President Trump Expecting Fourth Jewish Grandchild – This Time, From Son Eric

President Donald Trump is expecting yet another Jewish grandchild, his fourth – but this one will not come from his famously Jewish daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, who already have three kids. Trump’s second-eldest son, Eric Trump, and his wife, Lara, who is Jewish, are expecting their first child, a boy, in September.

Eric made the announcement on Monday via Twitter, tweeting that he and his wife were excited to add a boy to “Team Trump.” “We are blessed!” he wrote.

The baby boy will be Trump’s ninth grandchild and his fourth Jewish grandchild, joining cousins Arabella, Joseph and Theodore Kushner at the Hanukkah menorah.

Jared Kushner officiated in 2014 when Eric became the second Trump offspring to take a Jewish spouse. Eric and Lana, a TV producer, married at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. The ceremony took place under a crystal-embellished chuppah, the traditional canopy which decorates every Jewish wedding.

The president tweeted out his congratulations to the couple, as did Ivanka Trump, shortly after the announcement.

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Son of Minnesota man, 98, accused of Nazi war crimes, calls for release of evidence

(JTA) – The son of a Minnesota man, 98, accused by a police court of Nazi war crimes, has called for the evidence against his father to be released.

Andriy Karkoc, son of the Minnesota man first identified by the Associated Press as Michael Karkoc, called on Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, the two Democratic senators from Minnesota, to intervene in his father’s case “on legal and humanitarian grounds” and to investigate the source of the evidence against him, the AP reported Saturday. Andriy Karkoc reportedly says the evidence was fabricated by Russian intelligence.

The arrest warrant issued Wednesday by the regional court in Lublin is the first step toward requesting the extradition of Michael Karkoc, The Associated Press reported.

“My father was, is, and remains an innocent man,” his son said Saturday.

Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance–Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation said in a statement on its website that Michael Karkoc was one of the commanders of the SS Galicia Division, also known as the Ukrainian Self-Defense Legion, a unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians during World War II. He is accused of playing a role in the murders of civilians in the villages of Chłaniow and Kolonia Władysławin in July 1944.

He did not mention his Nazi past when he entered the United States in 1949, which would have prevented him from entering the country, the AP reported.

Andriy Karkoc said his father served “honorably” with the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, and that he cannot be judged by the actions of other people in the unit.

Michael Karkoc now lives in a nursing home in Minneapolis, according to The New York Times. Its report cited family members as saying that he is innocent of the charges, and that he has dementia and is not fit to stand trial.

In a Ukrainian-language memoir published in 1995, Michael Karkoc said he helped found the Ukrainian Self-Defense Legion in 1943 in collaboration with Nazi officers to fight on behalf of Germany and against the Soviet Union, The New York Times reported.

He must appear in court in Poland since the country does not recognize trial in absentia, according to the AP.

The Associated Press said that it stands by its reporting of Michael Karkoc.

Peru president, son of Jewish refugee, tells Trump he prefers ‘bridges to walls’

The president of Peru, whose father was a Jewish refugee who fled the Nazis, told US President Donald Trump during a visit at the White House that he prefers “bridges to walls.”

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, born in Lima to a French Protestant mother and German Jewish father who fled the Nazis in 1933, gave Trump a gentle rebuke over his controversial proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico, reported the Washington Post.

Kuczynski on Friday became the first Latin American president to visit Trump in Washington.

The US-educated former Wall Street banker, who renounced his American citizenship to run for Peru’s presidency last June, took a strong stand against Trump’s “America First” agenda while many in the region remain silent.

Kuczynski, 78, told Trump he was interested in the free movement of people — “legally,” he emphasized — and also spoke about trade and economic development, reported the Post.

Earlier this month, Kuczynski thanked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for barring entrance to Peru’s fugitive ex-president, Alejandro Toledo, whose wife holds Israeli citizenship, until he settled his affairs over corruption charges.

Kuczynski harshly criticized Trump during the US presidential campaign, joking he would cut diplomatic relations with the US “with a saw” if Trump followed through on his pledge to build a wall with Mexico, which he compared to the Berlin Wall. On Friday, he made a point of saying “we prefer bridges to walls.”

Peru’s former president, Alan Garcia, once slammed Kuczynski for not having “a single gram of Peruvian blood. He has Polish, Jewish, French, but Peruvian zero.” A former Peruvian ambassador to Washington declared: “Can I have confidence in this guy? He’s old, his parents were European, his wife’s American, his kids live in the States.”

Pablo Escobar’s Son Reveals His Dad “Worked for the CIA Selling Cocaine”

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By Claire Bernish of The Free Thought Project

Juan Pablo Escobar Henao, son of notorious Medellín cartel drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, now says his father “worked for the CIA.”

In a new book, “Pablo Escobar In Fraganti,” Escobar, who lives under the pseudonym, Juan Sebastián Marroquín, explains his “father worked for the CIA selling cocaine to finance the fight against Communism in Central America.”

“The drug business is very different than what we dreamed,” he continues. “What the CIA was doing was buying the controls to get the drug into their country and getting a wonderful deal.”

“He did not make the money alone,” Marroquín elaborated in an interview, “but with US agencies that allowed him access to this money. He had direct relations with the CIA.”

Notably, Marroquín added, “the person who sold the most drugs to the CIA was Pablo Escobar.”

Where his first book primarily covered Escobar, the man as a father, Marroquín’s second — which has just been released in Argentina — delves into the kingpin’s “international ties of corruption in which my father had an active participation, among them with the American CIA,” he said in a recent interview.

Those government associates “were practically his partners,” which allowed Escobar to defy the law, and gave him nearly the same power as a government.

Predictably, this information is conveniently absent from media headlines in America.

If the CIA trafficking cocaine into the United States sounds like some tin foil conspiracy theory, think again. Their alleged role in the drug trade was exposed in 1996 in an explosive investigative series “Dark Alliance” by Gary Webb for the San Jose Mercury News. The investigation, headed up by Webb revealed ties between the CIA, Nicaraguan contras and the crack cocaine trade ravaging African-American communities.

The investigation provoked massive protests and congressional hearings, as well as overt backlash from the mainstream media to discredit Webb’s reporting. However, decades later, officials would come forward to back Webb’s original investigation up.

Then-senator John Kerry even released a detailed report claiming that not only was there “considerable evidence” linking the Contra effort to trafficking of drugs and weapons — but that the U.S. government knew about it.

El Patron, as Escobar came to be known, amassed more wealth than almost any drug dealer in history — at one point raking in around $420 million a week in revenue — and reportedly supplied about 80 percent of the world’s cocaine. Escobar landed on Forbes’ list of international billionaires for seven straight years, and — though the nature of the business makes acquiring solid numbers impossible — his estimated worth was around $30 billion.

Escobar and the Medellín cartel smuggled 15 tons of cocaine into the U.S. — every day — and left a trail of thousands of dead bodies to do so.

“It was a nine-hundred-mile run from the north coast of Colombia and was simply wide-open,” journalist Ioan Grillo wrote in the book, “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency.” “The Colombians and their American counterparts would airdrop loads of blow out to sea, from where it would be rushed ashore in speedboats, or even fly it right onto the Florida mainland and let it crash down in the countryside.”

If what Marroquín reveals in the new book is, indeed, true, it would mean the CIA played a major role in ensuring Americans had access to boundless quantities of cocaine — while the U.S. government sanctimoniously railed against drugs to promote the drug war.

In fact, as Marroquín keenly observes, drug prohibition makes for the best pro-drug propaganda — the nature of something being illegal naturally gives it greater appeal.

That prohibition guaranteed Escobar’s bloody reign would be all the more violent. Marroquín now believes “his path of healing is reconciliation with the relatives of those whom his father ordered to kill.”

While Escobar certainly used violence, or ordered others to use violence, to effectively foment and maintain power, he wasn’t without a charitable bone in his body. As Business Insider notes, “He was nicknamed ‘Robin Hood’ after handing out cash to the poor, building housing for the homeless, constructing 70 community soccer fields, and building a zoo.”

El Patron met his fate in 1993 — by gunshot as he attempted to flee after his house was surrounded. However, the circumstances surrounding his death are still being debated today. Marroquín insists his father committed suicide rather than be shot or captured by police forces sent to hunt him down; while others believe Escobar was absolutely slain by police.

Either way, Escobar’s accumulation of wealth could be viewed as incidental to the role he played for the CIA and the war on drugs — a massive hypocrisy serving to keep people hooked on a substance deemed illegal by the State, so the State can then reap the profits generated by courts, prisons, and police work ‘necessary’ to ‘fight’ the ‘war on drugs.’

“My father was a cog in a big business of universal drug trafficking,” Marroquín explains, and when he no longer served a purpose for those using him that way, killers were sent to do away with the problem — the problem so many had a hand in creating.

Marroquín, who only revealed himself as Escobar’s son in 2009, says he’s had to forgive members of his family for their involvement in the drug business and betrayal of his father — but notes that forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting what happened.

But he has measured perspective about the man who brutally ruled the cocaine industry.

“Pablo Escobar is by no means a role model,” he asserts.

“I admire Pablo, my father, who educated me. Not Escobar, the mafioso.”

Marroquín noted drug lords like his father might appear to have everything as their status and name garner attention, but these material gains, in actuality, take control in the end.

“The more power my father had, the poorer he lived.”


This article (Pablo Escobar’s Son Reveals His Dad “Worked for the CIA Selling Cocaine”) was originally created and published by The Free Thought Project.

Jerry Sandusky’s son Jeffrey charged with child sexual abuse

One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons was charged Monday with sex crimes involving two girls, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested on child molestation charges.

Jeffrey S. Sandusky, 41, was charged by state police and arraigned by a district judge in Bellefonte on 14 counts. He was jailed on $200,000 bail.

Sandusky was a stalwart supporter of his father and accompanied his mother, Dottie, to many of his court proceedings. On Monday, Dottie accompanied Jeffrey Sandusky to his.

Police accused him of soliciting nude photos from a then-16-year-old girl last year and seeking oral sex in 2013 from her then-15-year-old sister.

His defense lawyer, Lance Marshall, declined to comment on the allegations.

“All children have a right to be safe,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller. “We will prosecute this case as aggressively as we do all child abuse cases.”

Miller said Sandusky talked to investigators. “He made statements,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t classify them necessarily as directly inculpatory, but I don’t think they helped him much.”

Sandusky was charged with solicitation of statutory sexual assault, solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, six counts of unlawful contact with a minor and two counts each of solicitation to photograph or depict sexual acts, sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors.

A state trooper said in the arrest affidavit that on Nov. 21, the alleged victims’ father turned over to investigators text messages from Sandusky in which he asked one of the girls for nude photographs.

The affidavit said Sandusky told the alleged victim in texts in March that “it’s not weird because he studied medicine” and instructed her “to not show these texts to anyone.”

The girl’s mother told investigators that when she confronted Sandusky, he told her “he knows it was wrong and inappropriate,” police said.

“The victims’ mother advised that Jeffrey Sandusky had advised her that he was trying to help her daughter by getting naked pictures of her off the internet and needed naked pictures of her to do it and to ‘role play,” the affidavit said.

The girl, called “Victim 1” in the affidavit, told police the texts made her uncomfortable and that “he kept pressuring me and asked me multiple times not to show the texts to anyone,” police said.

Prosecutors allege Jeffrey Sandusky sought oral sex from a second girl, “Victim 2,” in 2013. She was 15 years old at the time.

“Victim 2” told investigators that Jeffrey Sandusky told her in March: “I can’t even say anything except I’m sorry.”

Jerry Sandusky, who adopted Jeffrey Sandusky and five other children, is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Jeffrey Sandusky has not made any public allegations of abuse by Jerry Sandusky, but one of his siblings, Matt Sandusky, alleged during their father’s 2012 criminal trial that he had been abused by him. Matt Sandusky was not called as a witness, and Jerry Sandusky has never been charged with those allegations.

The state Corrections Department said that because of the charges, Jeffrey Sandusky was suspended without pay Monday from employment as a corrections officer at Rockview State Prison, near State College. He had been hired in August 2015.

Bin Laden’s son threatens revenge against US

BEIRUT — Al-Qaeda’s media arm has released an audio in which the purported son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatens revenge against the US for assassinating his father.

In the video released by As-Sahab Saturday, Hamza bin Laden tells Americans that they are accountable for the decisions of their leaders. He says al-Qaeda will continue waging jihad, or holy war, against the US in response to its “oppression” of Muslims.

“If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong,” he says.

Bin Laden was killed in a May 2011 US raid at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His son’s whereabouts are not known. Analysts speculate that he may be preparing to take over leadership of al-Qaeda.

Son of Polish-Jewish immigrant has slight lead in Peru presidential race

(JTA) — The son of a Polish-Jewish immigrant from Germany has a slight lead in Peru’s presidential elections.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former prime minister of Peru and economist for the World Bank known as PPK, as of Monday morning held a 1 percent lead in the voting over Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the jailed former president Alberto Fugimori.

Final results are not expected until at least Tuesday.

Kuczynski ran in the 2011 presidential elections, when Ollanta Humala was elected.

Kuczynski’s Jewish father, Maxime, was born in Poland and moved with his family to Germany. He received his degree in philosophy in 1913 and a degree in medicine in 1919. He served in the German army during World War I.

Maxime Kuczynski fled to Peru in 1933 when the Nazis came to power. The candidate’s mother, Madeleine Godard, was of Swiss-French descent.

The younger Kaczynski served twice as finance minister as well as Cabinet chief under former President Alejandro Toledo. Previously he was an economist with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund before being named general manager of Peru’s Central Reserve Bank. He also served as co-chairman of First Boston in New York City, an international investment bank.

Robert De Niro Tells Press MMR Vaccine Made His Son Autistic

Actor Robert De Niro tells the press that the MMR vaccine gave his son autism

Robert De Niro has expressed sorrow for deciding to pull a controversial film confirming that the MMR vaccine causes autism – saying that his own son became autistic ‘overnight’ after receiving the vaccine from doctors. 

The actor and creator of the Tribeca Film Festival came under fire last week after caving into pressure from Big Pharma and pulling Andrew Wakefield’s new film Vaxxed: From Cover-up To Catastrophe.

Dailymail.co.uk reports:

‘All I wanted is for the movie to be seen and people can make up their own judgement but you must see it,’ he said during an appearance on The Today Show.

‘Let’s find out the truth, let’s just find out the truth.’

He added that he hadn’t yet ‘fully explored’ the fierce backlash against the documentary ‘and I will.’

De Niro, who has an 18-year-old Elliot son with autism, said he had hoped that screening the film could have started a ‘discussion’ about the alleged link between the vaccine and autism.

‘There’s a lot of things that are not said. Nobody seems to want to address that, or they say they’ve addressed it and it’s a closed issue.

‘But it doesn’t seem to be because there are many people who say they saw their kid change overnight.

‘My wife says that (is what happened to my son). I don’t remember. But my child is autistic.

‘I, as a parent, of a child who has autism, I’m concerned, I want to know the truth.’

De Niro also suggested that people should watch another documentary, Trace Amounts, which focuses on the now disproved link between autism and vaccines.

‘There’s a lot of information about things that are happening with the CDC, the pharmaceutical companies, there’s a lot of things that are not said,’ De Niro added.

De Niro admitted he was ‘not too sure’ about the disgraced former British doctor, Andrew Wakefield, who is at the center of the documentary.

But he wanted to help overcome the reluctance to talk about the issue, both in the scientific community and in the general public.

He felt that people were trying to ‘shut down’ discussions around vaccines and autism.

‘There’s more to this than meets the eye, believe me,’ he warned. ‘There’s something that people aren’t addressing. And for me to get so upset here, on the Today show, with you guys, means there’s something there.’

The actor said he simply had not anticipated the ‘knee jerk’ reaction from filmmakers – many of whom had threatened to pull out the festival.

‘Part of me does (regret pulling it), and part of me says let it go for now and I’ll deal with it later in another way.

‘Because I didn’t want the festival to be affected.’

De Niro told the presenters he was skeptical of the scientific community’s findings that there is no link between the vaccine and autism.

‘I believe it’s much more complicated than that. I’m not a scientist but i know because I’ve seen so much reaction.

‘I’m not anti-vaccine, but I’m pro-safe vaccine.’

The 72-year-old went onto compare the reactions of some children to medications such as penicillin – and claimed it could be the same with vaccines.

He even questioned the rise in cases of preventable diseases, such as measles, across the country since the MMR controversy.

‘There’s a kind of hysteria, a knee jerk reaction. Everybody should have choice whether to take vaccines or not. But it does benefit big drug companies.’

The actor and producer had first announced he would be screening the documentary at the festival in a personal statement last week.

‘Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined,’ he said, referring to his wife of 18 years, Grace Hightower.

The statement continued: ‘In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming.

‘However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening Vaxxed.

‘I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.’

However, he later said that after reviewing the film alongside Tribeca organizers and members of the scientific community, the decision to screen the movie had been reversed.

He continued: ‘The Festival doesn’t seek to avoid or shy away from controversy. However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the Festival program. We have decided to remove it from our schedule.’

The documentary claims that US health authorities ‘sliced and diced’ data linking the triple jab for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) to rising autism rates.

Bin Laden’s son urges jihadis in Syria to unite to free Palestine

The son of Al-Qaeda’s late founder Osama bin Laden has urged jihadists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to “liberating Palestine.”

“The Islamic umma (nation) should focus on jihad in Al-Sham (Syria) … and unite the ranks of mujahedeen there,” said 23-year-old Hamza in an audio message posted online.

“There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilized against Muslims,” he said.

His undated message comes after Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri also urged jihadists in Syria to unite, despite his continued rejection of the rival Islamic State (IS) group and its proclaimed caliphate.

“The matter of unity today is one of life and death,” Zawahiri said in an audio message posted online on Saturday.

“Either you unite to live as Muslims with dignity, or you bicker and separate and so are eaten one by one,” he added, according to SITE Intelligence monitoring group.

Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate Al-Nusra Front is a rival of IS, which is an Al-Qaeda offshoot whose leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared an Islamic caliphate across territory seized in Iraq and Syria.

Bin Laden’s son said Syria is the “best battlefield” leading to “liberating Al-Quds,” the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

“The road to liberating Palestine is today much shorter compared to before the blessed Syrian revolution,” he said.

US intelligence officials have said that Hamza was the favorite son of the 9/11 mastermind who had been grooming him to take over as Al-Qaeda’s leader.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s son (Nigger, Zionist) champions father’s dream for Ethiopian Jews

The shared humanity and vision of Martin Luther King Jr. and Jewish leaders during the Civil Rights Movement forged a special bond between two alienated peoples in the United States at one of its darkest hours.

Over 50 years later, King’s son, Martin Luther King Jr. III, sat beside Natan Sharansky in Jerusalem to further that dream by presenting three Israelis with the 2016 Unsung Hero Awards for championing the rights of the country’s marginalized Ethiopian community.

The awards come from the Drum Major Institute, a civil rights organization established in 1961 by the senior King and his Jewish advisor, Harry Wachtel. It was later revived in 1999 by Wachtel’s son, William, and King’s son, who serves as president.

On Sunday morning, King joined forces with Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, to honor singer Idan Raichel, former Ethiopian Member of Knesset Pnina Tamano-Shata, and journalist Anat Saragusti, for their activism on behalf of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants.

Noting his incarceration, and the protests in the US that helped eventually set him free while multiple operations to bring thousands of Ethiopians to Israel were being carried out, Sharansky said being with King’s son in Israel felt like coming “full circle.”

“It is a very symbolic thing, and many people do not know that the leaders who fought for Soviet Jewry in America all came from the Civil Rights Movement,” said Sharansky at the gathering at JA’s headquarters on King George Street.

“I am very excited by the fact that the first time that this prize of Martin Luther King is given abroad is given by his son here in Israel, and is connected to aliya from Ethiopia in this historical building,” he said.

“Six years after Operation Shlomo, where thousands and thousands of Ethiopian Jews were taken from the heart of Africa, I was on an airplane too coming to Israel. We can be very proud that we are the only country that took over 100,000 citizens of Africa and brought them here not as slaves, not as refugees, bus as full citizens.”

Adding that the subsequent integration process has been a “challenging” process, resulting in claims of institutionalized racism by Ethiopian Jews, Sharansky emphasized that true assimilation will only come through dialogue, understanding and tolerance.

“I am so grateful to the three honorees for the work they are doing to help do this,” he said.

King, who was 10 years old when his father was assassinated, said he has visited Israel on six occasions.

“As we talk about human rights in this country, but really globally, my dad’s mission was essentially around the modern civil rights movement,” he said. “He started as a civil rights leader, but I believe he became a human rights leader.”

Adding that his father’s closest advisors and confidants were Jewish leaders, including Wachtel, whose son William joined King at the ceremony, King said his family’s friendship with the Jewish community has been an enduring one.

“Most importantly, much of what my dad was able to do was because people like Harry Wachtel… opened their hearts and minds… and all kinds of wonderful things happened so that my dad and his team could be successful and effective in what they were doing,” he said.

Indeed, King Sr. was so grateful to Wachtel, that his son said he invited him to join him upon accepting the Nobel Prize.

While not addressing Israel’s Ethiopian community’s many challenges directly, King noted the problems people of color are facing in America, particularly as it relates to ongoing violence between African American communities and police, is often rooted in racism and poverty.

“There are a lot of issues that are related to poverty in America,” he said. “My dad used to say – and my mom worked throughout her life to eradicate – what they called the triple evils: the evil of poverty, the evil of racism, and the evils of militarism and violence.

“And somehow, he had the vision to believe that one day we as a society can eradicate those evils. I still believe that it is possible, even in the face of terrorism… So I am here in that spirit as we are here to honor these special honorees today for the work they are doing, to thank them, and to lift them up.”

Still, Tamano-Shat, who was the first Ethiopian Jew to be elected to the Knesset after being rescued by Israeli soldiers during Operation Moses, noted that there is still much work to be done.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, these are the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King,” she said.

“From Martin Luther King I learned that a struggle that is rooted in the love of mankind is destined to succeed… I learned that love is preferable to hate and violence, and when a single voice is heard in the desert, it is our duty to speak out loud again, and again, until it echoes.”

Tamano-Shata continued: “The fight against racism and discrimination are the cornerstone of a better and more just world.”