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  • Biden Offers Russia Five-Year Extension of Arms Control Treaty – with No China Provision

    01/22/2021 7:51:36 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/22/2021 | John Hayward
    The White House said on Thursday that President Joe Biden will offer a five-year extension of New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) to Russia, an offer far more generous than the Russians were expecting. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a one-year extension of New START in October.
  • Large US Military Convoy Enters Northeast Syria (Biden Presidency Day 1)

    01/21/2021 9:10:09 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 61 replies ^ | 2021-01-21
    A large U.S. military convoy was seen entering northeastern Syria on Thursday, marking the first time since Damascus issued its letter to the United Nations Security Council demanding the immediate withdrawal of American forces from the Arab Republic. According to a field report from northeastern Syria on Thursday, the U.S. military convoy entered the Al-Hasakah Governorate from neighboring Iraq, as they were observed entering the Arab Republic via the Al-Waleed Crossing. The report said the U.S. military convoy consisted of a large amount of weapons and logistical equipment, which were transferred to their bases inside the Al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor...
  • Romney calls for Senate to pass sanctions on Putin over Navalny poisoning

    01/19/2021 7:17:19 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies ^ | 01/19/21 | Zack Budryk
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Tuesday called for the imposition of sanctions on Russia following the arrest of political opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained following his return to Moscow over the weekend. “The corruption and lawlessness of the Putin regime continues to be on full display for the world to see. The detention of Navalny is yet another shameless attempt by Putin to silence the Russian people’s fight for freedom and democracy,” Romney tweeted Tuesday. “The U.S must hold him accountable.”
  • California estimated to have sent $10B in fraudulent COVID-19 unemployment claims, including foreign crime organizations

    01/17/2021 8:42:13 AM PST · by devane617 · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/17/2021 | Emma Colton
    California may have sent out $10 billion in fraudulent unemployment benefits, with some of the funds even going to organized crime organizations in China and Russia. California hired Blake Hall’s to investigate fraud in October, and he said that at least 10% of unemployment claims before that month were fraudulent. Hall puts the amount of fraud sent out at around $9.8 billion, from March to September 2020. Hall added in his interview with the Los Angeles Times that a good amount of the fraud is due to organized crime gangs in foreign countries. "When the Russians and the Nigerians...
  • Northern Fleet makes major investments in nuclear submarine infrastructure. Will not repeat mistakes of the Cold War

    01/17/2021 1:22:40 AM PST · by texas booster · 14 replies
    The Barents Observer ^ | May 3, 2020 | Thomas Nilsen
    The Barents Observer has for years studied satellite images of the Northern Fleet’s bases along the coast to the Barents Sea. Here are a few examples of what has happened in the course of the last eight years. But first, let’s jump back in the timeline: KREMLIN, MAY 7, 2012: The doors open and version 3.0 of Vladimir Putin enters St. Andrew’s Hall in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow to be sworn in as president in a ceremony so overwhelming that thoughts went back to czarist Russia. Putin himself, though, had a clear plan for the start of his...
  • Covid -Tainted Ice Cream Found in China

    01/15/2021 10:59:11 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 14, 2021 | Yang Cheng
    Three samples of locally made ice cream that used milk powder from Ukraine and whey mist from New Zealand — under the Daqiaodao brand, tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday in Tianjin. The city has launched a campaign to close down cold storage houses related to the ice cream since then. The company said it had produced 4,836 boxes, and 1,812 had been sold to various provinces. More from AsiaOne Read the condensed version of this story, and other top stories with NewsLite. So far, a total of 2,089 boxes of the ice cream had been sealed up. Each box...
  • World Leaders Denounce Big Tech Censorship of President Donald Trump

    01/12/2021 7:52:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 12, 2021 | Victoria Kelly-Clark
    Political elites worldwide have criticized big tech companies for banning President Donald Trump from their social media platforms. At present, the president has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit, and Instagram. Twitter permanently removed Trump’s account, saying that his recent posts were in violation of the “Glorification of Violence Policy.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Twitter’s ban on Trump “problematic,” and said that freedom of opinion is an essential right of “elementary significance,” her spokesperson, Steffen Siebert, said on Jan 11. “This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined...
  • Trump Administration to Designate Cuba a State Sponsor of Terror

    01/11/2021 8:36:11 AM PST · by Navy Patriot
    Newssmacks ^ | January 11, 2021
    The Trump administration will place Cuba back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday, according to two senior State Department officials, reversing an Obama-era decision and making it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to quickly revive diplomatic ties with Havana.Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is expected to indicate he’s designating Cuba because the country continues to harbor American fugitives including Joanne Chesimard, convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, and refuses a Colombian extradition request for National Liberation Army members linked to a 2019 bombing that killed 22.Cuba joins only Syria, Iran and North...
  • A Dandy Little Adventure--The global anti-American alliance is the Middle East.

    09/29/2015 8:46:33 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 28, 2015 | Michael Ledeen
    The global anti-American alliance is now on full display in the Middle East, with Iran at the lynch point. The headlines have told us about the coordination of Iranian/Iraqi/Syrian/Russian/Chinese activities, and of course there is a division of labor. That was all worked out in recent weeks in a series of Iranian visits to Moscow (General Suleimani, who commands the Revolutionjary Guards’ foreign ops, twice traveled to Russia in open defiance of existing sanctions). Basically, the Russians are sending some crack troops and their favorite heavy weapons (tanks, big guns). It goes via an Iranian air bridge and thence across...
  • How Soviet Russia Banished Their Version of Santa Claus, Then Brought Him Back to Spread Communist Cheer

    12/27/2020 7:01:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    MSN ^ | March 24, 2020 | Madeline Roache
    Around the world there are different versions of the jolly, bearded man who gives gifts to children in December or, in some countries, January. Unlike the bloated, red-coated father Christmas of the West, Russia’s Santa Claus, known as Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost), is slender with a wizard-like flowing beard and he wears a long robe that comes in different colors, such as blue and white. He is assisted not by elves, but by his beautiful granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden). His sleigh is powered not by reindeers, but three steely horses. What really sets Russia’s Santa Claus apart from his Western...
  • George Blake: Soviet Cold War spy and former MI6 officer dies in Russia

    12/26/2020 9:45:31 AM PST · by Borges · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/26/20
    George Blake, the former MI6 officer and one of the Cold War's most infamous double agents, has died aged 98, Russian media has reported. Over nine years, the Soviet spy handed over information that led to the betrayal of at least 40 MI6 agents in Eastern Europe. He was jailed in London in 1960, but escaped in 1966 and fled to Russia. The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service said Blake "had a genuine love for our country".
  • Martel: World Prepares for Return of Obama-Era Chaos Under Biden

    12/25/2020 7:43:47 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2020 | FRANCES MARTEL
    President-elect Joe Biden has made clear in his staffing plans and public remarks that he intends to return America to many of the foreign policy positions championed by his former boss, President Barack Obama. While American mainstream media has largely cheered this – and glowered at President Donald Trump for defending his achievements by making regression more difficult under Biden – many of America’s allies, and some of its foes, around the world are making moves suggesting they expect a full return to the state of global affairs in 2016. The Obama administration’s foreign policy was defined by the tension...
  • Fighters scrambled after Russian, Chinese military aircraft enter South Korean defense zone

    12/22/2020 8:36:42 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 27 replies
    South Korea on Tuesday said it had scrambled fighter jets after nearly 20 Russian and Chinese military aircraft entered its air defense identification zone. According to Reuters, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that it identified four Chinese warplanes and 15 Russian aircraft entering its Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ). In response, the South Korean military dispatched fighter aircrafts, although the Chinese military eventually told South Korea that its planes were conducting routine training. The JCS confirmed in a statement that the incident appeared to be “a joint military drill between China and Russia,” but added the...
  • Biden is 'considering cyber attacks' on Russian infrastructure in retaliation for 'Pearl Harbor of hacks' that breached 200 US federal agencies and firms - as fired DHS Cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs admits his 'failure' to stop it

    12/21/2020 5:23:07 AM PST · by McGruff · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 December 2020 | By Reuters and Lauren Fruen For
    Joe Biden is said to be considering cyber attacks on Russian infrastructure in retaliation for the hacks that breached 200 US federal agencies and firms. The president-elect's team will consider several options over the country's suspected role in the unprecedented hacking of US government agencies and companies, sources have told Reuters. The massive data breach enabled hackers believed to be from Russia's SVR foreign intelligence service to explore the networks of government agencies, private companies and think-tanks for months. Moscow has denied involvement.
  • US to close two Russia consulates

    12/19/2020 4:02:39 PM PST · by texas booster · 8 replies
    The Hill website ^ | Dec 18, 2020 | Tal Axelrod
    The State Department has informed Congress that it plans to shutter its last two consulates in Russia over caps set by Moscow on the number of diplomats that are allowed in the country. In a letter to congressional leaders sent Dec. 10 and obtained by The Hill, the administration said it will permanently close its Vladivostok consulate and temporarily halt work at the consulate in Yekaterinburg. The letter confirming the closures was sent three days before news broke of a major hack of U.S. government agencies that is believed to have been conducted by an elite Russian cyber espionage unit....
  • Trump downplays Russian hack in first comments on massive breach, implicates China

    12/19/2020 10:38:43 AM PST · by Stravinsky · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 19, 2020 | Lauren Egan
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump commented for the first time on Saturday on the hacking campaign that has torn through U.S. government and businesses that many experts believe is the work of Russian intelligence and downplayed the security breach as well as attempted to deflect blame away from Russia. Trump's comments contradict what members of his own government have said about the hack and it is the latest example of his unwillingness to criticize Russia, which U.S. intelligence agencies have said interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump. "The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media...
  • Pompeo blames Russia for ‘significant’ cyber attack on US government agencies, companies

    12/19/2020 3:30:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    France24 ^ | December 19, 2020
    Russia was "pretty clearly" behind a devastating cyber attack on several US government agencies that also hit targets worldwide, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Microsoft said late Thursday that it had notified more than 40 customers hit by the malware, which security experts say could allow attackers unfettered network access to key government systems and electric power grids and other utilities. "There was a significant effort to use a piece of third-party software to essentially embed code inside of US government systems," Pompeo told The Mark Levin Show on Friday. "This was a very significant effort, and I think...
  • US planning to close last consulates in Russia: report

    12/19/2020 3:28:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    France24 ^ | December 19, 2020
    Washington (AFP) - Donald Trump's outgoing administration is planning to close the two remaining US consulates in Russia, media reports said Friday, as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office amid high tensions with Moscow. The US will close its consulate in the far eastern city of Vladivostok and suspend operations at its post in Yekaterinburg, CNN reported, citing a December 10 letter sent to Congress from the State Department. The move comes in "response to ongoing staffing challenges for the US Mission in Russia in the wake of the 2017 Russian-imposed personnel cap on the US Mission and the...
  • Suspected Russian hack is much worse than first feared: Here’s what you need to know

    12/18/2020 3:42:24 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 74 replies ^ | Dec 18 2020 | Sam Shead
    The scale of a sophisticated cyberattack on the U.S. government that was unearthed this week is much bigger than first anticipated. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a summary Thursday that the threat “poses a grave risk to the federal government.” It added that “state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations” are also at risk. CISA believes the attack began at least as early as March. Since then, multiple government agencies have reportedly been targeted by the hackers, with confirmation from the Energy and Commerce departments so far.
  • Russia sees Joe Biden as new US president who has one foot in the grave

    12/16/2020 9:41:52 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | 15.12.2020 20:39 | Alexander Shtorm
    The American media bid farewell to Donald Trump long before the official announcement of the results of the vote. According to journalists, Trump should go to his Florida estate in Mar-a-Lago, where he should stay "irrevocably." The United States have a new president through the work of the electoral college. As expected, many started talking about the electoral college being an anachronism inherited from the Founding Fathers. Tellingly, Hillary Clinton put her two cents in it too, who congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on victory. Political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky said in an interview with Tsargrad, that the outcome of...