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Justice Delayed Is Justice Deny Case: Part V
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The case of “People of the Philippines vs. Jehar Reyes” under G.R. No. 199271 has displayed a “justice delayed-justice deny case”. It took a total period of almost 14 years and 8 days from the time that the accused Jehar Reyes was arrested for alleged sale of illegal drugs known as “shabu” by the police until he was finally acquitted by the Supreme Court on October 16, 2016.

Case Of Illegal Sale Of “Shabu”

   Jehar Reyes was arrested for the alleged sale of illegal drugs “shabu” on November 27, 2002 by the police authority and subsequently charged in an Information for “Violation of Section 5, Article II, of Republic Act No. 9165” otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002”.

When arraigned the accused denied the accusation.

After the trial, the Regional Trial Court of Cebu City Branch 10 has rendered a decision dated March 09, 2007 convicting the accused for the crime of sale of drugs and imposing upon him the penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of 500,000.00 Philippine Pesos.

He appeal his conviction before the Court of Appeal contending among other things that the Regional Trial Court of Cebu City Branch 10 has erred in convicting him since according to the accused, the prosecution has failed to prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

The Court of Appeal however sustained the judgment of conviction by the Regional Trial Court of Cebu City Branch 10 in its entirety per its decision dated June 13, 2011.

Thus, he elevated the ruling of the Court of Appeal before the Supreme Court. The latter being the court of last resort.

On October 19, 2016, the Supreme Court has reverse and set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal and acquitted the accused for the crime of “Violation of Sec. 5, Art. II of R.A. 9165” otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002” and at the same time ordered his immediate release from the Bureau of Corrections National Penitentiary, Muntinlupa City.

Unreasonable Delay In The Case Disposition

   It took almost 4 years and 3 months and 10 days from the time that the accused was arrested on November 27, 2002 until the Regional Trial Court has rendered its Decision on March 09, 2007.

On appeal from the Regional Trial Court of Cebu City Branch 10 to the Court of Appeal, it almost took 4 years and 3 months and 4 days before the Court of Appeal ruled on his appeal on June 13, 2011.

From the ruling of the Court of Appeal up to the elevation of the case to the Supreme Court, it took the latter court almost 5 years and 4 months and 6 days before the same finally rendered a favorable judgment of acquittal to the accused.

Thus, it almost took an entire period of 14 years and 8 days before Jehar Reyes obtained justice in this instant case.

What very slow system of justice indeed when in fact there are so many people are wrongfully charged of drug offenses?

 

Case reference: People of the Philippines vs. Jehar Reyes G.R. No. 199271 http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2016/october2016/199271.pdf

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Deny Case: Part IV
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   This is another case of slow disposition of criminal case. It took a period of almost 11 years and 5 months and 21 days from the time that the accused Mardan Ameril was arrested for alleged sale of illegal drugs known as “shabu” by the police until he was finally acquitted by the Supreme Court on November 14, 2016.

Case Of Illegal Sale of Drugs

   Mardan Ameril was arrested for the alleged sale of illegal drugs “shabu” on May 24, 2005 by the police and subsequently charged in an Information for “Violation of Section 5, Article II, of Republic Act No. 9165” otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002”.

When arraigned the accused denied the accusation.

After the trial, the Regional Trial Court of Cebu City Branch 13 has rendered a decision dated May 28, 2008 convicting the accused for the crime of sale of drugs and imposing upon him the penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of 500,000.00 Philippine Pesos.

He appeal his conviction before the Court of Appeal contending among other things that the Regional Trial Court of Cebu City Branch 13 has erred in convicting him since according to the accused, the prosecution has failed to prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

The Court of Appeal however sustained the judgment of conviction by the Regional Trial Court of Cebu City in its entirety per its decision dated August 8, 2011.

Thus, he elevated the ruling of the Court of Appeal before the Supreme Court. The latter being the court of last resort.

On November 14, 2016, the Supreme Court has reverse and set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal and acquitted the accused for the crime of “Violation of Sec. 5, Art. II of R.A. 9165” otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002” and at the same time ordered his immediate release from the Bureau of Corrections, Muntinlupa City.

Delay In The Case Disposition

It took almost 3 years and 4 days from the time that the accused was arrested on May 24, 2005 until the Regional Trial Court has rendered its Decision on May 28, 2008.

On appeal from the Regional Trial Court of Cebu City Branch 13 to the Court of Appeal, it almost took 3 years and 2 months and 9 days before the Court of Appeal ruled on his appeal on August 8, 2011.

From the ruling of the Court of Appeal up to the elevation of the case to the Supreme Court, it took the latter court almost 5 years and 2 months and 6 days before the same finally rendered a favorable judgment of acquittal to the accused.

Thus, it almost took an entire 11 years and 5 months and 21 days period before Mardan Ameril obtained justice in this instant case.

What a very slow system of justice indeed when so many people are wrongfully charged of drug offenses or cases.

 

Case reference: People of the Philippines vs.  Mardan Ameril G.R. No. 203293 http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2016/november2016/203293.p

 

The Canon Of Journalism: Responsibility (1)
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   As early as 1923 the American Society of Newspaper Editors has come up with a Code of Ethics or Canons of Journalism to guide journalist in their callings or profession.

Indeed the calling of every journalist is no easy task involving as it does a very exacting standard among its followers and practitioners.

The Code of Ethics or Canons of Journalism is important, relevant, and significant more than ever most especially that we are now in the Computer Age or Digital or Information Age.

The profession of a journalist is more challenging than ever before throughout the world more particularly in those hostile areas, where there is war, civil strife unrest, hunger and poverty and human misery and tragedy.

Even the very lives of journalist are always exposed to constant risk, threat, coercion, intimidation and even death. There are numerous reports of journalist being killed in some parts of the world yet journalism as a profession keeps on thriving and fulfilling its continuing mission in our society.

The Need For Canons Of Journalism

   In almost every profession there is a Canons or Code of Ethics that is being followed as a constant guide and reminders among its practitioners. A profession from the very word itself implies that a person profess or publicly express that  he or she believes in something or believes in an ideals that one is following in his or her life from the rest of the public.

Such profession indeed makes oneself set apart in the way one talk, think and act. A canon or ethics are set of standard or rules by which the journalist must talk, think or act in any given situation in the day to day exercise of their profession.

The purpose of any canons or ethics is to constantly elevate the high quality and high standard of the journalist piece of work in particular and the journalist profession in general.

Journalist first and foremost owes it to themselves to follow and abide with the Code of Ethics or Canon of Journalism. They also owe it to their comrades and companions in the profession to strictly follow these rules.

But most of all every journalists owes it to the general public to constantly observe these rules for journalism and journalists primarily exist for the public and for the betterment and promotion of the public welfare.

The word ethics connotes and implies the same idea of set of rules but more particularly carries with it a sort of judgment call: the rightness or wrongness of any journalists act or activities in any given situation.

Thus, ethics always pertains to the ethical standards that any journalist is following and must always follow.

Freedom And Liberty As The Bedrock Of Journalism

   The very basis of journalism is the fact that every human being is born free and without chain in any part of the world.

From this natural state of freedom, society deems it best on the basis of reason and common sense and historical experiences that it is better to uphold, advance and promote these individual liberty and freedom rather than destroy or diminish or decrease the same.

It is with this recognition of human liberty and freedom that this very rights itself extends to other parts or aspect of human lives—expression, speech and the press.

In the modern world and in any democratic society the Freedom of Expression, the Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of the Press are always recognize and protected and zealously guarded. (to be continue)

 

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Deny Case: Part III
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   This is another case of slow disposition of criminal cases covering a period of around 7 years and 3 months and 18 days from the time that the accused Monir Jaafar y Tambaluyong was arrested for alleged sale of illegal drugs “shabu” by the police until he was finally acquitted by the Supreme Court last January 18, 2017.

Case Of Illegal Sale of Drugs

   Monir Jaafar y Tambaluyong was arrested for the alleged sale of illegal drugs “shabu” on September 11, 2009 by the police and subsequently charged on the same date in an Information for “Violation of Section 5, Article II, of Republic Act No. 9165” otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002”.

When arraigned the accused pleaded not guilty.

After the trial, the Regional Trial Court of Isabela City has rendered a decision dated May 15, 2012 convicting the accused for the crime of sale of drugs and imposing upon him the penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of 500,000.00 Philippine Pesos.

He appeal his conviction before the Court of Appeal contending among other things that the Regional Trial Court of Isabela City erred in convicting him since according to him the prosecution has failed to prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

The Court of Appeal however sustained the judgment of conviction by the Regional Trial Court of Isabela City in its entirety per its decision dated February 24, 2015.

Hence, he elevates the ruling of the Court of Appeal before the Supreme Court as the court of last resort.

On January 18, 2017, the Supreme Court has reverse and set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal and acquitted the accused for the crime of “Violation of Sec. 5, Art. II of R.A. 9165” otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002” and at the same time ordered his immediate release from the Bureau of Corrections, Muntinlupa City.

Delay In The Case Disposition

   It took almost 2 years and 8 months and 4 days from the time that the accused was arrested on September 11, 2009 until the Regional Trial Court has rendered its Decision on May 15, 2012.

On appeal from the Regional Trial Court of Isabela City to the Court of Appeal it almost took 2 years and 9 months and 9 days before the Court of Appeal ruled on his appeal on January 24, 2015.

From the ruling of the Court of Appeal up to the elevation of the case to the Supreme Court, it took the latter court almost 1 year and 10 months and 8 days before the same finally rendered a favorable judgment of acquittal to the accused.

Thus, it almost took 7 years and 3 months and 18 days before Monir Jaafar y Tambuluyong obtained justice in this instant case.

How many more persons accused of crime are still languishing in jail due to the slow disposition of their criminal cases in court?

Until when are they going to wait before their cases has reached the highest court of the land which is the Supreme Court to finally obtained illusive justice?

 

Case reference: People of the Philippines vs.  Monir Jaafar y Tmabaluyong G.R. No. 219829 http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/pdf/web/viewer.html?file=/jurisprudence/2017/january2017/219829.pdf

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Deny: Part II
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   This is another case of “Justice delayed is justice denied” incident. It almost takes a total period of 13 years and 1 month and 20 days from the time that the accused was arrested on August 25, 2003 until he was finally acquitted by the Supreme Court on February 20, 2017.

The same also put into the limelight the accused rights to speedy trial as well as the whole judicial system and the almost snail-paced rate in the disposition of criminal cases in court.

It involves a criminal case for the sale and possession of illegal drugs better known as “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in the Philippines. Countless lives were destroyed and ruin since “shabu” became a popular illegal drugs in our country.

Illegal Drug Sale And Possession

   Salim Ismael y Radang was arrested and  later on charged with sales and possession of Illegal Drugs under two (2) separate Information or Complaint under Criminal Case No. 5021 (sale) and Criminal Case No. 5022 (possession) dated August 25, 2003 before the Regional Trial Court, Branch 12 of Zamboanga City.

The respective charges were for the sale of “shabu” under Section 5 and for possession of “shabu” under Section 11, Chapter II of Republic Act No. 9165.

However he was only arraigned or the charges were read to him only on July 26, 2004. Salim Ismael entered a plea of not guilty to the two (2) separate charges.

Thereafter trial took place resulting in his conviction on August 31, 2010 on both charges by the RTC Branch 12 of Zamboanga City. For the charged of sale of drugs, a penalty of life imprisonment was imposed on him as well as the payment of fine in the amount of 500,000.00 Philippine Pesos.

For the other charged of possession of “shabu”, the penalty of imprisonment from twelve (12) years and one (1) day to 15 years was imposed on him and to pay the fine of 300,000.00 Philippine Pesos.

Salim Ismael has appeal the decision of the RTC to the Court of Appeal. And on June 14, 2013 the Court of Appeal (CA) has affirmed the judgement of conviction by the Regional Trial Court.

Not satisfied with the ruling of the Court of Appeal, he eventually went to the Supreme Court for the review of the Court of Appeal ruling.

On February 20, 2017, the Supreme Court has reverse and set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal and acquitting Salim Ismael for the criminal charge of sale and possession of illegal drugs.

The basis of his acquittal was for insufficiency of evidence since the prosecution was not able to prove the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt.

Case Analysis

   As already mentioned in the introduction, it takes almost thirteen (13) years and one (1) month and 20 days from the time of Salim Ismael’s arrest up to his acquittal. That’s indeed quite a long time to be in jail and imprisoned.

And during this entire time Salim Ismael was languishing in jail. He cannot avail of the right to bail since the crime of selling illegal drugs is a non-bailable offense.

It is also evident that it took almost six (6) years and one (1) and 5 days from the day of his arraignment until the Regional Trial Court has rendered its decision.

Any prosecution of the crime of selling of illegal drugs entails great expenses on the part of the government especially tax payer money, not to mention a waste of the precious time of everyone: the law enforcers, the prosecutor, the judges, and even the life of the accused in jail.

 

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Russia and the Right Wing
March 24, 2017
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Years ago, being on the ‘left’ meant one was closer to communism/socialism and being on the ‘right’ meant one was a reactionary/racist.

Years ago all those on the Right has the Soviet Union as the Devil incarnate, and all those on the Left had them as interesting with some favourable traits.

Today, everything has turned on its head.

Today, the Left is anti-Russia, the Right is pro-Russia.

There has been much noise about Russia effecting the election in the United States.  Stupid people will always blame others for their stupidity.

First of all, there are specific news services which are respected, and those which are not.  The New York Times, the London Times,  the BBC, the CNN, and a few others.  Yes, we might see a ‘spin’ … but we don’t get a complete lie.  They don’t give us Fake News.

Breitbart News, for example is well known to publish falsehoods, conspiracy theories,  and intentionally misleading stories.  It is misogynist, xenophobic and clearly racist.   Of course it supports Trump and of course Trump treats it as if it is a premier News service.

If people can believe the rubbish that service publishes, they can believe anything.

Mr. Putin is quite intelligent.   He has watched America for many years.  First as a KGB agent, in which he spied, then as a politician.   He is aware of the ‘dumbing down’ which has been in effect from the 1970s, increasing every few years.

It must be recalled that in 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik.   The United States, terrified, began loading the curriculum with science and math,  pressuring the students to do their best.  This continued into the 1960s.

This created an aware and highly educated population a population which saw the lies of its government, and protested.   They did not believe what they were told, and this pressure led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.

The dumbing down began shortly after, in which the idea of ‘streaming’ was removed and a kind of false ‘integration’ was practiced.

By 2016 most Americans were poorly educated, controlled by their devices, be they computers, (which were used more for gaming then education) cell phone, (used more for mind control than communication) and given sound bytes instead of complete news stories.

To explain the latter, let me focus on the BBC.

There was a time the BBC was virtually all news all the time.  There were breaks in the news reporting for interviews, in depth analysis, historical presentations, but news was not limited to six minutes every hour, an two minutes every half hour, surrounded by repetitious blah blah.

As the attention span of Americans has been so damaged, it is easy to fling in some quick bit of fallacy and move on.

If Russians created and pushed Fake News, it is not their fault that Americans swallowed it whole.  Especially when the American Right Wing would pick it up and push it farther.

An intelligent person would think about what they hear.  Would not jump to make an immediate decision on a few sentences without doing the research.   A stupid person will believe whatever he is told by a person just as stupid as he is.

Hence Trump, who speaks the language of stupid is instantly believed by those who can go no farther than a statement without any evidence of its truth.

That Russia has been able to manipulate the American Right Wing is not difficult.  Firstly, Russians are highly educated.  Secondly, they know their audience.    To blame them for the election of Donald Trump is not true. Americans voted for Trump.   If they did so because they believed Fake News, that is their problem.

Of course, today, Russia is no threat to the West.  There is no more ‘Red Scare’ or ‘Impending Nuclear War’ between them and the rest of the world.   The real danger is Islamic Terrorism.  To maintain old  animosities is pointless, wasteful, and weakening.

Russia appreciates that the ‘liberals’ have twisted themselves into a meaningless spewing of politically correct nonsense in which truth is so detoxed that it scarcely survives.

So where the ‘left’ moves away from reality into fantasy, the right moves to push its racist/xenophobic fears, and Russia tosses the bread crumbs.

 

 

 

Watching From Outside the United States
March 23, 2017
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Many of us here do not live in America.  We watch events with various impressions of dread and mirth.

Speaking for myself, I thought Trump was a clown.  We have comedians here, such as IT & Fancy Cat who do this kind of political satire.  We often have shows where these comedians pretend to be politicians and repeat things that were said in Parliament.

When it became clear that Trump was really a candidate I was sure he had to lose.

This man, Donald Trump is a disgrace.  He can not speak intelligently, acts as if he’s drunk/doped up/mentally deficient /all three.   He’s an embarrassment.  He wouldn’t be allowed at my dinner table.

Yes, I know Americans are racist.   I know they hate the fact that a Black Man was in the White House, and instead of being able to say it, they go around in twelve circles to make it seem that Obama is/was incompetent or ignorant or incapable, which is why they object.

Not his skin colour.

But it is and was always the colour of his skin.

To vote for the whitest most racist candidate was obviously the American way.  And Trump was that white racist.

Those who know how ‘politically correct’ Americans speak understood instantly that when he said; “Make America Great Again,”  he meant “Make America White Again.”

He went after the soft target, Muslims and Mexicans in an obvious manner.   Not so obvious has been his deportations of Africans and those from the Caribbean who are Black.

Despite the fact there are 50,000 unregistered illegal Irish immigrants in America, no one is going after them.  This is because they are White.

By directing eyes to Muslims and Mexicans, what is happening in the Black communities in America is ignored. Funny that over 200 people have been murdered by the police since January 2017 and there isn’t any publicity. We haven’t heard a peep from Blacks in America.

We know Trump lies.  He has been caught in so many, even before the election.  But Americans are kind of stupid.

It reminds me of a situation that happened at the P.T.A.

Barbara’s mother was supposed to bake two cakes for the function.   She brought one saying that the other hadn’t come out well.

Everyone believed her.

Later, Leni’s mother mentioned that Barbara’s mother had bought the one cake from the bakery.

So here comes the split;   Do you believe Barbara’s mother that she baked two cakes and only one came out well, or do we believe Leni’s mother who said that the one cake was purchased from the bakery?

Americans are in that position.

Do they believe what Trump tells them and take every thing else as ‘Fake News?”   Do they shut their mouths because they don’t know for a fact?  Do they listen to Leni’s Mother and check the bakery?

The easiest thing is to ‘reboot’.   That is go back to where their brain was before Leni’s mother spoke.

How many times they can do that depends on how stupid they are.

 

The Trumpies Seem to Fall Silent
March 23, 2017
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Although some people see hope, as if brains are being grown by the mindless Trumpies who cheer ever tweet their Massa makes,  I don’t.

I don’t because I had a very peculiar experiences some years ago.

Imagine a woman of sixty who tells you a story she absolutely believes.   You happen to know the events, the environment.   You prove to her that the events she described could not have happened.   She fell silent.  Then, as you wait, she ‘reboots’ and returns with the same foolishness plus she is not speaking to you any more.

It has been proven, beyond doubt, that Paul Manafort was the political advisor for a previous Ukraine President.   It has been proven, beyond a doubt that shell company was used to collect money for Manafort.

Any spin you want to put on the story, go ahead.  But it is true.  It happened.

Now how does a person, running for President, hire a man who has tight links with the Pro-Russian deposed President of the Ukraine as his campaign manager?    How does he do it?

Trump knows he can play the American people like a piccolo.  He’s already gotten them under his mind control. He started early by doing the ‘Five Lights’ trick.   For those that don’t remember it, Captain Picard was being tortured.   Four lights were shined on him and he was asked; ‘how many lights?’   He said Four and was zapped.  He was told there were Five lights.

This Five Light trick comes from 1984, the dystopian novel by George Orwell.   In it, people were to say, 2 + 2 = 5.   This was the ‘double think’ which allowed their brains to be controlled by ‘Big Brother’.

Trump began playing with the minds of Americans from the day of inauguration with the Crowd trick, then focused on ‘Fake News’;  that is all the most respectable news services in the world were Fake News, and the twisted biased second rate right wing rubbish was ‘real’.

Everything Trump has done has been a game with the brains of Americans.    He had idiots from Syria supporting him, yet sent their relatives back to Syria.  He’s had Blacks running behind him, while Black lives cease to matter and the over 200 murders by the police don’t even get a sentence in the newspapers.

Despite the various alerts of the connection between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign, they’ve been slapped away as mosquitoes.   But this one can’t be slapped away.   This one can’t be explained away.

So the Trumpies. like that woman I mention, fall silent so as to reboot and come back with the same rubbish they’ve been vomiting since the election.

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave…
March 22, 2017
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Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chair, Paul Manafort,  had links to former pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.   The evidence seems unarguable.

A document found in a safe in Kiev (the Capital of the Ukraine) has exposed that Manafort had tried to mask payments sent to him from Yanukovych’s party.
The American FBI announced to the House Intelligence Committee that it is officially investigating whether there was a connection between Trump’s campaign team and Russia.

Apparently, there is a six-page document which has Manafort’s signature.  This document is a contract and invoice for assorted computer equipment.  The payment for such ‘equipments’  was $750,000.

Manafort, as any born Trumpie, denies it.  He says he doesn’t  recognize the document and that the signature was not his.
But, there is a real connection between this Trumpie and Russia.
The document mentioned has the date October 14, 2009.  This is  when Manafort worked for Yanukovych as a political consultant in Kiev.

The date and the sum of $750,000  match details in an off-the-books ledger,  reported on by the New York Times.  This ledger contains the secret payments which were made by Yanukovych’s party which are being investigated.
Manafort’s name appears twenty two  times as the recipient of payments which added together equal $12.7 million dollars.

A spokesman for Manafort, denied all the allegations.
When the ledger appeared in the middle of Trump’s campaign for President,  Manafort denied all allegations of corruption.  He claimed he never received any cash payments off the book and that his work in Ukraine was perfectly legal.
The FBI is investigating this ‘consulting work’ Manafort did in the Ukraine.
The contract and invoice seem to be between the Ukrainian office of Davis-Manafort ( a company Manafort partly owns) and something called Neocom Systems Ltd.

Neocoms’s address as 1 Mapp St Belize City. This address is used by a number of offshore companies, including many named in the infamous Panama Papers.
Neocom was dissolved in 2014 and was no longer a legal entity in Belize.   It was a shady ‘off-shore’ company with no details.
Interestingly,  Neocom has bank accounts in Kyrgyzstan and Germany.

Deniers of Russian involvement in the Trump campaign are falling silent.
Israel bombs Syria again and further assists ISIS.
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As Israel continue to attack Syrian soils it leaves no way to peace, only to further assist ISIS  to more terrorism and attacks. Russia is building  up pressure as Isreal increase military activity in Syria which may lead to Russia retaliation  against Israel which can bring down alliance between Russia and Israel.While airstrikes are conducted under the guise of defeating ISIS, the fact is that these airstrikes have done little to even inconvenience the terrorist organization which itself is funded by NATO and US .The airstrikes have been largely aimed at Syrian military interests as well as necessities of the Syrian people. While the occasional attack on Syrian territory is bad enough, the fact is that Israel has apparently coordinated these attacks with the death squad directors on the ground so as to provide cover fire and diversions for death squad “swarming” and jihadist invasions.Some have speculated that Israel’s continued incursions into Syrian territory is not only an attempt to weaken the military forces of the Syrian government and support the terrorists operating inside the country but to cause Syria’s air defense system to light up and give away its concealed positions. Regardless, Israel has once again demonstrated how it is, in reality, the most volatile state in the Middle East despite its claims to the contrary. Some have speculated that Israel’s continued incursions into Syrian territory is not only an attempt to weaken the military forces of the Syrian government and support the terrorists operating inside the country but to cause Syria’s air defense system to light up and give away its concealed positions. Regardless, Israel has once again demonstrated how it is, in reality, the most volatile state in the Middle East despite its claims to the contrary. The Israeli enemy committed aggression against Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, in all of Dimas and near the Damascus International Airport.” recentally in the past.