U.S. prosecutors have rested their case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, after 10 days of testimony alleging how he hid millions he earned for political consulting work in Ukraine to escape taxes. Manafort's defense team is set to decide on August 14 if it will call any witnesses. Judge T.S. Ellis said he will ask Manafort whether Continue Reading
As TGP's Kristinn Taylor previously reported, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at a July press briefing that President Donald Trump is reviewing the process to revoke the security clearances of several Deep State critics for abusing their post-government retention of security clearances by lying about Trump and Russia, as well as politicizing Continue Reading
After more than 15 years of war, the US appears more open to dialogue with the Taliban. RT's Ilya Petrenko explores why the US has cooled its rhetoric about the "barbarian" enemy that now controls large parts of Afghanistan. Washington's longtime adversary in Afghanistan is becoming more palatable by the month, with a State Department official going so far as to say that Continue Reading
RusVesna reports that the hitherto US-backed mixed Kurdish-Arab units under the brand of "Syrian Democratic Forces" have decided to put on Syrian Arab Army uniforms and fight terrorist forces in cooperation with Moscow and Damascus. Sources on the ground have reportedly said that in the cities of Nubbol and Zahra in the Aleppo province, Kurdish militias have fully joined Continue Reading
Ankara has given a green light to Moscow's proposal to switch to ruble-lira trade between the countries. Turkey also has similar plans for trade with China and other countries. "We are discussing the transition to national currencies not only with Russia and China, but also with other countries. It is not just Turkey's request. In other countries, there has been reaction Continue Reading
Former FBI agents say the text messages are not the only reason Strzok was fired There are certainly more than just the anti-Trump text messages sent by former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok that led the second in command at the FBI to fire him. FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich actually overruled a recommendation by the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Continue Reading
The past weeks have shown how part of the American establishment is weighing the pros and cons of the Trump administration's strategies around the world. I have a strong feeling that in the coming weeks we will see the destabilizing effects of American politics, especially towards its closest allies. A disastrous flip of events appears to be on its way, in case Trump were Continue Reading
Moscow is still interested in trading with Ankara using the Russian ruble and Turkish lira, according to the Kremlin. Both currencies have been falling against the greenback, with lira setting new record lows every day. "The issue of using national currencies in bilateral trade operations is a topic that has been raised by the Russian side for a long time and consistently Continue Reading
As atrocities and scandal begin to mount regarding the US-backed Saudi-led war on the impoverished nation of Yemen, the involvement and hypocrisy of the United States and other Western backers is coming to full light. Global condemnation of Saudi airstrikes on civilian targets has brought public attention to Washington's role in the conflict - a role the Western media has Continue Reading
Latvia has created a catastrophic situation for itself because of its antagonization of relations with Russia, a candidate of the Latvian political party Soglasie ("Agreement" or "Harmony", in English), Aleksei Medvedev, has claimed in a new video message on Facebook. "I, as a person who was born and lived all his life in Ventspils, a city where the main source of income Continue Reading
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the role of the US dollar as a global reserve currency may be diminished as more countries switch to national currencies in trade. "Abuse, gross abuse of the role of the US dollar as a world reserve currency will cause its role to be weakened," Lavrov said, speaking at a press conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Continue Reading
The U.S. government must answer questions about its handling of the so-called Russia Dossier in court, thanks to a court ruling Friday. U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta granted BuzzFeed's motion to compel testimony. The outlet demanded this information for their defense in a defamation lawsuit by Russian executive Aleksej Gubarev. He complained that the outlet didn't Continue Reading
Russia's deputy foreign minister has said that the United States and some of its allies were knowingly violating the 1988 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by deploying launching systems capable of firing cruise missiles. "As far as the INF Treaty is concerned, the situation is evident in which the United States and some of its allies are knowingly violating it, in Continue Reading
The US has suspended its Open Skies Treaty with Russia after President Donald Trump signed a giant 2019 defense budget bill. Lawmakers also tried to derail a milestone nuclear arms deal that has been in place since 2011. Trump signed the $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Monday, and it will come into effect ahead of the new fiscal year in October. Continue Reading
Special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be narrowing his focus on Roger Stone in his investigation into Russian interference in the election, prompting widespread speculation that the longtime adviser to President Trump is likely a target in the probe. Stone has long been subject to public scrutiny as a result of his connections to WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the hacking Continue Reading
Are President Trump's senior cabinet members working against him? It's hard not to conclude that many of the more hawkish neocons that Trump has (mistakenly, in my view) appointed to top jobs are actively working to undermine the president's stated agenda. Especially when it seems Trump is trying to seek dialogue with countries the neocons see as adversaries needing to be Continue Reading
A historic 18th century church has burned to the ground in Russia's Republic of Karelia, after being deliberately set on fire. A teenager, referred to by some locals as a devil worshipper, is suspected of the arson. The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, built in 1774 on a picturesque lakeshore in the town of Kondopoga in northwestern Russia, caught fire on Friday. The Continue Reading