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  • Prague to remove statue of Soviet marshal who led Red Army forces

    09/12/2019 2:34:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/12/2019
    A district assembly in Prague voted on Thursday to remove a statue of a Soviet World War Two marshal and replace it with a more general memorial following a row that has drawn in the Czech president and Russian authorities. The statue of Marshal Ivan Konev, who led the Red Army forces that liberated most of Czechoslovakia and entered Prague on May 9, 1945, was erected in 1980. It has been the subject of controversy since the 1989 fall of communism because of Konev’s later endeavors, which included a leading role in crushing the 1956 Hungarian uprising as well as...
  • If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama (oldie, January 2016)

    11/07/2018 6:00:55 PM PST · by God luvs America · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/30/2016 | James Risen
    If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama. Mr. Trump made his animus toward the news media clear during the presidential campaign, often expressing his disgust with coverage through Twitter or in diatribes at rallies. So if his campaign is any guide, Mr. Trump seems likely to enthusiastically embrace the aggressive crackdown on journalists and whistle-blowers that is an important yet little understood component...
  • Michael Cohen’s Cell Phone In Prague Story Has Huge Holes

    12/29/2018 4:44:51 AM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 16 replies
    The Lid ^ | 12/28/2018
    McClatchy reported on Thursday that unidentified sources (“people with knowledge of the matter”) say there is evidence placing Michael Cohen’s cell phone in or near Prague in “late summer” 2016. The story must be scrutinized because it has some significant holes. ... This must be read carefully and not overinterpreted. Advocates for the Steele dossier assuredly want it to be overinterpreted. But what is actually being said here doesn’t tell us anything definitive. First, to cut to the chase, the case I made in April 2018 applies here. This information cannot be from the source you immediately imagine — i.e.,...
  • Cell signal puts Cohen outside Prague around time of purported Russian meeting

    12/27/2018 10:44:17 AM PST · by conservative98 · 74 replies
    McClatchy ^ | December 27, 2018 | PETER STONE AND GREG GORDON
    INVESTIGATIONS Cell signal puts Cohen outside Prague around time of purported Russian meeting BY PETER STONE AND GREG GORDON DECEMBER 27, 2018 10:36 AM, UPDATED 15 MINUTES AGO Play Video Duration 4:52 WASHINGTON A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials, four people with knowledge of the matter say. During the same period of late August or...
  • NEW REPORT CLAIMS EVIDENCE THAT MICHAEL COHEN VISITED PRAGUE [BUT]

    12/27/2018 6:26:57 PM PST · by conservative98 · 31 replies
    DC ^ | December 27, 2018 | Chuck Ross | Reporter
    But the report is being met with some skepticism, largely because no other news outlets have confirmed the reporting. Cohen and his legal team have also vehemently denied the dossier’s claims, even after Cohen began cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller. [cut] Both reports have been met with skepticism from some quarters, including outspoken critics of President Donald Trump. That’s because McClatchy’s reporting has not been corroborated by other news outlets. And numerous pieces of circumstantial evidence have cast doubt on the dossier’s allegations about Cohen, who began cooperating with Mueller’s investigation in August.
  • Cohen's 'Appointment in Prague' Was Dossier Bunk, Mueller Files Indicate

    12/11/2018 5:54:14 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 6 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | December 11, 2018 | Paul Sperry
    a flurry of court filings by Mueller last week suggests that this story is false, a damaging piece of disinformation that has roiled the nation for two years.
  • LANNY DAVIS: MICHAEL COHEN ‘NEVER WENT TO PRAGUE’ AS STEELE DOSSIER CLAIMS

    08/22/2018 2:35:46 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 76 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Aug 22, 2018 | Chuck Ross
    -Michael Cohen’s lawyer dropped a bombshell on Wednesday, saying that Cohen has not been to Prague -The Steele dossier alleges that Cohen traveled to Prague during the campaign to collude with Russians -But Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis says that the dossier allegations are “false”
  • 50 years ago today, the Soviet invasion of Prague sparked the first dissident protest in Red Square

    08/21/2018 5:23:53 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 2018 | AFP Moscow
    In a symbolic gesture on August 25, 1968, that launched the political dissident movement, eight people demonstrated on Moscow’s Red Square against the Soviet authorities sending tanks into Prague.. Most of those eight demonstrators — Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Pavel Litvinov, Viktor Fainberg, Vladimir Dremlyuga, Konstantin Babitsky, Larisa Bogoraz, Vadim Delaunay and Tatiana Bayeva — paid a high price for their protest. Gorbanevskaya, a translator and poet, and art critic Fainberg were incarcerated in psychiatric hospitals — she for two years and he for five — and forcibly treated with antipsychotic drugs. Dremlyuga, an electrician, and Delaunay, a poet, were sentenced to...
  • More Russians Approve of Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia Than Oppose It

    08/21/2018 1:05:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Aug 21, 2018
    Tuesday, Aug. 21, marks the 50th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia that crushed the Prague Spring, an attempt by local reformists to establish “socialism with a human face.” More Russians have said that they approve of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 than view it as a mistake, an independent Levada Center poll has said. Czechoslovakia remained under Soviet influence for the next 20 years until change came peacefully in the 1980s. Thirty-six percent of Levada’s respondents said the decision to quash the Prague Spring was “definitely” or “rather” correct, while 19 percent said the Soviet Union...
  • Young Russians in Prague Find that 1968 Russian-Led Invasion Casts Long Shadow

    08/13/2018 12:07:58 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    Radio Prague ^ | August 13, 2018 | Daniela Lazarová, Libor Kukal
    The number of Russians residing and working in the Czech Republic has been steadily growing in recent years. Today Russians are the fourth strongest foreign minority in the country, after Vietnamese, Slovak and Ukrainian nationals. In the last decade their number rose from 23,000 to 37,000. For young Russians, Prague is an attractive city free of the constraints of the Putin regime, and a good place for business and entertainment. The language barrier is easily surmountable due to both nations speaking a Slavic language. However there is one barrier that is harder to cross and that is the stigma of...
  • Fifty years ago, Soviet tanks crushed the 'Prague Spring'

    08/13/2018 9:55:21 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Economic Times ^ | Aug 2018 | AFP
    In August 1968 Soviet tanks rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to crush a burgeoning democratic reform movement known as the Prague Spring. Here is a recap of the shock intervention that reined in the Soviet satellite state, its aspirations for democracy warded off for another 20 years. "At 11:00 pm, Soviet, Polish, East German, Bulgarian and Hungarian troops crossed the Czechoslovak border," AFP reported early on August 21, picking up Radio Prague's announcement of the overnight invasion. Tensions had been mounting between then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and the reformist government that had taken over in the Central European state. In...
  • The handwritten notes exposing what Fusion GPS told DOJ about Trump

    08/09/2018 4:45:11 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/09/18 | John Solomon
    A memory stick quietly exchanged in a coffee shop. An admission of a “Hail Mary” leak. An unmistakable effort to push the Russia investigation closer to Donald Trump’s inner circle with uncorroborated tales. Those are just some of the highlights from the day that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson — paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to find dirt on her GOP rival — met secretly with a top Justice Department official, right after Trump won the 2016 election. And all of it was captured in the official’s handwritten notes — a contemporaneous record that intelligence professionals tell me exposes the...
  • Statue must tell true story of Soviet ‘hero’, say Czechs

    08/08/2018 4:07:54 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 5, 2018 | Robert Tait
    Russia has been accused of interfering in the affairs of the Czech Republic after its embassy tried to block changes to the inscription on a Soviet-era statue explaining the chequered role of Russian Marshal Ivan Konev, who was twice designated a Hero of the Soviet Union by Stalin and whose remains are buried in the Kremlin. Now the dispute is set to come to a head at a historically sensitive moment, the 50th anniversary of the 1968 invasion of then-communist Czechoslovakia by Soviet-led forces to crush the liberal Prague Spring. Critics said the original plaque exaggerated the marshalÂ’s role while...
  • House Hacking Suspects’ Father Transferred Data To Pakistani Government, Ex-Partner Claims

    04/19/2018 7:39:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 4/19/18 | Luke Rosiak, Wajid Ali Syed
    FAISALABAD, Pakistan — The father of Imran Awan — an IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who investigators concluded made “unauthorized access” to House servers — transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, the father’s ex-business partner, Rashid Minhas, alleged. Minhas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, and that Imran bragged he had the power to “change the U.S. president.” Asked for how he knew this, he said that on one occasion in 2008 when...
  • Robert Mueller: Establishment Media Are Pushing Fake Trump-Russia Claims

    04/17/2018 10:11:50 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 48 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | April 17, 2018
    A spokesperson for the office of special counsel Robert Mueller has released a warning about the media’s “many” fake news reports regarding the investigation into President Trump and Russian collusion, reports the Washington Times. “What I have been telling all reporters is that many stories about ohur investigation have been inaccurate,” the Mueller spokesperson said. “Be very cautious about any source that claims to have knowledge about our investigation and dig deep into what they claim before reporting on it. If another outlet reports something, don’t run with it unless you have your own sourcing to back it up.” The...
  • 'I have NEVER been there!' Trump's attorney Michael Cohen hits back at claims Robert Mueller..

    04/14/2018 9:35:15 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 200 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 14, 2018 | Keith Griffith
    'I have NEVER been there!' Trump's attorney Michael Cohen hits back at claims Robert Mueller 'has evidence he visited Prague in 2016' to meet a Putin ally Cohen hit back at McClatchy report, saying he was in LA with his son, not Prague New report claims Special Counsel has evidence of Cohen visit to Prague Steele dossier claimed he met with a close Putin ally there in late summer 2016 Cohen has vociferously denied the trip and even produced his passport Michael Cohen, the embattled personal attorney of Donald Trump, has denied fresh reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained...
  • Cohen doubles down on claim he's never been to Prague after Mueller report

    04/14/2018 9:26:38 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 14, 2018 | JACQUELINE THOMSEN
    President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Saturday responded to a report that special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Cohen went to Prague during the 2016 election, slamming it as “bad reporting.” “Bad reporting, bad information and bad story,” Cohen tweeted, calling out the reporter behind the story by name. “No matter how many times or ways they write it, I have never been to Prague. I was in LA with my son. Proven!”
  • Cohen again denies traveling to Prague in 2016 to meet with Russians

    04/14/2018 12:53:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 89 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, April 14, 2018 | Rowan Scarborough
    Michael Cohen, president Trump’s personal lawyer, again on Saturday denied that he ever traveled to Prague during the 2016 election, as alleged in ex-British spy Christopher Steele’s dossier funded by the Democratic Party.Mr. Cohen tweeted in response to a McClatchy News story that said specialcounsel Robert Mueller has evidence that he traveled to Prague in August 2016. The dossier said he went there to meet with Vladimir Putin aides to supposedly discuss covering up Russian-Trump hacking into Democratic Party computers. Mr. Cohen has testified repeatedly under oath, and thus under the penalty of perjury, that he never made such a...
  • Flashback: Intelligence Community Believes It Was a Different Michael Cohen Who Visited Prague

    04/13/2018 7:08:54 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 11th, 2017
    CNN’s Jake Tapper reported Wednesday morning that intelligence officials looked into allegations from an explosive unsubstantiated memo that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Prague in late August to meet with Russian officials, and found that it was a different Michael Cohen who visited the city. Cohen strongly denied the charges Tuesday, saying that he had never been to Prague. The Washingtonian reported that two sources at the University of Southern California confirmed that Cohen was in Los Angeles at the time he was supposed to have been in Europe. Tapper seemingly confirmed Cohen’s story. “People tried to run that down...
  • Sources: Mueller has evidence Cohen was in Prague in 2016, confirming part of dossier

    04/13/2018 6:17:21 PM PDT · by RedMominBlueState · 111 replies
    McClatchy ^ | April 13, 2018 | Peter Stone and Greg Gordon
    WASHINGTON The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy’s report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the U.S. election. It would also be one of the most significant developments thus far in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of whether the Trump campaign and the Kremlin worked together to help Trump win the White...