John Kelly hangs his head during Trump’s off the cuff press conference…

August 17, 2017

Spare a thought for General John Kelly facing his toughest ever assignment after 40 years in the Marines now as Donald Trump’s White House Chief of Staff.

After his outburst in New York, Trump returned to his golf vacation. He should make it permanent. Resign, Donald!

From The Independent

As the new White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly routes all calls to and from President Donald Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them. He stanches the flow of information reaching the President’s desk. And he requires that all staff members – including Trump’s relatives – go through him to reach the president.

But none of those attempts at discipline mattered this week. Instead, Kelly stood to the side as Trump upended his new Chief of Staff’s carefully scripted plans – pinballing through an impromptu and combative news conference in New York in which he inflamed another self-inflicted controversy by comparing the actions of white supremacist groups at a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend with the counter-protesters who came to oppose them.

The uproar – which has consumed not only the White House but the Republican Party – left Kelly deeply frustrated and dismayed just over two weeks into his job, said people familiar with his thinking. The episode also underscored the difficult challenges that even a four-star general faces in instilling a sense of order around Trump, whose first instinct when cornered is to lash out, even self-destructively.

By Wednesday, Trump, back at his New Jersey golf club, was further isolated and the White House was again under attack. Some aides and confidants privately described themselves as sickened and appalled, if not entirely surprised, by Trump’s off-the-cuff comments. And the president watched, furious, as a cascade of chief executives distanced themselves from him, prompting the dissolution of his major business advisory councils.

American group pioneers new legal action to stop Smart Meters and their radiation. Join in and protect your health!

August 16, 2017

The InPower Movement in the USA has refined a revolutionary new process to tackle Smart Meters by enforcing the individual commercial liability of corporate executives and government representatives who are causing egregious harm.

The first of the Liability Action documents (the same ones used by our 3 seed groups), are now posted on their new site.

Those interested can get a sneak peek of the legal tools that the movement will be using at

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August 16, 2017

Kerin Hope in Athens writes for The Financial Times “Fears for the independence of the Greek judicial system are mounting after the foreign minister won a court order freezing the bank accounts of a leading magazine over a reader’s letter describing him as a former “fanatical” Stalinist.” Only to be promptly attacked herself by Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kozias, who tutored Alexis Tsipras when he was a Young Communist Leader, and who co wrote a propaganda book with an East German Stasi agent.

From the Greek Reporter

The ruling was sharply criticized by academics and public figures, who say it violates European Union law on freedom of expression, the paper said, amid growing attacks by Kotzias’ party, heavily Communist-ridden Radical Left SYRIZA of Premier Alexis Tsipras, a former Communist youth leader.

Mr Kotzias, 66, is a divisive figure in Greece. The Germany-educated intellectual once co-authored a propaganda book with a top agent of the Stasi, the intelligence agency in East Germany. In Athens Mr Kotzias tutored members of the communist youth movement, among them Alexis Tsipras, now the prime minister.

After Syriza came to power in 2015 he become the party’s intellectual mentor. He has denied accusations that he worked as a Stasi agent in Greece, arguing in a 2015 media interview that he was ordered by Greek and East German Communist party officials to “write things that were nonsense”.

From The National Herald

Kotzias’ ‘Fanatical’ Stalinist Verdict Could Close Greek Magazine
TNH Staff August 9, 2017

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

ATHENS – A court ruling freezing the bank accounts of a leading Greek magazine over a reader’s letter describing Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias as a “fanatical” Stalinist – which can’t be appealed – is aimed at shutting it down and stifling free speech, the owners said.

The case developed from the letter in the the Athens Review of Books in 2010 that described the minister as having once been “the most extreme, fanatical, cruel and relentless communist of our generation, a true gauleiter [petty official] of Stalinism”.

The Supreme Court convicted Manolis and Maria Vasilakis, the magazine’s owners, on defamation charges and awarded Kotzias €22,000 ($25,804) in damages and ordered its bank account seized on his Kotzias’ demand. They said he wanted their business shuttered, The Financial Times reported in an account of the case.

The ruling was sharply criticized by academics and public figures, who say it violates European Union law on freedom of expression, the paper said, amid growing attacks by Kotzias’ party, heavily Communist-ridden Radical Left SYRIZA of Premier Alexis Tsipras, a former Communist youth leader.

Unable to appeal in Greek courts, where prosecutors can otherwise seek out judges to pursue cases, as in the recent conviction of twice-cleared former national statistics ELSTAT chief Andreas Georgiou, Vasilakis said he would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

Kotzias is a former senior member of the Greek Communist party, which retains its Stalinist ideology, wouldn’t speak to the paper.

The court issued a unanimous 5-0 verdict against the magazine after Penelope Zontanou, the Supreme Court rapporteur, who originally called for the case to be dismissed in 2016 after arguing Kotzias’s claim violated European human rights law and the Greek constitution, reversed her position without explanation.

“It’s unprecedented for a member of the Supreme Court to reverse themselves like this without a strong legal argument,” a top Greek judge said who was not named told FT after the decision was released..

Vasilakis said his dispute with the foreign minister reflected the “problematic state” of Greece’s judicial system. “This case goes beyond a personal dispute. The real enemy is the current government, which doesn’t believe in a democratic system of checks and balances,” he said.

The Greek Union of Judges and Prosecutors demanded that SYRIZA ministers – backed by Tsipras, who tried to set a limit on private TV stations – stop attacking the judiciary and questioning rulings unfavorable to the government.

Deputy Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos, disregarding separation of the judiciary and executive, said the union’s members “has recently demonstrated an attitude that is strongly anti-government and also inward-looking . . . Does it not realize that the public’s trust in justice has declined sharply in recent years?” without citing a single example.

Kotzias, 66, is a German-educated intellectual who co-authored a propaganda book with a top agent of the Stasi, the intelligence agency in East Germany behind brutal repression under the Soviet regime.

He once tutored Tsipras and other members of the Communist youth movement in Greece although neither belong to the KKE Communist party which is largely irrelevant. Kotzias denied that he was a Stasi agent in Greece arguing in a 2015 media interview that he was ordered by Greek and East German Communist party officials to “write things that were nonsense” without explaining why he did.


August 16, 2017

From the NY Daily News

The federal investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election is focusing on current and former White House officials — starting with recently resigned Reince Priebus, according to a report on Saturday.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the Trump administration about information regarding specific meetings, who attended them and whether there are any notes or transcripts of certain sit-downs, the New York Times reported.

Priebus, who stepped down as President Trump’s chief of staff last month, would have an extensive knowledge of meetings and related documents.

The Times reports that Mueller is specifically interested in Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Comey was canned in May after Trump urged him to “let go” of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn in relation to the probe.

Greek American urged Trump campaign to meet with Putin in March 2016

August 16, 2017

The Greek American mafia are emerging as key partners and conduits for Donald Trump’s team, Putin and kleptocratic Russian oligarchs.

George Papadopoulos, Trump’s foreign policy advisor, tried to set up meeting with members of the Trump team with Russia by email during the campaign.

His attempt was rebuffed by Paul Manafort and others, likely over fears that it would draw too much attention to Trump’s source of funding.

Vanity Fair

In March 2016, George Papadopoulos, the youngest member of the campaign’s foreign policy team, sent an e-mail to seven Trump officials with the subject line “Meeting With Russian Leadership—Including Putin” wherein he offered to arrange “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss U.S.-Russia ties under President Trump,” according to The Washington Post, which was read internal Trump campaign communications.

Papadopoulos’s initial offer to act as an intermediary was rebuffed, according to the Post. “We thought we probably should not go forward with any meeting with the Russians until we have had occasion to sit with our NATO allies,” Clovis, Trump’s campaign co-chairman, wrote in response. Charles Kubic, a retired Navy Rear Admiral and adviser, raised legal concerns, too. “Just want to make sure that no one on the team outruns their headlights and embarrasses the campaign,” Kubic wrote.

Papadopoulos was not deterred, however. Over the course of the next six months, he reportedly sent more than a half-dozen similar proposals to senior members of the Trump campaign. The Trump staffer’s effort included forwarding an invitation from Ivan Timofeev, a senior official at the government-funded Russian International Affairs Council, for Trump to visit Moscow. To which Clovis responded, “There are legal issues we need to mitigate, meeting with foreign officials as a private citizen.” Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager at the time was copied on the e-mail, but the exchange referenced by the Post did not include a response from him to Papadopoulos. After the offer to Lewandowski, Papadopoulos shared the invitation with Manafort, then Trump’s new campaign chairman, who also dismissed the request. “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips,” he wrote to Rick Gates, another Trump adviser.

Kushner bankroller Beny Steinmetz and aide to Austrian Globalist Chancellor arrested by Israel

August 16, 2017

Editor’s Note. Jared Kushner , like Donald Trump, plays both sides of the field, working with George Soros and the Steinmetz clan, to achieve maximum profit.

From The Telegraph

Beny Steinmetz, the Israeli diamond mining magnate, was taken into custody by Israeli police on Monday on suspicion of fraud, obstruction of justice and bribery.

The 61-year-old billionaire, who is one of Israel’s wealthiest men, was detained alongside four other suspects as part of a joint international investigation by Israeli, Swiss and US authorities.

Israeli police gave few details of the allegations but said the five men were suspected of creating fake contracts to move and launder money.

Israeli police placed him under house arrest for two weeks in December 2016 on suspicion of bribing officials in the the west African country of Guinea to advance BSGR’s business interests. 

BSGR gained access to half of Guinea’s giant iron ore seam, known as Simandou, in 2008 after paying a small amount for the mining rights. It later sold half its concession to Brazilian mining giant Vale for $2.5bn, although just $500m was paid.

Simandou is thought to be the world’s richest untapped deposit of iron ore, used in steel. The deposit had been wholly owned by FTSE 100 giant Rio Tinto until BSGR’s arrival.

The Guinean government stripped BSGR of its access in 2014 after concluding that it had bribed its way to the rights.

BSGR denies any wrongdoing and has threatened to file a lawsuit against Mr Soros, accusing him of orchestrating a defamation campaign against the company and encouraging Guinea to strip it of the Simandou rights. Mr Soros’s representatives have dismissed Mr Steinmetz’s claims as a “PR stunt”.

Among the others detained were Tal Silberstein, a prominent Israeli political consultant, and David Granot, the acting chairman of Israeli telecoms giant Bezeq.

Mr Silberstein had been doing polling work for Austria’s Social Democratic Party ahead of parliamentary elections in October but the party cut ties with him after learning of his detention in Israel.

Kushner facing lawsuit for overcharging rent: “Greed coloured the owner’s decision making process…”

August 16, 2017

From the Daily Mail

Residents of a building owned by the Kushner Cos. filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the business once run by Jared Kushner is charging too much rent in violation of state regulations.
The lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn alleges that the Kushner Cos. is charging nine residents at 89 Hicks Street in Brooklyn much higher free-market rents than the rent-stabilized ones they are entitled to under state rent rules.
The suit says it’s likely that more than 100 current and former residents of the 48-unit building have also been overcharged, and so it is seeking class-action status.
‘Greed colored the owner’s decision-making process, and clearly blinded its judgment,’ said plaintiff’s lawyer Lucas A. Ferrara, senior partner at Newman Ferrara. ‘It’s inexcusable for any landlord to sidestep New York’s rent law.’