BY JOHN HAYWARD
On Wednesday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily, SiriusXM host Alex Marlow asked Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney to pick his favorite WikiLeaks revelation about Hillary Clinton to date.
“Alex, there’s so many to choose from, and the hits just keep coming,” Gaffney replied with a chuckle.
I guess the one that seems to me to just basically capture all the rest is the line from her appearance, before Goldman Sachs as I recall, about how you can have a public and private position. What that is – whether she tries to lay this off on Abraham Lincoln or not – is just the leitmotif of Hillary’s life, which is lying. You know, ‘dissembling’ is just too generous a word. It is actually the kind of systematic, chronic lying that I believe has gotten her to where she is today, but it is at terrible cost to the American people, and threatens to be vastly more in the future, should she be elected.
Marlow put the WikiLeaks document dump in the context of the Democrats’ remarkable turnaround on Russia, which the Obama Administration has fingered as the driving force behind recent hacking escapades. In the span of just four years, as Marlow put it, the Democrats have gone from mocking GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for describing Moscow as a major geopolitical adversary, to painting America and Russia as teetering on the brink of World War III.
“I think that the Russians have taken the measure of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, over the past eight years,” Gaffney said, noting:
Vladimir Putin is unquestionably ratcheting up his behavior, his aggression, his rhetoric, his threats – including of nuclear war against our allies, and periodically against us. I don’t think we can safely ignore all of that, Alex, because I think unfortunately, what history is replete with is example after example after example of miscalculations, where people behave on the basis of what they perceive to be certain strategic realities, and all of a sudden some miscalculation, as I say, takes place, and it can result in horrific consequences.
“All of that said, this latest effort to portray the Obama/Clinton legacy as one of robustness, vis-à-vis Putin, and having dealt with him effectively, as opposed to what they impute would be a Trump presidency’s conduct, is ludicrous, and I believe preposterous on its face,” Gaffney declared.
Just to give you two examples, of course there was the famous episode with the reset button. Much has been made of the sheer incompetence of it, starting with the fact that Hillary’s State Department couldn’t figure out how to translate into Russian ‘reset.’ It all went downhill from there, and again fed into this contempt that the Russians have for her – and for, I’m afraid, a government led by her.
“And then there’s this: don’t forget, it was one of the most telling and yet least understood aspects of the Obama presidency, when he was caught on that hot mike, telling the proxy for Putin, Medvedev, that after the election he would have, quote, ‘more flexibility,’ unquote. ‘Tell Vladimir that,’” Gaffney continued:
The point of that was, of course, that there would be even more concessions made by an Obama presidency, and indeed there have been – notably, not exclusively, but notably in the continuing disarmament, unilateral disarmament, of our nuclear forces.
“All of this has not been lost on the Russians, and I’m afraid could well present the next President – whoever that may be – with a much more dangerous Kremlin and Putin even than the one we’ve faced thus far,” he worried.
Gaffney said the Administration and media focus on Russian involvement in WikiLeaks was a “deflection.”
“What are they going to say – that they can defend any of the things that are coming out? No, they have to try to impugn Trump for using them. And I couldn’t agree more with what you said a moment ago, namely that this has to be an incessant drumbeat,” he told Marlow.
“What we’re learning from all of these documents, Podesta’s as well as others, is incredibly important about the nature of the Clinton operation,” Gaffney said. “It’s like the Project Veritas revelations. We’re learning of kleptocratic behavior, which in a way rivals that of Vladimir Putin. I mean it’s really unbelievable, some of the parallels here between people who are willing to say and do anything to accomplish their objectives.”
“The combination of the two, in terms of the damage that could be done to American interests, should Hillary Clinton become President of the United States, is really frightening to contemplate,” Gaffney said.
He hoped that Trump would “return to some of his most important points” in the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, especially that “the choice between him and Hillary Clinton is a change in foreign policy from the kind of fecklessness, irresolution, weakness that our adversaries have seen and exploited for eight years, or more of the same – and, frankly, worse.”
Gaffney said “worse” could mean “doubling down on so much of it, whether that’s with respect to the Islamists in general, Iran in particular, the Russians, the Chinese, the radical Left that is an enabler of all of the above.”
It’s the kind of field on which I think Donald Trump has proven to be very effective in communicating, channeling, and speaking for the outrage of the American people, as to what’s being done to our country – to its prestige, to its power, and to its security by the Obama/Clinton apparat. We need change. I think that’s clear. We will get change, I guess, of a kind, only it will be worse, more of the same and worse, if Hillary is elected President of the United States.
We salute this principled female chess champion who did the right thing by refusing to wear an oppressive hijab as a touring professional just to pander to irrational local customs.
As one of the most successful women to ever play the male-dominated game of chess, Nazi Paikidze is used to having her moves watched closely.
Her latest has drawn international attention: Paikidze announced last week that she will boycott February’s Women’s World Chess Championship in Iran because the players will have to wear hijabs.
Paikidze’s decision will deprive the tournament of one of the game’s brightest stars and biggest draws — the U.S. champion who once told a magazine she would “do everything I can to help more girls get into chess.”
Islamic coverings for women in public — required in Iran and some other nations such as Saudi Arabia — have increasingly become a target for both protests and struggles over Muslim identity.
Nazi Paikidze holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She was twice world youth girls’ champion and three-time European youth girls’ champion in her age category. She is the 2016 U.S. women’s champion.
She writes in her Instagram post.
This is a post for those who don’t understand why I am boycotting FIDE’s decision.
I think it’s unacceptable to host a WOMEN’S World Championship in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights and are treated as second-class citizens.
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BY RAHEEM KASSAM
A Islamic preacher who has referred to non-Muslims as “kuffar” and preached on how to kill homosexuals is due to deliver a set of nightly lectures at an Iranian government-backed organisation in London, Breitbart London can reveal.
Shaykh Hamza Sodagar – who gained notoriety earlier this year for his lecture on “one of five” ways to kill homosexuals – is due to speak at the Islamic Republic of Iran School in north-west London between October 4th – 12th.
According to a speaker biography, Mr. Sodagar regards himself as a “role model” for “young Muslims all around the world”. A recent video of the preacher features Mr. Sodagar stating:
“If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second – burn them to death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth – a combination of the above”.
As noted in 2014, he has also claimed Europeans and Americans are controlled by a “Zionist web of media is trying to control the minds of the people”.
The event is being organised by a group called the Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission, which also hosted Mr. Sodagar in 2014. The Stand for Peace organisation notes that Ahlulbayt is a pro-Iranian regime group.
The group advertises “tours” of Iraq and Iran on its website, as well as organising “swimming for brothers” – swimming events catering solely for men and children – at a local pool in north London.
President Obama promised Americans a fundamental transformation of the United States, and boy did he deliver on his promise.
A record number of illegal aliens penetrate our wide open borders and manipulate a dysfunctional visa system, the boys now urinate in the girls’ bathroom if they identify as a female, the growth of Islam in America is unstoppable, the debt is so high the number appears fake, the shrinking of the military is sickening, veterans are killing themselves at alarming rates, the war on cops is an epidemic, we’re back to segregating college campuses, Obamacare is worse than what we had before it was a law, and now we negotiate with terrorists, pay ransom to Iran, and grant them permission to build nuclear weapons so they can destroy our number one ally in the world.
The transformation list is long, but for Obama is was not long enough. He needed to cap off his presidency by handing over the greatest communication tool ever known to mankind. As of today, Obama can pen to his resume’ that he saw to it that the internet is no longer managed by the greatest country on earth.
Washington (AFP) – The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity.
The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet’s so-called “root zone.”
That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet’s “stakeholders” — engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups.
The move is part of a decades-old plan by the US to “privatize” the internet, and backers have said it would help maintain its integrity around the world.
US and ICANN officials have said the contract had given Washington a symbolic role as overseer or the internet’s “root zone” where new online domains and addresses are created.
But critics, including some US lawmakers, argued that this was a “giveaway” by Washington that could allow authoritarian regimes to seize control.
A last-ditch effort by critics to block the plan — a lawsuit filed by four US states — failed when a Texas federal judge refused to issue an injunction to stop the transition.
Lawrence Strickling, who heads the Commerce Department unit which has managed these functions, issued a brief statement early Saturday confirming the transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).
“As of October 1, 2016, the IANA functions contract has expired,” he said.
H/T – DennisMichaelLynch
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“OPEC made an exceptional decision today. After two and a half years, OPEC reached consensus to manage the market,” Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has said on Wednesday, as cited by Reuters news agency.
“We have decided to decrease the production around 700,000 barrels per day,” Zanganeh added.
The cartel estimates its current output at 33.24 million barrels per day.
Reuters reports that OPEC will settle production levels for each member country at the next formal meeting, set to be held in Vienna on November 30. It will be the first reduction in eight years.
One of the sources also told Reuters that after reaching the target production rate, OPEC will turn to non-OPEC producers for output support.
Representatives of the OPEC countries are currently in Algeria attending the International Energy Forum.
The agreement to cut production among the world’s largest oil producers could lead to oil supply coming more in line with the demand for the energy source.
Following the reports of OPEC’s decision, the price for futures for Brent crude oil has gone up by nearly 6 percent, to $48.72 per barrel on the ICE stock exchange in London by 6:28 pm GMT.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil also rose by 5.4 percent, to $47.02.
US energy stocks have also jumped, with the energy sector gaining 3.9 percent, the most among the S&P 500 11 sectors. The benchmark index is up eight points (0.39 percent), the Dow is up 89 points (0.48 percent), and the Nasdaq is up six points (0.13 percent) as of 6:28pm GMT.
Spot gold prices fell 0.4 percent, to $1,322.35 an ounce.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.61 percent and the Nasdaq Composite added or 0.24 percent.
Meanwhile the euro exchange rate against the Russian ruble on the Moscow stock exchange fell by 89 cents compared with the level it had at the closing of the previous trading session and reached 70.74 rubles per one euro.
The Russian ruble also rose in price against the US dollar by 1 percent, or 79 cents.
Last week Iran, OPEC’s third-largest producer with a daily output of 3.6 million barrels in August, declined a suggestion from Saudi Arabia that it freezes production at January levels if Tehran agrees to do the same. Tehran said it will continue increasing oil output until it produces four million barrels a day.
On Tuesday, however, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih signaled that it may accept the idea that Iran maintains its output at maximum levels but said it doesn’t expect an agreement to be reached this week, stating that a deal in November is possible.
Meanwhile, negotiations between OPEC representatives that lasted some four hours have ended. The results are expected to be revealed at the upcoming press-conference.