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Russian Navy to send permanent fleet to Mediterranean — RT News

Russian Navy to send permanent fleet to Mediterranean — RT News | Global politics | Scoop.it
Russia will dispatch a permanent group of five to six combat ships to the Mediterranean Sea, Russian Navy chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov said. Frigates and cruisers will make up the core of the fleet.
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Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble for Trump

No wonder Trump stands almost alone, like Rome’s Horatio at the Bridge. One increasingly hears in Washington ‘what Trump needs is a little war.’
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No wonder Trump stands almost alone, like Rome’s Horatio at the Bridge. One increasingly hears in Washington ‘what Trump needs is a little war.’
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Manchester Attacks: What Price Hypocrisy?

There are times when the truth is not enough, when only the unvarnished truth will do, and in the wake of the Manchester attack – in which at time of writing 22 people have been killed and 60 injured – we cannot avoid the conclusion that neither principle nor rationality is driving Western foreign policy in the Middle East, or as it pertains to terrorism.
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Specifically, on what planet can Iran be credibly accused of funding and supporting terrorism while Saudi Arabia is considered a viable partner in the fight against terrorism? This is precisely the narrative we are being invited to embrace by President Trump in what counts as a retreat from reality into the realms of fantasy, undertaken in service not to security but commerce.
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# PCN-TV & SYRIA COMMITTEES/ WHITE HELMETS ASSISTING EXECUTION OF « MODERATE » REBELS IN DARAA, SOUTH OF SYRIA | SYRIA COMMITTEES/ COMITES SYRIE/ КОМИТЕТЫ СИРИИ

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This is the aim of Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia

This is the aim of Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia | Global politics | Scoop.it
Donald Trump sets off on Friday to create the fantasy of an Arab Nato. There will be dictators aplenty to greet him in Riyadh, corrupt autocrats and thugs and torturers and head choppers.
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The fact that most of the Middle East’s “terrorism” – Isis and al-Qaeda, aka the Nusrah Front – have their fountainhead in the very nation to which Trump is travelling, must and will be ignored. Never before in Middle Eastern history has such a “kumidia alakhta” – quite literally “comedy of errors” in Arabic – been staged.
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For Trump, the Beginning of the End Has Begun - Hit & Run : Reason.com

For Trump, the Beginning of the End Has Begun - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Global politics | Scoop.it

I'd like to thank Judd Legum, editor-in-chief of Think Progress, for doing my legwork for me. Between July and October of 2015 no fewer than 33 people predicted Trump's end had just begun.

"Since the day that Trump's presidential campaign started, pundits from across the country have declared the "beginning of the end" of his run," Legum said. "So far, they've been wrong every time."
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The memo that no one, including The New York Times, which reported its existence, has seen but is sure to bring about impeachment proceedings.
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All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome - Hit & Run : Reason.com

All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Global politics | Scoop.it
Donald Trump, for all of his obvious bullshitting, flip-flops, and lies, isn't the cause of anything but the effect. The 21st century in the United States began with an election that was effectively settled by a coin toss, which does little to create faith in institutions (especially as Republicans in Bush v. Gore appealed to the federal government, while Democrats called for state's rights). Then came the 9/11 attacks, an intelligence failure compounded by a massively mendacious disinformation campaign that resulted in a Middle East quagmire, ballooning deficits, and a mind-bending bailout of mega-corporations. President Obama's stimulus plan failed every measure it proposed as success and was capped by passage of a health-care law that ultimately spawned the "Lie of the Year" for 2013. Along the way, we also had a series of national intelligence heads baldly lie about what sorts of information was being collected (illegally, legally, does it matter?) on law-abiding Americans? We've learned that police act poorly in many circumstances, that local and state governments are awful as often as they are outstanding, and that corporations (Volkswagen!) will try to get away with lots of chicanery too.
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If we are going to survive not just the Trump years but eventually get around to kick-starting the 21st century, we're going to have become smarter media consumers and demand more from both our politicians and the press. "The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo," explains the Paper of Record, "but one of Mr. Comey's associates read parts of it to a Times reporter." As Reason's Scott Shackford has noted, that's what Joe Biden would call a "big fucking deal" if it turns out to exist and to be accurate. It's also a pretty big if at this point.
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Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

Racist, violent and despotic forces have always been part of the American landscape and have often been tolerated and empowered by the state to persecute poor people of color and dissidents
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Al Jazeera’s Fall From Grace – How A News Outlet Became A Tool Of The State

The network’s subservience to the government of Qatar has become unmistakably obvious as it tries to expand its audience.
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Old news: That was all too apparent as far back as 2011, during the so-called "Arab spring", and particularly during the war on Libya.
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Germany and NATO: Preparing for a “Fascist Repression” in Europe?

Wake up and beware, what’s brewing at the NATO-German urban training camp ground is a defense mechanism to assure the ruling class privileges will never be lost. Europeans – on the barricades now, before it’s too late!
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A Murderous History of Korea

The demonisation of North Korea transcends party lines, drawing on a host of subliminal racist and Orientalist imagery; no one is willing to accept that North Koreans may have valid reasons for not accepting the American definition of reality.
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One Day, Three Serious News Stories That Turn Out To Be False

It is a fakenews day. Three stories are making the rounds through the media that are each based on false or widely exaggerated interpretation of claims. North Korea, Syria and the U.S. President are the targets.
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How Did Russiagate Start?

How Did Russiagate Start? | Global politics | Scoop.it
James Clapper appeared on This Week Sunday, and said some head-scratching things.
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In his Senate testimony, Clapper went out of his way to say this didn't contradict his earlier statements. But if he's not contradicting himself, he's certainly added a layer of confusion to what is already the most confusing political scandal ever.
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The Globalization of Misery

The Globalization of Misery | Global politics | Scoop.it
At a moment when Donald Trump makes headlines daily with almost any random thing he says, the fate of Mosul doesn't even qualify as a major news story. What happens in that city, however, will be no minor thing. It will matter on this increasingly small planet of ours.
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Rosenstein and Mueller: the Regime Change Tag-Team

What Aaronson discovered was that, far from preventing terrorism, the FBI uses its funds to “manufacture” terrorists out of marginalized, desperate, mentally ill or immature men (many of the convicted individuals profiled are in their early twenties).
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Russia condemns America's attack on Syrian and allied forces

Russia condemns America's attack on Syrian and allied forces | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister called it a violation of Syria's sovereignty.
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Russia while not seeking to exceed its anti-terrorism mandate in Syria, is clearly displeased at America’s criminal action which could disrupt the fragile peace process in the country.
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How To Impeach the President (Or Not) - Reason.com

How To Impeach the President (Or Not) - Reason.com | Global politics | Scoop.it
It's more complicated than you think, and one method involves a constitutional amendment invoked when presidents get colonscopies.
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Trump Is Fighting For His Life

Until Donald Trump has unambiguously broken a law the critics should take a valium and relax.
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What is real, however, is that constant innuendo means that anti-Russian hysteria has been mounting, including completely speculative pieces wondering whether the entourage of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had sought to sneak a recording device into the White House during last week’s visit.
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Putin Tells Beijing Forum: The Future Belongs to Eurasia

This partnership must shift the political and economic landscape of the continent and bring peace, stability, prosperity and a new quality of life to Eurasia.
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Truth Commission Reveals History of Korean War - U.S.-South Korea carried out massacres of civilians

As told by most history textbooks in the U.S., the Korean War started with a June 25, 1950, invasion from the communist north and the freedom-loving U.S. came to the aid of the besieged democratic Republic of Korea in the south. The reality was very different.
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Russian Hacker Claims U.S. Offer of Cash, Citizenship for Confession

U.S. officials offered to cut him a deal if he admitted to interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
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Syria Dismisses US Accusations of Crematory at Sednaya Prison as Totally Baseless

Syria Dismisses US Accusations of Crematory at Sednaya Prison as Totally Baseless | Global politics | Scoop.it
Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry categorically denied the US administration’s accusation
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A Russian Journalist’s Perspective

A Russian Journalist’s Perspective | Global politics | Scoop.it
Myths about Russian media, such as that one cannot criticize the president in Russia, can be dispelled simply by visiting Russian news websites and using Google Translator. More newspapers in Russia oppose Putin than support him, Babich says.
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Babich is not naive about Trump. While he says that Barack Obama was decidedly the worst U.S. president ever, he does not predict great things from Trump. Obama, Babich explains, had incompetence to match his militarism. He imposed sanctions on Russia that hurt the most pro-Western organizations. “He became a victim of his own propaganda.”
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