Brazil: Lula is free

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF BRAZIL’S 247 NEWS)

 

Lula is free and will never be arrested

Journalist Fernando Rodriguez, owner of the conservative site Poder360, a shrewd political analyst, has a full diagnosis of Lula’s situation: “There seems to be an exaggeration in the statement about Lula never being arrested. There is not. This is a reality that has based on the objective elements of Brazilian law ”

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247  Journalist Fernando Rodrigues, owner of the conservative Poder360 website , states that “there seems to be an exaggeration in the statement about Lula never being arrested”. “There is not. It is a reality that is based on the objective elements of Brazilian law,” he continues.

In his analysis, Rodrigues points out that former President Lula “is 74 years old, his cases may go back to the 1st Instance and new rules for the execution of sentence after conviction in the second degree will certainly be challenged because of the principle of ‘priority’ (new rules are ‘forward’ and not ‘backward’) “.

“Obviously Lula’s opponents will dispute these understandings, but the Power360 talked to ministers of the Supreme Court, law enforcement and politicians,” he says.

“The chance of the former president being arrested again is zero. Of course, Lula could commit 1 crime and be caught in the act. His situation will be different. But the chance of the petista at this point to make some slip it’s also zero, “he adds. “All things considered, is what is at the beginning of this text: Lula is loose and should never be arrested again.”

China condemns US House approval of bill on Hong Kong

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF COMMUNIST CHINA’S ‘SHINE’ NEWS NETWORK)

 

China condemns US House approval of bill on Hong Kong: spokesperson

Xinhua

China on Wednesday expressed strong indignation and firm opposition to the US House of Representatives’ passing of the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in a press statement.

What Hong Kong faces at present is not the so-called human rights and democracy issues, but the issue of ending violence and chaos, restoring order and upholding the rule of law as soon as possible, spokesperson Geng Shuang said in the statement.

By neglecting the truth and turning white to black, the US House of Representatives called arson, smashing of shops, and violently assaulting police officers as human rights and freedom, which is a stark double standard that fully exposes some Americans’ extreme hypocrisy on human rights and democracy and their malicious intentions to damage the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and contain China’s development, Geng said.

The United States also has important interests in Hong Kong, he said.

“Should the act eventually come into law, it will not only harm the interests of China and the China-US relations, but also severely undermine the interests of the United States,” Geng said.

China will definitely take forceful countermeasures against the wrong decision of the US side in order to firmly safeguard its own sovereignty, security and development interests, the spokesperson said.

“Hong Kong belongs to China and its affairs are purely China’s domestic affairs that brook no foreign interference,” he reiterated.

“We advise the US side to get a clear understanding of the situation, rein in on the brink of the precipice immediately, and cease to promote the subsequent deliberation of the act and interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs immediately,” Geng said.

get the US nowhere

The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region expressed strong indignation over some US politicians’ actions of passing Hong Kong-related bills at the US House, warning that playing Hong Kong as a card will get the United States nowhere.

Some US politicians have kept bent on passing Hong Kong-related bills including the so-called “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019,” ignoring the facts and confounding right with wrong. By doing so, they have openly endorsed anti-China troublemakers in Hong Kong, tested the red line of the “one country, two systems” principle, grossly interfered with Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs as a whole, and trampled upon international law and basic norms governing international relations, the commissioner’s office said in a statement.

“We express strong indignation over and condemn such actions, which have again exposed the politicians’ gangster logic and hegemonic mindset,” it said.

Are White Christians In The U.S. Racists Devil Worshipers (Followers)???

Are White Christians In The U.S. Racists Devil Worshipers (Followers)???

 

Well, that is quite a headline, one I never ever thought that I would write. Is it the truth though? All I can say to that is that I hope not. But, there are millions of people in this Country who say they are Christians but whom have never ever read a Bible. This does not shock me as I know for a fact that there are even Preachers who do not believe that the Bible is the ‘Holy Spirit Inspired Word Of God.’ So, even for many folks who do go to church regularly they have little faith if any about what the Bible is telling us all. So, if the Preachers aren’t teaching the Word of God to the people who are sitting in the Pews and the people aren’t studying the Scriptures regularly to find out if what their Preacher is saying matches up with what the Scriptures are saying there is no wonder that knowledge is lacking among the ‘Christian Base.’

 

Now the reason that I am writing this letter to you today. A Christian lady who has a Christian Blog recently decided to not read any material that I put forth on this blog is because I said that I hate Donald Trump. Technically I didn’t use the word hate, I said that “I loathe Him.” Really what I loathe is the person that he is, not his very Soul. I hate a lot of what he says and I do hate a lot of his actions as well. The young lady of which I speak of said the following about Mr. Trump and I quote “I believe that he is a very good man.” I have heard that from quite a few people since the Electoral College put him into Office and everyone of those folks have been white folks who consider themselves to be Christians.

 

Don’t get me wrong I loathe the person that Hillary Clinton chooses to be also and I am neither a Democrat or a Republican. I only thought that Hillary was an habitual liar until Donald Trump started talking and Tweeting BECAUSE THIS MAN is in a category all by himself when it comes to lying. Before the Vote back in 2016 I felt that the only two real choices that we the people really were given was to vote for one of the two habitual liars, Hillary or Donald. But, I also said that the main difference in them was that one was a very smart habitual liar (Hillary) and the other was a habitual liar that was a total idiot (Donald) and wondered which one would be the worst for our Country. I guess that would still be up for debate unless somehow Hillary ever becomes a President. (Hopefully that will never happen).

 

Now lets talk about Mr. Trump for a moment as he is the subject matter behind the title of this letter. Often the media uses the term ‘Trumps Base’. What they are referring to are the lower educated white Christians, especially here in the south-eastern states. This view point is from an ‘independent’s’ view, neither Republican nor Democratic. To say or believe that Mr. Trump is not a racists person is beyond unbelievable and reaches into the realm idiotic. But on this subject I will say that this is just my opinion and is not a ‘Scriptural’ indictment of the man. But now lets talk about Mr. Trump being a habitual liar, the worse that I have ever seen, even worse than my biological dad which I hadn’t thought was possible.  My question to the ‘Christian’ people who seem to adore Mr. Trump is, since Jesus says that Satan is the Father of all Liars then how can a Christian fall in behind Mr. Trump’s wagon of lies and Spiritual crimes? I know that some folks have come back with answers like “well I’m not voting for Hillary, or for any other Democrat.” Okay, but now that you have to be fully aware of what a total liar Mr. Trump is how come you haven’t decided to impeach him and find another Republican to root for? Have you decided that Mr. Trump is the Republican Party? To follow after an habitual liar is in fact to fall inline behind the Devil Himself. What I am saying is that ‘we the people’ must hold these politicians accountable for their words and their actions, not matter what political party they hang their hat onto.  If we are to weak to do so then we deserve to lose all of our freedoms and then later our Soul’s also and that reality folks, is indeed what will happen.

Hong Kong: The Next Bloodbath

Hong Kong: The Next Bloodbath

 

I very much fear that Hong Kong is going to be the next Tienanmen Square except on a much larger scale. The Communist government in Beijing have used the financial muscle generated in Hong Kong to build their country and their military power ever since England turned it back over to them. Now the Chinese government is facing a quandary of sorts. If they do nothing and the protesters continue to stay united against the intrusions of Beijing then the government would have to either back down which would make them look weak or use their military to stop the protesters. Personally I believe that the government will use force to end the peoples blockades of government buildings, stores, and the streets. I can’t help but wonder how many people will be murdered by China’s military in this process. How many protesters will sacrifice their lives in hoping that the West will come to their aid? Personally I do not believe that the U.S. nor the UN will do anything accept talk and issue sanctions which will save no lives in Hong Kong. This is just as I believe that Beijing will totally get away with attacking the legitimate government of China that resides on Taiwan as the world sits back and wrings their hands and whine. Obviously this is just my opinion but this is how I honestly see these events playing out.

 

 

Fight Your Inner Critic With These Physical Tips From a Martial Arts Expert

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THRIVE GLOBAL)

 

Fight Your Inner Critic With These Physical Tips From a Martial Arts Expert

An expert explains how you can reframe your internal dialogue by adjusting your body language.
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Morsa Images/ Getty Images

The voice of self-doubt in your mind can hold you back from leaving your comfort zone, pursuing a new passion, or achieving a goal you’ve been after. This negative internal narrative — which we at Thrive call the obnoxious roommate living in our heads — is something most of us grapple with. But in a recent Ted Talk, Theresa Byrne B.A, CMT, a self-defense expert and fourth degree Master Black Belt, offered some innovative tips for silencing our toxic thoughts that draw from her martial arts practice.

Byrne explains that by adjusting our physical body language, we send signals to our brain that reframe your internal dialogue, and help fight off the inner critic intent on putting us down. “In martial arts, we turn that inner fear into ferocity,” she says. Here are a few of Byrne’s Microsteps to help you get started:

Pause for a 3-second inhale

In a moment where you feel overwhelmed by fear, staying centered can be difficult — and that’s where the importance of your breath comes in. “Breathing is the antidote for adrenaline,” Byrne explains — which is why she suggests taking a 3-second inhale the next time you feel overcome with feelings of doubt. “In martial arts, if someone throws a punch at you, you want to move out of the way,” she explains, “But sometimes, you have to take a break.” Byrne notes that stopping to take a deep breath is something that can automatically calm you down, and it’s even more crucial to do so when the voice in your head is louder than usual. “Breath allows us to move through our bodies,” she adds. “Every one of us can afford to stop and take a 3-second inhale.”

Vocalize an empowering mantra 

Reciting a mantra — yes, out loud — can also help ignite a voice within yourself that fights against your inner critic, and Byrne says the key is having one ready in advance. “Come up with something you might say in the moment,” she explains. “You have to pre-plan it, because when your inner bully is activated or triggered, you can’t do it on the fly.” Two of Byrne’s favorite mantras are “I am powerful” and “I’ve got this,” because they allow you to talk to yourself in a way that’s both direct and confident. And finally, remember that the vocal declaration is meant to be a mindset shift, so it’s okay if it feels uncomfortable to say out loud. “The inner bully gets triggered by us doing something outside of our comfort zone,” she adds — “something that might feel unsafe.”

Try taking an “attention stance” 

In martial arts, stances describe the different body positions and foot orientations, and Byrne says that an “attention stance” is when you stand tall with your feet planted on the ground and your shoulders pulled back. When you feel your inner critic taking over, Byrne recommends physically standing up, and adopting a firm attention stance with your head held high. The idea is to pay attention to how you feel in the moment, and to the space around you. “This stance is for you having the life that you want,” she adds. “This stance is for you.”

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Russia Expresses Serious Concern over Decline in Number of Refugees Leaving Rukban

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)

 

Russia Expresses Serious Concern over Decline in Number of Refugees Leaving Rukban

Thursday, 11 July, 2019 – 11:30
Humanitarian aid is prepared to be delivered to Syria, in the town of Ramtha, Jordan, July 2, 2018. (File Photo: Reuters)
Moscow – Raed Jabr
Russia has renewed its accusation of the US hindering the exit of refugees from al-Rukban camp in southern Syria, and expressed serious concern about the humanitarian situation in the region.

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria issued a statement strongly criticizing Washington’s actions in the region, accusing it of turning a blind eye to militants in Rukban using civilians as “human shields”, a move that aggravates the humanitarian situation.

The Center also expressed “serious concern about a decline in the number of refugees leaving the Rukban camp, due to the desire of militants controlled by the United States to keep them as human shields.”

It explained that militants have constantly increased the financial cost of allowing people to move from al-Tanf zone to the Jleb checkpoint, which falls under the control of the Syrian government.

“We draw to the attention of the international community that further retention by the United States and its allies of Syrian territories, the Rukban and al-Hol refugee camps only delays the end of the conflict in Syria, aggravates the criminal situation, hampers the repatriation of Syrians,” the statement added.

Rukban is located within a 55-km so-called deconfliction zone established by the Pentagon with the aim of shielding the Tanf garrison from attacks.

Moscow has repeatedly called for removing the displaced from the camp and announced with the Syrian authorities the establishment of two crossings for refugee exit, but they failed to convince the displaced to go to areas under regime control.

Washington is ignoring the situation, said Chief of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria Major General Viktor Kupchishin, adding that refugees abstain from leaving the camp because of the fuel crisis in the region and the increase in crossing fees imposed by US-affiliated militants.

Washington, in turn, accuses the Russians of blocking access of UN humanitarian aid to the region.

As of June 10, 2019, 13,539 refugees have left the Rukban camp, including 2,842 men, 3,817 women and 6,880 children, according to Russian estimates.

On the other hand, a number of Russian military and security experts believe it is time for the Russian tankers to replace Iranian tankers to cover oil shortage to Syria.

Recently, Vladimir Mukhin wrote in Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper saying escalation by Washington and its allies against Damascus and Tehran by trapping oil tankers will have major repercussions if Moscow does not intervene quickly to settle this issue.

Mukhin viewed the seizure of an Iranian tanker by the British Royal Marines as a plan “carefully organized in Washington and London,” recalling a statement by White House national security adviser John Bolton in which he welcomed Britain’s seizure of the tanker loaded with Iranian oil bound for Syria.

The expert said Moscow is currently facing in Syria a new phase of war against the Syrian regime and Iranian leadership.

He added that aside from the blockade on transferring goods to Syria, the United States has unofficially imposed a ban on the purchase of oil produced in Syrian territories occupied by the US forces, which is an attempt to further stifle the Syrian economy.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported that last month, five underwater pipelines in Syrian coastal waters from Tartus to Banias were targeted, resulting in a huge oil spill.

The experts agreed that this was a “sabotage act” carried out by militants close to “one of the major military forces hostile to the Assad regime.”

The newspaper believes Moscow should deal with current developments because it reflects an attempt to intensify the pressure on Damascus and block Russian efforts to normalize the situation in Syria.

Protesters clash after American flag burned outside White House before Trump’s July 4th event

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN)
(OPED: ITS JUST A THOUGHT BUT, HOW ABOUT DEPORTING THEIR ASSES OUT OF THIS COUNTRY TO WHEREVER THEY WANT TO LIVE BUT DON’T EVER LET THEM STEP ON AMERICAN SOIL AGAIN. JUST A THOUGHT)(oldpoet56)

Protesters clash after American flag burned outside White House before Trump’s July 4th event

Washington (CNN) Leftist protesters burned an American flag outside the White House on Thursday and then clashed with supporters of President Donald Trump, including the far-right Proud Boys group, not long before Trump took the stage for his “Salute to America.”

The protests, which turned into violent clashes at times, took place just blocks from crowds who had gathered to watch Trump’s July Fourth speech and fireworks displays on the National Mall.
Led by activist Joey Johnson, a group from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, linked arms and set an American flag on fire outside as they chanted, “America was never great.” The Secret Service intervened quickly to extinguish the fire.
“Burn, baby, burn,” the protesters chanted.
In a news release before the event, Johnson said he was leading the protest because “I’m going to be speaking to the people of the world letting them know that there are people inside the borders of this country who stand with the people of the world.”
After the flag was extinguished, Johnson’s group clashed with a group of pro-Trump protesters, who began chanting, “Trump 2020.” The two groups traded chants and scuffles that occasionally turned violent.
Multiple protesters, including Johnson, were escorted from the scene in handcuffs by the Secret Service. A news release after the event from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, said Johnson was among those arrested.
Among the protesters were members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group with ties to white nationalism. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the organization a hate group.
The Secret Service tweeted a statement later Thursday that said there had been two arrests, though it included no names. One of those arrested was transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the statement said, as were two uniformed Secret Service officers.
Trump’s July Fourth event in Washington, branded as a “Salute to America,” drew considerable controversy beforehand for the central role that US military equipment was expected to play, including M1 Abrams tanks and a military plane flyover.
Trump pushed back against criticism of the event, saying the military was “thrilled” to be part of it.

Brazil: Freedom Of The Press Is Being Challenged By The Current Government

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF BRAZIL’S 247 NEWS AGENCY)

 

Fenaj takes over Greenwald defense and sees threatened freedom of expression in Brazil

“It is important to point out that The Intercept Brazil website is doing journalism,” says Maria José Braga, president of the National Federation of Journalists. “In the specific case of Lava Jato and more specifically in relation to the conviction of President Lula, there has always been a doubt about the suspicion of Judge Sergio Moro,” he says.

Sputinik – The journalist team leader of The Intercept Brasil, the American journalist Glenn Greenwald has been threatened by the series of reports about the alleged messages exchanged in Operation Lava Jet, and this can be considered an attack on the freedom of the press in Brazil.

This is the opinion of the president of the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), Maria José Braga, who sees in the material of the site, which explained what would be the talks between then federal judge Sergio Moro and prosecutors of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) , a clear journalism exercise in the country.

“It is important to point out that The Intercept Brazil is doing journalism, and what is journalism doing?” It is to seek information of public interest and to report this information of public interest to society […]. have knowledge of important information for the national life, for the public debate, its obligation to report this information to the whole society, “she told Sputnik Brazil.

In recent weeks, the series that became known as Vaza Jato brought to public notice a series of messages that, according to Greenwald’s website, would demonstrate what Maria José Braga called “a collusion” between Moro and the prosecutors of the operation to convict the ex – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT).

“In the specific case of Lava Jato and more specifically in relation to the conviction of President Lula, there was always a doubt about the suspicion of Judge Sergio Moro and also of the prosecutors charged with denunciation of the Public Prosecutor’s Office because of the lack of concrete evidence, and even without concrete evidence there was condemnation, “commented the president of FENAJ, for whom the PT was wrongly convicted.

The reaction of Moro, the MPF and sectors of society favorable to Lava Jato and the government of President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) was critical of Greenwald, accusing him of doing party politics with the series of reports. According to the journalist, he and his husband, Federal Deputy David Miranda (PSOL-RJ), were targets of threats.

“FENAJ, together with the Union of Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, [state] where The Intercept Brasil website is based, has already issued a public notice regarding the threats against journalist Glenn Greenwald and his family, and these threats constitute an attack on the freedom of the press in Brazil.Any care of the authorities must be taken, they need to be vigilant to ensure the physical integrity of the journalist and his relatives, and that he can continue, along with his colleagues at the site, continuing with this work in favor of Brazilian society, “said Maria José Braga.

The president of FENAJ would participate in an audience with Greenwald this Monday at the National Council of Social Communication, organism maintained by the National Congress. However, the meeting was canceled due to the absence of several of the guests, among them the journalist from The Intercept Brasil and the journalist’s own representative.

Although the hearing was not held, Maria José Braga pointed out that it is up to the authorities not only to ensure the integrity of journalists from all over Brazil, but also to respect what the Constitution says – she recalled that the Federal Constitution guarantees the secrecy of the source, and it is not for the journalist to reveal the source of his information.

“The journalist, if he obtains relevant information and the source that passed the information does not want to be identified and asks not to be identified, the journalist has the constitutional prerogative to maintain the confidentiality of the source. the journalist has to analyze the relevance of the information, the reliability of this source, and he considering this reliable source, considering the material received of public interest, their obligation is to divulge, “he added.

For the president of FENAJ, it is “very difficult” that the Brazilian population is not interested in the content of the site’s reports on the messages exchanged by Lava Jato, which Greenwald himself said, are just beginning.

Citizens of Hong Kong: Leave no stone upon another, and Move Now

Citizens of Hong Kong: Leave no stone upon another, and Move Now

 

This letter tonight is just an opinion piece by a person who has never been to Hong Kong. This in no way should be a call for any riots or violence toward another person, for it is not. I get a lot of material each day that I read and I do obtain my thoughts from varieng news agencies around the world. Ever since England turned Kong Kong over to the Communists government of China I have known that these times happening now would absolutely come about. I know that I am no genius in this matter because I believe that hundreds of millions or more people around the world could see these days coming for the residents of Hong Kong. The Communist Chinese play the long game and their game is total victory for the Party. The end of any hint of Democracy in Hong Kong started the day England inked the deal to turn over the city. The only reason that the people who live there have any freedom is because the Party Leadership has been banking on the revenues you create for them. The day is getting ever closer to the day the citizens of Hong Kong will be under total suppression with no way out accept to either go to a prison camp or die. What I am about to say I am fully aware that it will not ever happen. I believe that every citizen of Hong Kong who doesn’t want to live under suppressive Communists Rulers need to destroy every business they own in the city, raze it to the ground and then get on a boat or plane and get the hell out of there. The Communists Party of China will win this battle, you have no chance at all. So, yes I believe the people should all get out of there as soon as possible but don’t leave these murderous asses a single pot to piss in. They are going to totally control that land, so why leave them anything but the scraped bare soil?

Italy bans refugees rescued by charity vessel as world marks Refugee Day

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HINDUSTAN TIMES OF INDIA)

 

Italy bans refugees rescued by charity vessel as world marks Refugee Day

The rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12.

WORLD Updated: Jun 20, 2019 14:58 IST

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Italy’s far-right interior minister marked World Refugee Day by insisting migrants rescued by a charity vessel are banned from entering Italian territorial waters.(AP File Photo/Representative Image )

Italy’s far-right interior minister marked World Refugee Day on Thursday by insisting migrants rescued by a charity vessel are banned from entering Italian territorial waters.

The rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12.

However ten of the migrants, including two pregnant women, were allowed to disembark Saturday on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, which lies between the Italian mainland and the north African coast.

The remaining 43 include six women and four unaccompanied minors.

Sea-Watch 3 has refused to return those rescued — including children and sick people — back to crisis-hit Libya, saying Tripoli was not a safe port.

Also read: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home: UN

Saturday, interior minister Matteo Salvini announced he had signed a ban on the entry, transit and berthing of Sea-Watch 3 in Italian territorial waters, as provided for by his new Security Decree.

The decree still has to go before Italy’s parliament, where the coalition government holds a comfortable majority.

“The Sea-Watch ship doesn’t give a fig for rules, and trafficks human beings. And I’m not going to give permission to dock to those who ignore the rules,” Salvini told RadioUno Thursday.

Carlotta Sami, a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, tweeted that “on World Refugee Day we celebrate the courage of those forced to flee.

“A world which chooses not to give them shelter, not to save them, to close the ports to foreigners, is a dark and murky one,” she said.

Also read: More than 200 Rakhine refugees in Mizoram to be pushed back

While the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3 is stuck in limbo, on Wednesday the Italian coastguard accompanied 45 migrants to shore after they made it across the Mediterranean to Lampedusa on their own, in a wooden boat.

The migrants, including two children and a pregnant woman, hailed from the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal and Somalia, and were visibly dehydrated on arrival, according to a local charity.

More than 12,000 people have died since 2014 trying to flee Libya to Europe by what the UN refugee agency calls the “world’s deadliest sea crossing”.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Jun 20, 2019 14:51 IST