Category: World

Yes, Moscow boosts western anti-imperialist voices. So what?

Yes, Moscow boosts western anti-imperialist voices. So what?

In an extremely weird article titled “Russia is backing a viral video company aimed at American millennials”, CNN reports that Facebook has suspended popular dissident media outlet In The Now and its allied pages for failing to publicly “disclose” its financial ties to a subsidiary of RT. According to CNN, such disclosures are not and have never been an actual part of Facebook’s official policy, but Facebook has made the exceptional precondition of public disclosure of financial ties in order for In The Now to return to its platform. I say the article is extremely weird for a number of reasons. Firstly, according to In…

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Grand opening of discount Russian food store sweeps Leipzig, Germany

Grand opening of discount Russian food store sweeps Leipzig, Germany

A Russian grocery retailer was nearly forced to close during its grand opening week in Germany when a huge crowd of Leipzig locals arrived and gobbled up almost the entire inventory. The promising slogan ‘Only Lowest Prices Everyday’ evoked an enormous demand during the first days after the opening that toppled the most optimistic forecasts. The buying fever was reportedly triggered by very attractive prices for foodstuff and basic goods offered by the grocery store that had been opened in early February in a location where an Aldi market once stood. Mere, a food discounter belonging to one of Russia’s largest thrift shop chains Torgservis,…

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SOTT FOCUS: Essay by Kremlin Advisor Vladislav Surkov: ‘Putin’s Long-Lasting State’

SOTT FOCUS: Essay by Kremlin Advisor Vladislav Surkov: ‘Putin’s Long-Lasting State’

Comment: The following essay was recently published in Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Russian-American author Dmitry Orlov has translated it, as published here on The Saker. The essay’s author is Vladislav Surkov. If Russian philosopher Aleksandr Dugin is mischaracterized in the West as “Putin’s brain,” then Surkov is similarly mischaracterized “Putin’s éminence grise.” Surkov was Deputy Chief of the Russian Presidential Administration from 1999-2011, during which time he apparently played a role in the transition from Yeltsin to Putin and later developed the concept of sovereign democracy, which is arguably 21st century Russia’s ‘state ideology’. Surkov also served as Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Modernisation from…

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BEST OF THE WEB: Parents of woman killed by ‘poison used on Skripal’ blame… UK govt, British media, but not Russia

BEST OF THE WEB: Parents of woman killed by ‘poison used on Skripal’ blame… UK govt, British media, but not Russia

The parents of the woman who died in the Wiltshire novichok poisonings have broken their silence to express their anger and hurt at losing their daughter in an extraordinary international incident and say they believe there could be more of the nerve agent yet to be found. Speaking as the first anniversary of the poisonings nears, Stan and Caroline Sturgess also revealed their concerns that the UK authorities chose to settle the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, exposing residents to risk. The couple told the Guardian they still had many unanswered questions and called for more clarity from the British government about the…

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Russia’s new heavyweight drones

Russia’s new heavyweight drones

Russia is testing the heavy attack drone Okhotnik (‘Hunter’), which is designed to dismantle an enemy’s defenses. It is scheduled to enter service this year along with some similar models. Can it challenge the West’s UAV reign? The new heavy stealth attack drone Okhotnik will have its first test flight in the “nearest future,” Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said on Friday. The military earlier announced that it would start receiving new state-of-the-art recon and attack UAVs this year. With the Pentagon extensively utilizing drones like MQ-1 Predator to spot and strike targets in places like the Middle East and Afghanistan, Moscow now hopes…

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Russia’s Platov International Airport listed among the world’s best

Russia’s Platov International Airport listed among the world’s best

One of the newest Russian airports, Platov International Airport in the city of Rostov-on-Don, has received the highest mark from the UK-based ranking organization Skytrax, becoming the first five-star Russian airport. Getting five stars from Skytrax is considered the most prestigious international award for airports and airlines. After a recent audit of the terminal, the organization added Platov Airport to a list that includes only nine other airports from different countries. Skytrax specialists visited the airport in January as regular passengers to see with their own eyes the work of the airport staff, how long the check-in queues are, and how the visitors are treated.…

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Russia: Several floors collapse at St. Petersburg University, 85 people rescued

Russia: Several floors collapse at St. Petersburg University, 85 people rescued

A university building has partially collapsed in the city of St. Petersburg, forcing frightened students and lecturers to flee through thick plumes of dust while some filmed the scene. More than 85 people were safely evacuated. The incident occurred at the Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics University on Saturday afternoon, while lectures were in progress. Local administration told media that as many as 21 people may have been trapped under the rubble. The emergency services later confirmed that 86 people were safely evacuated from the building and no bodies have been found during rescue. The university rector, Vladimir Vasylyev, said that no people remained trapped…

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Russian FM spokeswoman Zakharova mocks Bolton’s threat against those ‘undermining’ Venezuelan democracy

Russian FM spokeswoman Zakharova mocks Bolton’s threat against those ‘undermining’ Venezuelan democracy

Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova mocked on Friday US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s tweet that threatened those who “destroy democracy” in Venezuela with “consequences”, implying it was the United States itself that jeopardized Venezuelan democratic institutions. “Media: ‘Bolton threatens those who will “undermine democratic institutions in Venezuela” with “consequences”‘ [Is he referring] to his notepad and pen?” Zakharova wrote on her official Facebook page. Earlier in the day, Bolton said on Twitter that those who “conspire” with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to “destroy” democracy in the country would continue “to face consequences.” In late January, Bolton was photographed during a press…

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Erdogan does not rule out operation in Syrian Idlib, says newspaper

Erdogan does not rule out operation in Syrian Idlib, says newspaper

ANKARA, February 16. /TASS/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not rule out the possibility of conducting a joint operation with Russia and Iran against militants in the Syrian de-escalation zone of Idlib, Hurriyet Daily News wrote on Saturday. “Joint operations can be held at any time in line with the developments. There is no obstacle in front of these. Current measures are for the comfort, happiness and prosperity of the people in Idlib. What is essential for us is the security of the people of Idlib,” Turkish leader was quoted as saying after the trilateral summit on Syria in Russia’s Sochi. In other media

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German Chancellor declares support of anti-Russia sanctions

German Chancellor declares support of anti-Russia sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel © EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. Germany supports sanctions against Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, adding that restrictive measures should be coordinated. “We support sanctions against Russia. They should be coordinated (with Ukraine),” she said. Western countries should maintain the dialogue with Russia, German Chancellor said, adding that it is necessary to observe the Russia-NATO Founding Act. “As before, we are committed to the Russia-NATO Founding Act,” she said, adding that “from the geostrategic viewpoint, Europe cannot be interested in breaking the relationship with Russia.”. Economic sanctions were imposed against Russia on July 31,…

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It’s time for Super-Putin: Dugin on Surkov’s Putin Analysis

It’s time for Super-Putin: Dugin on Surkov’s Putin Analysis

Dugin’s verdict on Putin: Putin is just a compromise between liberals (elites) and patriots (the people), better than the 90’s but still not the best option Russia can produce. After Putin, Dugin says Russia needs a ‘Super Putin’. Dugin weighs in on Surkov’s major Op-ed article from earlier in the week, also translated here on […] The post It’s time for Super-Putin: Dugin on Surkov’s Putin Analysis appeared first on Fort Russ.

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China should joint disarmament talks, says German Chancellor

China should joint disarmament talks, says German Chancellor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel © EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. China should join the disarmament talks to hold them together with Russia and the US, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. “Disarmament is something we all have to grapple with and we all have to concentrate on. Not only the US and Russia should hold talks on that issue, China should also joint them,” she said. In other media

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Erdogan claims Geneva process on Syria failed, says newspaper

Erdogan claims Geneva process on Syria failed, says newspaper

ANKARA, February 16. /TASS/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that the Geneva process on the Syrian settlement has failed, according to Hurriyet Daily News. “The talks in Astana supplemented the Geneva process, which is being held under UN auspices. We do not consider Astana as an alternative to Geneva, though the Geneva process has failed, we have to admit that,” the Turkish leader was quoted as saying after the trilateral summit on Syria in Sochi. “With the help of the Astana process we are doing what the Persian Gulf countries and UN have failed to do in Geneva, I would like to point that…

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Erdogan suggests Iraq, Lebanon be invited to Astana process on Syria, says newspaper

Erdogan suggests Iraq, Lebanon be invited to Astana process on Syria, says newspaper

ANKARA, February 16. /TASS/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that Iraq and Lebanon be included in the Astana process on the Syrian settlement, according to Hurriyet Daily News. “The next (trilateral) summit (of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria) will be held in Turkey. During the talks (in Sochi) I said that we can include Iraq and Lebanon in the Astana process since both those countries have common borders with Syria and various relationships with the country,” the Turkish leader was quoted as saying after the trilateral summit on Syria in Sochi. According to the president, “representatives of the countries’ foreign ministries will…

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Erdogan reiterates Turkey has no plans to renege on S-400 purchase, says newspaper

Erdogan reiterates Turkey has no plans to renege on S-400 purchase, says newspaper

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan © EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV/POOL ANKARA, February 16. /TASS/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated that Ankara has no plans to renege on the purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russai despite the US pressure, according to Hurriyet Daily News. “We have entered into an agreement with Russia on S-400. We have no intention to abandon it. We are working to make sure that S-400 systems are supplied in July as we were promised,” the Turkish leader was quoted as saying after the trilateral summit on Syria in Sochi. The news about the Russian-Turkish talks on the purchase of S-400 systems…

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DUGIN: Russia took the worst from capitalism, China took the best

DUGIN: Russia took the worst from capitalism, China took the best

By Alexander Dugin –  China is a unique society that, participating in globalist projects, does not lose its identity. This is unimaginable for other cultures: when Western countries, Russia, Islamic, Latin American states do this, they change their identity to the Western, accept the basic parameters of globalization and become its victims. Perhaps the success […] The post DUGIN: Russia took the worst from capitalism, China took the best appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Maduro reveals Venezuelan officials in ‘secret talks’ with Trump administration

Maduro reveals Venezuelan officials in ‘secret talks’ with Trump administration

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told AP on Thursday that his foreign minister has held secret talks in New York with the US special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, and predicted he would remain in power despite a global campaign to unseat him. The meetings came at the request of the United States according to two Venezuelan officials who were not authorized to discuss the meetings publicly. The first meeting, held on Jan. 26, was described as hostile – with the US envoy threatening to deploy troops in Venezuela, while chastising the Maduro regime for being in league with Cuba, Russia and Hezbollah. The second meeting,…

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BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: The Soviets Were Winning Their Afghan War Against US-backed Insurgency Until Gorbachev Pulled Them Out

BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: The Soviets Were Winning Their Afghan War Against US-backed Insurgency Until Gorbachev Pulled Them Out

Twenty-five years ago, on Christmas Eve, Soviet troops marched into Afghanistan with the aim of restoring order in a few months. Nine years later they withdrew amid continued violence. In their wake, civil war erupted and the Taliban rose to power, providing a haven to Al Qaeda. Critics of the U.S. military effort in Iraq often cite the Soviet experience in Afghanistan as evidence that using foreign troops to put down an insurgency is bound to fail. But that “lesson” is misleading because it depends on a depiction of the Soviet-Afghan war that is downright inaccurate. When Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan, they initially failed to…

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Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline cannot be cancelled – Merkel’s successor

Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline cannot be cancelled – Merkel’s successor

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said on Thursday that Nord Stream 2 cannot be cancelled as fundamental decisions regarding it have already been taken. “Nord Stream 2 is not the project that I support with all my heart… But fundamental decisions were made earlier. You can’t just turn the project back. In addition, we have quite legitimate economic interests in energy supply… [It should be] realistic to say that the construction of the gas pipeline cannot be prevented, as there are contracts and permits”, Kramp-Karrenbauer told the magazine Internationale Politik. She added that even during the Cold War, economic…

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Venezuela’s defense minister says opposition supports foreign intervention

Venezuela’s defense minister says opposition supports foreign intervention

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez © EPA-EFE/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ CARACAS, February 15. /TASS/. Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez has accused opposition leaders of supporting a foreign military intervention in the country, the defense ministry said on Friday. “It is even harder to witness with surprise and sadness some people who are currently supporting a foreign military intervention into Venezuela, so that they can achieve their political goals,” Lopez said adding that this represents “irresponsible and unforgivable” behavior and deliberately ignoring “tragic and inevitable consequences” of such developments. Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido said earlier that humanitarian aid will be delivered to Venezuela on February 23.…

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Russian trolls blamed for spreading anti-vaccination propaganda

Russian trolls blamed for spreading anti-vaccination propaganda

The same Russian social media trolls accused of meddling in the 2016 US election may be to blame for the deadly measles outbreak across Europe last year, according to a new report. Comment: Oh dear lord… Scientists believe the St. Petersburg troll farm also pumped out anti-vaccination propaganda, contributing to the outbreak that killed 72 people and infected more than 82,000, Radio Free Europe reported. In a study published by the American Public Health Association in September, researchers examined the trolls’ online messages from July 2014 through September 2017 and concluded that their posts were responsible for “eroding public consensus on vaccination.”

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Moldovan president presents balanced foreign policy concept in Munich

Moldovan president presents balanced foreign policy concept in Munich

Moldovan President Igor Dodon © EPA-EFE/DUMITRU DORU MUNICH, February 15. /TASS/. Moldovan President Igor Dodon has presented his concept of balanced foreign policy at the Munich Security Conference. According to Dodon, it is important for Moldova to stay away from confrontation between the East and the West. “I confirmed my position that the Republic of Moldova will only have a chance to develop if it pursues a balanced foreign policy, preserves and strengthens its neutrality,” Dodon wrote on  his Facebook account. This stance is reflected in the document dubbed “Big Package for Moldova” which was developed by the presidential administration and presented at the roundtable. Munich Conference…

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Putin on US ‘pullout’ of Syria: Trump is working to deliver his election promises, rare thing in US

Putin on US ‘pullout’ of Syria: Trump is working to deliver his election promises, rare thing in US

The withdrawal of US troops from Syria appears to have stalled, but Russia remains hopeful it will eventually happen, President Vladimir Putin said, commending his American counterpart’s effort to deliver on election promises. The Russian president hosted Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani in Sochi, Russia on Thursday. The three leaders discussed their joint effort to further reconciliation in Syria, a goal that they assure is coming closer with every month. The plans of US President Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from northern Syria and an apparent lack of delivering on it was a major point of discussion at the media conference…

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Lavrov, Kurdish politician discuss Syria issue, war on terror

Lavrov, Kurdish politician discuss Syria issue, war on terror

MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Masoud Barzani, the Chancellor of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Security Council and former President of Iraqi Kurdistan, have discussed the situation in Syria and the fight against international terrorism, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that the meeting had taken place on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. “The parties exchanged views on pressing regional issues, focusing on the situations in Iraq and Syria, particularly in light of cooperation in the fight against international terrorism,” the statement reads. Lavrov and Barzani also discussed ways to boost economic cooperation, paying special attention…

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Putin and Lukashenko take to the ice on same team for Sochi hockey match

Putin and Lukashenko take to the ice on same team for Sochi hockey match

SOCHI, February 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko plaed ice hockey on Friday at the Shayba Arena in the Russian resort city of Sochi. Both presidents were wearing red and white jerseys playing for team Tigers against team Bears, dressed in blue and red uniforms. Putin was wearing jersey No. 11, while Lukashenko’s jersey is No. 1. Nikolai Lukashenko, the son of the Belarusian president was also on the ice, wearing jersey No. 1 as well. The match was not official and therefore there are no spectators at the stands except for accredited journalists working at the Investment Forum in…

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Russian, Belgian top diplomats discuss bilateral cooperation, global issues

Russian, Belgian top diplomats discuss bilateral cooperation, global issues

MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov held a meeting with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister Didier Reynders on the sidelines of the 55th Munich Security Conference on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The foreign ministers of Russia and Belgium discussed the current state of bilateral relations and the prospects for their future, as well as the most pressing global issues, including the situation in Syria,” the statement reads. “There also was an exchange of views on ways to overcome the crisis in the Council of Europe,” the Russian Foreign Ministry added. In…

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UN members unite to deter interference in internal affairs of countries

UN members unite to deter interference in internal affairs of countries

UNITED NATIONS, February 14. /TASS/. Several United Nations member states have decided to establish a group to deter attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of countries, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said in a statement on Thursday.  A group of 50 nations which includes Russia, Iran, China and Syria is set to take coordinated measures on the international arena to protect Venezuela and the international law in general, Arreaza told reporters. Representatives of 16 nations, including Russia, Bolivia, Iran, China, North Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Palestine, Syria and Surinam, stood beside Arreaza in the UN to deliver a joint statement. “We are announcing that…

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A string of hoax bomb threats force multiple evacuations in Moscow

A string of hoax bomb threats force multiple evacuations in Moscow

A spate of anonymous bomb threats to institutions in Moscow has led to several evacuations, although no explosives have been found, Russian authorities say. The state TASS news agency quoted an unidentified law enforcement source as saying e-mailed threats late on February 14 and early the next day prompted the evacuation of some 5,000 people from at least 10 institutions, including the Russkoye Radio broadcaster, two major railway stations, and two remand prisons. The evacuations were canceled after the buildings were searched and no explosives found. Anonymous bomb threats have become a particular problem in Russia in recent years. On February 5, dozens of buildings…

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The peace candidate: Tulsi Gabbard presents bill to stop Trump from pulling out of INF treaty

The peace candidate: Tulsi Gabbard presents bill to stop Trump from pulling out of INF treaty

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has introduced a bill to Congress which would prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning, Gabbard said that Trump’s decision to pull out of the 1988 treaty was “reckless,” was “exacerbating a new Cold War” with Russia, and could spark another arms race. “Walking away from this agreement doesn’t solve our problems, it makes them worse. It doesn’t bring us closer to peace, it moves us closer to war,” she said. Gabbard said she was introducing the bill, called the “INF Treaty Compliance Act,”…

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BEST OF THE WEB: How US hardliners ensured Soviet withdrawal did not lead to peace in Afghanistan

BEST OF THE WEB: How US hardliners ensured Soviet withdrawal did not lead to peace in Afghanistan

Thirty years after the withdrawal of the last Soviet forces from Afghanistan, the US is still fighting the monster they helped create in their anti-Soviet crusade. February 15, 1989. The date when the Soviet Army left Afghanistan for the last time. Trying to defend the left-wing government in Kabul from US-backed mujahideen had cost the Soviet Union countless millions of rubles and the lives of over 15,000 soldiers. So you can understand why Mikhail Gorbachev wanted out. He actually wanted to withdraw earlier. But the Kremlin’s proposals for a negotiated settlement were blocked by neocons in the Reagan administration, who met attempts at compromise from…

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