North Korea Says “Trump Declared War”, Threatens To Shoot Down US Jets

North Korea Says “Trump Declared War”, Threatens To Shoot Down US Jets:

Having raged at President Trump’s “suicide mission” on Saturday, North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho called for an impromptu press conference this morning following President Trump’s extended travel ban, in which the diplomat said that Trump’s recent tweet that DPRK’s leadership would not be around much longer amounted to “a declaration of war” and added that North Korea has “every right to take countermeasures against the United States,  including to shoot down American jets outside the DPRK’s airspace” as part of its right to self-defense under the United Nations charter.

“The UN Charter acknowledges member states’ right of self-defense,” Ri said outside a hotel near the UN headquarters on Monday. “As the United States has declared a war, even though its strategic bombers don’t cross our border, we will come to own all rights to respond for self-defense including shooting down its planes at any time.

The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” Ri added as he was leaving the United Nations after a week of General Assembly meetings in New York.

“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”

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Russia Blames US For Death Of Top General In Syria

Russia Blames US For Death Of Top General In Syria:

Shortly after Russia disclosed on Sunday that a top Russian military commander, Lieutenant General Valery Asapov – who was serving as one of Russia’s “military advisers” in Syria – was fatally wounded by an exploding shell in a mortar attack by ISIS terrorists, on Monday the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the “two-faced policy” of the United States was to blame for the death of the Russian General in Syria.

“The death of the Russian commander is the price, the bloody price, for two-faced American policy in Syria,” Ryabkov told reporters, according to RIA.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that Asapov had been killed by Islamic State shelling near Deir al-Zor; his death was revealed around the time Moscow disclosed what it said was photographic evidence showing US special operations located at Islamic State positions in Syria. 

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Trump Escalates War With NFL In Early Tweetstorm

Trump Escalates War With NFL In Early Tweetstorm:

Update:  Proving that he was just getting warmed up earlier this morning with his latest rant against the NFL, Trump now seems to want ‘#StandForOurAnthem‘ to go viral.

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After igniting an NFL firestorm over the weekend with a series of tweetstorms bashing players who refused to stand for the national anthem (something we covered in detail here), Trump is at it again this morning with new tweets highlighting the disgruntled crowds that booed the kneeling players.

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Chris Hedges: The Silencing Of Dissent

The Silencing Of Dissent:

The ruling elites, who grasp that the reigning ideology of global corporate capitalism and imperial expansion no longer has moral or intellectual credibility, have mounted a campaign to shut down the platforms given to their critics. The attacks within this campaign include blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for Russia and purveyors of “fake news.”

No dominant class can long retain control when the credibility of the ideas that justify its existence evaporates. It is forced, at that point, to resort to crude forms of coercion, intimidation and censorship. This ideological collapse in the United States has transformed those of us who attack the corporate state into a potent threat, not because we reach large numbers of people, and certainly not because we spread Russian propaganda, but because the elites no longer have a plausible counterargument.

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Russia Releases Photos Showing US Special Ops At ISIS Positions In Syria

Russia Releases Photos Showing US Special Ops At ISIS Positions In Syria:

The Russian Defense Ministry has released aerial images allegedly showing ISIS, the SDF, and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield against Syrian and Russian forces in Dier ez-Zor, Syria.

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Jared Kushner Reportedly Used Private Email For White House Business

Jared Kushner Reportedly Used Private Email For White House Business:

As if the flow of news on this warm September weekend wasn’t hectic enough thanks to President Trump’s decision to pick a fight with professional sports, Politico is out with the latest bombshell report alleging some nefarious act was committed by one of Trump’s closest advisors, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Politico reports that, in an ironic twist, Kushner continued to use a private email account that had been set up during the transition to communicate with fellow administration officials during Trump’s first nine months in office, even as Trump continued to bash his former rival’s mishandling of classified information on a private server during her time at the State Department.

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NASCAR Team Owners Say They Won’t Tolerate National Anthem Protests

NASCAR Team Owners Say They Won’t Tolerate National Anthem Protests:

Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty told the AP that “anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.” When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, he said, “You’re right.”

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Colorado Landfills Contain Radioactive Substances From Oil Sector

Colorado Landfills Contain Radioactive Substances From Oil Sector:

After a series of meetings with local officials, state authorities have concluded that unknown amounts of radioactive material have been stored at landfills throughout the state.

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AND NOW: Climate alarmists demand imprisonment of climate change skeptics … want to charge them with MURDER

You really can’t make this stuff up!

Climate alarmists demand imprisonment of climate change skeptics … want to charge them with MURDER:

It’s official: The last vestiges of common sense have now finally gone out the window. The Washington Times is reporting that climate alarmists are calling for those who do not buy into the catastrophic man-made global warming narrative to be jailed … for murder! That’s right folks; if you don’t accept the idea that humans are causing temperatures to soar at an alarming rate and destroying the planet, you’re a murderer – and must be punished as such.

Recent headlines clearly reflect the increasing frustration felt by climate change fanatics.

A September 1 headline in Outline declared, “Climate change denial should be a crime,” with writer Brian Merchant claiming, “In the wake of Harvey, it’s time to treat science denial as gross negligence — and hold those who do the denying accountable.”

An article a week later in the Nation boldly stated that, “Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us,” with the writer angrily declaring that “murder is murder” and “we should punish it as such.”

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Monitors: US Airstrikes Have Killed 2,617 Civilians in Syria

Monitors: US Airstrikes Have Killed 2,617 Civilians in Syria:

(ANTIWAR.COM) — While the official Pentagon reports on civilian deaths claim far fewer deaths, NGOs have been consistently documenting a massive number of civilian bystanders killed in America’s air war in Iraq and Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the total at 2,617 civilians killed in US-led strikes just in Syria. This included 615 children and 443 women. It also doesn’t include the much larger tolls believed to have been inflicted in Iraq.

The Pentagon has put the overall toll closer to 700 civilians killed across both countries, and they also reckon a large majority in Iraq. Within Syria, the largest number of civilians were killed in Raqqa, but it also includes civilians slain in Manbij, as well as elsewhere around the country.

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Government prepares for 70 children of ISIS fighters to return to Australia – and plans to give them counselling, welfare and new identities

Government prepares for 70 children of ISIS fighters to return to Australia – and plans to give them counselling, welfare and new identities:

  • At least 110 Australians are still in Syria and Iraq fighting for the terrorist group
  • More than 70 children are expected to return to Australia this year
  • The Turnbull government will be offering them privacy and an education
  • Despite welcoming them with welfare, the public’s safety remains a top priority 

The Australian government has planned for the return of at least 70 children of ISIS fighters and will given them counselling, welfare and citizenship.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said that each child will be case-managed and the states will be working together to ensure they have access to an education.

Despite security being a top priority upon their return, Mr Keenan was quick to say the returning youngsters won’t be left without help or guidance as they transition back into a regular life.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Essay by Dutch MP Thierry Baudet: The EU will end European Democracy

Essay by Dutch MP Thierry Baudet: The EU will end European Democracy:

Thierry Baudet is a Dutch doctor of Law as well as the founder and leader of the new Dutch political party Forum for Democracy, which holds two seats in national parliament, but is currently polled at nine seats.

In his dystopian classic, The Managerial Revolution (1941), the American political scientist James Burnham coined the concept of “controlled democracy“. According to Burnham, the civil democracies of the second half of the 20th century would – more or less gradually – be overgrown with backroom bureaucratic networks that make the actual decisions, all far away from the electorate and public debate. While this would slowly but surely erode the democratic mandate of governments, Burnham explicitly didn’t expect that this would lead to the dissolution of the European nation-state – in name, that is:

“The many nations that are in fact being absolved will remain existent in name; they can function as administrative subdivisions, but have no sovereignty.”

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Alejandro Villanueva Defies Steelers’ Anthem Protest, Takes Field Hand Over Heart

Alejandro Villanueva Defies Steelers’ Anthem Protest, Takes Field Hand Over Heart:

All but one of the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to protest by staying in their locker room, during the playing of the national anthem at this afternoon’s game in Chicago. The lone dissenter was former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva who bucked the team’s decision and took the field, anyway, hand over his heart and helmet under his arm.

On Sunday morning, reports emerged that the Steelers had decided to stay in their locker room despite league rules requiring the team to be on the sidelines during the playing of the national anthem.

By game time, the team did, indeed, fulfill their announced intentions. However, Villanueva defied his team and took the field:

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