Documentary: Journey In The Danger Zone: Humanizing Iraq

With Isis gone, Adnan Sarwar is returning to Iraq to discover the country afresh, beyond the headlines and wars to meet everyday people rebuilding their lives. Travelling the length of the country from the snowy mountains in the north, he visits oil-rich territories still contested by different factions in the country, cities which bore the brunt of Isis’s reign of terror and the allied bombing raids against them, the country’s capital Baghdad and finally the southern marshes and deserts where he served with the army.

Along the way he makes friends, comes face-to-face with old enemies and asks if the country can ever escape its cycle of violence.

In this episode, Adnan’s journey begins in Kurdistan as he accompanies the Kurdish Peshmerga militia on a very special convoy up to Mount Gara. He is with animal activist Blen Brifkani to witness the release of two brown bears, previously held in captivity, back into the wild. Brown bears are native to the mountains, but hunting and habitat loss mean there are hardly any left – and Blen wants to change that. Leaving Kurdistan, Adnan enters Mosul, which was held for three brutal years by Isis – also known as Daesh.

Nearly 10,000 homes in the city were destroyed by 1,250 airstrikes, Isis bombs and street fighting in the battle to regain Mosul.

He joins British and Iraqi members of a mine clearance team dealing with the terrible legacy left by Isis. Thirty-three mine-clearers have been killed since Isis left and the UN estimates it will take ten tears to remove all the bombs. But alongside the mine-clearing teams Adnan meets someone else trying to reclaim the streets – Al i Baroodi – who offers bike tours around his beloved city. [01]

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VIDEO: Manafort And Gates Arrests: What It Means For Trump

This video is an analysis of the arrest of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. It takes a look at each player’s motives, and what their testimonies could mean to the future of the Trump presidency. 

Includes highlights from Sarah Huckabee Sanders White House Press Briefing on the day of their arrest.

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Satire Video: Peter Griffin of Family Guy as Donald Trump the Ordinary Guy

President Donald Trump says he is an old-fashioned family guy – and I swear – Peter Griffin could be Trump’s long-lost brother. So, here is my version of Peter Griffin from “Family Guy” playing the part of Donald Trump, as an ordinary guy. Enjoy!

Skits include the famous election episode, and rare clips of when Peter shot Meg, Joe and Quagmire; decapitates a whale; tries to sleep with Lois’s friends; and other outrages satire that made me think, hey that’s just What Donald Would Do (WDWD).

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Caption Donald Trump Winners Are Here!

First Place Donald: ...hee-haw i-haa eiii-haw bray!! Donkey: (interprets Donald's gibberish-jabber speech) ... and that is how I saved the world!!
First Place
Donald: ...hee-haw i-haa eiii-haw bray!!
Donkey: (interprets Donald’s gibberish-jabber speech)and that is how I saved the world!!


Second Place - Caption: Sorry guys, the disguise doesn't work ass is still an ass!
Second Place
Caption: Sorry guys, the disguise doesn’t work…
…an ass is still an ass!


Third Place - Caption: If words were emojis!
Third Place
Caption: If words were emoji’s!

Get it straight from the asses’ mouths! 

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USA: Dems Join Forces Against Trump – Sanders Endorses Clinton

Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, standing side-by-side with the presumptive Democratic nominee at an event intended to unify Democrats.

In congratulating Clinton on her victory, the Vermont senator effectively ended his own long primary campaign against Clinton, which had been much more successful than anticipated.

Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that,” Sanders said. “She will be the Democratic nominee for president, and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.

There were some audible boos in the audience of Clinton and Sanders supporters, but on television they were drowned out by much louder cheers.

There were some audible boos in the audience of Clinton and Sanders supporters, but on television they were drowned out by much louder cheers.

Democrats have been worried about whether Clinton would be able to bring over liberal backers of Sanders to her side as the party seeks to present a united front against Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Sanders took much longer to get to his endorsement of Clinton than the former New York senator herself did in 2008, when she endorsed Barack Obama for president just days after ending her campaign.

And on social media, some Sanders supporters signaled no interest in backing Clinton, a candidate Sanders ripped during the primary for paid speeches to Wall Street and for backing the Iraq War.

Clinton defeated Sanders soundly in winning more states, more popular votes, more pledged delegates and more superdelegates, the current and former party officials who get an unbound vote at the Democratic National Convention.

Sanders argued that he needed time to bring his supporters on board, even as he at times warned of the possibility of a contested convention in Philadelphia.

Bernie Sanders, left, speaks with Hillary Clinton during a break at a Democratic presidential primary debate Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Bernie Sanders, left, speaks with Hillary Clinton during a break at a Democratic presidential primary debate Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

As part of the effort to unify the party, Clinton moved toward Sanders in accepting a $15 minimum wage, a public option for health insurance in ObamaCare and the elimination of tuition at in-state universities and colleges for many families.

In endorsing Clinton, Sanders referenced that movement while calling her “far and away the best candidate” to address “the needs of the American people … [and] the very serious crises that we face.”

Sanders specifically called out Clinton’s support of a healthcare public option, an issue that pro-Sanders forces were able to insert into the party platform.

And he slammed Trump as a step in the wrong direction for America.

Clinton, for her part, signaled relief in clasping hands with her tougher-than-expected rival.

I cannot help but reflect how much more enjoyable this election is going to be now that we are on the same side,” Clinton, speaking second, told the crowd.

“We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump, win in November and, yes, together, build a future we can all believe in.”

Clinton lauded Sanders’s campaign, noting how he “brought people off the sidelines and into the political process.

He has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country and are building a movement that is bigger than one candidate or one campaign,” she said.

Thank you for your endorsement, but more than that, thank you for your lifetime of fighting injustice,” she said to Sanders.

As Sanders spoke, the Clinton campaign touted his endorsement in a fundraising email.

Today, I am so honored that Senator Sanders is joining me on the campaign trail and is ready to take on Trump and the GOP,” Clinton said in the email, asking supporters to “stand with Senator Sanders and me.”

She urged supporters to take action now, noting the upcoming moves Republicans are making.

This campaign is changing soon. Trump is expected to announce his running mate any day now, and the GOP platform is taking shape. This is the last week we can pull together and show how unified we are before Trump and the Republicans come after us — and the values we hold dear — in Cleveland.

As Sanders and Clinton took the stage, Trump’s campaign sent out a statement from senior policy adviser Stephen Miller criticizing Sanders’s endorsement.


Noting areas of policy disagreement between Sanders and Clinton, Miller said, “Bernie’s endorsement becomes Exhibit A in our rigged system — the Democrat Party is disenfranchising its voters to benefit the select and privileged few.”

The crowd assembled applauded boisterously throughout the event, breaking out into cheers of “Bernie” and “Hillary” that turned into chants of “Unity” ahead of Sanders’s speech.

But not all Sanders supporters in the crowd were on board despite the endorsement.

When Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who spoke to help warm up the crowd, said Americans needs to elect Clinton, a small handful of Sanders supporters shouted “No,” before they were drowned out by other chants.


The Hill: Sanders endorses Clinton as Dems join forces against Trump.

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Canada: Harper’s campaign in Montreal is met by protesters

Demonstrators nip at gates of Conservative leader’s gathering, one arrested.

MONTREAL—Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched his quest for re-election Sunday night inside a Montreal hall by boasting how the values of his Conservative Party mesh with those of Quebecers.

But his speech to a room of cheering supporters stood in contrast to an earlier scene outside, where demonstrators slapped anti-Harper stickers on a Tory campaign bus and one man was arrested for uttering threats.

Shortly before Harper took to the podium, another protester who entered the building was tackled and hauled out while she repeatedly shouted, “Harper — dictator!”

Harper’s choice to kick off his campaign with a big rally in Montreal’s Mount Royal riding suggests that he intends to put some energy into Quebec, a province that has proven to be challenging, perplexing terrain for his party.

The Tories have struggled to make a breakthrough in the province, where they dropped from 11 seats to five in 2011.

In Montreal, the Conservatives haven’t won a seat in a quarter-century, but they have long coveted Mount Royal as a possible beachhead in the country’s second-largest city.

The Tories say they believe the Liberal stronghold, which has a large Jewish population, is vulnerable with help from Harper’s strong stance in support of Israel on the world stage.

via Harper opens election campaign in Montreal, met by protesters | Toronto Star.

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