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  • A Russian explains why Russian Elites are so Anti-American (written before Trump's election)

    07/19/2018 2:36:35 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    Brookings ^ | February 23, 2016 | Maria Snegovaya
    In the view of many contemporary Russian leaders, the United States occupies a space on the world stage that rightly belongs to Russia—based on its possession of nuclear weapons, its history and culture, having the largest national territory, and other factors. Yet Russia’s apparent inability to compete with the United States on the world stage has resulted, for some leaders in Moscow, in mixed feelings of resentment, envy, and admiration. Speaking earlier this month at the Munich Security Conference, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned that his country and the West are headed towards a “new Cold War.” He criticized...
  • Calling all neoconservatives and those who have general animus toward Russia

    07/16/2018 7:30:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 54 replies
    My Fetid Mind | July 16th, 2018 | Mariner
    I am a member of the New/Paleo Right, as are many here on Free Republic. And I know many of us wonder: Where are the neocons? Where are those who will force us to engage logically as we, jointly, refine our perspectives of the day? What is YOUR opinion of the events of the last week and what do you think the rest of us are missing? With all sincerity, Mariner
  • Trump calls off Cold War II

    07/16/2018 8:44:21 PM PDT · by Mariner · 70 replies
    Worldnetdaily ^ | July 16th, 2018 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency. He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russia not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely...
  • Once Again, President Trump Is Magnificently Right—This Time About Russia

    07/16/2018 3:22:15 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 75 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/16/2018 | David P. Goldman
    President Trump offended the entire political spectrum with a tweet this morning blaming the U.S. for poor relations with Russia. “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity,” the president said, and he is entirely correct. By this I do not mean to say that Russia is a beneficent actor in world affairs or that President Putin is an admirable world leader. Nonetheless, the president displayed both perspicacity and political courage when he pointed the finger at the United States for mismanaging the relationship with Russia. Full disclosure: I was a...
  • Khamenei aide: We'll only withdraw from Syria if asked

    07/14/2018 11:10:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/7/18 | Elad Benari
    A top aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iran would immediately withdraw its “military advisers” from Syria and Iraq only if their governments wanted it to. “Iran and Russia’s presence in Syria will continue to protect the country against terrorist groups and America’s aggression,” said the adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, in a conference in Moscow, according to Reuters. “We will immediately leave if Iraqi and Syrian governments want it, not because of Israel and America’s pressure,” he stressed. Iran and Russia back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s civil war. Iran has been...
  • Russia moving into Libya

    07/15/2018 8:47:36 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jul 2018 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is planning to expand its Syrian bases at Tartus and Hemeimeem to Libya. The possible Russian move into Libya represents the most recent failure stemming from the policies of President Obama that backed Islamist rebels who overthrew and killed Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Mr. Obama has said that the failure to prepare for the aftermath of the ouster of Gadhafi was the worst mistake of his presidency. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also came under fire for failing to provide security for Americans who were attacked and killed in Benghazi after Gadhafi’s fall. The push for a...
  • The Russian Orthodox Church: Putin Ally or Independent Force?

    07/13/2018 11:47:15 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Religion & Politics ^ | October 10, 2017 | Gregory L. Freeze
    The image of the Russian Orthodox Church as the “handmaiden” of the state long prevailed in Tsarist Russia. After decades of Soviet persecution, this perception of the church has reemerged. Some in Russia have leveled similar criticism, as in a public declaration by three provincial Orthodox priests: “We urgently ask you to cease the shameful practice of blind collaboration with the authorities and every kind of dalliance with the wealthy in our country.” While church and state do collaborate in many areas, they have diverging perspectives and interests. The church’s adamant defense of autonomy stems from the calamitous Soviet experience....
  • UK police confirm source of Novichok poisoning

    07/13/2018 9:30:42 AM PDT · by McGruff · 16 replies
    AP ^ | July 13, 2018
    British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southern England say scientists have found the source of the deadly substance. The Metropolitan Police said Friday that a small bottle found during searches of Rowley’s house Wednesday was tested and scientists confirmed the substance in the bottle was Novichok. Police are still looking into where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Rowley’s house. Further tests will be carried out to establish whether it is from the same batch that contaminated Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March.
  • 800,000 expats have left Saudi Arabia, creating a hiring crisis

    07/11/2018 11:02:31 PM PDT · by Cronos · 31 replies
    Business insider ^ | 9 July 2018 | Ambrose Carey
    The Saudisation policy of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has coincided with an "expat exodus" and a drop in foreign investment. Saudi businesses are complaining that locals don't want to do "low-status" jobs that many expats worked — creating a real problem for the economy. In November, a paper by the Institute of International Finance projected capital outflows in 2017 at $101 billion, 15% of gross domestic product. A recent rebound in oil prices has temporarily rescued the ailing Saudi economy, but it will not be a long-term solution. As of April, more than 800,000 had left the...
  • Flashback: Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

    07/11/2018 10:55:31 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01:57 EDT, 7 January 2009 | Robert Lea
    Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated. This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply. Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in. Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine. Croatia said it was temporarily reducing supplies to industrial customers while Bulgaria...
  • Israel 'not ruling out' eventual ties with Syria's Assad

    07/11/2018 2:03:54 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 July 2018 | Dan Williams
    Israel held out the prospect on Tuesday of eventual contacts with Syria under President Bashar al-Assad, in a nod to his regime-consolidating advances in a seven-year-old civil war that Israeli officials had initially predicted would topple him. Assad’s Russian-backed forces have advanced in southwest Syria and are on course to reach Quneitra, a rebel-held district abutting the Golan Heights frontier with Israel. That has raised Israeli concerns that he may try to deploy troops there in defiance of a 1974 U.N. demilitarization accord on the Golan. Touring the Israeli-occupied Heights, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman ramped up threats to use armed...
  • Syrian troops celebrate recapture of border crossing

    07/07/2018 12:25:08 PM PDT · by BBell · 3 replies
    https://www.stripes.com/ ^ | 7/7/18 | ALBERT AJI
    NASEEB, Syria — Syrian soldiers fanned out across towns and villages in southern Syria Saturday, celebrating the recapture of the main border crossing with Jordan by raising portraits of President Bashar Assad and tearing down rebel flags. Troops captured the Naseeb border crossing a day earlier following a crushing two-week military offensive, after rebels announced they had reached an agreement with Russian mediators to end the violence in the southern province of Daraa and surrender the crossing.Some flashed victory signs and pumped fists in the air as they chanted pro-Assad slogans. A soldier could be seen hoisting the Syrian flag...
  • Nerve Agent Latest: British Home Secretary Says Russia "Must Explain"

    07/05/2018 6:59:19 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 46 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 7/5/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "It is now time that the Russian state comes forward and explains exactly what has gone on" British Home Secretary Sajid Javid 7/5/2018 After chairing a meeeting of the COBRA committee on national security matters today the British Home Secretary Sajid Javid, said to be a leading candidate to be the UK's next Prime Minister, took aim at Russia in connection with the latest incident that caused a British couple to become critically ill when he spoke in the House of Commons. Javid claimed that Russia was using the UK as a "poison dumping ground". A spokesman for the Russian...
  • U.S. Navy Ready to Protect Freedom of Navigation in Strait of Hormuz Amid Iran Threat

    07/05/2018 7:34:00 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 5, 2018 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin
    The U.S. Navy stands ready to ensure free navigation and the flow of commerce, the U.S. military’s Central Command said on Thursday, as Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned they would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if necessary. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and some senior military commanders have threatened in recent days to disrupt oil shipments from the Gulf countries if Washington tries to cut Tehran’s exports.
  • Syria Latest: Israel Beefs Border, Creates 'Security Zone" For Jihadists, Offensive Continues

    07/01/2018 5:14:26 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 7/1/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "Israel by this statement marks out a security zone based on the 1974 disengagement lines for accomodating the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees massing on its borders as well as rebel forces retreating from Quneitra. This zone covers 235 sq km. between southern Golan and Mt. Hermon...." "DEBKAfile" June 1, 2018 Israel cancelled a security cabinet meeting planned tonight to discuss 'preparations for war' but increased the strength of its forces on the Golan Heights border with Syria. (One reason for cancellation may have been a meeting between Israel's Defense Avigdor Lieberman and the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu...
  • Gingrich Accuses Russia of Persecuting Christian Minorities

    06/30/2018 8:36:58 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    The Tablet ^ | June 2018 | Christopher Lamb in Rome
    “Today, Russia ranks among the worst violators of religious freedom and human rights,” Ambassador Callista Gingrich said during a roundtable discussion on Ukraine held at the US embassy in Rome. “There is no sign that its persecution of religious minorities and foreign missionaries is coming to an end.” “Russia routinely conducts sham trials to persecute Ukrainians,” she explained. “Religious freedom also remains heavily constricted in areas of Ukraine under Russian occupation and control." The ambassador is married to former House of Representatives Speaker, Newt Gingrich, an adviser and ally of the president, who has repeatedly stressed there is no evidence...
  • Syria Latest: Shelter Attack Alleged, Israeli Humanitarian Aid, Is 'Chemical Attack Coming?

    06/29/2018 1:58:25 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/29/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "A monitoring group reported that five children were among those who died when aircraft identified as Russian bombed Musayfira, east of the city of Deraa" BBC story 6/28/2018 "Israel sends 300 tents, 13 tons of food, 15 tons of baby food, 3 pallets of medical equipment and medicine and 30 tons of clothes across the border as 120,00 Syrians flee from the Deraa area...." "ynetnews.com" 6/29/2018 "Once again the USA has publicly distanced itself from Syrian jihadi rebels against the Assad state....This sounds familiar. On March 30, 2017 the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, formally and openly abandoned...
  • Israel rushes to secure its border and 'prevent entry of refugees' as 120,000 Syrians flee [tr]

    06/29/2018 12:23:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2018 | Iain Burns
    Israel is rushing to secure its northeastern border after the latest onslaught from Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad drove 120,000 people to flee their homes. A war monitoring group said today that most of the refugees are heading towards the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. A senior Israeli minister said refugees gathering at the Golan frontier must be prevented from crossing into Israel.
  • Syria war: Air strike on Deraa shelter kills 17 civilians

    06/29/2018 5:46:16 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/28/18 | Staff
    At least 17 civilians have been killed in an air strike on a basement shelter in south-western Syria, activists say, as warplanes pound rebel-held areas. A monitoring group reported that five children were among those who died when aircraft identified as Russian bombed Musayfira, east of the city of Deraa. Russia is backing an army offensive in the region, which borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. More than 90 civilians are said to have been killed since it began 11 days ago. The provinces of Deraa and Quneitra had been relatively calm for almost a year because of a...
  • Britain deserves title of 'World’s Worst Genocide Perpetrator'

    06/22/2018 11:03:24 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 58 replies
    Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 19, 2018 On April 13, UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow said that “the Russian state has a record in state-sponsored assassinations including in the UK.” It is not the first Russophobic statement made by a UK official...but it’s not the main point... Maybe the UK Ambassador does not know his own country’s history, role and involvement in processes that took place in other countries over the past centuries... Let’s start with modern history...Britain was one of the most ruthless metropolises in terms of the repressive actions it took in its...