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  • Dan Gainor: Journalism continues to shrink, right before our eyes

    05/27/2018 8:48:04 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/27/2018 | Dan Gainor
    Journalism got a lot smaller last week. The media lost two of their biggest names – author and journalist Tom Wolfe and Interview Magazine. Wolfe, who wrote “The Right Stuff,” spent decades making people appear larger than life. Interview, founded by pop culture icon Andy Warhol, used its larger-than-normal format to make its subjects grow in stature. The industry is diminished, left with its war against President Trump as journalists battle over whether an informant sent to spy on the Trump campaign is actually a “spy.” That is part of their larger anti-Trump crusade, but it’s also tied to how...
  • Turkey looking at buying Russian Su-57 fighter jets instead of US’ F-35’s - newspaper

    05/27/2018 8:13:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    TASS ^ | May 27, 2018
    ANKARA, May 27. /TASS/. Turkey is looking at buying Russian Su-57 fighter jets in case the United States refuses to sell its F-35 warplanes, Turkey’s YeniSafak reported on Sunday. Nevertheless, according to the newspaper, Ankara is not planning to abandon its right to US fighter jets, with deliveries expected to begin in June. Turkey has launched a discussion about a possible replacement to US planes and Russian-made Su-57 jets are seen as a good alternative as they are nearly half-price as compared with US F-35 planes, YeniSafak said, not specifying however the level of discussion. As of now, Ankara has...
  • Three U.S. senators move to block F-35 transfers to Turkey

    04/27/2018 4:48:04 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | April 26, 2018 | Reuters Staff
    WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Three U.S. senators introduced a measure on Thursday aimed at blocking the transfer of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, a NATO ally and one of nine partner nations involved in producing the high-tech, radar-evading aircraft. The bill, by Republicans James Lankford and Thom Tillis, and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, comes at a time of deteriorating relations between the United States and Turkey, which supported the fight against Islamic State but has become increasingly worried about U.S. backing for Kurdish fighters in north Syria. snip Turkey plans to buy more than 100 of the F-35 aircraft....
  • U.S. Senate defense bill would bar Turkey from buying F-35 jets

    05/26/2018 6:30:44 AM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies
    https://www.reuters.com/ ^ | 5/24/18 | Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom Tillis, would remove Turkey from the F-35 program over its detention of U.S. citizen Andrew Brunson, Shaheen’s office said. Brunson, a Christian pastor who could be jailed for up to 35 years, denied terrorism and spying charges in a Turkish court this month. He has been in pre-trial...
  • US Senate passes defense bill to ban Turkey from buying F-35 Fighter jets

    05/26/2018 9:15:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    A U.S. Senate committee passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.The amendment to the National Defense Authorisation Act, from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom Tillis, would remove Turkey from the F-35 program over its detention of U.S. citizen Andrew Brunson, Shaheen’s office said.Brunson, a Christian pastor who may be jailed for up to 35 years, has denied terrorism and spying charges in a Turkish court this month. He has been in pre-trial detention since 2016.It also faults NATO ally Turkey...
  • Pakistan to buy 30 of Turkey's homegrown T129 ATAK helicopters

    05/25/2018 7:55:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Photo: TAI Ankara and Islamabad have signed a deal for the sale of 30 Turkish attack helicopters, according to an election manifesto the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) announced Thursday. In a November 2017 interview with the Anadolu Agency, Pakistani Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said his country planned to procure 30 attack helicopters and four naval ships from Turkey. Hussain revealed that Pakistan was interested in the T129 ATAK helicopter, developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and the Italy-based AgustaWestland, rebranded as Leonardo Helicopters in 2016. The gunship helicopter was added to the inventory...
  • Erdogan Has Released the Genealogy of Thousands of Turks – But What Is His Motive?

    03/25/2018 2:06:49 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 44 replies
    The Armenian Mirror-Spectator ^ | March 1, 2018 | Robert Fisk
    Only in Turkey is the identity of a citizen a matter of national security. That’s why the population registry in Ankara was until now a closed book, its details a state secret. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s definition of “Turkishness” was “anyone who is attached to the Turkish state as a citizen”. Turks came from a clear ethnic identity, untainted by racial minorities or doubtful lineage. That’s one reason why the Nazis lavished praise on Ataturk’s republic, their newspapers mourning his death in black-bordered front pages. After all, as Hitler was to ask in several newspaper interviews – and to his generals...
  • U.S. team in North Korea for talks on summit, Trump says

    05/27/2018 6:42:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/27/2018 | Hyonhee Shin, Lesley Wroughton
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday a U.S. team had arrived in North Korea to prepare for a proposed summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which Trump pulled out of last week before reconsidering. Earlier, the U.S. State Department said U.S. and North Korean officials had met at Panmunjom, a village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that runs along the heavily armed border between North and South Korea. “Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself,” Trump wrote on Twitter, in Washington’s...
  • Turkey moves gold to Switzerland – local news

    05/27/2018 2:02:55 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 81 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | May 24 2018 | none stated
    A Swiss news site has said that the Turkish treasury has moved 19 tons of gold to Switzerland from the United States in an attempt to dodge potential sanctions. BZ Basel said the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, which is officially extraterritorial, with not even Swiss police being able to enter, had taken the shipment from Fort Knox. The news site speculated that one reason for Turkey removing the reserves from the United States could be fear over possible economic sanctions on the country’s state owned bank Halkbank, which faces a likely fine following revelations that it allowed Iran to...
  • Concluding peace treaty with Japan should meet both countries’ interests - Putin

    05/27/2018 8:46:49 AM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    The talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe focused on implementation of agreements on joint economic activity in the southern Kurile islandsMOSCOW, May 26. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has noted the significance of seeking solutions to the issue of a peace treaty between Russia and Japan, since it should meet the interests of both counties and be supported by their peoples, he said after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday. "We believe it important to keep looking patiently for solutions [to the peace treaty] which should meet strategic interests of both Russia and Japan and would...
  • Syria Breaking: US Appears To Be Threatening Military Action In Holiday Weekend Statement

    05/26/2018 5:51:38 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/26/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "As a gurantor of this de-escalaltion area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations" Heather Nauert of the US State Department speaks late Friday 5/25/2018 With the Syrian regime dropping leaflets in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights and Jordan urging rebel-jihadist forces to disarm and with the expectation of Syrian government military action in the region, the United States has begun to cry foul. This going into a weekend statement reminds me of what President Trump did earlier this year when he discussed Syria on a Friday...
  • Trump's global disruption pushes Merkel closer to Putin's orbit

    05/26/2018 5:49:38 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2018 | Patrick Donahue and Ilya Arkhipov
    As Donald Trump shakes up the global order, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being pushed closer toward a more predictable partner in Moscow. Now they're in the same corner trying to shield businesses from U.S. sanctions, defend the Iran nuclear accord ditched by Trump and rebuffing American objections to a new gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany. Rapprochement with Russia is now a core policy objective in Berlin. Even as the German leader seeks out Russia, Trump's spurning of global conventions on climate, trade and the Middle East is spooking her. "Putin likes the irritation that Trump has created with...
  • Putin, Macron bond over shared unease at Trump's actions

    05/26/2018 8:30:34 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 25, 2018 | Michel Rose, Denis Pinchuk
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday found a common cause in their shared unease at U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions on Iran, climate change and international trade. Speaking at a question-and-answer session in front of an audience of business executives and Russian officials, Putin said the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal was damaging and counter-productive. Macron said he would try to convince Trump to return to talks about Iran’s nuclear program, and was also critical of Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. “That was not desirable,” Macron said,...
  • FBI obtained wiretap conversations of Kremlin-linked banker who met with Trump Jr: report

    05/26/2018 8:01:29 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/26/18 10 | Josh Delk
    The FBI has obtained wiretapped conversations of a Kremlin-linked banker who later met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential election. Spanish national police provided the Bureau with tapes of Russian oligarch Alexander Torshin's phone calls with a convicted Russian money launderer, according to a special prosecutor from Spain's Attorney General's Office, Yahoo News reported. “Just a few months ago, the wiretaps of these telephone conversations were given to the FBI,” according to the special prosecutor, José Grinda Gonzalez, speaking at the Hudson Institute on Friday. Torshin, a close supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, briefly met with Donald...
  • I’m A Democrat, And The Left’s Russia Gaslighting Scares Me More Than Trump Does

    05/25/2018 6:20:16 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 24 May 2018 | Saritha Prabhu
    My fellow Democrats are increasingly becoming the kind of low-information voters they despise and think are only on the other side. I am an ordinary voter living far from the Beltway who feels gaslighted by our political and media establishments regarding the Russia investigation. Our current Yanny versus Laurel political moment is probably confusing even for professional political commentators. But for ordinary Americans it is a bewildering, disorienting spectacle. Which is it: Is Donald Trump a threat to the republic, or is the deep state the threat? Was the Russia investigation legit, or was it concocted by an out-of-control Federal...
  • Putin blasted Trump's trade fights without ever saying his name

    05/25/2018 9:45:13 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 25, 2018 | Bob Bryan
    Russian President Vladimir Putin took US President Donald Trump to task over a recent increase in trade barriers and an abandonment of the international trade order, all without saying his counterpart's name. In a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin disparaged recent trade protectionism from countries including the US and urged nations to recommit to free trade. "We do not need trade wars or even temporary trade truces," Putin told a crowd of world leaders. "We need full-time trade peace." In addition to the general comments about protectionism, Putin also specifically attacked Trump's recent tariffs. Without specifically...
  • US has 'complete confidence' in probe conclusion that Russian missile downed MH17

    05/25/2018 9:28:04 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    thehill.com ^ | May 24, 2018 | Josh Delk
    The U.S. is affirming new findings from investigators linking the 2014 downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane to the Russian military. The State Department said Thursday that it has "complete confidence" in the Dutch-led probe that determined Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 had been shot down using a missile launcher from a Russian anti-aircraft brigade. Investigators announced findings from the long-running probe on Thursday, nearly four years after the plane carrying 298 passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, went down over Crimea, a Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia. "We recall the UN Security Council’s demand that 'those responsible …...
  • U.S. GOVERNMENT PLANNED FALSE FLAG ATTACKS TO START WAR WITH SOVIET UNION, JFK DOCUMENTS SHOW

    05/25/2018 7:57:19 PM PDT · by bitt · 95 replies
    NEWSWEEK ^ | 11/20/2017 | MELINA DELKIC
    The U.S. government once wanted to plan false flag attacks with Soviet aircraft to justify war with the USSR or its allies, newly declassified documents surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy show. In a three-page memo, members of the National Security Council wrote, "There is a possibility that such aircraft could be used in a deception operation designed to confuse enemy planes in the air, to launch a surprise attack against enemy installations or in a provocation operation in which Soviet aircraft would appear to attack US or friendly installations to provide an excuse for U.S. intervention." The...
  • Russia's Su-57 Fighter Launches A New Cruise Missile From Its Weapons Bay

    05/25/2018 7:53:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Drive ^ | May 25, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Russia's Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has presented video of the country's new Su-57 fighter—you can read our full analysis on this often misunderstood aircraft here—launching a new cruise missile from its internal weapons bay. This is the first video we know of not only of this missile being tested, but also of the Su-57s weapons bays in use. In his statement, Shoigu mentions the Russian Ministry of Defense's large effort to test and evaluate new weapons on the Syrian battlefield, but it's not clear if this launch took place over the war-torn country or not. He says the test occurred...
  • 'Trump's son should be concerned': FBI obtained wiretaps of Putin ally who met with Trump Jr.

    05/25/2018 4:37:46 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 125 replies
    yahoo ^ | Michael Isikoff
    The FBI has obtained secret wiretaps collected by Spanish police of conversations involving Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of Russia’s Central Bank who has forged close ties with U.S. lawmakers and the National Rifle Association, that led to a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. during the gun lobby’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky., in May 2016, a top Spanish prosecutor said Friday. Jose Grinda, who has spearheaded investigations into Spanish organized crime, said that bureau officials in recent months requested and were provided transcripts of wiretapped conversations between Torshin and Alexander Romanov, a convicted Russian money launderer. On the wiretaps,...