Trump supporters tricked into waving Russian flags at CPAC | Americas | DW.COM | 25.02.2017

American monthly “The Atlantic” reported that two activists, Jason Charter, 22, and Ryan Clayton, 36, handed out about 1,000 of the red, white and blue flags ahead of Trump’s speech at the conference.”Most people didn’t realize it was a Russian flag, or they didn’t care,” Charter told the magazine.”I think there are multiple ways you can resist against Trump, and I think this is one way that’s extremely effective,” he said. “It shows how Trump and Russia are so connected, they are like peas in a pod!”Trump used his position at CPAC to rail against the immigration practices of Germany, Sweden and France and to double-down on his policy agenda.Trump and his appointees have faced increasing criticism in recent weeks for their seemingly close ties to Russia. Trump fired his national security advisor Michael Flynn for contact with Russia while White House chief of staff Reince Priebus admitted pressuring the FBI to publicly dispute media reports of contact with Russian intelligence agents.

Source: Trump supporters tricked into waving Russian flags at CPAC | Americas | DW.COM | 25.02.2017

Leading German politician calls AfD′s Höcke a ′Nazi′ | News | DW.COM | 25.02.2017 AfD are yuuge Trump fans.

“For me, Björn Höcke is a Nazi,” Oppermann said at Saturday’s meeting of the SPD’s state delegates in Thuringia. “Someone who wants to resuscitate the ethnic ideology of the National Socialists has no place in a democratic society.”Oppermann said Germany could no longer tolerate discrimination based on gender, religion, national origin or heritage. “Someone who does not observe this ground rule of democracy has no business in the Bundestag,” he said.’A 180-degree reversal'”These stupid politics of coming to grips with the past cripple us,” Höcke told the AfD’s youth wing in January. “We need nothing other than a 180-degree reversal on the politics of remembrance.” Referring to Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, he added: “We Germans, that is to say, our people, are the only people in the world who have planted a monument of shame in the heart of their capital.”

Source: Leading German politician calls AfD′s Höcke a ′Nazi′ | News | DW.COM | 25.02.2017

Syrian Oscar contender Khaled Kateeb barred from entering US | Film | The Guardian

US immigration authorities have barred entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, The White Helmets, that has been nominated for an Academy Award.According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by Associated Press, homeland security officials decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.

Source: Syrian Oscar contender Khaled Kateeb barred from entering US | Film | The Guardian

The story of the week is Trump, Russia and the FBI. The rest is a distraction | Opinion | The Guardian – High and low Treason

‘Any investigation involving Trump advisers and Russian intelligence is serious stuff. If born out, it has the potential to become the greatest political scandal in American history.’ Photograph: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

Narrative switching. That is what the Trump administration is desperately trying to do around Russia right now. The White House reportedly interfered with the FBI in the middle of an active investigation involving counter-intelligence. This was not only foolhardy but also suspicious, as it directly undermined their apparent objective: distracting us.

Source: The story of the week is Trump, Russia and the FBI. The rest is a distraction | Opinion | The Guardian

Last Night Thousands of Witches Across the World Tried to Hex Trump – The Ladies FingerThe Ladies Finger

Did you feel something strange happening at midnight last night? Like a rush of electricity in the air or the whoosh of bat wings or something? No? Strange.Because on the night of Friday the 24th, at the magical midnight hour, witches from around the world united to cast a spell intended to “bind Trump”, adding to the range of ways people are attempting to resist the new US President. Happily, this was not an event open to witches alone: Wiccans, shamans, Heremeticists, voodooists, hoodooists, occultists, magicians and cunning folk were all invited to traverse borders of magical categorisation and unite against the High Evil.

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Fox News Interview With Fake Expert on Sweden Further Baffles Swedes

A man interviewed by Bill O’Reilly of Fox News this week, who was identified in an on-screen caption as a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor,” turns out to be entirely unknown in his native country, with no connections to either the nation’s defense or security services.As the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported on Friday, Nils Bildt, who echoed President Donald Trump’s debunked claim that immigrants from Muslim majority nations had driven a rise in violent crime in Sweden, has no known expertise in national security, and has not lived in his homeland since 1994. Officials at the Swedish Defense Ministry and Foreign Office told the newspaper they have never heard of this “unknown Bildt.”

Source: Fox News Interview With Fake Expert on Sweden Further Baffles Swedes

Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories – The Washington Post – and Priebus citing unnamed sources! grin

The administration’s push against the Russia coverage intensified Sunday when White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said in television interviews that he had been authorized “by the top levels of the intelligence community” to denounce reports on Trump campaign contacts with Russia as false.Priebus’s denunciations ranged from calling the articles “overstated” to saying they were “complete garbage.”Administration officials said that Priebus’s comments had been cleared by FBI Director James B. Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. In doing so, the FBI’s leadership would appear to have been drawing a distinction between authorizing comments by a White House official and addressing the matter themselves.Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he called CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Burr to express his “grave concerns about what this means for the independence” of the investigation.

Source: Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories – The Washington Post