WASHINGTON — John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, chaired a nonprofit that has promoted misleading and false anti-Muslim news, some of which was amplified by a Russian troll factory, an NBC News review found.The group’s authors also appeared on Russian media, including Sputnik and RT News, criticizing mainstream European leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron.From 2013 until last month, Bolton was chairman of the Gatestone Institute, a New York-based advocacy group that warns of a looming “jihadist takeover” of Europe leading to a “Great White Death.”The group has published numerous stories and headlines on its website with similar themes. “Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants,” warned one from May 2017, about a single apartment rental property in Hamburg that had gone into temporary trusteeship. Another from February 2015 claimed the immigrants, for instance Somalis, … [Read more...] about Report reveals Trump’s new national security adviser John Bolton’s controversial past
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"I don't know whether you've heard it – it's just a rumour". This was an England supporter in Moscow recently talking on BBC Radio 5 Live, alongside an unsuspecting fan of a rival World Cup team. "Rumour?" he is asked, with genuine interest. "Yeah, it's coming home. Football, and this World Cup. They're coming home". Cue howls of supportive laughter from his fellow England fans and bafflement from the rival supporter, who promptly wandered off for coffee in a nearby bar."Coming home": for the England faithful the phrase is meant to work on a number of levels. First and foremost, it is a claim to the invention of modern football. The Scots still insist that they're the true architects of the beautiful game, and to this day sports historians and others argue over whether it was in fact started by working classes in northern England or public schools in the south.But fair enough, Brits shaped the modern game. This sceptred isle produced the first written laws, the first national … [Read more...] about England fans sing ‘football’s coming home’ – but where is ‘home’ really?
World Lithuania Baltics A European capital has launched a raunchy tourism campaign, branding itself as the continent’s “G-spot,” a little more than a month before a visit by Pope Francis. The biggest city in the Baltic country of Lithuania—Vilnius—announced plans for the risqué PR campaign earlier this month, but it officially launched the new ads and a vacation-planning site on Thursday. The tongue-in-cheek campaign relies on innuendo as it centers on a nude woman in the throes of passion, sprawled over a map of Europe. As the woman grips the patch of the map where Vilnius is located, the tagline suggests she—or her partner—has stumbled on a hidden treasure. “Nobody knows where it is but when you find it, it is amazing.” The campaign has gone viral online. But it is facing stiff backlash at home, partly because the racy ad will be luring tourists as the head of the Catholic Church prepares to visit the city. … [Read more...] about Pope Francis to Visit ‘G-spot of Europe’: New City Campaign Shocks Ahead of Papal Trip
President Donald Trump unleashed a vitriolic attack against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and took aim at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in a late-night Twitter tirade on Sunday as the White House deals with yet another spate of scandals related to Trump’s unwillingness to distance himself from Russia.“If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash,” Trump wrote, attaching a video of the senator posted on her Instagram account.If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash! pic.twitter.com/D5KWr8EPan— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2019In a second tweet about the senator, he criticized the video again, deeming it a “beer … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s bizarre Twitter tirade amid new Russia scandals
NATO’s first Secretary General, Lord Hastings Ismay, famously said the alliance’s purpose was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” As the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation celebrates its 70th birthday, it is still keeping the Russians at bay. But keeping the Americans in has become more of a challenge as Washington becomes more preoccupied with the challenge from China. And the alliance is more concerned now about getting Germany’s defence budget up than keeping it down. A deterioration in relations with Turkey also threatens to upset cohesion in the alliance. In short, NATO is now threatened more by internal problems than external threats. NATO has been an extraordinarily successful military alliance. It deterred conflict in Europe until its main adversary, the Soviet Union, collapsed. Since then it has welcomed nine former Soviet bloc countries as members, helped international efforts to bring peace to Bosnia and Kosovo, … [Read more...] about Internal strife: as it turns 70, NATO’s greatest enemy is itself ǀ View