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Naval Build Up in North Australia & The News

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Project Veritas Releases “Internal Documents” From GOOGLE Through Whistleblower

Project Veritas has released internal documents from GOOGLE showing the ability to block search results, among other things. The documents were provided by “insider” Zachary Vorhies and a video of an interview was also released.

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Riot Police Clear Hong Kong Airport, New Zealand Legalizes Bitcoin

Riot police clear out Hong Kong airport after two days of grounded flights. Where are we headed?

New Zealand has declared Bitcoin legal for payment for salaries and wages.

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Foreign Policy Roundup – 8-12-19 – 8-13-19

Hong Kong

The complete shutdown of a major international airport, a very impression victory for the protesters in Hong Kong, came to end today. After two days of grounding flights, the government had enough and riot police was sent in to clear out the crowds.

The occupation of the airport began almost a week ago. The violence of the overall protests has escalated in the past few weeks, leading to injuries and clashes with police. One woman was shot in the face by an officer. This incident was used as an inspiration for the airport protests, with some protesters putting masks or patches over one of their eyes.

Travel halted through the airport, with some airlines allows a very few amount of flights to land. Concerns over pilots being involved in the protests grew as a number of pilots were removed from their posts because of their participation in the events.

China had reacted by massing military gear at the border, near the city of Shenzhen. The State PR team went to work, showing video on state-owned media and dropping passive-aggressive warns on social media.

The clear out today marks a checkpoint in this movement. A movement I believe is becoming more and more “color” based, with even the Drudge Report buying into the “fight for freedom” narrative.

Kashmir

The crackdown in the newly created “union territory” of Jammu & Kashmir has continued by the Indian military. With the Muslim holiday over the weekend, India closed larger mosques to keep protests from being organized. This and the crackdown in general will of course lead to expanded insurgency movements in the region.

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Syria

The US & Turks did end up signing a deal for a “buffer zone” in Kurdish (and American) controlled NE Syria. A length of the zone has been established, but not how wide it will be. These negotiations are going to be slow and a grind.

The ceasefire in the Idlib province in NW Syria came to an end after only three days. Russian & Syrian government forces resumed airstrikes.

Yemen

The situation in southern Yemen keeps getting worse. There is a major threat of a “civil war within a civil war”. The UAE-backed forces include a number of separatist movements and have taken not just the presidential palace, but the port city (and current capital) Aden. The government in Aden is supported by Saudi Arabia. Which in turn is allied with the UAE to fight the Houtis in the north. Fun isn’t it?

Afghanistan

Rumors were that a deal could be made this week between the US and the Taliban. Looks like after Monday that is not the case. Everything is still trending positively however.

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Tanker Wars


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Well, I guess Rand Paul didn’t do that well. I had finished recording my last video on Rand Paul being tapped to discuss peace with Iran, news broke that the US had shot down an Iranian drone. The US told the drone to back off, it didn’t, it was shot down. What a way to spoil diplomacy.

I wasn’t shocked to find out that Iran had denied that their drone was shot down. A +1 for Iran, they provided video footage of their drone returning to base safely. This was immediately denied by Trump and Western media. “Also doubt the Iranians. They are never honest”.

From there things continued to get more dramatic. Iran boarded two British tankers, the “Stena Impero” and the “Mesdar”. Iranian “fast boats” were used to direct these ships into Iranian water. Using “violations of maritime law” as an excuse to board the ships, the Iranians were following through on their promise to retaliate against British tankers in response to the Iranian tanker “Grace 1” taken by British forces near Gilbralter back at the beginning of July.


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This Iranian policy of theft on the high seas is definitely their way of showing their power in the actual gulf. A few stopped tankers and the world takes notice. Another British tanker was threatened but had an armed escort. The “Mesdar” was boarded, searched and released. The “Stena Impero” also had a weak escort, but the Iranian special forces beat them to the tanker:

After all this drama, and insanely heightened tensions between the US and Iran, STILL no war. In my video I talk about how all this being allowed to happen without a war breaking out bodes well for a path to a deal. Pompeo stated on Friday that “Iran needs to come to the table”. Trump now says he DID sign off on Rand Paul meeting with the Iranians.

So I guess there’s still a table. That’s always good. But there are those troops setting up shop in Saudi Arabia again…

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Rand Paul Tapped For Negotiations With Iran

Big news in the search for a path to peace with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Late Wednesday afternoon, stories dropped that Senator Rand Paul had asked President Trump last weekend over a round of golf to allow him to meet with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is visiting New York City this week to meet with UN officials among others.

Paul has been a devoted critic of the administration’s policy with Iran. He took the president to task over his attempted coup in Venezuela, and spoke out strongly against Elliot Abrams getting anywhere close to a decision making position. He’s been a leader in the Senate in trying to end the horrific genocidal policy in Yemen and has pushed for cutting off foreign aid to all nations (including Israel) and halting all arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

He’s applauded President Trump for his talks with North Korea and his restraint in Syria. He went to Russia to invite them to D.C. to ease tensions in the face criticism from all of mainstream media & Congress.

He’s probably the only member of the government I have respect for. This development helps to confirm my suspicion that he’s had Trump’s ear in helping him fight off the Neoconservative & warhawk voices in his administration.

Comments this week from Trump, Pompeo and the acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper showed the tide might be turning back towards diplomacy and away from Mr. Mustache John Bolton’s bloody dreams. This move to give Rand Paul his shot all but confirms that.

He’s the best we can ask for right now. Hopefully, we’ll see him as the new Secretary of State in the next Trump administration.

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Israel’s Influence in The Libyan Civil War

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I was doing research on my recent video on the Libyan Civil War and came across an article about Haftar meeting with an Israeli intelligence officer in Jordan in which he promised the following:

The source added that Haftar promised the Israeli officer that he will provide safe centers for Israel especially in Sabha, which is in the middle of the Libyan desert.

This sparked my interest. It didn’t even come across my mind that Israel would have picked a side in the conflict. However, once I thought about it for a minute the more it made sense.

After doing a little digging I discovered at Israel and Haftar began working together back in 2014. Haftar has close ties to Oren Hazan, a member of the Israel’s Likud Party who has coordination took place with the UAE as a middle-man, as Israel didn’t want to make their connections known initially. Especially with the US & UN backing the other side of the conflict, the GNA in Tripoli. Israel began air raids within Libya back in 2014 to assist Haftar against jihadist groups in Benghazi. Haftar met with Mossad back in 2015 & 2016 in Jordan. Israel provided sniper rifles and night vision googles.

Israel siding with Haftar over the Generel National Assembly does make sense. The GNA’s “army” is rag-tag groups of Sunni militias, backed by Turkey (similar to Syria). These groups have connections to terror groups operating within the Sinai Peninsula. A border area south of Israel that has been of much concern to Tel Aviv.

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Hong Kong Protests & D.C Lobbyists Wade Into The Libyan War

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The protests in Hong Kong over an “extradition bill” escalated in the last month, to the point where the leader, Carrie Lam, announced the bill was “dead”. The bill hasn’t been withdrawn to this point and neither have the protesters. As late as Sunday, thousands rallied in suburbs of Hong Kong, some even throwing items at police who retaliated with pepper spray and nightsticks.

The widespread support of the protests of the bill has allowed other nationalist issues to also get the light of day. In the border town of Sheung Shui, protests were organized against “parallel traders”. These traders buy up goods in the market at duty-free prices and resell them in China or to tourists within Sheung Shui:

Many interviewed by the Guardian earlier in the day said the millions-strong anti-extradition protests during the past month became a lightning rod for them.

“Restore Sheung Shui to its former glory,” “Restore our serenity” and “Kick out parallel traders,” shouted many at the march earlier in the day.

They said they resented the government for having turned a blind eye to the border town being overrun with parallel traders for more than a decade. They accused them of filling the streets with cardboard boxes of commodities and leaving behind piles of rubbish, while neighborhood shops were squeezed out of business due to high rents and replaced by shops selling goods popular with mainland tourists and traders.

Both Sides of Libyan War Sign D.C. Lobbying Contracts

The UN-backed government in Tripoli and soon-to-be strongman Khalifa Haftar are hitting the big time. Both sides of the conflict in Libya have signed contracts with major US lobbying firms. They are looking to gain support of their cause in the US Congress, much like Mujahideen did in the mid-80s in their fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan:

Left scrambling after Haftar’s attack, Mercury Public Affairs and Prime Policy Group added at least 17 foreign agents to foreign influence operations for the Libyan government since early May. The hires include former Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.), a longtime stalwart on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and vice chairman of Prime Policy Group, and Edward Cox, former senior policy advisor to retired Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

The government agreed to pay Mercury $2 million annually in retaining their services. Prime Policy Group, on the other hand, says it made a verbal agreement to work on a pro-bono basis.

“A unified, democratic Libya is in the best interest of Libyans and furthers the security goals of the United States,” the organization said in a press release.

Haftar’s Libyan National Army has contracted five foreign agents and operatives at Linden Government Solutions, a Texas firm headed by former Bush administration official Stephen Payne. The arrangement, first reported by the AP, will officially include meetings with U.S. officials, “international coalition building and general public relations.”

Payne has an extensive history with the troubled North African nation. He visited in 2011 with former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Penn.) before the fall of Gaddafi, helping to negotiate the release of three imprisoned journalists. At the same time, he was bankrollingWeldon’s visit in hopes the former congressman could convince Gaddafi to step down. Payne has close ties to three of Gaddafi’s sons.

The one-year deal with Linden is worth about $2 million. While not explicitly mentioned in the contract, both parties may have an interest in Libyan’s abundant oil, as Payne and legal counsel Brian Ettinger have deep ties in international energy markets and Haftar recently gained control of El Sharara, Libya’s largest oil field.

This development backs up my view that the West is struggling over which side of this conflict to support. On one hand, you have the original UN/EU-backed “civilian government” set up after the fall of Gaddafi. This government isn’t that powerful, has no real army, and has lost most of Libyan territory at this point.


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On the other hand, we have Haftar, a strongman with control of the oil fields, backing of Gulf States, an organized army and has been seen as attractive is European powers like France in the past. Sounds like a perfect sock-puppet to get behind.

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PSA: Tropical Storm Barry to Hit Midwestern States, Add to Worst Farming Season in Modern History

I felt the need to do a quick video about the Americans in the “flyover country” states that are in the path of Tropical Storm Barry.

I did a video earlier in the year about the flooding in the “bread basket” and how it this could lead to food shortages. A story that didn’t get enough coverage in the media (because of the politics of the region in my opinion).

The coverage of Tropical Storm Barry has been focused mostly on the Gulf States, understandable, and pray for those living there. However, it is important to mention that this storm is add to the already flooded-out farmland in the middle of the country.

Michael Snyder over at the End of the American Dream blog lays it out perfectly once again:

It is being reported that approximately 11 million people are currently under flash flood warnings right now, and this storm is moving very, very slowly…

As of Sunday afternoon, Barry was crawling north across Louisiana at around 9 mph — slower than a bicyclist. That means it’s still hovering over the same state where it made landfall Saturday, dumping copious amounts of rain on cities already deluged.

And it’s not even close to done.

“Barry is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across portions of the lower Mississippi Valley with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches across eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, southeast Missouri, and northwest Mississippi,” the NHC said.

The slower this storm moves, the more rain it will dump, and we are talking about immense amounts of water.

In fact, at one point it was being projected that Barry would dump 14 trillion gallons of rain on Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas…

Heavy rain packs the biggest danger over the region through the weekend. Forecasters said up to 20 inches is expected over southeast Louisiana, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Alexandria, and in southwest Mississippi, with as much as 25 inches in some isolated areas.

In all, some 14 trillion gallons of rainwater is forecast to fall on Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas during Barry, according to an estimate from BAM Weather meteorologist Ryan Maue.

The current track of this storm is going to take it over some of the hardest hit areas of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Needless to say, a lot of farmers are saying prayers and hoping for a miracle.

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