Clinton Reacts To Sanders’ Views On University Tuition And Healthcare


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During the most recent Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton reacted to Bernie Sanders’ views on free college tuition and universal healthcare.

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Leak Shows Former British Prime Minister Blair Knew About Iraq Invasion A Year In Advance

All sewn up: President George Bush and UK prime minister Tony Blair at the infamous 2002 summit at Bush's ranch house in Crawford, Texas, where the two men spoke about invading IraqA White House leak shows that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had given George W. Bush an unqualified pledge to join the Iraq War a year before the invasion started.

The document – a memo – was written by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to then-President George W. Bush.

The memo goes against Blair’s public claims that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis at that time.

Blair said to Parliament: “We’re not proposing military action” – in contrast to what the secret email now reveals.

The classified document also discloses that Blair agreed to act as a type of spin doctor for the President by presenting “public affairs lines” to convince a skeptical public that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction when none existed.

However, Bush would flatter Blair’s ego and give the impression that Britain was not America’s dog but an equal partner in a special relationship.

The memo was written on March 28, 2002, a week before Bush’s famous summit with Blair at his Crawford ranch in Texas.

In it, Powell tells Bush that Blair “will be with us” on military action. Powell assures the President that “The UK will follow our lead.”

The disclosure is certain to lead for calls for the Brits to reopen his inquiry into the Iraq War.

A second explosive memo from the same cache also reveals how Bush used “spies” in the British Labour Party to help him to manipulate British public opinion in favor of the war.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3277402/Smoking-gun-emails-reveal-Blair-s-deal-blood-George-Bush-Iraq-war-forged-YEAR-invasion-started.html

http://qz.com/527088/this-is-the-memo-that-suggests-blair-backed-the-iraq-war-a-year-before-invading/

What Is The Situation With The Bombs In Turkey?

On Saturday, there were two bomb explosions at a “peace rally” in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

The number of killed varies in the news, but most outlets are reporting that “more than 100 people” died as a result of the blasts. Some news organizations call it the deadliest terror attack in Turkey’s history, others state it is the deadliest terror attack in recent history in Turkey.

Who organized the peace rally?

The BBC states that the pro-Kurdish HDP party organized Saturday’s rally. The Guardian writes that in addition to the HDP, pro-union and left-wing groups also took part.

Who is responsible for the bombing?

According to The Guardian, no group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, and the Turkish government has denied any part in it.

To make things worse, as thousands later gathered near the scene to mourn, brief scuffles broke out as police used teargas to prevent people from laying flowers at the site of the attack.

The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic party (HDP) said some members of its delegation sustained injuries from the police.

Witnesses and victims’ families felt that the government should have done more to protect the peace rally and that security should have been better. Mourners shouted anti-government slogans, and denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a “murderer” and a “thief”. Many blame his Justice and Development (AK) party for security failures at Saturday’s peace march.

According to the HDP, the number of people killed in the bombing stands at 128, all but eight of whom have been identified and their names published by the HDP’s crisis desk.

Security analysts have pointed out the similarities to a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish border town of Suruç that killed 33 Kurdish and Turkish activists in July, which the Turkish government blamed on ISIS.

According to The Guardian, the peace march was organized to call for an end to the escalating violence between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK).

Saturday’s bomb attack in Ankara came three months after the breakdown of a mutual ceasefire between the Turkish government and the PKK. Hundreds of people have been killed in the escalating violence since then.

According to The Guardian, hours after the Ankara bombing, the PKK announced an expected unilateral ceasefire, in order to avoid acts that could obstruct a “fair and just election” on November 1st in Turkey.

On Saturday night, Turkish fighter jets launched airstrikes against PKK positions in Turkey and northern Iraq. The Kurds and the Kurdish PKK have been known for fighting against ISIS and other Islamic jihadists.

A statement by the general chief of staff said 49 militants were killed and shelters and gun positions were destroyed. Security operations were also reported from the predominantly Kurdish province of Diyarbakir.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/11/turkey-bomb-blasts-ankara-mourning-scores-killed

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/11923935/Turkey-Ankara-bomb-kills-30-at-pro-Kurdish-rally.html

Colin Powell Speaks With The Washington Ideas Forum


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Former Secretary of State (for George W. Bush) Colin Powell spoke with the president and CEO of The Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson as part of the Washington Ideas Forum, co-hosted by the Institute and the Atlantic.

He discussed the Iran deal, Syria, ISIS, The Iraq War, immigration, and other things.

Powell generally agreed with the structure of the Iran deal, and said the U.S. should work within its parameters.  When discussing immigration, Powell said, “I think the American people have to understand we’re an immigrant nation,” he said, adding, “it is our history, it is our tradition…we have been built on the backs of immigrants.”

Powell also implored those in the audience to consider the positive impact of immigrant workers.

http://fusion.net/story/208991/colin-powell-donald-trump-immigration-comments/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=JR

Does Trump Sound Reasonable On The Middle East?


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Trump seems to “get it” when speaking about the Middle East.

He understands the basics, such as the fact that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and ISIS are fighting each other.  He understands that the U.S. wants to support “moderate” Muslims who will fight both Assad and ISIS.

In an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet The Press, when asked if he believes the Middle East would be better today if Moammar Gadhafi of Libya and Saddam Hussein of Iraq were still in power, he essentially agreed with that view.

He related the situations in both of those countries to Syria, and seemed to endorse leaving President Bashar al-Assad in power, though he is still “probably a bad guy.”

Does Trump have a point?

“You can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there – it’s a mess – if you look at Saddam Hussein with Iraq, look what we did there – it’s a mess – it’s [Syria] going to be same thing,” the businessman said.

In regards to Iraq, Trump echoed a line from his campaign: “Don’t forget, ISIS came out of Iraq,” Trump said, and called the terror group “the leftovers that didn’t get taken care of.”

http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/trump-middle-east-would-be-more-stable-hussein-gadhafi-n438156

Activists Say Russia Bombs Different Groups

CBS states that Syrian anti-government activists said Russian warplanes carried out a third day of airstrikes Friday, possibly hitting targets held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, for the first time.

Russia said its airstrikes in Syria will only intensify and could last four months, reports CBS News.

Moscow joined the Syrian civil war claiming it would target ISIS, yet many of the Russian airstrikes so far have hit areas well outside of ISIS control.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Russia conducted air raids on Qaryatain, a predominantly Christian town recently captured by ISIS, late Thursday night.

In northern Syria, Russian war planes have pounded groups linked to al Qaeda, but also so-called moderate rebels, who are supported by the U.S.

CBS states that a video posted on the Internet appears to show the aftermath of a Russian strike on American-backed opposition fighters.

Syria’s deadly civil war is now even more dangerous with both the U.S. and Russia launching airstrikes, but Russia is supporting Bashar al-Assad and the U.S. is supporting so-called moderate rebel groups.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-airstrikes-syria-us-russian-military-backing-opposing-sides-war/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russian-airstrikes-syria-reported-third-day-possibly-hits-isis-targets/

Adding To The Confusion?

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that on Friday, NATO-member Turkey launched a second wave of raids against ISIS jihadists in Syria and embarked on a campaign to bombard camps of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

Turkish F-16s took off from a base in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir to carry out a new wave of strikes after a first set of attacks earlier in the day, the CNN-Turk and NTV television channels reported.

There is one problem:  the Kurdish people are fighting ISIS.

Sources state that the raids marked a major shift in policy towards ISIS by Turkey, which has faced criticism from its Western allies for not doing enough to fight ISIS.

But according to AFP, on this occasion Turkish airplanes also bombed positions of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in neighboring Iraq, where the group’s military forces are based.

http://www.theherald-news.com/2015/07/25/turkey-couples-is-bombing-runs-with-kurd-target-strikes/a7ifmii/

https://in.news.yahoo.com/turkey-launches-air-raids-against-000710508.html