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WASHINGTON, DC: Donald Trump pleaded with China's leader Xi Jinping for help to win re-election in 2020, the US president's former national security advisor John Bolton writes in an explosive new behind-the-scenes book, according to excerpts published on Wednesday (Jun 17).

Bolton alleges in a blistering critique that Trump's focus on winning a second term was the driving principle of his foreign policy - and that top aides routinely disparaged the Republican leader for his ignorance of basic geopolitical facts.
 

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fBi investigating whether state actors are involved in the BLM protests..

Well couldn’t see that coming from a mile off with the pivot towards China.
 

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China > Japan;

China has been lashing out at rivals during the coronavirus pandemic, from a brutal brawl with Indian soldiers high in the Himalayas to a diplomatic war of words with Australia.

Now, Japan is firmly in its sights.
Just days ago Tokyo filed a formal diplomatic protest with Beijing over Chinese Coast Guard vessels violating the territory of the disputed Senkaku Islands for more than 65 consecutive days.

The vessels are still there, in an aggressive assertion of ownership by Beijing - one that is seemingly daring Tokyo to respond.
And China has just backed up that dare with a big stick by brazenly sending a submarine through waters close to the Japanese home islands.
 

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fBi investigating whether state actors are involved in the BLM protests..

Well couldn’t see that coming from a mile off with their history.
FTFY.

Along the same lines have you seen the video of Toronto cops piling up stones along the scheduled route of BLM march a couple of hours before its scheduled.
 

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For those of you that don't know what I'm getting at, ask yourselves how many state actors involved in the BLM stuff already work for the FBI.
It’ll be interesting to find out the code name for the project, I mean co-intel-pro was kinda boring, surly they can be a bit more creative, my suggestion would be something like ‘chameleon dumplings’.
 

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(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said on Thursday it was pausing advertising on Facebook Inc in July, in support of a campaign that called out the social media giant for not doing enough to stop hate speech on its platforms.


Verizon is the biggest yet to join the advertising boycott, which has gained the backing of dozens of U.S. companies, and its announcement was a blow to Facebook’s efforts to contain the growing revolt.

“We’re pausing our advertising until Facebook can create an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable,” a Verizon representative said.

U.S. civil rights groups are urging brands to support the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, which protests the world’s biggest social network’s lax approach to hate speech, harassment and misinformation.
 

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Minneapolis officials have described an unprecedented burst of violence following George Floyd’s Memorial Day death, after an officer held him down with a knee to his neck, sparking worldwide fury and massive protests. At least 113 people have been shot since May 25, eight fatally, according to Minneapolis police, with hundreds of reports of gunfire across the city, including several shootings in broad daylight.
The spike in violence has come amid a raging debate over the role the Minneapolis Police Department should play in addressing crime in this city. Public confidence has so deteriorated that a majority of the City Council has pledged to dismantle the agency. Some residents have accused officers of purposefully curbing response to crime, which police deny. Others have decided to stop using the agency’s services altogether.

After Floyd’s death in South Minneapolis, scores of residents in the surrounding neighborhood, a deeply progressive area known for its diverse population, said they would no longer call the police out of fear they might put more African Americans at risk. The declaration was echoed in other parts of the city, where the plywood put up to protect windows of businesses during the recent demonstrations has been decorated with messages including “Stop Calling the Police.”



When I first heard about the killing of George Floyd it reminded me of another incident in Minnesota.

In 1862 the US army took time out from the Civil War to attack the Dakota. They must have been in a hurry to get back to the war so they planned a group hanging. The army hung 38 Dakota at the one time. Just before they were hung they called out "I'm here".



 

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Gunmen attack Karachi stock exchange building in Pakistan

At least seven killed in attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange building in country's financial hub, officials say.


At least seven people have been killed after gunmen stormed the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in the southern city of Karachi, firing indiscriminately as they entered the building complex, rescue officials say.

Four attackers stormed the building at 10am (05:00 GMT) Monday morning as trading began, carrying hand grenades and firing automatic rifles.



 

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A bit of background as to why Afghans would target US forces.. after years of occupation, things don’t change much..

A huge cache of secret US military filestoday provides a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and Nato commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency.
The disclosures come from more than 90,000 records of incidents and intelligence reports about the conflict obtained by the whistleblowers' website WikiLeaks in one of the biggest leaks in US military history. The files, which were made available to the Guardian, the New York Times and the German weekly Der Spiegel, give a blow-by-blow account of the fighting over the last six years, which has so far cost the lives of more than 320 British and more than 1,000 US troops

Ordinary Afghans say it has happened to them many times and never—not once—has it made news anywhere outside Afghanistan. Last November, an American Reaper drone targeted a group of villagers in the mountainous area of Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktia and killed seven of them. Paktia has long been home to Taliban militants, but local residents say all the victims were civilians, including three women and one child. They had gone to the remote area to graze their cattle and collect wood. Suddenly, they were dead.

“Nobody wants to listen to us. I doubt that the murderers will face justice one day. God is our only hope,” said Mohammad Anwar, a resident of Zazai Aryub, a district in Paktia. The perpetrators he is talking about are sitting far away in one of the many U.S. military bases where drone operators are working from.


JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day's labor in the fields, officials said on Thursday.


The attack on Wednesday night also injured 40 people after accidentally targeting farmers and laborers who had just finished collecting pine nuts at mountainous Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province, three Afghan officials told Reuters.


Graphic on Afghan civilian casualties - here


Washington(CNN)The Pentagon announced Friday that 16 military personnel will be disciplined for the deadly U.S. strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in October, but maintained that it was not a war crime because it resulted from unintentional human error and equipment failure.

The military said some personnel involved "failed to comply with the rules of engagement and the law of armed conflict," and that a general officer was among those facing discipline for their roles in the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital.


 

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China accuses Australia of spying, using dollar, dollar bills and USB stick, we know we’re doing it, at least give us some goods.. https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1192847.shtml
That's about as believable as the US saying Russians are paying bounties to the Taliban.

Obviously we're doing some espionage on China and other stuff mentioned in the article. We give these bastard agencies heaps of money so they'd want to be doing something with it. But that article is basically saying "some anonymous Chinese spook told us this stuff so it must be true. Australia is bad."

A huge amount of non mainstream info and "conspiratorial" info comes from those sorts of sources in the US too. Even the likes of Greenwald have sources who are sus as. Obviously those agencies cultivate relationships with respected alternate journos cos they have the credibility at the moment and so can shape messages and spin stuff if the cultivate trust.
 

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That's about as believable as the US saying Russians are paying bounties to the Taliban.

Obviously we're doing some espionage on China and other stuff mentioned in the article. We give these bastard agencies heaps of money so they'd want to be doing something with it. But that article is basically saying "some anonymous Chinese spook told us this stuff so it must be true. Australia is bad."

A huge amount of non mainstream info and "conspiratorial" info comes from those sorts of sources in the US too. Even the likes of Greenwald have sources who are sus as. Obviously those agencies cultivate relationships with respected alternate journos cos they have the credibility at the moment and so can shape messages and spin stuff if the cultivate trust.
Yeah pretty poor effort at trolling, sounds more like they caught a cashed up bogan, trying to score some shard.

they could’ve at least wheeled out a Rio Tinto executive or thrown an old router on the table, it would’ve more been on the believable.
 
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By DAVID PIERSON
JULY 2, 2020
10:04 AM

UPDATEDJULY 2, 2020 | 10:14 PM
SINGAPORE —
Buchtar Tabuni steeled himself for the prospect of 17 years in prison, unaware that his future would be tied to protests over the fate of another dark-skinned man more than 8,000 miles away in the U.S. city of Minneapolis.
An Indonesian court had found Tabuni guilty of treason for masterminding demonstrations last year over the mistreatment of the country’s Papuans, an independence-seeking indigenous minority whose members have long been shunned and attacked.
Tabuni, who denied the charges, reasoned his time in prison would draw attention to Indonesia’s often brutal subjugation of his people. But in an unexpected turn, the veteran activist and six other convicted Papuans were sentenced to jail terms that lasted only months.
The fate of the Balikpapan 7 — as Tabuni and the other men were known because of the city where they were tried — was altered by calls for justice and equality after George Floyd’s killing in America reverberated across Indonesia, triggering a groundswell of support for Papuans in a country that often avoids confronting national traumas.

“The government was afraid,” the 40-year-old Tabuni said through a lawyer from his jail cell recently. “Black Lives Matter has triggered support for oppressed Papuans.”



In the past month, social media have been awash with the #Papuanlivesmatter hashtag, which has attracted backing from actors, artists and many of Indonesia’s progressive youth. University student groups have organized online seminars with Papuans and human rights activists, sparking conversations that would have never happened in the past. And non-Papuans have taken to the streets calling for change, including in a city better known for its Islamic schools. (Papuans are largely Christian, a religious minority in the predominantly Muslim country.)

“Many Indonesians wouldn’t be reflecting on the injustice toward Papuans if it wasn’t for George Floyd,” said Fajar Nugroho, 22, president of the University of Indonesia’s Student Executive Board, which organized webinars promoting Papuan Lives Matter.

“People saw the similarities with racial discrimination here and became curious,” said Nugroho, who is Javanese, Indonesia’s dominant ethnic group. “They wanted to know more about why it was happening. This complex history needs to be told.”
 

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By DAVID PIERSON
JULY 2, 2020
10:04 AM

UPDATEDJULY 2, 2020 | 10:14 PM
SINGAPORE —
Buchtar Tabuni steeled himself for the prospect of 17 years in prison, unaware that his future would be tied to protests over the fate of another dark-skinned man more than 8,000 miles away in the U.S. city of Minneapolis.
An Indonesian court had found Tabuni guilty of treason for masterminding demonstrations last year over the mistreatment of the country’s Papuans, an independence-seeking indigenous minority whose members have long been shunned and attacked.
Tabuni, who denied the charges, reasoned his time in prison would draw attention to Indonesia’s often brutal subjugation of his people. But in an unexpected turn, the veteran activist and six other convicted Papuans were sentenced to jail terms that lasted only months.
The fate of the Balikpapan 7 — as Tabuni and the other men were known because of the city where they were tried — was altered by calls for justice and equality after George Floyd’s killing in America reverberated across Indonesia, triggering a groundswell of support for Papuans in a country that often avoids confronting national traumas.

“The government was afraid,” the 40-year-old Tabuni said through a lawyer from his jail cell recently. “Black Lives Matter has triggered support for oppressed Papuans.”



In the past month, social media have been awash with the #Papuanlivesmatter hashtag, which has attracted backing from actors, artists and many of Indonesia’s progressive youth. University student groups have organized online seminars with Papuans and human rights activists, sparking conversations that would have never happened in the past. And non-Papuans have taken to the streets calling for change, including in a city better known for its Islamic schools. (Papuans are largely Christian, a religious minority in the predominantly Muslim country.)

“Many Indonesians wouldn’t be reflecting on the injustice toward Papuans if it wasn’t for George Floyd,” said Fajar Nugroho, 22, president of the University of Indonesia’s Student Executive Board, which organized webinars promoting Papuan Lives Matter.

“People saw the similarities with racial discrimination here and became curious,” said Nugroho, who is Javanese, Indonesia’s dominant ethnic group. “They wanted to know more about why it was happening. This complex history needs to be told.”
That is genuinely cool.
 

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