Hong Kong chief executive, Carrie Lam, said she would scrap the new extradition bill that would allow the Chinese government to demand the extradition of people from Hong Kong with near-impunity, effectively exposing Hong Kongers to Communist Party-controlled courts. The bill was the catalyst that set off protests that have been raging for three months, resulting in four deaths and 1,183 arrests. Demonstrators want all of the other demands met, as well, including (1) dropping the use of the word “riot” by the Chinese government when referring to the protests, because riot carries specific penalties up to ten years in prison, (2) the release of all protesters and dropping charges against them, (3) an independent inquiry into police brutality against protesters, and (4) the ability to elect their own leaders. China hopes to end the protests as the world will be watching the celebration of 70 years of Communist Party rule next month, and it is expected that, to create the appearance of benevolence, the Party will make promises that it has no intention of keeping. -GEG
Offering her first concession since protests began three months ago, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday said she would scrap the hated extradition bill that had initially galvanized the protest movement when the HK government tried to fast-track it this spring.
If passed, the bill would have allowed the Chinese government to demand the extradition of people from Hong Kong with near-impunity, effectively exposing Hong Kongers to Communist Party-controlled courts.
However, many activists are now saying that this gesture is too little, too late – and that the movement has evolved from its opposition to the extradition bill to supporting broader pro-democracy themes.
Before Lam had even finished her speech, pro-democracy activists were already complaining that her concession was too little, too late. And the endorsement of Global Times editor Hu XiJin didn’t do much to help that perception, since he has functioned like the voice of Beijing since the demonstrations began.
McCabe is under pressure and may cut a deal to offer testimony against other FBI and Justice Department officials. It is surprising to see strong interest at the government level in holding a member of the deep state to the same standards that apply to everyone else. We shall see.
A record 220,300 public school teachers reported that they were physically attacked by a student during the 2015-2016 school year. California passed Senate Bill 419, prohibiting the suspension of disruptive kids. [Be sure to check out the readers’ comments for these articles.]
Epstein was ‘suicided’ instead of being delivered to justice. This was done, not only to prevent revealing the names of high-profile celebrities and government officials, but to make people feel helpless and passive, knowing that the justice system is corrupt.
J. Michael Springmann, who worked for the State Department, issued visas from 1987 to 1989 from the US Jeddah consulate in Saudi Arabia, and later learned it was being used by the CIA to issue visas to associates of Osama bin Laden who was creating the predecessor to al-Qaeda.
Barry Jennings’ story is full of details that directly contradict NIST’s pronouncements on the destruction of the building. Jennings mysteriously passed away in a hospital in 2008 but no records are available.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech announcing his plans to annex a third of the West Bank if he wins the Israeli election next week. He was hoping Trump would sign off on the land expropriation, but it never came.
Witnesses interviewed on the street immediately after the attack on 9/11 say the planes that struck the Twin Towers were gray, had no airline logos, and no windows. Firefighters tell of explosions far below fire-damaged
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UL certified the steel used to build the World Trade Center buildings. Ryan realized the government’s report included serious errors and, according to the tests at UL, the buildings easily should have withstood the fires.
The MS Malmo was rescued after being trapped in ice, and its 16 passengers were airlifted to safety. The ship was on an Arctic excursion with tourists and a documentary-film crew, all concerned about melting Arctic ice caused by global warming.
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Facebook banned California Republican congressional Candidate Elizabeth Heng’s campaign video ad about communist crimes that led her parents to flee mass murder by communists in Cambodia in the 1970’s. Facebook says it does not allow “shocking, disrespectful, or sensational” content. [Does anyone actually believe that? Can you imagine Facebook banning a leftist campaign video that showed Nazi crimes against communists in Europe? Neither can we.] See the banned video here.
Lenin taught that a culturally unified nation is difficult to topple, so he fractured the culture and divided the people into antagonistic groups: opposing classes, races, religions, etc., culminating in hatred and violence. The Communist Party USA used this strategy during the rise of the civil rights movement, but not one person in a thousand had any idea who was directing the movement. They could not imagine that the cry for civil rights was being used, not to protect the civil rights of black Americans, but to exploit black Americans (and most white Americans as well) into supporting Communist totalitarianism.
Chinese authorities have been using a “social credit” system that rates citizens to determine if they may purchase plane or train tickets. The system rates users on personal characteristics, behavior and preference, social relationships. It draws data from a person’s shopping history, use of free time, and complaints from others. It has the appearance of being impartial and based on public demand but, in reality, it is merely a sophisticated method of engineering human behavior.