicks

Is the tide slowly turning? 6 events that mark US de-escalation in Syria

Is the tide slowly turning? 6 events that mark US de-escalation in Syria

While the US presence in Syria is illegal and has been admitted as such by a top US General, the overall trajectory of US policy in Syria under Donald Trump is one that increasingly acknowledges Russia’s role as the dominant super-power acting in the country.

The United States appears to be on a course of permanently backing down from the following: conflict with Syrian forces in Syria, open disagreements which could lead to conflict with Russian forces in Syria, attempts to take the ‘lead’ in Syria, relations with Salafist terrorist groups in Syria.

While the US maintains its illegal presence in Syria both in respect of bases and in respect of frequent air raids which have had a devastating effect on the civilian population, the overall trajectory of US participation in Syria seems to be from an entirely different position from what was observed in the Spring of 2017 when on the 6th of April, the US attacked a Syrian base without any legal justification.

Here is the important series of very recent events.

Source: Is the tide slowly turning? 6 events that mark US de-escalation in Syria

Damaging storms leave nearly 100,000 people without power in the Kansas City area

Damaging storms leave nearly 100,000 people without power in the Kansas City area

Nearly 100,000 people woke up without power Sunday morning after severe storms swept through the Kansas City area overnight, downing trees and power lines. Some outages are expected to stretch into Monday amid potentially dangerous heat.

Widespread power outages were being reported across the Kansas City area after winds from the storms reached 70 mph and produced heavy lightning.

Kansas City Power & Light reported on Facebook that as many as 112,000 customers were without power at the height of the storm. Overnight, it assessed the total impact of the damage and called in all available crews to restore power.

By 8:30 a.m. Sunday, about 71,000 customers remained without power. KCP&L said it expected outages to continue into Monday.

“This will be a multi-day restoration,” said Jeremy McNeive, manager of media communications for KCP&L.

“Right now it looks like the bulk of it seems to be downed wires and poles,” he said. “We have around 180 linemen and contractors. We’ve reached out to neighboring for assistance so we expect to have more in the field here in the next few hours.”

Source: Damaging storms leave nearly 100,000 people without power in the Kansas City area

Eugenics revisited? Tennessee judge introduces sterilization program for inmates

Eugenics revisited? Tennessee judge introduces sterilization program for inmates

A Tennessee judge is gaining national media attention for his unique incentive offered to inmates upon sentencing: convicts can undergo a free taxpayer funded sterilization procedure and get a 30 day reduction in jail time. Dozens have already taken advantage of the program since Judge Sam Benningfield of White County signed a standing order in May which offers vasectomies for men and a less permanent birth control implant, called Nexplanon, for women. Currently, 38 male and 32 female inmates are signed up for the program which the county district attorney is now seeking to get shut down.

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Judge Benningfield described the arrangement’s purpose as “breaking a vicious cycle of repeat offenders who constantly come into his courtroom on drug related charges, subsequently can’t afford child support and have trouble finding jobs.” The Tennessee Department of Health has reportedly given its approval for the local county program, which is now receiving fierce push back at the local and national levels, prompting a statement from the ACLU, which called an environment of coerced or legally pressured contraception and sterilization “unconstitutional” as a violation of basic individual rights.

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French poll: Macron’s popularity drops 10 percent in 3 months but still high

French poll: Macron’s popularity drops 10 percent in 3 months but still high

The popularity of French President Emmanuel Macron has tumbled by 10 percent since he came to power, a new survey shows. Apart from Jacques Chirac, who fell 15 points between May and July 1995, it is the biggest drop for a French leader.

The poll was carried out by Ifop for the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, and indicated that the percentage of those satisfied with the president fell from 64 in June to 54 in July.

Among those surveyed, 47 percent say they are “mostly satisfied” with Macron (compared with 54 in June), while seven percent say they are “very satisfied” (10 percent in June).

In all, 1,947 adults took part in the survey, which was conducted from July 17 to 22, AFP reports.

However, Macron’s rating is still quite high, especially compared with his predecessors.

Source: French poll: Macron’s popularity drops 10 percent in 3 months but still high

Missing 16yo German girl suspected of working with ISIS police found in Iraq

Missing 16yo German girl suspected of working with ISIS police found in Iraq

A 16-year-old German girl, who went missing a year ago after converting to Islam, has been identified among those captured by the Iraqi military last week, a prosecutor confirmed. According to Iraqi officials, the girl was working with ISIS police.

Named only as ‘Linda W.’ in accordance with German privacy laws, the teen from the town of Pulsnitz has been confirmed to be the one detained in Iraq recently, Dresden prosecutor Lorenz Haase said.

“We do not know where she was staying last year, whom she contacted, what she did. We must determine this in the near future in order to find out whether she committed a criminal offense or not,” Haase told n-tv news.

“Our information ends with the girl’s arrival in Istanbul about a year ago,” Hasse said, as cited by AP. He added that he could not verify whether Linda W. worked with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Source: Missing 16yo German girl suspected of working with ISIS police found in Iraq

Propaganda sick bag alert: US lawmakers reportedly agree on sanctions for Russia, Iran and North Korea

Propaganda sick bag alert: US lawmakers reportedly agree on sanctions for Russia, Iran and North Korea

U.S. lawmakers say they have reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill that would bring new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

Steny Hoyer (Democrat-Maryland), the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, said on July 22 that lawmakers from both parties had resolved several issues that were holding up the bill, a similar version of which was passed by the Senate last month.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat-New York) said the new sanctions bill is “strong” and he expected it to be passed soon.

“I expect the House and Senate will act on this legislation promptly, on a broad bipartisan basis and send the bill to the president’s desk,” Schumer said in a statement.

The bill is expected to be voted on as early as July 25 in the House of Representatives.

Source: Propaganda sick bag alert: US lawmakers reportedly agree on sanctions for Russia, Iran and North Korea

Over 100 missing minors from Calais could be subjected to sexual abuse by smugglers – report

Over 100 missing minors from Calais could be subjected to sexual abuse by smugglers – report

More than 100 refugee minors remain missing after being smuggled into the UK illegally from France during the last 12 months, the Independent has learned, warning of potential sexual abuse of children by their smugglers.

Out of 167 children that were trafficked from France to the UK since last August, 104 minors remain missing, the Independent reported, citing figures provided by the Refugee Youth Service (RYS), a Calais-based charity.

Months after the Calais ‘Jungle’ was bulldozed by French authorities in October 2016, refugees, including unaccompanied minors, are still arriving on the banks of the English Channel, hoping to reach the UK. In response, Britain has scrapped the Dubs Amendment, allowing for the resettlement of 3,000 unaccompanied minors.

RYS tracks the records of minors who are known to have reached the UK from France illegally. Once on British soil, the charity refers them to the NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC), providing it with all the information needed to help locate them in the UK. CTAC then reports those cases to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – a process set up by the government to identify and support victims of trafficking in the UK.

Source: Over 100 missing minors from Calais could be subjected to sexual abuse by smugglers – report