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No. 116369 ID: d4c8ee hide watch quickreply [Reply]
  So basically things are reaching the boiling point. Maduro has dropped the pretense of pretending to not be a dictator and attempted to suspend the National Assembly (basically their Parliament/Congress), two weeks ago he almost got lynched during a event where the crowd attempted to storm the stage. Protests have been intensifying, with several people being killed over the past few days and the colectivos (kinda like Basij but a militia) and opposition groups have been fighting in the streets. And now there have been gun battles in Caracas. (Also it just turned out that the Venezuelan state oil company donated $500k to Trump's inauguration.)

>Protesters demanding elections and a return to democratic rule jammed the streets of Caracas and other Venezuelan cities on Wednesday. National Guard troops and government-aligned militias beat crowds back with tear gas, rubber bullets and other weapons, and at least three people were killed, according to human rights groups and news reports.

>President Nicolás Maduro defied international calls, including a plea from the American State Department, to allow peaceful assemblies and ordered his forces into the streets. Some demonstrators, wearing masks to protect themselves from tear gas, fought back with firebombs.

>Still, despite the deaths in recent protests, now numbering seven, Wednesday’s rallies attracted thousands of people, the latest in a string of demonstrations against the increasingly autocratic rule of Mr. Maduro. Labeled by organizers “the mother of all protests,” it showed that a sustained movement in the streets against Mr. Maduro may now be forming.
>> No. 116462 ID: ec08de
  so much for chavismo.

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116427 No. 116427 ID: e188a9 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Get ready for "observers" to start dictating orders and ensuring the loyalty of soldiers to Grand Fuhrer Trump.
>A prominent militant who fought with Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine and participated in far-right European politics recently completed U.S. Army training and is serving in an American infantry division in Hawaii, according to Army and other records.

>Guillaume Cuvelier, 29, shipped for basic training in January and graduated as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Ga., the records show. In a short exchange with The Washington Post, Cuvelier confirmed that he was actively serving in the U.S. Army.

>With his well-documented history of espousing extreme right-wing views and his role in an armed group backed by a U.S. adversary, Cuvelier’s ability to join the Army raises questions about the recruitment process and whether applicants are thoroughly screened before they are able to enlist.

>Born and raised in France as a dual French and American citizen, Cuvelier spent his formative years alongside French ultranationalists before picking up a Kalashnikov in eastern Ukraine in 2014, according to social media posts, a documentary in which he was featured, and accounts from people who knew him. A year later he fought with the Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq before coming back to the United States.

>Following inquiries by The Post, the military has “begun an inquiry to ensure the process used to enlist this individual followed all of the required standards and procedures,” said Kelli Bland, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s recruiting command, in an email.

>In Ukraine, Cuvelier, also known as Lenormand, fought for the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic, the breakaway state subject to U.S. government sanctions and labeled terrorist by the U.S.-allied government in Kiev. Cuvelier’s service with the group appears to be in direct violation of a March 2014 executive order that was applied to the republic that June. The order prohibits U.S. citizens from assisting by way of “funds, goods or services,” any of the sanctioned entities covered by the order, opening up Cuvelier to possible federal prosecution.

>The U.S. Army often forbids those who display “extremist views or actions” from entry, said Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, a spokesman for the Army’s Department of Manpower and Reserve Affairs, in an email. Taylor added t
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>> No. 116441 ID: 334c17
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>our press is not propaganda
>your press is a propaganda

>mericans accusing somebody of lying
>> No. 116442 ID: 9723b1

I'm avoiding this cesspit of CTR shills talking to CTR shills, I visit maybe once a week to laugh at the one new post per week. You know, a healthy chuckle at the shitlibs here calling a hispanic man shooting up a pool party because his wife left him a "racially charged crime".

Feel free to permaban whoever ID: 334c17 is, or even me if you like, it's just one less opposing viewpoint you have to worry about in your bubble. Enjoy your circlejerk.
>> No. 116443 ID: 0a3952
>Feel free to permaban whoever ID: 334c17 is
no. i'm not gonna ban anyone for having a difference in opinion. Who the fuck do you think we are, antifa? Fukken lol, dude.
>or even me if you like
lolno. Post away, my friend.
>> No. 116444 ID: 09a04c
Ukraine situation is way more complicated than just good-guys and bad-guys. I give him props for being willing to pick up a gun and choose a side. Really not his war but he obviously felt a need to fight.
Same thing with fighting alongside the Kurds.

Dude just sounds principled but misguided. If he has good NCOs in the US Army he could be a good asset for our fighting force. With the middle east winding down there is a large influx of NCOs with no deployment or combat experience. A guy with combat experience is a boon.

Then again he could just be a racist fuck but in that case internal controls in the Army should make sure he ends up booted.
>> No. 116445 ID: ec4454
>My former Russian comrades would love it.

I think he holds a grudge. And I think I know why. There were at least two French arrested for crossing into Russia from Ukraine with no visa. He might have been one of those two. My guess is he had to sit in jail for 6 months while awaiting deportation.

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116392 No. 116392 ID: d4c8ee hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Type 001A leaves it's dock at Dalian, commissioning expected in 2020. Effectively it's a improved Kuznetsov and will be followed by the flatdeck Type 002 which was laid down last year.

>China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier slipped into the sea for the first time on Wednesday, after days of publicity celebrating the impending launch as a milestone in President Xi Jinping’s drive to extend China’s military reach far beyond its shores.

>Senior military and government officials watched as a champagne bottle was smashed on the bow and as the 1,033-foot gray hull of the carrier eased into the water at Dalian, a northeastern port, Chinese military media reported. The ship, festooned with red national flags and banners, then stopped next to the dock.

>It is far from ready for operations, but the launch “signified a major stage of progress of our country’s indigenous design and construction of aircraft carriers,” a People’s Liberation Army news bulletin said. It said the carrier would undergo more testing and fitting of equipment before trials in the water.

>The first news reports did not give the ship’s name, though previous reports have said it would probably be called the Shandong, after the eastern Chinese coastal province.
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>and let's put some VLS cells in it too to make it extra useless
>> No. 116409 ID: cce514
>alleged naval power.jpg

The Russian navy just lost a spy/recon ship after it rammed a African-flagged cargo ship carrying sheep and then sank, all 78 crew were rescued by the Turkish coasties.

>A Russian naval reconnaissance warship has collided with a Togo-flagged boat near Turkey’s Black Sea coast, prompting an evacuation. There were no reports of casualties on either ship, but the Russian boat sank.

>A Turkish coastal safety official told Reuters that 78 crew members had been evacuated from the Russian ship.

>Russia’s defence ministry said its vessel, the Liman, had a hole as a result of the incident. The ministry told the Interfax news agency there were no casualties among the ship’s crew, who were “fighting to keep the boat in the water”.

>However, the Turkish coastguard later reported the boat had sunk, around three hours after the crash.

>The shipping agent GAC said the Liman and the other vessel, which it identified as Youzarsif H, collided in fog and low visibility. The Togo-flagged boat is believed to have been carrying livestock. All its crew were also unhurt.
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>> No. 116424 ID: 334c17
>americans actually believe in that
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>Russians actually believe Josef Mengele was a Russian doctor who was murdered by Ukrainian nazis

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116421 No. 116421 ID: e266a3 hide watch quickreply [Reply]


White male, Ford technician, deep in debt, multiple divorcee and it seems all of the people he shot at happened to be not white (minus the cops I'm guessing). Apartment complex pool party with a beer in the other hand.
>> No. 116422 ID: e188a9
>ford technician

It turns out that FEEEERD incompetence at automotive repair extends to hate crimes.

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116331 No. 116331 ID: b70387 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
On today's edition of TBIguy's Emporium of the Other, we find out that a Philosophy Masters student was allowed to blog on South Africa's edition of the Huffington Post. And, boy, did she write a doozy!

Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?

>Some of the biggest blows to the progressive cause in the past year have often been due to the votes of white men. If white men were not allowed to vote, it is unlikely that the United Kingdom would be leaving the European Union, it is unlikely that Donald Trump would now be the President of the United States, and it is unlikely that the Democratic Alliance would now be governing four of South Africa's biggest cities.

>If white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened. It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely – the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years (just less than a generation) would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world. The influence of reckless white males were one of the primary reasons that led to the Great Recession which began in 2008. This would also strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is long needed.

>At the same time, a denial of the franchise to white men, could see a redistribution of global assets to their rightful owners. After all, white men have used the imposition of Western legal systems around the world to reinforce modern capitalism. A period of twenty years without white men in the world's parliaments and voting booths will allow legislation to be passed which could see the world's wealth far more equitably shared. The violence of white male wealth and income inequality will be a thing of the past.

The Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost South Africa evidently feels similarly.

This Blog On White Men Is Going Viral. Here's Our Response.
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>> No. 116381 ID: 6ef9f1
Man, what happened to all the editors?
>> No. 116382 ID: 0f54b8
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>> No. 116414 ID: a569d7
Popping in to point out that Huffington Post is so obviously shitty clickbait that the very liberal Washington Correspondent's Dinner made fun of it last night.

At this point it's about as newsworthy as someone's shitty Medium post. You couldn't really say that five years ago, but it's worse than Daily Kos now. The LGBT page isn't even respected in the LGBT community and we're hard up for content.
>> No. 116415 ID: a569d7
Please note that the guy who used to troll the very easily trolled Democratic Underground forums (the political equivalent of Sonic fandom) and then posted here about it as if it was an achievement is the one of the ones who thinks HuffPo shit is serious business.
>> No. 116416 ID: a569d7
Ariana Huffington realized you actually have to pay them and that most people don't care about typos anyway so yolo

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116389 No. 116389 ID: 5628cf hide watch quickreply [Reply]
“The less the White House knows these days, the better.”

>The USS Carl Vinson, 1,100 feet long, has a displacement of 97,000 tons and sails with two nuclear reactors and about 60 aircraft. It’s escorted by a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers.

>So how did President Trump lose it?

>In an interview with Fox Business taped on April 11, Trump confirmed a dramatic escalation in the nuclear standoff with North Korea, saying he was redirecting Navy ships to the area. “We are sending an armada — very powerful,” Trump said.

>Tough talk — except the Vinson strike group was not heading toward North Korea. It was continuing previously scheduled exercises with Australian forces in the Indian Ocean. Four days after Trump spoke of his Korea armada, a military trade publication noticed that photos released by the Navy showed the carrier off Indonesia — 3,500 miles from the Korean Peninsula — and apparently heading the other way.

>Was the Vinson looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Had Percy Jackson lured it into the Sea of Monsters, from which it would emerge somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle with Amelia Earhart, Grand Duchess Anastasia and Jimmy Hoffa?

>There has been much speculation about Trump’s nonsense talk about his “armada.” Administration officials suggested a miscommunication between the Pentagon and the White House. Others suspected deliberate psy-ops against North Korea and China.

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116058 No. 116058 ID: aadd02 hide watch quickreply [Reply]

Some little bitch said it was the worst deal for a city he'd ever seen. Pfff! Whatever.
>> No. 116061 ID: b70387
  Stadiums: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Woo, sports! Fuck money!
>> No. 116064 ID: e188a9
In unrelated news, the Las Vegas police department has reported a 500% increase in stabbings.
>> No. 116370 ID: b70387
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Lease: Raiders Wouldn't Pay Rent At Tax-Funded Vegas Stadium

>LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders wouldn't pay rent at a proposed tax-funded stadium they want to call home in Las Vegas under the most recent version of a lease agreement unveiled Thursday during a meeting of the public entity overseeing plans for the $1.9 billion project.

>The stadium authority board justified the lack of rent for the Raiders with the investment that the team is making on the 65,000-seat domed stadium to which guests of hotels and other lodging facilities in the Las Vegas area are contributing $750 million through a room tax increase.

>"It's based on the fact that the Raiders are going to be investing up to $1.15 billion and certainly taking the risk for any overruns," board chairman Steve Hill said after the meeting. "So, in order to make that agreement make financial sense, the revenue from the stadium needed to flow to those investors."
>> No. 116375 ID: 09c7e0
I can't fucking wait to smoke legal weed while buying a professional blowjob from a legal hooker with the winnings from my wager on the 2nd quarter over-under and chucking Dcells at a 400lb niggers at a raiders game in vegas.

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116367 No. 116367 ID: cce514 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Anybody else following the custody case? It's been pretty hilarious.

>Jones said he sometimes smokes marijuana — nearly yearly — “to monitor its strength, which is how law enforcement does it.” He then added that he tested it because he believes it is now too strong — a development he blamed on billionaire and political donor George Soros, whom he claimed in court has “brain damaged a lot of people.”

Also his defense is that he's fake news:
>At a recent pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.”

>“He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”

>According to the attorney for Kelly Jones, ex-wife of the infamous radio host, Alex Jones said he couldn't remember "basic facts" about his children during a deposition because "he had a big bowl of chili for lunch."
>> No. 116368 ID: 22c903
hello waiter? Ive got some alphabet soup in my alphabet soup.

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116273 No. 116273 ID: 6a4e1a hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Sharia law, y'all.
>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has voted to allow a church to form its own police force.

>Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 24-4 to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to establish a law enforcement department.

>The church says it needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000 person congregation safe.

>Critics of the bill argue that a police department that reports to church officials could be used to cover up crimes.

>The state has given a few private universities the authority to have a police force, but never a church or non-school entity.

>Police experts have said such a police department would be unprecedented in the U.S.
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Speaking of religious police, Georgia Man harasses Muslims... with a twist!
>Abdullah Rashid, 22, a Georgia native who moved to Cedar-Riverside last year, has been making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood, telling people not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex. If he sees Muslim women he believes are dressed inappropriately, he approaches them and suggests they should wear a jilbab, a long, flowing garment. And he says he's recruiting others to join the effort.

>But local Muslim leaders are sounding the alarm. They are working to stop Rashid's group, General Presidency of the Religious Affairs and Welfare of the Ummah, and have notified Minneapolis police, who say he's being banned from a Cedar-Riverside property. Some say the group is preying on vulnerable young Muslims in a community that has dealt with national scrutiny around radicalization and terrorism.

>"What he's doing is wrong and doesn't reflect the community at all," said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

>Minneapolis police received reports in February from concerned residents who saw Rashid in a dark green uniform that said "Muslim Defense Force" and "Religious Police" and had two flags associated with ISIS and other terrorist groups.

>"We've had conversations with community members that live over there," said Officer Corey Schmidt, a police spokesman. "Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to deal with it, but it's something we've been monitoring."

>Jeff Van Nest, an FBI spokesman for Minneapolis, declined to comment.

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>> No. 116319 ID: d4c8ee
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>that one guy in every college history course, Muslim edition
>> No. 116322 ID: 22c903
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mount and blade is awesome faggit, go suck a rhodick

suck mah donger


that thur is a mah shitposting catchphrase, dont ware it ouut

>> No. 116326 ID: 9723b1
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>that one guy in every college history course
Meanwhile, all of the other guys in every college level history course.

See the beauty of it is I don't have to add any extra photos or textual clues, he just screams cuck and bioware.
>> No. 116365 ID: 23c7cb
And yet you saw fit to reply to one with valueless opinion. Do you normally spend your time like this?

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116358 No. 116358 ID: b51782 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
The highest-ranking officer convicted so far in a colossal Navy corruption scandal began accepting a cornucopia of gifts and prostitutes from an Asian defense contractor 20 years ago and later suffered a mental breakdown when he learned authorities were making arrests in the case, new court documents allege.

Robert J. Gilbeau became the first active-duty Navy admiral ever to be convicted of a felony when he pleaded guilty last year to lying to federal investigators. He is scheduled to be sentenced next month and likely faces up to 18 months in prison.

In a plea deal last June, Gilbeau admitted to making false statements about his contacts with Leonard Glenn Francis, also known as “Fat Leonard,” a crooked defense contractor from Singapore who has pleaded guilty to bribing scores of Navy officials. At the time, Gilbeau and federal authorities revealed little about the nature and extent of his relationship with Francis.

But in documents filed last week in federal court in San Diego, prosecutors allege that Gilbeau, 56, was corrupted in 1997 when he and another Navy officer met Francis during a port visit to the Indonesian island of Bali and succumbed to the contractor’s offer of free hotel rooms, lavish dinners and paid sex.

The relationship continued on a sporadic basis until 2012, according to prosecutors, who said Francis treated Gilbeau to numerous evenings at karaoke bars and luxury restaurants in Singapore, often capped off by assignations with prostitutes.

Prosecutors allege that Gilbeau also pocketed $40,000 in cash bribes from Francis as part of a kickback scheme to overcharge the Navy for pumping wastewater from its ships.

The revelations show that the origins and scope of the scandal — already the biggest in the Navy history — stretch back seven years earlier than previously known. In cases against two dozen other defendants, prosecutors have focused on wrongdoing that began in 2004 and lasted until Francis’s arrest in 2013.

Authorities said last year that more than 200 people, including 30 admirals, were under investigation for potential crimes or ethical violations. The new evidence suggests that the roster of suspects has expanded and raises questions about how far into the past authorities will reach to hold people accountable.
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>> No. 116359 ID: b51782
Francis planned to follow the Nimitz to its next stop in Hong Kong, where he promised to entertain the two officers again. “Looking forward to some major engagement in HK bachelors pad,” he wrote them in an email.

Instead, after a last-minute schedule change, the Nimitz returned to Singapore. In an email to Francis, Gilbeau asked if the contractor could arrange to take the two officers back to the same nightclub. His friend, he explained, wanted to see a “handball player” they had met during their last time in Singapore — a woman whom prosecutors described as “a particularly memorable prostitute.”

Francis enthusiastically agreed. “The Kahuna above has heard our prayers, will be standin by to Welcome you all back home to Papa Leonard soon,” he emailed. “The handball player is waiting eagerly to play.”

During the same 2003 port visit, prosecutors allege, Francis and Gilbeau conspired to overcharge the Navy for services provided to the Nimitz. Invoices show that Francis’s firm billed the Navy for pumping about 450,000 gallons of sewage and wastewater from the Nimitz over four days — about triple the usual amount.

Prosecutors contend that in exchange for approving the invoices, Gilbeau accepted about $40,000 in cash kickbacks from Francis. (Gilbeau has previously denied receiving money from the contractor.)

Their relationship resumed in 2005 when Gilbeau returned to Singapore to help coordinate the Navy’s tsunami relief efforts in the region.
Prosecutors allege that Gilbeau, who dubbed himself “Tsunami Bob,” went to dinner with Francis and partied with him at karaoke bars on three or four occasions. In addition, they allege that Francis, who called Gilbeau “Crazy Bob” or “Casanova,” paid for him to stay at the Singapore Marriott and other hotels several times.
Francis provided prostitutes to dozens of Navy officials over the years, and kept meticulous notes about the sailors’ physical desires so he could cater to their preferences, according to court records and interviews with people familiar with his methods.
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>> No. 116363 ID: aadd02
I can't wait for the movie about this whole thing to come out in 2026. Of course, the only title such a film could possibly have is "Fat Leonard".

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