REPUBLICAN PARTY Right Wing Members Of Congress Invite English Defense League (EDL) Founder Tommy Robinson To a Major Event In Washington DC, Despite His Criminal Record In UK

 There are plans for Robinson to take his message across the globeRight wing members of Congress have invited the EDL Member Tommy Robinson To a Major Washington DC GOP event on 14 November.

MATTHEW MCGREGOR, openDemocracy Uk|AIWAI! NO!|Stephen Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, has been invited to speak at a major conference in Washington DC. If he’s allowed to attend, it will give him a big platform to push his anti-Muslim agenda. It will give him the respectability of appearing alongside members of Congress. And it could net him in the range of £1million via fundraising. The question is whether – given his long criminal record – he’ll be allowed to attend.

Here’s the situation: the Middle East Forum has, in conjunction with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, invited Lennon to the United States in mid-November. In addition, Rep. Paul Gosar and six other members of Congress have invited Lennon to speak to the Conservative Opportunity Society in a closed-door event.

Our analysis suggests that Lennon will raise in the range of £1m as a result of the exposure and links he can foster on this trip if he is allowed into the US. We expect him to use his media profile and funding to tour the country organising demonstrations about grooming scandals. Previous demonstrations organised by, or for, Lennon have descended into violence and left a trail of division.

Robinson still faces a possible jail term for contempt of court having posted footage he filmed from outside a grooming gang’s trial online

On Tuesday 23rd October, outside the Old Bailey in London, Lennon announced his intentions:

“I want to spend the next six months travelling to towns and cities blighted by these problems. By next summer the entire world is going to the true extent of the rape of Britain. Again, I am going to have more in videos coming up”.          

Some people have asked how he’d be allowed to travel to the US given his record. In 2013 Lennon was jailed for 10 months for using someone else’s passport to travel to the USA. Lennon used a passport in the name of Andrew McMaster to board a Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow to New York. He entered the US illegally then used his own passport to return to the UK. It is believed that Lennon received a ten-year ban on re-entering the US following his 2013 conviction.

But the Trump administration can override these bans if they want to, giving Lennon the possibility of getting in for his lucrative speaking engagement. It seems that the people behind the invite to Lennon have made a request to the US administration to lift his ban. The Middle East Forum and the David Horowitz Freedom Center both have very good political links to the Trump administration.

The people behind this event are pushing at a half-open door. The Trump administration has strong links to the self-defined “counter-jihad” movement. There were early appointees like Steve Bannon, Mike Flynn and Sebastian Gorka. More recent appointments include National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has close links to Pamela Geller, an American activist notorious for her anti-Islamic writings, and the new chief of staff of the National Security Council, Fred Fleitz, part of a group who promote anti-Islamic conspiracy theories. Trump himself received briefings from  Frank Gaffney, a key figure behind the ‘Obama is a Muslim’ conspiracy theory, and Bridget Gabriel, head of the largest anti-Muslim campaign group in the US, ACT for America. ACT recently boasted of having monthly meetings with the White House. This is an administration infected with anti-Muslim prejudice.

The Trump administration has shown its own support for Lennon, especially following his imprisonment for contempt. The British ambassador to the US was lobbied in June by Trump’s ambassador for religious freedoms, Sam Brownback, who demanded the UK government be more sympathetic towards the former EDL leader. At the same time, Donald Trump Jnr, Trump’s son, personally tweeted out his support for Lennon.

About the author: Matthew McGregor is campaigns director of Hope not Hate.

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Caitlyn Jenner Denounces President Trump Over LGBT Rights

|Crimson Tazvinzwa, AIWA! NO!|Caitlyn Jenner has expressed her regret at supporting U.S. President Donald Trump in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

The transgender star voted for Trump to become President in 2016 and had to repeatedly defend her Republican stance, but has subsequently gone on to speak against the leader after he introduced policies which would negatively affect the trans community.

Earlier this week (begs22Oct18), the 68-year-old publicly blasted the U.S. leader for a policy that has been proposed which would require an individual to “be defined as male or female based on their genitalia at birth”, a move which would have profound consequences on transgender and non-binary people.

On Thursday she went one step further by writing an op-ed for The Washington Post, in which she explains how she was mistaken to believe Trump’s campaign promises that he would protect the LGBTQ community, and she was convinced that she could work with his administration and use her privilege to create change.

“Sadly, I was wrong. The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president,” she wrote. “The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalised and struggling community. He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity… It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me.

“Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake… My hope in him — in them — was misplaced, and I cannot support anyone who is working against our community. I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward.”

The reality star concluded by saying she was more determined than ever to use her voice and privilege to advocate for and support the community.

“I will still work with anyone who is committed to help our community,” she added. “The world needs to hear us. The world needs to know us. We will not be erased.”

Michael Cohen’s Lawyer Says Trump Should Be Worried Because Of Audio Tape

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Trump waiting for his slot to deliver speech at UN General Assembly

In the interview, Trump said he was “totally uninvolved” with Cohen’s dealings, and added his former attorney had other clients.

“Michael Cohen, if you take a look at what he did, this had to do with loans, and I guess the taxi industry is something that I have nothing to do with, he did this on his own time,” he said.

Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, told USA Today his client had two words as reply to the president’s statements: “Audio and tape.” Davis also stated the president should be worried.

Davis took to Twitter on Tuesday to reply to Trump’s statement. “Under oath @MichaelCohen212 [Michael Cohen] acknowledged and took responsibility for @realdonaldtrump @potus [Donald Trump] bad behavior. Trump calling anyone a #liar is a compliment!” he said.

In another tweet, he said Trump would never testify under oath as he could not afford to tell the truth.

Lanny Davis@LannyDavis

2-@MichaelCohen212 who testified under oath doesn’t fear the . @realdonaldtrump @potus will NEVER testify under oath because he can not afford to tell the .

In an Associated Press interview, transcripts of which were released Tuesday, Trump talked about Cohen, Jamal Khashoggi, Brett Kavanaugh, and the upcoming elections, among other things.

“Michael Cohen was your personal attorney for many years. He testified under oath in federal court that you directed him to commit a crime. Did you, sir?” the interviewer asked Trump, to which the president said, “Totally false. It’s totally false.”

Following Trump’s reply, the interviewer asked whether Cohen was lying under oath, and the president replied, “Oh, absolutely he’s lying. And Michael Cohen was a PR person who did small legal work, very small legal work. And what he did was very sad, when you look. By the way, he was in trouble not for what he did for me; he was in trouble for what he did for himself. You do know that? Having to do with loans, mortgages, taxicabs, and various other things, if you read the paper. He wasn’t in trouble for what he did for me; he was in trouble for what he did for other people.”

 

Michael Cohen's Lawyer Says Trump Should Be Worried
President Donald Trump in an interview Tuesday said Michael Cohen lied under oath, an allegation the latter’s lawyer dismissed. In this image, Cohen exits federal court, New York City, Aug. 21, 2018. Photo: Getty Images/Drew Angerer

 

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts which included violating federal campaign finance laws. Some of the violations were linked to the attorney’s hush payment to two women who alleged they had an affair with Trump. Cohen said the president also directed him to pay $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Earlier this year, Cohen released a tape of the conversation he had with the president in 2016. In the three-minute recording, the two can be heard talking about how to purchase the rights to the story of former Playboy model Karen McDougal who alleged she had a yearlong affair with Trump. Though the audio was not clear at the time, Trump can be heard saying “pay with cash.”

Last week, Davis announced his client, Cohen, changed his registration back to Democrat from Republican. The conversion happened Friday, which was the deadline for New Yorkers to register to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

Cohen had initially converted to Republican in 2017. “It took a great man to get me to the make the switch,” he said at the time referring to Trump. He described his current move as an effort to distance “himself from the values of the current” administration.

SAUDI WAHABBIS Seek To Dethrone Saudi Crown Prince? Washington Post Journalist Jamal Kashoggi Murdered Instead – For What He Knew And Wrote About

Wahabbis seek to dethrone Saudi Crown Prince?

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Al JazeeraThe US and Saudi Arabia have seen increasingly close relations since Trump and MBS assumed leadership
|Madhav Nalapat, UPI|AIWA! NO!| — The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not like the United States, where abuse of (and by) President Donald Trump is not just commonplace but unpunished. From its inception more than a century ago, any effort (actial or perceived) to kill the king or the crown prince would be replied to with death.

Jamal Khashoggi was on a barely concealed mission to dethrone Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne. He disseminated materials concerning Mohammed that were less than flattering and were instead lurid and gothic.

Some members of the Al Saud family, motivated by anger at the de-Wahabbization drive initiated by the crown prince in a country founded on the creed, ensured that the Washington Post columnist lived a comfortable li fe in exile. From Turkey and elsewhere, Khashoggi carried on a campaign to remove Crown Prince Mohammed from office (an outcome that would almost certainly cause his death or incarceration, as well).

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s crackdown on dissent—and his own family — has made it very hard for observers to swallow Saudi Arabia’s version on Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance. Do the Saudis have a case?

Assuming that the lurid and gothic reports about the likely death of the Saudi dissident in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul are correct, this would be standard operating procedure for the Saudis in such situations. Given this, there seems to be more than a whiff of hypocrisy in the outrage that is erupting across the globe at what is almost certain to be the assassination of an individual who sought what in Washington is known as “man change,” or the removal of a particular leader through measures that cause death.

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In Saudi Arabia, to question the apex of the House of Saud is to be judged guilty of the most toxic form of treason, and few would argue that Khashoggi was not working almost daily for the toppling of the crown prince, the first in his family to challenge and seek to roll back into insignificance the Wahabbi tide that has engulfed Saudi Arabia much before its inception as a modern state in 1932.

Had Khashoggi succeeded, the de-Wahabbization drive led by Mohammed would have collapsed. The same result would ensue were the present global outcry against the crown prince to succeed in its mission of driving him out of office, much to the glee of those members of the Al Sauds who seek the same outcome and who had used the Washington Post columnist as part of the group entrusted with bringing this about.

Certainly the killing of Khashoggi, assuming it took place, was horrible and deplorable. But that hundreds of thousands of innocents have died in wars launched by NATO during just the present century is equally a fact, as has been the rendition by the United States of several terror suspects to countries severely injurious to the health of those sent there through such processes.

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JAMAL KASHOGGI’S Murder In Turkey; The Saudis Are Preparing a Report That Will Acknowledge The Journalist’s Death, Explaining It was ‘An Interrogation That Went Wrong’

Saudis looking for a plausible deniability for Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s culpability and involvement in the death of Journalist Jamal Kashoggi

  • The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge the death of Jamal Khashoggi — the Saudi journalist who went missing two weeks ago — was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, two sources say.
  • What this could mean: Khashoggi’s disappearance created a diplomatic rift between Saudi and the West, with the UK, France and Germany demanding a “credible investigation” into the events and President Trump warning of serious retribution if the Saudis are found to be behind his possible death.

    CCTV image of missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2 at 13:14 p.m. (6:14 a.m. ET).
    CCTV image of missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2 at 13:14 p.m. (6:14 a.m. ET).CCTV

|CRMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA!NO!|Two chartered planes. Fifteen ‘Saudi Squad On-board’. They arrived in Turkey and left on the same day. Journalist Khashoggi arrived at the Consulate with fiance to collect wedding papers. The journalist’s fiancee has said she waited outside the consulate for Mr Khashoggi, while he collected documents for their upcoming wedding. When he did not emerge, she asked what had happened and was told he had left by a rear entrance. CCTV footage shows him entering the building only. She never saw him since.

READ LATEST: Khashoggi’s disappearance could shape Middle East for generations

Turkish Investigators were only allowed into the building late Monday; after a crew of cleaners were seen entering the building earlier in the day. Reports say the cleaners carried mops, buckets – one’s face was seen nervously bobbing his head in and out of sight through gaps on the gate.

CNN’s Nic Robertson writes that the impact of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago could have repercussions that last decades.

“We might be witnessing not only the apparent silencing of a critic, but a spasm in Saudi Arabia’s long-running struggle for power between the kingdom’s sprawling royal lines,” Robertson writes in his latest opinion piece.

And then later in the day  President Donald Trump suggested that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi could have been murdered by “rogue killers” after speaking to the kingdom’s ruler, who denied having any involvement in the incident.

“It sounded to me that maybe this could have been rogue killers,” Mr Trump said about his call to the king.

Mr Trump said he had been told Turkey and Saudi Arabia were working “hand in hand” to get to the bottom of what happened. ”Mike Pompeo is leaving literally within an hour or so heading to Saudi Arabia. We are going to leave nothing uncovered,” he said.

“With that being said the king firmly denies any knowledge of it. He didn’t really know, maybe, I don’t want to get into his mind but it sounded to me like maybe it could have been rogue killers, who knows? We’re going to try get to the bottom of it very soon but his was a flat denial.”

Mr Trump’s comments came as Turkey and Saudi Arabia were expected to conduct a joint inspection on Monday of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, nearly two weeks after the disappearance of the 60-year-old Washington Post columnist and writer.

Mr Trump said he had been told Turkey and Saudi Arabia were working “hand in hand” to get to the bottom of what happened. ”Mike Pompeo is leaving literally within an hour or so heading to Saudi Arabia. We are going to leave nothing uncovered,” he said.

Mr Trump’s comments came as Turkey and Saudi Arabia were expected to conduct a joint inspection on Monday of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, nearly two weeks after the disappearance of the 60-year-old Washington Post columnist and writer

Turkish Government says they have audio, video of Jamal Khashoggi interrogation

Reporting by Andres Triay, Andrew Bast and Pat Milton|GRACE SEGERS, CBS NEWS|AIWA! NO!|A former high level U.S. intelligence official tells CBS News that the Turkish government has told the U.S. that they have audio and video tapes of the interrogation of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggiinside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which Turkey believes involved Khashoggi’s murder.

The Saudi government is denying that Khashoggi was tortured and killed inside the consulate, which Turkey contends occurred with the knowledge of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi had been critical of the prince.

Turkey claims that these audio and video tapes offer proof that Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered by Saudi agents. U.S. sources tell CBS News that this plan appears to have been a rendition gone bad, and that the Saudis were initially intending to take Khashoggi into custody and bring him to Saudi Arabia.

The Senate has asked President Trump to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance under the Magnitsky Act, which allows the president decide whether to sanction any persons involved.

In a radio interview with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt on Friday, National Security Adviser John Bolton said that he and White House adviser Jared Kushner had spoken to the crown prince. According to Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had spoken to bin Salman as well. “It is something we need to get resolved,” Bolton said. “And we need to do it as soon as possible.”

The president has indicated in recent that he does not want to cease weapons deals with Saudi Arabia, which is a major recipient of U.S. weapons sales.

BREXIT – IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC MELTDOWN Economists & Politicians Always Remark; “Is the Economy Stupid? And Then Comes BREXIT Referendum. What Is Stupid Now? Economy? The Irish Border? Or Immigration … Or Are We Indeed Stupid Ourselves?

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA!NO!|Early this year, President Trump ‘marking one-year-in’ at The White House signed a national security memorandum establishing a “National Vetting Center” aimed at stricter vetting of those looking to enter the US. The promise and the results came pretty quick: The separation of parents and children at the US-Mexico border phenomenon isn’t just cruel and inhumane – it’s ridiculous isn’t it?Trump to establish National Vetting Center focused on travelers, immigrants to US

The presidential memorandum gave the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies six months to establish the center, which administration officials said is intended to streamline vetting and improve the flow of information between various federal agencies. The ‘Presidential policy promise‘ and consequent outcomes came pretty quick: The separation of parents and children at the US-Mexico border phenomenon wasn’t/isn’t just cruel and inhumane – it is and will ever be ridiculous. Right?

In the same vein and at the same time however, Mr.Trump freely disparaged US immigration laws, claiming that “not another country in the world has the stupidity of laws that we do when it comes to immigration.”

“MS-13 recruits through our broken immigration system, violating our borders. And it just comes right through — whenever they want to come through, they come through. It’s much tougher now since we’ve been there, but we need much better border mechanisms and much better border security. We need the wall; we’re going to get the wall. If we don’t have the wall, we’re never going to solve this problem. And I’ve gone to the top people. Many of these people are at the table right now, including this group. And without the wall, it’s not going to work …;” Remarks by President Trump at Law Enforcement Roundtable on MS-13; February 6, 2018

Michael Fallon, the defence secretary. He said: ‘In some areas of the UK, down the east coast, towns do feel under siege, large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits.’ Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

The statement sounds familiar. Yes it is. Pretty similar remarks to alarmist; hysterical claims – those made four-years earlier from this side of the pond by ‘our own’ non other than the then Defence Secretary  Michael Fallon – “In some areas of the UK, down the east coast, towns do feel under siege, [with] large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits, and it’s quite right we look at that.”This was in October of 2014. We actually haven’t gone far; have we?

Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has claimed British towns are being “swamped” by immigrants and their residents are “under siege”, in an escalation of the emotive language being used by Tory ministers calling for a renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with Europe. In terms reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s, he said that in some areas of the UK, large numbers of migrant workers and foreign people  claiming benefits should be subject to some form of restraint – or risk dominating the local population.

The comment, which came during an event aimed at combating the MS-13 gang, came as Trump was trying to tie gang violence in the United States — particularly that of MS-13 — with the need to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and reform the immigration system.
“We need these immigration laws changed. We are just not going to be able to continue to do this. They just come in so far, so easy,” the President said. “And then you have catch and release. You catch people, you have to release them right away.”
He added: “Not another country in the world has the stupidity of laws that we do when it comes to immigration. And if we don’t get them changed, this isn’t politics, this isn’t Republican and Democrat, this is common sense. So, it has to be taken care of.”
Trump also claimed that members of the gang that traces its roots back to El Salvador “just come right through” the US-Mexico border and “recruits through our broken immigration system.”
The event featured stories from law enforcement officials, with some of the officers discussing specific stories about how they fought the gang and what could have helped them.
Trump has made combating Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a central focus of his first year in office, pairing efforts to combat the gang with his hardline immigration policy. The Central American gang, which originated decades ago among Salvadoran immigrants in Los Angeles and has since built an extensive network of gangs across the country, currently has an estimated 10,000 members.
Trump slammed the gang during his first State of the Union address, saying it has “caused the loss of many innocent lives” and “took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors.”
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