While the double standards the United States sets for its close ally, Saudi Arabia, have been criticized by members of the public, it is not often that politicians call out the hypocrisy—and then there’s Rand Paul—the man, who on Wednesday, was dodging .556 rounds fired at him by an anti-Trump lunatic.
The Republican senator from Kentucky went off on an aggressive Twitter rant, before taking to the Senate floor on Tuesday to speak out against the proposed $350 billion arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which was praised by President Trump during his first official trip abroad.
“Saudi Arabia is causing a humanitarian crisis with a war in Yemen,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “It funds extremism worldwide. Abuses human rights. Stop arming them now.”
The vote will be close. It is time we stop the counterproductive and harmful practice of arming a country that promotes extremism
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 13, 2017
Today we will discuss issues of war & peace, which we rarely do. We have been in conflict over 15 years.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 13, 2017
During his speech, Paul noted that by arming Saudi Arabia, the U.S. is directly supporting the Saudis’ horrific war in Yemen, which has resulted in the deaths of over 10,000, and has left millions of civilians malnourished, and in desperate need of food assistance.
“Should the United States be actively involved with refueling Saudi planes, with picking targets, with having advisors on the ground? Should we be at war in Yemen?” Paul said on the Senate floor. “If you remember your Constitution, it says no president has that authority. Only to repel imminent attack, but no president alone has the unilateral authority to take us to war. And yet, here we are on the verge of war.”
Paul also said that while it won’t solve every problem the Yemeni people are currently facing, he believes halting the arms sale will have an impact on helping to stop some of the suffering.
“One group said that the impending famine in Yemen may reach biblical proportions — think about that,” He said. “It is astounding what is being done, and it is not being done with your weapons, but with your — we will force this vote for these children in Yemen because we have a chance today to stop the carnage. We have a chance to tell Saudi Arabia we’ve had enough.”
17 million live in edge of starvation. Crisis may well be worse than Syria. And our country is going to further arm one side of this war
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 13, 2017
And we are going to give them weapons? I say no.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 13, 2017
Paul then went on to bring up the fact that less than one year ago, Congress supported giving the families of 9/11 victims the right to sue Saudi Arabia for the attacks. When President Obama vetoed the bill in September 2016, it became the first veto of his presidency that Congress overturned.
“There is an abundance of evidence that high level Saudis were complicit in 9/11,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “The 28 pages show that. Why would we give them arms?”
A year ago the Senate voted to let 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia. Now we are going to sell them weapons? What are we thinking?
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 13, 2017
In a segment of the speech posted on his Facebook page, Paul quoted former President Dwight Eisenhower, who said he was worried the U.S. would start to make decisions in the name of the military industrial complex, rather than national defense.
“I am embarrassed that people would bring up trying to feather the nests of corporations in order to sell these weapons,” Paul said. “This should be made pure and simple on our national defense. Saudi Arabia is not a reliable ally. Saudi Arabia should not get these weapons. For every supposed good thing they do, they do five things that are bad for America.”
I am embarrassed that people would bring up trying to feather the nests of corporations in order to sell these weapons. This should be made pure and simple on our national defense. Saudi Arabia is not a reliable ally. Saudi Arabia should not get these weapons. For every supposed good thing they do, they do five things that are bad for America. They are the biggest purveyor of hatred of christianity and judaism. I request a no vote.
Posted by Senator Rand Paul on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Paul was joined by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Tuesday. The senators sought to invoke the Arms Export Control Act of 1976, in order to force a vote on blocking the portion of the arms sale that would be used to deepen the conflict in Yemen. As a result, 47 senators voted the halt the sale, and 53 senators voted to provide the weapons to Saudi Arabia.
“Today, a bipartisan group of senators took a stand against the escalating war Saudi Arabia is waging with Yemen,” Paul said in a press release. “This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take a stance against waging an undeclared war and fueling an arms race in the Middle East. I applaud those who voted with me to block this proposed arms sale, and I hope this sends a clear message to Saudi Arabia that the United States will not just stand by as they massacre their unarmed neighbors.”
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WASHINGTON — In a head-spinning shift that could affect the war on ISIS, President Trump on Wednesday accused Qatar of funding extremism and mused that the oil-rich U.S. ally’s growing diplomatic isolation might mark “the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism.”
Trump’s comments on Twitter marked a sharp reversal from the White House’s pledge just one day earlier to “deescalate” a feud in which Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries have formally cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and frozen travel to and from the oil-rich nation, accusing it of financing extremists and supporting Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, Iran. Qatar has rejected what it called “false and baseless claims.”
The Tuesday tweets were also a major shift from Trump’s own warm remarks from his first foreign trip, when he sat down during with the emir of Qatar. The small coastal country on the Arabian Peninsula hosts the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East.
“One of the things that we will discuss is the purchase of lots of beautiful military equipment, because nobody makes it like the United States,” Trump said at the May 21 meeting. “And for us, that means jobs and it also means, frankly, great security back here, which we want.”
On Tuesday, Trump pivoted away from that conciliatory tone, lining up the United States behind Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in their escalating feud with Qatar.
“So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding … extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!” Trump said in two tweets. He did not address Washington’s own diplomatic relations with Doha.
It was unclear what impact, if any, the president’s remarks would have on the military campaign against the so-called Islamic State. Qatar hosts the Al Udeid air base, which coordinates air power over Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, among other countries. The facility is also home to some 10,000 U.S. military personnel.
Qatar has long supported Islamists in the Middle East, like the Muslim Brotherhood and some fighters in Syria. In 2013, the Taliban opened an office in Qatar as part of a U.S.-welcomed effort to work out a political settlement in Afghanistan.
Trump unveiled his new position two days before former FBI Director James Comey is to testify before Congress as part of an investigation into alleged ties between the president’s 2016 campaign and Russia. The U.S. intelligence community has accused Moscow of meddling in the election.
On Monday, before Trump’s tweets, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson predicted that the rift between Qatar and its regional neighbors would not affect the war on ISIS. They also offered U.S. help to resolve the dispute diplomatically.
“In regards to the implications for the counter-ISIS fight, I am positive there will be no implications coming out of this dramatic situation at all, and I say that based on the commitment that each of these nations that you just referred to have made to this fight,” Mattis said.
Said Tillerson, “We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences, and if there’s any role that we can play in terms of helping them address those, we think it is important that the GCC remain unified.” He was referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council, through which the countries involved cooperate on military issues.
“I do not expect that this will have any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism in the region or globally,” Tillerson added.
At the White House, deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday that Trump “is committed to continuing to have conversations with all of the people involved in that process, with all of those countries.”
And, she said, “We want to continue to deescalate that. And at this point, we’re continuing to work with each of those partners.”
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CNN had been caught red-handed staging a demonstration against terrorism by “moderate Muslims” in London. Funny, CNN was nowhere to be seen when “British” Muslims staged a demonstration calling for sharia law. CNN: The most trusted name in Bullhonk.
Today it emerged that the anti-terrorist protests by ‘moderate’ Muslims have been staged by the media. Multiculturalism is built on lies.
Source Article from https://davidduke.com/mark-collett-david-duke-destroy-cnn-in-twitter-battle/
Donald Trump’s twitter account has an impressive 31.1 million followers as of the writing of this article, but as with all things Trump, this accomplishment is not what is seems.
Over the last few days an estimated 5 million followers magically appeared which has experts wondering is “something strange is going on.”
Samuel C. Wooley, research director of the Computational Propaganda project at Oxford University said that the wave of new followers is “consistent with other strange things that have gone on before with this politician’s Twitter feed.”
That observation is right on because a “large percentage of Trump’s followers – and especially his newest followers – that have only the most rudimentary account information, with no profile picture, few followers and little sign that they ever tweeted.”
In other words, it looks like Trump purchases fake twitter followers to make his follower base look bigger than it actually is.
As of the publication of this article, a twitter audit reveals that Trump has 15,910,994 real followers, and 15,044,248 fake followers. The difference between real and fake is only 866,746.
Journalist Andrew Wyrich pointed out that “even in the last week, the number of fake accounts filling up the president’s Twitter followers list has spiked” and this sudden influx of followers have all the “hallmarks of bots or fake accounts that are run by computers.”
During the election, Trump’s twitter following was tainted by only 8% being fake, but since he took office, the fake follower’s number has risen ; threatening to overtake the amount of real followers.
In fact, over the last weekend, “Trump’s Twitter account saw an unusual spike in followers…many of which appear to have been created artificially.
Archive.org shows that @realDonaldTrump had 30.7 million prior to Tuesday of this week. After that, the followers number jumped to 31 million. That’s an increase of 30,000 in a matter of 24 to 48 hours.
Comedian Joe Mande, who has paid for twitter followers, explained to the New Yorker that he “bought a million followers for like $400″ to boost his twitter-cred.
Mande said: “The simplest way to tell who’s winning the Twitter game is by counting followers. The biggest celebrity accounts—Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga—seem to have millions of followers. But in 2012 I learned that only a portion of those are real humans; some are ‘bots,’ artificially created to boost an account’s popularity. Immediately, I knew that I had found my calling.”
I’m tracking *45’s number right now. He is growing by around 100 bots a minute. He is massing a propaganda army.
— SnowflakePrincess (@amandablount2) May 30, 2017
But the fake accounts and bots have higher IQ’s and more personality. And smell better
— J Hancock (@JHancoc64792904) May 31, 2017
— Molly USKakistocracy (@Plantflowes) May 31, 2017
Well, everything about Trump is fake (i.e. fake presidency), so why not fake Twitter followers….
— JoSho (@josho909) May 30, 2017
By the end of his time in office, the only supporters trump will have are the fake accounts in this thread. 😂
— Shea Wong (@MrsSheaWong) May 24, 2017
The whistleblower acquired over 160,000 followers in less than an hour after he published his very first tweet, which referenced a snarky take on an old Verizon Wireless advertising campaign.
Can you hear me now?
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
As the news of the latest ‘big-name’ Twitter handle goes viral, Snowden’s follower count skyrockets by thousands every time the page is refreshed.
However, the reclusive privacy advocate has only followed one other handle on Twitter. Who, you might ask?
The NSA, of course.
Eminent astrophysicist and TV star Neil deGrasse Tyson, welcomed Snowden onto Twitter. The scientist “geeked out” over getting to talk to the Moscow-based whistleblower online.
And Twitter exploded like a supernova.
When contacted by Mashable, Twitter confirmed the account really belongs to Edward Snowden.
The @Snowden handle was already taken by another user, who agreed to give it up to the whistleblower after a request from Twitter administration, the Intercept reported.
“I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public,” Snowden wrote in his account description.
According to the whistleblower’s lawyer, Ben Wizner, Snowden will personally control his Twitter account.
The former NSA contractor has been living in exile in Russia since 2013, after he leaked thousands of secret NSA files to the press.
The US has revoked Snowden’s passport, and the 32-year-old whistleblower was charged with three felony violations of the Espionage Act.
By Susan Duclos | All News Pipeline
Newsrooms in NY, CT and MA issued a Tsunami warning for the east coast of the United States on the morning of September 24, 2015 and, after much confusion and a flurry of Twitter messages, the official explanation was that the alert was an accident.
While reports talk about the NY and CT warnings, videographer Professor Doom was notified by a viewer that stated the same alert was issued in Massachusetts as well.
The explanation for the confusion as reported by NBC Connecticut, shown below:
“As part of a routine monthly test issued by the National Weather Service/NWS National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer Alaska…the NWS New York NY office sent a tsunami test warning message over NOAA weather radio all hazards.
This transmission was sent to local emergency alert systems for possible redistribution,” a statement from The National Weather service says. “There is no tsunami threat at this time.”
According to New Haven Register, the Tsunami warning triggered confusion and chuckles, but I would bet the people living in those areas weren’t chuckling very much when they were informed a tsunami was going to hit them!
The alert mentioned Fairfield County; Long Island Sound, east of New Haven; New Haven County; Middlesex County and New London County.
This is reminiscent of other similar mistakes, such as one in early October 2014, where a Tsunami warning was issued for the west coast, again by mistake and called a false alarm, causing people to “freak out” according to USA Today at the time.
A tsunami warning — which turned out to be only a test message — caused a bit of a stir along the West Coast Thursday morning. Here is the message that Seth Wayne, a meteorologist from KOMO-TV in Seattle, saw on his AccuWeather app at 9:37 a.m. PT:
“Tsunami warning in effect for Tacoma, WA until 10:30 AM PDT. Source: U.S. National Weather Service.”
Not surprisingly, Wayne tweeted, “We’ve got a few folks calling in and freaking out about this message.”
The alert was a mistake: Shortly thereafter, the National Weather Service in Seattle tweeted, “A test message for a Tsunami Information statement is showing on our website. This is only a test. There is no tsunami threat.”
Then there is an incident mentioned in the commentary below where an accidental alert went out on July 10th stating that a massive 9.0 earthquake had hit the Bay Area in California.
These types of accidents can cause a lot of stress and panic and they do seem to be happening more and more.
This article originally appeared on All News Pipeline.
In 2016, a team of engineers and adventurers will travel to the South African desert and attempt to become the first people to drive a car at 1,000mph. The British-made vehicle, Bloodhound SSC, is designed to smash the current …
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Instagram now has more than 400 million users, the company announced Tuesday, making it far larger than rival Twitter Inc with 100 million more users.
The photo-sharing app has grown rapidly over the past three years, faster than many of its social app competitors, including Twitter and Snapchat. The Facebook unit has rolled out a number of products and features this year aimed at getting users to spend more time in the app.
More than 75 percent of Instagram’s users are outside the United States, the company wrote in a blog post. More than half of the 100 million newest users living in Europe and Asia with Brazil, Japan and Indonesia adding the most users.
Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion and has been slow to monetize the app. It recently expanded its platform to all advertisers, rather than a select few, and is expected to make up to $2.8 billion in advertising revenue in 2017, according to eMarketer, a research firm.
Facebook now owns many of the most popular apps, including WhatsApp with 900 million users and its Messenger platform, now the second-most popular app ever – behind only Facebook – with 700 million users.
(Reporting By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by David Gregorio)
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Content-analysis of a great number of tweets that triggered the ongoing wave of migration from Turkey to Germany since August this year suggests that these human streams were inspired and channeled from outside of continental Europe.
According to Vladimir Shalak from the Russian Academy of Science who developed the Internet Content-Analysis System for Twitter ( Scai4Twi), his study of over 19000 refugees-related original tweets (retweets discounted) demonstrates that the vast majority of them mention Germany and Austria as the most refugee-welcoming countries in Europe:
Importantly, 93% of all tweets dedicated to Germany contained positive references to German hospitality and its refugee policy:
• Germany Yes! Leftists spray a graffiti on a train sayin “Welcome, refugees” in Arabic
• Lovely people – video of Germans welcoming Syrian refugees to their community
• Respect! Football fans saying “Welcome Refugees” across stadiums in Germany.
• This Arabic Graffiti train is running in Dresden welcoming refugees: (ahlan wa sahlan – a warm welcome).
• ‘We love Germany!,’ cry relieved refugees at Munich railway station
• Thousands welcome refugees to Germany – Sky News Australia
• Wherever this German town is that welcomed a coach of Syrian refugees with welcome signs and flowers -thank you.
Analysis of 5704 original tweets containing #RefugeesWelcome” hashtag and a country name lead to even larger gap between Germany and the rest of Europe:
The next step is to study the source twitter accounts where the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome + Germany originate. Next diagram shows the countries of origin of the relevant twitter accounts (where they could be idenfitied):
As you see, only 6,4% of all tweets with “#RefugeesWelcome”+Germany came from Germany itself.Almost half of them were originated from UK, USA and Australia! Looks like your remote planetmates are blushlessly inviting guests to visit your home without inquiring your opinion beforehand!
A couple of popular samples:
Lotte Leicht, director of Human Rights Watch’s Brussels Office, August 30 (source).
Washington Post, September 1 (source).
Further analysis shows that it was only a beginning. A whole army of netbots has galvanized ‘hit-the-fan’ effect to the topic.
On Aug 27 forty automatic netbots @changing_news, @changing_news1,…, @changing_news39 from the United States simultaneously issued the following tweet at 8:00:33AM:
A new welcome: Activists launch home placement service for refugees in Germany and Austria #News #Change #Help
On Sept 1 the same group of netbots releases same tweets with caps on at 22:30:37:
A New Welcome: Activists Launch Home Placement Service For Refugees In Germany And Austria #News #Change #Help
On August 29 at 11.02PMa group of 80 netbots posts the following:
Thousands Welcome Refugees to Germany at Dresden Rally: Thousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Satu…
Another group of fifty netbots from Australia (all created on Feb 14, 2014 between 06:02:00 до 06:24:00AM) publish a post on Aug 31 at 17:26:08:
#hot Football Fans in Germany Unite with ‘Refugees Welcome’ Message #prebreak #best
On Sept 1 at 07:29AM 95 netbots owned by Media for Social and Cultural Impact, Dallas, Texas, USA publish the following tweets:
German Soccer Fans Welcome Refugees Amid Ongoing Crisis: As Europe faces the challenge of a wave of migration…
Needless to say that every original tweet was multiplied in dozens of copies and spread Twitter-wide.
Evidently, the logic behind this campaign is to deteriorate social situation in Germany and undermine its economic development. Another target is the social structure of German society. 1 million of refugees coming annually there and supplementing existing 31% of local families having at least one migrant parent, would definitely disbalance the voting structure and secure a loyal leadership in Germany for the decades to come. On the other hand that would instigate ultra-right sentiments within the indigenous population and cause furious clashes between migrants and German radicals. Both processes would result in weakened Germany and diminished EU.
That is the real agenda behind innocent tweeting…
Source Article from http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-is-twitter-luring-refugees-to-germany/5477477