George W. Bush has risked the ire of Donald Trump by saying there’s “pretty clear evidence” that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. In an unusually forceful series of comments, the former president took further aim at Vladimir Putin—saying the Russian president had “chip on his shoulder.” Although Bush didn’t mention Trump by name, his comments are likely to anger the current White House resident, who has repeatedly insisted Russia made no attempt to influence the 2016 election. Bush also criticized the hardline immigration policies favored by the Trump administration. Speaking Thursday at an event in Abu Dhabi, Bush said: “There’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled. Whether they affected the outcome is another question.” The former president added: “It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.” … [Read more...] about George W. Bush: Russia Definitely Meddled in the 2016 Election
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Film industry giants Disney and Netflix are threatening to boycott the state of Georgia over its new “heartbeat” abortion law, but have continued and even stepped up filming in countries in which abortion is entirely illegal or highly restricted.Variety reported Monday Netflix intends to increase production in Egypt – where abortion is illegal – with Paranormal, directed by Amr Salama and based on the horror books by late Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. “We are excited to continue our investment in Middle Eastern productions by adapting the highly acclaimed Paranormal novels into a thrilling new series,” said Kelly Luegenbiehl, Netflix vice president of international originals. Variety reported Paranormal is the third Middle Eastern Netflix original series. It follows Jinn, a teen drama with supernatural themes that was filmed in Jordan, where abortion is illegal, except to save the life of the woman or if her … [Read more...] about Disney, Netflix Threaten Georgia Boycott But Continue Work in Countries Where Abortion Is Illegal
ERBIL, Iraq—Kurds in both Iraq and Syria are watching carefully the new ascendance of Iran amid decreasing U.S. influence in the region. The pivotal moment came when Iran-backed Iraqi forces took the town of Kirkuk from Kurds on October 16 and Iranian-backed proxies were able to establish a potential Iranian land bridge through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. The Syrian government and Iranian-backed proxies on Thursday claimed they had liberated the town of Abu Kamal. If this holds true, it’s a huge setback for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that were planning to capture the town to prevent the Iranian land bridge after liberating Raqqa, formerly the capital of the so-called Islamic State. The sudden move was enabled by Iraqi forces, including the Iranian backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) that took the Iraqi town of al Qaim on November 3, and crossed the border, ending the race between the U.S.-backed SDF forces and the Syrian government. Syrian … [Read more...] about As ISIS Falls, and Trump Talks, Iran Advances Throughout the Middle East
In the aftermath of the French Revolution, many supporters of the ancien régime convinced themselves that the revolution had been carried out by secret cells within the Freemasons called the Illuminati. This belief was popularized in two widely read books published in 1798, Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism by Abbé Augustin Barruel and Proofs of a Conspiracy Against all the Religions and Governments of Europe by John Robison. The idea of a secret society undermining institutions for nefarious purposes provided the template for future conspiracy theories, and conspiracy theories involving Freemasons in particular continued to have considerable influence. In the 19th century, the ideas promoted in those books played a role in the creation of the United States' first third party, the Anti-Masonic Party. In France, they were widely believed among conservatives, and were promoted in Catholic schools and in the popular press. In the 20th century, opponents of the … [Read more...] about Russia Today Has an Illuminati Correspondent. Really.