Donald Trump directly targets CIA Chief as intelligence community continues coup attempt

(INTELLIHUB) — Just hours after outgoing CIA Chief John Brennan lashed out at Donald Trump for not “fully understanding” the Russian threat, Trump hit back by exposing the terrible record of Brennan before asking if he was the leaker of the documented disinformation dossier recently released by fake news purveyor BuzzFeed.

Trump called out Brennan for his horrible handling of events in Syria, Crimea, Ukraine and the build up of Russia nukes.

In other words, the head of the CIA just got destroyed by the President-elect who is clearly not backing down in the midst of an unprecedented coup attempt led by the very agency Brennan controls.

For the first time in decades, we actually have a president who is willing to stand up to the intelligence community and the sort of shadow government they control.

At this point we can only hope and pray that nothing happens to Trump and, if something does, we will KNOW that the CIA was involved.

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SAA Repels Largest ISIS Offensive in Der Ezzor

image-SAA Repels Largest ISIS Offensive in Der Ezzor

SAA Repels Largest ISIS Offensive in Der Ezzor

Syrian Arab Army repels an ISIS attack on the eastern side of Der Ezzor City, the southern and northwest axes of the airport and the surrounding of Thardeh Mountains.

Syrian Air Force targets ISIS in Thardeh Mountains south of Der Ezzor city and vicinity of the Panorama southwest of the city. Thardeh mountains were under the control of the SAA until the US Air Force acted as ISIS Air Forces and attacked the SAA post on Thardeh mountains killing 82 Syrian Arab Army soldiers and allowing ISIS to overrun and control the mountains overlooking the airport.

ISIS in their biggest offensive against the city of Der Ezzor and the whole Eastern part of Syria since over a year, try to compensate their losses in Mosul in Iraq against the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Armed Forces, with a breakthrough in Syria, thinking this would be easier since the SAA troops in and around Der Ezzor are practically surrounded by thousands of the terrorist organization members from all sides, and no thanks to the US Air Forces attacking SAA post claiming to be targeting ISIS.

Syrian Arab Army has also repelled an attack by ISIS terrorists at SAA posts in the Industrial, Rasafa and Labor’s districts in the city of Der Ezzor, and destroyed an ISIS vehicle killing all its passengers near the Butchery in Industrial District in the city.

Over 120,000 civilians live in the besieged city receiving food, aid and supplies by the Syrian Arab Army and its air forces, something for sure not reported in the Western fake news media and propagandists.

The battles are ongoing and the terrorist organization is as desperate as a cornered wounded beast trying to penetrate the Syrian Arab Army positions at any cost.

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8 Men as Rich as Half the World

8 Men as Rich as Half the World

January 15th, 2017

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The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.

Presenting its findings on the dawn of the annual gathering of the global political and business elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, anti-poverty organization Oxfam says the gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago. It’s urging leaders to do more than pay lip-service to the problem.

If not, it warns, public anger against this kind of inequality will continue to grow and lead to more seismic political changes akin to last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.




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Trump calls CIA chief ‘fake news leaker’ after Brennan warns him about ‘talking & tweeting’

Tensions between US President-elect Donald Trump and the intelligence community escalated once again this weekend as outgoing CIA Director John Brennan fiercely attacked Trump’s views on US-Russia rapprochement.

“I don’t think he has a full understanding of Russian capabilities and the actions they are taking on the world,” Brennan said on Fox News Sunday. 

With just several days to go until his inauguration, Trump “has to recognize that his words do have impact,” the CIA chief said.

“He’s going to have the opportunity to do something for national security as opposed to talking and tweeting.

“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests,” Brennan said in an apparent reference to the widespread perception of Trump as an inexperienced and impulsive politician.

In a matter of hours, Trump responded with a two-tweet outburst questioning whether the CIA director had leaked a recent unsubstantiated dossier to the media. The dossier claims that Russia had gathered compromising personal information about Trump.

“Just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?”

On January 11, the day after the dossier was released by BuzzFeed, Trump also said on Twitter that intelligence agencies “should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’” before asking, “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

The BuzzFeed publication triggered a week of finger-pointing between Trump and intelligence leadership. On Fox News, Brennan said Trump’s reference to Nazi Germany was an insult to US intelligence officers.

“What I do find outrageous is equating an intelligence community with Nazi Germany,” he said. “I do take great umbrage at that, and there is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly.”

The credibility of the file has been questioned by various top-tier officials. Last Wednesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said after a meeting with Trump that US spy agencies had “not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable.”

Trump slams BuzzFeed as ‘failing pile of garbage,’ rejects CNN question over ‘fake’ report

Last week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May commented on BuzzFeed’s statement that the dossier was compiled by a person who is understood to be a former UK intelligence agent. Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street, May said: “It is absolutely clear that the individual who produced this dossier has not worked for the UK government for years.”

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8 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world – Oxfam

The list of the eight wealthiest individuals in the world, all men, comes from Forbes magazine’s billionaires list, and includes Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Others include Inditex clothing company founder, Amancio Ortega, investor Warren Buffett, Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim, Oracle’s Larry Ellison, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Oxfam emphasized the potential connection between the growing gap between the richest and the poorest, and the increasing anger at establishment politicians.

“It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day,” said Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima, who will be attending the Davos Forum, according to The Chicago Tribune.

“From Brexit to the success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, a worrying rise in racism and the widespread disillusionment with mainstream politics, there are increasing signs that more and more people in rich countries are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo,” Oxfam said in its new report – “An economy for the 99 percent.”

According to the report, if things continue on their current course, the world will see its first trillionaire in the next 25 years.

Inequality exists not only between the rich and the poor, but is gender-based as well. “On current trends, it will take 170 years to see women paid the same as men,” the report says.

READ MORE: Millennials earn less, owe more than Baby Boomers at same age – report

Oxfam urged an increase in tax rates for “rich individuals and corporations,” adding that tax evasion is a critical issue. The UN Conference on Trade and Development estimated that developing countries lose around $100 billion yearly due to tax evasion, the report said, adding that it would be enough money to ensure that 124 million children who currently have no access to education can go to school.

The report also slams corporate lobbying and the close relationship between business and politics.

“Crony capitalism benefits the rich, the people who own and run these corporations, at the expense of the common good and of poverty reduction. It means that smaller businesses struggle to compete and ordinary people end up paying more for goods and services,” it stated.

The revised figures come after last year’s report that 62 people owned the same wealth as 50 percent of the world’s population. The new report takes into account data from India and China.

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37 killed as Turkish cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

Among those killed are four crew members, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

One of the pilots died at the scene of the accident, Kyrgyz Health Ministry spokeswoman Elena Bayalinova said.

The aircraft was operating the flight route TK6491 from Hong Kong to Bishkek, and would have flown on to Istanbul.

Kyrgyzstan’s Emergencies Ministry said the plane crashed in a residential neighborhood outside the capital, Bishkek.

The plane crashed 1.5 to 2km from the runway, a source in the Kyrgyz Transport Ministry told Interfax.

At least 32 residential buildings have been destroyed in the crash, the government press service of Kyrgyzstan said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

Firefighters are at the scene, the ministry added, as cited by TASS.

All flights to and from Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport have been suspended until further notice, RIA Novosti reported, citing local sources.

Kyrgyz PM Sooronbay Jeenbekov has arrived at the crash site, the government’s press service told RIA Novosti.

Bishkek resident Zumriyat Rezahanova told RT that her cousin’s house was the first to be hit by the plane.

“Her house was the first. The roof was blown away,” said Rezahanova, adding that the local residents heard a strong boom, and those who were in the house thought it was an earthquake.

One of the deadliest airplane accidents in a residential area occurred in 1997, when a Russian An-124 airplane crashed in a residential area near the city of Irkutsk in Siberia shortly after taking off. Seventy-two people were killed, including 49 on the ground. In 2001, American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into a Queens neighborhood in New York City, killing 265 people, including five on the ground.

In 2015, an Indonesian Air Force jet crashed near a residential neighborhood shortly after taking off from the Indonesian city of Medan. All 121 people on board were killed, along with 22 people on the ground.

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Deadly ice storm threatens 44 million people as US Midwest freezes


A third wave of sleet and drizzle could hit parts of the central U.S. on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with temperatures threatening to stay near or below freezing and add to the treacherous mix.

Ice buildups of one-quarter to slightly less than a half inch were expected from southeastern Kansas to central Missouri.

Becky Allmeroth, a state maintenance engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said ice is ‘the most difficult storm to fight’.

‘We are keeping up with the changing conditions, but it is a continual battle,’ she said of the department’s around-the-clock scrambling to treat the glazed roads. ‘The precipitation is comIng i~ aves, and we have to apply more salt.’

Icy roads created dangerous conditions and travel headaches for many people who avoided authorities’ pleas to stay indoors except for necessary outings.

The storm’s onset prompted the NFL to move the AFC divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and host team the Kansas Chiefs to Sunday evening to allow more time to treat roads and parking lots at Arrowhead Stadium.

The game was scheduled to kick off at noon but now will start at 7.20pm.

Many residents had prepared for the storms by stocking up on bread, milk and other necessities and by buying flashlights and generators to have on hand in case power gets knocked out.

According to NBC News Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma was closed in two places Saturday because of wrecks, including the jackknifing of several semitrailers in icy conditions in Caddo County.

And along an icy part of I-40 in Custer County, a 45-year-old Oklahoma City man died after his semitrailer struck two others early Saturday and then was hit by a car. The patrol is investigating the wreck.

A slick roadway was suspected in a Missouri wreck Friday that killed a 33-year-old woman whose sport utility vehicle slid on an icy freeway overpass south of St. Louis and struck several trees.

Later Friday, icy conditions were blamed for a pileup involving more than 20 vehicles in Wichita, Kansas.

A van carrying 12 people rolled over on a highway, killing one person.

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Trump may invite bloggers and talk show hosts to press briefings


Talk radio hosts and bloggers could be invited to official White House press briefings once the Trump administration takes office, under a highly irregular proposal being floated that may also remove briefings from the West Wing.

Trump’s pick for White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said on Sunday that due to “off the chart” interest in the new administration, the president-elect was considering moving briefings from the James S Brady press briefing room, which has been used by presidents to address the media since 1970, to a venue with a greater capacity.

A report published by Esquire magazine on Saturday indicated the venue could be inside the Old Executive Office Building, just west of the White House.

“I know change is difficult sometimes,” Spicer told Fox News. “But sometimes change can actually be better.”

Spicer argued the proposal would mean “you can involve more people, be more transparent, have more accessibility”. He suggested that this would mean outlets that are not traditionally part of the White House press corps would be able to ask questions during presidential press briefings.

“There’s a lot of talk radio and bloggers and people that can’t fit in right now and maybe don’t have a permanency because they’re not part of the Washington elite media,” Spicer said, “but to allow them an opportunity to ask the press secretary or the president a question is a positive thing. It’s more democratic.”

Around 200 journalists make up the White House press corps. The Brady press briefing room holds 49 seats for major media organisations, which are granted space by the White House Correspondent Association (WHCA). The Guardian is among those outlets allocated a space.

It remains unclear how the proposal would be implemented, but it is likely to be interpreted as a hostile rebuke to conventional media outlets around the country.

Jeff Mason, the WHCA president and Reuters White House correspondent, said he had a “constructive”, nearly two-hour meeting with Spicer on Sunday. Mason “emphasized the importance of the White House press briefing room” and its proximity to West Wing officials.

“I made clear that the WHCA would view it as unacceptable if the incoming administration sought to move White House reporters out of the press work space behind the press briefing room,” Mason said in a statement. “Access in the West Wing to senior administration officials, including the press secretary, is critical to transparency and to journalists’ ability to do their jobs.

Spicer agreed to discuss any changes to the current system with the WHCA, Mason said.

During a chaotic press conference at Trump Tower on Wednesday, the first the businessman has held since July 2016, hundreds of journalists crammed into a small pen as Trump frequently lambasted certain media organisations and occasionally individual reporters. Trump was incensed by reports on a leaked and unsubstantiated dossier, which alleged frequent contacts between his campaign team and Russian authorities, and suggested the Kremlin held compromising material that could be used to blackmail Trump.

Trump was also asked by a reporter at Breitbart News what his views were on media ethics and “fake news”, to which he replied: “Some of the media outlets that I deal with are fake news more so than anybody. I could name them, but I won’t bother. You have a few sitting right in front of us.

“They’re very, very dishonest people, but I think it’s just something we’re going to have to live with. I guess the advantage I have is that I can speak back.”

According to the Associated Press, Breitbart News, branded by critics as a racist, far-right news site, was the only media organisation to have a reserved seat in the front row for the conference. Steve Bannon, Trump’s incoming chief strategist and senior counselor, previously served as the site’s executive chairman.

The president-elect’s campaign drew consistent support from numerous conservative talk radio hosts and internet conspiracy theory sites, for instance Alex Jones’s InfoWars. During the campaign, Trump took the unprecedented step of appearing on Jones’s site, known as America’s foremost conservative conspiracy theory outlet. Jones has previously dismissed the Sandy Hook massacre, in which 20 elementary school students and six school staff were murdered, as “completely fake“, and has branded the September 11 terror attacks an “inside job“.

Trump was interviewed for around 30 minutes by Jones in December 2015, and later called Jones a “nice guy“. Jones claimed in November that Trump called him to thank him for his support after winning the presidential election.

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Trump’s Times & Bild interview: US may lift Russian sanctions in exchange for nuclear reduction deal


US President-elect Donald Trump has hinted that the US could lift its sanctions against Russia, called Merkel’s migrant policy “a catastrophic mistake” and branded NATO “obsolete” in a new interview for The Times and Bild.

The interview was given in the President-elect’s office in Trump Tower, just days before his inauguration.

Trump was quite straightforward in speaking out in favor of some common ground with Moscow.

“They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially,” Trump said to the two media outlets.

At the same time, sanctions aren’t affecting Russia well, [and] “something can happen that a lot of people are going to benefit,” he added.

Moving on to other topical issues, Trump slammed Angela Merkel’s migrant policy as “a catastrophic mistake,” saying that Germany shouldn’t have taken “all these illegals.”

“Nobody even knows where they come from,” Trump added.

Trump wasn’t optimistic about the fate of the EU, either, saying that there is basically one country that benefits from staying in the bloc.

“You look at the European Union and it’s Germany. Basically a vehicle for Germany. That’s why I thought the UK was so smart in getting out.”

Trump thinks it was the refugee influx that was “the final straw that broke the camel’s back” for the EU.

“I believe others will leave. I do think keeping it together is not going to be as easy as a lot of people think. And I think that if refugees keep pouring into different parts of Europe, it’s going to be very hard to keep it together because people are angry about it,” he said.

Another block that, according to Trump, has long outlived its usefulness, is NATO, as it is “obsolete,””was designed many years ago” and some of its members aren’t paying in enough.

“The countries aren’t paying their fair share so we’re supposed to protect countries. There’s five countries that are paying what they’re supposed to. Five. It’s not much,” Trump said.

US policies came under fire afterward, with Trump branding the US-Iran nuclear agreement “one of the dumbest deals” he’s ever seen, and then calling the invasion of Iraq “possibly the worst decision, ever made in the history of our country. It’s like throwing rocks into a beehive.”

However, there was at least one thing Trump was very enthusiastic about – and that’s Brexit.

Citing the fall in the British pound, Trump said “business is unbelievable in a lot of parts of the UK, as you know. I think Brexit is going to end up being a great thing.”

Also, the president-elect said he was planning to make a trade deal with the UK “very quickly.”

“I’m a big fan of the UK, we’re going to work very hard to get it done properly.”

Last but not least, Trump was asked about his social media presence and whether he would tune it down after the inauguration. In short, the answer is no.

“@realDonaldTrump I think, I’ll keep it. I’ve got 46 million people right now — [on] including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so I’d rather just let that build up.”

And the tweeting is here to stay, the president-elect said.

“I thought I’d do less of it, but I’m covered so dishonestly by the press that I can put out Twitter – and it’s not 140, it’s now 280 – and as soon as I tweet it out — this morning on television, Fox — ‘Donald Trump, we have breaking news.'”

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