Iran: Iraq War Redux? ; Who the Hell Is Bill Browder ...and More Picks 7/23

Warnings of ‘Iraq War Redux’ as Bolton and Pompeo Are Reportedly Leading Push to ‘Foment Unrest’ in Iran (Jimmy)

The author writes, “In writings and speeches over just the past several months, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have made no secret of their desire to overthrow the Iranian government.”

Who the Hell Is Bill Browder — and Why Does Putin Want to Get His Paws on Him So Badly? (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Neither man is likely to mention that they were once close allies; Browder was described as among Putin’s “most vocal cheerleaders” in a 2006 Economist article (which has become remarkably difficult to find). Furthermore, Browder becomes slightly more difficult to cast as an American hero once you notice that he renounced his US citizenship 20 years ago, for reasons he has never adequately explained.”

Ecuador Will Imminently Withdraw Asylum for Julian Assange and Hand Him Over to the UK. What Comes Next? (Jimmy)

The author writes, “There seems little question that, as Sessions surely knows, large numbers of US journalists — along with many, perhaps most, Democrats — would actually support the Trump DOJ in prosecuting Assange for publishing documents. After all, the DNC sued WikiLeaks in April for publishing documents — a serious, obvious threat to press freedom — and few objected.”

George Soros: Hero or Villain? (Dan)

This long article on billionaire donor George Soros details his biography, how his money was made, and how a lifetime of philanthropy in support of “liberal democracy” movements has now made him a villian.

FBI Docs Released on Mandela (Reader Steve)

Thousands of pages on anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela were released last Wednesday. The scary part? How the FBI followed Mandela, declaring him a dangerous communist even after his release from prison and the fall of the Berlin Wall.