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Op-Ed

Two Separate Worlds
By Thierry Meyssan
The United States this time, an impenetrable barrier will circle the globe and divide Humanity, just as the Berlin Wall separated the population of the ex-capital of Germany. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45871.htm
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Trump and Putin Begin Work on US-Russia Reset
By M K Bhadrakumar
Russia definitely sees a window of opportunity in the incoming Trump presidency; a reset in the troubled relationship is possible. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45867.htm
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John McCain On U.S. – Russia Relations
By John McCain
Putin has rejoined Bashar Assad in his barbaric war against the Syrian people. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45866.htm
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Trump Appoints Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser: Report
By Chris Sommerfeldt
The retired three star general has also suggested he might be on board with killing relatives of suspected terrorists. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45864.htm
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Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn: « Gun for Hire »
By David L. Phillips
Simply put, Flynn was bought. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45865.htm
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Fear and Loathing Inside The Deep State
By Larchmonter445
Michael T. Flynn, counselor to Trump for the last fifteen months, is a vital Trump ally the Deep State is attempting to discredit. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45873.htm
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Trump Prepares to Takeover Fed
By Mike Whitney
Trump is going to take it to the next level by leaving Wall Street stripped of its power-agency and left to fend for itself. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45869.htm
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Presidential Elections: Myths and Deceits
By James Petras
Trump will not confront Wall Street, the multi-nationals, the military industrial complex or the pro-Israel billionaires and lobbies. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45872.htm
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Trump’s Fascism Picks Up Where Obama’s Leaves Off
By Ted Rall
Expect resistance: street protests, networks of safe houses, American citizens willing to risk prison to hide undocumented workers. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45870.htm
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Obama’s Hollow Legacy
By Margaret Kimberley
The Obama team’s propaganda skills were legendary but the day of reckoning revealed the emptiness of what they produced. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45868.htm
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Many Americans Should Un-Stupid Themselves
By Joel S. Hirschhorn
Give Trump time to show that he can actually help make America great again. – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45874.htm
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Hard News

Over 300 Iraqi ex-policemen slaughtered south of Mosul:
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Daesh terrorists have executed more than 300 former Iraqi policemen south of Mosul following heavy losses in the ongoing battle with Iraqi forces.
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/11/17/493995/Daesh-militants-execution-Iraqi-former-policemen-Hammam-alAlil-Mosul

Iraq: Bomb blast kills 40 in Amiriyat al-Fallujah:
A suspected ISIL suicide bomber detonated explosives at a wedding in Amiriyat al-Fallujah, killing at least 40 people.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/iraq-bomb-blast-kills-dozens-amiriyat-al-fallujah-161117192804285.html

18 ISIS fighters killed as security forces continue Mosul advancement:
Eighteen Islamic State militants were killed on Thursday while the number of those arrested reached 100 as Iraqi security forces proceed with clearing Mosul villages from the group.

18 ISIS fighters killed, 100 arrested as security forces continue Mosul advancement

ISIS abducts 75 civilians southwest of Kirkuk:
« This evening, ISIS militants abducted 75 civilians from Hawija district, while fleeing the district, » adding that, « The civilians were abducted for leaving the land of caliphate and helping other civilians to flee the ISIS-held areas toward Kirkuk and Salahuddin. »

ISIS abducts 75 civilians southwest of Kirkuk

Iraqi forces drive ISIS from Tal Afar airbase:
Tal Afar lies about 60 km (38 miles) west of Mosul on the main road to Syria. Its seizure could also alarm Turkey, which is wary of Iraqi Shi’ite involvement in the civil war in Syria.
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/11/16/Iraqi-units-ready-to-storm-airbase-west-of-Mosul-.html

Iraq Kurds won’t ‘retreat from areas retaken from Islamic State’ – Barzani:
Barzani’s comment appeared to indicate that the Kurds are keen to expand their autonomous region in northern Iraq to include surrounding villages and towns captured by them from Islamic State.
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/iraq-kurds-won-t–retreat-from-areas-retaken-from-islamic-state—-barzani/42598432

110 killed in renewed airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo;
SkyNews Arabia TV cited (pro-rebel)activists as saying that 90 civilians had been killed by Russian and Syrian aerial shelling on rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo. Russia has repeatedly denied carrying out airstrikes on Aleppo since last month.
http://www.china.org.cn/world/2016-11/18/content_39728190.htm

Russia says its strike in Syria killed 30 al-Qaida fighters:
A Russian airstrike in northern Syria this week killed at least 30 members of an al-Qaida-linked group, including some of its leaders, the Russian military said Thursday.
http://www.ballingerledger.com/news/20161117/russia-says-its-strike-in-syria-killed-30-al-qaida-fighters

Hospital workers rush to evacuate infants in Aleppo bombing:
Doctors and nurses at a pediatric hospital in eastern Aleppo scrambled Friday to evacuate babies in incubators to safety from underground shelters after the facility in the besieged Syrian city was bombed for the second time this week.
http://www.koamtv.com/story/33742863/hospital-workers-rush-to-evacuate-infants-in-aleppo-bombing

US State Department spokesperson has no love for RT and he lets it show in this heated exchange.:
Video – US State Department spokesperson lost it… , in what can only be described as behavior unbecoming of a US State Department Spokesman.

John Kirby hates RT in massive meltdown, screams at Matt Lee, ‘RT is not on same level as other media outlets’

Shelling of market in Yemen’s Taiz kills 21:
More than 20 civilians were killed in the shelling of a busy market in the war-torn Yemeni city of Taiz, including a member of an international aid group, the group and medical officials said on Friday.
http://tinyurl.com/zl7q4tz

Bolton calls regime change the ‘only long-term solution’ in Iran:
John Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations and a contender to be the next secretary of state, argued Thursday that the United States should support a push for regime change in Iran, calling it the « only long-term solution » to threats the country poses in the Middle East.

Insanity:
US House passes bill to block commercial aircraft sales to Iran;
The US House of Representatives has voted to bar the sale of commercial Boeing and Airbus airplanes to Iran. The Republican-controlled House voted to prohibit the Treasury Department from issuing the licenses US banks would need to complete the transactions.
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/11/17/494066/US-House-bill-block-commercial-aircraft-sales-Iran

Netanyahu Will Soon Be Questioned as Criminal Suspect;
Law enforcers now focusing on additional information about Netanyahu. Fraud squad to probe suspicions of corruption, unlawfully receiving gifts and favors from wealthy patrons.
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.753798

Turkish bill clears men of statutory rape if they marry:
A bill which would allow men accused of raping underage girls to be cleared if they marry the girl has been preliminarily backed by Turkish MPs. Critics say it legitimises rape and child marriage, and lets off men who are aware of their crime.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38030182

South Sudan army and rebels clash, at least 15 dead:
South Sudanese soldiers and rebels said they clashed in a state bordering Sudan, killing at least 15 people as violence raged on in the world’s youngest nation after months of failed talks and peace accords.
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Nov-17/381731-south-sudan-army-and-rebels-clash-at-least-15-dead.ashx

Bomb blasts kill six in northeastern Nigeria:
Four suicide bombers, 2 civilian security guards die in multiple attacks in restive Maiduguri city
http://aa.com.tr/en/africa/bomb-blasts-kill-six-in-northeastern-nigeria/688331

Haftar forces claim ‘great victory’ in Libya’s Benghazi:
Mesmari hailed what he termed a « great victory » in what had been a stronghold of Ansar al-Sharia, a group close to al-Qaeda that is classified as a terrorist group by the United Nations and United States.
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/11/18/haftar-forces-claim-great-victory-in-libyas-benghazi

13 police killed in overnight attack in W. Afghanistan;
At least 13 police personnel were killed when Taliban militants attacked a police station in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah Thursday night police said on Friday, according to Sina.
http://azertag.az/en/xeber/13_police_killed_in_overnight_attack_in_W_Afghanistan-1011656

Taliban shadow governor among 11 killed in North of Afghanistan:
The shadow provincial governor of the Taliban group for northern Sar-e-Pul province was killed during an operation by the Afghan security forces.

Taliban shadow governor among 11 killed in North of Afghanistan

Germany to repatriate about 12,000 Afghans: report:
Some 12,500 Afghans whose asylum applications have been rejected will be deported from Germany, a report says. Repatriations to Afghanistan are a controversial issue owing to the fragile state of security in the country.
http://www.dw.com/en/germany-to-repatriate-about-12000-afghans-report/a-36421862

North Korea says could renew ties with U.S. under Trump if troops go:
If a U.S. administration of Donald Trump withdraws troops and equipment from South Korea and secures a peace treaty ending war on the peninsula, it could lead to normalizing relations with North Korea, a Pyongyang envoy told Reuters on Thursday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-korea-north-nuclear-envoy-idUSKBN13C2GK

Putin: Russia will oppose any attempts to break global strategic balance, incl. NATO missile system:
« Our goal is to effectively neutralize any military threats to Russia’s security, including those of the [NATO] strategic anti-ballistic missile defense system, the prompt global strike concept and information warfare, » Putin told the Russian military.
https://www.rt.com/news/367379-putin-nato-strategic-balance/

UN committee passes anti-Russian resolution on Crime:
The resolution was supported by 73 states, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and European Union countries. A total of 23 states voted against, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, China and India. 76 countries abstained.
http://tass.com/world/912690

Russian sanctions cost Italy €7bn and up to 200,000 jobs – Italian MP:
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi criticized anti-Russian sanctions at an EU summit in October and spoke against their expansion.
https://www.rt.com/business/367093-italy-russia-sanctions-aftermath/

Putin, Obama likely to talk on sidelines of Lima summit: Kremlin;
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama are likely to talk informally on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Peru’s capital this weekend, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apec-summit-putin-obama-idUSKBN13D1HE

Obama urges Trump not to cut deals with Russia:
President Obama urged his successor to continue a tough-but-open policy on Russia, saying Thursday that President-elect Donald Trump should not fall into the trap of seeking short-term deals with the rival power for the sake of expediency.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/17/obama-and-merkel-we-never-return-pre-globalization-economy/94014484/

Japan PM Shinzo Abe: ‘I have great confidence in Trump’;
Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe has said he has « great confidence » in US President-elect Donald Trump and he believes they can build a relationship of trust. Mr Abe described the 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower, New York, as « candid », with a « warm atmosphere ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38021814

James Clapper resigns as US director of national intelligence:
Clapper will stay on until the end of the Obama administration, marking end to a turbulent tenure defined by Snowden’s revelations of NSA surveillance
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/17/james-clapper-resigns-director-national-intelligence

Trump selects candidates for CIA, attorney general: transition;
Donald Trump has tapped three conservative loyalists and Army veterans to lead his national security and law enforcement teams, including Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Representative Mike Pompeo as CIA director
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN13D1JE

Trump offers ‘Russia-loving’ Michael Flynn national security adviser post :
He claimed that the rise of Islamic extremism in the Middle East, including the emergence of Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria, was not the result of chance or ignorance – but of calculated thinking.
https://www.rt.com/usa/367375-trump-flynn-national-adviser/

Giuliani was paid advocate for shady Iranian dissident group:
Giuliani took money to advocate on behalf of an Iranian dissident group while it was listed by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization, potentially breaking the law.
http://tinyurl.com/jf4b2jl

Five Ideas That Should Disqualify John Bolton From Being Secretary of State:
Calling for the preemptive use nuclear weapons, and other potential catastrophes from America’s mustachioed warmonger.
http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/15/five-horrifically-bad-foreign-policy-ide

US ‘sanctuary cities’ to protect against possible Trump deportations;
With President-elect Donald Trump threatening aggressive action against illegal migrants, liberal mayors are reassuring their immigrant populations that they’re safe. But that task may prove difficult.
http://www.dw.com/en/us-sanctuary-cities-to-protect-against-possible-trump-deportations/a-36420370

« Let us be peace and joy »

Tom Feeley
Cost Of war

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq « 1,455,590 »

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq:
4,801

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,858

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Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001
1,725,730,915,145 http://www.costofwar.com/

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