Posts Tagged ‘ Russia ’

The campaign to blame Putin for everything

September 1, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"What we are seeing in this election season is a propaganda campaign the likes of which we haven't experienced since the run up to the Iraq war. We are being buried in a veritable shit-storm of lies on a daily basis. Except that, this time, the target isn't some third-rate Third World despot like Saddam Hussein, nor it is really Donald Trump, whose electoral prospects were never that great to begin with. Trump is just collateral damage -- the real quarry is Vladimir Putin." (08/31/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/30/campaign-blame-putin-everything/  

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FBI investigating possible cyberbreach of New York Times reporters’ email accounts

August 24, 2016
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Fox News    

"The FBI is probing a possible cyberbreach of numerous company email accounts belonging to New York Times reporters by Russian government-linked hackers, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told Fox News on Tuesday. The investigation, which is ongoing, is looking into how and how far the perpetrators infiltrated the Times email accounts in question. It was not exactly known how many New York Times email accounts may have been compromised, according to law enforcement sources. The latest apparent hacking adds to the laundry list of recently disclosed Russia-involved hacks of high profile U.S. organizations." [editor's note: Loooooooooooooook! It's !THEM RUSSIANS! Pay no attention to what the DNC or Hillary Clinton actually did, just blame !THEM RUSSIANS! for all your problems. Here, we have another story to tell you about !THEM RUSSIANS! - TLK] (08/23/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/08/23/fbi-investigating-possible-cyber-breach-new-york-times-reporter-email-accounts.html  

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Russia banned from Paralympic Games after appeal failure

August 23, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Russia will not compete at next month's Paralympic Games in Rio. Russia's appeal against the blanket ban imposed by Paralympics officials was rejected Tuesday -- ending any hope the country's Paralympians had of competing in Rio. The Court for the Arbitration of Sport upheld the decision made by the International Paralympic Committee following allegations of state-sponsored doping." (08/23/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/23/sport/rio-2016-paralympics-cas-russia-ban-upheld/  

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Biden to Baltics: Never mind Trump, we LIKE irrational saber-rattling

August 23, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Vice President Biden was greeted warmly [in Riga, Latvia] Tuesday by NATO's Baltic members, a respite before he heads toward what is likely to be a far less welcoming visit to Turkey, another NATO ally. ... In Riga on Tuesday, Biden reiterated U.S. and NATO determination to stand against Russian aggression in the Baltic region, stressing the administration's rejection of Donald Trump's suggestion that the alliance would not defend those members who do not 'pay their bills.'" (08/23/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/biden-assures-baltic-nato-allies-of-us-commitment-despite-trumps-comments/2016/08/23/b5e8b99a-6925-11e6-99bf-f0cf3a6449a6_story.html  

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Iran: Russians stop using air base for strikes in Syria

August 23, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Russia will stop using a base in Iran for airstrikes targeting militants in Syria for the time being, Iran's foreign ministry said Monday. The move came after Iran's defense minister criticized Russia earlier in the day and said its announcement last week that it used the Hamadan air base for strikes on the Islamic State group was 'kind of show-off and ungentlemanly.'" (08/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/22/iran-says-russia-stop-using-its-air-base-strikes-syria/89091630/  

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What should we do about Crimea?

August 23, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"When the mainstream media discusses Crimea they are all lock-step: that's the peninsula Putin annexed. Never do they mention that there was a referendum in which the vast majority of the population (who are mostly ethnic Russians) voted to join Russia. The US media never reports on this referendum because it produced results that Washington doesn't like. How arrogant it must sound to the rest of the world that Washington reserves the right to approve or disapprove elections thousands of miles away -- meanwhile we find out from the DNC hacked files that we don't have a lot of room to criticize elections overseas." (08/22/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/crimea  

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Russian forces use Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants for first time

August 17, 2016
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Reuters    

"Russia used Iran as a base from which to launch air strikes against Syrian militants for the first time on Tuesday, widening its air campaign in Syria and deepening its involvement in the Middle East. In a move underscoring Moscow's increasingly close ties with Tehran, long-range Russian Tupolev-22M3 bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers used Iran's Hamadan air base to strike a range of targets in Syria. It was the first time Russia has used the territory of another nation, apart from Syria itself, to launch such strikes since the Kremlin launched a bombing campaign to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September last year." (08/16/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-iran-idUSKCN10R0PA?il=0  

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Ukraine’s “October Surprise”

August 14, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"[T]he Ukrainians -- like the rest of the world -- have been watching the US presidential campaign, and they don't like what they see. Donald Trump, while disdaining to get involved in Ukraine's feud with the Kremlin, is asking 'Wouldn't it be good if we could get along with Russia?' This has provoked the Ukrainians into paroxysms of spittle-flecked hysteria. ... In short, the leaders of Ukraine hate Trump, have continually denounced him, and are openly rooting for a Clinton victory in November: by launching a terrorist attack on Crimea, and before that trying to assassinate the President of the rebellious Luhansk Republic in eastern Ukraine -- they put a bomb under his car, seriously injuring him -- they hope to provoke Putin into taking military action. And voila!, we have an 'October surprise' -- with Hillary taking a hard-line anti-Russian stance, and Trump put in the position of seeming to defend Russian 'aggression.'" (08/12/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/11/ukraines-october-surprise/  

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Crimea: Russian regime accuses Ukrainian regime of terror plot

August 11, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"The Russian government has reported an incident in which two Russian officials, a soldier and a member of the FSB security service, were killed breaking up an attempted incursion by what they described as a Ukrainian spy network operating in the Crimean Peninsula. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the Ukrainian government of being behind the plot, aiming to provoke a new conflict to distract the Ukrainian public from its myriad problems, adding that in breaking up the network they'd foiled potential terror attacks against critical infrastructure inside Crimea. ... Ukraine denied the claims outright, not only insisting that they had nothing to do with the attempted incursions across the Ukraine/Crimea border, but insisting that such incidents didn't happen at all." (08/10/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/08/10/russia-attempted-ukrainian-terror-plot-foiled-in-crimea/  

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The propaganda war with Putin

August 4, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Renee Parsons  

"If it had not already been apparent, the net effect of the DNC email hack has been to kick open the door to a deep American antagonism towards Russian President Vladimir Putin. In what has become an old fashioned American pile-on, President Barack Obama, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and what seems the entire political establishment as well as the MSM, have united to undermine Putin as if to prime the American public for war with Russia. War is, after all, more successful when the people have been thoroughly programmed." (08/04/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/04/the-propaganda-war-with-putin/  

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Syria: Five dead as Russian helicopter shot down

August 2, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A Russian helicopter was shot down Monday after delivering aid to the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing all five crew members on board, Russian state media reported. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Mi-8 helicopter was shot down by ground fire in Idlib province as it returned to base, state TV reported." (08/01/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/01/middleeast/syria-aleppo/  

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Syria: Regime, Russians to open aid, exit corridors in besieged Aleppo

July 28, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Syrian and Russian forces are to open humanitarian corridors for people to flee the besieged city of Aleppo, both countries' state media reported Thursday, the day after Syria's army announced it had encircled the city and cut off rebel supply routes. Three relief corridors would be set up to distribute food and medical aid to civilians in a 'large-scale humanitarian operation,' Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, while a fourth would be established in northern Aleppo for rebels who wished to lay down arms and surrender, according to Russian state media."

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/middleeast/syria-aleppo-humanitarian-corridors/  

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Ukraine: Car bomb kills investigative reporter

July 20, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Prominent Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev early on Wednesday as he prepared to drive to the local radio station, where he anchored a talk show. An adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister wrote in a Facebook post that an improvised explosive device had been planted on the underside of the car, which belonged to Olena Prytula, Mr. Sheremet's romantic partner and a founding editor of the online news site where he worked. ... The 44-year-old Belarusian-born journalist had been a thorn in the side of authorities in his home country and in Russia for nearly two decades." (07/20/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2016/0720/Car-bomb-kills-investigative-reporter-in-Ukraine-following-safety-concerns  

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Russia asks for the impossible with its new surveillance laws

July 19, 2016
posted by

Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Eva Galperin and Danny O'Brien  

"Technologists have sometimes believed that technical impossibility means that the laws are simply unworkable -- that a law that cannot be obeyed is no worse than no law at all. As Russia shows, regulations that no one can comply with aren't dead-letter laws. Instead, they corrode the rule of law, leaving a rusting wreckage of partial compliance that can be exploited by powers who will use their enforcement powers for darker and more partial ends than justice." (07/19/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/07/russia-asks-impossible-its-new-surveillance-laws  

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US-NATO border confrontation with Russia: Risking nuclear war

July 19, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Michael Hudson and Jessica Desvarieux  

Michael Hudson: "Europe is saying, well we really don't need defense. We'd rather have an economic relationship with Russia. Especially the Germans say they don't want the sanctions. The Italians say they don't want the sanctions. The Americans say, we don't want you to make money off Russia. Buy from us, not from Russia. Buy your agricultural goods and your other goods from us, or at least from countries in the dollar orbit, not from the Russian orbit. That, essentially, is what Obama meant by the reset. It meant a new Cold War. But the essence of this new Cold War is to fight in the new way, which is a financial war. The military are now only a catalyst for the financial warfare by the United States." (07/19/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/19/us-nato-border-confrontation-with-russia-risking-nuclear-war/  

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Sports bureaucrats say Russia should be barred from Olympics

July 18, 2016
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ESPN    

"The World Anti-Doping Agency's executive board wants the International Olympic Committee to ban all Russian teams from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics following a report showing the scope and length of state-directed doping in the country. WADA issued a seven-point list of requests after it published a report from Canadian law professor Richard McLaren that confirmed claims of state-backed Russian cheating at the Sochi Olympics and beyond. WADA also wants Russian government officials to be denied access to international competitions, including the upcoming Olympics." (07/18/16)

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/17099712/world-anti-doping-agency-executive-board-calls-full-russian-ban-rio-olympics  

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Iran: Regime forces receive S-300 air defense missiles from Russia

July 18, 2016
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Reuters    

"Russia has delivered the missile part of S-300 surface-to-air defense system to Iran, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, moving to finish the delivery of all divisions of the system to Tehran by the end of this year. 'The first shipment of missiles of S-300 missile system has recently entered Iran that shows Iran's determination to equip its air defense circle with this system,' Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported." (07/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-iran-missiles-idUSKCN0ZY0N7?il=0  

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Russians launch space station cargo ship; SpaceX up next

July 18, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Russia launched a Progress space freighter from Kazakhstan Saturday, kicking off a two-day flight to deliver 5,809 pounds of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. It was the first of two supply runs to the lab complex in just 31 hours, with SpaceX gearing up for a Florida launching overnight Sunday. In pre-dawn darkness, a workhorse Soyuz U booster carrying the Progress MS-03/64P cargo ship roared to life and climbed away from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:41 p.m. EDT (3:41 a.m. Sunday local time). A little less than nine minutes later, the Progress was released to fly on its own, kicking off a 34-orbit rendezvous." (07/17/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russians-launch-station-supply-ship-spacex-next-up/  

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Assad: US is “not serious” about defeating Islamic State

July 14, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A defiant Bashar al-Assad expressed confidence that Syria's bloody war could be won within months, saying Russia's intervention has helped tip the scales toward victory. Assad spoke exclusively to NBC News on Wednesday at his office in Damascus in a wide-ranging interview about the Syrian war, ISIS, the U.S. and his legacy. He was unruffled by the State Department branding his vow to retake every inch of Syria as 'delusional,' saying it was only a matter of time until he regained full control of his country. ... according to Assad, the 'very frank' relationship he has with [Vladimir] Putin is rooted in their shared values and common interest: defeating terrorists. The Syrian president claimed that's far from true of the U.S., which he accused of not truly wanting to see ISIS'[s] defeat. 'They're not serious,' Assad said." (07/14/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/bashar-al-assad-says-u-s-not-serious-about-defeating-n609036  

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Russian harassment and other fables

July 14, 2016
posted by

Philip Giraldi The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi  

"In 1991, Russia was a superpower. Today it is a convenience, a straw man fortuitously produced whenever someone in power wants to justify weapons expenditures or the initiation of new military interventions in faraway places. Much of the negative interaction between Washington and Moscow is driven by the consensus among policymakers, the Western media, and the inside-the-beltway crowd that Russia is again -- or perhaps is still and always will be -- the enemy du jour. But frequently forgotten or ignored is the fact that Moscow, even in its much-reduced state, continues to control the only military resource on the planet that can destroy the United States, suggesting caution should be in order when one goes about goading the bear." (07/13/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/russian-harassment-and-other-fables/  

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The west’s war games with Russia

July 13, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"NATO's escalation of the conflict with Russia is rich in grisly irony. At the beginning of June, EU member states and NATO, these supposed forces of global order and stability, embarked on the largest movement of foreign allied troops in Poland since the Second World War. Described as a 10-day military training exercise, involving 31,000 soldiers, thousands of vehicles and assorted aircraft, it was also the first time since 1941 that German tanks had crossed the Polish border. This, apparently, is what promoting peace and stability looks like. And this weekend, following a two-day summit in Warsaw, NATO and its partners upped the ante further." (07/12/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-wests-war-games-with-russia-nato-eu-putin/  

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Turkey: Erdogan apologizes for downing of Russian jet

June 27, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Turkey's president has apologized to Moscow for the downing of a Russian military jet at the Syrian border, Russian and Turkish officials said Monday, a move that could open the way for easing a bitter strain in Russia-Turkey ties. Recep Tayyip Erdogan's move comes seven months after the incident, which has drawn a slew of Russian sanctions that have dealt a severe blow to the Turkish economy. The formal apology, which the Kremlin had requested, would likely allow relations to improve." (06/27/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/moscow-says-turkey-has-apologized-for-downing-of-russian-jet/2016/06/27/bd7f8b4a-3c69-11e6-9e16-4cf01a41decb_story.html  

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The new iron curtain

June 20, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"A foreign army consisting of 31,000 soldiers from an anti-American alliance are conducting military 'exercises' a few miles from San Diego. Hundreds of tanks converge on the Rio Grande, while jets from 24 countries converge in attack formation, darting through Mexican skies. It isn't hard to imagine Washington's response. Yet that's precisely what has been happening on Russia's border with the NATO alliance, as the cold war returns. Economic sanctions aimed at sinking Russia's fragile economy, plus a propaganda campaign designed to characterize Russian President Vladimir Putin as the second coming of Stalin -- or, in Hillary Clinton's view, Hitler -- have history running in reverse. Once again, an iron curtain is descending across Europe -- only this time it's the West's doing." (06/20/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/06/19/new-iron-curtain/  

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Is the Pentagon hyping the Russia threat?

June 20, 2016
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Bonnie Kristian  

"Those in the military who are encouraging the build-up of U.S. troops along Russia's European border are 'the 'Chicken-Little, sky-is-falling' set in the Army,' one senior Pentagon officer told Politico. 'These guys want us to believe the Russians are 10 feet tall.' 'There's a simpler explanation,' he added. 'The Army is looking for a purpose, and a bigger chunk of the budget. And the best way to get that is to paint the Russians as being able to land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. What a crock.' He's not the only one to suspect bureaucrats are inflating the Russian threat." (06/20/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/is-the-pentagon-hyping-the-russia-threat/  

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Syria: Russian soldier dies of wounds

June 19, 2016
posted by

The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Russia's Defense Ministry says a Russian soldier has died of wounds he suffered in a militant suicide attack in Syria, the military's 11th casualty since the start of its campaign there. The ministry said Sunday that Sgt. Andrei Timoshenkov died at a hospital at the Russian base in Syria." (06/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russian-soldier-dies-of-wounds-in-syria/2016/06/19/014bc9b2-362d-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html  

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