Russian President Putin declared that the recent chemical attack in Idlib, Syria, was a false-flag event, which is an operation staged by one government to make it look like it was committed by another. He said his intelligence sources report that anti-Assad militants are transporting toxic agents into several parts of Syria with the intent of blaming Assad.
The Washington Post published an Associated Press article from the Commerce Department of Norway describing a catastrophic warming of the Arctic Ocean that caused the disappearance of glaciers and the loss of seals and fish. The punchline is that the story was written in 1922 before “man-made” global warming was a guilt-inducing narrative.
The German government, supported by Angela Merkel, granted nearly 270,000 Syrians in Germany the right to bring in family members. More than a million migrants flocked to Germany in 2015 and 2016, but arrivals have dropped significantly. This new rule is expected to cause Merkel and her Party to fall in popularity in the upcoming September elections.
The German cabinet is backing a law to prohibit free speech on the Internet. Under the guise of preventing so-called fake news and hate speech, they have proposed fining social-media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, as much as $53 million if they fail to delete undesired content within 24 hours.
President Trump authorized the launching of 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian airbase, allegedly in retaliation for a chemical attack earlier this week that was blamed on Syrian President Assad – in spite of the fact that Assad has nothing to gain and everything to lose from such an attack.
Ron Paul analyses recent nuclear threats by North Korea and concludes that, while one should never be complacent about such things, we should be aware that the greatest power of nuclear weapons is psychological, meaning that merely threatening to use them can produce benefits that could not be achieved by actually using them. Paul says that, in the past, North Korea manipulated the US by making threats in order to receive large amounts of money to cease the rhetoric. On the other side, the US military industrial complex profited immensely by using the nuclear threat to justify even more military spending. The ongoing threat of war can be profitable for both sides in this game.