‘We’re talking strongly about bringing peace to Syria’: Trump after hour-long phone call with Putin

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The issue of Syria dominated the more than hour-long phone call between the Russian and American presidents. Putin briefed Trump of his recent meeting with Assad, and both leaders agreed on the importance of the UN-led Syrian peace process.

Putin told Trump that President Bashar Assad confirmed his commitment to political reforms in Syria, including constitutional amendments. Assad also supported the idea of holding presidential and parliamentary elections as part of a transitional political process during his Monday meeting with Putin in Sochi.

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The Russian president informed his US counterpart of the forthcoming meeting between the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey aimed at finding ways to further normalize the situation in Syria while contributing to the political process in the Middle Eastern country. The trilateral talks are scheduled for Wednesday, November 22.

“Both the parties expressed satisfaction with the phone call, which was practical and informative,” a statement from the Kremlin reads.

The White House said Washington reaffirmed its support for the Joint Statement of the US and Russia issued at the APEC summit on November 11.

“We’re talking very strongly about bringing peace to Syria, very strongly about North Korea, and about Ukraine,” Trump told journalists following the phone call with Putin.

The Russian president said a resolution of the Syrian political crisis must be based on the principles of preserving sovereignty, territorial integrity and the independence of Syria. Putin added that Russia has offered to host the Syrian Congress on National Dialogue in Sochi.

Putin again spoke of normalizing bilateral relations, especially when it comes to fighting terrorism. He added that cooperation between Russian and US security services could be of great practical significance. Trump supported Putin’s ideas, the Kremlin said.

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Putin and Trump agreed that the crisis around the Korean peninsula should be solved through diplomatic means, according to the Kremlin. While discussing the Iranian nuclear program, the Russian president restated Moscow’s commitment to the full implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA). He also called the agreement “an important factor of regional stability” that also contributes to the global nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Putin and Trump also touched on the terrorist threat and drug production in Afghanistan. Speaking about the situation in Eastern Ukraine, Putin once again underlined that there is no viable alternative other than the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements by all parties to the Ukrainian conflict.

Trump and Putin last spoke on the sidelines of the Vietnam APEC summit in mid-November. And even though there was no official meeting between the two leaders during the gathering, they still managed to hammer out a joint statement on Syria, in which they said the Syrian conflict “does not have a military solution.”

Trump later described his brief encounters with Putin during the summit as “good discussions.” He also slammed those who oppose US rapprochement with Russia, branding them “haters and fools.” He tweeted that “Russia can greatly help” the US in solving many pressing world issues.

Putin also held separate phone conversations with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. The discussions centered on the situation in Syria as well as a range of bilateral issues.

Germany’s homeless population explodes as refugee policy backfires

The latest report published by Germany’s Federal Association for Assistance for the Homeless shows the number of people living on the streets has surged by 33 percent in the two years through 2016.

“In 2016 an estimated 52,000 people were living on German streets, an increase of a third on the 39,000 people who were living rough in 2014,” the report says.

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The data also shows that the number of people who don’t have their own home last year totaled 422,000 compared 335,000 two years before. Most of them have to live in collective accommodation or share apartments with friends, partners or family.

The head of the association Thomas Specht cites continuously increasing rents, sluggish wages as well as restricted housing supply among the key reasons behind the figures. The number of council flats had decreased by 60 percent to 1.2 million since 1990, as local councils had to sell off many properties to private investors.

“The authorities have lost control of the stock of affordable housing,” Specht said, as quoted by The Local Germany.

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“The numbers presented today on homelessness are shocking. In our view this proves that ever more people are unable to pay their rents because of low wages and over-indebtedness,” said Ulrike Mascher, President of the social campaign group VdK.

Some politicians tend to blame the so-called open door policy, implemented by the current government, headed by Angela Merkel. The number of refugees from Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries reportedly increased five-fold during 2015.

However, Specht pointed out that although the influx of migrants had some impact on facilities for the homeless, it couldn’t be the only factor.

Last month, Angela Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian CSU sister party agreed to limit the number of people allowed to enter Germany for humanitarian reasons to 200,000 annually with migrant workers not to be affected by the plan.

War between Iran & Saudi Arabia could send oil to $300 per barrel & impoverish the world

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An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets and the global economy. RT asked experts what a war between the two Middle East superpowers would mean for crude prices.

If a conflict happens, oil prices could increase 500 percent.

“Energy prices will seriously depend on the severity of the conflict. Let’s remember the unrecognized Iraqi Kurdistan, which in a state of continuous war exported about 550,000 barrels per day through Turkey. In this connection, we can expect a panic rise in oil price to $150-$200 on the first day of the conflict… If Saudis and Iran attack each other’s oil facilities, crude prices can skyrocket to $300,” Mikhail Mashchenko, an analyst at the eToro social network for investors told RT.

Ivan Karyakin, an investment analyst at Global FX, points out that the area of possible conflict pumps a third of global oil. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar together produce about 28 million barrels per day, which is slightly less than 30 percent of global production; prices will go up immediately to $150-180 per barrel, he said.

“Then everything will depend on the duration of the conflict. The world market will survive two or three days of the conflict. If the conflict lasts a week, then prices will rise to $200 or higher, and this will have long-term consequences, as stockpiles will decrease,” Karyakin said.

The analyst insists a war between Riyadh and Tehran is unlikely, as it’s not in the interests of Russia and China.“Russia is a partner of many conflicting countries in the Middle East. Largest oil importer China, which carries the greatest risks in the event of a rise in oil prices, will use all its influence on Iran and the US to prevent a conflict,” he said.

A war in the Middle East will be very unprofitable for importers, according to Ivan Kapustiansky, Forex Optimum analyst. “In the event of war, markets may lose about 20 percent of the world supply. First of all, of course, the largest importers will be affected. These include the US, China, Japan, as well as the eurozone, in fact, the main locomotives of the world economy,” he said.

Both Saudi Arabia and Iran understand how crucial oil is to their economies, and will try to maintain production even in the event of a conflict, says Andrey Dyachenko, Head of Private Solutions Department of Сastle Family Office in Russia and the CIS. “Even a temporary drop of market share will mean that other players like the US will take their place. And they will not be able to get their market share back. Therefore, if such a conflict does happen, both Saudi Arabia and Iran will do everything possible to continue producing and supplying as much as possible,” he said.

What will happen to the global economy

A sharp jump in oil prices and other hydrocarbons will threaten the stability of the entire global economy, as it will lead to a surge in inflation, warns Dyachenko. “At the time of relatively low growth rates, a significant jump in inflation will lead to the impoverishment of a large part of the world population,” he added.

Both producers and importers will be forced to slash prices to prevent it, according to Dyachenko.

War is unprofitable for both Saudis & Iran

Relations between Riyadh and Tehran have seen worse times than now, assures Petr Pushkarev, Chief Analyst at TeleTrade. The Iranian revolution of 1978-79 and the death of Iranians during the Hajj pilgrimage in 1987, which led to the severing of diplomatic relations between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia for three years, were a greater stress test for the countries.

“For the coming years, Saudi Arabia itself is too busy with technological and innovative projects to replace the lost oil revenues. They are not at all ready for full-scale armed conflicts with their neighbors right now, which would be very costly, and very inappropriate at the time when Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is intensely concentrating power around himself. Perhaps the presence of an external enemy like Iran can suit his purpose, but only in the mediated conflict on the territory of Yemen,” Pushkarev said.

According to eToro’s Mikhail Mashchenko, the war is unprofitable for both Saudi Arabia and Iran. “The Saudis, although they feel more confident than their eastern neighbors, have a budget deficit of 10 percent of GDP. Tehran has only begun to increase oil exports after a partial lifting of the sanctions,” he told RT.

Most experts agree a conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran will be limited to proxy wars like the ones going on in Yemen and Syria. The situation is comparable to the Cold War proxy wars between the United States and the Soviet Union.

CNN SILENT ON CLAIMS IT HIRED ‘AL-QAEDA CORRESPONDENT’

Left-wing website exposes news network for paying correspondent to pal around with terrorists

Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars.com – JULY 10, 2017

CNN is refusing to respond to claims that it hired a correspondent who worked and sympathized with Al-Qaeda jihadists in Syria.

Left-wing website Alternet documents how, “Star CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward worked with al-Qaeda “media man” Bilal Abdul Kareem to gain access to her “heroes on the ground.”

While doing coverage for CNN’s Undercover in Syria show, Ward visited the Al-Nusra held areas of eastern Aleppo and Idlib and conformed with the local sharia dress code by wearing a full black niqab.

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Jabhat al-Nusra is an Al-Qaeda offshoot that is officially listed as a terrorist organization by the United States government.

The article also details how CNN deliberately tried to downplay Bilal Abdul Kareem’s role in providing full access to Ward, presumably to obfuscate the fact that he is a mouthpiece for terrorists.

A 30 second video clip shows Ward describing “Islamist factions” as the “heroes on the ground” in Syria, despite admitting that they are “carrying out atrocities”.

This is the closest you can get to a CNN correspondent actually expressing support for terrorists.

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When Alternet contacted CNN to request information on Abdul Kareem’s relationship with the network, and whether his “well-documented relationship with al-Qaeda compromised the reporting it carried out in Syria,” CNN failed to respond.

Something to hide?

Maybe the “CNN is ISIS” meme isn’t just a facetious slur after all.

No More Shoulder To Shoulder – French Getting What They Voted For – *(FROM THE RELIGION OF PEACE)

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By Rick Wells

All of those Americans and others attempting to stand up to the globalist destruction of our world, as they become ever more aggressive in their efforts to impose their rule upon us, should now have taken notice of where the people of France are positioning themselves.

They are aligning themselves with those orchestrating the conquest of their nation by barbarian invaders and the nanny state of foreign control by the EU regional government, a subset of their planned world government. It’s appealing to the French because it allows them to complain about their government and lives while not requiring them to have to actually do anything, it’s all “Brussels” fault.

And they’ve got that new “clown prince” Macron. Sure, he’s hijacking the country for the robber baron banksters, but he “really showed Donald Trump” by squeezing his hand. That’s how the French perceive manhood and leadership. Personal responsibility, for liberals, particularly the French, is a foreign concept, both figuratively and literally. It’s not something they’re comfortable with.

In the days following the Paris attack of November 2015, many Americans and others around the world took a huge bite of the baloney sandwich Hussein Obama and his globalists were dangling in front of us, pledging solidarity with France, “standing shoulder to shoulder” while actually doing nothing but standing around and putting cute little transparent French flags on their Facebook profile pics.

That made them all feel good. They pledged not to let the terrorists win and many world leaders even marched in Paris holding hands like schoolgirls in a theatrical presentation for the world. That was good for setting up the sheeple with the submissive “global unity” tone for the Paris Climate Summit which would begin two weeks later, but not much  else.

The French, who never were much for standing shoulder to shoulder, have assumed a more natural position, shoulder to kneecap with their abusers and political masters. They’re bowing before the European Union, remaining facedown to the ground as the invading forces who kill them and are successfully destroying their nation take a firmer grasp on power.

The French had a chance to say no but it would have required them to act like men rather than mice. Standing up, against those who seek to enslave them, goes against who they are. They elected the Rothschild politician to be their president and now they are set to hand that boy banker the biggest parliamentary majority for a French president since Charles de Gaulle’s 1968 landslide. That’s not a referendum on Macron as much as it is an indictment of the French people. They deserve, as much as anyone on the planet deserves, the bitter fruits of their open borders hellhole.

The new globalist party of Macron is projected to win between 385-415 sets out of 577 in the lower house of parliament in June 18th voting. This is the political reality even as today a police officer was attacked in a manner similar to the latest London attack, saying “This is for Syria.” That attack took place at Notre-Dame cathedral, the popular tourist attraction.

Rather than arming themselves and fighting against these intruders and demanding that no more be allowed into their nation to prey upon the innocent, the French men are running away, running with the girls they should be standing and protecting, waiting for their state representatives, the police, to save them, if they arrive in time. Scared mice are very good runners.

When the next major attacks happen, the French deserve no outpouring of support and displays of solidarity as were seen in 2015. They were innocent victims then, now they have extended an invitation to their oppressors, they have voted for more open borders and more domination. They have voted for more terrorism.

If anyone does modify their Facebook profile picture after France is inevitably hit again, it should include not only a French flag, but a leash, a set of blinders, and a dunce cap along with the words “We told you so, Frenchy.” Unfortunately shoulder to shoulder is also how bodies are laid out, or stacked. We’re not going there with you.

*(MORE FROM THE RELIGION OF PEACE) – Paris police shoot attacker wielding hammer & shouting ‘this is for Syria’ near Notre Dame

Police have shot and injured a man who attacked three officers with a hammer near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris while shouting “this is for Syria.” The man, who injured one of the officers, was also armed with two knives, according to French media.

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One officer was hit in the head with the hammer, prompting police to fire at the attacker.

“A man came behind these police officers and, armed with a hammer, started hitting one of them. His colleagues reacted with composure…and fired,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters, as quoted by Reuters.

The man shouted “this is for Syria” as he attacked, according to Collomb.

The attacker had also threatened passersby before targeting the three police officers, according to BFM TV.

Collomb said the man carried the identity card of an Algerian student and appeared to have acted alone.

Paris police initially tweeted that an “intervention” was taking place in the square in front of the cathedral, and asked people to avoid the area.

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Witnesses cited by the Telegraph said they saw a man lying on the ground at the scene.

Footage posted online by RT en Francais reporter Jonathan Moadab showed armed police and an ambulance near the scene.

Police later said on Twitter that the attacker had been  and taken to hospital.

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Visitors inside the cathedral at the time of the incident were not allowed to leave.

Karine Dalle, a spokeswoman for the Paris diocese, told BFM TV that 900 people were inside the cathedral as police secured the area.

Nancy Soderberg, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, was among those inside the cathedral.

She told AP that she had been admiring the building’s stained glass windows when she heard an announcement in French urging visitors to stay calm as police dealt with an incident outside.

Soderberg said people inside the cathedral became nervous when they were told the doors were closing and that everyone would be forced to stay inside.

The former ambassador said the group managed to stay calm and orderly, despite not knowing what was happening.

However, she said “everyone was very quiet and very scared” when police came in to check the cathedral’s pews row by row.

Soderberg tweeted a photo from inside the cathedral, showing visitors putting their hands in the air as instructed by police.

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French counterterrorism authorities have opened an investigation into the incident, according to the French Prosecutor’s Office.

Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist sites in Paris, attracting an estimated 13.6 million visitors a year.

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France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when terrorist attacks left 130 people dead in Paris.

Trump’s Travel Ban for Libyan Immigrants Vindicated After Manchester Suicide Bombing

by ADAM SHAW 25 May 2017

As the UK hunts down members and friends of a Libyan immigrant family after one of its British-born sons committed the worst terrorist atrocity on U.K. soil in 12 years, across the Atlantic the atrocity also highlights the dangers that made President Trump include Libya on the list of countries included in his much-maligned travel ban.

Salman Abedi, who was born in Britain in 1994 after his family fled from Libya to escape the regime of Dictator Muammar Gaddafi, detonated a bomb Monday at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.  Abedi killed 22 people and injured dozens, many of whom were teenage girls and children.

While it was initially thought that Abedi may have been a lone wolf, by Wednesday Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters authorities are now investigating a “network” of terrorists and have arrested six people in the UK – including Abedi’s older brother.

While some outlets were hyping up Abedi’s supposed Britishness, (“He was a fan of Manchester United, like many in his soccer-obsessed hometown” began a New York Times profile on the Islamic jihadist), others have honed in on Abedi’s Libyan roots as a possible key to both his motivation and possible collaborators.

Neighbours told reporters of Libyan flags being flown outside the home, as well as Abedi’s penchant for praying in the street in Arabic. Abedi travelled back to Libya just weeks before the attack, purportedly to visit his parents. Abedi’s father, Ramadan, was arrested by local authorities in Libya, as was one of Abedi’s brothers – who Libyan authorities say travelled to Libya from Britain and who was a member of Islamic State, The New York Times reported.

In the U.K., questions have been raised about terror-related problems with Libyans in South Manchester, where Abedi was from. As Breitbart News reported Tuesday, areas such as Fallowfield, Longsight, Rusholme, and Levenshulme, have high concentrations of Muslims – with 2011 census data registering a 53.8 per cent Muslim population in Longsight, near where Abedi lived in Fallowfield.

Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Libyan refugee, was convicted last year of terror offences after helping a convert to Islam to travel to Syria to join Islamic State. A family friend told The Guardian that Abdallah and Abedi knew one another. The Daily Telegraph, in an article called “The Manchester Libyan connection — a recruiting ground for jihadists” puts South Manchester’s terror problem in stark terms:

In total at least 16 jihadists, who have either been convicted of offences, have travelled to Syria or have died while fighting with [Islamic State], hail from a three mile radius around the south Manchester district which was home to Abedi.

These problems are the kind Trump was seeking to prevent in the U.S. by restricting immigration from terror hotspots – an issue which became a central part of his campaign. In January, Trump signed an executive order and a revised order after a court challenge in March, restricting immigration from a number of terror-prone countries – including Syria, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, and Libya.

However, Trump’s order is still challenged in court, and new data shows worrying signs of illegal immigration amongst immigrants from the North African country currently being torn apart by violence. A Department of Homeland Security report on visa overstays released this week found that in FY 2016, 43 percent of Libyan students in the U.S. on student visas overstayed their visas — suggesting monitoring of those in the U.S. is in need of improvement.

In the U.K. meanwhile, questions are being raised about not only the connection to Libya, but also how Abedi and his brothers – despite being monitored by security officials – were able to travel back and forth from the area without any alarm bells ringing.

Additionally, while many politicians and commentators in the U.K. initially attacked Trump for his travel ban, some believe that in the wake of the attack, the British public will be questioning its own policies when it comes to Muslim immigration.

“The public will, I think rightly, be wondering: ‘OK we took this couple in as asylum seekers fleeing Gaddafi’s Libya, and how did we get repaid? By their son going to Manchester Arena last Monday evening,” Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe, said on a podcast for The Spectator.

“And this now is going to the root of a very big, underlying, bubbling problem across our whole continent, which is this fear: ‘What if this is the future? What if even our acts of goodness get repaid in this way?’” he said.