Russia to Provide Assad With Up to Eight S-300 Systems to Defend All of Syria, Report Says

Meanwhile, Moscow has reportedly transferred electronic warfare systems to Syria’s Latakia. Russia’s defense chief said the systems will make it harder for Israel to conduct airstrikes.

FILE PHOTO: Belarus' OSA-AKM surface-to-air missile launchers and S-300 anti-aircraft systems move to firing positions during a military drill, Volka, Belarus, September 19, 2017.FILE PHOTO: Belarus’ OSA-AKM surface-to-air missile launchers and S-300 anti-aircraft systems move to firing positions during a military drill, Volka, Belarus, September 19, 2017.AFP
AIWA! NO!//Russia will transfer two to four S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria within the next two weeks, the Russian news website Kommersant reported Tuesday, citing a source familiar with the details.

The Assad regime will use the systems to defend Syria’s coastline and its borders with Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, the report said. According to the official, the amount of systems Russia will transfer to Syria may increase, depending on the circumstances, to anywhere between six and eight.

>> Analysis: With Russia’s S-300 in Syria, Israel will have to think twice about next strike

Meanwhile, Russian outlet Izvestia reported that Moscow is boosting its electronic warfare systems in Syria, which were brought to the country on Monday on board an Illusion-76 cargo plane to Khmeimim air base in Latakia. Russian President Vladimir Putin notified Syrian President Bashar Assad about the shipment in a phone call Monday, the report added.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Monday that his country would supply Syria with S-300 ground-to-air missiles, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.

Korean pop star gives speech at the United Nations; What is your name? Speak yourself!

K-pop star gives speech at the United Nations General As2018-09-25 (1)sembly; reveals how he overcome his own insecurities and depression

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//Kim Nam-joon of the K-pop group BTS, has given a speech to the United Nations.

In an intro to one of our albums; there is a line that says: “My heart stopped when I was nine or ten”

Looking back; I think that’s when I started thinking what other people thought about me. I started seeing myself through their eyes. I stopped looking up at the night skies, and the stars.2018-09-25 (3).png

I stopped daydreaming. Instead I just tried to jam myself into the molds that other people had made. There was a small voice inside of me that said; “Wake up man and start listening to yourself.” But it took me quite a long time to hear music calling my real name. Even after making the decision to join BTS, there were a lot of hurdles. Some people may not believe that. Some thought we were hopeless. And sometimes I just wanted to quit. But I think I was very lucky that I did all give it up.

I’m Kim Nam – joon and also a member of BTS. I’m an idol and an artist from a small town in Korea. Like many people; I have made many and plenty mistakes in my life. I have many more thoughts and many more fears. And I’m gonna embrace myself as hard as I can. And I’m starting to love myself gradually; and little by little.

What is your name? Speak yourself!

The artist, that goes by the name RM, spoke about how he overcome his own insecurities and urged other young people to do the same.

It’s the first time that a Korean pop music group have addressed the UN.

In May this year, BTS became the first K-pop band to top US album charts.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S US Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Jeopardy AS Day of Recogning Fast Approaching

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Michael Avenatti, lawyer of adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, arrives at federal court in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
AIWA! NO! This AIN’T about #metoo..!! This AIN’T about sexual assault..!! THIS is about a conflicted and deficient Republican lawman being thrust onto the highest court in the land, and FOR LIFE, and who would joyfully DO Trump’s and Grand Old Party (GOP)’S bidding all the way to the bank. Republicans face political annihilation during November 6 Midterms hence throat-forcing Kavanaugh onto the bench  ……the Supreme Court of the United States of America..!! Period…!! This is partisan politics at its worst…!! All roads lead to that….all spotlights point to that….PARTISAN POLITICS..!! You may want to ask; is Kavanaugh capable of ‘attempted rape’ or ‘rape?’ Umm…!! There is a whiff; stench emanating from that corner … 

Trump: Very hard for me to imagine anything happened

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing heavy scrutiny after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, has been accused by another woman, Deborah Ramirez, of sexual misconduct.

In a New Yorker report from Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, Ramirez recounts an incident that she says occurred during the 1983-84 academic year, when both she and Kavanaugh were freshmen at Yale University. Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party, where they had both been drinking, “thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”

Four Democratic senators have received information about the allegation through a civil rights attorney, and at least two have begun investigating it, according to the report. Senior Republican staffers are also aware of the allegation.

Though Ramirez was initially hesitant to characterize her memories, which contained gaps due to the alcohol, after six days of “carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney,” Ramirez felt confident in her recollections. She believes an FBI investigation into the alleged incident is warranted.

In a statement to the New Yorker, Kavanaugh wrote, “This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute allegations.”

“I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,” Ramirez said of the incident. “I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.” She told the New Yorker that she remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his pants. “Brett was laughing,” she said. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee contacts Michael Avenatti after the lawyer claims to have evidence of misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Avenatti says he represents a client who has information about the judge, though he has not yet shared that information publicly.

READ RELATED: Senate panel contacts Michael Avenatti after his claim of damaging information about Brett Kavanaugh

READ RELATED: Second woman accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct; he denies it

Oil prices at four-year high after OPEC rebuffs Trump

Oil prices at four-year high after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) rebuffs Trump

Flames rise from the burning of excess hydrocarbons at Hammar Mushrif new Degassing Station Facilities site inside the Zubair oil and gas field, north of the southern Iraqi province of Basra, May 9, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 hit its highest since November 2014 at $80.94 per barrel, up $2.14 or 2.7 percent, before easing to around $80.75 by 1150 GMT. U.S. light crude CLc1 was $1.25 higher at $72.03.

OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and its biggest oil-producer ally outside the group, Russia, on Sunday effectively rebuffed a demand from Trump for moves to cool the market.

“I do not influence prices,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters as OPEC and non-OPEC energy ministers gathered in Algiers for a meeting that ended with no formal recommendation for any additional supply boost.

Trump said last week that OPEC “must get prices down now!”, but Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Monday OPEC had not responded positively to Trump’s demands.

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Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) march during the annual military parade In Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz before the attack.
Iran’s latest terrorist attack matters more than OPEC’s latest meeting. Oil market attention was focused on an OPEC meeting in Algeria this weekend, but it was Saturday’s terrorist attack in an oil-rich part of Iran that “could have serious security implications for the world’s most important oil production region,” according to a closely-watched oil analyst. “We believe that Saturday’s terrorist attack in Iran could prove to be the weekend’s more consequential event as it will likely exacerbate the already dangerous Middle East antagonisms,” Helima Croft, global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, said in a note Sunday evening.

“It is now increasingly evident, that in the face of producers reluctant to raise output, the market will be confronted with supply gaps in the next three-six months that it will need to resolve through higher oil prices,” BNP Paribas oil strategist Harry Tchilinguirian told Reuters Global Oil Forum.

Commodity traders Trafigura and Mercuria said on Monday that Brent could rise to $90 per barrel by Christmas and pass $100 in early 2019, as markets tighten once U.S. sanctions against Iran are fully implemented from November.

JPMorgan said U.S. sanctions on Iran could lead to a loss of 1.5 million barrels per day, while Mercuria warned that as much as 2 million bpd could be knocked out of the market.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries as well as top producer Russia has been discussing raising output to counter falling supply from Iran, although no decision has been made public yet.

A source familiar with OPEC discussions told Reuters on Friday that OPEC and other producers have been discussing the possibility of raising output by 500,000 bpd.

“We expect that those OPEC countries with available spare capacity, led by Saudi Arabia, will increase output but not completely offset the drop in Iranian barrels,” said Edward Bell, commodity analyst at Emirates NBD bank.

U.S. commercial crude oil inventories C-STK-T-EIA are at their lowest since early 2015 and although U.S. oil production C-OUT-T-EIA is near a record high of 11 million bpd, subdued U.S. drilling points towards a slowdown in output.

Reporting by Christopher Johnson in LONDON and Henning Gloystein in SINGAPORE; Editing by Dale Hudson

US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s faulty take on sexual assault a sobering moment

AIWA! NO!//Through post-World War II political history, there have been distinct moments when a nomination curdles, or sours—and when the assumption shifts from likely approval, which is the starting point for most selections by most presidents, to likely failure – where are we with President Trump?
PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sept. 20, 2018, in Las Vegas.
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By JUSTIN FISHEL//Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was upended this past Sunday when Christine Blasey Ford went public with an accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school 36 years ago.

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Suddenly, what seemed an inevitable appointment to the Supreme Court was thrown into jeopardy, and President Donald Trump found his pick to alter the balance of the court thrust into an impassioned cultural awakening surrounding sexual misconduct.

So much about sexual assault is so complicated, but the claims the president made this week are not. They’re just wrong.

There’s just one fact check this Friday.

“I have no doubt”

During his campaign, Trump was faced with accusations from roughly a dozen women, all of whom he branded liars with a political agenda.

More recently, he continued to endorse Alabama’s Republican candidate for Senate, Roy Moore, as accusations of sexual assault mounted. Moore denied all allegations against him.

Trump also came to the defense of Fox News giants Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, both of whom eventually lost their careers over the allegations against them.

So it was unusual when, at first, the president showed restraint towards Kavanaugh’s accuser.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sept. 20, 2018, in Las Vegas.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sept. 20, 2018, in Las Vegas.more +

Friday morning the president declared in a tweet he has “no doubt” that if the attack occurred as she described it she would have reported it to authorities at the time it happened.

But what the president seems to ignore is the tragic fact that the overwhelming majority of sexual assaults go unreported.

“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

PHOTO: Professor Christine Blasey Ford is seen in an undated photo posted to ResearchGate and Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears at a confirmation hearing in Washington, Sept. 4, 2018.
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Professor Christine Blasey Ford is seen in an undated photo posted to ResearchGate and Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears at a confirmation hearing in Washington, Sept. 4, 2018.more +

The statistics surrounding sexual assault reporting suggest that a 15-year old high school girl might find it difficult to muster the courage to upend her life and tell authorities about a sexual assault by a peer.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which used data from it’s National Crime Victimization Survey, 65 percent of sexual assaults went unreported between 2006-2010. Furthermore, the same survey from 2016 shows that only 23 percent of sexual assaults or rapes were reported to police.

Also, the president’s demand that Ford produce “filings” from law enforcement officials ignores her claim that she never told anyone about the alleged assault until years later.

It does raise the question about whether or not he should ask the FBI to do additional fact-finding, as Ford has requested, which he has so far refused to do.

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican who earlier this week suggested Ford ought to testify next Monday, said in an interview Friday she was “appalled by the president’s tweet.”

“First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault – I’m not saying that’s what happened in this case – but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist. So I thought that the president’s tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong.”

Here’s another important statistic to consider: according to National Sexual Violence Resource Center, it’s the percentage of women to falsely report allegations of sexual assault is low. Various studies found that a range between 2 percent and 10 percent of falsely reported accusations.

And 81 percent of women report significant short- or long-term impacts such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Meantime lawyers for Ford are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a hearing for her to be heard on Thursday, allowing time for Ford to make the drive from California to Washington D.C. Ford’s friend, Kate Devarney, told CNN this week that Ford’s fear of flying is directly related to her allegation of assault, and that an airplane is “the ultimate closed space where you cannot get away.”

UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY #73; International Day of Sign Languages 23 September

A participant communicates with sign language at an event on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
A participant communicates in sign language at a special event “Breaking Barriers, Opening Doors” on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard
AIWA! NO!//According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide. More than 80% of them live in developing countries. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages.

Sign languages are fully fledged natural languages, structurally distinct from the spoken languages. There is also an international sign language, which is used by deaf people in international meetings and informally when travelling and socializing. It is considered a pidgin form of sign language that is not as complex as natural sign languages and has a limited lexicon.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes and promotes the use of sign languages. It makes clear that sign languages are equal in status to spoken languages and obligates states parties to facilitate the learning of sign language and promote the linguistic identity of the deaf community.

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.

The first International Day of Sign languages will be celebrated in 2018 under the theme “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!

The resolution establishing the day acknowledges that early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education available in sign language, is vital to the growth and development of the deaf individual and critical to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals. It recognizes the importance of preserving sign languages as part of linguistic and cultural diversity. It also emphasizes the principle of “nothing about us without us” in terms of working with deaf communities.

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There are many ways of speaking. Many ways to communicate. Everyone has the right to be heard & respected. On Int’l & everyday, stand up for the of the roughly 72 million people worldwide who are deaf.

The EU will be at the 73rd this week⁠ 🇪🇺🌎 Multilateralism is essential for peace, security and human development ⁠⁠

A historic handshake 34 years ago strengthened French-German friendship and the European Communities (as they then were). Where there is a will, there is a way to find – even between former ennemies – common solutions which make Europe stronger and more united.

DID AMERICA’s Deputy Attorney General Roseinstein ACTUALLY plot to tap volatile Trump; evoke the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? I don’t think so

bY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//United States President Donald Trump had not even taken office before critics who considered him dangerous began imagining how to get him out. One idea floated from the very start was the clause in the Constitution permitting the removal of a president deemed unable to discharge his duties.

“Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Article 4,” David Frum, a conservative author and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, wrote presciently just eight days after Mr. Trump’s election in November 2016. “We’re all going to be talking a lot more about it in the months ahead.”

On that, at least, he was right. There has been a lot of talk about it. But what has become increasingly clear in recent days is that the talk has extended not just to those who never supported Mr. Trump, but even to some of those who worked for him. As it turns out, according to memos written by an F.B.I. official, the deputy attorney general at one point last year suggested that the president was so unstable that Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet should consider invoking the amendment.

There is no evidence that Mr. Pence or any cabinet members ever seriously contemplated the idea, and the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, now says he does not currently believe there is a basis for such a removal. Moreover, there are serious obstacles to invoking the amendment in the way Mr. Rosenstein is said to have suggested. But the very discussion of it within the administration underscores just how volatile this presidency is and how fractured the team around Mr. Trump is.

Buck Sexton: Are we going to get a wall Mr. President?

President Trump: OK, well, let me just finish this. We’ll see what happens, I mean, we’ll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that. And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did. And my worst enemies, I mean, people that, you know, are on the other side of me, in a lot of ways including politically, have said that was a very unfair thing he did. You know, you’ve seen that, when he recused himself. So anyway, so, so we’ll see how it goes with Jeff. I’m very disappointed in Jeff. Very disappointed.

[…]  everyone of my Cabinet members is doing great. I just have one group that’s not been good. You know what that group is.

Numerous reports claim that leading up to the toxic events of the last couple of days; and especially in the autumn of last year the deputy attorney general suggested in several conversations with multiple FBI and Justice Department officials that he’d be willing to wear a wire to secretly record his meetings with Mr Trump, The New York Times reported on Friday. The paper’s anonymous sources alleged his intent in recording the president would be to expose him as being unfit for office.

Sources also told The Times that internal memos had been drafted by FBI officials, including then-acting director Andrew McCabe, about Mr Rosenstein’s comments surrounding secret recordings and the 25th amendment.

The deputy attorney general has denied the report in a statement defending the president, saying: “Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said. “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda.”

A Justice Department source also told the paper that Mr Rosenstein was being sarcastic when he made the proposal to wear a wire while meeting with the president.

However, several sources said Mr Rosenstein was entirely serious about secretly recording the president, suggesting other FBI officials meeting with Mr Trump to replace ex-FBI Director James Comey could do the same.

Could this be a plot by Team Trump; manufacturing and packaging  reasons for Trump to go mad; therein let go Rosenstien, then onsequently Special Counsel Robert Mueller and finally Attorney General sessions. In fact Jeff Sessions is promised a ‘sack’ after November 6 Midterms. It is public knowledge.

Rose has been in President Trump’ cross-hairs for as good as his time at DOJ. What of Session? Huh! What about him; Jeff Sessions does not exist as long as Trump’s ‘amoeba’ brain is concerned. Just a day before the ‘Rosenstein Bombshell’ by New York Times, President Donald Trump publicly complained to America and the World; escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying, “I don’t have an attorney general.”

Trump, in a Hill.TV interview, said that he’s “so sad over Jeff Sessions,” whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

“He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it,” Trump said in the Oval office interview.

Perhaps the most important aspect to the interview is President Trump putting to rest his direct, brutally honest and forthright opinion of Attorney General ..

“And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered.”

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