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Lavon Miller Becomes the First 7-Second Pro Street Diesel

In the world of high-performance diesels, a new milestone was reached. The National Hot Rod Diesel Association, or NHRDA, holds events all across the US specifically for diesel drag racing.

Lavon Miller and the Firepunk Diesel team are well known in the high-performance diesel scene. During the last couple of Oklahoma Diesel Nationals, they have been a top contender. During the most recent NHRDA Oklahoma Diesel Nationals, Firepunk set a new record.

On one of their qualifying runs, they managed to send their Dodge Ram down the quarter mile in 7.993 seconds at 174 mph. Theyre the first team to ever run a 7-second quarter mile in a Pro Street truck.

The previous record was held by the same racer, Lavon Miller, and the time to beat was 8.121 seconds at 174 mph. They set that record on May 20, 2017, at the same Oklahoma Diesel Nationals event. Pretty impressive that the new record is 0.128 seconds faster, but the top speed was the same.

A 7-second pass is incredibly impressive when you look at the rules and regulations of the Pro Street class. The truck cant be a full tube chassis, must have a minimum weight of 4,500 pounds including the driver and also must have working taillights.

Firepunks weapon of choice is a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. Their truck makes around 2,500-3,000 horsepower and torque. Of course, this takes a fully built engine, transmission, rearend, suspension, and two massive turbochargers. Hopefully, they can pull off more 7-second passes in the near future.

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AIPAC Still Our Biggest Foreign Agent – Antiwar.com

Alleged Russian meddling in the US electoral process will be the subject of a Senate Judiciary Hearing on Wednesday. The hearing is titled “Oversight of the Justice Departments (Non) Enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act: Lessons from the Obama Administration and Current Compliance Practices.” In 1938 the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Agents Registration Act to mandate disclosure of the activities of non-diplomatic foreign agents in the United States propagandizing for war, swinging public opinion, and obtaining foreign aid and other economic benefits through congressional lobbying without disclosing that their activities were conducted on behalf of foreign principals.

The first panel of witnesses for Wednesdays Senate hearing will include Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the Justice Department Adam Hickey, Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI Bill Priestap and Inspector General of the Justice Department Michael Horowitz.

Second panel witnesses include Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, an outfit which circulated the now infamous dossier of allegations made against Donald Trump by a British spy. William Browder, a Russian market investment expert from Hermitage Capital Management, who has now deemed Russia “absolutely uninvestable” will also testify. According to reports, Browder knows Natalia Veslnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. to peddle opposition research on Hillary Clinton.

Panel Chairman Chuck Grassley may ultimately conclude that the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) has failed and that unregistered Russian foreign agents are taking over America. If so, he will be half right, but not the first such senator to express concern. Grassley should consider what happened after a more extensive Senate FARA inquiry was launched 55 years ago.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman JW Fulbright became convinced that unregistered Israeli foreign agents were a serious matter in 1961. A classified staff report worried that:

“In recent years there has been an increasing number of incidents involving attempts by foreign governments, or their agents, to influence the conduct of American foreign policy by techniques outside normal diplomatic channels.there have been occasions when representatives of other governments have been privately accused of engaging in covert activities within the United States and elsewhere, for the purpose of influencing United States Policy (the Lavon Affair).”

The Lavon Affair referred to Israeli false-flag terror attacks on US facilities in Egypt, in the interest of preventing the handover of the Suez Canal to Egyptian control. The Israeli spies were caught and prosecuted by Egypt, while the disclosure of the attacks created a diplomatic crisis.

During the course of the 1960s Senate and Justice Department investigations, it was revealed that Israel was funneling millions of dollars to unregistered foreign agents in America to lobby for foreign aid to Israel, set up think tanks, engage in Madison Avenue public relations, fund lobbying newsletters, and establish an umbrella organization called the American Zionist Council (AZC).

Within the AZC was an unincorporated unit that lobbied congress called the “American Israel Public Affairs Committee.”

On November 21, 1962, the Department of Justice ordered the AZC to begin registering as an Israeli foreign agent. This touched off an intense battle between the Justice Department and the AZC which outlasted both JFK and RFK. The bloodied and bruised Justice Department hid away its files on the affair until they were finally declassified and released in 2008.

The effort to register Israels foreign agents clearly failed. Just 42 days after the Justice Department order, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee incorporated itself in Washington and took over the AZCs functions. Since the year it was ordered to registeras part of the AZCAIPAC has extracted an inflation-adjusted $250 billion from US taxpayers for its foreign principals. Influencing the conduct of US policy “by techniques outside normal diplomatic channels” has never stopped.

If AIPAC had complied with the 1962 FARA order, by now it would have filed 109 required biennial reports (1963-2017) of its activities. It would have had to detail joint efforts with Israeli operatives. These include a 1975 incident in which AIPAC Director Morris Amitay circulated classified information about a proposed US Hawk missile sale to Jordan. AIPACs FARA file would have had to detail AIPAC staffers Steven Rosen, Douglas Bloomfield and Ester Kurz 1984 receipt of stolen classified information taken from US industry groups opposed to allowing duty free imports from Israel into the United States. Of course, the FARA disclosure would include details on two AIPAC executives, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, who from 2002-2004 solicited and received stolen classified national defense information from Colonel Lawrence Franklin about Iran and other matters which they passed to the Israeli embassy. The pair attempted to contextualize and place the stolen classified national defense information in the Washington Post to precipitate a US attack on Iran.

AIPAC is not complying with the 1962 DOJ order. The Grassley panel might want to invite the FARA Section Head Heather Hunt, who knows all about the AZC-AIPAC incident, to testify why. In 2009 Hunt, along with other members of the FARA division, received a two-hour briefing with the unsubtle title of “The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is an Unregistered Foreign Agent of the Israeli Government.” (PDF)

If Grassley does not believe Israeli foreign agent activity to be important, he might want to invite as a star witness Stephanie Schriock. Schriock has publicly claimed that as a high-powered campaign fundraiser for major candidates across the US, the first step in obtaining seed funding for a political campaign was always to circulate a position paper on Israel to AIPAC regional officials. Only then could candidates obtain funds from willing pro-Israel donors sufficient to launch a serious campaign. The Israel lobbys oversized role in US campaign finance on Israels behalf has now made regional peace and productive innovation in US policy impossible, and war all but inevitable.

Grassley might also engage in the following thought experiment as he ponders his upcoming hearing. “What happens to a candidate or incumbent if they loudly criticize Russia or US policy toward Russia?” He should then swap out “Russia” for “Israel.”

Today, AIPAC may obtain most of its lobbying budget from a relatively small, but wealthy, group of US donors. But that does not mean it is not an Israeli foreign agent for three reasons. The first observable sign, listed on the Department of Justice FARA webpage, is that AIPAC is so obviously devoted to the sole purpose of channeling US taxpayer funds to a foreign country. Such breaks, though DOJ lists sugar quotas as an example, is the major red flag. Despite changes in its PR framing, AIPACs primary business is the same as when founder Si Kenen first conceived it. The lobby for Israel, known as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) since 1959, came into existence in 1951. It was established at that time because Israel needed American economic assistance

The second is that AIPAC was incontrovertibly established with foreign seed funding, including to Kenen, nestled inside the AZC. The third is that, as an unincorporated unit within the AZC, AIPAC was clearly covered by the order to register as an Israeli foreign agent.

AIPACs top priorities include maneuvering the US to attack Iran, keeping US forces in the region as a buffer, protecting Israeli nuclear hegemony and making criticism and boycotts of Israel in the US impossible. Americans overwhelmingly oppose all that, as well as unconditional US aid to Israel. Senator Grassley should therefore ignore for a moment the flap over Russia, and his own top-25 position as a recipient of pro-Israel PAC money. He should then look seriously at the longest-running unresolved foreign agent problem and ask what action would be best for America.

Grant F. Smithis the director of theInstitute for Research: Middle Eastern Policyin Washington and the author of the 2016 book, Big Israel: How Israels Lobby moves America and Americas Defense Line: The Justice Departments Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government.

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Elavon Review & Complaints 2017 | Expert & User Reviews

Key Points – Sales & Marketing Uses Independent Resellers Yes Promotes Deceptive Rates No Discloses All Important Provisions No

Elavon relies heavily upon resellers, sub-ISOs, independent agents, and partnerships to market and sell its credit card processing services. This marketing strategy is common among large merchant account providers and can often prove harmful to a companys reputation, as it appears to have done for Elavon. Specifically, the company has received a large number of complaints related to undisclosed fees and leasing terms.

One of the companys most notable resellers is the grocer and retailer, Costco. In fact, Costco Merchant Services is often mistaken as its own credit card processing company when it is simply acting as a sales agent of Elavon. Merchants who use Costco Merchant Services often complain that they expected to receive the usual wholesale costs that Costco is known for, and that they were surprised when they encountered Elavons industry-standard pricing.

Elavon itself does not appear to use any deceptive advertising or rate quoting tactics on its website. The company has recently added a pricing page that lists specific rate quotes, promising 2.65% plus $0.19 on swiped transactions and 3.5% plus $0.19 on keyed-in payments. These rates seem to apply to both credit card terminals and mobile processing. The company also lists a $10 monthly fee on this page. These rates and fees do not appear to be misleadingly quoted at this time.

Most of Elavons accounts are established by resellers who use their own sales and marketing strategies. In a few cases, it is apparent that some of Elavons resellers are using misleading tactics based on reports from merchants. The company and its resellers are also notorious for signing merchants up for expensive, non-cancellable equipment leases through Ladco Leasing as part of their merchant services packages. Elavon usually enforces the terms of the lease agreement even when merchants claim that they were deceived by an agent.

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Top 10 Government Conspiracies | Illuminati Rex

US Joint Chiefs of Staff propose a series of false-flag operations to justify an invasion of Cuba.

In order to justify an attack on Cuba, the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed that the CIA conduct a series of terrorist acts with evidence deliberately left behind pointing to Cuba as the culprit. A tactic known as a false flag operation.

False flags are acts of terror made up to look like another party is responsible. Famous false flag ops include the Nazis blaming the communists for the Reichstag fire and the botched Lavon Affair where Israeli agents attempted to frame Muslims for the bombings of US, British and Egyptian targets.

Northwoods included plans for the sinking of a US warship in Cuban territorial waters, organizing terrorist campaigns in Florida, violating US airspace with planes painted to appear Cuban, blowing up a US airliner drone and then holding mock funerals for mock victims. (a favorite of 9/11 Truthers)

The CIA established media outlets throughout the world and infiltrated major US media organizations.

The CIA set up newspapers, magazines, newswire services and published thousands of books worldwide.

CIA-funded Animal Farm animated film (1954)

In addition to the obvious benefits of containing information, spreading propaganda and disinformation, the op financed the production of films including the animated version of Orwells Animal Farm.

The CIA used its media assets for intelligence gathering, as go-betweens with foreign agents, and for journalistic cover.

The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets.

CIA Director George Bush constantly blocked Church Committee member William Bader from obtaining necessary information on Operation Mockingbird or any of the CIAs ties to US domestic media organization. The Church Committee eventually published a whitewashed version of Mockingbird.

American intelligence cleaned up the identities of Nazis to make them eligible for government recruitment.

After President Truman specifically forbade the recruitment of Nazis, the OSS (the CIAs precursor) acting under orders from the Joint Chiefs, secretly deNazifies ineligible recruits, wiping their records of any connections to the Nazis.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff were in a hurry to snap up Nazi rocket engineers, nuclear physicists, chemists, and death-camp researchers before the scientists and their research fell into Soviet or British hands.

US intelligence and the Catholic Church created a series of Nazi Ratlines allowing war criminals such as Klaus Barbie (the Butcher of Lyon) to escape to South America. ODESSA, the most well known ratline, allowed hundreds of war criminals to escape prosecution for war crimes.

Department of Defense tested biological and chemical weapons on unsuspecting military personnel.

Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) was part of the United State Department of Defense (DoD) Project 112. The DoD began testing the effects of chemical agents (nerve gas) and biological agents (Anthrax) on uninformed soldiers posted on US warships and at the Desert Test Center in Utah.

Approximately 6000 members of the US military were subjected to the experiments, most as part of Project SHAD. Out of the 134 planed tests, only 46 were completed.

After 6 years of research into the project, investigative journalist Eric Longabardi produced a CBS Evening News series that revealed the existence of the secret experiments sparking Congressional hearings.

Public Health officials studied the progression of NOT treating syphilis on 399 uninformed American citizens.

US Public Health Service conducted experiments on 399 poor African-Americans to study the effects of untreated syphilis. Patients thought they were receiving free treatment from a caring government for what doctors called bad blood.

Whistleblower Peter Buxton

In 1972, whistleblower Peter Buxton leaked the story to the Washington Star leading to Congressional hearings that ordered the immediate termination of the study. President Clinton apologized to the victims and their families in 1997.

Following WW2, CIA, Nazis and other allied spooks terrorized Europe in an anything goes war against communists.

NATO cooperated with the CIA, MI6 and other European intelligence agencies to set up a network of paramilitary groups throughout Europe to stop the growth of Communism in Western Europe.

Ex-Nazis (Gehlen Org) and other fascists made up the mass of agents, including infamous banker Licio Gelli of the P2 Masonic Lodge.

The stay-behinds fomented domestic terrorism and soon began terror campaigns on their own such as bombings, assassinations and false flag operations. Under various covers, Gladio set up shop in Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Sweden, Austria, France, Finland and Spain.

In 1990, Italian President Giulio Andreotti confirmed to the world the existence of Gladio leading to a series of similar declarations throughout Europe.

The FBI violated the Constitution by wiretapping, spying on, framing, harassing and even assassinating US citizens.

The FBIs Counter Intelligence Program began harassing and intimidating constitutionally protected individuals, groups and political organizations within the United States. J Edgar Hoover ordered agents to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the groups and their leaders. Targets included black civil rights movements (Black Panthers), socialist workers movements, US Communist Party, Puerto Rican movements and the New Left. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, author Ernest Hemingway and physicist Albert Einstein were also on the agencys radar.

The FBI was especially successful in infiltrating white supremacist groups. Fifteen percent of all Klansmen became FBI informants, including the Imperial Wizard himself, Bill Wilkinson. Informants enticed, planned and even participated in Klan operations including the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and the murder of civil right activist Viola Liuzzo.

US government traded arms for cash and hostages then used the proceeds to finance an illegal war in Nicaragua.

Senior government officials of the Reagan White House defied a US trade and arms embargo by selling weapons to Iran with Israel acting as the middleman. In return, the US gained the release of American hostages and tons of cash. The same cadre of government officials then used the money to finance secret wars in South America in defiance of the Boland Amendment.

In Nicaragua, operation The Enterprise armed and trained a group of rebels the Contras in order to overthrow the democratically elected Sandinista government. In 1986, the Nicaraguan military shot down a cargo plane carrying weapons for the Contras, revealing the CIAs role.

The usual paper shredding quickly ensued with National Security Council member and point man for both operations, Oliver North, leading the charge.

In 1984, Nicaragua successfully sued the US in the International Court. The US used its veto power to block any enforcement of the courts decision.

CIA used LSD and other drugs in mind control experiments on unsuspecting human guinea pigs.

At the behest of director Allen Dulles, the CIAs Office of Scientific Intelligence began covertly testing biological and chemical drugs on unsuspecting citizens and staff members.

MKULTRA secretly received a whopping 6% of the CIAs entire budget! Utilizing research obtained from Nazi death camp scientists, the CIA eventually used LSD and a plethora of other drugs in an effort to discover the perfect truth serum, induce amnesia and develop other brainwashing experiments.

In 1973, CIA director Richard Helms ordered the destruction of all related files. Fortunately, 20,000 documents stored in an unusual location escaped the shredders, allowing the Church Committee and the Rockefeller Commission to reveal the existence of the project to the world.

The President lies to the American public and Congress in order to escalate the war in Vietnam.

Gulf of Tonkin (Click to view on Google Map)

On August 4th an American destroyer, an aircraft carrier and four aircrafts return to the area and engage non-existent Vietnamese targets.

In his speech to the American people, unknowingly acting on distorted NSA information, President Johnson declared that North Vietnam attacked US vessels on the high seas- a blatant lie. Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution escalating the war in Vietnam.

Johnson later admitted, For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.

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In Glassboro, NJ, celebrating the 50th anniversary of a historic conversation – Philly.com

When the leaders of the worlds two nuclear superpowers met on June 23, 1967, in a town few outside South Jersey had heard of, global tensions were rising, America was becoming divided, and fear of annihilation by the forces of a malevolent ideology haunted our dreams.

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Nevertheless, people in Glassboro and at Glassboro State College, which hosted the summit between President Lyndon Johnson and Russian Premier Aleksei Kosygin, together created a hospitable, festive, and patriotic atmosphere that bathed the three-day event in goodwill.

Local folks put up with the disruptions traffic tie-ups, encounters with the Secret Service, questions from the reporters who were all over the place with equanimity.

The summit meeting between Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin and President Lyndon B. Johnson drew crowds on June 23, 1967, in Glassboro. (Provided by Rowan University)

We were a small town, and people here wanted something good to happen at the summit, We wanted to help the country, recalls Mayor Leo McCabe, 84, then a refinery research manager raising three young children in Glassboro.

Everybody was on board, says Leila DeEugenio, who graduated from Glassboro High School in 1967; her husbands family changed the name of their venerable Glassboro business to Summit City Farms after the LBJ-Kosygin meeting.

Last week, I visited the pleasant Gloucester County borough of 19,000, where the Summit name adorns an assisted-living facility on Route 322, a housing complex being built downtown, and a street in an over-55 community called the Village Grande at Camelot. Theres a Summit City Farms and Winery, too.

The summit put us on the map, says Fred Tartaglione, owner of Tags Auto Supply on High Street, who is one of many around town who remember when Glassboro briefly became the epicenter of global affairs.

As well as a focus of media attention: Nick L. Petronis family home was adjacent to Hollybush, the glassworks magnate Thomas Whitneys 19th-century mansion. Hollybush became the site of the summit, and the Petronis house became the Associated Press operations center.

Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin (left) and President Lyndon B. Johnson at their 1967 summit meeting in Glassboro. The two met at the Hollybush mansion on the grounds of the former Glassboro State College, now Rowan University. (Provided by Rowan University)

The AP set up a darkroom in the basement and a newsroom in a first-floor office; Nick Petronis mother made and served sandwiches to the newshounds.

I was 18 and the AP asked me if I wanted to be a photo runner, says Petroni, an accountant who has several hefty albums of summit photos and memorabilia in his High Street office.

I got press credentials on the [spot]. It was surreal, he adds, describing the atmosphere in and around Glassboro on those three days as hopeful that something good would come out of the summit.

There was a sense of pride that we had been chosen for this, says longtime resident Thomas Gallia, 73, who retired in 2014 after a career of more than 40 years at what is now Rowan University.

At the time, antiwar protests were going on all over, he recalls. I didnt see any protests [during the summit], but I did see a sign that said, Welcome Grandpa. LBJ had just become a grandfather.

At Summit City Farms Winery it did not exist in 1967 but will be among the stops on a tour during the anniversary celebration a vintage banner proclaiming Glassboro the Summit Town hangs in a function room.

Younger people dont realize how stressful the Cold War was, says manager Jim Johnson, who is 67 and grew up in Glassboro. We were in the heart of the duck and cover era.

His reference to the self-protection procedure a cartoon turtle taught us boomers when we were growing up in the 1950s and 60s reminds me of how frightened we really were of a nuclear attack.

But while the summit didnt yield a new treaty or a dramatic announcement, the face-to-face conversations between Johnson and Kosygin helped defuse tensions between the two sides.

LBJ himself spoke glowingly of the spirit of Hollybush; some historians regard the Glassboro conversations as the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

So its fitting that the summits 50th anniversary celebration will be an upbeat affair.

Were going to have events from noon to 4 on Saturday, June 24, says Lavon Phillips, borough director of public relations and business development.

Tours of Hollybush, summit stories by those who were there, a 1960s car display, performances of period music, and, in the evening, a Spirit of Hollybush dinner are being jointly presented by the borough and Rowan,

The former Glassboro State College has become a respected university and has grown from 3,500 to 17,000 students in the last half century; Rowan also is a partner in the construction of an impressive cluster of mixed-use developments along Rowan Boulevard and elsewhere in the heart of the borough.

This was not an [institution] that was on the map in this country in 1967, university president Ali A. Houshmand says from his campus office. There is no doubt that the summit had a tremendous amount of influence long term, incrementally on the trajectory [that brought] this university to where it is today.

If he had an opportunity to host a summit between President Trump and Vladimir Putin, Houshmand who grew up in Iran tells me he would tell them that the world more than ever before needs [their] leadership to save itself from destruction, particularly by non-state actors involved in terrorism.

I would say, it is incumbent on the two of you to sit down because the enemies [on the outside] are far more dangerous to both of us, and it is time to sit down and truly and realistically, for the good of human civilization, figure out ways we can move forward.

Johnson and Kosygin on the steps of Hollybush on the Glassboro State College campus. (Provided by Rowan University)

Elsewhere on campus, Lori Marshall was having a busy week. The assistant vice president of university relations and unofficial steward of Rowans extensive collection of photographs, documents, correspondence, film, and memorabilia about the summit, she grew up a block away from Hollybush.

Only 4 in 1967, Marshall says that spending many recent hours in the archives has impressed upon her the wisdom of Johnsons quote about the clarifying impact of looking a person especially an adversary in the eye and having a frank discussion.

To a Cold War kid who vividly remembers fallout shelters and mushroom clouds, that alone is reason for Glassboro, Rowan, and the rest of us to celebrate.

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Levon Helm – Drummer, Singer – Biography.com

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Musician and singer Levon Helm was a member of the influential rock group The Band and a Grammy Award-winning solo artist.

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If it doesn’t come from your heart, music just doesn’t work.

I don’t fool with a lot of things that I can’t have fun with. There’s not much reward in that.

If you pour some music on whatever’s wrong, it’ll sure help out.

Levon Helm

Born in Arkansas in 1940, Levon Helm grew up in Marvell, Arkansas. He started his musical career performing with his sister Linda. In 1957, Helm joined Ronnie Hawkins’s band, and through Hawkins he met the future members of The Band. Following the release ofMusic from Big Pinkin 1968, The Band became one of the most influential groups of the era. Later in his life, Helm worked on such solo projects as Dirt Farmer (2007). He died on April 19, 2012, in New York City.

The son of an Arkansas farmer, Levon Helm was born Mark Lavon Helm on May 26, 1940, in Elaine, Arkansas. Helm grew up listening to the varied musical styles of the Mississippi Delta region. These sounds, ranging from country to R&B to early rock and roll to the blues, greatly influenced his work in his legendary group The Band and as a solo artist.

Helm got his first guitar at the age of 9, just one of many instruments he would learn to play. Before long, he was performing with his sister Linda. Helm started up his first rock group, the Jungle Bush Beaters, while in high school. In 1957, he joined Ronnie Hawkins’s band as his drummer. The group ended up in Canada, where new musicians eventually signed onRick Danko on bass, Richard Manuel on piano, Garth Hudson on organ and Robbie Robertson on guitar. Helms and his fellow backing musicians later split off from Hawkins, becoming Levon & the Hawks and then the Hawks.

In 1965, Helm and his bandmates met folk singer Bob Dylan, who hired them as backing musicians for his U.S. tour. Dylan’s fans loathed these performances, objecting to the singer’s abandoning of the acoustic sound of traditional folk forelectrified instruments. Frustrated by the jeering crowds, Helm returned home to Arkansas for a time.

In 1967, Helms rejoined his bandmates in West Saugerties, New York. They were living in a big pink rented house together while Dylan recovered from a motorcycle accident in nearby Woodstock. The group, who soon started calling themselves The Band, began to create and record their own songs. These sessions produced their debut album, Music from Big Pink (1968), named after their place of residence. The recording featured a remarkable blend of stylescountry, folk, rock and bluesand produced a sound that was both modern and traditional.

These five performers often shared or alternated on the group’s vocals, and Helm lent his distinctive Southern twang to several notable songs. He, with Danko and Manuel, sang the ballad, “The Weight,” on Music from Big Pink, which became one of their best-known songs. For their 1969 self-titled follow-up album, Helms gave voice to the story of Confederate heartbreak in “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”

The Band continued to perform and record over the next few years, but tensions were growing within the group. Helm reportedly became frustrated with how the songs were credited, believing guitarist Robertson took sole ownership of works that were collaborative efforts. And Robertson tired of touring. The Band had one final hurrah in 1976, in a concert known as The Last Waltz. The show was all-star affair with appearances by Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and others. Filmed by Martin Scorsese, a film of the concert debuted two years later. Helm reportedly felt that the movie focused more on Robertson, and it proved to be the final straw for Helm and Robertson. Helm didn’t speak to Robertson for years after the concert film’s release.

In the early 1980s, Helm reformed The Band without Robertson. They toured and recorded together, but they failed to recapture their early musical magic. The original members were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, but Helm refused to attend the ceremony.

Outside of The Band, Helm had some success as an actor. He appeared in the 1980 Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter, playing the singer’s father. In 1983, Helm had a role in the space drama The Right Stuff (1983).

In 1998, Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer. He was unable to talk above a whisper for some time, but he eventually regained some of his voice. Over the next few years, Helm found himself in financial hot water. In 2004, Helm launched a series of concerts called Midnight Rambles as a personal fundraising effort. These events, which featured such guests as Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson, were held at his barn-studio on his property in Woodstock, New York.

With a raspier edge to his voice, Helm returned to making albums. He enjoyed critical acclaim with 2007’s Dirt Farmer and 2009’s Electric Dirt, both of which won Grammy Awards. In February 2012, Helm took home his final Grammy Award for Best Americana Album for Ramble at the Ryman. This live recording captured one of Helm’s famous Ramble shows performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

That April, Helm’s family announced that the legendary performer was losing his battle with cancer. His wife Sandy and daughter Amy wrote a thank you to his fans who made “his life so filled with joy and celebration.” They said that Helm “loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat and make the people dance!”

Levon Helm died on April 19, 2012, at a New York City hospital. He was 71. With his passing, the music world lost one of its most distinctive performers. As one critic wrote, “Helm had a voice like no other in rock music: definitively Southern, soulful and gritty, an oak-barreled whiskey that sometimes went down with a fiery kick.”

Before his death, Helm had reconciled with former bandmate Robbie Robertson. Robertson had visited with Helm in the hospital. After Helm’s death, Robertson released a statement, saying “Levon is one of the most extraordinary, talented people I’ve ever known and very much like an older brother to me. I am so grateful I got to see him one last time.”

After Helm’s death, other musicians sought to continue his musical legacy through an effort called “Keep It Goin.'” Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, John Prine and many others staged a special concert called “Love for Levon” in October 2012. It was a fundraising event to save Helm’s beloved barn. Helm’s estate also continues to operate his studio and his beloved Midnight Rambles also continue.

Helm’s legacy is also being carried on by his own daughter. A talented recording artist in her own right, Amy Helm led the Midnight Rambles Band at a tribute fundraiser held at SXSW music festival in March 2013.

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Thank You, Places…Production Stage Manager ALEXIS LAVON – Broadway World

What’s a stage manager? What do they do? What’s their job? Seriously. Perhaps no job in the theater is as hard to define as that of a production stage manager and it’s that blend of mystery, fear and total dependence that makes actors, directors, crew members, producers – you name it! – hold a really great stage manager in total awe and to revile someone who is (how do you say it, without offending anyone?) less than stellar in their position?

According to Wikipedia, “Stage management is the practice of organizing and coordinating a theatrical production. It encompasses a variety of activities, including organizing the production and coordinating communications between various personnel (e.g., between director and backstage crew, or actors and production management).” And that’s a pretty good definition, to be sure.

However, it doesn’t quite do justice to the amazing stage managers who can make a good production a great one. As they ride herd over everyone connected to a show, while maintaining the integrity of what has been created, the stage manager’s responsibilities are many and varied, and by the wave of a hand or the pointed gesticulation of a colored marker or highlighter, they can work miracles that oftentimes save a production from certain failure.

Yet despite their magical powers and all the wizardry they can summon at any particular moment, stage managers seldom get the attention, the adulation or the respect they so richly deserve…because they are simply so good at their job that they seamlessly move from one task to the next, one project to the next that they don’t call attention to their awesomeness.

With this – our latest regular feature – we hope to rectify that and shine the spotlight on the individuals who make the shows run with the precision of a Swiss timepiece. Thank You, Places… is our opportunity to edify the theater-goer by introducing you to some of the best production stage managers to be found on the planet.

Today, we introduce you to PSM Alexis LaVon, one of Tennessee’s finest:

What was your first stage management gig? A Family Affair, written by Jene India and directed by Helen ‘Olaketi’ Shute-Pettaway. And your most recent? Clybourne Park, directed by Daniel Devault.

How did you get into stage managing to begin with? A good friend of mine mentioned that she needed one and I would be a great fit. I had no clue what a SM was but turned out I did well, loved it and worked continuously for the following 7 years.

What’s the biggest misconception most people have about stage managers? That they are mean and no fun. Most actually have a hilarious sense of humor and great stage manager have extreme patience and multi-tasking skills.

What’s your favorite “the show must go on” moment? There is always something that will happen with each production but one major one was when the light board operator deleted (accidentally) a significant portion of light cues and I had to program light cues on the fly before intermission was over for the remainder of the show.

How do you prepare for a new production? Read/Study script. You would be surprised how many actors/crew wait until the table read. Also prepare my prompt book.

What’s the most outlandish thing ever asked of you as a stage manager? Could I personally call the actor daily to remind them of call time for performances.

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Ranking the Toughest Games on UCLA’s College Football Schedule in 2017 – AthlonSports.com


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After a dismal, 4-8 finish in the 2016 season, UCLA football needs to bounce back in 2017. The return of Josh Rosen at quarterback, after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury, sets a positive tone. UCLA also is rife with talent, the

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Hamas could lose Qatar’s support amid GCC strife – Al-Monitor

Palestinians take part in a rally in support of Qatar at the Qatari-funded construction project “Hamad City,” southern Gaza Strip, June 9, 2017. (photo byREUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

Author:Daoud Kuttab Posted June 9, 2017

The director of Al-Quds Center for Political Studies, Oraib al-Rantawi, is one of the most followed daily columnists in the Arab world, especially when it comes to Palestinian affairs. Rantawi, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin, devoted two successive columns on June 8-9 to the effects of the ongoing Gulf drama to the demise of the Palestinian Islamic movementHamas.

Rantawi made a direct connection in his June 8 column between the escalation against Qatar and the May 20 Arab summit with US President Donald Trump in Riyadh. Trump lumped Hamas with the Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and Hezbollah in his terrorism list, while attending Arab Islamic leaders were quiet.

The well-read analyst said that what is strange is that the four Arab countries that decided to boycott Qatar namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt have not listed Hamas on their terror blacklist. Egypt welcomed on the same day a delegation headed by Yahya Sinwar, the hawkish Gaza Hamas leader, and Saudi Arabia had in 2015 welcomedKhaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas political bureau, while the UAEs favorite exiled Palestinian leader, Mohammed Dahlan, openly proclaims his good relationship with Hamas.

Regardless of their positions toward Hamas, there is no doubt that in the post-Trump visit to Saudi Arabia, a new order has been established.

Omar Kullab, a Jordanian political analyst of Gaza origin, told Al-Monitor that the visit to Egypt by the Hamas delegation was not a pleasant one. Sinwar and his group were summoned to Cairo and were told point-blank that they have to quickly end their rule and hand over the reins of power in the Gaza Strip to the Ramallah-based authority.

Rantawi warned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Ramallah-based leadership, however, not to get too excited about the developments between Hamas and the Arab world. I worry that Fatah in Ramallah would welcome these changes and feel good about them. It might be Hamastoday,but it could be Abbas tomorrow, he warned.

Rantawis concerns are apparently correct. A PLO source in Ramallah told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that the Palestinian leadership is very happy with the latest developments. They are enjoying seeing Hamas go down, especially because of what Hamas did to them, he said in reference to Hamas taking over Gaza by force from the Palestinian Authority in 2007. The source insists that without Qatar, Hamas would have collapsed a long time ago.

Jihad Abu Fallah, a senior producer with the UK-based, pro-Hamas Hiwar TV, also believes that the Qatar crisis will have a negative effect on Hamas. Speaking to Al-Monitor, Abu Fallah said,Many of Hamas leaders have already left Doha, and the newly elected head of the political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, has retracted his decision to move from Gaza to Doha.

Abu Fallah believes that the PLO will also suffer as a result of this crisis. Funding to Palestine will be reduced, and in the frenzy to cozy up to the United Statesthe Gulf countries are going to race to normalize relations with Israel on the account of the Palestinian cause.

In his June 9 column, Rantawi called on Hamas to learn from the Palestinian exile experience in the past decades and remindedthem that when the PLO was based in Tunis in the 1980s, they were forced to give in to international pressures in order to stay relevant andensure that the world didnot negotiate directly with the leadership in the occupied territories. The analyst was referring to pressure placed on the PLO to moderate its position after it took residency in Tunis.

Rantawi believes that there are very few choices left for Hamas, which will not be able to find a safe haveneven in Sudan. If Hamas wants to get out of the bottleneck that is squeezing it, then it must find a way to return to the political umbrella of the PLO and give up its unilateral rule in the Gaza Strip.

The extreme pressure that has been piled on the Gulf state of Qatar is destined to be resolved sooner or later. But the big question will be at what price. How long will the small state of Qatar hold out its claims of sovereignty and independent foreign policy, and what are the compromises and groups that will be sacrificed in order to bring this crisis to an end?

Qatar has been heavily involved not only in supporting Hamas, but also in providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians, especially in the reconstruction effort after the Israeli wars on Gaza. Palestinians are worried that as a result of this crisis, there will be an end to this vital lifeline. Qatar might be forced to end or reduce its financial commitments to the Palestinians, especially in the Gaza Strip.

While the Ramallah-based leadership is not currently under any pressure to take any steps against Qatar such as ending diplomatic relationshipsit will no doubt be watching closely what is happening in the hopeto keep its head low as Palestinians and Arabs await the end of this storm with the least costs.

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Lavon Miller Becomes the First 7-Second Pro Street Diesel

In the world of high-performance diesels, a new milestone was reached. The National Hot Rod Diesel Association, or NHRDA, holds events all across the US specifically for diesel drag racing. Lavon Miller and the Firepunk Diesel team are well known in the high-performance diesel scene. During the last couple of Oklahoma Diesel Nationals, they have been a top contender. During the most recent NHRDA Oklahoma Diesel Nationals, Firepunk set a new record. On one of their qualifying runs, they managed to send their Dodge Ram down the quarter mile in 7.993 seconds at 174 mph. Theyre the first team to ever run a 7-second quarter mile in a Pro Street truck. The previous record was held by the same racer, Lavon Miller, and the time to beat was 8.121 seconds at 174 mph. They set that record on May 20, 2017, at the same Oklahoma Diesel Nationals event. Pretty impressive that the new record is 0.128 seconds faster, but the top speed was the same. A 7-second pass is incredibly impressive when you look at the rules and regulations of the Pro Street class. The truck cant be a full tube chassis, must have a minimum weight of 4,500 pounds including the driver and also must have working taillights. Firepunks weapon of choice is a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. Their truck makes around 2,500-3,000 horsepower and torque. Of course, this takes a fully built engine, transmission, rearend, suspension, and two massive turbochargers. Hopefully, they can pull off more 7-second passes in the near future.

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AIPAC Still Our Biggest Foreign Agent – Antiwar.com

Alleged Russian meddling in the US electoral process will be the subject of a Senate Judiciary Hearing on Wednesday. The hearing is titled “Oversight of the Justice Departments (Non) Enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act: Lessons from the Obama Administration and Current Compliance Practices.” In 1938 the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Agents Registration Act to mandate disclosure of the activities of non-diplomatic foreign agents in the United States propagandizing for war, swinging public opinion, and obtaining foreign aid and other economic benefits through congressional lobbying without disclosing that their activities were conducted on behalf of foreign principals. The first panel of witnesses for Wednesdays Senate hearing will include Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the Justice Department Adam Hickey, Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI Bill Priestap and Inspector General of the Justice Department Michael Horowitz. Second panel witnesses include Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, an outfit which circulated the now infamous dossier of allegations made against Donald Trump by a British spy. William Browder, a Russian market investment expert from Hermitage Capital Management, who has now deemed Russia “absolutely uninvestable” will also testify. According to reports, Browder knows Natalia Veslnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. to peddle opposition research on Hillary Clinton. Panel Chairman Chuck Grassley may ultimately conclude that the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) has failed and that unregistered Russian foreign agents are taking over America. If so, he will be half right, but not the first such senator to express concern. Grassley should consider what happened after a more extensive Senate FARA inquiry was launched 55 years ago. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman JW Fulbright became convinced that unregistered Israeli foreign agents were a serious matter in 1961. A classified staff report worried that: “In recent years there has been an increasing number of incidents involving attempts by foreign governments, or their agents, to influence the conduct of American foreign policy by techniques outside normal diplomatic channels.there have been occasions when representatives of other governments have been privately accused of engaging in covert activities within the United States and elsewhere, for the purpose of influencing United States Policy (the Lavon Affair).” The Lavon Affair referred to Israeli false-flag terror attacks on US facilities in Egypt, in the interest of preventing the handover of the Suez Canal to Egyptian control. The Israeli spies were caught and prosecuted by Egypt, while the disclosure of the attacks created a diplomatic crisis. During the course of the 1960s Senate and Justice Department investigations, it was revealed that Israel was funneling millions of dollars to unregistered foreign agents in America to lobby for foreign aid to Israel, set up think tanks, engage in Madison Avenue public relations, fund lobbying newsletters, and establish an umbrella organization called the American Zionist Council (AZC). Within the AZC was an unincorporated unit that lobbied congress called the “American Israel Public Affairs Committee.” On November 21, 1962, the Department of Justice ordered the AZC to begin registering as an Israeli foreign agent. This touched off an intense battle between the Justice Department and the AZC which outlasted both JFK and RFK. The bloodied and bruised Justice Department hid away its files on the affair until they were finally declassified and released in 2008. The effort to register Israels foreign agents clearly failed. Just 42 days after the Justice Department order, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee incorporated itself in Washington and took over the AZCs functions. Since the year it was ordered to registeras part of the AZCAIPAC has extracted an inflation-adjusted $250 billion from US taxpayers for its foreign principals. Influencing the conduct of US policy “by techniques outside normal diplomatic channels” has never stopped. If AIPAC had complied with the 1962 FARA order, by now it would have filed 109 required biennial reports (1963-2017) of its activities. It would have had to detail joint efforts with Israeli operatives. These include a 1975 incident in which AIPAC Director Morris Amitay circulated classified information about a proposed US Hawk missile sale to Jordan. AIPACs FARA file would have had to detail AIPAC staffers Steven Rosen, Douglas Bloomfield and Ester Kurz 1984 receipt of stolen classified information taken from US industry groups opposed to allowing duty free imports from Israel into the United States. Of course, the FARA disclosure would include details on two AIPAC executives, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, who from 2002-2004 solicited and received stolen classified national defense information from Colonel Lawrence Franklin about Iran and other matters which they passed to the Israeli embassy. The pair attempted to contextualize and place the stolen classified national defense information in the Washington Post to precipitate a US attack on Iran. AIPAC is not complying with the 1962 DOJ order. The Grassley panel might want to invite the FARA Section Head Heather Hunt, who knows all about the AZC-AIPAC incident, to testify why. In 2009 Hunt, along with other members of the FARA division, received a two-hour briefing with the unsubtle title of “The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is an Unregistered Foreign Agent of the Israeli Government.” (PDF) If Grassley does not believe Israeli foreign agent activity to be important, he might want to invite as a star witness Stephanie Schriock. Schriock has publicly claimed that as a high-powered campaign fundraiser for major candidates across the US, the first step in obtaining seed funding for a political campaign was always to circulate a position paper on Israel to AIPAC regional officials. Only then could candidates obtain funds from willing pro-Israel donors sufficient to launch a serious campaign. The Israel lobbys oversized role in US campaign finance on Israels behalf has now made regional peace and productive innovation in US policy impossible, and war all but inevitable. Grassley might also engage in the following thought experiment as he ponders his upcoming hearing. “What happens to a candidate or incumbent if they loudly criticize Russia or US policy toward Russia?” He should then swap out “Russia” for “Israel.” Today, AIPAC may obtain most of its lobbying budget from a relatively small, but wealthy, group of US donors. But that does not mean it is not an Israeli foreign agent for three reasons. The first observable sign, listed on the Department of Justice FARA webpage, is that AIPAC is so obviously devoted to the sole purpose of channeling US taxpayer funds to a foreign country. Such breaks, though DOJ lists sugar quotas as an example, is the major red flag. Despite changes in its PR framing, AIPACs primary business is the same as when founder Si Kenen first conceived it. The lobby for Israel, known as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) since 1959, came into existence in 1951. It was established at that time because Israel needed American economic assistance The second is that AIPAC was incontrovertibly established with foreign seed funding, including to Kenen, nestled inside the AZC. The third is that, as an unincorporated unit within the AZC, AIPAC was clearly covered by the order to register as an Israeli foreign agent. AIPACs top priorities include maneuvering the US to attack Iran, keeping US forces in the region as a buffer, protecting Israeli nuclear hegemony and making criticism and boycotts of Israel in the US impossible. Americans overwhelmingly oppose all that, as well as unconditional US aid to Israel. Senator Grassley should therefore ignore for a moment the flap over Russia, and his own top-25 position as a recipient of pro-Israel PAC money. He should then look seriously at the longest-running unresolved foreign agent problem and ask what action would be best for America. Grant F. Smithis the director of theInstitute for Research: Middle Eastern Policyin Washington and the author of the 2016 book, Big Israel: How Israels Lobby moves America and Americas Defense Line: The Justice Departments Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government.

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Elavon Review & Complaints 2017 | Expert & User Reviews

Key Points – Sales & Marketing Uses Independent Resellers Yes Promotes Deceptive Rates No Discloses All Important Provisions No Elavon relies heavily upon resellers, sub-ISOs, independent agents, and partnerships to market and sell its credit card processing services. This marketing strategy is common among large merchant account providers and can often prove harmful to a companys reputation, as it appears to have done for Elavon. Specifically, the company has received a large number of complaints related to undisclosed fees and leasing terms. One of the companys most notable resellers is the grocer and retailer, Costco. In fact, Costco Merchant Services is often mistaken as its own credit card processing company when it is simply acting as a sales agent of Elavon. Merchants who use Costco Merchant Services often complain that they expected to receive the usual wholesale costs that Costco is known for, and that they were surprised when they encountered Elavons industry-standard pricing. Elavon itself does not appear to use any deceptive advertising or rate quoting tactics on its website. The company has recently added a pricing page that lists specific rate quotes, promising 2.65% plus $0.19 on swiped transactions and 3.5% plus $0.19 on keyed-in payments. These rates seem to apply to both credit card terminals and mobile processing. The company also lists a $10 monthly fee on this page. These rates and fees do not appear to be misleadingly quoted at this time. Most of Elavons accounts are established by resellers who use their own sales and marketing strategies. In a few cases, it is apparent that some of Elavons resellers are using misleading tactics based on reports from merchants. The company and its resellers are also notorious for signing merchants up for expensive, non-cancellable equipment leases through Ladco Leasing as part of their merchant services packages. Elavon usually enforces the terms of the lease agreement even when merchants claim that they were deceived by an agent.

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Top 10 Government Conspiracies | Illuminati Rex

US Joint Chiefs of Staff propose a series of false-flag operations to justify an invasion of Cuba. In order to justify an attack on Cuba, the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed that the CIA conduct a series of terrorist acts with evidence deliberately left behind pointing to Cuba as the culprit. A tactic known as a false flag operation. False flags are acts of terror made up to look like another party is responsible. Famous false flag ops include the Nazis blaming the communists for the Reichstag fire and the botched Lavon Affair where Israeli agents attempted to frame Muslims for the bombings of US, British and Egyptian targets. Northwoods included plans for the sinking of a US warship in Cuban territorial waters, organizing terrorist campaigns in Florida, violating US airspace with planes painted to appear Cuban, blowing up a US airliner drone and then holding mock funerals for mock victims. (a favorite of 9/11 Truthers) The CIA established media outlets throughout the world and infiltrated major US media organizations. The CIA set up newspapers, magazines, newswire services and published thousands of books worldwide. CIA-funded Animal Farm animated film (1954) In addition to the obvious benefits of containing information, spreading propaganda and disinformation, the op financed the production of films including the animated version of Orwells Animal Farm. The CIA used its media assets for intelligence gathering, as go-betweens with foreign agents, and for journalistic cover. The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets. CIA Director George Bush constantly blocked Church Committee member William Bader from obtaining necessary information on Operation Mockingbird or any of the CIAs ties to US domestic media organization. The Church Committee eventually published a whitewashed version of Mockingbird. American intelligence cleaned up the identities of Nazis to make them eligible for government recruitment. After President Truman specifically forbade the recruitment of Nazis, the OSS (the CIAs precursor) acting under orders from the Joint Chiefs, secretly deNazifies ineligible recruits, wiping their records of any connections to the Nazis. The Joint Chiefs of Staff were in a hurry to snap up Nazi rocket engineers, nuclear physicists, chemists, and death-camp researchers before the scientists and their research fell into Soviet or British hands. US intelligence and the Catholic Church created a series of Nazi Ratlines allowing war criminals such as Klaus Barbie (the Butcher of Lyon) to escape to South America. ODESSA, the most well known ratline, allowed hundreds of war criminals to escape prosecution for war crimes. Department of Defense tested biological and chemical weapons on unsuspecting military personnel. Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) was part of the United State Department of Defense (DoD) Project 112. The DoD began testing the effects of chemical agents (nerve gas) and biological agents (Anthrax) on uninformed soldiers posted on US warships and at the Desert Test Center in Utah. Approximately 6000 members of the US military were subjected to the experiments, most as part of Project SHAD. Out of the 134 planed tests, only 46 were completed. After 6 years of research into the project, investigative journalist Eric Longabardi produced a CBS Evening News series that revealed the existence of the secret experiments sparking Congressional hearings. Public Health officials studied the progression of NOT treating syphilis on 399 uninformed American citizens. US Public Health Service conducted experiments on 399 poor African-Americans to study the effects of untreated syphilis. Patients thought they were receiving free treatment from a caring government for what doctors called bad blood. Whistleblower Peter Buxton In 1972, whistleblower Peter Buxton leaked the story to the Washington Star leading to Congressional hearings that ordered the immediate termination of the study. President Clinton apologized to the victims and their families in 1997. Following WW2, CIA, Nazis and other allied spooks terrorized Europe in an anything goes war against communists. NATO cooperated with the CIA, MI6 and other European intelligence agencies to set up a network of paramilitary groups throughout Europe to stop the growth of Communism in Western Europe. Ex-Nazis (Gehlen Org) and other fascists made up the mass of agents, including infamous banker Licio Gelli of the P2 Masonic Lodge. The stay-behinds fomented domestic terrorism and soon began terror campaigns on their own such as bombings, assassinations and false flag operations. Under various covers, Gladio set up shop in Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Sweden, Austria, France, Finland and Spain. In 1990, Italian President Giulio Andreotti confirmed to the world the existence of Gladio leading to a series of similar declarations throughout Europe. The FBI violated the Constitution by wiretapping, spying on, framing, harassing and even assassinating US citizens. The FBIs Counter Intelligence Program began harassing and intimidating constitutionally protected individuals, groups and political organizations within the United States. J Edgar Hoover ordered agents to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the groups and their leaders. Targets included black civil rights movements (Black Panthers), socialist workers movements, US Communist Party, Puerto Rican movements and the New Left. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, author Ernest Hemingway and physicist Albert Einstein were also on the agencys radar. The FBI was especially successful in infiltrating white supremacist groups. Fifteen percent of all Klansmen became FBI informants, including the Imperial Wizard himself, Bill Wilkinson. Informants enticed, planned and even participated in Klan operations including the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and the murder of civil right activist Viola Liuzzo. US government traded arms for cash and hostages then used the proceeds to finance an illegal war in Nicaragua. Senior government officials of the Reagan White House defied a US trade and arms embargo by selling weapons to Iran with Israel acting as the middleman. In return, the US gained the release of American hostages and tons of cash. The same cadre of government officials then used the money to finance secret wars in South America in defiance of the Boland Amendment. In Nicaragua, operation The Enterprise armed and trained a group of rebels the Contras in order to overthrow the democratically elected Sandinista government. In 1986, the Nicaraguan military shot down a cargo plane carrying weapons for the Contras, revealing the CIAs role. The usual paper shredding quickly ensued with National Security Council member and point man for both operations, Oliver North, leading the charge. In 1984, Nicaragua successfully sued the US in the International Court. The US used its veto power to block any enforcement of the courts decision. CIA used LSD and other drugs in mind control experiments on unsuspecting human guinea pigs. At the behest of director Allen Dulles, the CIAs Office of Scientific Intelligence began covertly testing biological and chemical drugs on unsuspecting citizens and staff members. MKULTRA secretly received a whopping 6% of the CIAs entire budget! Utilizing research obtained from Nazi death camp scientists, the CIA eventually used LSD and a plethora of other drugs in an effort to discover the perfect truth serum, induce amnesia and develop other brainwashing experiments. In 1973, CIA director Richard Helms ordered the destruction of all related files. Fortunately, 20,000 documents stored in an unusual location escaped the shredders, allowing the Church Committee and the Rockefeller Commission to reveal the existence of the project to the world. The President lies to the American public and Congress in order to escalate the war in Vietnam. Gulf of Tonkin (Click to view on Google Map) On August 4th an American destroyer, an aircraft carrier and four aircrafts return to the area and engage non-existent Vietnamese targets. In his speech to the American people, unknowingly acting on distorted NSA information, President Johnson declared that North Vietnam attacked US vessels on the high seas- a blatant lie. Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution escalating the war in Vietnam. Johnson later admitted, For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.

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In Glassboro, NJ, celebrating the 50th anniversary of a historic conversation – Philly.com

When the leaders of the worlds two nuclear superpowers met on June 23, 1967, in a town few outside South Jersey had heard of, global tensions were rising, America was becoming divided, and fear of annihilation by the forces of a malevolent ideology haunted our dreams. Advertisment of Nevertheless, people in Glassboro and at Glassboro State College, which hosted the summit between President Lyndon Johnson and Russian Premier Aleksei Kosygin, together created a hospitable, festive, and patriotic atmosphere that bathed the three-day event in goodwill. Local folks put up with the disruptions traffic tie-ups, encounters with the Secret Service, questions from the reporters who were all over the place with equanimity. The summit meeting between Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin and President Lyndon B. Johnson drew crowds on June 23, 1967, in Glassboro. (Provided by Rowan University) We were a small town, and people here wanted something good to happen at the summit, We wanted to help the country, recalls Mayor Leo McCabe, 84, then a refinery research manager raising three young children in Glassboro. Everybody was on board, says Leila DeEugenio, who graduated from Glassboro High School in 1967; her husbands family changed the name of their venerable Glassboro business to Summit City Farms after the LBJ-Kosygin meeting. Last week, I visited the pleasant Gloucester County borough of 19,000, where the Summit name adorns an assisted-living facility on Route 322, a housing complex being built downtown, and a street in an over-55 community called the Village Grande at Camelot. Theres a Summit City Farms and Winery, too. The summit put us on the map, says Fred Tartaglione, owner of Tags Auto Supply on High Street, who is one of many around town who remember when Glassboro briefly became the epicenter of global affairs. As well as a focus of media attention: Nick L. Petronis family home was adjacent to Hollybush, the glassworks magnate Thomas Whitneys 19th-century mansion. Hollybush became the site of the summit, and the Petronis house became the Associated Press operations center. Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin (left) and President Lyndon B. Johnson at their 1967 summit meeting in Glassboro. The two met at the Hollybush mansion on the grounds of the former Glassboro State College, now Rowan University. (Provided by Rowan University) The AP set up a darkroom in the basement and a newsroom in a first-floor office; Nick Petronis mother made and served sandwiches to the newshounds. I was 18 and the AP asked me if I wanted to be a photo runner, says Petroni, an accountant who has several hefty albums of summit photos and memorabilia in his High Street office. I got press credentials on the [spot]. It was surreal, he adds, describing the atmosphere in and around Glassboro on those three days as hopeful that something good would come out of the summit. There was a sense of pride that we had been chosen for this, says longtime resident Thomas Gallia, 73, who retired in 2014 after a career of more than 40 years at what is now Rowan University. At the time, antiwar protests were going on all over, he recalls. I didnt see any protests [during the summit], but I did see a sign that said, Welcome Grandpa. LBJ had just become a grandfather. At Summit City Farms Winery it did not exist in 1967 but will be among the stops on a tour during the anniversary celebration a vintage banner proclaiming Glassboro the Summit Town hangs in a function room. Younger people dont realize how stressful the Cold War was, says manager Jim Johnson, who is 67 and grew up in Glassboro. We were in the heart of the duck and cover era. His reference to the self-protection procedure a cartoon turtle taught us boomers when we were growing up in the 1950s and 60s reminds me of how frightened we really were of a nuclear attack. But while the summit didnt yield a new treaty or a dramatic announcement, the face-to-face conversations between Johnson and Kosygin helped defuse tensions between the two sides. LBJ himself spoke glowingly of the spirit of Hollybush; some historians regard the Glassboro conversations as the beginning of the end of the Cold War. So its fitting that the summits 50th anniversary celebration will be an upbeat affair. Were going to have events from noon to 4 on Saturday, June 24, says Lavon Phillips, borough director of public relations and business development. Tours of Hollybush, summit stories by those who were there, a 1960s car display, performances of period music, and, in the evening, a Spirit of Hollybush dinner are being jointly presented by the borough and Rowan, The former Glassboro State College has become a respected university and has grown from 3,500 to 17,000 students in the last half century; Rowan also is a partner in the construction of an impressive cluster of mixed-use developments along Rowan Boulevard and elsewhere in the heart of the borough. This was not an [institution] that was on the map in this country in 1967, university president Ali A. Houshmand says from his campus office. There is no doubt that the summit had a tremendous amount of influence long term, incrementally on the trajectory [that brought] this university to where it is today. If he had an opportunity to host a summit between President Trump and Vladimir Putin, Houshmand who grew up in Iran tells me he would tell them that the world more than ever before needs [their] leadership to save itself from destruction, particularly by non-state actors involved in terrorism. I would say, it is incumbent on the two of you to sit down because the enemies [on the outside] are far more dangerous to both of us, and it is time to sit down and truly and realistically, for the good of human civilization, figure out ways we can move forward. Johnson and Kosygin on the steps of Hollybush on the Glassboro State College campus. (Provided by Rowan University) Elsewhere on campus, Lori Marshall was having a busy week. The assistant vice president of university relations and unofficial steward of Rowans extensive collection of photographs, documents, correspondence, film, and memorabilia about the summit, she grew up a block away from Hollybush. Only 4 in 1967, Marshall says that spending many recent hours in the archives has impressed upon her the wisdom of Johnsons quote about the clarifying impact of looking a person especially an adversary in the eye and having a frank discussion. To a Cold War kid who vividly remembers fallout shelters and mushroom clouds, that alone is reason for Glassboro, Rowan, and the rest of us to celebrate. Published: June 18, 2017 5:39 AM EDT The Philadelphia Inquirer We recently asked you to support our journalism. The response, in a word, is heartening. You have encouraged us in our mission to provide quality news and watchdog journalism. Some of you have even followed through with subscriptions, which is especially gratifying. Our role as an independent, fact-based news organization has never been clearer. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community. 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Levon Helm – Drummer, Singer – Biography.com

Drummer, Singer(19402012) Musician and singer Levon Helm was a member of the influential rock group The Band and a Grammy Award-winning solo artist. 1 of 3 quotes If it doesn’t come from your heart, music just doesn’t work. I don’t fool with a lot of things that I can’t have fun with. There’s not much reward in that. If you pour some music on whatever’s wrong, it’ll sure help out. Levon Helm Born in Arkansas in 1940, Levon Helm grew up in Marvell, Arkansas. He started his musical career performing with his sister Linda. In 1957, Helm joined Ronnie Hawkins’s band, and through Hawkins he met the future members of The Band. Following the release ofMusic from Big Pinkin 1968, The Band became one of the most influential groups of the era. Later in his life, Helm worked on such solo projects as Dirt Farmer (2007). He died on April 19, 2012, in New York City. The son of an Arkansas farmer, Levon Helm was born Mark Lavon Helm on May 26, 1940, in Elaine, Arkansas. Helm grew up listening to the varied musical styles of the Mississippi Delta region. These sounds, ranging from country to R&B to early rock and roll to the blues, greatly influenced his work in his legendary group The Band and as a solo artist. Helm got his first guitar at the age of 9, just one of many instruments he would learn to play. Before long, he was performing with his sister Linda. Helm started up his first rock group, the Jungle Bush Beaters, while in high school. In 1957, he joined Ronnie Hawkins’s band as his drummer. The group ended up in Canada, where new musicians eventually signed onRick Danko on bass, Richard Manuel on piano, Garth Hudson on organ and Robbie Robertson on guitar. Helms and his fellow backing musicians later split off from Hawkins, becoming Levon & the Hawks and then the Hawks. In 1965, Helm and his bandmates met folk singer Bob Dylan, who hired them as backing musicians for his U.S. tour. Dylan’s fans loathed these performances, objecting to the singer’s abandoning of the acoustic sound of traditional folk forelectrified instruments. Frustrated by the jeering crowds, Helm returned home to Arkansas for a time. In 1967, Helms rejoined his bandmates in West Saugerties, New York. They were living in a big pink rented house together while Dylan recovered from a motorcycle accident in nearby Woodstock. The group, who soon started calling themselves The Band, began to create and record their own songs. These sessions produced their debut album, Music from Big Pink (1968), named after their place of residence. The recording featured a remarkable blend of stylescountry, folk, rock and bluesand produced a sound that was both modern and traditional. These five performers often shared or alternated on the group’s vocals, and Helm lent his distinctive Southern twang to several notable songs. He, with Danko and Manuel, sang the ballad, “The Weight,” on Music from Big Pink, which became one of their best-known songs. For their 1969 self-titled follow-up album, Helms gave voice to the story of Confederate heartbreak in “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” The Band continued to perform and record over the next few years, but tensions were growing within the group. Helm reportedly became frustrated with how the songs were credited, believing guitarist Robertson took sole ownership of works that were collaborative efforts. And Robertson tired of touring. The Band had one final hurrah in 1976, in a concert known as The Last Waltz. The show was all-star affair with appearances by Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and others. Filmed by Martin Scorsese, a film of the concert debuted two years later. Helm reportedly felt that the movie focused more on Robertson, and it proved to be the final straw for Helm and Robertson. Helm didn’t speak to Robertson for years after the concert film’s release. In the early 1980s, Helm reformed The Band without Robertson. They toured and recorded together, but they failed to recapture their early musical magic. The original members were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, but Helm refused to attend the ceremony. Outside of The Band, Helm had some success as an actor. He appeared in the 1980 Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter, playing the singer’s father. In 1983, Helm had a role in the space drama The Right Stuff (1983). In 1998, Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer. He was unable to talk above a whisper for some time, but he eventually regained some of his voice. Over the next few years, Helm found himself in financial hot water. In 2004, Helm launched a series of concerts called Midnight Rambles as a personal fundraising effort. These events, which featured such guests as Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson, were held at his barn-studio on his property in Woodstock, New York. With a raspier edge to his voice, Helm returned to making albums. He enjoyed critical acclaim with 2007’s Dirt Farmer and 2009’s Electric Dirt, both of which won Grammy Awards. In February 2012, Helm took home his final Grammy Award for Best Americana Album for Ramble at the Ryman. This live recording captured one of Helm’s famous Ramble shows performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. That April, Helm’s family announced that the legendary performer was losing his battle with cancer. His wife Sandy and daughter Amy wrote a thank you to his fans who made “his life so filled with joy and celebration.” They said that Helm “loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat and make the people dance!” Levon Helm died on April 19, 2012, at a New York City hospital. He was 71. With his passing, the music world lost one of its most distinctive performers. As one critic wrote, “Helm had a voice like no other in rock music: definitively Southern, soulful and gritty, an oak-barreled whiskey that sometimes went down with a fiery kick.” Before his death, Helm had reconciled with former bandmate Robbie Robertson. Robertson had visited with Helm in the hospital. After Helm’s death, Robertson released a statement, saying “Levon is one of the most extraordinary, talented people I’ve ever known and very much like an older brother to me. I am so grateful I got to see him one last time.” After Helm’s death, other musicians sought to continue his musical legacy through an effort called “Keep It Goin.'” Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, John Prine and many others staged a special concert called “Love for Levon” in October 2012. It was a fundraising event to save Helm’s beloved barn. Helm’s estate also continues to operate his studio and his beloved Midnight Rambles also continue. Helm’s legacy is also being carried on by his own daughter. A talented recording artist in her own right, Amy Helm led the Midnight Rambles Band at a tribute fundraiser held at SXSW music festival in March 2013. We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn’t look right, contact us! Levon Helm Biography.com Biography.com Editors The Biography.com website June 15, 2017 A&E Television Networks April 27, 2017 n/a

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Thank You, Places…Production Stage Manager ALEXIS LAVON – Broadway World

What’s a stage manager? What do they do? What’s their job? Seriously. Perhaps no job in the theater is as hard to define as that of a production stage manager and it’s that blend of mystery, fear and total dependence that makes actors, directors, crew members, producers – you name it! – hold a really great stage manager in total awe and to revile someone who is (how do you say it, without offending anyone?) less than stellar in their position? According to Wikipedia, “Stage management is the practice of organizing and coordinating a theatrical production. It encompasses a variety of activities, including organizing the production and coordinating communications between various personnel (e.g., between director and backstage crew, or actors and production management).” And that’s a pretty good definition, to be sure. However, it doesn’t quite do justice to the amazing stage managers who can make a good production a great one. As they ride herd over everyone connected to a show, while maintaining the integrity of what has been created, the stage manager’s responsibilities are many and varied, and by the wave of a hand or the pointed gesticulation of a colored marker or highlighter, they can work miracles that oftentimes save a production from certain failure. Yet despite their magical powers and all the wizardry they can summon at any particular moment, stage managers seldom get the attention, the adulation or the respect they so richly deserve…because they are simply so good at their job that they seamlessly move from one task to the next, one project to the next that they don’t call attention to their awesomeness. With this – our latest regular feature – we hope to rectify that and shine the spotlight on the individuals who make the shows run with the precision of a Swiss timepiece. Thank You, Places… is our opportunity to edify the theater-goer by introducing you to some of the best production stage managers to be found on the planet. Today, we introduce you to PSM Alexis LaVon, one of Tennessee’s finest: What was your first stage management gig? A Family Affair, written by Jene India and directed by Helen ‘Olaketi’ Shute-Pettaway. And your most recent? Clybourne Park, directed by Daniel Devault. How did you get into stage managing to begin with? A good friend of mine mentioned that she needed one and I would be a great fit. I had no clue what a SM was but turned out I did well, loved it and worked continuously for the following 7 years. What’s the biggest misconception most people have about stage managers? That they are mean and no fun. Most actually have a hilarious sense of humor and great stage manager have extreme patience and multi-tasking skills. What’s your favorite “the show must go on” moment? There is always something that will happen with each production but one major one was when the light board operator deleted (accidentally) a significant portion of light cues and I had to program light cues on the fly before intermission was over for the remainder of the show. How do you prepare for a new production? Read/Study script. You would be surprised how many actors/crew wait until the table read. Also prepare my prompt book. What’s the most outlandish thing ever asked of you as a stage manager? Could I personally call the actor daily to remind them of call time for performances.

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Ranking the Toughest Games on UCLA’s College Football Schedule in 2017 – AthlonSports.com

AthlonSports.com Ranking the Toughest Games on UCLA's College Football Schedule in 2017 AthlonSports.com After a dismal, 4-8 finish in the 2016 season, UCLA football needs to bounce back in 2017. The return of Josh Rosen at quarterback, after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury, sets a positive tone. UCLA also is rife with talent, the …

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Hamas could lose Qatar’s support amid GCC strife – Al-Monitor

Palestinians take part in a rally in support of Qatar at the Qatari-funded construction project “Hamad City,” southern Gaza Strip, June 9, 2017. (photo byREUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) Author:Daoud Kuttab Posted June 9, 2017 The director of Al-Quds Center for Political Studies, Oraib al-Rantawi, is one of the most followed daily columnists in the Arab world, especially when it comes to Palestinian affairs. Rantawi, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin, devoted two successive columns on June 8-9 to the effects of the ongoing Gulf drama to the demise of the Palestinian Islamic movementHamas. Rantawi made a direct connection in his June 8 column between the escalation against Qatar and the May 20 Arab summit with US President Donald Trump in Riyadh. Trump lumped Hamas with the Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and Hezbollah in his terrorism list, while attending Arab Islamic leaders were quiet. The well-read analyst said that what is strange is that the four Arab countries that decided to boycott Qatar namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt have not listed Hamas on their terror blacklist. Egypt welcomed on the same day a delegation headed by Yahya Sinwar, the hawkish Gaza Hamas leader, and Saudi Arabia had in 2015 welcomedKhaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas political bureau, while the UAEs favorite exiled Palestinian leader, Mohammed Dahlan, openly proclaims his good relationship with Hamas. Regardless of their positions toward Hamas, there is no doubt that in the post-Trump visit to Saudi Arabia, a new order has been established. Omar Kullab, a Jordanian political analyst of Gaza origin, told Al-Monitor that the visit to Egypt by the Hamas delegation was not a pleasant one. Sinwar and his group were summoned to Cairo and were told point-blank that they have to quickly end their rule and hand over the reins of power in the Gaza Strip to the Ramallah-based authority. Rantawi warned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Ramallah-based leadership, however, not to get too excited about the developments between Hamas and the Arab world. I worry that Fatah in Ramallah would welcome these changes and feel good about them. It might be Hamastoday,but it could be Abbas tomorrow, he warned. Rantawis concerns are apparently correct. A PLO source in Ramallah told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that the Palestinian leadership is very happy with the latest developments. They are enjoying seeing Hamas go down, especially because of what Hamas did to them, he said in reference to Hamas taking over Gaza by force from the Palestinian Authority in 2007. The source insists that without Qatar, Hamas would have collapsed a long time ago. Jihad Abu Fallah, a senior producer with the UK-based, pro-Hamas Hiwar TV, also believes that the Qatar crisis will have a negative effect on Hamas. Speaking to Al-Monitor, Abu Fallah said,Many of Hamas leaders have already left Doha, and the newly elected head of the political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, has retracted his decision to move from Gaza to Doha. Abu Fallah believes that the PLO will also suffer as a result of this crisis. Funding to Palestine will be reduced, and in the frenzy to cozy up to the United Statesthe Gulf countries are going to race to normalize relations with Israel on the account of the Palestinian cause. In his June 9 column, Rantawi called on Hamas to learn from the Palestinian exile experience in the past decades and remindedthem that when the PLO was based in Tunis in the 1980s, they were forced to give in to international pressures in order to stay relevant andensure that the world didnot negotiate directly with the leadership in the occupied territories. The analyst was referring to pressure placed on the PLO to moderate its position after it took residency in Tunis. Rantawi believes that there are very few choices left for Hamas, which will not be able to find a safe haveneven in Sudan. If Hamas wants to get out of the bottleneck that is squeezing it, then it must find a way to return to the political umbrella of the PLO and give up its unilateral rule in the Gaza Strip. The extreme pressure that has been piled on the Gulf state of Qatar is destined to be resolved sooner or later. But the big question will be at what price. How long will the small state of Qatar hold out its claims of sovereignty and independent foreign policy, and what are the compromises and groups that will be sacrificed in order to bring this crisis to an end? Qatar has been heavily involved not only in supporting Hamas, but also in providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians, especially in the reconstruction effort after the Israeli wars on Gaza. Palestinians are worried that as a result of this crisis, there will be an end to this vital lifeline. Qatar might be forced to end or reduce its financial commitments to the Palestinians, especially in the Gaza Strip. While the Ramallah-based leadership is not currently under any pressure to take any steps against Qatar such as ending diplomatic relationshipsit will no doubt be watching closely what is happening in the hopeto keep its head low as Palestinians and Arabs await the end of this storm with the least costs. Read More: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/06/qatar-gulf-crisis-affect-hamas-palestine-gaza.html

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