Eurasia Review: Spurs Knock Out Man City On Away Goals After Seven-Goal Champions League Thriller

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Tottenham Hotspur set up a UEFA Champions League semi-final with Ajax as they saw off Premier League rivals Manchester City on away goals as their quarter-final tie ended 4-4 on aggregate on an incredible night of drama.

City won the quarter-final
second leg 4-3 at the Etihad Stadium but it wasn’t enough to progress
as Spurs’ three away goals sent them through after their 1-0 win in
London a week ago.     

The Premier League rivals played out one
of the craziest first halves of football ever seen in the Champions
League as they scored an incredible five goals between them before the
game was even 21 minutes old.

Raheem Sterling plundered two for
City and Spurs’ South Korean star Son Heung-Min bagged two of his own,
while City’s Bernardo Silva also netted to ensure the hosts went in 3-2
up at the break – but still needing at least one more goal with the
teams level at 3-3 on aggregate but Spurs ahead on away goals.

In
an equally breathless second half, Sergio Aguero struck a fierce drive
for City on 59 minutes to put the hosts 4-2 ahead on the night and 4-3
up on aggregate.

But it wasn’t enough as Fernando Llorente bundled
home from a corner to level the tie at 4-4 and see Spurs through on
away goals.

Incredibly, City saw an injury-time goal from Sterling disallowed for offside. 

It was a stunning, topsy-turvy game that showcased all of City’s and
Spurs’ attacking talents but equally their defensive frailties.

But
the London club emerged as the unlikely winners to set up a semi-final
date with a young Ajax team who have seen off Real Madrid and Juventus,
and who will be looking at their next-round opponents with equal relish
at their porous defense and trepidation at their attacking threat.

FIVE GOALS IN 17 MINUTES

On a night that will go down in Champions League folklore, City were first to get the scoring spree underway at the Etihad when the in-form Raheem Sterling was picked out on the left by playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, then cutting inside to curl a shot into the bottom corner past the despairing dive of Hugo Lloris.

City were already showing a tempo and urgency strangely lacking last week in London, and were level in the tie.

But
they came immediately undone when Spurs’ own man of the moment, Son
Heung-Min, collected a pass diverted into his path by Aymeric Laporte,
shooting low under the left leg of Ederson.

Less than eight minutes played, and the tie had shifted one way and then the other as Spurs had a crucial away goal.

Laporte – such a reliable presence this season for City – was again culpable when he gave the ball away and Christian Eriksen found Son, who curled the ball brilliantly past Ederson from the edge of the box on 10 minutes.

Spurs were 2-1 up on the night and 3-1 ahead on aggregate, and City needed to score at least three to win.

But
given that both sides had given leave to their collective defensive
senses, nothing seemed impossible on such a surreal night in Manchester.

And so it proved when City incredibly got one of the goals they needed just one minute later, when the Tottenham marking was non-existent on the right, where Bernardo Silva collected the ball and fired through Danny Rose’s legs and past Lloris.

City were level at 2-2 on the night, but found themselves 3-2 ahead
when De Bruyne again turned the creator for Sterling with an
inch-perfect pass for the England forward at the back post, where
Sterling turned home.

It was 3-3 on aggregate, but City still needed at least one more as they were behind on away goals.

The
sides continued to press relentlessly heading into half-time, and Son
came close to scoring a hat-trick when he shaved the post with another
curling strike from range.

Spurs, missing their injured strike
star Harry Kane and already stretched to the bare bones of their squad,
suffered more injury woe when midfielder Moussa Sissoko was forced off
just before half-time, being replaced by striker Fernando Llorente, who
was to have a fateful impact on the game. 

Both sides survived
until half-time without conceding, perhaps having punched themselves out
with such a remarkable first half.  

LLORENTE THE UNLIKELY HERO

Five
minutes into the second half, and Sterling almost had another as he
poked the ball into Lloris at full stretch when six yards out before
Spurs scrambled the ball clear.

Lloris palmed away a De Bruyne
shot shortly after as City were camped in the Tottenham half in the
opening stages of the second half.

Spurs’ threat would not be completely cowed, as Llorente tested Ederson with a header, but soon afterwards they were behind.

City striker Sergio Aguero, peripheral up to that point, announced himself at the perfect time, collecting a pass from the imperious De Bruyne before rifling a right-footed shot past Lloris at his near post. 

Sixty minutes gone and City, finally, incredibly, were ahead in the tie at 4-3.     

But the drama was far from done, when Llorente met a corner with his side and the ball dropped past Ederson with just over 15 minutes to play.

It went to the VAR to check whether it had gone in off the Spaniard’s
hand, but referee Cunyet Cakir adjudged it had gone in off his thigh
after consulting the replay.

The tie had swung back Spurs’ way,
but City thought they had had the last word when Sterling fired into the
net deep into injury time, only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR for
an offside from Aguero in the build-up.

It was a barely-believable end to a barely-believable tie.   

But
when it was over City, just as last season – when they lost at the same
stage to Liverpool – had seen domestic rivals behind their downfall.

Spurs
marched on to a semi-final date with Ajax – a pairing few people would
have imagined at the start of the tournament.       

LIVERPOOL EASE PAST PORTO TO SET UP BARCELONA CLASH 

In
the night’s other quarter-final second leg, Liverpool completed a
routine win over Porto, running out 4-1 winners in Portugal to seal
their tie 6-1 on aggregate. 

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk were all on the scoresheet for last year’s beaten finalists, while Eder Militao scored a consolation for the hosts.

Liverpool now face Lionel Messi and Barcelona in a mouth-watering semi-final that many will feel will determine the overall winners of this year’s competition.

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Eurasia Review: Indonesia: President Claims Victory In Elections, Contested By Rival

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By Ahmad Syamsudin and Tia Asmara

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appeared headed for a
second term in office late Wednesday after tens of millions voted across
the sprawling archipelago-nation in a democratic exercise billed as the
largest direct election ever held.

The 57-year-old former furniture salesman from Central Java took at
least 55 percent of votes with more than 97 percent of sample votes
counted, according to projections known as “quick counts” by five
independent polling organizations.

But his rival, former army Gen. Prabowo Subianto, also declared
victory Wednesday night, in a repeat of events that followed the 2014
election. Prabowo eventually conceded a narrow loss to Jokowi after a
challenge in the Constitutional Court failed.

Official results are not due until May but quick counts have proven reliable in past elections.

“Based on the results of quick counts by credible pollsters, it
appears that I and Ma’ruf Amin are trusted by the Indonesian people to
be president and vice president for the period of 2019-2024,” said a
statement issued late Wednesday by his campaign, quoting the incumbent.

Jokowi supporters paraded around the Hotel Indonesia roundabout in
central Jakarta after the announcement, despite warnings against victory
marches issued by government officials on Monday.

Opinion polls before voting day consistently showed Jokowi with a comfortable two-digit lead over Prabowo.

The former general said he had “real numbers” from his own poll monitors showing him with 62 percent of the vote.

“Based on the real count, we are in the position of 62 percent. This
is the real count, from 320,000 polling stations, or about 40 percent. I
have been told by statisticians that this won’t change,” Prabowo said
at his house in South Jakarta, in remarks broadcast on TVOne.

“I will be a president for all Indonesians. Those who supported 01, I
will still defend you. We will develop an Indonesia that is victorious,
an Indonesia that is prosperous, an Indonesia that is peaceful, an
Indonesia that is respected by the world, an Indonesia where no one is
hungry,” said the 67-year-old former son-in-law of late dictator
Suharto, referring to the ballot designation for Jokowi and his running
mate, Ma’ruf.

At the end of his remarks Prabowo shouted Allahu Akbar (God is Great) and Merdeka!
(Freedom) three times. Then he knelt and kissed the ground, although
similar gestures in 2014 were ridiculed by Indonesians on Twitter
afterwards.

Election day

About 80 percent of 190 million eligible Indonesians voted at some
800,000 polling stations across the country, according to the Center for
Strategic and International Studies, a Jakarta think tank.

Over a six-hour span voters were electing a president, 575 members of
the House of Representatives (DPR), 136 members of the Regional
Representative Council (DPD) and nearly 20,000 members of local
legislatures in 548 provinces, districts and municipalities.

Jokowi and his wife cast their ballots at midday in Gambir, Central
Jakarta. He declined to speculate on the outcome, asking voters to be
patient, and said he was going home to play with his grandchildren.

Prabowo, for his part, hinted that his supporters might act out if the election was not fair.

“We hope and we pray today’s election will be fair and peaceful. It
will be peaceful if it’s fair,” he said after voting in Bogor, south of
Jakarta.

“In a football competition, if the referee is not neutral, the losing
team will not be happy … It has been proven time and again that my
supporters are always orderly and peaceful. But we don’t want to be
cheated.”

‘Mind-boggling’

As polling stations opened in stages across Indonesia, election
workers sang the national anthem, swore an oath, and counted blank
ballots in front of election monitors before voting could begin.

Noorhayatin, 61, arrived at a polling station in East Jakarta at 6 a.m. to avoid lines.

“I hope with this election Indonesia can have security and justice …
and can choose a president who is trustworthy and able to create a
prosperous society,” she told BenarNews.

Hours after polls opened, ballots had not still been delivered to
polling stations in Wamena and Jayapura, two cities in easternmost Papua
province, local reporters told BenarNews.

Mama Yuliana, a resident of the provincial capital of Jayapura, rushed home disappointed after trying to vote early in the day.

“I didn’t cook this morning, the family has not eaten, I’ve already
queued at the polling station, but officials say there are no voting
materials. This is the most chaotic election we’ve participated in,” she
said.

The Lowy Institute, an independent and nonpartisan think-tank based
in Sydney, described the scale of the vote in the neighboring country to
the north – Southeast Asia’s largest democracy – as unprecedented.

“It will be [the] world’s biggest direct presidential elections
(because the U.S. uses an electoral college) and one of the most
complicated single-day elections in global history,” according to a
recent article in the Interpreter, a daily publication produced by the
institute.

“[T]he scale of Indonesia’s electoral process is mind-boggling, with
five separate elections at once, for the president, both houses of
parliament, provincial legislatures and district/city councils,” it
added, noting that the 2019 parliamentary elections in India, the
world’s most populous democracy, were being staged in phases over six
weeks in April and May.

Concerns

The run-up to the Indonesian election, however, was not entirely seamless.

Workers delivering election supplies across the far-flung archipelago struggled with bad weather and remote locations.

During a three-day campaigning blackout period that preceded
Wednesday’s vote, a member of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu)
announced that his group had received 25 complaints about vote buying in
13 provinces.

Bawaslu, which oversees the General Election Commission, had voiced concerns throughout the campaign about efforts to buy votes.

In March, a legislative candidate in Central Java was arrested on
suspicion of vote buying, with investigators saying they had seized 8
billion rupiah ($565,000). The cash was parceled out in envelopes and
allegedly intended to be distributed to voters at dawn on Election Day.

In addition, Bawaslu officials on April 11 reported finding 40,000 to
50,000 ballots in Malaysian warehouses, with many pre-marked for Jokowi
and for legislative candidates in the National Democratic Party, a
member of the ruling coalition. They called for a repeat of voting by
mail in the Malaysian capital, where many Indonesian expatriates live.

Keisyah Aprilia, Arie Firdaus, Nurdin Hasan, John Kambang, Victor
Mambor, Anton Muhajir and Almira Wang contributed to this report
.

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Eurasia Review: New York: Man Arrested Entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral With Gasoline

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By Christine Rousselle

A man is in custody after he attempted to bring containers of gasoline into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City Wednesday night.

The man was apprehended by cathedral security around 8 p.m. and taken into police custody by officers with the NYPD Critical Response Command. He attempted to start a fire using a lighter, and police said he had a car nearby to escape the scene.

Police have not yet released the identity of the man, other than
confirming he is 37-years-old and from New Jersey. He is thought to be
“mentally disturbed.”

The last scheduled Mass for Wednesday was celebrated at 5:30 p.m., per the cathedral’s website.

A spokesperson from the Archdiocese of New York told CNA that “the
individual was stopped as he tried to come into the cathedral” before he
was turned over to the police.

The New York Daily News reported that the man was able to spill
gasoline on the floor of the church, but this has not yet been
confirmed.

The NYPD told CNA they will be holding a press conference later
Wednesday night to update the public with more details of the incident.

On Tuesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City expressed concern
for the safety of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which, like Cathédrale
Notre-Dame de Paris, also has a wooden roof.

“I thought of St. Patrick’s. I said, ‘Oh my Lord, are we safe?’” said Dolan of the Paris fire.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral recently underwent a $177 million restoration project, which included new fire safety features.

“Thank God the FDNY has been extraordinarily vigilant and helpful, because we’ve got a wooden roof too,” said Dolan.

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Eurasia Review: Robert Reich: How McConnell Is Killing The Senate – OpEd

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Congress has recessed for two weeks without
passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Donald Trump
by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump
doesn’t want.

America used to have a Senate. But under
McConnell, what was once known as the worlds greatest deliberative body
has become a partisan lap dog.

Recently McConnell used his
Republican majority to cut the time for debating Trump’s court
appointees from 30 hours to two – thereby enabling Republicans to ram
through even more Trump judges.

In truth, McConnell doesn’t give a fig about the Senate, or about democracy. He cares only about partisan wins.

On
the eve of the 2010 midterm elections he famously declared that his top
priority was for Barack Obama “to be a one-term president.”

Between
2009 and 2013, McConnell’s Senate Republicans blocked 79 Obama
nominees. In the entire history of the United States until that point,
only 68 presidential nominees had been blocked.

This unprecedented
use of the filibuster finally led Senate Democrats in 2013 to change
the rules on some presidential nominees (but not the Supreme Court) to
require simple majorities.

In response, McConnell fumed that
“breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American.“ If so,
McConnell is about as un-American as they come. Once back in control of
the Senate he buried Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the
Supreme Court by refusing even to hold hearings.

Then, in 2017,
McConnell and his Republicans changed the rules again, ending the use of
the filibuster even for Supreme Court nominees and clearing the way for
Senate confirmation of Trump’s Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Step by step, McConnell has sacrificed the Senate as an institution to partisan political victories.

There
is a vast difference between winning at politics by playing according
to the norms of our democracy, and winning by subverting those norms.

To
Abraham Lincoln, democracy was a covenant linking past and future.
Political institutions, in his view, were “the legacy bequeathed to us.”

On the eve of the Senate’s final vote on repealing the
Affordable Care Act in July 2017, the late John McCain returned to
Washington from his home in Arizona, where he was being treated for
brain cancer, to cast the deciding vote against repeal.

Knowing he
would be criticized by other Republicans, McCain noted that over his
career he had known senators who seriously disagreed with each other but
nonetheless understood “they had an obligation to work collaboratively
to ensure the Senate discharged its constitutional responsibilities
effectively.”

In words that have even greater relevance today,
McCain added that “it is our responsibility to preserve that, even when
it requires us to do something less satisfying than ‘winning’.”

In
politics, success should never be measured solely by partisan
victories. It must also be judged by the institutional legacy passed
onward. The purpose of political leadership is not merely to win. It is
to serve.

In any social or political system it’s always possible
to extract benefits by being among the first to break widely accepted
norms. In a small town where people don’t lock their doors or windows,
the first thief can effortlessly get into anyone’s house. But once
broken, the system is never the same. Everyone has to buy locks. Trust
deteriorates.

Those, like Mitch McConnell, who break institutional
norms for selfish or partisan gains are bequeathing future generations a
weakened democracy.

The difference between winning at politics by
playing according to the norms and rules of our democracy, and winning
by subverting them, could not be greater. Political victories that
undermine the integrity of our system are net losses for society.

Great
athletes play by the rules because the rules make the game.
Unprincipled athletes cheat or change the rules in order to win. Their
victories ultimately destroy the game.

In terms of shaping the
federal courts, McConnell has played “the long game”, which,
incidentally, is the title of his 2016 memoir. Decades from now,
McConnell will still be shaping the nation through judges he rammed
through the Senate.

But McConnell’s long game is destroying the Senate.

He
is longest-serving leader of Senate Republicans in history but Mitch
McConnell is no leader. He is the epitome of unprincipled power. History
will not treat him kindly.

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Eurasia Review: Lebanon: Saad Hariri Says It’s Austerity Or Catastrophe

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By Najia Houssari

Lebanese public sector workers took to the streets of Beirut
in protest on Wednesday ahead of a budget expected to impose painful
austerity measures.

The 2019 draft budget includes “wide reductions” in spending based on
the need for “exceptional austerity measures,” Finance Minister Ali
Hassan Khalil said. 

Prime Minister Saad Hariri promised “the most austere budget in the history of Lebanon.” 

He said: “It’s my duty to be honest with people. We stand with
limited-income people and the retired, but we want to maintain the lira
peg and the salary scale for general services and national officers. To
do so, tough austerity measures will be needed to the detriment of
public expenditure.”

The budget is seen as a critical test of the government’s will to enact
reforms that economists say are more pressing than ever for an economy
that has suffered years of low growth. State finances are strained by a
bloated public sector, high debt servicing costs and hefty subsidies
spent on the power sector.

Hariri said: “If we continue like this we will reach a catastrophe.”
Unlike other states that had suffered financial crises such as Greece,
Lebanon would have no one to save it, he said.

Labor union chief Bechara Al-Asmar, who took part in a protest sit-in in
Beirut on Wednesday, told Arab News: “We raise our voice because the
government finds that the easiest things to do is to jeopardize the
public sector.

“But there are many measures that can be adopted before cutting wages,
including a correctional basket that does not affect Lebanese people.
The government always prevails over the weak, but the public servants
will no more be the weak link.”

Public sector union member Dib Hashem said: “We will not wait for them
to cut our wages. We have waited 20 years for our salaries to improve
and increase, we will not allow them to cut them again.”

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Eurasia Review: Why Researchers Are Mapping The World’s Manure

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Farmers rely on phosphorus fertilizers to enrich the soil and ensure bountiful harvests, but the world’s recoverable reserves of phosphate rocks, from which such fertilizers are produced, are finite and unevenly distributed.

Stevens Institute of Technology is spearheading an international effort to map the global flow of phosphorus, much of which will be absorbed by crops, then eaten and excreted as waste by animals and people – and jump-start efforts to recapture and recycle the vital nutrient.

In the April 2019 issue of Earth’s Future, David Vaccari,
director of the Stevens Institute’s department of civil, environmental
and ocean engineering, and his team map that process globally for the
first time, and identify regional “hot spots” where there’s both
significant demand for fertilizers, and significant potential for
recapturing phosphorus from animal and human waste.

“Ideally, the 45 million metric tons of phosphorus fertilizers each
year would be completely reused, and we’d harvest their maximum
potential to support food production,” said Vaccari. “This work is a
step towards understanding how to get to that point.”

Vaccari’s team, including researchers from China, Australia, Canada,
Sweden, and Netherlands, combined recently developed datasets to map
global crop production alongside human and livestock population levels.
They then divided the planet into a grid of 10-kilometer wide blocks,
allowing detailed local insights with an unprecedented overview of
global phosphorus flows that bridges the global to the local, actionable
level. “In a field where a lack of well-integrated data has often
impeded both local and regional planning, this global map is a key
breakthrough,” said Vaccari.

The team show there are significant untapped opportunities for recycling phosphorus. Some 72 percent of croplands with significant manure production nearby, and 68 percent of croplands with significant human populations nearby, are in regions that are heavily dependent on imported phosphorus, including large swathes of major emerging economies such as India and Brazil.

The study also identifies significant surpluses of phosphorus-rich waste in much of Asia, Europe, and the United States, suggesting that both developing and developed economies could benefit from increased recycling.

“If we want to get serious about phosphorus recycling, these are the
places where we’re going to get the most bang for our buck,” said
Vaccari.

The results also show that at least five times as much phosphorus is
contained in animal manure as human waste, suggesting that livestock
operations are an abundant target for recycling efforts. Almost half of
the world’s farmlands – about 12 percent of the planet’s landmass – are
co-located with manure-rich livestock operations, suggesting that in
many regions manure could be applied to fields directly, or processed
using bio-digesters to extract phosphorus for efficient and economical
transport to farms.

First-author Steve Powers, a researcher at Washington State
University who conceived of the study, is now trying to figure out
exactly how much phosphorus can be recaptured from animal and human
waste, and identify other opportunities for more efficient phosphorus
use. “If we can recycle more of this locally-available waste phosphorus
back into agriculture, we might be able to keep it away from leak points
while reducing our dependence on future fertilizer imports and mining,”
said Powers.

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Eurasia Review: Ilhan Omar Needs To Make A Choice: Serve As An Arab Or A Muslim – OpEd

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Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has found herself at the forefront of
a battle that has been raging in America since the 9/11 terror attacks.

Racists in America like extremist Republicans and Evangelicals have
exploited the 9/11 attacks to foment and fuel anti-Muslim racism, while
Democrats have chosen to exploit America’s Islamophobia for their own
political agendas.

But Omar has a choice. She can either step into the racist assault
against Islam and fight a narrow battle for justice or she can avoid
being dragged into that war by defining herself in a secular way: As an
American Arab who happens to be Muslim but who stands up for the rights
of everyone, regardless of their religion.

The issue of religion is an important one in America. It is so important
that the founders of the country went out of their way to carefully
define the issue and to respectfully separate religion from politics.
The First Amendment to the US Constitution prevents government from
having any authority over religion. But, when government officials wrap
themselves in religion, as critics of Islam like President Donald Trump
and some of his fellow Republicans have done, or defenders of Islam like
many American Muslim organizations have done, they are actually
undermining the Constitution and distracting Americans by forcing them
to take political sides.

Omar can be forgiven for believing that religion is more important than
secular society. She was born in Somalia, a country which is 99.8
percent Muslim. But, when she became an American citizen, she embraced
America’s belief system, which says religion and politics should not be
mixed. When they do get mixed, we get the kind of racist fallout that
has dominated America over the past two decades, fueling animosity
against Muslims.

As a Muslim, it’s not surprising that Omar has found herself in the
crosshairs of attacks from Trump this past week. The president’s racist
rhetoric has divided America. But Trump isn’t the only one. Extremists
in the Muslim world have also done much to distort the true meaning of
Islam, which is one of the most peaceful and beautiful religions in the
world.

Of America’s 327 million inhabitants, only about 7.5 million are Muslim.
They deserve to be treated fairly and without being subjected to racist
hatred. They also don’t deserve to be exploited for political gain by
extremist Democrats, who don’t really care about Muslims but see them as
a weapon in their fight against Trump.

Omar made two mistakes during her speech to the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on March 23. She said: “Far too long
we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and,
frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should
be tired of it… CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized
that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose
access to our civil liberties.” CAIR was actually founded years before
9/11, in 1994. But, aside from that minor error, Omar made a bigger one,
treating an issue so important to Americans with careless rhetoric.

I know Omar doesn’t support terrorism. I know she doesn’t support the
Al-Qaeda terrorists who wrapped themselves in Islam and distorted the
true meaning of her religion. But 2,996 people died on Sept. 11, 2001,
mostly civilians. Many of those murdered were Muslim and Arab. They
deserve more powerful reverence.

Step back from the precipice, congresswoman. As an American member of
the House of Representatives, you “represent” far more than just one
religion. Define yourself as an American of Arab heritage who happens to
be Muslim. Champion the causes of all people, including and especially
non-Muslims. Fight for Arab-American rights. They need your help.

Sunday was the 107th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in the
North Atlantic. More than 1,500 of the 2,224 people on board died, but
most Americans have ignored the fact that nearly 10 percent of the
passengers on the Titanic were Arab, and they have never received the
recognition they deserve.

Omar could fight more successfully for such causes by serving as an
Arab, including defending the rights of all religions, not just Islam.
Or she could allow herself to be pushed into a corner, representing only
one issue and finding herself surrounded by activists who sometimes
have done more harm than good to the cause.

As an American, Omar doesn’t have to make that choice. But, as an American politician, she must.

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Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (83 sites): 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump and William Barr just handed House Democrats a clear path to impeach them both

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What we were witness to today was a masterclass in malfeasance and a disdain for democracy by the head law enforcement officer in the nation and the President himself. It didn’t go unnoticed, as the New York Times promptly exposed it.


Attorney General William Barr has been in communication with the White House regarding the Mueller Report for days now, which has given Team Trump time to coordinate a defense strategy, and the Republican National Committee (RNC) to assemble a “war room” to compose a “counter-report.” No, really. I would say that with this step we’ve descended into banana republic-levels of corruption, but I fear that the actual findings of the Mueller Report will indicate that we already did that sometime around 2016.



Rather amazingly, this development has some serious implications for Barr and Trump, namely unabashed and very public obstruction of justice. Seeing the news that Barr had been prematurely consulting with the White House on the Mueller Report made me seriously wonder if Barr has absolutely lost his mind. It would make some sense that he would risk his already brittle reputation if he had considerable assurance that the existence of the meetings would forever remain secret, but it doesn’t appear that that was even a strong concern of his.



Said plainly, with this achingly stupid stunt, Barr and Trump have teed up unmistakable obstruction charges for congress. If the AG and President have been holding meetings regarding the disclosure of evidence of Trump’s shady dealings with the express intent of giving Trump’s team an opportunity to form an optics strategy, that’s corrupt intent and a crime whether or not the report delineates any underlying Trump crimes. Imagine now if the White House had any say in what was redacted? Executive privilege? My ass. Prepare yourselves for the Barr-Trump Report, not the Mueller Report.


What’s so staggering about this shitbrained charade is this: the actual, unredacted, full-fat Mueller Report is coming at some point regardless of the roadblocks. Barr and Trump are biding futile time and they’re only making their lives after this respite all the worse.



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В четвертом матче первого раунда плей-офф НХЛ “Бостон Брюинз” на выезде обыграл “Торонто Мэйпл Лифс” со счетом 6:4. Российский защитник “листьев” Никита Зайцев провел на льду 16 минут 46 секунд, очков не набрал и завершил встречу с показателем полезности “-3”.

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ВМС США планируют увеличить численность своего флота за счет применения роботизированных кораблей к 2024 году. Об этом сообщает The National Interest.

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ВМС США планируют увеличить численность своего флота за счет применения роботизированных кораблей к 2024 году. Об этом сообщает The National Interest.

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Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (83 sites): 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Politics: On eve of Mueller report’s release, Nadler accuses Barr of protecting Trump

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The Judiciary Committee chairman said the attorney general is “waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump.”

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(TNS) –– Say goodbye to standing in long lines clutching boarding passes and other travel documents. Step this way, instead. Look into the camera lens and off you go. Sound convenient?
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В пресс-службе международного конкурса Sony World Photography Awards сообщили, что российский фотограф Карина Бикбулатова заняла почетное третье место в категории “Открытие”.

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