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          Assange 'considering' testifying before US Senate Intelligence Committee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Julian Assange and his legal team are "seriously considering" a request from the US Senate Intelligence Committee for the WikiLeaks founder to testify on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
          Russian market selloff deepens on U.S. sanctions move      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A new sanctions move by Washington against Moscow sent Russian markets sharply lower on Thursday, adding impetus to an existing selloff as the rouble hit a two-year low and shares and bonds also tumbled. David Pollard reports.
          VIDEO: BISHOP WILLIAMSON, Consecration of Russia, The Internet, Western Chastisement and more      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
VIDEO: BISHOP WILLIAMSON, Consecration of Russia, The Internet, Western Chastisement and more

Bishop Williamson’s 30th Consecration Anniversary sermon

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          Новый альбом группы ZMEY GORYNICH доступен для прослушивания      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Древлерусские lubockore-скоморохи из группы ZMEY GORYNICH представляют дебютную работу "Mother Russia", выпущенную летом этого года. #Zmey_Gorynich #ZmeyGorynich
          Network Break 181: Russia Accused Of Infrastructure Attacks; US Targets ZTE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On today's Network Break we dive into US and British hacking accusations against Russia, the US vs. ZTE, a new Cisco chip, and other tech news.
          Kremlin slams new round of U.S. sanctions as 'absolutely unacceptable'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Russia lashed out at the United States on Thursday for a new round of sanctions the Kremlin called "categorically unacceptable" and “absolutely unlawful,” as tensions between the former Cold War rivals continued to intensify.

The White House on Wednesday announced the sanctions aimed at punishing...

          Trump sets 2020 date for US Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US President Donald Trump's administration says a new and separate Space Force will ensure its dominance and tackle threats from rivals China and Russia. Reported by SBS 1 hour ago.
          Russia vows to retaliate against 'illegal' new US sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US officials said the new sanctions were in response to an attempt to assassinate a UK citizen and Russian double agent on English soil in March. Reported by SBS 2 hours ago.
          Space Force: Mike Pence outlines plan for creation of Donald Trump's new military department by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Space Force: Mike Pence outlines plan for creation of Donald Trump's new military department by 2020Mike Pence has detailed plans for Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force programme, which would become America's sixth military service by 2020. During a speech at the Pentagon, the US vice president said the service is needed to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened threats from China and Russia. In a tweet published ahead of his speech, Mr Pence referred to space as the "next battlefield".

          Sanctioning Russia for false link to UK poisonings ‘unacceptable & unlawful’ – Kremlin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
RT | August 9, 2018 Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says the use of a Russian link to recent UK poisoning incidents to justify fresh US sanctions against the Kremlin is a violation of international law. “In general, of course it’s necessary to say that we consider it categorically unacceptable […]
          US to impose new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in UK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.A senior State Department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day.Sergei Skripal, a former colonel …

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          The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch For August 9...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          S.C. election officials were trained on cybersecurity and election audits on Wednesday      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The State Election Commission held a two-day cybersecurity and ballot audit workshop this week as they prepares for the highly-consequential 2018 midterm elections.

Held over two days in Columbia, officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security spoke to 150 election officials and IT staff from all of South Carolina's 46 counties on how to improve the state's election infrastructure.

The Election Commission is currently in the process of adding a paper backup to the state's voting system by next year. Attendees of the workshop learned how the Maryland State Board of Elections audits paper ballot records to ensure that votes are properly accounted.

Speakers from SLED, the FBI's InfraGard program, and the Maryland and New Jersey boards of election were also present.

Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitemire cited the ongoing Russian threat as part of the reason for the trainings.

"There is also the threat of other nation-state actors, as well as criminals that could target the state’s election infrastructure driven by a variety of motivating factors," Whitemire added.

Voting system vendors who attended the workshop included voting system vendors Clear Ballot, Dominion Voting Systems, Hart InterCivic, and Election Systems & Software. Last month, Motherboard reported that ES&S — the top voting machine maker in the country — sent a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden in April walking back previous denials regarding crucial cybersecurity gaps.

The company admitted that in 2000-2006, they sold election-management systems that included remote-access software. more…

          Opinion: Finally, Devin Nunes admits what his charade is all about      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In a secretly recorded tape at a fund-raiser, California Republican Devin Nunes told the truth to a group of Republican donors. Not knowing he was being recorded, Rep. Nunes told the donors that the Republican majority in the House has been and remains the main firewall that has protected President Donald Trump from the fallout that could come from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of whether there were links between the Russians and his campaign and of whether the White House has attempted to obstruct the investigation.

          8/10/2018: World: US hits Russia with new sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration has announced new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of a former British spy after months of discussion about how to respond to the March attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Downing Street yesterday welcomed the news,...
          8/10/2018: World: Kaiser’s wife’s letters found hidden in palace      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The last empress of Germany’s private letters have been found in a hidden compartment at a palace in Prussia. The trove of more than 1000 letters belonging to Augusta Victoria has been described by Samuel Wittwer, the director of the Prussian Palaces...
          Sales Assistant (Russian Speaking) | HUGO BOSS | Dubai - Royal Sporting House - Dubai      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Re: Israel And Hamas Are On The Verge Of WAR As More Than 150 Rockets Rain Down On The Holy Land Overnight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hezbollah in Lebanon is a much worse threat to Israel; more rockets, more missiles, more fighters and they're dug in deep. Neither are they surrounded like Hamas in Gaza. Lots of money and support from Iran, including Iranian fighters inside Hezbollah.
Lebanon is a state held hostage by Hezbollah, and the Lebanese Army is as useless as the UN soldiers on the border; they're all afraid of Hezbollah, plus the population of south Lebanon is very supportive of Hezbollah.
There may be a combined attack on Israel from both Hamas and Hezbollah. I'd be watching my northern border and calling up reserves If I were Prime Minister. Israel will have to crush both of them militarily for good, and it will be a bloody and costly business. There is no negotiating with them, they're fanatics, a death cult. Prosperity for their people is not a priority. Revenge, murder and genocide is their agenda, just like ISIL. Ask them, they'll tell you.
Better for this to remain a frozen conflict, because if they keep shooting, it's going to all out war, and I'm a bit nervous as to what the Russians might do, especially their air power in Syria.

          Sicilia And Sofi Goldfinger – Glamorous Hungarian and Russian babes enjoy an erotic lesbian fuck      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          Former Obama Defense Official and WAPO reporter: There is a need for a Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A former Obama Defense Department official told CNN today that there really is a need for a Space Force: Kirby points out that both Russia and China already have space forces of . . .
          ALWAYS BET ON THE dEEP sTATE:      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Russia reels, cries foul after U.S. sanctions spiral escalates (Andrew Osborn, 8/09/18, Reuters) 

Russia condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions as draconian on Thursday after news of the measures sent the rouble tumbling to two-year lows and sparked a wider asset sell-off over fears that Moscow was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions.

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          Re: Russia Is Our Friend      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Yes, I think we need Ivy league volunteers to travel to Russia and teach them their own history.

          Re: Russia Is Our Friend      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Thanks for that history lesson. You make things so simple. The Russians did not have slaves, they had serfs. Serfdom abolished in 1861. Serfdom not pleasant but a far cry from the cruelty of US slavery.

          Re: This is the real, Americanized, nazi, Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Besides the public being deceived there is also self deception. The assumption that deceives is that the federal government of the USA is independent in any manner to effect independent policy from those who control its purse strings and have their own agenda to advance through its capture of the entirety of all the levers of power contained within the jurisdictional operations and mandate of said federal government. The election of persons to offices within this federal government are irrelevant as far as making any decisions on major issues such as whether or not to fund a Nazi regime on the border of Russia as a continual irritant with any real threat posed by the Ukrainian regime being merely a harassment.

Perhaps the questions better asked and answered is why Russia is a target and what is the nature of its non compliance? Or even if this non compliance amounts to anything other than a necessity for the role Russia has been given to play in the grand scheme of an overall business planning that seeks to advance a world technocratic dictatorship to which Russia is being compliant. Witness 'Russian' oil giant Rosneft selling 18% of itself to 'American' oil giant Glencore. Which internationlists own the preferred shares of either corporation whether of the private or government corporate persuasion? Or the Russian white paper on going cashless by 2030 under its Skolkovo 2030 - Agenda 21 processes.

To understand the nature of operations being advanced one has to be able to view the scale of the operation. Focusing on one division of the operation, governance as edict rather than government as representative, and wondering why it doesn't operate as it was originally intended should have one looking elsewhere logically for the answer as to the whys and wherefores of the change.

          Re: We’ll Pay All Those Future Obligations by Impoverishing Everyone      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

You overlook the most important factor in the analysis of political economy today: mass populations. The absolute domination of the people by an elite is simply not possible. The elite is in power because it has mastered disinformation and it has convinced the herd that they live in a democracy with free & fair elections. Our freedom and blessed way of life is challenged by the Enemy, the Russians who work to undermine our idyllic condition.

This is very weak bullshit. Just the same, the people want to believe and will believe so long as evidence to the contrary can be ignored. But when economic pain intrudes and cannot be ignored, the herd awakens and grows restless. The elite must be relentless and creative in the ways and means of compromising with the masses. Stalinist domination is not possible, and "technocracy" will not contain massive discontent. The message of the 2nd Amendment is:" Don't fuck with me!" Therefore, the elite must work very hard to gain the cooperation of the people.

Les Miserables is a pre-revolutionary fable that was agitprop for the political transformation of 1789, when the masses of people began to express their new consciousness of the "rights of man". The power of the people has not gone away. It is the most basic consideration in the calculation of any politician or group seeking power. The rich know this better than any other group. They rig elections, they lie, cheat, steal to maintain control. If their idiot Federal Reserve screws up as it has done frequently since 1913 and they lose their grip, their economic system which is glued together with bullshit will collapse. Angry mobs will sweep them away. It won't be a repeat of 1789. It will not be a transformational purge. It could be global megadeath. The stakes are so much higher, like never before in history.

          Re: Russia Is Our Friend      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In the simplest terms, Russia is not our enemy -- but external threats will always be manufactured when the criminals in government are afraid of prosecution, revolution, or a decline in profits from the weapons industry.

          Re: Neocons hate Russia even more than they hate any other nation.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

(Pg. 12)

Perpetrators of violence exist at all levels of society and all adults are, consciously or unconsciously, perpetrators of violence. But, for the purposes of this section, I will define the archetype violent personality. In the next section, I will describe ‘the spectrum of the violent personality’ that exists alongside this archetype and, in the following section, I will describe collaborators and traitors.

Although such prominent (twentieth century) historical figures as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Idi Amin and Pol Pot might be considered primary examples of the archetype, perpetrators of violence who exhibit the archetypal profile exist throughout society even if the domain of their violence is limited and, in some cases, confined largely to the family home. It includes both men and women.

Archetype perpetrators of violence have suffered an extraordinary level of terror and violence during childhood leaving them particularly badly emotionally damaged. So what are the archetype personality characteristics of perpetrators of violence?

A close observation and analysis of archetype violent personalities reveals that these individuals have at least twentythree fundamental feelings/attributes that characterise them."

Why Violence
by Robert J. Borrowes

          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Tom Nash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Through internediaries, the DNC/Hillary Campaign Fund commissioned and paid for the Russian Dossier. The reason it went through so many different channels is that the DNC/ Hillary Campaign did not want their role in this project exposed. For that same reason, it took a year and some digging to find out who funded this foreign opposition research. If you believe that "the facts" in the dossier "are true, and that the FBI already knew about them", stick with that fantasy as well. Steele himself has not gone that far, so step in and make that claim for him.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
lots of russian hate coming here these days russians can hate back dont miss it the fight we have all been waiting for
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
trust me none of those guys likes me btw you guys want to fight russians, here is your russian fight coming
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by hollywood      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Can't do your own research? Just read this. Then ask, who might such a person be?
          Ritzwell in Saint Petersburg      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The new showroom in the most ancient district of the Russian city

10/08/2018 - Japanese culture and sensitivity, which are intrinsic to Ritzwell’s innovative design, are today represented in Russia, inside an elegant international design showroom, Galerie 46. Developed on the mezzanine floor of a prestigious historical building and located in the most ancient and renowned district of Saint Petersburg – in Bolshaya Morskaya street – this exhibition space covers a surface of 200 sqm with wide store windows facing the street.   The neutral shades of the modern setting with naked concrete walls, alternated with warm wooden surfaces and combined with the lightness of the sliding partition walls in iron and glass and to the extra-large rugs on the floor, all contribute $Lee la noticia
          Factbox: U.S. companies with exposure to Russia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Although the United States and Russia have imposed economic sanctions on each other since 2014, several large U.S. corporations, including PepsiCo Inc and McDonald's Corp , still count Russia as a growth market.

          A Noshahr la Repubblica Islamica conquista l'oro nell'evento "SCUBA" dei Giochi Militari, Russia e Venezuela ex-aequo seconde, Siria sul podio per il bronzo!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nella località di Noshahr, sul Mar Caspio, si sono tenuti gli eventi subacquei dell'edizione 2018 dei "Giochi Militari".

Ad essi hanno preso parte le rappresentative di otto nazioni.

I giochi prevedevano diverse prove:

  • Percorso a Ostacoli Subaqueo
  • Saldatura Subacquea
  • Salvataggio di Natante Affondato
  • Salvataggio in Spazi Ristretti
  • Recupero di Subacquei Feriti
La Repubblica Islamica Iraniana ha avuto l'onore di salire sul gradino più alto del podio mentre Russia e Venezuela, per un incredibile parità nei punteggi, si sono divise l'argento. Ma ancora più incredibile é stato il terzo posto della Repubblica Araba Siiriana.

Si può ipotizzare che senza gli anni di lotta al terrorismo (che sicuramente hanno interferito con le attività della Marina), i suoi "uomini rana" avrebbero potuto a buon diritto disputarsi l'oro con i colleghi iraniani.

Complimenti a tutti!

          The Ninth Heart (1979) Juraj Herz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Ninth Heart (1979)
aka Deváté srdce
Genre: Fantasy | Horror
Country: Czechoslovakia | Director: Juraj Herz
Language: Czech | Subtitles: English, Spanish
& Russian (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 88mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 720x554 - 25fps - 1.44gb

The vagrant student Martin volunteers for a quest to cure princess Adriana, who is kept ill by a queer sort of disease. He does in no way anticipate that the princess is under the spell of the powerful magician Andlobrandini, who is preparing a rejuvenating elixir prepared with the blood of nine human children's hearts.
 The Ninth Heart (1979)

           Pence outlines US Space Force plan for 'next battlefield'       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S....
           U.S. companies with exposure to Russia       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By April JoynerAug 9 (Reuters) - Although the United States and Russia have imposed economic sanctions on each other since 2014, several large U.S....
           Halep outlasts Pavlyuchenkova to reach third round in...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Aug 9 (Reuters) - Top seed Simona Halep grinded out a 7-6(9) 4-6 7-5 win over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday but...
          Julian Assange 'Seriously Considering' Testifying Before Senate Panel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is "seriously considering" a request to testify in person before the U.S. Senate intelligence committee about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to a statement from his lawyer. Assange has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012, in part over fears that he could be extradited to the U.S. and potentially face trial over leaking massive troves of documents. On Wednesday, the WikiLeaks Twitter account posted a letter that it says was delivered to Assange via the U.S. Embassy in London. The purported document is signed by committee Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner and asks that Assange "make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location" as part of the probe. Spokespeople for Burr and Warner declined to comment on whether the document is authentic. "We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's
          Mike Pence outlines plan for new US Space Force by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The American vice president said America had to ensure its dominance in space amid new threats from China and Russia.
          Pussy Riot member ‘has left Russia’ for UK visit, despite ban      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Maria Alekhina is to attend a performance based on her book at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
          Facial Recognition to Be Used by Ethical Hackers to Collect Social Media Profiles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sometimes you just need to equal the playing field. That seems to be the point of a new open-source tool, Social Mapper. It hacks its way in to social media profiles using facial recognition to collect many of them all at once. While you may be questioning the motive of something like this, the creators say it will help security professionals by giving them the same tools as the hackers. How Social Mapper Works Social Mapper will gather the information from a person’s profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Chinese microblogging sites that include Weibo and Douban, and the Russian social media VKontakte. It... Read more

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Bartolomeo e Kirill si incontrano il 31 agosto. La posizione di Papa Francesco
Aci stampa
(Andrea Gagliarducci) Si parlerà probabilmente anche della concessione di una autocefalia nazionale ucraina nell’incontro che il Patriarca Ecumenico di Costantinopoli Bartolomeo I e quello di Mosca Kirill avranno ad Istanbul, nella sede del Patriarcato Ecumenico, il prossimo 31 agosto. Il tema non riguarda direttamente la Chiesa cattolica, che non prende posizione, ma osserva semplicemente gli sviluppi del dibattito. Eppure, in qualche modo, va a toccare anche la Chiesa cattolica, anche perché sia Bartolomeo che Kirill hanno cercato sponde con Roma. (...)

           Russia vows to retaliate against new US sanctions       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Kremlin on Thursday vowed to retaliate against "unacceptable" new US sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former...
           Pussy Riot member `has left Russia´ for UK visit,...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Maria Alekhina is to attend a performance based on her book at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
           U.S. sanctions slam Russian ruble, Turkey's lira tumbles       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Herbert LashNEW YORK, Aug 9 (Reuters) - New U.S. sanctions drove down Russia's ruble, while worries that Turkey was sliding into a full-blown economic...
           Pussy Riot says member has left Russia, despite ban       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MOSCOW (AP) - The Pussy Riot punk collective says one of its members has departed for Britain, despite being banned from leaving Russia.Maria Alekhina had...
           Russian market pares losses under threat of new sanctions       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Andrey OstroukhMOSCOW, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Russian authorities played down the importance of new U.S. sanctions, saying they have tools to maintain...
           Russia denounces new U.S. sanctions as illegal, mulls...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Andrew OsbornMOSCOW, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Russia condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions as illegal on Thursday and said it had begun working on...
          "[T]he president is only partially correct in saying that the meeting with Trump Jr. is 'done all the time in politics.'"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Writes Jonathan Turley at The Hill.
The media has largely ignored that Hillary Clinton and her campaign spent a huge amount of money to fund the efforts of former British spy Christopher Steele to gather dirt on Trump, including information from the Russian government and intelligence figures...

However, this particular meeting is not “done all the time” because it was uniquely dumb. Trump Jr. pulled Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner into a meeting with unknown participants connected to the Russian government in Trump Tower as members of the media meandered around downstairs. The irony is that the Clintons showed how this is “done all the time” with cutouts and third parties like Steele. Indeed, despite denials during and after the campaign, the Clinton team only admitted to funding the dossier after the media stumbled onto the paper trail long after the election. When caught, they simply declared it was done all the time as “opposition research.”...

If the Russians had evidence of criminal conduct by Hillary Clinton, her campaign or her family foundation, the Trump campaign had every reason to want to know about it. That is precisely what the Clinton campaign spent millions to do, talking to Russians and other foreigners investigating Trump....

In the end, the Trump Tower controversy is not based on “fake news” as claimed by the president, but the federal crime alleged by the media is based on fake law.
"Fake law" is a great catchphrase. You could just say that somebody is wrong about the law. But "fake law" plays into our present-day anxieties so well.
          Political show trials in America!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Big Brother
Thomas Williams - This Ivy League Authority political trial of Donald Trump has become the scandal of the lates dirty truck behavior from the Washington DC establishment membership. Who is trying to hold onto Government power any kind of way they can.

With the help of the MSM the Ivy League alumni authority club has broadcast a steady negative political campaign against Donald Trump.

Robert Mueller is simply trying to find any kind of J-walking crim to justify the activities of the way the Washington DC establishment has been running the U.S. Government all along.

Because of course, it is always someone else racism, or crime, and never them.
Real Donald Trump Tweets

@realDonaldTrump tweeted:
“There has been no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump or the campaign was involved in any kind of collusion to fix the 2016 election. In fact, the evidence is the opposite, that Hillary Clinton & the Democrats colluded with the Russians to fix the 2016 election.” @GrahamLedger

Donald J. Trump on Twitter
“There has been no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump or the campaign was involved in any kind of collusion to fix the 2016 election. In fact, the evidence is the opposite, that Hillary Clinton & the Democrats colluded with the Russians to fix the 2016 election.” @GrahamLedger”
          Senate Democrats Are Circulating Plans For Government Takeover Of The Internet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Identity verification to use the internet but not for voting. Via Reason: All your base are belong to us. A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on Russian bots and fake news. To save American trust in […]
          ‘Collusion’ Fail: After Trump Slaps Even More Sanctions On Russia, Russia Issues Snarky Response      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Narrative blown. Via Daily Wire: All that “collusion” really hasn’t paid off for Russia, which has once again been slapped with more sanctions by the Trump administration, this time for trying to poison a former spy and his daughter. If Russia doesn’t satisfy certain demands over the next few months, even more crippling sanctions will […]
          Emails Show Christopher Steele Lobbied The DOJ On Behalf Of Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
So who was colluding, again? Via Daily Caller: At the same time Christopher Steele was compiling a dossier accusing the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russian government, the former British spy was lobbying Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr on behalf of a Russian oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The […]
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After paying Steele, then saying he could no longer be used, Bruce Ohr rigged up a system to work with Steele anyway, in cooperation with Nellie Ohr, his wife, who worked for Fusion GPS so that even after the election they could still target Trump. Via The Hill: Hundreds of pages of previously unreported emails […]
          FBI Made At Least 11 Payments To Christopher Steele, And He Was Deemed ‘Not Suitable As A Source’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
That means they were paying for opposition research to be done on Trump. So both the FBI and the Democrats were funding Steele’s who then paid Russian sources. Via Judicial Watch: (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today the FBI turned over 70 pages of heavily redacted records about Christopher Steele, the former British spy, […]
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The White House on Wednesday announced the sanctions aimed at punishing...

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Share the beaver gospel You obviously know a lot of things about beavers already. But did you know there was a mongolian beaver? Mongolia is sandwiched between Russia and China, and one of the least densely populated countries in the world.  Fully 30 percent of its people are still considered ‘nomadic’. Sure enough there is place for beavers in the Tuul River and they’ve been reintroduced numerous times but never quite ‘took’. Well they’re trying again with another 50 pairs. M.Enkhbat: Breeding of 100 beavers in Tuul River will bring benefits A reporting team of the MONTSAME national news agency visited the Beaver Introduction Project Unit in Gachuurt Village in Bayanzurkh district, Ulaanbaatar.   One of the stories I heard from Michael Pollock about his graduate years was a research project he was involved in ages ago where they tried to follow up on the beavers they had released in Mongolia earlier. They traveled from village to village, asking about beaver and looking for signs, but saw nothing whatsoever of their efforts remaining, Until they met one very enthusiastic man who said he knew what they were. “Ya!Ya! That thing with the tail! Yes I saw them. I like them. Can you bring more?”          They were delicious!” All of which makes me not hold out the highest hopes for these beavers, even AFTER they get out of their concrete cell block. Hrmph. Which brings us to the third story of the day, which you must all be detectives to appreciate. Because it describes the case of the missing steelhead in California and the countless measures they are taking to recover them, as well as the businesses and  weighty nonprofits up for the task without mentioning A SINGLE TIME what it is that would help those fish and waterways for free Read more…
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2.0.0 RC 1 Bioruebe released this Aug 3, 2018
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Added support for wix installers
Added support for Spoon installers
Added support for .rpgmvp files
Added support for .utage files
Added support for MDF image files
Added support for Smacker video files
Added support for ECM compressed disk images
Added support for swf executables
Added support for OGG Vorbis audio files
Added support for Mole Box executables
Added support for NScripter version 2 archives using ns2dec
Added support for Smile Game Builder archives
Added support for UNC paths
Added support for Lzip archives
Added support for Visionaire game archives
Added 'Open Log Directory' menu item
Added 'Open Configuration File' menu item
Added detection support for encrypted fsb files
Added check on start to make sure a language file exists
Added Right to left UI mirroring for Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew; thanks to peterooch
Added new error messages: not enough free disk space, missing part for multipart archives
Fixed MS SFX hotfix extraction
Fixed 'Open folder after extraction' being always disabled when UniExtract is opened with command line parameters
Fixed cleanup for .chm and EnigmaVB files
Fixed error message after failed iso extraction: choices were mixed-up
Fixed missing file type information in NOTPACKED error message for FFMPEG extraction
Fixed missing packer name in unpack prompt
Fixed extractors not being found on some systems
Fixed pea extraction writing to wrong directory
Fixed cascading context menu for supported Windows Server operating system versions
Fixed 'Always on top' option not being saved
Fixed endless detection loop occuring for some .exe files
Fixed missing minimize controls
Fixed status box for .swf extraction
Fixed extraction being detected as failed if the output directory is a drive, not a folder
Fixed FFMPEG download/installation problems
Fixed progress display performance in status box and pattern detection
Fixed certain files being ignored by cleanup function
Fixed crash when trying to open preferences GUI if /lang directory does not exist
Fixed log files size display in file menu, if log directory is set to a location, which does not exist
Fixed DGCA plugin installation
Fixed language selection list not being scrollable
Fixed some context menu GUI items not being translated after language change
Fixed 'Not an InstallShield installer' option in MethodSelector not starting additional scans
Fixed output directory not being deleted after failed extraction (unicode mode only)
Fixed video extraction failing for files starting with -
Fixed error message when starting batch mode
Changed feedback GUI design, removed unneeded input fields
Changed feedback GUI to always pre-fill output field
Changed .nrg extraction method to use 7zip for improved unicode support
Changed .arj extraction to use 7z instead of arj
Changed .hlp extraction: improved logging, localized file name
Changed extraction to subdirectory: "."-character is now replaced to prevent collisions with existing files
Changed updater: each file is now updated on its own instead of using update packages, this way extractors can be updated much easier and faster; administrator rights are now only necessary if the program directory cannot be written to
Changed plugin download: URLs are no longer hardcoded; instead they are requested from the server, so when something goes offline UniExtract does not have to be updated to fix the link
Replaced Unreal Engine package extractor with Umodel
Removed redundant 64-bit MediaInfo dll
Removed option to toggle support for game packages from settings GUI
Updated 7zip to 18.01
Updated EnigmaVB unpacker to 0.44, changed logic to use new command line parameter
Updated Exeinfo PE to
Updated unrar to 5.50
Updated unrpa to 1.5.2
Updated TrID to 2.24
Updated unshield to 1.4
Updated FFMPEG to 4.0.2
Updated innounp to 0.47
Updated Bulgarian translation, thanks to Jekov J.K.
Updated French translation, thanks to zorbao
Updated Chinese (Traditional) translation, thanks to jfcherng
Updated Portuguese (Brazilian) translation, thanks to igorruckert
Updated Greek translation, thanks to gvp9000
Updated Russian translation, thanks to @wvxwxvw

Pre-release v2.0.0-beta.4
Bioruebe released this Oct 25, 2016 · 82 commits to master since this release

Beta 4 is planned to be the last beta version before the final release. It adds support for
several new installer types, a new context menu entry 'Extract to last used directory',
improved user interface, a statistics display and multiple bugfixes.

Added support for InstallAware installers
Added support for .gif and apng files (FFMPEG)
Added support for Enigma Virtual Box executables using EnigmaVB unpacker (plugin)
Added support for Ghost Installer Studio installers
Added support for Smart Install Maker installers (plugin)
Added lessmsi for improved support for .msi files
Added statistics GUI
Added status box when moving/copying unicode files to temp directory
Added timeout to some scan functions to prevent delays caused by unresponsive helper binaries
Added extraction to last used directory command line option and context menu
Changed forcing a single instance and auto-adding is now disabled if the extraction
is already finished and only the result message box is opened
Changed unicode path logic: file is now copied instead of moved if it is on a different
drive than the temp directory
Changed status box design
Fixed multiple error messages being displayed on failed update check
Fixed update message display problem
Fixed possible problems when entering relative paths in main GUI input fields
Fixed extraction not working when file directory contains unicode characters and
there is not enough free space on the drive containing the temp folder
Fixed free space check not taking unicode file moving into account
Fixed .sit extraction
Fixed crash when trying to extract wise installers
Fixed swf extraction ignoring some images and sounds
Updated language files for Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Italian
Removed DMGExtractor and replaced it with 7z
Updated 7zip to 16.04
Updated ExeInfoPE to
Updated fsbext to 0.3.5
Updated innounp to 0.46
Updated QuickBMS to 0.7.5
Updated ttarchext to 0.2.10

Pre-release v2.0.0-beta.3

Bioruebe released this Jun 25, 2016 · 104 commits to master since this release

Beta 3 brings a brand new updater, fixes several errors related to missing permissions
and adds 8 formats to the list of extractable files.

Added support for .mp3, .wmv and .wma files
Added support for bcm compressed files using bcm
Added support for zpaq archives using zpaq
Added support for Android boot images using bootimg (plugin)
Added support for Excelsior Installer executables
Added support for ISO zipped image files using unisz
Added status box to sfx script extraction
Added output directory permission check
Added update summary to update prompt
Added back is5comp (plugin)
Changed .exe detection logic for speed improvements
Changed file type detection: TrIDLib is now used for extraction, TrID for scan only mode, the library
version is much faster but returns less additional information
Changed settings directory: if UniExtract detects insufficient write permissions to its directory,
all settings are stored in %APPDATA%; this way multiple users on the same local system can
also have different preferences
Changed .exe extraction: UniExtract will now terminate with a NOTPACKED error instead of using
generic 7z extraction, which produces useless files
Changed success evaluation: if files were overwritten the extraction was often evaluated as failed
Changed success evaluation: improved failure detection
Changed keepopen option: moved from edit menu to main GUI for better usability
Fixed crash when clicking finish button in plugin GUI if no item has been selected before
Fixed helper binaries execution failing if %comspec% environment variable is unset
Fixed .pea detection
Fixed .chm extraction
Fixed .mht detection
Fixed FreeArc extraction
Fixed AdvancedInstaller extraction
Fixed registry keys are now being deleted after scanning if they did not exist before for ExeInfo, PEid
Fixed settings not being saved if UniExtract lays in program files directory due to lacking permission
Fixed updating/FFMPEG download if user has no write permissions to UniExtract's directory
Fixed free space check failing if output directory does not exist
Fixed not enough free space dialog's 'Abort' button not working
Fixed download progress indicator not being on top of first start GUI
Fixed first start GUI now shows 'Installed' if FFMPEG already exists
Fixed error message display bug for unicode files
Fixed some wrong detections
Fixed unicode multipart rar/7z archive extraction
Fixed unpack prompt in some cases being displayed again after the user clicked 'no'
Fixed 7zip check often returning true, even if the file cannot be extracted, leading to 'failed' extraction result
Fixed crash in update message when UniExtract is run from command line and 'No' is clicked
Fixed syntax help dialog closing automatically
Fixed possible false positives when using checkNSIS function
Fixed password detection for some .rar files
Fixed some untranslated terms in MethodSelect GUI
Removed globalprefs option and preference storage in registry
Removed faad and flac, extraction is now handled by FFMPEG
Removed unnecessary input file moves
Removed 7zip 15.14, reverted to 15.05 as NSIS support was dropped from newer versions
Updated ExeInfoPE to
Updated peazip to 0.53/1.0
Updated ttarchext to 0.2.9
Updated Japanese translation, thanks to A. Inaba
Updated Chinese (Simplified) translation, thanks to SeaHOH

Pre-release v2.0.0-beta.2

Bioruebe released this Feb 8, 2016 · 118 commits to master since this release
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Added game mode: status box is not being displayed if a foreground fullscreen application is running
Added /update command line parameter
Added wrong password error message (exit code 10) for rar, 7z extractors
Added support for CreateInstall installers (plugin)
Added support for DGCA compressed files (plugin)
Added support for pcm audio tracks in video files and .mxf files
Added support for Advanced Installer installers
Added support for SQLite databases, creates .sql command file
Added fallback extension check for .assets files
Added import function to plugin GUI to simplify plugin setup
Fixed keepopen option not working after batch mode finished
Fixed SQLite dlls not being found
Fixed help command line parameter
Fixed storeguiposition and checkgame options not being saved
Fixed extraction failing for Gentee Installer, Installer VISE and Setup Factory
Fixed preferences and context menu GUI label width for some translations
Fixed updating 7zip binaries
Changed error message if no tracks to be extracted in video file
Changed WarnExecute messages to include full paths instead of untranslated ''
Updated innounp to 0.45
Updated unrar to 5.31 Beta 1
Updated 7zip to 15.14
Updated extraction script for Visionaire files
Updated finnish translation, thanks to Jyrki Vesterinen
Updated portuguese (Portugal) translation, thanks to Luis Neves
Updated russian translation, thanks to an anonymous contributor
Updated Portuguese (Brazilian) translation, thanks to Igor Rückert

Pre-release 2.0.0 Beta 1

Bioruebe released this Jan 1, 2016 · 131 commits to master since this release

Added support for Ren'Py game engine's .rpa archives using unrpa
Added support for Unreal Engine packages (.u, .uax, .upk) using Unreal Package Extractor (plugin)
Added support for Telltale game archives (.ttarch)
Added support for Livemaker games via crass/crage (plugin)
Added support for .aac audio files (decompress to wav) using faad (plugin)
Added support for .flac audio files using flac
Added support for FreeArc compressed archives (.arc) using FreeArc unpacker
Added support for .mpq archives using MPQ Plugin for Total Commander (plugin)
Added support for .sfArk files using sfarkxtc
Added filescan with MediaInfo dll to provide additional information on media files (scan only mode)
Added delay to update script to prevent 'not found' error, changed execution parameter
Added 'Open program directory' help menu entry
Added file metadata (filesize, creation date,...) to log file when 'Ask for feedback' is enabled
Added timeout exit message
Added additional weblinks to help menu
Added option to disable video track extraction
Added support for Windows 10
Added explaining tooltips to some options
Added option to always keep GUI in foreground
Added tooltips to batch queue view
Added support for password list for .rar, .zip and .7z archives
Added input file not found error message
Fixed after update behaviour when other versions of UniExtract are installed
Fixed last update date not beeing saved when an update was found
Fixed AutoIt error message in first start GUI when no language file was found, now exits with error code 99
Fixed possible infinite loop in run function when helper binary execution terminates too fast, resulting in UniExtract not
shutting down after successful extraction
Fixed BMS scripts were not checked if GAUP detected files, but was unable to extract them
Fixed game archive detection if file extension is not lower case
Fixed detection of Matroska files, extraction of ogg and webm tracks in video files
Fixed context menu GUI: alluser checkboxes not clickable despite having admin rights
Fixed video extraction: multiple audio/video tracks had same names when extracted, so FFMPEG always asked to overwrite,
now type(audio/video) and number of track for each type is added as well as the track's language
Fixed folder size calculation in status box did not work correctly for FFMPEG and probably others
Fixed moving unicode tempfiles to output directory created subdirectory with temporary name
Fixed feedback success evaluation
Fixed some terms not using translation files
Fixed NSIS extraction overwriting existing files; UniExtract still creates not useful output files for some custom NSIS installers
but all content is now kept in output directory
Fixed occasionally high CPU load when reading console output
Fixed tray exit handler not terminating all helper binaries
Fixed FFMPEG updater
Fixed swf: extraction of .jpg files; performance slightly increased
Fixed GameSelect GUI: not a game message is now always the first element and preselected
Fixed unicode files are changed to ???????? and therefore fail to extract when adding them to batch queue
Fixed unicode files' extraction to subdir folder name
Fixed rar extraction returning success if there was a write error or access denied message
Fixed slowdown when extracting to drive root directory caused by size calculation
Fixed /prefs command line parameter not working
Fixed help screen closing after 15 seconds when opened from command line
Fixed some untranslated terms
Fixed rounding issues in free space check when using batch mode
Fixed error when trying to open SQLite database
Fixed scan only command being queued if batch mode is active
Fixed log file naming special cases
Changed percentage indicator detection to include float percentage values
Changed percentage indicator detection to include pattern x/y
Changed user input needed message should be more visible now
Changed check for update behaviour: check is only performed on start if GUI is opened; if run from command line or context menu,
it will be done right before terminating, so extraction/scan will not abort after installing update
Changed internal behaviour for extraction and game select functions
Changed language files, added new %name term to reduce %s usage
Changed FFMPEG is now downloaded to the correct subdirectory (x86/x64), so the appropriate version is used in portable mode on
different operating systems
Changed feedback GUI now displays privacy agreement before sending
Changed after update behaviour, most recent changelog is now opened
Changed translation files, removed %s variables and introduced numbered placeholders, that can be switched to
fit a language's word order; added %name shortcut
Changed unicode files are now renamed instead of moving them to a temporary directory if possible
Changed inno setup extraction to rename ',1' files to avoid extracted programs not finding some files
Changed GUI design on Windows 10 systems to fit standard window style
Changed multiple part rar files are now added only once to batch queue, so it is possible to drag and drop
all rar files onto UniExtract without having to deal with 'file exists' prompts
Disabled directory size calculation when extracting to drive to prevent significant slow down
Removed 64 bit iso.wcx plugin as it does not work correctly with QuickBMS
Replaced booz with unzoo (adds support for 64 bit systems, longer filenames, logging)
Replaced tee with mtee (adds support for unicode and longer filenames, smaller)
Replaced tee with wintee (Windows 10 only, due to mtee not terminating fast enough)
Updated AutoIt to
Updated unrar to 5.21
Updated fsbextract to 0.3.4a
Updated exeinfo PE to
Updated disunity to 0.3.4
Updated quickbms to 0.6.5
Updated innounp to 0.43
Updated language files, added new terms to all language files, set encoding to UTF-16, updated translation info text,
changed %s to %name and %1, %2,...
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          Mike Pence outlines plan for new US Space Force by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The American vice president said America had to ensure its dominance in space amid new threats from China and Russia.
          Pussy Riot member ‘has left Russia’ for UK visit, despite ban      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Maria Alekhina is to attend a performance based on her book at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
          Russia attacks ‘draconian’ new US sanctions over Salisbury attack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The State Department announced new measures after concluding Moscow was responsible for poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
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Why is The US imposing fresh sanctions on Russia, even as Trump praises Putin? The Washington Post's Senior National Security Correspondent, Karen DeYoung had the latest.
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EPA's Asbestos Decision Benefits Russian Manufacturer

"If we didn't remove incredibly powerful fire retardant asbestos & replace it with junk that doesn't work," Donald Trump tweeted in 2012, "the World Trade Center would never have burned down."

Meanwhile, class action lawsuits and other legal proceedings march on against asbestos manufacturers, because we all understand that asbestos is a cancer-causing, lung diseasing agent which has caused the deaths of far too many Americans.

Nevertheless, the EPA is determined to go forward with rules intended to allow asbestos to be used in manufacturing again.


The US Environmental Protection Agency tried for a total ban in the late 1980s, but manufacturers sued and a federal court blocked the agency.

These days, asbestos is still allowed in a few products including brake pads, roof coatings, floor tiles, and clothing. Now the mineral has a champion in the White House, and at least one (Russian) producer is quite pleased with what President Trump is aiming to do for asbestos.

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          Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON -- Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.
          Fox's Ingraham goes full racist: America 'doesn't exist anymore' because of immigration      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Laura Ingraham is nothing if not consistently a Fox News bigot. She isn’t consistent about her ideas or the things that come out of her mouth; but she is consistent in one thing—she wants to stay on television, making money, no matter what. Ingraham went on her Fox News show The Angle* Wednesday night to pretend the blue wave of change isn’t upon the elections process. She did this by trying to deride Ocasio-Cortez’s inability to win every election outside of the district in New York City that she actually won.

In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people; and they’re changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like. From Virginia to California we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed.

Now much of this is related to illegal, and in some cases legal immigration—that, of course progressives love.

Ingraham laments how “old Democrats” believed that “borders mattered.” Shit, you go back that far and you’ll remember that Democrats didn’t get to “vote” to end slavery! But, facts and all that are for commies. From there, Ingraham goes to a nightmare cherry-picked story from The Daily Caller about some monster rapist using sanctuary status to molest a child he entered the country with. It’s the kind of dehumanizing story that racists like Fox News’s Laura Ingraham use to frighten your grandparents—while winking at the camera in order to say these people are monsters, you know.

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Of course, even in the context of their statistically pointless anecdotal story about a single terrible person entering our country legally, they don’t care to mention or talk about the fact that the child—also an immigrant—is now free of that monster of a man. Something that would not have happened for her if she were left outside of our country. But logic and morality aren’t strengths of Fox News’s narcissists like Ingraham. Atatcking immigration from anywhere seems particularly strange for someone like Ingraham. She has three adopted children, two from Russia and one from Guatemala—I guess if you have two white immigrants to every one non-white you’re in the clear?

They are right that there are terrible people out in the world; but there are places where the percentage of monsters to non-monsters are higher than others. An example would be Fox News, which seems to be made up of mostly amoral, power and fame-hungry monsters. 

Time to boycott Ingraham again. If you want to rage watch you can check Laura Ingraham work Fox viewers into a frothy hate-lather below the fold.

*The “angle” is “being a racist.”

          Midday open thread: Another billion bucks added to Georgia nukes costs; Smokey Bear turns 74      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

88 days remain until the November midterms

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at Russian collusion:

Cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Trump regime eager to open up hundreds of thousands of Calif. acres to fracking:

Ending a five-year moratorium, the Trump administration Wednesday took a first step toward opening 1.6 million acres of California public land to fracking and conventional oil drilling, triggering alarm bells among environmentalists.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it’s considering new oil and natural gas leases on BLM-managed lands in Fresno, San Luis Obispo and six other San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast counties. Meanwhile, activists in San Luis Obispo are pushing a ballot measure this fall to ban fracking and new oil exploration in the county.

Rapist Brock Turner loses his ridiculous “outercourse” appeal. So he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Another $1.1 billion added to cost of Georgia nukes: Four Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors were going to usher in a nuclear power renaissance we were told a decade ago. They were supposed to be cheaper, safer, and quicker to get up and running once their permits were approved. But, a year ago, the owners shut down the two nukes they were building South Carolina, with the project less than 40 percent complete. Owners South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper estimated that the $11.5 billion they had originally said the pair of reactors would cost when completed had ballooned to $25 billion. And they would not be finished until 2021-22, more than three years after their originally slated completion date. Now, Southern Co. and its utility subsidiary Georgia Power, who are building the other two nukes in Georgia, have added another $1.1 billion to the cost of the pair after having taken over the project when Westinghouse went bankrupt. Total cost for that project is now set at $27 billion. Even though the reactors won’t switch on for years, ratepayers are already coughing up more than $100 a year to pay for this “construction work in progress.”



Report says American elders are declaring bankruptcy three times as much as they used to: The Consumer Bankruptcy Project released its “Graying of U.S. Bankruptcy: Fallout from Life in a Risk Society,” which puts the blame on the ravaged societal safety net and policy changes that have left large numbers of older Americans with inadequate retirement savings and huge medical expenses. More than a third told researchers their bankruptcies were caused at least in part because they supported family members attending college by co-signing loans they now can’t pay back. Marc Stern, a lawyer in Seattle, told reporters: d“I never saw parents with student loans 20 or 30 years ago. When you are living on $2,000 a month and that includes Social Security—and you have rent and savings are minuscule—it is extremely difficult to recover from something like that.”

This is the first of many Smokey posters.

Today is Smokey Bear’s 74th birthday: 

Today marks the 74th birthday of America’s wildfire prevention symbol: Smokey Bear. On Aug. 9, 1944, Smokey was officially created to be the face of what would become the longest running public service advertisement campaign in the United States. At the time, our country’s forestlands were facing an epidemic of raging wildfires caused by the carelessness of people. Ironically, these were often the same people who came to those natural areas to admire the wild beauty of the landscape, and the wildlife that lived there. The first Smokey Bear poster was released In October of 1944, and it featured a warm and friendly looking black bear urging people that “Care will prevent 9 out of 10 woods fires!”

Cherokee engineer finally gets some public recognition decades after her death: Mary Golda Ross, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and great-great-granddaughter of Chief John Ross who led the tribe during the forced removal of the “Trail of Tears” in the 1830s, is considered to be the first Native woman to work as an aerospace engineer. She is featured in the Google Doodle Thursday. Her niece told Oklahoma Today Magazine: “She was six feet tall but very quiet and unassuming. She did not demand anything. She just went in and did it in her very quiet way.” She first went to work after graduation for what is now called Lockheed Martin, not just as the first American Indian women aerospace engineer, but the only woman on the design team of cutting-edge aircraft and spacecraft. After retiring in 1983, she promoted organizations like the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. In 1992, the Society of Women Engineers set up a scholarship in Ross’s name, which supports women who want to become engineers. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin has more analysis of Tuesday's elections, Laura Ingraham's defection from the United States, and the ongoing Battle of the Suburbs. Nunes caught on tape. Todd Kincannon goes off the deep end. And just how new is this "new" kind of Dem?

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          Is Don Jr. too daft to know he's in serious legal trouble? Sure seems like it      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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While Donald Trump is spending his treasured "executive time" sending panicked tweets skewering the Russia probe and lamenting to friends that his eldest son may be in serious legal jeopardy, Don Jr. isn't having any of it. He's off on a lark, visiting GOP strongholds across the country, spreading his special brand of ignorance, and relishing the attention of Trump's staunchest supporters. 

Never mind that he's clearly a primary focus of an ongoing investigation headed by the FBI and the Justice Department. In fact, that's probably part of the appeal that's brought him out to stump in Florida, Kansas, Montana, and West Virginia in recent months, with upcoming visits planned for Indiana, Missouri, and North Dakota. The AP writes:

“He’s one of the top draws, if not the top draw for people not named President Trump,” says Jason Miller, a top aide to the 2016 Trump campaign. [...]

And the Mueller investigation?

“I never see anybody at any of these events, nobody even brings it up,” Miller said. “The base loves him because he’s a true believer.”

Of course they don't bring it up. It's the Trump bubble—the fact-free zone where beliefs trump all and conspiracy theories flourish. As former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg notes, the investigation actually works to Don Jr.’s advantage: "He’s being persecuted."

Also, Don Jr.'s got Trump on his side, brushing off Jr.'s epic Trump Tower meeting with tweets like, “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”

What's to worry about?

          Whenever you wonder if Trump can really be THAT stupid, just remember one word      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

At some point, you may have experienced a moment of doubt. A moment that goes something like “This Trump guy, sure he looks, and acts, and sounds like a racist buffoon who thinks a Windsor knot is man’s highest achievement, but … what if that’s all a trick?” It’s not a trick. And here’s a handy place where you can go when that moment of What if Him Has Brain occurs: Asbestos.

Donald Trump is an asbestos denier.

That’s not to say that Trump doesn’t believe that asbestos exists. He does. It’s that he doesn’t believe it causes cancer. The World Health Organization may believe that asbestos is still knocking off over 100,000 people a year, and the CDC may believe that includes about 15,000 Americans each year from a combination of mesothelioma and asbestos-induced lung cancer, and the definitive proof of asbestos’ connection to these diseases may have been established in 1964 … 

But Trump claims asbestos is “100 percent safe.” And he’s so fond of it that he tweeted If we didn't remove incredibly powerful fire retardant asbestos & replace it with junk that doesn’t work, the World Trade Center would never have burned down.” And Trump has a theory about why asbestos got “a bad rap.”

Trump: I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal. Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented.

So, if it seems strange to you that the EPA just made it easier to use asbestos after decades of restrictions, despite it being completely banned by 60 countries. Or it seems unusual that a Russian company has actually put Donald Trump’s face on its asbestos-based products. Yes, really. It’s because Donald Trump believes asbestos is an absolutely safe product that could have saved the World Trade Center and which was removed from buildings because of a mob scheme. Compared to Trump, believers in a Flat Earth are a bastion of insight and careful reasoning.

When that moment of doubt creeps over you … No. He really is exactly that stupid.

          Cartoon: A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at Russian collusion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

FOR THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE, AND THEIR SUMMER READING:  Get Ruben Bolling’s hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures.

"The EMU Club inhabits exactly the world I always hoped to live in when I was 12, when the answer to questions like 'Where did I put my toy' led inevitably to alien conspiracies and secret underground tunnels. A book for the curious and adventurous!" -Cory Doctorow, author of "For the Win" and "Little Brother"

"The type of non-stop action and improbably hilarious fun that only a kid could dream up. ... The EMU Club's adventures perfectly capture the intersection of imagination and wonder - the crossroad that's so often found in cardboard boxes, pillow forts and backyards everywhere." -GeekDad

Get Book the First, "Alien Invasion in My Backyard," here.  

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RESIST!! The temptation to fail to join Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE!

          Siria: Russia annuncia ritorno 890mila rifugiati in prossimi mesi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
          Посредник объяснил продажу собравшего «Буран» завода на Avito      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Тушинский машиностроительный завод (ТМЗ) выставлен на продажу на сайте объявлений Avito, продавец — агентство InvestRussia — просит за предприятие 8,3 млрд руб. В тексте объявления на сайте утверждается, что продается все недвижимое и движимое имущество завода.
          [英語の落ち穂拾い]skeptical 復習      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A former Defense Department official, Mark Simakovsky, said a second tranche would target Russian exports to the US and theoretically could include flights by the state airline Aeroflot as well as a downgrade of diplomatic relations. Simakovsky said he was highly skeptical a second round would be applied. That said, he added, "I don't think this is the last shoe to drop" because of political pressure, criticism from Democrats and the looming midterm elections.

skeptical /sképtɪk(ə)l/ が気になりました。『ジーニアス英和辞典』を引くと「懐疑的な,疑い深い」「宗教の教義を疑う;無神論的な」と記載されています。LDOCEによると“tending to disagree with what other people tell you”と定義されていました。また前置詞にはaboutやofを用い、形容詞highlyやdeeplyで修飾できます。語源はラテン語のscepticus「考え深い,不審そうな」、ギリシャ語のskeptikós「よく考える,吟味する」に由来します。(Kiwi girl)

          Κάνετε μία τρύπα στο Σφουγγάρι σας για αυτόν τον πάρα πολύ Έξυπνο Λόγο (Βίντεο)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Το σφουγγάρι είναι ένα απλό, καθημερινό εργαλείο καθαρισμού. Όμως, το γεγονός ότι είναι μαλακό και έχει τη μοναδική ικανότητα να συγκρατεί τα υγρά, το καθιστά χρήσιμο και για άλλες ανάγκες τους σπιτιού. Μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί από καθαρισμό με ασυνήθιστο τρόπο μέχρι και στον τομέα της υγείας και της ομορφιάς καθώς, πολλές φορές, το χρειαζόμαστε για να γίνει η δουλειά μας.
1. Καθαριστικό για δοχεία με παράξενο σχήμα.
Ιδού ένας πάρα πολύ έξυπνος τρόπος για να καθαρίσετε ένα δοχείο με μικρό άνοιγμα, όπως ένα πλαστικό μπουκάλι: κόψτε ένα μικρό κομμάτι από το πλάι ενός μικρού σφουγγαριού (προτιμότερο από τη σκληρή πλευρά), τοποθετήστε πάνω του ένα δυνατό μαγνήτη και στη συνέχεια χρησιμοποιήστε κόλλα για να το στερεώσετε.
Μουσκέψτε το σφουγγάρι με υγρό πιάτων και βάλτε το στο δοχείο μέσα από το άνοιγμα, διπλώνοντάς το όσο χρειάζεται για να χωρέσει. Χρησιμοποιήστε και άλλο μαγνήτη για να έλξετε το σφουγγάρι, έξω από το δοχείο. Στη συνέχεια, μετακινείστε το μαγνήτη όσο χρειάζεται έτσι ώστε το σφουγγάρι να τρίψει όλη την επιφάνεια του δοχείου.
Όταν το εσωτερικό του δοχείου καθαρίσει, γεμίστε το με νερό έτσι ώστε να ανέβει το σφουγγάρι στην επιφάνεια και χρησιμοποιείστε πένσες με μύτη βελόνας για να το τραβήξετε. Ξεπλύνετέ το καλά και έχετε τελειώσει.
2. Χειροποίητη παγοκύστη
Φτιάξτε μικρές παγοκύστες .. Μουσκέψτε με νερό ένα καθαρό σφουγγάρι, στύβοντάς το όσο χρειάζεται για να φύγει το περιττό νερό. Τοποθετήστε το σφουγγάρι σε ένα σακουλάκι για σάντουιτς, αφαιρώντας τον αέρα από τη σακούλα και κλείστε το καλά. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο θα έχετε πάντα παγοκύστες για να αντιμετωπίζετε άμεσα και αποτελεσματικά κάθε χτύπημα και μελανιά.
Όταν χρειαστείτε παγοκύστη, απλώς μετακινείστε το σακουλάκι και εφαρμόστε τη μαλακή του πλευρά στην πάσχουσα περιοχή. Στο βίντεο του CrazyRussianHacker στο YouTube, μπορείτε να δείτε πώς να το κάνετε αυτό. Του αρέσει αυτός το τρόπος γιατί δείχνει τάξη και μπορεί να επαναχρησιμοποιηθεί πολλές φορές.

3.Σακουλάκια για ψυγείο
Ο CrazyRussianHacker τοποθετεί τις παγοκύστες του στο ψυγείο. Χρησιμοποιήστε μεγάλα σφουγγάρια, χωρίς σκληρή επιφάνεια και μην τα στύβετε για να αφαιρέσετε το περιττό υγρό πριν τα παγώσετε. Τοποθετήστε τα σακουλάκια με τα σφουγγάρια στο ψυγείο, έτσι ώστε τα αναλώσιμα να παραμείνουν ψυχρά, χωρίς να λιώσουν.
4. Αφαιρεί τις τρίχες των κατοικίδιων
Απλώς τρίψτε ένα υγρό σφουγγάρι πάνω στα υφάσματα ή τα χαλιά για να απομακρύνετε τις τρίχες των κατοικίδιων. Είναι στ’ αλήθεια τόσο απλό.
5. Δοχείο για ασετόν
Φτιάξτε το δικό σας δοχείο για ασετόν, όμοιο με εκείνων των σαλονιών ομορφιάς. Το μόνο που χρειάζεστε είναι ένα γυάλινο δοχείο με χωρητικότητα 118,3 ml, ασετόν και ένα σφουγγάρι. Κόψτε το σφουγγάρι στη μέση, κατά μήκος, τυλίξτε τα μισά μαζί σε σπειροειδή μορφή και τοποθετήστε τα σε ένα βάζο που θα πρέπει να κλείνει σφιχτά. Προσθέστε ασετόν μέχρι τα σφουγγάρια να εμποτιστούν πληρως και θα μπορείτε εύκολα να αφαιρείτε το βερνίκι χωρίς το μπελά ή την ταλαιπωρία του βαμβακιού.
6. Υλικό προστασίας κατά το πακετάρισμα
Προστατέψτε τα εύθραυστα αντικείμενά σας κατά τη μεταφορά τους, με αυτό το φανταστικό κόλπο: κόψτε βρεγμένα σφουγγάρια σε μικρά τέταρτα και τοποθετήστε τα σε στρατηγικά σημεία ανάμεσα στα εύθραυστα αντικείμενα κατά τη μεταφορά τους. Καθώς στεγνώνουν τα σφουγγάρια, θα προσαρμοστούν στο σχήμα του εύθραυστου αντικειμένου, δημιουργώντας ένα αποτελεσματικό κα προστατευτικο μαξιλάρι.
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          Torrent of New US Sanctions on Russia Reflect GOP Midterm Concerns, Helsinki Fallout      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

With their sanctions “diplomacy,” U.S. officials are succeeding thus far only in frustrating global players who find the space to do business in heavily sanctioned countries like Iran, Russia, and Venezuela increasingly hemmed in by the domineering politicians in Washington.

The post Torrent of New US Sanctions on Russia Reflect GOP Midterm Concerns, Helsinki Fallout appeared first on MintPress News.

          Factbox: U.S. companies with exposure to Russia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

(Reuters) – Although the United States and Russia have imposed economic sanctions on each other since 2014, several large U.S. corporations, including PepsiCo Inc (PEP.O) and McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N), still count Russia as a growth market. But new developments have raised the possibility of fresh challenges for U.S. companies in Russia. The United States on […]

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          Russia denounces new U.S. sanctions as illegal, mulls retaliation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions as illegal on Thursday and said it had begun working on retaliatory measures after news of the curbs pushed the rouble to two-year lows over fears Moscow was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions. Moscow has been trying with mixed success to improve […]

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          Determined diplomacy needed to mend relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia, experts say      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

OTTAWA—Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia are likely to be frosty for a considerable time in the wake of this week’s bruising diplomatic meltdown and it will take determined fence-mending to restore the relationship, experts say.

“I think it’s going to take a cooling-off period, perhaps a significant cooling-off period for this brouhaha to pass over,” said Peter MacKay, who served as foreign affairs minister in the previous Conservative government.

Roland Paris, a former foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said Saudi Arabia’s “extraordinary, fierce and impetuous” reaction this week makes it tough to quickly get things back on an even keel.

“I think the chances of normalizing the bilateral relationship in the short term are quite low. The Saudis seem to have made a decision to turn Canada into an example for other countries,” said Paris, a University of Ottawa professor.

Thursday passed with no further apparent recriminations from Saudi Arabia, which this week has enacted a series of measures to underscore its anger at Canada’s criticism of the detention of several activists in the country, comments it branded as “blatant and unacceptable interference.”

Those measures include booting Canada’s ambassador from Riyadh, returning its own envoy home, ending the studies by more than 15,000 Saudi students at Canadian universities, halting the purchase of Canadian wheat and barley, suspending flights by its national airline to Toronto and freezing future trade and investments.

There has been no word whether a $15-billion contract inked in 2014 to supply Saudi Arabia with Canadian-made light armoured vehicles could also be in jeopardy.

It started when Freeland and her department took to social media to protest the Saudi detention of rights activists, including Samar Badawi. Her brother Raif was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam in his blogging. Ensaf Haidar, his wife, was given Canadian citizenship last month.

MacKay framed Saudi Arabia’s reaction as “unreasonable,” adding, “they’ve really gone over the top.” But he said the original Twitter comments were a “misstep” that Freeland likely wishes she could take back.

“Taking to Twitter to chastise a country like Saudi Arabia is probably ill-advised. Not the wrong subject matter, not even the wrong words. But Twitter is a blunt instrument,” said MacKay, who said the tweets were done in a “hectoring, cavalier, righteous way.”

“The more important question, how do we get out of this,” said MacKay, now a partner in the Toronto office of the law firm Baker McKenzie.

MacKay said that Freeland has already started what he called the necessary “subtle, behind-the-scenes work” to resolve the crisis, noting her Tuesday telephone conversation with her Saudi counterpart.

“Short of a complete climb down, which I don’t see happening. I think it’s going to take some serious diplomatic stroking behind the scenes,” he said.

Saudi’s foreign minister has called on Canada to “fix its big mistake” but publicly offered no specifics on what Riyadh seeks to make amends.

Trudeau on Wednesday refused to back down, stating that the federal government would always speak “clearly and firmly” on human rights issues. But he did offer some potentially appeasing language, saying that Saudi Arabia is “making some progress when it comes to human rights.”

Paris said that the federal government now needs to keep its powder dry to avoid ramping up tensions.

“What’s important is that Canada not recant its defence of human rights but signals to Saudi Arabia that it wishes a more stable relationship and that Canada not escalate this dispute any further,” Paris said.

“The Saudis need to understand that Canada is not going to abandon its advocacy of human rights. If their position is ‘we’ll talk to you when you’re ready to apologize’, that’s not the basis for a constructive conversation,” Paris said in an interview.

He said that there are risks to Saudi Arabia too and that its “arbitrary” reaction could spook international investors at a time when the country is seeking billions of dollars in foreign investment to support domestic reforms.

He said the reaction of other countries to the dispute — that has seen some like Jordan, Russia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates side with Saudi Arabia while others like the U.S. and U.K. avoided taking sides — is a “significant symbol” of how global politics is changing.

The stance of the U.S. government is not surprising, Paris said, given that the Trump White House has shown little interest in addressing Saudi human rights issues.

More disappointing was to see European nations sitting on the sidelines, which Paris called a “very uncourageous stance.”

“What we’re getting is a glimpse of what the world looks like without the United States advocating for human rights. It’s a darker world in which autocrats feel emboldened and liberal democracies seek shelter,” Paris said.

Messages to Freeland’s office and the prime minister’s office were not returned Thursday.

Bruce Campion-Smith is the Star's Ottawa bureau chief and a reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @yowflier

          Devin Nunes caught telling donors GOP majority needed to protect Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The House Intelligence Committee chairman appears to have moved from criticising the investigation into Russian interference to mulling how to blunt its impact.
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          Space Force: Pence outlines plan for new, sixth military service by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.
          Pussy Riot protester defies travel ban to flee Russia for Edinburgh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A member of the protest band Pussy Riot has smuggled herself out of Russia after being barred by the government from travelling to perform at the Edinburgh festival fringe. Maria Alyokhina, one of three members of Pussy Riot who stood trial in...
          Schürrle: Fan-Kritik "habe ich so nicht gemacht"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Der Ex-Star von Borussia Dortmund spielt inzwischen für den FC Fulham - und sorgte unter der Woche mit harscher Kritik an Fans des BVB und einer Neid-Gesellschaft im deutschen Fußball für Schlagzeilen. Nun revidiert der Nationalspieler diese Aussagen auf Twitter.

          8/10/2018: World: Russia faces US sanctions over attack on Skripals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The United States says it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain this year. The new sanctions, to be imposed this month, come despite US President Donald...
          Гутерреш осудил авиаудар по автобусу с детьми в Йемене       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Генеральный секретарь ООН Антониу Гутерреш осудил авиаудар по автобусу с детьми в йеменском городе Саада, жертвами которого стали десятки человек.
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          Разведку вдоль границ России в течение недели вели 27 летательных аппаратов      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Разведывательную деятельность у границ России в течение недели вели 27 иностранных летательных аппаратов, сообщает газета «Красная звезда» со ссылкой на данные Министерства обороны страны.
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          «Ведут подковёрную игру»: как США пытаются вытеснить Россию с оружейного рынка Юго-Восточной Азии      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Соединённые Штаты пытаются помешать реализации сделки по поставке Индонезии 11 российских истребителей Су-35. Об этом сообщил генеральный директор департамента внешней торговли индонезийского Минторга Оке Нурван. В начале августа о давлении американцев также заявил глава МИД Филиппин Алан Питер Каэтано. Ранее Вашингтон намеревался вынудить руководство Индии отказаться от покупки зенитного комплекса С-400. По мнению экспертов, таким образом США рассчитывают уменьшить присутствие Москвы на рынках стран Юго-Восточной Азии.
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          СМИ: В шведской тюрьме избили исполнителя стокгольмского теракта      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Находящийся в шведской тюрьме Кумла исполнитель стокгольмского теракта Рахмат Акилов был избит другим заключённым.
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          Отбивают затраты: как вратари стали главными действующими лицами трансферного окна      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview 23-летний испанский вратарь Кепа Аррисабалага выкупил свой контракт у «Атлетика» за €80 млн. Эта сумма стала новым трансферным рекордом для голкиперов. Новичок «Челси» повысил планку, установленную Алисоном Бекером, который в июле перебрался из «Ромы» в «Ливерпуль» за €62,5 млн. В свою очередь, «Реал» подписал шестилетний контракт с Тибо Куртуа. RT рассказывает, как нынешнее лето сделало вратарей главными героями трансферного рынка.
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          Стала известна дата начала сезона-2018/19 в баскетбольной Единой лиге ВТБ      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Пресс-служба баскетбольной Единой лиги ВТБ опубликовала календарь матчей регулярного чемпионата сезона-2018/19.
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          Соглашение о безвизовом режиме между Китаем и Белоруссией вступило в силу      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Межправительственное соглашение между Белоруссией и Китаем о безвизовом режиме вступило в силу в пятницу, 10 августа. Об этом сообщает БЕЛТА.
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          Сборная России возглавляет медальный зачёт ЧЕ-2018 по летним видам спорта после седьмого дня турнира      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Сборная России лидирует в медальном зачёте объединённого чемпионата Европы по летним видам спорта, который проходит в Глазго и Берлине, по итогам седьмого соревновательного дня турнира.
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          В Госдепе не смогли объяснить, каких гарантий неприменения химоружия США требуют от России      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Официальный представитель Госдепа Хезер Науэрт не смогла объяснить, какие именно гарантии неприменения химического оружия должна предоставить Россия, чтобы США не ввели против неё второй пакет санкций.
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          Капитан «Зенита» извинился перед болельщиками за разгромное поражение от минского «Динамо»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Защитник и капитан санкт-петербургского «Зенита» Александр Анюков прокомментировал разгромное поражение команды от минского «Динамо» в первом матче третьего отборочного раунда Лиги Европы.
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          Фанаты разбили голову арбитру во время матча Лиги Европы «Штурм» — АЕК      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Во время матча третьего отборочного раунда Лиги Европы между австрийским «Штурмом» и кипрским АЕК произошёл инцидент с фанатами, который повлёк травму помощника главного арбитра встречи.
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          Израиль и ХАМАС договорились о перемирии      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Представители израильской стороны и палестинского движения ХАМАС смогли заключить соглашение о перемирии на фоне интенсификации взаимных обстрелов на границе сектора Газа.
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          Названо имя покупателя крупнейшего российского бриллианта      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Российская компания «Алроса» продала крупный бриллиант «Династия» ювелирному дому Mouawad Group. Об этом сообщает РИА Новости.
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          Сидорова стала четвёртой на чемпионате Европы в соревнованиях по прыжкам с шестом      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Россиянка Анжелика Сидорова заняла четвёртое место в соревнованиях по прыжкам с шестом на чемпионате Европы по лёгкой атлетике в Берлине.
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          Землетрясение магнитудой 5,6 зафиксировали у берегов Гватемалы      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Землетрясение магнитудой 5,6 произошло у побережья Гватемалы. Об этом сообщается на сайте Геологической службы США.
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          «Витесс» Слуцкого проиграл «Базелю» в матче квалификации Лиги Европы      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Голландский футбольный клуб «Витесс», возглавляемый российским специалистом Леонидом Слуцким, уступил швейцарскому «Базелю» в первом матче третьего отборочного раунда Лиги Европы.
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          Павлюченкова проиграла Халеп во втором круге теннисного турнира ATP в Монреале      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Россиянка Анастасия Павлюченкова потерпела поражение от румынки Симоны Халеп в матче второго круга турнира Женской теннисной ассоциации (WTA) в Монреале.
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          Древнее массовое захоронение найдено на раскопках в Крыму      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview В Крыму в ходе раскопок некрополя Кыз-Аул найдено массовое захоронение людей времён Хазарского каганата. Об этом сообщает РИА Новости со ссылкой на директора по развитию фонда «Археология» Олега Маркова.
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          Рекорд пловцов и золото в прыжках в воду: итоги восьмого дня чемпионата Европы по летним видам спорта      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview На чемпионате Европы по летним видам спорта завершился турнир пловцов. Российская дружина с 26 медалями заняла первое место в неофициальном командном зачёте и побила рекорд по количеству наград на турнире для отечественных пловцов. А в прыжках в воду золото добыли Александр Бондарь и Виктор Минибаев, занявшие первое место на десятиметровой вышке. В общей сложности количество завоёванных россиянами на ЧЕ медалей перевалило за 50.
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          Венесуэла обратилась к Колумбии с просьбой об экстрадиции подозреваемых в покушении на Мадуро      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Министр иностранных дел Венесуэлы Хорхе Арреаса и генпрокурор страны Тарек Уильям Сааб провели встречу с советником посольства Колумбии в Каракасе Аугусто Бланко и запросили у него экстрадицию подозреваемых в причастности к попытке покушения на венесуэльского лидера Николаса Мадуро.
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          Баскетболист юниорской сборной Латвии находится в критическом состоянии в результате взрыва газа      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Атакующий защитник юниорской сборной Латвии по баскетболу Давид Виксне серьёзно пострадал в результате взрыва в доме, где он приживал. Причиной взрыва стала утечка газа.
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          Урожай клубники в Подмосковье вырос на 20% по сравнению с сезоном 2017 года      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview С начала сезона в 2018 году в Московской области собрано более 1 тыс. тонн клубники, что более чем на 20% превышает прошлогодний показатель. Об этом сообщает телеканал «360».
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          В Госдепе заявили, что США санкциями пытаются побудить Россию к более правильному поведению      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Официальный представитель Госдепартамента Хезер Науэрт заявила, что Соединённые Штаты с помощью санкций пытаются побудить Россию к более правильному поведению.
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          В Крыму проводят проверку в связи с гибелью пятилетнего ребёнка в водоёме      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Главное следственное управление СК России по Республике Крым проводит проверку в связи с гибелью пятилетнего ребёнка в водоёме села Красновка, передаёт «Крыминформ».
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          Сергей Лазарев прокомментировал сообщения о смерти Дмитрия Брусникина      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Певец и актёр Сергей Лазарев в беседе с телеканалом «Звезда» прокомментировал сообщения о смерти режиссёра, педагога и актёра Дмитрия Брусникина.
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          Иванович оценил шансы «Зенита» выйти в следующий раунд квалификации Лиги Европы      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Защитник санкт-петербургского «Зенита» Бранислав Иванович оценил шансы команды в противостоянии с минским «Динамо» после поражения в первом матче третьего отборочного раунда Лиги Европы.
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          Иванович о разгромном поражении от минского «Динамо»: так, как сегодня, больше играть не надо      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Защитник санкт-петербургского «Зенита» Бранислав Иванович прокомментировал разгромное поражение команды от минского «Динамо» в первом матче третьего отборочного раунда Лиги Европы.
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          В МВД назвали возможную причину наезда автобуса на пешеходов в подмосковных Мытищах      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
В правоохранительных органах Московской области рассказали о том, что могло стать причиной наезда автобуса на трёх пешеходов в Мытищах.
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          Трудовая победа «Уфы» и разгром «Зенита» в Белоруссии: как российские клубы сыграли в Лиге Европы      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview В четверг состоялись два матча третьего квалификационного раунда Лиги Европы с участием российских команд. «Уфа» дома не без труда обыграла люксембургский «Прогресс Нидеркорн» со счётом 2:1, а «Зенит» на выезде потерпел разгромное поражение во встрече с минским «Динамо», пропустив четыре безответных мяча.
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          «Фактически признал Косово»: почему президент Сербии поддержал «разграничение» с албанцами сепаратистского края      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Президент Сербии Александр Вучич сообщил, что поддерживает разграничение с албанцами на территории Косова для того, чтобы избежать конфликтов в будущем. За последний месяц это не первое подобное заявление сербского лидера. По мнению экспертов, риторика официального Белграда объясняется давлением со стороны ЕС и НАТО и противоречит общественному мнению, а также позиции Сербской православной церкви. О перспективах разграничения мятежного края — в материале RT.
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          Возбуждено дело после сообщений о том, что в Тверской области «скорая» два дня ехала на вызов      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview В Тверской области возбуждено уголовное дело после сообщений о том, что машина скорой помощи в течение двух дней ехала на вызов к женщине с инсультом.
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          Семак рассказал, почему заменил Дриусси и Ригони после первого тайма матча ЛЕ с «Динамо»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Главный тренер санкт-петербургского «Зенита» Сергей Семак рассказал, почему заменил нападающего Себастьяна Дриусси и полузащитника Эмилиано Ригони после первого тайма матча третьего отборочного раунда Лиги Европы с минским «Динамо».
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          Глава ЦБ Египта рассказал о возможности появления в Африке единой валюты      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Руководитель Центробанка Египта Тарек Амер заявил, что страны Африки могут создать единую валюту континента и даже общий Центральный банк.
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          Семак объяснил, чем руководствовался при выборе состава на матч с минским «Динамо»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Главный тренер санкт-петербургского «Зенита» Сергей Семак рассказал, чем руководствовался при выборе состава команды на первый матч третьего отборочного раунда Лиги Европы против минского «Динамо».
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          Семак о разгромном поражении от минского «Динамо»: вернуться в игру сложно, но возможно      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Главный тренер санкт-петербургского «Зенита» Сергей Семак прокомментировал разгромное поражение своих подопечных от минского «Динамо» в первом матче третьего отборочного раунда Лиги Европы.
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          Ветеран «Спартака» оценил итоги матча с ПАОК в квалификации Лиги Чемпионов      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Ветеран «Спартака» Валерий Рейнгольд, двукратный обладатель Кубка СССР по футболу, в беседе с НСН оценил матч с греческим ПАОК в квалификации Лиги Чемпионов, в котором московский клуб уступил со счётом 2:3.
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          Суд закрыл кафе в Перми после отравления 24 человек на свадебном банкете      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Ленинский районный суд закрыл кафе быстрого обслуживания «Бон Буфет» в Перми после отравления 24 человек на свадебном банкете, сообщает «Реальное время» со ссылкой на Роспотребнадзор.
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          «Лучше быть русским, чем демократом»: популярная у республиканцев футболка возмутила пользователей Twitter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Среди сторонников Дональда Трампа набрала популярность футболка с надписью: «Лучше быть русским, чем демократом». Эту майку ведущий продемонстрировал в эфире русского телеканала. Пользователи Twitter выдвинули версию, что футболка скорее всего производится в России. Однако в сети всё-таки нашлись догадливые люди, которые поняли, что она продаётся на Amazon.
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          Два самолёта столкнулись в аэропорту Стамбула      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Два самолёта столкнулись в международном аэропорту Стамбула. Об этом сообщает газета Hürriyet.
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          Боярский назвал позором поражение «Зенита» в матче квалификации ЛЕ с минским «Динамо»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Известный болельщик «Зенита» Михаил Боярский высказал своё мнение о разгромном поражении санкт-петербургского клуба от минского «Динамо» в первом матче третьего отборочного раунда Лиги Европы.
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          Ефимова намерена выступить на всех этапах КМ по плаванию 2018 года      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Российская пловчиха Юлия Ефимова заявила, что намерена принять участие во всех этапах Кубка мира по плаванию 2018 года.
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          В Сирии военные уничтожили запущенный в сторону авиабазы Хмеймим беспилотник      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Военные уничтожили дрон, запущенный с подконтрольной незаконным вооружённым формированиям территории в провинции Латакия в сторону авиабазы Хмеймим в Сирии, сообщили в Центре по примирению враждующих сторон.
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          Главгосэкспертиза одобрила проект реставрации Центрального павильона ВДНХ      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Главгосэкспертиза одобрила проект, посвящённый реставрации Центрального павильона ВДНХ. Об этом сообщает m24 со ссылкой на Стройкомплекс.
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          Бывший сотрудник угрозыска СССР прокомментировал приговор членам «банды ГТА»      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Полковник милиции в отставке, бывший сотрудник Главного управления уголовного розыска СССР Евгений Черноусов в беседе с Nation News прокомментировал приговор членам «банды ГТА».
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          Жанна Эппле прокомментировала сообщения о смерти Дмитрия Брусникина      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Актриса Жанна Эппле прокомментировала сообщения о смерти режиссёра, актёра и педагога Дмитрия Брусникина.
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          В Калининградской области создали ещё шесть особо охраняемых природных территорий      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview В Калининградской области создали ещё шесть особо охраняемых природных территорий регионального значения, сообщает «Янтарный край».
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          Пловчиха Ефимова заявила, что для сборной России чемпионат Европы прошёл отлично      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Россиянка Юлия Ефимова высказала своё мнение о выступление сборной России по плаванию на чемпионате Европы по водным видам спорта в шотландском Глазго.
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          «Настоящая трагедия»: атака ВВС коалиции Саудовской Аравии унесла жизни более 50 человек, в том числе 29 детей      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview В Йемене более 50 человек погибли, свыше 70 ранены после налёта авиации Исламской военной коалиции. Представитель Международного комитета Красного Креста Мирелла Ходейб в беседе с RT рассказала, что 29 убитых — дети до 14 лет. Она отметила, что в стране сложилась ситуация гуманитарной катастрофы и о гибели гражданских приходится сообщать с частотой «всего в несколько дней». Тем временем военная операция коалиции, возглавляемой Саудовской Аравией, продолжается.
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          Атмосферный эффект домино: чем опасна для человека гигантская дыра в ионосфере Земли      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Учёные Массачусетского технологического института обнаружили гигантскую брешь в ионосфере Земли. По их мнению, причина аномалии — гравитационные волны, возникающие в тропосфере, которые приводят к внезапному потеплению стратосферы над полярными областями планеты и провоцируют изменения в верхнем слое атмосферы. Подобные «пробелы» в ионосфере ослабляют защиту от космического излучения, влияют на распространение радиоволн и могут нарушить работу навигационных приборов, что потенциально опасно для самолётов, отмечают российские геофизики.
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          В Турции более десяти человек пострадали в ДТП с туристическим автобусом      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview В Анталье более десяти человек пострадали в результате ДТП с туристическим автобусом.
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          Devin Nunes caught telling donors GOP majority needed to protect Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The House Intelligence Committee chairman appears to have moved from criticising the investigation into Russian interference to mulling how to blunt its impact.
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10 лет назад, в ночь с 7 на 8 августа 2008 года, в Южной Осетии началась «пятидневная война» между вооружёнными силами Грузии и России, которую поддержали югоосетинские формирования. Спустя 10 лет Радио Свобода собирает свидетельства очевидцев тех событий, сражавшихся с обеих сторон. Вот одно из них.

Согласно официальной позиции властей России и самопровозглашённых Южной Осетии и Абхазии, их действия, названные «принуждением Грузии к миру», были ответом на агрессию Грузии против мирных югоосетинских граждан и находившихся рядом российских миротворцев. В Тбилиси и тогда, и сейчас продолжают настаивать на совсем другой версии — что это была спланированная агрессия со стороны России, подготовленная за 6 дней до боевых действий в Южной Осетии, где Грузия решила провести военную операцию в ответ на провокации югоосетинских вооружённых формирований.

Грузия считает, что вооружённый конфликт начался не 8-го, а в ночь на 7 августа: не с бомбардировки грузинской артиллерией города Цхинвали, а с обстрела югоосетинской артиллерией грузинского села Авневи, где тяжёлые ранения получили два грузинских миротворца из состава трёхсторонних (российско-осетино-грузинских) миротворческих сил, введённых в зону конфликта летом 1992 года согласно «дагомысским соглашениям». Однако в докладе комиссии Европейского Союза (так называемом «докладе Хайде Тальявини») говорится, что «кульминацией» долгого периода провокаций и роста напряжённости стал артиллерийский обстрел грузинской армией столицы Южной Осетии Цхинвали в ночь на 8 августа. В том числе из установок «Град».

Грузинские военные, потом ненадолго занявшие Цхинвали, вскоре были выбиты из города. В течение нескольких дней российские войска совместно с югоосетинскими и другими отрядами так называемых «добровольцев», оттеснили грузинские войска из Южной Осетии, а также во взаимодействии с абхазскими силами — из Кодорского ущелья Абхазии, временно заняв ряд прилегающих к конфликтным зонам районов самой Грузии. Российские танки остановились почти под Тбилиси. Боевые действия продолжались до конца дня 12 августа.

С 14 по 16 августа президентами Абхазии, Южной Осетии, Грузии и России при посредничестве Франции и других западных стран был подписан так называемый «план Медведева-Саркози» по мирному урегулированию конфликта. 26 августа Россия официально признала Южную Осетию и Абхазию в качестве независимых государств. 2 сентября Грузия разорвала с Россией дипломатические отношения. Затормозился процесс вступления Грузии в НАТО.

Грузия, по собственным данным, потеряла 412 человек убитыми, в том числе 179 военнослужащих и сотрудников МВД и 228 мирных жителей, ещё 1747 человек было ранено. Южная Осетия потеряла примерно 160 человек убитыми, у России, по её данным, было 67 погибших и 283 раненых.

Одним из участников «пятидневной войны» был грузинский военный врач, хирург, полковник Лаша Коиава, с первого до последнего дня командовавший военно-полевым госпиталем в городке Тквиави, меньше чем в 10 километрах от Цхинвали. В интервью Радио Свобода он вспоминает те дни так:

— Та война началась для меня со звонка начальника штаба Сухопутных войск ВС Грузии. Я должен был явиться в расположение своей части и вызвать весь личный состав моего полевого госпиталя. То, что называется «боевые действия в августе 2008-го», для меня начались с этого. А вообще я не впервые видел войну. Ведь в Грузии всякие мелкие стычки между грузинами и абхазами, грузинами и осетинами происходили с 1989 года. А в 1992 году я, как военный врач, хирург общего профиля, участвовал и в тогдашних событиях под Цхинвали.

Я давно служу в армии и поэтому точно знаю, где, что, когда, как и почему началось. Войну в августе 2008-го я бы назвал по-шахматному, «Белые начинают и проигрывают». С самого начала было ясно, что этот вооружённый конфликт начат ради больших интересов Российской Федерации. Все предпосылки были для того, чтобы она началась. Москва всегда считала, что Кавказ — это «южные ворота России», естественно. И либо кто-то их отбирает у России, и тогда эти ворота открыты, либо Россия берёт весь Кавказ, и тогда у неё ворота закрыты. Россия стремилась закрыть свои «ворота», поэтому она всеми силами подготовила этот конфликт.

— Вы сами видели наступавшие российские войска? Вообще, насколько близко вы находились к передовой?

— Трудно, знаете, при асимметричных боевых действиях сказать, в скольких метрах ты находишься от линии огня. Но если считать, что Тквиави от Цхинвали находится менее чем в 10 километрах, то я думаю, что не очень далеко.

— Ваш военно-полевой госпиталь переезжал или все время находился в одном и том же месте?

— Он три дня был в Тквиави, а потом мы стали отходить назад.

— Когда грузинские военнослужащие и гражданское население стали нести самые большие потери?

— Это было во второй день, да и 9 августа убитых и раненых очень много. Уже противник стал атаковать, были осетинские бандформирования, и ещё какие-то русские казацкие отряды там были. К концу первого дня, к вечеру 8 августа, они более активно начали вести боевые действия против нас.

— Вы боялись попасть в плен?

— Трудно не бояться попасть в плен, когда у тебя под командированием находятся 470 человек, и в основном женщин. Конечно, не очень было бы приятно «подарить» этих женщин «казакам» и прочим бандитам. Я, кстати, гораздо меньше опасался того, что нас захватят регулярные российские войска. Потому что все знали, что в своих действиях русские очень считаются с мнением цивилизованного мира, в смысле — с Западом. И мы были уверены, что дикостей и зверств с их стороны не будет. Но вот попасть в плен к осетинским бандитам или к «казакам» — это было бы, конечно, чревато очень плохими последствиями.

— Что из случившегося 10 лет назад вспоминается сильнее всего? Всегда есть какие-то детали, которые врезаются в память.

— Конечно, есть. Часто стараюсь даже вспоминать что-то смешное, когда в наших рядах царила растерянность, такого случалось много. Эвакуационный транспорт у меня был гражданский, который должен был перевозить раненых из полевой бригады ко мне в госпиталь. Но эти гражданские шофёры как-то были напуганы, и не хотели подъезжать непосредственно к линии огня. Следовало бы их как-то подбодрить. Поэтому я и один мой друг, который тоже был ветераном боевых действий в Абхазии 1992-1993 годов, сами первыми сели в машину и сами поехали за первыми ранеными. Я, начальник военно-полевого госпиталя, веду первую санитарную машину и сам сижу за рулём и перешучиваюсь с другом.

Самое было приятное, самое хорошее, что могу вспомнить, — то, что все раненые, которых доставляли мне, остались живы, до сих пор. После войны они все выздоровели и вернулись к нормальному образу жизни. А самое тяжёлое воспоминание — как другого моего старого друга прямо мне на операционный стол привезли с минно-взрывной ампутацией ноги, говоря по-врачебному. Миномётная мина упала и оторвала ему ногу. Вот это было самое неприятное личное воспоминание.

– Как получилось, что этот мощный прорыв частей российской армии стал неожиданностью для тогдашнего грузинского руководства? Все говорят о шоке Михаила Саакашвили и его окружения в тот момент.

– Когда разговариваешь с кем-то из тех, кто тогда был в окружении Саакашвили, мне становится смешно, слыша рассуждения о том, что они, дескать, не ждали, что «Россия не должна была». А что ещё Михаил Саакашвили может сказать? Он у нас слишком внезапно стал президентом. Знаете, если лидер государства не собирается вести войны или хотя бы хочет, чтобы никто не узнал о том, что он намерен их вести, он не будет постоянно бравировать и употреблять военную риторику. Он не станет кричать «мы будем укреплять армию, ей скоро предстоит бой».

А вспомните 2004 год, этот непонятный вооружённый конфликт меньшего масштаба с той же Южной Осетией? Почему он начался на голом месте, в чьих интересах? Если бы Саакашвили хотел мирно и честно вернуть то, что по закону Грузии полагается, вернуть наши территории, то он, в первую очередь, наверное, приостановил бы мандат миротворческих сил российской армии. Он должен был в любом случае выступить и в ООН и как-нибудь дойти до Страсбурга и сказать, что в течение стольких-то лет российские, так сказать, миротворцы находятся на территории Грузии. И что из миротворцев они превратились в пограничников, и что конфликт ни в какую сторону не меняется, не улучшается, и так далее. Он ничего этого не сделал!

— А насколько подготовленными летом 2008 года грузинские силы были к возможным потерям, к обилию раненых, к настоящей войне, если мы говорим о врачебной стороне дела, о фронтовой медицине?

— Ой, у нас там очень много проблем и пробелов было. Слава богу, что эта война так быстро закончилась. Самое большое, чего не хватало, — это слаженности работы на разных ступенях военно-медицинского обеспечения. Были нарушены связи и взаимодействие на линиях «батальон — бригада», «бригада — полевой госпиталь» и из полевого госпиталя дальше. Недостатки моего полевого госпиталя восполнили тем, что подчинили нам гражданскую скорую помощь, и она уже стала перевозить от нас раненых в большой госпиталь в Гори.

Не была Грузия готова ко всему этому. Не было ни одной военной централизованной большой больницы в Тбилиси, чтобы можно было собирать всех раненых в одном месте. Ведь тут существенны и медицинская сторона проблемы, и административная. Тогда там легче было бы за ними присматривать, ухаживать и выписывать им документы, что они точно были ранены во время боевых действий. И чтобы все, и начальство, и командиры, и родственники знали, где они были и где сейчас находятся. А если развозить этих раненых по разным больницам, то это чревато тем, что можно сам город оставить без медицинского обеспечения. В каждой больнице у вас будут на всех койках лежать раненые при боевых действиях — но ведь гражданским людям очень трудно, знаете, отдать приказ, чтобы ни у кого на этот период не было приступов и болезней — ни воспаления аппендицита, ни прободения язвы желудка, например.

— Как тогда и сейчас вы воспринимали Россию, российские войска, вообще русский народ? Как настоящего врага, с ненавистью, или вы были скорее в недоумении и сейчас вы в удивлении, как это всё получилось?

— Недоумения никак не могло быть, потому что я уже две-три войны прошёл и ещё партизанское движение. Знаете, восприятие было и есть без всякой ненависти, ну, я бы кратко описал так: они за своё государство борются, а я за своё. Когда я вижу российских солдат, конечно, сказать, что при этом испытываю большой восторг и чувство окрыления — это будет неправдой. А к обыкновенным русским людям — обыкновенное отношение. Российские туристы к нам приезжают, я с ними часто общаюсь. Всё нормально.

— Вы упомянули, что боялись попасть в плен к осетинам гораздо больше, вместе с вашими женщинами и ранеными, чем к россиянам. Когда-нибудь грузины и осетины, грузины и абхазы смогут простить друг друга?

— Я сказал, что боялся попасть в плен к осетинским бандформированиям, это важная разница. Непосредственно осетины — это обыкновенный народ, люди, которые живут, как и мы и вы. Кстати, у меня бабушка — осетинка! Что касается восстановления отношений между грузинами и осетинами, то, как только исчезнет «русский фактор», это может случиться очень скоро, через пару лет. Но мирное решение этого конфликта в реальности возможно лишь при условии, что Россия станет цивилизованной страной. Как вы думаете, сколько лет понадобится России на это? Вы не знаете, и я не знаю. Либо есть другой путь, более неприятный для всех — если весь мир решит как-то утихомирить Россию, её геополитический пыл и её амбиции, — полагает грузинский военный врач, ветеран войны 2008 года Лаша Коиава.

Премьер-министр России Дмитрий Медведев, бывший президентом страны в 2008 году, накануне 10-й годовщины «пятидневной войны» в интервью радиостанции «Коммерсант FM» заявил, что планируемое вступление Грузии в НАТО может спровоцировать «страшный конфликт». Он также отметил, что в том конфликте, по его мнению, не было «никакой неизбежности».

В сентябре 2008 года, через месяц после окончания боевых действий, была учреждена комиссия «НАТО — Грузия», призванная восстановить грузинскую военную инфраструктуру и содействовать продвижению страны к членству в Североатлантическом союзе. В июне этого года генеральный секретарь НАТО Йенс Столтенберг вновь заявил, что Грузия станет членом Североатлантического союза. В ответ Владимир Путин предупредил, что Кремль «крайне негативно» отреагирует на этот шаг, так как он является «прямой угрозой для национальной безопасности России».

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The announcement of president Trump last week expressing his willingness to hold a summit with Iran with ‘no preconditions’, after a chain of threatening exchanges between him and president Rouhani, for a new model of US-Iran Nuclear deal indicates yet another flip flop in US policies. It is unlikely to be taken seriously so easily, after witnessing US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) of 2015 with Iran (Commonly known as Iran Nuclear Deal) even at the cost of differing with its allies and strategic partners, who have critical trade relations with Iran.

Can any future US – Iran nuclear deal succeed?

The intent of JCPoA in 2015 in which the United States and allies agreed to reduce sanctions on Iran, was that it will give up the means to make nuclear weapons. This remains unchanged, when president Trump says that Iran cannot be allowed to go nuclear. The Republicans were not too happy with its clauses at that time and made it an election issue, which president Trump delivered by walking out of it. I do not think that the intent of US has changed even now. President Trump duly supported by Israel has managed to raise the temperatures by rhetoric, provocative speeches, renewed sanctions on Iran, and tried to curtail their oil exports, but it has not worked. US knows that it cannot up the ante beyond economic, diplomatic and information warfare domain, because further pressure is likely to push Iran towards nuclear bomb even faster than what US expects. While US may be ready for summit, it will have to struggle very hard to find a workable replacement deal to the existing deal, which can be devoid of risks of failure, with no change of intention expressed in JCPoA, 2015, and may eventually find that the previous deal was not too bad to meet their strategic interests.

Additional complexities, but compromise is possible

The situation is much more complex in this case because none of its allies, who were part of JCPoA, 2015, have walked out of it so far. This has also raised doubts over the reliability, credibility and stability of policies of US to continue with a signed commitment, which can have repercussions on complete denuclearisation of North Korea, which may think twice before complete verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation. The emergence of a pro-Iran lobby to include Russia, Turkey, Qatar and China to oppose anti-Iran lobby including USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia and some other neighbours, is another major change in international environment, which can speed up nuclear ambition of Iran, if pushed to wall. It is not easy to pressurise Iran which has great strategic significance due to its location as well as oil export, which concerns US allies, strategic partners and China. If Iran sustains sanctions and goes nuclear, it will encourage others like Saudi Arabia also to go nuclear creating further instability in the region.  An ill-defined meeting with Iran is not likely to yield much, in such an environment. I sincerely feel that compromises are possible; because of some of US allies are still honouring JCPoA, 2015, so far, and the inclination of president Trump to talk to Iran. In case US tries to strike a US centric deal with Iran in isolation, its acceptability by others may be doubtful. Having two concurrent deals (JCPoA, 2015 with EU and new arrangement with US) will cause utter confusion, and may not be to lead to any workable solution.

Impact on India: is CAATSA waiver on Iran possible after S-400?

As a strategic partner of India, US is aware that India has historic, cultural, and oil centric relations with Iran, which are deep rooted. Iran has jumped one notch up by becoming the second largest crude oil supplier to India and energy security is core interest for India. Connectivity with CAR and Chabahar port is another strategic compulsion of India.  US has understood the need of S-400 missiles for India, based on Indian threat perception, and have agreed to give a waiver on CAATSA for its purchase from Russia. A similar waiver/understanding with US on the critical strategic issues of India with Iran including energy security is a fair expectation/ possibility. 

I visualise that US sanctions on Iran may continue, but US may have to rethink about CAATSA, or modify it to suit fast changing strategic and economic global dynamics to make it more flexible.  On the issue of Iran and Russia, it cannot afford to put EU, China, Russia and other strategic partners on sanctions together, and expect to make ‘America Great’. A rigid CAATSA may lead ‘America First’ to ‘America Alone’ hence it needs modifications to suit changing geopolitical environment.

 (The writer is chief instructor, USI of India)

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Qatar Airways is proud to announce that it is the Prestige Partner and Official Airline of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, taking place in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from 18 August until 2 September 2018. The highly-anticipated sporting event will bring athletes from 45 participating nations to Jakarta and Palembang to compete for the coveted prizes.

To mark this occasion, a high-level signing ceremony took place in Jakarta, Indonesia on 9 August 2018, in the presence of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Jusuf Kalla; the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Hamar and the President of the Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organising Committee (INASGOC), Mr. Erick Thohir. Following the tremendous success of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM, of which Qatar Airways was the Official Partner and Official Airline, the national carrier of the State of Qatar has now shifted its focus from Russia to Asia, to expand its global portfolio and celebrate its strong ties across the continent.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be the Prestige Partner and Official Airline of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, and to once more unite fans from around the world through a shared love of sport. This highly-anticipated event strengthens our extensive global sporting portfolio and asserts our continuous dedication to celebrating sports as a means of bringing people together. We are tremendously proud to be flying the Qatar team of more than 200 athletes to Jakarta for the event, and we look forward to welcoming all fans to Jakarta and Palembang.”

Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Hamar, said: “I am very proud that Qatar’s multiple award-winning national flag carrier, Qatar Airways is the Prestige Partner and Official Airline of the 18th Asian Games. This is a significant and historic moment for the State of Qatar and the Republic of Indonesia and will further strengthen the already strong bonds that exist between the two nations. This important partnership will further increase tourism and business links between Qatar and Indonesia as well as extending Qatar’s warm hospitality and welcoming culture to the people of Indonesia and fans from around the world. We look forward to continuing to deepen relations between the Qatari and Indonesian people and wish all teams the best of luck.”

President of the Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organising Committee (INASGOC), Mr. Erick Thohir, said: “We greatly appreciate Qatar Airways’ support of the Asian Games 2018 and look forward to the success of this new and exciting partnership. This event is not an ordinary sports tournament, but an important occasion that promotes both peace and unity between countries in Asia. We wish all participating nations the best of luck in this memorable world-class event.” This is the second time that Qatar Airways has sponsored the Asian Games; the national carrier of the State of Qatar was also the Official Airline of the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, where it proudly welcomed thousands of fans from around the world to watch the games unfold in what was the biggest sporting event in the history of Qatar. Qatar Airways wishes Qatar’s national team all the best in the competition.

The Asian Games is a pancontinental multi-sport event held every four years, and is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The prestigious competition is organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and will include 61 sporting disciplines in more than 40 facilities throughout the two host cities. Qatar Airways will proudly fly the Qatar team, consisting of more than 200 athletes, to Jakarta for the event. The award-winning airline currently provides triple-daily services to Jakarta, served by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, and triple-daily services to Denpasar, served by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, featuring 24 seats in Business Class and 388 seats in Economy Class.

In May 2017, Qatar Airways announced a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with FIFA, which saw the award-winning airline become the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA until 2022. The partnership, one of the biggest sporting sponsorships in the world, will give Qatar Airways extensive marketing and branding rights at the  2022 World Cup Qatar™, with an expected audience reach of more than two billion people. The agreement sees Qatar Airways become the Official Airline Partner of the FIFA Club World Cup™, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, the FIFA Under-20 and Under 17 World Cups™, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™, and the FIFA Interactive World Cup™.

In addition to its existing partnership with the German football club giants FC Bayern München AG, for which it is a Platinum Partner, Qatar Airways also recently revealed multi-year sponsorship agreements with Italian football club AS Roma, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor; and with Argentinian football club Boca Juniors, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor. Qatar Airways made headline news last month at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, with a number of high-profile announcements and award wins. The airline picked up four prestigious awards at this year’s 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards, being named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the sixth time and third consecutive year; ‘Best Airline In The Middle East’, ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 150 destinations worldwide. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expedited expansion plans, including Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.


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The Dollar lifted during the London AM session, with the USD index (DXY) having reversed most of the decline it posted yesterday in making an intraday peak of 95.35. EUR-USD concurrently fall back under 1.1600 to an intraday low of 1.1576 low, which puts in some distance from yesterday's five-session peak at 1.1628, though the pair still remained comfortably above yesterday's low at 1.1551. Specific, sharp weakness in both Turkey's Lira and Russia's Rouble today have lent some support to the Dollar, with both currencies reeling from U.S.

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          10 фильмов о глубинах океана и опасных морских существах      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   



  • США, 1975 год.
  • Ужасы, триллер.
  • Длительность: 124 минуты.
  • IMDb: 8,0.

Без сомнений, подборка фильмов про морских монстров должна начинаться с легендарного фильма Стивена Спилберга. Шериф местной полиции обнаруживает на берегу останки девушки, растерзанной огромной белой акулой. Число жертв с каждым днём растёт, но руководство города не решается оповестить жителей об опасности. Тогда шериф объединяется с охотником на акул и океанологом. Вместе они хотят выловить чудовище.

Впоследствии фильм получил ещё три продолжения, последнее из которых вышло в 1987 году. В каждой части команда героев сражается с огромной акулой.



  • США, 1978 год.
  • Ужасы.
  • Длительность: 92 минуты.
  • IMDb: 5,9.

Перед выходом этого фильма Стивен Спилберг обвинял режиссёра Джо Данте в плагиате. Однако сама картина ему понравилась, и впоследствии они подружились.

Главная героиня расследует исчезновение двух подростков. Она обнаруживает секретную лабораторию, где в годы холодной войны выводили пираний, которые могли жить в холодной и солёной воде и использоваться в качестве живого оружия. После закрытия лаборатории некоторые мутанты выжили, и теперь они попали в открытое море и расплодились. Однако военные пытаются скрыть эти факты, и пираньи добираются до общественных пляжей.

Сиквел этой картины «Пиранья 2: нерест» — дебют знаменитого Джеймса Кэмерона в большом кино. Однако второй фильм считается провальным по всем параметрам.

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The Abyss

  • США, 1989 год.
  • Фантастика, приключения, триллер.
  • Длительность: 145 минут.
  • IMDb: 7,6.

Этот фильм Кэмерон снимал уже значительно позже. И он, в противовес «Пиранье 2», до сих пор считается одним из эталонов картин о морских глубинах.

Подводная лодка с ядерными боеголовками на борту терпит крушение в океане. На место аварии отправляют исследователей со станции, расположенной неподалёку. Они должны выяснить причину крушения и обезвредить боеголовки. Однако, когда специалисты прибывают на подводную лодку, они сталкиваются с неизвестными разумными существами.



  • Италия, США, 1989 год.
  • Фантастика, ужасы.
  • Длительность: 98 минут.
  • IMDb: 5,8.

Этот фильм обыгрывает традиционный сюжет, когда группа людей в замкнутом пространстве сталкивается с неизведанной опасностью. В «Чужом» Ридли Скотта действие происходило на космическом корабле, в «Нечто» Карпентера — на полярной станции. В «Левиафане» герои оказываются на подводной станции по добыче серебра.

Группа шахтёров обнаруживает затопленную русскую подводную лодку «Левиафан». Как выясняется, команду лодки убил неизвестный вирус, который шахтёры занесли и на свою станцию. Один из них мутирует и превращается в безжалостное чудовище.

Глубокое синее море

Deep blue sea

  • США, 1999 год.
  • Ужасы, триллер, фантастика.
  • Длительность: 105 минут.
  • IMDb: 5,8.

Опаснее огромной акулы может быть только разумная огромная акула. Учёные с помощью генной инженерии увеличивают мозг рыб, чтобы проводить на них исследования лекарства от болезни Альцгеймера. В результате эксперимента три подопытные акулы превращаются в разумных существ, у которых к жажде убийств добавилась ещё и хитрость.

Лейк-Плэсид: озеро страха

Lake Placid

  • США, 1999 год.
  • Ужасы, боевик, комедия.
  • Длительность: 82 минуты.
  • IMDb: 5,7.

В тихом озере, расположенном в лесах Америки, обитает зловещее чудовище, которое может раскусить человека пополам. После гибели исследователя природы местный шериф пытается найти и уничтожить существо. Его помощники предполагают, что это — гигантский крокодил, каким-то чудом появившийся в озере. Герои сначала хотят убить монстра, но потом решают, что его нужно поймать для исследований.

Открытое море

Open Water

  • США, 2003 год.
  • Драма, триллер.
  • Длительность: 79 минут.
  • IMDb: 5,7.

Этот фильм частично основан на реальных событиях. Супружеская пара прибывает на Багамы, чтобы отдохнуть и позаниматься дайвингом. Однако во время последнего погружения из-за ошибки катер уплывает без них. Герои оказываются брошены в открытом море в 15 километрах от берега без какой-либо надежды на спасение.

Люди, расследовавшие реальный случай, который послужил прообразом этой истории, считают, что пара погибла без участия акул или других животных. Однако в фильм, конечно же, добавили этих опасных существ, которые нападают на героев.

Мегаакула против гигантского осьминога

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

  • США, 2009 год.
  • Ужасы, боевик.
  • Длительность: 90 минут.
  • IMDb: 2,6.

У студии Asylum, известной плохими подделками блокбастеров, есть своя серия фильмов о морских чудовищах, стартовавшая с противостояния гигантской акулы и осьминога. Все эти картины сняты с очень дешёвыми и нелепыми спецэффектами, а актёры играют плохо. Однако благодаря этому фильмы стали знамениты на весь мир как комедии абсурда.

По сюжету учёные изучают ледник на дне океана. Из-за опытов лёд разрушается, и на свободу вырываются гигантские существа, вымершие два миллиона лет назад.

Если этого фильма окажется недостаточно, то можно посмотреть и другие истории о «Мегаакуле» от этой студии, а также серию «Акулий торнадо», где морских чудовищ затянуло в торнадо, а потом выбросило в мегаполис.

Пираньи 3D

Piranha 3D

  • США, 2010 год.
  • Триллер, ужасы, комедия.
  • Длительность: 90 минут.
  • IMDb: 5,5.

Ремейк фильма «Пиранья» 1978 года. Сюжет в общих чертах похож на оригинал, только в новой версии пираньи-мутанты оказываются не результатом экспериментов военных, а древними существами, жившими в замкнутом пространстве миллионы лет. После землетрясения монстры попадают в озеро, где как раз собрались на каникулы тысячи студентов. Шериф и помогающий ему сейсмолог пытаются избежать превращения праздника молодёжи в обед для пираний.


The Shallows

  • США, 2016 год.
  • Драма, триллер.
  • Длительность: 86 минут.
  • IMDb: 6,3.

Главная героиня приезжает в Мексику на дикий пляж, чтобы покататься на сёрфе. Недалеко от берега она натыкается на тело мёртвого кита, и тут же на девушку нападает большая белая акула. Получив ранение, героиня выбирается на тушу кита и оказывается в ловушке: вокруг кружит хищник, и все, до кого она может докричаться, тут же погибают в воде. Ей предстоит схватка один на один со смертельно опасным чудовищем.

          What About Those 3 Dead Russian Journalists?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By: Denise Simon | Founders Code Rather interesting that fellow journalists are not outraged and there is not full reporting on these murders. Jim Acosta? April Ryan? CNN? (snarky) Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Russian exile and Putin foe has a news organization called Investigation Control Center. Three investigative journalists were dispatched to (CAR) Central African Republic […]
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The United States has announced new sanctions on Russia in connection with its alleged attempt to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain. The State Department Wednesday said Russia is being sanctioned because it used a chemical weapon in violation of international law. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, in Britain in March. 

          “Роснефть” и Equinor будут вместе осваивать Северо-Комсомольское месторождение      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Российское правительство дало разрешение «Роснефти» передать лицензию на Северо-Комсомольский участок недр совместному предприятию “Роснефти” и норвежской Equinor (бывшая Statoil) – “СевКомНефтегаз”. Распоряжение о передаче подписал премьер-министр Дмитрий Медведев. Напомним, «дочка» “Роснефти” – “РН-Разведка и добыча” – и Statoil Russia AS подписали акционерное и операционное соглашение в отношении “СевКомНефтегаза” в сентябре 2017 года. Это предприятие будет […]

Запись “Роснефть” и Equinor будут вместе осваивать Северо-Комсомольское месторождение впервые появилась ТЭКНОБЛОГ.

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US senator presents letter from Trump for PutinMOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader's spokesman said Wednesday.

          Aeroflot Shares Plunge as U.S. Sanctions Raise Flight-Ban Risk ... - Bloomberg      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Aeroflot Shares Plunge as U.S. Sanctions Raise Flight-Ban Risk ...
Aeroflot PJSC, Russia's largest air carrier, plunged to an almost two-year low on Thursday after the U.S. threatened sanctions that could include flight ...

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          A Town Named Asbestos Once Produced Most of the World's Asbestos Supply      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hidden in old buildings and under streets, asbestos—once thought of as a “miracle mineral”—is always lurking. Though today it might seem like a relic of the past, under new rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. government could approve new uses of asbestos in consumer products going forward, reports Fast Company.

There are still places where asbestos mining is a notable industry: Canada’s asbestos mines—including the mine at Asbestos, Quebec, once the largest in the world—only closed within the last 10 years, and in Russia, the town of Asbest is still a major center of asbestos production.


Asbestos has many strange properties and has been incorporated into manmade products going back thousands of years. Manufactured, it often comes into human environments as a textile or a dangerous powder, but in nature it appears as six different types of natural silicates. Part of what makes it uniquely useful is how its crystals form, into tiny, thin fibers. It can be woven into fabric, it’s resistant to fire, it dampens sound.

Modern asbestos mining started in the 19th century, and Canada became one of the leading producers of asbestos early on. In the 1850s, significant deposits of chrysotile, the most commonly used form of asbestos, were found in Thetford, Quebec, south of Quebec City. By the end of the 19th century, the Jeffrey Mine, about 50 miles southwest, had also become a major source of asbestos, and when workers settled near the mine, they called their town Asbestos.


At the height of asbestos mining, around the 1970s, there were dozens of asbestos mines in the U.S., but about half of the asbestos used around the world was coming from this one mine in Canada. Usually, asbestos mining required several long and linear mines, but because of a rare circular pattern in this deposit, the miners could simply create a pit mine and start digging out the mineral. Over time, as the pit expanded, the workers had to move their town to keep it away from the expanding circumference of the mine.


Of course, there were problems with asbestos mining. By the middle of the 20th century, the health effects of breathing in asbestos fibers, which can cause cancer, were becoming well known. Environmental agencies starting controlling its use more tightly, and workers sickened by their jobs started demanding compensation and greater protections. Still, the mines themselves were slow to close, as there was still demand in India and other parts of the world for the product. The last asbestos mine in the U.S. closed in 2002; Canada shut down its asbestos mines in 2012.


Today, the town of Asbestos, Quebec, is still tied to its mineral legacy. A local brewery has named its beers Mineur (Miner); Spello, a mining term, and L’Or Blanc—white gold, as asbestos was known. The brewery also made a pale ale with water drawn from the bottom of the mine. They tested the water, one brewer told the BBC, and it was “perfect.” There’s also an Asbestos Mineral Museum, and it’s possible to tour the old mine or see it from a platform at the museum.

In Asbest, Russia, though, mining is ongoing. “When I work in the garden, I notice asbestos dust on my raspberries,” one resident told the New York Times in 2013. Regulators there consider it safe when properly handled, they told the Times. Most of the asbestos used in the U.S. in recent years has come from Brazil, but now those mines are shutting, too. Russia could become an asbestos supplier to the U.S., and the people of Asbest are looking forward to it. In the U.S., asbestos is still used in roofing materials and floor tiles, for fire protections, and in other consumer products. It's a small market and, even under the new rules, unlikely to grow fast. But when your town is named for a toxic substance that many people are afraid to be around at all, you look for business anywhere you can.

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Cathedral of St. Demetrius.

Around 1,500 images of people, animals, and plants adorn this 12th-century church. The blend of biblical and pagan figures forms a menagerie of mythical and real creatures meant to represent power.

The church was built in the 1190s by Vsevolod III Yuryevich, the Grand Prince of Vladimir. It was connected to his palace, and was built for the prince’s personal use.

Though the palace is long gone, the church still stands. And as impressive as its age may be, it’s the building’s outside that truly makes the building a sight to behold.

Humans and beasts cover the white stone facade. The prophet David appears three times, surrounded by fierce lions. Mighty eagles, griffins, and leopards are interspersed with tranquil beings like does and doves. There’s also a scene showing the ascension of Alexander the Great and a composition believed to depict Vsevolod himself.

Sadly for the church, time has not been kind to the building or its wonderful carvings. It was renovated in the 1830s, which saw parts of the structure removed. During this somewhat botched restoration process, some of the old stones were moved around and replaced with new blocks. Pollution from the urban environment has also damaged the limestone.

Today, the Cathedral of Saint Demetrius is no longer a working church. Instead, it functions as a small museum. The building has inspired more than just the casual observers who wander by. It’s believed this wonderful, historic work of architecture also inspired the creators of Moscow’s House with Animals.

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By April Joyner (Reuters) - Although the United States and Russia have imposed economic sanctions on each other since 2014, several large U.S.

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Johanna Konta, Britain, def. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, 6-3, 6-1.Simona Halep (1), Romania, def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, 7-6 (9), 4-6, 7-5.Venus...
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Vice president Mike Pence said America had to ensure its dominance in space amid new threats from China and Russia.
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Questa volta non c’entrano il conflitto in Ucraina e l’annessione della Crimea, ma l’avvelenamento con gas nervino dell’ex spia Sergej Skripal e della figlia Julia
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Gli Stati Uniti imporranno nuove misure punitive a Putin, ritenuta responsabile dell'avvelenamento dell'ex agente Skripal e della figlia. Mosca: «Inaccettabile»
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The musician played songs from old Soviet movies, which a guest said was some of the only Russian songs they knew. They’re heading up to Harlem; I left them at Times Square💕💕💕💕Lots of luck, love and happiness to Sergey & Marina — katie honan (@katie_honan) August 9, 2018 The NYC subway is such an […]
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Luke Harding / The Guardian:
Revealed: details of exclusive Russian deal offered to Arron Banks in Brexit run-up  —  Leaked document lays out for first time deal proposed to Leave.EU backer, sparking new questions over Moscow's role  —  The full details of Russia's gold deal offer to Arron Banks ahead of the EU referendum …

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به عنوان مثال در آموزش زبان فارسی شما کلمات دختر و پسر را با یک تصویر از این اشخاص فرا گرفته سپس نرم افزار در طی تستی از شما می خواهد از بین تعدادی تصویر دختر را انتخاب کنید و یا شیوه دیگر امتحان این نرم افزار به این صورت است که نرم افزار کلمات را برای شما خوانده و شما به نوبت تکرار می کنید، در صورتی که تلفظ و خواندن شما صحیح باشد نرم افزار به سراغ کلمات دیگر می رود در غیر این صورت مجدد از شما می خواهد در تلفظ خود دقت کنید.

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          A Bold Foreign Policy Platform for the New Wave of Left Lawmakers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A NEW COHORT OF PROGRESSIVES IS RUNNING FOR—AND WINNING—ELECTIONS. The stunning victory of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic congressional primary in New York is perhaps the most well-known, but she is far from alone. Most of these candidates are young, more than usual are people of color, many are women, several are Muslims, at least one is a refugee, at least one is transgender—and all are unabashedly left. Most come to electoral politics after years of activism around issues like immigration, climate and racism. They come out of a wide range of social movements and support policy demands that reflect the principles of those movements: labor rights, immigrant and refugee rights, women’s and gender rights, equal access to housing and education, environmental justice, and opposition to police violence and racial profiling. Some, though certainly not all, identify not just with the policies of socialism but with the fundamental core values and indeed the name itself, usually in the form of democratic socialism.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American woman in Detroit, just won the Democratic primary for the legendary Congressman John Conyers’ seat. Four women, two of them members of Democratic Socialists of America and all four endorsed by DSA, beat their male incumbent opponents in Pennsylvania state house primaries. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is running an insurgent campaign for Congress against a longstanding incumbent in western Massachusetts, keeping her focus on Medicare-for-All and civil rights. Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee, won endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and is running for Keith Ellison’s former congressional seat as an “intersectional feminist.” And there are more.

Many highlight their movement experience in their campaigns; they are champions of immigrant rights, healthcare, student debt organizing and the fight for $15. Intersectionality has grown stronger, as the extremism of Trump’s right-wing racist assault creates significant new gains in linking separate movements focused on racism, women’s rights, immigrant rights, climate, poverty, labor rights and more.

But mostly, we’re not seeing progressive and socialist candidates clearly link domestic issues with efforts to challenge war, militarism and the war economy. There are a few exceptions: Congressional candidate and Hawaii State Rep. Kaniela Ing speaks powerfully about U.S. colonialism in Hawaii, and Virginia State Rep. Lee J. Carter has spoken strongly against U.S. bombing of Syria, linking current attacks with the legacy of U.S. military interventions. There may be more. But those are exceptions; most of the new left candidates focus on crucial issues of justice at home.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war.

It’s not that progressive leaders don’t care about international issues, or that our movements are divided. Despite too many common assumptions, it is not political suicide for candidates or elected officials to stake out progressive anti-war, anti-militarism positions. Quite the contrary: Those positions actually have broad support within both our movements and public opinion. It’s just that it’s hard to figure out the strategies that work to connect internationally focused issues, anti-war efforts, or challenges to militarism, with the wide array of activists working on locally grounded issues. Some of those strategies seem like they should be easy—like talking about slashing the 53 cents of every discretionary federal dollar that now goes to the military as the easiest source to fund Medicare-for-all or free college education. It should be easy, but somehow it’s not: Too often, foreign policy feels remote from the urgency of domestic issues facing such crises. When our movements do figure out those strategies, candidates can easily follow suit.

Candidates coming out of our movements into elected office will need clear positions on foreign policy. Here are several core principles that should shape those positions.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war. That does not mean isolationism, but instead a strategy of diplomatic engagement rather than—not as political cover for—destructive U.S. military interventions that have so often defined the U.S. role in the world.

Looking at the political pretexts for what the U.S. empire is doing around the world today, a principled foreign policy might start by recognizing that there is no military solution to terrorism and that the global war on terror must be ended.

More broadly, the militarization of foreign policy must be reversed and diplomacy must replace military action in every venue, with professional diplomats rather than the White House’s political appointees in charge. Aspiring and elected progressive and socialist office-holders should keep in mind the distinction between the successes and failures of Obama’s foreign policy. The victories were all diplomatic: moving towards normalization with Cuba, the Paris climate accord and especially the Iran nuclear deal. Obama’s greatest failures—in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen—all occurred because the administration chose military action over robust diplomacy.

Certainly, diplomacy has been a tool in the arsenal of empires, including the United States. But when we are talking about official policies governing relations between countries, diplomacy—meaning talking, negotiating and engaging across a table—is always, always better than engaging across a battlefield.

A principled foreign policy must recognize how the war economy has distorted our society at home—and commit to reverse it. The $717 billion of the military budget is desperately needed for jobs, healthcare and education here at home—and for a diplomatic surge and humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to people of countries devastated by U.S. wars and sanctions.

A principled foreign policy must acknowledge how U.S. actions—military, economic and climate-related—have been a driving force in displacing people around the world. We therefore have an enormous moral as well as legal obligation to take the lead in providing humanitarian support and refuge for those displaced—so immigration and refugee rights are central to foreign policy.

For too long the power of the U.S. empire has dominated international relations, led to the privileging of war over diplomacy on a global scale, and created a vast—and invasive—network of 800-plus military bases around the world.

Now, overall U.S. global domination is actually shrinking, and not only because of Trump’s actions. China’s economy is rapidly catching up, and its economic clout in Africa and elsewhere eclipses that of the United States. It’s a measure of the United States’ waning power that Europe, Russia and China are resisting U.S. efforts to impose new global sanctions on Iran. But the United States is still the world’s strongest military and economic power: Its military spending vastly surpasses that of the eight next strongest countries, it is sponsoring a dangerous anti-Iran alliance between Israel and the wealthy Gulf Arab states, it remains central to NATO decision-making, and powerful forces in Washington threaten new wars in North Korea and Iran. The United States remains dangerous.

Progressives in Congress have to navigate the tricky task of rejecting American exceptionalism. That means recognizing that it is often a good thing when U.S. global military and economic efforts fail, because they are generally aimed at maintaining domination and control. Without that U.S. domination, the possibility arises of a new kind of internationalism: to prevent and solve crises that arise from current and potential wars, to promote nuclear disarmament, to come up with climate solutions and to protect refugees.

That effort is increasingly important because of the rapid rise of right-wing xenophobic authoritarians seeking and winning power. Trump is now leading and enabling an informal global grouping of such leaders, from Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Victor Orban in Hungary and others. Progressive elected officials in the United States can pose an important challenge to that authoritarian axis by building ties with their like-minded counterparts in parliaments and governments—possibilities include Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, among others. And progressive and leftist members of Congress will need to be able to work together with social movements to build public pressure for diplomatic initiatives not grounded in the interests of U.S. empire.

In addition to these broad principles, candidates and elected officials need critical analyses of current U.S. engagement around the world, as well as nuanced prescriptions for how to de-escalate militarily, and ramp up a new commitment to serious diplomacy.


RUSSIA: Relations with Russia will be a major challenge for the foreseeable future. With 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons in U.S. and Russian hands, and the two powers deploying military forces on opposite sides of active battlefronts in Syria, it is crucial that relations remain open—not least to derail potential escalations and ensure the ability to stand down from any accidental clash.

Progressives and leftists in Congress will need to promote a nuanced, careful approach to Russia policy. And they will face a daunting environment in which to do so. They will have to deal with loud cries from right-wing war-mongers, mainly Republicans, and from neo-con interventionists in both parties, demanding a one-sided anti-Russia policy focused on increased sanctions and potentially even military threats. But many moderate and liberal Democrats—and much of the media—are also joining the anti-Russia crusade. Some of those liberals and moderates have likely bought into the idea of American exceptionalism, accepting as legitimate or irrelevant the long history of U.S. election meddling around the world and viewing the Russian efforts as somehow reaching a whole different level of outrageousness. Others see the anti-Russia mobilization solely in the context of undermining Trump.

But at the same time, progressive Congress members should recognize that reports of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 and 2018 elections cannot be dismissed out of hand. They should continue to demand that more of the evidence be made public, and condemn the Russian meddling that has occurred, even while recognizing that the most serious threats to our elections come from voter suppression campaignsat home more than from Moscow. And they have to make clear that Trump’s opponents cannot be allowed to turn the president’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin into the basis for a new Cold War, simply to oppose Trump.

CHINA: The broad frame of a progressive approach should be to end Washington’s provocative military and economic moves and encourage deeper levels of diplomatic engagement. This means replacing military threats with diplomacy in response to Chinese moves in the South China Sea, as well as significant cuts in the ramped-up military ties with U.S. allies in the region, such as Vietnam. Progressive and socialist members of Congress and other elected officials will no doubt be aware that the rise of China’s economic dominance across Africa, and its increasing influence in parts of Latin America, could endanger the independence of countries in those parts of the Global South. But they will also need to recognize that any U.S. response to what looks like Chinese exploitation must be grounded in humility, acknowledging the long history of U.S. colonial and neocolonial domination throughout those same regions. Efforts to compete with Chinese economic assistance by increasing Washington’s own humanitarian and development aid should mean directing all funds through the UN, rather than through USAID or the Pentagon. That will make U.S. assistance far less likely to be perceived as—and to be—an entry point for exploitation.

NATO: A progressive position on NATO flies straight into the face of the partisan component of the anti-Trump resistance—the idea that if Trump is for it, we should be against it. For a host of bad reasons that have to do with personal enrichment and personal power, Trump sometimes takes positions that large parts of the U.S. and global anti-war and solidarity movements have long supported. One of those is NATO. During the Cold War, NATO was the European military face of U.S.-dominated Western anti-Communism and anti-Sovietism. With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, peace activists from around the world called for the dissolution of NATO as an anachronistic relic whose raison d’etre was now gone.

Instead, NATO used its 50th anniversary in 1999 to rebrand itself as defending a set of amorphous, ostensibly “Western” values such as democracy, rather than having any identifiable enemy—something like a military version of the EU, with the United States on board for clout. Unable to win UN Security Council support for war in Kosovo, the United States and its allies used NATO to provide so-called authorization for a major bombing campaign—in complete violation of international law—and began a rapid expansion of the NATO alliance right up to the borders of Russia. Anti-war forces across the world continued to rally around the call “No to NATO”—a call to dissolve the alliance altogether.

But when Trump, however falsely, claims to call for an end to the alliance, or shows disdain for NATO, anti-Trump politicians and media lead the way in embracing the military alliance as if it really did represent some version of human rights and international law. It doesn’t—and progressives in elected positions need to be willing to call out NATO as a militarized Cold War relic that shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe or to mobilize against Russia or China or anyone else. It should be ended.

In fact, Trump’s claims to oppose NATO are belied by his actions. In his 2019 budget request he almost doubled the 2017 budget for the Pentagon’s “European Deterrence Initiative,” designed explicitly as a response to “threats from Russia.” There is a huge gap between Trump’s partisan base-pleasing condemnation of NATO and his administration&rdqou;s actual support for strengthening the military alliance. That contradiction should make it easier for progressive candidates and officeholders to move to cut NATO funding and reduce its power—not because Trump is against NATO but because the military alliance serves as a dangerous provocation toward war.


What George W. Bush first called “the global war on terror” is still raging almost 17 years later, though with different forms of killing and different casualty counts. Today’s reliance on airstrikes, drone attacks and a few thousand special forces has replaced the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied ground troops. And today hardly any U.S. troops are being killed, while civilian casualties are skyrocketing across the Middle East and Afghanistan. Officials from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have repeated the mantra that “there is no military solution” in Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq or against terrorism, but their actions have belied those words. Progressive elected officials need to consistently remind the public and their counterparts that it is not possible to bomb terrorism out of existence. Bombs don’t hit “terrorism”; they hit cities, houses, wedding parties. And on those rare occasions when they hit the people actually named on the White House&rdqou;s unaccountable kill list, or “terrorist” list, the impact often creates more terrorists.

The overall progressive policy on this question means campaigning for diplomatic solutions and strategies instead of military ones. That also means joining the ongoing congressional efforts led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others  to challenge the continued reliance on the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

In general, privileging diplomatic over war strategies starts with withdrawing troops and halting the arms sales that flood the region with deadly weapons. Those weapons too often end up in the hands of killers on all sides, from bands of unaccountable militants to brutally repressive governments, with civilians paying the price. Congress members should demand an end of massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other U.S. allies carrying out brutal wars across the Middle East, and they should call for an end to the practice of arming non-state proxies who kill even more people. They should call for a U.S. arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and Israel (which presents a whole other set of arms-related challenges), while urging Russia to stop its arms sales to Syria, Iran and Pakistan. Given the power of the arms industries in the United States, arms embargoes are the most difficult—but perhaps the most important—part of ending the expanding Middle East wars.

Progressives in Congress should demand real support for UN-sponsored and other international peace initiatives, staffing whole new diplomatic approaches whose goal is political solutions rather than military victories—and taking funds out of military budgets to cover the costs. The goal should be to end these endless wars—not try to “win&rdqou; them.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The most important thing for candidates to know is that there has been a massive shift in public opinion in recent years. It is no longer political suicide to criticize Israel. Yes, AIPAC and the rest of the right-wing Jewish, pro-Israel lobbies remain influential and have a lot of money to throw around. (The Christian Zionist lobbies are powerful too, but there is less political difficulty for progressives to challenge them.) But there are massive shifts underway in U.S. Jewish publicopinion on the conflict, and the lobbies cannot credibly claim to speak for the Jewish community as a whole.

Outside the Jewish community, the shift is even more dramatic, and has become far more partisan: Uncritical support for Israel is now overwhelmingly a Republican position. Among Democrats, particularly young Democrats, support for Israel has fallen dramatically; among Republicans, support for Israel’s far-right government is sky-high. The shift is particularly noticeable among Democrats of color, where recognition of the parallels between Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the legacies of Jim Crow segregation in the United States and apartheid in South Africa is rising rapidly.

U.S. policy, unfortunately, has not kept up with that changing discourse. But modest gains are evident even there. When nearly 60 members of the House and Senate openly skipped Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech when he came to lobby Congress to vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the sky didn’t fall. The snub to the Israeli prime minister was unprecedented, but no one lost their seat because of it. Rep. Betty McCollum’s bill to protect Palestinian children from Israel’s vicious military juvenile detention system (the only one in the world) now has 29 co-sponsors, and the sky still isn’t falling. Members of Congress are responding more frequently to Israeli assaults on Gaza and the killing of protesters, often because of powerful movements among their constituents. When Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz acknowledged the divide: “While members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move, Democrats were split between those who congratulated Trump for it and those who called it a dangerous and irresponsible action.”

That creates space for candidates and newly elected officials to respond to the growing portion of their constituencies that supports Palestinian rights. Over time, they must establish a rights-based policy. That means acknowledging that the quarter-century-long U.S.-orchestrated “peace process” based on the never-serious pursuit of a solution, has failed. Instead, left and progressive political leaders can advocate for a policy that turns over real control of diplomacy to the UN, ends support for Israeli apartheid and occupation, and instead supports a policy based on international law, human rights and equality for all, without privileging Jews or discriminating against non-Jews.

To progress from cautiously urging that Israel abide by international law, to issuing a full-scale call to end or at least reduce the $3.8 billion per year that Congress sends straight to the Israeli military, might take some time. In the meantime, progressive candidates must prioritize powerful statements condemning the massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza and massive Israeli settlement expansion, demands for real accountability for Israeli violations of human rights and international law (including reducing U.S. support in response), and calls for an end to the longstanding U.S. protection that keeps Israel from being held accountable in the UN.

The right consistently accuses supporters of Palestinian rights of holding Israel to a double standard. Progressives in Congress should turn that claim around on them and insist that U.S. policy towards Israel—Washington’s closest ally in the region and the recipient of billions of dollars in military aid every year—hold Israel to exactly the same standards that we want the United States to apply to every other country: human rights, adherence to international law and equality for all.

Many supporters of the new crop of progressive candidates, and many activists in the movements they come out of, are supporters of the increasingly powerful, Palestinian-led BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, that aims to bring non-violent economic pressure to bear on Israel until it ends its violations of international law. This movement deserves credit for helping to mainstream key demands—to end the siege of Gaza and the killing of protesters, to support investigations of Israeli violations by the International Criminal Court, to oppose Israel’s new “nation-state’ law—that should all be on lawmakers’ immediate agenda.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 100,000 Afghans and 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in a U.S. war that has raged for almost 17 years. Not-Yet-President Trump called for withdrawal from Afghanistan, but within just a few months after taking office he agreed instead to send additional troops, even though earlier deployments of more than 100,000 U.S. troops (and thousands more coalition soldiers) could not win a military victory over the Taliban. Corruption in the U.S.-backed and -funded Afghan government remains sky-high, and in just the past three years, the Pentagon has lost track of how $3.1 billion of its Afghanistan funds were spent. About 15,000 US troops are still deployed, with no hope of a military victory for the United States.

Progressive members of Congress should demand a safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, acting on the long-held recognition that military force simply won’t work to bring about the political solution all sides claim to want.

Several pending bills also would reclaim the centrality of Congress’ role in authorizing war in general and in Afghanistan in particular—including ending the 2001 AUMF. Funding for humanitarian aid, refugee support, and in the future compensation and reparations for the massive destruction the U.S.-led war has wrought across the country, should all be on Congress’ agenda, understanding that such funding will almost certainly fail while U.S. troops are deployed.

IRAN: With U.S. and Iranian military forces facing each other in Syria, the potential for an unintentional escalation is sky-high. Even a truly accidental clash between a few Iranian and U.S. troops, or an Iranian anti-aircraft system mistakenly locking on to a U.S. warplane plane even if it didn’t fire, could have catastrophic consequences without immediate military-to-military and quick political echelon discussions to defuse the crisis. And with tensions very high, those ties are not routinely available. Relations became very dangerous when Trump withdrew the United States from the multi-lateral nuclear deal in May. (At that time, a strong majority of people in the United States favored the deal, and less than one in three wanted to pull out of it.)

The United States continues to escalate threats against Iran. It is sponsoring a growing regional anti-Iran alliance, with Israel and Saudi Arabia now publicly allied and pushing strongly for military action. And Trump has surrounded himself with war-mongers for his top advisers, including John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who have both supported regime change in Iran and urged military rather than diplomatic approaches to Iran.

Given all that, what progressive elected officials need to do is to keep fighting for diplomacy over war. That means challenging U.S. support for the anti-Iran alliance and opposing sanctions on Iran. It means developing direct ties with parliamentarians from the European and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, with the aim of collective opposition to new sanctions, re-legitimizing the nuclear deal in Washington and reestablishing diplomacy as the basis for U.S. relations with Iran.

It should also mean developing a congressional response to the weakening of international anti-nuclear norms caused by the pull-out from the Iran deal. That means not just supporting the nonproliferation goals of the Iran nuclear deal, but moving further towards real disarmament and ultimately the abolition of nuclear weapons. Progressives in and outside of Congress should make clear that nuclear nonproliferation (meaning no one else gets to have nukes) can’t work in the long run without nuclear disarmament (meaning that the existing nuclear weapons states have to give them up). That could start with a demand for full U.S. compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which calls for negotiations leading to “nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament.”

SYRIA: Progressive candidates and elected officials should support policies designed to end, not “win” the war. That means withdrawing troops, ceasing airstrikes and drone attacks, and calling for an arms embargo on all sides of the multiple proxy war. The civil war component of the multiple wars in Syria is winding down as the regime consolidates its control, but the sectarian, regional and global components of that war have not disappeared, so continuing a call for an arms embargo is still important. The first step is to permanently end the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s “arm and train” policies that have prolonged the war and empowered some of its most dangerous actors.

There will also need to be negotiations between the regional and global actors that have been waging their own wars in Syria, wars that have little to do with Syria itself, but with Syrians doing the bulk of the dying. That means support for the UN’s and other internationally-sponsored de-escalation efforts, and serious engagement with Russia towards a permanent ceasefire, as well as the arms embargo. U.S. policy should include absolute prohibitions on Washington’s regional allies—including Saudi Arabia and Turkey—sending U.S.-provided arms into Syria. And progressive supporters of diplomacy should also maintain pressure on the United States to back multi-lateral diplomatic processes organized by the UN and others—on humanitarian issues in Geneva, and political issues in Astana. Cutting the United States’ multi-billion dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Turkey and other U.S. allies involved in the Syrian wars would also lend legitimacy to U.S. efforts within those diplomatic processes to press Russia to stop providing arms to the Assad regime.

IRAQ: Congress has largely abrogated its responsibilities even as the 15-year war initiated by the United States continues. Progressive policymakers would do well to join the existing efforts to end—not replace, but cancel—the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, and reopen congressional debate, with the goal of ending funding for war in Iraq once and for all. When President Obama withdrew the last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, stating that “war in Iraq ends this month,” many assumed that the authorization ended as well. But it was never officially repealed and had no expiration date, and three years later Obama claimed that the then-12-year-old authorization justified the war against ISIS in Iraq. While Trump has relied primarily on the 2001 AUMF, the Iraq-specific authorization of 2002 remains in place and should be withdrawn. 

In the meantime, progressives in Congress should support many of the same policies for Iraq as for Syria: withdraw the troops and special forces, stop the assassination program that is the heart of Washington’s “counter-terrorism” campaign and cease sending arms. Congress should end funding to force the closure of the network of small “forward operating bases” and other U.S. military bases that may remain in U.S. hands in Iraq despite earlier agreements to turn them over to the Iraqi government. The U.S. must figure out new ways to provide financial compensation and support to the people whose country and society has been shredded by more than a dozen years of crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions bookended by two devastating wars (Desert Storm, starting in 1991, and the Iraq War, starting in 2003)—while somehow avoiding the further empowerment of corrupt and sectarian political and military leaders.

YEMEN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen reflects the most deadly front of Saudi Arabia’s competition with Iran for regional hegemony. The United States is providing indirect and direct support, including U.S. Air Force pilots providing in-air refueling so Saudi and UAE warplanes can bomb Yemen more efficiently, and Green Berets fighting alongside Saudi troops on the border, in what the New York Times called “a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.”

The U.S.-backed Saudi war against Yemen has also created what the UN has declared the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis. Congress’ first action must be to immediately end all U.S. involvement in the war. Next, Congress must reject all approvals for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as long as they continue to bomb and blockade Yemen.

Ending these arms sales may be a serious challenge, given the power of the arms manufacturers’ lobby, Israel’s strong support of Saudi Arabia against Iran and the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the top U.S. arms customer. But recent efforts and relatively close votes in both the House and Senate, while not successful, indicate that challenging the longstanding process of providing the Saudis with whatever weapons they want may be closer to reality than anticipated. The House called the U.S. military involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen “unauthorized.” Reps. Ro Khanna, Marc Pocan and others have introduced numerous House bills in recent months aimed at reducing U.S. arms sales and involvement in the Saudi-led assault. In the Senate, a March resolution to end U.S. military involvement in the Yemen war failed by only 11 votes, a much narrower margin than anticipated. Progressive candidates and new members of Congress should support all those efforts, and move further with a call for ending the longstanding U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, especially military sales and support for the Saudi-Israeli partnership against Iran.


NORTH KOREA: Progressive elected officials will need to support Trump’s diplomatic initiatives, challenging mainstream Democrats willing to abandon diplomacy because Trump supports it (however tactically or temporarily). Progressives will also need to condemn U.S. military provocations that undermine that same diplomacy, and build public and congressional support for the inter-Korean diplomatic moves already underway. That should include pushing for exemptions in the U.S.-imposed sanctions that would allow inter-Korean economic and other initiatives to go forward. Progressives in Congress can also play a major role in supporting people-to-people diplomacy with North Korea, and they can lead the way in replacing the current armistice with a peace treaty finally ending the Korean War.

AFRICA: Across the continent, there is an urgent need to reverse the militarization of foreign policy, including reducing the size, breadth of responsibilities and theater of operations of AFRICOM.  The wide-ranging but unauthorized and largely secretive special operations and other military actions across the continent violate not only international law, but U.S. domestic law as well.

LATIN AMERICA: In Latin America, there is an urgent need for a new anti-interventionist policy, not least to stop the current attempts to take advantage of serious domestic crises in Venezuela, Nicaragua and elsewhere. Progressives will need to challenge the U.S. economic and foreign policies that create refugees from Central America in particular (including the consequences of the U.S. wars of the 1980s), even while fighting to protect those migrants seeking safety in the United States as a result of those earlier policies. Regarding Mexico, Congress needs to fight for a U.S. position in trade negotiations that is not based on economic nationalism, but rather on making sure that Mexican workers and U.S. workers are both equally lifted up. Left policymakers will also have the chance to play a leading role in forging a new relationship with Mexico’s just-elected progressive President Lopez-Obrador. 

All of the areas where U.S. wars are or were underway, as well as places where U.S. economic and climate policies have helped create crises threatening people’s lives, also become areas from which migrants are forced to flee their homes. U.S. policymakers must acknowledge that U.S. policies are direct causes of the refugee crises that exist in and around the war zones and climate crisis zones of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere—and that the refugees seeking asylum in Europe, and the far fewer trying to come to the United States, are a consequence of those policies. So progressive candidates and policymakers should support massive expansion of funding for these victims of war, including humanitarian support in their home regions and acceptance of far greater numbers of refugees into the United States. They must directly challenge the xenophobic policies of the Trump administration that include the Muslim Ban, the separation of children from their families at the border and the vast reduction in refugees accepted into this country. In Congress, that might include introducing bills to cut funding for ICE or eliminate the institution altogether.

Finally, progressive candidates and elected officials will need to continue to craft policy proposals that recognize what happens when the U.S. wars come home. This requires more voices in Congress challenging the military budget because it’s used to kill people abroad and because the money is needed for jobs, health care and education at home. It means challenging Islamophobia rising across the United States because of how it threatens Muslims in the United States and because it is used to build support for wars against predominantly Muslim countries. It means exposing—on the floor of the House and beyond—the fact that the Muslim bans targeted primarily countries the United States was bombing, sanctioning or stationing soldiers in. And it means being clear that protecting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants has to include ending the wars that create refugees in the first place.

Certainly, we shouldn’t expect every progressive or even every socialist running for national office to become an instant expert on every complicated piece of U.S. foreign policy. And for those running for state and local office, there may seem to be even less urgency. But we’ve seen how the Poor People’s Campaign, with its inclusion of militarism and the war economy as one of its four central targets (along with racism, poverty and environmental destruction), has demonstrated to all of our movements the importance of—and a model for—including an anti-war focus within multi-issue state and local mobilizations. The Movement for Black Lives has created one of the strongest internationalist and anti-war platforms we’ve seen in years—including calls for cutting the military budget, supporting Palestinian rights, stopping the Global War on Terror and the so-called War on Drugs, ending the militarized U.S. interventions across Africa, and linking U.S. military and economic policies with the rise in Haitian and other—predominantly Black—immigration.

Immigrant rights activists are linking movements for sanctuary (and against ICE) with opposition to the wars that create refugees. Campaignsare underway to reject the training of U.S. police by Israeli police and military forces. Battles are being waged to get local law enforcement agencies to refuse Pentagon offers of weapons and equipment left over from U.S. wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These campaigns all play out at the local and state level.

So especially for those running for Congress, but really for all candidates at every political level and venue in this country, there is a clear need for a strong, principled position on at least a few key foreign policy issues. And the key to making that happen still lies with our movements.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A secret recording of a conversation during a Spokane fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is making national headlines because of comments Rep. Devin Nunes made about the federal attorney overseeing the probe into Russian election meddling, The Spokesman Review reports. The fundraiser, which featured Nunes as the headliner, was closed to the press.
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Okay, Trump isn't really going to be pee-boarding anyone (darn it), but just because a story isn't true is no reason not to report it.  At least, in 2017 that seems to be the prevailing journalistic philosophy after a number of news outlets, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and hyperbole, published reports that the Russians were ready to blackmail Donald Trump with secret videos of the billionaire in a Moscow hotel room, paying prostitutes to perform a "golden showers" scenario (peeing) on a bed once used by Barack and Michelle Obama.

The only problem is that there's no evidence whatsoever that this ever happened. None. It's complete and utter claptrap, and less believable than the rumor that the Russians have video of the night the Obamas used that hotel room and someone ended up getting a "dirty Sanchez." (If you don't know the term, for the love of all that's holy don't look it up.  Let's just say it's a sexual act invented by liberals who really, really deserve to be turned into pillars of salt.)

At a press conference on Wednesday, Trump quickly dismissed the preposterous tale - and subsequently refused to take questions from a CNN reporter because that organization was one of the purveyors of this "fake news." Score one for The Donald!

The so-called "Trump Blackmail" dossier has apparently been kicking around for months, with many people in government and media aware of its existence, but unable to do anything with it since none of the accusations held up to scrutiny. Which is frequently the case when a story is complete and utter bullcrap.

Still, the fictitious scandal developed a life of its own behind closed doors. If we're getting the story right (which seems quaint, doesn't it?), the dossier found its way into the hands of John McCain who was so stunned by the scatological accusations that he spat out the acorns he'd been storing in his cheeks for winter.

McCain then gave the report to FBI Director (and unindicted Hillary co-conspirator) James Comey, who - instead of burning the report and suggesting that McCain check into a 12-step program -  apparently slipped the information to perennial lunatic Harry Reid, who demanded the allegations be made public to derail Trump's run to the White House. This is, of course, the same Harry Reid who gleefully boasts about lying his ass off regarding Mitt Romney's taxes as an act of political sabotage.

(And on a side note, Harry, absolutely no one believes your story of getting your face battered and bruised by an exercise rubber band gone rogue. Rather, we strongly suspect that person or persons unknown beat the living tar out of you, then disappeared into the shadows before we could offer to buy them several rounds of drinks.)

Passed around as indiscriminately as Bill Clinton's DNA, the report eventually found it's way to the NBC-affiliated "news" website Buzzfeed (so named because Buttfeed was apparently already taken) which printed every scurrilous word online - kicking off a massive "me too" campaign of other alleged news organization linking to the story without even pretending to fact-check.

As alleged actress Meryl Streep said only days ago, "Disrespect invites disrespect" and "when the powerful use their positions to bully, we all lose. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage."

So far, the real outrages seem to be generated by a press which has deserted anything remotely like principle.

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There are two related stories to discuss today, both on the subject of Intelligence. A word which, needless to say when referring to Washington, refers to "spying" instead of anything remotely like "smartness" or "proper brain function."

Specifically, President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn't consider US intelligence agencies to be 100% reliable, especially when it comes to their consensus accusation that Vladimir Putin interfered with our election by disguising himself with a pair of Groucho glasses, then driving a schoolbus filled with Cossacks to various polling places in key electoral states.

But before Hope n' Change dives into the details of the "Russian hacking" story, let's look at Barack Obama's recent claim of advising Trump - strictly as a professional courtesy - that as President he should always trust the US intelligence community.

"There are going to be times," the miserable stain on the Oval Office said, "where the only way you can make a good decision is if you have confidence that the process is working, and the people that you put in charge are giving you their very best assessments."

Really, Barry? Is that how you've conducted your presidency? Not according to the Hope n' Change vault...

Let's review a few fun facts. As president, B. Hussein skipped the majority of his intelligence briefings including the one immediately following the debacle in Benghazi. Barry also had nothing but foreign policy failures, and repeatedly placed the blame on his intelligence agencies.

So why should Trump - or the rest of us - invest our trust in the intelligence agencies who failed to see the rise of Isis? Who missed nuclear weapons development by Iran during our negotiations? Who were unable to connect the dots preceding Putin's many successful aggressions - as well as those of China and North Korea.

These are the intelligence agencies whose keen insights helped bring about nightmare scenarios in Syria, Libya, and pretty much every other country which has mosques. Intelligence agencies which failed to flag September 11th as a potentially meaningful day for terrorists to attack in Benghazi.

Intelligence agencies which, at least according to the administration, found it "no big deal" that Hillary (as freaking Secretary of State) put all of our national secrets on an unguarded personal server just so she could dodge future Freedom of Information Act demands to see documents rightfully belonging to the American people.

All of which brings us back to the "Election hacking" story. The intelligence agencies have now offered up their (ahem) official report on this alleged election-changing, super-sophisticated act of cyber terror, and have found that (cue the shower-stabbing music from "Psycho") Vladimir Putin personally ordered a monumental campaign to undermine our election and put his personal buddy, Donald Trump, into office!

But there's one little problem. While the declassified report is happy to draw this apocalyptic conclusion, it offers virtually no proof. We're asked to accept this poppycock on sheer trust, which would be a lot easier if the Obama administration and intelligence agencies had even an iota of credibility anymore.

But let's look at a couple of important things the report says that we can agree with: there was no hacking or interference with any voting or vote-tallying machines, and the intelligence agencies do not assert that the alleged Russian campaign had any influence on voters or the election. Wow.

It is also noteworthy that the intelligence agencies were able to draw such detailed conclusions considering the DNC failed to cooperate with the investigation, and wouldn't grant the FBI access to their computers. And interestingly, the report fails to note that the sensitive emails eventually released by Wikileaks (again, without direct evidence of Russian involvement) weren't even obtained by "hacking," but rather by a simple "phishing" email sent to John Podesta, in which he revealed that his password (and the key to all of the DNC's documents) was..."password."

The report also states that Putin's evil plan to overthrow our election involved schemes like having Russian newscasts criticize Hillary Clinton more than Donald Trump. Which apparently made a huge impact on the many voters whose primary source of information was Russian newscasts.

We could go on and on (and already have!) but our point is this: thanks to the Obama administration our intelligence agencies no longer have a whit of credibility, nor does their preposterously politicized "Russian hacking" report.

Considering 8 years of wall-to-wall failures, it's not surprising that Americans have decided to turn their backs on alleged "Intelligence" in favor of Donald Trump's promise of common sense.

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Barack Obama has announced that he will be making a farewell address to the citizens of Chicago next week, in part to "celebrate the way you've changed this country." We can't think of a better location, considering some of those "changes" include 762 murders in 2016, and the recent abduction and torture (with live Facebook streaming) of a mentally challenged white man by four black thugs, who used their time in the online spotlight laughing and spouting obscenities directed at Donald Trump and white people.

When white lunatic Dylann Roof murdered nine black members of a South Carolina church, Barack Obama made clear his belief that nobody acts alone (even if they think they do), and larger sociological connections - and corrections - must be made.

While that point can and should be debated (Obama himself denies his own "logic" every time a Muslim carries out an act of terror), it can't be debated that, even worse than a lone psychopath, there is something sicker and more inherently dangerous about a group of hate-filled people who joyfully torture another human and broadcast it to their friends. That's symptomatic of a culture of sociopathy, malignant and metastasizing.

While it's easy and appropriate to lay some of the blame on media celebration of thugs, ho's, and the gangster life, we believe the larger share of guilt belongs to generations of Democrat policy makers - Obama most decidedly included - who have destroyed black families, the educational system, and the nation's inner cities in order to provide an unending source of enslaved voters who must rely on government entitlements for survival.

Add to this the Obama administration's 8 year history of stoking racial fires, showing antagonism towards police, and their active encouragement of rioting in black communities as an appropriate and "understandable" response to acts of imagined racism.

All of this has created a sickness in the soul of too many black Americans that is as representative of Obama's "legacy" as anything could possibly be. If the man had an ounce of honesty or integrity, he wouldn't be traveling to Chicago to boast of his "accomplishments" - he'd be going there to apologize.




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We'll be talking more about this in the near future, but just to give everyone time to adjust to the idea (including ourselves), we're officially announcing that Hope n' Change Cartoons will be turning out the lights here on or slightly after the day Obama leaves office.

Hope n' Change has existed with a specific purpose in mind: to comment on the many disasters associated with the Obama administration and the culture of liberalism, and to address those issues with enough humor to boost morale for those on the Right who've been fighting back. That job has been completed and we've got the empty scotch bottles to prove it.

Mind you, we don't expect the world of politics to get any less ugly and ridiculous now - far from it. These are going to be tumultuous times and no political satirist is going to run out of raw material while Donald Trump is in office and Obama is heckling from the front row.

But we're looking forward to finding new projects to work on, both personal and professional. A lot has been "back burnered" in the past 8 years, and we're not getting any younger (although oddly, we are getting more distinguished looking). We plan to do more things which are creative, fun and funny - and don't come with rigid (albeit self-assigned) deadlines throughout the week.

A few additional points:

• We intend to keep up an easy-to-find public profile.

• This site will remain intact and we'll do whatever is necessary to keep it visible. There's a lot of history here!

• Our Hope n' Change Facebook page will continue, although whether new cartoons get posted over there will be purely a matter of whether or not our graphics Tourette's syndrome kicks in.

Johnny Optimism will continue as usual. Sick kids and life's unfairness never get old!

• If you're on our mailing list, we're going to maintain the database so when we create another blog, write a book, or just want to stage a huge reunion party at some centrally located bar, we'll be able to reach you. If you're NOT on the mailing list, then add your information here before the end of the month.  It's free, there's no spam, and future historians will list you among the pantheon of heroes.

There's a lot more that needs to be said, but we'll save that for another day. For now, just know how sincerely appreciated you are - and let's continue business as usual while enjoying the countdown to Barack Obama's final day in office!

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With the political world holding its breath in anticipation, Hope n' Change finally endorses a Presidential candidate...

While lacking the enthusiasm evinced by many Trump supporters, Hope n' Change opines that "Donald Trump is potentially a yuuuuge disrupter at a time when our political system needs huge disruption. Our nation would be far more likely to survive his possible policy failures than even a single term of Hillary Clinton's toxic policy successes."

This belief is immediately confirmed when yet another federal agency is revealed to have been corrupted by proximity to the Clinton Machine...

After laundry-listing the many, many ways that Hillary had lied, evaded, and thoroughly compromised national security with her secret email server, FBI Director James Comey decides that no charges should be pressed because:

A) He is apparently a complete political whore
B) His family was being held at gunpoint
C) He believes that women (bless their hearts) are just too darn stupid to understand computers, national security, and laws
D) Hillary made a pact with Satan which involves fellating lepers in Hell for all eternity
E) All of the above. Which, frankly, we're pretty sure is the right answer.

Energized by this undeserved "Get Out of Jail Free" card, Hillary immediately seizes on new ways to make voters hate her...

Following a black sniper's assassination of five Dallas police officers who were providing security for a "Black Lives Matter" protest, Hillary bravely declares that the actual problem is that white people need to do a better job of listening and, bizarrely, that Wall Street needs greater transparency. Based on her strong statement, an increasing number of voters begin to suspect she's using narcotics.

Meanwhile,  GOP heads explode when Senator Ted Cruz appears at the Republican National Convention and speaks passionately about the need to defend freedom and the Constitution, but fails to endorse Trump by name for reasons no one can explain...

But July isn't done with us yet. Following a series of scandals revealing sabotage against the Bernie Sanders campaign, the DNC meets to celebrate democracy by anointing a candidate selected by unelected "superdelegates"...


With the wind at her back, which is helpful in keeping her upright, Hillary starts fleshing out what revolutionary policies she hopes to bring to the presidency other than the ability to pee while sitting down...

But concerns grow about the candidate's health as she is increasingly seen struggling with simple tasks like speaking without coughing up a lung, getting both eyes to point in the same direction, or telling the truth...

But undaunted and pumped full of amphetamines and opioids,  Hillary throws herself into intense preparation for the upcoming Presidential debates...

And speaking of sex escapades (which is pretty much synonymous with speaking about the Clintons) another one rears its...uh...head when Anthony Weiner, the oft-disgraced husband of Hillary's right hand woman Huma Abedin, is discovered to be emailing bonergrams to an under-aged girl...

Saying "enough is enough," Huma gives up on Weiner (not that there's anything wrong with that) and prepares to face new challenges in...


When asked to answer yet more questions about her totally illegal scheme to evade the Freedom of Information Act and, as an unexpected bonus, give away all of our nation's secrets, Hillary is struck - apparently forcefully - with a brilliant idea...

Yes, the woman who wants to be President of the United States claims to have such substantial brain damage that she can't remember anything which happened while she was engaged in criminal activity.  Which is to say her entire adult life.

Shortly thereafter, Clinton speaks to an adoring throng of hired enthusiasts at an LGBT fundraiser and makes a statement which convinces even hardened skeptics that she has gangrenous grey matter...

"To be grossly generalistic," she grossly cackled, "you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic— you name it!"

Surprisingly, at least to Democrats, it turns out that many Americans don't appreciate being mocked, disparaged, and slandered by corrupt elites. Which is why it's (ahem) fortunate for Clinton that the public is soon distracted by a terrorist bomb blast...

29 people are hurt (and thankfully none killed) when a bomb is detonated in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Chelsea Clinton swears "it's just a coincidence" and "I'm working on an alibi."

Hoping to get her media narrative back on track, Hillary Clinton puts avuncular socialist Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail to say that he no longer despises everything Hillary stands for, and that he's come to the life-changing (and possibly life-saving) realization that she is the most honest, refreshing, and ethical politician ever born...

In fairness to Bernie, maybe he was just trying on his "shameless whore" costume to make ready for...


Suddenly, the campaign is rocked by a series of well-coordinated (if loosely fact-checked) attacks on Donald Trump's finances...

The NY Times goes "front page crazy" with a story screaming that over the past few years, Donald Trump may have paid all the federal income tax he legally owed - which possibly, and only possibly, equaled "none." Not only is "Man Pays Correct Amount of Taxes" not a scandal, it's not even interesting.

What is interesting is that the story was written based on illegally obtained information which was leaked to the public. Democratic spokespeople offer high praise for the publication of illegally leaked documents, then report a weird feeling "like a crow just stepped on my grave."

In a shocking revelation that even offends serial rapist Bill Clinton, an old audiotape reveals that Donald Trump once used the word "pussy" in a conversation which did not involve cats. Even worse, a (very small) parade of women come forward, dabbing tears, to share tortured memories of being "kissed without permission" by Donald Trump, who used only Tic Tacs for breath control.

Unfortunately for Hillary, none of this is as interesting as Wikileaks' release of thousands of documents detailing the corruption of the Clinton Foundation, Hillary's "pay for play" use of the State Department to solicit bribes, and the overall sleaziness of everyone in the Democratic party.

Suddenly finding illegally obtained information which was leaked to the public abhorrent, the media and the White House blame Russian hackers because it sounds better than "our own idiocy." Joe Biden warns of draconian counter measures...

In the midst of all this, early voting begins, with record numbers of voters flooding to the polls to decide which of the two least popular candidates in American history will win...

But wait! With Halloween in the air, James Comey doesn't need to dress up as a ghost to scare the sheet out of Hillary - he simply reopens her "thing that wouldn't die" email espionage case only days before the election.

Hilariously, it turns out that in the course of investigating Anthony Weiner's underage sexting activities, the FBI has discovered thousands of Hillary's State Department emails on his personal well as on his laptop computer.

And so the stage is set for...


Following a hostage video in which James Comey, bruised and bound, says that nothing suspicious other than Top Secret documents was found on Weiner's "spank bank" computer, Election Day arrives at last.

Left-leaning media political pundits sport Cheshire Cat grins, and Hillary Clinton's team pops champagne corks as the poll results start to come in.

Soon after which the grins fade, the champagne goes flat, and (according to trustworthy sources on the Left) Armageddon arrives...

Trump wins to the shock and disbelieving horror of liberals everywhere...

Apparently unaware of how the American voting system works, those on the Left are further devastated by the realization that while Hillary won the popular vote, it's only the critical electoral college vote that decides the Presidency...

While many anti-Americans take the news of Trump's victory badly,  perhaps the most convincing display of grief comes from Fidel Castro who actually goes to the trouble of dropping dead...

Which at long last brings us to...


In the weeks following the election, it becomes clear that American voters were sick of being denigrated, disrespected, and lied to by their own government. Tired of seeing their health insurance costs skyrocket while their benefits plummeted. And unwilling to accept a stagnant economy which seemingly offered jobs only to hedge fund managers and fry cooks.

Granted, not everyone saw the election results in the same way...

When his analysis is roundly laughed at, Barack Obama goes back to his default position of claiming that the election was somehow "hacked" by evil Russians who, inexplicably, liked the idea of Donald Trump having a nuclear arsenal.

The soon-to-be ex-president declares the alleged hacking to be a grave and immediate existential threat to our nation, then takes swift action by boarding Air Force One for another extended, multi-million dollar vacation in Hawaii...

Back on the mainland, the electoral college finally meets to officially cast their votes. And once again, a dazed and broken Hillary has to settle for second place...

With only days left in the year, Americans finally breathe a sigh of relief - confident that they can enjoy the holidays without any vacationing presidents suddenly launching a vicious sneak attack on one of our closest allies. They are, of course, wrong...

With assistance (and likely direction) from the Obama administration, the U.N. passes a resolution condemning Israel, eroding that nation's legitimacy and chances for eventual peace.  It is a transparently petty and vindictive act from a petty and vindictive president bent on burning the world down if he can't be in charge.

In the final days of his wretched administration, he also admits floods of refugees and illegals into the country, grants early release to a record number of felons, and puts thousands of new regulations in place to hamper the American economy under Donald Trump.

Which is why the stroke of midnight on December 31st has never been sweeter...

Happy New Year from Stilton Jarlsberg and Hope n' Change Cartoons...which, after 8 long years, finally has actual hope for change.

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After repeatedly having his ass handed to him by Vladimir Putin for the past 8 years, Barack Obama decided yesterday that it was "now or never" to finally take strong action against Russia... whether Russia had done anything wrong or not.

Which is why, in reaction to the so-called "election hacking," Obama ordered 35 Russian diplomats (described by the White House as "intelligence agents") out of the country, closed a couple of domestic Russian facilities (described by the White House as "intelligence agencies"), and promised to unleash a cyber counterattack (described by the computer literate as "fat chance").

Unfortunately, despite requests from the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Barry has failed to produce any compelling evidence that Russia was behind the Wikileaks document releases which revealed to American voters that the Democratic party, from Hillary on down, is populated by sleazy, bribe-mongering crooks, lunatics, and sex addicts. In fact, it's highly questionable whether any final intelligence analysis will even hit Obama's desk before he leaves office - making the timing of his saber-rattling highly suspect if not downright dangerous.

Mind you, Hope n' Change isn't suggesting that Russia didn't hack into the email servers of Hillary, Leon Panetta, and the DNC. Of course they did; the cyber-porch lights were left on, the cyber-front door was wide open, and there was a big cyber-sign on the porch saying "please don't steal anything while we're not home."

The secret keepers were, in the laughable words of James Comey, "extremely careless." Meaning neither Russia nor anyone else had to be extremely clever to steal documents.

But all of that being said, no evidence has been presented that it was Russia who gave damning but 100% truthful documents to Wikileaks. It could have been a mischievous high school kid or, our personal belief, a Democratic insider who wanted to save our nation from Hillary.

Which is why it's disconcerting that Obama, while still vacationing in Hawaii, has prematurely chosen retaliatory action against the only suspect who has a huge nuclear arsenal and pretty much no sense of humor.

Perhaps, before the big ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve, he just wants everyone (especially Historians) to think that after 8 simpering years in office his own balls have finally dropped.


Drink up, drive safely, and join us Monday for "2016 - the year in review!"

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Yes, it's an old cartoon - but it's never been truer.
Although Barack Obama has only days left in office, he's doing his best to make every one of them the worst possible ways. As a case in point, witness his almost unbelievable betrayal of Israel by failing to prevent the passage of a U.N. resolution which will do grave damage to our (ahem) former ally for years to come.

Even worse, Israel claims to have evidence that the Obama administration actually helped draft this sneak attack on Israel - clearly missing any moral insight from the recent visit of Japan's prime minister to Pearl Harbor.

Also in his busy, busy schedule, the president has been releasing prisoners from jail faster than Henry Ford churned out model-T's, recently setting a new record by granting 231 pardons in a single day - which is perhaps only a warm-up for setting more felons free in the coming weeks. But at least he's not dumping dangerous prisoners from Guantanamo on the world, right? Wrong! He's taking steps to transfer up to 18 more detainees before Trump takes office (only 4.5 of whom will return to battlefield mayhem and active terrorism, according to the government's own statistics).

But wait - there's more! To help assure that US relations with Russia are as bad as possible on his way out, Obama is about to announce plans to "punish" Russia for their alleged (yet entirely unsubstantiated) role in telling voters the truth about Hillary Clinton, thereby upsetting our precious national system of basing elections on catchphrases, lies, and genitalia. The president's retaliatory arsenal is said to include various harsh sanctions and "cyber-operations," including forcing Russians to use the website to get medical treatment.

Besides all of this active sabotage of the incoming Trump administration, Barry is also spending the waning days of his presidency ingesting large quantities of hallucinogens (perhaps with buddies from his Hawaiian "choom gang"). How else to explain his recent declaration that, had be been allowed to run again, he would have won a third term by beating Donald Trump.

Not because of any actual accomplishments, of course, but because "in conversations that I've had with people around the country - even some people who disagreed with me - they would say, 'The vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.'"

That direction, by the way, remains unchanged after 8 years...although we're still unsure if it points to Mecca or Hell.

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Because "Mele Kalikimaka" is so difficult to pronounce
The left-leaning media is still hyperventilating about Russian interference with our election, going so far in some cases as to declare that we are no longer a free country and that Vladimir "Nice Pecs" Putin has successfully pulled off a massive coup d'etat. Apparently, his evil goal is to destroy us from within by facilitating the appointment of brain surgeons to cabinet positions.

All of which would seem considerably more like a terrifying existential crisis if Barack Obama cared enough to have skipped his annual bajillion-dollar Christmas getaway to the five-star environs of Hawaii. But there he is again, thousands of miles from the Oval Office - golfing, gnawing shave ice, eschewing any traditional symbols of Christmas or Christianity entirely, and (understandably) avoiding contact with family members as much as possible...

It's all the more impressive considering her deep sense of hopelessness.
Frankly, we're so sick of the first family and their wretched excesses that we pulled these cartoons out of the vault and can't really work up any enthusiasm about coming up with fresh ways to disparage them today. We're tired, we detest them, and we just want them gone.

Not that it's a bad start having them on Oahu. Which, by wild coincidence, is what we'll be shouting when they're escorted (hopefully forcefully) out of the White House on January 20th.

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Seriously, why isn't PETA all over this?!
Unlike sunny, expensive Oahu, it got darned cold in north Texas last night...and we've discovered that the pipes have frozen in one of the bathrooms. We've now got a heat lamp on the exterior wall, and a battery of space heaters and hair dryers blowing on the interior pipes (the area with the actual blockage can't be reached directly).

There is also a real sense of suspense, wondering if - at any moment - our bathroom faucet will simply return to normal operations...or we'll discover that a ruptured pipe is filling the walls of our home with water just in time for a randomly selected plumber to earn enough money for all of his Christmas shopping. And a Hawaiian vacation.

Thank you for asking. finally conceded my imaginary earning status for 2017 so that I could select another crappy, overpriced HMO plan - which I did.

And I assume all of that went smoothly, because last week I received six - count 'em - six new ID cards from Blue Cross. Three for me, and three for Mrs. Jarlsberg who isn't on the policy anymore.  Then on Saturday, I received two more ID's, both of which are in my name but showing different policy numbers.  So there's at least some chance that I now have 8 insurance policies.

None of which stopped from sending me daily reminders that I was not insured and needed to hurry to beat the cutoff deadline. Which they've now extended since the website (for the umpteenth time) failed to keep up with the traffic.

They've also let me know that I can pay my multiple insurance policies by giving them my banking information and letting their crack computers siphon money whenever they feel like it.  I'd sooner hand over my information to a Nigerian prince who wants to share his fortune.

(Noon Update: I swear on all that's Holy that I just got two more ID cards in today's mail.)

Not, of course, that there's anything wrong with that.

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This is SO much funnier when you substitute the correct word for "bleeping"...
The Left is still pushing the story that the integrity of our recent election was fatally compromised by leaked information which, according to unnamed and unsubstantiated intelligence agency sources who are leaking information (if not made up entirely) came from Russia.

We've already editorialized on this nonsense, but found that a new low was reached when White House spokesweasel Josh Earnest declared (not joshing, but earnestly) that "It's just a fact that (Trump) was encouraging Russia to hack his opponent (to) help his campaign."

Well, no - it's a fact that Trump made a very obvious joke about Russia finding the 30,000 emails that Hillary was hiding from investigators. But when this obvious truth was pointed out to Earnest, he glowered, "I don't think anybody at the White House thinks it's funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyberactivity to destabilize our democracy. That's not a joke. Nobody at the White House thought it was a joke. Nobody in the intelligence community thought it was a joke."

In other words, nobody in the White House or intelligence community would know a joke if it bit them in the ass. Which this one actually has.

Still, the preposterous hubbub is giving some Leftists hope that Monday's vote by the electoral college might still overturn the will of the people...

We think it's almost impossible that there will be a last-minute upset in the electoral college, but we admit we'll breathe easier when the voting is finally done, and Donald Trump's win is validated. Or is that Vlad-idated...?

From the yuletide vault in 2012...

And don't forget...
You probably think this was just an excuse to bring back Busty again. And you're right.
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A Russian aluminum giant got a break that had eluded most others. Then it unraveled after Commerce officials realized it had been granted in error.
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Barack Obama has ordered a "full review" of cyber-chicanery associated with the 2016 elections, under the belief that Russia may have tampered with our sacred voting process by somehow having created a 30 year history of corruption by Hillary Clinton and everyone she's ever been in contact with.

Where do we even begin? The CIA - no doubt under orders and perhaps the threat of waterboarding - has issued a strong but factually vague statement that people who may have connections to people who may be Russian may have provided Wikileaks with vast amounts of hacked information about Hillary's decades-long history of sleazy deals and ineptitude, which may have influenced the election because (unlike most information given to voters) it was all true.

The accusations would be more plausible if the CIA, FBI, and DOJ weren't so thoroughly compromised by their own political cover-ups and scandals at this point. As their main mission is now the protection of undeserving Democratic asses, we're not exactly impressed with anything they're saying now.

And just how "meta" is the accusation that Russia tried to corrupt our election process by releasing proof (and plenty of it) that Hillary and the DNC had already corrupted the election process? Who's the actual criminal here, and who's simply a witness?

Hope n' Change actually thinks it pretty unlikely that Russia had anything to do with the release of damning information about Hillary and her cohorts in crime. After all, if they had hacked all this dirt (not to mention every Top Secret hosted on her email server) wouldn't they want Hillary to win so that they'd own an American President because of all the blackmail potential?

That's why we think it far more likely that the source of the hacked material was an individual patriot from the Democratic party or a domestic intelligence agency who saw this as the only way to save America from a corrupt, shrieking, money-grubbing, two-faced, brain-damaged harpy with a gift for screwing up every policy issue she's ever touched.

Obama's highly publicized demand for a report on computer espionage is supposed to be rushed to his Oval Office desk (no doubt to be left between his fingernail clippings and scuff marks from the heels of his shoes), but the results may never be made public. Which is hardly surprising, considering that the actual purpose of Obama's call for an investigation is simply to delegitimize the upcoming Presidency of Donald Trump.

In other words, a hostile government really is trying to subvert the will of American voters. It just happens to be the government currently in Washington.

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Punk activist Maria Alyokhina drives 1,000 km to reach UK after being stopped at border

A member of the protest band Pussy Riot has smuggled herself out of Russia after being barred by the government from travelling to perform at the Edinburgh festival fringe.

Maria Alyokhina, one of three members of Pussy Riot who stood trial in 2012 for a “punk prayer” at a Moscow church, was stopped by Russian border guards and told she could not leave the country. The reason given was that she had refused to serve a community service sentence for a separate protest held against Russia’s powerful Federal Security Service.

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Professor Kovacic: I've been recently watching the 12 part series on of Paul Jay's interview of Alexander Buzgalin of Moscow University. They have covered a broad range of topics, and have focused in on Vladimir Putin, of course, and his popularity in Russia (70%, supposedly), and the reasons for it. Professor Buzgalin attributes it to many factors, but also brings out the importance of the opposition of the Communist Party to both Putin and the oligarchs, and the very popular Communist national paper, советская Россия. I know you have reported numerous times on figures in the Russian Communist Party, but do not recall you ever quoting or referring to this important daily paper with a circulation of over 100,000. Is this just an oversight, or don't you believe in its importance in the national life of Russia? I hope that your lack of using it as a resource is not because of financial reasons. I don't mean to imply that you are on the payroll of certain papers, but to narrow one's focus may be the wisest way to serves one's bosses, and is not uncommon in the "journalism" field nowadays. By the way, for the general reader, there is an online edition at, and all the browsers nowadays have good translation utilities.
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Vice president Mike Pence said America had to ensure its dominance in space amid new threats from China and Russia.
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The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan meet in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau this weekend. Many observers expect them to sign a long-awaited agreement to resolve territorial questions about the Caspian Sea and possibly clear the way for the export of enormous amounts of oil and natural gas. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect those of RFE/RL.)
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Over a decade after its 2006 series finale, Will and Grace got a revival season — its ninth over all — on NBC. And, ahead of the September debut last year, the network locked down a Will and Grace season 10.

The reboot of the iconic sitcom picked up with the hilarious four as if the events of the 2006 finale didn’t happen. If you recall, in it, Will and Grace end up parting ways and losing touch for 20 years as they raise children.

In the show’s revival, though, Will and his designer best friend Grace are still living together and do not have kids. How? Those details about their falling out and families were all part of Karen’s dream — classic.

Things are seemingly unchanged for her and Jack, too. Jack still lives across the hall and is still very much so gay. Karen is still Karen. 

As Vulture relates, she remains "rich, inappropriate, married to Stan, and willing to grab a boob just to get a laugh."

Not to mention, in the premiere of the Will and Grace reboot, when Grace heads over to the Oval Office for a potential design job, she finds a Russian-to-English dictionary in Trump’s keepsake box.

Because, as Entertainment Weekly notes, "what else would be in there?" And she leaves a very special hat for Trump that reads, "Make America Gay Again."

In the finale, which aired this past April, Grace’s dad, Martin (Robert Klein), proposed to Will’s mom, Marilyn (Blythe Danner). Jack and his new flight attendant boyfriend, Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez), then followed suit. These quick engagements were precautionary measures because, well, none of them wanted to end up like Will and Grace (AKA, alone and never getting together — after all, Will is gay).

Here’s everything we know so far about Will and Grace season 10.

Will and Grace season 10 plot news

Debra Messing (Grace) said recently on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s podcast that fans should expect "big sweeping changes" in Will and Grace season 10. 

"There’s going to be all kinds of new things to play with and joke about," she said. According to EW, that means "a wedding, a job change, a divorce and a new love."

"Having two seasons is a really wonderful gift that NBC gave us and we get to relax — well, we’re never relaxed — but we get to open ourselves up because we know we’re going to be here," creator and executive producer Max Mutchnick told the Hollywood Reporter after the season 9 finale. "We want to try to tell the most interesting stories that we can about these characters."

Will and Grace season 10 cast

The original four — Messing as Grace, Megan Mullally as Karen, Sean Hayes as Jack and Eric McCormick as Will — are back doing what they do best in Will and Grace season 10.

Creator and executive producer David Kohan told THR that Klein and Danner will return as well to play Will and Grace’s parents — Alvarez, too, is coming back. 

Alec Baldwin will return for Will and Grace season 10

A number of special guests are returning to the show, one of which is Alec Baldwin who continues to play Karen’s lover, Malcolm. 

She told Malcolm in the Will and Grace season 9 finale that she was staying with Stan, who was her "home … and the surrounding properties" instead of a "perfect vacation" (Malcolm's the perfect vacation). 

Chelsea Handler will play Donna Zimmer in the upcoming season. According to EW, Donna is a "high-powered client of Grace’s, who falls for her bitter sister Janet Adler (Mary McCormack)."

David Schwimmer (AKA, Ross from Friends) will also be in Will and Grace season 10 as Grace’s love interest.

Will and Grace season 10 trailer

A Will and Grace season 10 trailer is not available yet, but check back here because we’ll be updating this post when one is released.

For now, view the trailer for the first reboot (it’ll make you feel all the feels).

Will and Grace season 10 premiere date

Will and Grace season 10 will consist of 18 episodes and will return to NBC on Thursday, October 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The network also picked up Will and Grace season 11 — so there's more where that came from. 

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Big tech has made a big mistake. Swept up in a wave of political correctness and the fallout from the Russia investigation, many of the largest online platforms have embarked upon a fruitless adventure in censorship that can only further divide rather than unite the nation. These internet companies have lost sight of the most basic principle underlying the First Amendment, that no matter how uncomfortable it makes us, we must put our trust in the power of a free market of ideas. via
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It turns out that heckling NATO, imposing tariffs on allies and cozying up to Russia don’t do much for a president’s approval ratings. After Trump’s whirlwind European tour, his bizarre press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and...
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WHEN members of America’s Congress passed the Magnitsky Act in 2012 to pursue Kremlin officials responsible for the death of a Russian whistleblower, and even when they extended it to include foreigners involved in corruption and human-rights violations, few of them imagined the law would ever be used against the government of a NATO ally.

Yet that is precisely what happened on August 1st, when the US Treasury Department imposed an asset freeze on two senior Turkish officials, the ministers of justice and the interior, over their role in the prolonged detention of an American pastor. True to form, Turkey responded by announcing sanctions against two members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet. Both sides, including Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, suggested that they would find a way out of the crisis, but the markets seem to think otherwise. The Turkish currency set record lows against the dollar for six consecutive days, while the yield on government bonds reached a new high,...

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Russia lashed out at the United States on Thursday for a new round of sanctions the Kremlin called "categorically unacceptable" and “absolutely unlawful,” as tensions between the former Cold War rivals continued to intensify.

The White House on Wednesday announced the sanctions aimed at punishing...

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Bruce Ohr and Peter Stzrok
“Ohr was basically allowing himself to be run as a source so the FBI could communicate with Steele even after they fired him,”
New docs were written by Ohr roughly 2 weeks after the 2016 presidential election
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Separate docs show FBI had backchannel investigation which they never disclosed to FISC

A law enforcement sensitive document written by senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, is raising serious concerns amongst congressional investigators regarding testimony provided to Congress on the involvement of FBI special agents in the probe into the Trump campaign and its alleged Russian ties.
Nov. 21, 2016, the handwritten document lists former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, his paramour FBI Attorney Lisa Page and Special Agent Joe Pientka (who along with Strzok interviewed former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn).

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Russia lashed out at the United States on Thursday for a new round of sanctions the Kremlin called "categorically unacceptable" and “absolutely unlawful,” as tensions between the former Cold War rivals continued to intensify.

The White House on Wednesday announced the sanctions aimed at punishing...

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian air defenses at the Hmeymim airbase shot down on Thursday an aerial drone launched by militants operating in Syria's province of Latakia, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said.
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A new space report by the Pentagon has named Russia and China as key threats to US space capabilities, according to a document released on Thursday.
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В английском языке есть два неправильных глагола, означающие «делать» - do и make. Несмотря на похожее значение, между ними есть разница, и полными синонимами их назвать нельзя. Необходимо запомнить, в каких именно конструкциях используется глагол Make, а в каких глагол Do, чтобы никогда больше их не путать.

Отличить один от другого можно, подобрав к ним несколько другой, более точный перевод.
«Do» можно перевести как «выполнять» (какую-то работу, упражнения). Это действие никак не связано с созданием чего-либо.

1. «Do» используется, когда мы говорим о какой-либо работе или деятельности, при этом мы ничего не производим и не создаем. Просто занимаемся своим делом:

I’ll try to do my best – Я постараюсь сделать все что смогу.
When will you do your homework? – Когда ты сделаешь свою домашнюю работу?
Today I help you but you will do it yourself tomorrow – Сегодня я помогаю тебе, но завтра ты будешь делать это сам.
He does exercises every morning – Он по утрам делает зарядку.

2. Используйте глагол «Do», чтобы сказать о вещах в общем. Другими словами, мы говорим что чем-то занимаемся, но не уточняем чем именно. В таких случаях, предложения часто упрощают словами типа «something, nothing, anything, everything и т.д.»:

I want to do nothing – Я ничего не хочу делать.
Or you do something or you will forever remain poor in this country – Или ты делаешь что-нибудь или навсегда останешься бедным в этой стране.
Yesterday evening he was doing everything to apologize to her – Вчера вечером он делал все, чтобы извиниться перед нее.

3. В разговорном английском языке глаголом «do» можно заменить естественные глаголы, значение которых заранее известно:

I’ll do the pizza if you do the dishes – Я приготовлю пиццу, если ты вымоешь посуду.
I’ll make the pizza if you wash the dishes — Я приготовлю пиццу, если ты вымоешь посуду.
или так,
Last time we won them – в прошлый раз мы выиграли их.
Last time we did them — в прошлый раз мы выиграли их.

4. Иногда, глагол «DO» используется для усиления выражения, что непосредственно дает вес всему предложению:

I did say it him! – Да сказал я ему!
You do think that he could hurt her – Ты действительно думаешь, что он мог причинить ей боль.
Это основные признаки характерные для этого вспомогательного глагола.

«Make» означает «создать, произвести, изготовить» (обед, ошибку). Всем известная надпись одежной этикетке «Made in… - произведено в…» как нельзя лучше характеризует это правило.

1. Используйте глагол «MAKE» чтобы указать на происхождение продукта или на тот материал, который понадобился, чтобы произвести его:

These chains is made of silver – Эти цепи сделаны из серебра.
Vodka is made in Russia – «здесь все просто»

2. Глагол «MAKE» также может создавать реакции у «живых организмов»:

My baby makes me happy – Мой малыш делает меня счастливой.
The dog makes her so angry – Эта собака сильно злит ее.

3. «MAKE» употребляется с существительными, которые подразумевают некие планы или решения:

He made his choice – Он сделал свой выбор.
I’ll make a lot of money on it – Я сделаю кучу денег на этом.

4. Мы используем «MAKE», когда создаем темы для разговоров или слушания:

Make a comment below – Оставьте комментарий ниже.
His neighbors made a noise all night – Его соседи шумели всю ночь.
Oleg, make a speech! People are waiting – Олег произнесите речь. Люди ждут

5. Всегда используйте «make», когда что-либо готовите из еды:

I make an apple cake – Я готовлю яблочный пирог.
Dear, can’t you make a cup of coffee, please? – Дорогая, не могла бы ты сделать чашечку кофе, пожалуйста?

В большинстве случаев можно правильно выбрать глагол, «примеряя» нужное значение к контексту. Но, как и во всех английских правилах, и в этом случае есть устойчивые фразы, с которыми вышеописанная логика не работает.


- I won't make your bed! You’re old enough to do it yourself! – Я не буду заправлять твою кровать! Ты достаточно взрослый, чтобы делать это сам! (здесь речь идет не о «производстве» кровати, но все же употребляем «make»)

- It's his business – to make people happy. - Это его бизнес – делать людей счастливыми. (эта ситуация к производству и созданию так же отношения не имеет)

- He wants me to do a report by the end of the week. – Он хочет, чтобы я сделала отчет к концу недели. (несмотря на «материальность» отчета, используем «do»)

Серия сообщений "Уроки":
Часть 1 - Уроки английского языка. 1. Глагол USE - использовать
Часть 2 - Уроки английского языка. 2. Do или make? Как не ошибиться в выборе этих глаголов.

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Key moments

On Day 1, prosecutors painted Manafort as a "shrewd" liar, while Manafort's lawyers sought to lay the blame on Rick Gates — his longtime business partner and star witness against him.

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Heather Nauert
Department Press Briefing
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August 9, 2018

Index for Today's Briefing
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    3:00 p.m. EDT








    MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. How are you today? And why are so many of you showing up on an August afternoon? You’re supposed to all be on vacation or something, but I notice a few empty seats. But Gardiner’s back from vacation. Gardiner, welcome.








    QUESTION: Thank you.








    MS NAUERT: How’ve you been?








    QUESTION: I’ve been good.








    MS NAUERT: Good. A couple announcements to start before we get started with your questions today.








    First, I would like to express our condolences to the victims of the recent earthquakes and also the aftershocks in Indonesia. The United States has experts and partner organizations on the ground. We’re consulting with the Government of Indonesia at this time. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and we stand ready to provide additional aid to the Government of Indonesia. Our U.S. consulate personnel are assisting affected U.S. citizens. At this time, we do not have any reports of U.S. citizen casualties associated with the earthquakes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Indonesian people. As many of you know, we were recently on the ground in Indonesia and had some terrific meetings with government officials there.








    Next, I have some staffing news to bring you now. And I’m really excited about this one, because it affects our Bureau of Public Affairs and specifically the folks that you will working with. Today I’d like to announce that Robert Palladino will be joining our press team as the State Department’s deputy spokesperson. Robert is a career Foreign Service officer and I believe known well to some of you or perhaps many of you.








    Over the past year, Robert has served as director of press and acting National Security Council spokesperson. In that role he’s helped to prepare Sarah Sanders for her briefings at the White House. He was also a spokesperson to the White House press corps and worked as NSC communications lead for both Asia and Europe. Robert’s Foreign Service career has included postings in Washington, where he worked for our Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, and also on Capitol Hill. Overseas, he’s worked in Milan, Italy; Guangzhou, China; and also Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.








    Prior to joining the State Department, he practiced law in Asia and Europe in the Army JAG Corps. His service included deployment to Rwanda. He is a graduate of Notre Dame University, Washington and Lee School of Law, the U.S. Army War College, and he also speaks Chinese and Italian. Pretty impressive.








    We are delighted that he is coming back to the State Department from the White House. I know you will enjoy working with him. For those of you who have not met him, he is a terrific guy. We’ve worked closely together for the past year or so. I asked him what his children thought, because he has two young girls – I asked him what they thought of his job, and I love these quotes. His youngest daughter said, “I’m proud of America and I’m proud of you, Dad, but it sounds really boring.” And then his older daughter said this – and you’ll appreciate it – “But wait a minute, everybody yells questions and they’re angry. That’s the worst job in the world.” That actually might be the White House press corps, not you all. But we look forward to welcoming Robert when he joins us on the 20th of August. But try not to bug him between now and then; he’s on vacation with his family. So another addition to our press family.








    And that’s it. With that, I’d be happy to take your questions.








    QUESTION: Okay, thanks. We’ll try not to be so angry.








    MS NAUERT: I said not you all.








    QUESTION: Let’s – me, yes me. I just wanted to ask you briefly before I ask you about Yemen. I noticed the statement that you guys put out about Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe elections and the Zambian decision to deport the opposition leader.








    MS NAUERT: Right.








    QUESTION: And in that statement it said that you are reviewing certain aspects of your cooperation with the Zambian Government. Can you be a little bit more specific? What aspects of --








    MS NAUERT: Some of those will be conversations that will be had privately with both governments. But my understanding is that there are certain agreements in which that government was taking steps that the Zimbabweans weren’t completely familiar with and weren’t supportive of, and there were some concerns related to that. But let’s just --








    QUESTION: No, I understand, but I was just --








    MS NAUERT: But let’s just back up a couple steps for folks who’ve not been following this perhaps as closely as you have. Elections on July the 30th – those were promising, very promising. We thought it was a historic chance to sort of move beyond the political and economic crises of the past and toward a more democratic change and better dialogue in that country. People turned out massively in those elections. We put out a statement just after those elections complimenting them on those elections.








    However, the success in delivering an election day that was peaceful and open to international observers was then marred by violence, which we’ve been seeing and has been heavily reported, at least in the international press, over the past about week and a half. We’ve seen a disproportionate use of deadly force against protestors by the security forces, which is a great concern of ours. We’re concerned by those numerous reports of human rights violations since the elections had taken place about a week and a half or two ago. We have received credible allegations of detentions, of beatings, and other abuses of the people of Zimbabwe, particularly targeting opposition activists.








    Now, the latest news today is the foreign – excuse me, the former minister of finance had left to go to Zambia. Zambia returned him to Zimbabwe, we understand. And some of this is still fresh so we don’t have all the details at this point. But I understand he was detained and possibly let go.








    So I’m going to pause there because some of this is still unfolding, and I don’t want to give you any inaccurate information since it’s still developing.








    QUESTION: I get that. I just wanted to know is this a threat to withhold or suspend some aid to Zambia when you say you’re reviewing certain aspects of our cooperation?








    MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get into that at this point, but we’re watching the situation carefully.








    QUESTION: All right. Let me ask you about this airstrike in Yemen, which appears to have killed dozens of children. The Saudis obviously are the ones who conducted this, but they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen?








    MS NAUERT: How can something like that report happen?








    QUESTION: Yeah.








    MS NAUERT: Well, I think we would start by saying --








    QUESTION: It’s more than a report. I mean, it’s – they admitted that it happened.








    MS NAUERT: Yeah. How can situations like this happen? We don’t have the full details about what happened on the ground. We’ve certainly seen the news reports of what has been reported happened, okay? I can’t confirm all the details because we are not there on the ground.








    We can say that we’re certainly concerned about these reports that resulted – that there was an attack that resulted in the deaths of civilians. We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident. We take all credible accounts of civilian casualties very seriously. We call on the parties to take appropriate measures to protect civilians in accordance with international law and urge all parties to investigate all reported incidents of civilian casualties.








    QUESTION: Okay. Well, they say – already the coalition says that they acted in accordance with international law. But if you look at the photographs, the video that come from the scene, it doesn’t look like that’s a really – that that’s a credible answer. So are you okay with the coalition on its own doing an investigation, or would you like to see some kind of an international component to it or an international investigation?








    MS NAUERT: Well, I think I just answered that and we said that we would call upon the Saudi Government --








    QUESTION: So you’re --








    MS NAUERT: -- to do a full and thorough investigation, as we always do. And we call upon all parties in any kind of situation like this to take appropriate measures to try to mitigate the risk of civilian casualties.








    QUESTION: So you don’t think --








    MS NAUERT: DOD and other entities put out reports on this after the fact as they all start to investigate, and so we will look forward to any information on that.








    QUESTION: Right. But my question is you don’t see a need for there to be something other than a coalition investigation, you don’t see a need for an independent --








    MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get – this is something that is fresh, that just happened, so I’m not going to get ahead of any kind of investigation that may take place. Okay?








    QUESTION: It’s only the latest in a huge number of civilians killed during these operations though.








    MS NAUERT: I would encourage you to take a look – and that is we regret any loss of civilian life. That is something that the United States Government – in particular, any time you talk to the Department of Defense about civilian casualties, they will say the same thing --








    QUESTION: Well --








    MS NAUERT: -- that – I’m not finished, okay? And they will say the exact same thing, that all parties take very strong responsibility and measures to try to protect against the loss of civilian life. As we have seen – and you all very rarely ask about the issue that has been unfolding and the devastation that has taken place in Yemen – let’s look at some of the things that have been happening in Yemen.








    You have the Houthi rebels who continue to attack Saudi Arabia. They continue to do that with Iranian weapons, missiles, and rockets. They continue to try to attack civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, for example, and that is part of the reason why these actions are being taken.








    Let me go back and remind you what I just said a moment ago, and that is we call for an investigation and we anticipate that a thorough investigation will be done. I don’t have anything more for you on that.








    QUESTION: The Secretary isn’t planning on having a conversation with --








    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. Okay.








    Hi, Nick.








    QUESTION: Is this – hey, Heather. Is this latest incident or the previous incidents causing the U.S. to re-evaluate in any way the role that it’s playing in the situation, in terms of its relationship with Saudi Arabia?








    MS NAUERT: Look, we provide a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance in Yemen to try to support civilians in Yemen and try to mitigate against the devastation that’s taken place there in that country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.








    QUESTION: But you also supply a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis.








    MS NAUERT: Well, then – sorry.








    QUESTION: Right? No?
















    QUESTION: Am I wrong? Is that wrong?








    QUESTION: That’s not wrong.








    MS NAUERT: Sorry, these ladies over here are laughing. On that I would refer you to the Department of Defense that is involved with that, but as you know, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States.








    Okay. Hi, Gardiner.








    QUESTION: Just a follow-up on that. Hey. So obviously, there’s growing concerns in Congress about the toll this war is taking within Yemen. It’s the worst humanitarian disaster on the planet. Aren’t you concerned that incidents like this will further erode congressional support and lead to further support for legislation that could cut off Saudi Arabia from arms sales and the rest?








    MS NAUERT: I mean, I think that is an entirely hypothetical question and we don’t comment on congressional proposals in any event, but I would ask – all of you have been very silent on the issue of Yemen, and times --








    QUESTION: Well --








    MS NAUERT: Although Said has asked. You’ve been the one reporter who’s asked a lot about Yemen and the situation there.








    QUESTION: Well I would suggest that if you had more than two briefings a week and they lasted for longer than a half an hour or 40 minutes that you might get questions about something other than the actual main topic of the day.








    MS NAUERT: Matt, I think you and I talk every single day.








    QUESTION: Yes, we do.








    MS NAUERT: You have my phone number. You have all my numbers, and anytime you want to talk about Yemen, I’d be more than happy to answer your questions and provide you additional expert briefings --








    QUESTION: Okay.








    MS NAUERT: -- on Yemen anytime anyone is interested, but I have not seen a major level of interest on the part of our press corps, with the exception of Said, on the issue of Yemen.
















    QUESTION: Why does that matter, though? There’s news today, so --








    MS NAUERT: Yeah.








    QUESTION: Can you request an expert on Yemen?








    MS NAUERT: Yeah, certainly, I’d be happy to. Yeah.








    QUESTION: Wait, so first of all, I think that when there have been attacks against Saudi installations or missiles and stuff, I think you’ve seen that there have been just as vigorous of reporting.








    MS NAUERT: I don’t – I disagree, but --








    QUESTION: Well, I mean, that’s – it’s not our job to, like, sit here and go back and forth on that. We’re asking today. The U.S. has tried to increase its target training with – to try and improve the targeting of the Saudi coalition. Is that still continuing?








    MS NAUERT: Elise, I think that would be a DOD issue, so I’d encourage you to talk with my --








    QUESTION: But these are foreign – okay, but these are foreign military financing.








    MS NAUERT: Yeah, yeah.








    QUESTION: Which is out of the State Department.








    MS NAUERT: And I would encourage you to talk to DOD about that. So some --








    QUESTION: Well, maybe --








    MS NAUERT: Some of this – some of this is a State Department equity, but much of this is Department of Defense, so I’d encourage you to talk with them about it.








    Hey, Laurie.








    QUESTION: Hi. On Iraq, the road between Erbil and Kirkuk, which was cut as a result of fighting last October, is being rebuilt, but Baghdad has said that it will establish a customs border on that road and collect revenues. Is that consistent, a customs border in the middle of the Erbil-Baghdad road, in which one party, the Iraqi Government, is going to collect revenues? Is that consistent with your view of a unified Iraq?








    MS NAUERT: I would – there are other countries that have done this in the past, including our own country years ago in which this type of thing has been done. I think this is largely an internal matter for the Government of Iraq, between Iraq and Erbil, to try to work out. We do encourage them to resolve any remaining issues between Baghdad and Erbil.








    QUESTION: You don’t have a position beyond that?








    MS NAUERT: Look, we believe that a strong KRG government within a unified and federal Iraq is something that’s essential to Iraq’s long-term stability and the enduring defeat overall of ISIS.








    QUESTION: Okay, if I could ask you about Turkey. So the deputy foreign minister was here; it seemed there was no progress. Is that the case? And was pastor – were the American hostages the only issues that were discussed or were there other questions like the Turkish purchase of the S-400 discussed as well?








    MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, obviously you all know that we have a very broad relationship with Turkey and a host of issues that we talk about with the Turkish Government whenever we do meet. Yesterday we had a wide-ranging conversation with Turkish Government officials. We made it clear that Pastor Brunson needs to be returned home. Much of this, though, we’re not going to negotiate in public.








    QUESTION: Can you tell us --








    MS NAUERT: Go ahead. Hi.








    QUESTION: Can you tell us if you made any progress about the situation of Pastor Brunson?








    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I would say we would define progress as Pastor Brunson being brought home.








    QUESTION: So in other words, no.








    MS NAUERT: And so progress is --








    QUESTION: Until he – until he’s --








    MS NAUERT: Progress is Pastor Brunson being brought home to the United --








    QUESTION: So until he’s home there is no progress?








    MS NAUERT: -- to the United States.








    QUESTION: Did you give any --








    MS NAUERT: Yeah.








    QUESTION: Did you give any deadline? Did you give Turkish officials any deadline?








    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that.








    Thanks. Hi.








    QUESTION: I think progress is kind of coming closer towards an agreement, like you’re not – you don’t have full North Korean denuclearization but you say that there is progress in working towards that goal. So is there progress in coming to some kind of deal with the Turks or are you still as far apart as you were the day that he was being hospitalized?








    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I’m not going to characterize it that way. As you know, we had – we met yesterday. They had wide-ranging meetings at the State Department and with other departments here in Washington. I’d refer you to those other departments that met with the Turkish Government. The progress that we want to be made is to have Pastor Brunson return home. And I’ll leave it at that. Okay?








    QUESTION: So is that saying you will not engage with the Turks anymore on this issue until Pastor Brunson comes home?








    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to speculate on that, and I’m not going to get ahead of the administration on that issue. Hey, Said.








    QUESTION: Hi. Thank you, Heather. Could we move – could you comment on the escalation in Gaza? There has been escalation in Israeli bombardment of Gaza as we speak.








    MS NAUERT: I’m sorry, start that over again.








    QUESTION: There is an escalation as we speak of Israeli bombardment of Gaza. They said that they killed a 23-year-old woman, pregnant, with her toddler. Do you have any comments on that?








    MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, overall we’ve been watching this as it has been unfolding, and it’s a very concerning situation that has taken place in Gaza. Overall, we condemn the launching of missile attacks into Israel and call for an end to the destructive violence. We’ve seen reports that 180 or so rocket attacks have taken place, shot from Gaza into Israel, and we fully support Israel’s right to defend itself and to take actions to prevent provocations of that nature.








    QUESTION: But this last round of bombardment, Israeli bombardment, actually began by the Israelis. It was not Hamas that started this latest round.








    MS NAUERT: Look, I’m not going to get into how this thing started. Let’s not forget that Hamas bears ultimate responsibility for the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. It’s a tremendous concern of ours.








    QUESTION: Okay. Let me ask you about the peace efforts that are taking place. Now, there are reports that the unveiling of the plan, the deal of the century, has been pushed back. Can – do you have any comment on that?








    MS NAUERT: I would object to the premise of the question, your statement in that question. We have not unveiled the peace plan at this time. That will be unveiled by Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt when it is ready. And when it’s ready to be unveiled, they will unveil it.








    QUESTION: And lastly, last week you guys released some funds or some aid to the Palestinian Authority. I believe it was sent to the security forces. Can you share with us the amount of that aid? Is that a one-time thing, or is it part of the sort of unfreezing of the funds to the Palestinian Authority?








    MS NAUERT: I’m going to have to get back to you on that issue. I don’t have any information for you on that today. Okay?








    QUESTION: Russia?








    MS NAUERT: Hi.








    QUESTION: Russia?








    MS NAUERT: Yeah, go right ahead.








    QUESTION: Okay, two quick questions. First of all, on the sanctions that were announced yesterday, one of the requirements for Russia to avoid further sanctions is to allow inspections to make sure that they’re not using chemical weapons. Does the State Department have any reason to think that Russia is going to allow that? And is the U.S. expecting Russia to allow that?








    MS NAUERT: I mean, that’s asking us to look into the future, and we don’t know what the future holds. I think that’s a hypothetical question, so I don’t have an answer for you.








    QUESTION: But the U.S. is fully expecting to have some kind of inspections take place, then, according to this law?








    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that today, and I’m not going to get ahead of anything that happens in the near future. Okay?








    QUESTION: Okay, well, that’s what the law says.








    MS NAUERT: Yep.








    QUESTION: But my other question is on the – is the U.S. then currently preparing for this next round of sanctions, then?








    MS NAUERT: As you well know, we don’t forecast sanctions. We have complied with the law in announcing those sanctions just yesterday, and we will comply with the law going forward, of course, as we always would. Okay?








    QUESTION: Heather, just to get a follow-on on that?








    MS NAUERT: Yeah, sure. Hi, Gardiner.








    QUESTION: So you – in the case of Iran, you have this 12-point plan of what behavior you want the government to implement in order to lift sanctions. You have a whole series of sanctions that are now revolving around Russia having to do with CAATSA, Magnitsky, now weapons. Can you give us some global sense of what these sanctions are trying to achieve from an American foreign policy perspective? What are you looking for from Russia? Why do we have sanctions on them? What’s your goal? And when’s the – when’s the periodicity of these things?








    MS NAUERT: Sure. I think I would start by answering that question with this: That we approach every country very differently. Every country that we have a relationship or even countries that we don’t have relationships with are viewed through a separate lens. So what may be appropriate for one country is maybe not necessarily appropriate for another country.








    The United States Government has determined that sanctions can be a very effective tool in trying to bring various governments to the table to negotiate with us or try to encourage countries to comply or to return to a better set of behaviors. So this is one tool that we have in a very big toolkit. The State Department works closely with Treasury and OFAC and other entities to implement, study, and enforce sanctions, and that is part of what you’ve seen yesterday. Let’s remember that one of the things that has brought North Korea to the table is sanctions. And we have found sanctions to be very effective in many cases around the world. So the U.S. Government looks at that as an overall tool.








    QUESTION: Right, so North Korea is a great example. Sanctions – as a result, you want to get rid of their nuclear program. Again, Iran, you’ve got a list of 12 things. Venezuela, you’ve got sort of a clear list. I’m trying to understand what your policy is with Russia. You’ve got a variety – myriad now of sanctions. What’s your goal?








    MS NAUERT: Well, I think the President has addressed this and so has Secretary Pompeo. We’d like to have a better relationship with the Russian Government, recognizing that we have a lot of areas of mutual concern. It is a major country; we are a major country as well. And so when you have that, you are forced to have to have conversations with other governments. And sanctions is a way that we can try to encourage better behavior on the part of government. Now, I’m speaking in a broad-based sense, but that’s one way that we can encourage better behavior. Okay.








    QUESTION: Same topic?








    QUESTION: Could I ask a follow-up on that?








    QUESTION: (Off-mike)








    MS NAUERT: Sure. What is your name, miss?








    QUESTION: My name’s Emily, I’m from Buzzfeed News.








    MS NAUERT: Emily, hi.








    QUESTION: So if these sanctions are in part meant to encourage better behavior with Russia, Russia today came out and said that these sanctions – sort of as was expected – that these sanctions are not in keeping with the spirit of Helsinki. So – and I understand these sanctions were – they’re in keeping with the law, et cetera, but does this – or to put it a different way, is the cooperation that was sort of established at Helsinki – is the U.S. Government still planning on having that with Russia after yesterday’s sanctions?








    MS NAUERT: We tend to believe that dialogue is always an important issue. I think I had just addressed this with Gardiner, and that is trying to build a better relationship with countries that we need to cooperate with or we need to be able to have relations with, and that would be one example.








    QUESTION: And then just on the other point on the second tranche, and I don’t mean to get you into hypotheticals, but yesterday at the briefing they did say that if Russia doesn’t do certain things, including sort of admit wrongdoing and say that they weren’t going to do it again, that there would be second tranche. And today, Russia said this is ridiculous, we didn’t do that. So if they keep that position for the next 90 days, won’t there – won’t there, under the law, have to be a second tranche?








    MS NAUERT: And that’s why I would go back and say that we will comply with the law. We are well aware of what the law contains; we will comply with the law. But I’m not going to get ahead of what could happen 90 days from now. Okay.








    QUESTION: The same topic – same topic?








    QUESTION: (Off-mike)








    MS NAUERT: Janne, go right ahead.








    QUESTION: Thank you, thank you, Heather. On North Korean and South Korean issues.








    MS NAUERT: Okay.








    QUESTION: And – recently, South Korea imported North Korean coal. What is the U.S. position on the smuggling of North Korean coal into South Korea? Is that – do you think this is the – South Korea has violated sanctions?








    MS NAUERT: I think – we’d say this: that we have a great relationship with the Government of South Korea. My understanding is that they are looking into reports of this. We encourage all countries to maintain sanctions, and to not skirt sanctions and make sure that sanctions are adhered to.








    QUESTION: But two days ago, John Bolton, national security advisor, and South Korean national security advisor Chung Eui-yong, they had telephone conversation and John Bolton said that he trust or believe in the South Korean Government. What does it mean that you trust the South Korean Government, so --








    MS NAUERT: Well, the Government of the Republic of Korea is an ally and longstanding partner of ours, and we closely coordinate with that government.








    QUESTION: But allies – but they do something behind the United States is smuggling something else, so how you going to trust them?








    MS NAUERT: Look, we trust when they say that they will investigate that they will investigate. We closely coordinate with them. They’ve been longstanding allies and partners, and we have a strong relationship with them.








    QUESTION: Are you still investigations or waiting --








    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything more for you on that, okay?








    QUESTION: All right, thank you.








    MS NAUERT: Thanks.








    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)








    MS NAUERT: Kylie, go right ahead.








    QUESTION: So there’s been discussion of potentially having another meeting with North Korea. Has there been any progress on that that --








    MS NAUERT: We have no meetings, no travel plans to announce today, and by the way, we just got back from a long flight, which I will remind you was a very long flight. Headed over to Asia, a long flight back. We’re okay with being here for a while.








    QUESTION: All right.








    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)








    MS NAUERT: Okay. Hi. Go ahead.








    QUESTION: Well wait, can I just follow up real quick on that?








    MS NAUERT: Just hold on, hold on, hold on. He asked first. Go right ahead.








    QUESTION: Oh, I’m sorry.








    QUESTION: Yes. So about the North Korean coal, yeah. And South Korean Government is going to announce the result of investigation about North Korean coal smuggling maybe later today. So now the issue is that – whether the United States is going to apply the second boycott to the Korean companies, which it appears to be violated the sanctions. So I just wonder whether you are going to apply the secondary boycott to the companies.








    MS NAUERT: I think I just answered that, that the investigation was initiated by the Government of South Korea, and we will wait to hear from them on any announcements with regard to that, okay?








    And we’re going to have to wrap it up in just a minute. Elise, go right ahead.








    QUESTION: Just on the – you said there’s nothing new to announce. Are the delegations trying to get another negotiating session? Like your team in Asia, are they trying to get another negotiating session together with the North Koreans?








    MS NAUERT: Look, I mean, I can tell you we continue to have conversations virtually every day, every other day or so --








    QUESTION: With the North Koreans?








    MS NAUERT: -- with the North Koreans, and when I say “conversations,” that can be by phone, that can be my message, that can be by email. Those are – they take different forms, those conversations do. So we continue to have conversations with the government. When – if and when we have travel announcements to make, I will certainly let you know, but we have nothing yet.








    QUESTION: But I mean, obviously that you’ll make those announcements, but I’m just wondering if like – if there is efforts being made to put together another negotiating session.








    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that right now.








    QUESTION: Can I have one question on the sanctions?








    MS NAUERT: Okay? Okay. Sir, go right ahead.








    QUESTION: Yeah. Just to follow up, you said you have nothing planned, but Mr. Bolton mentioned that in the letter that Secretary Pompeo gave to Foreign Minister Ri, there was an offer to meet. Has North Korea responded to that offer yet?








    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. This was a letter from the President to Chairman Kim, so I don’t have any visibility on what was actually in that letter or what conversations the White House may or may not be having. I’d have to refer you to the White House for anything on that.








    QUESTION: So you can confirm that there was an offer?








    MS NAUERT: I can confirm there was a letter. Anything that the White House has said about that or Ambassador Bolton has said about that, I’d refer you back to them on those matters. When I have something to let you know, I certainly would be happy to.








    Okay, last question.








    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)








    MS NAUERT: Yeah.








    QUESTION: Two days ago, President Trump claimed most Chinese students in the United States are spies. I’m not asking you to comment on what he said, but State Department as a agency to issue visa to Chinese students, do you share the view – do you think most Chinese students in the United States are spies?








    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I don’t have the President’s comments in front of me. I have not seen those comments, so I would hesitate to comment on his comments without having read it and had the full context. As you are well aware, we have many Chinese students studying in the United States. We have strong people-to-people ties with the Government of China, but of course there are concerns with some who might come into the United States and try to pick up some of our technology and other information and bring it back home for reasons that the United States Government would be concerned about. But we have a strong relationship with China and we enjoy having students studying in the United States from China, and I’ll just leave it at that.








    Okay, thanks. We’ve got to go, guys. We’ll see you soon.








    (The briefing was concluded at 3:28 p.m.)








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I was hoping instead of running again he'd start a Go Fund Me for that sex change operation he's been dreaming of since he was little. Look at his face, look at his body, look at what he says and does...there is a giant secret he's hiding, a giant secret he's running from that makes him mean and willing to do anything for money.

He should have been removed from the Senate for colluding with a Zionist group to destroy the nuclear treaty with Iran for 1 million dollars, as Dr. Evil says. Colluding with the Russians is plenty dangerous but screwing with a nuclear treaty could get millions of innocent people killed.

I hate Cotton for the pure evil he does! If American voters don't throw a wrench in the Trumpublican Party plan this November, Tom Cotton may be our next Presidi..Dictator! Do you really want to see your grandchildren incinerated?
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Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers Press

Irrefutable biblical history affirms the fulfillment of the law in Christ Jesus.  All laws were supposedly made for humanity and not vice versa. This was a concise response given against incriminating evidences tendered against Him by the proponents of the law, Pharisees and Sadducees on the issues bordering on the contravention of the laws of Shabbat. Jesus was seen healing the sick and doing other "love works" (miracles) on the said Shabbat, which prompted His response to the people that thronged around Him, seeking definitive clarifications.

The stone-aged, crude International protocols that even up to this present age, are breeding impunity and oppression, as enshrined in the territorial integrity cum sovereignty of nations, need to be wholesomely repealed. They provide covering for tyrants and oppressors of humanity all over the world. The continent of Africa is houses the offenders in this malady as the operational laws are inherently in sharp contrast to the above stated analogy of Christ regarding laws and legal instruments.

It is unfortunate to point out here that President Donald Trump of the United States of America, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyaho of the nation of Israel, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Emmanuel Macron of France seem gravely handicapped by these archaic and nefarious international laws of sovereign nations, in taking necessary actions, as the cries and groans of humanity are incessantly reverberating the world over. Sadly, people are daily being sacrificed on the altar of sovereignty of nations to service the obscene interests instead of such sovereignties serving as models of protection to the people.

The above mentioned global leaders by all standards, detest oppression, dehumanization and enslavement of fellow human beings as often being perpetrated by regimes of atrocities in different countries, with the African continent taking the lead. Viable actions against these spate of human abuses are being resisted by the devilish international instruments of territorial integrity of nations which stipulated that they must be respected. Through this flagrant disdain for the plights of humanity by upholding these obnoxious international laws to the detriment of the oppressed indigenous people spread across the world, it becomes necessary therefore to conclude that "THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL INSTRUMENTS OF SOVEREIGNTY OF NATIONS HAVE NOW BECOME THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OF HUMANITY", instead of protecting the people.

What remains baffling however, is why are the international laws accorded supremacy at the neglect of other laws? Why are the laws guiding the sovereignty of nations even when outdated and offensive, appear sacrosanct and irrefutable, and yet the global leaders helplessly watch tyrannical Heads of Governments, under the cover and protection of the sovereign status of nations to commit atrocious impunity against their people? Why will such astute world leaders like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Benjamin Netanyaho and Emmanuel Macron who respect the sovereignty of a country in the mold of Nigeria, wouldn't courageously exert the required pressure on the leaders of the governments of Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain to respect the emphatically stipulated international laws guiding self-determination and protection of human rights? These are costly questions begging for answers  which these frontline world leaders must not shy away from.

Beneath are three definite international laws that must be respected and clinically upheld by these leaders in synergy.

* International laws protecting human rights abuses by state actors and authorities of nations.

* International laws guiding self-determination for all indigenous people of the world.

International laws of sovereignty of nations for all sovereign nations of the world.

These are salient and consolidated international laws which equally deserve complete respect of Heads of States and Parliaments across the nations. It is callous and out of fashion for sovereign nations whose Heads of States blatantly disobey such laws on human rights protection and self-determination like what obtains in Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain, and yet be enjoying the luxury of dividends from other international laws standing in sequence of the package.

President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyaho, President Vladimir Putin and President Emmanuel Macron are necessarily obliged to question the credibility of Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain behind their enjoyment of the benefits of international laws of  sovereignty of nations while disrespectfully making mockery of other inclusive international laws and protocols governing self-determination and human rights protection. The Nigerian government is presently and steadily killing and victimising Biafrans in their numbers for peacefully agitating for their freedom. Cameroon government is equally and brazenly massacring helpless Ambazonians of Southern Cameroon for daring to demand for their independence. The Spanish government which has carefully avoided wasting human lives so far, is continually suppressing the people of Catalonia with tyrannical policies. The season has now dawned to demand from the United Nations, their  plan of action in strongly enforcing these laws in question, alongside others clearly spelt out.

Tyranny, human rights abuses and oppression in whatever shape, meted out against humanity, are exceptionally detestable and the governments of Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain must be made to respect the internationally stipulated laws on human rights and self-determination as the three countries are equally enjoying the benefits derivable from the laws guiding the sovereignty of nations. The international community must instantly though, make regimes to loose the pleasure of placing the sovereignty of nations above the wish, interest and protection of the people. Doing otherwise or servicing the status quo, amounts to heightened wickedness instituted tragedy. The international treaties put in place by the global community should of course, be made beneficial to all citizens within sovereign nations and contrary acts of suppression against genuine desires of the indigenous people groups must be criminalised. The indigenous peoples within the sovereign nations of Biafra, Ambazonia and Catalonia must be jealously protected against all tyrannical waves and decimation policies of the occupational governments in their respective regions. Sovereignty of nations must not be detrimental to humanity as Heads of States hide under such inherent luxury to perpetrate hostilities against the indigenous land owners especially in the African continent.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

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“La bestia”, ovvero del come funziona la propaganda di Salvini

Intervista a Alessandro Orlowski, ex hacker e spin doctor digitale, che ci parla della strategia comunicativa della Lega, dell’affaire Cambridge Analytica, del business dei falsi profili twitter, del Gdpr, Facebook e molto altro
Alessandro Orlowski è seduto a un tavolino di un bar di Barcellona. Nato a Parma nel 1967, vive in Spagna da 20 anni. Ex regista di spot e videoclip negli anni ’90 e grande appassionato di informatica, è stato uno dei primi e più influenti hacker italiani. Fin da prima dell’arrivo dei social network, ha lavorato sulle connessioni digitali tra gli individui, per sviluppare campagne virali. Negli anni ha condotto numerose campagne in Rete, come quella per denunciare l’evasione scale del Vaticano o i gruppi estremisti negli Stati Uniti e in Europa. Oggi fa lo spin doctor digitale: ha creato Water on Mars, startup di comunicazione digitale tra le più innovative, e guidato il team social risultato fondamentale per condurre il liberale Kuczynski alla presidenza del Perù. Ci accomodiamo, e cominciamo a parlare con lui di politica nel mondo digitale, per arrivare presto a Matteo Salvini e allo straordinario (e inquietante) lavoro che sta realizzando online.
Che evoluzione ha avuto negli anni il concetto di “rete social”?
Nasce nei primi anni ’80 con le BBS, le Bulletin Boards System, antesignane dei blog e delle chat. La prima rete sociale, però, è stata Friendster nel 2002, che raggiunse circa 3 milioni di utenti. A seguire l’amatissima (da parte mia) MySpace: narra una leggenda nerd che fu creata in 10 giorni di programmazione. Il primo a usare le reti social per fini elettorali è stato Barack Obama nel 2008.
Oggi in Italia chi è il politico che maneggia meglio questi strumenti?
In tal senso la Lega ha lavorato molto bene, durante l’ultima campagna elettorale. Ha creato un sistema che controlla le reti social di Salvini e analizza quali sono i post e i tweet che ottengono i migliori risultati, e che tipo di persone hanno interagito. In questo modo possono modi care la loro strategia attraverso la propaganda. Un esempio: pubblicano un post su Facebook in cui si parla di immigrazione, e il maggior numero di commenti è “i migranti ci tolgono il lavoro”? Il successivo post rafforzerà questa paura. I dirigenti leghisti hanno chiamato questo software La Bestia.
Quando nasce La Bestia?
Dalle mie informazioni nasce dal team di SistemaIntranet di Mantova, ossia dalla mente di Luca Morisi, socio di maggioranza dell’azienda, e Andrea Paganella. Morisi è lo spin doctor digital della Lega, di fatto il responsabile della comunicazione di Salvini. La Bestia è stata ideata a fine 2014, e finalizzata nel 2016. All’inizio si trattava di un semplice tool di monitoraggio e sentiment. Poi si è raffinato, con l’analisi dei post di Facebook e Twitter e la sinergia con la mailing list.
Come funziona l’analisi dei dati, su cui si basa la strategia?
Diciamo che a livello di dati non buttano via nulla: tutto viene analizzato per stabilire la strategia futura, assieme alla società di sondaggi SWG e a Voices From the Blogs (azienda di Big Data Analysis, ndr). I loro report, su tutti quelli del professore Enzo Risso, sono analizzati attentamente dal team della Lega, composto da Iva Garibaldi, Alessandro Panza, Giancarlo Giorgetti, Alessio Colzani, Armando Siri e altri.
La Bestia differenzia il suo operato a seconda dei social, per rendere immutata l’efficacia di Salvini in base allo strumento?
Per chi si occupa di marketing e propaganda online, è normale adattare la comunicazione ai differenti social. Twitter è l’ufficio stampa, e influenza maggiormente i giornalisti. Su Facebook ti puoi permettere un maggiore storytelling. È interessante vedere come, inserendo nelle mailing list i video di Facebook, la Lega crei una sinergia con la base poco attiva sui social: la raggiunge via mail, e aumenta così visualizzazioni e condivisioni.
Operano legalmente?
Camminano su un lo molto sottile. Il problema riguarda la gestione dei dati. Hanno creato, per esempio, un concorso che si chiama “Vinci Salvini” (poche settimane prima del voto, ndr). Ti dovevi registrare al gioco online e quanti più contenuti pubblicavi a tema Lega, maggiori erano le possibilità di incontrare Salvini. È stato un successo. Il problema è che non sappiamo come siano stati gestiti i dati. A chi venivano affidati? A Salvini? Alla Lega? A una società privata?
C’è qualche legame con lo scandalo Cambridge Analytica in questo utilizzo “disinvolto” dei dati personali?
Difficile rispondere. Circolano voci in merito all’apertura di una sede di Cambridge Analytica a Roma poco prima delle elezioni italiane, progetto abortito in seguito allo scandalo che ha coinvolto la società britannica. Un partito italiano, non si sa quale, avrebbe richiesto i suoi servizi. È noto che la Lega volesse parlare con Steve Bannon (figura chiave dell’alt-right americana, fondamentale nell’elezione di Donald Trump, ndr) in quel periodo, incontro poi avvenuto in seguito.
La destra – più o meno estrema – sta vincendo la battaglia della comunicazione digital? 
Si muovono meglio dei partiti tradizionali, che non sono riusciti a evolversi. Lo dimostra Bannon, e pure Salvini, che a 45 anni è un super millennial: ha vissuto il calcio balilla, la televisione, Space Invaders e le reti social.
Vedi analogie tra la strategia social di Donald Trump e quella di Salvini?
Salvini ha sempre guardato con attenzione a Trump. Entrambi fanno la cosa più semplice: trovare un nemico comune. E gli sta funzionando molto bene. Nel nuovo governo si sono suddivisi le responsabilità: al M5S è toccato il lavoro, con la forte macchina propagandistica gestita dalla Casaleggio Associati, alla Lega la sicurezza e l’orgoglio nazionale, gestiti da Morisi e amici.
Sta pagando, non c’è che dire.
La totale disinformazione e frotte di like su post propagandistici e falsi – per esempio l’annuncio della consegna di 12 motovedette alla Guardia costiera libica (a fine giugno, ndr) – portano a quello che si definisce vanity KPI: l’elettore rimane soddisfatto nel condividere post che hanno migliaia di like, e quindi affermano le loro convinzioni. Consiglio la lettura di The Thrill of Political Hating di Arthur Brooks.
Esiste una sorta di meme war all’italiana? 
Le meme war non esistono. Ci possono essere contenuti in forma di meme per denigrare i competitor e inquinare i motori di ricerca. Ricordiamoci anni fa, quando su Google scrivevi il cognome “Berlusconi” e il motore di ricerca ti suggeriva “mafioso”: fu un esempio di manipolazione dell’algoritmo di Google. Lo stesso sta succedendo in questi giorni: se scrivete la parola “idiot” e fate “ricerca immagini”, compaiono solo foto di Trump.
Come è stata finanziata l’attività delle reti social della Lega?
La Lega voleva creare una fondazione solo per ricevere i soldi delle donazioni, al fine di poter tenere in piedi le reti social senza passare per i conti in rosso del partito. Il partito è gravato da debiti e scandali finanziari (a luglio il tribunale di Genova ha confermato la richiesta di confisca di 49 milioni di euro dalle casse del partito, ndr). Le leggi italiane lasciano ampio margine: permettono di ricevere micro- donazioni, senza doverle rendere pubbliche. È una forma completamente legale. In ogni caso, potresti chiederlo direttamente a Luca Morisi (Morisi non ha risposto ai tentativi di contatto da parte di Rolling Stone, ndr)
Hanno ricevuto finanziamenti dall’estero? 
Recentemente l’Espresso ha raccontato che alcune donazioni al partito provengono da associazioni come Italia-Russia e Lombardia- Russia, vicine alla Lega. D’altra parte, sono stati i russi a inventare il concetto di hybrid war. Il generale Gerasimov ha teorizzato che le guerre moderne non si devono combattere con le armi, ma con la propaganda e l’hacking.
Un sistema come La Bestia alimenta la creazione di notizie false?
Non direi che ci sia un rapporto diretto tra le due cose, ma sicuramente c’è un rapporto tra La Bestia e il bias dei post che pubblicano. Come ha spiegato lo psicologo e premio Nobel Daniel Kahneman, di fronte a una notizia online la nostra mente si avvale di metodi di giudizio molto rapidi che, grazie alla soddisfazione che dà trovare conferma nei nostri pregiudizi, spesso porta a risposte sbagliate e illogiche, ossia biased.
Salvini lavora su questo bias?
Lo fa il suo team, e anche quello del M5S: amplificare notizie semi-veritiere, viralizzandole e facendole diventare cultura condivisa, che viene confermata sia dalla fonte considerata carismaticamente onesta e affidabile, sia dal numero di condivisioni che la rendono in quel modo difficilmente contestabile. Vai tu a convincere del contrario 18mila utenti che hanno condiviso un post di dubbia veridicità! Una delle figure chiave delle fake news della Lega è stato e forse ancora è il napoletano Marco Mignogna, che gestiva il sito di Noi con Salvini, oltre a una ventina di portali pro-Salvini, pro-M5S e pro-Putin (nel novembre 2017 si è occupato del caso il NYT, ndr).
Quanto di ciò che hai detto fin qui vale anche per il Movimento 5 Stelle?
Non c’è dubbio che dietro al M5S ci sia una buona azienda di marketing politico. La loro propaganda è più decentralizzata rispetto a quella della Lega, tutta controllata da Morisi. Creano piccole reti, appoggiandosi agli attivisti “grillini” e risparmiando così denaro. Non
pagano per rendere virali i post di Grillo o di Di Battista. Anche se oggi, con il M5S al governo, la strategia è in parte cambiata.
Quanto influisce l’attività di trolling sul dibattito politico?
Dipende dal contesto politico e dal Paese, in alcuni casi può essere molto violenta. Per creare account su Twitter esiste un software acquistabile online, che ti permette di generarne mille in tre ore, ognuno con foto e nome distinto. Parliamo di account verificati con un numero di cellulare: c’è un servizio russo che, per 10 centesimi, te ne fornisce uno appositamente. Con 300 o 400 euro puoi crearti in un pomeriggio un migliaio di account Twitter verificati. A quel punto puoi avviare un tweet bombing, cambiando la percezione di una notizia. È semplice e costa poco.
Ci sono conferme sull’esistenza di una rete di troll leghisti?
Non è facile rispondere, perché ci sono diverse tipologie di reti troll, organiche o artificiali. A volte distinguere le due senza tool specializzati è quasi impossibile. Per esempio, le reti di troll formate da persone reali spesso si auto-organizzano, sapendo benissimo che un utente singolo può avere due o più account social sullo stesso network. È normale vedere un utente pro-Lega o pro-M5S gestire anche cinque account con nomi diversi: cento persone in un gruppo segreto di Facebook o su un canale Telegram, con cinque account ciascuno, fanno 500 troll pronti ad attaccare, e scoraggiare utenti standard a un confronto politico.
Esistono quindi reti costruite ad hoc? 
Una di queste botnet è stata smantellata da un gruppo di hacker italiani sei mesi fa: era collegata a una società romana che gestiva una rete di 3mila account Twitter, collegati a un migliaio di account Facebook. Non mi stupirei se un team gestito da Morisi avesse automatizzato e controllasse qualche centinaio o migliaio di account. Qualcosa di simile era già nelle loro mani, con un sistema di tweet automatici su diversi account (documentato da diverse fonti giornalistiche lo scorso gennaio, ndr). L’unica pecca del loro team è la sicurezza informatica, come si è potuto notare dal leak delle informazioni del loro server, avvenuto all’inizio di quest’anno.
Cosa sappiamo sul “gonfiamento” dei numeri social di Salvini?
Abbiamo notato alcune discrepanze, ma in questo momento di grande successo mediatico di Salvini non sono più rilevanti. Abbiamo scoperto alcune botnet di Twitter nate contemporaneamente che, dopo pochi giorni e nello stesso momento, hanno seguito tutte l’account ufficiale di Salvini. La relazione con il suo account era il fatto che supportavano account di estrema destra in Europa, quindi attribuibili a persone vicine a Voice of Europe e gruppi simili, legati a Steve Bannon, come #Altright o #DefendEurope. La pratica di creare fake account è comune: solo pochi giorni fa Twitter ne ha cancellati alcuni milioni.
C’è un modo per riparare simili storture?
C’è poco da fare. In seguito allo scandalo Cambridge Analytica, Facebook ha colpito tutti, impedendo ai ricercatori di studiare questi fenomeni. Le cose non sono cambiate, anzi. Anche a seguito dell’adozione del GDPR (il regolamento sulla protezione dei dati personali, ndr) nei prossimi anni vedremo come si raffineranno le campagne politiche online: sarebbe utile avere leggi che impongano maggior trasparenza su come funzionano le reti social e, naturalmente, maggiore tutela per i cittadini, in particolare per quanto riguarda i propri big data.

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by jmapurunga

"Thus, as Upgraded one-step units, when they are eliminated,
they are placed in the Destroyed or Unsupplied boxes on
their red (one-step) side and will return, when replaced, on that
same side. However, they are considered two-step counters
for removal to the Surrendered Holding Box (see rules 10.7.1
and 11.1)"

Does it mean that it will come from the surrendered box on their weak side ?
          Thread: No Retreat! The Russian Front:: News:: New No Retreat! Series. Input Needed.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

by licinius

Ten years after the first "No Retreat!" game series title was launched, I am starting a new NR! line of games, published by GMT.

The first "No Retreat!" WW2 series were mainly large "Front" affairs: No Retreat! The Russian Front

This new series, titled "No Retreat! Battles" will showcase smaller engagements, with 3 to 5 games per box. I plan to do one game per year of WW2.



The game system will be tailored for that smaller scale, and I intend to make the rules a notch simpler than that of the first NR! game. The components will be the same as the previous series, with probably 2 double-sided half-maps in each game, and two decks of 55 event cards each. Same large counters. All this can vary a bit depending upon the battles covered.

And yes, the Pacific Front will be covered!

And yes, I need your help.

There are a lot of interesting Battles to cover. With at least one game per year. First I am putting a poll about the interest in each WW2 year, then I'll pick the one or two most popular choices and then put out another poll with a list of possible battles to be covered.

Thanks! meeple

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by licinius

Ten years after the first "No Retreat!" game series title was launched, I am starting a new NR! line of games, published by GMT.

The first "No Retreat!" WW2 series were mainly large "Front" affairs: No Retreat! The Russian Front

This new series, titled "No Retreat! Battles" will showcase smaller engagements, with 3 to 5 games per box. I plan to do one game per year of WW2.



The game system will be tailored for that smaller scale, and I intend to make the rules a notch simpler than that of the first NR! game. The components will be the same as the previous series, with probably 2 double-sided half-maps in each game, and two decks of 55 event cards each. Same large counters. All this can vary a bit depending upon the battles covered.

And yes, the Pacific Front will be covered!

And yes, I need your help.

There are a lot of interesting Battles to cover. With at least one game per year. First I am putting a poll about the interest in each WW2 year, then I'll pick the one or two most popular choices and then put out another poll with a list of possible battles to be covered.

Thanks! meeple

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by neotrunks2002

My FLGS has two, new in shrink, copies of the Rio Grande version of the game. It costs $30, while FFG's version costs more like $42, I think. It looks like the pieces look a bit nicer for the Rio Grande version, too, so I juts want to make sure there's no obvious reason I should be going for the more expensive FFG version.

Also, is there any market for NIS, Rio Grande versions of this game? Is that something people still look for, and I'm just crazy lucky to find two copies at my FLGS? (They had Russian Railroads and Chinatown until very recently.)
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link: State Dept's Nauert: We'd Like To Have A Better Relationship With Russia, "Lot Of Areas Of Mutual Concern"

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link: How a Blacklisted Russian Firm Won (and Lost) a Break From Trump’s Tariffs

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          Pence outlines US Space Force plan for 'next battlefield'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020.
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Sometimes you just need to equal the playing field. That seems to be the point of a new open-source tool, Social Mapper. It hacks its way in to social media profiles using facial recognition to collect many of them all at once. While you may be questioning the motive of something like this, the creators say it will help security professionals by giving them the same tools as the hackers. How Social Mapper Works Social Mapper will gather the information from a person’s profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Chinese microblogging sites that include Weibo and Douban, and the Russian social media VKontakte. It... Read more

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Maybe your mother told you that you can judge someone’s character by the company that they keep, and I think that is at least accurate enough to serve as a basic self-defense mechanism.  Today, Donald Trump’s deputy campaign chairman, who is facing substantial jail time despite copping a plea, finished testifying in the first of two trials against Trump’s campaign chairman.  Both of them are guilty of a plethora of crimes, including conspiracy, money laundering, and bank and wire fraud. But they are hardly the only close Trump associates who are already in big trouble.

It appears facially obvious that Donald Trump Jr. lied to Congress. Trump’s personal lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen had his offices and hotel room raided and is sure to face a number of criminal charges regardless of whether or not he decides to become a cooperating witness. Felix Sater, Trump’s longtime business associate and the point man for the failed attempt to build a Moscow Trump Tower, became a cooperating witness months ago. The same is true of Michael Flynn, Trump’s first National Security Advisor. Roger Stone appears to be quickly approaching his time in the barrel, as his friend Kristin Davis (the Manhattan Madam) is scheduled to appear before a grand jury this Wednesday.

There’s a much longer list of Trump-affiliated people who have legal vulnerabilities or who have already resigned for unethical and/or scandalous behavior, but I’m just focusing on people who were very important to either Trump’s business or his political success.

On the political front, very few elected Republicans were willing to endorse Trump. The first to do so in the Senate was Jeff Sessions of Alabama. His reward was to be given the responsibility of organizing a foreign policy team for the campaign and transition and to then get his dream job of attorney general of the United States.  Unfortunately, he lied about his contacts with Russians during his confirmation hearings and has had to recuse himself from the subsequent investigation of Russia’s interference on Trump’s behalf.

The first congressperson to endorse Trump was Rep. Chris Collins of New York. He has just been indicted for insider trading.

The charges against Collins, filed in the Southern District of New York, claimed he was part of a scheme to sell off stock of biotech firm Innate Immunotherapeutics in June 2017. Collins’s son, Cameron, was also charged, as was Stephen Zarsky. The trio have been accused of engaging in sales of Innate stock after the congressman fed them information about a failed trial of a drug meant to treat multiple sclerosis.

Chris Collins, who was on Innate’s board, learned of the failed trial and “violated the duties he owed to Innate by passing material, non-public information regarding the drug trial results to his son…so that Cameron Collins could use that information to make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others,” the indictment read.

The sales, which also involved six other unnamed and uncharged co-conspirators, allowed the congressman, his son and Zarsky to avoid more than $768,000 in losses. When the failed drug trial was released to the public, Innate stock plummeted by 92 percent, according to the indictment.

People of bad character are attracted to other people of similarly bad character. With Trump, this works both ways. He flocks to people like Roy Cohn and Roger Stone, while people like Jeff Sessions and Chris Collins flock to him. The result is a collection of truly deplorable criminals.

They are getting rolled up now.


          Culberson's questionable stock trades resurface in wake of Collins arrest      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Congratulations to Lizzie Pannill Fletcher for the big break.

The arraignment of US Rep. Christopher Collins yesterday in federal court for violating the laws regarding insider trading is bad news for Trump, but five other Republican Congressmen, including  Texans John Culberson and Michael Conaway, are also caught in the undertow.

Via Raw Story, which counts them as six but that number includes Tom Price, who has cycled through the swamp faster than anyone, from Georgia Congresscritter to HHS Secretary to out on his ass cushy healthcare industry board job, i.e. lobbyist.  Raw Story's reporter also apparently didn't realize that the Houston Chronicle piece they mentioned but did not link regarding John 'Keeps His Word' first appeared in June of 2017 (it referenced Culberson's opponent only as a "research physician", aka Dr. Jason Westin).  Excerpt from the Chron:

Culberson says his interest in Innate was sparked by "press reports," though he has declined to specify which ones. News reports in January -- just before he and Conaway bought Innate stock -- focused on the controversy surrounding the purchase of shares at discounted prices by Collins and then-Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price, now (formerly) the secretary of health and human services.

An article in the New York Times in early January, two weeks before Culberson bought his stock, hardly inspired confidence. It described Innate as "a tiny pharmaceutical company from Australia that has no approved drugs and no backing from flashy venture capital firms." The piece also noted that the company had run out of money "more than once" and nearly folded.

On Capitol Hill, the focus was on Collins, who was being accused by Democrats of promoting Innate stock to colleagues in the halls of Congress. Collins has repeatedly denied the charge.

Earlier this month The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, published an "exclusive" report citing a half-dozen Republican lawmakers -- all speaking anonymously -- who said they heard Collins "talking up" Innate at various congressional gatherings.

Again, Collins denied it, telling The Hill, "I've never encouraged anyone to buy the stock. Ever."

A number of ethics watchdog groups and legal analysts say that if Culberson and other lawmakers were steered into their Innate investments with non-public information, they could be in potential violation of the Stock Act, which bans insider trading by members of Congress - whether or not they make money.

Culberson has declined repeated requests from the Chronicle to talk about the details of his Innate stock purchase, including whether he was still holding on to the stock Tuesday when its price plummeted. He has relied instead on a written statement that his investment was motivated by the death of a family friend from multiple sclerosis. He also acknowledged in a statement that he "rarely" buys or sells stock.

That admission has deepened interest in his decision to buy stock in Innate, a struggling biotech company that generally has been trading for less than $1 on the Australian Stock Exchange.

So Big Bad John has some 'splain' to do, and whether he does it to federal prosecutors or the Congressional ethics committee or the media or the voters of the 7th Congressional District ... well, we'll just have to wait a little longer and see.

Also from Bloomberg: "Charges Against Rep. Chris Collins Highlight Lack of Trading Limits for Congress".

At least one of the lawmakers, John Culberson of Texas, reported selling his holdings a few weeks before the company was privately informed in June 2017 of negative results from a clinical drug trial. When the news was announced, the company’s share price tanked. He said in a statement Wednesday that he didn’t have any inside information when he sold.

As for Conaway, the 11th District of Texas is a pretty safe one.  A quiet backbencher for most of his seven terms, Conaway took over in April from Devin Nunes (who you might have seen and heard on the news just last night) the Congressional 'investigation' into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, which includes collusion as well as election-related meddling.  Prior to that, he would have been in charge of investigating Collins, Culberson, and himself on these stock trades, as he was the House Ethics Committee chair.  And his Democratic challenger, Jennie Lou Leeder, while seemingly a good progressive -- the words 'single-payer' show up in the first sentence on her healthcare issues page -- is still, sadly, a long way from getting some traction.

But Ms. Fletcher and all the centrist Democrats in the Seventh ought to be waking up this morning feeling elated at their good luck and the fortuitous timing of these developments.

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          Pence outlines plans to have new U.S. Space Force by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The U.S. intelligence agencies reported earlier this year that Russia and China are pursuing “non-destructive and destructive” anti-satellite weapons for use during a future war.
          8/9/2018: News: Russians furious at ‘draconian’ US sanctions over Salisbury attack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

RUSSIA reacted angrily to “draconian” new US sanctions over the Salisbury nerve agent attack today. Britain welcomed the action announced by the US State Department, but Donald Trump was silent overnight, fuelling speculation that the US president was...
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          Archbishop makes plea to remember Ukraine’s ‘silent and forgotten war’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Baltimore, Md., Aug 9, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Four years of fighting in eastern Ukraine have led to “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the end of the Second World War,” according to the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv called on the international community and the Catholic Church not to neglect the crisis in Ukraine. He made the plea during his keynote address at the Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore on August 7.

Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the Ukrainian conflict has taken the lives of more than 10,000 people and has left 1.6 million people displaced, according to the United Nations.

“Besides all these casualties and human tragedies, there is still another hidden danger of the war in eastern Ukraine: This region is at risk of suffering a dire, long-lasting ecological catastrophe due to flooded mines and contaminated drinking water, which is comparable in scale to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster of 1986,” warned the archbishop.

“As many as 4 million people might be left without safe drinking water in the region,” he continued, “all of this is happening right now, in Ukraine, the largest country in Europe.”

The fighting has also damaged basic infrastructure. The World Health Organization documented  multiple attacks on Ukraine’s hospitals between 2014 and 2016.

“This is a silent and forgotten war. Because it is a ‘frozen conflict,’ no one speaks loudly about the war in Ukraine anymore,” said the archbishop.

Although a standing cease-fire exists in Ukraine, it was violated over 1,200 times in one week in July, reported the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Special Monitoring mission in Ukraine.

“Many specialists nowadays call this war in Ukraine a ‘hybrid war,’ that is, a war where not only traditional weapons are used on battlefields, but where all means of destruction, including economic and information warfare, are employed,” explained the archbishop, “Thanks to information technologies, modern wars are not limited to specific territories.”

“Everyone in the Western world today experiences the consequences of this information war, which targets truth by disseminating ‘fake news’ and molding public opinion according to dishonest goals. Unfortunately, not even your country or other developed countries in Western Europe have been spared from these attacks. Please remember: it is not only our war — it is the war for humanity!” said Shevchuk.

The Catholic Response

“How does the Catholic Church in Ukraine, and in particular our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, respond to the needs of the millions of people suffering from the consequences of war?” Shevchuk asked the Knights of Columbus.

The archbishop’s response was “diakonia,” the Greek New Testament term for charitable service. In the case of Ukraine, “diakonia” entails “serving to one’s neighbor, taking care of those afflicted by the war, by providing them with spiritual guidance and often with social service as well,” he said.

“Charity is an antidote to egoism and indifference. I would say that charity is also a key to understanding the success of the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine,” he continued.

The Knights of Columbus are a relatively new presence in Ukraine. The country’s first Knights of Columbus council was established five years ago -- just before Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

Today the Knights in Ukraine have dedicated much of their charitable efforts to aiding local civilians affected by the violence in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Knights of Columbus organize summer rehabilitation camps for wounded soldiers, war veterans, and their families. They regularly visit the wounded in hospitals, fundraise for first aid equipment, and provide the disabled with free wheelchairs. One Knights of Columbus council in southeastern Ukraine runs a Christian youth summer camp for children living in immediate proximity to the combat zone.

“Our society probably does not yet realize the full scale of trauma caused by the war and that is why we, as a Church and as Knights of Columbus, need to invest so much of our energy and resources into the field of rehabilitation, in order to be able to heal the wounds of our people,” said Shevchuk.

Catholics are a minority in Ukraine, most of the local population are Orthodox Christians. The archbishop said that he was encouraged to see how both Roman and Greek Catholics work together in the Knights of Columbus. He said it shows “a wonderful example of the unity of the Catholic Church in Ukraine, so much needed in Ukrainian society today.”

On August 7, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over the phone, reassuring him of U.S. support for Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

A few weeks earlier, the State Department released the Crimea Declaration calling on Russia to to end its occupation of Crimea, saying, “The United States rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored.”

In the meantime, the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine will continue to aid the those suffering from the violence.

           Florida officials want info about election hacking claims      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Florida officials want more information from the U.S. Senate supporting claims made by Sen. Bill Nelson that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems
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Vice President Mike Pence says the time has come to establish a new United States Space Force to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened competition and threats from China and Russia
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The UAE’s increasing influence in the Horn of Africa underscores the shifts underway in the continent, where China now challenges the historic power of western nations and where Russia, Brazil and the UAE and Gulf states are growing in prominence. UAE...
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The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it would soon impose new sanctions against Russia in response to the attempted assassination in March of a former Russian spy living in England and his daughter. Under the terms of the sanctions, any...
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US stocks hovered within striking distance of all-time highs, while Treasuries rose as investors weighed the latest salvos in the trade war with China and sanctions that torpedoed the Russian rouble. Oil held near a seven-week low. The S&P 500 Index...
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After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Mark Hughes has got his work cut out. Defender Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach — £22.4 million) joins with midfielders Mohammad Al Younoussi (Basel — £16.1 million), Stuart Armstrong (Celtic...
          Bombshell book claims Donald Trump was targeted with Russian spy ‘honey trap’ on visit to Russia 31 YEARS AGO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DONALD Trump was targeted with a Russian spy ‘honey trap’ on a visit to Russia 31 YEARS AGO, a bombshell new book claims. The US president would have been filmed in 1987 with Russian prostitutes according to author Craig Unger, with the material held by spies since then. Controversial author Unger claims that former head […]
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Some scientists are now claiming that a 100-ton prehistoric shark still exists in the ocean’s depths. Right next to the evidence for Russian collusion. [title reference link] Send to Kindle
          Donald Trump: Russian ‘Asset’ Since 1987 When KGB ‘Compromised’ Him On Moscow Trip, According To New Book      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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In July of 1987, 41-year-old New York real estate developer Donald Trump made a trip to Moscow, in the what was then the Soviet Union, supposedly to explore the possibility of building a new Trump-branded luxury hotel there directly across from the Kremlin itself. On that trip, the Soviet Union’s feared intelligence agency known as the KGB began developing Trump as an “asset,” likely with the intention of putting Trump in the United States presidency. That’s the conclusion of a new book by a leading investigative reporter, Craig Unger, whose House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia is scheduled to hit bookstores and online sellers on August 14.

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