This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

BLOCKBUSTER ADMISSIONS IN SYRIAN WAR

In the wake of the deliberate US aerial assault on Syrian forces last week, which was not done ignorantly as the US claimed, new revelations have come to light confirming that the US is working with ISIS to overthrow the Syrian government. In a telling interview with a noted German journalist, a militant al Nusra commander has admitted that they are part of the Islamic State movement, and that the US supports them directly and indirectly through Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel. More importantly, the US did this attack to sabotage the ceasefire agreement with the Russians so they could have an excuse to back out of the ISIS target sharing agreement, which would have made clear to the Russians that the US was actually shielding high value ISIS targets. Now the US is trying to pressure Russia to stop bombing US backed jihadists in Aleppo, which the Russians have refused. Will the US escalate the conflict by openly attacking the Syrian Army? It’s possible, and Russia responds by sending more aircraft to Syria. To receive a one-time free sample copy of the brief, email us at editor at worldaffairsbrief.com

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"America Is On Our Side": Al-Nusra Commander Tells German Press US Is Arming Jihadists

posted by askousen - Friday, September 30 2016
a summary of what the Al-Nusra commander said: They are directly supported by the US They received tanks and other heavy weaponry via Libya and Turkey They got officers and experts from the US, Israel, Turkey inside Aleppo The commanders of IS are led by Western intelligence They are against cease-fires and aid deliveries "The U.S. is on our side" — ZeroHedge

U.S. House panel lambastes Wells Fargo boss over phantom accounts

posted by askousen - Friday, September 30 2016
...Wells Fargo staff opened checking, savings and credit card accounts without customer say-so for years to satisfy managers' demand for new business, according to a $190 million settlement with regulators reached early this month. U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, the committee's senior Democrat, faulted the bank for identity theft in the fraud and called for Wells Fargo to be dismantled because it was too big to manage. — Reuters

Wells Fargo workers say they were fired for reporting 'gaming' of sales quotas

posted by askousen - Friday, September 30 2016
At least five Wells Fargo employees have sued the bank or filed complaints with regulators alleging that they were fired after reporting the opening of customer accounts without their permission, according to a Reuters review of lawsuits and complaints to the U.S. Labor Department. — Reuters

In Their Own Words: Why Bill's 'Bimbos' Fear a Hillary Presidency

posted by askousen - Friday, September 30 2016
As women's issues become part of the 2016 presidential race, it may be instructive to review recent statements made by some of Bill Clinton's alleged female victims regarding the ambitions of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. — Breitbart

US prepares to cede key role for internet

posted by askousen - Friday, September 30 2016
The US government is set to cut the final thread of its oversight of the internet, yielding a largely symbolic but nevertheless significant role over the online address system. Barring any last-minute glitches, the transition will occur at midnight Friday (0400 GMT Saturday), when the US contract expires for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet's so-called "root zone." — AFP

'This is just the start': China's passion for foreign property

posted by askousen - Friday, September 30 2016
"China is so big," marvels Victor Li, using his fingers to count all the cities he has flown to over the last 12 months to meet with cash-rich Chinese buyers interested in buying into a real-life game of London Monopoly. Li, a director of international project marketing for the US real estate giant CBRE, is predicting a surge of eastern investment in British homes over the next decade, as increasingly affluent Chinese investors acquire a taste for international property — The Guardian

India says launches strikes on militants in Pakistan, raising risk of escalation

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 29 2016
India said on Thursday it had conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir, making its first direct military response to an attack on an army base it blames on Pakistan and raising the risk of escalation. Pakistan said two of its soldiers had been killed in exchanges of fire and in repulsing an Indian "raid", but denied India had made any targeted strikes across the de facto frontier that runs through the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. — Reuters

Syria war: Russia rejects US calls to halt bombing eastern Aleppo

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 29 2016
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that the Russian air force would continue its support of the Syrian armed forces. He also urged Washington to deliver on a pledge to separate moderate Syrian opposition fighters from "terrorists". — BBC

Darkness and fear in Aleppo as the bombs rain down: 'They just want to kill everything in sight'

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 29 2016
...At least 1,700 bombs struck eastern Aleppo in the first week after the ceasefire’s collapse, according to the White Helmets civil defence group, a volunteer force funded by the United States and Europe that goes to the aid of people buried by buildings collapsed by bombs. Still, they keep raining down, with new bunker-buster bombs designed to be used against military installations blasting apartment buildings that house families. [No mention is made of the rebel fighters who have taken over these parts of Aleppo and used the civilians there as human shields] — National Post

Top five Supreme Court cases to watch

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 29 2016
...The court has agreed to hear 31 cases in the new term and is likely to accept more at its fall conference Monday. Among the petitions to watch is Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., which could prove to be a blockbuster case on transgender rights. — The Hill

Student arrested after wearing gorilla mask to Black Lives Matter protest

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 29 2016
Tristan Rettke was charged with civil rights intimidation following the incident, according to a Johnson City Police Department report, WCYB-TV reported. — USA Today

UPI/CVoter state polls: Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton in Electoral College

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
Donald Trump would earn enough votes to win the presidency in the Electoral College based on UPI/CVoter's state tracking poll released Monday. Trump would amass 292 votes and Clinton would get 246 with 270 needed to secure the oval office. — UPI

Lester Holt: The Third Debater?

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
At tonight's debate, Donald Trump faced off not just against Hillary Clinton, but against moderator Lester Holt. The game of two-on-one saw Holt ask no questions about: Hillary's emails Benghazi The Clinton Foundation While ignoring these issues, Holt grilled Trump on stop-and-frisk, the birther story, his comments about women, his many bankruptcies, why he hasn't released his tax returns - and a host of other issues the media sees as unfriendly to the Republican candidate. — Heat Street

Eight examples where 'fact-checking' became opinion journalism

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
...Why you ask? Because most "fact-checkers" are merely liberal journalists looking to prove their preconceived narrative. They cherry-pick the statements to "fact-check" and then decide which data to back it up with. Statistics can be manipulated - for every study coming out of the Brookings Institute, the Heritage Foundation can have a counter argument, depending on the methodology and surveys used. Moreover, much of what they decide to "fact-check" is subjective at best. Nothing that can be pinned down with undisputed data. — Washington Times

The 10 most memorable moments of the presidential debate

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
3) The fact check fight As Donald Trump excoriated Hillary Clinton for once describing the Trans-Pacific Partnership as the "gold standard" of trade deals, Clinton shot back that he was mischaracterizing her position against the deal. — Politico

The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
NSA Analyst: We now have incontrovertible proof the Bureau never had any intention of prosecuting Hillary Clinton ...Now it turns out the FBI granted immunity to much bigger fish in the Clinton political tank. Three more people got a pass from the Bureau in exchange for their cooperation: Hillary lawyer Heather Samuelson, State Department IT boss John Bental, and – by far the most consequential – Cheryl Mills, who has been a Clinton flunky-cum-factotum for decades. Mills served as the State Department's Chief of Staff and Counselor throughout Hillary's tenure as our nation's top diplomat. Granting her immunity in EmailGate, given her deep involvement in that scandal – including the destruction of tens of thousands of emails so they could not be handed over to the FBI – now seems curious, to say the least, particularly because Mills sat in on Hillary’s chat with the Bureau regarding EmailGate. — Observer

Mall shooting suspect was 'zombie-like' when arrested, officials say

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
...At a news conference, officials said they had not ruled out any possible motives for why 20-year-old Arcan Cetin allegedly shot four women and one man at the Cascade Mall in Burlington Friday evening. Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley told reporters that he spotted Cetin near the suspect's home in Oak Harbor, around 30 miles due west of the mall. Hawley said he immediately recognized Cetin as the suspect, turned his patrol car around and arrested Cetin without incident. "He said nothing," said Hawley, who added that Cetin was unarmed and carrying a computer in a satchel when he was apprehended. "He was kind of zombie-like." Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock said Cetin had immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey and was a "legal permanent resident." — Fox News

Cost of modernizing U.S. nuclear weapons to fall to next president

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
...On Monday, in his first visit to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota as U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter said America's nuclear deterrence was the "bedrock" of its security, and the Pentagon's No. 1 priority. "If we don't replace these systems, quite simply they will age even more, and become unsafe, unreliable, and ineffective," Carter said, speaking at a lectern in front of a B-52 bomber loaded with cruise missiles. — Reuters

After New York Attack, Congress Wants TSA to Secure Amtrak, Buses

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
...Several U.S. senators want the TSA to focus more attention and resources on rail, highway, and marine transportation, which would mean greater security oversight at such places as Amtrak stations and Megabus coach stops. A bipartisan bill introduced Thursday by Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) would require the TSA to use a risk-based security model for these transport modes and to budget money based on those risks. It would require a wider use of the agency's terrorist watch list by train operators and more detailed passenger manifests along with tighter screening of marine employees. The legislation also would increase the TSA's canine use by as many as 70 dog-handler teams for surface transportation. — Bloomberg

Hillary's Instantaneous Health Morph - Unanticipated Pool Reporter Surprises Secretary Clinton…

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
It must also be very cold in New York City this afternoon: [Hillary is wearing a coat]...Two aspects to notice. #1) How deliberate Clinton is about the steps; this indicates yet another example of how her lower visual acuity field is tenuous. #2) How Hillary did not expect to see the reporter, Liz Kreutz, and how her entire demeanor morphs instantly. — Conservative Tree House

Knives out for young pretender Macron in French presidential race

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
Inside the election war rooms of Paris, French politicians on both left and right are waking up to the threat Emmanuel Macron poses ahead of next year's presidential election and stepping up attacks on the fresh-faced former economy minister. — AP

4-star admiral wants to confront China. The White House says not so fast.

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 27 2016
The U.S. military's top commander in the Pacific is arguing behind closed doors for a more confrontational approach to counter and reverse China's strategic gains in the South China Sea, appeals that have met resistance from the White House at nearly every turn. — Navy Times

DEBATE RULES: NO COUGHING BREAKS

posted by askousen - Friday, September 23 2016
If presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton slips into a coughing fit or any other medical crisis during Monday's high-stakes debate, she will have to power through, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned! "There are no commercial breaks," a commission source explains. "Period." — Drudge Report

Clintons shell out $1.16M to buy house next door in Chappaqua

posted by askousen - Friday, September 23 2016
It's not quite the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, but Bill and Hillary Clinton are expanding their Westchester spread by buying the house next door, The Post has learned. The Clintons shelled out $1.16 million for the three-bedroom, 3,631-square-foot, ranch-style home set on 1.51 leafy acres on Old House Lane in Chappaqua. — NY Post

41,000 Ask Congress To Stop Paying Obama While He Campaigns For Hillary

posted by askousen - Friday, September 23 2016
More than 41,000 people are asking Congress to stop paying President Barack Obama's salary while he campaigns for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "We the People demand that Congress withhold President Obama's salary, pension, travel expenses, etc. for any time he spends actively campaigning for Hillary Clinton between now and the election in November," the petition on conservative petition site StandUnited says. — The Daily Caller

FBI Lies Again: NYC Bomber Was On FBI "Radar" After All

posted by askousen - Friday, September 23 2016
During a press conference yesterday morning, amid desperate efforts to placate political pressure to maintain the narrative of a lone-wolf bomber - not terrorist - who may have "had a beef" and just happened to be a muslim, William Sweeney, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York division, stated unequivocally: "There is no indication that the suspect was on the FBI's terror radar" adding that there was "no indication that there's a [terrorist] cell operating" in the New York area and had no information about Ahmad Khan Rahami's "path to radicalization." Phew - so we can rest assured that all the money spent on systems and surveillance was not wasted and this was perhaps just some mentally unstable man (who just happened to be Muslim and taken a trip or two to Afghanistan). — ZeroHedge

How Trump Could Win the Debate

posted by askousen - Friday, September 23 2016
Hillary Clinton will almost certainly win Monday night's epic presidential debate on points - and still could lose. It's hard to see how Clinton, who has marinated in public policy for 30 years and is preparing for the debate like it is the invasion of Normandy, won't repeatedly best Donald Trump on substance. — Politico

Obama Used His Final UN Address To Promote A 'Liberal World Order' And A Palestinian State

posted by askousen - Friday, September 23 2016
During Barack Obama's eighth and final address to the United Nations he let his true colors show. He staunchly defended globalism, he took several not very subtle shots at Donald Trump, and he boldly declared that Israel "cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land". That statement about "Palestinian land" was extremely alarming to many, because there are indications that Obama may decide to support a UN Security Council resolution that establishes the parameters for a Palestinian state during his final months in the White House. Barack Obama has promised to squeeze every ounce of "change" out of the remainder of his term that he possibly can, and his last UN speech showed what is on his heart at this moment. — End of The American Dream

Yellen helps Clinton dodge a bullet

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 22 2016
Scratch one big economic worry off the list for Hillary Clinton. Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday kept their key interest rate steady, avoiding a potential stock market disruption and putting the central bank on the sidelines until after Election Day. — Politico

Charlotte faces aftermath of protests ignited by fatal police shooting; 16 officers injured

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 22 2016
Charlotte officials say they are preparing for more protests today following a night of violence over a police officer's fatal shooting of an African-American man Tuesday in the University City area. The dead man was identified as Keith Lamont Scott, 43. Sixteen police officers were injured overnight in a series of clashes, and there were reports early Wednesday of motorists on Interstate 85 being hurt and their vehicles damaged when protesters threw rocks, bottles and traffic cones off interstate overpasses onto traffic below. — Charlotte Observer