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Time for the Big One? Research suggests risk of California earthquake higher than previously thought

20 June, 2018 - 22:02

Preview Geophysicists are hypothesizing that the San Andreas fault line in California could be the central point of a massive earthquake after new research suggested that the fault may be at higher risk than previously thought.
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Exiled Ginbot 7 seeks to return and pursue 'a peaceful struggle' in Ethiopia

20 June, 2018 - 22:02

An Eritrean based rebel group, Patriot Ginbot 7 (PG7) has declared that it wants to return to Ethiopia to pursue a peaceful struggle, local media portal Addis Standard reported on Wednesday.

In a statement confirmed by PG7 leader, Dr. Bernahu Nega, the party said they have been encouraged by reforms undertaken by the new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed.

Nega was recently pardoned by Ethiopia’s attorney general, along with Jawar Mohammed, a prominent Oromo activist. They had been accused of leading the 2015 anti-government protests, charged under the country’s anti-terrorism laws.

The party says it ‘will renounce its act of self defense’ and return to Ethiopia if Abiy’s government continues on the path of eliminating repressive laws and building democratic institutions.

Abiy’s political reforms

The government recently started talks with 13 political parties to amend sections of the anti-terrorism law. Abiy has also continued to implement reforms including asking exiled opposition groups to return home.

Ethiopia PM, ODF leaders agree to foster national unity

Abiy also played a role in the pardon of Andargachew Tsige who was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 over his role in the opposition group PG7. He had been arrested in Yemen and extradited to Ethiopia five years later.

In an interview with the CGTN Africa network two days after his release, Tsige said he was still mentally weighed down by the complexities of the country’s politics.

The PG7 statement added that they are interested in civilised politics and are keenly following the ongoing reforms, as they seek ways to contribute practical steps.

“Civilized politics” is the struggle that we know, we chose & we wish” PG7 said in the headline of the statement, further adding if the government of PM #AbiyAhmed continues ensuring the ongoing reform with practical steps, “our belief is more than [civilized politics]” #Ethiopia pic.twitter.com/0bZepUCCsT— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) June 20, 2018

Spain overcome spirited Iran 1-0 to claim World Cup win in Kazan

20 June, 2018 - 21:54

Preview Spain beat a spirited Iran team 1-0 in Kazan to claim their first World Cup win in Russia and move level on four points at the top of Group B with Portugal.
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‘There are trigger points’: FIFA technology head explains VAR system to Peter Schmeichel (VIDEO)

20 June, 2018 - 21:20

Preview Russia 2018 is the first large-scale introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) but how does the new system work exactly? RT’s Peter Schmeichel was given a crash course in the cutting-edge technology.
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Somalia's ports deal with Ethiopia does not affect Somaliland: foreign minister

20 June, 2018 - 21:01

Somaliland is confident that the weekend announcement of an agreement between the federal government of Somalia and Ethiopia to jointly invest in four seaports, does not have an effect on Somaliland’s affairs.

Of particular concern will be a tripartite agreement signed in March, over the management of Somaliland’s Berbera port. Under that agreement, Ethiopia acquired a 19% stake in the port, joining Somaliland and DP World of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under a 30 year concession.

Somaliland’s foreign minister, Dr. Saad Ali Shire said they are yet to receive any communications from Addis Ababa concerning any changes, if at all.

“We will see if Ethiopia changes our agreement, but this recent agreement between Somalia and Ethiopia does not change the previous agreement between Somaliland and Ethiopia,’‘ Shire told the Horn Diplomat news agency.

Somalia, Somaliland disagree over Berbera port

That agreement was declared ‘null and void’ by Somalia, arguing that it violated the sovereignity and constitution of Somalia.

Somalia at the time advised all seeking to acquire ports to deal with the federal government.

Somalia, Ethiopia to jointly invest in four seaports on the Red Sea

Somaliland’s president Muse Bihi Abdi described the rejection of the agreement as a ‘declaration of war’, insisting that Somaliland has the right to enter agreements.

Somaliland declared unilateral independence from Somalia on May 18, 1991, but despite having its own currency, parliament, military and legal system, it is still under pressure to hold talks with Somalia.

It is regarded by the international community as an autonomous region of Somalia and not a sovereign state.

Hungary approves ‘Stop Soros’ law criminalizing aid to illegal migrants

20 June, 2018 - 20:59

Preview Hungary’s parliament has passed a law that could see anyone helping illegal immigrants claim asylum in the country imprisoned. The ‘Stop Soros’ law is named after Hungarian-born billionaire and open-borders advocate, George Soros.
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Russia officially qualify for World Cup knockout stages after Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia in Group A

20 June, 2018 - 20:30

Preview Russia formally qualified for the 2018 World Cup last 16 after Uruguay’s win over Saudi Arabia mathematically confirmed it is impossible for Saudi Arabia or Egypt to catch either the tournament hosts or the South Americans.
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Raised eyebrows as Madeleine Albright & Bana Alabed to be honored for ‘defending freedom’

20 June, 2018 - 19:57

Preview The pro-NATO Atlantic Council think tank is set to honor former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Syrian child activist Bana Alabed at its Freedom Awards this week.
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Trump to sign new order on immigrant family separations at U.S. border

20 June, 2018 - 19:56

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order on immigration on Wednesday to end the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad.

Trump, whose administration weeks ago began separating hundreds of children from their parents at the border, did not describe the specifics of the order.

“I’ll be doing something that’s somewhat pre-emptive but ultimately will be matched by legislation I’m sure,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“We want security for our country,” Trump said. “We will have that as the same time we have compassion … I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that.”

The New York Times reported Trump was preparing an executive order that ends the separation of families by indefinitely detaining parents and children together, flouting a court settlement that prohibits such a move, according to a person familiar with his plans.

Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children have sparked anger in the United States from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from abroad, including Pope Francis.

Trump said he hoped his measure would be matched by legislation in the U.S. Congress.

The House of Representatives planned to vote on Thursday on two bills designed to halt the practice of separating families and to address other immigration issues.

But Republicans said they were uncertain if either measure would have enough support to be approved. Trump told House Republicans on Tuesday night he would support either of the immigration bills under consideration but did not give a preference.

Trump campaigned on stopping illegal immigration, including building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He has fiercely defended his administration’s actions. He had earlier called on Democratic lawmakers to stop the family separations, even though his fellow Republicans control both chambers in Congress and his own administration implemented the current policy.

A Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll released on Tuesday showed fewer than one in three American adults supporting the separation policy.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said on Tuesday that 2,342 children had been separated from their parents at the border between May 5 and June 9.

The separations began after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early April that all immigrants apprehended while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally should be criminally prosecuted.

Parents who are referred by border agents for prosecution are held in federal jails, while their children remain in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody or are moved into detention facilities managed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a Department of Health and Human Services agency.

Both Republican bills in the House, which Democrats and immigration advocacy groups have blasted, would fund Trump’s border wall and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of U.S. residents and citizens who are living abroad, sometimes referred to as “chain migration.”

The more conservative bill from Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte also would deny the chance of future citizenship to “Dreamers,” who are immigrants brought illegally into the United States years ago as children.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that compromise legislation under discussion would provide funding to allow the Department of Homeland Security enough resources to house and care for families as they stayed together during the process.

“Under this bill, when people are being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border, families will remain together under DHS custody throughout the length of their legal proceedings,” he said.

Reuters

Gambia's Adama Barrow promises justice after police kill two demonstrators

20 June, 2018 - 19:34

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow on Tuesday promised justice would be done after police killed two young protesters at an anti-pollution rally, vowing such an incident would not happen again.

Bakary Kujabi and Ismaila Bah were killed by police on Monday during a demonstration in the village of Faraba Banta against a sand excavation site protesters say is polluting the area’s rice fields.

Six civilians and 16 police officers were injured in the clashes, Gambia’s police said.

The father of one of the victims, Saidou Bah, demanded those who killed his 17-year-old son be brought to justice.

“The police officers that shot my son should be prosecuted by the authorities. They opened fire indiscriminately on the protestors. They killed my son deliberately. This gruesome act should not go unpunished,” he said.

President Barrow said on Twitter that the incident was “regrettable, unacceptable and never to be repeated”.

Posting a picture of himself visiting the injured in hospital, he added that “justice will prevail”.

Five police officers were suspended and detained over the incident, while six protesters were arrested, police said, adding that a police station and four other buildings were torched during the clashes.

Authorities called for calm and ordered an investigation, as well as suspending mining activities in the area until further notice.

There has been mounting tension between the villagers in Faraba Banta and police over the impact of sand excavation on the farmers’ land.

A protest at the end of May saw police use rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse demonstrators.

AFP

Charity blasts United Colors of Benetton over migrant images in ad campaign (PHOTO INSIDE)

20 June, 2018 - 19:29

Preview The charity behind the rescue of hundreds of migrants from the Mediterranean has lambasted the Italian clothing firm United Colors of Benetton over the use of its images in a controversial advertising campaign.
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'Ronaldo is like a good port wine, he knows how to age best' – Portugal coach Santos

20 June, 2018 - 19:14

Preview Portugal coach Fernando Santos says star man Cristiano Ronaldo is “like a port wine” and gets better with age, after the striker scored his fourth goal in two World Cup games as Portugal beat Morocco in Moscow.
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French police arrest knife-wielding man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ - report

20 June, 2018 - 19:12

Preview A bare-chested man has been arrested in Tours, France, after he reportedly attacked passers-by with a knife, shouting "Allahu Akbar" and asking the police to shoot him.
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Death in a closet: ‘Sheer bad luck’ cost woman her life after being trapped for days

20 June, 2018 - 19:07

Preview It’s a tragic scene ripped straight out of a Stephen King novel. An inquest into the death of a British woman has found that the 60 year old died after becoming trapped in an airing cupboard for several days.
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Record-breaker Ronaldo snatches World Cup win for Portugal on successful return to Luzhniki Stadium

20 June, 2018 - 19:00

Preview Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the highest scorer for a European international team as he scores the only goal of the game and hand Portugal a 1-0 win in their World Cup Group B game with Morocco in Moscow.
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The New Cultural Cold War – Weaponised Liberalism and the World Cup - Spy Culture

20 June, 2018 - 18:58
As the Russian football team stands on the brink of qualification for the World Cup knockout rounds for the first time since the Soviet era, Western media begrudgingly grants them some credit. However, there is no sign of any apology for the years-long propaganda campaign that pre-emptively branded the Russian World Cup as a locus […]

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Erotic dance by Ukrainian border guards becomes internet sensation (VIDEO)

20 June, 2018 - 18:38

Preview A sexy video of semi-naked female border guards rocking it out to the tune of ‘Gentlemen’ by Korean signer Psy has become an internet sensation in Ukraine.
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Swedish squad stunned by Russian volunteer’s impromptu rendition of their national anthem (VIDEO)

20 June, 2018 - 18:37

Preview A Russian volunteer working at the World Cup stunned the Swedish national players during their practice session in Krasnodar Region by singing the country’s national anthem at the stadium.
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Stop exploiting Africa, share resources, Pope tells Europe

20 June, 2018 - 18:33

Europe should stop exploiting Africa and invest in ways that benefit the continent more, including by sharing mineral wealth more equitably, Pope Francis said.

“We must invest in Africa, but invest in an orderly way and create employment, not go there to exploit it,” he told Reuters in a wide-ranging interview, while discussing the migration of Africans to Europe.

“When a country grants independence to an African country it is from the ground up – but the subsoil is not independent. And then people (outside Africa) complain about hungry Africans coming here. There are injustices there!”

Touching on the reasons for hunger in Africa, the pope said that “in our collective unconscious there is something inside us that says Africa must be exploited.”

His comments follow moves in some African countries to win more generous terms from international mining companies.

In Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, the government has enacted a new mining code that is designed to earn extra money for the state from copper, cobalt and gold produced there.

Mining companies say the government should reconsider the law in order to respect exemptions that were granted by its predecessor.

The pope said Europe needed to focus on education and investment in Africa if it wanted to stem the flow of migrants, which is also an increasingly divisive issue in Italy, where the new governing coalition is taking a hard line.

“And there’s a problem,” he added. “We send people back to those who have sent them here. They end up in the jails of traffickers.”

The pope then showed Reuters graphic photographs that he said showed victims of human trafficking who had been tortured and killed in an unspecified location in Africa.

Reuters

Porkins Policy Radio episode 147 Ed Opperman on IG Report, Roger Stone, and Child Detention Centers

20 June, 2018 - 18:29

This week Ed Opperman joins us for a wide ranging discussion on some of the most pressing issues of the past few weeks. We start off by discussing the recent IG Report and the way that Trump supporters and the media have covered the story. Ed and I then dive into Roger Stone and his continual legal downward spiral. We also touch on Dennis Hoff, Scott Thorson, and Heidi Fleiss.

In the second hour Ed and I rant about the abhorrent situation at the border. We talk about the inhumane policy of locking up up children and the trauma that the Trump administration is inflicting on these kids. We juxtapose this with the MAGA obsession with child abuse and pedophilia. Ed also talks about the phony Child-Sex Camp out in Tuscon, and how gullible the Trump MAGA people have become.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/7a7x1nrgr33n6n3/PPR_episode_147_Ed_Opperman_on_IG_Report_Roger_Stone_Child_Detention_Centers.mp3

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Show Notes:

A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election

Henderson man’s motives in standoff near Hoover Dam still murky

The Opperman Report – Shot Across The Bow

Roger Stone Admits Meeting With Russian Who Promised Damaging Clinton Info

Comedian Randy Credico says Trump adviser Roger Stone threatened his dog

NXIVM: How Is Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone Connected to ‘Cult” Allegedly Led by Allison Mack, Keith Raniere?

Arizona veterans group finds homeless camp — and fuels a new ‘pizzagate’-style conspiracy

Pizza delivery guy detained by ICE gets stay of deportation