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100+ arrested in Paris unrest as thousands rally against Macron’s fuel reforms

Published time: 1 Dec, 2018 12:20
Edited time: 1 Dec, 2018 14:52
source: https://www.rt.com/news/445327-arrests-paris-yellow-vest/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notifications&utm_campaign=push_notifications


Demonstrators clash with riot police officers during a protest of Yellow vests in Paris on December 1, 2018.
©  AFP / Lucas Barioulet


Over a hundred demonstrators were arrested as police faced off with Yellow Vest protesters in the French capital. Thousands rallied against Emmanuel Macron’s reform on fuel prices and higher tax.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed 107 arrests, while police and the Interior Ministry later put the number at 129.

Since early morning, massive demonstrations have been gripping Paris, resulting in fierce clashes between police and demonstrators. Officers deployed tear gas and water cannons against the rioters who answered with rocks and projectiles of various sorts.


Protesters wearing yellow vests in Paris ©  Reuters

While Paris – according to official figures – saw over 5,000 protesters, the number of those rallying across the country, was estimated with 36,000. The ‘street battles’ left at least 20 people injured, according to the latest figures by the police prefecture. The number includes six police officers.


@AFP

At one point, when law enforcement moved against the demonstrators, some of them were seen falling down and grasping their legs, presumably hit by rubber bullets.



Hours into the unrest, two RT France journalists were also injured by a tear gas canister and a flash-ball gun. One of them, Lucas Leger, later posted a picture of his bruised cheek.
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Israel denies report its jet was downed during Syria raid as ‘bogus’

Published time: 29 Nov, 2018 21:44
Edited time: 29 Nov, 2018 22:13
source: https://www.rt.com/news/445184-syria-israeli-jet-missiles/


FILE PHOTO: An Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter plane © Reuters / Ammar Awad

The Israeli military has described reports that one of its jets was brought down while carrying out airstrikes in Syria as “bogus,” amid reports that the country’s air defense systems engaged and downed several “hostile targets”.

Israeli Defense Forces have refused to comment on the country’s alleged role in the attack, with a spokesperson saying that they’re not commenting on reports in foreign media. Yet the IDF has denied a particular report that it had lost a warplane during the raid on Syria.

A Syrian security source earlier told RIA Novosti that an Israeli jet was among the targets downed by the air defense. “Our air defense have downed an Israeli jet and four rockets before they could reach their targets,” the source said.

Meanwhile, Syria TV reported that a missile strike against Syria was deflected, without specifying what the downed objects were. The incident reportedly occurred in the Kiswah area, located 13 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus.



Syrian air defense downs several 'enemy targets' in southern Syria – reports

Published time: 29 Nov, 2018 19:54
Edited time: 29 Nov, 2018 21:20
source: https://www.rt.com/news/445179-syria-defence-south-conflict/


Kiswah town ©  Google maps

Syria's air defense forces have shot down "enemy targets" in Kiswah town, located south of Damascus, according to state media.
The report by the SANA news outlet does not specify the "enemy" that was targeted.


Military sources told SANA that the incoming projectiles were heading toward the al-Kiswah area.

"Our air defense systems repelled an attack by several enemy targets over the al-Kiswah area in the south of the country and shot them down," a Syrian military source said, as quoted by Ikhbariya television.

An unconfirmed report from Ria Novosti said that an Israeli Air Force jet and four Israeli missiles were taken down.

Israeli Defense Forces have refused to comment on Israel’s alleged part or losses in the attack, with a spokesperson telling RIA that they’re not commenting on reports in foreign media.

While the origin of the projectiles has not been confirmed, Israel reportedly carried out a missile strike on a military outpost in the Kiswah area in May, SANA reported at the time. Damascus also blamed Israel for launching air strikes near Kiswah in December 2017, reportedly destroying or damaging at least 10 buildings. Those strikes allegedly targeted an Iranian military base under construction.

Kiswah, located approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus, is a city in the Rif Dimashq Governorate of Syria. It has a population of 43,000 people.
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The World Below / Syrian air defense downs several 'enemy targets' in southern Syria
« Last post by Rudi Jan on November 29, 2018, 01:24:58 PM »
Syrian air defense downs several 'enemy targets' in southern Syria – reports

Published time: 29 Nov, 2018 19:54
Edited time: 29 Nov, 2018 21:20
source: https://www.rt.com/news/445179-syria-defence-south-conflict/


Kiswah town ©  Google maps

Syria's air defense forces have shot down "enemy targets" in Kiswah town, located south of Damascus, according to state media.
The report by the SANA news outlet does not specify the "enemy" that was targeted.


Military sources told SANA that the incoming projectiles were heading toward the al-Kiswah area.

"Our air defense systems repelled an attack by several enemy targets over the al-Kiswah area in the south of the country and shot them down," a Syrian military source said, as quoted by Ikhbariya television.

An unconfirmed report from Ria Novosti said that an Israeli Air Force jet and four Israeli missiles were taken down.

Israeli Defense Forces have refused to comment on Israel’s alleged part or losses in the attack, with a spokesperson telling RIA that they’re not commenting on reports in foreign media.

While the origin of the projectiles has not been confirmed, Israel reportedly carried out a missile strike on a military outpost in the Kiswah area in May, SANA reported at the time. Damascus also blamed Israel for launching air strikes near Kiswah in December 2017, reportedly destroying or damaging at least 10 buildings. Those strikes allegedly targeted an Iranian military base under construction.

Kiswah, located approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus, is a city in the Rif Dimashq Governorate of Syria. It has a population of 43,000 people.
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Trump: Auto Tariffs 'Being Studied' as General Motors Shuts Down Assembly

17:54 28.11.2018(updated 18:16 28.11.2018)
source: https://sputniknews.com/us/201811281070209099-trump-auto-tariffs-general-motors-shut-down/


Plants © Sputnik / Alexei Danichev

American auto industry giant General Motors (GM) announced earlier this week that the company would eliminate several assembly plants in the US and would cut 15 percent of its workforce, which is about 14,700 jobs.

Addressing the closure of the assembly plants in the US, President Donald Trump stated Wednesday that the government was studying possible car tariffs. He also blamed many countries that had been exporting trucks to the US of taking advantage of Washington for decades.

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump

The reason that the small truck business in the U.S. is such a go to favorite is that, for many years, Tariffs of 25% have been put on small trucks coming into our country. It is called the “chicken tax.” If we did that with cars coming in, many more cars would be built here...

...and G.M. would not be closing their plants in Ohio, Michigan & Maryland. Get smart Congress. Also, the countries that send us cars have taken advantage of the U.S. for decades. The President has great power on this issue - Because of the G.M. event, it is being studied now!

6:43 AM - 28 Nov 2018


Commenting on the decision, GM said that it made the decision because of a decline in car sales. The company estimated that the move would bring in more than $6 billion in additional annual cash flow by the end of 2020, including $4 billion in cost cuts and $1.5 billion in reduced capital expenditures.

Shortly after the announcement, Trump said that he would consider cutting all of the company's subsidies, including credit going to consumers buying electric vehicles.
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Fatal flaw made Lion Air flight nosedive 20+ times before deadly crash in Indonesia, report finds

Published time: 28 Nov, 2018 09:11
source: https://www.rt.com/news/445036-indonesia-boeing-crash-report/


Captain Nurcahyo Utomo of the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee during a news conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. © Darren Whiteside / Reuters

Pilots of the Indonesian Lion Air flight desperately fought against a flaw in the packed Boeing 737 as faulty anti-stall sensors repeatedly sent the plane nosediving before it plunged into the Java Sea, the investigation shows.

The angle-of-attack (AOA) sensors measure how well the plane’s nose is positioned against the oncoming air. During the journey of Lion Air Flight 610, the sensors malfunctioned, automatically pushing the aircraft’s nose down two dozen times in the span of just 10 minutes, the preliminary report of Indonesia’s National Transport Safety Committee (KNKT) found.

Each time the flawed system directed the plane downwards, the pilots had to struggle, manually pushing the nose back up again. “The pilots fought continuously until the end of the flight,” Captain Nurcahyo Utomo of the KNKT said.

The doomed plane suffered the same sensor malfunction during a previous flight, but that time the crew solved the problem by switching the system off early in the trip. The officials noted that the aircraft was “not airworthy.”


A turbine engine of the crashed Lion Air flight 610 is being lifted at in Jakarta, Indonesia. © Beawiharta / Reuters

The Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed into the Java Sea on October 29 shortly after takeoff from the airport in the nation’s capital of Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

The preliminary report relies on data recovered from the plane’s onboard flight recorder. The cockpit voice recorder, however, is still to be located, so it is too early to determine the exact causes of the crash, Indonesian state investigators stressed.

They also asked Lion Air to update its operational manuals in order to improve the airline’s “safety culture.”

The disaster in Indonesia raised questions on whether Boeing’s newest 737 Max series truly lives up to its previously flawless safety record. Following the crash, the company issued an operational bulletin, directing pilots on how to deal with “erroneous input” from the sensors.

The warning was followed by the US Federal Aviation Administration, which sent out its own emergency directive on Boeing’s best-selling 737 Max series. It alerted the airlines that “erroneous input” from the plane’s AOA sensors “can potentially make the horizontal stabilizers repeatedly pitch the nose of the airplane downward.”

R ~ Buy American. Once a statement of soundness, now in a technology abyss, having removed all incentives to produce in this land of paper.
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The World Below / ‘Kiev would get away even with eating babies’
« Last post by Rudi Jan on November 28, 2018, 08:02:02 AM »
‘Kiev would get away even with eating babies’: Putin says Kerch Strait standoff is a provocation

Published time: 28 Nov, 2018 12:00
Edited time: 28 Nov, 2018 15:03
source:


(L) Vladimir Putin speaks at the "Russia calling" forum © Sputnik / Grigory Sysoev; (R) Ukraine's vessel moored at Kerch haven © Sputnik / Alexey Malgavko

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said the clash between Russian and Ukrainian military ships was a result of foreign nation’s failing to hold Kiev accountable for bad behavior as long as it remains confrontational towards Russia.

The remarks were the first made by the Russian leader since the confrontation in the Kerch Strait, a narrow passageway between the Black Sea and the Azov Sea, where a strategic bridge connecting Crimea with mainland Russia is located.

“The authorities in Kiev are selling anti-Russian sentiment with quite a success today. They have nothing else to do,” Putin said during a business forum in Moscow.

The Russian president said it seemed like Kiev could get away with anything as far as foreign nations supporting Ukraine’s anti-Russian stance were concerned.

If they demand babies for breakfast, they would probably be served babies. They’d say: ‘Why not, they are hungry, what is to be done about it?’ This is such a shortsighted policy and it cannot have a good outcome. It makes the Ukrainian leadership complacent, gives them no incentive to do normal political work in their country or pursue a normal economic policy.

Putin said the incident, which ended in Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships and Kiev imposing a partial martial law in the country, was a “dirty game” by Poroshenko, who needs to suppress his political opponents ahead of the March presidential election. He assured that the Ukrainian side was responsible for the escalation of tensions, since the incident was a deliberate and planned provocation by the Ukrainian Navy.

The Russian leader also defended the border guards, who stopped the Ukrainian ships from passing through the Kerch Strait, saying it was their duty as sworn service members to do so and that if they failed they could face a tribunal for defying an order.

R ~ It's rumored that the elites behind such events do eat babies. Or have we forgotten pizza?
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Media Watch / Top House Committee Reviewing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Testimony For
« Last post by Rudi Jan on November 27, 2018, 11:58:32 AM »
Top House Committee Reviewing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Testimony For False Statements

NOVEMBER 27, 2018 By Sean Davis
source: http://thefederalist.com/2018/11/27/top-house-committee-investigating-twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-for-lying-to-congress/#.W_16Rexf3nR.twitter



The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over telecommunications companies like Twitter, is now reviewing whether Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey provided false testimony before the committee in September.

A top House committee that oversees the U.S. telecommunications industry is now reviewing whether Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lied to Congress during a hearing about Twitter’s controversial history of arbitrarily censoring content published by the site, an aide for the House Energy and Commerce committee told The Federalist.

“The committee is aware of Twitter’s actions and is currently reviewing Mr. Dorsey’s testimony,” the aide said after Twitter suddenly banned Jesse Kelly, a Marine combat veteran, writer, and popular radio talk show host, without explanation.

As The Federalist reported on Monday, Dorsey was not truthful about his or his company’s response to death threats against prominent conservatives — including against Meghan McCain shortly after the death of her father, former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — nor was he truthful about whether Twitter policies discriminated against users based on their politics. It is a federal crime to provide false testimony to Congress.

During testimony before the committee, which has broad authority to oversee and regulate telecommunications companies and social media publishers like Twitter, Dorsey repeatedly claimed that neither Twitter’s policies nor its algorithms took users’ political views into account when censoring content published by the site.

“I want to start by making something very clear,” Dorsey testified on September 5, 2018. “We don’t consider political viewpoints, perspectives, or party affiliation in any of our policies or enforcement decisions, period.”

“Our policies and our algorithms don’t take into consideration any affiliation, philosophy, or viewpoint,” Dorsey claimed again later in the hearing.

A review of Twitter’s so-called hateful conduct policy, however, shows that the company has explicitly codified political views into its policies. For example, the social media publisher states that it will ban users if they accurately refer to the biological sex of “transgendered” individuals who believe without evidence that biological men can become biological women, and vice versa.

“We prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category,” Twitter’s policy states. “This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”

“Deadnaming” is the use of an individual’s name on his or her original birth certificate that generally corresponds with the individual’s immutable biological sex, and “misgendering” is the accurate reference to an individual’s biological sex. Contrary to Dorsey’s claim before Congress that Twitter’s content and user censorship policies don’t take political viewpoints into account, a policy that discriminates against those who convey indisputably accurate scientific and historical information is by its very nature exclusively political.

The House Energy and Commerce committee aide also told The Federalist that Twitter and Dorsey have also refused to even respond to numerous questions for the record posed by the committee following the hearing.

“Twitter has not yet provided responses to members’ questions for the record, despite an October 15th deadline,” the aide said. “It is important that Congress receive this requested information to ensure we are able to properly perform our oversight responsibilities.”

The aide suggested that Twitter had not been honest or transparent with Congress about the social media publisher’s policies regarding censorship of the social media publisher’s content and users.

“We believe Twitter and other tech companies should be forthright with Congress and the American people in an effort to shed light on often opaque rules and processes,” the aide noted. “Transparency and trust are essential components of our increasingly digital communication channels.”

Twitter did not respond to inquiries from The Federalist about whether Dorsey planned to amend his false testimony, why the company had refused to provide answers to questions for the record from the House Energy and Commerce committee, and why it banned Kelly from the site.

Sean Davis is the co-founder of The Federalist.
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Trump publicly bashes May AGAIN, says Brexit is only ‘great’ for EU, will hurt UK-US trade deal

Published time: 27 Nov, 2018 09:26
Edited time: 27 Nov, 2018 15:25
source: https://www.rt.com/news/444949-trump-attacks-brexit-agreement/


Donald Trump and Theresa May meet on the sidelines of the 73rd UNGA session. ©Reuters / Carlos Barria

US President Donald Trump criticized UK Prime Minister Theresa May, saying the divorce deal she has negotiated with the EU jeopardizes Britain’s ability to seal a trade deal with America.

In his first comment on the Brexit agreement, which May is expected to submit to parliament next month, Trump said it was a “great deal for the EU,” but not so much for Britain.

“Right now as the deal stands… they may not be able to trade with the US and I don’t think they want that at all, that would be a very big negative for the deal,” Trump told journalists on Monday as he departed the White House.

Trump argued that May should restart negotiations with Brussels with a view to securing better terms for Britain. Both the British prime minister and European officials said that this will not happen.

In response to Trump’s comments, May told broadcasters on Tuesday that the agreement struck with the EU “clearly identifies” that the UK would have an “independent trade policy” after Brexit, and would be free to strike trade deals “with countries around the rest of the world,” including the US.

“As regards the United States,” she continued, “we’ve already been talking to them about the sort of agreement we could have in the future.”

May is widely expected to lose the December 11 parliament vote, as the agreement she got from Brussels has been criticized – even by her own party. Her cabinet saw a mass exodus of members over the terms of the document, while Brexit advocates say the country would be better off remaining as part of the EU than taking what May got.

Among other things, the deal provisionally keeps Britain as part of the EU’s customs union, which means all its imports will be subject to EU tariffs and standards, while a more comprehensive agreement on trade is negotiated. No specific deadline for such negotiations is set, potentially stalling the process for years to come.

Trump was a supporter of Britain leaving the EU on his campaign trail, and even claimed partial credit for a Leave vote. During his European tour last year, he criticized his British host for not taking his advice on how to better pressure Brussels during negotiations and mused that Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexit advocate and then-foreign secretary, would make a great prime minister of Britain.

As part of his ‘America First’ policy, Trump is pressing US trade partners to buy more American goods, claiming that the long-term trade deficit is a result of unfair treatment of the US by other nations. He wants to have a bilateral trade agreement with the UK, but such a treaty cannot be signed while Britain lives under EU trade rules.
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Media Watch / WikiLeaks Categorically Denies Assange-Manafort Meetings
« Last post by Rudi Jan on November 27, 2018, 06:52:13 AM »
WikiLeaks Categorically Denies Assange-Manafort Meetings

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:36
source: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-27/manafort-met-secret-julian-assange-ecuadorian-embassy-report

Update: WikiLeaks has fired back at the Guardian, tweeting: "Remember this day when the Guardian permitted a serial fabricator to totally destroy the paper's reputation. @WikiLeaks is willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editor's head that Manafort never met Assange."



The Guardian's report was written by Luke Harding and Dan Collyns, and was based exclusively on unnamed sources.

***

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, right around the time he joined Trump's campaign, according to The Guardian, which as is now the norm in reports of this kind refers to unnamed "sources."

Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 – during the period when he was made a key figure in Trump’s push for the White House.

It is unclear why Manafort wanted to see Assange and what was discussed. But the last meeting is likely to come under scrutiny and could interest Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

A well-placed source has told the Guardian that Manafort went to see Assange around March 2016. Months later WikiLeaks released a stash of Democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence officers. -The Guardian


The 69-year-old Manafort has denied any involvement in the release of the emails, and has said that the claim is "100% false."

While Manafort was jailed this year under a plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller, on Monday, Mueller said that Manafort had repeatedly lied to the FBI, breaching his deal. According to documents filed in court, Manafort committed "crimes and lies" covering a "variety of subject matters."

According to The Guardian, Manafort's first visit to the Ecuadorian embassy occurred one year after Assange was granted asylum inside, according to two sources. To add icing to the cake, "a separate internal document written by Ecuador's Senian Intelligence agency and seen by The Guardian lists "Paul Manaford [sic]" as one of Assange's several well-known guests, along with... "Russians."

According to two sources, Manafort returned to the embassy in 2015. He paid another visit in spring 2016, turning up alone, around the time Trump named him as his convention manager. The visit is tentatively dated to March.

Manafort’s 2016 visit to Assange lasted about 40 minutes, one source said, adding that the American was casually dressed when he exited the embassy, wearing sandy-coloured chinos, a cardigan and a light-coloured shirt.

Visitors normally register with embassy security guards and show their passports. Sources in Ecuador, however, say Manafort was not logged. -The Guardian


So we have Manafort allegedly visiting Assange, in sandy-coloured chinos, and that Russians also visited the WikiLeaks founder. And none of this was known until today.

The Guardian goes on to suggest that "The revelation could shed new light on the sequence of events in the run-up to summer 2016, when WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of emails hacked by the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency. Hillary Clinton has said the hack contributed to her defeat."

Note that The Guardian has considered the "hack" settled, which agrees with Western intelligence assessments (the same Western intelligence that conducted espionage on Donald Trump's campaign). Nowhere to be found is the possibility that the emails were copied locally - a theory recently bolstered by a fresh analysis that flies in the face of a report commissioned by cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike - which was caught fabricating a report on Russia hacking Ukrainian munitions, and was forced to retract portions of their analysis after the government of Ukraine admonished them.

Manafort is currently in jail in Alexandria, Virginia. In August a jury convicted him of crimes arising from his decade-long activities in Ukraine. They include large-scale money laundering and failure to pay US tax. Manafort pleaded guilty to further charges in order to avoid a second trial in Washington.

As well as accusing him of lying on Monday, the special counsel moved to set a date for Manafort to be sentenced.

One person familiar with WikiLeaks said Assange was motivated to damage the Democrats campaign because he believed a future Trump administration would be less likely to seek his extradition on possible charges of espionage. This fate had hung over Assange since 2010, when he released confidential US state department cables. It contributed to his decision to take refuge in the embassy. -The Guardian


And in perhaps the most shocking part of The Guardian's reporting, they refer to the highly salacious and largely discredited "Steele Dossier," saying that according to the document, Manafort was at the center of a "well-developed conspiracy of cooperation" between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, and that both sides had a mutual interest in defeating Clinton, wrote former MI6 spy Christopher Steele.

In a memo written soon after the DNC emails were published, Steele said: “The [hacking] operation had been conducted with the full knowledge and support of Trump and senior members of his campaign team.” -The Guardian

You know things are desperate when the Steele Dossier makes a guest appearance to once again bolster unsupported reporting.
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NATO chief calls on Russia ‘to release Ukrainian sailors and ships’

By News Desk - 2018-11-27
source: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/nato-chief-calls-on-russia-to-release-ukrainian-sailors-and-ships-video/



Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said that “Russia used military force against Ukraine in an open and direct way” during the Kerch Strait incident, at a press conference in Brussels on Monday.

Stoltenberg also said that “there is no justification for the use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel” and called “on Russia to release immediately the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized yesterday.”

He added that the “incident is a reminder that there is a war going on in Ukraine” and stated that “Russia must end its support to militant groups and withdraw all its forces from Ukrainian territory.”

Russia’s coastguard detained three Ukrainian vessels after they entered Russia’s Black Sea waters on Sunday.

Ukrainian authorities claim that their ships had a right to pass freely over the Kerch Strait based on international law.

R ~ 'Russia used military force against Ukraine in an open and direct way'.. no shit Sherlock. What did you want...? Something clandestine?
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