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  • Russia plans to sanction the US

    06/21/2017 5:12:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/6/17 | Nissan Tzur
    Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday said that if the United States continues to place sanctions on Russia, Russia will respond "to make matters mutual" and place sanctions on the US. The US sanctions on Russia were enacted in response to Russia's occupation of Crimea, which began in 2014. "The sanctions which were applied in the past few years show that the guiding principle is mutuality. There's no reason to say it, even," Peskov said. "A long list of possible sanctions is currently being prepared by our expert staff." Despite the threat, Peskov did not say Russia would refuse...
  • Germany blasts new US sanctions on Russia as 'against international law'

    06/16/2017 7:09:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 June 2017 14:13 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Germany on Friday lashed out at Washington over new sanctions against Russia that target the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe. The new penalties, approved by the US Senate on Thursday, include a paragraph that threatens to penalize European companies that push ahead with energy export programs with Russia. Those include the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would pump Russian gas under the Baltic Sea directly to Germany. “It is strange that in the sanctioning of Russia’s behavior, with regards to the US elections for instance, that the European economy should become a target of American sanctions. That...
  • Former Iranian Official, Pro-Tehran Lobbyist Hosted at Obama White House Dozens of Times

    01/23/2017 2:49:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/23/17 | Adam Kredo
    Two high-level Iranian government backers, including a former Islamic Republic official and another accused of lobbying on Tehran’s behalf, were hosted at the Obama White House for more than 30 meetings with top officials at key junctures in the former administration’s contested diplomacy with Iran, according to White House visitor logs that provide a window into the former administration’s outreach to leading pro-Iran advocates. Seyed Mousavian, a former Iranian diplomat and head of its national security council, was hosted at the White House at least three times, while Trita Parsi, a pro-Iran advocate long accused of hiding his ties to...
  • Qatar leader to address nation as diplomatic freeze begins to bite

    06/06/2017 2:48:10 AM PDT · by blueplum · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 06 June 2017 5:30am ET | Katie Hunt and Victoria Brown
    Doha, Qatar (CNN)Qatar's leader is expected to address his nation Tuesday, one day after the country was thrust into the center of an unprecedented diplomatic crisis that threatens to disrupt everyday life and leave the oil-rich nation isolated from key allies. The last flights operated by Emirates and other major regional airlines left the capital Doha early Tuesday after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives said Monday they are indefinitely severing ties with Qatar --- a country of 2.4 million people, mostly foreign workers. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had been due to...
  • Fox News pushes sanctions against ex-host

    05/25/2017 5:47:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    WND ^ | May 24, 2017 | WND media
    The sexual-harassment lawsuit filed last year by former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros against the network’s executives has morphed into a lawsuit about the lawsuit, with Fox News now filing its own counterclaim. Tantaros, former host of “The Five” and co-host of “Outnumbered,” filed suit in August 2016, alleging retaliation after she had taken exception to inappropriate remarks directed to her by former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Ailes died earlier this month. “Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Regime Change by Any Other Name?

    05/24/2017 3:29:01 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election. There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton. Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered people begin killing themselves in alarming numbers. Nor were there mass resignations at the State Department upon his inauguration. Nor did Donald Trump seek an order to “ban all Muslims” from entering the U.S. Instead, he temporarily sought a suspension in visas for everyone, regardless of religion, from seven Middle Eastern states that the Obama administration had earlier identified as...
  • Congress to Pass Fresh Sanctions on North Korea as Nuke Threat Hits Critical Stage

    05/03/2017 2:23:38 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 7 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 05/03/2017 | Adam Kredo
    Congress is expected to level fresh economic sanctions on North Korea this week as the threat of the hermit nation's capability to strike the U.S. with a nuclear missile continues to escalate, according to conversations with members of the congressional leadership who told the Washington Free Bacon that the Kim Jong Un regime could have a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States in "only a few years." House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) confirmed that he has scheduled a vote in the House on new sanctions that will target North Korea's slave labor trade and its shipping...
  • U.S. SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA WON’T BE LIFTED UNTIL CRIMEA IS RETURNED TO UKRAINE: REX TILLERSON

    04/26/2017 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 110 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | April 24, 2017 | GRAHAM LANKTREE
    The United States will not lift sanctions on Russia until President Vladimir Putin hands Crimea back to Ukraine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Sunday. During a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Tillerson said the sanctions—which have crippled Russia’s economy and pushed down the value of the ruble—will “ remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.” He also said that Moscow must honor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that was outlined in the Minsk agreements, according to a State Department official.
  • Trump Admin Unloads Block of 271 Sanctions on Assad Regime for Chemical Weapons Attack

    04/25/2017 5:27:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/24/2017 | penny star
    The U.S. Treasury announced on Monday that it is putting into place 271 new sanctions in Syria following a chemical weapons attack on April 4 that killed dozens of people, including many children. Treasury said in a press release that the sanctions are “in response to the attack on innocent civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, by the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” calling the move one of the largest blocks of sanctions in the history of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
  • Trump administration sanctions Iran prison torture industry

    04/15/2017 12:36:33 AM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | 14 April 2017 | Adam Kredo
    The Trump administration is leveling new economic sanctions against senior Iranian officials and its prison system for widespread human rights abuses, including the systematic torture of those being held in these facilities, according to White House officials familiar with the matter. The latest sanctions target the Tehran Prisons Organization and Sohrab Suleimani, a senior official in the prison system and the brother of Qassem Soleimani, a senior Iranian military figure responsible for operating Iran's rogue activities in Syria and elsewhere.
  • Firm behind "Dossier" Joined Lobbying Effort to Kill Pro-Whistleblower Sanctions on Kremlin

    04/04/2017 9:15:46 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Senator Chuck Grassley ^ | March 31, 2017
    WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking whether a suspected former Russian intelligence officer-turned U.S. lobbyist and the firm behind the unsubstantiated anti-Trump dossier should have registered as foreign agents for their efforts to bring down a U.S. law on behalf of the Kremlin. According to a complaint filed with the Justice Department, Fusion GPS, which was also involved in the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, was involved in the pro-Russia campaign to kill the Global Magnitsky Act around the same time. In 2012, President Obama signed into...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dem Super-Lobbyist Podesta Got $170K To End US Sanctions On Russian Bank

    03/07/2017 4:59:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 6, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Democrat super-lobbyist Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
  • Russia’s Largest Bank Paid Podesta Group to Lobby Against U.S. Sanctions During 2016 Election

    03/16/2017 1:04:38 PM PDT · by GregNH · 43 replies
    MintPress News ^ | 3/13/2017 | Whitney Webb
    “The New York office of Sberbank CIB indeed hired Podesta Group. Engagement of external consultants is part of standard business practices for us,” Sberbank told TASS on Thursday. The Podesta Group charged Sberbank 20,000 dollars per month, plus expenses, from March through Sept. 2016 in their bid to end U.S. sanctions. The efforts were allegedly just part of a larger under-the-radar effort to remove sanctions on both Sberbank and Russia’s second-largest bank, VTB Capital.
  • U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks [same day Tehran released..]

    09/29/2016 5:26:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks Administration backed measures on the same day Tehran released four American citizens from prison By Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee Sept. 29, 2016 8:02 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS WASHINGTON—The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and congressional staff briefed on the deliberations. The U.N. sanctions on the two banks weren’t initially to be lifted...
  • BREAKING – IRAN SURRENDERS After Trump Makes Shock Announcement

    02/27/2017 4:27:15 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 37 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 2/25/2017 | Angry Patriot Movement Staff
    President Trump and Iran are inches apart, nose to nose, in a massive staring contest, and Iran just blinked. After Trump put the terror nation on warning telling them they were “playing with fire,” Iran has seemingly done a complete turnaround from the bravado one its generals displayed earlier in the week. Reuters is now reporting that Iran is now complying with the terms of the deal it struck with Obama last year and only has roughly half of the stockpile of uranium it is entitled to have. The terror nation’s heavy water storage is also below its allotted levels,...
  • Hang on a minute. Isn't Trump right? We SHOULD try to be pals with Putin?

    02/15/2017 6:32:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Stephen Glover
    Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump's enemies are already scenting blood. They hope they have got him on the run over the resignation of Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser. Flynn was forced to stand down for secretly discussing sanctions against Russia with the country's ambassador to America in the weeks before Trump took office – and then trying to cover up his foolish and possibly illegal behaviour. It is being suggested that Flynn's goose was cooked by the FBI and CIA, who had tapped these phone-calls, and gleefully leaked transcripts of them. Was this pay-back...
  • The Full Text of General Flynn’s Resignation Letter

    02/13/2017 9:55:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 78 replies
    February 13, 2017
    The Full Text of General Flynn’s Resignation Letter February 13, 2017 In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude. Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized...
  • The Flynn Incident

    02/13/2017 11:32:27 AM PST · by FR_addict · 29 replies
    self | Feb 13, 2017 | self
    -- Where was a the media's outrage when Ted Kennedy attempted to undermine President Reagan by allying with Russia? In 1983, Kennedy sent John Tunney, a close confidant to Russia, to meet with Russian counterparts and layout Kennedy’s quid pro quo plan to take down President Reagan in the coming election. A memorandum explaining this plan was discovered in 1991, when Boris Yeltsin, the Russian President at the time, opened up the Soviet archives. Here is the history of the incident: “Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit” http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/27/ted-kennedy-soviet-union-ronald-reagan-opinions-columnists-peter-robinson.html The translated memorandum begins: From: V. Chebrikov, Chairman of the Committee [for State Security,...
  • Stop the Logan Act Nonsense – Respect General Flynn

    02/13/2017 8:22:51 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Robert Charles
    Across the weekend news programs, accusatory individuals spread words like criminal violation, felony, need to resign, and congressional investigation, freely as jam on bread. Yet they all know, for an absolute fact, this is a lot of whooped-up nonsense. Follow me, you will be truly amazed – they know. They know – or should know – that the Logan Act dates to 1799, when a state legislator with no ties to any administration tried to assert himself as personal negotiator for final peace with France. The anti-Jefferson Federalists did not like this private initiative, so passed the Logan Act to...
  • Transcripts don’t show Flynn made any promise to lift sanctions.

    02/13/2017 7:09:37 AM PST · by hotsteppa · 66 replies
    Twitter ^ | Byron York
    'Transcripts don’t show Flynn made any promise to lift sanctions. Rather show Flynn making more general comments about relations improving.'