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    Today, 02:25 AM
    As a wave of populism continues to rise throughout Europe - most recently Italy where refugees are now being turned away - conservative Catholics are coming together to take on Pope Francis. At the center of the intra-faith movement are Steve Bannon, Italy's new interior minister Matteo Salvini, and American Cardinal Raymond Burke - all of whom are staunchly opposed to liberal open-border policies advocated by Pope Francis. Francis is a harsh critic of secure borders, and an advocate of unchecked migration - calling President Trump "un-Christian" for wanting to build his wall (which would be around 30-feet, the same height as the wall surrounding the Vatican). It is no secret that Francis, whose first ever apostolic voyage was to the Italian island of Lampedusa to give support to the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have crashed onto the shores there, supports an open-border policy. He has celebrated mass on the Mexican border with the United States, and he has warned world leaders to prioritize the acceptance of migrants over national security concerns and to avoid “discrimination, racism, extreme nationalism and xenophobia.” -Daily Beast Burke, Bannon and Salvini have railed against Francis, with Bannon calling the Catholic Church "one of the worst instigators of this open borders policy," adding that "The Pope - more than anybody else - has driven the migrant crisis in Europe." "The Catholic Church is one of the worst instigators of this open borders policy," Steve Bannon, a Catholic, says while responding to a tweet from Pope Francis. “The Pope — more than anyobody else — has driven the migrant crisis in Europe," he adds https://t.co/MVMvFlgLyc pic.twitter.com/CFrQXuHwpH — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 17, 2018 The three conservative Catholics came together earlier this month when Bannon was in Rome to celebrate Italy's new populist coalition government run by Salvini, along with Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. During his visit, Bannon took a side-trip to the 800-year-old Trisulti monastery under development by conservative UK catholic Benjamin Harnwell.
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    Today, 01:31 AM
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a five-year plan to spend 300 billion pesos ($5.6 billion) to modernize the outdated military, defense officials said on Wednesday. A previous 15-year upgrade plan failed to take off in the mid-1990s, leaving the Philippines with outdated hardware, including warships from World War Two and helicopters used by the United States in the Vietnam War. "We have the go signal now to buy brand-new equipment, like fighters, drones, light tanks, radar, an additional frigate and a submarine to boost our defense capability," said a defense official, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to media. More at: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-philippines-duterte-approves-56-billion-military-upgrade-2018-6?yptr=yahoo&r=UK&IR=T
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    Today, 01:29 AM
    Ukrainian opposition leader and political veteran Yulia Tymoshenko said on Wednesday she would run for president in elections due next year."I will run for the presidency of Ukraine," she said during a question-and-answer video posted on her official Facebook page. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/ukraines-tymoshenko-announces-she-run-president-125637646.html
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    Religion also plays a strong role in the program, a role often overlooked by the media. The League has pushed for the registering and monitoring of mosques in Italy. There have also been increasing appeals to a Catholic identity. Di Maio and Salvini have both shown uncommon reverence toward the Catholic Church. In September, Di Maio launched his campaign by observing the old Catholic custom of kissing the vial containing the blood of St. Januarius and bowing before the cardinal of Naples. In 2016, in front of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Di Maio said: “The Church is my home. I am a Catholic.” Leftwing papers have responded by calling him “retrograde.” Salvini may be even more outspoken about his faith. In March, just before the election, he held up a rosary at one of his rallies, “swearing allegiance to the Gospel and my people.” The chosen prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, a previously unknown figure, is a former leftist who turned to the Five Star Movement. Conte is devoted to Padre Pio, a Catholic saint famous for his stigmata and bilocation. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-20/italy-challenges-western-order-and-eu-showing-strains
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    Today, 12:54 AM
    An estimated 40% of Russians may never live to retire, after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that the age to receive a Russian state pension would be raised from 60 to 65 for men by 2028, and from age 55 to 63 by 2034 for women. The draft legislation was discussed in the Russian cabinet on Thursday. There is one problem: a substantial portion of the Russian population will never live that long. Angry Russians are accusing the Kremlin of announcing the changes while the country is distracted hosting the World Cup. Expected to be officially adopted by next year, the new policy would mean the country’s retirement age for men would be only a year lower than the World Health Organisation’s estimated life expectancy for a Russian man of 66. It estimated around 40 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women may not live long enough to claim their pensions under the new rules. -Independent.co.uk The Russian Confederation of Labour (KTR) says that the average life expectancy for men is actually less than 65-years-old in over 60 regions in Russia. “KTR does not support such decisions and declares its intention to launch a broad public campaign against their implementation,” the organization said in a statement. According to the Federal State Statistics Service, in 62 regions of the Russian Federation, the average life expectancy of men is less than 65 years, and in three subjects - less than 60 years. In other words, if demographic trends continue in Russia as a whole, up to 65 years 40% of men and 20% of women will not live to see their retirement. The implementation of the proposal to raise the retirement age will mean that a significant portion of Russian citizens will not survive to retirement.
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    Today, 12:47 AM
    China will maintain normal relations with Iran, the Commerce Ministry in Beijing said on Thursday.Ministry spokesman Gao Feng made the comment when asked at a regular news briefing if Chinese firms would withdraw from the Iranian market. More at: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-06-20/china-says-will-maintain-normal-relations-with-iran
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    The torturers followed a schedule. Beatings on Saturdays, torture on Sundays, and Monday was a break. The next three days were the same routine. On Fridays, it was time for solitary confinement. From inside a Yemeni prison controlled by the United Arab Emirates — a top U.S. ally — a Yemeni detainee held without charges chronicled torture and sexual abuses through drawings. Smuggled to The Associated Press from the Beir Ahmed prison in the southern city of Aden, the drawings offer a grim glimpse into a hidden world of flagrant human rights abuses by UAE officers acting with impunity. Sexual violence is a primary tool aimed at brutalizing the detainees and extracting "confessions," the artist and six other detainees told the AP. The drawings — made on plastic plates — show a man hanging naked from chains while he is being subjected to electric shocks, another inmate on the floor surrounded by snarling dogs as several people kick him, and graphic depictions of anal rape. "The worst thing about it is that I wish for death every day and I can't find it," the artist said, summing up nearly two years in detention that started last year after he spoke against the Emiratis in pub lic. The UAE's secret prisons and widespread torture were exposed by an AP investigation last June. The AP has since identified at least five prisons where security forces use sexual torture to brutalize and break inmates. During Yemen's three-year civil war, UAE forces purportedly fighting on behalf of the Yemen government have overtaken wide swaths of territory in southern Yemen and have swept up hundreds of men into a network of at least 18 hidden prisons on suspicion of being al-Qaida militants. The prisoners are held without charges or trials. Witnesses said Yemeni guards working under the direction of Emirati officers use various methods of sexual torture and humiliation. They rape detainees while filming the assaults. They subject prisoners' genitals to electric shocks or hang rocks from their testicles. They sexually violate others with wooden and steel poles. "They strip you naked, then tie your hands to a steel pole from the right and the left so you are spread open in front of them. Then sodomizing starts," said one 46-year-old man who has been in detention for more than two years and who, like other detainees, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. A former security chief who was involved in torturing to extract confessions told the AP that rape is used as a way to...
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    Today, 12:34 AM
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel could step up its "intensity" on Gaza, after a new flare-up that saw Israel carrying out air strikes and Palestinians launching rockets and mortar shells. Speaking about Israel's plans regarding Gaza, Netanyahu said he would not go into detail, pledging however that "the intensity will be stepped up as necessary". "We are prepared for any scenario and our enemies would do well to understand this," he said at a military ceremony in southern Israel. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-says-could-tougher-gaza-warplanes-hit-hamas-093936719.html
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    Today, 12:15 AM
    So you are claiming credit for shutting down the bookstore?
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    Yesterday, 11:59 PM
    If you do live in an EU country, check out this website to take action on stopping this terrible law.
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    Yesterday, 11:50 PM
    The so-called “Salwa Marine Canal Project” has reportedly opened up to bidding among five international companies that specialize in digging canals, with bids closing next Monday and the project to be awarded in 90 days, according to regional sources. The canal project is estimated to cost up to 2.8 billion riyals ($750 million) according to Saudi-based Sabq newspaper. Qatar has remained defiant throughout its unprecedented summer diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states which have brought immense pressure to bear on the oil and gas rich monarchy through a complete economic and diplomatic blockade imposed by its neighbors. Saudi and UAE officials have long accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, aligning with Iran, and meddling in the affairs of its gulf neighbors in a crisis that has resulted in the near complete unraveling of the GCC. Saudi Arabia is accepting bids until June 25 for plan to dig a maritime canal along the kingdom's border with Qatar — Makkah newspaperhttps://t.co/ck85QJlgMh pic.twitter.com/UGllBN4x9l — Mohamad Bazzi (@BazziNYU) June 18, 2018 The Salwa canal was first announced in April but many observers dismissed it as but the latest in outrageous Saudi claims and punitive measures aimed at Qatar. Newsweek reported in early April: Apparently, Riyadh is not content with traditional isolation. The so-called “Salwa Marine Canal Project” would establish a military base in one area of the border and a nuclear waste site in another. The waste would come from the nuclear reactors that Saudi Arabia is planning to build. The border would then be clearly demarcated by a wide canal. The UAE would also build a nuclear waste site at its border’s closest point to Qatar. But it now appears to be concretely advancing and not a bluff. #جزيرة_شرق_سلوى Soon the #East_Salwa_Island - previously known as #Qatar pic.twitter.com/vgvsTl19kO — حسن سجواني ���� (@HSajwanization) June 17, 2018 Beyond nuclear waste and military installations, Riyadh further envisages beach resorts in Salwa, Sakak, Khor al-Adeed and Ras Abu Qamees, and marinas for yachts and leisure.
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    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    Anything the CIA did using "Russian" fingerprints.
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    Yesterday, 11:40 PM
    Attempting to incite violence against ICE agents for doing their job to protect us from enemy invaders is not just a privacy issue.
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    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    You are nuts, the left is not a potential ally, they are a rabid dog bent on destroying the country and subjecting us to tyranny and perversion. We have many different enemies and the leftists are some of the worst.
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    Yesterday, 10:26 PM
    Was it AF or did Danke finally do something?
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    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    Some of us can deal with threats on multiple sides at once, WW3 isn't going to happen any way, Trump defused N. Korea and he will defuse the other hot spots too.
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    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    LOL, this is the kind of toxic sludge that unites all sane people against the left.
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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    The Obama White House’s chief cyber official testified Wednesday that proposals he was developing to counter Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to “stand down” his efforts in the summer of 2016.The comments by Michael Daniel, who served as White House “cyber security coordinator” between 2012 and January of last year, provided his first public confirmation of a much-discussed passage in the book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” co-written by this reporter and David Corn, that detailed his thwarted efforts to respond to the Russian attack. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-cyber-chief-confirms-stand-order-russian-cyberattacks-summer-2016-204935758.html
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    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    There has been a disturbance in the force. Lucasfilm is reexamining its movie plans by putting every standalone movie on hold including the rumored Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology movies. First reported by Collider, the news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Lucasfilm had been riding off a big high on the success of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but it all came to a screeching halt with Solo flaming out spectacularly, costing Disney upwards of $50 million in losses. Lucasfilm likely wants to slow things down and examine if the movies in development are actually movies worth making. That being said, even though Lucasfilm has placed a hold on the movies in development, that doesn’t mean everything is being cancelled. There’s a chance these anthology films could get made once Lucasfilm reexamines its plans. For now, fans have two new trilogies to look forward to, including one from the creators of Game of Thrones. More at: https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/06/20/every-standalone-star-wars-in-development-has-been-put-on-hold-says-report/
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    Yesterday, 08:55 PM
    Kansas officials are continuing to enforce a proof of citizenship law that a federal judge recently deemed unconstitutional. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Wednesday that staff for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has directed county clerks to continue requiring voters to present documentary proof of citizenship. One county clerk said she was instructed to continue enforcing the policy "as we have been." Danedri Herbert, a spokeswoman for Kobach, told the news outlet that state officials still need time to fully understand the court’s ruling on the law. She argued that the judge did not provide a clear timeline for when Kobach had to instruct county clerks to implement the policy. “I think ‘immediately’ is kind of open to interpretation,” she told the Capital-Journal. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/393309-kansas-officials-told-to-keep-enforcing-voter-id-law-that-was-ruled
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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    President Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month during Trump’s scheduled trip to Europe, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The plans are not final, sources told Bloomberg. However, the meeting could take place either before the July 11 NATO summit in Belgium or after Trump visits the United Kingdom on July 13. The White House declined to comment to Bloomberg. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/393393-trump-likely-to-meet-with-putin-in-july-report
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    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly asked the Pentagon to provide military lawyers to help prosecute illegal immigration cases along the southern border. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported Wednesday night that the DOJ requested active-duty Judge Advocate Generals (JAGs) be dispatched to border states to assist with the influx of illegal immigration cases. Maddow said the JAGs will serve six-month shifts as special assistant U.S. attorneys in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. The Defense Department has agreed to the request, Maddow reported. BREAKING: DOJ sending active duty military lawyers, or "JAGs," to at least 6 cities along the Texas-Mexico border to prosecute migrants, @maddow reports on @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/u8Cb07NsV9 — MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 21, 2018The DOJ's request comes amid an ongoing crackdown from the Trump administration on illegal immigration. More at: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/393390-doj-requests-military-lawyers-to-help-prosecute-immigration-crimes
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake halted an appeals court nominee last week and he's not publicly saying why, a behind-the-scenes move that takes aim at one of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's top legislative priorities this year. The Senate Judiciary Committee scuttled a planned vote June 14 on the nomination of Britt Grant, a pick from Georgia for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Flake's hold throws a cog in what has been the Senate GOP's smoothly operating judicial confirmation machine. "Oh, it's just something I'm working out," Flake said Tuesday, without offering any more details. The typically media-friendly senator did say his reason didn't have anything to do with Grant herself. The move has not gone over well with Sen. Johnny Isakson, who said he confronted Flake but doesn't know the reason for the hold. "It's an indiscriminate, irresponsible use of a privilege of the Senate," the Georgia Republican said. More at: http://www.sacbee.com/news/news-services/article213476164.html
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    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    Sen. Jeff Flake is warning that he may block votes on the nominations of all of President Donald Trump's pending appellate court nominees unless he gets favorable action on two issues unrelated to the judiciary.According to one source, Flake wants to spur discussions on travel restrictions to Cuba as well as issues related to tariffs. "We're discussing it," the Arizona Republican said in a brief interview with CNN as he came out of an immigration negotiation. Flake sits on the Judiciary Committee, where Republicans have a slim 11-10 advantage over Democrats. If he does not relent, he could bring the work of the powerful committee to a halt as it applies to appellate court nominees, who are often voted out on party lines. Confirming these influential circuit court nominees has been a top priority and bragging point for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump. So far, the Senate has pushed through an unprecedented number of appeals court nominees. Indeed, McConnell tweeted publicly in January: "@potus was able to seat more Circuit Court judges in the 1st year of his presidency than anyone in history." On Wednesday night, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, acknowledged that if Flake moved to block the nominees, his hands could be tied. Grassley told CNN he will not schedule votes on these nominees until Flake's issues are resolved and he is on board. "If it is a controversial one, we probably would have to have all 11 Republicans. So if one Republican wouldn't vote, and it's 10 to 10, then we're not going to take it up," he said. But Grassley added that the Senate nominations calendar is so full right now he doesn't feel any pressure for the Judiciary Committee to move anyone out until September. "I could probably wait for a month to vote any more judges out, so there is nothing immediately of concern to me as far as the work of the committee is concerned," he said.
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    Yesterday, 08:44 PM
    The French-German plan to overhaul the euro zone received its first objection Wednesday from Poland -- one of the countries most concerned it will get left behind. The government in Warsaw, which hasn’t set a date to adopt the single currency, signaled it will oppose plans to carve out a separate budget only for those nations that share the euro. Poland and other countries that have held on to their zloty, forint, and koruna have resisted steps that they say will lead to a "two-speed Europe." While the proposals for an exclusive euro-member spending plan won’t be defined until December, the concept may play a central role in negotiations in reworking the wider EU budget for the fiscal period that starts after 2020. Poland is already at the center of that debate, both because it’s the biggest net beneficiary of EU development funds and also since it’s been accused by the bloc of eroding the rule of law. “We don’t know the details as to when it will be introduced and how it would be financed, but plans to create another budget within the EU budget are clearly a concern,” Polish Finance Minister Teresa Czerwinska said in Warsaw. Investment Minister Jerzy Kwiecinski said all EU members must back the bloc’s next budget and that talks would take “many months.” More at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-20/biggest-eu-aid-case-raises-early-objection-to-merkel-macron-plan?cmpId=yhoo.headline&yptr=yahoo
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    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    The Vatican has asked retired Washington, D.C., Archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to cease public ministry after finding he was credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager almost 50 years ago, the archdiocese and McCarrick said on Wednesday.McCarrick is among the highest-ranking of the more than 6,700 U.S. Roman Catholic clerics to be accused of sexually abusing children since the church's sex abuse scandal broke in 2002, according to BishopAccountability.org, a private group that tracks the allegations. McCarrick, 87, was accused of sexually abusing a teenager when he was a priest in New York, he said in a statement. He said he was innocent, but an investigation by the Church found the allegations to be credible and substantiated, the archdiocese said in a statement. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/catholic-cardinal-washington-accused-sex-abuse-151615458.html
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