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Forevergate: The Pernicious Persistence of the Russian Collusion Delusion

May 20, 2019           |                                       

The official investigation into Russian collusion is over, after three harrowing, nerve-wracking years. I kid, of course. After endless news cycles, and various non-stories and wild-goose chases disseminated by mainstream media, one would think the country could move on. Yet this hasn’t been the case. It seems pretty straightforward: delusions about Russia continue because they […]

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Vijay Prashad says the very dangerous statements, economic sanctions and military aggression unleashed by Washington this week against Iran was countered by cool headed diplomacy by Japan, Russia, EU and China The post Trump-Bolton Aggression Against Iran Contained by Russia, Japan, China, and EU appeared first on The Real News Network.

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Crimean Tatars Mark Anniversary Of Stalin-Era Deportations

May 18, 2019           |                                       

SIMFEROPOL — Dozens of Crimean Tatars have marked the anniversary of the Stalin-era deportations from the Black Sea peninsula, with police warning participants that the event was unauthorized but otherwise not interfering. The May 18 event, held in the peninsula’s capital city Simferopol, took place without incident or any reported detentions, even as some participants […]

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Austrian Vice Chancellor Resigns After Release Of Secret Video

May 18, 2019           |                                       

Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has resigned following the release of a secret video in which he is seen offering government contracts to a potential Russian benefactor in exchange for political support. Strache announced his resignation on May 18 hours after a video released by Der Spiegel magazine and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper in which […]

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Russian Court Orders Baring Vostok To Sell Bank Stake, Latest Blow For Equity Firm

May 17, 2019           |                                       

A Russian court has ordered private equity fund Baring Vostok to give up control of a bank that is at the center of a fight that has spooked investors and led to the jaling of the firm’s American founder. The May 17 ruling by the regional arbitration court in the Far Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk […]

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Ray McGovern probes the step-up in U.S. belligerence towards a country posing the same non-existent strategic threat as Iraq. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News An Iraq-War redux is now in full play, with leading roles played by some of the same protagonists — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, for example, […]

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Florida Governor Says Russian Hackers Accessed Voter Databases

May 14, 2019           |                                       

The governor of Florida has said Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two of the southern state’s counties ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Ron DeSantis said May 14 that the hackers didn’t manipulate any data and the election results weren’t compromised. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the […]

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Russia-gate has shed any premise of being about Russian interference, writes Daniel Lazare, but the idea that America may in anyway be responsible for its own fate is of course unthinkable. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Americans used to think that Russia-gate was about a plot to hack the 2016 election. They were […]

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Pompeo Demands Russia Take Action to Prove They Won’t Meddle in 2020 Vote

May 14, 2019           |                                       

Making his visit to Russia on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was full of demands for the Putin government, leading off with a demand that Russia “take action” to prove that there would be no interference in the 2020 US elections. It’s not clear what such action would look like, though Pompeo said that […]

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Poland Proposes Closer Ties For EU Eastern Partnership Nations

May 14, 2019           |                                       

BRUSSELS — The Polish foreign minister has called for an upgraded Eastern Partnership, including closer ties with the European Union and the creation of a free-trade zone among the six member nations. Jacek Czaputowicz was speaking on May 14 at a conference in Brussels celebrating the 10th anniversary of the partnership that aims to bring […]

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Spring Donation Drive CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight. There’s a new word in town, folks – or rather an old word with a new meaning. It has become the fashion among politicians and journalists to describe nations like […]

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The comfortable assumption in Berlin, Paris and London was that Tehran could not afford to leave the JCPOA even if it was not receiving any of the economic rewards promised in 2015. Now the EU3 are facing the hour of truth, writes Pepe Escobar. By Pepe Escobar in Bangkok Special to Consortium News The Trump […]

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With B-52s, carrier battle group in place, US war against Iran on a hair trigger By Bill Van Auken 11 May 2019 The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group made its way through the Suez Canal on Thursday entering the Red Sea and the heart of the Middle East, while a US bomber task force […]

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Pompeo to Visit Russia Next Week to Meet With Putin

May 10, 2019           |                                       

Next week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be heading to Russia for a rare high-profile visit with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This will be the highest-level talks between the US and Russia in 10 months. The visit will take place in Sochi, a resort town along the Black Sea. State […]

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