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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Roger Stone’s Wife Nydia Provides Letter to President Trump Making Her Emotional Plea to President Trump Asking to Pardon Her Husband Roger Stone

GatewayPundit - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 15:45

Roger Stone was targeted, arrested at 5am in the morning by an army of FBI Agents at his home with CNN there to film his arrest.  He was indicted on fraudulent charges in a fraudulent case held in a kangaroo DC court by a corrupt judge and jury and sentenced to extensive time in prison.  He is to report to prison on July 14th

Today in an exclusive, Roger Stone’s wife pleads for a pardon to prevent her husband from going to prison before he has time to appeal this unjust spectacle of a case instituted by the corrupt and criminal Mueller gang.

Here is Mrs. Nydia Stone’s emotional plea to President Trump:


July 3, 2020
The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

It was 28-years-ago this past December that you came to our wedding when Roger and I got married at the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C..

After my husband and my father-in-law, you were the next man to dance with the bride. I remember how kind you were to my family on that special day.

As you know, since 1988, my husband has believed that you not only had the ability to be a great candidate for President- but also that you had the capacity to be a great American President. The incredible achievement of your first term has exceeded Roger’s wildest expectations— your courage in sticking to a reform agenda while those you defeated refused to accept defeat and have launched a series of illegitimate and unlawful efforts to end your presidency.

We now know – based on declassified documents – that the Mueller investigation had no legal justification for its existence and was purely politically motivated to set you up for impeachment and removal from the Oval Office. Your patience and fortitude allowed you to defeat their dastardly aims and to expose their political motives.

We now know that the investigation of my husband was not approved by acting-Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until October of 2017- almost three months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller knew there was no collusion between the Russian State and the Trump Campaign. For almost two years, the Special Counsel’s office illegally leaked stories to the fake news media reporting that Roger would be charged with “treason, conspiracy against the United States, trafficking in stolen e-mails, money laundering of Russian cash in violation of the foreign contributions ban, and would prove to be the link between the Russian State and Trump Campaign.” After defrauding several federal judges and magistrates and obtaining a search warrant, Mueller and his investigators subjected us to the most invasive investigation imaginable; poking into Roger’s business, our family life, our personal lives, and all of his political activities. No evidence of the crimes they continually alleged he would be charged with was found. Instead, Andrew Weissman fabricated “Lying to Congress” charges even though the misstatements that Roger made in his voluntary appearance before the House Intelligence Committee were entirely immaterial and with no underlying crime. In other words, Roger had neither motive nor intent to lie. The witness tampering charge was thrown in to make it all the more ominous, but as you have pointed out; the person Roger allegedly threatened testified in court and in a letter to the judge that he never felt threatened at all.

Mueller and his lieutenants used legal trickery to ensure that Roger’s case would be heard by Obama-appointed Judge, Amy Berman Jackson. Long before the trial began, Judge Jackson systematically ruled out every line of powerful defense; including that of selective prosecution, and also barred the use of expert testimony and forensic evidence to prove that no one hacked the DNC and that the stolen material was actually downloaded to a portable drive and spirited out of the DNC headquarters instead. Incredibly, Judge Jackson also specifically prohibited Roger’s lawyers from raising the question of misconduct by the Special Counsel, the FBI, the Department of Justice, or any member of Congress.

Judge Jackson also ruled that party affiliation and stated antagonism toward you and your Administration was not a legitimate grounds to eliminate a juror. Ultimately Roger’s case was tried before a jury completely comprised of Democrats, including a number of former political appointees from both the Obama and Clinton administration- as well as people with direct ties to the Justice Department under Barack Obama, the FBI, and even the prosecutors themselves. There were no Trump-supporters, Republicans, military veterans, blue-collar workers, or anybody with less than a college education on the jury. Three of the jurors were lawyers, and the majority of the jurors held post-college degrees. Three of the jurors were Democrat Party activists and four of the jurors had contributed to Hillary Clinton in 2016, while one of the jurors had contributed to Beto O’Rourke in his failed bid for the Democrat Nomination. As our friend Tucker Carlson said, “Roger Stone’s trial was over before it began…”

Despite a veritable tsunami of fake news about Roger’s case, Roger counterpunched aggressively to correct the enormous amount of fake news being churned out daily by the Trump-hating fake media. Ultimately, Judge Jackson deprived Roger of his First Amendment Free Speech Right to defend himself, claiming ridiculously; that his speaking in his own defense and criticizing the political motives of the prosecution would somehow “taint the jury pool.”

I sat in the front row every day of the five-day trial and watched incredulously as the government’s witnesses perjured themselves one by one on the witness stand. Most shocking was the testimony of Steve Bannon, who’s false testimony helped seal the guilty verdict against my husband. We now know that Bannon’s testimony under oath at Roger’s trial was completely and specifically contradicted by his sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

The prosecutors never presented any evidence to show that Roger possessed or knew about the source or content of any of the WikiLeaks disclosures prior to their release. Although both Michael Cohen and Rick Gates testified falsely about overhearing a conversation between you and my husband regarding the WikiLeaks disclosures- Roger testified honestly before the House Intelligence Committee that no such conversation ever took place. Interestingly, prior to his indictment, Roger took and passed two polygraph tests regarding this plea bargain induced claim by both Gates and Cohen.

On July 24th, 2019, Mueller prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee asked for a private meeting with one of my husband’s lawyers; where she presented him with documentation of some phone conversations between you and my husband in 2016, redemanding that Roger “confess” and “come clean” and admit that these phone conversations pertained to the WikiLeaks disclosures in the assistance of Russian assets in your election. Rhee said the prosecutors would recommend leniency in his sentence and might even recommend that he “serve no jail time” in return for his “cooperation.” Roger flatly refused to lie, to ease the burden on himself.

As you know, Roger was wrongly convicted on all seven counts- and it was only after the trial that we learned that the jury forewoman, a lawyer from Tennessee who had run for Congress, had posted anti-Stone and anti-Trump social media postings on both Twitter and Facebook in 2019. This juror had her social media platforms on a private setting during jury selection and Roger’s trial and deleted this history when the trial was over. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that every defendant is entitled to a “impartial and indifferent jury”- we were stunned when judge Jackson ruled that none of the jury four women’s actions proved bias, and Roger was denied a new trial.

Because Roger insisted on pleading not guilty and refused an offer from the Mueller cabal to bear false witness against you, we have literally lost everything trying to finance Roger’s legal defense. We have lost our home, our car, our savings, most of our insurance, and most importantly; Roger’s ability to make a living writing and speaking. It is only through the generosity of over 65,000 great Americans that we have been able to finance our ongoing legal fight to vindicate Roger and ensure his freedom. Roger has filed an appeal of both his conviction and his judge’s flawed decision not to declare a mistrial and a new trial.

Now, however, despite the Department of Justice and the U.S. Bureau of Prison policy of moving inmates convicted of non-violent offenses from incarceration to home-confinement, Judge Jackson has ordered that my husband, at 67-years-old and with a medical history of asthma, be sent, in 10 days, to a correctional facility in Georgia which just yesterday released a violent sex offender, pedophile and child pornographer to spare him the risk of Covid-19 infection. Even though the DOJ did not oppose an emergency motion before Judge Jackson to either delay Roger’s prison surrender date or allow him to serve his sentence in home-confinement, Judge Jackson placed my husband under immediate house arrest and extended his surrender date to July 14th.

I now honestly believe that Roger’s life is in jeopardy. While we are highly confident that he would be exonerated on appeal, there is a high likelihood that he would not live long enough for his appeal to be heard approximately a year from now before the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Mr. President: I am asking you as an act of both justice and mercy to use your extraordinary power to grant clemency to my husband Roger Stone, either in the form of a Presidential Pardon or the commutation of his sentence which would allow him to appeal and clear his name.

Because as you know, Roger eats, sleeps, and breathes politics; he firmly believes that you will be reelected after a bruising fight in which the Democrats engage in widespread voter fraud and during which the fake news media will continue to falsely vilify you. Even though Roger was no longer an official member of your campaign team- no one worked harder for your election; giving hundreds of surrogate speeches and interviews, talking about his deeply held believe that you were and are the right man to lead America at this perilous moment.

You may have read that during this extraordinary ordeal, Roger had the occasion to meet Reverent Franklin Graham, who strongly advised him to reaffirm his belief in Jesus Christ, and to live by God’s word – this has provided Roger enormous strength and solace through this entire horrific experience. I know that, with the responsibilities you bear; that you are also guided by The Lord, as you make life and death decisions every single day. I appeal to you – as both a friend of forty years and a Christian – to save my husband’s life so that we can begin rebuilding and recover everything that has been taken from us.


Nydia Stone

Mrs. Nydia Stone also sent out a plea to President Trump on Twitter:

Roger Stone’s wife, makes a final plea for Stone’s freedom.

Roger Stone’s wife, makes a final plea for Stone’s freedom

— Culttture (@culttture) July 5, 2020

We know President Trump is a just man – let’s hope and pray the President addresses this situation if the courts don’t first throw it out.

Please donate to the Stone Legal Defense fund to assist Roger and his family in their legal fees here.

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WATCH how Democrats spent 4th of July, ‘Burn M*therf*cker!’

Geller Report - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 15:30

This is how Democrats celebrated the 4th of July at the White House.

Remember, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi literally bent the knee to these people.

The DNC endorses this behavior:

— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 5, 2020

The Hill: Far-left protesters burned an American flag near the White House on Saturday and chanted, “America was never great” moments after President Trump finished delivering a speech at the “Salute to America” Independence Day celebration.

Video shows the flag being burned in Black Lives Matter Plaza, just outside the White House. Activists can be heard chanting, “One, two, three, four, slavery, genocide and war. Five, six, seven, eight, America was never great.”

Yahoo News: “Don’t Blame Sharia for Islamic Extremism — Blame Colonialism”

Geller Report - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 15:00

The propaganda is so drearily predictable. Would Yahoo News ever run a piece explaining how Sharia taught warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers? Of course not. But there is a steady stream of nonsense like this ridiculous presentation from Mark Fathi Messoud, Director of Legal Studies and Associate Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Even before reading Messoud’s piece, look at the accompanying map. It’s a bit confusing because the color for Spanish colonies is very similar to the color used for countries that were never colonized at all, and the latter are not marked as such. But it shows that Iran was never colonized. What, then, explains the Islamic Republic, which finances jihad terror groups such as Hizballah and Hamas? Saudi Arabia was never colonized; what explains the fact that 15 of the 19 9/11 jihad attackers were Saudis? What explains jihad activity that went on for centuries before colonialism, as shown in The History of Jihad?

Also, is colonialism responsible for the tenets of Sharia mandating warfare against non-Muslims? Here is what the authoritative sources in Sunni Islam, the schools of Sunni jurisprudence (madhahib) say about that warfare:

Shafi’i school: A Shafi’i manual of Islamic law that was certified in 1991 by the clerics at Al-Azhar University, one of the leading authorities in the Islamic world, as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy, stipulates about jihad that “the caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians…until they become Muslim or pay the non-Muslim poll tax.” It adds a comment by Sheikh Nuh “˜Ali Salman, a Jordanian expert on Islamic jurisprudence: the caliph wages this war only “provided that he has first invited [Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians] to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya)…while remaining in their ancestral religions.” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o9.8).

Of course, there is no caliph today, and hence the oft-repeated claim that the Islamic State (ISIS) and other jihad groups are waging jihad illegitimately, as no state authority has authorized their jihad. But they explain their actions in terms of defensive jihad, which needs no state authority to call it, and becomes “obligatory for everyone” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o9.3) if a Muslim land is attacked. The end of the defensive jihad, however, is not peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims as equals: ‘Umdat al-Salik specifies that the warfare against non-Muslims must continue until “the final descent of Jesus.” After that, “nothing but Islam will be accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only effective until Jesus’ descent” (o9.8).

Hanafi school: A Hanafi manual of Islamic law repeats the same injunctions. It insists that people must be called to embrace Islam before being fought, “because the Prophet so instructed his commanders, directing them to call the infidels to the faith.” It emphasizes that jihad must not be waged for economic gain, but solely for religious reasons: from the call to Islam “the people will hence perceive that they are attacked for the sake of religion, and not for the sake of taking their property, or making slaves of their children, and on this consideration it is possible that they may be induced to agree to the call, in order to save themselves from the troubles of war.”

However, “if the infidels, upon receiving the call, neither consent to it nor agree to pay capitation tax [jizya], it is then incumbent on the Muslims to call upon God for assistance, and to make war upon them, because God is the assistant of those who serve Him, and the destroyer of His enemies, the infidels, and it is necessary to implore His aid upon every occasion; the Prophet, moreover, commands us so to do.” (Al-Hidayah, II.140)

Maliki school: Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), a pioneering historian and philosopher, was also a Maliki legal theorist. In his renowned Muqaddimah, the first work of historical theory, he notes that “in the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.” In Islam, the person in charge of religious affairs is concerned with “power politics,” because Islam is “under obligation to gain power over other nations.”

Hanbali school: The great medieval theorist of what is commonly known today as radical or fundamentalist Islam, Ibn Taymiyya (Taqi al-Din Ahmad Ibn Taymiyya, 1263-1328), was a Hanbali jurist. He directed that “since lawful warfare is essentially jihad and since its aim is that the religion is God’s entirely and God’s word is uppermost, therefore according to all Muslims, those who stand in the way of this aim must be fought.”

This is also taught by modern-day scholars of Islam. Majid Khadduri was an Iraqi scholar of Islamic law of international renown. In his book War and Peace in the Law of Islam, which was published in 1955 and remains one of the most lucid and illuminating works on the subject, Khadduri says this about jihad:

The state which is regarded as the instrument for universalizing a certain religion must perforce be an ever expanding state. The Islamic state, whose principal function was to put God’s law into practice, sought to establish Islam as the dominant reigning ideology over the entire world….The jihad was therefore employed as an instrument for both the universalization of religion and the establishment of an imperial world state. (P. 51)

Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Shari’ah and Law of the International Islamic University in Islamabad. In his 1994 book The Methodology of Ijtihad, he quotes the twelfth century Maliki jurist Ibn Rushd: “Muslim jurists agreed that the purpose of fighting with the People of the Book…is one of two things: it is either their conversion to Islam or the payment of jizyah.” Nyazee concludes: “This leaves no doubt that the primary goal of the Muslim community, in the eyes of its jurists, is to spread the word of Allah through jihad, and the option of poll-tax [jizya] is to be exercised only after subjugation” of non-Muslims.

But Yahoo News will never tell you any of that.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 21 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

Protester killed, another hurt after man drives into crowd in Seattle

UPI - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 14:09
One person died and another was injured after a driver plowed into a group or protesters on a closed stretch of Interstate 5 in Seattle, officials said.

Former NYPD commissioner warns NYC is ‘going to be a much more dangerous city,’ ‘Cops are retiring at record numbers’

Geller Report - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 14:00

It is already. Democrat rule.

Former NYPD commissioner warns NYC is ‘going to be a much more dangerous city’

‘Cops are retiring at record numbers,’

Howard Safir tells ‘Your World’. ‘Response time is going to go down.’

By Victor Garcia | Fox News, July 3, 2020:

Former NYC police commissioner: Protesters want anarchy, not safety

Occupy City Hall protesters refuse to leave despite the city approving $1B in cuts from the NYPD; former New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir reacts on ‘Your World.’

Former New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir told “Your World” Friday that those who remain at the Occupy City Hall protest despite the New York City Council’s approval of $1 billion dollars in cuts from the New York Police Department “don’t want safety. NYC Occupy City Hall protesters say they’re not leaving until demands are met on NYPD, homelessness, voting.

“They may not be … a billion dollars, but they’re going to reduce the amount of police officers on the street. Cops are retiring at record numbers. Response time is going to go down,” Safir added.

“You did away with the anti-crime unit, which was 600 plainclothes officers who prevented crime. Uniformed officers respond to crime. Plainclothes officers prevent crimes from happening. So it’s going to be a much more dangerous city.”

Safir criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for caving into protester demands and for the city’s decline under his administration.

“Mayor de Blasio inherited … the safest large city in America, a booming economy. And it’s all going in the wrong direction because he is the No. 1 cause of what’s going on in New York,” Safir said. “What’s happening is, he doesn’t support the police. He supports the protesters. You know what he’s talking about? Having social workers and health professionals respond to 911 calls without police officers. That’s ridiculous.”

The former police commissioner also warned that unless things turned around he may not recommend that people become a police officer under the current circumstances.

“I would never, ever think that I would recommend that somebody not be a police officer unless things turn around. Police officers put themselves not only at risk every day, as they’ve done for hundreds of years, but now with what’s going on in this country, they’re putting their families and their economics survival at risk,” Safir said.

“District attorneys in some of these progressive cities and attorney generals are looking more to charge police officers than to charge violent protesters and rioters. It’s a ridiculous thing.”

“And, you know, with the Fourth of July coming, we should be celebrating the fact that these people have the freedom to protest, but they don’t have the freedom to loot and vandalize,” Safir added. “And as in Seattle, murder people.”

'Wake-up call to the world': Pal Expo 2020 digital event dominated by annexation fears

Middle East Eye - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 13:44
'Wake-up call to the world': Pal Expo 2020 digital event dominated by annexation fears
Forced online by the coronavirus, Europe's biggest Palestinian heritage event discussed topics ranging from Israeli policy to Black Lives Matter
Nadda Osman Sun, 07/05/2020 - 14:44
The online event, which hosted a wide range of academics and speakers, discussed a number of key issues, including annexation (Screengrab/YouTube)

Palestine Expo, an event held to raise awareness on key Palestinian issues as well as celebrating the culture of its people, moved online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The conference, now in its fourth year and the biggest Palestine heritage event in Europe, is organised by the UK-based non-profit organisation Friends of Al-Aqsa. 

Covering an array of topics, including history, food, arts and culture, the two-day  event, with over 350,000 people tuning in, gave viewers an insight into the Palestinian experience and heritage. 

However, it was the issue of Israel's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank that dominated much of the proceedings.

Pal Expo: The biggest Palestine event in Europe
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Some of the most notable speakers at this year’s event included Jeremy Corbyn, the former leader of the UK Labour party, Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and analyst who served as a legal adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team from 2000 to 2005, and Wadah Khanfar, the co-founder of the Sharq Forum and former director of the Al Jazeera network. 

A panel discussion was held on the battle for survival of the Palestinians, who were expelled and displaced from their homes in 1948, known as the Nakba. 

The panel also looked at the plight of Palestinians in Israel, including political persecution and discrimination in daily life. 

Ilan Pappe, a professor at the University of Exeter and writer on the history of Israel, Britain and the Arab-Israeli conflict, discussed the historical background of Palestinian communities in Israel.

“The Zionist movement is no different from the movement which genocided the native Americans in North America and the aboriginals in Australia, and the apartheid [system] in South Africa,” he said.

"As a settler colonial movement that wanted to eliminate the Palestinians from their land, the Zionist movement had the opportunity to do that in 1948 during the Nakba.

"In many ways, it both succeeded and failed in doing this, and this explains a lot of the Israeli policies.” 

'Wake-up call to the world'

Kamel Hawwash, a British professor and the chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, chaired a panel discussion on resisting annexation alongside a number of speakers. 

During the talk, Khanfar spoke about the relationship between Arab countries and Israel. 

“To say that Arabs are neutral or giving up on Palestine is factually not accurate, and I believe the current situation - where Arab leaders are trying to be closer to Israelis, and being silent on issues relating to annexation - does not represent anything related to the feelings or beliefs of the Arab world,” he said.

Gideon Levy, an Israeli journalist and author, called annexation a "wake-up call to the world".

“Israeli annexation started a long time ago … much before Benjamin Netanyahu dreamt of becoming Israel's prime minister … Israel has realised over the last few years that they can get away with anything and not have any accountability,” he said.

“The best way to resist annexation is to use it as a tool to change the discourse … for me declaring annexation is declaring Israel as an apartheid state, and this must ring a bell to anyone with a conscience in the world,” he added. 

Corbyn spoke about Israel’s upcoming annexation plans, as well as the daily challenges and implications faced by Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

Jeremy Corbyn
Corbyn, left, used the digital event to highlight Palestinian issues such as the refugee crisis, human rights and annexation (Screengrab)

“As leader of the [Labour] party I was very keen to promote the policy of my party, which is the full recognition of the state of Palestine, but also to prevent the importation of goods from illegal settlements and also to prevent the sale of arms that can be used to attack civilians, which is what, unfortunately, the Israeli government forces have been doing towards Palestinians," he said.

"The annexation plan is a serious issue … this is not a new or novel situation because Israel did annex East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in the past.

"Nevertheless, these two [cases] have been used by Israel as a precedent to annex [again]. This cannot be the precedent, it is illegal under international law,” he added. 

Corbyn also used the panel to highlight Britain’s role in the international community and its historical obligations in stopping the annexation of Palestinian land, which have been given a green light under US President Donald Trump's controversial Israel-Palestine plan. 

“Britain has a special responsibility in all of this, because after the Treaty of Versailles, Britain was given the mandate on Palestine. And also as a member of the UN Security Council, Britain has a special role to play in this," said Corbyn. "So let's come together and oppose the Trump plan.”


Other highlights of the event included a segment on Palestinian cooking, hosted by chef Maha Salah, where viewers were taken through how to make alayat banadoura, a tomato breakfast dish, using traditional Palestinian ingredients and techniques. 

Also on the menu was qudsiyah, a fava bean and chickpea dish, topped with chopped tomatoes, parsley and olive oil.

A traditional Palestinian dance, known as the dabke, was also performed, and a number of Palestinian artists showcased their work while discussing the challenges they faced under occupation and talked about key themes and events that inspired their work.

The event also drew parallels between the Black Lives Matter movement - which rose to prominence following the killing in the US in late May of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man - and the Palestinian struggle.

Rocket fired towards Baghdad's Green Zone injures child

Middle East Eye - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 13:40
Rocket fired towards Baghdad's Green Zone injures child
Attack comes a little over a week since unprecedented Iraqi arrests of Iran-backed militia, intended to prevent such incidents
MEE and agencies Sun, 07/05/2020 - 14:40
The US embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone (AFP)

A rocket fired towards Baghdad's Green Zone, where the US embassy is located, fell just short of its target, causing damage to a home and injuring a child early on Sunday, Iraq's military said.

Security forces at the same time stopped another Katyusha rocket from being launched towards the Taji military air base, north of the capital, which hosts US troops, a military statement added.

The Baghdad raid that put Kadhimi and Kataeb Hezbollah on a collision course
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US officials blame Iran-backed militia for regular rocket attacks on their facilities in Iraq, including near the embassy in Baghdad. 

No known Iran-backed groups have claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, Reuters reported.

A police and a medical source confirmed that a child was slightly hurt and said the injuries were caused by rocket fragments that landed on a home.

The police source said an anti-rocket system set up to defend the US embassy, and which had been tested on Saturday, had shot down a rocket which exploded in mid-air before it could hit the Green Zone.

Kadhimi’s seriousness questioned

Iraqi security forces raided a headquarters of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia in southern Baghdad last week, arresting more than a dozen members of the group on charges of involvement in rocket attacks. Most of those arrested were released shortly afterwards.

Militias backed by Iran have come to dominate parts of Iraq's security institutions, economy and political life.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's government is favoured by the US and has indicated it will back up tough talk against the militias with action.

The operation, described as pre-emptive, has been labelled by the government as an attempt to "preserve the prestige of the state" by stopping the near-daily missile attacks that have plagued the US embassy and military bases hosting American troops for months.

However, as Middle East Eye reported on Thursday, observers wonder if it will have the opposite effect, and have raised questions about Kadhimi’s seriousness about tackling his country’s semi-official armed factions.

Two dead, 8 injured in shooting at South Carolina club

UPI - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 13:34
Two people were killed and eight others were wounded in a suspected gang-related shooting at club in Greenville, S.C., early Sunday.

Who Is Keeping the “Right Of Return” Alive? (Part 2)

Geller Report - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 12:00

Of course the Arab states will continue to vote in support of the Palestinians at the U.N., and to make pro-forma statements, verbal boilerplate on their behalf. That costs the Arabs nothing. A few of the richest states — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar — will donate what for them are trivial sums, to UNRWA. In 2019, that came to only $50 million apiece, which for them was a mere rounding error. But so uneager are the Arabs to support the Palestinians that it was the Israelis who had to plead on their behalf, by recently sending the head of Mossad, Yossi Cohen, to Qatar in order to convince the Emir to send more money to Gaza so as prevent further distress among its inhabitants. When the PA needed money in May, it did not go to any Arab state, but to Israel, for a $230 million loan. The loan was granted.

The Palestinians, however, show no sign of giving up on the right of return, because it is the one way they may still be able to convert Israel into an Arab state by sheer weight of demographics, the authors argue….

Unfortunately, Wilf said, the Western world — particularly in the form of the Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA — is indulging the fantasy of a return even as the Arab world is hoping to put the issue behind it.

Wilf and Schwartz are right about other irredentist claims. The Germans gave up their claims to return to ancestral lands in Poland and Czechoslovakia. No Hindus who left what are now Pakistan and Bangladesh have demanded to be taken back, nor do Muslims in those countries claim a“right of return” to India. No Turks demand the right to return to where their ancestors lived in Greece, nor do Greeks demand the right to “return” to where their grandparents lived in what is now Turkey. Arab leaders, even those that reject the Deal of the Century, have no longer been mentioning that “right of return.” Their silence on this is telling.

“Much of the tragedy of what’s happening at this moment is that you’re beginning to hear voices in the Arab world — not among Palestinians — but in the Arab world, Saudi [Arabia] and the Gulf, who are saying these things,” Wilf said. “Who are beginning to say, the Palestinians have made a mess of things, they made a mistake.”

Certainly the refusal of the Palestinians to accept the extraordinarily generous offers that were made by Ehud Barak to Arafat in 2000, and by Ehud Olmert to Mahmoud Abbas in 2008, offers which promised the Palestinians at least 95% of the West Bank, with Barak even promising to hand over the entire Old City of Jerusalem to the Arabs, while Olmert offered to surrender the Old City to international jurisdiction – was madness. They did indeed “make a mess of things.” As Abba Eban famously said, the “Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

“The way they’re speaking, no Westerner would dare speak,” she asserted. “They’re saying very hard truths: That it’s over. That it’s time to move forward.”

The tragedy is that as the Arab world is slowly moving away from their support for the Palestinian vision that the war of 1948 is not over and could still be undone, we have Western countries giving a billion dollars to UNRWA, thereby continuing to fuel the Palestinian vision that the war is still ongoing, that there’s still refugees, and that the outcome of 1948 could still be rolled back,” Wilf noted.

The Western world should disabuse the Palestinian Arabs of their irredentist dreams, by taking every conceivable occasion to insist that their claim to a “right of return” is off the table; it is no longer a subject for discussion, end of story. For the exercise of that “right of return” would spell the demographic end of the Jewish state, and Israel has no intention of committing suicide.

The Americans should remind the Palestinian Arabs that no other group has ever been allowed to pass their refugee status down through the generations, and it’s time to call a halt to this farce. One way to do this is to dry up the funds given to UNRWA and to shut its doors. For UNRWA is no mere dispenser of humanitarian aid. It is staffed and run by Palestinian Arabs, who continue to encourage the campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state. UNRWA schools use textbooks that teach hatred of Jews. Those schools have also been used by Hamas to hide weapons, including rockets, for use against Israel. Recently grenades and a military vest were found in an UNRWA school. Even terror tunnels have been discovered as leading from inside UNRWA schools. Israel’s U.N. ambassador Danny Danon has described UNRWA’s schools in Gaza as “terror storage facilities.” UNRWA has employed known Hamas operatives. UNRWA’s former long-time spokesman, Chris Gunness, posted his praise online of Hamas for hanging “collaborators” with Israel. As an organization, UNRWA has recently been revealed, through a set of interlocking scandals, as riddled with financial corruption, embezzlement, nepotism, and sexual misconduct at its highest levels; several of its top officials, including its Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl, were forced to resign.

Krahenbuhl’s successor, Philippe Lazzarini, promises to repair the reputational damage done to UNRWA and to win back donors. He has said that until there is a state for Palestinians, the role of UNRWA should be to provide dignity and education, which would contribute to promoting peace and security in the region. But how can UNRWA work with a recognized terror group whose stated aim is to kill Jews and destroy Israel, and still hope to “promote peace and security in the region”?

Lazzarini added that by providing ‘”dignity and education” (that “education” includes schoolbooks that teach hatred of Jews) UNRWA “will contribute to having a future generation ready and educated to take over or be part of a future country where they will be full citizens.” Clearly he is making no distinction between Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza and those who live in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. They will all be ready to “take over or be part of a future [Palestinian] country.” That means that Philippe Lazzarini, as the new Commissioner-General of UNRWA, is endorsing the “right of return” for millions of descendants of the original refugees; if they were all to exercise that “right,” it would soon mean the end of the Jewish state.

The American government did well to end its previous, and far too generous, contributions to UNRWA. Now that it has recognized UNRWA as the malign organization it has so abundantly proved to be, is it too much to hope that Washington will use its influence to persuade other members of the Western alliance, as a famous Palestinian Jew once said, to “go and do thou likewise “?

Jets hit strategic al-Watiya airbase in Libya where Turkey may build base: Sources

Middle East Eye - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 11:20
Jets hit strategic al-Watiya airbase in Libya where Turkey may build base: Sources
Al-Watiya was recently captured by Libya’s internationally recognised government from forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar
MEE and agencies Sun, 07/05/2020 - 12:20
The al-Watiya airbase was recently captured by Libya’s internationally recognised government with Turkish support (AFP)

Warplanes struck overnight at a strategic airbase in western Libya, according to a military source and a nearby resident. The attack happened at the al-Watiya base, which Turkey is reportedly seeking to use to establish a firmer foothold in the country.

The base had recently been captured by Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) with Turkish military support from forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar.

A military source with Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) told Reuters that the strikes at the base were carried out by “unknown aircraft”. 

Still, on Sunday a Turkish defence official confirmed the attack against al-Watiya, saying: “The attack damaged some systems at the airbase,” attributing the attack to Haftar's forces.

Libya's GNA later on Sunday condemned the overnight air raids against the recaptured airbase, alleging they were carried out by a "foreign air force", AFP said.

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A resident of the nearby town of Zintan said explosions were heard from the direction of the base.

Al-Watiya’s capture in May by the Tripoli-based GNA marked the collapse of the LNA’s 14-month assault to seize the capital, forcing it to retreat along the coast.

Turkish support was vital to the GNA in turning back the LNA offensive, using advanced air defences and drone strikes that targeted Khalifa's supply lines and troop build-ups.

A Turkish source said last month that Ankara was in talks with the GNA to establish two bases in Libya, one of them at al-Watiya, the most important airbase in western Libya.

Growing influence

A more permanent air and naval presence in Libya could reinforce Turkey’s growing influence in the region, including in Syria, and boost its claims to offshore oil and gas resources.

Turkey has also flagged possible energy and construction deals with Tripoli once the fighting ends.

Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was in Tripoli for meetings with the GNA on Friday and Saturday, where he swore to do all that was necessary to help the government, a Turkish defence ministry statement said.

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The LNA is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt. During its advance towards Tripoli last year, it was assisted by Egyptian and UAE air strikes.

Last month, the United States said Russia had sent at least 14 MiG-29 and Su-24 warplanes to an LNA base via Syria, where it said their Russian airforce markings were removed.

Turkish involvement in Libya has also angered France and Greece, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warning of new sanctions against Ankara.

The GNA and LNA are now mobilising forces at the new frontlines between the cities of Misrata and Sirte.

Egypt has warned that any Turkish-backed effort to take Sirte, which the LNA captured in January, could lead its army to directly intervene. 

'Break this taboo': Religious singer Koveitipour's duet with young girl shocks Iran

Middle East Eye - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 10:54
'Break this taboo': Religious singer Koveitipour's duet with young girl shocks Iran
A number of recent cases, aided by the growing influence of social networks, are helping to challenge a ban on females singing in Iran
Rohollah Faghihi Sun, 07/05/2020 - 11:54
Gholam Koveitipour has caused controversy by releasing a recording of a duet with a 13-year-old girl known as Parichehr (YouTube)

A well-known religious singer has caused controversy in Iran by releasing a recording of a duet with a 13-year-old girl, which has gone viral on social media. 

The song, which was first released by Gholam Koveitipour during the Iran-Iraq war, was reprised by Koveitipour and a girl, known as Parichehr, recording their lines separately.

Women singing on their own or with, or in front of, men, was banned in Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

But a number of cases in recent times have brought the issue to the fore once again.

Known by almost all Iranians, Koveitipour is a eulogist - a speaker who delivers a funeral oration - and singer who embarked on his career by singing epic songs during the eight-year war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the 1980s. 

“Mamad Naboodi Bebini”, translated as “M0hammad, you weren't [alive] to see”, is among the most celebrated songs in Iran’s contemporary history, released on the occasion of the liberation of the southwestern city of Khorramshahr in 1982. 

Koveitipour sang the song a year after the port city was recaptured. In it, he also eulogised the “martyrdom” of Mohammad Jahanara, the commander of Iranian forces in Khuzestan, who was killed in 1981. 


Koveitipour’s decision to sing with the young Parichehr, the recording of which was released on 23 June, has sent shockwaves through Iran. 

Maysam Motiee, a hardline eulogist, on 24 June attacked Koveitipour for performing with a girl, tweeting that he was “delivering serious blows to our religious traditions and spiritual legacy”.

Tebyan, a conservative cultural institute whose head is appointed by the country's supreme leader, on 28 June lamented Koveitipour's actions, claiming that he had been taken advantage of by a company specialising in introducing new singers.

What may have angered hardliners more, however, were the lyrics: “We can't go back, this is the result of our own actions, and the result is not good at all.”

On 24 June, the Fars news agency took a swipe at Koveitipour, saying it was not clear whether he was denouncing the country’s current economic problems, or his past beliefs about the Islamic revolution. 

Economic statement

In reaction to the criticism, Koveitipour spoke to a cultural journalist on 25 June on Instagram.

He did not say why he had chosen to do a duet with a young girl, but said that he was proud of singing the song and that his purpose had been to raise people’s spirits amid the country's economic troubles. 

Koveitipour asserted that 40 years ago, when the revolution occurred, “I told [myself] ‘Thank God that we won't have any poor people in the country anymore.’

“We have a wealthy country, why should such a rich country reach this point?” he asked. 

Speaking to Middle East Eye, Hossein Kanani-Moghaddam, a conservative activist, expressed his regret over Koveitipour's song.

“We should find out who is behind the project of tarnishing the image of such a eulogist, whose voice is reminiscent of our martyred soldiers in the 1980s war,” he said.

'No problem from a religious perspective'

Before 1979, Iran had numerous successful female singers, most of whom decided to leave the country following the revolution to pursue their careers abroad. 

In recent years, the country has slightly softened its approach, with some female vocalists permitted to perform in concert halls solely for women. 

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However, allowing women to sing to an audience of both men and women, live or on TV, has not been allowed since 1979, with some clerics saying that women singing may tempt and induce men to commit “sin”.

Former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, was reportedly not opposed to women singing. 

However, during his leadership in the 1980s, no women were allowed to perform. 

Mohammad Khatami, a former Iranian president and the leader of the country's reformists, once quoted Khomeini as saying that women singing solo, and men listening to the music, was not a problem from a religious perspective.

'Officials should show courage'

The present religious leadership in the country also seems to hold similar views.

“The current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been asked once about his view regarding women singing solo,” a former concert organiser, who wished to remain anonymous, told MEE. “In response, he didn't reply negatively.

"Therefore, there is no religious obstacle issue standing in the middle of our path. But we have been told that they believe society wouldn't accept this.” 

The organiser hypothesised that the influence of hardliners in Iranian politics may have kept the issue from being re-examined.

“If the priority is Islamic law and the supreme leader, they all have no issue with women singing solo,” he said. "Officials should show courage and break this taboo, but I think they are terrified of radicals’ possibly harsh reactions.” 

Iranian female singers angered

Koveitipour is not the only Iranian musical artist to have flouted the rules.

Popular folk singer Homayoun Shajarian, the son of legendary singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian, released a video on 19 June with Lebanese singer Abeer Nehme, with a cover of the old song “Morghe Sahar”.

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But the backlash against Shajarian has not only just come from conservatives.

Iranian female vocalists have slammed him for preferring to choose a foreign woman to accompany him on the song.

“Even Iranian male singers ignore [Iranian] female vocalists,” acclaimed Iranian vocalist Sahar, who based in London, told BBC Persian last month

Referring to the ban on women singing solo in Iran, Madmazel, another singer, addressed her fans on Instagram, saying: “Have you seen the video clip of Homayoun Shajarian? Only the voice of Iranian women provokes [men]?”

Anger from Iranian women vocalists also followed the release of a comedic movie, Motreb, which was screened in Iran in November.

In the movie, Iranian actor Parviz Parastui sings a song with female Turkish singer Aysegul Coskun. 

While this could have led to the movie being barred from theatres, neither the government nor hardliners objected to it. 

“Some are resorting to the strategy of the normalisation of breaking taboos,” Kanani-Moghaddam, the conservative activist, said, before claiming that certain individuals “want to pave the way for feminist thought to dominate our art arena”.

Risky resistance

In spite of Kanani-Moghaddam’s assertions, violating the rules remains a risky endeavour.

On 2 February 2019, pop star Hamid Askari held a concert in Tehran during which he suddenly handed over the microphone to the female guitarist, who began to sing solo. 

As news of the incident went viral, the Iranian Ministry of Culture announced that Askari was banned from staging any more concerts. 

He has not been back onstage in the country since.

A similar situation occurred in 2015 when Mohammad Motamedi, a traditional vocalist, performed a song with a female singer from Spain, leading the Ministry of Culture to refuse to issue him a permit to release his new album for a period of time. 

Social networks effect

But social networks are helping to break these red lines, paving the way on Instagram and Twitter for societal changes. 

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Amanullah Qarai Moqaddam, a professor of sociology at the University of Shahid Beheshti, argued that technology was changing lives, manners and habits. 

“Social networks will bring down all the walls and limitations,” he told MEE. 

“Some think that they are able to prevent such happenings, but they are wrong, especially regarding women singing solo.

“I’m sure decision-makers and the government will eventually retreat and will allow women to sing.

"In fact, society will impose this on officials, and they have no choice but to accept it.”

Tehran, Iran

Coronavirus: Veteran Egyptian actress Ragaa El-Gedawy dies at 81

Middle East Eye - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 09:43
Coronavirus: Veteran Egyptian actress Ragaa El-Gedawy dies at 81
El-Gedawy was one of Egypt's best known actresses after a career in TV, films and theatre spanning six decades
MEE staff Sun, 07/05/2020 - 10:43
El-Gedawy, centre, had just finishing shooting a soap opera before she was admitted to hospital (Reuters)

Veteran Egyptian actress Ragaa El-Gedawy, whose career spanned six decades, has died following a lengthy battle with the coronavirus, her daughter Amira Mokhtar announced on Sunday.

El-Gedawy, one of Egypt’s most beloved actresses, had spent 43 days in a hospital in the coastal northeastern city of Ismailia after she became infected with Covid-19. 

She was admitted days after finishing shooting for the soap opera Le'bet El-Nesyan (Game of Oblivion), which was screened during the holy month of Ramadan to great acclaim.

A former model, El-Gedawy, who was 81, made her acting debut in the popular Egyptian film Doaa al-Karawan (The Nightingale's Prayer) in 1959.

Over the years she appeared in hundreds of films, plays and TV shows, collaborating with the country’s leading directors and actors, spanning generations.

Her most recent work was in various television series and she was known for her roles playing aristocratic women.

El-Gedawy had been transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Abu Khalifa isolation hospital, Ismailia, on 2 June as her condition deteriorated.

Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country with nearly 100 million people, recently loosened virus-related restrictions to boost its economy.

Health authorities have so far reported a total of 74,035 coronavirus cases and 3,280 related deaths.

Veteran Egyptian actress Ragaa El-Gedawy dies with Covid-19 at 81

Antifa Mob Takes Down Christopher Columbus Statue in Baltimore–No Police in Sight

GatewayPundit - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 05:01

An Antifa mob toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in the Little Italy neighborhood of Baltimore Saturday night. No police were seen in sight according to video of the mob attack by several hundred anti-American guerrillas. The mob dragged the toppled statue over to the Inner Harbor and tossed it in the water.

Protesters just took down the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore’s Little Italy.

— Louis Krauss (@louiskraussnews) July 5, 2020

Baltimore’s Columbus statue gets dumped in the harbor

— J. M. Giordano photo (@jmgpix) July 5, 2020

#Baltimore tore down a Christopher Columbus statue and threw it in the harbor.

— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) July 5, 2020

This was moments ago when a group of at least 100 people protesting through traffic came back near Columbus Park and began shutting down traffic. @wbaltv11

— Tre Ward (@TreWardWBAL) July 5, 2020

A spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Jack Young basically said the mayor doesn’t give a damn, “Baltimore police “are principally concerned with the preservation of life,” @mayorbcyoung’s spokesman says. “That is sacrosanct. Everything else falls secondary to that, including statues.”

Baltimore police "are principally concerned with the preservation of life,” @mayorbcyoung's spokesman says. “That is sacrosanct. Everything else falls secondary to that, including statues.”

— Colin Campbell ☀ (@cmcampbell6) July 5, 2020

President Ronald Reagan spoke at the dedication of the Columbus statue in Little Italy on October 8, 1984.

Then California Governor Reagan warned in his inaugural address on January 5, 1967, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation…”

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BLM Independence Day Speaker in Washington DC: “No Protest Is Peaceful, We Want to Disrupt the Peace ’til We Get What We Demand” (VIDEO)

GatewayPundit - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 04:54

It was quite an Independence Day in some sectors on the left.

Democrat governors shut down their states but allowed Black Lives Matter and leftist groups to rally against the government in their states.

In Washington DC the Black Lives Matter speaker called for violent revolution.

BLM Speaker: “No protest is peaceful, we want to disrupt the peace, until we get can get what we demand..”

Democrats created this monster.

DC BLM Speaker: “No protest is peaceful, we want to disrupt the peace, until we get can get what we demand..”

— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) July 4, 2020

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Nashville Mayor Shuts Down 4th of July Celebrations but Allows Black Lives Matter to Protest America on Independence Day

GatewayPundit - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 01:52

Black Lives Matter held a protest in Nashville on Fourth of July this afternoon.
Thousands of people turned out.

Several thousand people gather at Bicentennial Park to rally for equality and freedom on the 4th of July @WKRN #wkrn

— ValenciaNews2 (@ValenciaWicker) July 4, 2020

The BLM protesters did not burn down the historic courthouse this time.
They already did that in June.

The Mayor of Nashville canceled the 4th of July fireworks and festivities and re-closed the restaurants and bars due to increased Coronavirus cases.
But the Black Lives Matters was allowed to protest.

So it’s OK to protest America but not to celebrate America in Nashville.
Got it?
This is the modern day left — raw hatred for their country.

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Driver Involved in I-5 Seattle Collision of Female Protesters at 1:30 in Morning Is Doxxed — Antifa Calls Him “Racist Monster” but He’s Black

GatewayPundit - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 00:43

Two women activists were hit by a car last night in downtown Seattle early in the morning on July 4th.

The women activists were standing on the interstate at 1:30 AM.

The protesters were wearing black on the highway at 1:30 AM.

The car suffered front grill and windshield damage.

The driver was in custody but was not impaired when he hit the women on the highway.

Here are two pictures of the suspect vehicle that struck two protesters on I-5 this morning. Investigation into motive and point of entry in to I-5 are still under investigation.

— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) July 4, 2020

The driver was later identified and doxxed by Antifa.

The man D**it K***te was just driving down the interstate when he ran up on the protesters at 1:30 AM.

The local antifa is calling him “a racist monster.”

The driver is black.

The man who hit two Black Lives Matter protesters on the freeway in Seattle is a black man. Left-wing activists on social media claim without evidence that the incident was a Charlottesville-style far-right attack. Both victims sustained serious injuries.

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 4, 2020

The BLM-Antifa white mob is going to have a hard time explaining how a black man hitting two white women in the highway at 1:30 AM is a racist?

The post Driver Involved in I-5 Seattle Collision of Female Protesters at 1:30 in Morning Is Doxxed — Antifa Calls Him “Racist Monster” but He’s Black appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Arizona woman falls to her death during Grand Canyon hike

UPI - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 00:23
Officials have recovered the body of a 59-year-old hiker who fell into the Grand Canyon Friday.

CNN Then and Now: Mt. Rushmore During Obama Visit – “Majestic, Quite a Sight” – Mt. Rushmore During Trump Visit – “Monument to Two Slave Owners”

GatewayPundit - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 23:05

In 2008 Barack Obama visited Mount Rushmore.

Obama joked that his ears were too big for Mount Everest.

During his trip to Mt. Rushmore CNN reported the monument was “majestic” and “quite a sight.”

But last night when Donald Trump visited the monument CNN reported it as, “A monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans.”

Via Tim Murtaugh.

We could check the archives, but safe bet that this is the first time CNN has ever described Mount Rushmore as:

“A monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans.”

What changed, @CNN?

— Tim Murtaugh – Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) July 3, 2020

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Former Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett, 35, dies in Utah plane crash

UPI - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 22:22
Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett was killed in a plane crash in Utah along with four others Friday.

WATCH LIVE: President Trump to deliver 4th of July remarks in “Salute to America” event

Geller Report - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 22:21

LIVE: Salute to America!

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 4, 2020

Watch live: Trump to deliver 4th of July remarks in “Salute to America” event

What: President Trump delivers remarks for the 4th of July
When: Saturday, July 4, 2020
Time: 6:50 p.m. ET
Where: White House South Lawn, Washington, D.C.

Watch live: Trump to deliver 4th of July remarks in “Salute to America” event. President Trump will deliver remarks at the “Salute to America” event at the White House on Saturday in honor of Independence Day. The event will include military aircraft flyovers and conclude with fireworks over the Mall.


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