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  • Rand Paul: Donald Trump Pledged to End U.S. Wars in Syria, Afghanistan

    01/17/2019 3:10:42 AM PST · by RandFan · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a leading ally of President Donald Trump, told reporters in a brief conference call after a meeting with the president on Wednesday that Trump is planning withdrawals of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan and will instead reinvest U.S. resources wasted there in rebuilding the United States. In Syria, U.S. armed forces have been fighting the Islamic State or ISIS, a terrorist group that once controlled significant territory and resources, but the administration insists that ISIS has been defeated. As such, Trump is moving to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria. In Afghanistan, U.S. troops have...
  • Putin developing fake videos to foment 2020 election chaos: 'It's going to destroy lives'

    12/03/2018 4:36:40 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, December 2, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. leaders say Vladimir Putin used a familiar cyber playbook to “muck around” in the midterm elections last month, but intelligence officials and key lawmakers believe a much more sinister, potentially devastating threat lies just down the road — one that represents an attack on reality itself. Policy insiders and senators of both parties believe the Russian president or other actors hostile to the U.S. will rely on “deep fakes” to throw the 2020 presidential election cycle into chaos, taking their campaign to influence American voters and destabilize society to a new level. The eerie process, which...
  • Trump says he’s canceling meeting with Putin over Ukraine

    11/29/2018 9:17:13 AM PST · by tlozo · 67 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Nov 29, 2018 | Christina Prignano
    President Donald Trump is canceling his G-20 summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s conflict with Ukraine, Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday. Putin and Trump were set to meet on Saturday at the summit of world leaders in Argentina, the Kremlin said this week. Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting.... 17.2K 11:34 AM - Nov 29, 2018
  • Gay in the USSR

    11/24/2018 4:20:01 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege
    Foreign Policy ^ | Mar 2013 | Nora Fitzgerald
    Many homosexuals were drawn to the promise of Marxism. There was a certain tolerance and even gay liberation in the early years of the Soviet Union, before homosexuality was re-criminalized in 1933 and the community went back underground. "Gay Soviet history almost doesn’t exist," said Fiks, sitting at a desk in New York’s Winkleman Gallery on a windy Sunday in February. "The older generation didn’t do a lot of talking." Fiks plucked the title for his exhibit, "Homosexuality Is Stalin’s Atom Bomb to Destroy America," from a 1953 article by Cold War pundit Arthur Guy Matthews. "In the U.S., I...
  • Mattis: Russia's Goal with Poisoning Was to Divide West

    08/30/2018 7:07:43 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 22 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Mar 2018
    Russia's poisoning of a former spy in Britain is part of a Kremlin strategy to divide the West by conducting covert operations and then fomenting doubt and disagreement over who's responsible, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said. It was part of a pattern seen in Russia's actions, Mattis said, starting in Ukraine in 2014, where he said Moscow sent armed men without insignias into Crimea and has provided fighters and weapons under cover to Ukrainian separatists. Mattis said Russia's subterfuge continued through covert efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "They take the insignia off soldiers' uniforms and...
  • Russia claims Syrian rebels planning Idlib chemical weapons attack

    08/26/2018 11:54:24 AM PDT · by raiderboy · 4 replies
    DW NEWS ( Germany) ^ | 8/25/2018 | DW news
    News Russia claims Syrian rebels planning Idlib chemical weapons attack The Kremlin has claimed that rebels are planning a chemical weapons attack with the intent of blaming it on Syria. Russia also says a British contractor is helping the militants... Russia's Defense Ministry said Saturday that Syrian rebels are planning a chemical weapons attack, with the aim of blaming it on the Syrian government to provoke a military response from the West. The ministry issued a statement quoting unnamed sources claiming that the jihadi group Levant Liberation Committee — also known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — is preparing an attack...

    08/14/2018 7:58:43 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 17 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/13/18 | Tom Oconner
    Russia has said it was planning to invite France, Germany and Turkey to an upcoming summit on the war in Syria as the war-torn country's military launched an operation to retake the final rebel-held province. Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu Monday to discuss what the Russian Foreign Ministry described as "preparations for a four-lateral summit of the Russian, Turkish, German and French leaders on the Syrian settlement that is planned to be held soon," according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency. The two men would discuss solving the crisis in Syria "through maintaining...
  • Syria war: Islamic State militants leave Damascus suburbs

    05/20/2018 10:24:39 PM PDT · by Cronos · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 May 2018 | BBC
    Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have been evacuated from an enclave in the southern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a temporary ceasefire had come into effect following heavy bombardment by the Syrian military. operations in the area were nearing their end and insurgent lines were collapsing. Al-Ikhbariya TV said a new plan is underway to storm IS-held areas in Hajar al-Aswad, near Yarmouk. The channel’s area correspondent said the coming hours would be “decisive” for restoring government control in Hajar al-Aswad, but didn’t mention Yarmouk. President...
  • Trump expelling 60 Russian diplomats in wake of UK nerve agent attack

    03/26/2018 11:43:08 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 57 replies ^ | March 26, 2018 | Jeremy Diamond, Allie Malloy and Angela Dewan
    The United States, European Union countries, Canada and Ukraine expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats on Monday in response to Russia's alleged use of a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy living in the United Kingdom. President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats the US identified as intelligence agents and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, the most forceful action Trump has taken against Russia to date. Of those being expelled, 48 of the alleged intelligence agents work at the Russian embassy in Washington and 12 are posted at the United...
  • US 'stands in solidarity' with UK on Russia

    03/15/2018 6:59:29 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | March 15, 2018 | None listed
    The White House says it "stands in solidarity" with "its closest ally" the UK and supports its decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats. PM Theresa May said the diplomats would be expelled after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in the UK. Moscow continues to deny any involvement in the attack.
  • The Latest: Turkey says it'll jointly patrol Manbij with US

    03/13/2018 3:53:59 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 7 replies
    ABC ^ | March 13, 2018 | Associated Press
    The Turkish foreign minister says Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement on a plan to jointly station Turkish and U.S. forces in the Syrian Kurdish-held town of Manbij. Washington has not confirmed any such plan — and a small contingent of U.S. forces is already in Manbij. Turkey is riled by U.S. support to the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG, and accuses the U.S. of allegedly not fulfilling a promise to move the Syrian Kurdish fighters in Manbij east of the Euphrates River. Ankara has threatened to expand its current offensive in northern Syria to...
  • Putin's rating plummets in major cities

    03/08/2018 1:38:03 AM PST · by NorseViking · 22 replies
    Vedomosti ^ | March 7, 2018 | Yelena Mohhamedschina&Olga Churakova
    The number of Putin's supporters in major cities has declined markedly Photo: Maksim Stulov / Vedomosti An unexpected trend was revealed by sociologists in cities with a population of over one million people, where a quarter of voters live. According to VTsIOM's data published last week, the rating of presidential candidate Vladimir Putin in Moscow and St. Petersburg for the month fell by more than 12 percentage points - from 69.7% on January 10 to 57.1% on February 18. In other cities with a million population, the fall of the rating by the same 12 percentage points happened before the...
  • The Cold War Is Over

    12/24/2016 4:02:09 AM PST · by Nextrush · 46 replies
    First Things ^ | October 2016 | Peter Hitchens
    Like most Englishmen, I grew up with a natural dislike of "abroad" and a belief in the inferiority of all foreign things......... ... When I went to live in Moscow in 1990, I felt that I had somehow betrayed my native soil.....I still recall a brief return from the U.S.S.R. to my hometown of Oxford, during which I was asked for directions by an American tourist. "You must live here," he said, impressed by my historically detailed advice. "No," I confessed with a strange feeling of guilt. "I live in Moscow." For the first time in my life I had...