Cop Shoots Girl to Death Then Kills Himself, Mother Had Warned Dept

Victoria Prieskop | Courthouse News Service

SILVER CITY, N.M. (CN) — A grandmother of two sued the Silver City Police Department, claiming it ignored an officer’s history of violence, stalking and assault and her daughter’s repeated pleas for help, allowing him to kill her daughter.

Capt. Mark Contreras shot his ex-girlfriend Nikki Bascom to death and then killed himself on April 21.

Her mother, Karri Dalton, says Contreras had been stalking and harassing her daughter for weeks, and Silver City police protected their fellow officer rather than take any steps to stop the escalating violence. She sued on behalf of her daughter’s two children, who are 13 and 6.

Silver City and its police department and Grant County and its sheriff’s department are the defendants in the Oct. 21 lawsuit in Grant County Court.

“For weeks prior to the killing, Captain Contreras stalked, threatened and abuse Nikki with impunity,” her mother says in the lawsuit. “She had repeatedly reported his concerning, illegal behavior to [Police] Chief [Ed] Reynolds. She had done so again on the day she was killed. That morning, Captain Contreras had tried to run her off the road and gone to her boss’s house … to confront him. In both instances, he was on duty, armed with his service weapon and driving his police unit. Still, the chief did not take immediate action to stop him. On the day that she was killed, Nikki also tried to seek help from Grant County sheriff’s deputies. They too did nothing.”

Contreras had a long history of violence against her daughter, Dalton says. When he was a police lieutenant, he thought she was cheating on him with her boss during a business trip, and he called Bascom more than 70 times during the course of the trip. When she returned, Contreras “dragged Nikki outside, pinned her to the car, and put his cocked police-issued sidearm to her head, and then to his own head,” her mother says.

Bascom’s son called 911 and the officers who responded were under Contreras’s command and did not charge him with domestic violence, though Nikki was “visibly bruised,” her mom says.

In the weeks after that incident, Contreras threatened to kill his now-ex-girlfriend if she got a restraining order or caused him to lose his job, Dalton says. Contreras also confronted Nikki’s boss, a doctor, and told him, “You’re gonna get hurt. You wait. I’m gonna hurt you,” according to the complaint.

After receiving a report of this confrontation, Police Chief Reynolds told Contreras to “knock it off,” but promoted him to captain, Dalton says.

She says Silver City police knew Contreras had a history of violence before, including a domestic assault charge, even before it hired him. In that case, he was charged with battering his ex-wife, “pulling a gun out of his truck and threatening to kill her and another man,” again, because he thought she was cheating on him, according to the complaint, which cites a Silver City Police Department Offense Report.

Citing another Silver City police report, Dalton says police “knew or should have known that Contreras manufactured child pornography featuring himself exposing his penis while in uniform, while employed with the Silver City Police Department.”

On the day he killed her, Dalton says, Contreras ate breakfast with the police chief and Capt. Ricky Villalobos, neither of whom is named as a defendant. Contreras then ran Nikki off the road with his police car, threatened her, accused her again of having a relationship with her boss, and took her phone.

Nikki then drove to the police office and met with Reynolds and Villalobos. In response, Villalobos told Nikki that she could be charged with “false reporting,” according to the complaint.

Contreras went to the doctor’s home and threatened him. The doctor called police, including Villalobos, but neither police nor Grant County Sheriff’s deputies who arrived to take the report made any attempt to apprehend Contreras, the complaint states. They told the doctor to call 911 if Contreras returned.

When police officers were dispatched to Nikki’s home, where Contreras had followed her, his fellow officers warned Contreras that the doctor had requested a criminal trespass warning, but didn’t arrest him or force him to leave. They told Nikki, who was crying in her car, that she could go to a battered women’s shelter and get a restraining order.

At some point that day, the complaint states, Reynolds met with Contreras at Nikki’s home and told him he was being put on paid leave. At that time, the police chief either let Contreras into Nikki’s home, or watched as Contreras broke in himself and took cash and “an arsenal of firearms, including the weapon he would later use to kill Nikki” from the home, according to the complaint.

When Nikki went to the women’s shelter to try to get a restraining order, Contreras followed her there, and its staff called 911 and asked that a sheriff’s officer come, not a police officer. The deputy who arrived to take the report identified Contreras’s truck outside the shelter, but rather than confronting Contreras, the deputy asked, “something to the effect of, ‘What do you want me to do?’,” according to the complaint.

Around 4:20 p.m., just after Nikki picked up her son from school, Contreras followed her to a friend’s driveway and shot and killed her, then killed himself.

The family seeks damages for wrongful death, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, lost earnings, funeral expenses, and “future medical costs related to the injuries resultant from growing up without a mother.”

They are represented by Laura Schauer Ives with Kennedy Kennedy & Ives in Albuquerque.

Published by Courthouse News Service.

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Project Veritas Releases Fourth Video Exposing Illegal Contributions and High Level Political Corruption

As The Free Thought Project has reported, Project Veritas’ undercover sting operation, of the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee’s alleged subversive tactics using Democracy Partners and Americans United for Change, has now been exposed for the whole world to see. This week, PV released the fourth video in their series, and once again, Democracy Partners’ founder, Robert Creamer, is at the center of the controversy (It must be noted DP makes no mention on its website of Creamer as its founder and currently has him listed as a consultant).

Creamer, who visited the White House 342 times (47 of those with Barack H. Obama), was caught on PV’s fourth video, and in emails, arranging an illegal $20,000 foreign contribution to Americans United for Change (AUFC), the same group which proudly stated was creating chaos at Trump events.

Activists at PV arranged the donation with the knowledge it was illegal, to see if AUFC would take the bait. They did. And in return, they agreed to unwittingly take on another PV activist as an AUFC staffer. In other words, PV paid AUFC $20K, and was allowed to place the pseudo-donor’s “niece” inside the organization, a move PV felt was worthwhile to be able to expose the organization’s dirty deeds. It worked.

PV’s first video revealed AUFC’s Scott Foval coordinated and arranged for paid instigators to go out and “start shit” with Trump protesters, all of which was caught on tape for the mainstream media to use in its echo chamber to paint Trump and his supporters as racists, xenophobes and bigots.

PV’s second video showed how AUFC’s organization and its affiliates commit intentional mass voter fraud. The second video is an instructional video of sorts on, “how to successfully commit voter fraud on a massive scale,” according to PV president James O’Keefe.

In the third PV video, Creamer can be seen stating Hillary Clinton herself wanted “ducks on the ground” in some bizarre idea to stage anti-Trump demonstrations by activists dressed as Donald Duck. The DNC’s Donna Brazelle was also implicated in collaboration with the scheme.

But it’s the fourth video today that’s getting all of the attention now, as it purports to show AUFC knowingly received a $20,000 illegal wire transfer out of Belize. Creamer, who we know has a close relationship with the White House via visitor logs, also brags about his friendship with Barack Obama, and intimates he can arrange meetings with the president and the former secretary of state, for a price.

“I’ve known the president since he was a community organizer in Chicago,” Creamer proudly stated adding, “Every morning, I am on a call at 10:30 that goes over the message being driven by the campaign (Clinton) headquarters.” With Creamer having spent nearly a year inside the White House, and his relationship with the president, it may be easy for some to conclude the Obama administration was also involved in Creamer’s schemes.

PV invented the donor and shell company based in Belize, Charles C. Roth III of Repulse Bay Company, who the organization claimed to Democracy Partners was a rich donor who wanted to make a difference and stop Trump from becoming the next POTUS. Creamer then tapped the president of AUFC, Brad Woodhouse, to iron out the details of the illegal contribution. The wire transfer was arranged and transmitted. Creamer confirmed as much.

On a recorded phone call Creamer can be heard saying the funds “absolutely came through.” In exchange for the donation, the outspoken friend of the Obamas granted an internship to Roth’s niece, an undercover PV journalist, to work inside Democracy Partners.

In another recorded video session, Creamer can be seen and overheard describing what he and his partners at AUFC do. Creamer stated he gets his marching orders at his 10:30 conference call to troll the Trump/Pence campaign creating incidents for the “earned media” to cover which echo the message the Clinton campaign wanted to project. That “earned media”, as we’ve come to realize through the latest email dump by Wikileaks, is the mainstream media which is apparently in the tank for Clinton.

Creamer also discussed allegations of sexual misconduct by Trump accusers and intimated those allegations came first through his organization’s connections, which is a contention Trump made at the third and final debate with Clinton. Creamer also hinted around at the possibility of arranging a meeting between Roth and Obama. “I do a lot of work with the White House on their issues,” he stated plainly adding, “helping to run issue campaigns (immigration, ACA, gun violence).”

While the PV sting was focused on the presidential election of 2016, and the White House, the DNC, and the Clinton Campaign’s involvement in painting Donald Trump as a racist, xenophobe, and bigot, Creamer’s comment on his involvement in working with the White House on issues of gun violence, leaves more questions than answers.

As an aside, here you have a well-connected political hit man like Creamer, working with AUFC to create violence, chaos and anarchy at Trump rallies, discussing his role in promoting gun violence issues for the White House. Taken together, considering Creamers comments and actions, all may lend credibility to conspiracy theorists’ claims the Obama administration has been actively promoting false flag school shootings, on-air shootings of reporters, and mall shootings, all in an attempt to sway the American public against the people’s right to keep and bear arms (2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution). Creamer admitted as much saying he was, “trying to make America more like Britain when it comes to gun violence issues.”

Turning again to PV fourth video, upon realizing PV was soon to go public with its expose’, AUFC returned the 20k foreign company shell company donation on September 9th. O’Keefe, as an epilogue to the video, openly wondered why AUFC held onto the funds for a month before returning what they undoubtedly knew to be an illegal contribution.

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BREAKING: No-Fly Zone Declared as Militarized Police Prep for Assault on ‘Front-Line Camp’ at Standing Rock

Cannon Ball, ND – Pipeline opponents attempting to protect their water supply from the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL), as well as prevent the continued destruction of burial grounds and cultural sites, are anticipating a confrontation with police today. This news come after “water protectors” refused law enforcement requests to vacate reoccupied land in the pipeline’s path, owned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

Last week, native activists took the bold action of declaring eminent domain over their traditional territory and set up a new camp “Front-Line” camp directly in the pipeline’s path. Pipeline opponents say they have simply reclaimed the land under the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851, clearly noting the Sioux never ceded that territory. The new encampment lies across Highway 1806, where pipeline security guards armed with guard dogs and pepper spray attacked protestors attempting to stop the bulldozing of cultural sites and burial grounds on September 3.

The impending crisis comes after nearly 200 water protectors set up the new camp on land that Energy Transfer Partners last month purchased from a local rancher in an effort to bolster strategic and tactical control of areas surrounding construction of the controversial pipeline.

According to the AP, however, the Native Americans claim the land is theirs by way of an “1851 treaty and they won’t leave until the pipeline is stopped.” “We never ceded this land,” said protester Joye Braun.

This latest flashpoint in the ongoing conflict is north of the larger and more permanent encampments, which have been constructed on federally owned land where over 200 Native American tribes have gathered to oppose the pipeline’s construction.

On Wednesday, a heavily militarized law enforcement presence began mobilizing heavy equipment, including Humvees, armored personnel carriers, buses and demanded the protestors leave the occupied area.

In an ominous sign, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has restricted flights, and banned the use of drones within a radius of about 4 ½ miles of Cannon Ball. The FAA declared that only aircraft affiliated with the North Dakota Tactical Operation Center are allowed within the restricted airspace. The flight restriction went into effect Wednesday and will last until November 5.

Indian Country Today reports:

What began with prayers and a single tipi alongside Highway 1806 quickly grew to more than a dozen tipis surrounded by tents, buses, cars and hundreds of water protectors. Some are calling it the “1851 Treaty Camp” to acknowledge their Treaty rights.

Across the road is the encroaching pipeline and a heavily militarized police force with armored vehicles, helicopters, planes, ATVs and busloads of officers. Tensions are growing as unarmed citizens worry that police will use unnecessarily harsh tactics.

In recent weeks, nearly 300 unarmed water protectors who were arrested have been subjected to pepper spray, strip-searches, delayed bail, exaggerated charges and physical violence, according to interviews with several who were taken into custody. The ACLU and National Lawyers Guild recently sent attorneys to Standing Rock to help the Red Owl Collective, a team of volunteer lawyers headed by attorney Bruce Ellison, who are representing many of those arrested.

The massive law enforcement contingent, consisting of sheriff’s deputies and officers from numerous other states and counties, as well as National Guard, began staging near the encampment — with scores of Armored Personnel Carriers, buses and Humvees poised at the ready.

“At some point the rule of law has to be enforced,” Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said Wednesday. “We could go down there at any time. We’re trying not to.”

Dakota Access LLC, the pipeline developer released a statement encouraging trespassers to “vacate the land immediately” or be “removed from the land.”

“Alternatively and in coordination with local law enforcement and county/state officials, all trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and removed from the land,” the company said. “Lawless behavior will not be tolerated.”

Just days ago, sheriff’s officials had said earlier they didn’t have the resources to immediately remove activists from the private land, about 50 miles south of Bismarck. Subsequently, law enforcement officials put out a call for reinforcements, with hundreds of officers from out of state responding.

On Wednesday, actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo and civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson went to the new camp to speak and pray with the water protectors. Ruffalo had arrived the night before to speak on an anti-DAPL panel with Native activists at the Prairie Knights Casino and Hotel, according to Indian Country Today.

After touring the camp Jackson spoke to the crowd, reminding people that nonviolence is key to winning the battle for justice.

“With promises broken, land stolen, and sacred lands desecrated, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is standing up for their right to clean water. They have lost land for settlers to farm, more land for gold in the Black Hills, and then again even more land for the damn (sic) that was built for flood control and hydro power,” Jackson said.

When will the taking stop? When will we start treating the first peoples of these lands with the respect and honor they deserve?

The rerouting of the pipeline away from Bismarck to its current route is “the ripest case of environmental racism I’ve seen in a long time,” Jackson said. “Bismarck residents don’t want their water threatened, so why is it okay for North Dakota to react with guns and tanks when Native Americans ask for the same right?”

The pipeline was originally scheduled to run north of Bismarck until local residents expressed displeasure with the plan, with the DAPL ultimately being rerouted to its current trajectory near the Oceti Sakowin Standing Rock Reservation.

With an impending militarized police raid of the camp, Mekasi Camp-Horinek, one of the camp coordinators, told officers the protesters planned to stand their ground, saying “Do what you’ve got to do,” according to the Bismarck Tribune

“I don’t have a crystal ball to know when it will happen, but we know it will happen,” said Mekasi Camp-Horinek, a member of the Ponca tribe in Oklahoma. “We’re going to hold this ground.”

Water protectors could be heard chanting, “Stand in peace against the beast.”

“I’m here to die if I have to. I don’t want to die but I will,” said Didi Banerji, who lives in Toronto but is originally from the Spirit Lake Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

The protesters are simply trying to keep law enforcement from preventing their efforts to stop the pipeline said David Red Bear Jr., 30, from the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

“If we don’t stop them here, they’re going to cut us off closer to the pipeline. We can’t let that happen,” Red Bear said. “We’re not trying to force anybody’s hand. We’re just trying to stand up for what we believe in.”

The reality is that the citizens of North Dakota are funding a protection force, in the form of police, for a multi-billion dollar corporate entity. North Dakota’s Emergency Commission previously approved $6 million in emergency funding for law enforcement costs related to the protest — with almost all of those funds having been used already. The Department of Emergency Services plans to ask for more, spokeswoman Cecily Fong said.

Do North Dakotans want their tax money spent on police acting as paid enforcers for Wall Street and big oil interests?

While law enforcement claims they are just doing their job and enforcing the law, in reality, they are acting as enforcers for an unjust corporate oligarchy that consistently puts money over people. The financial elite are the ones who the police are truly protecting and serving — not the American people.

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‘Unlawful’ US Airstrikes Kill 300 Civilians In Syria — Bombs Dropped a Second Time to Kill First Responders


As the media and the general population in the United States remain distracted by the sham elections, the US military is waging undeclared war across the middle east. Just this week, we reported that 60 civilians were killed, and over 200 injured during a US-led airstrike in Iraq.

Now, only a day later in Syria, 300 innocent civilians have died as a result of 11 different airstrikes conducted by a US-led coalition.

The killings were largely absent from the major headlines in American mainstream media, but the operations were condemned by human rights organization Amnesty International.

The organization stated that the US Central Command (CENTCOM) “may have… carried out unlawful attacks” in Syria, killing civilians.

Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office said that the CENTCOM is downplaying the human cost of the recent attacks

“We fear the US-led coalition is significantly underestimating the harm caused to civilians in its operations in Syria,” she said.

“It’s high time the US authorities came clean about the full extent of the civilian damage caused by coalition attacks in Syria. Independent and impartial investigations must be carried out into any potential violations of international humanitarian law and the findings should be made public,” she added.

According to witnesses, “double tap” airstrikes, in which the same target is attacked multiple times, ended up killing numerous first responders who were trying to save innocent victims trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Amnesty international estimated that 300 civilians were killed in the attacks based on satellite imagery, eyewitness reports as well as media documentation from the front lines.

“At this point, I had a two-month-old baby boy in my arms whom I had rescued. The hit caused me to fall and drop him… I fell into the hole made by the air strike. That was what saved me… My mother, aunt, wife and children – a daughter who was four years old and a son who was two and a half were all killed. The woman and her son who I’d rescued were killed. Everyone but me was killed,” one survivor told reporters.

“Given the likely increase in air strikes by the US-led Coalition as part of the Iraqi offensive to recapture Mosul, it is even more pressing that CENTCOM be fully transparent about the impact of their military actions on civilians. And it is crucial that they adhere scrupulously to international humanitarian law, including by taking all feasible precautions to spare civilians and to minimize harm to civilian homes and infrastructure,” Maalouf of Amnesty International said.

This is not the first time such a large death toll has occurred recently in Syria. Amnesty also documented that over 200 civilians were killed in a US-led attack on the city of Manbij, Syria.

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Cop Fires Round From His 9mm Glock into a Daycare Center in a ‘Gun-Free Zone’– Yet to Be Charged


Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Authorities are only ‘contemplating’ criminal charges against an East Cleveland police officer today after he discharged his weapon sending a bullet hurling into a day care center.

The staff and children at the KinderCare Learning center were likely terrified when a bullet came blasting through the fence and lodged into the wall of the school around 3:35 pm on Tuesday.

Police have refused to release the name of the officer who negligently discharged his firearm. Authorities did, however, note that the officer was unloading his 9mm Glock inside his home, directly behind the daycare, when it ‘accidentally’ discharged.

Up until that point, the staff and parents of the children at KinderCare probably thought that their children were safer being neighbors with a police officer.

Despite the officer clearly admitting to committing the misdemeanor offense of discharging a firearm within city limits, police have yet to charge him.

“Right now our law department has it and they are reviewing it to see if there should be any charges,” Police Chief Jack Davis said Wednesday morning.

“It was a very unfortunate incident for the school, as well as him,” he added.

Outside of skating out of the misdemeanor charge so far, this officer also seems to be avoiding the felony offense of discharging a weapon in a gun-free school zone.

Imagine for a moment that you were cleaning your pistol and all of the sudden, you accidentally squeeze off a round sending the deadly projectile through the wall of a daycare center, in a gun-free zone.

There are two possible scenarios that would take place; the first one being that a SWAT team responds and you are killed. The second, less lethal result would be your inevitable arrest and charges of public endangerment, unlawful discharge, illegal use of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, terrorism, or a myriad of other charges associated with sending a deadly projectile hurling through walls and near the heads of innocent people. You would immediately be facing fines, jail time, probation, and firearms restrictions.

However, if you are a government agent who’s trusted with carrying a deadly weapon into places others cannot, you needn’t worry about any of those repercussions as this case will likely prove.

When the Akron Beacon Journal contacted the East Cleveland police department to inquire as to what would happen to this officer, they said their department was unaware of the incident.

“We’re just grateful that nobody was hurt,” KinderCare spokeswoman Colleen Moran told So are we.

As the gun controllers call for guns to be taken out of the hands of US citizens, what they really mean is they only want cops to have guns. This cop proves how silly, and dangerous, that demand actually is.

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Pax China: Manila’s capitulation sets ominous precedent for U.S. allies in Far East

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DonKirk31By Donald Kirk

Rodrigo Duterte was reputed as a killer long before his election as president of the Philippines five months ago. He countenanced the slaughter of hundreds of drug addicts and dealers while mayor of Davao, the major port city on the rebel-infested southern island of Mindanao, and has applauded the arbitrary killing of upwards of 2,000 more druggies as president.

Duterte’s brutality, though, doesn’t mean he’s interested in battling China on behalf of his country in the South China Sea. In fact, he’s confounded strategists in Washington by appearing to disavow the historic Philippine-American alliance, aligning with the Chinese while tossing out agreements with the U.S. He’s saying, in effect, “Yankee Go Home.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, with Chinese President Xi Jinping after a signing ceremony in Beijing on Oct. 20. / Ng Han Guan / AP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, with Chinese President Xi Jinping after a signing ceremony in Beijing on Oct. 20. / Ng Han Guan / AP

If his declarations are puzzling, they are easy to understand. Beyond the “nationalist” pride, beneath the bravado, Duterte’s disparaging remarks about the traditional U.S. relationship raise questions about U.S. power everywhere in Asia.

First off, would the United States, despite its heralded “pivot” to Asia, risk an armed clash with China in the South China Sea?

That question has significance not just for Southeast Asia but for Northeast Asia too.

Sooner or later, the U.S. may have to decide whether to defend the Japanese on the Senkaku Islands, claimed by China, in the East China Sea ― and indeed how far to go for South Korea in a second Korean War in which China would surely side with its protectorate, North Korea.

Yes, the U.S. has shown the flag in the South China Sea by sending warships, notably Aegis-class destroyers, near the Spratly Islands where the Chinese have built a military base and lust after islets and reefs claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.

American flag-waving demonstrates the view that China has indeed violated international law as the Permanent Court of International Arbitration in the Hague ruled in July.

Duterte, by siding with China in his recent visit to Beijing, including a summit with President Xi Jinping, left no doubt that the ruling was a hollow victory. There’s no way the U.S. is going to go to war in the Spratlys. Nor, for that matter, is the U.S. interested in battling the Chinese for the Scarborough shoal, the rocky outcropping that lies within Philippine territorial waters north of the Spratlys and west of the main Philippine island of Luzon.

Clearly, if the Philippines is to get anywhere in retrieving the right of its fishermen to troll the waters of the Scarborough shoal, Duterte needs a deal with China. Only if the Philippines relinquishes its claim might China accept Philippine fishermen in and around the shoal, from which Chinese patrol boats have chased them.

The Philippines may also come to terms on the Spratlys by acknowledging China’s grip on what it’s got while holding on to one or two islets. Definitely any agreement under which the Philippines yields territory to China will be humiliating, but how can Duterte win concessions that might be beneficial to Philippine fishermen?

Over that question looms the whole issue of U.S.-Philippine defense arrangements.

Immediately at stake is the U.S.-Philippine Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement under which the Philippines agreed two years ago that U.S. troops might rotate in and out of five Philippine bases. The deal evokes memories of the era in which two of America’s largest overseas bases ― Clark in Angeles City north of Manila and the naval base on Subic Bay on the South China Sea ― guaranteed Philippine security.

The U.S. had to pull out of Clark and Subic in the early 1990s after the Philippine Senate refused to renew the lease on the bases in a storm of “nationalist” sentiment. The recent defense agreement portended a shift back to the old days, but Duterte has said he doesn’t want to see American forces anywhere on Philippine soil.

Now the future of the U.S.-Philippine alliance is up in the air. Duterte did say that he did not mean to “sever” relations with the U.S. when he spoke of “separation” of the U.S. from the Philippines, but obviously he does not see Washington as capable or committed to guaranteeing security against the rising power of China.

For years the U.S. has provided aid and advice for the Philippines’ armed forces, riddled by inefficiency and corruption, as they battle tenacious Communist and Islamic guerrillas. Considering the legacy of U.S.-Philippine friendship, the Chinese may have difficulty replacing the Americans as aid-givers. If China does provide massive aid, Filipinos, wary of the economic grip of a powerful Chinese minority, may fear subjugation or subservience.

The details vary, but similar questions arise all around the periphery of China. Who wants the Chinese imposing terms and conditions from the Korean peninsula to Southeast and South Asia?

While shouting anti-American slogans, “nationalists” and populists should be careful what they wish for before kowtowing to Beijing.

Donald Kirk, author of “Looted: the Philippines After the Bases” and “Philippines in Crisis: U.S. Power versus Local Revolt,” is at


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Interlocking directorate links Soros to firm supplying voting machines to 16 states

by WorldTribune Staff, October 27, 2016

A company with direct ties to George Soros is providing voting machines to 16 states, including key swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania.

Smartmatic.001The balloting equipment tied to Soros comes from UK-based Smartmatic, whose chairman Mark Malloch-Brown is a former UN official and sits on the board of Soros’s Open Society Foundations.

Smartmatic has a poor track record of providing free and fair elections.

A 2006 classified U.S. diplomatic cable obtained and released by WikiLeaks reveals the extent to which Smartmatic may have played a hand in rigging the 2004 Venezuelan recall election under a section titled “A Shadow of Fraud.”

The memo stated that “Smartmatic Corporation is a riddle both in ownership and operation, complicated by the fact that its machines have overseen several landslide (and contested) victories by President Hugo Chavez and his supporters.”

“The Smartmatic machines used in Venezuela are widely suspected of, though never proven conclusively to be, susceptible to fraud,” the memo continued. “The Venezuelan opposition is convinced that the Smartmatic machines robbed them of victory in the August 2004 referendum. Since then, there have been at least eight statistical analyses performed on the referendum results.”

“One study obtained the data log from the CANTV network and supposedly proved that the Smartmatic machines were bi-directional and in fact showed irregularities in how they reported their results to the CNE central server during the referendum.”

Smartmatic is providing voting machines to Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.


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Trump in Charlotte promises ‘new deal for Black America’

by WorldTribune Staff, October 27, 2016

Years of Democratic rule is responsible for leaving black Americans behind, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Oct. 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In calling for a “new deal for black America,” Trump said that “whether you vote for me or not, I will be your greatest champion. We live in a very divided country and I will be your greatest champion.”

Donald Trump speaks to North Carolina faith and community leaders at a campaign event in Charlotte on Oct. 26. /Reuters
Donald Trump speaks to North Carolina faith and community leaders at a campaign event in Charlotte on Oct. 26. /Reuters

“My deal is grounded in three promises: safe communities, great education, and high-paying jobs,” Trump said.

Trump called for incentives to move companies into blighted neighborhoods to bolster employment, help African-Americans get better access to credit and push cities to declare “blighted communities” disaster areas to help rebuild infrastructure.

“African-American citizens have sacrificed so much for our nation,” Trump said. “They fought and died in every war since the Revolution and from the pews and the picket lines, they’ve lifted up the conscience of our country in the long march for civil rights. Yet too many African-Americans have been left behind.”

Trump called on voters to repudiate Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in favor of change.

“American politics is caught in a time loop, we keep electing the same people over and over and over,” he said.

“Every day, I’m out on the trail proposing fresh solutions and new thinking. And every day, the same people, getting rich off our broken system, say we can’t change and we can’t try anything new, because it’s not good for them.”

He also said he’d support increasing the number of police officers, connecting a lack of officers to a rise in murder rates in major cities.

Trump said he would focus on removing “gang-members and criminal cartels,” and blamed Clinton for promoting a “war on police.”


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Soros group counters widespread evidence that North Carolina’s economy is booming

by WorldTribune Staff, October 27, 2016

Tax cuts have delivered more jobs and higher pay for North Carolina residents, with the Tar Heel state’s economy growing faster than the national average in each of the last three years.

Such data is of no concern to the George Soros-funded Budget & Tax Center, a project of the NC Justice Center, which has a much different message for North Carolinians.

NC-flag-700In the Oct. 25 edition of the Raleigh News & Observer, a staffer of the Budget & Tax Center opined that “policymakers and business leaders thought that cutting taxes would deliver a stronger economy. Not only has that not happened, they now lament that they don’t have the tools to invest in proven strategies like education and infrastructure.”

The Civitas Institute noted on Oct. 26 that “for starters, roads and highways are funded almost exclusively from the gas tax and vehicle registrations – revenue streams not impacted by the income tax cuts being addressed in the Justice Center’s article. Moreover, the article’s author must have forgotten about the $2 billion infrastructure bond passed this spring.

“And public education spending has continued to climb since the 2013 tax reforms. State appropriations climbed from $8.01 billion in FY 2012-13 to $8.77 billion in the FY 2016-17 budget, a rise of nearly 10 percent even after adjusting for inflation.”

Soros’ Justice Center is “the hub” of the Blueprint NC movement that in 2013 issued a strategic memo directing their members to “eviscerate the (legislative) leadership and weaken their ability to govern.”

The opinion piece also claimed “a persistent lack of jobs is driving high unemployment and sluggish wage growth, as well as the failure of any economic and job growth to equally reach every community of the state, according to independent assessments by economists, researchers and the media.”

Brent Lane, Director of the UNC Center for Competitive Economies at UNC-Chapel Hill, said data proves that North Carolina’s economy has outperformed national averages in several measures.

  • North Carolina has created 441,600 new jobs since January of 2011, a growth rate exceeding 11 percent. The state’s unemployment rate has dropped from 10.4 percent in January 2011 to 4.6 percent, now below the national average.
  • Beginning in 2014, North Carolina’s per capita income growth rate has exceeded the U.S. average for eleven consecutive quarters, the best such streak in the Tar Heel State since 1996.
  • North Carolina’s median household income recorded the highest rate of growth in the country over the previous three years – more than doubling the national average. In 2012, N.C.’s median household income ranked 46th in the country, and in three years has climbed to 37th. That figure is likely to rise further in 2016.
  • North Carolina’s overall economy – as measured by state GDP – grew faster than the national economy in each of the last three years.
  • The state’s poverty rate has dropped from 18.6 percent in 2013 to 15.3 percent in 2015.


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Israel says ancient papyrus supports its claim to Jerusalem

by WorldTribune Staff, October 27, 2016

Judaism and Jerusalem are all but identical i the minds of older Americans schooled in the Bible and history. Not so, say revisionists at the United Nations where Islamist regimes hold increasing sway.

On Oct. 26, an Israeli official said an ancient Hebrew script that dates to the 7th century BC* proves the historic connection between Jews and Jerusalem.

The relic, made of papyrus, is the earliest extra-biblical source to mention Jerusalem in Hebrew writing and is a strong repudiation of a UN resolution that ignores Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, Israeli Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev said on Oct. 26.

A First Temple-era, 2,700-year-old papyrus bearing the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew.
A First Temple-era, 2,700-year-old papyrus bearing the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew.

Related: Watered down UNESCO resolution still erases Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, Oct. 23, 2016

“The discovery of the papyrus on which the name of our capital Jerusalem is written is further tangible evidence that Jerusalem was, and will remain, the eternal capital of the Jewish people,” said Regev.

“It is our duty to take care of the plundering of antiquities that occurs in the Judean Desert, and no less important than this is exposing the deceit of false propaganda, as is once again happening today in UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).”

Plundered from a Judean Desert cave by a band of antiquities robbers, the document was seized in an operation by the Israel Antiquities Authority’s (IAA) Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery.

Two lines of ancient Hebrew were preserved on the document made from the pith of the papyrus plant, according to IAA director Israel Hasson.

“A paleographic examination of the letters and a C14 [radiocarbon] analysis determined that the artifact should be dated to the 7th century BCE, to the end of the First Temple period,” said Hasson.

“Most of the letters are clearly legible, and the proposed reading of the text appears as follows: ‘From the king’s maidservant, from Naharata, jars of wine, to Jerusalem.’ ”

The antiquity is an original shipping document from the time of the First Temple during the Kingdom of Judah, indicating the payment of taxes or transfer of goods to storehouses in Jerusalem, Hasson said.

“The document specifies the status of the sender of the shipment [the king’s maidservant]; the name of the settlement from which the shipment was dispatched [Naharata]; the contents of the vessels [wine]; their number or amount [jars] and their destination [Jerusalem],” said Hasson.

“Naharata, which is mentioned in the text, is the same Naharata that is referred to in the description of the border between Ephraim and Benjamin in Joshua 16:7: ‘And it went down from Janohah to Ataroth, and to Naharata, and came to Jericho, and went out at Jordan,’ ” he added.

Dr. Eitan Klein, deputy director of the IAA’s Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery, said the document represents evidence of the existence of an organized administration in the Kingdom of Judah.

“It underscores the centrality of Jerusalem as the economic capital of the kingdom in the second half of the 7th century BCE,” he said.

Meanwhile, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, on Oct. 26 threw a copy of the Jerusalem resolution into a trash bin right after it was approved by the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Paris.

In attacking WHC’s approval of a text that ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, Shama-Hacohen equated the Jerusalem resolution with the 1975 UN resolution that Zionism equals racism.

“The fate of this resolution shall be no different than that of UN resolution 3379 adopted in 1965, which equated Zionism with racism. That absurd resolution was canceled 16 years later, but the moral stain still remains on all those who adopted it,” Shama-Hacohen said.

“It might take years in our case as well, until the ‘Jerusalem resolutions’ are eradicated from the annals of this organization,” he added.

“In 1975 it was Israel’s ambassador to the UN, the late Haim Herzog, who tore the paper of the resolution to shreds on stage and in front of the entire world. I have no intention of doing it in front of you today; not because of your dignity, nor because of the dignity of this organization, but simply because this resolution paper is not even worth the energy needed for tearing it to shreds.

“It will be much simpler and a lot more appropriate to place it in its rightful place, the garbage place of history,” Shama-Hacohen said.

* Some academics prefer BCE (Before Common Era) to BC (Before Christ)


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