Russia's Defense Ministry announced on August 16 that on its bombers struck targets inside Syria after taking off from a base in Iran.

“The elite are not the problem right now; the people are,” said German president Joachim Gauck in June. His comment perhaps reflected an old division with a new twist. The division is the Elite vs. the Street. And then there's the twist. 

Over the last year, The New American magazine published (online and in print) a series of articles exposing UNESCO chief Irina Bokova, a Bulgarian communist operative surrounded by corruption allegations who was being pushed by establishment forces as the “front-runner” to lead the United Nations next year. Apparently the widespread dissemination of the information, along with the tireless efforts of anti-communist Bulgarians to sound the alarm, may have played a significant role in derailing Bokova's bid to serve as UN secretary-general. Unsurprisingly, communist forces in Bulgaria, which remain very powerful to this day, joined with their allies in the media to libel this magazine and its parent organization, The John Birch Society, for exposing the truth. From claiming that The New American has links to Turkish intelligence or the KKK to arguing that the magazine is part of an imaginary “Kochtopus” conspiracy, no discredited libel was too ludicrous for Bokova's friends. However, one independent media outlet in Bulgaria, Faktor, offered The New American and this writer an opportunity to respond to the charges and the conspiracy theories. The translated interview was published on Friday, August 19, in Faktor.bg. What follows is the English version. 

Police in Venezuela destroyed nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols on August 17 in a very public display of gun control held in a city square in the country’s capital city of Caracas.

Prime Minister May has said “Brexit means Brexit” and that she intends to honor the will of British voters, but some critics and supporters think she intends for Britain never to leave the EU.

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