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OREGON STANDOFF ENDS

Yesterday the last four occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge reluctantly surrendered to the FBI. As I predicted, the standoff ultimately ended poorly. When Cliven Bundy originally stood up to heavily armed feds in Nevada his victory was largely won in a publicity war because many Americans sympathized with a beleaguered rancher fighting for his rights against an overbearing federal agency. But an armed takeover of a wildlife refuge (even though an unconstitutional federal land holding) did not generate the same sympathy. Only true conservatives appreciated the merit of son Ammon Bundy’s demands that the land be given back to the state and although the plight of the unjustly imprisoned Hammonds was highlighted, they were resistant to side with the takeover at the Refuge. There was no way the federal government was going to be defeated again, let alone accede to the ambitious demands from the Refuge occupiers. This time they planned to squash anyone they could catch as part of this occupation. Ideally, I think they wanted to discredit them all as much as possible and then capture them without giving the movement any more traction, but they stirred up a hornet’s nest of protest with the unjustified killing of rancher LaVoy Finicum. Far from backing off, however, they have now even managed to arrest Cliven Bundy as he traveled to Portland to visit his sons in jail, no doubt they will now have their revenge on the Bundys and their friends through the courts where they can make a false show of fairness. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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'Cessation of hostilities' in Syria lets Russia keep bombing

posted by askousen - Friday, February 12 2016
...Syrian government forces, with Lebanese and Iranian allies and vigorous Russian air support, are now poised to recapture the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war, and seal off the border with Turkey. [With Turkey's border closed ISIS and other Western-backed insurgents would be cut off from a big source of support. Russia may well stop the Syrian fighting and return the country to Assad.] Those two victories would reverse years of insurgent gains and effectively end rebel hopes of dislodging President Bashar al-Assad through force, the cause they have fought for since 2011 with the encouragement of Arab states, Turkey and the West. The "cessation of hostilities" agreement reached by the world powers falls short of a formal ceasefire, since it was not signed by the main warring parties - the opposition and government forces. — Reuters

US-South Korea missile defence system 'threatens China'

posted by askousen - Friday, February 12 2016
...But Mr Wang urged the US to rethink its strategy. "The facts are clear. The deployment of the Thaad system by the United States... goes far beyond the defence need of the Korean peninsula and the coverage would mean it will reach deep into the Asian continent," he said. "This directly affects the strategic security interests of China and other Asian countries." He added: "Ordinary people know that the deployment of the Thaad system is not just to defend South Korea, but a wider agenda and may even serve the possibility of targeting China." — BBC

Oregon standoff: FBI moves in on last refuge occupiers

posted by askousen - Friday, February 12 2016
....The standoff played out for hours through an open phone line being streamed to YouTube. At one point, an estimated 60,000 people listened as the occupiers displayed anger and panic, prayed with those on the phone and yelled at the FBI agents surrounding them. — Oregon Live

Iowans claim instances when Sanders was shorted delegates

posted by askousen - Friday, February 12 2016
Keane Schwarz is certain he knows the outcome of the vote in his precinct: He was the lone caucusgoer in Woodbury County No. 43. But the Iowa Democratic Party's final results state that Hillary Clinton won one county delegate and Bernie Sanders received zero. "I voted for Bernie," Schwarz, 36, of Oto, told The Des Moines Register. "It was really suspicious ... I'm actually pretty irate about it." — Des Moines Register

Zika HOAX exposed by South American doctors: Brain deformations caused by larvicide chemical

posted by askousen - Friday, February 12 2016
...A dramatic increase of congenital malformations, especially microcephaly in newborns, was detected and quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, they fail to recognise that in the area where most sick persons live, a chemical larvicide producing malformations in mosquitoes has been applied for 18 months, and that this poison (pyroproxyfen) is applied by the State on drinking water used by the affected population. — Natural News

Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales

posted by askousen - Friday, February 12 2016
Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month's sanctions relief. [This is not likely to seriously damage the dollar, which is still is used ubiquitously around the world as an alternate currency.] — Reuters

"We Can Put Refugees On Buses": Leaked Memo Shows Erdogan Blackmailed Europe For Billions

posted by askousen - Friday, February 12 2016
If there's anything we've learned over the past twelve months it's that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prepared to employ all manner of nefarious tactics in order to preserve his grip on power in Ankara. — ZeroHedge

DHS Official: I Was Ordered to Purge Records of Islamic Terror Ties

posted by askousen - Friday, February 12 2016
..."After leaving my 15-year career at DHS, I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America's counter-terror strategy, our leaders' willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness—and, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack," the former employee, Patrick Haney, wrote — NewsMax

Armed men in Oregon say they'll turn themselves in, but not surrender

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 11 2016
The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff. The development came as Cliven Bundy - who led a Nevada standoff with federal officers in 2014 and who is also the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon standoff - was arrested in Portland. [Looks like the feds are not going to let anyone off easy this time. They want to squash anyone who sticks their neck out in the latest aspects of the "sagebrush rebellion."] — AP

Remaining Oregon militia members debate death or surrender in livestream phone call as FBI surrounds

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 11 2016
FBI agents surrounded the last four members of the so-called Oregon militia at their campsite outside the federal buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Listeners of a YouTube video posted by conservative activist calling those still present on the 40th day of the occupation heard a series of tense exchanges that included yelling and periods of prayer on a dramatic four-hour livestream. [Nothing like live coverage from the inside to make sure the FBI is careful about how they treat these people.] — NY Daily News

Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2 billion to settle financial crisis-era charges

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 11 2016
...Thursday's case against the bank alleges that Morgan Stanley painted a rosy picture to investors about the quality of the residential mortgages it had securitized, even though the loans had material defects. "We are pleased to have finalized these settlements involving legacy residential mortgage-backed securities matters," a Morgan Stanley spokesman said. [No further charges against the actual people involved -- just a fine which Morgan Stanley is well positioned to pay now.] — Reuters

Results from the 2016 New Hampshire primary

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 11 2016
How delegates are awarded: The New Hampshire Democrats have 24 pledged delegates, allocated to the candidates proportionally by district and statewide vote. The New Hampshire Republicans have 23 pledged delegates allocated proportionally by statewide vote alone. — LA Times

Chris Christie Drops Out of Presidential Race After New Hampshire Defeat

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 11 2016
Chris Christie finished with just a little more than 7% of the vote, behind his establishment rivals New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who once looked like a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination but was hampered from the start of his campaign by a traffic scandal and a sluggish economy at home, dropped out of the race Wednesday. His departure followed a disappointing sixth-place finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, on which he had staked his White House hopes. — Time

6 Headlines, A Day After The New Hampshire Primary

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 11 2016
[1] Bernie Sanders becomes first Jewish, non-Christian candidate to win U.S. primary. [2] Trump Has Last Laugh with Sweeping New Hampshire Win [3] Chris Christie and New Hampshire: 10 Things That Went Wrong [4] How Much Trouble Is Hillary Clinton In? [6] Fox News Settles in for a Long Campaign With Donald Trump, a Candidate Who Proves the Network Has Lost Its Power — NPR

Russia offers cease-fire proposal for Syria

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 11 2016
...State Department spokesman Mark Toner said he was not aware of a specific date for the Russian proposal but stressed "I think our preference would be for an immediate cease-fire." — Turkish Weekly

Kerry wants 'all or nothing' truce at Syria talks

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 11 2016
Major powers were beginning a new round of Syria peace talks on Thursday focusing on calls for a ceasefire and access for humanitarian aid. But with the Syrian opposition saying it cannot accept a truce in the current climate because it does not trust the Russians, diplomats saw little chance of progress at discussions in the German city of Munich. A Western diplomat told Reuters that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wanted an immediate ceasefire in Syria -- "All or nothing" -- although the Russians have proposed a truce from the beginning of next month. [The Russians and Syrians want time to finish what they started in Aleppo before the cease-fire. Just like time-outs in sports are used to slow or stop the momentum of an offense, the timing on a cease-fire can affect the outcome.] — Reuters

North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Critics of the rocket program say it is being used to test technology for a long-range missile. South Korea and the United States said they would explore whether to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea "at the earliest possible date." The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. — Reuters

Hong Kong protesters supporting food hawkers clash with police

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...About the same time the food vendors were making their stand, a pro-local-autonomy group known as Hong Kong Indigenous was holding a political rally nearby. About two dozen people from Hong Kong Indigenous wearing royal blue hoodies, some armed with long wooden sticks and carrying homemade shields, rushed to the scene of the food vendor clampdown and appealed to the public to face off with police. A standoff ensued. — LA Times

Bill Clinton's 'Bimbos' Flock to Team Trump

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Jones, who made national headlines for suing former president Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in 1994, has emerged from obscurity to support Trump's presidential bid, posting a selfie on Twitter after meeting the orange-hued mogul in her home state. Jones's suit against Clinton was eventually dismissed for lack of evidence, but the then-president still agreed to pay her $850,000 in an out-of-court settlement in 1998. — The Daily Beast

Trump to Savage: Maybe Obama doesn't want to defeat ISIS

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
In another wide-ranging interview with talk-radio host Michael Savage, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested President Obama might not have a desire to defeat the Islamic jihadist group ISIS, and the real-estate billionaire shied away from declaring he would win the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. — WND

Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...In all, Obama's budget would increase taxes by $2.6 trillion over the coming decade, nearly double the $1.4 trillion in new taxes Obama sought and failed to achieve in last year's budget. GOP lawmakers said Obama's proposal to impose a $10 per barrel tax on crude oil to bring in an additional $319 billion over the next decade had no chance of winning approval in Congress. Obama's budget would use that extra money to fund billions of dollars in alternative transportation programs as part of the president's efforts to deal with global warming. "President Obama will leave office having never proposed a budget that balances-ever. This isn't even a budget so much as it is a progressive manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans," said House Speaker Paul Ryan [Obama has gotten (almost) everything he asked for in previous budgets just because he can blame any stalemate and "gov. shutdown threat" on "bickering" republicans. Why not ask for everything under the moon? Watch Ryan capitulate on everything but the most egregious aspects of this "budget."] — AP

Intelligence chief: North Korea restarts plutonium reactor

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. He also said Islamic militants and those inspired by the Islamic State group will continue to pose a threat to Americans at home and abroad, al-Qaida remains an enemy and the U.S. will continue to see cyber threats from China, Russia and North Korea. — AP

China’s message to dissenters: Flee if you dare

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Recent months have seen an unprecedented expansion of China’s power to snatch up detractors across borders. Under mysterious circumstances, critics of China's ruling party have been yanked from various foreign countries as well as the quasi-autonomous city-state of Hong Kong. — USA Today

Remaining occupiers release defiant videos mocking FBI

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Fry said he, Jeff Banta of Nevada, and husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson of Idaho have "every right" to defend themselves from the "oncoming onslaught of people with fully automatic rifles (and) armored vehicles." [Not smart to make vieos like this that the press will happily give big coverage and make them look like unruly ruffians.] — Syracuse News

Zika vaccine claim: Hope or hype?

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
..."It is amazing how the said laboratory obtained the live virus, particularly when there is no record of isolation of Zika virus from the Indian subcontinent," Banerjee said. The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes Aegypti species of mosquitoes that are abundant in India. [Until the recent birth defects appeared that are still not proven to be caused by Zika, the virus was considered not dangerous. Why would a company go through the enormous funds to make a vaccine for something that was until recently not dangerous?] — Times of India

Zika prompts urgent debate about abortion in Latin America

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
Across Latin America, calls to loosen some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world in the face of the Zika virus outbreak are gaining momentum but encountering strong and entrenched opposition. In El Salvador, where abortions are banned under any circumstance, the health minister has argued for a revision of the law because of the dangers the virus poses to fetal development. [The Zika debate is creating a strong drive toward no pregnancies and abortion. Dangerous side effects from an uncertain illness. Does a child who is handicapped give the parents or the state the right to end its life? Why does that change just because it isn't born yet?] — Washington Post

Mark Levin exposes Chris Christie's liberal record

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
..Path to citizenship. Gun Control. Medicare Expansion. And there you have it. I hope Christie takes up Levin's challenge to come on his show and go through the issues. It would be a great hour of radio. — The Right Scoop

California grants driver's licenses to 605,000 undocumented

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed the law in October 2013 to give a legal document to the 2.5 million undocumented immigrants in California alone -- most from Latin America and particularly neighboring Mexico. California officials believe the program -- which does not give license holders any US federal benefits -- does make roads in the most populous US state safer, several state sources said. [o explanation is given as to why this would make the roads 'safer.' More likely it is another step toward integrating the illegals instead of sending them back.] — Yahoo News

Senate report: Illegal immigrants benefited from up to $750M in ObamaCare subsidies

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
Illegal immigrants and individuals with unclear legal status wrongly benefited from up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies and the government is struggling to recoup the money, according to a new Senate report obtained by Fox News. — Fox News

Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Shoigu said the maneuvers will also engage airborne troops and military transport aviation, as well as the navy. He noted that the drills are intended to check the troops' ability to respond to extremist threats and other challenges. According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges. The maneuvers will test the troops' mobility, with some being deployed to areas up to 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) away, the military said. — AP