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IS ISIS done for good?

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2017/12/isil-finished-good-171223184502549.html

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group is on the back foot, just three years after it declared its so-called caliphate and named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the leader of Muslims everywhere.

At its peak, ISIL fighters controlled vast expanses of territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border.

Thousands of lives were lost, and homes and centuries-old artefacts in Iraq and Syria were destroyed as the group fought to conquer and retain territory. ISIL also tried to export violence and fear to Africa, Europe and the United States.

The year 2017, however, is ending with proclamations of victory over the group, in both Iraq and Syria.

But is ISIL really finished? And is it possible that ISIL will regroup and return at a later date?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan

Guests:

Sabah al-Mukhtar - Arab Lawyers Association

Robert Ford - former US ambassador to Syria

Renad Mansour - fellow at Chatham House, London
 

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Moscow: U.S. arms may spur use of force by Kiev in eastern Ukraine

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-ukraine-arms-russia/moscow-u-s-arms-may-spur-use-of-force-by-kiev-in-eastern-ukraine-idUSKBN1EH097



The U.S. State Department said on Friday the United States would provide Ukraine with “enhanced defensive capabilities” as Kiev battles Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the weapons included Javelin anti-tank missiles. Washington has argued in the past that such weapons would help stabilize the situation and cannot effectively be used to take territory.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Facebook on Saturday the weapons would be used to protect Ukrainian soldiers and civilians.



Supplies of any weapons now encourage those who support the conflict in Ukraine to use the “force scenario,” Russia’s RIA state news agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin as saying on Saturday.

Franz Klintsevich, a member of the upper house of the Russian parliament’s security committee, said Kiev would consider arms supplies as support of its actions, Interfax news agency reported.

“Americans, in fact, directly push Ukrainian forces to war,” Klintsevich said.

Since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Ukraine and Russia have been at loggerheads over a war in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces that has killed more than 10,000 people in three years.

Poroshenko said in his Facebook post that he had confirmed the weapons deal with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, calling it “a transatlantic vaccination against the Russian virus of aggression.”

“American weapons in the hands of Ukrainian soldiers are not for offensive, but for stronger rebuff of the aggressor, protection of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, as well as for effective self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter,” Poroshenko said.
 

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Gave you a GOAT for starting the thread.

You guys should already know that I will be super active in this thread....lol
 

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https://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-retweets-meme-showing-him-with-cnn-labeled-blood-spot-on-sole-of-shoe/

Trump Retweets Meme Showing Him With CNN-Labeled Blood Spot on Sole of Shoe

Well, here we go again.

President Donald Trump began his Christmas Eve morning on Twitter, firing off tweets about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (again) and “Fake News.” He also decided to retweet a meme from a pro-Trump account that showed CNN as a blood spot on the bottom of his shoe.

This isn’t the first time the president has used his Twitter account to share a meme of him committing violence against the cable news network that he constantly refers to as Fake News. This past summer, he retweeted a GIFshowing him beating up a figure with a CNN logo as a head. He also retweeted (and deleted) a meme of a Trump train running over CNN.
 

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Breaking News Donald Trump is racist..

it was funny to see how some were categorizing it at first... pretty much "he said some controversial, bad things" who knows the veracity of these particular comments but.. he was who he was before he got here..
 

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Fears of a bomb outside Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's Los Angeles home turned out to be a waste -- literally.

A box of gift-wrapped horse manure was to blame for a bomb scare in a driveway near Mnuchin's Bel Air, California, home Saturday evening, according to Los Angeles ABC station KABC.

Police were called at 7:30 p.m. PT about a suspicious package left in the driveway next to Mnuchin's home, but addressed to the treasury secretary. The bomb squad was immediately summoned to check on the package -- only to discover it was manure.

The package was signed as being from "the American people," according to KABC.

The scene was cleared by 9:30 p.m. and no evacuations were ordered, police said.

It's unclear whether Mnuchin or his wife, actress Louise Linton, were home at the time.


http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gift-wrapped-horse-manure-prompts-bomb-scare-us/story?id=51976447
 
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Our "president" loves to grab 'em by the......................
 
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This i actually respect. Rich getting richer under trump. Fuck trying to hide it. Ppl elected him, now they are fucked. Deal w it. Trump gone purge, rob n suck the middle class n poor dry over the next 3 years. G shit.
 

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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/alexei-navalny-launches-bid-challenge-vladimir-putin-171224154349339.html

Alexei Navalny launches bid to challenge Vladimir Putin






Alexei Navalny launches bid to challenge Vladimir Putin



Supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny have gathered in about 20 cities across Russia to formally get his name on the ballot for next year's presidential elections.

Navalny has been banned from running in the vote in March due to a criminal conviction, but he still intends to announce his candidacy against President Vladimir Putin.

On a river beach on the outskirts of the capital, Moscow, nearly 750 supporters raised small red voting cards to endorse Navalny, who has long been the most visible opposition figure to Putin's rule.

An independent candidate needs at least 500 people to formally nominate them and initiate a presidential bid.

"It's you, Vladimir Putin, who turned this country into a source of personal enrichment for yourself, your family and your friends. It's why you shouldn't be president anymore, it's why you're a bad president", Navalny told the gathered crowd.


"You don't know how to rule a country and we defy you in these elections and we are set to win."

Thousands of Navalny supporters also gathered in cities across Russia - from St Petersburg to Vladivostok - to show their support for the opposition leader.

However, chances of the 41-year old being officially registered as a candidate by the central election commission are slim as he is banned from running because of a conviction for fraud.

In a retrial of a 2013 case, a court in the city of Kirov handed down in February a five-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of about $8,500 to Navalny for embezzling timber worth about $500,000. Navalny has always maintained that the conviction was politically motivated.

"It's unlikely still that the Kremlin is going to allow him to run," Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from Moscow, said.

"And it's unlikely he would ever actual beat Putin in a head-to-head race, but he is still a political threat to the Russian system."

Anti-corruption rallies

A staunch Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner, Navalny rose to prominence in Russian politics in 2008.

He started blogging about alleged corruption at some of Russia's large, state-controlled corporations, using social media to reach out to predominantly young followers.

Navalny was the driving force behind massive anti-Putin protests in 2011 and 2012, rallying tens of thousands of people across the country.

The Russian president announced earlier this month he plans to run for another six-year term.

Putin, 65, was president from 1999 until 2008. He then served as prime minister from 2008 until 2012, before becoming president again.

 

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I don't like to speak such things into existence, but I give it a couple of months tops before Navalny ends up on that summer jam screen :/