May Day celebrations and even TV dating shows were banned in Turkey as thousands more were arrested and purged following a contested referendum.
Social media went abuzz Friday with videos of US and Syrian Kurdish forces jointly patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border.Reports in the Wall Street Journal and other media subsequently confirmed the patrols. This is the second time this year that US troops have moved in to block an anticipated Turkish attack on Kurds, who are spearheading the Read More
The Council of Europe watchdog voted to put Turkey on a human rights monitoring list on Tuesday amid widespread claims of fraud in a controversial referendum that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan authoritarian powers.The amendments to the Turkish constitution that passed by a narrow margin of just under 3 percent “do not comply with our Read More
A filmmaker is working on a documentary about one of the more intriguing and major figures in 20th century American history. Here is an overview of the film from the creators:The Assassination and Mrs. Paine is a provocative portrait of 84-year-old Ruth Paine and her inescapable connection to the JFK assassination. As a key witness Read More
The quality of disinformation on the Kennedy assassination has never been very high. Much of it is pseudoscience, slick enough to fool the general public, but nothing that ever holds up under scrutiny.Earlier this week, I saw what I think is a specimen of it in an obituary in the Dallas Morning News of a Read More
Are you in pain from the IRS? Well, you’re in good company. Check out what these characters have to say about paying taxes — Al Capone, Albert Einstein, Dave Barry, Mark Twain, Mae West, and many others.
Americans are bombarded with polls. It seems that we need to know how everybody feels about everything — possibly so that we know what to believe if we want to be like the majority. Every now and then, however, a nugget of true insight finds its way into such a poll. That was the case Read More
For whatever reason, it is certainly a perilous time to oppose the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.Another “unfortunate accident” has befallen someone with potentially damaging information on the Kremlin, this time a lawyer for the family of the late whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.Nikolai Gorokhov, 53, was set to represent Magnitsky’s mother last Wednesday in a Read More
Love him or hate him, Julian Assange has a way of keeping himself at the top of the newsreel these days.The latest trove of documents revealed via Assange’s infamous WikiLeaks platform is the first of a multi-part series known as “Vault 7.” Mysteriously teased in February, Vault 7 reveals a variety of details on the Read More
All of a sudden, everybody is talking about the Deep State. People from across the political spectrum are discussing it, such as former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich, The New York Times and Rush Limbaugh. Americans are wondering what, exactly, the “Deep State” is. WhoWhatWhy readers, on the other hand, are asking: What took you so Read More
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that a number of Donald Trump’s campaign aides and “other associates” were engaged in a running dialogue with Russian intelligence over the last year or more.Manchurian Candidate anyone? Not yet at least.Some of the items cited are old news, like the information that Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager Read More