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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Saudi King Was Not Informed Of Netanyahu’s Visit & Meeting With MbS | My News Links – mynewslinks.com


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Saudi King Was Not Informed Of Netanyahu’s Visit & Meeting With MbS

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Sat, 11/28/2020 – 16:30

Some fascinating new details have emerged regarding last Sunday’s (11/22) unprecedented visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Saudi Arabia.

First to recap, amid widespread reports that the Saudis will be the next Arab country to normalize ties with the Jewish state, after the UAE and Bahrain were the first to do so, Netanyahu met with crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS) the Saudi city of Neom. It was also in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Via Daily Sabah

This was reported as a “covert meeting” – also given Riyadh officially denies it took place while it was widely acknowledged in Israeli and international press. The two leaders reportedly discussed joint efforts to counter Iran, an issue which already saw intelligence and operations sharing in places like Syria.

Reuters on Friday released new bombshell information alleging the whole meeting with Netanyahu was done without the approval or even knowledge of the Saudi head of state, King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The Times of Israel also underscored that “Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was reportedly kept out of the loop about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s secretive trip to the kingdom this week for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.” And further:

Quoting a Saudi source and a foreign diplomat in Riyadh, Reuters reported Friday that normalization with Israel appeared off the table as long as the Saudi monarch is alive — an analysis also made Thursday by a senior Israeli source cited by Israeli TV.

Given the king’s age and increased reported senility, MbS has in recent years acted as de facto head of the kingdom, but it remains an incredibly bold move (the meeting with Israel’s leader) especially given King Salman is said to be against any ‘normalization’ with Israel. 

And then there’s this incident from thie G-20 the prior week… the video was said to have been intentionally leaked:

#Saudi King Salman does not remember where was the last #G20 summit and he doesn’t remember if he participated in that summit.
Saudi CP #MBS tells him that he (MBS) went instead of the King for the Japan summit. https://t.co/Zk43ChU69b

— Nabeel Nowairah (@NabeelNowairah) November 21, 2020

“A video was leaked during the G20 summit which showed MbS correcting the confused king’s recollection, a leak which sources said was intentional,” according to Reuters.

It appears MbS plans to further sideline his father especially when it comes to foreign policy, relying on the ‘poor health’ angle to argue Salman is incapable of making crucial decisions as official head of state.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: 1 Woman Is Killed and 6 Others Are Wounded in Brooklyn Mass Shooting


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The young people who gathered for a party in a Brooklyn apartment building on Sunday night appeared to be in a festive mood, neighbors said. Revelers spilled out of apartments on the third and fourth floors, into hallways and out onto the sidewalk.

But shortly after 11 p.m., the celebration in Bedford-Stuyvesant was overtaken by violence and chaos. At least two people opened fire, leaving one woman dead and six others injured, including a 14-year-old girl, police said.

The episode came amid a surge in violence in New York City this year. Shootings have doubled compared with last year, with at least 1,660 incidents, and murders have risen by about 37 percent, to about 400.

The toll includes several mass shootings: Six people were shot in the Prospect Lefferts Garden neighborhood of Brooklyn in October, and five people, including a 6-year-old boy and his mother, were shot during a Carnival celebration in September.

“We’re seeing a tremendous uptick that has us concerned,” Assistant Chief Judith Harrison, who oversees the police department’s Brooklyn North command, said at an overnight news conference about the shooting.

It was not clear what led to the shooting on Sunday night, though police officials have suggested that it might be connected to a separate, earlier shooting that took place after a “Sweet 16” party in East New York.

A police official on Monday identified the woman who was killed as Daijyonna Long, 20.

A man who left the apartment building on Monday said that Ms. Long had been visiting from Virginia, where she was a college student, to attend the party. The man, who declined to give his name, said Ms. Long was “an innocent bystander.” He carried a bag of what he said were Ms. Long’s clothes.

In a news report from last week about traveling during the pandemic, Ms. Long told a television station in Virginia, WRIC, that she was planning on visiting Brooklyn to attend a relative’s birthday and for Thanksgiving.

“It’s probably just going to be like small relatives, not a big, big party or anything,” she said in the interview. “I feel pretty confident. Yeah, I just wear my mask, stay six feet, use sanitizer all the time, and I guess I’ll be just fine.”

Relatives of Ms. Long could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday afternoon.

The party in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which took place at 15 Albany Avenue, appeared to be a continuation of the earlier “Sweet 16” celebration at a party hall that had been broken up around 7 p.m., the police said.

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After that party dispersed on Sunday, a 17-year-old boy who had attended was shot in the leg a block and a half from the hall, the police said. He was expected to survive.

The police believe two gunmen arrived at the Albany Avenue building at around 11 p.m. and opened fire outside the front entrance. They then walked into the lobby and continued firing as they walked upstairs to the third floor, the police said.

The victims included a 16-year-old boy, who was hit in the torso and was in critical condition at Kings County Hospital Center, and a 15-year-old boy, who was shot in the leg and was in stable condition at Maimonides Medical Center, the police said.

The 14-year-old girl was struck in the buttocks and was rushed to Maimonides, where she was in stable condition.

Three others were wounded but were expected to survive: an 18-year-old woman shot in the leg, an 18-year-old man also struck in the leg and a 19-year-old man hit in the torso, the police said.

Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, who oversees the detective bureau in Brooklyn North, said during a news conference that the shooting in Bedford-Stuyvesant could be a “retaliatory shooting” or a continuation of the shooting in East New York.

Borough President Eric Adams of Brooklyn said that the Bedford-Stuyvesant shooting stemmed from a dispute that began at the East New York party hall.

“A beef that started in East New York spilled over here,” he said.

One resident of 15 Albany Avenue, Fred Waller, said he was returning to his apartment on the second floor at around 11 p.m., when he saw two people arguing in front of the building among a larger group of about 75 people.

Mr. Waller said he also saw people partying inside the building. After he entered his apartment, he said he heard about a dozen gunshots ring out. He stayed hidden inside his apartment for a few minutes before looking out and spotting a young man with gunshot wounds slumped on the stairs as partygoers streamed out of the building.

“This is out of control,” Mr. Waller said of the violence outside his door.

A woman who was leaving the building on Monday morning said she was at a party on the fourth floor when a skirmish among a separate group of partygoers erupted on the third floor. She said she heard five shots.

“I don’t know who was shooting,” said the woman, who did not want to be identified for safety reasons.

James Wilson, who has lived across the street for a decade, said he came home around 10:30 p.m. and saw a crowd of around 30 young people in front of 15 Albany.

The people he saw appeared to be happy and having fun, Mr. Wilson said. He added, however, that the building has previously been the site of disruptive parties.

Ashley Southall contributed reporting and Kitty Bennett contributed research.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place


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ROME – Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic.

Two new “princes” of the church, from Brunei and the Philippines, didn’t make it to Rome because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, though they were shown on giant screens in the nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica. Throughout the socially distanced ceremony, which clocked in at an unusually quick 45 minutes, cardinals new and old wore protective masks.

Most removed their masks when they approached a maskless Francis to receive their red hats, but Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the first-ever African-American cardinal, kept his on.

Pope Francis attends a consistory ceremony where 13 bishops were elevated to a cardinal’s rank in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Fabio Frustaci/POOL via AP)

During his homily, Francis warned the new cardinals against falling into corruption or using their new rank for personal advancement, saying that their new title, “Eminence,” doesn’t mean they should drift from their people.

His comments reflected Francis’ constant complaint about the arrogance of the clerical class, as well as his current battles to fight corruption in the Vatican hierarchy.

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“Let’s think of so many types of corruption in the life of the priesthood,” Francis told the new cardinals, deviating from his prepared text. If they think of themselves so grandly, “you won’t be pastors close to the people, you’ll just be ‘Eminence.’ And if you feel this way, you’ll have strayed off the road,” the pope warned.

The ceremony, known as a consistory, is the seventh of Francis’ pontificate and once again reflected the Argentine pope’s effort to name cardinals from places that have never had them before or whose service to the church he wants to highlight. Nine are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope, further solidifying the majority of Francis-appointed, voting-age prelates in the College of Cardinals.

A consistory ceremony where 13 bishops were elevated to a cardinal’s rank in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Fabio Frustaci/POOL via AP)

Gregory, the new archbishop of Washington, is the Roman Catholic Church’s first Black American cardinal. He told The Associated Press ahead of the ceremony that he viewed his appointment as “an affirmation of Black Catholics in the United States, the heritage of faith and fidelity that we represent.”

Gregory’s appointment comes after a year of racial protests in the U.S. sparked by the latest killing of a Black man by a white police officer. Francis has endorsed the protests and cited the American history of racial injustices.

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“There is awareness now of the need for racial reconciliation, an awareness that I have not seen at this level and at this intensity before,” Gregory said.

Another social justice-minded cardinal is the retired archbishop of Chiapas, Mexico, Cardinal Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, who has championed the rights of Mexico’s indigenous peoples and spearheaded efforts to translate the Bible and liturgical texts into native languages.

Cardinals wear protective masks as they attend a consistory ceremony where 13 bishops were elevated to a cardinal’s rank in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Fabio Frustaci/POOL via AP)

Francis visited Chiapas in 2016 and has long championed the rights of indigenous peoples. “That could be one of the reasons (he made me a cardinal) but I can’t confirm it,” Esquivel said during a Zoom call.

The Vatican’s in-house theologian-preacher, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, also got a red hat, but he successfully argued against being made a bishop as well, saying at his age — 86 — he couldn’t take on the responsibility. He also eschewed a red cassock for Saturday’s ceremony, using instead his brown hooded friar’s robes covered with a white “rochet” vestment.

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After the ceremony, Francis and the new cardinals paid a visit to Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who lives across the Vatican gardens in a converted monastery. The Vatican said Benedict — who is 93 and frail — “expressed his joy at the visit” and blessed each one.

The ceremony took place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which erupted in Italy in February and has seen a resurgence this fall. The Vatican is under a modified lockdown, with the Vatican Museums shuttered and Francis’ public general audiences cancelled. Instead he holds them in private, livestreamed.

Pope Francis attends a consistory ceremony where 13 bishops were elevated to a cardinal’s rank in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Fabio Frustaci/POOL via AP)

The cardinal candidates and others who came to Rome from afar for Saturday’s service were required to undergo 10 days of Vatican-mandated quarantine at the pope’s hotel, where meals were brought to their rooms.

Usually, consistories are full of parties and crowds, with days of receptions, Masses and dinners for the new cardinals and their friends. The consistory itself is normally followed by “courtesy visits,” where the new cardinals greet well-wishers and the general public from the grandeur of their own reception rooms in the Apostolic Palace or Vatican auditorium. This year, there were no courtesy visits, and each cardinal was given a 10-guest limit.

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With Saturday’s new cardinals, Francis has named 73 of the 128 voting-age cardinals, compared with 39 named by Pope Benedict XVI and 16 by St. John Paul II. While the outcome of a future conclave can never be predicted, it’s not a stretch to suggest that a hefty majority of today’s electors presumably share the pastoral and doctrinal attitudes of the pope who named them.

The geographical makeup of the College of Cardinals has also shifted under Francis away from Europe, though Europe remains the greatest voting bloc with 53 electors. The Americas — North, Central and South and the Caribbean — together have 37 cardinal electors, even though an estimated 40% of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Francis has continued the trend of naming cardinals from the “peripheries” of the Catholic Church: Brunei got its first-ever cardinal with the Vatican’s ambassador to the country, Cardinal Cornelius Sim.

Rwanda also got its only cardinal with the archbishop of Kigali, Antoine Kambanda, whose family was slaughtered during the Rwandan genocide. Kambanda made the trip to Rome for the ceremony; Sin stayed home due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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History’s first Jesuit pope has also increased the number of cardinals who belong to religious orders, naming three Franciscans in a year in which the pope, who named himself after St. Francis of Assisi, released an encyclical inspired by the saint’s call to fraternity and solidarity with the weakest.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Carter Page files $75M lawsuit against DOJ, FBI, Comey claiming ‘unlawful surveillance’ during Russia probe


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Carter Page, a former Trump aide whom the FBI surveilled during the Russia probe, has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the bureau, Justice Department and former FBI Director James Comey.

The lawsuit filed Friday accuses the FBI, DOJ and Comey of violating Page’s constitutional “and other legal rights in connection with unlawful surveillance and investigation of him by the United States Government.”

“This case is about holding accountable the entities and individuals who are responsible for the most egregious violation and abuse of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] FISA statute since it was enacted over forty years ago,” the complaint states.

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The FBI had relied on information from former English spy Christopher Steele’s since-debunked dossier in an effort to obtain FISA warrants against Page, whom Steele alleged had ties to a Russian influence campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

The lawsuit cites four requests the FBI filed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in an effort to obtain more information on Page as part of its “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation. A 2019 Justice Department inspector general report found that the FBI made a number of significant errors in its applications.

Niether the FBI nor DOJ immediately responded to inquiries from Fox News. 

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“The facts of this case … have been relatively well-briefed,” attorney Tim Parlatore, who is representing Page, told Fox News on Saturday.

“Between the Horowitz report and various congressional [investigations] on this subject, there are no bombshell revelations in this lawsuit other than Page is seeking to be made whole from the individuals who have completely destroyed his life.”

The lawsuit opens with November testimony from former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who said during a November hearing before the Senate Judiciary Commitee that “any material misrepresentation or error in a FISA application is unacceptable,” and admitted that the FBI is “responsible for the work that went into that FISA.”

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McCabe, however, also defended the investigation in his opening testimony.

“We didn’t open a case because we liked one candidate or didn’t like the other one,” he said at the time. “…We opened a case to find out how the Russians might be undermining our elections. We opened a case because it was our obligation — our duty — to do so. We did our job.”

The 2019 IG report, while noting errors in the FBI’s FISA application process, also found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding the probe’s launch and efforts to file for FISA warrants to spy on Page. 

The DOJ said in June that at least two of the FBI’s four surveillance applications against Page mentioned in the complaint were invalid, according to a declassified summary of a DOJ assessment released by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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Parlatore said Page is “feeling pretty good” about the lawsuit.

“We have four firms working on this,” Parlatore said. “[Page] has been beaten up for the past four years. Now is his opportunity to get accountability and justice.”

The lawyer added that the case, “although politically charged,” is “about the law, the facts and what they’ve done to Carter.” The firms representing Page “intentionally waited to file” the lawsuit until after the 2016 presidential election in order to avoid politicization.

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World champion Lewis Hamilton took his 10th pole position of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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